Time to celebrate!! On April 9, Talk of the House turned 3 years old – a mere toddler in blogland. (I’m only a week late for the birthday celebration!) I decided to wait to do this recap post until we were finished touring the town of Celebration. So now that we are “back home” here on the blog, perhaps you will allow me to do a little rerun of what has gone on here the past 12 months. Let’s take a look back…
Last April we did a lot of traveling beginning with Meat ‘n Greet and the town of Newnan. Then we toured two Southern Living Idea Houses in Senoia, Georgia. Our Spring Break that month on Tybee Island brought posts on Mary Kay Andrews’ Breeze Inn, 3 posts on her fabulous beach house, Ebbtide, a visit to Savannah, Paula Deen’s restaurant and homes, and a look at the Tybee Island sites that were featured in the movie, The Last Song. Finally, back home we decorated the house for Easter.
May began with the final Tybee Island post – this one on Jane Coslick and all her darling beach cottages. That was followed by a study of equestrian style for the Kentucky Derby. I couldn’t stay away from beach houses too long because we then looked at a beautiful one on the North Carolina coast. Then I went crazy with 4 posts on strawberries, and red and green for Mother’s Day, and a picnic on the porch. We finished the month with an herb dinner on the deck.
Then we stayed outside a lot in June with 3 “in the garden” posts: sheds, outdoor entertaining, and window boxes, and then, because their gardens were sooo gorgeous, we toured A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay – waaaay up in Massachusetts. That was followed by our 3-part Summer Home Tour (my favorite posts of the year.) I also shared the first of the Talk of the Weekend posts with you in June.
In July we studied the work of Gary McBournie and the work of Carpenter and MacNeille. We enjoyed an ice-cream bar and barbeque for Independence Day, and we toured The Cottages at River Dunes. At the end of the month, I wrote a looooong post about blogging that mistakenly made some of you think I was quitting (so sorry – didn’t intend to do that to you!) but I loved all 97 heartfelt comments on that post!
The month of August began with places at the beach – Castle Hill Inn and 4 posts on St. Simons Island here in Georgia, but then it was back to school with my classroom, homework stations, a bunch of back to school parties, and even a fun one (with a pizza recipe!) here.
September began with a post on all the crazy things that were going on with our family followed by 2 “decorating the house” posts. We enjoyed the work of Summerour and Associates and Barbara Westbrook. We looked at changes in the Henderson Village resort, decorated the porch, and had a Mitford meal to celebrate Jan Karon’s new book.
I had a fun time working on our gallery wall project with some other talented designers in October, and then the closet in our sons’ room was finally organized. We enjoyed seeing the spaces designed by Pritchett-Dixon and Dungan-Nequette, and we toured the amazing New York inn – The Point (perfect for fall.) Then we did our own fall decorating for outside, for inside, for a Halloween dinner, and for a yummy dessert bar out on the porch.
Kathleen Rivers’ rustic rooms were perfect for November. So were Thanksgiving table settings and a beautiful barn wedding we attended. We started work on my workroom, and we did a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving (3 posts!) The end of the month found us shopping at the Pottery Barn Outlet in North Georgia.
Then the December rush began. We made a little progress on my workroom, toured the house with old Christmas decorations, had fun with some other bloggers for a Christmas in the kitchen party, made divinity, took a tour of historic homes in Macon, Georgia, decorated for the holidays, and celebrated Christmas.
More workroom progress was made in January. We had a little photoshoot and film session with the Better Homes and Gardens folks.We compared some photos of the changes in the former Vera Bradley Inn in Seaside, Florida, and we perused the work of the talented Cathy Kincaid. (And there were quite a few Talk of the Weekend posts that month too.)
February began by asking you if you decorated with pink. Valentine’s Day brought a Martha’s Vineyard home decorated with red and our house with an abundance of the color as well (and a few diy projects.) My husband’s office was almost finished, and we celebrated his birthday with a big weekend-long sports party. The architecture of John B. Murray finished out the month.
Dr. Seuss decor kicked off the month of March. We then viewed some wonderful kitchen eye-candy. Our trip to Disney World inspired 4 posts on some of the resorts and parks. Back home we decorated for Saint Patrick’s Day, and my workroom was finished. (Hallelujah!!) We looked at 30 ideas for organizing workrooms, and the month came to a close with the colorful Hotel Iroquois.
Phew! That was a lot! It has been such a busy year here at Talk of the House…125 posts in the last 12 months…and this post brings my grand total for all three years up to 400. Not bad for just an ordinary school teacher. And while we are playing with the numbers, here are the top 5 most read posts that were published in the past 12 months:
And I have to thank my top referring sites for sending all you wonderful readers my way.
1. Pinterest (Thank you to everyone who pins from Talk of the House!)
2. Savvy Southern Style (Thank you Kim!)
3. Classic Casual Home (Thank you Mary Ann!)
4. Hooked on Houses (Thank you Julia!)
5. Southern Hospitality Blog (Thank you Rhoda!)
And now it is time for a gift…because you can’t have a birthday without presents, right? I want to give away 2 books and a gift card to one of you lucky readers.
I just finished reading an advanced copy of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s delightful very first novel, Dear Carolina. (You may know her name from the lovely blog, Design Chic where she writes with her mother.) It was a touching work of Southern literature about 2 mothers and how their lives become entwined to form a family. (It was so good in fact, that I found it hard to believe this is Kristy’s first novel!) I love a book that leaves you feeling good at the end, and Dear Carolina does just that. So I know you will enjoy it. (It will be released on May 5.)
I am also including a $25 gift card for Amazon.com and a copy of my very favorite (and most used) cookbook, Treasures from Home. This is one of those cookbooks that has recipes that have been handed down from family member to family member- recipes you will use over and over again (with ingredients that you more than likely have on hand.) It is a treasure!
Kristy is providing a copy of her novel, but the other two items are simply from me (non-sponsored) to thank you for reading here and making it so rewarding to write this blog. I truly am humbled by all of your kindness. To enter, just leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/16/2015 and midnight Eastern time 4/23/2015 (on the blog – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please. I’ll announce the winner, chosen from a random drawing, in the first post that publishes after that. Good luck!
Until next time…