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Hi there! So happy to be back in blogland!  Was also excited to see my scheduled post on “enchanted giving” posted on Sunday. I am happy to announce a winner this morning for the 3 bars of monogrammed soaps and soap dish! Here we go, congrats goes to-

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There is so much to love! I am particularly fond of the dough bowls. And the napkin rings… Thank you for the giveaway. Susan H. [email protected]

 Please contact me with your contact and shipping information click here to email me. I will be having many more giveaways right up to Christmas so stay tuned!

Moving on….hope your Thanksgiving holiday was fabulous! Ours was so much fun. I have never spent Thanksgiving by the beach and have to say, we had a blast. Besides my sisters family we also had extended family in from out of town so it was chaotic, loud, food everywhere, football games blasting, kids all over, just the way I like it…very lively! The super charming home from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe was filmed there. 

The Outer Banks are so beautiful, a very lively beach community and I have to say the beach itself is one of the most beautiful I have seen. It is so wide and open, truly spectacular as my pictures will show. It is also to me, simply magical to be by the ocean in the “off season” walking the expanse of beach with not a soul in sight….talk about peaceful!  It was nice being away for four days, it was a much needed little break. I am now ready to plow ahead with a super busy month. Below are a few highlights from our trip…I am always so inspired to take pictures when by the ocean!

 My sisters adorable (and very athletic) golden, Moosey! He could be Teddy’s twin and they are good buddies…we so wish Teddy had been with us.

 Last house right before the beach……newly completed, love the decks and the views are spectacular!

Headed over the dunes to the ocean and letting Moosey be our fearless leader…….
 Moosey showing off for the camera!! Boy, can he swim!

 Even on a very foggy morning, the beach was absolutely spectacular!
 Everyone said they had never seen the shoreline this close to the dunes ever.

 Still going………..

Show off!

 Sisters neighborhood……..great homes, wonderful community, amazing beach..what more do you need!
 Now hes off to the lake….he just cannot get enough!

 We went on a wild horse tour…….fun fun fun to go off roading on the beach in a giant hummer!

The house from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe

And we are off…….it was a spectacular day (but coooold)……..
 Absolutely breathtaking stretch of beach, that went on like this for miles and miles……….
Check out the “sea foam”……looks like snow!

 How calming and peaceful is this? Made me want to pitch a tent….lol
 This house is the closest to the ocean that I have ever seen, it is practically IN the ocean. I mean I do love ocean front but this is a little scary…..

 Hey,, we finally spotted a “wild horse”!!!!!!! Not exactly as I had imagined in my mind but good enough!

 Lots of off roaders on the beach this day after Thanksgiving

 An old Coast guard building…charming. What I could do to that to make it mine:)
 Second sighting of “the wild horses”….OK this is not the wild beautiful mustangs I envisioned galloping on the beach at breakneck speed but this lazy fella sure gave us a good laugh (not to the amusement of our “tour guide”)

 The house so close to the ocean…I will call it “Oceans edge”
So those are a few was so much fun. We really had a blast and the best part was of course, all of us being together..doesn’t get better!! Onto Christmas!
And speaking of Christmas….I am starting to do some Christmas decorating around here, lots more to go, but here’s a peek of whats happening around here

 Got my dough bowl ready for the holidays and have to say I LOVE the way it turned out…also super easy, green, berries and scented pinecones..voila and I was done!

 And on my breakfast room table flanked by two pretty red amaryllis plants.

 And then I started some outdoor decorating too…still have to get my big oversized wreath and will probably add some boxwood garland around the door but will see…..

 And on a hallway chest, I kept this little vignette in all golds, silvers and pewter tones…..

And in a hallway chest……getting things all spruced up for the Christmas spirit…….

 Here’s a “do it yourselfer’ I worked on, still need to add the finishing touches but have to say I really love how its coming out. Saw one in a store for $290.00 and felt it was so overpriced. I made this for about  $20!! (not including the tole planter)

 And I love experimenting with table settings…….this was one such “experiment”…..

I have a very large antique blue and white bowl (about 20″) which I like to change seasonally with different plants.I planted it with white poinsettias and put scented pinecones at the base…..

Though I am not done, I am putting the finishing touches on my planters and have yet to hang the wreath( in a week or so) and maybe garland around the consider these “in progess” shots!

Last speaking of dough bowls…..just got my last batch from this particular lot of bowls from Hungary and Belgium. They are truly exceptional. As the saying goes these are truly  “the pick of the litter” and as pretty as they get. So many of you have written that its simply easier to post them here with their sizes and it will be first come first serve. Absolutely stunning bowls! Contact me here if you are interested. A new batch will be here in February from this resource. In the meantime I will still be able to get some from my other resource but they are not quite as special as these (in my humble opinion)!

 This beauty is 31×17

 And this one is 32×17

This one is 27×17

 And finally this one is 26×17

For anyone who is contemplating a napkin ring order…….this is the final week of my napkin rings being offered at their introductory price of $45.00. As of this weekend they will be $55.00 (still very competitive and discounted heavily). Remember any napkin ring you have seen on my site can be ordered though not all are on the online store!

I have some new goodies being added to New Arrivals which will be there later today, be sure to check them out! Here’s a sneak peek at whats new….

So that’s whats going on over here! I will be posting 2-3 times a week as opposed to my usual 4 and even sometimes 5 times a week from here on until Christmas, it is such a busy season with all that I have going on plus my blog and online shop…… I do need to sleep (wink)  and I have many balls I am juggling in the air! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and all the joys of this magical season!


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Sandy at You May Be Wandering on

Hi Tina – I just love the Outer Banks!! I grew up in Virginia Beach and spent many a summer then and more recently down there. Were you in Corolla or Pine Island by any chance? I have thought of going for Thanksgiving but never have made it. The houses down there are perfect for a big family gathering.

You Christmas decorations are stunning!! Your new home is the perfect backdrop for holiday decorating.

Enjoy your day!! xoxoxox

Henhurst Interiors on

Hi Tina, Looks like a fabulous Thanksgiving. I have never been to the Outer Banks, will have to plan a trip one day. Your Christmas decorations are beautiful, the house looks lovely. I am really looking forward to the next month!

Cynthia on


Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures with us, the dog looks so happy.

Your Christmas decorations are just stunning I love the topiaries and the nutcrackers. The outside is beautiful also, I enjoy seeing your home it is so beautiful.


Teresa at Splendid Sass on

You know that I love a post that begins with doggies and ends with Christmas
This area is so beautiful, and reminds me of The Nights in Rodanthe. I know the feeling of homes in the water.
Your home looks amazing, and I am impressed with your projects outcome. I think I will try this one myself.
Happy Tuesday.

uncoolmom17 on

Love the DIY topiary! It is amazing how economical (and yet beautiful) things can turn out when you have some time and a little creativity!

Monica on

I enjoy your blog so much and love the way you decorate your Christmas decor is so classic and I need to look for those votive candle holders. Thank you for always sharing your talent.

Amy on

Your Christmas decor is just spectacular! Oh my gosh, it is just amazing. I love the outdoor greenery, your dough bowl, your pine cone topiary and your vignettes. They all look like they belong on a magazine cover! I got some really great ideas from your post.

Your trip to the beach looks so peaceful and beautiful. I bet it was fun kicking back and having a casual Thanksgiving by the beach. I would love to do that one year but somehow I always get stuck playing hostess to 25 people!

I will be contacting you about the dough bowls. Thanks for such gorgeous eye candy!

Kathysue on

Hi Tina, I loved seeing the images of the outer banks. I was able to stay on Emerald Isle a couple of years ago in a beach house of a friend and had the best time there. So different than our California beaches. I had never seen an east coast beach so it was a wonderful experience for me. I also got to see the wild horses. We took a boat tour. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your home. I am doing a little bit here too!! I love this time of year!
xo Kathysue

Anonymous on

Your holiday decorating rivals Carolyn Roehm’s (my decorating hero)! Just so beautiful. I am going to have to copy a few of your fantastic ideas. Fun Thanksgiving you had, glad it was relaxing!

Love how you decorated your dough bowl. Happy holidays to you.

I Dream Of on

Hi Tina! Glad you had such a fun Thanksgiving. I’ve never been to the Outer Banks, it looks beautiful. Your photos bring back memories as we used to spend Thanksgiving at the beach when I was a girl, I always loved being able to run around on the sand before the turkey! I’m very impressed with how far you’ve gotten with your Christmas decorating – I’ve just managed to dump all the pumpkins and fill a few urns with mercury glass ornaments! Looking forward to seeing more Christmas at your home. XOXO

Leslie on

Looks like you had a wonderful visit with your family..such a beautiful spot and PERFECT weather!

The red amaryllis are so pretty. I still haven’t had a chance to plant mine! Love all the pine cones and branches. All the natural decor is so pretty against the blue and whites. The kitchen is festive with the poinsettias in the antique bowl – gorgeous! I need to pick up a dough bowl! They are perfect for displaying seasonal decor! Happy decorating πŸ™‚

michelle on

Your home is looking lovely all dressed up for the holidays-I especially love the red amaryllis against the blue and white chairs! Can’t wait to see more!

Lisa on

Tina, what you did with your dough bowl is soo beautiful. I absolutely love the one I got from you and need to copy. I also love the way you dressed up your front entrance and the console vignette, so tasteful and elegant (expected nothing less though)!

The beach getaway looks so relaxing, we were in Nags Head years ago and loved it. I agree you would be hard pressed to find a prettier shoreline. Your sisters dog is too cute, showing off for the camera.

I love every single item in your store and am tempted to get another dough bowl!

Our French Inspired Home on

Tina..I just love your pinecone topiary and the urns by the front door. I still can’t get over the fact that it is time to start decorating for the holiday. You are off to a better start than myself! Have a great one! – Tonya

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SO happy you had a relaxing and family filled Thanksgiving. I love the Outer Banks, and have spent many happy weekends there, it is very peaceful in the off season.

Your “in progress” decorations look fabulous! I love pine cones and greens, they look natural and elegant.

You have so many great things for your store! What a great place to shop for the holidays!

I hear you about the business of the season, from now until Christmas we have family/friends in town visiting, we have a trip planned and of course work, life, and Christmas! Eeek!!!

Take care, looking forward to all of your adventures, decorating and store news.

xx Elizabeth

Stacy Curran on

Tina, I’,m so glad to see Teddy so happy and healthy! Also, I love your holiday decorating. I went a little traditional too and love the way it came out. Your front door should seriously be on the cover of the Traditional Home holiday issue – it’s outstanding!

Marianne on

I have always wanted to visit the outer banks! What a wonderful place to celebrate Thanksgiving! And, your Christmas decorating is coming along beautifully. I love what you did with your dough bowl! Brilliant idea! xo

Christine on

What a gorgeous, peaceful and INSPIRING POST! Have latte, can decorate! I am hopeful that in the weeks ahead we will get to see some night time shots of your beautiful styling…. And with Teddy in the mix. Nothing like a kid or a dog in the shot to bring it home! I LOVED your pinecone project–just fabulous. I’m new to your site – do you do how-tos?

Thanks for everything!

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The Pink Pagoda on

What a beautiful Thanksgiving you had, Tina! And, oh my. Your house looks so lovely for Christmas. Gorgeous job!!

Mary Ann at classic?casual?home on

Such a fun trip. We have stayed in the Outer Banks before with friends. So pretty. Your decorating puts me to shame…time to get going. πŸ™‚

laney on

…your pictures of the coast of north carolina made my heart sing…so many many family summers spent there…christmas at your wonderful new home will be beautiful…cannot wait to see more…blessings laney

Chic Coastal Living on

Fun pictures as always! I am so glad that you had a great Thanksgiving with your family! I went to the Outerbanks about three summers ago and it was awesome! Saw the Rodanthe house and enjoyed the dunes. I actually posted a picture of me on my blog climbing those dunes and it was hot as ever that day! What a workout! Love your house pictures too! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your home for sure! XOXO

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR on

Tina, I love the decor that you have put together so far. Everything is so elegant and natural. Beautiful!

Katie Clooney on

Tina…looks like a great place to spend Thanksgiving. I loved the Road to Rodanthe and the house. Does your sis have an eye for design like you? If you were my sis I wouldn’t let you leave til you redecorated my house. Love your outside planters! Looking so forward to seeing all your Christmas decorations.

therelishedroost on

I love all the fresh greens used for your holiday decor, really lovely!!
I especially love the kitchen island!

Ivy Clad on

Your photos of Outer Banks are stunning. I have a friend who stays there about once a year and raves about it, but I think it is your pictures that convince me that I need to go. Wow!

Your Christmas decorations are lovely. I especially like the white poinsettias in the kitchen.

Happy Christmas!

Jennifer @ Belclaire House on

What a serene vacation! I love that the dog is named Moose. I love to see a pup playing in the ocean. Your house looks so warm and wonderful! Love all of the new additions to the shop!! I’m adding some to my Christmas list.

Rachel on

We are in Corolla, NC right now, enjoying the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. Our dog, Buddy, enjoys walks on the beach every day. We enjoy the view and the awesome seashells we have been finding.

designchic on

The Outer Banks are so beautiful and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to visit. Our place is about 3 hours from there so next year you’ll have to buzz by to see us too!! (if it’s finished…) We have not started our decorating, but are planning on having everything finished this weekend – yours looks lovely and the urns out front are so welcoming!

Melissa on

Where is the fabric on the dining room chairs from? It is absoultey BEAUTIFUL!! I am in LOVE!!!

Chris Tedder on

Love your blog! And the material on your kitchen chairs is to die for!!

5th and State on

what a special thanksgiving tina and i so agree with you, off-season for a beach is the best time! you are miles ahead of me in your christmas decor, so very lovely!

Tiffany @ Savor Home on

Your Thanksgiving looked DIVINE! Nights In Rodanthe is a favorite book and movie of mine, so that is so neat that you got to see the actual house. Your Christmas decorations are coming along beautifully!

the designers muse on

What beautiful holiday decorations in your home. Also I enjoyed your photos of the beach esp with the seafoam.
Thanks for sharing.

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Designs By Pinky on

I can NOT believe I didn’t think of YOU when we were trying to sell our antique sleigh!!!!!!!!!!! We actually offered to GIVE it to our association here at the new neighborhood but they said they didn’t have a place to store it. We ended up selling it at auction. It would have been spectacular in front of your home. I love all you have done so far. I am almost done decorating. I also did my daughters house and tomorrow I go to my best friends to do hers. We go to the outer banks every June with friends. I have never seen the ocean so close to the dunes either!!!! Happy decorating, Tina! XO, Pinky

carolyn bradford on

I know I emailed you but I just wanted you to know that I really read this much earlier today and loved everything about it! You should’ve taken Teddy! They would’ve had so much fun! when Holly and Brad bring their dog, Murphy…my Zoie and Rosie are in heaven! They are all the best of friends! Your sister’s neighborhood is amazing! I can’t wait to visit the Outer Banks! It looks heavenly…and glad to see it’s surveyed Sandy!!! Such pretty decorations you’ve put out for Christmas, already! Just gorgeous!!! So glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving…so glad we’ve become friends!

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I don’t even know where to begin there is so much to comment on and so much beauty all in this post, my head is still spinning and my eyes are blurry! Just all so beautiful, your house and decorations are looking spectacular and I love the entrance and what you’ve done in the urns etc. All so lovely and typical Tina style.

Barbara Novello on

I loved everything you have done with your house! Especially your fun kitchen space and the blue and white! I totally enjoyed!

Debby Steele on

Congrats to Susan! OMG Moosey is a fool! I thought that he WAS Teddy. Must go to Outer Banks now! Does Richard Gere come with that house? Sounds like a really laid back and fun Thanksgiving! xo

Nita {ModVintageLife} on

What a wonderful Thanksgiving it looks like you had. I love those beaches. Give me those kind any day over the one’s in Florida. Love seeing the beginnings of your Christmas decor. I really love the mix of urns on your front porch. That looks great!

Annie on

Could this post be any more beautiful? Your home looks magnificent, love all your elegant touches, they are so “enchanted home’! The dough bowl, your vignettes and all the greenery is just so beautiful.

And your trip to the Outerbanks looks picture perfect. Maybe you can make it a tradition. We go every year for Thankgiving to my brothers beautiful home in Jupiter, Fla and its always a much anticipated visit.

Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Annie on

PS LOVE your front door and the planters, that layered look is gorgeous.

Castles Crowns and Cottages on

Good morning TINA!

OK, there is much eye candy here..where do I begin? THE WILD HORSES and MOOSEY! Nature always make my day special and the ocean? Well there is no better place to go to get a refreshing breath of air. YOU HOME..OK, are you going to have some great parties this year? It will be splendid. Will you be decorating your sweeping bannister? I HOPE SO! Please share!

Enjoy your day my dear. Anita

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. on

You’ve been a busy girl…and that beach may be calling your name to come back soon for a rest. Your home looks amazing. Happy Holidays. XO, Mona

Luciane at on

Oh, Tina! How beautiful!

This place is just incredible and your home is looking even more special. I’m loving every new picture, Tina.

I’m off now to get some things ready around my house. You inspired me!!! πŸ™‚


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Wendi @ Classic Chic Home on

You’ve made a wonderful start to your Christmas decorating, Tina! I remember last year and how you longed to be able to decorate your new home for the holidays. Enjoy each and every moment!
~ Wendi ~ xo

Belle on Heels on

Love the gold-and-white vignette. And aren’t scented pinecones the best? I have them all over our house. So Christmas-y! Glad you had such a wonderful time in OBX. We love to visit there!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt on

Tina, looks like you had a wonderful day. My family loves going to the beach, its the one thing we all love to do together…..

Karen Albert on

Tina I love seeing your Holiday decor! Your time at the beach sounds and looks wonderful…great and priceless images!

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pretty pink tulips on

Your arrangements, both inside and out, are looking magical!!! I can practically smell the pine!

I see you have some nutcrackers too…and I have the same placecard holders that I use with my Bernadaud Happy Holidays china. I figured with little boys…nutcrackers were a great tradition to build on through the years.

I’ve never been to the Outer Banks, but wow….so beautiful. I loved the movie and can imagine what a special place it is.
Happy Wednesday!!

xoxo Elizabeth

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Terri ~the dressed up cottage on

Tina, this is what we’ve been waiting a whole year for…the pictures of your home decorated for Christmas!!! I’m so excited to watch the progress of all your Christmas decor unfold. Loved this post. I love your sister’s dog Moosey. Of course I’ve very partial to Goldens πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing all these beautiful photos of the beach and your family visit.


I love all of your beginning decor! The greenery on your outside entrance really sets the tone! I bought a dough bowl about 20 years ago and my fav thing to do is fill it with greens….so simple but always classic!!

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