Random musings as seen through my iPhone….

Hello and happy Saturday. Woke up to no snow, that’s always a good thing.  I really hope that winter is finally done and spring can usher it’s way in once and for all. With a lot of snow presently on the ground it just doesn’t feel like spring is going to really be here on Monday. The daffodils a week ago when it was 60 started coming up and now are covered in frozen snow:(

Today is the last day of the porcelain presale so be sure to stop by and check it out if you haven’t already. Its been so well received and the response has been phenomenal, always so great to know there are so many fellow blue and white addicts:)  Plus there is a great giveaway and today is the last day to enter! Click here to view

As I periodically do,  I share with you snippets of my life from the last week or so..of course the good, pretty and inspiring only! So without further ado here we go…..

Went to one of my happy places aka “New York flower district” and came home with some beauties…..

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with a great friend at Le Coucou in NYC, fabulous!!

These black beauties are heading to a rooftop apartment in Boston where they are going to plant them with large boxwood balls, so classic

It might feel still very much like winter outside, but indoors it’s all about spring and flowers!!

Upstairs hall got a little sprcueup

A pretty corner in my bedroom….the soft colors are so soothing, it’s my private little sanctuary

So loving these beautiful trims and fabrics we just decided on for a clients family room…cannot wait to see it done!

Awwwh….Teddy got a special little friend as a gift and loves his new furry friend

LOVE working on gorgeous trims and for this client, her new pillows are going to be out of this world!

This is how we do St. Patty’s day in our office….green gorgeouness overload! How amazing are the pillows above that I had made for a client, is that ginger jar tape not the greatest thing ever!

So there you have it, all the good stuff from this past week. Hope you enjoyed, thank you as always for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Saturday and an enjoyable weekend! Until next time…..

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The Enchanted Home Love contest and a wonderful prize!

Good morning, hope your week is off to a wonderful start. It’s flying by, can’t believe today is Thursday and its already March 2nd. Spring cannot be far away!  Mine is going well, and I am extra excited as my chinoiserie tole container is due in hopefully tomorrow:)  And you know I love when I get in new goodies.

I think it’s about time for a new contest….I hold a contest 3-4 times a year and they are not only such fun to see and share, but a great way to show off something you might be proud of.

This contest is open to anyone who has made a purchase through The Enchanted Home. Here is your chance to show it off:) Send 1-2 pictures which includes an item that you have purchased with us. There are some guidelines to keep in mind-

  • You can send in 1-2 pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com (please don’t submit two if they are of the same thing unless styled differently)
  • Please be sure the subject line says “contest” as we get a lot of email and this way it’s not missed
  • Picture(s) must feature an item purchased through Enchanted Home (shop, promo,etc…)
  • Size and clarity and brightness is very important, if we feel a picture is not proper clarity or the right size, we will contact you, pictures subject to approval based on those two things
  • Up to 75 pictures will be accepted, will close submissions once 75 are received
  • You can submit pictures up until March 12th.
  • The contest will begin March 14th
  • The prize(s) are listed at end, cannot wait to see what you send in!

 

Here are some fabulous past examples of other entrants whose pictures are a wonderful example of clarity, size, and might even give you a few ideas of your own. Dark, blurry or small  pictures don’t really give it a fighting chance.

Getting as much natural light as possible is ALWAYS optimal. It will allow for a bright and most natural picture. So daytime pictures almost always are  a good idea. So get that spot ready for it’s close up. Can’t wait to see what you send in!

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THE GRAND PRIZE-

One lucky winner will win 3 months of Enchanted Home. That means you will get 3 beautiful surprise items, one per month starting in March! Will it be porcelain, silver, tole, a monogrammed goody, who knows!

RUNNER UP

Will receive a beautiful blue and white porcelain planter

Seeing all of these exquisite pictures reminds me of just how talented my readers/customs are…wow! Cannot wait to start receiving your pictures. It is always such fun to see how you use and display things in your homes.

I am always astounded at how beautiful they are and they are such a beautiful validation to what I do (and why I love it).  So get those creative juices flowing and I look forward to getting your pictures. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!!

PS Pillow promo ends today, some beautiful pillows are still up for grabs. Click here

 

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Calling all shoppers…..Major warehouse blowout sale!

***AS OF SAT. MORNING THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT WHAT IS SOLD AND WHAT IS AVAILABLE***

Hello and happy Friday! I want to first announce  the winner of the blue and white ornaments. Congratulations goes to-

#170 GAIL VULTEE

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to claim your prize and provide your shipping details.

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Been a somewhat stressful week the site as you can tell has not gone live. Lots of behind the scenes hiccups and I, at this point, am just trying to be patient and understand it will happen when it happens, sorry for the false alarm! All I will say now is that it will be live in 2016:)

This sale was supposed to happen next week but taking advantage of  the extra free day (bonus is it is likely that your order will arrive before Thanksgiving)! We are preparing for a number of shipments and reorganizing the now pretty office space….we are clearing out spaces and cleaning off shelves to make room for all the new items soon to be arriving. This is better than hitting a mega sale at your favorite local shop because you get to shop from the comfort of your own home (or office)!

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We are down to a few pieces of many different items so they are up for grabs today and all at prices you simply cannot beat. These sales normally have a big response so act fast:)

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A great time to take advantage either for yourself or maybe a few holiday gifts!! This is part 1 (contains the bulk of the items) a smaller part 2 will follow next week.  Just a few rules before we begin-

  • Email or now you can call in your order (NEW)! Email orders to- NEW EMAIL–  orders@enchantedhome.com or call between 9:30-5:00 –  1-800-804-9565 (if you call before 9:30 you can leave a message or email us)
  • Please refer ONLY to item numbers (color if applies)
  • Very limited numbers of each item, subject to availability
  • This promotion will end on Sunday evening, Nov. 20th
  • We will send you an invoice if you email us and expect all invoices to be paid within 12 hours
  • Everything in stock and ready to go
  • First come first serve, we will not hold orders
  • Final sale
  • Shipping in the U.S. only
  • Shipping is extra
  • Questions? Email theenchantedhome@gmail.com

 

Now let’s get on with the sale………

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1 Just in time for the holidays….down to the last five or six of each these elegant water pitchers. Will grace any table they are used on, 12″ x 6″ either style $70.

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2. Super elegant centerpiece bowl, with beautiful lion heads handle detailing. Measures 12.5″ x 9″ $80!! TWO LEFT

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3. Just love this fabulous ornate tray/dish. To use with nothing in it as a decorative object or the most beautiful bread basket ever:) Looks like a family heirloom, great gift!  Measures approx. 13.5″ x 7″ $60.00 ONE LEFT

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4. Amazing chinoiserie hand painted pillows, these are truly works of art. All hand painted on silk with luxurious down inserts. Very special! These retails for over $450 in many upscale home furnishing stores,

4A. These incredible pillows are a green/gold silk with beautiful bird motif. They have a mossy green backing with a fluffy down insert. These are sold individually and measure 20′ x 12″  $220.00 each (two available)

ALL PILLOWS ARE SOLD

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4B. A work of art on a pillow, exquisite DeGournay chinoiserie scene on a pale ivory silk pillow with a blush pink piping, gorgeous soft colors…a true work of art. 22 x 22 $315, almost half price of what this sells for!

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4C. Another beauty 20 x 20 beautiful chinoiserie scene with beautiful flowers and butterfly done on a soft cream silk with down insert  20 x 20 $235.00unnamdfsed

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4D. Amazing pale silvery gray silk chinoiserie scene with butterfly, beautiful pleated ruffle trim 20 x 20 $210.00

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ITEM 5. A stunning oversized fishbowl featuring tropical flowers and birds, beautifully painted inside and out. Perfect for orchids or any flowering plant. Measures 16″ wide by about 8″ tall $155.00 almost half of what it sells for! SOLD

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ITEM 6. Incredible classic Chinese dragon ginger jar, beautiful quality dragon ginger jar, features a scene all the way around the jar, with two different colored dragons. Exquisite and timeless. $180 (almost $100 off original price)! TWO LEFT

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ITEM 7. Fabulous jewel toned jar with slightly raised painted decoration, 15″ tall $70.00

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ITEM  8. Last few of the exquisite black/gold chinoiserie lanterns, a stunning piece! Includes three candlesticks that are electrified is accented with beautiful hand painted scenery and small bells as an accent. Measures 26.5″ x 16″ x 16″ $320 (over $100 off) These sell for over $1000 TWO LEFT

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 Tole, lots of great buys on so many beautiful pieces. All handpainted, and so classically beautiful. Rock bottom prices-

ITEM 9. Last two of these fabulous blue and white sconces, they are so beautiful, they sell for four times the regular selling price and today are rock bottom. Magnificent Pagoda wall sconces, this beauty is spectacular and is triple in other high end stores. In ivory with blue accents, measures 24″T x 14″W x 9″D These are electrified. $150.00 each ALL SOLD

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ITEM 10. Incredible gilded solid wood brackets/sconces. These are hand carved and truly exquisite, beautiful detailing and finished in a rich gilded soft gold. such a decorative and classic piece, just waiting for a beautiful jar or vase! Measures 13″ x 14″ $90.00 (2 left) ALL SOLD

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ITEM 11. Darling pair of mini foo dogs in turquoise/aqua. Measures 4″ x 6″ $45.00 for the pair great gift and wonderful as bookends! ONE PAIR LEFT

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ITEM 12.Fabulous blue/white hand painted chinoiserie lamp. Found two, heavy solid wood and very elegant lamp. Fabulous solid wood lamp, this is a beauty! Measures 16.5″ x 7″ x 7″ (just base). Does not include shade. $160.00 ALL SOLD

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ITEM 13. Stunning mid sized fishbowl, beautifully hand painted on all sides, interesting octagonal shape, only one! One of my recent favorite pieces. Perfect for any tree, plant or large flowering plant. $160.00  SOLD

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ITEM 14. Chinoiserie tea caddys, last few of each design.  In addition to these being beautiful decorative objects as is, many have also turned these easily into lamps….they are beautiful. Either style $65.00!!

14a. Hexagon classic ivory chinoiserie scene on all sides of this fabulous caddy

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14b. Round tea caddy style jar in pale blue with soft colored all chinoiserie scene

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ITEM 15. Extra large handpainted ivory solid wood brackets/ sconces. These regal beauties measure 16″ x 20″ $115 each SOLD

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ITEM 16. A few ginger jars without tops, they are perfect to use for floral arrangements as I often put my weekly fresh flower purchases in these, they look great with flowers.

16A This one includes a top but it has a slight crack 8″ x 8″  $55.00

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16B. This one does not have a top  same as above $40.00 SOLD

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16C. This large vase is a stunner, no top measures 12″ x 12.5″  $60.00 SOLD

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ITEM 17. Last pheasant vase, beautiful piece, 17.5″ tall $85.00 SOLD

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ITEM 18. Last one of each of these wonderful colored handpainted jars, beautiful quality. Measures 7.5″ x 8′ Either one $70.00

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18B. SOLD

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ITEM 19. Amazing pair of large chunky metal rattan design hurricanes, really exceptionally pretty. I have these in my own home. Large 13,5″ x 7″ $85.00 med 8.5″ x 6″ $65.00

or $135.00 for both   SOLD

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ITEM 20. Incredible high quality large multi colored classic garden seat, hexagon shaped. This is exceptional, measures 19″ x 14.5″ $205.00 retails for almost double

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ITEM 21. Wonderful pair of turquoise porcelain pagodas, these are so easy to use with any vignette or even as bookends, measure 6.5″ x 3″, pair is  is $48.00

ONE PAIR LEFT

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ITEM 22. Last two of this beautiful emperor ginger jar, classic scenery and beautiful handpainting on these wonderful jars, 17.5″ x 11.5″ $165.00, almost $100 off! SOLD

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ITEM 23. Last square ginger jar, these are so beautiful and highly decorative. Lid is wrapped,  measures 12.5″ tall $80.00 (painted on both sides) SOLD

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ITEM 24. Last couple of these pretty handpainted lamps, in a pale blue/periwinkle or pale pink/dusty rose and gold. Really fabulous for a guest or girls room! The base alone (not including electrical socket measures 15″ x 7″)  $75.00 either color, an unbelievable price!!

19A. Pale blue w/gold

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19B. Pale pink w/gold

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ITEM 25. Last pair of white foo dogs, antiqued and stunning. 11.5″ x 8″ $95.00 for pair SOLD

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ITEM 26. EXCEPTIONAL deals on these last few oversized giant porcelain fishbowls. These you might know retail for over $1500 in most places. Today they are almost a quarter of that!!! These must be shipped freight so contact us for a shipping quote. These dont’ get prettier, handpainted on the entire circumference of the fishbowl…amazing indoors or out. Perfect for large palm tree, boxwoodS, fruit trees,etc……

26A This regal beauty is 24 x 22 and comes with a lid you can use with or without,  $325.00!!!! 1 LEFT

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26B. This wonderful design is a classic, 20″ x 20″ $300.00 2 LEFT

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ITEM 27. Beautiful vanity boxes, besides needing a polish (the shorter one) these are so beautiful. Last one of each and one cake spade. All three pieces would be $60.00.

22A. Either vanity box $30.00!  Silver cake spade is $10.00

The silver topped one measures 4.5″ x 5.5″ and the taller one is 8″ x 4′”

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ITEM 28. A stunning bracket, painted in antique white, the hand carving is unbelievable and this beauty is solid wood. 13″ x 14″ $85.00 each, unheard of!

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ITEM 29. Incredible handpainted classic scenery scalloped plates/ platters. These don’t get prettier and you will never find these for $85.00 each. Large and even more spectacular in person. 17.5″ round with elegant scalloped shaped border.  Solid wood plate stand is $10.00

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ITEM 30. Fabulous navy and white cherry blossom garden seat 18.5″ x 14″ An unbelievable price of $135!!  1 LEFT

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31A. Fabulous etched scalloped handled wine coolers/planter in large. Beautiful with handles on either side, beautiful rimmed detailing and etch work. This doubles as a large planter or wastepaper basket. Both can be used as wine coolers or planter. Large only 10″ x 13″ $70.00 2 LEFT

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32B. This wonderful small/med tray is a beauty great for candies, berries, vegetables, etc…measures 10,5″ x 5″ $45.00  1 LEFT

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ITEM 33C. This incredible square tray is as beautiful for serving as it would be display..just love the pierced detailing! Measures 14″x  14″ and is really showstopping! I love it for a bar to use for bottles, for serving, the pierced detailing is just exquisite. $90.00

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ITEM 34D. Gorgeous large scalloped pierced tray with handles and elegant feet,  could so see this as an elegant bar tray or on a ladies vanity top! Measures 20″ x 10″ $135.00

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Funny because I see these things every single day yet even this post has me excited and dreaming up all kinds of new ways to use some of these. Great deals if you know your prices, email all orders to orders@enchantehdome.com or you can call between 9:30-5 to 1-800-804-9565. Thank you as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week! Until next time……

PS Two more days to throw your name in the hat for the Horchow holiday giveaway, click here

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Seven on Sunday

Hello and a very happy Mothers Day to everyone! First off I want to announce the winner of the chinoiserie planter giveaway! Congratulations goes to-

#119 LINDA CASHMAN

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to provide your planter choice and shipping details

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Today is a day that all of us mothers get to put our feet up (hopefully) and get treated like the priceless gems that we all are. NO job is as grueling nor as rewarding as that of being a mother, and it’s a 24/7 hour gig as we all know:) So it’s nice to have a day that is all about us…enjoy it, I know I plan to!

We hope,  after a week of non stop rain, gray skies and cool temps but they are predicting a sunny afternoon:)  We, however woke up to more rain AGAIN this morning so I am not so sure.  I am hoping to go and putter in my little garden later  and then hang out with my family. My son came home from college a few nights ago ….it’s so good to have him home, best gift ever!

We are supposed be heading into the city later but if the sun does come out we may stay home and BBQ, no matter what, it will be so nice for it to be all five of us together again:)

It was so cute, the night my son came home at 2am after a delayed flight, he came in exhausted but sooo happy and almost giddy to be home. I almost thought he missed Teddy as much as he did me, and the two of them slept on the sofa in the family room, it was so cute to see that sweet reunion of best buds.

So today is my Seven on Sunday where I share with you seven things that got my attention and here we go….

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1 MY SHOWHOUSE MURAL. This came out sooo beautiful, thank you Paul MontgomeryA powder room became available last minute at the showhouse that I am going to next week (click here for info) as a designer had to step down. So I stepped up to the plate.

This was a challenge, doing everything from afar, and a little nail biting since I tend to be very OCD about everything. Thanks to Paul Montgomery, this little powder room has instantly gone from plain Jane to belle of the ball. Just look at this mural!

I will be sure you to show you the finished space when its all said and done….stay tuned! And if you are in the Nashville area, by all means come on down!! Click here for info on the showhouse and here for Paul Montgomery Studios.

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The blue under the chair rail has since been painted another more muted blue (that one was based on the original mural which was brighter)

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2. MY LITTLE GARDEN. I was determined this year to have a working albeit small garden. Last year was rather pathetic and I vowed to step it up this year so I took pride and care to create a garden that hopefully, fingers crossed will thrive! With all the rain we have had this past week suffice to say, it’s gotten plenty of nourishment:)

A number of you have asked about where I got the raised beds..good ‘ol Home Depot. If I were to do this again I would have painted them a beautiful glossy moss green, that would be stunning- maybe next year!

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3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST This week is heavy on the flowers and so many are just so breathtaking….but this first tiny cutie really stole my heart in honor of Cinco de Mayo! Lots of beauty this week….

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4. FAVORITE PILLOWS. I have relied on Studio Tullia for beautiful blue and white pillows ever since we moved here. I got another recent batch including a fabulous monogrammed pillow new to the Enchanted Home collection and went outside to “play” on a rare afternoon of no rain (it only lasted an hour)!

I added my garden bench and gorgeous thriving mega Mrytle topiary in my newest small fishbowl…and loved the effect of all that blue and white against the green.  Click here to see them all.…they are simply exquisite!

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5. FOR ALL MOTHERS OUT THERE. I found myself nodding to almost each and every one of these….and how many of you have heard and found yourself repeating these very things? This was way too sweet, funny and on the mark to not share with all the mothers out there…..

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6. MONOGRAMMED NAPKINS THAT I AM SMITTEN OVER.  As my new site is being worked on behinds the scenes, there are going to be a number of changes/improvements. A lot of expansion and overall a much much better site, way more user friendly and a whole new look.I think you will love it!

One area that will be expanded upon is the monogrammed linens. I am so excited for what lies ahead and this sneak peek might just get you excited too….is there anything more stylish than a crisp white cocktail napkin with an oversized monogram? I don’t think so!

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And my newest set of monogrammed napkins in the pagoda font…it’s a  love affair:)

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7. A MOVIE I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE. This is going to be so entertaining…can’t wait til it comes out next week.  They say it takes a village and this documentary proves it does indeed, to create the spectacle and epic Met Gala event that is “the” event of the year. From beautifully dressed to downright wacky, yes fashion really is a form of art, isn’t it. Nonetheless, this is going to be good!

PS Is that Anna aka “Ice queen” almost cracking a smile?

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Any thing here get your attention? Would love to hear what is on your agenda on this most important day:)

I just want to end this by saying hello and a very Happy Mother’s Day to my #1 fan…… my own mom, who I love to the moon and back. I am so sorry we are not together this year but we most definitely will be next! Hope your day is wonderful, relaxing and deserving of the person you are and have always been to me….I am a lucky girl who continues to aspire to be just like you, I love you Mom!

And to all my wonderful readers and friends out there, wishing you the same. Enjoy, until next time…..

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My epic Enchanted Home Love Contest submissions are in full swing- I filled up so fast I opened it up a bit and have room for about another 8-10 pictures. One super lucky winner will win a YEAR’S WORTH of Enchanted Home products!  Click here for the details

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Seven on Sunday

Hello and Happy Sunday to you. First order of the day is to announce the winners from the poll giveaway-

#55 Bonnie

#208 Mary Jo Miller

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to claim your prizes

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Woke up to a howling wind, 40 degrees and a touch of S N O W on the ground??!!!??! What is going on..this has to stop and fast!  It has been a super busy week for me,  nonstop with a few exciting e design jobs, preparing for my incoming containers within the next two weeks, working on my new site and lots going on behind the scenes.

So after a busy busy work week, I am taking the day off and going to NYC today with a friend to see a show, nothing beats spring in NYC (even if I have to wear my winter coat  and it feels like winter again)! Hope whatever you are up to is fun and relaxing. Here we go…..

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1 THE INCOMPARABLE SHARON OF MY COUNTRY FRENCH HOME. If you don’t know about Sharon of My French Country Home,  then you will be happy I am introducing you!   I consider her to be a friend as we “met” through our blogs. I have followed her almost since I started blogging and always been thoroughly enchanted by her beautiful life in France, her storybook cottage of a home, her elegant yet casual soirees and well just about anything she posts about!

Now she has moved onto to other ventures, with the same unmistakable french flair. Producing these amazing vidoes plus she is hosting a flower tour in France “Flowers in Paris”, can you imagine anything more fun or more beautiful than taking a flower tour through Paris? Oui Oui!! This has my name all over it, can you imagine how fun this might be!! You must see both of these videos….trust me:) Bravo Sharon, so well done!! Click here to visit her blog and find out more…..

 

And check out this teaser video all about her new book on  stylish girlfriends in France, cannot wait till it comes out as I am always learning something from the French Almost could not watch it, it had me soooooo wanting to be there! So stylishly done….and you gotta hand it to those French:)

 

 

2. HAVE A SECOND HOME?  If so this might interest you. A friend told me about this company,  “3rd Home”, a luxury home exchange club that targets high end,  discerning travelers looking for  beautiful  second homes away from home.

In my friends case,  they were looking for a home that could accommodate both her family and some extended family going on a ski trip this Thanksgiving. They own a home in Cape Cod which they don’t use a lot so this program made a lot of sense for them.

They booked it and she has heard great things while also listing her own second home. This one specializes in owners 2nd and 3rd homes, so typically they are things like beach homes, ski chalets, etc…Have I peaked your interest? Look at some of the offerings….and click here to learn more about 3rd Home.

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3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. I so love this batch of inspiration this Sunday, it speaks to the warming weather, beautiful flowers, spring happenings with  a healthy dose of gorgeous monograms thrown in…..

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4. INCREDIBLE PILLOWS. So excited to be collaborating with one of my favorite pillow makers in the world..Studio Tulia. Thanks to her my patio comes alive in a blue and white dream every spring/summer.

Suzanne has excellent taste and offers beautiful pillows for a fraction of what they might cost in a high end shop. So in honor of my love of blue and white, we have started a small collection of pillows together. You must check them out here…..stay tuned as a special promotion will be offered Tuesday.

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5. AN EVENING WITH FRIENDS. Friday night we had over 4 couples for a causal dinner and movie night…it was long overdue and so much fun. I could see this becoming a regular occurrence:) I took my three tier wooden server and filled it with a healthy but delicious Mediterranean inspired spread, we ate kebobs, rice and salad for dinner and ended  with a big tray of fresh fruit and mini homemade ice cream sandwiches. I did an impromtu post on it yesterday but here is a peek (click here if you want to see the entire post)

Had many ask about this fabulous new serving piece, sold out on Friday but am getting more within about 8 days (you can see it here)

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6. A NEW MONOGRAM SOURCE TO OBSESS OVER. Oh boy….this one could do me in. You know my obsession with monograms, well Hempstead Thread is a sensational find. Not that I need a single item, mind you but how could I resist!! Just look at all of these beauties and imagine all the possibles…click here for her Etsy shop and here for her website. You can thank me later:)

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7. FISHBOWL LOVE! I cannot get enough of the look of a large fishbowl filled with just about anything but especially a large palm, boxwoods, a huge hydrangea plant. There are few things they don’t look incredible with. I am preparing to finish up my next order mostly of fishbowls but as stated earlier am taking preorders on this, as these are large and heavy, therefore a difficult item to stock.

So…..if you are one who was interested in them click here to see the ones that are coming in and here is some beautiful fishbowl inspiration (today is the last day to add onto this order) You can contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

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So that’s  what has inspired me this week, anything  new on your radar? As always thank you for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Here is what is happening this coming week-

Which would you choose with a very special Neiman Marcus giveaway

My dining room drapes reveal

Bluff Diaries chapter 3

+ great giveaways (the pillow giveaway and the final batch of the warehouse blowout)

Enjoy your day, until next time……

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Seven on Sunday

Happy Easter and happy Sunday to you!  Beautiful day here,  spring has officially arrived even though its a bit cool, I am not complaining.  I am just about ready to start planning and plodding for my planters and garden:)

This Easter is a little different,  I am not hosting family, as this year we are all over the place,  so  we are meeting our 2 older sons in the city for an afternoon together and an early dinner at a favorite restaurant. It will above all be quite relaxing for me to take a break from hosting duties though I look forward to doing it next year:)

Hope whatever you are up to is wonderful and enjoyable, today is a family day….and those are always my favorite! Here we go with my Seven on Sunday……

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1 THIS IS HOW YOU DO “ONE”!  Be prepared for cuteness overload! This adorable littler cherub who I discovered on good ol Instagram stole my heart. Reminds me so much of my “baby” who now towers over me, but he was a blonde, pudgy, cherubic happy baby just like this little princess who just celebrated her first birthday. How cute….too cute to not share:) You too can follow this darling account at Tiffanyraina by clicking here

 

 

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2. ENCHANTED HOME NEWS. So many good things happening…..waiting for my porcelain and silver containers to arrive, then by end of April will get in the most exquisite chinsoierie tole pieces that I have gotten to date, SO excited about this batch!  Getting in lots of planters, bathroom accessories (wastepaper basket and tissue holders), gorgeous trays, sconces and lamps. There are not enough rooms for how/where I would want to use all these beauties:) Click here to visit my shop and see my current items…..

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Also many had asked about this gorgeous pillows months ago when I featured them in my own home, happy to say they are finally back in stock! Will be added on to the shop site as soon as my IT guy is back in town but they are 18 x 18 and are $175.00 with down inserts and beautiful tassel trim details. Contact me directly if you want to purchase at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

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3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST This week my favorites are decidedly heavy on spring, lots of flowers, blue and white, with beautiful food and a cherubic baby thrown in for good measure. Ahhh, the inspiration just keeps on coming…..

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4. A RECIPE WORTH SHARING. I like to periodically share recipes that are proven and worthy of talking about. This one is quite easy and oh so delicious. You can serve it with a side of vegetables or zucchini spaghetti and keep it light or of course go a bit more decadent and offer up a side of pasta or potato. Either way this is really really good! Click here to visit Menu Musings for the recipe and a very detailed “how to”

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5. LUNCH TABLE FOR TWO. Had one of my closest friends come over last week and got to enjoy my flower’s last day in bloom:) It was nice to take a break from a hectic week for what I call a “Downton Abby” moment:)  Set up this pretty little table for two. In the spring, I  love the combination of fresh springy green with blue and white…it’s so crisp and clean plus we know flowers make everything prettier:)

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6. CUTE SHOE ALERT. I bought a pair which  I shared with you a few week so of Dune London sandals which I love and are actually really comfortable, best part they are so affordable. So upon further looking couldn’t resist a few more pair to add to my spring/summer wardrobe. Got the first pair in and they fit like a glove and actually are really light and comfortable, looks great too!

These wedges are adorable, its hard to find a good looking pair of white shoes and love the blush too, adore  the cutout detailing…..plus so affordable click here

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These are so pretty, love the heel, not too tall but just enough, could see these dressed up or down,can’t wait to get them.  click here

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OK this is not a shoe but how chic is this navy and white striped gown/dress…so perfect for a summer wedding or soiree. We were invited to a wedding at a yacht club about 5 years ago and this would have been so perfect……click here

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And this one is so elegant…..love it and the price was fair, thought it would have been much more……oh if only one of my boys would allow me to host them a blue and white wedding:) Click here

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7.EASTER INSPIRATION.  It is only fitting that I close this post with a bevy of beautiful inspiring Easter table and flower inspiration…….surely makes me wish I was hosting this year!

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And Williams Sonoma knows how to celebrate Easter in style, just look at all of these wonderful ideas….

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I can see these dishes on a table filled with pink cherry blossoms…….gorgeous!

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And you cannot find cuter muffin pans or cookie cutters…..kind of makes me wish my kids were little again, they would have LOVED this (well maybe they still will)?

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And I bet they will all be on sale later or tomorrow once Easter is over so it will be a great time to stock up for next year!

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So there you have what’s new in my little world, how about you? Hope you have a wonderful and joyous Easter for those who celebrate. Thank you as always for stopping in, love to hear from you and feel so lucky this Easter Sunday for so many things, not the least of which is your friendship and support! Until next time…..

Also today is the last day for the amazing presale on the incoming silver container (ends tonight), also holding a giveaway so be sure to add your name to the hat! Winner to be announced on Monday. Click here

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Seven on Sunday

Happy Valentine’s Day friends! I just first have to say THANK YOU for the many many comments from my post on the results of the poll, click here if you missed it. I welled up reading so many of your incredible, heartfelt comments and emails,? you are seriously the best and are the reason I do what I do with such joy and passion.? Period!

Hope you are having a wonderful day, it is bitterly cold here, below zero with the wind chills and since I have been under the weather, we are not moving a toe to get outside. So? looks like our V day will be a cozy affair for two inside by the fireplace. Here we go with my Seven on Sunday….

 

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1 FABULOUS WORK OF JOANNA BAKER. I still love my logo on my blog as much as I did the first day I saw it……Joanna just nailed it. She is such a talent and a real sweetie and gem to work with too.

In case you are in need of a custom drawing, or even a fabulous gift idea like one of her super chic phone cases, calendars, gift card boxes, etc……click here to see her incredible array of product offerings. Just look at how talented she is……..

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2. PARTY PREP WITH TANTAWAN! I featured the work of Tantawan Bloom? about a month ago and must say his floral genius is off the charts. I have always thought the most exciting part of any party is the setting up on the day of. I am like a kid in a candy shop…by far that is my most favorite aspect of party planning, watching a dream and vision come to life.

These little videos of him working his magic the day of are pretty spectacular and I could watch them over and over they sure have me dreaming! Some seriously incredible inspiration here, click here to find out more about this floral genius.

And this one really exemplifies just how work goes into each of these incredible “productions”…….A? LOT!

 

Another breathtaking showstopper…..makes me want to plan a wedding in the worst way! (Boys are you? listening)???? This and the first are my absolute faves……

 

 

3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. I am in love with too many things this week!! Instagram sends my senses into overdrive but this week was particularly fabulous with a heavy emphasis on all that is pretty and sweet in honor of Valentines Day:)? Here are my favorites…..

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4. FISH TACOS ANYONE? I LOVE fish tacos…I equate them with summer, Montauk and Bostwick’s (in Amagansett) however I can bring a little slice of summer right into my own home as I have learned to make a mighty good fish taco,which I am going to share with you-

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You need

  • I use about 1.5-2 lbs of fish (I get dover sole)
  • 1 bottle of McCormicks lemon dill sauce
  • Salt/pepper
  • About 2 cups of shredded cabbage (can add about 1/4 cup of corn? if you want)
  • Lots of fresh lime
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo (calls for 1/2 cup but 1/4 cup works fine)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp finely chopped onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Cumin and chili powder to taste
  • 1 generous bunch of cilantro ( I use a lot)

For the fish, I wash the filets, salt and pepper them, pour the lemon dill sauce (about half the bottle)? generously over the fish and bake for about 25 minutes until done and flaky at around 350 OR you can sautee in a pan but baking is easier and no oil.? Meanwhile in a food processor add the cilantro, garlic, onion, yogurt, mayo and spices and puree until smooth (will see green flecks). Add a generous squeeze of lime juice. Add this to the shredded cabbage in a big mixing bowl (you can refrigerate for an hour or so ahead of time)

In a sautee pan pour a light coating of olive oil and fry the tortillas until they start to bubble (less than a minute) on both sides. Take off, put in plate and add a generous portion of fish and top with a heap of the cabbage. Squeeze lime over entire taco and get ready to enjoy a little bit of heaven:)

 

5. ONE AND ONLY OSCAR! I felt like I died and went to couture heaven seeing Oscar de La Renta’s incredible new spring 2016 collection….wow! So many exquisite pieces, many felt so perfect in tie for Valentines Day.? If one is going to splurge on something really extra fabulous, I think it has to be an Oscar…they simply don’t? get any prettier.

If only I was going to a Valentines Ball:) So I did the next best thing….ordered these fabulous blue and white pjs and robe (below), couldn’t resist, he must have had me in mind when he designed them.

Click here to see entire incredible collection….

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And are these pjs and robe, are they pretty or what, of course I had to treat myself to a little Valentines Day gift for moi-

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These are so chic…..Click here

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Cannot wait to snuggle up in this robe…love it! Click here

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I love these especially since they are cotton so had to get them, they were calling my name! Click here

 

6. FABULOUS NEW PILLOWS. So excited to be working with Studio Tullia on a fun collaboration of (mostly) blue and white pillows. Not a? minute too soon to start thinking about getting those patios in tip top shape.? It might be 2 degrees outside but I find myself day dreaming of warmer weather and getting to go outside again…cannot wait.

I will be offering these fabulous new pillows in a great promotion coming up this week, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek……click here to see all the pillow goodness over at Studio Tullia.

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7. KIDS AND POLITICS…This was so cute, had to share. Kids really do say the darndest? things especially when prompted by the always funny Jimmy Kimmel….

 

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Those kids are the cutest…….you can always rely on the honest and authentic voice of a child for a little “perspective”! Hope you saw something here that excited or delighted and hope you have a wonderful and extra sweet Valentines day whatever you might be up to. Thanks for stopping in,until next time….

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Seven on Sunday

Hi everyone hope you are having a? great weekend. First things first, time to announce the winner of the surprise Horchow travel giveaway, congratulations goes to-

#163 JENNIFER NOBLE

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to claim your prize

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Our weekend was much more uneventful than last weekend (the blizzard). So happy that is but a distant memory though we have plenty of reminders around us (heaps of snow).

Some of our plans were curtailed as my husband has been sick so we had to bow out of? dinner with friends and we missed going on Friday night to the Winter Antiques Show in NYC which is always a drool worthy event so crossing my fingers for today, last day! The Winter Antiques Show has so much beauty under roof, always an amazing event to be a part of.

I want to thank every single one of you and so far it’s 440 and counting that have participated in my readers poll for my shop….wowza!! I was blown away by how many took part and reading over your comments is just beyond gratifying (even those that offer constructive criticism thankfully there were only 2 or 3 of those) but I so appreciate all of the feedback more than you know. It will help me to be improve and evolve, I so look forward to reading the rest today. Click here if you missed it.? And here we go with my Seven on Sunday……

 

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1 A BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ. Every now and then you pick up a book that just stays with you, a book so powerful, poignant and equally spectacular. A book? that changes your perspective a bit. This is one such book, not to mention there is a forward by another favorite author Abraham Verghese (wrote one of my faves, Cutting for Stone).

Cannot recommend When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi? highly enough, just be sure you have a brand new box full of tissues, it will pull at your heartstrings from start to finish. This courageous story is brilliantly and breathtakingly told by a promising young neurosurgeon only in his thirties, who learns of his terminal cancer fate.? There is also a fabulous write up in the Times about the book (click here to read), one of the best books I have ever read and equally heartbreaking.? Truly a must read! Click here

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2. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Always look forward to this because I get so share my faves on Instagram….just astounds? me how there is never a shortage of incredible and beautiful inspiration to share!! Here are my picks this week.-

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3. PILLOW POWER. You know my feelings on pillows….adore them! I have some incredible pillows that will be part of an exclusive line coming up for The Enchanted Home very soon. In the meantime needed a pair for my window seat by the backdoor to finish off the space and found a beautiful duo over at? Pop O’Color.

Upon further looking I found so many gorgeous pillows, my head was spinning! It worked out because I have an edesign customer looking to give her patio a spruce up (lives in Cali, lucky lady so she gets to use it year round). Came up with 8 fabulous pillows that could all be interchanged, she is in the process of deciding now…..all so pretty! Click here to view all of Pop o’ Color’s? pillows….and be on the lookout for a very exciting pillow promotion coming this way soon.

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4. MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS. With Valentines Day fast approaching, throngs of incurable romantics will start if they have not already making rezey’s at their favorite restaurants. We have a tradition of going with one of our best friends every year, so we always look forward to that.? Town and Country magazine did a write up on the most romantic restaurants in each state, these below got my attention! Click here to see them all

 

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White Barn Inn in Maine…I MUST go!

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Another beauty, Whitefish Lake restaurant in Montana, adding it to my list!

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Beautiful….at the Brown Hotel in Denver (Palace Arms)

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Ahh yes this looks incredibly romantic, have been here, Brown’s Beach in Waimea….amazing and your toes are practically in the water.

5. GORGEOUS WALLPAPER. I love wallpaper and now am very excited I will have another house to use it in:) I love it in bedrooms and bathrooms in particular or small foyers.

Working with an edesign customer right now who is using paper in two rooms so am having a ball getting to see all the latest and greatest.? Here are some beauties that got my attention lately…..

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I could see this in a beautiful bedroom or powder bathroom! Schumacher

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The two beauties above are from Thibaut…they never disappoint!

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This is from Zoffany, maker of some beautiful papers

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How fun is this! Thibaut offered in 4 colorways, love it!

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This will be going in my PB powder room, always love the Toile des Nantes, a classic!

6. SPEAKING OF FOOD. There is a food blogger/chef/instagrammer whose photography of food is just sublime……Dennis The Prescott knows his food!!. No matter what he posts rest assured it is gorgeous……it is impossible to look at his pictures on an empty stomach without craving one of his delectable meals, lets just say food has never looked so beautiful.

His photography is unbelievable and worth sharing, take a look at this artistry in food, and please do not blame me for suddenly craving a full on meal at 9am! Click here to visit his site and here to follow him on Instagram🙂

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7. PAJAMA ALERT! Every year I go on a pajama shopping spree, I take my pajamas VERY seriously….you have no idea how excited I am to come in from a busy day to know I am home for the day, first thing I do is put on a cozy pair of pajamas. (this especially applies in the colder months).? I favor a traditional? pajama and am fussy about them, so I consider myself to be a pajama connoisseur:) These are a few that I recently got and I am loving them-

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If you want to know what it feels like to sleep on a cloud, you MUST get these, soooo soft and? they last forever have bought this brand for awhile, click here

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Think I could get away with wearing these out and about? Just kidding, kind of:) Click here

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This was a no brainer and are so soft and comfy, click here

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And these are my all time favorite slippers, a friend gave them to me a few years ago for my bday, I just reordered them, SO cozy!!! Click here

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And there you? have it…anything here excite, delight or amuse you? Hope whatever you are up to this weekend is fun and mostly relaxing. I could happily stay in my pjs all day long but there are things to do and places to go. Thank you as always for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day and end to your weekend. Until next time…..

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Two things-

If you didn’t enter my drawing/poll for a chance to win one of two porcelain goodies, click here

Annabel Ingall promo just started (ends Monday) click here to visit

Current Promotion

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The amazing world of Quadrille!

**ENCHANTED HOME LOVE CONTEST REMINDER**

 

Some examples of past entries-

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I have room for a few? more pictures for my Enchanted Home Love Contest! Please send in your pictures that feature an item you bought from me. Put “contest” on subject line of email and send to theenchantedhome@gmail.com (max 2 pictures)

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Hi friends! I am back and well rested. Will tell you all about it later in the week. Oh how I love this line of such gorgeous fabrics and wallpaper. Quadrille kind of makes me want to buy a new house just so I can start the decorating process all over again:) I had a great grouping of pillows done in my old house by them which I greatly regret selling along with many of our furnishings to the people who bought our house.

I recently bought more of the Bali Hai fabric and am having pillows made, not sure if I will use them in the lower level and/or possibly outside when spring rolls around but trust me they will find a great resting place! I am also loving it in the green, you know how I? love that rich mossy green so getting a sample of that too, and might just look for a spot for those as well!

In case you are not familiar with Quardrille, welcome to their beautiful world of fabrics and wallpapers. Just feast your eyes on all of the beautiful rooms their product line has graced and at the end some of my favorite fabrics. Enjoy!

 

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In case you need any more convincing, they make the best pillows….

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So many beauties….see anything you love?? Are you familiar with Quadrille already?? I could close my eyes and pick any one of them and be thrilled…..love everything they make! Such beautiful items..click here to see more from Quadrille! Thank you for stopping in, until next time……

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PS Don’t forget to send in those pictures for the contest ! Today is the last day……email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

SEVEN ON SUNDAY

Hi there and happy Sunday to you. First order of business is to announce the lucky winner of the blue and white vase giveaway from my guest post over at Design Chic. Congratulations goes to-

#8? Leslie Sinclair says

? One of my favorite bloggers!!! Tina is the best!!! xo

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com so that you can choose your style jar and it can be on it’s way!
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Low key weekend over here, and it’s a beautiful one. Crisp and cool…just how I like it! I? have a friend coming in from NYC and we may venture to a local fall festival and will likely let Teddy tag along:) Did a? little antiquing too which is always fun as you never know what you might find!

Hope whatever you are up to is wonderful and relaxing. Here are my seven things I am loving this week…….

 

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1. RUN DON’T WALK TO GET THIS BOOK. OK after a stressful day the other day, I came home to a great big package at my door. When I saw that it was from Random House, I got excited…….good things come from RH! Then upon opening it and seeing it was the hot off the presses much anticipated new book , Carolyne Roehm at Home in the Garden,? I jumped for joy and promptly canceled my evening plans so I could sit down and properly devour every page and devour I did…….total heaven!

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Bottom line? This book does not disappoint and in fact is? like a great movie that you don’t want to end…this book is the same. It is enormously oversized and filled with an abundance of huge glossy images that are just sublime and truly take your breath away.? It will get all of your senses in overdrive in the best way possible. Surely one of my new favorite books of all time……so beautiful! Click here to get your very own discounted to boot (presale, as it officially comes out Oct 27th)

A little “teaser”-

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2. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Never short on beautiful inspiration to share…..in fact sometimes it’s hard to draw the line, but here are this weeks favorites, with a healthy does of gorgeous fall inspiration-

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3. A LITTLE BIT OF FALL IN MY HOME. I am admittedly very late to the “getting my house in fall mode” party. Between no longer having young kids who delight and anticipate my fall decorating touches and being super busy.

I just haven’t had the time is the bottom line,? not to mention? my impatients are still blooming and? look too good to rip out, the guilt would kill me.? But I added a few small things here and there to celebrate my favorite season!

Amazing how far a large box of about 30 little white gourds can go….

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4. GORGEOUS NEW FABRICS. Working with an e design customer and having such fun as I always do playing with fabrics….this Tilton Fenwick fabric from Duralee Soskin got me started? and I am loving this with her rug for a pair of chairs, it is really beautiful and so luxurious, as it’s a raised velvet and simply fabulous.

The tablecloth I had custom made from the olive version of Soskin? sold right away at the gala but I am having a duplicate done I loved it so much:) I got extra fabric and am having two? more tablecloths made (that were orders) and pillows…really love this fabric! Then of course I started looking at other Tilton Fenwick fabrics and my mind started racing with ideas……

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And a few other fabulous Tilton Fenwick fabrics I am loving…it;s a line that really appeals to me, click here to view all

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5. THE MOST DARLING LITTLE CHERUB! One of my readers sent in a picture of her baby..and I could not resist sharing (of course with her permission). Looks just like a little doll….and love her name, Ruby! I want to reach in and pinch (very very gently) those sweet chubby rosy cheeks:)? Is she not the cutest?

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6. TWO NEW BOOTS! I always get a pair or two of all weather boots for my closet as winters here are long, brutal and cold and I am hearing murmurs of a a lot of snow…ugh! Really like these cute new pair from Hunter, great length and love the faux furry trim detail. Click here for details…

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Then these from Frye fit so well…love them, an over the knee boot looks amazing with everything from pants, jeans to skirts. Also flattering as it lengthens the leg and you never heard a woman say she wants her legs to look to look shorter, right:) These fit really well and can be worn with the flap up or down…….nice soft leather too:) Click here for details

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And these I have from last year but happy to see Tory Burch is making them still, love them so much might get another pair for safe keeping, they are super warm and so pretty! Click here for details

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6. THE FOO DOGS ARE COMING! Along with a bunch of other amazing new porcleains! I will be getting a new container of porcelains sometimes around mid November and can hardly wait.

I have some really exquisite items coming including many fishbowls, new ginger jar pairs, some colored pieces and foo dogs in several colors. They are so stylish and an instant way to add that extra little something to any vignette.

Be on the lookout for a 3 or 4 day presale within the next week to ten days. ? Here are a few that will be coming in-

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7. A NEW CONTEST…..FALL LOVE. You know I love holding these contests. I think its prime time for one called Fall Love. From today until Nov 2nd, I am accepting your fall pictures that depict fall in all it’s glory. Here are a few rules-

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  • 2 picture max per person, send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
  • Please on subject line write FALL LOVE (get lots of emails so need to put them in a separate folder/batch)
  • Can be of anything fall related and must be original ( not copied off of internet, pinterest, etc…..)
  • Accepting pictures today Oct. 18th through Nov 2nd.
  • Contest will start Nov. 3rd
  • The prize will be a fabulous new porcelain planter
  • There is a cap of 68 pictures and I will stop taking submissions once I reach that

 

Just a few ideas for great pictures-

  • Your front door decorated for fall
  • Your beautifully set fall tablescape
  • Your kids trick or treating
  • Fall foliage
  • Your planters all jazzed up for fall
  • Your pumpkin decorating skills
  • Your beloved pet loving fall!

I could go on and on….but anything fall related is welcome. I cannot wait to start getting your pictures for the Fall Love contest! Send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

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So there you have it….my Seven on Sunday. Anything here get your attention? What’s new in your world? Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and end to your weekend. Until next time…….

PS New pillow promo started late yesterday and it’s fabulous! Click here for details.

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