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A Barn Wedding

barnHappy Weekend!  If you had been here yesterday, you could have gone with us to a beautiful wedding.  Like my niece’s from two years ago, it was held at a barn.  This one is owned by Southern Bridle Farms.

entranceThe ceremony was held outdoors in an area beside the barn at 5:00 (and it was rather chilly!)

barn weddingWedding gifts were cleverly displayed in a truck.  (We would have both wanted that truck.  Just make mine red please.:))

truck with wedding giftsThe gorgeous barn doors were decorated with flowers.

barn doorsIf you had been with us, you might have recognized the frame of the chalkboard with the wedding party.  It was my small contribution to the celebration.

wedding day programThe draped fabric on the newly constructed “arbor” was a wonderful touch.

aisleI loved the detail of the magnolia leaves with the burlap ribbon bow holding the fabric in place.

column wedding detailThe old wooden church pews were the perfect choice for seating for the ceremony.

church pewsThis is where the bridal party stood with the pastor for the marriage vows.

ceremony stageOne of my friends was the lovely mother of the bride (and I am not telling you how long ago I taught her now college-age son who was escorting her.:))

mother of the brideThis very cold bridesmaid was one of the bride’s cousins and a sweet teacher with whom I work.

bridesmaidThis junior bridesmaid did not seem concerned with being the least bit cold.  She was still playing full force outside when we left well after dark.

junior bridesmaidAnd then it was time for the bride and her father to make their way over to the ceremony. You would have loved her dress.

walk to the aisleThen you would have teared up like so many of us did when the bride’s tenderhearted father could not hold back his tears as he escorted his daughter down the aisle.

bride and fatherThey managed to make it through the ceremony, and then we moved inside the warm barn for the reception.

The lighting made the space look magical.

barn interior ceiling

barn interior

barn ceilingThe newlyweds made their way into the party,

receptionand we all watched their first dance…

first danceand the father-daughter dance.

father daughter danceAfter one or two more dances,  it was time for the food.

There were a number of food stations – salads, fruits, roast beef, potato, and several others.  This was the shrimp and grits station.

shrimp and grits station

This one had tiny pecan pies, assorted cookies, and some cheese straws that I could have eaten by the pound!  If you had been there with us, you would have liked them too. They were very delicious.

dessert tableThe wedding cake had white cake layers, chocolate cake layers, and a red velvet layer.

wedding cakeVery creative table displays were everywhere.

table arrangementsAfter eating, you would have wanted to stand by that gorgeous stone fireplace outside the barn.  It would have been a good way to stay toasty on such a cold November night.

outdoor fireplace

And you and I would have left thinking how grateful we were to be able to have been a part of such a beautiful celebration of love. It was a wedding that many friends and family members poured creative efforts into, and no detail was overlooked.  I hope your Sunday is full of blessings and time with friends and family – all things to be thankful for as well.

Until next time…

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Anne Boykin - November 16, 2014 - 3:13 am

Hi Kelly, Your photos really capture the feeling of the wedding. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the chalkboard you created. And what a lovely setting for a wedding!

Barbara H - November 16, 2014 - 6:25 am

What a beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing. A lovely way to start a Sunday.

Jane - November 16, 2014 - 6:39 am

I really enjoyed the photos, what great place to have a wedding I especially like the one of her father, just beautiful. thanks

Frances in England - November 16, 2014 - 6:59 am

That is breath-takingly beautiful.

I love the way the inside of the barn is decked out, and the exterior for the ceremony is just perfect.

And I wish the lovely couple many, many years of happiness!

Martha - November 16, 2014 - 7:30 am

What a lovely wedding! The photos are great! Did you take them? The reception was so well done, sometimes big areas like that are hard to decorate….but they did a wonderful job of filling the space with the right scale of decorations. I love the trend toward less formal, yet still gorgeous receptions. I am always impressed when people pull off an outdoor ceremony. When my daughter got married we thought long and hard about having the actual wedding outside, but I knew I would have a nervous breakdown worrying about the weather so she opted for a quaint old church and her reception was in my best friend’s 150 year old home.
I almost forgot, your chalkboard is wonderful! Your script is beautiful…..I can’t seem to get the hang of doing the different fonts, you are very talented!

Patty in Michigan - November 16, 2014 - 8:17 am

Kelly, Wow, what an amazing wedding! I had to hold back tears when I saw the father of the bride. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. Your contribution was beautiful also.

Barbara (WA) - November 16, 2014 - 10:33 am

Several of our “kids” in the family have been married at farm/barn venues – wonderful! My sons chose our backyard (see The Story of an Arbor on my blog) and the beach, also wonderful :) Your friends wedding was magazine worthy gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

kathy - November 16, 2014 - 10:47 am

Oh, how fun! I just love seeing wedding photos!

Dawn - November 16, 2014 - 11:27 am


I really appreciate how you “took us along” to the wedding. It looks like it was a magical celebration. I loved your chalk board. The truck holding the presents would have had to be green for me but the rest is just perfect. Thanks for sharing with us. Since it is snowing here this weekend I have been working on getting our Christmas card photo taken. It looks like the weather is a bit more fallish there.

Carolyn - November 16, 2014 - 11:46 am

Oh how beautiful! I’m partial to outdoor weddings/barn receptions because that’s what our younger son had in the mountains outside of Asheville. Though on a gorgeous day in June – sunny and cool (but not too cool for the bare shouldered bride and bridesmaids). Your chalkboard looks fantastic.

Kathy T - November 16, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Beautiful wedding and photos! The florals and tables are especially lovely. Looks like it was a wonderful evening!

Susan M - November 16, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Oh Kelly what an absolutely gorgeous and beautiful wedding. Wow….the flowers were spectacular!!! Our daughtier was married 3 years ago and I know how much it all cost.. especially the flowers…but oh how they really create such a warm and joyful atmosphere…the price is so worth it!!! And the brides lace dress is simply stunning!! I even teared up when I saw the pic of her Daddy getting emotional as he escorted her down the aisle. I wish the special couple al the happiness in the world!! Thank you for sharing their fairytale day!! : )

Patti - November 16, 2014 - 2:21 pm

What a gorgeous wedding! LOVE the whole set up!

Katrina - November 16, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Oh I just love wedding pictures!!! These are great! The way they did the lighting is awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

Debra - November 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Oh stop! This is just gorgeous! Unfortunately, in our more semi rural area outside of Chicago, we do not have a venue such as this, but we have a venue called Heritage Farm. It is a stones throw away from our home, but they need to enhance the property such as this. I agree on your thought of that vintage truck! Darn, I think I would take it in any color just about. While we’re at it, lets throw in a small vintage airstream camper since we are sharing our special “wish lists” :) Thanks Kelly for that precious picture of poor Ol’ dad letting the tears flow. I want to know what the bride was thinking at that moment, don’t you? It is definitely those shared “human moments revealed” that can get even the attendees going too? Heck, after seeing this beautiful wedding, I want to do my 1975 wedding day over! The food looked amazing …thank you for at least the delicious share for my eyes…ugh wait, I’m hungry now..

Debra - November 16, 2014 - 4:03 pm

P. S. Taking a second look at your post and just wanting to say, maybe you should submit your beautiful pictures to the websites of Weddingbee or Project Wedding. You took wonderful pictures. Have you thought of besides teaching, blogging, sign making, sewing, etc…you might add wedding photographer to your repertoire? You captured this Wedding share wonderfully. :)

Robin - November 16, 2014 - 4:46 pm

It was a beautiful wedding. Great pictures Kelly.

Maria White - November 16, 2014 - 5:08 pm

This is the barn wedding I wanted 20 yrs ago. But back then it wasn’t the norm. I’m sure the bride/groom loved your special touches you did for them. And I did get tears in my eyes at the father of the bride pic…it looks like it was a lovely weekend.

classic•casual•home - November 16, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Oh my gosh what a lovely wedding! Your photos are great…all the details! Love the lighting.

Cheri - November 16, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Stunning! Every detail was just beautiful.

Garden, Home and Party - November 16, 2014 - 7:19 pm

What a beautiful wedding. The barn was transformed into such a magical setting. It was fun seeing the food stations and all of the great touches. Thanks for sharing.

Sue - November 16, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for sharing. That was beautiful! The father of the bride brought tears to my eyes….just lovely.

Donnamae - November 16, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Thanks for taking me along…beautiful wedding! Sure wished I could’ve tasted some of that food you described, though! ;)

Julia G. - November 17, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Kelly – your photos are so beautiful, I feel like I had a front row seat! Thank you for bringing us along.

Cindy Ross - November 17, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Kelly, Thanks for taking us along to this beautiful wedding. Wow!!! is about all I can say. My son will be getting married outside in April Easter weekend at Club Continental in Orange Park, Florida. I only hope that everything turns out as beautiful as this. Being in Virginia and them in Florida it is hard to plan things. I am holding the rehearsal dinner at The Winterbourne Inn on the St Johns at Orange Park, Florida. This was the first choice the bride wanted her wedding but wasn’t available so I figured the least I could do was have the rehearsal dinner there. I wish I could take you along to help me with decorating and calligraphy. I pray for beautiful weather. Thank you again for sharing the pics. They gave me some ideas. Send my best to the beautiful couple. Sincerely, Cindy

cindy hattersley - November 17, 2014 - 8:59 pm

I love weddings that are personal. This wedding seemed like it so reflected the couple. Both of our children were married here at our home, both very personal celebrations, that is what I love. Thanks for sharing…you are next!!

Jayne - November 17, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Beautiful wedding! Beautiful bride! Sometimes I wish I could go back and add some things to my daughter’s wedding. So many great ideas out there! It’s not supposed to be this cold yet! That fire place looked so warm and toasty!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 18, 2014 - 11:24 am

Oh my…what an exquisite and most creative wedding….I so love everything about it from the truck with the gifts to the beautifully draped aisle and then there is that barn with those gorgeous chandeliers…The vintage church pews were such a great idea…the Bride and Groom are such a beautiful couple..and who could hold back tears when you see the photo of her dad….thanks for taking us along on this most wonderful wedding!

My Workroom – Part 1

view into workroomBefore we get started, let me warn you.  This is not going to be a pretty post because this is the before, (and it’s bad!) and there is not an after yet.   But I thought you might want to see the progress my husband has made on what is to be my workroom.  It is through the door there by the bookbags.  In it’s previous life (up above), it was our study – a room with three computer workstations and a closet full of gift wrap, craft supplies, papers, and junk.  When my husband began using the room over the garage for his computer work, and I started working in the family room, and our sons moved to Seattle, the “study” became the catchall for every kind of thing you can think of.

Just look…

(if you dare.)

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

junk roomYes, pretty bad.  A lot of the things there have already gone to Goodwill, but the carpet was gross gross gross.  It was sooo bad in there that my husband (who is usually THE most patient person in the world) said, “We need to just gut this room.”  So he got motivated, moved everything into the playroom, and ripped up the old carpet.

room in progressMuch better right?  (You can see from that dark band there where the baseboards were, the room was originally painted navy blue – back in it nautical phase.:))  So now the carpet is gone, and we had to make a decision on the floor.  The hallway next to this room has old heart pine, but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on it.  Plus I knew I wanted to put an area rug over part of it.  After a good bit of searching, we found an inexpensive  laminate at Lowes that looks very much like our pine flooring. Of course it is not nearly as nice as our real wood ones, but it will certainly be alright for my workroom.

Once we made a decision my husband got to work putting down the new flooring…

laminate flooringroom under constructionAll finished.:)

new floorsYou may notice there is a base built in there under the window.  When we built the house, we had originally planned to put a window seat there, but obviously we never got around to doing that.  As I have thought through the organization of everything I need in this workroom, (and believe me, I have really thought about what would work best)  I decided it would be smart to have a cabinet built there.  So another thing was added to the list of projects for the room.

cabinet under constructionAnd then there was the question of the walls.  I knew I did not want to just leave them plain sheetrock.  I toyed with the idea of wallpaper, but decided against that.  (I am still afraid to commit.) Then I thought about beadboard or even beadboard look wallpaper, and I liked that idea.  The only problem was that there are quite a few different wall treatments in that area of the house already…planks in the playroom, beadboard and sheetrock in the nearby half bath, and board and batten with beadboard above it in the adjacent hall.  I decided that continuity would be nice to unify the small areas and treat them more like one larger one.  So this room’s walls are going to match the hallway with beadboard on the upper part and board and batten on the lower sections.  You can see the progress here.

board and batten wallsLooks like jail right?:)Whatever it looks like, I am so happy to have progress on something that will be a room in which I can work, and I am very happy to have worked out the organization of everything in my head. I haven’t quite worked out the decorating direction yet. (Practical before pretty.)  At first I envisioned  it to have something along these lines…painted light gray furniture, red buffalo check drapes, blue and white plates and ginger jar lamps, and an old rug.

James Farmer and Maggie Griffin roomsource


But as much as I love this space by James Farmer, I think it is too cluttered for my style and too fancy for a workroom.  I may use a few elements from it though.  I am also trying to decide if I need an overhead pendant light.  There will be 4 lamps in there, so would a pendant light be overkill in this small room?  (I don’t want it to look like a lighting store.:)) If we decide to use one, then I am thinking about something like one of these …

Ballard Designs Remington


schoolhouse electric rhodes

So that is where we stand today on the progress of the room.  I’ll be painting in there as soon as my husband finishes up the trim on the walls, and then it will be time for decorating and organizing.  (The fun part!)

And on this special day for our nation, I want to say, “Happy Veteran’s Day” and send a huge thank you to all our veterans and their families who give so very much of their lives for our freedom.  We would not enjoy all that we do without their sacrifices. Period.  Think of them as you go about your busy-ness today.

flag on the porch

Until next time…

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Terri - November 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

um…. first off… where did YOU REALLY GO to take before pics??? There is no way that those pics were taken at your house!!! LOLOLOL…. The schoolhouse light is “The Bomb” !!! Don’t know if that would be too much for the room… but I love that light fixture!!! the floors are beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see the finished “Reveal”!!! :) thank you for sharing… and Yes… God’s Blessings over allllll our veterans!!!

cindy hattersley - November 11, 2014 - 9:18 am

I think that schoolhouse fixture will be fabulous in your house and I love that it has a bit of your trademark red!! My office looks like your before!!

Pat From Georgia - November 11, 2014 - 9:25 am

Kelly, I, for one, am so glad to see the before pictures of your room. It makes me think you really are normal and like the rest of us. We all have one of those spaces. I can’t wait to see the finished room. I love, love the floor. Either light fixture you pick, I know will be perfect for the space.
I can’t wait for the holidays and to see what you have in store for your followers. Your home is so beautiful and I know the holidays are special!!
I feel so blessed to work for a school system that allowed us to take this day to pause and celebrate our Veterans. They are so deserving of all blessings and benefits we can give them as a way to say thank you for the freedom we enjoy!

Arlene@Nanaland - November 11, 2014 - 9:30 am

Thanks for showing us the bad as well as the good Kelly!! Be thankful that your hubby is so handy!! Physicists are not know for their carpentry I look forward to seeing the end product!

Debbie - November 11, 2014 - 9:39 am

This is my first time ever to post and I have been reading for a long time. I had to let you know that I think you MUST have that red schoolhouse light. Very fitting since you are a teacher and red is your color!! Love the floors and everything I see so far. You cracked me up over the walls looking like a jail LOL.

I adore everything in your home and you have me hooked on buffalo checks now ha ha.
Looking forward to seeing your new office all complete.

Thanks for sharing your home and new space with us.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - November 11, 2014 - 9:43 am

It’s great to see the before so we can watch the room evolve. I love what you have planned for it. And I love the red checks – so warm and cozy.

Garden, Home and Party - November 11, 2014 - 9:51 am

Wow, I think you’re on the right track with this room. I cannot believe that flooring isn’t real wood, it looks really good. The two images of James Farmer’s work, that you had shared before, is one of my all time favorite rooms. I know you will make your workroom a charming, welcoming space, as you do with all rooms you design. Congratulations on the progress…by the way, it’s nice to see that occasionally your house can reflect real life/chaos like the rest of us! :-)

Cindy Ross - November 11, 2014 - 10:02 am

First I have to say I am glad to see that you have let us know that you have clutter. I knew you had to have a place that something was crammed somewhere. LOL. Seriously, I think this is going to be beautiful NO WAIT. I know this is going to be beautiful when you finish it. I just can’t wait to see it. Did you and your daughter go see the movie Big Hero 6? Hubs and I took our grandson and we loved it but I have to say that it had right much death for our 6 yr old grandson to handle. He wouldn’t talk to anyone for 10 minutes after the movie was over. His little heart was broken. We will just have to try another movie on a happier note soon. Til we talk again. Good luck with your room. Cindy

Louvina - November 11, 2014 - 10:48 am

Glad you are going to have a place for all your thinking, creating and quite time to ponder! Love the red, white and blue if you go that way with the gray. Was wondering what your view will be out the front window and the side? Love your flag and remembering all that have given and are giving so much sacrifice for the wonderful freedoms we all share in this great country.

Cynde - November 11, 2014 - 10:48 am

Love the pics! Every house needs & craft room, & office. Doesn’t have to be big, but a place to work on stuff, & close the DOOR….lol. Like the ceiling fixtures, but if you think a bit too much, how about a ceiling fan, with or without a light. This way if you working on a smelly craft you can disperse the smell & speed up drying time if needed. Can wait to see the done pics!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 11, 2014 - 10:58 am

Oh I love this room, can’t wait to see it all put together. I need a space just for me, may have to add on to the house. lol

Stacey - November 11, 2014 - 11:07 am

Without a doubt it will turn out beautiful and timeless like the rest of your house.

Kim - November 11, 2014 - 11:12 am

I wish I could get my man to rip up the carpet upstairs and put down flooring. At least yours is willing to do that. I like the laminate you got. I love your ideas for this room. Maybe one day I can replace the carpet upstairs or move to a smaller home with no stairs.

Pamela - November 11, 2014 - 11:31 am

What a wonderful space for you to work! Let me chime in in the lighting. Overhead lighting is a must in my book and sconces help bounce light around the room as well. I am a seamstress and crafter and as I get older I am needing more and more light.

Sue - November 11, 2014 - 11:57 am

It’s going to be fabulous Kelly!
Love both of your lighting choices, but I do agree that a schoolhouse light with red should be somewhere in your house:-)

Marken - November 11, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Thanks for the before pic! While it is not as bad as what we achieved in our “everything” room :), it was good to see. Looking forward to seeing your finished result and I vote for some sort of hanging light as you never know what you might change in that room. We have a living room without a central fixture and I really regret it.

JenniferinVA - November 11, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Love every bit of the transformation. Once again, I love that you are always willing to be real and show the nitty gritty with the beautiful! Hugs!!

Rose L - November 11, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Ha! Love the picture of your “whatever” room. Not half as bad as mine was ;) I turned mine into a guest bedroom and added lots of shelving in the walk in closet to store the “stuff” more nicely. Still have to remove the old carpet and put down the flooring but since I’m doing flooring in the living room at the moment the guest room floor will have to wait. Love both of your lighting choices and I don’t think you can have too much light in a work space! Especially if you’ll be sewing and such in there. Love your new flooring, have you chosen a rug yet? I’ve been looking for a few rugs for quite sometime and can’t find one of good quality that’s reasonably priced or one that I really like for that matter. They are all so bright and bold right now! Not my thing I guess. Can’t wait to see the rest of the room come together.

Design Chic - November 11, 2014 - 7:38 pm

It’s going to be so good, Kelly. Such a great space and I think a pendant light would be beautiful in there. We used a great pendant in our bedrooms in Beaufort (one that doubles as an office) and we love it!! Adds a little light and looks so pretty!

Martha - November 11, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I love to see the process of “redoing” a room. You have such good instincts about what works….continuity is important and this room is going to be great. I am glad you explained the navy (it looked black on my computer) band around the floor. I know what ever fixture you pick will be great, but I am kind of over the school house pendant look. I love the idea of the built-in under the window. spaces like that can be hard to use. I look forward to seeing the finished room.

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - November 11, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I just love what you are doing in the room — the board & batten, beadboard, the blue & white china. In fact, both the inspiration pictures & the light fixture are among my favorites on pinterest. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

Jayne - November 11, 2014 - 8:45 pm

The room is coming along great! I wish I could figure it all out in my head like you do. Isn’t it great having a husband that can do a lot of the work instead of having to hire someone! My husband likes to do that kind of stuff, too! I can’t wait to see the finished results!

Debra - November 11, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Isn’t it wonderful to have such handy husband? Love the choice for your flooring. We looked at Lowes as well and found similar laminate. We replaced our carpeted family room and lower level bedroom with it. I am so impressed with the durability of the flooring and we already had hardwood in our front hall, living room and dining room, so I was a bit nervous. It blended beautifully. I think you will like it. I like the choice for your walls. I vote for the school light. I can’t wait to see the end results. Even though the second picture of the “trashed room” was a little messy, I couldn’t help noticing the labeled/rubbermaid organized closet….Ha, one less thing to do in there maybe? So enjoyed the sneak peak Kelly. Have fun decorating.

Dawn - November 11, 2014 - 9:44 pm


Thank you so much for sharing your true before photo. It looks just like our spare bedroom as we head into the holidays. I really like the inspiration photos you are pulling from by James Farmer. I am sure you will add just the right touches to your work space. I really like the Ballard Designs lamp shade light fixture. I think it would tie in with your other lamps being used in the workspace. That way you could have task lighting, lamp light and could adjust it as needed for what time of day or night it is and what season it happens to be. Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne Bell - November 11, 2014 - 10:03 pm

I looked twice to make sure I was on the right blog, you always seem to have everything under control. I am sure it will be beautiful when you are done. I have a craft room that we did over last year and right now it looks like your before room…this makes me want to get it in order.
My husband is a veteran and he appreciates Veteran’s Day celebration.
Have a great week!

Ashley - November 12, 2014 - 12:04 am

If only my extra room were that clean. Yes, the before picture! If I sent you a picture of mine, you would turn me into that hoarding show!

kathy - November 12, 2014 - 8:24 am

That is a great space! I love a nook or cranny that can be turned into a built-in! I vote for the Ballard’s light but either one works. (BTW, if you think that “before” photo is bad, you might not be my sister….Amber (above) is!) Have you shared your bonus room photos with us yet? Also, if anything is “The Bomb”, it is your hubby.

Lynne - November 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

I love a good make over and I’m sure that this room will turn out as fabulous as the rest of your house! I can’t wait to see what you do!

Becky in 'Bama - November 12, 2014 - 12:05 pm

I agree with another post about using a (small) ceiling fan/light. If you are gluing stuff, that would be a good option. The pretty school house light needs to be somewhere everyone can see it. Anxious for the ‘reveal.’ ON A DIFFERENT NOTE: late reading your weekend post. Can I just say how much I love Sarah Richardson and her style. You are the FIRST and only person I know (sure, you don’t really know me) who has referred to her. None of my friends have ever seen her or know who I’m talking about (I watch and rewatch all her HGTV programming). Even my husband enjoys watching her shows. He says she has real talent. :)

Cindy - November 12, 2014 - 1:48 pm

This is to funny…your first comment said exactly what I was thinking. That room is not in Kellie’s house. LOL I love it.
The school house light gets my vote, perfect for you in so many ways. Can’t wait to see it finished, I was so excited when I saw your new post.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 13, 2014 - 9:27 am

So fabulous that you will have your own room! I used to have a room like this I called my “play room.” I miss it like crazy now. The cabinet under the window will be a great asset to the room for both storage and character.

MBJ - November 13, 2014 - 8:27 pm

A collective “whew” going up from all of us who have a “catchall” room. I will just say mine is a “before picture” too. :-)

Jill - November 14, 2014 - 8:54 am

I concur with all the previous posters….I’m happy to see that you have one of “those rooms” as well. How lucky you are to have a room to spread out with projects and such. I can’t wait to see how you add all your own personal touches to it. I have a thing for school house lights, so I vote for that one.

Talk of the Weekend #8

Talk of the HouseHappy Weekend!  Did the change in time last weekend have your internal alarm clock confused this week?  I had a hard time staying up late like I normally do, but I have loved waking up before the alarm has gone off. So here’s to an early start on a Saturday morning!:)Lots of goodies to talk about with you today starting with this one….

This week we looked at some interiors by Kathleen Rivers, and many of us loved her yellow room at Chattooga Club. Well, I found another designer who has created spaces there, and you might want to take a look at her rooms.  This talented lady is Meridy King.  If you liked Kathleen Rivers’ rooms, I think you will like the work of Meridy.

Chatooga Club Meridy

I found an old article here about the 20 most expensive hotel rooms in America, and this one was on the list. I had not heard of it before, and although it is not a place I would put in our budget to visit, it does have some pretty rooms to see.

Twin Farms Vermontsource

A more realistic place for us to stay might be this cute vacation rental in my favorite place – Highlands, North Carolina. The rental information is here, but a post by a photographer who has stayed there is here (much better photos than those on the rental site.)

HIghlands Rental photo byScott

(and I believe those drapes are made from the same fabric I had here looooong ago.:))

dining room from Christmas Tour Talk of the House

(Sorry for the fuzzy photo. It is very old.)

Another thing to talk about today is books! Look what I purchased last night…

new books Ina Garten and Sarah RichardsonI was in Book Heaven when I got home! (Well actually, when we stopped to fill the car with gas, I started reading them. LOL) The Sarah Richardson book is full of pretty rooms, and this one is my favorite.

Sarah Styles by Sarah RichardsonI was disappointed that it did not include any photos of my two favorite houses she has done

the farmhouse…

Sarah Richardson

nor the cottage.:(

Sarah Richarson

On the other hand, the new Barefoot Contessa book looks to be all good – especially the desserts!

Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe Ina GartenYou can find the recipe for these cookies here.

And guess what else makes my heart happy about the book…

make it ahead by ina gartenIt’s red!:)

Another recipe you might like to try this weekend (especially for Thanksgiving) is this one from Fresh Market. You can purchase their divine Cranberry Relish in the store, but if you are not near one, the recipe will allow you to recreate it.  It is so good you will want to eat it with a spoon! Seriously.

Fresh Market cranberry

And speaking of Thanksgiving, here is a beautiful harvest party.

Jennifer Carroll Harvest Thanksgiving partysource

And here is a precious children’s Thanksgiving party.

Thanksgiving party for children Loralee Lewis

A woodland theme for children’s parties seems to be quite popular right now.

Just look at these beautiful cookies for a baby shower!

baby shower woodland party cookiessource

Here is a vintage woodland baby shower that is precious.:)

woodland baby

And speaking of babies, here is the real talk of our weekend…


Do you remember our niece’s barn wedding I wrote about here? Well she and her husband are now the proud parents of this sweet little bundle…little Liza Meade, who was born on Thursday afternoon.  Can you believe all that hair? (I bet her mom already has a bow in it.:)) Congratulations Phillip and Ashley!

And for the child in all of us…

Our daughter is home from college for the weekend, and she wants us to go see this movie


Looks like a good one to me!

And that’s all the talk for today.  I hope you have a great weekend.:)

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Pinky at Designs by Pinky - November 8, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Hi Kelly, loved all these photos and have been thinking about doing a woodland type setting for Thanksgiving this year too! I love, LOVE Hoghlands too. Have only been there once and am dying to go back! I am going to check out that rental!

Andrea - November 8, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Kelly….I also purchased the new Sarah Richardson book. I enjoyed it, but I was also hoping that pictures of her farmhouse and lake house would be included….bummer. It seemed to have more modern spaces…but they are beautiful none the less. I love the rental you shared in NC…..that might just be on my go to list now. Enjoy your weekend

Dawn - November 8, 2014 - 1:18 pm


I think you wrote this post for me specifically! I would love to own both of those books but I am waiting until after Christmas to make any personal purchases. The Sarah Richardson page you showed looks so elegant and the photo you showed that is not in the book reminds me of something Layla at the Lettered Cottage used as inspiration for her home. The Ina Garten book looks fun too. I think I just might have to use that cranberry relish recipe this year instead of my usual. I am always looking to tweek my recipes or try new versions. Congratulations on the new addition to your extended family. I am going to visit our Pre-K teacher and her new little girl, on Monday. Thanks for another inspirational post with excellent photos. (I love the older photo you used to show your dining room. That lighting fixture decoration is awesome!)

Jean - November 8, 2014 - 2:53 pm

I received both of the books from Amazon Prime the day they were published…could hardly wait to get home from work to read them! I have all of Ina’s cookbooks, have made many of her recipes, and can’t recall a one of them falling short of my expectations. I am enjoying the Sarah Richardson book as well. I love her use of color, and mix of modern, traditional and vintage, especially the pops of color from quilts and painted furniture. Sine your recent post on Thanksgiving table settings, I’ve been planning mine, which will feature vintage Johnson Brothers red transfer ware. I too am a teacher and don’t know how you manage both teaching and your wonderful blog! Each new post is such a treat…can’t wait to see what you have in store for the upcoming holidays!

Bonnie Bryant - November 8, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Kelly, I have made a similar cranberry relish in the past. It is also a great, easy appetizer when placed on top of crackers spread with cream cheese.

Arlene@Nanaland - November 8, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Ina Garten and Sarah Richardson are two of my favorites as well Kelly. And we are going to see Big Hero Six on Tuesday! It is a treat for the grands for their good report cards. And that is a very sweet baby…love her name!!

Louvina - November 8, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Oh, oh, and oh baby!! Love seeing everything but especially the new baby!! I remember the posting about your niece’s wedding is when I first found you and your blog and did not know anything about blogs! I just ” happened” upon it and fell in love with TOTH!! Woodland is my favorite theme– even designed my granddaughter’s nursery 20 years ago in Beatrice Potter and still love her illustrations. One year here at the lake house, we had a Thanksgiving fish fry with all the trimmings on a beautiful Indian Summer Sunday afternoon. Have always wanted to have an old fashioned outdoor turkey feast!! What a wonderful post today– cool and cloudy here with a chance of rain– real cozy– making menus for the holidays and watching Hallmark movies with my daughter. Hope you are enjoying your time with your daughter, too!:)

Paula - November 8, 2014 - 5:25 pm

I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing the wonderful room pictures and book features and recipes, but the best part by far to me was the picture of that beautiful baby at the end…perfect and precious! Thank you for the movie recommendation, too.

Carmen - November 8, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Hi Kelly,

I put away the groceries (did all my prepping (sigh)), grabbed a glass of wine, and then said it is time for Talk of the House weekend edition. It did not disappoint. I loved Talk of the Weekend #8. Thank you!

Jayne - November 8, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Congratulations on your great niece! She is precious!! Lots of inspiration and eye candy in the photos. Love the children’s table. How cute! Hope you have a great weekend!
Thank you Jayne! I think she is pretty precious too. We did have a great weekend – although a very busy one. Hope yours was a fun one as well.

Debra - November 8, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Love the red accent entry picture. I checked out Twin Farms. Ugh, Drool Fest! I’m so wishing we could have a warm Thanksgiving. It has been years since that occurred. I will be making the most of a little warmer weather tomorrow, as it will be much colder next week. Here we go…. I’m getting ready for a lot of “indoor cozy” to come. That harvest party would be so fun and I loved the little woodland shower you featured. Well, my niece just told us she is expecting too. She will deliver May, 2015. Congratulations on your sweet little great niece. How fun.
Best wishes to your niece, Debra! We also have another niece who is expecting, and the baby is due this winter. There must be something in the water!

Frances in England - November 9, 2014 - 4:49 am

OK, now I want to buy books and go on holiday. And possibly have a baby (?! LOL)

Fab post. So glad you found the photographer’s site for the Highlands pictures – much better!!

England doesn’t have Thanksgiving but I am having a get-together the last weekend in November and am eyeing up the Cranberry Relish, but having difficulty visualising a pound of cranberries – if it is too much and there are leftovers does anyone know how well this freezes?
Too funny about the baby Frances! :) Yes, the photographer’s professional photos are so much better than those on the website. I am afraid I do not know about freezing cranberry sauce/relish. Perhaps another reader will know. (Or maybe Martha Stewart has something on her site about it.)

Kathy - November 9, 2014 - 8:39 am

Hey, Kelly. I loved this post, as usual! I love all of the links and little side trips I get to take visiting your blog. Our new son-in-law worked at the Chattooga Club while in college so I enjoyed seeing it. (He learned to cook some yummy dishes by watching the chef. And, we booked the wedding reception band that he enjoyed hearing at wedding receptions there.) You always share things I can so relate to…I just learned to make pretty cookies….. and my brother’s wife just had a beautiful little baby girl. And, just last night my friend and I were looking at cranberry sauce recipes! AND, Katrina, you are right….Kelly might be my sister!
What a great mentor to have while working. (I would love it if some of my children would learn to cook from a chef!) Congratulations to your brother and his wife on their baby girl! How sweet. :) Oh yes, we are definitely sisters. You just get to live in my favorite state!

DiAnne - November 9, 2014 - 11:12 am

I love this post! I think I begin all my comments on here that way.
The construction pieces in your niece’s wedding are extraordinary. What a unique way to enclose an outdoor space and make it feel intimate. I loved the invitations too.
I have to get the barefoot contessa book.
Have a good week!
I don’t have a problem if you start every single one of your comments like that DiAnne! LOL Thank you for going back to check out the wedding post. It really was a beautiful celebration from start to finish with no detail overlooked for anything.

Garden, Home and Party - November 9, 2014 - 9:49 pm

What fun! I do love the rooms you shared of Meridy King. Your dining room is charming…is that in a former house?
Woodland themed showers? That is a great idea and I really liked some of the cookie designs.
Congratulations on the darling bundle of joy that has joined your family! She’s precious.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Hi Karen! The dining room is an old photo of our current room before we knocked down the wall between it and the kitchen (and took down the board and batten) years ago. Thank you for the congratulations on baby Liza. Our weekend was full of fun! Hope yours was too. :)

Lynne - November 9, 2014 - 9:51 pm

I just got Sarah’s book and I thought the same thing you did! So much so I left her a comment on Instagram suggesting her next book just be of her own houses where her personal style is displayed. I love her cabin and her farmhouse! I don’t usually buy cookbooks anymore but I was tempted by Ina’s! Love your post as usual!
Lynne, that was so smart of you to leave her a comment on Instagram. I wonder if she is getting bombarded with that…or is it just us Americans that really wanted to see those other houses? I am glad to know I am not the only one that thought that about the book.

cindy hattersley - November 10, 2014 - 8:48 pm

I adore that first room! I love that she made lamps out of the faux bois pots that I also own! So much inspiration here…love that Thanksgiving outdoor table….gorgeous!!

Amber - November 10, 2014 - 9:04 pm

LOL – my sister and her husband stayed at Twin Farms just last year, though not in that room. Theirs was all black and white toile – I didn’t love it, made me dizzy, haha. Oh, that baby shower – sooo cute! And the red doors – love :)

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - November 11, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Oooo, I’ve been wondering about the new Barefoot cookbook! Please share what you think of it once you’ve made some of the recipes.

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