Good morning friends…some days I still can’t believe Christmas is over. I just took down my very last decoration and while I miss the holidays, there is something so therapeutic about a clean new slate. It’s a new year and for me 2018 has a lot in store! It always takes me at least 2-3 weeks to readjust to getting back to “normal” but normal can be good too. It just takes time to get used to things. The upside is there is a lot of fun and very exciting things happening over here and I do mean A LOT. Lots of new things going on behind the scenes and I have finally understood that in retail, seasons start WAY ahead of time. As in next July I will be putting the finishing touches on my Christmas holiday line of ornaments, wrapping paper and some other new things up my sleeve. I just couldn’t wait to share all this with you. Dreaming up, designing, creating and eventually producing all of these items is a huge process. It happens to be a process I genuinely enjoy…the creative process can be exhilarating and gratifying beyond words. but it takes time, patience, and of course faith in ones investment:) I always say I create the things I want to see and buy, things I want to own that are not necessarily out there. In the meantime, though we are in the dead of winter, spring is alive and very well inside the office of Enchanted Home. I have some wonderful new spring additions in the works that I am beyond excited about and you are the first to know about them, I am excited to share these exciting new ventures with you. I am not at all good about keeping secrets and some have said not to share these until they are here but I can’t keep them under wraps! **This is kind of like my twice a year Enchanted Home newsletter, telling you all about it and giving you a chance to come “behind the scenes” to see all that is happening….and it’s good. Very good:) **I suggest grabbing a cup of coffee (or your drink of choice) sitting down putting your feet up, and giving yourself a few minutes to go through this as there is A LOT to take in (and consider this a disclosure that reading this post could bring on heart palpitations over excitement of all the beautiful, new things coming in- if you are anything like me)! _______________ GIFTWRAP- Speaking of wrap, my gift wrap has been such a huge hit, that I am going to be introducing seasonal collections. These below are the spring collection papers which I am beyond excited about. These will all be reversible which I think makes it especially great, it’s like getting two papers for the price of one. And think of how excited your gift recipient will be opening up a gift that is as beautiful unwrapped as it is wrapped! Then these new colors for my chinoiserie paper are sure to be a big hit, thinking with weddings, showers, etc…these will be huge hit. I love these and think the gold leaf design makes them extra special. The only one that is being changed is the pink, they did the wrong pink…it needs to be a much softer, paler pink and the white will be ivory. These are already in production- All have the gold chinoiserie print And then there are these beauties…love each and every one. These are handpainted designs with a coordinating floral trellis on the reverse side. Just love them! I would love to. know your three favorites as I may not bring all 4 (huge minimums) but possibly three to start though I am so torn about which three, so need your input- OK your turn to weight in with your three faves- Which three papers are your favorite? MELAMINE- Unbelievably excited about the two newest collections I am introducing for spring thought these are amazing year round and are all we mostly use on a day to day basis. They look great, are lightweight super easy and can’t break….how can you beat that! I am in love with how they came out and just cannot wait until they are here. I said these are so pretty they will make your good china jealous:-) As with my last ones, they will be offered in dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, two serving platters and a large serving bowl. Feast your eyes on these beauties- ALL MY MELAMINE IS BPA FREE AND DISHWASHER SAFE The orange/blue/white collection The blue/green/white collection- For the above blue/green please tell me which large serving platter you like the most (there are two on the right). I will only do one design and need to decide (look at them in the context of the entire collection) Which blue/green platter do you prefer? And here hot off the presses are a few of the samples, I just love them and cannot wait to start setting spring time tables with them! And the best part is that all three sets (including the. current pattern) go beautifully with my pagoda flatware! I am also introducing chargers, many requested them and I think they are a great idea. One charger will be in the blue trellis (same as current melamine pagoda pattern) that will work with both my current pattern and the new orange/blue pattern. Because the minimums are very large numbers I would like FOR THOSE WHO WOULD POTENTIALLY BE BUYING THESE to chime in if you would like the charger and you think adding is a good idea, your input is most welcome- This gives you a general idea of how they will look- the current pattern and the orange/blue will work with this large blue trellis charger The second one will be for the new blue/green pattern- Thoughts on adding a charger for each of these sets? One of my all time favorite table settings was done with my current blue and white pagoda melamine and of course my tulipieres! EASTER BUNNIES AND EGGS With spring not so far away (woo hoo) these have been on my mind a long time. Every spring needs a little blue and white. and that includes these beautiful blue and white bunnies and eggs. The bunnies will come in two styles and two sizes. The eggs will stand about 4′ tall and come in one of four designs. And there will be a beautiful tray that can be used to hold these cuties or it makes a beautiful perfume/vanity tray as well. Super excited about these. We are in the final stages of development and tweaking a few things but this will give you an idea of how they are coming along, think they are sooo cute! Here are samples that have been done so far (also adding this pretty tray to the left but it will not have the navy “ribbon” it will be white)- Eggs (will be same blues as bunnies) SILVER NEW INTRODUCTIONS! So the small nickel lamps that I had about 60 of were a huge instant hit and sold out immediately. The good news? I have designed a few new styles and they are in production. Here are the two molds for the actual lamp bases, can hardly wait to get these! They will also include the shades and will be same size as above. Traditional and bamboo….both fabulous if you ask me The molds- With luck will have them by mid to. late Feb! Stay tuned, along with those are several new style chargers, another top seller. VERY excited about all of the beautiful new silver pieces I have coming out…..promise you will love them! I am bringing back two older styles of charges (including the very popular square scalloped charger) but bringing two new sttles which I am thrilled about, one is a pierced rim charger and the bother a bamboo border charger- This is the edge for the bamboo charger that will be hexagon shaped and fabulous! And here are one of the fabulous new chargers, the bamboo hexagon which will be offered in silver and brass- And my most favorite tray of all time is coming back!! This incredible Chippendale tray is a sheer work of art. Doing it in a rectangular vs the square. GORGEOUS PILLOWS! I will be adding a lot of new pillows, some will be custom pillows that I have made for myself and clients that many have asked about and there will be gorgeous collection as a collaboration with a favorite pillow source, Studio Tullia. Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come- PORCELAINS On the porcelain front, lots of new BEAUTIFUL items in development. The tuliperes have been a mega hit and honestly with good reason, they are super hard to find and normally they are antique ones from Holland which are very expensive albeit beautiful. I make them pretty and very affordable. We will be restocking all sizes and colors (including white) in our Feb. and March containers. In addition to those, there are other new products in the works now and throughout 2018. I normally am reluctant to share something too early (don’t want copiers and it’s happened)! but I am taking a chance and showing you any way just because I am so thrilled with how these are shaping up. Love this new mid sized hexagon planter that just came out of production. Great pattern, will be offered in two shades of blue (coming March) just in time for flower season! I had thought for a long long time about a beautiful Provence style planter in porcelain (blue and white). I had seen an antique one in an antique auction journal years ago and never got it out of my mind. It was so exquisite, a fortune and there was only one. So……….I created it! Here are a few early in production pictures Here is a sneak peek at one sample, the actual designs I love but the “borders” on them, design and finials re being tweaked (less white space) and more of a floral/trellis type border. I can just see these now with big boxwood topiaries or imagine lemon trees…ooh la la! These measures approx. 17″ x 17″square so a great size for outdoors and in! Now I need your input on two things one is how you like these in general. It will require a large minimum which I am prepared to do, as I have not seen anything like these and suspect they will do very well. Thoughts on these new style large planters? The price point with slim margins will be approx $300 retail (at least to start) as an introductory price. Thoughts on the price point? Thoughts on the price point of $300-350? Then this planter which has been received with rave reviews is a definitely keeper and we will restock these in our late Feb. container…exquisite doesn’t do it justice. I am considering going them in two more colors. The contenders are a rosy red, green, brown, burnt orange. Would love your take which two would you most like to see in this planter? Which color(s) do you think would be best in this planter? CHINOISERIE TOLE So thrilled with the new style planters in production right now, they will be here in time for spring planting. So I will introduce those and just got in the new style Provence planter which I adore and have already put a stash aside for myself:) These are the two new styles that will be offered in ivory and black. Debating on a third color and would love your input! Also getting in these fabulous new tables, love them and think they are beautiful, practical and super functional. These are old, I had gotten these beautiful wood sconces/brackets long ago and love them. Thinking of creating them and adding to my collection. Wondering what you think? Which other color do you think would work best for these new style planters? Finally I love and greatly value your feedback and would love you to answer the following mini polls. Obviously I have expanded considerably, particularly with my private label exclusive Enchanted Home products which I plan to develop and offer even more of. But in terms of categories, obviously some are more underrepresented than others. I would love to know what you think and what you wouldn’t mind seeing more of- Here is your chance to tell me what you would to see more of- These polls below are for people familiar with my online shop. I cannot tell you how much I value your opinions and input, and the last time I did this about 6 months ago I read every single reply and the feedback really is so helpful in terms of. helping us here at TEH to get better and better! As TEH continues to grow, are looking to take on a few more wholesale accounts and this is where your input is very valuable, so thanks in advance. When you are done with question 4 please check “continue” there are two more questions- If you have purchased from my online shop/container sales, how did you find me? ______________ THE GIVEAWAY- TWO lucky winners will each receive four table settings of my beautiful pagoda melamine. All you need to is participate in the polls and tell me your favorite new item(s) in the comment section. I will announce the winners on Friday! So as you can see, lots and lots is keeping me busy! I thought I could have said there was one favorite item that I am most excited about, but now i have stopped counting! But of course i have a special place in my heart for the items that I created from scratch born out of my love for blue and white and chinoiserie I am really excited about the expansion of The Enchanted Home and looking forward to a lot of exciting new things and changes for 2018. And you. have a front seat for the ride:) I so appreciate you stopping by and taking part in my polls and to thank you I am offering a giveaway to two lucky winners. I never would. have dreamed that it would have expanded to what is has, and I have you to thank! That’s a wrap for today! Lots to take in, wishing you a wonderful day and hope those temps are starting to creep up, I am so over winter! Until next time….. PS The monogrammed tray flash sale ends today, click here to see Gone but never ever forgotten _Thoughts on adding these chinoiserie brackets?