Seven on Sunday

Hello and happy Sunday my friends. Hope spring has sprung wherever you might be. The first order of business is to announce the winner of the $250 Horchow gift card. Drum roll please, congratulations goes to-

#19 JOANIE BARON

Please contact info@enchantedhome.com so we can get your gift card on it’s way!

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Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Spring finally seems to be making it’s way in, and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s a slow process but the signs are all here and we have had a nice springy weekend……. bring on the al fresco living!

I must mention that I was incredibly flattered to have been featured/interviewed over at a dear blogging fiends blog, Hello Lovely. Michele is a gem and wove a pretty awesome story/post about me, as only she can. She put a lot into this post so hope you will stop over and say hello.

It might be fun for you to read this interview also because she dug up a bunch of pictures from our building process and it was entertaining even for me:) Click here to be taken away to Michele’s loveliness over at Hello Lovely. 

Thank you Michele for such a wonderful and flattering feature:)

 

1 THE GIRL WITH 15 VOICES. I was blown away by this girl….she sings 15 different of the world’s best female voices nearly flawlessly. Really entertaining to watch, you can fast forward to get a quick glimpse of each of the superstar “voices”. I watched the entire thing pretty dumbfounded over how easily she can transition to another powerhouse voice. Talented girl!

Her Shakira, Britney, Celine Ellie Goulding are spot on…..pretty amazing!

 

2 BEAUTIFUL ART.  I love highlighting the work of various artists that cross my path. I have found so many through the wonderful world of blogging, Instagram and even Pinterest. I just adore the work of  Kate Drenckhahn.

I was the very lucky recipient of a beautiful blue and white ginger jar painting from uber stylish icon,  Bettie Pardee. This beautiful piece was painted by equally talented Kate Drenckhahn. I love her take on so many subjects and was really happy to discover her, click here to see more of her beautiful work.

Speaking of Bettie, love this picture she sent me of her Enchanted Home mug  being put to good use:)

And now a look at Kate’s gorgeous work… I love that she has turned all these beauties into the most darling notecards and stationery. Everything is so darn pretty! Click here to see more

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST SO  much beauty to share this week, makes me so happy to settle in with my iPad after a long day and to take in the beautiful and inspiring world of Instagram. Here are this weeks picks-

Here is this weeks fave…just way too cute for words!!!  I just want to pinch (ever so gently) those darling little thunder thighs:)

 

4. FUN SPRINGY/SUMMER TOPS. I love soft cottony tops, paired with white pants or capris, it is an instant winning combination for warm weather dressing.

Found all these under the brand Aqua at Bloomingdales, not a single one over $68 PLUS you get an extra whopping 25% off when you use the code FRIENDS. This incredible sale ends today, so don’t miss out! Bring on the warm weather! Click here  to see all of Aqua’s great tops and to get inspired for spring/summer dressing.

5 NEW FABRICS TO LUST OVER. I have been very immersed in the world of fabrics these last few months. Working on a few jobs that took me to all kids of wonderful fabric and trim shops and of course this always gets my creative juices flowing.

I have somewhat neglected to do a few spruce up in my own home. One thing that really needs to be done is my breakfast room chairs. Kudos to Lee Jofa which has made a fabric that still looks pretty darn good after 16 years!! That is crazy. these chairs have lasted so long As much as I love my little pugs and will miss them, their time has come. It’s time to bring in something new and fresh.

Funny that many of the fabrics I found and loved are ironically again from Lee Jofa. I want to go with a “Provence vibe” so florals and checks are totally appropriate. Here are some I came up with-

Just love the one above and the on below for a true Provence vibe, favorite color combination

This one above is very pretty too…so fresh and love the blues

Love playing with these and adding a buffalo check for an extra dose of charm

This velvet above is sooo gorgeous in person, I would love to see it on an ottoman or bench.

 

6 A VERY EXCITING DEVELOPMENT! So remember I broke the news to you that finally after almost looking for a good , CAPABLE, reliable source to develop the tulipieres, I found one? Well the first sample mold is back and might I say this has me quite excited. These beauties will be offered in two sizes, one about 22″ and the other will be a mini 14″.

Now I am waiting for the first painted sample. People,  this is really happening!! I am already planning out how I will use mine. It will be a tulip party everyday:) This has me wanting to run through the tulips with happiness……

We are going through the design process now and I am waiting on the first sample back. With luck I will have these in late May, stay tuned!

Now it’s onto the design details which are in the works as I speak it is a very interesting, labor intensive and time consuming process but will be worth it in the end!

 

7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY. OK today’s topic is movies. I looooove a good movie. I tend to like real movies though, something with a meaningful storyline that really makes me think and feel, a story I can relate to. I do not care for blood, gore, violence, nudity….that does nothing for me.

Give me a good movie that will make me laugh like a hyena or cry like a baby and I am happy as can be. Sadly there seems to be less and less of those. I often find myself watching a favorite movie over and over and have a list of about 20 that I love and could watch monthly (and often do).  But I know there has to be more out there…and that is where you come in!

Would love your take and if you want to include ONE favorite movie that you think you should share with all of us in hopes that maybe it’s something I haven’t seen. Here is a punctuated list of some of my faves in no particular order that I have seen over and over-

    • A Good Year
    • Dr. Zhivago
    • Something’s Gotta Give
    • The English Patient
    • Jane Eyre
    • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    • Under The Tuscan Sun
    • Its complicated
    • Bottleshock
    • The Namesake
    • Midnight in Paris
    • Pride and Prejudice
    • The Horse Whisperer
    • Steel Magnolias
    • Love Story
    • Great Expectations
    • A Beautiful Mind
    • The Notebook
    • Well Diggers Daughter
    • Good Will Hunting
    • The Way
    • Devil wears Prada

Where it says “other” you can put one movie you love (if it’s not on my list above) that you think all of us movie buffs should know about!


 

Hope you enjoyed my Seven on Sunday and hope you enjoy this day of rest. Funny, I drove past a field yesterday with a bunch of pint sized lacrosse players “warming up” for their game and got so teary eyed. I was instantly brought back to memories of my own little lacrosse warrior and just couldn’t help but feel incredibly nostalgic over “the good ol days”.

Spring always takes me back to the spring sports season which I must admit I miss more than I ever thought possible. I would trade my lazy Sundays in a heartbeat for a day packed with games cheering my son on. OK,  I am snapping out of it…back to reality!! Hope you have a wonderful end to your weekend. Until next time….

And tomorrow is a big day….the 2 day presale begins on the most gorgeous chinoiserie tole coming in about 3 weeks. This includes a huge shipment of bamboo lanterns, Provence planters, fabulous new lamps, the sold out bathroom accessories and more. So be sure to check back tomorrow:)

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Seven on Sunday

Hi friends…and how are you?? Hope you are enjoying a great weekend and how could you not it’s Oscar weekend and my fashion radar is charged and ready! OK first order of business is to announce the very lucky winner of the beautiful Victorinox suitcase? from Horchow (hope you have a trip in mind)! Congratulations goes to-

#155 Vickie

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com by Tuesday to claim your beautiful new suitcase!

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Our weekend has been quite relaxing, dinner, NYC and got to see Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams in Blackbird on Broadway which was disturbing and intense but they were both amazing (in a manic disturbing kind of way)? and delivered powerful performances. The show I saw before that,? China Doll on the other hand, um well…..not so much. I do love Al Pacino but even he could not keep my attention for a full 2 hours with that show!

Well our mild weather has once again turned right back to winter, what a tease. It’s cold again but quite pleasant and sunny. Supposed to head into the city later for lunch with our son, but will be sure to be back in plenty of time for the fun Oscar preshow.? Here we go with my Seven on Sunday…..

 

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1 CAKES THAT BLOW ME AWAY! I discovered her on Instagram and have enthusiastically followed this ballerina turned cake maestro ever since. I am in utter awe of her creations as the delicacy and attention to her details has no competition.

In fact when I read about her ballet background, I recognized a certain touch of femininity and intricacy of the art of ballet applied to her cakes. True masterpieces! She is based out of Washington DC but her creations travel all over,? click here to see more and learn about Maggie Austin cakes

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And the grand finale…seriously can you believe this is sugar!!!! This exemplifies her level of genius in my opinion….

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2. THE GRAND REVEAL IS NEARLY HERE! The fabled Ritz in Paris is just about to open their doors again (sometime in 2016) ….and I can only imagine how incredible it will be. Even looking at these? “in progress” pictures of this iconic hotel has me dreaming of a Parisian getaway…..can only imagine the fanfare that it will open up to.

You can follow them here on Facebook? to get updates and an eventual opening date,? though I am sure their opening will be talked about far and wide!

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3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. My weekly dose of beauty and inspiration continues…I love being able to share it with you and love when I discover a new and wonderful resource. This weeks round up,? not at all intentionally has a very spring like feeling, guess subconsciously that mean I am more than ready:)

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4. A SURE TO BE FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY! This documentary coming in May looks fabulously entertaining…..the Met Gala really is the Superbowl for the fashion world and this inside peek into a “behind the scenes” promises to be incredibly entertaining and of course you have ice queen Anna who does not disappoint:)

In this vein, if you like this sort of thing you must see September Issue…loved it so much I bought the DVD:)

 

5. GORGEOUS FABRICS. I have been a long time fan of Lee Jofa and Duralee,? many of the fabrics in my homes over the years have been the result of their exquisite offerings. Most here are far too traditional and dressy? for my new PB home but they sure have me dreaming of where they could work…..so pretty!

I have added a new service to my edesign which is one that many have asked about. A lot of times someone sees a fabric/wallpaper they love but cannot get trade pricing on without having? a designer. Well that is where I come in:) I will order your fabric/wallpaper at my trade price for 10% of the purchase price..that could be a massive savings. Contact me for details theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

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And of course I love these….featuring beloved ginger jars!

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This one above is the most delicious linen and the colors are incredible…dying to use this somewhere!

DURALEE- These ALL have me dreaming:) and I may just find a spot in PB for one of these:)

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6.AN ARTICLE YOU WILL WANT TO READ!! I do? love my wine and red wine in particular though it can trigger those dreadful migraines. It is still a love that will not ever subside ever, nothing beats a great glass of red. So when I read this article? on a study that came out in 2015, about how? drinking red wine can actually help you lose weight, well I took notice!!? Click here to read the entire article...VERY worth? the click!

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7.? AN EASY BUT DELICIOUS RECIPE. You know I like to share recipes that I have tried and that pass muster:) And side note this goes very well with that wine up there…so consider this a healthy choice:)? This one is easy if you are ever needing a quick meal that looks like you put a lot more into it and always pleases and I do mean always!

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Here is what you need-

Mushrooms (1 small carton)

1 small bunch of asparagus (preferably thinner ones)

3-5 med/large ripe tomatoes or 2 cartons of small tomatoes (cut up small)

2 TBSP heavy cream

Pasta of your choice ( I used a box and a half of spaghetti)

8 cloves garlic

Olive oil

A cluster of fresh basil (a must)

Pasta of your choosing

Salt/pepper

Fresh parmigiano

So in a sautee pan, cook your garlic and olive oil. Next add your cut tomatoes with cut fresh basil (I like to use quite a bit about 12 leaves cut up) and start to sautee (about 10 min) until they are well cooked and a thick sauce has formed (med heat) .

Add your 2 TBSP cream at this point and season with salt and pepper. In a separate pan sautee mushrooms and asparagus with olive oil, season. Add to tomato mix.

Meanwhile cook your pasta very al dente. I used a spaghetti on this day which works well but any will do (though I don’t care for? thick pasta which takes away from the sublime taste of the sauce).

Once pasta is done add immediately to saute pan and gently stir until all the pasta is covered. Add a very generous topping of fresh parmigiano ( I also add fresh cut basil on top). Serve with a piece of toasted baguette and you have yourself one yummy meal! Enjoy….

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Well that’s whats on my radar this week, and how about you? What is new in your corner of the world? I am excited to sit back later on and take in all the glamour and pageantry of the Oscars! I will be sure to follow up later this week with my fashion recap as I do every year. Hope you whatever you are up to is wonderful and mostly relaxing! Until next time….

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