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Another Gorgeous Kay Stanley Home

Lake Keowee hutch with transferware

source   (photo by Helen Norman)

Okay, today I will explain to you why I wanted you to see the photographs of the gorgeous Daufuskie Island house in Friday’s post.  You see, I saw the photo above somewhere online months ago.  It had the caption, “Kay Stanley’s new home in South Carolina.”  I remembered seeing a photo of a cabinet with transferware in the Daufuskie house, and I thought, Surely they didn’t sell that fabulous home??  

Then I saw this photo with the same caption.

Lake Keowee iceboxsource  photo by Helen Norman

And I thought, Oh yes.  They must have sold it and moved their refrigerator to the new house.


The cabinet with the transferware I was thinking of was this one:

cabinet with transferware

Similar but not exactly it.

And that refrigerator made to look like a vintage icebox?
It was this one:

Kay Stanley in kitchensource
Again, similar but not exactly it.

The cabinet and the refrigerator are indeed in a new Kay Stanley home, but no, she and her husband, Curt Seymour did not sell the nostalgic home on Daufuskie Island.  Instead, they built another home in South Carolina – a new one on Lake Keowee.

This house:

Lake Keowee exterior Country Livingsource photo by Helen Norman

Lake Keowee housesource

So they now have a beach house and a lake house.:)

Lake Keowee house


This house, featured in the summer 2013 issue of at home magazine and the November, 2015 issue of Country Living magazine, also has nostalgic roots.  The couple modeled the home after Kay’s grandparents’ old Minnesota log cabin where she spent so many summers growing up.

Lake Keowee house


The lake house has a decidedly more rustic feel than the house on Daufuskie.  In fact, Kay stated that this house is “Curt’s house” as consolation for having to work with her on the Spartina line while he is in retirement.

Lake Keowee housesource

Lake Keowee house


So the man cave is a rather big deal in the lake house.:)

Lake Keowee house


I thought the kitchen was also a big deal with a beautiful huge island.

Lake Keowee house kitchen Country Living Helen Norman photographysource Helen Norman photograph

Lake Keowee housesource

It has the same feel to me as the Daufuskie Island kitchen, and you can see the refrigerator in this photo.

Lake Keowee house


Don’t you love those wicker chairs in the dining room?

Lake Keowee house dining roomsource photo by Helen Norman

Kay purchased the wooden canoe years ago and kept it stored in their basement until she had a home in which to use it.

Lake Keowee staircase with canoesource photo by Helen Norman

Lake Keowee house


Of course I like the master bedroom with its checked bed curtains.:)
This room seems less rustic to me and has more of the feel of the rooms in the Daufuskie house.

Lake Keowee master bedroomsource Helen Norman photograph

The master bathroom is beautiful with its cabinet and double sinks.
(Especially love the light fixtures!)

Lake Keowee master bathsource photograph by Helen Norman

And the final room you have to see…the fabulous porch with a fireplace.

Lake Keowee housesource

Obviously the photo above is with the room unstyled from the the 2013 article.  Here it is in last fall’s magazine feature.  Isn’t it amazing what accessories and plants can do for a space?

Lake Keowee porchsource photograph by Helen Norman

Although this house is beyond wonderful, I think I like the Daufuskie one better…or at least better right now.  In October or November, when I am in love with rustic homes, I would probably tell you I like this one better.  It’s a seasonal thing.:)LOL

Before I get off the computer today, let me do one last shout out reminder about the Valentine giveaway I have going on here:  the $50 Spartina 449 gift card, the Life Beautiful magazine, and the Valentine’s quote cards.

Spartina giftcard Valentines giveaway at Talk of the House

Just leave a comment on any (or all for more chances!) post that publishes between 2/4/16 and when the entry period closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday 2/8/16 to have an entry in the random drawing. (Only one comment per post please.) The comment must be on the post itself at and not a reply to an email delivered post.  I’ll have a random drawing on 2/9/16 and announce the winner in the first post after that date.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the other Kay Stanley house.  There are more photos of it on both the Country Living website and the builder’s website, The Carver Group.  Click over and enjoy them! (And good luck with your entry for the giveaway.:))

Lake Keowee house docksource

Until next time…

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Barbara S. - February 8, 2016 - 5:17 am

Thank you for a look into these beautiful homes! I also enjoy your blog with all of your decorating ideas! Thank you! Barbara in Parrish, FL

Tricia - February 8, 2016 - 6:01 am

Kelly, such fun to see the beautiful homes you feature. Loving the brickwork and can you imagine whipping up cookies in that kitchen?

Monica - February 8, 2016 - 6:19 am

Wow! Fan of rustic style or not, those are some amazing houses you have shared. Thanks for the giveaway!

Helen - February 8, 2016 - 6:25 am

Beautiful blog and I really enjoyed seeing the homes -your pictures are wonderful!

Karen - February 8, 2016 - 6:35 am

Wow, another beautiful home! I agree with you, and prefer the beach house but this mountain retreat is pretty special.

TJ Thomas - February 8, 2016 - 6:56 am

Thank you for showcasing such wonderful rustic and classic homes! Wow – especially love the “old” refrigerators and the transferware cabinet with the robin’s egg blue color inside :)

Jo Anne Hayon - February 8, 2016 - 6:59 am

Wonderful, simply wonderful! Everything is gorgeous!

Anne from Atlanta - February 8, 2016 - 7:01 am

Love, love, love Kay’s mountain house! You are such a great detective to find her second home. I’m having a hard time deciding at which house I would want to spend the most time. Thanks for another great blog.

Tracy K - February 8, 2016 - 7:09 am

That island! I love it! I also love the brick used throughout. Gorgeous!

Donna H. - February 8, 2016 - 7:11 am

Love Spartina…have had one of the bags!
Toured Dafuskie via golf cart one summer…loved it!

Thanks for the giveaway!
And love, love your Blog!

Lanita Anderson - February 8, 2016 - 7:12 am

Wow! What a beautiful home….so many wonderful rooms and beautiful decor! I think my favorites would have to be the kitchen and the porch…. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity! Blessings…

MaryAnna - February 8, 2016 - 7:15 am

I love, love, love your choice of homes to tour with your readers and I also love, love, love Spartina bags!!! Thank you for your blog. When I see your name in my emails, it brings a smile to my face!!

Pam M. - February 8, 2016 - 7:15 am

Wow! What great homes! I agree with you, the Daufuskie home is my favorite right now, but next fall the lake home might be my favorite.
Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Hinske - February 8, 2016 - 7:16 am

Love her style. I was smitten the minute I saw that back wall with all the windows. Not crazy about the brick hallway, and I’m not usually drawn to rustic, but this is beyond charming.

Jill - February 8, 2016 - 7:17 am

Kelly, I agree Love the lake house much better. This place would be great as a vacation space as you say, in the fall. But they are both amazing. Thanks for the pics and the giveaway :)

Chrissy - February 8, 2016 - 7:25 am

That fireplace? On that porch? That’s what I want! :o)

Lynne - February 8, 2016 - 7:36 am

Love all the furniture they put in this home!

KarinM - February 8, 2016 - 7:52 am

Love Kay’s Mountain house. Beautiful. Your blog is so inspirational.

Dorothy - February 8, 2016 - 7:56 am

Those windows on the back of the house! The kitchen would be beautiful in any home. Love your posts.

Martha O'Donnell - February 8, 2016 - 8:02 am

Love the pictures of the homes and introduction to the Spartina website! My daughter and I were impressed! The homes and the island are beautiful!

Sandy - February 8, 2016 - 8:20 am

Both houses are fabulously decorated. Just to wake up each day and look out a window to such beautiful views would be such a delight.

Pam - February 8, 2016 - 8:23 am

Oh,those refrigerators!! I love that look! Thank you for sharing.

Catherine Taylor - February 8, 2016 - 8:39 am

The lake house is a bit too grand to be a cozy hideaway by a lake. Which for me is what it should be. I love the other house! It is perfection! Thanks for sharing them!

cheri - February 8, 2016 - 8:52 am

Both homes are just fabulous…I would be hard pressed in deciding which house I wanted to spend time in.

KAREN IN SOUTH CAROLINA - February 8, 2016 - 8:52 am

Kelly, Thanks for sharing two beautiful homes.I love the third picture (entry) with the use of so many textures,very inviting! Thanks for the drawing.

Jean - February 8, 2016 - 8:57 am

Love today’s blog. Just a wonderful way to start my Monday. Spartina has such beautiful products and did not know about the Bluffton store, but am planning a summer trip to Hilton Head and will try to arrange the date to coincide with with the sale. Thanks so much for the offer.

Peggy - February 8, 2016 - 8:57 am

I like the island house the best I think. But then, I love the ocean!

donna - February 8, 2016 - 9:01 am

You find the most amazing homes to show in your blog! I am more traditional but this rustic house is gorgeous, especially that kitchen. And thanks for the giveaway, I love Spartina!

Amy O'Quinn - February 8, 2016 - 9:03 am

Wow…both homes are gorgeous. I guess my favorite would be which ever one I was staying in at the time. I mean, really, beach or lake? Win-win! :) I love Kay Stanley’s style. Thanks for the introduction!

Joyce - February 8, 2016 - 9:13 am

Absolutely beautiful! Perfect for Lake Keowee. The Daufuskie home is my favorite too. Thanks for sharing!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - February 8, 2016 - 9:15 am

Hi Kelly! I was delighted to discover the other reason of your previous post :-) Totally agree with you about the rustic feel, we maybe don’t want it for our everyday decor but I’d definitely love to spend autumn or winter holiday in such a fabulous house!I really love the bedroom! Full of light and so cozy :-)
I wish you a wonderful day!

Helen - February 8, 2016 - 9:18 am

I need to remember to use plants and color on my winter front and back porches to bring some life to them the rest of the winter!

Betty - February 8, 2016 - 9:30 am

That mater bath is my favorite! What a house.

Karen G - February 8, 2016 - 9:45 am

Thanks for entering me in the drawing! Love your blog!

Dana Black - February 8, 2016 - 9:47 am

I’m feeling like I could be a wee bit wishy washy like you when it comes to which of these magnificent homes I love, depending on the season of course. By the way, love your blog…

Lee - February 8, 2016 - 9:59 am

All I can say is, ‘Wow!’.

Lynn A. - February 8, 2016 - 10:00 am

I saw this beautiful house in Country Living. It’s gorgeous. I would love to my refrigerator look like an icebox.

Mary - February 8, 2016 - 10:02 am

Again you have managed to bring me joy this morning. I love looking a beautiful homes. My husband would love a lake home so he could fish everyday! Thank you for a lovely tour.

Pat - February 8, 2016 - 10:09 am

All these gorgeous houses! So different but yet alike. Thanks for the post.

Becca Green - February 8, 2016 - 10:16 am

I’d love to know where she got the fridge. Looking at her transferware makes me want to start collecting. Lovely display!

Leanna Lindquist - February 8, 2016 - 10:19 am

Lake house, beach house, lake house, beach house, such a hard decision to make. I could be happy with either.

Bonnie - February 8, 2016 - 10:30 am

Beautiful homes.. each unique.. and so welcoming!

Sandy - February 8, 2016 - 10:37 am

Wow! Just wow! Thank you Kelly for sharing this.

Marianne in Mo. - February 8, 2016 - 10:44 am

Love both houses. I don’t think I could pick a favorite, but I’m leaning toward this one, because the house we are building will have a lake view, and I’m leaning toward a more cabin feel. But I have to say, while these houses are gorgeous, I have no idea why we need so much space. I thought the trend was away from oversized homes. While we are not huge on entertaining big groups of people, we find that our 1800+ sq. ft. house is adequate for entertaining 20-30 people. Being empty nesters, we have two dedicated guest rooms (and two sofas!) for stay over folks.
But I DO LOVE seeing how the other half live and decorate! Think I could wrangle an invite for an overnight in S. Carolina? 😉

Mechelle S - February 8, 2016 - 10:45 am

Kelly, thanks for another great post! I love the touches of red she used in the house and definitely the checked curtains in the bedroom. Reminds me of…….?

Donnie - February 8, 2016 - 10:56 am

Love this post. The details in this home are so personal and yet I feel as if I could sit in one of the chairs with a good book and a cup of tea and feel right at home.

Garden, Home and Party - February 8, 2016 - 10:56 am

You know how much I love rustic homes, and I do like this one, but the Daufuskie house is my favorite of the two. Still, the lake house makes me want to take a vacation where you can relax, read and sit around the fire pit at dusk and enjoy the view!

Donnamae - February 8, 2016 - 10:59 am

Kelly….that was another beautiful home! Thanks for the tours! 😉

Anita - February 8, 2016 - 11:12 am

I love these homes so much I had to scroll through the pictures a few times. The craftsmenship is so incredible and the details such as the arched window over the kitchen stovetop makes this room really special. The views are breathtaking!

Jackie - February 8, 2016 - 11:26 am

LOVED this post, Kelly! I LOVE looking at beautiful homes with you!

Vicki - February 8, 2016 - 11:36 am

Another beautiful home! I do love the location! Thank you for sharing! Love the use of red in her home, as well!

Julia - February 8, 2016 - 12:39 pm

Beautiful homes! And I really like the vintage look refrigerator!

Vanessa - February 8, 2016 - 12:40 pm

What a lovely home. Thank you for the post!

Mary Robinson - February 8, 2016 - 12:48 pm

Love your decorating style. Thanks for all the great posts.

Kaye Ann - February 8, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Two of the most gorgeous homes I’ve seen. Thank you for sharing!!!

Ruth - February 8, 2016 - 12:53 pm

I love the icebox look. I’m amazed how you make so many visual connections between photos stored years apart in the catalog in your head! Your “before” and “after” lloks at styled rooms make me feel a little better about our decidedly unstyled house! Great post!

Dana - February 8, 2016 - 1:12 pm

Both homes are so beautiful and charming. I think I like the lake house best,especially the porch,but both provide so much inspiration. Thank you.

Sue - February 8, 2016 - 1:14 pm

Since we are currently building a lake home, I am very interested in her lake home, Of course mine is not nearly so grand:-) Love Spartina too, and ordered the purse after your last post ~ but I think I could find a thing or three if I won your generous giveaway Thanks always for doing all of this research. Love all your findings.

Marianne - February 8, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Love your blog. The lake house conjours many wonderful summer days growing up and spending them at the lake in the NW. The canoe on the wall is a unique twist to decorating. The man cave with windows to open and let the breeze blow through while playing pool. Summer come quickly!

Joyce - February 8, 2016 - 2:16 pm

A truly beautiful home! Absolutely perfect!!

Heidi - February 8, 2016 - 3:42 pm

This lake house is beautiful. I would love to enjoy a good book on that porch!

DAWN - February 8, 2016 - 3:47 pm

It’s funny how some homes seem so readily accessible, as though one could simply enter and feel ‘home’! Stunning!

Debbie S. - February 8, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Wow! I love both homes, but I’m sure I could be happy in either one! Ha! Thanks for sharing this one with us, also.

Bonnie - February 8, 2016 - 4:03 pm

Thank you for sharing this second house. I always look forward to your posts, and interesting and lovely things that you share–both in your home, your travels, and others’ homes! (The give-a-ways are a special treat!)

Sharon noble - February 8, 2016 - 4:06 pm

I love your blog. I just started reading it a couple of months ago!
I can’t wait to read it when it pops up! Thank you!

Bonnie - February 8, 2016 - 4:07 pm

What a lovely home. Thank you for sharing this.

Emily Dawson - February 8, 2016 - 4:12 pm

I think I like the lake house better if I had a choice! Love all of your post! Thanks for offering the great give away! :)

Linda Wadsworth - February 8, 2016 - 4:16 pm

Beautiful – I would happily live in either one of these homes!

Pam - February 8, 2016 - 4:35 pm

Beautiful! I love the cabinet in the kitchen. I’m also a fan of transferware and love the wooden canoe going up the stairs. Great ideas. Thanks, always love your blog.

Dawn - February 8, 2016 - 5:41 pm


I have to agree with you that I like the other Kay house better but if you could have a beach house and a lake house then I love them both! They are both perfect for their location. I am more of a beach loving girl but due to geography we have a lake house. We usually rent a beach house every other year for our vacations. Thanks for sharing Kay’s lovely homes with us. I just adore her attention to details.


Julie - February 8, 2016 - 5:56 pm

LOVE all the houses you feature!!

Talk of the Weekend #30

Maine lake house


Happy Weekend!  There is SO much to talk about today! Go get a cup of coffee or tea and then settle in here for a little while. (You might want a snack as well.:) )

I was trying to determine why we all loved the house in the last post.  Yes, I know it is amazing and has quality workmanship, but there is something more about it.  I believe it is because it is so nostalgic.  Don’t you think that’s it?  I ran across another house this week that speaks of nostalgia.  It is a lake house in Maine, and the owners were inspired by summer camps there.  You can read about it here.

Maine Home Design Benjamin Moore Simply White paintsource

This week, I received a very sweet message from a reader that thanked me for not chasing every trend that comes along in the world of home design.  I have to admit that I did when I was young, but as I have… um… matured?…it seems I gravitate to more classic design.  I read a very good post discussing this struggle the other day here.  (The beautiful red buffalo checked sofa below belongs to the author of that post.)

French Country Cottage


Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend?  We have a number of major events coming up in the next week so this year our game watching will be low key.  But if you are still looking for ideas, here is our party from a couple of years ago.

SUPER BOWL PARTY diy decor and menusource

If we were hosting a party here this weekend, this nacho bar would definitely be on our menu.

Nacho Bar for Super Bowlsource

And speaking of food (which I seem to do too much lately! LOL) did you know Sara Foster has a new cookbook out??  How did I miss that at Christmas?

Fosters Market cookbook

Foster’s Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection
(My Amazon affiliate link.)

Her roasted potato salad is my all time favorite one to make.  (You can find my post on the recipe for it here and the post on our trip to her restaurant here.:))  And I just might have to pull out my old Foster’s Market cookbook to make her salsa for our Super Bowl watching.  It is another all time favorite!

Do you remember the other day we were talking about author, Patti Callahan Henry?  When I first read her name I thought, That name sounds like it should be a character in a Mary Kay Andrews novel!  Doesn’t it?! Well last week I ran across this – an interview between authors Patti Callahan Henry and….Mary Kay Andrews!  It’s a fun read, and you will enjoy checking it out.:)

Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Kay Andrews interview

The Idea of Love: A Novel                                                     Beach Town: A Novel
(My Amazon Affiliate links)

I told you that Patti Callahan Henry bases many of her characters and settings on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.  There is another author who has done the same thing…Pat Conroy.

Pat Conroy The Water is Wide

The Water Is Wide: A Memoir
(My  Amazon Affiliate link)

Many of you have probably already read this novel.  It is his touching memoir of being a young teacher who accepted a job on Daufuskie (called Yamacraw Island in the book) to work at an all black school – their first white teacher and their first male teacher.  It was also made into a Hallmark movie a number of years ago, but it wasn’t filmed on Daufuskie due to the island’s only access being by boat.

The Water is Wide Hallmark movie

The Water Is Wide – Hallmark Hall of Fame
(My Amazon Affiliate link)

Do any of you remember seeing the movie or reading the book?

One of his students was Sallie Ann Robinson.  She is now a famous cookbook author and keeps in touch with Pat Conroy (who as you can see, wrote the foreword to one of her books.)

Sallie Ann Robinson Gullah cookbook

Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way: Smokin’ Joe Butter Beans, Ol’ ‘Fuskie Fried Crab Rice, Sticky-Bush Blackberry Dumpling, and Other Sea Island Favorites
(another Amazon affiliate link)

Here is an interview she did a number of years ago with abc.

Garden and Gun magazine also featured her in a lovely article in 2009.

collards Sallie Ann Robinson in Garden and Gun


Another interview you will enjoy is this one with Kay Stanley (the owner of the gorgeous house in the last post.)

an interview with Kay Stanley


The interior designer who worked on the house with Kay was Carolyn Hultman.  (Her website is here.)  Carolyn’s firm also designed the interior of the Spartina 449 flagship store in Bluffton, South Carolina. (I wish I had known about the shop when we visited Bluffton a couple of years ago.:()

Carolyn Hultman Interior Designsource

(Click on the link and be sure to take a look at the wonderful interior of the shop!:))

Spartina 449 has a huge warehouse sale each year in Hilton Head, and shoppers line up early in order to take advantage of big discounts on the merchandise.  If you happen to be in Hilton Head in July, I hope you will have the opportunity to go to the sale.

Spartina 449 warehouse sale 2016source

I think that is about everything I wanted to share with you this weekend.  Don’t forget about the giveaway going on here.  Just leave a comment on any post (or all for more chances!) that publishes between 2/4/16 and when the entry period closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday 2/8/16 to have an entry in the random drawing. (Only one comment per post please.) The comment must be on the post itself at and not a reply to an email delivered post.  I’ll have a random drawing on 2/9/16 and announce the winner in the first post after that date.

Spartina giftcard Valentines giveaway at Talk of the HouseThank you to all of you who left such sweet comments on the last post!
You all are the best!!:)

I hope you have a super fantastic weekend.  Enjoy the game!

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Nan, Odessa, DE - February 6, 2016 - 2:32 pm

More good reads mentioned and shopping. Can’t be better!
Thank you for sharing. I disagree, YOU are the best.
I am waiting for the next post!

PS Do we know what the paint colors are in the Daufuskie Island

Linda - February 6, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Loved the house in the previous post… All those windows, although beautiful, a lot of work!

Shelley - February 6, 2016 - 2:59 pm

You never disappoint with your content! Love ckecking in with you every day!

Ann - February 6, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Loved learning about Sara Foster’s new cookbook! I still use her recipe for Chicken Pot Pie topped with buttermilk biscuits cut from a Country Living magazine several years ago! The best!

Vicki - February 6, 2016 - 3:13 pm

I have a love/hate relationship with your “Talk of the Weekend” post. I love them because you include such a variety of things and I want to research each link. I hate them because I am tempted to just sit and research the links and not accomplish my “off day” list of things to do. In the end it’s a win win though…. It makes for a great motivator to quickly accomplish my list so that I can have some quiet time and devote my full attention to the eye candy! Thanks for all the great links and the detail of information that you put into these post.

anita - February 6, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Very dreamy house, makes me think of summer! And the biscuit is mouth watering!
Totally agree that we are bombarded with constant trend change. I’ll just keep enjoying
the beauty of the homes you share with your readers :)

Jill - February 6, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Hi Kelly, no super bowl party here either. The Hallmark movie I have seen~I virtually leave my TV on the Hallmark channel, lol. Loved the interior of Spartina 449, lot’s of fun shopping in there. Again thanks for the giveaway :)

Deb C - February 6, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Thanks for the book recommendations! I am always on the look out for new reads!
Thanks for the give away.

Have a great weekend!

Sherry Myers - February 6, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Kelly, thank you for the time you obviously devoted to this post. I will return to it this evening and check out each and every source. Yes, as a former teacher, I enjoyed, The Water Runs Wide. It was a movie that pulled on every one of my heartstrings. I must check out the cookbook. And, don’t you think a trip to see my son in Savannah during the month of July would be a good idea? Just don’t tell my husband the real reason I want to head that way. Only my favorite blogger knows for sure!😉

Mary - February 6, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Love your weekend post. Lots of places to explore. Thanks.

Betty - February 6, 2016 - 4:08 pm

This is a great post—so full of goodies. Thank you!

Barbara Hinske - February 6, 2016 - 4:10 pm

Trying that roasted potato salad for sure. Thank you! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head — nostalgia grabs me every time!

At Rivercrest Cottage - February 6, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Loved this post. Since his book, The Prince of Tides, I’ve loved Conroy. The houses you’ve featured recently have all been wonderful and you are spot on with your observations on trends versus traditional styles.

martha - February 6, 2016 - 4:19 pm

I think your blog is such a hit because your design sense is classic and you have a great appreciation for color. I hate trends and at 66 I have lived through a lot of them. I have to admit I did have avocado appliances back in the 70’s, but learned to pick things that can stand the test of time and colors I love.
I agree with Vicki about the love/hate thing….I was going to check my e-mail quickly and after I opened yours I ended up spending an hour looking at all your links.
I live in NC and we are excited about the superbowl. I don’t think my food is going to look as pretty as yours, but thanks for the suggestions! - February 6, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Thanks for the links. I especially enjoyed the one about trends. I really don’t care too much about trends either, until by chance, I have something in my home already that is on trend. Then it makes me feel really hip for a bit! 😉

Tricia - February 6, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Always a great read, Kelly. Love your classic and classy taste.

Monika - February 6, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Thanks, Kelly, for another fabulous post. How lucky am I to live on Hilton Head Island (moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area) a little over three years ago to be closer to our kids and grands. It was then when I found your blog and have been a fan of yours ever since. Thanks for the Spartina sale dates – have noted them on my calendar. And speaking of Pat Conroy – one of my all time favorite authors – have read almost all his books. Have a wonderful weekend, Kelly.

Vicki - February 6, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Would love the Valentine Give away! I always enjoy your posts. Our tastes are so similar, but you are always telling me about items that I know nothing about but in which I am very interested. Please keep it up!

Mary - February 6, 2016 - 5:38 pm

Thanks for another charming home. I have seen the Hallmark movie, The Water Is Wide. Now I want to read the book! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Joyce - February 6, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Your blog is the only blog that I look forward to because your style is classic, comfortable and practical. The trendy ideas seem very “immature” to me. Your taste in decorating, food and travel are the best!

Karen C - February 6, 2016 - 5:44 pm

I am so glad I found your blog. I have so enjoyed it …love the party ideas….so much inspiration . Thank you.

donna - February 6, 2016 - 6:15 pm

Great post! And I surely want to go to the Spartina sale in July.I will be trying that potato salad recipe, sounds delish!
Thanks Kelly!

Amber L - February 6, 2016 - 6:26 pm

Other than The Lords of Discipline, I’ve never been really crazy about Pat Conroy’s novels. However, I LOVED his autobiographical book The Water is Wide. The Hallmark movie version is fine, but cannot hold a candle (in my opinion :)) to an earlier version called Conrack with Jon Voight as Pat Conroy. Absolutely great movie, though very hard to find. I think someone has uploaded it to Youtube, and sometimes it’s on TV. I highly recommend it!

Nancy Hamilton - February 6, 2016 - 6:34 pm

Loved this post…I am from SC and I know Gullah food quite well! Good eats!

Joan - February 6, 2016 - 6:40 pm

I will definitely be trying that potato salad, it looks delicious! I may just have to buy the cookbook.

Deana - February 6, 2016 - 6:44 pm

I love the lighting fixtures in the last post! Thanks for the giveaway.

Susie in MO - February 6, 2016 - 7:00 pm

I love Spartina! After visiting my daughter in FL last June I was kicking myself for not buying the Amelia 2015-16 planner…it took me several phone calls and 4 boutique visits to find it, then promptly purchased matching felt tip markers for all entries. People give me compliments all the time and want to know where to get one!

Garden, Home and Party - February 6, 2016 - 7:10 pm

What a fun post. I love nachos. The mister is watching the Super Bowl while I go with girlfriends to see a movie!
I will have to take a close look at Sara’s new cookbook. I love her cooking.
Enjoy the weekend.

Peggy - February 6, 2016 - 7:12 pm

I really, really, really want that bedroom with the twin beds in it for my grandkids! It would be really nice if it overlooked a lake or the ocean! I figure why not dream big!

Lois - February 6, 2016 - 7:14 pm

Check in with you almost every day. Always pleased to find a new post! Thank you for all your wonderful food, entertaining, decorating, and travel ideas-so much that meshes with our thoughts!

Jenny Martin - February 6, 2016 - 7:14 pm

Look forward to your posts!
Would love to win a he giveaway!
Have a great weekend!!

Bonnie - February 6, 2016 - 7:21 pm

Love this house and Classic design too!

Janet - February 6, 2016 - 7:45 pm

Kelly, I think you and I could get in trouble shopping together. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a trip to Hilton Head for this sale? I love all your posts and so happy that I found your site. I like classic and I like color and a flair. Can’t believe how much you get done. I can sit on a project forever. Thanks for your ideas and inspiration. You are terrific.


kathy - February 6, 2016 - 7:59 pm

OMGoodness, Kelly,while reading your post, what should come on HGTV but Daufuskie Island!! How strange is that! I believe I should go buy a lottery ticket! I had never even heard of Daufuskie Island until I saw it on your blog!
I think I have read every single one of your posts. Early on, I think I told you how glad I was to find a blog that made me feel good about my house…and that so many blogs out there made me feel that I needed to go and paint everything aqua and orange. I loved your style in 2012 and I love it now…so classic.
Josie is hosting a Super Bowl party this year. (Yes, she retired!!!)I am so excited! Being from NC, we are Panthers fans! Thank you for the book recommendations. I am almost finished with my Mary Kay Andrews book and get nervous when I don’t have a book waiting in the wings.

Lynne - February 6, 2016 - 8:33 pm

Thank you for writing about the books. I especially want to see the Pat Conroy movie and or read the book.

Lynn - February 6, 2016 - 9:00 pm

I love the Super Bowl Party Ideas ~ Especially the nacho cheese bar! Thank you once again for the chance of the fabulous giveaway! Love reading your posts!

sharon - February 6, 2016 - 9:41 pm

The roasted potato salad looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try out that recipe.

Brenda - February 6, 2016 - 10:36 pm

I always enjoy exploring new authors. I have read several of Pat Conroy’s books. The southern flair appeals to me. Southern island living is a great summer read even if you aren’t at the beach.

Sue s ellsworth - February 6, 2016 - 11:27 pm

Love, love spartina purses, scarves and hinged bracelets. Have read many of mary Kay Andrews books and love that they are about savanna and tybee island. Enjoy all your posts. Thank you.

Vickie - February 7, 2016 - 12:37 am

I am going to order the Gullah Home Cooking, cook book! I love all of Pat Conroy’s books so much. His writing is so fabulous, I love the way he puts words together, beautiful. Have you ever read his cookbook? I love it as it has stories and recipes.

Thanks, Vickie

Terri - February 7, 2016 - 1:26 am

Just found your blog and absolutely love it!

marianne - February 7, 2016 - 2:20 am

Trendy is something I am not. I concur with Courtney from the hyper link that states,”I like vintage and pieces with history and memories.”
“And those are considered ‘trendy’ from time to time but mostly are just what you like.” She goes on to say that,
“To me that is a trend that I love to live with all the time.” Because my number one rule for design or following trends or anything else-
if something makes you happy when you walk in the room-
it is exactly perfect.” COURTNEY
Well said and thank you Kelly for linking to this well written piece. My home is a reflection of my family and I and the days we have created together. Days of joy, happeness and sorrow are memories wrapped up in the pieces that give us comfort in our home together. Thanks!

Maureen detwiler - February 7, 2016 - 7:30 am

Love your blog

Stacey Y. - February 7, 2016 - 7:40 am

I just love Mary Kay Andrews! So I will definitely have to check out Patti Callahan Henry and Pat Conroy! I sure wish I was going to be in Hilton Head for that sale. Looks great! I rreally enjoy all your posts!

Linda Ishmael - February 7, 2016 - 8:05 am

Thanks for giving me another beautiful home to explore!!! Maine has been on my bucket list since I was a child because our minister was from there. From Maine to Kentucky……pretty funny, huh. And he shared lots of lovely memories. It just amazes me that every time I read your blog; you are talking about something that really interests me, maybe it’s our teaching hearts talking. lol!! Keep those beautiful homes coming!!! And the give away looks great!

Pat in Georgia - February 7, 2016 - 8:24 am

I have not seen the movie, but the more I read about this island in South Carolina, the more I want to go. My grandmother had a beach house on Sullivan’s Island, another great place to see and visit. Thank you for the links to the recipes, they look delicious. Super Bowl will be low key here too. I can’t wait to hear about all the things you have planned over the next few weeks. I am definitely going to put the Spartina Warehouse sale on my calendar. Thank you for the information .

Karen - February 7, 2016 - 8:40 am

Lots of good stuff in today’s post, I’ll be checking out many of the links!
Have a great day!

Cheri - February 7, 2016 - 9:56 am

That house at the top of your post has my dream setting…trees surrounding me and a view of a lake in front. It is always nice to read your blog and read about different places, shops and restaurants…it is better than going somewhere unfamiliar and guessing. I wish I was able to go to the Spartina Sale but going there someday will have to be added to the Bucket List.

Barbara Hamel - February 7, 2016 - 10:13 am

Kelly I loved this last house even more. The Bedroom was adorable, cozy and somewhere you could just go to read. I also love the books. I have not read that book by Pat Conroy..but have read his others. This is one of my all time favorite reads, South Carolina!

Jane Pekar - February 7, 2016 - 11:09 am

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for the wonderful post. I took copious notes. Books, bags, and bangles? Doesn’t get better than that.

Julie in Asheville - February 7, 2016 - 12:13 pm

Kelly, this was such a special post! I so love Pat Conroy and agree with Amber that Conrack with Jon Voight was the best, so heartbreaking. But, I’ve not read the book, so that is a must order from Amazon. Also, remember Sarah Foster and Martha Stewart when Martha was still filming at Turkey Hill. Sorry that I’ve not eaten at her restaurant, but will do that when I head to the Raleigh area in a few months. And, the interview with Sallie Ann was very special. Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway. It is such a pleasure to see a Talk of the House email in my inbox.

Ruth - February 7, 2016 - 1:27 pm

Guess I’m one of the older readers here, because I recall the original film version of The Water is Wide, which was a big screen movie entitled Conrack, starring Jon Voight (1974). I’ll have to go back and watch the Hallmark production! I was lucky enough to hear Pat Conroy speak recently. He appeared with author Katherine Clark, who grew up in Birmingham, and whom he mentors. Her work also might be of interest to your readers, since it has a distinctively Southern flavor. Katherine’s first book, Motherwit, is the true story of a midwife in south Alabama. Her second book, Milking the Moon, is the biography of a Capote-esque (and Gump-esque) Mobilian named Eugene Walter. Last year she released a novel that takes place in Birmingham and centers on the school that she (and later, my son!) attended. One of the main characters in the novel is based on the real-life headmaster of the school throughout Katherine’s days there. He was a legendary figure in Birmingham, “larger than life” in both personality and physique, and just three or four years ago, Katherine compiled a volume of affectionate remembrances of him, submitted by his former students. The collection was fittingly entitled Larger Than Life. It was that book, I believe, that caught the eye of Pat Conroy. He called the school and asked if he could visit and speak to the students. (Uuuhhh, YES!!!) He talked to them about the tremendous impact their teachers were having on their lives, whether or not the students realized that fact now. Conroy returned to the school last fall to appear with Katherine and discuss her novel, which is the first offering in a series that’s being published through Pat Conroy’s imprint at the University of South Carolina. Kelly, I think it’s so fitting that you mention “Conrack” and The Water is Wide in your post. How that story must resonate with you, because the photos you’ve shared with us of your classroom show how much you cared for and invested in your students. What a tremendously positive impact you must’ve had on the hundreds of children you taught. Having you as a teacher must’ve been nothing short of magical, and your students will never forget the happy days they spent with you. Many thanks for another delightful and informative post from one of your current-day “students”!

Holly - February 7, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors!

patricia Johnson - February 7, 2016 - 2:48 pm

Kelly,I’m new to your site and I’m loving every post!
Your style in decorating is beautiful and you have such a lovely home.Looking forward to the New Year with you!
Thank you for the fun giveaway!

Barbara P from Ma - February 7, 2016 - 8:25 pm

Hi Kelly, Thanks SO MUCH for the recipes! So perfect for get togethers! Know if you are recommending THEY ARE GOOD!

Carol Elkins - February 7, 2016 - 8:54 pm

I love your blog! You have a great mix of decorating, recipes, etc.

Emily - February 7, 2016 - 9:08 pm

There is nothing like “classy” design. And, may I add that your blog is one “classy” blog. I always enjoy reading it and taking in its ambiance, one sip at a time.

You take care.

Carolyn - February 7, 2016 - 10:23 pm

Enjoyed the post about trends. Somethings I think it’s because I’m getting OLD, but my style has been amazingly consistent through the years. Even working in furniture retail for years where I was constantly exposed to the newest trends, I still knew what fit my ‘look’ and what didn’t.
Loved the movie ‘Conrack’ mentioned above. I’ve enjoyed several of Pat Conroy’s books.
No Super Bowl party here. Had to switch from the Super Bowl to Downton Abbey – no DVR. Just as well as Carolina is losing :-(.
Love Sara Foster’s restaurant. I think I need that cookbook.

Colleen myers - February 8, 2016 - 3:27 am

Great read for a snowy weekend in New England!!! Dreaming of summer with a cute new bag and great summer read!!! My youngest son committed to Coastal Carolina this weekend for the fall!! Just might have to coordinate his move in date with that warehouses sale!!!!

Tracy K - February 8, 2016 - 7:04 am

I do not chase trends either. Our home is filled with classic furniture, antiques and things that mean a lot to me. I do bring in small touches to update the look so it doesn’t look stale.

Lanita Anderson - February 8, 2016 - 7:15 am

Thanks for the great photos and sharing the links/sources for so many wonderful things and ideas. Always love your blog and the posts you write/share. Blessings to you….

Chrissy - February 8, 2016 - 7:30 am

I’m a huge Mary Kay Andrews fan. I haven’t read any Pat Conroy, but I may have to now. And that Gullah cookbook looks wonderful! Thanks for always sharing such great links…

Amy O'Quinn - February 8, 2016 - 9:16 am

You’re a true one-stop-shop! I love reading about all the new books, resources, recipes, houses, travel destinations, decorating ideas and more that you share with us. Through you, I’ve found out about some very interesting places and things that I’d somehow missed before. I’m definitely going to check out Hallmark’s The Water is Wide movie–and Sara Foster’s cookbook. Yum!
As always, thanks for taking us along for the ride. :)

PS…can you recommend any good (and not excessively pricey) places to stay in Highlands or even at Lake Lure? Not sure Old Edwards Inn is in the budget…although I wish it was.

Judy Whitmore - February 8, 2016 - 9:18 am

Spent a week on Dufuskie Island and it is truly a special place and
so is Talk of the House. Look forward to every post!

Cindy - February 8, 2016 - 9:51 am

What a fun post. This is one Hallmark movie I haven’t seen….will definitely be checking it out. We visited Hilton Head Island last summer on our vacation and LOVED it!!! Too bad we can’t go back this year for the big sale! :(

Pat - February 8, 2016 - 10:11 am

I never get tired of your posts. I learn something new every time or see something I love.

Mimi - February 8, 2016 - 11:02 am

I loved visiting visiting Foster’s a few years ago. I need that new cookbook. Love the homes you share.

Debbie S. - February 8, 2016 - 11:16 am

Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors and I’m also a fan of Sarah Foster. I missed that she had a new cookbook, also. Thanks for mentioning it in your post. It’s probably a good thing I don’t live near that Spartina 449 shop. Oh what loveliness! Thanks, Kelly, for another great post!

valerie farris - February 8, 2016 - 11:22 am

I am inspired by this bedroom you shared for my granddaughters. My style for sure. Love it.

Jackie - February 8, 2016 - 11:28 am

I absolutely love the homes you share! And I just recently started noticing Spartina items, another thing to love! :)

Julia - February 8, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Just finished 2 books and will check out the Pat Conroy book. And that cookbook is definitely a keeper!

Kathy P. - February 8, 2016 - 1:09 pm

Ordered two Patti Callahan Williams’ books. Can’t wait to get them. Started with a couple of the older ones. Will have to check out Foster’s cookbook.

Donnie - February 8, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Wonderful post, full of great ideas and more. I’ll look for the authors you mentioned.

Heidi - February 8, 2016 - 3:37 pm

I’ll have to add these authors to my reading list! The Spartina 449 Warehouse sale would be fun to attend.

Bonnie - February 8, 2016 - 4:13 pm

It would be wonderful to be able to attend the Warehouse sale in July….I’ll have to tuck that idea somewhere and mull on it. And, I’m always looking for good authors, so thank you for sharing, again.

Of Homes and Handbags – The Lowcountry Style of Kay Stanley

red roof daufuskie housesource

If you have read Southern Living magazine for any period of time, you have probably come across photos or an article or two about this house…this Lowcountry home with its red metal roof.  They featured it in their June, 2011 issue, and they have even had a similar (and much smaller) houseplan designed for their readers.

daufuskie house exteriorsource

If you have a Pinterest board labeled Dream Homes, you may have pinned a few photographs of it to that very board…perhaps even this photo of its shaded porch with the haint blue ceiling and vintage styled wicker furnishings.

front porchsource

In case you don’t already know, this dream home is located in South Carolina on Daufuskie Island, (accessible only by boat!)  and even though it looks to be 100 or more years old, it was constructed around 20 years ago.

porch swingsource

There are many beautiful homes that I have said I would love to have as my own, but this house…this house speaks to me.  So why am I showing you these old photos if many of you have already seen them?  By the end of the post you will know.:) And what exactly is it about this one that makes it so much more wonderful than others we’ve seen?

Let me count the ways…

porch with french doorssource

1. This house has all those many many windows allowing light to pour in.


Just look how many there are above the kitchen!

two story kitchensource

2.  It has amazing lights that were fitted from gas lantern pieces by Eloise Pickard.
These truly give this home its old house feel.

Kay Stanley in kitchensource

3.  The rooms are arranged as if they were added on over time.
The pass-thru window from the kitchen makes it look like the dining area was once a porch.

breakfast roomsource

4.  This house has wood covering the ceiling and all the walls in every room.

living area with vintage style lightssource

6.  It has painted wood mixed with stained wood in every room.

cabinet with transferwaresource

7.  Attention has been given to every detail to make it look as authentically old as possible, right down to the door hinges and knobs.

bedroom hallwaysource

8.  There are gorgeous wood floors with colorful rugs throughout the house.


9.  It looks to be a place where all ages are welcome to be at home.
It’s comfortable.

white iron bedsource

And finally…

10.  There is color and pattern in every space making it a cheerful place to be.

vintage style laundrysource

I wouldn’t mind doing laundry in that happy yellow room.  Would you?

So why tell you all of this today?  Well there are several reasons. (Don’t worry, I’m not listing 10 things again.:)) First, I thought I had already written one about it years ago, but when I went to find it, I saw I had only featured 2 different rooms in 2 different posts. (The office/craftroom and the porch.)  Because I love this home so much, I wanted to showcase the whole thing in one post.

Secondly, the home belongs to Curt Seymour and his talented wife Kay Stanley, who is the designer behind Spartina 449, a company known for its handbags, jewelry, and accessories.  She and her creative team are inspired by the people, the places, the history, and the natural beauty of the Lowcountry – even naming their product lines after many of them.  Here’s a great interview from pbs with Kay about Daufuskie Island and Spartina 449.

At the birthday party we held for my father-in-law a week or so ago, one of our nieces came in holding her gorgeous handbag from the company.  It was one of their Charter Totes.

Spartina charter totesource

I loved it and told her it might somehow end up in my closet by the end of the party. 😉
(It didn’t.)

And our daughter owns a piece in the Callahan line (my favorite!)

Spartina 449 Callahansource 

The line is named after writer Patti Callahan Henry who was engaged at the lighthouse on Daufuskie Island and uses inspiration from its people and locations as characters and settings in her novels. Although I have not read it, here is her latest work of Southern fiction:

The Idea of Love novel

The Idea of Love: A Novel
(my Amazon affiliate link)

Back to the handbags…My mother-in-law is a real handbag guru,  She has every kind of Coach and other top name purse in her closet.  Our daughter has a few, but mine range from Target to Talbots (on sale) with one Kate Spade from my mother thrown in. I have never been a person who has spent much on handbags, but I absolutely love the Spartina ones – and have for a number of years.   I’ve seen and handled them in stores, and they are made of high quality fabrics.  So I have decided that 2016 is going to be my year of new…a new handbag,(from Spartina 449) a new author to read, (Patti Callahan Henry) and a new place to visit (Daufuskie Island maybe.:))

And just because this is the month of love, and I love all of you sweet readers so much, I want one of you to have a gift of new…something new from Spartina, a new magazine, and some new quote cards to use for Valentine’s Day.  (These are similar to the quote cards on my workroom tree at Christmas.)  So here is my lovely giveaway for one of you:

Spartina giftcard Valentines giveaway at Talk of the House

The Life:Beautiful magazine is gorgeous, and I am sure you will enjoy the quote cards.  The Spartina 449 gift card can only be used online, but whether you choose to use it on a handbag, a cute wristlet…

Spartina wristletsource

a piece of their jewelry…

Spartina 449 charm braceletsource

or even a fun item from their Oh So Witty Line

Spartina 449 Oh So Witty collectionsource 

(wish they would make barrettes in this line:))

I am sure you will find something you’ll love.

This is not a sponsored post.  None of the companies have any idea I am doing this giveaway.  So I am not going to ask you to go over to their websites and then come back to leave a comment (but you can do that if you wish.:))  I just ask, like usual, that you leave a comment on any post (or all for more chances!) that publishes between 2/4/16 and when the entry period closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday 2/8/16 to have an entry in the random drawing. (Only one comment per post please.) The comment must be on the post itself at and not a reply to an email delivered post.  I’ll have a random drawing on 2/9/16 and announce the winner in the first post after that date.  Whew! Got all that?

I hope you have enjoyed this rambling post that has taken us from the house on Daufuskie Island to a novel to handbags and jewelry.  The giveaway is only part of the reason I wanted to write about that beautiful Lowcountry house, but you will have to wait a bit to find out the other reason. (And no, we are not moving there or building that houseplan…so don’t jump to those conclusions.  I know how some of you think.:)

Good luck with your entry in the giveaway!

Until next time…a signature

Carol Elkins - February 4, 2016 - 1:16 pm

What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the chance! (And I love the home tour!)

Jayne Shaw - February 4, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in your nice giveaway. Loved the home tour (I always check daily to see if you have a new post on your blog — love it).

Beverly Rymer - February 4, 2016 - 1:42 pm

I love anything Low country and I am a purse hoarder!

Pat - February 4, 2016 - 1:44 pm

Oh how I love to see a Talk of the House email show up in my inbox! Somehow I caught this one with in a minute of you posting.

Barb F. - February 4, 2016 - 1:47 pm

Thank you for the lovely giveaway. Would love to sit on that big front porch with a glass of sweet tea!

Anne Boykin - February 4, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! I can see why you love this house – it’s gorgeous!

Talia - February 4, 2016 - 1:48 pm

I visited the Spartina store when visiting my sister in South Carolina last summer. It was my first exposure to the brand and I just love it! Thank you for a trip down memory lane as well as a chance at this great give-a-way!

Sally - February 4, 2016 - 1:50 pm

Thanks for a chance at this offer. I’m like you my purses aren’t really expensive and I usually carry the same one a long, long time. Love that house!

Karol Iberg - February 4, 2016 - 1:52 pm

Purses are my downfall and the book and magazine look interesting. We live in SC and I like the low country style. Can’t wait to see who wins.

Linda Owens - February 4, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Love the house tour. Would love to see it in person.

Robin Nikkel - February 4, 2016 - 1:58 pm

I love those handbags! Almost took the plunge last spring, but decided I could get one more year out of my Straw Coach bag. (Darling Husband gave me a few years ago. It’s beautiful but Straw just isn’t going to last long.) This spring I’ll need a new bag for sure. Sign me up for the drawing. Love your post on the house too Kelly. What a great place.

Leanna Lindquist - February 4, 2016 - 1:59 pm

If I owned this house I don’t think I would ever leave.

Kaye Ann - February 4, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Two of my favorite things….purses and houses. This blog is gorgeous and I thank you for the chance to win!!

Pam M. - February 4, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Oh yes, I remember this house well. I tore the article out of my SL and filed it in my “home ideas” folder. My husband and I re-located to Mt. Pleasant, SC, a few years ago, but still have not made it out to Daufuskie Is. Love the Spartina collection as well.
Love your posts, keep them coming!

Vicki - February 4, 2016 - 2:03 pm

What a beautiful home! I would love to go there! And I would love to win!

Mechelle Siudy - February 4, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win! My family had a place at Hilton Head some years ago. And I am so sorry that I didn’t take a day and enjoy Daufuskie. What a treasure!

Kelly - February 4, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Hi Kelly! What a thoughtful giveaway, so sweet of you. Love the house tour, it’s beautiful. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve:).

Jenny Martin - February 4, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Love the house tour! Every room was to die for! I have been a fan of the Spartina handbags for some time, and a chance to win something from the line is very exciting!!
Crossing my fingers that I win!!
Thank you for another beautiful post!

Joanne - February 4, 2016 - 2:07 pm

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Sunny - February 4, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Fabulous giveaway! I love Spartina purses, too, and that bracelet is gorgeous!

Paula Courtney - February 4, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Oh what a dreamy home! I would love to leisurely take a tour of this in person. I always enjoy your posts. It’s the first one I look at daily!

Dorothy Sadler Hemphill - February 4, 2016 - 2:13 pm

All so very beautiful. Thank you for such a great giveaway.

Shay Bush - February 4, 2016 - 2:20 pm

I fell in love with this house the first time I saw it in Southern Living! I too was amazed at the historical details they incorporated. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the give-a-way!

Lisa - February 4, 2016 - 2:20 pm

Love the house, and I am always looking for a new author to read. I’m like you regarding purses and would love to give theirs a try.

Karen H - February 4, 2016 - 2:22 pm

Best bags ever

Jill - February 4, 2016 - 2:24 pm

Kelly thanks so much for the giveaway. I understand why you love this place, it to die for! I’m in love I’ve never seen Spartina handbags, I’ll have to go over & have a look :)

Sharon G. - February 4, 2016 - 2:25 pm

Up in my neck of the woods, Mother Nature just delivered a foot of fresh snow! That Lowcountry house AND its location look so appealing right now! I love your blog and want to thank you for a chance at this fun give-away!

Mary Ann - February 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

I agree, that could be my dream house as well. I really like that LOVE bracelet. How cute is that.

Ellen - February 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

I would LOVE to win a gift card to purchase a Spartina bag that I have been eyeing! I enjoy your creative ideas and the lovely posts that you share with others.

Char - February 4, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Ive been smitten with this house forever because of those kitchen windows1 😉 Who wouldnt want to cook in a space like that? Loved seeing other rooms of the house! Such neat details. Thanks for the lovely give-away! So sweet of you! LOVE Spartan 449! I NEED that cute little wristlet! Thanks again sweet Kelly!

Sherry Myers - February 4, 2016 - 2:35 pm

There you go again! Great post. I loved the Southern Living house the first time I saw it. I saved that issue and have looked at it numerous times. I’m weird like that. I love low country style. It’s the comfort, the down home feel it conveys, I think. I love the mix of classic painted furniture and earthy stained wood. I don’t own a Spartina purse but have admired them and the jewelry. I have purchased “Life Beautiful” a few times and it never disappoints. It is a beautiful magazine.
So thank you for this opportunity. And again, thanks for a delightful post on this rainy dreary Carolina day!

Mary - February 4, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I loved all the pix of this charming house! And what a surprise at the end to learn of the connection to your family and the recent bday party… AND then a giveaway too!!!! I am saving this post to use the pix for inspiration for my own home!

valerie farris - February 4, 2016 - 2:37 pm

Thank you so much for this giveaway. I absolutely love this post. This house speaks my name. I love everything about it. I love your blog and look forward to it every day. Thanks so much.

Mary - February 4, 2016 - 2:37 pm

This home is certainly one of my “dream homes” as well. Thank you for showcasing rooms I had not seen before in your beautiful post😄

Mary Margaret - February 4, 2016 - 2:38 pm

Gorgeous home. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

Rebecca Dexter - February 4, 2016 - 2:39 pm

So many houses shown today are monochromatic and they are beautiful to look at but couldn’t live there…color is what makes me happy and this is definitely a happy house. Thanks for sharing more of it…

kate - February 4, 2016 - 2:41 pm

I can easily see why this house speaks to you. It will probably haunt me after seeing it, too. Beautiful post – the house, the magazine (which I also subscribe to) and a new book to read.
Thank you again.

Kathy P. - February 4, 2016 - 2:41 pm

I was not familiar with Spartina. Love the handbags you showed. (Also, it did enter my mind that you might be moving!)

Pat - February 4, 2016 - 2:45 pm

I, too, adore that house! Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway!

Betty Sparrow - February 4, 2016 - 2:55 pm

I have on a piece of Spartina Jewelry as we speak! I love the gold color. Its kind of burnished and soft.

Leila Humphries - February 4, 2016 - 3:02 pm

This house could be a movie set-so romantic. I love,love,love the floors and even love the haint blue ceilings! What a happy post! Thank you.

Linda - February 4, 2016 - 3:06 pm

I love reading your blog! It feels like a mini vacation when I get your email!
Red has always been my favorite color and I just love all your clever ideas and your beautiful home! Thank you Kelly!

Mary - February 4, 2016 - 3:08 pm

Beautiful home and lovely handbags! Thanks for the inspiration and opportunity to perhaps win!!

Fran - February 4, 2016 - 3:09 pm

Love this post today, as always! Thank you for the chance at this giveaway!

Marsha Porter - February 4, 2016 - 3:13 pm

Love, love, love this house!!! I love the handbags, too. I am looking for a bag to carry my laptop in. I’ll have to check them out!

Joyce - February 4, 2016 - 3:17 pm

Best giveaway ever! My favorite things!

Eloise Fitzsimmons - February 4, 2016 - 3:19 pm

LOVE your blog and this giveaway! Calling the library to put a hold on the book. :)

Debbie Powell - February 4, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Loved the house tour and the book and purse inspiration! I check in almost daily to see if you have a new post. Thanks for sharing!

Laura - February 4, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Love this house so much, so inspiring – thanks for sharing! And for introducing me to a new author & designer, I look forward to checking both out. The giveaway was a pleasant surprise – I may have been one of the readers jumping to conclusions about houses :)

Lynne - February 4, 2016 - 3:34 pm

I do remember seeing this porch and pinning some of the pictures. I love all the chairs in these rooms. They are to die for! The bags are beautiful! Wow, wouldn’t we feel like a Fancy Nancy toting one of those around!

Marilyn Stirrett - February 4, 2016 - 3:34 pm

Really enjoy your Talk of the House. My Workroom re-do is on the drawing board. Will be using taupe/tan walls with black and red accessories. I love red too!

Donna - February 4, 2016 - 3:35 pm

Your posts are such an inspiration to me! The house is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for taking the time to share the beauty!

Stacie Kines - February 4, 2016 - 3:38 pm

I love love love Spartina!! I think I love her house even more – swoon!!

janet nunn - February 4, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Kelly, I love this house. So comfortable and beautiful. Haven’t been exposed to their handbags but looking at the style of the home I know they will be great as well. Thanks for giving me a read that is so enjoyable and interesting. You amaze me at your talent.

Theresa Parks - February 4, 2016 - 3:45 pm

What a wonderful giveaway. Thank You for the chance. I love the handbags and jewelry. I love to read, and collect quotes. I also love the house what a peaceful place love the style I would also like to visit it

Bar - February 4, 2016 - 3:59 pm

LOVE that house! I want to paint all of my ceilings that gorgeous blue. This is the first time I’ve seen that carried into the house from the porch — good idea. Thank you so much for the post and the awesome giveaway!

Anita - February 4, 2016 - 3:59 pm

Love this house and have always loved Spartina. I also have read some of Patti Callahan Henry’s books. The new one is on my list to read.

Paula - February 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm

That house! Those porches! I have actually been to Daufuskie when it was first being developed, and I have a picture of myself with some friends standing on a porch in front of a house that looks very similar. I wonder if in the very early days, this house might have been the model? I’d love to go back to Daufuskie; it was overwhelmingly beautiful! I can’t wait to see which Spartina bag you choose for your very own!

Stephanie - February 4, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Jaw dropping, gorgeous, home! I love every inch of it. You always come up with the most beautiful homes to share, including your own. I so enjoy reading your blog and can’t wait to win that giveaway. 😉 Thanks!

MaryAnna - February 4, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Love the SL house and the Spartina bag. I have one that is a different style but Same fabric. Love your blog!!!

Mary F - February 4, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Being from NC, but living in ND, makes me long for all things southern! Loved your post about the low country home and the purses.

Joy M - February 4, 2016 - 4:13 pm

Yummy, the house is just perfect. Thank you for sharing it with us. I especially love the light and the many, many windows. The palette of colors is perfect – not too much color, just enough. Thanks!

Nancy - February 4, 2016 - 4:21 pm

Loved the post, loved the house, love your blog! So many things to explore: Spartina (and there’s jewelry too??), a new book to read, Daufuskie Island, and Life Beautiful to rediscover! Thank you for sharing your wonderful finds with us!

Dorothy - February 4, 2016 - 4:29 pm

I’ve followed Southern Living for years. I’m looking forward to checking out a new author and source for bags! Thanks for sharing.

Lindy - February 4, 2016 - 4:34 pm

Thanks for sharing the wonderful home!! I love the red roof and all the windows.

Louvnav - February 4, 2016 - 4:39 pm

Right now it is storming and I have a nice pot roast in the oven and your post has just added to my cozy feeling! LOVE this house! And those purses,too! And curious as to what you are up to now!!? Going back to view all the pictures and dream! Also, going to look up information about Daufuskie Island—hope you get to go there! Love Lowcountry everything! Hope your weather hasn’t been too bad.

Nancy Icardo - February 4, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Oh my, what a wonderful home! Casual, yet elegant at the same time. What a great feeling it must be to come home to this place!

Lee Ann Strobridge - February 4, 2016 - 4:55 pm

Wow! So nice of you!
Hubby and I are headed to Tybee Island in March and Daufuskie Island sounds like a place we should visit. Thank you!

Nancy S - February 4, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Wow! I think MY word for the year should be “new” – I’m wondering where I’ve been all this time, because all of these wonderful things are new to me. The low country house, the purses, the island, and the author! I’m going online to check out more info about each. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing. Thank you also for your wonderful blog – I enjoy it so much.

Jennifer - February 4, 2016 - 4:57 pm

That house is dreamy for sure! I’m like you, I never spend a whole lot on hand bags. Owning a Spartina would be a treat :)

Teresea - February 4, 2016 - 4:58 pm

My husband and I visited Daufuskie Island years ago after it was featured in Southern Living Magazine. It is a wonderful, relaxing, laid back place. Was not familiar with the purses, but have checked them out on the website. Nice selection and quality, very attractive.

donna - February 4, 2016 - 4:58 pm

I love Spartina too!I remember seeing that house in Southern Living. It is gorgeous.I wouldn’t change a thing if it is mine. I would be thrilled to win your giveaway, thank you!!

Julie - February 4, 2016 - 5:13 pm

The home is beautiful. I have seen the Spartina purses and they are so well made. I visited Dafuskie Island a few years ago. We rented a golf cart and went all over the island. So much fun!

Jennifer - February 4, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Kelly! Thank you-I love love this house,and I have had it bookmarked for years. Thanks for sharing, I’m off to watch the video now.

Laura - February 4, 2016 - 5:42 pm

I have loved handbags since I was a little girl. This is the first time I have heard of the Spartina line. I am headed to their website to check them out. I’d love to win your giveaway!

Sandy - February 4, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Oh, I would definitely purchase from the Callahan line for my sister whose last name is Callahan.

Holly - February 4, 2016 - 5:43 pm

I love, love, love the windows in this house! And the design, and the comfortable, come-home look of it! Thank you for sharing!

Mary - February 4, 2016 - 6:02 pm

Love that house! And love your house and blog, too! Thanks for sharing your gifts for decorating.

Nancy Hamilton - February 4, 2016 - 6:23 pm

I am from South Carolina so I know the Low Country very well. Thank you for the giveaway!

martha - February 4, 2016 - 6:35 pm

I love that house! I am tired of the “gray/whitish with a touch of metal” homes that HGTV seems hung up on. The use of color is what makes a house come alive.I love all the windows, although the practical side of me realizes it would be a job keeping them clean. Of course if I lived there, I would have a special person to keep my windows sparkling. I had not heard of Spartina 449, but after visiting their site, I am hooked!

Lisa K. - February 4, 2016 - 6:35 pm

What a gorgeous home! And what great Spartina handbags! Love them!

Karen C - February 4, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Love your blog, purses & pretty things for our home! Thank you for the posts and giveaway!

Peggy - February 4, 2016 - 6:38 pm

I’m a new subscriber to your blog. I was drawn to it because I love red too!

Donna Weir - February 4, 2016 - 6:39 pm

Loved, loved, loved the Island house. Not one thing I didn’t love and that’s unusual for me. Thank you for sharing.

Cindy - February 4, 2016 - 6:52 pm

I also love the handbags! I own one and would love to add to my collection. Thanks for the wonderful post.

Jeanne Bell - February 4, 2016 - 6:53 pm

love that house I remember seeing it before in the magazine and on the internet. I love the porches and the windows and dream of sitting there on a late afternoon…..want to join me?
Thanks for another great post.

Julie - February 4, 2016 - 7:00 pm

I have loved this home too!

Catherine Taylor - February 4, 2016 - 7:13 pm

Thank you for sharing such a stunningly beautiful home! As to the handbags, I, too, am a “guru”! The bags are beautiful! I’d love to own one! Maybe this will be MY year..:)

Debbie S. - February 4, 2016 - 7:15 pm

A wonderfully fun giveaway and a gorgeous home to drool over! Thank you, Kelly!

Kristin - February 4, 2016 - 7:20 pm

Wow what a house thanks love the notecards and magazine

Elaine - February 4, 2016 - 7:32 pm

I grew up in Savannah and vacationed many times in Hilton Head but never took the time to visit Daufuskie Is. It is still on my bucket list, and after viewing this beautiful home, I think I will have to make it a priority!

Pattie Sigmon - February 4, 2016 - 7:33 pm

What a beautiful kitchen and entire home! Thanks for the tip on a new author to try. Would love to win your drawing. Love your posts!

GrandPam - February 4, 2016 - 7:37 pm

How very beautiful is the home, the jewelry, the purses, and how sweet of you to share it all.

Kathy Thompson - February 4, 2016 - 7:46 pm

Love the house and the purses!

linda melz - February 4, 2016 - 7:49 pm

Thank you for sharing this home Can you just feel the breeze And the purses dont hurt either Thank you for offering the giveaway
Linda m

Kathy D. - February 4, 2016 - 7:51 pm

What a wonderful giveaway!! Thank you for the chance to win!

Nan, Odessa, DE - February 4, 2016 - 7:55 pm

You did it again! You introduce me to a new place and lovely home ( do we know the paint colors and distributor?), a new author and we are always looking for handbags. I think you and I deserve one of these bags in 2016! BE sure to share!

Gail - February 4, 2016 - 7:56 pm

Okay Kelly…you got me! I really did jump to the conclusion that you were buying that house! You do know some of us well:-) Such a gorgeous home…I am drooling! And the handbags are beautiful. I am going on their website and stare. Blessings..Gail

Bonnie - February 4, 2016 - 8:05 pm

Awesome giveaway…. i love the hopelessly in love bracelet!

Jane - February 4, 2016 - 8:05 pm

Thank you for possibilities!

Susan Ward - February 4, 2016 - 8:13 pm

Thanks for the house tour. A very beautiful and relaxing home. The handbags look very stylish. I will definitely check out the Spartina website. Thanks again Kelly for another great post!!!!

Tricia - February 4, 2016 - 8:17 pm

Hi Kelly. Such a stunning home, it’s so you! Thanks for the tour. What I’m especially excited to see is the list of new things you are going to do this year…a new purse, new author and vist a new place. Such a great idea and hope to hear all about them all in future posts.

Betty - February 4, 2016 - 8:21 pm

Love the laundry room!

Cindy T - February 4, 2016 - 8:21 pm

I’m with the house with all the windows! I have never heard of Spartina 449 but love the look and I too love finding new authors. What a fabulous giveaway!! Thanks Kelly!!

joanie mills - February 4, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Love the house with all the windows. Lovely giveaway–I love that magazine-Life Beautiful.

Lynn - February 4, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous home! And a fabulous giveaway, thank you Kelly!!

Shelley - February 4, 2016 - 8:44 pm

Thank you for the opportunity to become a “bag lady”. Ohhh the red detailing on the beautiful gold zipper-I’m crushing!!

Sandy in FWB - February 4, 2016 - 8:58 pm

You have great taste! Yes, that house is unbelievable wonderful, and I love Spartina 449 purses. I am a purse nut. Not even kidding…I have a sickness! Just ask my family. I have two of the Spartina purses and love them lots. I told myself that since I retired I was not going to keep on buying purses like I do, so I have just drooled over them as of late:)

Amy - February 4, 2016 - 9:17 pm

Beautiful house! I’m a handbag girl and I hadn’t heard of this line before… May have to get one!

Lynda Lamon - February 4, 2016 - 9:19 pm

Thanks for the chance to win! I love your blog!!! Blessings!!

Trudy Boyd - February 4, 2016 - 9:31 pm

I have not seen the Spartina line of handbags. They are lovely. Thank you for the opportunity to shop the website.

Sally Mineer - February 4, 2016 - 9:40 pm

I enjoyed the beautiful pictures of the house and what woman doesn’t like a pretty handbag!

Audrey - February 4, 2016 - 9:41 pm

That is a beautiful house. I, too, love the yellow laundry room. And a wonderful give away.

sharon - February 4, 2016 - 9:44 pm

That is truly a lovely house. It speaks style, beauty, comfort, and HOME. I can understand why you like it so much. Thanks for sharing.

Karen - February 4, 2016 - 9:51 pm

I love the Callahan line (I own a wallet from the collection)…I love Daufuskie Island (I routinely beg my husband to buy a lot on the island so that we can build our own island get-away)…and I love “Talk of the House” (your posts never cease to enchant me)!!

TJ Thomas - February 4, 2016 - 9:52 pm

LOVE Spartina449 bags, LOVE LOVE Life Beautiful, LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!❤️

Joanne Leonard - February 4, 2016 - 10:03 pm

Happened upon “Talk of the House” just recently, and have spent many hours browsing thru it during cold and wet January. Spent a couple of nights at the hotel on Daufuskie Island several years ago for the wedding of a friend’s daughter. Fell in love with the ambience of the island and it’s history. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of this gorgeous Lowcountry home.

Donnamae - February 4, 2016 - 10:11 pm

Beautiful home….love all those windows! And, great giveaway….thanks for the chance! 😉

Judy N - February 4, 2016 - 10:12 pm

Thanks for this lovely post. I’m looking for a new author, having read all of Jan Karon’s work. Patti Callahan Henry’s book sounds like something I might enjoy.

Delores Clark - February 4, 2016 - 10:18 pm

Love Kay Stanley’s video. She sounds like a very genuine and talented lady.
Thanks for a chance to win one of your give-a-ways this month.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - February 4, 2016 - 10:30 pm

That is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. It reminds me of a house my son lived in, in Bucks county, Pa. That house belonged to William Paenn, was added on to 2 or 3 times and was SO neat! I miss that house. Thanks for the wonderful give away too!!! Fingers crossed!!!!

Melinda - February 4, 2016 - 10:50 pm

Kelly, you write about the most beautiful homes. I love this one. I could live there too. Love the purse too.

Sue - February 4, 2016 - 11:23 pm

I love Spartina – I didn’t know the pattern name, but now I know that I have 3 pieces from their Callahan line. It’s my favorite too! What a wonderful giveaway. And thanks for sharing the beautiful home.

Nancy - February 5, 2016 - 12:24 am

These lovely, light-filled rooms make me so homesick for the South. I so hope we can move back soon. The South has its own special charm.

The purses are so attractive. Like you, I have decided to purchase a nice purse this year. I would love to have one from Spartina.

Thank you for another enjoyable post, Kelly.

Katrina - February 5, 2016 - 12:48 am

Oh my goodness … I have loved this house since I first saw it in Southern Living. Through the ages my husband and daughter have both sent me links to pictures of that porch… My all time dream porch!!! Thanks for the inside info on the house.
I also am just a Target purse kinda’ girl. I can always find something I’d rather spend money on than a pricey purse. My daughter did give me a cross body Spartina that I love and my son and his girlfriend gave me a Tory Burch purse for Christmas. Guess if I ever have a pricey purse, it will be one someone gifted me or one I buy if I am the lucky winner…… Haha!
Great post and thanks for a fun chance to be a winner!

Margaret - February 5, 2016 - 1:04 am

Wow! This is so generous of you, you must really love these bags! I’m going straight there to check them out! Loving you right back!)

Ruth - February 5, 2016 - 1:18 am

That house speaks to me, too, Kelly. Once again, I put a star by one of your emails to mark it as containing design details for my “House Ideas” folder. (Photos of your own house hog a lot of real estate on my hard drive!) Many thanks for sharing the full photo collection and for the chance to win the wonderful-looking prizes!

Marianne Culver - February 5, 2016 - 2:57 am

This post was like a beam of sunshine in my email. In the NW we have many homes with metal roofs so the snow slides off, this is so cute. But I would definitely need a 6ft step ladder to access those lovely display cabinets in the kitchen. Fine by me though. Thanks for the tip for some reading material while it storms outside.

Dupre - February 5, 2016 - 5:33 am

Daufuskie Island is a great place to visit and I love Spartina bags.

Caroline Mudd - February 5, 2016 - 6:05 am

Your blog is my very favorite one and I check it every day, even though I know there may not be a new post😊😊. I love Spartina and do have one handbag However, the reason I am commenting is to let you know how inspiring you are! I truly believe we are kindred spirits due to our similar love of all things houses and family.
Thanks Kelly for your amazing blog and all of the inspiration you provide to me on a daily basis!

Tina sneed - February 5, 2016 - 6:31 am

Beautiful home . . . And bag . . .and bracelet!

monica - February 5, 2016 - 6:46 am

Your blog is so fantastic, I love visiting the south through your words and pictures. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Lori - February 5, 2016 - 6:49 am

Hi, Kelly! Thanks for the wonderful house tour, introduction to the Spartina line and for your wonderful blog! It (YOU) inspire me. It’s a treat to open your posts–usually with a cup of tea!
Thanks again!

Suzanne - February 5, 2016 - 6:53 am

I enjoy your posts so much! Thank you for sharing your passion for lovely homes. I relished this tour over my morning coffee! The spindle chairs in the sunroom?…perfection!

Ivy Wolfe - February 5, 2016 - 7:11 am

I loved this house! Of course, I love all your posts. 😀

Karen - February 5, 2016 - 7:35 am

The home featured in your post is beautiful. I love how each room has it’s own distinct style and color scheme and yet they just flow beautifully from one to the next. All the cottage and vintage accents are perfectly appointed. Truly an inspiration!

Traci Penrod - February 5, 2016 - 7:39 am

What a beautiful home…and the handbags are fabulous! Thanks so much for the chance to win! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog since finding it a few months back :)

Ann - February 5, 2016 - 8:09 am

I have never posted a comment to anyone’s blog before. I spend about 30 minutes every day just perusing some of the decorating blogs I have come across over time. I always enjoy yours because your house doesn’t scream “trendy”. You clearly have great taste but it’s nice to see something different. Finally, it is refreshing not to see a sponsored post or giveaway. I am so sick of seeing blogs that every week seem to be sponsoring some product they got for free. I don’t want to be included in the drawing – that’s not why I am leaving a reply. I just wanted to say thank you for being different.

Cheri - February 5, 2016 - 8:14 am

What a lovely give away…I have never heard of this shop or the magazine, so what a surprise it would be if I won.

Shelley - February 5, 2016 - 8:55 am

I love your blog!!!

I enjoy all the tours you bring us on and your beautiful home. You have amazing taste in decorating your home and choosing the tours you bring us on. It’s a daily fix for me!!!

Garden, Home and Party - February 5, 2016 - 9:04 am

You should be a novelist! You built interest and anticipation beautifully and you did not disappoint with the ending. :-)

I love this house. The open feel and natural lights thanks to the incredible windows makes it such a happy house. I’m not sure I’d love the idea of needing a boat to get home with the groceries, but I could try.

I’ve never seen this line of purses but the two you show make this something I’ve got to look into.

Such a great giveaway, thank you.

Deb - February 5, 2016 - 9:10 am

Your faith and love of family inspires me with each posting.

Mary Kate - February 5, 2016 - 9:30 am

Beautiful home! Thank you for the fantastic giveaway!

BRedd - February 5, 2016 - 9:43 am

I was so hoping you were going to say …that you were buying the low country house with your blog money ! Maybe next year ? Anywhoo ! Loved the post, loved the house, loved the purses and love your blog.

Mary Ellen Breitwiser - February 5, 2016 - 9:45 am

Another absolutely delightful post that I just got to today! That low-country house is stunning. No wonder it speaks to the creative genius that resides in you. Lovely! And the spartina449 bags look wonderful. Will visit that website immediately!

Stephanie - February 5, 2016 - 9:53 am

Ever since it was published that house has been a favorite of mine !
Thank you for publishing it again ! Great blog!

Becky in 'Bama - February 5, 2016 - 10:04 am

Gee… in my 40’s I was a handbag junkie. Now that I’ve matured (ha), I’ve tried to curb my habit. But I’d be thrilled to win anything you give away. (As a fellow lover of all things red, I noticed the many red accents in those photos. ~grins~)

Barbara Hamel - February 5, 2016 - 10:07 am

Oh My Gosh Kelly, that was just incredible, the house, love the bags and the jewelry. So many ideas from each room to think about. Thank you for the lovely give away as well. I am ordering the book now! Bebe

Peggy - February 5, 2016 - 10:10 am

I was given a Spartina bag a couple years ago as a gift. It is beautiful and I love it. The only problem is that it is very small and I usually carry a much bigger bag for all my “stuff”! So I have hopes of a new bag in that line in the future. I also love the lowcountry and travel there as often as possible. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sharon - February 5, 2016 - 10:16 am

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for the great giveaway! I’m not familiar with Spartina but can’t wait to check them out and the magazine is new to me also…where Have I been? Love your blog! Your friend in Frisco, Tx

elizabeth - February 5, 2016 - 10:24 am

I grew up down there and miss the lowcountry every day! I love the jewelry at Spartina449, especially the bracelets. Thank you for this blog- Love it!

Diane - February 5, 2016 - 10:46 am

OMGosh … excuse me while I wipe the drool off my computer monitor. That house is stunning! And, I just visited the Spartina 449 site for the first time. I’ve got my Valentine’s present waiting in the shopping cart, so please pick me!!!

Lynne M. - February 5, 2016 - 11:07 am

Love reading your blog. I also love to look at houses and sometimes one will “speak” to me too. Thank you!

Lisa - February 5, 2016 - 11:23 am

I love the chance for a giveaway. If I don’t have time daily to ready your posts, I have a folder that I store them in and enjoy them when I have time to relax to them. Thanks

Gina - February 5, 2016 - 11:48 am

Beautiful home! Thank you for your generosity and I love how you left us all hanging. 😉 😀

Judy - February 5, 2016 - 11:57 am

I love Spartina and I love that home. Just beautiful!

Keith Newberry - February 5, 2016 - 11:59 am

I had the opportunity to go to Daufuskie Island many years ago. What a fantastic place!!! The natural sea shore and the wind breaks were amazing. We had a great day!!!

Debbie from MountainMama - February 5, 2016 - 12:27 pm

Ok, now you’ve gone and done it – I am officially in love. With that amazing house. It couldn’t be more perfect! The light – the wood – the color – the space – the porches – the details – I love every single thing.


I loved my house so much until this post.


Lanita Anderson - February 5, 2016 - 12:34 pm

Thanks for the give-away opportunity! I loved seeing all of the pictures of that wonderful house and the beautiful decor…thanks for sharing!

Patricia - February 5, 2016 - 12:50 pm

I can see why this home is a favorite of yours. I am a fan of both it and your home. Thank you for all the helpful and beautiful posts!

Amy O'Quinn - February 5, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Daufuskie Island has been on my travel bucket list for a long time, but I was not familiar with this house. I love it! I want that back screened in porch–and the floors, oh my. :) Patti Callahan Henry is one of my favorite authors, and I know you will enjoy her books. Southern women’s fiction at its best.
This is a wonderful give-away. I was not familiar with Spartina either, but the handbags, jewelry, and accessories designed by the company are gorgeous!
Thank you for sharing!
Take care,

Stephanie from Tennessee - February 5, 2016 - 1:06 pm

Love Love this Home Tour!!!!! My husband has always wanted to live near the ocean.

Vickie - February 5, 2016 - 1:11 pm

The house is lovely!! I had a Spartina bag that I carried until it was just worn out and would so love a new one!!! Thanks for sharing all of these great goodies.


Lynn - February 5, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Thank you for the beautiful tour of a scrumptious home!! And the added perk of being introduced to a new handbag/jewelry line and a new author to check out! Thank you Kelly!!

Charlene - February 5, 2016 - 1:46 pm

What a wonderful post! That house is gorgeous! And what a wonderful treat for one of the readers. You are very generous! Thank you for such a terrific blog. I always look forward to the next posting.

Cindy - February 5, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Love the house – especially that big porch! I would have a hard time picking one thing! Everything is too cute! Thank you Kelly – love your blog!

Helen - February 5, 2016 - 2:37 pm

Have never heard of the house, the designer or the author, but the house is beautiful, the bags are beautiful and the author looks interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Cindy Horton - February 5, 2016 - 3:04 pm

The house is beautiful, I have always loved that style. Plus, I have the low country in my blood.
I also wanted to tell you I went to see our community theather present “Welcome to Mitford”. You would’ve loved it, they did a wonderful job.
Thanks for the give away. Cindy

Lesleigh Simmons - February 5, 2016 - 3:41 pm

I just drooled over this home!! Thank you for sharing! I always feel like I go on a little “escape” when I open your posts!

Emily Dawson - February 5, 2016 - 3:54 pm

Such a beautiful home! The pictures allow you to gaze (drool) over the beauty of the home! Thanks for the awesome give away too! :) It would be a treat to win!

Marcilla - February 5, 2016 - 3:59 pm

I, too, have loved my Callahan Spartina handbag for several years. Thanks for give away to some lucky winner.

Ellen heinbockel - February 5, 2016 - 4:32 pm

I have been a fan of Spartina since I first saw them. I so enjoy “traveling” via your blog. I am keeping a list of places to see as a result of your travels.
Thanks again.

DAwn - February 5, 2016 - 4:42 pm


You are a true lover of all the things that I too love! That Spartina wristlet is divine and I love their bracelets too! The magazine and inspiration cards would just be icing on the cake. What a fun giveaway for February. I have seen that Lowcountry home on Pinterest several times and it really appeals to me also. I like all of the wood and attention to details. In the post I noticed a small wooden bench pulled up to the coffee table, for kids, just like you have on your porch. I really appreciate when a home speaks to all who enter, no matter what age they are, come and stay awhile. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

theresah - February 5, 2016 - 6:57 pm

Another place to add to my bucket list and a great giveaway!

Susan - February 5, 2016 - 7:13 pm

I always enjoy your posts whether it’s about places, celebrations, or design. It’s like unwrapping a present to see what’s inside when I see that there’s a new one.

Julie - February 5, 2016 - 8:14 pm

Such a beautiful house – thank you for sharing. Not a hint of marble or everything in gray; such a nice change. I love both but love the classic look even more.

karen - February 5, 2016 - 8:36 pm

I visited Daufuskie Island about 25 years ago– before it started getting developed. It was charming. I am inspired to return–Thank you

Norma Herrin - February 5, 2016 - 8:36 pm

What a wonderful story and pictures and purses and jewelry ..oh my!
Would love to win.

Tracy K - February 5, 2016 - 9:12 pm

The bags are lovely. I tend to get a bag and carry it until it wears out, then I replace it. The island sounds wonderful – will add it to my “travel there someday” list.

Donna - February 5, 2016 - 9:45 pm

What a beautiful house, and those handbags are gorgeous!! Great post!! - February 5, 2016 - 10:06 pm

I enjoyed this post as always, Kelly. The house is beautiful and I really like the handbags as well. Very pretty!!

Cheryl from WV - February 6, 2016 - 12:24 am

What a lovely home!It is just so welcoming! And those windows!! I could certainly live there! Thanks for sharing.

Lindy James - February 6, 2016 - 12:44 am

What a great blog filled with an incredible amount of information! An amazing home linked to a very talented designer. Can’t wait to check out her company. I know this has nothing to do with this recent blog, but wanted to thank-you for introducing me to “the Piano Guys” several years ago on one of your blogs. Saw them last night in concert and they were awesome! Hope you have had a chance to see them too. Take care, Lindy

Cathy H - February 6, 2016 - 6:52 am

I love your blog and have eyed the Spartina collection at the Charleston Markets. Would love to have something from their collection!

Kathy - February 6, 2016 - 7:16 am

Loved this tour! Makes me want to visit the south! Thanks for your many ideas!

Elaine - February 6, 2016 - 7:31 am

I still have the issue of Southern Living from when their home was published I liked it that much! I also have 2
Spartina bags, they are well constructed and so darn pretty, I get comments on my black and khaki floral one all the time, an older pattern but classic.

Lisa - February 6, 2016 - 9:31 am

I’d love to own a brand new Spartina purse. I found one at a consignment shop and have loved them since:)

PEGGY - February 6, 2016 - 9:54 am

I love your love of houses! We can dream, can’t we?!

Vicki - February 6, 2016 - 11:28 am

I too love this house. The torn pages from the magazine have been in my dream home file for years. It is a timeless, classic home.

Jenny blanc - February 6, 2016 - 11:36 am

Love your blog always uplifting!! Also love spartina purses

Gail - February 6, 2016 - 12:44 pm

The Southern Living house is to die for! I love your blog, Kelly. I look forward to each post. Love the giveaway too!

Monique Wheeler - February 6, 2016 - 1:44 pm

So beautiful!

Deb C. - February 6, 2016 - 3:50 pm

Love, love, love this house! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

And thanks so much for the give away…there is so many wonderful things are Seratina website!

Kathy - February 6, 2016 - 5:12 pm

I love, love, love that house! All of the windows, the high ceilings and the character speak to me too. I was one of those readers who was thinking that you were going to tell us you were building that house …. but in Highlands. (I am not so good at predicting your posts lately, am I?) I like the Spartina purses you chose to share with us. They are your style with the black, white, and red. My sister/cousin (Anita) introduced me to Spartina a few years ago and we check them out whenever we are in Pawleys Island, SC. I have lots of purses but tend to carry the same one. I do seem to change my purses out more often in spring and summer. (Sorry….I have to say this…Katrina, Clay gave you a Tory Burch!!!! Wow!) Kelly, thanks for the great post with the fabulous house and especially the idea of a new book to read! …Oh and for the chance to win, without having to click here, there and yonder!

Sandy - February 6, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Oh wow! I ah e quite a handbag collection, but I have never heard of Spartina 449. Thank you Kelly for introducing us!

Carol - February 6, 2016 - 5:55 pm

I love your blog and enjoy reading each post! This house is gorgeous!

Vicky Hunt - February 6, 2016 - 7:25 pm

What a lovely home and giveaway! I have never heard of these handbags, but they are simply stunning. I went to the website and looked at several of them as well as the wristlets and wallets. I would carry any of them!They seem to be a fair price as well. I don’t typically spend a lot on my bags either, but I have a couple nice ones. My friend is a purse nut and has lots of really nice ones. I am pinning these though and next time I want to splurge on something for myself, one of these may just be what I buy! Thanks for hosting this generous giveaway!

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - February 6, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Kelly, Love the house…yes, the windows and all the wood, both painted and stained. I’ve subscribed to Life:beautiful for several years now. I love that magazine! When I visit friends in North Carolina, I always buy a Southern Living magazine for the plane ride home…love that magazine too!

Velia - February 6, 2016 - 9:04 pm

What a gorgeous home, it evokes warmth and comfort. I like all the woodwork in the home and windows, and the kitchen ceiling and lighting is simply stunning. Thank you for the introduction to Spartina, what fabulous shop. The handbags are all beautiful and the jewelry is equally lovely. I found a few pieces of bing I would certainly like to purchase. The giveaways items are all splendid and you are so gracious to give them away.

Chrissy - February 6, 2016 - 9:10 pm

I’m lucky enough to live in the lowcountry and we do enjoy our porches! I always say my porches are my favorite room in my house.

You’re so gracious to host this giveaway. I’m sure I could find *something* from Spartina 449 that I’d like :o)

candace - February 6, 2016 - 9:58 pm

I thought Pinterest was a time consuming distraction AND THEN I had to find Talk of the House! My goal was to exercise every day (cause last daughter is getting married in May) but who am I kidding?? Looking at more beautiful houses will most certainly take over brisk walk time. I know I will at least be happy whilst old and chubby. OH WELL. Sorry daughter!

julia walker in Cincy - February 6, 2016 - 11:14 pm

Thank you Kelly! I loved reading about Pat Conroy and Sallie Robinson, and will look for her cookbooks. I saw “The Water Is Wide” years ago and remember it well. Conroy is a wonderful writer!

Maureen detwiler - February 7, 2016 - 7:35 am

I am becoming a handbag person.

Pat in Georgia - February 7, 2016 - 7:58 am

HI Kelly, This has always been one of my all time Southern Living houses. I had no idea it belonged to the founder of Spartine. I love Spartina and have a beautiful Orange summer bag. I love their jewelry and have several pieces. The jewelry is reasonably priced and make great gifts. I love your goals for 2016. I may have to treat myself to another Spartina bag. Your giveaway is very generous as you always are. I hope you and your family have a very Happy Va;entine’s Day filled with much love and laughter. Thank you for the love and joy your bring to all your readers.

Robyn Henningsen - February 7, 2016 - 9:47 am

Love the house and yes I had pinned lots of the room & porch pics. I love Spartina 449 and have admired their products in the small gift shop in our town. I received the coffee mug from the Oh So Witty Line as a retirement gift last month after 31 1/2 years with our local government. I didn’t realize it was Spartina untilI saw it in your post!!! Thank you for sharing such a generous giveaway! Blessings to you and your family!

Bev S. - February 7, 2016 - 7:27 pm

Thank you for investing so much of your time so that we, your readers, can see these beautiful homes! You have such good taste… is always a treat to see what homes you will feature next!

Barbara from Ma - February 7, 2016 - 8:21 pm

What a GORGEOUS home! Love all of the wood and windows! Can imagine how wonderful it would be living in such a lovely home! Thanks for the introduction to Spartina- Can’t wait to go on line and investigate further!

Sally - February 8, 2016 - 8:31 am

I love her house! I had seen it when it was published in Southern Living in 2011 and I thought it was beautiful. I love low country style. Thank you so much for this great post!

Julia - February 8, 2016 - 12:49 pm

I love a new handbag and I do own a few…! Thanks for sharing this home with us. I enjoy going on virtual tours!

Donnie - February 8, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Kelly, wonderful post. I have a small Spartina clutch, my daughter and I share it!

Heidi - February 8, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Two of my favorites! I love Spartina 449 & Life Beautiful.

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