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Behind the Scenes of a BHG Photoshoot (or… Our January Christmas House)

gift boxOkay, you have been asking, and now it is time to fill you in on how the Better Homes and Gardens photoshoot went last week.  I was going to wait until the magazine issue came out next November to share this, but I thought you might be mad with me if I made you wait that long.:) I know I have told you some of this, but I want to put together the whole story in one post.  So let me just start at the very beginning of the entire process:

mid October last year – Ann Blevins, an editor at BHG, contacted me to see if we would be willing to do the photoshoot with them for their Christmas Ideas magazine if we were selected. (She had found us through a blog through a blog through another blog….You know how that rabbit trail goes.)  That same day I emailed her back telling her all my concerns and why she might not want us. A few minutes after my email, she emailed back with “no worries,” give me your phone number, and we will talk.  So we talked, and she told me that she would let me know if we were selected.

And then….

tea mix and muffin in the box

We heard nothing….

until I emailed her

in mid November asking if it was safe to assume that we had not been selected, and she told me that we HAD been selected.  The process had just gone slowly.  She then put one of their stylists, Nicole Teut in touch with me because she was the one who would be traveling to our home.  After a series of phone calls with Ann and emails with Nicole, a date was sent…January 5.  But that was one of those “contract days” at school that you are not allowed to miss unless you are dead because it is an inservice day for teachers after the Christmas holidays.  So we finally settled on January 12 and 13.  And I thought, Piece of cake…I’ll have plenty of time to get it all done by mid January, right?  My plan was to start decorating the bedrooms the Saturday before Thanksgiving when I had a week off from school.

But then…

I came down with pneumonia the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and nothing went as scheduled….2 weeks of sickness followed by a week and a half of work followed by another week of another sickness; my father in law was hospitalized with a very serious illness about that time, and then it was December 20- something.   During that time period Ann contacted me again to give me the news that the BGH website folks wanted to film a series of Christmas how-to videos here the day after the photoshoot people were finished. In my feverish state I agreed to it.:) But at December 21 not one thing was ready for Christmas – much less a Christmas photoshoot, and no shopping had been done here. The decorating I had done for the Christmas in the Kitchen post had to be totally redone since it had been on the blog (something I had agreed to.) So for the next 4 days, we shopped, and got a tree up.  That was it.

Swedish gingerbread muffin and Christmas tea

I started decorating for Christmas the day after Christmas.  It was actually kind of nice.  Normally, I have had to decorate for the holidays while fitting it between shopping, gift wrapping, cooking, and entertaining.  Being able to concentrate on just the decorating was great.

You know that scene in the movie, The Santa Clause, when the lists of good girls and boys gets delivered to Tim Allen?  I felt a little like that when all the fresh greenery was delivered the week before the shoot.:)Garlands and wreaths galore…and the smell of it all was heavenly!

evergreens

My husband and daughter helped out a bunch.  My mom came over a couple of afternoons to help as well.  We worked on decorating until the day Nicole showed up (Jan. 12) to meet the day before the shoot.  Nicole and I did a walk through tour of the house with her taking notes.  I showed her closets and cabinets with pillows and accessories she could use.  I was expecting her to rearrange the furniture, the accessories, something.  She stayed about an hour and a half, and then she said she would be back tomorrow.  What?  No rearranging? She said that it wasn’t necessary, and  I was ready. (No I wasn’t.  I still had the playroom to do, and that involved 2 chalkboards, a tree, 2 cabinet tops, and a table top, and she asked me to do some greenery in the dining room.  She knew I would have them done before the next day.)  Nicole then said that she wished she had scheduled the photographers for 2 days because there was so much “material” here. I suggested an earlier start, and she contacted the photographers.  They showed up at 7:45ish the next morning.:)

BHG Christmas photoshoot

I had to work the day of the shoot, but my husband and daughter were here for it, and I came home a little early that day.  The photographers, Owen Masterson and his wife Christine Anthony were hilarious!  I loved watching them work. I wish I had gotten more photos of them, but they didn’t sit still long enough to get any! Nicole, the stylist, is the one kneeling in the photo above beside Christine.  Owen is looking on in the chair behind them.  They did move a number of accessories around, and gift wrapped packages seemed to move the most of all.  I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!  They left around 6 that evening – each with a gift box you saw at the start of the post. (I decided to leave off the ribbon though.) We straightened up and vacuumed the house, ate dinner at Cracker Barrel, and went to bed.:)

film making

The next day Katie Parker, the senior digital food and holiday editor at BHG showed up with Dave and Simon Presley, 2 brothers who are film makers.  The brothers are originally from Manchester, England but now live in New York.  They were the same age as our sons and a lot of fun.  They kept commenting that their mother would have loved the house, and I commented that I could have been their mother.:)

filmingIn all the videos, they needed a “hand model” to hang ornaments, decorate cabinets, hang a wreath, tie a bow, etc.  My daughter was the one home that day, so she was their hand model in many of the videos they shot. (And they told me she was not only a great hand model, but she was also a fabulous hostess.:)Proud of her!) When Ann Blevins contacted me about the video filming I agreed with the stipulation that I would not have to talk on it.  But the guys asked me to do an interview, and in my exhausted state I agreed.  So in November you will see me answering a couple of questions. (I was sooo tired, I hope I do not come across as totally goofy!)

BHG film crew at Talk of the HouseKatie was also super sweet and gracious to work with.  She rearranged some accessories and did some of the “hand modeling” as well.  All of it was a pleasure from start to finish, and I am so glad I remembered to take a picture with them before they left. (I have forgotten to do that every single time we have had a shoot here.)  I sent them home with gift boxes too.

Believe or not, we have two Christmas parties (yes, really Christmas parties) planned here for this week.  I feel like I missed December, and we are just having a belated Christmas here. So this late decorating has all worked out for the best.:)

And that, my dear friends, was our Christmas photoshoot.  I hate that I could not share the decorating with you, but due to the agreement with BHG I am not allowed to do so.  There will be plenty to see between the magazine article and the website next year. Just wait until November.:)

Until next time…

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Kim - January 19, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Kelly, wow what an ordeal for you, but can’t wait to see it in the mag in November. I’m surprised you could share this at all. Usually they want it so hush hush.
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The ordeal wasn’t the photoshoot, but all the darn sickness! Who would have ever dreamed I would have had pneumonia?! Ann at BHG thoroughly enjoyed the post. They just don’t want photos of the Christmas decorations shown before they come out in print. I made sure the photos didn’t show the rooms.
Kelly

Judy - January 19, 2015 - 5:18 pm

kelly, kelly, kelly! i was exhausted just reading all the things you went through to get ready for the photo shoot but i knew all along if anyone could pull it off, it was you! there’s no way i could have done what you did in such a short amount of time after being so deathly ill as well as dealing with your FIL being sick too. i can’t wait to see the magazine next November…can i send you my copy for an autograph? (LOL)! seriously though, a big congratulations to you for having your home in a magazine…i’m sure this won’t be the last time!

enjoy your “Christmas” parties and I hope you and your FIL are enjoying better health!
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Yes, you could have Judy! I can’t wait to see it all next winter too. Ha ha on the autograph. My father in law is doing TREMENDOUSLY better (and I am too. :) )
Kelly

Dawn - January 19, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Oh Kelly,

I was so glad to see this post today! Thanks for finally getting us a sneak peek of how it all went down. We went to a family Christmas yesterday (Sunday). My Mom’s extended family always does Christmas this same weekend every year. Most of us have to day (MLK day) off of work so we can travel and be together for the day. I can’t wait to see what all BHG took pictures of and filmed! I saw them in the playroom above! Wahoo! Take care!
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I owed it to all of you with my not having many blog posts in the last month. This was the least I could do for all you sweet readers! How smart of your family to wait until now to get together…no pressure from trying to fit it all in the month of December. Yes, the playroom will be in something. I wasn’t here for the photoshoot, but they did film a little in there for the online videos. You should be happy Dawn! :)
Kelly

Louvina - January 19, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Mercy, wow!! How exciting to be able to “sneak peek” behind the scenes!! What a production! Loved your little gifts to the production team!! How thoughtful! You will look back on this time as a special memory AND be able to show your grandchildren the magazine articles!! Thank you for sharing! This was a FUN post!! You are a celeb! :) Merry, merry, after Christmas to all and to all a good night!! Enjoy your parties and I hope it snows!! :)
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Mercy wow is right Louvina! Grandkids? Not anytime soon. :) I would loooooove some snow – especially before we take down the outside decorations. (People driving past are truly thinking we are crazy!)
We will enjoy our Christmas dinners here this week. :)
Kelly

Tricia - January 19, 2015 - 5:46 pm

How exciting, but exhausting! Cannot wait to see it all in print. I admire your style so much, it is timeless and simply beautiful. Such a pleasure to read.
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Thank you so much Tricia. You are so sweet! It was certainly exciting AND exhausting, and I was thankful for the 3 day weekend this weekend.
Kelly

Colleen - January 19, 2015 - 5:47 pm

How awesome!!! I can’t wait til next November!! Please please tell me you are curling up infront of the fire with a cup of tea (that someone else made for you!!) and a nice warm throw to take a well deserved nap!!!
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I did chill some. My husband is the one who really needs to rest. He worked super hard on the yard and on the workroom (but it is still not quite finished.) Not sure when we will take all of this down. :)
Kelly

Anne Boykin - January 19, 2015 - 5:51 pm

Wow, Kelly that is so exciting! What a compliment that they wanted to stay longer although it doesn’t surprise me at all. I’m looking forward to next November!
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Thank you Anne. I tried not to think about it all, or I would have been nervous! Looking forward to seeing all of it in November too.
Kelly

L J - January 19, 2015 - 5:59 pm

You’re such a trooper in getting everything done–on time and to everyone’s satisfaction! Yippee. Thanks for sharing this “behind the scenes” post. I’ll never be asked to be involved in a photoshoot so thank you that I get to live vicariously through yours.
Good job. No, make that GREAT job. And Way to go, girl. ;))
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It wasn’t a job I did alone. My husband and daughter were tremendous help, and I could not have gotten it all done without them. Thank you for your sweet comment. :)
Kelly

Kathy - January 19, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!!!! How exciting! I feel like I know someone who is famous! Now we all have something to look forward to come November!
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Ha ha…not famous at all. :) (But you can think that if you would like. LOL) November will be here before we know it. Can you believe we are already past the halfway mark in January???
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - January 19, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Oh how fun, you look amazing and I can’t wait to see your home and the magazine. Congratulations!!!! What a thrill.
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Aw thanks Marty. I just threw on that sweater and jeans for the interview. It was a quick decision at the last minute. At least it wasn’t an “ugly Christmas sweater!” :) Thank you for the congratulations.
Kelly

Martha - January 19, 2015 - 6:41 pm

You are amazing!!! I was worried about you while you were so ill, but you just kept on going. I am thrilled that your beautiful home has been recognized by such a premium magazine. I have not subscribed to print magazines for several years, but guess what I did today??? Subscribed to BHG!!!
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Well good for you Martha! I am not amazing. I just work hard, and I have an incredibly patient and hard working husband who goes overboard in helping me out (and a daughter who is also a hard worker.) But thank you for the nice compliment. :)
Kelly

j - January 19, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Can’t wait!!!

Jackie - January 19, 2015 - 6:53 pm

The above comment was from me, Jackie. Sorry about that.
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Don’t apologize Jackie. My computer has a mind of its own and gets ahead of me at times too!
Kelly

Donnamae - January 19, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Oh what fun…and a lot of work too I’m sure! So happy you get to celebrate Christmas this week…and twice! Hope you are feeling better…now to wait til November! ;)
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It was a lot of work ahead of time for us, and then the stylists and camera folks had all the work during the shoot. I am feeling much better now, thank you.
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - January 19, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Oh my goodness, how exciting! And how exhausting! It will be so worth it when the magazine comes out. I’m not surprised at all that they found “so much material” — I scan all of the details of all of your pictures. I hope that you get a chance to relax now.
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I think it will be worth it all when the magazine comes out too Kim. But actually it is worth it all right now…being able to do these dinner parties this week is really a good thing.
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - January 19, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Kelly, so exciting! Can’t wait until it comes out next November. I want my copy autographed too! Congratulations!
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You guys and your autographed copies are so funny Patty!
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - January 19, 2015 - 8:58 pm

WOW, and congratulations! I am really happy for you! I sort of feel like a know someone who is going to be featured in a magazine.

Truly a wonderful compliment that “there was so much material” in your home for them to photograph.

You and your family are amazing to be able to get all of this done while you were so sick!

Looking forward to the November issue!
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It’s the house in the magazine..not me. LOL (Although I might be on the website.) My family is wonderful about pitching in to help. I am so thankful to have them. :)
Kelly

Janis Stufflebean - January 19, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Great! How exciting for you and your family. Have oftened I have wondered how you did it all without the photo shoot. I am wondering how I am going to clean up the kitchen tonight and I had takeout! Congratulations..
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Too funny Janis! Thank you for the congratulations.
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - January 19, 2015 - 9:14 pm

Woo Hoo! What a fun experience and aren’t you glad it’s over? The fresh greenery was the icing on the cake, I’m sure.

My son loves photography, so I showed him your shots of what the guys were doing. He zoomed in on the photo and knew exactly what kind of equipment they were using and he told me all about it. So you see, you entertained two generations of my family today!
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Yes, we are glad that we completed all the projects. (Now if I can just get the drapes made for the workroom!) How cool that your son knows all about the photography equipment! I asked the guys if I could steal one of their lights, and they didn’t think that would be a very good idea. :( Oh well, at least I tried. :)
Kelly

Becky Smith - January 19, 2015 - 10:20 pm

Kelly,
I am sixty-seven years old, and when I grow up I want to be just like you. You continually amaze me with your talent, energy and your generously in sharing it with all of us. It must be so fun to be part of your family. With tremendous respect,

Becky
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Oh Becky, you made me laugh out loud! Thank you for your humor. Sometimes it is fun to be a part of the family here (and sometimes it is a lot of work!)
Kelly

Design Chic - January 19, 2015 - 10:20 pm

I cannot get over all of this, but in the end, I know it will be fabulous and how fun to keep the holidays going well into January…can hardly wait for my issue in November! Most importantly, I am so glad you are well. As one who had pneumonia many year ago, I can’t believe you were doing all of this so soon afterwards…rest and take care of yourself now!
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Thank you so much Beth. Pneumonia is no fun at all, is it? Believe me, it slooooowed me down to a crawl. And yes, I would like a rest…a nice long nap!
Kelly

Debra - January 19, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Wow! Can you finally breathe?? I’m sure your BHG feature will be amazing. How exciting and such memories you will have for years to come. It’s no surprise that your daughter could also assist and even be a hand model, with such a pretty and talented momma. Congrats again Kelly. By all means, see if you can finally kick up your heels for 24 hours after your fun parties, you so deserve it!
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Yes we can finally breathe. :) Next week is going to be our “down time.”
Kelly

Garden, Home & Party - January 19, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Kelly,
What a wonderful experience. I’m so happy for you, and so happy for your fans (me) that come November we’ll get to buy the magazine and pour over your fabulous home and inspirational decorating ideas.
I’m thrilled that you got well enough to go through with the meeting.
xo,
Karen
P.S. I’m sorry to be so late commenting.
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Karen, you are not late. I have become the Queen of Late I think! LOL Thank you for your kind comment here. I hope everyone will enjoy the magazine when it comes out later this year.
Kelly

DiAnne - January 19, 2015 - 11:21 pm

Kelly,
How very exciting for you and for us!
I hope you have recovered fully from your sickness. Hopefully with the sickness and the photoshoot behind you the Christmas in January parties will be really fun.
DiAnne
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It was exciting and fun. I do think the parties will be nice, and I know the food is going to be good for them!
Kelly

Colleen - January 20, 2015 - 12:15 am

Wow Kelly, congrats.

I too have done some radio and tv talk shows. All the goings on behind the scenes is very exciting. Sorry you were not feeling well at the time, but dont doubt yourself you are soooo talented and I for one am amazed at what you acheive.
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Thank you Colleen. Yes there are a lot of details that have to be taken care of with these kinds of projects….takes a loooooong time to get it all done.
Kelly

Kris {Driven by Decor} - January 20, 2015 - 8:43 am

Congratulations Kelly – how exciting! I would love to know what your neighbors thought when you started decorating up your house for the holidays in January :) Can’t wait to see your feature!
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I had really planned to get the mailbox done, but I ran out of time to do it. Everyone would have thought I was super crazy if I had done it…especially our mail lady!
Kelly

Talia - January 20, 2015 - 8:53 am

Congratulations, Kelly! I, for one, will be looking forward to the arrival of my November BHG issue. How exciting!
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Thank you Talia. I will be looking forward to it as well. :)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - January 20, 2015 - 9:03 am

How interesting!! I love to see the PROCESS! I know your home will be just lovely when I look at it in the magazine in November. I guess it was strange decorating just as everyone else was putting the bling away. And I am glad you were well enough to participate in this adventure.
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It was strange decorating it that late, but I was able to get some things at the after Christmas sales. :) And I needed one more live tree that I scored for $8 because it was so late in the season. There are advantages to being late some time!
Kelly

Renee Cook - January 20, 2015 - 1:07 pm

That was so interesting, Kelly! Thank you for sharing the whole story, and what a story it was! Bless your heart, I think I would have felt overwhelmed with so much going on. I’m sorry you were sick, and your father in law. I’m excited to see the finished product in the magazine as I always enjoy your tastes and decorating style! Congratulations on being selected!
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I am glad you enjoyed it, Renee. Thank you for your sweet words here. I am excited to see the finished product too!
Kelly

Peggy - January 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

You know we could never be mad at you! So very excited for your magazine shoot. All that Kelly awesomeness in big beautiful photographs! I can’t wait to see it!
So very happy you and your father-in-law are feeling better. Illness can really complicate life. Hope you are both on the path to full recovery with no setbacks.
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Thank you so much Peggy. We are both doing much better. Unfortunately, insurance is complicated my father in law’s dismissal from the hospital. Crazy crazy paperwork!
Kelly

Becky in 'Bama - January 20, 2015 - 3:46 pm

I now consider you famous! My two favorite bloggers have been (or will be) featured in a decorating mag. (the other blogger is Rhoda of Southern Hospitality) Gonna be a long wait til November. Congrats and I wish I had one-tenth of your decorating skill. I struggle with decorating a Christmas tree and a few things on my mantle. ~sigh~ I’m putting a reminder on my calendar for BHG Christmas issue!
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Nah…not famous here, but the house will have its moment of fame next November. :) I’ll be sure to put out a reminder next November when the Christmas Ideas issue is out.
Kelly

Paula B. - January 20, 2015 - 4:03 pm

This is just so exciting and this must all be very gratifying (and exhausting) for you. I bet the house was amazing looking and I don’t know how I will be able to wait until next year to see it all. Congrats to dad and daughter for manning things on the home front for you. Enjoy the after-Christmas parties!
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Thank you Paula. The house always dresses up nicely for the holidays with all the red and wood trim here, and the greenery just really accents it all so well. And thank you for the nice words for my husband and daughter. They will appreciate it. :)
Kelly

PATTI - January 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm

OK only one thing missing. Your super-hero cape! You are amazing.
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Too funny Patti! No super hero here, just hard workers. :)
Kelly

Carmen - January 21, 2015 - 5:55 am

Cant wait ’till next Christmas!!!
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I can’t wait either Carmen!
Kelly

Jayne - January 21, 2015 - 12:58 pm

I am so excited for you! You have come such a long way in such a short period of time! And no wonder, you home is beautiful! November won’t get here fast enough.
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Thank you so much Jayne. Yes, it down seem that we have come a long way rather quickly. I hope everyone will enjoy the magazine article and the videos.
Kelly

Barb - January 21, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Congratulations! I know the house looked gorgeous. Can’t wait for the magazine. If I’m being truthful, I can’t wait to show my friends where all the BEST of my decorating has originated.
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Ha ha…too funny Barb! I do love the house at Christmas with all its red, so I am looking forward to the magazine too.
Kelly

Lois Pearson - January 22, 2015 - 6:41 am

Kelly, you are awesome. How exciting. I can’t wait for November, I know the session will be full of wonderful ideas. After I discovered your blog online I kept thinking, I’ve seen this home before. Then one day I was looking through a stack of old magazines and I found one that I had kept because I loved the decor. You guessed it, it was your home featured in Cottage Living (I think that is the name of the magazine). Anyway I am sure this session will be even better. Keep up the good work. I’m glad you are feeling better, you had quite the holiday season. Blessings.
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Gosh, thank you so much Lois. It was the Cottages and Bungalows Christmas magazine that it was in previously…a long time ago. :) I am amazed you still have that one! :)
Kelly

Julia - January 22, 2015 - 11:48 am

So looking forward to November so I can see your Christmas house tour! And so thankful you are feeling better. As many have stated your decorating style is so timeless. You are a very talented lady!
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You are too sweet Julia. Thank you for all your compliments!
Kelly

VICKI - January 22, 2015 - 2:23 pm

WOW! All this excitement happening just down the road from me, who knew? I admire your house each time I drive by! Congratulations on being featured in BHG, I’m sure it was well deserved! Can’t wait to see the article next November. Very exciting!! Glad you are all better!
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Thank you so much Vicki! It was a lot of work, but I think the article will turn out very “Christmas-y.” :)
Kelly

c - January 22, 2015 - 8:07 pm

SUCH a fun post. I love your gift boxes and that you are still celebrating Christmas!
Merry Christmas :)
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Glad you enjoyed it Mary Ann! We finally got most of the Christmas things put away this weekend. :)
Kelly

Lori - January 26, 2015 - 10:16 am

So very exciting! Cannot wait until that issue of BHG.
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Oh yes, it was exciting! We are looking forward to November and seeing the issue too. :)
Kelly

Talk of the Weekend 14

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Happy three-day-weekend to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying this January holiday weekend.:) This time last week I was walking into our local bakery hoping to find a few sweets with a bit of red icing on them.  In the crazy days of getting ready for the week’s Christmas photoshoot, I knew there was no way there would be time to bake something, and I wanted it to have red in case we needed it in a kitchen shot.  I thought surely they would have something with red….maybe… hearts for Valentine’s Day?? But no…. not one spot of red was anywhere in the bakery.  In fact, everything was blue and white when I walked in.  I thought it was for Hanukkah! Upon a closer look, I realized it was snowflakes, snowmen, and other winter decorations.

When I explained my dilemma to the baker, she pulled out all the white items she could with the least amount of blue on them for me and packed them up in their signature blue and white boxes.  Oh well, even if they didn’t have red they tasted wonderful anyway.:)(And my mom made  Swedish gingerbread for us as well…that was Christmas-y!) Since we have been surrounded by red since early December, I am going to take a cue from our local bakery and go with blue and white for today’s weekend post.  I hope you like it.:) Let’s start with this bedroom that I have long admired.  How about some blue grasscloth on the walls?  (There are a couple more photos of the room if you follow the link.)

blue grasscloth in bedroombhg.com

Here is another blue bedroom.

blue bedroom

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That bedroom is from Jenny Rose Innes, a blogger who lives in Australia.  Her entire house is decorated in blue and white, and it is gorgeous.  Take a look at her living room.  Does that rug give you the feeling of the one from Something’s Gotta Give?

Jenny Rose Innes living roominstagram.com

Here is a bedroom nook with blue and white…

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and a soft blue kitchen.

blue kitchenbhg.com

If I redid our kitchen in blue, it would be hard to resist this collection of dishes.  I love all the patterns in it! (So it’s a good thing I am leaving it with red.:))

antique floral collection from Sur la Tablesurlatable.com

Do you remember this House of the Year from a number of years back in Country Living? It was in South Carolina.  Aren’t those blue prints above the mantel beautiful?

country living house of the year 2008 living roomcountryliving.com

You can take a tour of that room here.

And speaking of houses of the year, have you seen this year’s HGTV Dream Home???  I think it one of their best yet!
There is a tour of it here:
(Once you click the link below, you will need to scroll down a little on the site to see the videos.)
The spring line is out at Pottery Barn (and has been for awhile.)
Here is a blue runner that is calling my name….
pottery barn table runner
Oh yes, it has checks.:)
(And there are matching napkins for it here.)
More checks…how in the world did I miss this J Crew sweater?
j crew check sweater and jeans
I have one more blue item for you…well actually it is for my father. We gave him a waffle iron for Christmas, and he loves blueberries.  So this recipe for blueberry muffin waffles is perfect for him.:)
blueberry muffin waffles
Perhaps it will be perfect for your Sunday morning breakfast.
And that wraps up our weekend things-to-talk-about today.  We made it through the fun Christmas photo shoot and filming this week, and I will have a full post on all the details that I can share next week.  (I wanted you to have a variety of reading for the weekend not just an ol’ blog post from me today.:))  We have blue skies and sunshine today…quite a change from the string of endless gray and rainy days that have been around here for weeks.  I hope the sun is shining brightly on you this weekend.  Enjoy!
Until next time…
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Nan, Odessa, DE - January 17, 2015 - 4:06 pm

If your father gets a good waffle recipe that works send it our way. We have had a maker forever but have not had a good, successful recipe.

Waiting for the Christmas shoot and more on the workroom!
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I will Nan. Workroom post will go out when we get the chairs in, and the photoshoot one will be out early this week. So please come back to visit then. :)
Hope your weekend is a good one!
Kelly

classic • casual • home - January 17, 2015 - 4:52 pm

What a lovely blue and white post!!
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Thank you Mary Ann! Hope you are having a great weekend.
Kelly

Susan - January 17, 2015 - 5:17 pm

This was a fun post – I love blue & white!
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Glad you enjoyed it Susan!
Kelly

Anne Boykin - January 17, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Hi Kelly, I have long admired that first bedroom too. My bedroom is black and blue and white because of it. Thanks for the lovely post. I’m so excited to hear how the photoshoot went!
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Anne, that is a wonderful room to draw inspiration from for your bedroom. I bet yours is beautiful as well! So glad you enjoyed today’s post. Photoshoot post coming early next week. :)
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - January 17, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Kelly, After taking down our Christmas decorations, I felt blue and white just calling my name! I’ve got blue and white all over the kitchen and feel like letting it creep into other rooms as well. Thanks for all the beautiful rooms in your post…looking forward to checking out the HGTV home 2015. Glad your Christmas photo shoot went well…that must be a relief to have that behind you. Hope your health has recovered and you are enjoying this new year. Warmly, Gracia
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Last year, I felt the same way after all the decorations were put away, and blue came out here too. Go check out that HGTV house and enter for the drawing. You might win it! :) My health is doing much better. Thank you for asking. Have a great weekend Gracia!
Kelly

Dawn - January 17, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Kelly,
It is so good to hear from you! I have been wondering how you are feeling and how the shoot went? I hope you father-in-law is feeling better also. Thanks for the inspirational post. Take care!
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Thank you Dawn. My father in law is doing much better, and fingers crossed, he may get to come home from the hospital this week. I am also doing much better. Glad you enjoyed today’s post. Thank you for reading and leaving your sweet comment. :)
Kelly

Louvina - January 17, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Blue and white— my favorite!! Just seems to match up with a cool, dreary blue day! Kinda cozy though– makes me long for the hills of my home. Enjoying a “blue and white” UK basketball game with a Ky meal– soup beans, kraut and wieners, fried potatoes with onions, pickle relish and of course buttermilk cornbread!! For dessert– peanutbutter fudge!! Not feeling “blue” anymore!! Love your posts and have been missing you!! Know you have been ultra busy!! How much fun was the photo shoot? ( and work, I’m sure!!) can’t wait to hear all about it!! Enjoy the 3 day holiday!!
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Your dinner sounds delicious, Louvina. We just worked on cleaning out the pantry with chicken noodle soup and nachos…strange combo, but it was easy and filling. :) (I like the sound of your dinner MUCH better.) The shoots were sooooo much fun, and yes, I worked myself to death before them. I am definitely enjoying this 3 day weekend.
Kelly

Barbie - January 17, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Love it!
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Thank you Barbie!
Kelly

Dana - January 17, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Thanks! Blue and white is my favorite!
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Glad you liked it Dana!
Kelly

Debra - January 17, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Funny you should be featuring blue, as I have been on a blueberry kick for the last two weeks. They were on sale recently. Blueberries in my yogurt, cereal, muffins, on the pancakes etc… Now I will have to make waffles tomorrow after seeing that delicious looking picture. I am drooling over that HGTV home. That great room and kitchen are fabulous. I certainly couldn’t afford that grand of a home, but I would have loved that sweater too. Now that I could afford. :) Wishing I had that little nook with the single bed and red wicker chair. Just so sweet. I hope all went well with the shoot and that you and your father in law are doing well. Great to see this post today! Giving you the blue ribbon today! :)
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A blue ribbon…too funny Debra! Love it. Blueberries are supposed to be good for you, so you have been eating healthy. Wasn’t that HGTV house something spectacular?! The shoot was a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to sharing it with all of you.
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Vicki - January 17, 2015 - 11:13 pm

What a lovely collection of blue- I’m starting with the Sur La Table link. They look like my blue & white Calico collection! Yes, I was just thinking that HGTV got their Dream Home groove back with this one–I’m glad you think so, too. Hope your blue skies stick around!
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I thought those looked like the Calico collection too. I think that is why I was drawn to them. Yes, HGTV redeemed themselves with this house. LOL Blue skies are still out my window this morning. Hope your weekend is going perfectly. Thanks for visiting Vicki!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - January 17, 2015 - 11:34 pm

As much as I love red, just like you, I think I go more along the lines of blue and white – with a few red accents. These rooms are beautiful. Good luck with keeping up the Christmas spirit all year (month) long.
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Leslie Anne, you are right. The blue and white does looks soooo good with a touch of red with it. Christmas decor is still up here. I have a project in mind for it later this week if all things go as planned. If not, it will come down next weekend…but the music will keep playing in my car. :)
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Joan - January 17, 2015 - 11:43 pm

Loved this post, Kelly. You should have come to my house to find red. I have not taken down even One Christmas decoration! Not one! I am just not ready to remove all the red….it cheers me so.
I even heard someone say that they may leave theirs up until Valentine’s. It might happen at this house, too. :-) D
I can use all the help I can get during these dreary grey days.
Thanks for another great post.
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Glad to know I am not the only one in the country with Christmas decorations still up. (I did turn off the tree in the upstairs window though. :) ) It is a cheerful look, and everything looks so bare when it is gone. Hope your dreary grey days turn to sunny ones soon Joan. (Wish I could send you some of this beautiful sunshine.)
Enjoy your weekend!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - January 18, 2015 - 8:24 am

I have always loved blue and white. It is so crisp and uplifting. My bedroom is done in Wedgewood Gray which is really an airy blue and it is very serene. I collect all kinds of blue pottery as well as the Blue Willow look pieces. They make me happy. I cannot wait to hear all about the photo shoot.
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Serene..that is a good word to describe rooms done in blue. I love blue and white dishes but have tried to steer clear of them because I know once I start I won’t be able to stop collecting! LOL The blue and white ginger jar lamps have been calling to me lately, and it has been VERY hard to resist.
Kelly

Lynne - January 18, 2015 - 10:44 am

I enjoyed these rooms too, something different to look at. Nan was asking about a waffle recipe. I have a belgium waffle maker and we just use the recipe for waffles that Bisquik has on their box. I add the blueberries to the mix when we want blueberry waffles. They always turn out good. Maybe this might be one to try.
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Lynne, so glad you liked all the blue and white rooms. Thanks for sending a recommended recipe along for Nan. Perhaps my dad will try it too!
Kelly

L J - January 18, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Glad to hear that photo shoot went well and that your health and your FIL’s health is improving. I’ve always loved the white and blue look and I have a ton of blue in my house. I have the old Dansk Bistro Christenshaven pattern–cobalt blue and white. So yes, blue is good but I’m moving some of it out and making room for RED!–now I wonder who gave me that idea.
Do enjoy the sunny blue skies; I hope the temp is mildly warm too. Gray skies can return when you go back to work/school and have to be inside. :))
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I used to love all the Dansk patterns. So pretty! Red? Ahem…not sure where you might have come up with THAT idea. LOL We are enjoying the sunny weather with temperatures in the 60’s! Is this January???
Kelly

PATTI - January 18, 2015 - 2:32 pm

YAY!! You’re back!
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You are so funny!
Kelly

Jennifer from VA - January 18, 2015 - 4:35 pm

SOOOOO glad your back!!! I’ve been checking my email waiting for an update of how it all went! The sun is FINALLY peeking out today. I love a good rainy day, but so many in a row is for the BIRDS!! Happy Sunday!! Hugs to you.
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You are too sweet Jennifer! :) Hugs back to you too.
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - January 18, 2015 - 6:31 pm

I hope that your photo shoot is going well! I can’t wait to see it! And, thank you for introducing me to Jenny Rose Innes. I immediately started following her on Instagram — gorgeous!
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The photoshoot went great! I can’t wait to see it all next November. Isn’t Jenny Rose Innes’s house absolutely beautiful! Loved all of it!
Kelly

Paula B. - January 20, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Love blue and white, always have. So crisp and classic. The HGTV house? You mean my new home on the Vineyard? You all can come and visit me, if you’d like. (I’ll apparently be sharing it with my sister-in-law, who thankfully has great taste in seaside décor!)Can’t wait for all the scoop on the BHG photo shoot. Hope you had some rest over the long weekend.
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I will definitely come to visit you when you win that gorgeous house on the Vineyard! (even if you have to share it with your sister-in-law.) It is such a beautiful home.
Kelly

A Sneak Peek at the Progress in My Workroom

desktopWell we are still in full Christmas gear here getting ready for next week’s photoshoot, and we have been trying to finish up my workroom.  I really didn’t want to show you the room until it was finished (which it is not) but I thought you might like to see a few “sneak peeks” of some of the progress that has been made.

desk in workroom

I told you we were painting the desks, and you can see from the photos that they are a khaki color like the upper beadboard walls, and my husband backed the desk unit with beadboard to further tie in with the room.

deskI have gotten the upper cabinets organized with boxes holding my collection of ribbon.  (Yes, I am a hoarder of ribbon!:))

desk organization

And from the peek in the closet you can see I am also a hoarder of fabric and drapes

(and checks of every color.)

closet

The cabinet is not quite finished.  Drawers are painted, and doors are waiting on hinges. (They are to be here via FedEx tomorrow.)  The countertop is almost finished for it, but I have thrown an electrical problem with an outlet placement to my husband, so he is currently pondering that.

cabinetI was able to go ahead and move all my storage bins in there while he worked on the drawers and doors for it.

cabinet storage and organization

I had ordered 2 chairs for the desks from Joss and Main about a month ago, and they were supposed to be delivered tomorrow.  Unfortunately, they have run into a problem and won’t be able to get them to me until early February.  When the chairs arrive, I will do a full post on the room with a list of sources for you.

And that is all the snooping around in the room we are going to do for now.:)

I also wanted to pop in to talk about a few things….

First, thank you for all the nice new year’s wishes that so many of you sent me.  I appreciate every one! Secondly, I apologize that I have not been answering email and responding to comments for the last month. Between the upcoming photoshoot (and video tour filming) and all the illness that has run rampant here, getting anything done  has been quite challenging.  My father in law is still in the hospital (almost a month now). He has become quite tired of it and is dearly wanting to go home.  Hopefully they will work out something for him very soon. I should probably also let you know that my respiratory illnesses managed to do some bad things to my heart so I am going on a medicine for it, and I have to give up all caffeine products. Thank goodness for decaf coffee!  Anyone know of a decaf chocolate????? It is a sad day when I have to give up my beloved chocolate.:(

office suppliesI just wanted to say thank you for hanging in there with me and being patient when it takes me forever to answer your questions whether they are in a comment or an email.  I am planning on catching up with everything blog related during the MLK holiday weekend.  I hope to get a weekend post out this weekend if possible, but a huge load of greenery will be delivered here Friday,and hanging all of it is going to take awhile.  Please keep your fingers crossed we get everything finished by the time of the shoot.  And I would appreciate it if you would keep my father in law in your thoughts and prayers as well please. Thank you bunches.:)

Until next time…

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Sally - January 7, 2015 - 10:51 pm

AHAAAA!!! I wondered where you kept all of your pretty checked draperies! What a collection! Glad you are feeling better… but, take care of that heart! =) Praying for your father-in-law! ~Sally
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Yes, they have been stored here and there and everywhere. So it is nice to finally have a place to keep everything fabric related. I am definitely taking care of the heart. Following doctor’s orders, my father’s orders, and my sister the nurse’s orders. Lots of bossy people around here!
Kelly

Andrea - January 7, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Oh my goodness…..would I love to check out those drapes…wow!!!! I love your style….the beadboard, the patterns, the colors….everything. Cant wait to see more. Feel better (sorry about you having to give up chocolate….but your health is so much more important)…..thinking of you!
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Thank you Andrea. Yes, my health is more important than chocolate, but boy is this hard!
Kelly

Mimi - January 7, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Kelly,
We all love and adore you so much that we just want you to be well. Please listen to your body and do NOT stress out about us. We’ll still all be here when everything settles down. :-) Take care and God bless!
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You are so kind Mimi. Thank you for the words of encouragement. :)
Kelly

Barb - January 7, 2015 - 11:11 pm

You’re always an inspiration. Good luck next week!
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Thank you Barb! I appreciate the good luck wishes.
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 7, 2015 - 11:15 pm

Oh Kelly, I am so sorry to hear about the complications of your respiratory illness…and coffee is one thing, but chocolate?….Actually, I have to be careful of the good quality, ultra dark chocolate as it does make my heart go a flutter…Hope you father in law gets better soon and can come home….I know your photo shoot will go beautifully as your home is so gorgeous…loved the progress of your workroom and I am swooning over your drapes and fabrics!!!
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Thank you Shirley. I am steering clear of all chocolate right now. Not fun at all. :( Glad you liked all the drapes and fabrics. I need to get sewing these drapes for the workroom!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - January 7, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Kelly,
First of all, is the heart issue temporary? I’m holding the most positive of thoughts and prayers for your father-in-law. Hopefully he can come home to finish his recovery.

Good luck with the photo shoot. When you get the chance ( no rush) where did you find the red ribbon boxes? Container Store?

Continue good health progress.
xo,
Karen
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I don’t know if the heart problem is temporary or not. I have been told that you are not supposed to go off the heart medicine I am on, so we will see. That is a question for my next doctor’s visit. Thank you for the prayers for my father in law. They are needed and appreciated.
The red ribbon boxes did come from the Container Store. You have a good eye!
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - January 7, 2015 - 11:28 pm

Kelly, loving the progress on your work room. I’m inspired by your ribbon organization as I think about the last Christmas stuff I still have to put away in our basement…a huge collection of ribbon and wrapping paper! Love those red boxes!
So sorry to hear about the challenges with health for your father in law…will pray for a complete recovery for him and for YOU! Giving up coffee would be tougher for me than chocolate I must admit, but giving up both is brutal….hoping this might be temporary?
I’m sure your photo shoot will be wonderful! Take good care of yourself in the mean time :). Warmly, Gracia
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Thank you for your prayers Gracia. I don’t know if the heart problem is temporary or not. Hope you got all of your Christmas things put away. Glad you liked the boxes!
Kelly

Debbie - January 7, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Your drapery/fabric collection is awesome!!! I look forward to seeing more of your workroom when it’s finished. It’s going to be beautiful like the rest of your home!

I’m praying for you … and your father-in-law. Take care!
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Thank you Debbie! for your compliments AND your prayers.
Kelly

Louvina - January 7, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Just a quick check in with prayers and best wishes for good health for you and your father in law. Don’t stress out about us– we all will be right here when you are less busy! Love the sneak peek in your work room. Looks just like what you would like. Wish we could be there to help with the photo shoot–and to still be in holiday mode!! I miss my tree already!! Get some rest and take care of your sweet heart!! Do what the Dr’s say, ok? Thinking of you daily with prayers —
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I am doing what the doctor says…not a fun thing I must say. Thank you for your prayers Louvina.
Kelly

Merri Jo - January 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

You & your husband make a great team–what a lovely creative space you will have! I’m sorry that you have cardiac issues due to your illness. I am praying for healing for you & your f-i-l. I can only imagine how gorgeous your home will be as you place the greens, etc. My nurse instincts wonder if perhaps your body is telling you to slow down a bit. Teaching & blogging & the beauty you create in your home is enough tonkeep three people busy! You are such a dynamo which surely makes it especially difficult to slow down,,..but, please take care of yourself, dear Kelly.
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Thank you Merri Jo. I will pass along your compliment to my husband. :) I am definitely slowing down with this…and with the new medicine the doctor has prescribed for me. I am listening to my body. (It is rather bossy!)
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - January 8, 2015 - 12:04 am

Kelly, as I lay in bed with this horrible cold I will pray for you and your FIL. Hoping I don’t get pneumonia – and it affecting your heart – yikes. Take good care of yourself. I am loving what I’m seeing in your work room!
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I sure hope yours does not turn into pneumonia Barbara. It is no fun at all! Hope you get over your cold very soon. Thank you for the sweet words about my new workroom. I can’t wait to have it all finished.
Kelly

Judy - January 8, 2015 - 12:17 am

dear kelly, you take care of YOU and know that we’ll all be here when you are in a better place to respond, etc. you have a lot on your plate and combined with your recent health issues, you sure don’t want a set back.

praying for your FIL…I can’t imagine being in the hospital for a month! I’m sure he’s ready to go home where he’ll feel much better.

I about died when I saw your stash of curtains/fabrics…all those checks make my heart beat faster! I ordered the black and creme buffalo check curtains from Country Curtains for daughter’s den and they came in today….thankfully she has only one window in her den that needs to be “dressed” and the curtains were on sale so I broke down and ordered her a pair. We’ve got a lot to do at her house…finish up the baby’s room (hanging pictures, curtains, etc) and now getting this new pair of curtains hung in the den. Yes, I’ll take pictures when I’m done! (LOL)!

Hang in there sweet girl….and stay warm!
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Hooray for progress in your daughter’s house! I know those curtains are looking wonderful there. Country Curtains has a new line of buffalo check drapes that are mighty tempting to me….don’t know where in the world I need them though. LOL
Kelly

L J - January 8, 2015 - 3:02 am

You’ve made incredible progress on your workroom given all that has been going on with your household–and it’s really coming together nicely–all the “Kelly touches” are surfacing.
I’ve not heard of decaf chocolate and carob is a very poor substitute in my opinion. Since it is a matter of the heart then just do it! Giving up chocolate may not be forever. Pulling for you with the greenery and the BHG shoot/filming and for FIL too.
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Thank you for all your encouraging words here Lorna! Yes, I am just doing it…no chocolate or caffinated coffee in over 2 weeks now.
Kelly

Anne Boykin - January 8, 2015 - 6:15 am

Hi Kelly, Please take care of yourself, above all else. I know you’ve been busy with your photo shoot coming up so go easy on yourself. On a lighter note, your fabric and drape stash looks so yummy – makes me want to buy some checked fabric just to look at! Your home is going to photograph beautifully! You have a fabulous eye for decorating and a beautiful style all your own.
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Too funny about buying the checked fabric! Love it! Thank you for your kind compliments Anne. :)
Kelly

Sherry - January 8, 2015 - 7:02 am

Take care of yourself Kelly and your family too! Everything is beautiful as always and I hope you are better soon, I always enjoy seeing your emails and everything you do. Prayers coming your way.
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Thank you for sending your prayers our way, Sherry! They are much appreciated!
Kelly

Barbara H - January 8, 2015 - 7:32 am

I’m so sorry to learn of your health complications. Please take care of yourself. I can’t believe all that you’re trying to do while ill and weak. We all anticipate and appreciate your wonderful posts, but the most important thing for you to do is rest and get fully well again.
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I rested and am much better now Barbara. Thank you for the reassuring words in your comment. I will take care of myself. :)
Kelly

Susan - January 8, 2015 - 8:05 am

Your office looks beautiful! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Thank you so much, Susan!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - January 8, 2015 - 8:28 am

Kelly we feel your pain regarding caffeine. My husband has runs of premature Atrial contractions if he drinks caffeine. Not sure why it happened but he had been over loading on caffeinne for years and his heart got tired of it. We do decaf coffee and tea. As for Chocolate, he has some every now and then without any problems. I can have caffeinne but I have chosen to do without here at home. Now when I drop the grands off at school, I often stop by McDs for the REAL stuff. Hoping you are on the road to complete recovery and following drs orders!! Cannot wait to see your house in a magazine one day!
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I am right there with your husband and the heart problems. Why do the good tasting things have to be bad for you? I would gladly give up green beans or corn! LOL
Kelly

Jill - January 8, 2015 - 9:03 am

Missed you Kelly! Thanks for popping in to give us an update even in all your busyness. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished work room. Your linen closet alone, with all those different colored checks, made me swoon. :-) The magazines will be knocking on your door about this room next I bet.
I’m sorry you are having complications from being sick. I could live without the coffee, but no chocolate? That would be a hard one to handle! Take care of yourself! Hopefully you will be able to relax and take a deep breath soon.
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Glad you liked the room Jill. Yes, chocolate is a hard one for me to give up…and I thought giving up shrimp for a shellfish allergy was difficult. Ha.
Hoping to find some down time very soon.
Kelly

Sue - January 8, 2015 - 9:20 am

I am so sorry that your illnesses have caused problems for your heart. I hope they are of a temporary nature, and surely someone somewhere has a decaf chocolate!
Your workroom is just wonderful ~ and best of luck on your photo shoot.
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I am still looking for that decaf chocolate. Glad you liked the workroom Sue!
Kelly

Rose L - January 8, 2015 - 9:39 am

Kelly, I’m so sorry to hear of you and your F-I-L having such serious medical issues. I will send prayers for healing for both of you. I deal with my own issues daily and if misery loves company I’ll share that I’ve had to give up all fatty meats, salt, all forms of sugar and sweeteners (except Stevia) and finally all grain products. Coming from a family where food is the spice of life, it’s a struggle! I can no longer eat away from home and am forced to make everything from scratch from catsup to vegetables. Not an easy task with only two feet of counter space, lol! I love what we can see so far of your work room. Love your answer to storage for your beautiful drapes and fabrics. I hoard thread and fabrics which I keep sorted by color in clear see through totes (I quilt). It makes for a lovely display beneath my long arm frame in my sewing room. Best wishes on your upcoming photo shoot. Please take some time to rest when it’s over!!
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Rose, thank you for your prayers. My little caffiene problem is nothing compared to all your food issues. Goodness! How in the world do you do all of that?
Kelly

denise - January 8, 2015 - 9:58 am

Source the desk caddy for us pretty please.
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Denise, I think it came from HomeGoods. The other black storage piece came from Pottery Barn (if I am remembering correctly.)
Kelly

Kay Carver - January 8, 2015 - 10:07 am

Kelly,
Please take care of yourself and slow down a bit, okay?

I love everything you do and how you get it all done while working and living a full life is beyond me!
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I am slowing down and taking a heart medicine (that also slows me down.) Thank you for your kind words here Kay.
Kelly

Susan - January 8, 2015 - 10:33 am

Oh Kelly, it sounds like you need a vacation (a long one) to Tahiti! Take care. You don’t fool around with heart issues. It sounds like you may have had rheumatic fever, if your heart was affected. Your new room will be a great place to kick back, relax & enjoy your hobbies. Your husband is doing a wonderful job. He is a true craftsman!
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I will pass along your sweet words to my husband. He IS a true craftsman. I am lucky to have him!
Kelly

kathy - January 8, 2015 - 11:02 am

Your room is looking awesome. I hope your photo shoot goes even better than you can imagine. Prayers for your father-in-law and you. Try to relax and just enjoy the good things. Also, I never expect you to comment on my comments. I just like to leave comments so that you know how much I love your blog. Feel better and good luck!
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You are so sweet Kathy. Thank you ever so much!
Kelly

Regina - January 8, 2015 - 12:42 pm

I love progress pictures! All too often it seems like fairies come into a space and make all the “pretty” happen overnight…no planning, no reworking, no electrical outlet issues, just fairies and their magic fairy dust. :-)

I’d like to know more about the big, round, black pencil/pen/desk organizer on your desk. It’s awesome! Did you buy it recently? If so, from where?

Prayers and lots of good Karma to your dad, you, and your family. Happy, Healthy New Year!
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Thank you for your sweet words and your prayers Regina. I believe I got the round organizer at Home Goods a number of years ago, but I know I have seen similar things there recently.
Kelly

Donnamae - January 8, 2015 - 1:42 pm

I can’t believe you have that many curtains! Lucky girl! Sorry to hear about your heart complications…having to give up chocolate would be a cruel and unusual punishment for sure! I will keep your FIL in my thoughts…you too! The workroom is looking great from the little snippets. Good luck next week…I’m sure everything will work itself out! ;)
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Yes, THAT many curtains! I rarely get rid of them…and I hang on to fabric for a very long time.
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - January 8, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Prayers for your father in law. The office is truly enviable!
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Thank you so very much Marianne.
Kelly

Debra - January 8, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Look at all the organization going on already! How fun to have your own little room to enjoy. Checks and red galore, of course! Now, don’t forget a jar or two. I love the bead board enhancement on the desk. Your hubby is so handy! I was sad to read of your heart being a concern. By all means, take care of yourself. On the coffee front, I love Papanicholas coffee and have been drinking hazelnut cream. They make it in a decaf. Have you ever had it? You can order it online if you don’t have it in your local store. Maybe you would like it. Not eating chocolate will be hard for sure. I’ll be keeping you and your father in law in prayer and my daily thoughts. Best of luck with the fun BHG photo shoot!

If you wish to try some… http://www.papanicholas.com/
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Oh yes, the whole purpose of that room is organization of all my STUFF. :) I haven’t forgotten the jars…there are actually 2 Christmas ones in there right now. Thank you for the recommendation of the coffee. I have never heard of that one and will try to check it out soon. I wonder if Fresh Market might carry it. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers Debra.
Kelly

Paula B. - January 8, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Love what’s been done in the office so far. And, I am envious of your fabric collection! So sorry to hear that your father-in-law is still in the hospital, fingers are crossed that he gets home real soon. Good luck on the final decorating, it will all be wonderful. You take care of yourself and I will be on the lookout for some healthy chocolate choices for you.
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Thank you Paula. We all have fingers crossed that my father in law will be getting out of the hospital this week. Please please let me know if you find any decaf chocolate. I don’t know how I am going to make it through the normal chocolate overload of Valentines’ Day! :)
Kelly

Dawn - January 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

I have been wondering about you, dear Kelly. I am so sorry to hear that your father-in-law is still in the hospital and about your heart. I will keep you guys in my prayers. Thank you for the quick sneak peek of your office. It looks great and of course organized already. Good luck with the up coming photo shoot and video. I am sure your home will look amazing just like it always does. I love how comfortable, cozy and welcoming your home always looks! Take care!
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Thank you for ALL your sweet words here Dawn. I appreciate them so much!
Kelly

Katrina - January 8, 2015 - 9:35 pm

The sneak preview of your new room looks great!
Fresh greenery coming your way…oh Kelly, waiting to see the BHG edition of your Christmas house is going to be as hard as waiting for a new Downton Abbey season to start!
Prayers for YOU and your father-in-law. Take care of yourself and use those sick days girl!
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I used a bunch of sick days between Thanksgiving and Christmas…waaay too many. It is no fun being sick. Your comparison to waiting for DA gave me a giggle. :) Thank you for your prayers.
Kelly

DiAnne - January 8, 2015 - 10:28 pm

Kelly,
Love what you are doing with this space! I am soooo excited about the photo shoot for you
I am thinking like Katrina, use those sick days girl. I want you to be well and don’t worry about replying to every post.
Prayers for you and your father in law.
DiAnne
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Believe me, I used more sick days than I wanted to during the month of December. Thank you so much for your prayers DiAnne.
Kelly

Row. - January 9, 2015 - 7:03 am

Kelly, The room is coming along nicely. I am sorry to hear that your year is starting with a lot of illness, I do hope everyone is feeling better soon.
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Thank you Row. So glad you like the room so far. :) We are getting better…slowly but surely.
Kelly

Jayne - January 9, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Love all the sneak peeks! It looks great! Glad you are feeling better an praying for your father in-law. I know he is more than ready to come home! Hope this new year will the best ever for you! Happy New Year!
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Yes, he is definitely ready to get out of the hospital and sleep in his own bed. Thank you for your compliments on the room. I really want to get the drapes made and up in there. Happy New Year to you too!
Kelly

fabiana - January 10, 2015 - 11:28 pm

It looks so great already! I love the paint color and the pop of red…

ciao!
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Thank you Claudia!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - January 12, 2015 - 12:28 pm

I just saw this and love your room, and hate your news about your dear heart. I had a similar situation occur after a series of lung infections. Caffeine is definitely not your friend right now, but everything worked out fine for me, and I’m sure you’ll be heart-y in no time too!
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Leslie Anne, so maybe I will be able to have chocolate later on? :) You have given me hope. LOL Thank you for the compliment on the workroom.
Kelly

Cheryl - January 15, 2015 - 8:01 am

Happy New Year ! I love your collection of curtains. I’ve read you make all your curtains ,could you tell me where you get all your material. I’m so sorry to hear of your heart problems take care.
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Thank you Cheryl. I make most of my curtains, and I have ordered some from Country Curtains and some from Ballard Designs. Most of the plaids came from a fabric store that has since gone out of business. (I miss them!) The large red check and the khaki check came from Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta (in person and ordered online). And I have ordered some of the fabric from decorativefabricsdirect.com
Hope this helps!
Kelly

Gina - January 16, 2015 - 3:23 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law and your illness. Hope everything works out for the best!! :) Yeah, giving up chocolate would be pretty hard. ;)
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I think my father in law may actually get to come home from the hospital this week. Giving up chocolate has so not been fun! Especially in this season of hot cocoa. :(
Kelly

Emily Gravitt - January 21, 2015 - 1:39 pm

I have just discovered your blog and am in love with it! Thank you for sharing! Take care of yourself so we can continue to enjoy your blog.

Emily
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Thank you Emily! I am so glad you found your way to Talk of the House and that you are enjoying it. :)
Kelly

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