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First things first, the lucky winner of the 12 monogrammed cocktail napkins from my shop. I used random picker to choose the winner. Congratulations goes to…..

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: 1 dozen napkins 1696545 pat kennedy 00C1E68A-88E0-4906-924C-50D2DFBCEDEA 1

Please contact me and tell me which initial you want and I will need your shipping details!

Thankfully the end of another crazy busy week is upon us. I am glad its Friday I will admit.  I have a pretty busy weekend ahead but generally speaking weekends are a little more low key and they are a great excuse to carve out time for relaxation. So a few odds and ends on the homefront and a few fun things going on with my store. I get a lot of questions many which I answer directly. I apologize if yours has gone unacknowledged, it has been really crazy busy lately on several fronts.  A few that I gotten from several people below…..

1. What color is our brick? Believe me I am not trying to ignore your question…. I wish I knew! I used to know, and looked like crazy through my files but cannot find it. Our brick rep was out of the country but now his number is disconnected and someone I know told me she heard he moved back to Italy not that I can blame the guy. So if by some chance I find it I will absolutely post it as at least a dozen have asked but so far, nothing. I am enclosing a few really good close up pics however if you want to try to match it up. It was exactly what we were looking for after looking at hundreds of brick, so I feel your pain. Hope the picture can help in some way.

2. What are my thoughts on marble for kitchen countertops? I have spoken so much on this so don’t want to beat a dead horse. Bottom line, its used all over Europe on everything from pizzeria countertops to the eponymous Spanish steps, has been there for hundreds of years and its still standing. I love it and there simply was no second choice for me.  It was white marble or white marble:) Best investment? A great sealer. And common sense of course, no lemon or red wine directly on the marble. From what I am told by several who know, DuPont’s Impregnator is the best in the market.It is what we used and so far so good!

3.Where did I get those fun monogrammed clogs?  Many of who you wanted to know where you could buy the adorable monogrammed clogs like the ones I own that I  featured in my post yesterday. The girls email address that I bought them from is She has all kinds of gorgeous clogs like the ones I showed yesterday. Warning they are so comfy all your other shoes will get pushed to the back of the closet!

4. How is Teddy? Got this from several, thanks so much for your concern, its so touching. He is actually doing quite well. His fur is growing back, stitches are closing up, he is having a problem walking on one of his legs so thats getting checked out, its intermittent ever since “the accident” I just pray its nothing serious. Overall though he is doing great and is pretty much back to his normal happy little self!

OK now onto  my post. WARNING, its a very long one. So relax, sit back and take an extra few minutes………..

Got some more beautiful blue and whites to add to my ever growing collection. (husband has now put an embargo against any more coming into this house unless its for a customer)! Do I ever get tired of it you ask? No way! I  love it……so here’s a few pieces I experimented with on the only piece of furniture I have in my living I also tried the large ginger jars on my hallway console…what do you think? Yah or nay? Love to hear your take. For those of you who didnt’ catch my mini Sunday post last weekend about new lighting (sconces) for the stairs, hallway and my powder room….included those as well. 

One side with the flat topped ginger jar and the other with the etched crystal hurricane 

Look at how beautiful all the azaleas are looking in full bloom!
A pretty assortment of blues and whites on my living room chest

Have been in love with this fabric forever, by Scalamandre and how perfect is this color with the rug? I am just nervous about it being too busy with the chinoiserie (Falks Manor)
I am nearly sure I will not use it at least not for this room but hopefully somewhere, it really is an exquisite fabric.
Sconces going up the staircase for those of you who haven’t seen
Finally got my own dough bowl…absolutely love it!

My gorgeous bird sconces finally got put up in the powder room, waiting for wallpaper now but just couldn’t wait anymore!

Also despite a few minor reservations and fears about its every day wear and tear, I bit the bullet and decided to go with the antique mirror as a top for my island in the closet. It was always my first choice but I was nervous about it on a day to day basis. Now that I have lived with the ever so lovely plyboard,I realized I dont’ put much down on it, so I think I will be OK. They just did the templating, my woodguy made the frame to set the glass down in and I cannot wait for it be completed!! Take one last look, this is the last time you are going to see it looking like this:)
And here it is mid way through its little makeover with the newly applied frame (still primed not yet painted) but looking better already! The antiqued marble will get laid down inside the frame….

 One of my favorite things besides monograms, blue and white, fabrics and letterpress (oh and pretty wedding cakes) is trim! Looooove looking, Iam like a baby in a candy shop. So I paid a visit to Clarence House a few weeks ago and man, were their things gorgeous! I forgot how beautiful their trims are!!  I  found trim I would give up eating out for!  You see a hint of my GORGEOUS monogrammed bedding (this deserves a whole post just on this… that will  come later on) but doesn’t it look sublime with the trim? I am afraid to even ask the price but boy it sure is pretty!!!!!

Skipping right along……to the store front, got in a new gorgeous batch of my European things…and wanted to hold each and every one of them hostage! But I was a good girl and off they went to their new homes….

Love the dough bowls…

And the large trivet, perfect for serving cheese, fruit and other delectable appetizers….I am most definitely ordering one of these for myself….LOVE!!
And of course the beautiful waxed Spanish olive trays for just about anything, I already own and use these all the time, great for entertaining
And the neat Bavarian bread boards in assorted sizes….

How pretty is this new addition bird tole tray? Love it!

With the charming little matching container….so pretty!

I am partial to anything with birds….except the bird flu:)
Now a forewarning before you proceed-  only you silvermaniacs will “get” this next leg of this post. Its almost like a marathon but a lot less work, lol. And for all the rest of you, you might just write me off. Either way you may just want to sit down…there’s a boatload of pictures here. I get ridiculously backflip crazy excited when I get in things I love. Really love. And suffice to say I love beautiful old world looking silver. And this one delivers. I love the line of silver I carry. I got in a ton because I would have to say this is probably overall the line I sell constantly the most of. There are a few close seconds but I do unload a lot of silver. It is so pretty and elegant and old world and I just love it. So enough of my talking, here’s the low down……..ready set drool! Also please note none of this is for me, its all for orders lest you think I have become a silver hoarder:)

Love this pitcher, fit for royalty!

Its all in the details…

Doubles as  wine/champagne bucket or a gorgeous oversized planter for orchids, hydrangea,etc…

Swoon city!

This is a great tray for a ladies vanity

I have this very tray in my own bathroom

Gorgeous flower bowl……beautiful centerpiece or displayed as a pair

Another top selling planter, I have an orchid planted in mine in my bathroom 

Love this one! I have this too, and put small guest towels rolled up in it….

And from the beautiful line of pewter that I started carrying,  some additional pieces getting added, how exquisite are their things!! Truly heirloom quality.
Heavy pewter tureen with antler handles

Gourd pitcher

Pheasant gravy bowl

Mare and colt salt and pepper

Olive branch oil and vinegar
Ocean gravy boat….incredible detail!
Crab cheese board
Mable the cow sugar and creamer..too cute!
I know it might have taken you a loooong time to get thought his post, but its all so dang pretty I just can’t stand it and I get carried away! I am a sucker for anything with crests, emblems, monograms, etc……that beautiful etching/filigree work just makes my knees buckle! Anywho…..think I have taken enough of your time….you know I love to  share whatever it is I am loving! All of this is available online at my little store filled with all the things I love dearly. Click here to visit me. 
Hope you have a fabulous day and an amazing weekend! Be back on Sunday:)


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Noni on

Hi Tina! I have been a follower for awhile now and I just have to say your blog is my favorite! I love everythign about it! and all that silver, swoon city indeed. Have a GREAT day!!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish on

Tina, Love that chest in your living room! Beautiful. You got some great things for your store as well. Those bread boards! I want them all! And I think the Mable is one cute cow!


Amy @MaisonDecor on

Hi Tina!! So much to drool over is right!! man oh man~living the dream over there!! I love the dressing room and the mirror top is gonna be so perfect! All the sconces~the ones up the stairs are so romantic and I think the bird ones are amazing! Now I can even get started on the silver collection~truly green with envy over here!!

Mrs. Sutton on

My goodness I’m feeling faint and practically swooning with delight! Where to begin?? LOVE the blue and whites and I totally share your love for them. The waxed Spanish olive tray and the large trivet are beyond fabulous – do you ship to the UK? And as for the wine bucket – that doubles as a planter – well I want it all! I’m over to your shop right now, and have REALLY enjoyed this wonderful post – SO much information, and so many lovely things to see/buy. Your dressing room is going to look divine – can’t wait to see the end result.

Finally, your brickwork looks SO similar to mine it’s amazing – I love that pale, honeyed colour. Unfortunately, my house is in England, dates from the Georgian period and was build in 1822 – so there’s NO WAY I can ask anyone to help with what they’re called – lol! Have a great weekend. Paula x

Victoria on

Hi I dont’ even know where to begin, so much to love. I know I will have to go back up a few more times to take it all in. LOVE your home, but then again you know that. All the blue and white, the lighting, that living room chest and black console are so beautiful, very elegant pieces.
That trim for your bedroom absolutely you must get, it is so pretty! Love your dough bowl, next item on my list I want to buy.
The silver and pewter is just incredible looking. I love the tray and planter I got from you and am happy and content customer who will certainly be back for more! Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous on

You delivered more in this single post than most of my magazines do lately! Absolutely in love with everything both in your home and in your exquisite store. Cannot wait to get my pewter pieces! Keep on doing what you are doing, it is enjoyed and anticipated by many!

Debby Steele on

Congrats to the winner!! I’m so glad that Teddy is bouncing back, poor little guy – he went through so much. LOVE LOVE LOVE those sconces!! Here’s to a wonderful Friday for you, Tina!! xo

Yvonne @ StoneGable on

Tina, Ok… I am just going to say it! I have been thinking it for some time now and I can’t hold it in any longer…. Can I move in?
Everything you do is perfection! I hope my place in heaven looks like your’s here on earth! So so beautiful!

I could never let one piece of that silver go! All silver hoarders raise your hand… mine is held up high!
I come to get my dose of beauty! I’m full!

liparifam on

Ooooo, I think (hope) that’s my trivet – can’t wait to get it! But now I’m dying for a bread bowl…

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} on

Your silver pieces are so pretty. I saw similar pieces being used in the breakfast room at my favorite hotel in Florence, last week! Cheers!,

Kate on

Tina, so much to comment on I know I will forget something. Happy about Teddys recovery, thanks for brick info, I was one of the ones who emailed you, we are building in Maryland I love that brick color. Thanks for the pictures.
The silver, wood pieces and pewter are making me want to go on a major shopping spree. I think I will get a few pieces of the silver for my mother in law for mothers day she loves all that stuff!
Got my mongorammed napkins this week and they are even prettier in person. I love how you are always adding so many beautiful things to your store. Keep it up!
The house is looking as beautiful as ever and those trims for your room are over the top! Love love love them. Have a good weekend. on

Seriously, it’s a good thing I’m out of work right now, cuz otherwise this girl would be buying the silver up like crazy. You also have an Italian foot bath that I want BADLY…
Love your shop and that’s the reason why I’m actually going to go back to work so that I can start collecting from your shop.:)
Good to hear that Teddy is doing well too.

Marianne {Style For Living} on

Your brick is heavenly, Tina! And, you know I feel the same way about marble. Why is everyone so afraid of it? I just don’t get it. I can’t even imagine not having marble in my kitchen. For me it was my only choice too. Go for it people, you will not be disappointed in marble. It simply is the BEST!!! There, I’m off my soapbox for today, well at least for another hour or so anyway! Have a great weekend! xo

Leslie on


(still drooling!) So much pretty going on here! Love the color of the chest in your living room and the blue and whites look perfect there. The consoles are so pretty with the topiary and crystal and your monogrammed bedding is gorgeous! The pears look so pretty in your bowls and I need more silver!

Thanks for sharing all these treasures and enjoy your Friday!


classic β€’ casual β€’ home on

That post was fun to read but lots of work for you, I am sure. Love the view of your hallway and the Scalamandre cut velvet. Sooo many pretty things.

BonjourRomance on

Bonjour Tina,
Glad Teddy is feeling better, his walking problem probably jsut need a bit more time.
Love the scones and yes, trim makes me swoon too. Another silver lover here as well, your collections are amazing.
Bon week-end,

Elizabeth on

Hello Tina!

Happy Friday! I am so happy to hear that Teddy is doing so much better! Hopefully the leg problem is temporary and just from the stress of his attack.

The house is looking fabulous, I too love the fabric that you showed in the living room! And your monogram linens OMG! They are so beautiful. The bird fixturesin the bath, as I said they other day, might be my favorite things in the house!

I cannot believe all of your inventory! Everything that you have in your store in useful and so very stylish! There are so many beautiful items.

I hope you have a great weekend, enjoy all of the fun things you have planned.


'LUSH' on

Love love love it all! But, I’m still in love with the bird sconces!!! I absolutely love the addition of your pewter.

Ideezine on


Everything is just humming! Thrilled with the update on Teddy. Updates on the house are divine, and goodies for your store are fantastic. Love, love, love the monogram and trim photo and I can’t wait to see what you do in the master suite those colors are what I’m gathering for my master suite as well. Mirror in your closet for the island will be a great reflector with the lighting just above. Wow lots of eye candy great stuff!


Barbara@HausDesign on

Tina – I love the large ginger jars – with the scale of your house I’d think the bigger, the better! They look beautiful there. I love the ocean gravy boat and crab wooden platter…beautiful and fun at the same time! And you know I love a good dough bowl. πŸ™‚

I Dream Of on

Tina, I need to go through this post a few more times to soak it all in! I’m so glad to hear that Teddy continues to recover – hope his leg is OK – and your home is coming along just beautifully. Blue and white – gorgeous! Azaleas – amazing. Dough bowl – love, love! Silver – need to take another long look at those goodies!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend! XO

Jenny Mein on

Tina, what a lovely blog…..I love blue and white too and have got blue and white china all over the walls in my kitchen/diningroom and sitting room too!!

I so enjoyed looking at your shop….wonderful stuff.

Best wishes
Jenny (London, UK)

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home on

Tina, I’m so happy to hear that Teddy is doing better. I hope his leg is ok. It sounds like you’re thoroughly enjoying being a “shop” owner… I’m so happy for you!
Have a lovely weekend,
~ Wendi ~

The Buzz Blog on

Oooh, so many pretty things to see over lunch. Love the pewter gourd picture and may have to buy myself an early birthday present! Happy weekend, Tina, and my best to Teddy!

Vanessa@Luxuria on

I currently live in Spain and my kitchen worktops, my floors and my bathroom is all in marble. I can’t recommend it enough πŸ™‚

Gina on

I purchased the small vanity tray that you have in your bathroom and the medium “planter” with handles. They are both exquisite and I can’t say enough about how beautiful they are in person.

I loved today’s post because it actually shows the items in relation to other things so one can get an idea of size. Even though you do list the dimensions of items in your store, getting this visual is much more helpful.

michele on

so much lovely!

if i was a still life kinda painter i hope you know i would whip out the brush right now and capture your doughbowl with the pears which looks absolutely exqusite. will i come up with an abstract? wait and see.

so happy to hear Teddy is ok. still thinking of you guys.



Chic Coastal Living on

Love all of the fun new items that you have in your store!! and I can;t get over that staircase! GORGEOUS!!!

pretty pink tulips on

I so hear you about the weekends! I feel like I’m not keeping up with anything 100%, so don’t know how you manage all you do! So sorry to hear that Teddy’s struggling a bit. I hope that time will heal that leg.

I love marble and agree….it’s a very durable surface and works pretty much everywhere!

Love your dough bowls. They seem to be the perfect size. I have a longer one that I can rarely keep filled! Might just need another. πŸ™‚

Enjoy your weekend!!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Stacy Curran on

Oh how I’ve missed your lovely home and beautiful images this week! I’m so glad to be back. Gorgeous post πŸ™‚

La Comtesse Lola on

What about the Scalamandre fabric you like reversed?

Lauren on

I think my heart has literally skipped a few beats seeing all that gorgeousness!! That silver, oh my! Your monogrammed bedding…the color…I absolutely have to know more about that! Is it Leontine? Stunning fabric and trims, and I say go for the Falks Manor, it’s perfect! This post just blew me away with all its beauty…Have a great weekend!

P.S. Thank you so much for your help with my recent order!

5th and State on

wow tina, you left us with so much to think about and to swoon over. crazy in love with your new clarence house fabric and no, do not think it is too busy with your rug. trust your instincts, they are spot on!
oh and that trim…..yummy
hugs to teddy

ps; adore your pewter line!

sharon at my french country home on

Your posts are always so amazingly generous Tina, love all the new items for your store, that blue and white just looks perfect wherever you put it! And I adore the fabric, which IMHO is not at all too busy with the rug.
have a fun weekend

Acquired Objects on

You weren’t kidding Tina when you said your post was sort of all over the place but I loved every single moment. You always get me smiling about all your treasures for sale and you decorating, you have wonderful taste. Glad to hear Teddy is doing so much better and is almost back to himself.

Enjoy your weekend!

Caroline on

Hi Tina, I am so happy I finally figured out how to leave a comment. I am kind of new to the blogs and I can see how they can be addicting. I am definitely addicted to yours and its the first thing I look for in the morning when I go on my computer.
We just built a house last year so I really enjoyed and related (on a smaller scale) to all you went through, the painstaking details, but believe me, it paid off. Your home is spectacular I love all you are doing with it. The blues and whites are so elegant throughout and has given me so many good ideas for my own home.
I placed my first order with you yesterday for a dough bowl and silver, I have always wanted a dough bowl and the silver is just gorgeous, I appreciate how you show ways we can use it. Always helps. Anyway, you will be hearing from me more now that I now this is really simple! Hope you have a great weekend.
PS That trim for your bedroom is perfect, I hope you will use it.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. on

I’m exhausted for you…fabulous new inventory, and I love all the additions to your new home. The sconces are fabulous!

Janette - The2Seasons on

I have cararra marble in our kitchen and on all the floors in our bathrooms. It is holding up with just a few etches after one year. Question: Is your marble matural or man-made? Just wondering since you said it is by DuPont.

Janette - The2Seasons on

Oh, I see. I just looked it up. DuPont makes the sealer – not the marble. Our marble guy put a five-year sealer on ours. My French friend even has a cararra marble sink in her kitchen. The Europeans’ approach to marble is so different from our approach. They embrace the imperfections created from use. I am trying to adopt that attitude. I really enjoy your blog.

Veronica on

… I need a drink!!! afore I take another look…lol~~


mom on

I KNEW you home looked familiar………….it’s Downton Abby!!! As a Francophile and type A? you probably don’t have time to be immersed in DA, but the feeling of it is there………..will you have downstairs staff?? You can’t possibly just clump down those stairs, you must sweep down!
A Teddy question that I keep thinking about……… in the world did you chase those beasts away? Scream? Fire place poker, what?
Hall Console: definitely the two ginger jars, the crystal hurricane gets lost. Remind your husband that one can never be too rich, too thin or have two much blue and white, if pressed I would always opt for the latter!!!
Scratches for dear Teddy!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages on

My darling Tina,

I MISSED YOU YESTERDAY…..I was wiped out from work. OK, this is one stunning and exciting post. YOU CARRY PEWTER???????

Everything is spectacular my dear. Those azaleas in your garden (I remember them well when I lived in Boston) and your HOME and your wares….my dear, you are a sparkling friend. Thank you for your kind comments and I look forward to continuing my adventure to produce and improve my art and writing. Until then, I hope to make young lives THINK and MOVE their worlds. GIVE THAT TEDDY A HUG!!!! Anita

annie on

so many beautiful things…Hard to pick even 10 favorite things. I’m amazed at the amount of work that goes into your posts! I just made the switch to WordPress and must start learning all over again…not that I had blogger figured out like you do! Love those monogrammed clogs from today’s post…had to pin them to my MONOGRAM board along with the olive trays, the bread bowls, etc. to DETAILS! You really don’t find Pinterest helpful?

Fashion-isha on

That fabric with the rug is beyond amazing! There were so many beautiful things to look at here, as usual!! Hope you’re having an amazing weekend!

Allison on

Thank you for the brick post! If you ever find out what it is, we would love to know. Your house is absolutely beautiful (also wondering about those wonderful hall sconces)…

sophia blue on

I’m setting up a kitchen countertops which is to be an end-grain butcher prevent style top. This is for an island that features a range in the center with the countertop going around your three sides. The remaining portion of the kitchen has hard maple and padauk long-grain countertops and also this island will stand out with the end-grain butcher block structure.

cowboy on

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john on

That’s the fanciest pie cutter thing ever.

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