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Decorating Outside for Fall (and a Halloween giveaway!)

fall porch for Halloween

Happy Halloween week!  I thought this week of spooky fun would be a good time to share all my October decorating with you (before it is time to bring out the turkeys.:))  Fingers crossed, I can show you everything before November arrives. Let’s just start with the outside today.

fall porch stepsI sort-of made the wreath on the front door.  I say sort-of because I started with an old Christmas wreath that was faux Fraser fir (so it was already a wreath.)  I wanted it to be more Southern in feel, so I wrapped and wired on a long leaf pine garland around it, wired on some pinecones and a few real pumpkins using florists’ picks, and ta da – my Halloween wreath was complete. Kind of simple to do, and kind of simple looking….the way I like door wreaths.

fall wreath for front door

It will be easy to wire brown gourds and other darker things on it for November, and then it will be time for simple pine cones and a red bow at Christmas.  I plan to put a lantern on the empty table by the door on Halloween night.

fall cottageWhite pansies have been added to the pots and planter on the front porch, and pumpkins and mums are once again taking over the space.:)

fall porch planterThe 20 year old planter that was by the side door was finally too worn to use, so we threw it away.  I moved the larger planter from in front of the playroom window to take its place by the door here. I actually think I like it better here.:)

side door fall decoratingAnother pumpkin and mum by the rocker.  (I told you they were taking over the place!:))

porch rockersAnd last but not least, there is a giveaway this week.  For a Halloween treat, I am doing a random drawing for a set of author Melanie O’Hara’s fun mystery series The Traveling Tea Ladies. (5 books!)  It’s “Charlie’s Angels meets Steel Magnolia’s.”  I thought this would be perfect for Halloween (not too scary.)  And I am including a pretty tea pot, a box of my favorite tea (Bigelo’s Constant Comment), and a cute little tin in which you can store your tea.  (Melanie provided the books, but I purchased everything else.)

October giveawayJust leave a comment on any or all of the posts that publish here this week (between 10/27/14-10/30/14.)  You must be 18 years of age or older to enter, and the drawing will close at midnight Eastern Time Thursday, October 3o, 2014.  The winner will be announced on Friday, October 31, 2014 (Halloween:))

fall porchI will be back soon with more fall decorating and another chance for you to enter the Halloween giveaway.

Until next time…

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Sandy A - October 27, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Love your Autumn decor…Pumpkins gourds and mums just make me happy with all the colors you only see in the fall. Thank you for very lovely give away…

JennK - October 27, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Love your Autumn decorations…your efforts are always so inviting, warm and thoughtful – but not overdone! Have a blessed day!

Cheryl M. - October 27, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Hi Kelly, your house looks beautiful! Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway, I would to win!

Kathy P. - October 27, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Love the wreath. The pumpkins really shine in the decorating.

Vickie - October 27, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Your Fall decorations are so welcoming!! Thanks for the chance to win the “halloween” giveaway!!

Leslie Connor~Chapin, SC - October 27, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Kelly ~~~you never cease to amaze me! Your Autumn decor is awesome….and your home looks wonderful as always! So love all the black painted furniture on your porches.

Carolyn - October 27, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Nice fall decorating and not overdone. I have to admit to not buying the first pumpkin. But I live in the woods surrounded by a glorious autumn spectacle, and no one but us would see it anyway (we don’t get many visitors and no trick-or-treaters up here on the mountain). I think I’m justifying being lazy. My husband has even done more than me – he at least bought some pansies and potted them up to go by the steps. Would love to win your giveaway! I’m a tea drinker, Constant Comment is one of my favorites, and I love a charming cozy mystery. Thanks for the opportunity!

Louvina - October 27, 2014 - 5:34 pm

You won’t believe it– but I just sat down with my pumpkin coffee ( just like last Saturday when you posted) and lo and behold– another posting! What good timing! My daughter ( recovering nicely from broken ankle) said ” what a nice treat for you!” Yea! Love your mums, pumpkins and white pansies! I bet your students are excited about Halloween this week?! I plan on having your cast iron deep pizza on Friday for supper. One year our youngest got us a fresh pizza that you bake at home that looked like a jack o-lantern. There is a shop in Orlando that makes holiday pizzas to finish at home. Good idea!!? Have a Boo-tiful Great Pumpkin Week!

Dawn R. - October 27, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Hi Kelly,
Love your fall decorations, the wreath turned out great. I finished reading the new Jan Karon book over the weekend. I loved it! Thanks for the giveaway.
Dawn R.

Lindy James - October 27, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Kelly,
Love your outdoor fall decorating, especially the wreath you made that can be used for the rest of the holidays this year with just a few changes. Take care, Lindy

Meredith - October 27, 2014 - 5:40 pm

You never stop amazing me with your wonderful decorating ideas.
I really think your Fall-Halloween decorations are lovely, you
really inspire me. I am looking forward to your Thanksgiving
decorations.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - October 27, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Beautiful Fall porch Kelly..and love that wreath!!

Kathy - October 27, 2014 - 5:51 pm

This makes me want to say….”Happy Fall, Y’all!” I just love your decorating style. It is funny that you “sort-of” made a wreath because I “sort-of” made one too. I had some fall garland that was wrapped in a circle. I was haphazardly trying to decorate so instead of unwinding the garland I just hung it on a hook that already had our initial hanging there. Happy Accident! I sort-of made a wreath! Yours is much more versatile though and will be great for the changing of the seasons. I love all of your pumpkins and mums. (Josie, look how great that wicker planter looks with flowers in it….and we thought it was just a drink cooler.)

Bev - October 27, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Always a classic look– love it!!

Susan Zarzana - October 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I love your simple but great decorating style. I especially like the idea of changing one wreath for the holidays from Halloween to Christmas. Storage of all the wreaths can take over! Great idea. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway- a perfect fall weekend treat.

Donna - October 27, 2014 - 6:10 pm

As always simply beautiful!

Emily - October 27, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Hi Kelly, Your home looks wonderful! I love how you are using the Fall materials and taking them into the Christmas Season. The books sound great There’s nothing like reading a good book and having a cup of tea on a cool evening in front of the fireplace.

Take care.

Emily

Vikki - October 27, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Love the way you wrapped the wreath. I will be doing this. Thanks. (The books look cute)

Jackie M. - October 27, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Your wreath is so pretty — as are all your fall decorations! You make putting it together sound so simple — maybe even something I can master. :) The series sounds darling — definitely up my alley! Putting it on my to-read list!

Pat - October 27, 2014 - 6:37 pm

I love your rockers and the idea of a lantern on the table.

Heather - October 27, 2014 - 7:01 pm

I enjoy your site and love to see photos of your home. The wreath is oh so pretty and fall-ish.

Donnamae - October 27, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Your porches are lovely…I especially like that wicker planter! ;)

Patti - October 27, 2014 - 7:47 pm

I love your house! I like the simplicity of the mums and pumpkins-very tastefully done!

Megan Weiss - October 27, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Hi Kelly,
I love the wreath – you did a great job! I wish that I had room no my porch for a couple of rockers!
Megan

Jerry Stocks - October 27, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Love your pumpkin and mums decorations.

Tina K. - October 27, 2014 - 8:21 pm

I feel so lucky I stumbled upon your blog several years ago! You have a unique talent- writing, photography, interior design, tablescaping, AND a busy mother and teacher! As a Kindergarten teacher of 28 years and mother of 4, grandmother to 2, many days your wonderful posts warm my weary bones and inspire me. I wonder often how you juggle the energy demanded of you. But it is obvious your joy is in every photo and post. Thank you Kelly for sharing your love of HOME! tina k.

arlene@Nanaland - October 27, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Beautiful as usual!!

Sue - October 27, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Hi Kelly,
You always decorate your home so beautifully. Thank you for the chance to win such a nice giveaway. Have a great week!
Sue

Barbara P from MA - October 27, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Hi Kelly, All of your fall and “Halloween” touches are perfect! Plan to “copy” your wreath! How clever that it can transform over the next couple of months with just a few simple changes! LOVE IT!! Constant Comment is my favorite tea as well!

Wendy D. - October 27, 2014 - 8:40 pm

You can never have to many pumpkins!!! I have never heard of these books, very curious so I am of to Google them! Thanks again for the inspiratio!

Deborah E - October 27, 2014 - 9:28 pm

your decor is nice……..and simple. I like that. I am most interested in discovering new to me authors. If I don’t win the giveaway I will be buying something from Melanie O’Hara. Thanks for sharing.

Garden, Home and Party - October 27, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Kelly,
You have such a pretty porch. I like the natural elements you’ve used for the season. Constant Comment is our favorite tea.
What a fun giveaway.
xo,
Karen

sharon - October 27, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Love your front door wreath. It will make a perfect transition into the Christmas season. Pumpkins and mums are a great fall combination.

Lisa - October 27, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Love your decorating style! I have not read anything by Melanie O’Hara so it would be fun to try a new author.

DiAnne - October 27, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Kelly,
Beautiful fall. decorating! I love the Savannah house in Garden & Gun you noted in your last post. The owners mentioned they would be hosting a wedding there in November. I bet that will be pretty.

Wendy in KY - October 27, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Those books look adorable! I love fast, yet entertaining reads like those. I think I shall see if they are available at my local library (as I rarely win –well, actually never–) a contest.

Cheryl - October 27, 2014 - 10:28 pm

I love your fall porch! It’s wonder fall!

Julia Walker - October 27, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Hey Kelly! You’ve inspired me once again. Many thanks for sharing your creativity and your beautiful home! I’m curious about Melanie’s books-they look inviting, just like your home. And Constant Comment has been my favorite tea for years! If I could have your address, I’d like to send you a special tea I gave to Jan Karon when I met her in Lexington. Have a fun Hallowe’en! Julia

Jenny M - October 27, 2014 - 11:37 pm

I’m a first time visitor to your blog via Pinterest and Oh my goodness, I LOVE houses too! Thanks for the beautiful photos. I love to read new mysteries as well, so here’s hoping I win!

Linda Schatz - October 27, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Love the simplicity of the wreath and change up for both seasons. And the planter is very cheery by the entrance.

Dawn - October 28, 2014 - 1:19 am

Your house is lovely! You can never have too many pumpkins……

Delores Clark - October 28, 2014 - 6:33 am

I loved this week’s Halloween post, particularly the use of the garland wreath with the pumpkins and pine cones. This look could carry on through Thanksgiving.

Barbara Barnes - October 28, 2014 - 6:42 am

Your home always inspires me. It is beautiful with the pumpkins, yellow mums, and rocking chairs.

donna - October 28, 2014 - 7:13 am

Love your house and decorations! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I tend to go overboard with decorating. Thanks for the giveaway, I hope I win!!

Jayne - October 28, 2014 - 7:19 am

Your porch looks so festive and lovely. I like how you made the wreath more southern. All the pumpkins and mums! I’m beginning to change up the decorations I have up. Going a bit more woodsy/rustic. Less pumpkins and mums for Thanksgiving. Your wreath idea is perfect for that theme. Have a great week!

Marlene Richards - October 28, 2014 - 7:34 am

Everything looks great, as usual. What color is your wicker planter painted. I have one like it but it is white and I love the look of yours.

Talia - October 28, 2014 - 8:05 am

Your home is as charming as ever! Love the tasteful decorations and the welcoming feel they provide!

Barb - October 28, 2014 - 8:18 am

Love the decorating. I used you as inspiration to decorate the front of our house this year….pumpkins and mums. My neighbor commented on how nice everything looked. I gave you full credit and told her to check out your site. Happy Halloween!

Cheri - October 28, 2014 - 8:29 am

Love your Autumn decorations, would not expect anything but classy from you.

Karen - October 28, 2014 - 8:35 am

Your home is beautiful, warm and inviting, perfectly appointed, I love following your blog!

Marci Johnson - October 28, 2014 - 8:39 am

I love the black wicker and black rocking chairs in contrast to the oranges and yellows. Beautiful!!!

Jill - October 28, 2014 - 9:16 am

Ooh, Constant Comment….my favorite tea! Your porch looks lovely, Kelly. I was inspired last year by your Fall decorating with mums and tried it this year….and I’ve already managed to kill them all….inside and out.
Seriously though, I appreciate all the inspiration you give us. I feel like I always gain something or learn something new from your posts.

Monika - October 28, 2014 - 11:20 am

Oh, Kelly, how generous of you to treat one of your “fans” to this beautiful giveaway! As always, when I see that there is an email from you, it’s the first one I open. It makes my day – always so inspirational. Thank you so much.

Sandra - October 28, 2014 - 11:24 am

Pick me to win, I love mysteries and the tea set looks lovely. A great way to spend a Halloween night, a good book and tea!!!

barbara n - October 28, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I love your porch…living in SW Florida I miss all the beautiful colors of fall! And NO kids trick or treating at my house!

Sharon - October 28, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Hi Kelly your home looks beautiful, simple perfect fall decor. Thank you for the chance to win!

Pamela - October 28, 2014 - 3:47 pm

What a great gift!

Helen - October 28, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Love your blog and what how you decorate with simple organic elements. Would love a good read – thank you for the opportunity.

Lonna - October 28, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Thanks for blogging! I know you are a teacher and still make time to decorate your home, travel, be a mom, and share recipes- one of my favorite parts!

Dawn - October 28, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Kelly,

I love all of the pumpkins and mums you have displayed around the outside of your home. They are all so festive. It also reminds me of my own home right now. I love the orange of the pumpkins scattered around with contrast of the pretty yellow and rust colored mums. I can not wait to see the playroom and how it is decorated for Halloween. Is there a movie list on the chalk board again? What is in the jars? I guess I will have to wait and see.

Edith - October 28, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I have read all the Traveling Tea Ladies books, so reminds me of my group of special friends! enjoyed looking at your fall décor! very pretty !

Debbie w - October 28, 2014 - 8:43 pm

I love my pumpkins…no jackolanterns….that way they can stay out until Thanksgiving! Pick me!

Pat Peele - October 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Lovely, just enough, perfect…..

Sherry - October 28, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Just beautiful! The wreath is perfect and just my style! Wish I was setting on your porch reading and enjoying some tea! Thank you for the chance to win.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 28, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Kelly, I love your wicker planter full of fall decor! And, tea is one of my favorite afternoon fall treats for myself…especially when I add a lemon drop! The book series sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to seeing what you do for fall on the inside!

Nancy B - October 28, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Your photos of your home combine a feeling of warmth and home with an inviting style that’s a balance of current style and a sense that real people live there.
That kind of perfect balance is difficult to achieve, but you make it seem possible for all of us. Thank you.

Cindy - October 29, 2014 - 7:07 am

I would love to come over and sit on your porch!
Relaxing and inviting!
Cindy

Donnie Kean - October 29, 2014 - 7:58 am

So calm and restful. I want to take a book off the shelf and plop down and read!

Donna H - October 29, 2014 - 8:41 am

Love your home and your posts ! You have a refreshing take on home decor and the Fall touches are lovely . I love enjoying a cup of tea while reading on chilly afternoons .

Jill - October 29, 2014 - 8:46 am

Btw, loved the peeps smores but I daresay we usually have around 250 kids show up. I live in a small town with lots of farms so they all come in. Lots of cute costumes to see including some of the parents. Loads of fun! :)

Denise Hurley - October 29, 2014 - 10:40 am

If I win you can come sit on my porch and read and sip tea with me. :)

Liz Piccione-Volger - October 29, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Thank tin is adorable

Tricia - October 29, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Your Halloween decor is just perfect. This book series sounds great and the teapot is adorable. I love tea this time of year……

Heather S - October 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm

What a gorgeous house and FUN giveaway! I’d la la LOVE to win :)

Maureen D - October 29, 2014 - 8:07 pm

I just absolutely love your decorating style. I have copied it on a very small scale, but hope to work up to more. Your taste appeals to me very much. Love your website.

Joyce - October 29, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Hi
Wowza! May I hang out at your house? It is so pretty and comfortable. I enjoy your blog too- thank you for the give away!
Make everyday special….

jan spotts - October 29, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Love your home—bright and airy—and I love the thinking you put into each element—

Love Love Love the use of apothecary jars—and the delightful smores kits—I will be borrowing this idea.

Happy Halloween!!!

Connie E. - October 29, 2014 - 9:16 pm

So beautiful and inviting! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Hagler - October 29, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Love your simple and cozy style decorating.

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Simple is best. Wishing I had bought a few more mums after seeing yours. Your porch looks wonderful. I like the more natural look wreath you did. The stores here are cleaned out now and just about ready to promote Christmas! Ugh! I will enjoy your fall posts awhile longer. Oh, to live in the South! Love your home.

Sharon Dixon - October 30, 2014 - 7:28 am

I love fall decorations! You have some awesome fall touches!!!

Kay Carver - October 30, 2014 - 8:36 am

Your home is stunning–so warm and cozy and very stylish. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing beautiful pictures of your home and of your travels. We share many of the same interests in travel and home decor. However, sorry to report, 5th of May (is that the right name?) the small corner restaurant in St. Simons is no longer open! I was so looking forward to those waffles you mentioned–darn!

Sandy Mc - October 30, 2014 - 9:32 am

We returned from a week in London last night, and I discovered your post about The Tea Ladies this morning! We had lots of tea and even saw a mystery, The MouseTrap. I think this is a brief, very special time of travelling, tea, and Talk of the House. Wonderful! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Julie Reininger - October 30, 2014 - 9:37 am

Love Love seeing all you decor ideas for the change of seasons. I love the smores treat bag idea for halloween. Ready to run out and find some ghost peeps to make these.

Julia G. - October 30, 2014 - 9:41 am

Love the porch and all your pumpkins! Happy (non-scary) Halloween!

Robin Madden - October 30, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Love your decorated front porch Kelly! The wreath is a nice added touch too! Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway; the books look like they will be a fun read! Happy Halloween!!!

Mary Wyrick - October 30, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Love the inspiration found on your blog

JenniferinVA - October 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I love love love the wreath idea!!! I really like that your able to use it for a few seasons…..great idea and once again I shall be copying you!

Katie H. - October 30, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Love the post and contest. I have many pumpkins on my porch as well, but I’ll be taking them in tonight so they are safe during mischief night!

Becky taylor - October 30, 2014 - 11:43 pm

How fun!!! Hope I win:) LOVE your blog!!

Sherry Myers - October 30, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Classy style, Kelly! The last two rooms this week did not disappoint. I knew they wouldn’t! I love the colors! These rooms are definitely magazine worthy! The black sets off every detail. Thank you for delighting us with these great decorating Treats! Happy Hallloween!

Deborah Sherman - October 31, 2014 - 12:39 am

Love your photos…my first time to read through your posts! I’ll be back! I’m west coast, so may not have made it by midnight!

Jeanette - October 31, 2014 - 1:16 am

I love your simple outdoor decor

jeanette - October 31, 2014 - 1:23 am

We don’t do scary here, either. I’m more of a fall girl, rather than a Halloween girl. I do like the candy if the glass canisters.

Melanie O'Hara - October 31, 2014 - 7:26 am

Dear Kelly,
Thanks for featuring my books, The Traveling Tea Ladies Tea Murder Mysteries in your book giveaway.
Some of your readers were trying to locate them in their local libraries. If your library doesn’t carry them, you can request they place an order through their ordering channels, but they are available at Amazon & Barnes & Noble in paperback, hardback and e-book format.
It’s good to see so many people love tea, mysteries and Fall as much as I do. Your house is gorgeous, as usual, and perfectly decorated for the season.
Thank you Kelly again for featuring the books! I hope to do another book giveaway with your readers in the near future.

Until Our Next Pot of Tea,
Melanie O’Hara
Author of “The Traveling Tea Ladies”

Talk of the Weekend #7

Talk of the House

Happy Weekend!  I have more random goodies for you to check out today, so I hope you have a pumpkin spice coffee or hot apple cider nearby.  I’ve been saving some of these for a few weeks, so let’s get started!

The last time we had a Talk of the Weekend, we looked at this house – built on a barge, appropriately named Duck Camp.  Do you remember it?

duck campadams-gerndt.com

The very next day, I purchased the latest issue of Garden and Gun magazine while I was out grocery shopping. When I got home and opened up the issue, I could not believe my eyes!

Look…

Garden and Gun article

There was Duck Camp spread across its pages!  The architect’s site did not mention anything about it being in a magazine, so I was delighted to see more of its interiors.  You can see additional photos on the magazine’s site here.  Or better yet, buy a copy of the magazine for yourself, because the reason I bought the issue was actually for this house…

Garden and Gun Georgia River House

gardenandgun.com

This home, built in 1879 near Savannah, is gorgeous. You will want to read more about it here.

Another magazine I read is The Cottage Journal.  I just learned this week, they have a really good website of homes, gardens, recipes, and artists. I think you will enjoy spending some time there too.:)

Brannon Cottage the Cottage Journalthecottagejournal.com

A week ago we looked at some homes (and a restaurant) designed by Dungan-Nequette.  Here is one more you might want to take a peek at. (Love all the red in it.:))

Dungan Nequette Day cabinhouzz.com

And speaking of red

Two years ago, I wrote a post on the colorful rooms of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, and the other day I found another of Anthony Baratta’s happy houses.  He uses A LOT of red in this cabin, and it looks like a very fun house. You can see more photos and read about it here. (I am warning you.  When I say A LOT, I do mean A LOT.:))

Anthony Baratta log cabinatticmag.com

One of the colleges our oldest son considered attending was located in Walla Walla, Washington.  I’ve been looking at inns in the Seattle area, and although Walla Walla is 4 hours from Seattle, I found one there that looks interesting. (No, we haven’t made plans to go to Washington yet.) The inn is called The Inn at Abeja, and you can read about its transformation from farm buildings to beautiful inn and winery  here. (And it is ranked as one of the top 10 wine country inns in the United States.)

The Inn Abeja in Walla Wallaabeja.net

I was tickled to receive a thank you message from designer Barbara Westbrook this week.  I went back to her website afterwards and found out  two very exciting things.  First, they are going to be writing a quarterly online newsletter soon, called Workbook.  You can sign up to receive it here.  And secondly, (this is the biggie for me) she has a book – yes a book!- coming out next year on St. Patrick’s Day.  I can’t wait!

Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook

Barbara Westbrook: Gracious Rooms

(my Amazon Affiliate link)

There is another book that I am also excited about.  Sarah Richardson’s book will be released November 4.  Definitely getting it!

Sarah Style

 Sarah Style

And finally…more books!

What do you get when you marry literature with art and design?

Juniper books

You get the amazingly beautiful sets of books from Juniper Books. I have already added some of these to my Christmas gift list.  If you haven’t seen them, you should spend some time at their website.

And can you believe it is just a mere two months until Christmas?  I guess it really  isn’t that hard to believe considering all the Christmas merchandise that is in the stores right now….and someone ( ahem..who shall remain nameless) might have been playing Christmas music last weekend. But I really don’t want to jump over this season and all its wonders quite yet.  We have a fall festival today, so I will be working at our school while hundreds of children go wild have fun.:) Then I have a baby shower tomorrow, and a good friend is in town for the weekend.  Lots of excitement in store for this weekend before Halloween!  And I hope you will be back next week for a Halloween treat here – no tricks – just treats. I promise.

Have a happy weekend!

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classesncamps - October 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

Your home is wonderful.

Lynne - October 25, 2014 - 9:15 am

Thanks for sharing these pictures and their websites to visit. Also, these books look very interesting. I will be on the look out for them when they come out. I am heading to a Fall Festival too and another one tomorrow!

Kathy - October 25, 2014 - 9:47 am

Love all the beautiful homes. have a great fall weekend.

Kathy

Carolyn - October 25, 2014 - 10:24 am

Wow! Such great features to entice me further. I have to say, your tastes are very similar to mine. I’m a house addict, I confess, and swoon over many houses whose styles are not necessarily applicable to my own since I live in a log cabin. The common denominator is cottage with historical elements, though, and I lived in a 1920’s southern Cape Cod for 27 years. Hated to leave that house, but love being in the mountains. Now, naturally, I’m particularly drawn to cottages with rustic elements. You’ve highlighted some wonderful ones with some of my favorite architects and designers. I bought that issue of The Cottage Journal with the photo you featured. Love it! And I never can resist books. All of these look wonderful. Love the vintage looking Juniper books. I collect the early Nancy Drews pre-1950’s. Thanks for the suggestions to explore. Have a wonderful weekend – it sounds like a full one. Is going to be gorgeous and warm here in the NC mountains – you should have a good one, too.

Liz Piccione-Volger - October 25, 2014 - 10:37 am

Hi Kelly,
I just wanted to say that although I don’t usually comment I am here everyday enjoying your site! You have a great voice. Thanks so much .

Patty in Michigan - October 25, 2014 - 10:49 am

Happy Weekend, Kelly! I had to giggle because I actually had just sat down with my pumpkin coffee (and some rosemary scrambled eggs yum) to enjoy a few minutes reading a few blogs. Love all these beautiful rooms. Sounds like you have a great weekend ahead. Enjoy. I will putting the yard to bed for the winter. It will be here soon in Michigan!

Simply Suzannes at Home - October 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Good morning, Kelly!
I have the rare quiet morning to enjoy a cup of coffee and visit blogs . . . and I’m so happy to come by and read that you, too, are a fan of Garden & Gun. I receive their online newsletter/magazine, and love it.
And – The Cottage Journal – is one of my absolute favorites. I save every one of their magazines and fall in love with their photos and recipes over & over). So much inspiration! I didn’t know that they have a website. That will be my next stop. Thanks so much for sharing . . .
Have a great weekend,
Suzanne

Susan - October 25, 2014 - 12:09 pm

There is a lot of inspiration here! I already signed up for the newsletter and checked out Juniper Books. I subscribe to Cottage journal, but never thought to check out their website. We don’t carry Garden & Gun magazine, up here in the North Country, but I will look for it online. Thank you for all of the weekend goodies to check out!

Wendy D. - October 25, 2014 - 1:15 pm

I always love your post, so much inspiration. Since the invention of the century, Pinterest (

Louvina - October 25, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I just had my pumpkin coffee and finished putting some final touches on my outside fall decorations! There is a Fall sailboat regatta on the lake today and it is just beautiful!! Fall weather is trying to get here but warms up every afternoon. Remember many fall festivals while teaching— loved them and always fun getting to see all the kids and families. My girls will be here all weekend — going to our church’s pumpkin patch and having a nice mixed grill of turkey tenderloin, steak, chicken, pork loin and hotdogs with KY sauce!! Yum!! This is why I live in FL– Oct– May– my favorite time of the year!

Amy O'Quinn - October 25, 2014 - 8:29 pm

I had not even opened my new issue of Garden & Gun until I read your post! I love the gray Savannah cottage with black shutters and white trim…and the interiors! Oh my! That faux-painted ‘weathered cypress’ ceiling is gorgeous! Since G&G has a ‘Talk of the South’ section, I can definitely see why you have an affinity for the magazine. ;)

It’s always a treat to read each installment of ‘Talk of the Weekend’ to find out what you have going on or what you are researching. Great post..thanks for sharing!

Garden, Home and Party - October 25, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Kelly,
Wow, this post will occupy the rest of my evening…so many fun links.
I confess, I really hate the rush that the retailers have put on all of us with their Christmas displays in September but…I listened to a CD of Christmas music last week by Kings College (England) Chorale. I can’t help it, I love Christmas music and feel as though we don’t really have as much time as I need to listen to the beauty of Christmas music.
The read rooms above are really great.
xo,
Karen

Kathy - October 27, 2014 - 11:45 am

Katrina, she is talking about you! (Please wait until November first!) Kelly, I just took a look at The Cottage Journal. How do you find all of these wonderful magazines and photos and ideas? You always inspire me!

Megan Weiss - October 27, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for the information on Sarah Richardson’s book. I have loved her show for years, and am not happy with HGTV for not consistently carrying it anymore. I don’t think that I have ever seen a room that she decorated that I did not like! I love her style :)
Megan

Megan Weiss - October 27, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Hello again —-
I had to come back to comment on The Cottage Journal website. First off — LOVED IT! Second — it featured the Brimfield Antique Fair, which is practically in my backyard. I have been a number of times , and it is amazing! If you ever have a chance to go, you should. I can only imagine what you would decide to buy!
Megan

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:46 pm

Love the fun cabin with all the red. That red wicker with the red awning striped upholstery is killer! How fun.

Robin Madden - October 30, 2014 - 4:28 pm

These homes are just beautiful Kelly! Thanks so much for posting. Puts more ideas in my head for a roadtrip :-)

A Closet for the Boys

Talk of the House - A Closet for the BoysI know I probably should be writing about fall decorating, and I know you have probably seen enough of the bedroom for our sons here, but there is one last thing from in there that I’d like to share with you today…

and I sort of “owe” it to you.

If you were reading Talk of the House waaaaay back in February of this year, you may remember that my New Year’s goal for the year was to be more organized. Along with that came a goal of doing one organization project each month and sharing it with you on the first of the following month.  I managed to write about January’s coat closet project on February 1. (And just to let you know, I’ve since replaced the “donations” basket with a “donations” hamper.  It works much better.)

organized coat closet

And then during the first week of March we looked at the master bedroom closet that got all organized and pretty-fied during February.

master bedroom closet organizedAnd then?

Nothing…

I really dropped the ball on that goal; didn’t I??  I did get a little more organization done this year (but not 7 month’s worth of projects though.:() So… I owe you a peek in the closet the boys shared before they moved to Seattle almost two months ago.  I don’t have a before picture, but I will try to explain what we did this summer so that you can picture it in your head.

Their closet is right behind the door there in the photo below.

boys bedroom photographs

It is not huge, but it is a walk-in.  First, all the items had been hanging on plastic hangers, and I replaced them with wooden ones (which did a better job with all their pants.)

boys closet hanging clothes and shoes

There had been a black dresser that you faced when you opened the closet door.  It was used by our youngest son for his folded clothing.  We moved it over to the side and removed one of the rods, which still left enough room for his hanging clothes.

boys closet dresserAll of the boys’shoes had been stuck in a hanging bag on the back of the closet door.  (Well, when they put them there..most of the time they were thrown on the floor in there.)  When the dresser was moved to the side, an empty bookcase was relocated there in the closet and became a great spot for all the shoes.  Size 13 shoes take up a lot of space!:) Wool scarves were put in the small bin on the top shelf.

boys closetThen I purchased storage bins at Target to hold all their miscellaneous things.  (Similar ones available here.)

boys closet storage boxesAnd the tags are simply round pieces of black cardstock with chalk pen writing and tied on with black ribbon.

boys closet storage boxes and clothesThat is all there is to see of their closet. (Remember, it is a tiny space.)  But  I do have a dream of a closet for you to see.  It was the inspiration for our sons’ closet (but we are nowhere near its beauty in our final version.) The shelf of books really makes this one lovely.

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Another dream one for the guys…the built in shelves in this one are perfect.

And the last of the dream closets for guys…
And that brings us to the end of the post here on closets.  I only hope our sons are keeping the closet in their new apartment as organized as the one here was.:)
Until next time…
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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 23, 2014 - 2:17 am

Kelly, You did a fabulous job organizing your sons’ closet. Love the bookshelf for shoes! Oh, I wish we had walk in closets in all the bedrooms of this old house. Oh well, I’m feeling inspired to at least get my own closet organized, and the hubby’s…that would be a good start! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Thank you Gracia. The bookshelf has worked out perfectly (until our middle son gets his own place and needs his bookcase for…books!) Glad I could give you some inspiration here today. Good luck with your closet organization!
Kelly

Cynde - October 23, 2014 - 6:56 am

I just love your closet ideas. your master is my inspiration for ours, & with fall here & the changing of clothes, this will be my in my project wheelhouse real soon. I’m in a total organization mode too. I also really like the bedroom make over. I have older teen, almost 20’s, & some here too, & it’s time their rooms get make overs too. Thanks for the vision! :-)
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Cynde, good luck with your bedroom redos and closet organization. Sounds like you have some major projects to tackle soon! Thank you for the compliments on the spaces in our home.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - October 23, 2014 - 7:59 am

I worked in my guest room closet yesterday. I was determined to throw out and organize. I did but at the back of my mind I was wondering how long before it gets piled up again!!:) Such is life. I would love to have built in place storage for my walk in closet. So much space is wasted at present. Oh well, maybe one day!
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Maybe one day you WILL get that closet you want! I would like to replace the metal shelves in all our closets with wooden ones. Those are my “maybe one day” items.:)
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - October 23, 2014 - 8:30 am

First of all, I love your hall closet and your master closet makeovers! The red and the photos in your closet make it so personal and so you! LOVE it! You also did an incredible job on the boys’ closet as well. I am always excited to see how people organize their things. The wood shoe shelf is just perfect! You have motivated me to get moving on some more of my closets around here…
Shelley
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Wow, thank you Shelley for your enthusiastic comment! I am glad I could help get you motivated on your closets. Now if someone could just get me started on the one in our daughter’s bedroom. :(
Kelly

Sue - October 23, 2014 - 9:33 am

I think it looks great Kelly. The hangers really unify the closet and the bookcase is perfect for shoes. And it looks easy enough to actually use.

And don’t feel bad about the organizing posts, I started to do kind of the same thing on my blog about 2 years ago and STILL haven’t finished. I think the projects you’ve shared are all great ~ although now my question is, what are you doing with a great big walk in closet that is probably empty?? lol
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You haven’t finished after two years Sue?? Gulp. Maybe I am not as bad off as I thought then. :) I am glad you liked the organization projects. As far as their closet goes, it does have some of their things in it, and I am not planning on adding anything else to it. They do have an opportunity to come home later, so the closet is going to stay as “theirs.”
Thanks for asking!
Kelly

Sue - October 23, 2014 - 9:36 am

Wow! What beautiful closets! I wish mine looked like that. If they did, I would leave the doors open so everyone could see how nice they are. :)
Sue
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I love it! How clever you are!
Kelly

Lori Lucas - October 23, 2014 - 9:38 am

While the closet is wonderful, and the other closets you showed are super, I couldn’t help but think of your two sons moving to Seattle. Yikes!! One of my three sons moved to Omaha (from our home in Oklahoma) last month, for his first big job and while I was happy for him, I was so sad for me. :) I feel that way for you too. It is so hard for momma’s to let go of their children, but moms and sons have that very special bond! I hope it is not a permanent move for your sons (or MINE!!), but a move of growing and starting a new life (till they can get back our way)! Still love every one of your posts. Lori Lucas
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Lori you are so very thoughtful to think of me and our sons’ move. It has been a little hard, but we Skype on Sunday evenings. So it is like visitiing with them face to face. Like you, I hope the move is not a permanent one. Our children seem to return to home for awhile every few years. I don’t know if that will be the case this time for the oldest one, but he wanted to live on the West Coast, and this is his dream. So I am happy for him (and hope to visit him at some point out there. :) )
Kelly

Jaybird - October 23, 2014 - 9:58 am

The closet looks GREAT!!!! If they are anything like my two boys, it will look that way until they have been home for 5 minutes :^)
My two are long since grown, but their wives assure me that nothing much has changed :^)
Blessings to you,
J
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You are so right! It won’t take our middle child 5 minutes to give a space a real “lived in” look. LOL How funny about what your daughters-in-law say. :) Thank you for the compliments about our sons’ closet.
Kelly

Kris {Driven by Decor} - October 23, 2014 - 10:12 am

Organized closets make me so happy and since none of mine are at the moment, I’ll live vicariously through yours. Love!
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You go right ahead and live through ours then, Kris! :)
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 23, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Kelly,
You did a beautiful job with the closet. I love wooden hangers and purchased them for our closets when they were super reasonably priced at Costco. I later returned my blouses to plastic hangers since they took up less space and my closet tends to be forever crowded. I love the bins on top (from Target) and will have to look for some for my closet. Thanks for the inspiration to get going on my closet this fall.
xo,
Karen
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I sure wish we had a Costco near us. I bet their prices are great. The wooden hangers in the boys’ closet here came from Target when they, too, were on sale. The bins up top hold quite a bit of “stuff” and it has helped to disguise the mess up there! I hope your closet organization is successful, Karen.
Kelly

Jayne - October 23, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Oh how I can relate to the size 13 shoe! My son’s big toe is as big as his foot was when he was born. That just blows my mind. The closet looks great! Love the bookcase for holding the shoes! I wish my sons’ closet was that big. When we built the house, we were planning on having 2 children, just not two at one time. (twins) So, we only built 2 bedrooms with small closets that aren’t walk in. You just stand there and look into them. Then son with size 13 feet came into our world! Sharing a bedroom is one thing but a very small closet is another. Small children’s clothes are one thing, but adult clothes are another! Not to mention the shoes! And size 13! Well one does wear size 10.5. haha
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How funny…our other son wears a 10.5! :)
Kelly

Louvina - October 23, 2014 - 6:10 pm

What a nice closet for your sons! Gets me motivated to work in closets again. It’s a job that can be overwhelming if you pull out everything at once. I try to do a third at a time. When the guys come home they will be so surprised at the nifty changes you have made!! Hope they get to come home for the holidays!! Which will be here before we know!
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Yes, it can be overwhelming. So you are smart to tackle it a little at a time Louvina. The guys have already seen the closet nicely organized. This was a summer project that I never got around to doing a post on. (Better late than never, right?) I just hope their closet in Seattle is somewhat organized. My middle did say the closet in their apartment was big enough to be a room. So that sounds pretty nice to me!
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - October 23, 2014 - 7:46 pm

I love it! I don’t know why, but a well-organized and nicely done closet makes me happy. The matching wood hangers and storage boxes really pull it all together.
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Organization makes me happy because it makes it easy to put things away…which speeds up clean up time…which gives me more free time (whatever THAT is! :) )Perhaps that is why it makes you happy too, Kim.
Kelly

Dawn - October 23, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Kelly,

The boy’s closet looks really nice. The inspiration look very nice too but they are all bigger so I really think you did a great job with the space you had to work with. We have built two personal houses in 14 years and I have to say the closets are never big enough. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Dawn. I think the size of our closets is pretty good. I would just like MORE closets. If I were building again, I would put in a closet that is solely for linens, and I would build a “party pantry” to house trays, serving platters, etc. as part of the kitchen. Maybe one day…:)
Kelly

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Oh, closet organization! Thanks for the inspires. I need to tackle our son’s as well.

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