Seven on Sunday

Good Sunday morning to you. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here the sun and beautiful skies have come out after a few dreary, rainy and cold days.  I have a full weekend planned and setting up for a luncheon I am hosting this week so plenty to keep me busy today. Here we go with my Seven on Sunday-

1 SHUTTER COLOR IS DECIDED!! Thanks to all who chimed in about my shutter paint color last week. I hemmed and hawed and something about my final choices was not quite right. So…….I kept on trucking and knew I would find just the right color.

It had come down to Silvermist or Nimbus Gray but I wanted something with a tinge more blue and a bit less gray.  Yes my husband thought I had lost it with the amount of time I was putting into it and yes, my persistence paid off.

I found “the one”. And  am100% sure about it. I even love the name, Nantucket Fog. As I started to do some research, it appears this is also a favorite of many designers.Here you go…..

And here it is on a piece of wood to get an idea of how it will look on a shutter, love it! Its a true blue/gray a little deeper than some of the others but I took. many’s advice about the strong fading sun and think this has just enough contrast.

2.THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DENTAL OFFICE Oh my…I have never seen such a chic dental office..have you? Mine sure does not look like this, this is downright dreamy!! Summer Thornton is the mastermind behind this beautiful office, incredible!!

I always have said if I owned a traditional office like a doctors office (or dental) that I would really work to make it feel like an upscale private home and that is exactly what she did…..brava to her!

Click here to see this incredible space and others.

3 OFF SHOULDER TOPS Loving this new style…so fresh and pretty, and they just scream chic summer dressing. I had to give in and buy a few to jumpstart my summer wardrobe. You dont’ have to wear them completely off the shoulder but these are all beautiful looks for warm weather dressing.

Ordered this, it is so darling and I thought the price was a mistake, $35.00 really? Click here

Got this a few weeks ago, love this color!!! A beautiful top dressed up or down. Click here

Love navy and white together and this simple navy peasant blouse is not only so reasonable but makes dressing a cinch, click here

Considering this one, love pink and with white slacks would be perfect for a daytime or even evening outing.  So delicate and feminine…beautiful! I have a few showers coming up and this would be perfect. Click here

4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. No theme in particular this weekend,  just a random group of fabulousness! You can see I had a hard time this week narrowing it down…..

My fave of this week is this gorgeous picture….it is a sure sign of a very devoted Enchanted Home customer!

5. FABULOUS PILLOWS. I have worked with Studio Tullia. and my backyard and patios in the summer are a testament to just how much I love their pillows!

Some of the new arrivals from Studio Tullia have me swooning and daydreaming about a little tweaking of my very own:) Click here to see more…

 

6. PROVENCE PLANTER MAKEOVER! So with the planting season on our doorstep, lots of us are starting to think about coming out of hibernation and the great outdoors. Of course that means sprucing up our patios and of the first impression people get….our front doors!

So happy the Provence planters are coming back in about 2 weeks! I love giving “Provence planter makeovers”. This is a recent one when a customer needed some direction on her front door. A beautiful home that deserved an equally beautiful front door welcome. The planters presently there were way too small and actually dwarfed everything around it. When it doubt go a little bigger, not smaller.

She wasn’t sure about the color Provence planter she wanted, but we both decided black was the way to go. So stately and elegant, and it accents her black shutters beautifully. Take a look at the mini Provence planter makeover-

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And even tried using two smaller Provence planters by the front door…..

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7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY The other day I had forgotten my phone aka my lifeline. I was heading to an appt. and already running late,  had no time to go back and get it and felt the anxiety rising in me about not being reachable. The shock and awe of realizing I had left it behind was telling:)  I contemplated turning around but didn’t because it would have delayed me and I couldn’t be late.

So the strangest thing happened, I went to my appt. anxiety and all, then ran a few errand afterwards and you know what? I LOVED the freedom it gave me,  I also loved the idea of unplugging (a happy accident) and taking in everything around me instead of hearing the beeps and rings go off and being distracted by my phone as is often the case.

There was something incredibly freeing about it and I really enjoyed the 3 hours or so that I didn’t have my phone. Make no mistake when I got back it looked like a mini airplane terminal with all the sights, sounds and lights going off at once from various people trying to reach me (and that includes solicitors). But I realized not only can I live without it but I actually liked being without it. And vowed to start doing this on a regular basis. Even if for an hour, it is good for mind, body and soul.

What do you think? Do you regularly “unplug” or is it just unimaginable? I will be curious to see what you have to say on the matter……


That’s a wrap, thanks as always for stopping by. Tomorrow is delivery day of the huge container of porcelains, that is always an exciting day! Wishing you a wonderful day and a great end to your weekend!:) Until next time….

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The making of a sunroom……

Hello and hope you are doing well on this fine spring day. So excited to bring you this post! I feel a definite pep in my step now that I can walk out of the house without a jacket and scarf. Forgot just how good it feels! Plus waking up the birds chirping is a sure and welcome sign:)

I recently finished a sunroom that came out so beautiful, I could have moved right in. It was something that was done for a concept house and there was a really short window in which to complete it, what can I say….I work well under pressure! Of course I brought my signature blue and white to the mix as the room just called for it.

I wanted it to be light, airy and welcoming. The beautiful painted brick walls were a wonderful compliment and added a nice touch of texture. Got the beautiful and so affordable furniture from Decor Market which included the elegant sofas, gorgeous pale blue console and one of my favorite coffee tables of all time.

Everything else is from me, it was a great opportunity for me to showoff  some of my favorite things. I loved it so much I even had an ad made, which will be used down the road. So here it is!!  First a look at “behind the scenes” and then at the end is the big reveal of the professional pictures (and my ad).

Here is a “behind the scenes” as this room came together-

This is the space, a pretty painted brick wall and the big windows with the trellis mullions were a naturally pretty starting point

The lighting had to go!

First step was bringing in this fabulous indoor/outdoor rug from Decor Market,  so love it and think I may use this very rug in PB

Many have emailed me about his rug here is the link-

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Added one of my favorite coffee tables (can you believe only around $800), also from Decor Market, so chic and stylish

Comfortable classic looking English arm sofas being delivered ( from Decor Market) and we are starting to have a room!

It was the perfect place to add my blue/white bamboo lantern

The very first thing I chose was this beautiful blue. painted French looking chest (Decor Market). It was a beautiful starting point, and from here everything else came together quite effortlessly….

The “ingredients” in a holding pattern

A trusty helper hanging the brackets

And the brackets are up with my mid sized pagodas

How beautiful are these pillows! From Studio Tullia (except the middle one is part of my own collection)

Hard to believe this planter is from my faux stone line and the orchids are too! This arrangement came out so pretty, I am going to add it to my own home very soon:)

I swear my backseat needs its own reality show…you never know what you will find there!

Console looking good because let’s face it blue and white makes everything look pretty:)

LOVE the Provence planters filled with fresh palms, the picture of elegance!

THE BEST PART! So are you  ready to see the beautiful professional pictures, and let’s face it, nothing can hold a candle next to those. Rest your eyes on these gorgeous pictures…….

And here is my ad-

SOURCES-

Sofa, rug, coffee table and blue painted console are all from Decor Market

All porcelain accessories, mirror and bamboo lantern are from my shop, Enchanted Home Shop

All pillows (except green velvet) is from Studio Tullia

Provence planters are from my shop, Enchanted Home Shop but today is the final day of the presale which includes these Provence planters at special pricing CLICK HERE to see

PSSST…….Don’t forget to check out the awesome flash sale going on for outdoor rugs, so many beautiful rugs all at amazing prices. Click here to view

Thanks for stopping in, hope you enjoyed this post as I sure enjoyed putting this beautiful space together. Wishing you a wonderful day, until next time……

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A very special birthday luncheon…

Good Tuesday morning to you,  I first want to announce the name of the winner of the beautiful silver pitcher. Congratulations goes to-

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

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So a few weeks ago I hosted a very special birthday luncheon for a dear and special friend. I wanted to create a pretty summery vibe, to take advantage of the last few summer days.  I decided that I  would let the gorgeous rich purple hydrangeas that I found in the flower market be my starting point. Go figure…I never have liked purple but when paired with blue and white, it is without question a winning combination!

So then the ideas started coming together. I really wanted to have my beautiful Bali Hai fabric from Quadrille made into a tablecloth but there was not time so I managed to make it work (as long as you weren’t looking too closely) LOL. This is very “me”. I get an idea in my head and will not budge so seams, cutting the fabric on the spot and all….I made it work:)

I decided to divide this into two posts, one on the meal and prep plus a few recipes I think you will want to have.  But today is all about the fluff…that would be the pretty table:)

I took some pictures with my Nikon and included those at the bottom, so here is how it all went down-

 

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You know all great get togethers start with beautiful flowers right? In this case, these purple beauties caught my eye and were the starting point for a rich vibrant summer table.

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And soon enough after fresh cuts and putting them in very hot water (a secret to them lasting longer) I made this pretty centerpiece arrangements and started putting all the other elements together

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And then I made more smaller arrangements and added little clusters to mini mint juelps which were the take home party favor

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Onto to the covered patio where I decided to set up the luncheon table, important to take advantage of the great weather while we have it! When I am planning anything small or big, I always start with some kind of color scheme.

No surprise blue and white was a big part of this. I was “trying out” different tablecloths to use underneath my make shift topper.

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The not so glamorous side to setting things up, yes that is a hole in the middle of the tablecloth, glad it was going to be hidden:)

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It was tricky trying to using the fabric as a topper but I managed somehow someway..perseverance is my middle name:)

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Adding the flowers is starting to make it all  happen:)

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Well, well well look who decided to show up and help out, my assistant aka the canine cleaner (he eats everything that drops:)

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Have a few 6 foot folding tables on hand which come in handy, I like to use them for serving food

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Love using blue and white planters as beverage holders!

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Fluffed up the pillows outside and added some fresh flowers

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One of my dishes was this super yummy baby arugula and artichoke salad

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Tah dah! It’s all set and exactly as I had hoped!

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And here are the pictures taken with my good camera, the Nikon, definitely great for close up shots as it really picks up the details-

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Since I often get emails when I do these types of posts about sources of things here is a rundown-

Blue and white china- Blue Willow

Chargers and bamboo flatware- Juliska

All porcelains- from my shop

Fabric on table- Bali Hai by Quadrille

Monogrammed napkins and silver mint juleps – my shop

All blue and white pillows- Studio Tullia

 

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So there you have the recap on this fun day…..it was honestly a labor of love. We were blessed with a gorgeous day and being surrounded by dear friends who are like sisters made me feel like the lucky one.

I will be back on Thursday with part 2 which will feature the food, recipes and entertaining ideas! Thank you as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and start to your week.

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Don’t forget-

A NEW CONTEST-

It’s time for the Enchanted Fall Love contest! As the temps start to drop and the leaves begin to fall, capture those special moments that best capture the essence of autumn!

Whether its your decorated pumpkins, flower arrangements, front door fallscape,your darling kids playing in fall leaves,  whatever…as long as it has to do with fall and you think it’s a winning shot, plesae send it in!

  • There is a cap of 70 pictures, so once 70 are received the contest is closed.
  • Accepting submissions as of today through Oct. 19th
  • Up to 2 pictures per person (please be sure they are not copied from internet and not of same exact thing)
  • Please email your winning shot(s) to theenchantedhome@gmail.com and on subject line put “Enchanted Fall Love” or “contest” (get lots of email so need to separate those)
  • You will get an acknowledgement email stating that we have received your pictures
  • The winner will win one of these amazing statuary fiberglass pumpkins in their color choice-

 

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PPS If you missed Seven on Sunday click here

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Bluff Diaries- Chapter 5

Hello! So here I am with another round of Bluff Diaries and some good news. The first two rounds of plan submissions got approved so we are well on our way. The plans are being submitted as I speak to the two builders we have narrowed it down to, landscape architect has been hired and things are rolling.

We are totally done with the interior plan so thought it would be fun to share it with you since I know many of you enjoy that kind of thing. We are still putting the finishing touches on the exterior. It’s a great plan in my opinion in that it is open living, love the wide front porches (especially the back) and there is room for everyone. Sure makes me realize that when a house is laid out properly you don’t need a ginormous home. I have a feeling we are going to really love living in this house.

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Today I want to divert a bit from the interiors (which is of course the most fun part) to the exterior. As we winnow down the process, we are having to think and submit our color choices to the board. I have a vision of a creamy white house with pale blue/gray shutters. The aluminum roofs are de rigueur down there and they happen to look really good. Occasionally you will see a wood shingle room which I also like.

We wanted to preserve the integrity of the true “low country” style while adding just a touch of Hamptons to it. I love a look of long windows with shutters, so pretty. As I start thinking more seriously about a lot of the  exterior features, I think I pretty much know what I am after. Today is all about my inspiration for the exterior, let’s go….

 

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This house above is a great example of the color scheme I envision for our future home,Home Bunch

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This is a beautiful color for shutters, Silver Gray by Benjamin Moore

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Another great example, love this! Belclaire House

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Really love the detailing on this house above, that railing!!!

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This is an example of the metal roofs that are so popular, like this color, Southern Living

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Isn’t this one fabulous front porch?

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Wood Shingle of wood siding….to be determined, have seen beautiful examples of both-

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This color light gray is what I am thinking for the roof-

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Madly in love with these carriage garage doors (painted in my colors of course) , if they can work with the budget, I would do these in a heartbeat!

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Another great example above

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Another beautiful color

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And you know gas lanterns are an absolute must! Bevolo

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Another beauty, Carolina Lanterns

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Who knew there are so many different shutter styles! Think I lean towards the raised panel or flat panel, a cleaner look

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LOVE this, this color is Dior Gray from B.Moore, this home is from Jack Arnold, did my research:)

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This beauty top and bottom is from the showhouse a few years back (when I first discovered Palmetto Bluff) these colors pretty much sum up what I am thinking…..

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Love the idea of either light herringbone brick or peacock pavers for the back porch-

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Kind of moving onto the “fluff” but surely the most fun part……I see two gorgeous  benches like these with some pretty pillows for the front porch, first impressions are everything! And down south a front porch is the first chance to make a great first impression.

White Pagoda Bench

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And a beautiful pair of planters with a boxwood topiary….

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These planters are from Authentic Provence Planters…so beautiful!

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Something along this line-

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Want to see how I can envision the front porch? Take a look….

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So that sums up in a nutshell what I am envisioning for the exterior details..of course there is much more to come but this is an overview. As we tweak the outside elevations, we are moving forward and my fingers are crossed that we will sign with a builder very soon and get this show on the road!!

If you missed the other “chapter”s on the top right of my blog where there is  a search bar you can type in “Bluff Diaries” and it will take you to the last four posts.

Thank you as always for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day. Here it’s beautiful after a very stormy day yesterday which included a serious traffic snarl driving from the city, but it’s coooold today! Go figure:) Until next time…..

PS If you missed the post “It’s All Set” about the monthly tablescapes, you must check it out, 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…..

Reminder-

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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Enchanted Home Shop musings, a poll and 2 giveaways!

Good evening friends! Hope you are having a great week, mine has been off the charts busy but a good kind of busy:) Behind the scenes, my new site is being worked on….it is coming along with much work still to do and with luck it will launch on or around May 1st. I am very excited about the site as it will not only be very user friendly but will also in some cases be easier to navigate (in terms of finding old posts/specific subjects).

Your feedback on my last poll was more helpful than you can possibly imagine….so thank you again for that. And once again I am asking for your help.

Today is a slightly different focus but I need your input once again. So first some random shop news, a poll and then to thank you for your time,  a giveaway to two lucky winners. Here we go…..

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LARGE FISHBOWLS. My incoming container that is arriving in 2 weeks, only contains a couple of fishbowls.  They did not make the containers deadline and I didn’t want to hold it up any further. So I  am working on the next shipment which will be shipping out in about 2-3 weeks and be here anywhere between late May-mid June, just in time for spring planting!

Many of you either wanted the med/lg fishbowls that I was  sold out and several of you inquired about buying even larger fishbowls. That is what this next shipment is all about.

For anyone interested in fishbowls, I am taking preorders now because this is a large item not easy to stock. They will ship by end of April. Below is the information……..email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you are interested in placing your order. (There will likely not be any extra for sale when they arrive in May). If you know the prices of big fishbowls you will recognize these bargains-

ITEM 1 This fabulous x large fishbowl is spectacular with the design around the entire bowl and  decorated on the rounded rim…calling for a huge hydrangea or palm plant! Measures 18″ x 21″w $345.00

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ITEM 2. Getting more of these mid sized fishbowls 16.5″ x 17″ $210.00

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2D. The straight version is also going to be coming back 16″ x 17.5″ $195.00

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3. This extra large fishbowl is a beauty about 18″ x 21.5″ w it is available in 2 styles, just spectacular….$349.00

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4D. Jumbo fishbowl, a gorgeous beauty! This one is huge, 23″ x 26″ $549.00 retails for double

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CHINOISERIE TOLE Another one of my favorites, cannot get enough:) Think this next batch incoming might just be my favorite of all, has me dreaming up all kinds of possible arrangements! This shipment will be here end of April/first week of May. Once it ships I will be holding a presale (1st or 2nd week of April)

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SILVER Is on its way and due here around April 12th, cannot wait, this is by far the best and prettiest silver shipment yet. A presale was held last week but I will as I always do hold a 1 or 2 day sale when it actually arrives so stay tuned if you missed out.

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PILLOWS I do well with  my pillows and you know I love them, they are classics that stand the test of time. I have also collaborated with a favorite pillow maker, Studio Tullia for an Enchanted Home pillow collection and let me tell you these are exquisite.

Perfect for the warmer months ahead to bring in a bit of crisp blue and white beauty both inside and outside your home……very excited about this! Stay tuned for a pillow promotion next week, and here is a beautiful sneak peek-

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MY TALENTED CUSTOMERS! Love when I get your pictures featuring my products and post them on the section entitled “Your enchanted homes” which is constantly changing gallery of all my customers pictures that have been submitted. So, keep em coming (you can email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com), here are a few recent faves…..

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THE POLL AND GIVEAWAY DETAILS-

TWO lucky winners will win one of two prizes, the first is a pair of mini foo dogs in your color choice and the beautiful ivory/gold chinoiserie tole planter. Just be participating in the poll and leaving me a comment on this post telling me you did will put you in the running. Winners to be announced on Sunday morning so check back to see if you have won!

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And finally the poll below, as I work on the new shop site, which includes a pretty extensive expansion, here is where I could use your input. So if you can take 2-3 minutes max to fill out this poll, I would be so grateful.

Simply leave a comment with your name on this post telling me you have completed the poll and your name will be thrown in the hat to win one of the two wonderful prizes! Until next time…….

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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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My amazing and talented sponsors and major giveaways!

ATTENTION TO ALL READERS- As of Wednesday, we are beginning the transition from our current domain, www.theenchantedhome.co to a new domain which will be enchantedhome.com. (nothing changes for you).? There may be some moments when the site is down or unstable. We apologize for this in advance. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve The Enchanted Home!

As I a away my normal Seven on Sunday post will not appear until late Sunday but it’s coming, I promise:)

Good morning, first off how amazing is my new header? Love it…thank you Joanna Baker (click here to see her work).

I must say as I was reviewing my sponsors the other day I realized what a truly fabulous and exceptional bunch they are…..and thought it would make a fun post to do a mini profile of each and include (where applicable) a few pictures of what they do best . Plus today is like Christmas!

Many of my amazing sponsors? have offered an assortment of incredibly and most generous giveaways from their respective sites so I have included that information where appropriate under each persons little blurb. Just by leaving a comment will put you in the running for ALL? of the giveaways here…it’s like one big party and there are some going to be some lucky winners come Friday!

I am honored to have each and every one as a sponsor? of my blog and am delighted to have them aboard. A vast array of sponsors from artists to interior designers, pillow makers to travel agents….love it all!? So enough of my talking let me “reintroduce” you? to my amazing and super talented sponsors……

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1? HUFF HARRINGTON. This incredibly chic company who has a retail shop as well as an amazing online shop is based in Atlanta. They have curated a most beautiful and sophisticated collection of fine home furnishings and take it a step further and arrange for travel trips which sound incredibly enticing! Here are a few items from their fabulous array. Click here to visit them.

Huff Harrington has donated one of their super chic “Big O” keychains in black as a special giveaway to one lucky Enchanted Home reader

 

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LB Originals. I have made no secret that I am a huge fan of Laurie’s incredible “paper empire”…she simply hands down, designs some of the prettiest notecards, gift tags and more that I have ever seen. I have a whole drawer filled with her beautiful goodies and cannot recommend her highly enough. Every time I use them…someone is always asking where I got them, they are like conversation starters!

Plus she is an absolute gem to work with, her success is well deserved. Click here to visit her (she is on break at the moment but will be back very soon). Here’s a few current faves-

Giveaway- Laurie has so kindly offered up a special “care package” of some surprise paper goodies! All the winner will need to do is supply their monogram (initials)

 

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3. AVERY GRAHAM SKINCARE.? About a year ago I made a reference that Avery Graham might be the next great thing. Well, looks like I was right! It has been featured three times in a world renowned magazine. Elizabeth Cardarelli the resident guru took her 25 years of clinical expertise and merged it with the healthiest technology and most luxurious formulations..a triple threat!

Having had the chance to use and enjoy these products myself I can tell you they are wonderful….even for my sensitive skin these work beautifully. I am especially fond of Pink Opulence cream and highly recommend it to anyone who is searching for a super nourishing cream that is great for sensitive skin.

Here are a few favorites from Avery Graham and click here to learn more about this fabulous and highly custom line of skin care products.

Giveaway- Avery Graham has gone above and beyond and offered up a free custom phone skin consultation along with THREE products of their choosing!

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4. SANDY OF YOU MAY BE WANDERING. My favorite travel agent! Sandy is AMAZING. I have had the good fortune to work with her on a few trips, and every single time she has gone above and beyond…….she made? our trip so wonderful and frankly provided not only incredible knowledge and expertise? but offered a personalized service the likes of which I challenge you to find anywhere!

Click here to visit Sandy over at her wonderful blog, You May Be Wandering (and click on contact to shoot her an email)? and begin planning your trip:)

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5. PATRICIA OF PVE. Huge fan of Patricia and her incredible talent…..I never cease to be amazed by what this incredibly talented artist churns out, each and every painting a true work of art. No wonder J McLaughlin has her doing all of their illustrations!

She is beyond talented and a true doll, a real pleasure to work with. She has recently been very active with the River Arts camp in teaching young budding artists the ABC’s of art. She recently taught 60 youngsters how to paint leaves:) A few recent favorites which is a mere sampling of what she does. Click here to visit her……

GIVEAWAY- Patricia has so generously offered a personalized custom monogram or house sketch as a giveaway!!

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6. A RIBBON IN MY JOURNAL. Phyllis’s? empire is awe inspiring. I also am a big fan of her blog which always brings me to a beautiful and simple, peaceful place. The Hoffman empire continues to grow and they have recently added three fabulous books to their arsenal of already amazing books (many of which I own) as well as their incredible magazine empire. She is quite a powerhouse!

I own Southern Style which is wonderful and am eagerly awaiting the other two. Click here to order these books and find out more about A Ribbon In My Journal.

Giveaway- Hoffman Enterprises has kindly offered one of each of these fabulous books to 3 lucky people!

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7. GLYN WEAKLEY. A full service interior design and retail establishment, Glyn Weakley does it all.? Based in Atlanta, I have heard that their shop is often referred to as that “incredible shop” but surely when I get down to Atlanta? I will visit it for myself to see what the fuss ia about:)

Glyn obviously has incredible taste and her thriving interior design business is a testament to their talent and hard work.? Of course, this is right up my alley as they blend the worlds of classic traditional interiors with current trends…my favorite style of all! Here is a sampling of their magnificent selection. Click here to visit Glyn Weakley.

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8. JUDITH AUGUST. LOVE Judith’s products and there are a few products that I simply cannot imagine having in my “arsenal” of products. When I started using a few of these, it was love at first sight. Namely the everything pencil which is like magic in a stick and of course the silk stockings, pure genius!

She truly is the contessa of cover up and there is a reason Hollywood stars flock to her product line for her renowned product line. Here are some of my personal faves, click here to visit the world of Judith August.

GIVEAWAY- Judith August has kindly donated? TWO jars of? “Firm Up Wake Up’ eye cream to two lucky winners!

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9. STUDIO TULLIA- First shared Suzanne’s amazing pillows with you when I added them to my patio furniture…it’s been a love affair ever since. She has a great eye and offers beautiful sophisticated pillows at very fair prices.

A great attention to detail made with the best fabrics….she is a fabulous pillow resource with professional, friendly and dependable service to boot.? Here are a few personal faves and some new recent additions, love that she is always adding new and great things, lots of fun seasonal looks coming up too. Click here to visit her-

GIVEAWAY- One lucky winner will receive either navy/cream ribbon pillow OR a blue luxury shag pillows!

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10. LE PETITE BIJOUS. You would need to be hiding under a rock to not know of Vicki of French Essence fame. She has undeniably fabulous taste. When she redid this incredible home in Provence as a guest rental, I was immediately smitten. No wonder it’s so booked in advance!

Just look at this place, Provence perfection. Only peril of visiting is you may never want to go home! I so enjoyed reading all about the process as I enjoy following her and her stylish life via her blog, French Essence. Click here to learn more….

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11. PAUL MONTGOMERY. Does he really need an introduction? I am one of his biggest fans and have used their beautiful artisans to create two masterpieces in my own home. Who needs art when you can have these incredibly hand painted custom murals! Just love what they do and it’s not difficult to get lost in pursuing all of the possibilities for spaces, big and small alike on their website.

They were a joy to work with and truly can come up with anything you can dream up……they have the best and most highly skilled artists and their repertoire of work speaks for itself. Click here to find out more about Paul Montgomery Studios.

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13. LG DESIGNS. There are no prettier bulletin/memo boards than these period…just fabulous and so chic. In addition they now make these wonderful pillows too.

A great resource and gift idea for the upcoming holiday season. Who,? with our crazy busy lives couldn’t? use one of these super stylish bulletin boards? Love them and really loving the newest pillows! Click here to find out more about LG Designs.

Giveaway- LG Designs has generously offered to give away any one of their fabulous pillows on their site!

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14. THE FRENCH BEE. Love the name, this incredible and vast Arizona based resource for custom florals and home accessories is enormous. There is no floral arrangement they cannot create!? I have had readers contact me and tell just how incredible their store is in person…one day when I visit Arizona hope to see it for myself!

There is literally nothing that they cannot or will not create, they are known for their fabulous custom creations. Here are a few fabulous new floral creations, click here to learn more about The French Bee.

Giveaway- The French Bee has so kindly donated a beautiful floral arrangement in glass container as a giveaway!

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15. GIDDY PAPERIE. Love this paper emporium, they have the most charming and whimsical designs….a great resource for unique and beautiful stationery items. In particular love their notecards and desktop calendars…so charming!

Their passion for beautiful, unique and personalized paper goods is so evident by their wonderful product line and I eagerly wait for their holiday products which are sure to be fabulous. Click here to visit their wonderful site. Here are a few favorites…

Giddy Paperie has offered a wonderful promotion on anything bought on their site! Any order placed through Labor Day will include a notepad. Plus if your order is over $50 receive a free monogrammed note card set of choice. 🙂

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16. SAFAVIEH HOME. I don’t think this name needs an introduction either, there is no better place to find literately everything under the sun as far as furniture and home furnishings goes. Limitless in their offerings, their shops and online shopping alike offers everything from the most modern to the die hard traditional.

I have never seen so many beautiful pieces under one roof! Click here to visit their site and if you see something you need to have be sure to use a special code “enchanted home”? just for my readers for an extra 15% off.

Giveaway- Safavieh has so generously offered the fabulous French chair (last item shown)? so great for just about anywhere!

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What an array of beauty, inspiration and talent! I am sure you can see why I am so thrilled to partner with these fabulous resources…and how exciting are all these giveaways!

I have 2 spots now open for sponsors, if you have a business or service that you think is compatible with The Enchanted Home then please contact me for more information/rates, etc……

Thank you to all of my amazing sponsors and to my equally fabulous readers…you? make what I do so gratifying and rewarding. Wishing everyone a fabulous day. Until next time….

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PS Leave it up to my social media savvy son to notice I had 10,000 followers on Instagram! To celebrate having reached this (to me) milestone,? I am offering up any planter of my chinoiserie tole to one of my lucky Instagram followers. Click here to enter.

PPS Amazing and much anticipated flower promotions started yesterday (ends tomorrow). Some things nearly sold out of so visit soon if you are need of the prettiest flowers! Click here to visit current promotion.

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Seven on Sunday

Hi there and happy Sunday to you. Hope you have had a nice weekend, very relaxing over here, it’s been? low key and really enjoyable? over here, tonight going to a BBQ and today just chilling.

Sometime today my logo will change over to the new one, which I am sooo excited about so just giving you a heads up:)

Just cannot believe its the last weekend of August and next week is already Labor Day! I cannot lie by saying a big part of me is actually really looking forward to fall, being it’s my favorite season and all. So here is my seven on Sunday…..

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TOTE EVER! I was soooo excited to return home to the most amazing gift from super generous and ultra chic Laurie of LB Original fame. Laurie, you know this bag has my name written all over it and i nearly fell over when i saw it. Gingers and monograms all in one? Pure H E A V E N!!!!

I just love this tote and cannot recommend it highly enough! If you want your very own click here to visit Pineapple Grove Gifts, upon pursuing their wonderful site there are sooo many things I loved and would consider for gifts, just had to share. THANK YOU LAURIE! Click here to visit Pineapple Grove Gifts.

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2. NEW PILLOWS FROM STUDIO TULLIA. I have spoken many times of my love for the pillows from Studio Tullia. I cannot love my beautiful Chaing Mai and ribbon pillows from her wonderful collection any more. Then upon sending someone over to her I took a quick peek around and saw some beautiful newcomers worth sharing. Here is what I am loving from her newest offerings. Click here to see them all.

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3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Never at a loss of beautiful things to share, this week so many touched my heart as just being downright so incredibly sweet? and of course threw in several of beauty and inspiration for good measure:)

Speaking of Instagram, I cannot believe I hit over 10,000 followers!! (my son noticed this before I did). I said I would do a blue and white giveaway if that ever happened so stay tuned tomorrow on Instagram for details (click here to follow me)

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4. A FEW FALL SWOONWORTHY ITEMS. I do not make a secret of how much I love fall…by far my favorite season of all. And fall dressing….it’s the best. Plus I can always justify the occasional splurge as the cold month season is such a very long one, when you spread it out over the days worn, we are talking mere cents:) I am in love with these pieces, such classic gorgeous separates.

Flipped over this, these pieces are “so Chanel” inspired I can’t stand it, but thankfully at a much more realistic price point. This jacket? could be worn with so many different looks, LOVE this! Click here for more info

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And how crazy beautiful is this ensemble? Looks like a million dollars and love how these pieces look amazing together but could be fabulous on their own…..click here for details

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If you are a boots kind of girl you will love these, as chic looking as they are ultra warm and cozy…..click here for the 411

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And how elegant is this fully reversible Lafayette 148 car coat? Light and warm, comfy and chic and my two favorite fall/winter colors…..a winner! Click here for more info….

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Lastly this military inspired Neiman Marcus sweater/jacket in cashmere at? a fantastic price (now on sale for 250) ! Could see this dressed up with black slacks or down with jeans….click here to order

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5. WALLPAPER FINALISTS. Thanks so much for weighing in the other day on the bathroom papers. I all along was in love with #2 (on the right) and both #1 and #2 got the most votes so I put them side by side but in the end decided on #2 afterall, see it pays to go with your gut:) Its a small bathroom, no window so I like that it feels light with the white background yet compliments the gray/silvery tones too. Just waiting for my paper hanger…..

PS They are from Thibaut as many of who had asked

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6. MICHELLE MASTERS TOPIARY ART. Hang onto your hats…you will not believe how amazingly beautiful these are. Another super thoughtful generous reader/follower sent me the most beautiful sets of notecards with topiaries and goldens on them..a match made in heaven.

If you do not follow Jessica of Five Fabulous Frenchies on Instagram (click here)? you are missing out on a front row seat to simply the most stylish dogs on the web (sorry Teddy but until you have your very own down vest and raincoat with matching hat you cannot compete with this pack:)

So incredibly kind Jessica sent me these from Michelle Masters topiary art. What a find! I nearly flipped when I visited her website, just feast your eyes on these. Every image can be bought on notepads, linen guest towels, cocktail napkins, etc……click here to visit Michelle Masters Topiary Art.

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And her other designs-

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7. GORGEOUS NEW FLOWER DELIVERY! Finally got in my faux flower delivery that I was waiting on for a while. Simply the most spectacular cherry blossoms I have found to date. LOVE the spray I created in my blue and white jar for my foyer.

Then I had fun setting this pretty table. I got in the new colors of the beautiful lifelike hydrangeas and though I am generally not a “purple person” absolutely love purple next to blue and white. It is so eye catching, so added my colorful plates and had fun with a bright and crisp tablecloth (from my tablecloth treasure trove:)

Love the way it came out, almost inspired me to host a luncheon but with the busy month I have ahead of me..not sure it will come to fruition. Added them to a kitchen vignette too, take a look……

There will be a floral promo this week on all flowers shown so stay tuned!

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My new foyer spray of blossoms, the vase is about 26′ and with the sprays this is a massive and super impressive arrangement

 

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My pretty kitchen vignette with my blue and white doggies (from my shop)

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So there you have my seven on Sunday…..lots to love this week. Hope you are enjoying a great weekend, one of summers last 🙁 Once Labor Day hits, I get into full fall mode and then before you know it….the holidays are upon us. Hope you savor these last lazy days of summer, until next time……

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Project lower level part 1

Hi there, hope your week is off to a great start…..so crazy that we are already in the first week of August!

As some of you know we have been working (off and on for a while) on the “lower level” aka basement. It is a very large space with many rooms, it literally feels like a separate house:)? You might have first read about this project on this post (click here). Truth is, my husband and I were at odds about this project.? While it is really an incredible space, with ten foot ceilings and an abundance of windows/doors, it really does not at all feel like a “basement”. However, I was the more practical one and just didn’t feel finishing it was so necessary as the kids have flocked the nest:) However my husband had different ideas.

So….slowly we did start the lower level beginning with one room, the movie room. To my husbands credit, we use this room all the time (especially him as he is a movie fanatic). It came out beautiful with the rich navy walls, huge 15 foot wide super comfy sectional and of course the enormous screen doesn’t hurt:) Then we moved onto the “big room” and started by putting in this fabulous light colored tile that looks like wood-

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Then one thing led to the next, and we decided to finish the gym, which as of last week just got the mirrors put in and it’s at last looking like a real gym, now we just need to use it. OK full disclosure I did do 20 minutes on the treadmill a few days ago while watching Bravo and must admit it felt good to be exercising again:)

Finally we decided to tackle the “big room” which had just the flooring, we originally planned out the space that we always envisioned as a large room to host a party in, we wanted it to have a “Napa vibe” with soft colored woods, linen type furniture and envisioned a big bar and ample seating, with a TV or two. As formal as upstairs is we wanted this to feel more elegantly casual. My husband even had the vision to build a fireplace down there (and we kept the mantle from original house and used it down there). Smart man.

Slowly we worked on that room too, had the bar built, beams put in, had it painted and then at last? having just put furniture in a few weeks ago, it made me realize what a truly amazing idea it was, and all thanks to my husband:)

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I seriously could be so happy living down there and calling it Tina’s apartment. It is such a great space, certainly does not feel like a basement with the french doors and many windows, it is flooded with daylight during the day and really is just an incredible space. No wonder he’s talking about wanting to host a party…it’s an amazing space for a party (or Tina’s pied a terre).

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Now keep in mind, this is still a work in progress, we have art to still put on the walls and I used some of my beautiful patio pillows just to have something on the sofas for now (and they don’t look half bad)! Still styling the bar, and tweaking accessories here and there etc…but this gives you the idea…..

Took the best pictures I could with my camera (still not great at getting the lighting right) but learning!

 

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So what started as this-

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Turned into this-

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Come on in and take a look around…..

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The bar and dining area on one end

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LOVE this cocktail table

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This huge 3 part print of equestrian prints is fabulous about 5 feet tall..really dramatic

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How great are these navy linen chairs that flank the fireplace?

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Love the detailing on the dining table (has a limed oak finish)

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Antique brass faucet from Perrin and Rowe

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Isn’t the marble pretty? (Arabescato)

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Our cabinet guy did a fabulous job on our bar

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And you know how much I love antiqued mirror which we did on the panels behind the bar

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On the other end is a pair of beautiful Belgian linen sofas (Safavieh) with a huge chestDSC_0029 DSC_0027

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Sources-

Flooring- A porcelain meant to look like wood from www.tileshop.com

All furniture and rugs from www.safaviehhome.com

Cabinetry is custom

Pillows on sofa from Studio Tullia

Marble on bar is Arabescato

Antique brass faucet from Perrin and Rowe

Hurricanes and all blue and white porcelains from The Enchanted Home Shop

Paint color was Benjamin Moore (have to get back to you on color) or email me

All lighting from Visual Comfort, Thomas O Brien line

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So there you have my new apartment, lower level/entertaining space. I must admit I absolutely love it, it is so light and airy, inviting and so comfortable.? I have to give my husband credit for having the vision and push to make us? do it….it is really a fabulous space and I cannot wait to put it to good use!

For part 2 I will share the gym and movie room and eventually will get around to the bathrooms (well they do have a toilet so technically they are almost done:) I just ordered the vanities so sooner than later. Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

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