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Talk of the Weekend #5

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Happy Almost Fall Weekend! I hope your weekend is being spent doing things you like to do with people you love.  Here are a few totally unrelated things that caught my eye this week.:)Have fun checking them out!

Doesn’t this house looks like a perfect one for a fall weekend?


I’ve found a treehouse (really a group of 3 connected by bridges) in Atlanta (of all places!) that you can actually spend the night in.  Check them out here.


Did you get the early fall catalog from Talbots this week?  I LOVED this outfit (and especially the cute rainboots!)

And Pottery Barn has their Thanksgiving and Christmas sneak peeks out.  These Santa plates and mugs are mighty tempting!:)Have you seen them?

Pottery Barn Santa

Restoration Hardware discontinued their much loved dish soap long ago, so I have been looking for some that is sold in a similar understated package.  This is what it used to look like, and I have refilled my bottle over and over for many years.

Restoration Hardware dish

After much searching, I finally found a very similar one at Jenny Steffens Hobick’s online shop.  I ordered it as soon as she put out her fall stock.

Jenny Steffens dishsoap

I ran across this recipe for a chicken dish that looks wonderfully delicious. (How can anything with chicken, mushrooms, and bacon taste bad??) I think we will be making it this coming week.

country club chicken recipe

When I was doing research for some back to school decorating inspiration, I found this very uplifting dinner.  Read all about it here.

Look and Live dinner

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm shared her previous home this week.  It is mind blowing beautiful.  Truly.

Be sure you read all of the story behind it because the story is even more beautiful than the house.

And I will leave you with a few laughs because everyone should spend part of their weekend laughing, right?

I think you will love these Martha bloopers.

Martha blooperssource

Enjoy your weekend.:)

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Sandy - September 14, 2014 - 7:58 am

Kelly, I just ordered the everyday Occasions dish soap and their indigo tea towels. Thank you for introducing me to this company. Decided to put this new chicken recipe on my menu for this week. Looks delicious. I truly enjoy following your blog and as a retired language arts middle school teacher, I would give you A+’s.
:) Thanks Sandy! I am hoping Jenny is going to have red tea towels in her winter line, and I will order mine then. I can’t decide if I want to serve that chicken with rice or pasta like it shows in the recipe. It looks very similar to a dish I loved at a nearby restaurant that has closed, and their chicken was served with pasta…so pasta may be my choice this time. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Laura - September 14, 2014 - 8:11 am

Do you know what I love about this on a Sunday morning? It’s like my conversations with a friend on our walk~~ all over the place about the things we like to talk about!
Too funny! (But it’s true…and it drives my husband crazy when our conversation does this. :) )

Louvina - September 14, 2014 - 8:17 am

Spending the week at my “Happy Place”– and enjoying your posts. Watching the sunrise every morning, walking the beach, collecting shells, getting a little sun and salt air trying to get over a really bad cold I acquired traveling last week. I truly loved all the school themed decorations and thinking about fall in NYC and now today’s post. Will go back and check out all these links. Hoping to paint small artificial pumpkins today and make a chicken pot pie and salad for lunch. Looking forward to a cool down here in FL. Had some wonderful light tempura shrimp ( just for you:)) and a lovely clam chowder and crisp haddock! Have a great week, Kelly!
Are you just trying to make us all jealous Louvina??! LOL So sorry you have had a cold, but if you are going to have it, at least you are at an amazing place (definitely better than all the humidity and heat here in Georgia…with no walks on the beach.) I thought you might like all the school-y things AND NYC. How smart of you to get ahead on the fall things (or am I just behind?) I hope you enjoyed your shrimp. My son sent me a photo of his breakfast in Portland, Oregon this week…shrimp and grits. :( You all are just rubbing it in! They finally arrived in Seattle yesterday after a 10 day roadtrip.
I hope you get over your cold and have a great week too.

Arlene@Nanaland - September 14, 2014 - 8:29 am

Thanks for some inspiration on this cool Sunday morning!! I plan to watch the Martha bloopers this afternoon. Who can resist seeing the Martha goof up? Not

Mimi - September 14, 2014 - 10:00 am

Oh, that second picture with the sun and the porch literally took my breath away! In fact, I’m quite sure my heart said something along the lines of, “That’s where you belong.” :-) I enjoyed perusing PB’s sneak peeks yesterday–so many beautiful things that I am running out to buy a lottery ticket today…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Debra - September 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

Kelly, you do know how to torture. I’m drooling over those first two pictures. Amazing home and property. Oh, porch love. Sigh! That chicken dish looks wonderful. I mean come on, mushrooms, bacon and all that gravy! I will definitely try it. That Talbots outfit is about what I was sporting the other night at my niece’s housewarming party. Yes, mark the calendar. The sandals were tucked away and it was a quilted jacket and knee high boots for the evening. Quite a few of the gals were of the same mindset. So enjoying these temporary cooler temperatures here in the Midwest. Ok, so how dare you sneak that Pottery Barn Santa ware in your post. Really Kelly, you’ve gone commercial on us? I forgive you. Yeah, now I am going to go click and check it out! :)

Dawn - September 14, 2014 - 8:00 pm


That Talbots outfit is so you…except everything dark blue needs to be black for you. I have made that Country club chicken recipe and it is to die for! My husband requests it all the time. It even freezes well and can be reheated in the oven for a quicker week night dinner! I got to go check out that Pottery Barn stuff asap! Thanks for sharing.

Garden, Home and Party - September 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Oh my goodness, I love the idea of sleeping in a tree house and these look especially charming. I loved the screened porch on the lake too.
I love Jenny’s store, every time I order something I’m always so happy not only with the product but the packaging. She really does such a great job.
That chicken dish looks dangerous and delicious. As soon as our weather switches from the 90’s to the 70’s I’m cooking it.
The MS blooper is hilarious.
I like this rundown post…have you done it before. It’s always fun to find a couple of new sites in the bargain.

Kim - September 15, 2014 - 8:33 pm

I love these sites — I went right over to Pottery Barn to check out the Christmas stuff! Also, if you like the chicken recipe, you should try some of the other recipes from that site — I’ve used one that I have pinned as just “Kayotic Chicken” that is to die for.

Design Chic - September 16, 2014 - 9:44 am

You always find the greatest vacation places – adore the tree house. I actually ordered a few things from the new Talbot’s catalog – got me excited for Fall!

Kathy - September 16, 2014 - 12:52 pm

My daughter’s wedding was Saturday. Everything went as planned. We were so afraid of rain once the tents were up and we saw what happened when it did rain. The tents did not leak but water rain through on the ground like a river. Prayers were answered because it didn’t rain. Katrina’s daughter went into labor and that was announced at the reception. (Precious little baby boy!) I wish I could show you some photos! I am not sure I am ready for fall.

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 16, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Kelly: Put clear Dawn (help clean the oil soaked ducks) in a clear wine bottle, size of your choice and add a pour spout.
Looks great on the sink. From our friend, Martha Stewart.

Keep writing and inspiring us!

September Decorating Part 2

place setting
It’s those lines from You’ve Got Mail that are making me do this. You know…the ones about loving New York in the fall, buying school supplies, and sending you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.  

Those lines.

dining roomI think they are permanently ingrained in my head and sending me subliminal…

Buy school supplies.

Decorate with those school supplies.  

tabletop for SeptAnd they are telling me…

Use those napkins with the penmanship letters on them at your table.

Use books and marbled composition notebooks and pencils and apples-for-the-teacher for a centerpiece.

centerpiece And the decorate-with-school-supplies message has made me put out kid friendly after-school snacks.

dining room cabinet

 The only problem is I am the only one left at home that now eats them.:(

(My husband has great restraint.)

dining room cupboardWhen you love a movie like I love that movie, it kind of gets in your head and your heart.

kitchen islandLike when I am opening car doors in the morning at my job, and I am helping those little people out of their car seats, I say, Good morning Hank!  Good morning Riley and Avery. How are you today?  

kitchen deskAnd I feel like Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly when she is opening her shop door at The Shop Around the Corner, greeting the children there with, Jessica and Mya, How are you today?:)(Do you remember that scene?)

peanut butter cookies recipe chalkboard

And it makes me wish again that I had a little bookstore that I could be opening the door to in the morning.

 (Didn’t we all wish that when we saw that movie for the first time?)

kitchen cornerAnd we would decorate our cabinets in our little shop-around-the-corner with children’s books and toys and cute posters just like the ones in the movie…and maybe put in a coffee bar for the grown ups who bring their children to our shop.:)(But of course, there is a Starbucks nearby on another corner.)

beverage cornerAnd we might even include a chalkboard or two in our charming bookstore, right?

Talk of the House playroom dresser and chalkboard

Talk of the House old school alphabet chalkboard in the playroom

And perhaps the giant bookstore would not put our little shop out of business.

chalkboard and school vignetteYou’ve Got Mail also made me fall in love with New York City. September is a good time to think about that…remembering those who lost so very much in the tragic events of 9-11 and honoring the incredible strength of those who have kept the city going. It makes me think of that.

entry with bookbagsAs you can see, the bouquets of newly sharpened pencils, and all the other school supplies have made themselves at home in our house this month. (If you missed part 1, there are more school supplies running rampant there as well.)

schoolhouse chair

And that’s what happens when you fall in love with a movie.:)

Until next time…

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Debra - September 12, 2014 - 2:21 am

Your dreams are the book store, while mine are a small quaint coffee shop. I’ll ride my bike or walk to work too. I would so enjoy the customers. :) Love that movie. Now Kelly, with all the kids gone, which one of you is going to eat all those goodies in those glass jars of yours? If I lived near by I would be stopping in to help eat quite a few of those cookies, or have tea and one of the muffins in the kitchen. :) Love all your red, especially your plaid curtains. Your yellow lunch box is adorable. I have a black one that I have had since I was 12. YIKES. Again, no fall décor here yet. It was a wonderful cool day today that brought a camisole with a red plaid flannel shirt, long jeans and my red suede ballet shoes from Target (last year clearance). I love red too. Hubs definitely had a smile on his face when he walked in the door tonight to came home to the smell of pot roast cooking. It definitely felt like the start of Fall here. May it commence….

Arlene@Nanaland - September 12, 2014 - 7:52 am

Oh Kelly, that is one of my FAVORITE movies too!! That little store just captured my heart. I own the dvd and I admit to watching it when the mood hits me. I have always been fascinated by NYC and I would love to take a trip there. It is on my bucket list. I saw it across the river from New Jersey when my son was married up there but did not make it to the city. l love your penmanship chalk boards. So cute…good penmanship is becoming a lost art. Hoping things are settling down at your house and you are enjoying your empty nest.

Sue - September 12, 2014 - 7:59 am

I could have written every word in this post. I LOVE that movie and I am staring at a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils as I write this! I buy school supplies every year and have stacks and stacks of crayons and notebooks. {my children graduated from HS over 15 years ago} I tell myself that I am donating them and I do, but I still have more than my grandchildren will ever use:-)
I decorate with children’s books too, and our little playhouse, named Storybook Cottage, is full of children’s book characters and books. Madeline, Pepito, Max, Ruby, Lily, etc.
I could move right on in to your house Kelly, red and green are my very favorite colors.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Sue - September 12, 2014 - 8:01 am

Oops ~ forgot to tell you that I made your apple brickle dip {because of course September is all about eating apples in every form} and we all loved it. It is now making the rounds between my girls and their fall events.

Jackie Caruso - September 12, 2014 - 8:05 am

Your September decorating looks so cute, I love your attention to detail. Your penmanship blackboard reminds me of the borders around the black chalkboards we had in grade school – now it seems as if all school chalkboards are green. Your penmanship is perfect! It’s finally cooled off here in St. Louis and I hope to begin bringing out my fall decorations this weekend. I love that they can stay up through Thanksgiving. And yes, I wanted to own a bookshop as well, exactly like the one in You’ve Got Mail.

Susan M - September 12, 2014 - 8:18 am

Such a favorite movie of mine too Kelly!!! It is one of my “comfort movies”….you know ….when you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a soft blanket and hot chocolate!! Everytime I see your home in all its beautiful decor…I want to run out and redecorate. I love the school time lovelies in your home!!! I recently found out that Gilmore Girls…..a big” comfort” show for me… coming out on Netflix in October and I can envision lots of couch and hot chocolate time. Guess I better get my fall decorating done before Oct. or it won’t get done…..LOL.

Jill - September 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

Everything looks so sweet Kelly. Oh how I wish they still taught penmanship in schools! Your chalkboard is perfection. And in all the time I’ve been reading your blog I never noticed the bookplate label holders (is that what they’re called?) on the dresser in the playroom. That’s a nice little detail. I had to look back at another playroom post to see if they were new. Ha!
Fall is headed to Ohio this weekend. I’m looking forward to a cooler day for my daughter’s cross country meet on Saturday. So far we’ve just had hot and muggy. Hopefully I’ll get to break out my school sweatshirt. :D

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Kim - September 12, 2014 - 8:53 am

Best movie ever!

Lori Lucas - September 12, 2014 - 8:54 am

As always, I loved your post. I too would love a book store. I would need a clock in there only to remind me it’s time to go home….instead of WHEN do we get to go home!! I love the penmanship boards. I would LOVE if you could recreate them and put the download for sale! One more thing…I totally understand the treats in a jar, and no one is there to eat them. :( I remember the days when I was lucky if the jar was full for more than a day. Aaah. Have a great weekend. Lori Lucas

Renee - September 12, 2014 - 9:33 am

As always, I enjoy your posts very much! I get so many good ideas from your decorating style, choices of color and the way you bring your items together to make your rooms feel so cozy! I also like “You’ve Got Mail.” We made our first trip to New York this summer and enjoyed it. Because of time, we basically just “hit the highlights”, but on our next trip, we hope to include a visit to the neighborhood where the movie was filmed. I love the feel of the neighborhood and how the quaint shops are nearby. One thing I also liked about New York was being able to walk so much. As lovely as it is in Georgia, I can’t walk to my store! I wouldn’t trade the peace and quiet I enjoy here for the hustle and bustle of the city, but New York certainly has many nice qualities! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Lisa~A Cottage To Me - September 12, 2014 - 9:50 am

I LOVE that movie! I watch it everytime I see it’s on TV, plus I have the DVD….Love it! What a great post!

Katherine Leighty - September 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

I love it all…so very sweet! love the red and white buffalo checks! I would not decorate that way myself now! The children’s things are a long ways away from me….my oldest is 43…going to have my first great grandchild in November…so I it doesn’t fit! but I love what you have done! I had to think for a sec about that movie…ha…getting it confused with Sleepless In Seattle…ha!

I love all the attention to detail! I have simplified since we downsized a lot…don’t have the energy for upkeep anymore! it is funny how as we age our priorities shift!

Anyway your home is lovely!!!!!!!!!!

Mimi - September 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

I am in LOVE with that penmanship chalkboard!!! I think you could seriously develop a line for Pottery Barn or the like–I am not kidding! That peanut butter cookie chalkboard is to die for, too! That last photo with the chair and lunchbox just epitomizes back to school to me. :-) Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and your many talents.

Jayne - September 12, 2014 - 10:22 am

I have to admit that I did not see that movie. Jaw dropping, I know! Now, I want to! As always your house looks lovely. Such a clever idea to use school supplies as decorations. All my kids are out of the house and I,too,am the one eating all the snacks. Somebody has to do it, right? Can’t let all that goes food go to waste. Lol You have gotten me hooked on chalkboards. I bought a large frame and am going to paint the glass with chalkboard paint. I now have 3 large and 1 small chalkboard. And I have another idea for one as well. I’ll be sharing it soon! Can’t wait to get back to blogging. I have so much to share!!!

Garden, Home and Party - September 12, 2014 - 11:17 am

Your post makes me want to watch that movie again. I loved her apartment too. The bookstore was wonderful and it makes me sad that so few bookstores exist anymore, at least here in Southern California. You do the best job staging each corner of your charming home…I’m with one of your other readers, if I lived closer I’d stop by and help you with the snacks!
Have a wonderful weekend…it’s supposed to be 90+ degrees here. Ouch. I’m being patient but I can’t wait for some cooler weather. :-)

Vicki Crowe - September 12, 2014 - 11:42 am

I thought i was the only one who loved that movie ” as long as we both shall live”. I am so bad to watch it every time it is on – which is often! Love your home and movie themed decor which totally makes sense. I will have to think about Kathleen Kelly and what i might do to add some fall romance to my home. Thanks!

Susan - September 12, 2014 - 11:47 am

My dream of having a children’s book store has been living in my heart for many years. I certainly have enough children’s books to start one :) I have a huge collection from my years of teaching. I have been retired 4 years and still really miss sharing my books and reading to those wonderful little personalities~

L J - September 12, 2014 - 12:24 pm

You make your home fun–fun to look at and, I imagine, fun to live in–and you do it in a sophisticated but casual style. Nice.
Agreed with all the rest “You’ve got mail” is one that really seems to make a place for itself in our hearts. I’m a bit sentimental though I rarely admit it publicly, but I also thoroughly enjoy those romantic comedies of the ’30s and 40’s with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. If I were your neighbor I’d help you with the cookies and we watch some videos of that bygone era together.
Thanks, Kelly

Dawn - September 12, 2014 - 1:43 pm


You are spot on once again. I was out sick from school last Friday (with bronchitis) and the movie I picked to watch while in bed was You’ve Mail! I always have to re-watch it every Fall. I just love everything about the movie and how you have carried it through your decorating! The movie touches my heart as well (since I am a 5-8th grade Reading teacher)! Thanks for sharing! Your play room is still my favorite (as green touches my heart).

[…] Kelly at Talk of the House shows how she decorates for fall while it’s still too hot for pumpkins on the porch in two parts. […]

Peggy - September 14, 2014 - 3:19 pm

One of my very favorites. My kids and I still say, ” the Godfather is answer to any question”. Terrible we know the lines to that!
For some reason I am not getting your emails. Came by this morning just because I was browsing my favorite places for eye candy. And as always, you never fail to make me smile. I have to ask where you purchased those delightful red bows and those beautiful heavy water goblets.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Thank you for the inspiration!

September Decorating- Part 1

Talk of the House September decoratingSeptember in Georgia is hot and humid, but that hasn’t stopped our stores from stocking everything autumn – from pumpkins to Halloween costumes to turkeys made from twigs.  I would dearly love for our weather to feel more like fall, but that is just not going to happen anytime in the near future.:(

Talk of the House foyer buffet with globeThis makes decorating in September a little confusing.  It still seems like summer, but everyone is ready for autumn – especially when you consider the fact that we have been back in school for well over a month now. But pumpkins on the porch?  It just feels wrong when the temperatures are in the nineties.

Talk of the House foyer trayIn the past, apples have worked well for September decorating, but this year I decided to use back to school items throughout the house for our early fall decorating.  Pumpkins will just have to wait until October.:)

Talk of the House foyer vignette for SeptemberI rounded up a globe, a toy school bus, some books, and chalk for the foyer.  The jar holds after school cookies made with M&M’s, and the small Live Simply tray from Paper Source works nicely there as well.

Talk of the House foyer buffet vignetteIn the family room, the mantel also got a few school related items – including books in a jar, of course.:)

Talk of the House reading chair

Talk of the House September mantelThere is also a photograph of the school my husband and I attended when we were children.  (We did not know each other way back then though.)

Talk of the House September mantel vignetteThere is another globe on the mantel.  (This one is smaller than the one on the foyer buffet.)

Talk of the House globe and pencils on mantelEven the bathrooms have a touch of a few back to school accessories.

Talk of the House childrens bathroomI just couldn’t resist all the toy school buses I found this summer in Kroger. The one in the foyer even has operable doors and stop signs.!  (The one here in the children’s bathroom does not.)

Talk of the House childrens bathroom shelfThe master bathroom has a miniature composition notebook and pencil along with a potted mum.

Talk of the House bathroom vignette for SeptemberAnd finally, the master bedroom has a few books along with more mums and a bowl of apples.

Talk of the House bedroom September decorating

Talk of the House bedroom wicker table with apples, books, and mumsIf I can finish getting the kitchen and playroom back in order, I will have a little more decorating for you to see in the next post. (I spent the weekend cleaning.  With all the packing in the last 2 weeks, the house looked like a tornado had hit it!)  So what do you think of back to school style for September decorating? For me, it seems to be an easy transition from summer to the all out autumn look that will be here before you can say Trick or Treat.:) When do you start decorating for fall?

We’d love to hear!

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 7, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Kelly, I’m with you! Our temperature was in the 90’s today…even in Seattle! I just can’t get into pumpkins and fall leaves quite yet when it still feels like summer. The mornings are definitely cooler, however. I like to use apples for September also, as I begin to take down all my “summer” accessories like seashells :(. I love your yellow school buses, pencils, and globes! October is a great time for pumpkins and mums for me!
Seattle in the nineties! Goodness, I am so glad our sons’ apartment in Bellevue will have A/C. They are currently in Jackson, Wyoming where there will be lows in the thirties later this week. :) So glad you liked the buses and school things Gracia. Hope you have a good week!

Lindy James - September 7, 2014 - 11:30 pm

You’re absolutely right, it’s impossible to get into the fall decorating mood when temperatures here are hovering near the century mark, still! And working at our local Williams-Sonoma store makes it even more difficult when all our pumpkin foods and table décor is already on display. Am so looking forward to the cooler weather, only wish it would come sooner than later. Your school themed decorating was a great substitute. Have a great week, take care, Lindy
Ohhhh…the Williams Sonoma pumpkin bread mix…yum! If I worked there with you, I would have a VERY hard time resisting that. I did buy some pumpkin muffins today at Panera, and I was thinking how good they would taste with some hot spiced tea, but it is certainly not the weather for that. Perhaps a cool front will come in and put all of us in the mood for fall very soon. :)

Jean - September 8, 2014 - 12:01 am

I too am a school teacher, in Milwaukee, WI. Our students started last week, though I’ve been working on getting ready for them long before then. Last week it was hotter than it had been all summer long, and so I’m not in fall mode yet. My beautiful summer flowers should last another few weeks ;-) Because I am so inundated with school work, I no longer ‘do’ Halloween, or Halloween decor. Instead, I do fall decor that will last through Thanksgiving Day, and then it’s on to Christmas! I discovered your blog this summer and read/devoured every post (while I was on summer break!) I love your style of decor and look forward to your posts. We’ve vacationed several times at ocean front beach rentals on Cape Hatteras, so I’ve especially enjoyed your beach vacation rental posts! Best of luck to you in the new/current school year, and thanks for the inspiring, transitional back to school decor ideas…keep all of your refreshing ideas coming!
Goodness! Thank you for all your sweet words Jean. :) Yes, school work does have a way of inundating our lives I’m afraid. Best of luck to you in your new school year. I hope it is your best year yet!

Sherry Myers - September 8, 2014 - 12:56 am

Kelly, It’s refreshing to see that someone has the same idea about making the smooth, instead of abrupt transition, into the next season. Even though fall is my absolute favorite season of the year, I can’t bear to move into it when the temps are high and everything is so green outside. Your rooms are lovely, and as usual your creativity is classy. Everything blends so well into your decor. And, may I say it? Oh, I have to say it..I am coveting the yellow school buses and the globes. Just LOVE them. This post was a treat! Thanks so much. Have a great SCHOOL week. I’ll sit quietly at my desk and wait patiently to see the kitchen. (Well, maybe not too patiently.)
Hi Sherry! I think if we put pumpkins out on the porch now, we would have baked pumpkins. :) Thank you for the compliments on the decorating. (It is very easy to pull off back to school when you have been a teacher forever.) One of those globes came from Target, but the other one was old, in bad shape, and I just painted black over the oceans. (It was probably worth millions on Ebay as a vintage globe before I painted it, right?) The buses were too good to pass up on the toy rack at the grocery store. There is a similar one at Amazon here:
Have a great week!

Vicki - September 8, 2014 - 1:16 am

Goodness, yes, those little busses and globes are too cute not to display. I’ve gone the apples route, too, as it’s still in the ninety degree range here. I mixed in some farm-themed books and things, too- kind of a pre-harvest look, I suppose.
Your vignettes are always so cheery, I’m sure they lend a good start to your day. Looking forward to seeing the other rooms!
A harvest theme is a great idea for September, Vicki! (If it involves food, count me in. LOL) Thank you for the kind compliments. Hope to get the other rooms in order for you to see soon.
Have a happy Monday!

Anne Boykin - September 8, 2014 - 1:54 am

Hi Kelly, I start decorating for fall around September 21st when it becomes “officially” autumn. Love the touches you’ve added!
Perhaps by the official date, at least the mornings will have more of a fall feel to them. Glad you liked the decorating Anne!

Arlene@Nanaland - September 8, 2014 - 8:13 am

Well I have put out some pumpkins Kelly but I have greatly culled my collection so it is not unbearably cute.:) We are hoping for a cold front to come our way this week so maybe it will feel like fall soon. I really like all those yellow school buses. They do add a pop of color to your house!
A cold front would most definitely be a welcome change here. Glad you liked the buses! Yellow can brighten up even the most dark of spaces. I bet you saved the best of your pumpkins so I have no doubt that they are cute! :)

Garden, Home and Party - September 8, 2014 - 8:40 am

We’re in the same weather boat out west. It’s been very hot and humid and while my heart longs for turtlenecks, warm cocoa and a fire in the fireplace, the weather insists on shorts and flip flops! Your back to school theme is just right. A look towards the season we all love, and a fresh line leader to guide us.
I loved all the cozy things you named here about fall, and I am ready to trade in those shorts and flip flops for sweaters and jackets (but I don’t want the extreme cold though.) I am so glad you liked the school themed items. Your favorite season is just around the bend! :)

Katherine LeightyMeand - September 8, 2014 - 9:00 am

I think what you have done to decorate is very cute and sweet! My solution is to use sunflowers! I wait until it is actually fall to pull out the rest of my bag of tricks…but I like the Indian summer…and when the cold snap does come then I will pull out my pumpkins and scare crows…I try not to push it or be too influenced by it anymore! I am retired now and therefore have retired and simplified my seasonal and holiday decor a lot! Simple bowl of harvested veggies and some leaves works for me! displaying my canning! HA!

Katrina - September 8, 2014 - 9:20 am

I LOVE these buses!!!! I may just have to order a few!
Can you believe that just this weekend I put away all flags and flag inspired decorations. When my husband hoisted the rubber maid tote into the attic he asked me if I wanted him to bring down the fall/halloween tote. Like you, I am just NOT feeling the fall thing yet so I said no. My only nod to fall so far are 3 white gourds on the chest in the hallway.
I even upset the fashion police and wore white pants to a wedding this weekend.
Hope it cools down your way! Kathy has her wedding of the century (well, really her daughter’s)this coming weekend and the weather forecast is perfect…75 degrees and only 10% chance of rain!!!

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 8, 2014 - 9:27 am

Kelly: Give us some details on all your framed black and white photos. Please!

Size of frame?
size of mats? How do you select pic, mat, frame size?
Is there a formula for this?
Can I take a color photo and g black and white photo and get black and white?
Would a STAPLES store do this?

So enjoy your blog and photos.
Teacher, teacher, give me a lesson here!

Sue - September 8, 2014 - 9:33 am

It’s so fun to see your back to school decorating Kelly. I agree with you about the pumpkins ~ as we are near 100 here in TX too. I put out my Target globe, some vintage school books and crayons and markers in JARS! I’m all set for a few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your decor ~ love your style!

Debra - September 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

I was so thinking of you and your family Thursday. The emotion and excitement of the boys embarking on their trek west. Exciting then to melancholy, I am sure. I should have been cleaning a bit too, of the yard and garden kind, but the weather was gorgeous here finally. It was a weekend of outings. A lake front outing on Friday, gardens, kites and a walk on Saturday. Oh and Sunday brought just “at home” lazing and a quick trip with daughter to shop for some Target needs. :) No pumpkins here either yet, Kelly. I will wait until October too. Our weather here is wonderful, with less humidity, cooler temps and cool nights for sleeping. The weather at least is feeling like fall. I just love your globes and little school buses. Here’s hoping you and your husband this week find some quiet and calm.

Cheri - September 8, 2014 - 10:52 am

I love your decorating and using school items was a smart idea. I just put out my Fall wreaths and like you, it still feels like summer here in Georgia. I need to see some colored leaves and cooler weather. I loved the Fall when we lived up north and really miss it since it is my very favorite season.

Barbara (WA) - September 8, 2014 - 11:38 am

I really like your school theme early fall decorating! Normally I begin Autumn decorating in early September including pulling out fall dishes I use until Christmas. With our remodeling projects and chaos, I don’t think I’ll be able to do much. It has been summer like (and gorgeous) here. I still have summer annuals on the porch and deck but fall containers ready to display. Spotted an earlier comment that your sons will live in Bellevue – I grew up in Renton just south of there! My mom still lives in our family home.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - September 8, 2014 - 11:47 am

Gorgeous, every picture is stunning.
Thank you Marty!

Laura - September 8, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Off the current subject……I noticed an interesting detail on your bed….the box spring has a cute blue and white check cover instead of a dust-ruffle. can you share your instructions for this technique please. I think I could probably figure it out but if you’ve already done it you may have some tips to share that might make it easier! Thank you.

This is going to be a strange one to explain…It is simple long pieces of fabric hemmed on all sides. It is wrapped around the box springs and stapled on the top of it using a staple gun to hold it in place. It does not tuck under it, just simply comes to the bottom of the box springs- straight along the edge. I hope this makes sense! Sort of like piecing wrapping paper on a package. :) When I show you the update boys’ room next month, you will see I did the very same thing in there with drapery panels.

Susan M - September 8, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Hi Kelly!! I think your September decor is so cute and a great idea!! I am in southeast Virginia and it is still hot here too. My solution ,because I am so ready for some fall color, is to put things out slowly. This past weekend I put my fall wreath on the door but will wait until October to decorate with pumpkins and mums. I have also put some touches on the screened porch but not everything yet. I don’t do much Halloween decor so most of my fall things are out there until Thanksgiving….it is nice to slowly change to the colors of fall instead of doing it all at once……but I also like your back to school theme. You really should retire from teaching already and go into your other God given talent…..decorating!!! : )
I like the idea of doing it slowly. That seems quite logical. :) Retire…definitely been on my mind, and I am seriously checking into it. Of course, having the air conditioner go out certainly didn’t help with looking at it financially (along with being in the same month as college tuition being due! :( )

Dawn - September 8, 2014 - 6:48 pm


I couldn’t agree more…September is hot here in Missouri too. I love the back to school theme. I do enjoy pumpkins and Fall decorations too but what you have done seems more fitting until October arrives. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see the play room!
It seems to be hot everywhere! Thank you for your always encouraging comments Dawn. You are so sweet. I have the kitchen ready but hope to get the playroom cleaned up tonight. Then I will get the post out just for you.:)

Cheryl thomas - September 8, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Hi Kelly, as an art teacher for 40 years I love to decorate with vintage art supplies and tools. Old staplers, chalk boxes, paintbrushes, and picture books are sprinkled around my eat in kitchen. Btw on one of your post you showed the doors of different teacher rooms and they had cut out scissor silhouettes. Where did they come from?
40 years…oh my! I will not make it in this field that long, I know. I love that you decorate with vintage art supplies. That is perfect! The scissors were all made from a pattern that I just drew on cardstock and cut out. It got passed around to everyone.

Louvina - September 8, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Was in an airport when I spied your posting– just loved everything! You are so right about the weather being too hot to start fall decorating– so the back to school/apples is just right! Back from my trip from my o’ Ky home– just 72 hours there but what a glorious time seeing my classmates and touring the old school plus driving around looking at my hometown and taking pictures. May have been my last trip home– so visited the resting places of my family and took roses. Now home, bathroom remodeling finished ( but not cleaned or decorated) and packing for a week at the beach!! Have a new novel,sand chairs and umbrella and missing the ocean air! Wish you and all the readers could come along, too!:)
Don’t say that is your last trip. You may go home yet again, Louvina. I am glad your trip was a good one. You have certainly been the big traveler lately!! Hooray for finished bathroom remodel! Jealous of your week at the beach, and I do wish you could take all of us along with you. Eat some shrimp for me since I can have none. :)

Nancy - September 8, 2014 - 11:46 pm

Do you happen to remember where you found the silver tray featured on your foyer table with back to school items and candles on it?
I do remember Nancy, but I am afraid it is not going to help you. My mother (the yard sale Queen) found it at a yard sale, and knowing my love of silver, passed it on to me. It is monogrammed with a large B (which is not my initial) but I have no problem using it with that on it. :)

Kathy - September 9, 2014 - 12:15 am

I love those little buses too! Katrina, you wore white pants after Labor Day! Well, I feel like I missed summer so I might just wear white too….but not to the wedding. LOL! I don’t think I am going to decorate anything until Christmas. Oh, but I did decorate wedding cookies most of the day today. Thank you, Dear Cynthia!
Bless your heart decorating cookies all day! I bet they are beautiful. Best wishes for all things wedding this weekend. I know it will be perfect because you all have put your heart (and talents!) into it.
p.s. I totally understand the not decorating anything until Christmas! You deserve a break. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - September 9, 2014 - 8:34 am

I so love seeing your beautiful vignettes for the seasons….each one definitely says “September”…love how you incorporated the cute school buses and the composition books!…beautiful job as always!..

Jill - September 9, 2014 - 10:51 am

So cute Kelly! I love all the little school touches….perfect for your house, I’d say! I’ve been poking around my house too, moving items around and pulling out some different things. Don’t want to hurry Fall, but I was just ready for a change. Pumpkins and leaves will have to wait until October though.

Mimi - September 9, 2014 - 11:04 pm

I am loving all the back to school decorations! Those school buses are so darn cute–thank you for providing the link in one of the comments for a similar one.

I hope your sons have made it to their destination as the weather is turning cold around here in western Nebraska. There is even talk of possible snow (!?!) on Thursday. Crazy! No wonder the kids were wild at school today–full moon, snow in September, jr. high hormones! I think I need to retire… :-) I hope your school year is going well!

cindy hattersley - September 10, 2014 - 6:43 pm

That is so funny. As you know I live in a climate where september and october are still summer. To be honest I usually don’t think about fall until it is over…which is about Xmas!!

L J - September 11, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Hi Kelly
I finally had time today to read thru this post and the Sept 2012 post as well. It’s been my delight to enjoy this with my morning tea and not because I have the day off but today’s work is afternoon and into the evening. So many thoughts that I want to share but I’ll resist and tell just a few…Sacramento is Hot still…feels like summer so not much fall decor in house…have sunflower wreath on front door, from my yard veggies and flowers about interior (not veggies mixed with flowers)…will bring in mums and pumpkins in Oct with gourds and Indian corn in Nov…great idea and am enjoying the “back to school” theme as it is not temp dependent…I’m definitely a category 2 table decorator as I seem to go to “less is more” approach…your thoughts about the 3 categories were interesting and you reminded me of a dear friend that I have not heard from for such a long time (her mind works like yours and I luv it)…until next time…BTW will you be a “3” or “2” table person in this new season for your family?

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Kim @ Vintage Pretties - September 14, 2014 - 9:55 am

I just found your blog (I headed here from Hooked on Houses) & am wondering how I could have possibly missed it???!!! I love the back to school decorations — they are so fun and fit in with your normal decor so nicely so that they don’t look like a store display. The books in the large glass jar — I think that I’m going to have to steal that idea!

Pamela - September 14, 2014 - 3:27 pm

I love this! Found your blog over at Hooked on Houses. I simplified decades ago starting with apples in Sept because they felt “back to school” to me & south FL is like GA heat. Then I add pumpkins, gourds, colored leaves & gilded fruits in Oct. Nov comes and all the fruit & leaves go into a cornucopia centerpiece. In Dec I put the fruit on our Christmas tree along with the other ornaments. Come Jan the fall stuff goes back to the fall bins for next year. I have early fall and late fall bins. I’m going to have to ask my daughter who recently moved to GA to look for some school buses! She is homeschooling so the other things are already out in view ;) Her color scheme is just like yours so I am going to have to follow your blog for more inspiration. Thanks so much.

christine - September 15, 2014 - 4:51 am

I saw your blog on Hooked on Houses. I love how you have decorated every inch of your home for fall… and the buses all over the house. Wonderful school feeling, isn’t it.

Well, back to work – just wanted to leave a quick hello and say thanks for the great photos.

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