Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Enchanted Home pays Maison Decor a visit~!

 I told Justin that Tina from The Enchanted Home was going to be 
doing a pop in today at our Boston store! I was soooo excited~
Tina and I have been blogger friends for a while now yet have never met.  
So when she shot me an email asking if I would be around
 I was thrilled to get the chance to finally meet in person.
I hurried into Boston while Colin watched the Malden store.
 Of course I hoped the Boston shop would make a good impression~
and so these shots are the same things that Tina got to see when 
she visited.  The double doors to our shop are solid wood, 
so you just never know 
who is going to swing open the door~
I was busy putting a
 few more items on the shelves and table tops
 when all of a sudden the door opened 
and there she was!! 
We had a big hug and both said that we felt
 like we already knew each other~
I had to hug her again! 
I love when the blogland meets real life!~
Its just very cool~kind of like if you ever had a pen pal but you 
knew as a child you would never get to go around the world
 to meet them, it felt like that....but we did get to meet!
Tina started a blog called the Enchanted Home after 
I started my blog and somehow we started 
following each others blog and writing emails~
I think the name of her blog is what many of us would like for 
our homes to feel like as we search blogland for inspiration
 in home decorating ideas.  Tina was busy 
building a home that is French Chateau in style and it has 
just been fascinating to watch it go up from the ground to 
getting decorated room by room inside.  
She shares all her decorating dilemmas and choices with us
 and sometimes asks us to help her make decisions on
 things like light fixtures and hardware for cabinets~much like a sister 
would ask another for her opinion.  That's just how Tina is~
she is approachable and down to earth and has wonderful taste!
 She was just a doll~! She took lots of pics and asked me questions
 about Chalk Paint and that whole part of my life~
and we shared our experiences on becoming shop owners 
at just about the same time.   She started an online store
 based on the success of her exploding blog and she has been 
busy as ever with tracking down the signature items she loves
 to decorate so that her shoppers can have 
the same things in their own enchanted homes.  
 I wondered if any of our Maison Decor stuff would
 appeal to her~and the answer was yes!
But I will keep it a secret as we don't kiss and tell at Maison Decor.
 She gave me good advice ( I picked her brain) 
and we gabbed like two long lost friends that had a 
common interest to share~shops and have 
a family life and how to get it all right!
 So this little tour around Boston shows 
off some of our inventory while you listen to me blab
about my meeting with Tina~Our style in Boston is much like this image, 
its a little bit rustic and a little bit luxe all mixed up side by side.  
 Its the urban mouse meeting the country chic mouse~
 So as Tina headed back to her Enchanted life, 
I was left with a very special feeling that she took the time 
out to come and see me and check out our little store in Boston.
 Because I know just how busy life is for so many of us~
we are living these incredibly busy lives!
 Sometimes there seems like the hours 
race by and you didn't get everything done...
 At this time of year especially, I appreciate Tina's email, 
her visit and our friendship. Her visit made me reflect~
thank you to everyone who sends me little notes and 
emails saying the blog is inspiring~its wonderful to read them. 
So a big Thank You Tina for reminding me to be in the moment as you are!  
And thanks to all of our Maison Decor shoppers that came in for a either a
sample pot or a big mahogany dresser~yes, the Red Truck was 
driving around to Swampscott and Lexington today 
delivering our beautiful furniture. 
 It was a very good day.

Visit Tina's blog the Enchanted Home here
Visit Tina's Online Shop here



  1. How fun to see the shop getting ready for the holidays!! I have the most perfect martini pitcher for those glasses, alas. Sounds like a wonderful visit, too! I'm guessing someone was a little camera-shy? ;-)

  2. I follow you both! So fun two of my favorite bloggers !
    I have been Enchanted ,inspired and humbled to be along for the ride! You both must be tireless women! I would love more post from Maison,as my morning coffee,relaxing time is to short without daily post:(
    I have to go know and check on Enchanted's post!

  3. Somehow I just knew Tina would be as down to earth in real life as she is in her blog. Her home is beyond beautiful and I was so happy to be able to follow the ups and downs of her building project. She has exquisite taste and it shows in every aspect of her home.

    I hope you have a blessed weekend and your son is a doll. He has such bright, blue eyes and he is "happy" looking- xo Diana

  4. I love your store!!! What a fun place to explore...I am sure Tina was impressed....I think she is a doll, too.

  5. Awwwwww, what a cool post Amy. I'm so glad ya'll had a chance to meet and talk. Sounds like a very good day. Nice to hear you in a reflective and relaxed state of mind. Everyone is too busy all the time, me too. It's kinda crazy, so it's always nice, to have a good moment with friends.
    And, ummmmm,.. you have some pretty darn good lookin mirrors in some of those photos!


  6. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I look to your blog for real life inspiration. You can transform the mundane like nobody else.
    I love Tina's blog for other reasons...mostly her kindness (though her home costs more than all the houses in my neighborhood added up!)
    This Summer I met a woman who bought a French trunk I was selling on my local Craigslist. When she saw my garden she said "I know this garden! Are you Divine Theatre?"
    LOL! I felt like a Rock Star!



  7. how cool you two met! wish i could do a road trip just to hug bloggers. hmmmmm. the shop looks amazing, amy.

    also love andie's comment above! ha! what a hoot.

    smiles to you.


  8. What a great day when two amazing bloggers get to meet face to face! I too follow you both and am always so inspired. Your shop looks beautiful Amy!!!

  9. The store looks fabulous still. But no picture of Tina and no link to her blog. I'll google away. Lori

  10. Hi Amy,

    I have followed you both for about a year now. Love both of the blogs they are a must read when I receive them.

  11. Wonderful that the two of you could meet. I love both of you and always look forward to your posts. So many friends with so much in common! Isn't blogging wonderful?!
    Got to finish my order with you so I can guild the Lily. .so to speak. I really wanted the new AS book so I am glad that I waited.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  12. How lucky for you to finally meet Tina. How lucky for us to see more pictures of your wonderful things at Maison Decor, not to mention Justin's incredible blue eyes! :)

  13. I follow Tina as well. So, I feel like I am part of this family, too! Hopefully, some day I can visit your Boston store! Meanwhile, I enjoy your blog as well as Tina's plus so many more!

  14. Amy!!!!!!! What an awesome and unexpected post/surprise!! I am so honored that my little visit inspired this post. A keeper:)
    YOUR STORE IS AMAZING and you know I am a huge huge fan of all you do, you have awesome style, are a salt of the earth kind of girl (my favorite kind) and have such a wonderful eye. I love your vision and look what you have done for Annie Sloan paint alone! You have inspired so many to reinvent all kinds of old furniture and I for one cannot wait to take a project on! So happy to have my goodie bag with the paste and really happy to have taken home some silver goodies that I will cherish and always think of you when they are lovingly used of course:) I thin you are off to great things, my friend and it was wonderful to finally get to meet you! You are a gem and I look forward to many more meetings (promise time for lunch AND wine next time)!! Thanks Amy:)

  15. Great photo of your son -- you must be one proud Mama.

    How nice to meet a blogger -- I haven't yet.

    I wish your shop was closer, but I would probably be broke all the time if you were!

    I really like that smallish mirror on the floor -- the one with the ornate frame.

  16. Those Boston store pics are amazing! Looks like Christmas has landed in your shop too. So pretty! Sounds like a wonderful visit from Tina. Isn't her home amazing??? I'm sure your stores are gearing for the holidays. You'll be busy, busy!

  17. Oh wow, two of my favourite bloggers! I follow you both. I would have like to be there too. I would have felt like I was in the presence of awesomeness. I aspire to have a successful business like yours some day Amy, and I aspire to have exquisite tastes like Tina!

    I love to see women entrepreneurs going after their dreams.

  18. I bet it was so fun meeting Tina in person!

    The Boston shop looks gorgeous Amy!

  19. Oh, It would be so much fun to meet both of you! You both inspire me and I admire your blogs! What a fun fun post about a very special day!!!!

  20. Your store is getting ready for Christmas and looks very professional. Must have been so fun to meet Tina in person and share ideas and thoughts. After following peoples blogs you do feel like you know them and are long lost friends.

  21. Well, of course your store will make a great impression. Fab taste, great displays...What's not to like. Always fun to meet fellow bloggers.

  22. I love the good that the power of the internet does, and the way it brings people together. Your wonderful blogs lift our spirits and inspire. x

  23. You have been an inspiration to me for a while now:) So glad you met one of your followers. I love to meet other bloggers. So much fun! I do believe the bloggers are todays 'penpals'. Have a great weekend!
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens


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