An Interview with Tina of The Enchanted Home

September 05, 2012



My ongoing interview series
An Inspired Life
is special to me since one of
the primary roles of this blog is to
leverage the role of the artist/creative.




Today, Tina of The Enchanted Home joins us.
Familiar with her wildly popular site?
Then you know she is one
intelligent, talented, and inspiring woman
taking us all on her journey as she creates
her dream home.

I adore this lady, and she knows it.
Which is probably why she shared
an exclusive sneak peek for Hello Lovely readers
of some brand spankin new photos of her interiors!


The Enchanted Home

Here is one of Tina's baths with its heavenly
new wallpaper...I am lovvvvvvin it!
(She offers those silver
lovely pedestals in her shop, btw.)
Gonna zip it now so we can hear from Ms. Enchanted.


 The Enchanted Home


MR: Why is it so important to honor creativity?

TM: Because you never know what you might be capable of dreaming up unless you allow yourself to be open to trying new things, pushing the parameters (within reason of course) to allow yourself and others to express their individuality freely and to just let creativity flourish. Be open. Don't be afraid. You will never know if you don't try, right? Our world would be a vast and boring place without the wonders of creative minds painting a black and white world its endless array of colors.

 The Enchanted Home

MR: Any suggestions for finding lovely and sacredness in the “everyday?”

TM: Everyday taking just a minute or two to say a thanks for the things you know you are lucky to have. I start my day with a silent prayer every single morning and end it the same way. I always try to take a few minutes out of every day to either take a quick walk or somehow spend it outside surrounded by the beauty of nature. A few moments of meditation goes a long long way...........


 The Enchanted Home

 Tina's assistant - Teddy


Look at the limestone floor!!!

MR: When you hear "beauty in imperfection" what comes to mind?

TM: Finding the redeeming qualities in something or someone, because almost everything or one has them. Some of the most beautiful people I know are those that might be considered to be the most flawed, some of the material things I treasure are hardly perfect, in fact they have many imperfections and yet they make my heart beat faster! Take my reclaimed limestone's floors in my kitchen for example....perfect? Far from it, but beautiful? Yeah, "Melts my heart every time I see them" kind of beautiful:) Flaws can and often are beautiful...it is those very things that give a person or thing that character that makes them uniquely "them."

 Tina's charming towels can be found here


 look at that mini staffordshire pup lamp...you can buy the pair!

MR: What role does a sense of humor play in your life and work?
TM: A big one in my case. I love to laugh, am known to have a wicked sense of humor, love to play jokes, and make people laugh and smile. Keeps me young and unpredictable. I am my happiest when I am with those I love and laughter ensues....... Laugther makes everything in life a heck of a lot more fun, less serious and way more entertaining.

 

 The Enchanted Home



MR: What 3 things are inspiring you at the moment?

TM: Hmmm.....after careful thought, here's what I came up with.
A close male relative, who overcame something not easy to overcome, I am inspired by him and his bravery and inner strength in a huge way.
Nature......... I am in constant awe of how beautiful it is and how its a gift that continues to give, all four beautiful seasons. I could stare at a roaring summer ocean all day long, get lost in the colorful oasis of fall's foliage, am mesmerized watching a first pristine crystal white snow fall and marvel at seeing springs first buds come to life.
Last I am inspired by youth, I see their idealism, their positive energy, its contagious, it makes me want to look at the world through rose colored glasses like they do, see the good, the humor and the happy in everything. Every day.

TM: Michele, glamour rocker mama that you are.......you are awesome. You make my trips to blogland that much happier. Your blog is a special place and I know you are loved by many. Thank you so much for inviting me to be here for this wonderful thought provoking series, I so enjoyed it and am honored you asked me!

Thanks to those of you who took the time to stop by.....wishing everyone a fabulous day. Go out there, be inspired, find the beauty in the imperfect, laugh a little or a lot, be creative and take a minute to reflect on what makes your life one that you are grateful to have. Get out there and put your brushstroke on the world...what color are you?



exclusive sneak peek of the loggia under construction


MR: Tina, I could post beautiful pics of your lovely nest all day and ask you a thousand more questions!

Thanks for sharing your inspired life and heart.



What 3 things are inspiring you today?

Peace to you right where you are.




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49 comments

  1. Thank you for this interview Michelle.
    Tina's blog and her sharing of her wonderful home, is an inspiration and constant source of ideas.
    She sounds like a truly lovely lady.
    Hope you both have a great day,
    Lizx
    ps: we love Teddy too!

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  2. I love it when women come together to support one another and celebrate their talents. Clearly both of you have a lot to celebrate. Fabulous post! Thanks for starting off my day right, you two.

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  3. Isn't Tina a doll? Such a talented, giving person. Can't imagine blogland without her.
    These images are gorgeous. Can that house get any more beautiful? Wow!
    I enjoyed reading Tina's thoughts. Beautiful, Michele.
    Happy Wednesday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  4. Always love visiting both blogs. Tina is so helpful and kind to everyone.

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  5. I consider Tina a close blogging friend, but I suspect everyone she touches feels that way about her. Her positive energy is her most wonderful trait, followed by many others. Great guest post Tina! Nice choice Michelle!!

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  6. Three 3 that are inspiring me today?

    1. Your blog which I just found thanks to Tina!

    2. Of course Tina herself never fails to inspire.

    3. Because it's super early - I'm going with coffee!

    Love that Teddy is dubbed "Tina's assistant," too cute. xo

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  7. I love Tina's blog, her home and her shop, just bought a little something from her shop for my best friend. And I love her Teddy! I'm so glad he's feeling better and back in good health.

    XX
    Debra~

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  8. Great blogpost featuring 2 of my favorite bloggers!
    http://preppyemptynester.blogspot.com/

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  9. What a wonderful, inspiring post to start my day with. I can't help but think today is going to be lovely and exciting when it starts with two of my favorite bloggers talking about creativity and beauty.
    Michele - I love this series! It captures so much of why I blog. And Tina has such a beautiful outlook on life. Truly Enchanted!
    Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  10. Tina never disappoints...Her home is amazing and love the new bathroom paper. Her home is coming together nicely and its been so much fun to follow.

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  11. Michele,

    Tina is sincere, kind, and ALWAYS inspires her readers. To have even an ounce of her creativity! How generous she is to share her favorite elements of decor, cooking, and her chic fashion sense! These pictures are stunning and showcase her beautiful home and hard work. Well done Michele! :)


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  12. Hi nice ro meet you Michele- you are one talented lady - And I am a huge fan of Tina's, her taste, talent, writing and of course her to die for home, these pictures are beautiful!! I enjoyed this post and especially loved what was said about honoring creativity and what inspires her.

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  13. This was a great feature. Thanks for featuring such a talented blogger/decorator and her lovely home.

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  14. I love Tina's Enchanted Home and always make room for a visit in my hectic schedule. And in doing so I was introduced to another lovely new blog to peruse.
    Thanks

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  15. Tina inspires me! Her taste is impeccable. Im also inspired by the coming of fall, and turning a new page, focusing on my health and my home.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  16. Loveliness. I want that oven. And the loggia. And lots of other things!
    And it's no wonder your blog name sounded familiar to me when you commented on mine - I recently followed you and get your updates in my email inbox!!

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  17. One word .....perfection!!

    Wow that home leaves me breathless!!

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  18. i forgot to mention how EASY tina always makes it all look! she can whip up a feast blindfolded while responding to blog comments!

    :)

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  19. What a beautiful and inspiring interview! You two ladies are just too awesome...

    Much love
    http://acasadava.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi my sweet friend! You did such a beautiful job on this post...thanks so much for having me over to your super wonderful blog, you know I am a fan!
    I loved your thought provoking questions and am flattered by your kindness here, Michele. I cannot wait to meet up one day.....either you here or me there (or Italy or Paris) lol.
    Thanks again! XO Tina

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  21. How fun to see two of my favorite bloggers come together today. :) Tina, I loved what you said about where you find inspiration - you never cease to impress me with your approach to life! :)

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  22. Oh my god, what an inspiring home, so elegant with an equally elegant owner! Fabulous xxx

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  23. I have been following Tina's blog practically from day one, as we were both in the midst of a significant building project. It has been so nice to see Tina's house continue to evolve, and I love the new pictures of her powder room - I firmly resisted wallpaper in my house (because of the 80s house I had before, with tons of bad wallpaper), but now I am definitely reconsidering given how beautiful Tina's spaces look with the subtle wallpaper.

    Great post, Michele and Tina!

    - Holly

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  24. What a treat to be able to drop in on that wonderful conversation. I feel enlightened and inspired on many different levels. You are both wonderful, so happy to be your friends in the blogesphere! xo ebb

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  25. I could be green with envy over her magnificent chateau but because of her warm, down to earth and witty humor and way of making everyone feel welcome I am instead just in awe and indeed inspired by Tina.
    The house is definitely one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and her taste has been impeccable throughout.
    I really enjoyed hearing Tina's views on your equally wonderful questions, it reconfirms why I like her and enjoy her blog so much. Happy to find yours too, you are quite the accomplished lady. No wonder you two are friends:-)

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  26. hi annie. you said it so well. tina has the sweetest followers ever.

    :)

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  27. Her home is really beautiful! She has such good timeless taste and a fantastic store as well! Great post!!
    All that blue and white china.. give some of that ..please!!

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  28. A fellow Michele with one L! Love the view of Tina's home from her kitchen into the family room. The wallpaper in the bath is perfection.

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  29. Tina should "hop right over" to Cote de Texas and "volunteer" her home for "the contest!!!" It is gorgeous! franki

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  30. YES. i have shamelessly thrown my name in the hat for that too, franki. i will not shed tears or smack tina around if her home is chosen, but i may just show up on her doorstep for the shoot.

    :)

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  31. Wonderful interview, Michele! That loggia is quite special. I hope we'll get to see more of it. Tina has a very beautiful home.
    xo,
    Loi

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  32. Michele, I love to visit Tinas blog too! Always a pleasure seeing what she is up too. Loved all of the questions and her answers were true to form for TINA!!! She is a love, down to earth and full of enthusiasm for life, sounds like a perfect combination to me.
    Leaving in4 days!! woo Hoo!! xo Kathysue

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  33. I loved getting to read this today ad see the BEAUTIFUL photos of Tina's home!

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  34. That was really fun, and oh so inspiring. I love the questions, and i loved the answers. Her silent prayer in the mornings and the moments to be in nature and regroup... and look at the results of fearlessness, and creativity, and humor... how cool is that?

    Cindy

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  35. That kitchen and outdoor porch area are TO DIE FOR! Thanks for sharing :)

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  36. I love The Enchanted Home. I'm so happy to see her over here on your lovely blog!
    xo
    Sharon

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  37. I love Tina and I love you! There.....I've said it! I can always spot a good and kind heart of which you both have. Tina....that first bathroom wallpaper is my fav!

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  38. Michele and Tina, what an awesome post!! The new photos are FABULOUS Tina. They look totally professional. And the rooms of course are to die for! Loving the bathroom wallpaper!
    Stacy

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  39. I adore Tina and her home is amazing. It is so fun watching each phase as it comes to life and oh, the powder room...gorgeous!!

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  40. i think the wallpaper industry owes tina a huge percentage in the profits, ya know? she is stimulating the appetite for wall coverings in a big way.

    :)

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  41. Excellent suggestions whenever I visit your blog.

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  42. Love this post!! Tina is inspiring on every level... and her home is stunning! I've been a little out of the loop lately! I hope all is well cute lady!

    Desiree

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  43. I love this post, the pictures are enough to make me drool and definitely very inspiring but the words really got me too. I love these questions and TInas replies confirm why I like her and her blog so much. She is so real and likable and down to earth and really seems to have her priorties in check. That is refreshing.

    Now can we talk about how that is my dream kitchen, the newly papered bathroom is my dream bathroom, that loggia is incredible, the entire home is just amazing on a totally different level!

    Happy to find your blog, am your new follower. New to blogs, they are so much fun!

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  44. Thank you Michele for this wonderful post. I love your questions and of course I love Tina's answers! So enjoyed getting to know her even more. None of that "living in a mega mansion" has gone to her head. She is warm, generous, intellgent, creative and down to earth. (Coming to think of it - just like yourself Michele!).

    Warm hugs to you both!

    Mon

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  45. so happy to have you, jennifer!

    thanks, mon.

    :)

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  46. It always makes me
    smile when I find out
    that two of my blog
    friends are also friends,
    themselves.....kind of
    a bloggy friendship
    triangle : )

    Thank you both for
    the fun interview!

    xo Suzanne

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  47. This post is so lovely! I absolutely love the interview.

    xoxo, Meera

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  48. How beautiful! She has terrific style, but I agree with everyone else--that powder room is the best!

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  49. wow- what a gorgeous home- i love the wallpaper!

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