It’s All Set- April

Hello my friends, been having a beautiful string of weather here. I feel a definite pep in my step with spring here though we are due to get a succession of rainy days.  A few announcements before we start-

Thanks to all for your input on my shutter paint selection. I have it narrowed down but in the. meantime have also found one more color I am thinking could be “the one”! I will share on Sunday once the decision is made.

I know about 30% of you are not getting my emails via subscription, so sorry! We are aware of it and the newly revised site is very close to happening, once that does this subscription problem will also be corrected once and for all!

Last the porcelain container has arrived to the port! We hope to have it in our warehouse no later than Thurs or Friday. We will start getting orders out immediately upon arrival….so hang tight, if you have an order it will soon be on it’s way!

So happy to be here today with another edition of It’s All Set, a monthly group I am a part of where a group of talented tastemakers  come together to showcase a tablescape they have worked on. Let’s face it doing this is always fun and a great excuse to put something pretty together, kind of like an adults version of “dress up” 🙂

Today’s post was  based upon my Easter brunch table. Let’s call this the Easter table with nine lives as things changed and changed again. Life,  right?  A last minute change meant going from a bigger table for several to a smaller table for four. I quickly reassessed and went to work. I take a layering approach when I work on a table setting, and continue to edit until I get it right. I love the way this table came out, it just felt very springy and Easter like with a touch of elegant whimsy. Take a look-

My Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf service is always a great starting point as are beautiful hydrangeas-

I had little time and could not find blue/purple stemmed hydrangeas so bought a potted hydrangea plant for $16 and cut them them as stems, got about 9 flowers out of it! Thanks Whole Foods:)

Got my trusty little planter ready and went to work

And my table…..before anyone gets all heated over the wrinkled tablecloth, have no fear I used a little portable steamer and it worked like magic:)

Also added a little Easter cheer to a nearby hall chest

Does it sound crazy to say I was most excited over my moss eggs? LOL they were such an unexpected and wonderful find,I love them. And since having little ones to dye Easter eggs is a closed chapter this is the next best thing.

You will most certainly want to visit all of the other talented bloggers to see what they came up with…always a worthwhile click!

RESOURCES-

Silver flatware and silver bowl- antique

 China- Mottahedeh “Tobacco Leaf”

Chargers- Juliska

Monogrammed napkins and blue and white porcelains- My shop

Glasses- Anthropologie

Blue and white bunnies- have owned a while

Small etched mint juleps- My shop

Mossy green eggs- Target (go quick you can still get them for next year)!

Fresh hydrangeas- Whole Foods

Linen tablecloth- had it made years ago

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Thank you everyone for stopping by. Wishing all of you a fantastic day and hope the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Here spring is alive and well! Until next time…..

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Set and Styled- Holidays 2016

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Hi and Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend, ours was fun, chock full and busy. Excited to be here for the second part of Styled and Set where a group of super talented bloggers are showing off their holiday decorating chops. I must say that I feel a bit behind the eight ball in terms of holiday decor but for me, having done even what I have done so far is nothing less than a miracle.

Normally, I  am barely even thinking of holiday decor around Thanksgiving so this is a big deal and this post actually gave me great motivation! I know most will have their trees up, stockings hung, and gifts wrapped…my hats off to them.

I am not quite there as my  holiday decorating is always approached in “mini stages”, when the creative urge strikes I take full advantage and seize the day. So today focuses first on my Thanksgiving table and the  beginnings of my Christmas decor as well as a short poll as to which you would choose for our Christmas day dinner table setting. Ready to begin? Also a special thank you to Lory from Design Enthusiasm for putting this wonderful 2 part series together, it is no east feat!  Let’s go….

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There is no real organization here other than it’s just all holiday related. I normally am not done with my holiday decorating until at least mid Dec. and am constantly  tweaking and editing. I just got started  but will give you an idea of where I am headed! Sadly my Nikon camera charger has gone missing so all pictures here were taken with my trusty little iPhone-

Here was my Thanksgiving table, I do something very simliar for Christmas…..

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Here are some ideas for my Christmas day dinner table, have a favorite? Please tell me which you would use for your Christmas table and remember whichever I choose will be dressed up with a few sprigs of holiday greens and mini pinecones:)

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Here is a variation of what I did for my mantle in the dining room, proof that blue and white has a place in every season and fresh greens work every time (magnolia leaves are always a big part of my holiday decorating)-

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And a few holiday touches starting to be added throughout the house-

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And here are my only three gifts wrapped so far…as I say quality over quantity lol. Rest assured there will be a gift wrapping frenzy happening here mid December!

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LOVE my gift tags from Dixie Design Collective….prettiest I have seen!

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And a few other areas around the house-

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Just got this mammoth magnolia and fresh greens 36″ wreath for my front door….bow soon to be added!

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Love this cone topiary and like filling bowls around the house with gold sparkly pinecones-

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This above is a faux garland (very life like) love garland around chests and secretarys, added a bowl of my blue and white ornaments for a little festivity!

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This is our back powder room I never forget guest baths, these little potted amaryllis plants I have had for years, I will probably add a fresh wreath to the mirror in a few weeks and always have a holiday scented candle burning when I have guests over

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 Bought these little wreaths (about 10″ side) a few years ago and use them on many things love adorning a pretty serving piece with one, like this stag tureen

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A great example of using faux with real. The garland is faux and the boxwood on top are clippings from my year, mixed in with the garland one would never ever know!! The artichoke arrangement is part of the new holiday collection (promo coming up in a few days)

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A few of my ideas/suggestions for holiday decor are-

  • Buy bunches of fresh greens and garland, even at places like Home Depot, they are an inexpensive way to add holiday cheer around the house and can easily be cut into smaller pieces to use for adornments on gifts, etc….
  • Don’t forget that fruit, apples, lemons, artichokes make beautiful arrangements along with fresh greenery
  • If buying fresh greens because of the warmth inside the home, they can dry out faster than usual, you can mist them every few days with water and or buy a product called Wilt Pruf
  • You can mix real with faux, I have done it often and it works beautifully!
  • Use inexpensive ornaments as attachments for gifts
  • Pinecones are really inexpensive and a great way to add a festive touch throughout the house, fill a bowl with them, add a cluster on a chest with some fresh greens
  • I always have a few holiday scented candles burning throughout the house and in a kitchen on a daily basis- really adds to that holiday mood
  • Personalized name tags really elevate a gift
  • Use a sprig of fresh greenery on any gift and see the difference it makes
  • I almost every year, get gorgeous wrapping paper from Homegoods and TJ Maxx, I stick to simple papers that have gold, cream and green and go to town with ribbon adornments and my Dixie Design gift tags
  • I take the approach (so as to not be overwhelmed) of holiday decorating in many mini  stages, so do a little bit every day as time allows and somehow someway it gets done!
  • Crank up that Christmas music all day long  and always have a glass of wine on hand (after 5pm) to take away any holiday stress, does it every time!

 

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Hope you enjoyed this post and getting to come into my home and see the start of my holiday decorating! I must say having to  have pictures for this post was great motivation to get a head start. You do not want to miss everyone else’s and best part is there is a week long of amazing blogs to visit, all centered around the holidays. Suffice to say you will get all the inspiration you ever dreamed of!

Thanks for stopping in, until next time….ho ho ho!

PS If you missed my Seven on Sunday click here

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Coming Tuesday

Shabbyfufu | CitrineLiving | French Country Cottage
Maison Decor | Sand and Sisal | Sand and Sisal

Coming Wednesday

Bless’er House | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Design, Dining and Diapers
Maison de Pax | So Much Better With Age | Sand and Sisal

Coming Thursday

Ella Claire | On Sutton Place | Randi Garrett Design
Savvy Southern Style | Stone Gable | Life On Virginia Street

Coming Friday

Buckets of Burlap | Finding Home Farms | Life On Virginia Street
Setting for Four | Sunny Side Up | The Wood Grain Cottage

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It’s All Set- November

Hello and happy Wednesday morning! We survived this crazy crazy election cycle. I am just so darn happy it’s over……what a rollercoaster of a night. I stayed up until the wee hours, no matter what side you were on, it was riveting to say the least.

Moving on…… it’s time for our monthly It’s All Set. I can’t believe it came on so fast…where is time going? Way too fast if you ask me.

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I will be hosting a small birthday luncheon for a dear and treasured friend in a few weeks. Because the chaos of the holiday season is already beginning I am thinking ahead and planning out as much as I possibly can well ahead of time.

We will certainly not be outdoors as some of my more recent luncheons have been, this will be a cozy intimate affair inside. I started thinking about a color scheme and while I do love my blue and white, started to consider other options so it was fun for me to take a walk down memory lane and take a look at some of my favorite tablescapes from the last year or so.

It’s always so great how we can draw inspiration from the past isn’t it. I will likely duplicate one of these or do a rendition of them, as I don’t think there’s a bad one in the bunch! Do you have a favorite?

 

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I love these pheasant plates, and wish I had even more. These are discontinued as of last year and I bought everything the manufacturer had and had a huge close out on them last year and of course kept a stash for myself:)

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Here it was used for  Thanksgiving last year-

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I also love these chargers and great news…they are coming back (due here mid Dec)

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Experimented using my Imari china which is always such a great classic

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Another plate variation on top the chargers with a candle favor on top:)

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And of course you know my feelings on blue and white tablescapes……love them!

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One of my favorite china patterns above, Blue Mikado from Royal Crown Derby…such a classic

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Always been a big fan of the play of green, blue and white

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This above is the epitome of classic blue and white, works every time!

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I did this last month and just love these plates and all the fall touches

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This was one done late summer, I must say I just love these colors, feels so fresh, crisp and happy

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I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, part of the fun is creating and trying new combinations of things. I may incorporate more of a fall/holiday theme, still in the “playing” stage. Thank you for stopping by, be sure to check out the other participants, always well worth the click

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Hope you enjoy your day, thank you for stopping by. Until next time…..

PS Click here if you missed the post on Dixie Design Collective and a very special offer

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PPS A brand new promo started last night on the most exquisite shawls/wraps, you do not want to miss these! Click here

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It's All Set- November

Hello and happy Wednesday morning! We survived this crazy crazy election cycle. I am just so darn happy it’s over……what a rollercoaster of a night. I stayed up until the wee hours, no matter what side you were on, it was riveting to say the least.

Moving on…… it’s time for our monthly It’s All Set. I can’t believe it came on so fast…where is time going? Way too fast if you ask me.

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I will be hosting a small birthday luncheon for a dear and treasured friend in a few weeks. Because the chaos of the holiday season is already beginning I am thinking ahead and planning out as much as I possibly can well ahead of time.

We will certainly not be outdoors as some of my more recent luncheons have been, this will be a cozy intimate affair inside. I started thinking about a color scheme and while I do love my blue and white, started to consider other options so it was fun for me to take a walk down memory lane and take a look at some of my favorite tablescapes from the last year or so.

It’s always so great how we can draw inspiration from the past isn’t it. I will likely duplicate one of these or do a rendition of them, as I don’t think there’s a bad one in the bunch! Do you have a favorite?

 

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I love these pheasant plates, and wish I had even more. These are discontinued as of last year and I bought everything the manufacturer had and had a huge close out on them last year and of course kept a stash for myself:)

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Here it was used for  Thanksgiving last year-

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I also love these chargers and great news…they are coming back (due here mid Dec)

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Experimented using my Imari china which is always such a great classic

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Another plate variation on top the chargers with a candle favor on top:)

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And of course you know my feelings on blue and white tablescapes……love them!

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One of my favorite china patterns above, Blue Mikado from Royal Crown Derby…such a classic

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Always been a big fan of the play of green, blue and white

indedfgax

This above is the epitome of classic blue and white, works every time!

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I did this last month and just love these plates and all the fall touches

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This was one done late summer, I must say I just love these colors, feels so fresh, crisp and happy

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I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, part of the fun is creating and trying new combinations of things. I may incorporate more of a fall/holiday theme, still in the “playing” stage. Thank you for stopping by, be sure to check out the other participants, always well worth the click

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Lilacs & Longhorns

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Designthusiasm

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Shabbyfufu

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Hope you enjoy your day, thank you for stopping by. Until next time…..

PS Click here if you missed the post on Dixie Design Collective and a very special offer

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PPS A brand new promo started last night on the most exquisite shawls/wraps, you do not want to miss these! Click here

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Seven on Sunday

Hello and a very happy Sunday to you! First I want to announce the winner of the pagodas, congratulations goes to-

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Please contact me at thenchantedhome@gmail with your shipping info so these beauties can be on their way

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Hope you are having a great weekend, here the weather is splendid….perfect fall weather. I am loving this weather and trying to carve out a day or two to head up north to take in the fall foliage, one of my most favorite things to do.

Setting up an office at the warehouse these last few days, its been quite a transformation, still in the works but getting there! Got in the Provence planters and they will all be shipped out tomorrow, they are gorgeous!! Got lots of emails to see if there were any left, have a handful (details at end of this post).

Lastly getting lots of emails about ornaments, I will be having a final presale on them tomorrow (for 2 days). Be sure to check back. For anyone who ordered the first batch, they are coming in on Wed. or Thurs…cannot wait to get them! We will start getting orders out right away upon receipt. OK onto my seven things for this week……

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1 A FUN GIRLS WEEKEND IDEA! I love Elin Hildebrandt’s books and have read many of her best sellers. They always take you away to beautiful places (namely Nantucket) which  is where she resides full time.

She sponsors a 2-3 day getaway which she calls her “Bucket list weekend” and there are all kinds of fun activities planned from readings to touring the very spots she includes in all of her books to a cocktail party and book reading.

I can think of few things as much fun as going to beautiful Nantucket in a blanket of snow with a bunch of friends:) My friend, Katie of Preppy Empty Nester went and posted about one such weekend, click here to read about it.

Click here for all the information.

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2. EXCITING NEW THINGS COMING THIS WAY SOON! I love sharing with you what is cooking over here and there are some amazingly gorgeous new products heading this way as we speak! These chinoiserie tole beauties should be here in about 4 weeks.

I will hold a presale on these items within the week or so please do check back-

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New color alert below- navy with gold, adore it!

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How stunning are these lanterns!! Now coming in their original 36″ but also a new smaller size 24″

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Madly in love with each and every one of these lamps!!! (taken before they were electrified)

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Yes the beautiful Provence planters arrived and are even prettier in person, they are beautiful for indoor/outdoor use. Many have inquired to see if there are any left,  I did order some extra and they are going to be up for grabs tomorrow. However feel free to email me today if you are interested in ordering any by contacting me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Here is what is available as of Sunday morning and prices-

2 Large Ivory
2 Med Ivory
5 Med pale blue
5 Small Ivory
6 Small pale blue
4 Med black
1 Small black
Small: 21.25″H x 18″D  $250.00
Medium: 23.25″H x 20″D  $285.00
Large: 25.25″H x 22″D $315.00
Contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to place an order

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3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Always love being able to share with you all that is inspiring me this week on Instagram and suffice to say there is never a shortage! So many beautiful things to be inspired by with a heavy accent on beautiful home design-

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4. MY BEAUTIFUL RONALD MCDONALD GALA TABLE. There is no greater cause than helping the  fight of  kids with cancer via the one and only Ronald McDonald House. I am always happy to help this incredible organization any way that I can.

Here is the table which I designed the centerpieces for, for the recent gala. I wanted a tall dramatic vase and being low in stock on those,  used my umbrella stand  instead it was perfect…..see thinking outside the box pays off:)

As there were not fresh cherry blossoms at the time, I  used faux  cherry blossoms from my shop  and added fresh hydrangeas and must say I love how it turned out!

A special thank you to Alan Barry Photography  for these beautiful pictures.

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5. A FEW GREAT FALL MUST HAVE’S.  With the cooler weather, I am having fun bringing out my fall and colder weather clothing items.

I have a few Barbour pieces, and just snagged this chic looking little waxed waterproof jacket, perfect for this interim weather. Wore it yesterday and it looks great with everything I wear, plus it’s navy so big points for that! Not to mention it’s also on sale. Click here to view

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Also found these and had to share, I have had a pair of S.Weitzman very similar for years, they needed replacing. Found these for $149, big plus is that they are waterproof .Putting good looks and great price aside, the very best part is that they are super comfortable. Click here to see

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6. LIGHTNING UP ON POLITICS. No matter whose side your on and let’s face it never has there been a more contentious race for the White House,  this video if you haven’t seen it already, will surely lighten the mood. So clever, now if only they could really get along this well:) I cannot stop laughing!

7. SUNDAY’S SEVEN. As we are down to the lat 3 months of 2016, how would you sum up your current state of mind with regard to 2016 and looking ahead to 2017?

For me personally I look at 2016 as an exciting year and a year of adjustments (adjusting to being a young empty nester, which is a work in progress). I look ahead to 2017 as a year of many exciting things to come, lots on my bucket list with a few lofty goals thrown in:)


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Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Hope you enjoyed this post and always love hearing from you. Until next time……

Last day today to take advantage of the new presale on porcelains (extended it one day as the blog was down for part of the day Sat) , some beautiful piece’s are up for grabs. Ends tonight, click here to view

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Random musings as seen through my iPhone…..

***A FEW QUICK UPDATES-

There was an “outage” on the blog yesterday for a few hours off and on, I apologize. There was some kind of a glitch. I am extending the porcelain promo sale until tomorrow night for the inconvenience…things are back up and running smoothly!***

***THE PROVENCE PLANTERS CAME IN TODAY! IF YOU PREORDERD YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL TOMORROW WITH REGARD TO SHIPPING COSTS***

***THE ORNAMENTS ARE ON NEW YORK SOIL! GOING THROUGH CUSTOMS WE SHOULD HAVE THEM BY TUES/WED. ORDERS WILL START GOING RIGHT OUT!!***

Hello and happy Friday evening! Hope you are well and gearing up for a relaxing fall weekend. The weather here has gotten much cooler the last few days and I must admit I am loving it:) Though I wouldn’t mind if we could stop at 50 degrees….I am kind of done with below zero frigid NY winters.

As I periodically do,  I share  snippets of my life (the good and pretty only) via pictures taken with my iPhone. It’s a fun way to share.  So without further ado here we go…..

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These two scrumptious elements are for a clients pillows…going to be beautiful!

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Was inspired to add this garden seat in the living room after going over Mark Sike’s wonderful book, Beautiful

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How fun are these fabrics!! I spotted them at a fabric outlet and thought they are so charming!

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Added these pretty pillows to these chairs in my bedroom

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Enjoyed creating this pretty fall tablescape for “It’s All Set” last week

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This might be the tastiest tomato I have ever had, it was incredible!!

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Perhaps the coziest room in our house, one which I do not think I have featured…the library. Love it especially in the colder months:)

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Wrapped up these beautiful napkins for a lucky client, I do love white on white..so elegant!

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Yes kind of obsessed with my lemon zester, best little gadget ever:)

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We are lucky to have the neatest super authentic Italian specialty shop only 15 min away, I make weekly stops there…their cured meats and cheeses are unparalleled!

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The fall foliage has not started quite yet but this tree is always well ahead of schedule, so beautiful.

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Friday morning the GORGEOUS Provence planters came in! Even prettier in person!!

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Loving this color, a super pale blue

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My all white theme is coming along…flowers are starting to really open up!

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Above is a sad looking room at the warehouse which is about to be converted into a much prettier office! Carpet getting installed tomorrow, everything was moved out today

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How pretty is this above? It is commercial carpet that I found, cannot wait to see it in:) I would put this in a home!

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A busy week calls for an occasional “splurge” in this case that means Shake Shack on the run! Yum!!

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Had fun experimenting for my client and doing a dress rehearsal with  her gorgeous deep green velvet that will go onto a window seat, and we are going to fill it with blue and white pillows

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Loved  stopping off at a local bathroom/kitchen showroom and seeing all that is new and beautiful in that world!

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So love this sink for the PB powder room, it’s all about budget though:)

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Been  making a lot of this lately…my all time favorite soup, pasta fagiole, click here for the recipe which I posted

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When I cook this cutie pie is never far away…he has a box seat right in front of the stove!

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Playing with more holiday themed items on my mantle…gorgeous pumpkins from The Relished Roost and these stunning holiday topiary trees (coming soon)!

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And saving the best for last….Mr. Teddy striking a pose:)

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So there you have an idea of the highlights of my week….thank you as always for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Friday evening and start to your weekend. Until Sunday….

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PS Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the amazing items being offered in the newest porcelain container. Some really fabulous items all at incredible pricing up for grabs, click here if you missed it!

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It’s all set- October

Hello there, hope you are well. I was amazed at the response to my little last minute post yesterday and enjoyed reading over ALL points of view. Though many agreed with me, some did not and I truly appreciate everyone expressing their opinion and believe we can respectfully agree to disagree.

I think when we each are able to express ourselves in a peaceful non combative way, we can all learn something from each other (maybe the world should learn from us lol). So I thank you for chiming in and think I  need to hold more “Just because” conversations:) So……maybe will that a more regular occurrence. But for now, back to the pretty fluff as I like to call it:)

As you know by now, I am part of a group of talented bloggers that features a selected tablescape of their choosing every month. It’s a lot of fun to supercharge my creative forces through this monthly activity. I always enjoy putting something together and of course very much enjoy getting to see what the others have come up with.

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My summery tablescapes are now a thing of the past as we gently plow forward into fall. This is a simple but pretty and understated fall tablescape which started with my pretty white pumpkins. Sometimes working out of my comfort zone (without blue and white) is a challenge as it is such an integral part of what I do.

I could not have been happier with the way this came out. I think the rich colors of the beautiful fall themed plates are a  perfect compliment to the little white pumpkins that give the table an elegant simplicity.

I topped the setting with beautiful linen monogrammed napkins, and a centerpiece made of white pumpkins and pretty fall leaves, simple and easy. The gorgeous silver handmade napkin rings are truly a work of art and like jewelry for the table. So here is what I came up with this month-

 

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The ingredients-

Chargers and all silver- from my shop

China- Horchow (from a while ago)

Glasses- Anthropologie

Silver- Old sterling have had for a long time

Monogrammed napkins- my shop

Pheasant salt and peppers- Vagabond House from my shop

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Thank you so much for stopping by. I had a lot of fun putting this together and challenging myself to not add blue and white:) I love fall and all that it represents, it is by far my favorite season of all. Please be sure to stop on over to see all the other posts-

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Please visit my friends to see the inspiring tables they are sharing this month:

Shabbyfufu

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Lilacs and Longhorns

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Town and Country Living

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Designthusiasm

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse

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Stone Gable

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The Enchanted Home

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Wishing you a wonderful day. Until next time…..just a few reminders!

A NEW CONTEST-

Almost full- have room for about 15 more pictures!

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 “Fall Love 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

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Last day for the amazing Vagabond House promo (last one before the holidays)! Click here to view

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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-

#111 CHERYL

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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It’s All Set- September

Hello and happy midweek.  First,  I want to announce the winner of the beautiful rug from Decor Market. Congratulations goes to-

#112 MARIE TAYLOR

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

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Moving along, its time for our  monthly “It’s All Set”, the monthly group I am a part of that features a monthly tablescape. I am still in summer mode over here  and squeezing out one more day of it until tomorrow (fall’s official arrival)! Though fall is far and away my favorite season, I have not fully succumbed to it quite yet. Though the mums and pumpkins greeting me as I enter the local markets are a sure reminder it is here:)

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Today’s tablescape was done a few weeks ago when I was having an old friend stop by who had moved out of the area with her lovely  daughter whose birthday was incidentally the day before. Knowing her love of pink and all things girly I decided to abandon my “go to” blue and white and do a really feminine looking table with a proper ladies tea party in mind:)

I have had these dishes for a long time, in an assortment of colors. It was fun to mix and match on top of my beautiful silver chargers and add other elegant silver pieces.  Monogrammed napkins in complementary colors of course were a given. As this was last minute,  I wasn’t able to get out to buy fresh flowers so my faux peonies came in handy as they have many times!  So here we go….

 

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Love these plates, every color is just so pretty!

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The chargers add an instant touch of elegance

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Touches of silver on a table give it an old world feeling and this wine cooler is an antique treasure

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Really enjoying my three tier silver server for so many things

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I have several round tablecloths and this one with the bullion fringe has seen a lot of use, I use it plain and also with toppers.

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So there you have it!

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THE INGREDIENTS-

Tablecloth- my own

Monogrammed Napkins- from my online shop

Silverware and glasses- from Neiman Marcus

Chargers- from my shop

Crystal pagoda salt and peppers- Godinger

All silver and peonies except wine cooler- from my online shop

Chair fabric- Scalamandre

Plates- A. Sadek

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Thank you for stopping in to see what I came up  with for this months It’s All Set. I do hope you will stop by to see what the others have come up with as well, it’s always worth the visit! Wishing you a wonderful day, until next time……

Please visit my friends to see the inspiring tables they are sharing this month:

Designthusiasm

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The Enchanted Home

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Lilacs and Longhorns

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Shabbyfufu

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Town and Country Living

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A very special birthday luncheon

Good Tuesday morning friends! Hope your week is off to a good start so far and hope you had a great weekend..the sun is shining so no complaints here though we could use one good hard rain, things are looking very dry around here. Moving along…..last week I hosted a small, intimate birthday luncheon for a very special friend. We both agreed a small get together would be nice and nice it was.

I had fun planning it out though I  wish I had taken more “prep” pictures with the food as I really liked the menu a lot (guilt free)! I really need an in house photographer lol.

I started, naturally with blue and white in mind, had a beautiful arrangement of  fresh hydrangeas made in one of my blue and white planters which was a wonderful starting point. The favors were mini myrtle topiaries and they were just darling. I wrapped them in green burlap and gingham ribbon. Here is what was on the menu-

 

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Starters-

Frose (my favorite summer drink, one fresh grapefruit, ice, peach seltzer and Rose all in a blender..yum)!

I served these amazingly good super healthy crostinis (below)  and a bowl of strawberries when they arrived

Lunch-

Chicken Paillard with arugula salad

Grilled asparagus

Fresh tomato, cucumber and corn salad (all bought from the farm that morning)

Dessert-

A fresh fruit tart

A big bowl of fruit

 

And here is a peek into the afternoon-

The setting was my covered porch, it was a a beautiful summer day so it was the perfect spot…

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And let the prep begin-

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Simply drizzled olive oil over the asparagus, a pinch of sea sat and  pepper then threw them on the grill for about 4 minutes

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Her gifts waiting to be given

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Love any excuse to use my labels:)

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Wrapped the little myrtles in green burlap and gingham ribbon

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Chicken pounded out for the Chicken Paillard

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Crostini prep

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We are lucky and have two amazing Italian bakeries within 10 min, this bread was still warm:)

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Sliced on the diagonal and placed on one of my favorite thick trivets, these are so great for crostinis

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Here is the recipe from Pinch of Yum (click here to see it in its entirety)

Artichoke white bean basil toasts-

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas or white beans, rinsed and drained
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • juice of one lemon (or two, if you love tangy like me!)
  • a generous drizzle of good quality olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 heaping cup canned or jarred artichoke hearts, drained
  • about 2 cups fresh baby spinach or other greens
  • 10 small pieces of whole wheat bread, toasted
  1. Pulse the garlic and chickpeas and about half of the basil in a food processor until finely minced and crumbly (see picture in post).
  2. Cut the remaining basil into ribbons and chop the artichokes. Toss the chickpea mixture with the lemon, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper, and artichoke hearts. Taste and adjust to your liking.
  3. Add the spinach or greens just before serving. Serve on the toasted bread. You can also serve this with chips or in a wrap… endless possibilities, really.

And the fun part….the tablescape- (for these pics brought out the big guns….my Nikon camera:)

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This arrangement and the mini myrtles were my starting point….

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Gotta love the mini white foo dogs, so cute:)

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The charming little myrtle topiaires were a hit

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The overall tablescape

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Love my John Robshaw custom made tablecloth and matching napkins

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Used my oversized silver planter as an elegant beverage tub and the big spray of hydrangeas are from my yard

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And the cake is served:)

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Birthday cake time! This was a slightly less guilt inducing cake than something chocolatey and decadent….everyone had a few bites

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And lots of fresh fruit…. love figs when they are in season plus they are so pretty!

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And of course another perk is having flowers from the day before to play around with plus the beautiful gifts brought over-

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Isn’t this Mottahedeh tureen gorgeous next to these two jars with my hydrangeas from the lunch!

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I was brought these gorgeous flowers…

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Thankfully I always have lots of blue and white vases at the ready!

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And love this beautiful dish that a friend brought from Ben’s Garden, went right into my powder room and filled it with soaps

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And that my friends is a wrap. It was a lot of fun and I love that feeling when all the elements come togehter as you had hoped. I will be hosting another luncheon later this month and then am starting to even think about the Christmas party I am going to host this year. Always fun to start plotting and planning!

Thanks for stopping by, wishing  you a fabulous day,  until next time……

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