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Good morning!?Back and ready for anything. Feel recharged after a few days at the beach and I am ready to take on the big job that lies ahead to meet our inspection date on Aug.22nd. I cannot say enough how completely restorative and therapeutic being by the ocean is. I stayed in a beautiful home which certainly helps but being right next to the ocean, having natures lullaby, the oceans waves putting me easily to sleep and waking up to the glistening Atlantic ?is just incredible. It feels so natural to me too ?(I did spend much of my childhood in California and Hawaii). It was very timely as ?the stress level has been off the charts for me, so this was really what the doctor ordered!

On a side note, can you?imagine my delight, and sheer excitement over signing into Feedburner and discovering that I have 1002 subscribers! HOLY MOLY…how did that happen? I remember jumping over the moon when I reached 10, then it was 100 and dare I wish for that great big triple digit number of 500? But 1000? Seriously? I am humbled beyond words and so delighted that there are 1000 people in this great vast world of ours that think highly enough of me and my blog to want to get my daily updates and posts. This I promise my friends, will keep my adrenaline going for some time now and I will work hard to keep delivering!! Many thanks!!

Now onto the lucky winners of Phyllis Hoffman’s exquisite books Gracious Table and Gracious Spaces, congratulations to:

Winners (2)
1st: pretty pink tulips

2nd: cristin simplifiedbee
Please contact me via email so that I can get your mailing info and get these right out to you..enjoy!

Now onto what I am loving this week and house updates. First we start with?the house and whats happened this week, I got there at dusk so had limited light but think most of the pictures are fairly clear. I will be sure to include some beach photos in the coming days, as some of them are just so pretty and worth sharing!

HOUSE UPDATES. Kitchen is starting to really shape up, its really looking like an official kitchen! The island came and was humorously referred to by some of the guys working in the house as the “continent” not the island, its really long 12 feet long…but is in proportion with the kitchen, and I love love love the black. The boxes have been in and slowly they have been working hard to add the many “layers” that make the kitchen beautiful, all the little moldings, tow kicks, dental moldings,etc…we should be done in about a week or so. Its a long process to install a kitchen. Gutters getting installed, I have finally included some pictures of both the front facade and the back, as many have requested because though not totally done, it is getting there, the main part we are still missing is the limestone front door surround and the front door but other than that’s its pretty much complete, also we have a wrought iron balcony going on the top right window. Floors continue to get done, back stair is done,staining on all the woodworking has officially started so clearly much is happening. Think the pictures will do a better job at illustrating……

Starting to really look like a house! Courtyard is getting put in….
Side entrance from basement side finished!
Gutters started getting put in, they are lead coated copper
Powder room floor
Back hall railing done…..yippee!!
Love way it came out
Powder room, partially covered but you get the idea
It was getting dark, but the island is in! So excited to see it come together

Family room done except for fireplace which we are waiting for and staining of wood
Breakfast room, is in process of getting stained
First base coat of stain then they start adding the “lime” effect then the glaze and a final coat
Looking into kitchen from family room

My vanity came in (the base) it has to still be painted this is just a primer
Tub surround (first part getting installed)
Shower surround love the marble molding that frames the shower door
Husbands vanity came in, love it…still has to get stained this is just in it natural state

Living room floors are done but just waiting for stain

Gutters being put in all over the house

Those little details on each side of the dormer got done

Finally the back of the house is pretty much done except for the finials on the roof

Now we await the stone surround for the front and wrought iron above it but getting there!

FIGS. Something simple, cheap, accessible (now is?the season) and oh soooo good!! I love figs and would love to eventually plant a fig tree, it would be like the gift that keeps on giving. I love them fresh from the farm stand and I also love a salad I discovered last year and make often, it is THAT good….then had this incredible brie with figs and almonds that was so amazingly delicious, so if either of these sound appealing….you might want to give them a whirl!


  • 8 black mission or Capay candy-striped figs, quartered
  • 6 oz. organic arugula, stems removed
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 tangerine or mandarin orange
  • ? teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 7 oz. goat cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled (or you can use feta)


In bowl, mix together olive oil, citrus juice, salt, pepper and cayenne until well blended.

Arrange arugula on plate and spread quartered figs on top. Scatter cheese over the salad and? top with a drizzle of the dressing.



  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 (14 ounce) round 4 1/4-inch diameter round Brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C).
  2. Heat brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add figs and vanilla, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds and vanilla. Place brie wheel in a baking dish, and pour fig mixture over the top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened but not melted.?
  4. Serve with water crackers.

CALACUTTA GOLD MARBLE. I am so in love with this marble but have gone through serious sticker shock in the last few weeks. I have traipsed the tri state area, with a good friend also looking for great looking Calacutta gold slabs, when we finally found it, we were tickled pink! Then when I proceeded to open the email with the estimate, and the supplier starts with?and I quote “hope you are sitting down so as not to hit your head when you faint’. Need I say more?

There is plenty out there but the really good stuff is at a crazy premium, its all about supply and demand and unfortunately there is not a lot of really great looking premium slabs. The ones that I found that I really love are below. Anyone want to give me my marble countertops for a housewarming gift? LOL………

CHELSEA TEXTILES. Love this company’s gorgeous traditional fabrics and some of?their Gustavian furniture is over the top beautiful. I love the elegant old world feel of their fabrics, which are recreated from original English and French 17th, 18th and 20th century designs that are embroidered on natural linen fabric. and could easily find a spot in my home for these bench’s, small chests, and tables. What do you think? Click here to visit their website.
Really love this bench!

Great chair for a sitting room in a master

I love this for the end of a bed

So thats what I am loving this week… about you? What is exciting you? Discover anything you want to share? Would love to know! Wishing you a fabulous Friday and a great start to the weekend!


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The Paper Mulberry on

Oh Tina I’m am once again lost for words! What a magnificent house, I particularly love the fact that you have also made the back vista as beautiful as the front, something so often overlooked. I love the pretty furniture and think the styling would fit in so well! There’s something very ‘French chateau’ about combing the humble rustic check and gingham with formal furniture and I adore it! You simply must have some large billowing plain linen curtains too!! Warmest wishes from a 500 year old farmhouse in England! Hugs – Glenda xxx P.s. you are right it is a continent not an island! Wonderful!

Agnes on

BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. ONLY TWO WORDS I CAN FIND. Just takes my breath away you have done it all in such magnificent taste. I look so forward to these wonderful updates that you so kindly share with us.
Thank you and welcome back.

Carolyn@SweetChaos on

It’s looking fantastic, Tina! I LOVE the powder room floor, and I can’t wait to see the finished kitchen!! Very excited for you πŸ™‚

For the Love of a Cottage on

This house is amazing. Of course, I am in love with the kitchen. Ah…the living room floor. I love it!! I can’t wait to see the floor stained. The pattern is wonderful. I love your updates!!

Hamptontoes on

You home is coming along so nicely! And, my oh my, it is such a stately home. You are quite blessed to be creating such a lovely place to call home! The back is just as gorgeous as the front…sheer perfection! To look at the images reminds of my visit to Paris this past spring…I can only image you took great inspiration from your travels to France. Figs! Love them and I make fig and goat cheese salad all the time during the summer. Also, I make fig spread too! I like to toast slices of a baguette, smear goat cheese and then add the fig spread before drizzling with a touch of honey! Okay, your post has starting my day off on the right foot!

Anonymous on

Not surprised one bit that you have 1002 subscribers. You deserve every one. You are like the best free gift there is!
I like coming to your blog more than I like opening up any of my magazines….seriously!
Now this house is just unreal. I am so impressed wtih everythign, the kitchen is going to be to die for! This house will surely get all the magazines attention thats for sure.
Cannot wait till you start decorating. Love the marble slabs, good luck making your decisions.

RenΓ©e Finberg on

miss enchanted,
you surely will be living an enchanted existence when you move in.

not that the architecture is the same at all,
but it is starting to rival the scale of ‘BRIDESHEAD’.

just lovely!! xxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages on

Oh sweet one…..

First of all, you words to me just minutes ago are divine. What insight and kindness you possess. Then I come here to not only be greeted by your hospitality, but I see your home taking such shape, you offer a DELICIOUS list of recipes that I JUST LOVE, an album rich with photos that inspire and that FOX TERRIER ON THE CHAIR!!! That is my guy, my dream mutt!

I am so happy for you precious one, your CASTLE is so lovely and I would go in a hot minute to walk by your estate when it is done, if in your vicinity I ever would be. Ahhhhhh….what a dream to TRUE!

Thank you for your reminder that my dreams are at my fingertips…literally!


noreen on

Your pictures of your beautiful home are amazing. I love the regular updates of the progress. First time I’ve heard of lead clad copper gutters, they sound like from another era. All the best!

designchic on

I’m always so speechless over the house, that it’s hard for me to concentrate on the “things I love”. I was traveling to Kristy’s house yesterday (working on the nursery)YAY, and could hardly wait for morning to look back to Thursday’s update, and what a pleasant surprise that it was today!! It is stunning and all coming together so beautifully. Love the floors in the powder room. You must just walk from room to room in awe…!! Happy Friday ~

under spanish moss on

Tina, all of your attention to details is coming together for perfection. We adore the calcutta marble. Oh who are we kidding…we love it all!
Angela and Renee

Anonymous on

Tina, what a fabulous home, you are doing such a wonderful job with all of your decisions! Love the back exterior..what a dream. Will you also be installing a pool? that would be so divine. Love the chelsea furniture & textiles, they would look awesome in your home. Have a great weekend!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design on

Congrats on reaching 1000 subscribers! Can’t say I’m surprised as it is such a treat to be able to follow along the progress of your gorgeous home. All your thought & attention to detail is coming together and your house is going to be nothing short of amazing. Thanks for sharing your updates!

Luciane at on


Congratulations about your subscribers!!! One thing I keep learning about the “blog world”, it’s a lot of work it you want to do it “right” and it takes a lot of time, but all the support you get from your readers is the best gift you can get. I see why you have so many people here. As I said yesterday, you give your 100% and we see and appreciate that!

Your house is just dreamy inside-out! It’s so beautiful to feel your enthusiasm for every detail done. It makes me happy. I was even telling my husband the other day about your good taste! πŸ™‚

Have a blessed weekend!


Luciane at

PS: I’d love to meet you someday. I’ll let you know if I’m ever in NY, ok? That would a fun day! πŸ™‚

Teresa at Splendid Sass on

The house looks grand! I know that you are tired, but being this close has to be exciting! Thanks for sharing.
Love figs. Could eat far too many at the time.
I will be looking at the site because I love these pieces.
Have a nice day, and relax.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese on

Your home is stunning already! I won’t have a word for it when it’s done!! Love seeing the progress that is being made and sharing some of the excitement. It’s amazing really that there are craftsmen out there who can build something so beautiful!

Chic Coastal Living on

Tina you’re house is looking so incredible! The view from the back is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what your plans are for that space! Love the marble too! You must get it or you will regret it trust me!

Victoria on

Tina, this post is stunning. I look forward to all your house updates, but as the project continues, the posts get more and more exciting. All your choices are exquisite.

I am redoing my kitchen and had the same problem you encountered looking for wonderful slabs. I chose calcutta gold macchia vecchia — means old spot because it has random veins of ochre in it — and it took me more than two months and a lot of traveling to find them. The price was stunning too, but I have heard there is very little good product out there because marble has become so popular. Will your slabs be honed? That is the look I prefer.

I love the Gustavian furniture, one of my favorite styles, and that last textile is gorgeous.

The fig recipes sound delicious. I absolutely love figs, so thanks for taking time to include some recipes. I don’t know how you find the time to do it all, but it explains why you have so many followers. Have a great weekend. Victoria

Taylor Greenwalt on

Amazing, stunning, beautiful! I cant wait to see it when it is all done. You must be having so much fun designing your own home. I love everything you have done. Congrats on subscribers. I just started a blog a month ago. We are so excited every time we get a follower or a comment.

Heather@SatisfyingSpaces on

Congratulations on your 1000 subscribers mark! You definitely put a lot of time and effort into your blog and your readers appreciate every word and image. πŸ™‚

Good luck on the upcoming house inspection and have a great weekend!


Barbara@HausDesign on

Tina, how exciting now!!! I can really start to get a feel for the overall house – that must be so amazing for you after all of this planning. And, I LOVE figs so thanks for the new recipe ideas!

annechovie on

Your home is progressing so beautifully – I can’t wait to see it finished and furnished! Have a wonderful wknd! xo

Kathysue on

Tina we are living through you vicariously. You are going to be living in such grandeur!! One of the many things I love about you is your are so down to earth and real about all the grandeur that most of us could only dream about. You are such a genuine, kind and giving lady, this is why you have a well deserved following. I know for myself I get a cup of coffee, put on some soft music and enjoy my trip with TINA in the mornings. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job of giving us a guided tour into your amazing life!! xo Kathysue

Ideezine on


So glad you’re recharged and ready to embrace the next phase as Summer begins to say farewell. You sound grounded and that’s a good thing.

Congrats winners! Yay Pretty Pink Tulips and Simplified Bee Cristin! Great weekend starter.

Congrats on Feedburner followings. That’s fabulous! They obviously know a good thing when they read it.

Congrats on House Updates and I’m sure there are a lot of smiling faces (especially yours) coming and going crew included. Time to plan a construction crew party to “christen” your modern day castle before you move in.

Thank you for sharing the fig salad my husband and I are crazy salad lovers and we’re always trying new ones. Can’t wait to copy and paste into my salad folder.

Calcutta Gold Marble love love love it and when you want what you want and you find it…it’s worth it hands down. Rejoice in finding it and don’t look back.

Chelse Textiles and Gustavian furniture are a perfect match with the integrity of your home. Their fabrics are timeless and always draw interest. The fifth fabric photo looks pretty close to the fabric I have as my living room drapery and the second photo looks like the drapery in my dining room. Love all the fabrics shown here. The furniture is a great scale and really comfortable looking as well as the finishes and fabric on selected pieces.

Lots to celebrate including the release of the movie “The Help”. Happy Friday spectacular day here on The Enchanted Home Blog and this weekend is something to continue to celebrate…Life is Good!



Jennifer @ Belclaire House on

Yeah! Congratulations on over 1000 subscribers!! Your house really is starting to look like it could be livable soon! I love the gutters. They are gorgeous!! The marble just looks so delicious! I can’t wait to check out Chelsea Textiles! Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely weekend!!!

Simone on

OMG! That’s not a dream house, that’s a mansion! Calacutta is a must!

I really love the wood floors you chose, can’t wait to see them finished.

Definitely go for some Chelsea Textiles furniture and fabrics. They’ve been on my “to die for” list for the past 5 years.

Thanks for sharing!

Marianne {Style For Living} on

Tina, from the front of the house to the back and every little detail in between, your home is incredibly stunning. What a dream to be able to live in such a gorgeous home. So happy you found some Calacutta you love. Such an important element to your space and I love seeing your weekly updates! Happy Weekend! xo

NanaDiana on

I am at work so this is short and sweet~ Glad you got back from the Beach with re-newed energy and dedication to finishing the job. The house is looking marvelous…and your island is going to be gorgeous. Good stone is not cheap, is it? Smaller pieces are not so pricey because they are easier to come by…the big ones—shut up Irene~

Hope your weekend is wonderful- xo Diana on

Absolutely gorgeous inside and out!
Obviously a true labor of love and such a delight to watch the
progression…….you are a lucky girl!

Stacy Curran on

I’m speechless, just like every week. Words can’t do his house justice! And congrats on 1000 subscribers!! I hit 802 yesterday, my highest ever, and was over the moon, so I know how you feel πŸ™‚ It is humbling, but so exciting!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. on

As all have said…there just are no words. Your home is becoming more exquisite with each passing day. You have to be just tickled pink. I’m constantly amazed at all you do. You surely don’t sleep. Have a great weekend. Mona

aLena on

Loving all the house updates .. can’t believe how amazing your home is turning out! And of course LOVE love love the marble .. very similar to what we picked out for our kitchen and powder room! Can’t wait to see more!

Designs By Pinky on

Of COURSE you have over 1000 followers! You are so warm, caring, generous and inviting, this is a beautiful GIFT you give to all of us! Your home will be the completion of your dreams, and WE get to see it all happening!!!! THANK YOU for bringng us along with you on this incrediable journey!!!! Have a great weekend, the end IS in sight!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Cristin {Simplified Bee} on

I am so excited to be a winner! I am looking forward to this inspiring book.

Your home is just gorgeous and coming along so nicely. The marble is a wonderful, classic choice.

Congrats on 1,000 subscribers!


Interior Design Musings on

OH Tina!!
That TUB surround! Fantastic. The bathroom pics always get me. Your selections are to die for. M.

Amy @MaisonDecor on

Hi Tina! Your house is magnificent! It is so fun to walk through it as it is coming along, step by step. The nicest house I have ever seen!! You have created an incredible blog here and I know I will say I knew you when….so congrats on your subscribers, but I am really not surprised!

Karen T. on

What a truly magnificent home this is!!! I can hardly wait until WE start decorating (LOL)! Glad you’re feeling recharged. Congrats on 1002 followers. Why would you be surprised? Your blog’s the best!


You deserve to have all the followers you do…I’ve been one for a ong time! Your “palace” is magnificent!! I can’t wait to see it all gorgous as it’ll be, with your talent for decor. You’re very terrific! Have a great weekend.


Tina, your personality shines through so well in your fabulous writing which is always such a joy to read. I always take note of the good writers! So glad you got away, I too was away for 8 days to California and Hawaii and I came home with renewed vigor.
Your home is one of those great homes that will stand the test of time. When you are done it will look like its been there for many many years. Kudos to your architect and builder. My father was a well known archictect in Birmingham and good architecutre does not come easy (or cheap) but you have gotten it totally right. It takes great taste and a high level of understanding proper architecture to do that so that is a huge pat on the back to both you and your husband. Beautifully done.

Gill Colthart on

what an exquisite home, I am looking forward to to following your blog Tina. It already has the look of a French chateau – we just returned from France yesterday & the houses are so beautiful.

Divine Theatre on

I was so busy counting your blessings that I forgot to count mine! I have a fig tree! LOL!
May the memories you form in your new home be as lovely as the home itself!

My Notting Hill on

Your house is going to be incredible. Absolutely love the powder room floor!

Sizzle and Zoom on

Your home is amazingly beautiful and I love your updates.

for the love of a house on

wonderful progress Tina! I can only imagine how excited you and your husband are to see it all coming together- enjoy this phase!

happy weekend!

Karena on

Tina you must feel like you are just living a dream and your home is reflecting the type of wonderfully classic unique woman that you are.

Thank you so much for sharing it all!


Art by Karena

Things That Inspire on

Tina, everything is looking wonderful! I totally understand the stress – I have been awake since 1:30 am, I woke up and my mind kicked into high gear. It is so amazing to see everything that you have thought about for months and years start to be installed – but very stressful too – we had one big issue this week (a focal point of one room had been redesigned without my approval, and the redesign was absolutely hideous – we are redoing it), but it caused me a ton of stress and worry (still is).

It has been amazing seeing your house come together, especially since we have been on a similar building timeframe and schedule. Does it seem real yet that you will be living in this magnificent house?

– Holly

KL on

Congrats on your subscriber milestone! (I was very excited at reaching 10 myself) and on your continued productivity on your home. I find your unwavering dedication to detail inspiring! AND I love those marble slabs you’ve found! Stunning! Looking forward to your next generous post, as always!

Naz on

Having a house built for me was so stressful. I think you have a good handle on the entire procedure. The house is turning out magnificently and hopefully it continues as such.

I just found your blog and it’s so well written.

Carol@TheDesignPages on

I’m so glad you stopped by my blog so I could come and follow along with your spectacular home build!! Your house is stunning. European castle comes to mind. I am going to be checking in regularly so that I can see how things progress. I hope you managed to get that marble slab because you might just regret it if you don’t. It’s beautiful.

Richard Cottrell on

The house is magnificent now let’s see how you make it into a home. The spaces are un real. All I can think about is how will they pay the utility bills. This is way over my head, but I sure can appreciate it. Thanks for your progress report. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Splenderosa on

You completely blow me away. Every week, every post! And, I’m so happy you guys had a little holiday at the beach. Your home continues to amaze everyone. Every detail is perfect. Sending love, my precious friend….

sis on

The kitchen is going to be fabulous as is the rest of your enchanted home! It is absolutely amazing in every way. Thanks for sharing, I love to see the updates. I would like to know, what flooring do you have in the magnificent kitchen??

From Beyond My Kitchen Window on

Thank you for stopping by my blog and visiting. Your home is amazing and I am now anxious to see each project. Stunning!!!

gab on

Wow. Is there more to say!

My 7 year old boy said, “wow it is like Hogwarts but smaller”. Then he went on to say, “I would not like to live in a mansion bc if you had to pee, you would have to run to the other side of the mansion to get to the bathroom.” I explained that there are probably lots of bathrooms.

Fashion-isha on

This is seriously one of the most stunning homes and having you take us through the construction process is truly inspiring. That marble is breathtaking and worth the $ too!

Concrete Jungle on

Many congratulations on your numbers….cannot say I am surprised your posts are incredible! The mansion…. a home to be… we all wait with baited breath…a very lovely building with details to die for… so far you are doing a beyond fabulous job….your tile work is breathtaking throughout!

An Eye for Detail on

The house is gorgeous, and your post wonderful….but actually, I am zeroing in on that fig recipe! Funny, I made the very same one this evening for guests and it was FABULOUS! I was going to do a post on it, and I will link back to you for sure when I do! I found the very same one on line, but was inspired by you! thanks….

quintessence on

Tina – you’ve mentioned several things I love as well. I love fig anything – from the fruit to jam or ice cream to candles – anything fig grabs my attention. Chelsea Textiles is a classic choice – I wrote about the owner’s house in England a while back. And isn’t the price of Calcutta Gold insane? I don’t know what happened – it used to be perfectly reasonable. Everything is coming along swimmingly – you must be so excited to be nearing the end!

pretty pink tulips on

Oh goodness….this is what happens when I’m entertaining house guests…I miss my favorite blogs. Love, love, love how the house is looking. It really is a jaw-dropper!!!!

And, those slabs. Oh how I would take any one of them!

So excited to win Phyllis’ book! Thank you so much. I will thank of you as I turn the pages.

xoxo Elizabeth

Kristin on

Soooo exciting!!!


montanna on

Sound wood countertops are pure goods made of wood via timber about 120 years. Wood is often a dwelling substance and the much more wetness receives, the greater the wood countertop will certainly develop.

De tout, de rien on

Oh Tina, your house is gorgeouser and gorgeouser every week! I’m really busy this week, but I had to stop in to see the progress. Congrats on the 1000 followers!

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