Friday, December 30, 2011


One of the perks of being caught up with work now is the luxury of catching up on some of my online reading.
One of my regular faves these day is Aussie mag Ivy and Piper and it was fun to see one of my prints (above) hanging on the gallery wall of their new headquarters in the December issue.
Co-founders Elizabeth Raptis and Melanie Parker have a phenomenal sense of style and are crazy nice to boot . Check out the gorgeous (and free!) December issue here.

Hope you have a very safe NYE and that 2012 is full of peace and good things for you!

Monday, December 26, 2011


I hope that you are having a relaxing, festive and enjoyable holiday! I definitely had a wonderful Christmas and am heading out of town for a week tomorrow - very excited.

All of my matches have been going like hotcakes lately. By popular demand, I am now offering the blue and white ginger jar WITHOUT monogram as well. A little late for Christmas now, but something to consider for yourself or a hostess anytime in the coming year. Available in my shop now HERE

Monday, December 19, 2011


Design Darling 

I still cannot believe it's the last Monday before Christmas!
This elf has been majorly busy in the workshop getting out some special gifts for my clients to give. Things are winding down and although there's still a little time left, I am getting ready to really celebrate and focus on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and enjoy this season with my loved ones. 
Many wonderful things have happened in my life this year, mixed right in with the challenges. I thank God for each and every good thing, not least of which are all of my wonderful readers, customers and fellow bloggers who so generously support and promote my work.  Above are just a few of these bloggers and I'd like to thank the from the bottom of my heart, as well as all of you!
Enjoy your day and savor this special season..........

Friday, December 16, 2011


This is what it looks like all decked out for Christmas here in Southwest Florida.
This tree is located in the charming 3rd Avenue shopping district in Olde Naples.  I couldn't resist snapping a photo of this gorgeous tree with the almost full moon in the background as I left Tommy Bahama's after a delicious meal of fish tacos with my Sister and Mother.

This charming pink stucco building houses a women's designer boutique and I love how they strung the lights on the palm trees.

And another sunset at the beach.......
There's still time to find some great gifts and stocking stuffers at my shop in time for Christmas and 
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Talk about color and some time consuming tasks.....designer Doug Meyer and his brother, Gene, covered their entire NYC apartment with 2,398 sheets of colored paper.  Pretty nifty!  Check it out online at New York Magazine here. 

Monday, December 12, 2011


Stumped as far as what to give?  I still have about 20 original paintings for sale now in my shop, as well as prints that can come framed and great stocking stuffers like note cards and cute matches. Just enter code: LOYAL15 in at etsy checkout to receive 15% discount. You can be sure that no one will be duplicating your gift!  Check out all originals here 


Kate at Party Resources blog has won the random drawing for the Diane James Home Give-Away!
Congratulations, Kate! Please email me your mailing address so that we can ship your gifts off.
Thanks to all of you for your participation!

Friday, December 9, 2011


I couldn't resist posting a few pics of the new Kate Spade store in London.  I love all of the spunk and color in the space and the way the Spade line always manages to walk the tightrope between traditional and funky. 
Just my cuppa tea, to use the local vernacular. 
Hope you enjoy your weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!
P.S. Don't forget to enter my Diane James Home Give-Away if you haven't already! Drawing is on Monday!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Happy Wednesday! I have now recovered from some serious printing issues (read: unexpected passing of my printer) that had delayed my shop orders going out, but things have now been remedied by the arrival of my new printer and I am now caught up.  I apologize to my customers for a slight delay. Printers seem to go on the fritz when you have the most orders to send out! This time of year is my busiest, so I strive to get orders out in a timely manner while completing the commissions that my valued clients will be giving their peeps. I am skipping town after Christmas for a whole week away and I am looking forward to it!

On a design note, I just love this room and the casual elegance it exudes.
Antiques without the "dark and heavy".  I only wish I knew the source....if you can help me out, I'd be grateful. 

Monday, December 5, 2011


Diane James Home is a name synonymous with exquisite quality and unique style, so I am very proud to be hosting this generous holiday give-away from them to my wonderful readers!  
To enter, you must "like" Diane James Home on Facebook and leave a comment here on Annechovie about your favorite design or gift from Diane James Home.  The lucky winner will receive all three items above valued at almost $500 dollars!! Winner will be chosen on December 12th.
Please be sure your comment is linked to or includes your email address so that you can be notified if you're the winner.
Commenters that neglect to do the following 3 tasks will be disqualified from being included in the drawing;
1)"like" Diane James Home on Facebook
2) add feedback on annechovie after visiting the DJH site 
3) list or link to a legitimate email address for contact in case of winning
Best to you all!

Friday, December 2, 2011


I'd love to thank Kelly Ottinger of spectacular blog Kelly Market for including my monogrammed ginger jar matches in her hostess gifts holiday round-up this week along with many other unique gift items. I am just getting started on my shopping list, but time is running out quickly. Yikes!!
Hope you have an excellent weekend!