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We’ve Gone to the Dogs!


Welcome back dear friends! For today’s post, I thought we would look at something a little different.  It seems that many of us really crave organization in our homes. And since so many of you are pet owners, I’d like to look at a few organized spaces designed for dogs and all the things that come with pet ownership.  Even if you do not have a dog (or even like them) there are still some pretty neat spaces to see..starting with the first one at the top of the post.  It was created by Harrison Design for an Atlanta Christmas showhouse a few years ago. The built-in area for the dog bed is great – as is the space above it with all the baskets.


Here is that same space decorated for Christmas with an abundance of red bows. (A great idea to use on baskets in your home for the holidays even if you don’t have that many in your laundry room. 🙂 )


Here is another laundry room with space for the dog…this time all in white.


The wallpaper in the following one is precious!  But this one is truly a top “luxury model” with a shower space for the dog and feeding station drawers. 🙂


A mudroom in another showhouse, this one in St. Paul, offers a doggie door and another pull out feeding station.


One more mudroom area for you to see with room to feed your pet.


Now let’s take a look at some kitchens that have incorporated features that pamper the pets of the house.

An island cart with a place for feeding…


A built-in feeding station and dog bone shaped drawer cutouts…


A remodeled kitchen with a soapstone lined feeding area…


And an organized area off the kitchen with a marble topped feeding station…


The following one looks like it is in a pantry area off a kitchen.


And then there is this brightly patterned one in red and white with room for the pet feeding supplies.


Now change direction here a bit.  Even if you don’t have a pet in the house, you can still appreciate designs that include dog illustrations. Don’t you think they are perfect for a little boy’s bedroom? 🙂



More throw pillows…


And here is some artwork to go along with the printed linens.



Do you remember our son’s one room apartment that he has at law school…the apartment with the dog accessories?


Notice that red lumbar pillow there, the one with the basset hounds. Santa found some Pioneer Woman salt and pepper shakers for our son and put them in his stocking this year.  They were just too perfect to resist!


And now, there is one more reason for us to be drooling over doggie decor…

I’d like to introduce you to…

Gabbie. 🙂

This perky little yellow lab is the newest member of our family.  Do you remember how I said in my last post that I planned on 2017 being a slower year? Well, I eat my words.  Things have been changing around here!

You see, Gabbie is our first inside dog.
And yes,
I’ve read and seen Marley and Me.

Marley & Me (Three-Disc Bad Dog Edition) [Blu-ray]
(My Amazon affiliate link.)

Yes, I know labs are notorious for chewing and destroying things, but we are going to try this.  (We do have a big yard that can handle a dog if it doesn’t work out inside.)  She is currently living in our kitchen and dining area, and we are trying to crate train her. Her favorite napping spot seems to be either on top of anyone’s shoes (with the person still in them) or under the kitchen desk. 🙂

Another big change here is our daughter has decided that working on holidays and weekends isn’t too much fun.  So she has left her fun job at Disney and accepted a position with a conference center near here and moved back home with us. We have been working to find space for all of her things here…including having my husband totally redo her closet with all wood shelving.  Busy busy place here the last 10 days!

Oh, and one final thing.  All of our children and my husband have had smartphones for years, but not me.  I have had an old “slider cell phone” for a veeeery long time.  I decided last week that it was about time I had a smartphone! So I bit the bullet and bought one.  Which means….Instagram, here we come!  I would be delighted if you would follow me there where I post more photos from our crazy life. (The link is here.)  And Gabbie has her own account as well!  (Her link is here.) She’ll be sharing decorating advice along with her cute photos in each of her posts, so I think you will enjoy it. 🙂

Thank you for stopping in for a visit here today to look at all the pet spaces with me.
I hope you have a great week ahead!

Until next time,

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Lisa Fields - January 17, 2017 - 8:29 pm

Hi Kelly, looks like you’re having a great 2017. So exciting that your daughter is back home
I hope she will enjoy her new job. Life’s too short to work weekends & holidays!
Gabby is just precious. Hopefully you didn’t buy her from a breeder. There are just too many deserving puppies & dogs & cats looking for a forever home. We have 5 shelter dogs & one cat. They’re so appreciative for a second chance & make such wonderful family members.Please encourage your readers to spay & neuter their pets.
Thank you!

Lanita Anderson - January 17, 2017 - 4:46 pm

Love the picture of your sweet dog, Gabbie! Our dog passed away last year and we are just about ready to take the plunge and adopt another one. Good luck as you transition and with her training! I’m thrilled to follow you both on Instagram! Blessings….

Rachel Kallenbach - January 17, 2017 - 11:42 am

Oh how sweet she is! The picture of Gabbie with your daughter is just perfect. Best wishes on all the new changes at your house. May they bring you pure joy.

Lisa - January 17, 2017 - 9:30 am

Hi Kelly, hope you’re having a great 2017. I’m happy your daughter is back home. Life’s way too short to not be happy. Working weekends & holidays (unless absolutely necessary ) just doesn’t make for a great life. Good luck to her!
Congratulations on your new puppy. She’s precious. I just hope you didn’t buy her from a breeder. There are too many wonderful dogs & puppies in shelters who deserve a forever home. We have 5 rescue dogs and they make the most loving & appreciative pets (family members )
Any more thoughts on the lake house?

kathy - January 17, 2017 - 8:42 am

Oh, I forgot to say how happy I am for you to have your daughter home!!! She is beautiful just like you. Enjoy your time with her!

kathy - January 17, 2017 - 8:39 am

Another great post! My son-in-law came with a yellow lab and she is a beautiful dog. I don’t tell many people this but I am not a dog person because I was bitten as a child and could just never get over it. I did allow our kids to have an outside dog. And, I like dog items and even have a shirt with dogs on it. (DiAnne recently told me she likes the shirt but it is just “not me”.)I think I have come a long way in that I can wear that shirt and enjoy this post!

Patty of Michigan - January 17, 2017 - 5:55 am

I had a feeling when I started reading your post that there was a dog coming. Gabbie is so adorable. What a wonderful addition to your family!! Having your daughter home is another blessing I’m sure. I have only had a smart phone for about a year. I have to say I sometimes miss my old phone. I am on this one way too much. I’ll be sure to follow you on Instagram! Looking forward to lots of pics of Gabbie!

Frances in England - January 17, 2017 - 4:40 am

Gabbie is gorgeous. My grandma had golden labs, and they are such sweet natured dogs. Sometimes a bit excitable for the first couple of years, but then very mellow and happy. Which can only be a good thing. 🙂 Daughter home, new puppy… It sounds as though 2017 is off to an ideal start!

Cindy T - January 17, 2017 - 1:44 am

She’s a sweetie! So much fun things happening at your house!

julia walker - January 16, 2017 - 10:45 pm

Hey Kelly, I’m so envious of your puppy. She’s adorable! AND I’m happy your daughter’s going to be there to help with the training! Good luck…Love, Julia

bev tippett - January 16, 2017 - 9:23 pm

What an exciting beginning to 2017! Can’t wait to read the stories. Happy days….and such a cute pup.

Garden, Home and Party - January 16, 2017 - 9:08 pm

Congratulations! We have had dogs for as long as we’ve had kids and love the joy they’ve brought our family. There will be times while Gabbie as a puppy, will try your patience but dogs are so worth the time you spend training them. It’s so nice you have your daughter home to help a bit with the training.

Dawn - January 16, 2017 - 6:34 pm

I am so excited to meet Gabbie! She is adorable! We have a boxer, Cabo and he is also an inside dog. I am so happy for you guys to get another dog. I adore dogs!

I am happy for your daughter to have returned as well. I hope all was a learning experience for her and the new job will work out. Best wishes to her.

Thanks for sharing! Take care.


Jennifer - January 16, 2017 - 5:35 pm

I know you must be so happy to have your daughter back under your roof! And we had a yellow lab (outside unless it got bitter cold) and he was so good natured and easy to train. When hubs would be out working on a project, he would sneak up and carry off a tool, or a glove….He was my son’s dog and now my son says that’s the first thing he will do when he graduates from law school-get another lab (mom was kind of hoping for a bride;)

Rachel - January 16, 2017 - 3:37 pm

Such a sweet puppy! Our Angel, yellow Lab, was the love of my life and our first dog, as a married couple. She was very destructive until we learned about crate training. Labs need lots of exercise too. She passed away at 14 years old. Still miss her so much. We have two other dogs now, my MIL’s rescued Shih Tzu, Buddy who came to live with us when she passed away in 2007 – he’s 15 now, we think. My husband found our little bull dog mix running in traffic in front of his office about 3 years ago. They are my loves now. Be patient and good luck with Gabbie!

susan - January 16, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Oh Kelly!!! How sweet Gabbie is!!! And your daughter coming home! How exciting! She will be a big help in raising Gabbie too!! I’m sure she is so happy to be home! Our pups always ended up loving their crate…in fact, when it came time to put it away, they missed it! Enjoy all the excitement around there! Believe me – it doesn’t last forever!!! Ha!! So anxious to keep “track” of both of you on instagram!!!! 🙂

Gina - January 16, 2017 - 1:24 pm

Awww, she is so adorable!! There’s nothing like a puppy! One of my miniature schnauzers is named Gabby!! 😀 How exciting for your daughter to be back home too!! Haha, I still have an old slider too…one that isn’t used much, but thankfully I can follow Instagram via computer. Such a wealth of inspiration there and I’m happy you’re posting now!!

Lisa - January 16, 2017 - 1:04 pm

Oh my gosh!! What a cutie! Check out the Monks of New Skete “The Art of Raising a Puppy”. Our breeder recommended this book when we got our german shepherd puppy years ago. Good luck and enjoy your new puppy, and having your girl back home!!

Judy - January 16, 2017 - 12:45 pm

Gabriel looks charming. She will enhance your life in ways you can’t imagine. I have 4 fabulous cocker spaniels, and each is unique and wonderful. As I too, am retired, they fill my days! Good idea to crate train – it makes your life easier, and her life more secure. It also allows you to take her almost everywhere you go, safely. I have wire crates for the house, and travel crates for the car. Life around here is like a 4 ring circus! Enjoy!

classic•casual•home - January 16, 2017 - 12:25 pm

Oh my gosh she is SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PUP! This is funny as I was just thinking I need to use Minwax again today on the bottom of our coffee table where Chief has chewed it. Ha! Anyway, we had a yellow lab that was the most loving, loyal dog ever. GOOD decision. Happy New Year!
Mary Ann

Barbara (WA) - January 16, 2017 - 12:09 pm

Goodness, Kelly – your January has been busy! Gabbie is darling. I am excited for you especially to have your daughter home again!! Our oldest son moved back home after living in CA and it was such a delight to have him with us as a young adult. I’ve treasured that time always.

Pat in Georgia - January 16, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Gabbie is absolutely adorable. She is going to bring your great joy! If you go out of town and need a sitter, the Witt house is close by and I would be glad to keep Gabbie. Please know they chew as they are teething a lot. They do chew and dig for the first 2.5 years on average. Gabbie lays on your feet to feel secure and safe. Gabbie is irresistible. I wouldn’t be able to get anything done for wanting to hold her. Enjoy!!!

Lisa - January 16, 2017 - 11:37 am

Oh what a sweetie. We had a chocolate lab when I was growing up that chewed everything including the bumper of our truck!He was the sweetest boy and very intelligent. They really enjoy having a stuffed animal of their own. We now have two very smart boxer babies – female – 12 and male – 4. A house is not a home without a wiggle but. Life won’t slow down, but having a dog will keep you young.

Louvina - January 16, 2017 - 11:08 am

What great ideas!! Love that your daughter is home and Gabby is home!! I remember her beagle and wondered if you would have another dog when the time was right. Know your whole family will love this puppy!! Crate training is a very good idea. We built in an open grate/ pen area that our Yorkie sleeps in and where we put her when we are out because she can’t have free range. She loves it and knows it is her safe place. We built a picket fence with a gate opening which matches our cabinets and other bead board trim. Really cute! Best of wishes to Hayley in her new position/ career and enjoy Gabby! 💕🐶💕

Chris - January 16, 2017 - 11:03 am

Your new puppy is darling enjoy her she will bring you so much happiness! I would suggest a good ol Elk antler for chewing my dog has three of them!

Anita Christian - January 16, 2017 - 10:18 am

Your Gabby is adorable and you’re going to have so much fun with her. Keep posting her antics, we’ll love them! Congratulations to your daughter for deciding to get closer to home! Everybody benefits!!

Katrina - January 16, 2017 - 10:12 am

Gabbie is just beautiful! I have a grand dog Lab who is very well behaved but you may want to stock up on lint rollers.
Loved the pictures in this post. The rooms were pretty and you and your daughter look more like gorgeous twins than mother / daughter!

Donna H - January 16, 2017 - 10:07 am

Kelly ,
What a great start for a new year ! Your daughter is back home and a new puppy!
Gabble is adorable and she might be just the reason to start instagram !
I loved all of the dog inspired posts . Dogs are such a delightful addition to a family .

Cindy - January 16, 2017 - 9:55 am

Kelly and Gabbie: Congratulations to you all! 2017 is already starting to be a special year at your home. I wish your daughter the best in her new venture; I’m sure its nice having her back home. Cindy

Donnamae - January 16, 2017 - 9:54 am

Gabbie is adorable! And your daughter moved back? Wow…lots going on at your place too. One of my sons moved back home in October…and we had to make room for some of his stuff…the rest is in storage. It’s quite the transition isn’t it? But we are happy to have him temporarily home! Have fun making room….and enjoy your new addition! I imagine lots of ‘puppy cuddling’ going on! 😉

Sandy - January 16, 2017 - 9:31 am

Gabbie is adorable. I can’t wait to hear more about her. I am a dog lover. I love all the dog feeding stations as well.

Judy - January 16, 2017 - 8:51 am

A yellow lab is one of the dogs we’re considering…my sister’s family has had labs for years and loves them….your Gabbie is precious.

Soooo happy you’re FINALLY on Instagram! I’ve more or less abandoned my blog (after 9 years) and love IG.

Have a great week Kelly!

Robin - January 16, 2017 - 8:35 am

Your home, style, creativity is so inspiring. Love all of your decorating, organizing, party ideas. Congrats on Gabbie – one piece of advice: find a great vacuum to suck up all of her dog hair. Our chocolate lab sheds so much that a vacuum lasts about a year in our house. We do love him though!

Marianne in Mo. - January 16, 2017 - 8:34 am

Gabbiethelabbie – love it! She looks sooo precious, but I bet she can be mischievous too. And joy, your daughter back home, how great! Lots of change indeed! Did you know at Christmas that all this was going to happen?
I love how people have incorporated pet areas for their special ones. We are pet-less for the first time,and have been for 2 yrs., but we hope to change that come spring. And ours have always been inside pets. Never understood having a pet that remained cut off from the family. Why have one at all? I hope you have many fun years with Gabbie, and I know you love having your daughter back! Following on instagram, but I don’t know how it works yet! I too have a slider phone, because hubs doesn’t want higher phone bills.

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - January 16, 2017 - 8:34 am

So much excitement in your house! Please keep us updated on Gabbie — we are considering getting a dog for the first time ever and I’d love to hear how it is going for someone else.

N from VA - January 16, 2017 - 8:28 am

Love this post. And especially the adorably cute Gabbie. In November 2016, I also went from an old basic cellphone to my brother’s donated Apple Iphone 5S (he was bothered that I was so out of touch and technologically unsavvy!). Happy Monday.

Lynne - January 16, 2017 - 8:21 am

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! We have a yellow lab, Teddy, and he is my third child. Gabbie is adorable! Enjoy! Congratulations on your new phone. I am also on Instagram and will definitely follow you. Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

Arlene@Nanaland - January 16, 2017 - 8:01 am

Love your sweet lab…hope all goes well. A dog and a child moving back home…oh me that is a lot of change at one time Kelly! Just followed you on Instagram!!

Cheri - January 16, 2017 - 7:54 am

Gabbie is sure a cute addition to your family and I am sure she will be “spoiled.” I love all the “dog feeding” areas but the ones that pull out would have to stay out all the time at our house so the pups could get to the water. I have seen some of these and thought hubby should make that for our 3 pups but the water has always but a stop to that. Good idea though. Glad you are back.

Leslie Anne Tarabella - January 16, 2017 - 7:38 am

Loving all your photos and happy news, but especially excited about your Intagram page! Following you now and can’t wait to see all your gorgeous home photos! Gabbie is one lucky dog!

Kim - January 16, 2017 - 7:28 am

She is so cute! Bailey is our first inside dog, too, but you are much braver than me with a large dog. Bailey chewed window trim and anything else she could ruin. Get something else for her to chew on before the house gets destroyed!

Anne from Atlanta - January 16, 2017 - 7:05 am

Gabbie is too cute! What a happy addition to your family! Congratulations!

Tricia - January 16, 2017 - 5:24 am

Kelly, how absolutely exciting! Welcome to a dog’s life! Gabbie will enhance your life in more ways than you can imagine. Is this your first dog? Beautiful photo of both you and Hayley. So wonderful that your daughter is now so much closer to home, I hope she enjoys her new position. You must be thrilled to bits. Looking forward to all your Instagram updates. Already signed up to follow!

Michele - January 16, 2017 - 5:11 am

OMG, what a cute puppy!!!
My girls might actually consider kicking our two cats out for a dog like Gabbie (but they wouldn’t do it in the end). With a dog you at least have a chance of training her to stay away of certain things. I wish you all lots of fun with the new part of the family!
And all the best to your daughter and her new job! That’s always an exiting step.
And all the best for you and your family for 2017!

Rosemary - January 16, 2017 - 4:22 am

Welcome to Gabbie! She’s so gorgeous and has chosen such a great family to be a part of! I love her name too ..It really suits her!
If we ever have a dog I’d choose a lab they have lovely temperaments …perfect family dog.
Welcome home to your daughter too, hope shes really happy in her new job. In your position I would be one happy mama ..great start to 2017 🙂
You’ve shown some very inventive designs for dog friendly homes…Some people have great design ideas the bedding and cushions too.
Sure you’ll be having a great week!

Gabrielle - January 16, 2017 - 4:06 am

Gabbie you are just beautiful. Welcome to your new family member Kelly.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - January 16, 2017 - 2:17 am

Gabbie is adorable!We are huge fans of yellow labs in our family. I hope Gabbie is easily trainable and that you will thoroughly enjoy the puppy stage that goes by so quickly. I loved all the kitchen and laundry room dog accommodations…that would be mandatory in my dream home! Thanks for sharing such a fun post!

2016 – A Year in Review

Welcome to 2017! Before jumping full steam into the new year, I thought it would be good to take a look back at 2016.  It was quite a year for our family…one I am sure we will not soon forget.  I knew the year was jam-packed, but I had no idea exactly how full it was until I started preparing this post! So grab a cup of coffee and a snack…this is a loooong post. 🙂

We started last January here on the blog with a look back at the previous year’s posts and then jumped into two posts on our trip to Chattanooga, Tennesee  – part 1 and part 2. These were the first of many travel posts in the year. (27!)


We decorated the house for winter


and the kitchen and dining room later in the month for Valentine’s Day.

My favorite post in January was the Favorite Things Birthday Party we hosted for my father-in-law’s 90th birthday.  This was such a special time for our family to share together and honor him, but it will also be treasured in my memory even more because he sadly passed from his earthly home to his Heavenly home last summer. I am so very thankful we did that party.


Then came February.  For the last few years I have had a goal of one organization project a month..but once again, I did not meet my goal. 🙁 (But I did manage to get a few projects done in 2016. 🙂 )  The first project was February’s post on organizing the dining room cabinets.


Then we looked at the gorgeous homes of handbag designer, Kay Stanley in two different posts. (home 1 home 2)


That was followed by more Valentine’s Day decorating and gift ideas from around the house, an overnight trip with my husband at The Retreat to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and a bowling birthday party was held for him.


A recipe and discussion of how to make a caramel cake was up next, and we attended an almost spring wedding late in the month.  My husband’s retirement from his engineering job was a major milestone for us in 2016, so my favorite February post was about the two retirement parties that honored him.


Then came March.  One more organization project (the pantry) was completed and checked off of my to-do list…


and we toured the homes of Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, another handbag designer.


Then all the spring decorating in our house commenced with 3 posts alone on decorating with green, (part 1, part 2, part 3 ) followed by my colorfully floral favorite ones for the Easter home tour. (part 1, part 2)


My husband and I did a good bit of traveling in the spring, and April’s posts reflected it…first to beautiful Gibbs Garden in North Georgia and then to Sylva and Waynesville, North Carolina.  We stayed at a wonderful cottage while in North Carolina, and I shared it with you in 2 posts (part 1, part 2.) Because Easter was in March, the 2 posts about April’s decorating reflected no holiday theme…very different for me! 🙂  We hosted a bumble bee party for my mother in March, but the post about it appeared on the blog in April – my favorite post for that month. 🙂


In May, my favorite post of the month (and possibly for the entire year) was the one I shared about celebrating our daughter’s graduation from college.


During that month, we also looked at another home tour here, cooked up some Blue Cheese potato chips, and toured a gorgeous beach house in Fernandina Beach, Florida when we made a quick trip there after the graduation party.


Travel continued throughout the summer which made my keeping up with the blog very difficult.  June and July each had 6 posts about our trips to Seattle …


 Bainbridge Island


Olympic National Park


and the Columbia River Gorge area.


Obviously, the beautiful natural landscape made up the bulk of my photography from these trips, but there was a “house” portion too (yay! 🙂 )…which made its way into 4 posts about the charming little town of Seabrook, Washington.


I’ve said that blogging was difficult for me during June and July because of all the traveling we did.  Well, we continued traveling in early August with a number of visits to towns in North Carolina.  I have not shared any of that on the blog yet, but hope to in the next month.  Our North Carolina travels were cut short in August because my father-in-law became critically ill, (after nearly 2 years of in and out of the hospital stays) went home from the hospital with Hospice care, and passed away near the end of that month.  The only post I wrote in August was a tribute to that wonderful man.


Blogging resumed in September with a few posts, one merely to try to catch up with all of you, and 2 about dining and shopping in Fernandina Beach, Florida.


Things finally got back to “normal” here in October. 🙂  I shared a trip to Oklahoma from back in the summer, the Southern Living Idea House we visited in Birmingham, and 3 posts with plans for a possible lake house for us (which is very much on hold since the lot we were interested in sold. 🙁 )  We visited Disney World while our daughter was working there and had a very fun time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. 🙂  I finished making new drapes for our master bedroom and shared the new look with you and decorated the house for Halloween (my favorite post of the month!)


A little more of our trip to Disney World made its way into the first two posts in November – the Contemporary Resort, where we stayed, and Disney Springs, where we shopped and dined (at one of my all time favorite restaurants ever!)  Near the end of the month, I pulled together all of the organization posts from the blog plus all the organization I had done during the year, and wrote one BIG storage and organization post to share with you. (So I organized the organization! 🙂 )


Prior to that post, we looked at all the Thanksgiving decorating in the house in 3 different posts.  (part 1, part 2, part 3)  Those were my favorite posts in November.


Then finally Christmas took over the blog in December with 3 posts on Mary Kay Andrews’ home all decked out for the season, (part 1, part 2, part 3) and one post on the Avondale Estates Christmas Home tour.  I drug you through our home here to see the Christmas decorating in our master bedroom, the hallway and bathrooms, our daughter’s bedroom, and our sons’ bedroom. And if that wasn’t enough, we also went all thru the rest of the house looking at more Christmas details and concluded the year with a post about being home for Christmas. (my favorite for the month.)


And that, dear readers, was a year in review!

And now for the numbers (for all you math folks out there like me. 🙂 )

The top 3 most read of the 2016 posts were…

#3 – The Spring Home Tour – part 1

#2 – Graduation: Jimmy Carter, Greg Allman, and The Party

and #1 – drum roll please.
A Favorite Things Sort of Surprise Birthday Party
which I think was very fitting for the year. 🙂 )

Thank you sooo very much for reading the posts here, and if you happened to see Talk of the House in any of these other places this year, I also thank you for reading there!

On Better Homes and Gardens website:



On the Whole Foods blog:


Over at The Kitchn website:


or on Country Living magazine’s website:


And I also thank those of you that happened to view my pins on Pinterest over 12 million times this year.


(And if you pinned from the posts here, I love you even more! 🙂 )

2016 was an intense filled-to-the-brim year – for which I am thankful – both for the happy blessings and for the sadness because we know we will see my father-in-law again in a much better place.  Who knows what 2017 will hold?  I am thinking this year will be less – less traveling, less entertaining, less demanding – which is quite alright with me.  Less in this case actually means more….more relaxed-at-home time, and that is a good thing. 🙂

So my wish for all of us in this new year is that we untie the ribbons of each day and slowly enjoy the gifts we have been given. 🙂

Happy New Year to all of you!

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Rowana - January 15, 2017 - 9:08 am

Hi Kelly. Just stopped in to say Happy New Year! Loved your year in review btw : )
Thank you Rowana! Glad you could visit the blog today. Happy New Year to you as well! 🙂

Lanita Anderson - January 11, 2017 - 4:06 pm

I loved seeing your Year in Review… many great posts and great ideas! Looking forward to what you have in store for 2017. Blessings…..
Thank you Lanita! We are looking forward to a slower paced new year. 🙂
Blessings to you too!

Design Chic - January 11, 2017 - 10:45 am

We are big fans of your blog and love getting a peek inside your life and home…such a treat! Happy Wednesday, Kelly!
Thank you! I am a big fan of your beautiful piece of the web as well. 🙂 Hope your new year has started out wonderfully!

Debbie - January 10, 2017 - 7:31 pm

Thanks Kelly for again taking us on your fabulous trips and allowing us to share in your life events. Talk of the House is truly my Have a wonderful healthy and happy 2017. God bless
You are too sweet Debbie. Thank you for reading and leaving your very kind comments here. I hope your new year is off to a great start!

kay - January 10, 2017 - 8:58 am

I love the red snowflake mugs. where did you find them?
Hi Kay! I purchased those several years ago from a Hallmark shop.

Sylvia - January 8, 2017 - 1:32 pm

I love reading your blog and your decorating ideas. I am a new follower. My goal is to organize my home!!Reading the 2016 year end, I see I have missed a lot. Looking forward to 2017 and Untie the ribbons.
Welcome Sylvia! I am so glad you found the blog, and I hope it helps to provide inspiration for you. Good luck with all your organizing this year!

Leigh - January 8, 2017 - 3:22 am

Wonderful – a year filled with family, travel and home. I wish you a new year filled with many blessings and much joy. I look forward to reading of your adventures and enjoying your lovely home.
Thank you so much Leigh! I wish you a new year filled with adventure too!

Amanda - January 6, 2017 - 11:52 am

I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I truly enjoy your taste in decor and your organizational skills. Your posts on home tours and vacation spots are just icing on the cake. Looking forward to what you will share in the New Year!

Kristy - January 6, 2017 - 10:50 am

Thank you for continuing to blog and share your beautiful home, organizational skills. I get many ideas from you, that I hope to employ myself. I love many of the travel places you have written about, & have added some of them to my travel bucket list. Have a great year in 2017.

Paula - January 5, 2017 - 9:18 pm

I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog this past year. My goal this year is to get my home as organized as yours.

Ruth - January 5, 2017 - 9:16 pm

You are amazing! Cannot believe what 1 person accomplished in a year! Kelly, your posts were among the brightest, most beautiful spots in what often felt like a stressful, ugly year. Thank you for beaming that positivity into our lives, and may 2017 be filled with blessings for you and your family. - January 5, 2017 - 7:28 pm

Wow, Kelly, you have had a “big” year in mostly good ways and then some sad, as well. I have so enjoyed reading all of your posts and look forward to continuing the journey with you on future posts. Glad that you feel you will have more “home” time in the coming year for relaxing and enjoying. Blessings to you and your family in the New Year!

Jill - January 5, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Kelly, I must have missed the info of your dad dying in August late. My 90 year old mother also died August 28 🙁 We celebrated her birthday in March @ her favorite restaurant in their “banquet room” , even my sister n her husband from Seattle got to come! It was a wonderful evening. But she always did Christmas beautifully and she is missed so much by everyone now of course, everyone loved her. The worst part is cleaning out the house as it was in the family since 1921, yes she moved back in when her mother went into a nursing home. Neither threw anything away, so your organizing posts have been very helpful 🙂 Keep posting dear you may never know who might be needing you out here. love to you n yours & Happy New Year! always, Jill 🙂

Dawn - January 5, 2017 - 2:35 pm


I love the recap of the year. I like the idea of untying the ribbons of each day. Thanks for sharing. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!


Donnamae - January 5, 2017 - 10:17 am

Ok then….that was fun! But I’m exhausted! You sure do pack a lot in a year…good for you! Hope 2017 will be a great year for us all! 😉

Frances in England - January 5, 2017 - 8:37 am

Gosh you manage to pack a lot into a year! 🙂 I always really enjoy your posts, so thank you. Happy 2017 and savour those ribbons!

Sherry - January 4, 2017 - 9:26 pm

This is a lovely post. Though your year was eventful with many milestones and emotions, I appreciate your kindness by including us. I know, at times, that could not have been easy. Thank you. Speaking from experience, when life is so packed, it seems to pass even more quickly. I am glad to hear that things will slow down a little for you to savor and enjoy the moments. Congratulations on the magazine and webpage mentions. When I saw a couple of them, I thought, “Way to go, Kelly!” Beautiful. Inspiring. You deserve notoriety for your hard work. I love that I feel so at home reading your blog. It still highlights my day when you post. Happy 2017!

Lizbeth - January 4, 2017 - 9:16 pm

Kelly: It was your red buffalo checks that got me! I was hooked. Then I followed the lake house plans. We have a wilderness lake house where I keep my heart and maintain my sanity. But what really did it was the home tour in Avondale. I happened to mention it to my husband, as he had lived in Atlanta when he was in elementary school and alas, he lived in Avondale. Your blog is wonderful. I admire your thoughtful, articulate posts and the elegant simplicity of your home. Looking forward to visiting more often in 2017. Thank you.

Renee Cook - January 4, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Yes, there is something wonderful about being able to slow down. I hope you enjoy every minute! Thank you for all of your hard work, inspiration and good information. We appreciate all you share with us. May the Lord bless you in 2017 and make it your happiest year yet!

Lorraine Beattie - January 4, 2017 - 7:50 pm

Hi… Kelly you make me want to get to bed early and then get up earlier so I can start to get as organized as you are. This is just what I needed to see how to get so tidy and put things in order. Tomorrow I asked my husband to go to Canadian Tire and get me some red more tubs so I can put my Christmas things in order as I also love to Christmas decorate my home as well as our church. So Thank You Kelly.

Nan, Odessa, DE - January 4, 2017 - 7:28 pm

You are the best!
I miss you when you travel but enjoy ALL
your post. Please continue sharing and inspiring us.
Happy New Years

Louvina - January 4, 2017 - 7:24 pm

I always enjoy the end of the year review!! Seems like they come more quickly every year the older I get!! I am so happy I found your blog — how be it by a fluke! It was just meant to be– I was at a very low place and it helped me find my joy again!! I felt like I had always known you and both of us being teachers and loving homes and decorating– a perfect fit. You are more than a blog friend— you are an “old soul” friend!! If I had to pick out a favorite one post for the year–I don’t think I could!! You have helped me grow and find my own style and influenced my remodeling! Which is 3/4 of the way done!! Upstairs and later outside and — you know it will never be done as long as I can dream and plan!! Thank you dear Kelly! You will never know what you mean to me– you always make me smile and amaze me with your ideas and travel adventures! Here’s to 2017– to things that have never been!! 💕🙏💕

Garden, Home and Party - January 4, 2017 - 7:20 pm

Well, that was fun! I loved every image and thought I’d try to get ahead of the seasons and do some of the things you have. I’ll let you know if I succeed. I also loved the idea of unting the ribbons of each day! Happy New Year.

Carol - January 4, 2017 - 6:50 pm

Yes, years fly by and your recap of your 2016 posts brings back wonderful reading memories! Thank you for sharing your talents, family travels and organizational ideas with “us blog neighbors.” Looking forward to your productive ideas in 2017! …and what about that garden?


Patricia - January 4, 2017 - 5:57 pm

I just have to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I always look forward to your new posts in my email inbox ! Your posts are always so well done – beautiful photos and such wonderful information. I LOVE all your travel posts, and all the posts about your beautiful home (I would never move if I were you ! )

Thank you for all the hard work in putting out these excellent posts – it is much appreciated. Happy New Year !

Marianne in Mo. - January 4, 2017 - 5:51 pm

Whew! I knew you had a very full year, but when you recapped it, I got worn out for you! Retirement seems to have increased your activity level!
Sorry you lost the lot on the lake. Maybe it wasn’t meant for you and a better spot will come along this year. You did say you would have to build smaller due to the size of the lot, and I wondered where the future grandchildren would sleep! 😉
Here’s to slowing down and enjoying a slow untying of the ribbons. We too are hoping for a bit less chaos this year.
( And I always seem to find something to pin here! )

Donna - January 4, 2017 - 5:49 pm

I love your web site. I enjoy your seasonal decorating and wonderful recipes. Thank you

Vicki - January 4, 2017 - 5:44 pm

All of this has just wet my appetite to go back and re-read some of your posts! I really enjoy ALL of your posts, but use your travel posts as reference for our road trips! So thank you for all your work for our pleasure! You are a gift, Kelly! You are like a true friend that pops into my home on my iPad from time to time and brings good tidings, fun, and joy! And lots of ideas! Lol! Enjoy 2017!!

From your Alabama friend….

Katrina - January 4, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Thank you for being my year long gift! Your posts always excite me and during many a long day have given me reasons to smile! Much appreciation blog friend!

Margaret - January 4, 2017 - 4:50 pm

You certainly had a busy year…
Thank you for sharing it with your readers.
Happy New Year!

Judy - January 4, 2017 - 4:44 pm

I loved, loved, loved, the red bins with months and contents written on them. I am buying some tomorrow, and getting to work ! I can store most in my garage. What another great idea! Thanks for a year that was full of great ideas!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - January 4, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Wow – what a year! You certainly were busy and you kept us all inspired with your beautiful posts. I am not surprised at your most popular posts. Your attention to detail is so impressive and you make it all look so easy. Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2017! Cheers to the new year!

Gina - January 4, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Whew, I am tired just reading your recap. 😉 Less sounds wonderful. 😉 I think the “favorite things” party was fabulous!! I must host one of those sometime. 😉 I’m going back to view your organization post again, because I need to work on my attic. I have plenty of containers…just need to purge a few things first. Thanks for the constant source of inspiration!!

Sandy - January 4, 2017 - 2:32 pm

You did have a busy year indeed. The birthday party post was a special one indeed. I always pin from here:) I have a whole page devoted the the great ideas.
Wishing you a happy new year and I love quote. I want to untie lots of ribbons.

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