Comments : 59

Good morning. Wow this week is flying by! We have been so busy with little spurts of getaways to the beach, bigger getaways for my sons games and mostly lots of house business. The good news is I really do see and feel like we have alas, reached the “final stretch”. Granted it might be a loooong stretch but its in the finishing stages, and that is a big deal to me! Most of what I am loving this week is house related (it totally consumes my every waking hour) but I always try to find some time and attention to enjoy the other things in life too. So first we start with the house updates which are coming fast and furious……..and then on to some fun things!

HOUSE UPDATES. Beams went up in the kitchen and yes, my husband really is beaming at the new beams:) Plaster moldings went up in living, dining room and tower above main stairs. They did a beautiful job. Limestone nearing completion for covered porch, loving how its coming out. Beams installed in family room and paneling wrapping up. Got samples for breakfast room stain and we just about have selected one! Best thing was seeing my kitchen! Went yesterday, its really conning together. Its hard to understand the finished product but the finish is beautiful, our finisher is very fussy and a perfectionist. All good things come to those who wait, right? They will begin installing mid next week…….cannot wait! Paint samples have been put up, going hte neutral route, can’t think about colors right now.  Plumbing continues to be installed, so things as you can see, are really moving forward at warp speed. Here we go…….

Secondary beams got put up in family room!
Paint samples are everywhere!

Kitchen beams (they look darker than they are)

Family room

Kitchen beams
Dining room

Close up of dining room molding
Living room

Living room molding
Living room

Love how they distressed the wood surround around the garage doors
The limestone porch well under way……

Limestone above walk out basement
Close up of one of the cabinet fronts
Some of the molding for kitchen drying
More kitchen!
More kitchen getting first coat of paint then will come the glaze

Bathroom vanity
Guest bath vanity

The doors drying

The kitchen beams
The various finishes, many with a “limed finish” that we are after

This is the one we think we are going with……love it
They started to put up the other beams in the family room (the curved beams)

A GREAT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL. I have always wanted to attend the annual Aspen food and wine festival. Held every June, it brings together the who’s who in the restaurant and wine biz. I know a few people who go every year and they promise me if I go once, I too will want and need to make it an annual pilgrimage. She was able to meet and attend demonstrations by the famous Jacque Pepin,shared a few words with Eric Ripert, enjoy a cocktail with Danny Meyer and Mario Batali amongst other “foodie” notables. She met many James Beard winners and said she was in food heaven being surrounded by all the greats. What could be more fun than having an excuse to eat, nibble and drink all day (and night)? Now that’s my kind of trip! Just one look at these highlights and I bet they will have you wanting to plan a trip there, plus its held in gorgeous picturesque Aspen..whats not to love! Click here to get more information. One hitch- If you go you have to include me:)

Getting taught by the famous Jacque Pepin…wow!
This right is reason alone to attend!
Tom Collechio 
A PRETTY PAIR OF EARRINGS. I like to wear pretty earrings with maybe a great cuff, bracelet or chunk link bracelet, nothing more. I think these are so pretty! They were designed by Migel Ases, who I had never heard of. Love the quatrefoil design. So, I wanted to find out more about this designer and well, two earrings later, here is his link and a few more gorgeous reasons why I had to take the plunge! Miguel who is Madrid born, creates his beautiful pieces out of fresh water pearls, 14 kt gold fill, sterling silver and semi precious stones. I love these pieces………Click here to visit his site.

NAVY MONOGRAMS FOR MY SON. As I am starting to plan out rooms, I am concentrating on the rooms that  I know will be ready when we move, namely the kitchen, breakfast room, a guest room and my sons bedroom. For my sons room we already ordered this classic pale tan plaid carpet and I want to use accents of navy and cream. Have gotten some inspiration from the pictures below. I see two large pillows with a navy monogram but keeping the rest of the bedding simple. Mostly cream bedding (thats what he wants) with tan and navy accents. What do you think? First is his carpeting……..

BRASS LANTERNS FOR ABOVE MY ISLAND. Now my search is officially on, I would love to find something old/antique otherwise will get something new and will antique it myself. I need a pair as the island is long, a pair will look more balanced than a single fixture. I am sure if I search hard enough in blogworld I will find an abundance of “how to’s’ as I know people do that all the time- I have seen people take a new fixture and make it look old…….any thoughts?
INA GARTEN. Am a big fan of Inas, her recipes are as friendly and wonderful as she seems to be. I know if we meet we are destinted to become great friends who will hang out in  her Hamptons kitchen, have cooking fests and who knows maybe we will have our own show aptly named “Ina and company”. LOL….OK I know I am getting ahead of myself and in the meantime will continue to enjoy and try her wonderful recipes, two of which are here and are fantastic summer staples. I promise you they will be big hits! Bon Appetit! 
Summer Garden Pasta ( Ina GartenBarefoot Contessa at Home)
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
good olive oil
1 TB minced garlic (6 cloves)
9 large basil leaves, julienned, plus more for serving
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound dried angel hair pasta
3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving (she
suggests grinding cheese in a food processor fitted with a metal
blade, instead of grating ? gives it a nice texture)
Combine cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, red
pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl. Cover
with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for about 4
Just before you?re ready to serve, bring a large pot of water with a
splash of olive oil and 2 TB salt to a boil and add the pasta. Cook al

dente according to package directions (about 2-3 minutes). Drain pasta
well and add to the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese and
some extra fresh basil leaves and toss well. Serve in big bowls with
extra cheese on each serving.


Good olive oil
6 cups (1-inch cubes) French or Italian bread, fresh or day old
Kosher salt
1 hothouse cucumber (unpeeled)
1 red pepper, large-diced
1 yellow pepper, large-diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion, sliced in half-rounds
1/2 pound feta cheese, cubed (if you don’t like feta substitute with mozzarella)
1/2 cup Calamata olives, pitted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saut? pan. Add the bread and sprinkle with salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned.
2. Meanwhile, cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a small spoon. Discard the seeds and slice the cucumber 1/4 inch thick and place in a large bowl. Add the red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes, and red onion.
3. Next, make the vinaigrette: Place the garlic, oregano, mustard, and vinegar in a small bowl and whisk together. Whisking constantly, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper and taste for seasoning.

4. Add the feta, olives, and cooked bread cubes to the bowl with the salad and add the vinaigrette and toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature

Well, that’s as much sensory overload as I can handle for now. How about you…anything exciting you this week that you care to share? Would love to know about it! Hope you have an enchanted day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tina-the magnificent house updates just
blow me away week to week! So much to love,
where to begin! The beams, the kitchen SO FAR
the flooring and moldings, your gorgeous stone
patio….talk about sensory overload!
Also love the lanterns, navy monograms and
also am a fan of Ina Gartens user friendly recipes.
Enjoy this wonderful day and keep those updates

Hello Tina:
Well, the pace is certainly hotting up with your house. Suddenly, the individual elements are starting to come together as a whole and the final finishing does not look to be too far off now.

The limed panelling which you have selected will, we feel, be most successful. It will have an aged quality without being too heavy and so should add just the right amount of ‘gravitas’ without being overly oppressive.

And, the monogrammed elements you are considering for your son’s bedroom will be such fun. Quite English country house!

Still having to use anonymous, frustrating!
House is coming along so beautifully, the limestone
is out of this world-all the details are really
spellbinding, don’t know how you don’t go nuts
and still have the time to do a blog! Iam impressed.
Love Ina’s recipes, the earings are beautiful have to go check them out and the monogram stuff for your
sons room is a great and classic way to go.
The wine and food festival looks really fun too.
Enjoy your day-

I truly don’t know where do begin, so let me start with Ina… LOVE HER!! I am thinking that you have just answered the age old question, “what’s for dinner?”
Your home is seemly moving at warp speed now… I know it really isn’t but to be able to actually focus on decorating is such fun! We live near the Matouk Outlet, and when our addition was nearing completion, that was my treat!!!!
I am incredibly excited for you, Tina!! Enjoy each moment!

OMG. Tina, you are Cinderella! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Hey, you will chuckle if you come by this weekend or next week. I am finally sharing my home but my photography is horrible. My home is my castle, and so quaint but it has a beauty that is magnificent when you are in it. We added two rooms to our French inspired brick cottage and I love it so. But the camera does not pick up the essence…..your home is coming along so beautifully. Please come by after Friday night and take a peek…you will chuckle at my attempts, but you are most certainly welcomed to walk in for a cup of coffee, tea or PINK CHAMPAGNE!


Your home is breathtaking! Every touch is gorgeous. I’m a huge foodie, and I would love to attend that festiva. Ina is also one of my food network favorites as well-I have all of her cookbooks! I love cream and navy for a boy’s room-very simple and relaxed.

Ooooooo – I love your house updates! The beams look fabulous. It is moving along. Can’t wait to see it on the cover of all the big magazines!

I’m doing a great give away on my blog, a round Flokati from my Showhouse room!

Your house is A M A Z I N G!!!!! I know we
will be seeing it all the design mags.
Love those earrings! Gotta check em out!

As Terry I so enjoy the progress of your home!! I loved seeing all the cabinets in progress and the samples of the finishes for the panelling and cabinets!
If we ever come to New York, I would love to ask your cabinetmakers to work for us if we have some projects to do in the US!! Love their work, and the details and profiles on the paneling! It is gorgeous, as we would do it!
Your house will be amazing (have I ever said that?? Hahaha!!!) inside as outside!!
Now is coming the most wonderful part : the interior decoration, the wall painting, the window treatments! Oh I wish I was there to help you!!

The house is looking incredible…..I’m definitely going to have to have tea with you when it’s completed! Love the earrings! I already checked out that site as I was reading….I see a pair that I want! The monogram is a great idea for your son’s room. Nvy and cream is always a nice choice. and that recipe looks delicious! Love Ina Garten!

Your home is looking amazing – I’m loving all the beams. And the size of your rooms is lovely – your dining room is bigger than our apartment here in Dubai! I love food fairs – we went to one in Dublin a couple summers ago. And who doesn’t love Ina? she makes the most delicious things and so effortlessly! πŸ™‚


You know how much I love your house and I will never get tired of these posts. Now, I’ll miss then a lot after your house is done, but I’m sure everyone will agree with me, we all want to see the final result.

You have such an amazing taste, my friend.

Have a wonderful summer day!


Luciane at

It’s getting real now with the house – how exciting!!! I love the limestone arches and the moulding and windows in the living room…beautiful and you will love them forever I think. I am a HUGE fan of Ina Garten – can I be on the new show too??!

I am loving the house updates! I’m excited over the progress so I can’t imagine how you must feel. My daughter follows the progress too! AND I love the earrings, especially that first design and then how the same design was used with different stones and such. Beautiful! I want to check out his site.
Thanks Tina and have a wonderful rest of your week.

Your home is coming together so quickly now. So many decisions still, in the finishing of your home. Colors will be tough, but fun. The beams in the kitchen look great but the beams in the family room are awesome. Now the fun begins, and you know you can’t stop with the completion of the home, your have to share the decorating too………

The French Hutch

Holy dream home is right!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Can’t wait to follow you and the rest of this magnificent home!

I think I’ll be joining you on your Ina and Company show! What a team we would make. I did get to meet her at a book signing and she is fabulous, even if it was just for a few moments! Count me in for the Food & Wine festival too! Your house just keeps getting better and better. When should I come for a visit?!

Seriously, everything about your home is magnificent! You’re attention to detail is impeccable. I would love to go to the Aspen food and wine festival as well. I love Aspen in the summertime! My best friend is getting married there in August and I cannot wait! I have all of Ina Garten’s cookbooks and her recipes never disappoint. I’m definitely going to make that garden pasta soon. It looks delicious! Btw, I thought of you yesterday when my husband sent me a picture from Auberge in Napa. He goes there on business a couple of times a year (I know, rough).

THursdays are always so much fun chez toi! Love the kitchen cabinetry – the simple elegant lines are lovely. I will have to check out that fun jewelry – perfect for summer and I have made that Barefoot Contessa Summer Garden Pasta – delicious and so easy!

I love what YOU love!!!! First, the house is beyond words! Ahhh mazing!

As for Miguel….I’ve been a fan for a while, but this Spring a friend encouraged me to try on a pair and I got them. Photo #6 in your line up. I kid you not, I was stopped at least 5 times yesterday by strangers, telling me how great they were. Now, that’s when you know you have a winner!

Navy monograms? Um….YES!

Brass lanterns…resounding YES!
Like I said….I love what you love!

xoxo Elizabeth

You would think that I was moving into this house — I am like a kid at Christmas! I am SOOOOO excited about he progress! I show my husband every week, and he is admittedly a little less excited than i am since it is not his house!

New reader of your blog, and love to see your house updates. It is going to be beautiful!

You may have posted about this before, but I was wondering what your wood floor finish will be? Love the limed sample for the breakfast room, and was wondering if that room has stone or wood for the floors?

Thanks for the Ina Garten recipes — printed out and likely to be tried today or tomorrow!

Tina, I know your home is complete *just yet*, but it’s already stunning and filled with a special personality I only can assume is yours…the details so far are absolutely beathtaking, and beautifully grand…just lovely!
Your son’s room will be so ‘gentlemanly’, I can’t wait to see it! I like the carpet very much. I know how picking out the perfect lighting can be…as well as every other all consuming decision that exists when building a home, but all of your choices are fabulous and will be beautiful, whichever you choose!
Now as for my beloved Ina…I haven’t tried this recipe yet and I’ve been wanting to forever, so thanks for the ‘kick’!
Continued blessings on each and every step of the final stretch…so far, so great…all is amazing!
xo J~

I am so excited about your house! It is really REALLY coming along in a gorgeous way! Somehow, I noticed today you weren’t on my blogroll on my sidebar??? I’ve been following for a while, so not sure how that happened… You are there now! Your living room reminds me of a ginormous version of mine… kind of. I have a cathedral ceiling with beams… more of a cottage size than castle size :O)
The chandelier reveal in the very living room will be posted tomorrow… come one over and take a look!
So glad you are sharing this journey… what an inspiration!

WOW! I’m new to your blog and have been left quite speechless! Can’t wait to read more and go back to the start and catch up with your journey!


Happy happy joy joy Thursday! Making progress indeed! Family room beams, kitchen beams, dining room moulding, living room moulding, garage door surround, and the linestone porch are fabulous.

Now the kitchen cabinets are spectacular, moulding, color and style really really great. Bath vanities and the limed finish you’ll be very pleased with.

Who doesn’t love food and wine festivals, they’re everywhere but in Aspen I’m sure it’s a grand affair. Thank goodness we are not able to smell the foods through our computers.

Love the earrings, who wouldn’t, great detail and time consuming to make they are great in their own and matched with a summer outfit must
be stunning.

Navy monograms are great for a young man’s room with a masculine feel of Ralph Lauren.

Brass lanterns I’d try to age them myself too. I love the first and second lanterns. Check here

Ina Gardner her voice tone is so relaxed and that’s exactly how a teacher should teach in a “friends” kind of way. Tina I’ll see ya there at Ina’s for the “Ina and Great Company of Friends” show.

Thanks for sharing the recipes (added to my iPhone recipes/shopping lists) we can always use some great summer meals that are favorites.

I’ve really enjoyed this post as things progress with some speed. So excited for you and that you’ve shared this with us.


Wow Tina – your house is looking amazing. Those beams are absolutely stunning and the moldings and paneling are a standout. Love your inspiration for your son’s bedroom, very handsome and smart. Oh and I’ll have all those earrings too. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful images and progress.

you deserve some blogging award…stunning photo updates of your house (the french doors in the LR take my breath away), wine tastings, jewelry AND a recipe. ALL IN ONE POST!!!! How do you do it?! πŸ™‚ Sometimes just posting a recipe takes me for-ever. Love, love, love what is taking shape in your new home!

xo, Tessa

Tina, there just aren’t words for your home it is going to be so gorgeous. I love the lime wash finish that you chose. It’s all just over the top. I’ve done that panzanella salad and it is divine. Thanks for the fabulous update. Mona

Seriously, you know that guest bedroom… Well I will would like to apply for live in guest!!!
Even the way it is now, I would move in…
It is so beautiful your wait is already worth it!!
I love the choice on the limewash, I liked the same sample.

I am still trying to wrap my head around the magnatude of your house, it is simply spectacular! I cannot imagine undertaking such a huge project like this, kudos to you! And you have the most amazing taste, it is a great treat to see all your choices week after week!

OMG your house is amazing! Can you please help me plan my next house when the time comes?? I can’t wait to see the end result.

I also stalk the barefoot contessa. She never lets me down!

You’re definitely at the point of the build where you can really imagine what the home will look like when it’s finished. I’m so excited for you. I can only imagine how much time went into the planning but it will all be worth it.


I’m just dropping by to thank you so much for your super sweet comment yesterday. God bless you for that! I feel incredibly blessed for having our baby boy!

Have a blessed weekend.


Luciane at

As always I love your house updates. The beams are terrific! And I adore the lime wash. It’s always a treat to go to the cabinetmakers…it never gets old for me no matter what project I am working on.

The food and wine festival looks like fun…I am a fan of Top Chef and that is always one of the prizes. Let’s go!

Thanks for the recipe for panzanella…it’s one of my favs and I might just try this one when my family comes to town next week!
Happy Friday Tina,

Wow! Wow! Wow! So much fabulousness all in one post! Your house is looking awesome. It is very cool to be able to start seeing it all come together. I can only imagine how exciting it is for you! I’ll be copying your picture molding when it comes time for us to renovate our living and dining rooms πŸ™‚
I need to check out those earrings now…I think the turquoise ones have my name on them.

Oh precious Tina,

teeeheee…I am so humbled that you, the Lady of the Manor has come to my home! THANK YOU so much for stepping into my world. I LOVE ARCHES and I made it clear that the new portal into our family room would have an arch! Your home is POETRY in motion as well my dear…it is strikingly lovely how we all have a vision and to make them come true takes so much effort and it is fun. Thank you my friend for coming over. CHEERS!!! And I can’t wait to see this home FINISHED! Anita

Oooh, plumbing installation!?! That’s a huge step! Your dining room is going to be fabulous! I also am a huge fan of monogrammed bedding–my college bedding all four years was monogrammed!

Tina- How fun to see the house updates as you go along. I can remember getting to this stage (a few times;>) and thinking it was NEVER going to end and also feeling a bit of sadness that it WAS ending. Crazy, I know! I think picking the final paint colors is one of the hardest thing. I ususally end up going all neutral because I don’t know how the house is going to “live” yet and because I don’t want to be “stuck” with something that I don’t love…and I can LOVE any neutral!

Sensory overload is right-this blog and SweetCheeks in the same day? Calgon-take me away! xo Diana

come on – it’s almost overload, it’s so beautiful! I really like that you are going with a limed finish on the cabinetry. I just want to see woodgrain, these days, but the liming keeps it soft and the color is subtle. You have wonderful taste, Tina – have a great weekend! x

For crying out loud…..these updates are incredible!! This place is fantastic. Love where you are going in your sons room. And those earrings are fab. By the way my son in law goes to the food show every year. They live in boulder.

Wow, that place looks amazing, even during it’s “under construction” phase! I love the high ceilings you have there and the large space is very inviting. It feels like a dream house already, so it’s sure to be awesome when it’s done… haha. It’s a very excellent place!

Always have to make sure to stop by and see new house updates, always inspiring. I just love the porch area…I can imagine many lovely morning, mid afternoon and evening moments spent there!!

Join the World of the Enchanted Home!



Designed and Developed by BNV Digital Marketing