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Hi there…..Happy May 1st!! Exciting that the winter is finally behind us. So, how is it going? It’s? been raining cats and dogs for the last two days and though its my favorite sleeping weather, it does make venturing out a little more of a nuisance. Is there anything better than getting to stay home on a rainy day! I don’t remember the last time it happened but its fun to fantasize:)

MAIALINO. As luck would have it though I ventured out for a great reason……to meet a friend in NYC for lunch yesterday. We went to Maialino? at The Grammercy Park Hotel, it is one of Danny Meyer’s restaurants and one of my faves….both the food and atmosphere are so fabulous. Here is? a peek just in case you are heading to NYC anytime soon…….




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ANOTHER TALENTED CUSTOMER. One of my favorite blogger, Katie from Preppy Empty Nester has been pulling a Martha Stewart and like the white tornado, has redone her gorgeous Mass. home at warp speed . I was so impressed with her kitchen redo and was thrilled to see my belljars gracing the final reveal. Plus she has added all kinds of goregous blue and white accents, so we are talking kitchen perfection.? Click here to see it all, here’s a peek……


If you have a picture of something you have bought from me and want to show it off, send it to me at [email protected] and I will add it to my online gallery.

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E DESIGN. I have been very busy with a few e design projects and just took a wonderful NYC apt. job and its a slight departure for me as we are going modern/transitional but I am loving every step! I really am enjoying the process and cannot lie that I do occasionally allow my mind to wander, hummm…..if we bought another apt. in the city and did it up in a sleek sophisticated look ala Barbara Barry.

It works so seamlessly with the city lifestyle and energy. Contact me at [email protected] if you have an e design project in mind.


Here are a few of the mood boards so far, its a work in progress……..





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Speaking of e design here are some gorgeous pictures from a former e design customer who just finished her magnificent home. Karen, you did a fabulous job and I am happy I got to be part of your exciting project. (LOVE the custom tole lanterns on the fireplace from my shop)…..beautiful job!

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GOOD EATS. I am really truly sorry if you happen to be hungry while reading my blog. But I tried this the other day and it was off the charts delicious. Artichoke Bruschetta is calling my name! Gets extra points for being easy too:) A sure fire smash at any gathering, I will making these next time I entertain for sure. Click here to be taken to Love Grows Wild to get the scrumptious recipe!


A GREAT NEW BOOK. I loved The Secret Life of Bees so am excited to delve into The Invention Of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. Have you read it? It promises to be one of those you can’t put down. I will be sure to let you know if its as good as I am thinking it will be!


WIN A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING! I had featured the gorgeous work of Carolina Elizabeth a few weeks back. I was so flattered that she had painted a few pieces inspired by things she had seen on my blog or a few pieces she had bought from me (blue and white) as? she is uber taletned. She is offering a generous giveaway for an original oil! on May 5th. Click here to be in the running.

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SHOP NEWS. My tole line is in full swing and I am soooo excited for it. I will be sure to keep you posted. Attn all bell jar lovers. A price increase will go into effect this coming weekend. My manufacturer has slightly increased the prices, the increase is about 10% but giving you a heads up just in case you have been considering a belljar purchase! I am also going to be adding a few new styles. The belljars continue to be one of my best selling items and I am priced well below retail (approx. 30% less)! Click here to see the belljars online.


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I am going to be doing a really fantastic Steals and Deals early next week in honor of Mothers Day! You will not want it miss it, got in some beautiful Antica Farmacista items for the occasion as well as some other amazing finds that would be perfect for an elegant Mothers Day gift! Here’s a sneak peek……

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So that’s it over here. I will be back in a day or two. Also for those who asked the Pet Love Contest will be on TOMORROW,? you will not believe the cuteness, I oohed and ahhed over every single one. It is going to be one heck of a tough choice!! Thanks so much for stopping in….wishing you a fabulous day!


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Good morning Tina! Loving your share today; that boulangerie looks awesome! While living in France, my favorite places to go get a bite were always the bread shops and I could eat my way through a baguette in seconds flat. This looks like a great one! And I love Katie’s style, as yours of course, and all the fabulous photos you share. MAY FIRST and we are still in the 40s here, but I saw my first forsythia bush in full yellow bloom, yesterday.

Enjoy your day! Anita

Hi Tina, I absolutely love the edesign boards, your customers must be thrilled. I love the kitchen with the belljars too, that lighting is so beautiful. Do all come with that finial? That is a beautiful touch.

You are so lucky to be near NYC, I miss living in CT. and making frequent trips though our big city, Atlanta is pretty awesome too, I am not going to complain but I do miss Broadway. Cannot wait for you next sale, I love my tote bag and make up bag and see some gifts my mom would just love to get.

Hope you have a nice day.

Tina I love seeing your gorgeous wares in other peoples homes! A delight and I am excited to see your Mothers Day offerings!

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My love, I am in love with your boards. I am a completely monochromatic girl as I believe, for me, it is so sleek and serene and welcoming. And, you new items have me swooning. Seriously, those silver plated pieces are brilliant and just in time for the Derby. I adore Katie, and I’m going to visit the other blogger with the foodie place.
Happy weekend !!

Fun and inspiring post Tina! Karen is a talent … Love the dining room and tiles there! Off for a before lunch stroll with my two babies (: Can you believe that we have a summer day today and snow on the weekend again!? just crazy….
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It’s such fun to see your e-design projects come to life and we love the pops of color in Karen’s living room. We have to admit that we’d love to spend a rainy day at home catching up on things (like sleep!) and perhaps the next one we have, we’ll do just that… Hope you’re enjoying this warm, sunny day!
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Thank you so much for mentioning me Tina. You are the one who introduced me to the beauty of blue and white. I have learned so much from you and your incredibly wonderful blog. My house is filled with your touch. I hope to meet you in person someday.

Hi Tina we are headed to NY next month for a performance with my daughters theater club and we will definitely have to hit Maialino, looks like my kind of restaurant!
I love your boards, you are so talented and your readers rooms are amazing too.

Love all your great deals and have thoroughly enjoyed every single item I have bought from you. Keep up the great job you do here!

Thanks Tina for sharing my living room/kitchen! Yes it is a wonderful space to be in summer,winter,spring and fall! Thanks for your input, I enjoy your work and enjoyed sharing my ideas with you and your love of blue and white! The toile sconces were the finishing touch! Can’t wait to see your finished bedroom!

Hello dear Tina from quite warm and sunny England……doesnt spring just make the spirits soar a little!
Like you I have been crazy busy these past days….. I am in love with the still life paintings, and the silver…silver is one of my collections
..I popped to say hello to Katie and admire her new kitchen too, your belljars look good everywhere

Have a happy weekend, hopefully filled with sunshinexx

Hi Tina, Sounds like a fun outing. My husband and I are total foodies and have wanted to check out Maialino, we’ll make it a priority on our next trip to NYC. We did Per Se last time; if you haven’t been you must go. It was a major experience. I will be trying the Artichoke Bruschetta recipe as well!

Tina…your e-designs came out so pretty…love the light green and blues together..
If you could bottle your energy…I would buy 100 bottles …you take care of a family, a store, E-design and some me time….I’m impressed! I will be the first in line….

You know I love Maialino…what a perfect place for lunch on a rainy day!! Your e-design boards are impressive and it is fun to see one come to fruition! Can’t wait for the steals and deals…I am feeling a need to splurge coming! This week has been so busy, I am late catching up, but as always enjoyed your musings….enjoy the rest of the week! xoxo

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