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Halloween Outside the House

Happy November! I hope you had a fun Halloween and that you have lots of candy to enjoy today. Before I pull all of our Thanksgiving things down from the attic, I wanted you to see how the house looked last night. And if you have had just waaaaay too much Halloween, leave now and come back next year to read this post. 🙂  (I’m sure someone has a Christmas decorating post up somewhere in blogland. 😉 )

Every year I tell myself to add some “spooky” to our Halloween decorations, and every year I chicken out. But this year, I decided that black birds would be spooky without being gory.

So a few landed on our pumpkins on the front steps.
(Ignore the pitifully dying holly there.  It is up for replacement.)

And another bird found himself in the door basket with a sign reading, “Nevermore.”

A couple more were perched outside the side door.

On the back side of the house, the screened porch was decked out in orange and black like the rest of the house.

I couldn’t resist a little more of the “bird theme” in the desk area.

A few birds flew in to the table and buffet area.
(Guess they were hungry! 🙂 )

An excerpt of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven, was a perfect touch of spookiness for the chalkboard. No pretty lettering this time.  I wanted it to appear old and kind of creepy.


I caged the bird on the table in a cage from Michaels.

All of the birds came from Michaels as well.

The black and white checked napkins came from Sur La Table a few years ago, and the pumpkin soup tureens were a purchased a number of years ago from Pottery Barn outlet.

This is about as spooky as I will ever get.

And I have to share our outfits (not costumes…just outfits. 🙂 ) Gabbie dressed as a cat.  (What else would a dog find appropriate for Halloween? 🙂 )

And I pulled out my old Mickey Mouse shirt for the night.
So we both wore skeletons for Halloween. 🙂

This morning Gabbie’s shirt was folded and sitting on my desk (where everything gets piled. 🙁 ) She kept walking by, looking at it, and whining.  So I took it off the desk, put it back on her, and she has been happy ever since. Guess she liked being dressed in her cat shirt! 🙂

Now this really does bring us to the end of Halloween for 2017.  Time to move on to Thanksgiving!   Even though I begin each day with a prayer of gratitude for all of my blessings, November is my designated “month of thanks.” So my first big thank you is to all of you for your super sweet comments in the last post.  It was sooooo nice to be missed!! In a world of Instagram and Pinterest that seems to be filled with white rooms and white farmhouses, I often feel like I am an “odd man” and don’t quite fit in anywhere. So thank you for reminding me that everyone doesn’t have to look the same.  Every one of us, in our own unique way, has something to offer, and each of us has our own special style. That’s what makes this life so interesting! 🙂 So thank you again for all your kind words.  Know that they are very much appreciated!

Until next time…



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Kelly Mahan - November 20, 2017 - 2:34 pm

Your decor turned out amazing here, love it! And how cute is your dog? OMG!

Penny - November 9, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Your blog is still my most favorite. I love your style and I love color….they can keep all that white….little too boring for me! So glad you are back!

At Rivercrest Cottage - November 7, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Have been looking forward to seeing you come back and show us your new updates.

Becky in 'Bama - November 7, 2017 - 9:57 am

Welcome back to the blog world. Good to see your home – and you – and that sweet Gabby. I second so many other comments that your ‘colorful’ home is a welcome relief from tan, beige, white and gray. Seriously? … yes, the “Tuscan” reds and golds were a bit much – but secretly I loved that period of decorating. I could do without the tassels and heavy fringe – but the rich hues were a treat for the eye. Thanks for bringing back color. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and bounteous holidays!

Lynn - November 5, 2017 - 2:50 pm

I personally LOVE that you don’t decorate everything in white! Your home is warm and lovely.

Terry - November 4, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Thanks for coming back. I just love to see what creative things you do with the seasons and your home.

Jennifer - November 3, 2017 - 11:36 pm

Hi Kelly,
First of all, you.look.mahvelous. Second, I know exactly what you mean about white and white. I find myself thinking ‘they all look the same’…why shouldn’t some of us dare to be different? And this coming from someone who lives in a white farmhouse (built in 1921).

Julia - November 3, 2017 - 9:09 pm

So glad to see your recent blog posts. I enjoy seeing your decorations for the different seasons and you do inspire you readers to just be themselves and to enjoy the seasons! Gabby is a sweetie!

Dorothy Hemphill - November 3, 2017 - 10:50 am

Kelly – Your home is beautiful and one of a kind. I enjoy seeing how you decorate for the holidays and how you are family oriented – that is what it is all about. We do not decorate with gory items either – just fun things. I also have the black birds. My granddaughter has been a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe since she was quite young and memorized some of his works. Since we do not live far from Baltimore we have taken her to various Poe places. She is now in her 20’s. We enjoy taking our grands to places they enjoy. Looking forward to seeing your home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Blessings, Dorothy

Linda Rossi - November 3, 2017 - 10:37 am

As far as I’m concerned, your home is timeless, classic and inviting- a home that I would want to live in. I have spent many hours viewing and reading your posts. Your decorating, entertaining, creativity, travels and family stories have provided abundant inspiration and enjoyment. Your style and authenticity are the Kelly-magic that keep me coming back for more!!

Margie - November 3, 2017 - 8:17 am

I always love seeing your home and the new things you do – it expands my ideas on what I can do in my home. Blessings to you during this month of thankfulness!

Pat in Georgia - November 3, 2017 - 6:54 am

You know what I love about this post, besides the fact that it is beautiful, you’ve shown me that this decorating is easy enough, I believe I could do it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with all of us. I am looking forward to holidays approaching and can’t wait to see what you have in store for all of us.

Jenny - November 2, 2017 - 11:06 pm

All the stark white is lovely but it’s a trend… it is so unimaginative and doesn’t allow us to incorporate keepsakes and heirlooms. Your warm cheerful pallet is TIMELESS and will stand the test long after all the matchy matchy white shiplap goes away where the other temporary fashions die. Never change! Your checks and real spaces are so comforting- so glad you are back!!

Caroline - November 2, 2017 - 8:37 pm

So happy you are back! Yay!

Debbie - MountainMama - November 2, 2017 - 4:29 pm

I’ve missed your beautiful home, Kelly!!!! I obviously missed the last post when you came back from your blog break, so off I go to check it out! Love your halloween decor, no surprise there as your house is pretty much PERFECT! Honestly, I’m so tired of seeing white houses everywhere and farmhouse style everything….it’s nice to see originality such as yours!

Miranda - November 2, 2017 - 2:57 pm

I love everything about your home! Inside and out! I love reading your blog because you make us feel like we know you, like you’re a friend! I enjoy that much more than just the pictures like you’ll get from instagram or pinterest. I enjoy the story that goes with the beautiful picture.

Laura - November 2, 2017 - 2:38 pm

Hi Kelly! I have been a long time fan of your blog, I’ve just always been pretty quiet as far as commenting…sorry. But I wanted to tell you how much your home, travels, parties and… you, inspire me. I love interiors of almost all kinds, from trendy to traditional. And yours always speaks to me! Please don’t ever change your style, if it suits you and makes you happy, that’s all that matters. Keep being genuine, kind and fun and your fans will always be by your side! Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. Gabbie is absolutely adorable!

Lisa - November 2, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Yay!! So glad you are back! I would check everyday and was excited to see a new post. I love your decorating style and it never occurred to me to compare you to other blogs that decorate white/farmhouse style. 🙂

Vel - November 2, 2017 - 11:27 am

What they all said….hurray….she’s back:)

Louvina - November 2, 2017 - 10:42 am

This was just the BEST! It has been a long time coming and so appreciated! I have really missed you and your house! So good to see everything again — always homey and always different! Thank you! Enjoyed so much! Only 29 more days until our trip to The Big Apple 🍎! Maybe soon will be able to settle our insurance claim from Hurricane Irma—what an ordeal! 💕🙏💕 to you and yours!

Lynn - November 2, 2017 - 9:40 am

You have been greatly missed. Glad you’ve finished up a good portion of the outside work so you can come back and visit with us again.

Stephanie - November 2, 2017 - 9:24 am

Gabbie is soooooo dog gone cute in her costume. Yes we have missed you and a Big Thankyou for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Karen B. - November 2, 2017 - 9:19 am

Love the blackbirds. That’s about as scary as I care to go as well. No creepy skeletons and monsters for me! Gabby is so cute.
Can’t wait to see your Thanksgiving house.

Carola - November 2, 2017 - 9:14 am

Love your Halloween decor….and so happy you are posting again! I have truly missed your blog posts. Your simple touches to your rooms each season reminds me that I do not have to go “all out” to make my home inviting…I can make each day special for my family by just making a few tweaks here and there! So, thanks for the inspiration you give to your readers! 🙂

Donnamae - November 1, 2017 - 11:21 pm

Your home looks lovely…Halloweeny lovely! I know you’ve been busy…but it was nice of you to keep us updated. I look forward to seeing your home all dolled up for the holiday season! Now…get back to work…lol! 😉

Dee McCollim - November 1, 2017 - 11:21 pm

I am so glad that you are back in our lives again. You were missed by many and I was hoping/praying you’d be back for the holidays. Love what you did for Halloween and can hardly wait to see Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Just something to share with you from your last post …. As I was shopping today everywhere I went was buffalo plaid. Hobby Lobby has a lot of it along with Target, pier One, etc. so keep using those plaids. They are most definitely in style. They are so welcoming. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

Vickie - November 1, 2017 - 9:14 pm

I’ve always enjoyed your wonderful blog post!! You are missed but I understand that you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. 🙂

Judy - November 1, 2017 - 8:40 pm

Soooo glad you are back and blogging again! Each day I kept looking for your post. The Halloween decorations look super. The black birds added a spooky note, but just a touch of “spook”! The pumpkin tureens were charming on the holiday table, and I’m looking for some myself. Since the month of November is a thankful month, I guess I’ll start off by thanking you for your Talk of the House posts, once again.Glad you have returned

Kathy - November 1, 2017 - 6:58 pm

I love the bird and Edgar Allan Poe theme. (Have you ever been to Poe’s restaurant on Sullivan’s Island?) You are just so clever! One of the main things I love about your blog is that you don’t decorate with white. I remember when I first discovered your blog and was so happy I didn’t have to paint everything turquoise and orange. I was also glad I didn’t have to replace the gingham that I still loved. You rock and I am so glad you are back!!!

Sandy - November 1, 2017 - 6:47 pm

Oh ya brought me back to my days of eighth grade language arts and Mr. Edgar Alan Poe. Surest way to entice 13-14 yr. old boys to be attentive and write is to introduce them to Poe’s macabre stories and poetry. Always enjoy viewing your table settings. Now on to Thanksgiving.

Libby - November 1, 2017 - 6:33 pm

Kelly, I am so grateful for your blog and your simple but elegant home. The Ravens we’re a great, subtle hint of Halloween. Every time you include porch photos, I swoon! ILOVE the design and ambiance… perfect. White is nice and clean, but character resounds in your lovely home. And it speaks volumes about you and your family. Thank you for allowing us to visit.

Debbie - November 1, 2017 - 5:28 pm

It was a treat to find your post in my inbox today!! Your Halloween décor looks great as your décor always does. I love seeing how you’ve done your porch and I have copied more than one of your ideas on my porch!!!! I can’t wait (hope, hope) to see Thanksgiving and Christmas décor from you!!! Hope you and your family are doing well!!

Katrina - November 1, 2017 - 5:14 pm

Welcome Kelly!!! All your and your husband’s hard work looks spectacular!
As always your holiday decorating is spooktacular!
All white (?) … oh my…. that’s just one of the reasons I love you…. it wouldn’t be pretty if there weren’t pops of red everywhere!!!

Gina - November 1, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Gabbie didn’t know she would have to dress up. 😉 So good to “see” you too Kelly. 🙂 Like you, I’m moving on to Thanksgiving, not Christmas yet. Also, even though I love white walls, etc. I love your beautiful cozy home. It is very evident it is filled with love!!

Dawn - November 1, 2017 - 3:29 pm


So good to hear from you again! I love your decorations and your style! Thanks for sharing! Take care.


Leigh Boren - November 1, 2017 - 3:25 pm

What a pleasure to have you blogging again. I found myself wondering how your home repairs were coming and when you would be back to sharing. Love the birds and pumpkins, but especially all the color! Doesn’t it just make you smile? Thank you for the post and welcome to Thankful November 🍁🦃

Jo Anne Hayon - November 1, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Love, love, love it! Thank you for the inspiration for next year!

SUSAN - November 1, 2017 - 2:51 pm

Kelly – Never Fear!!! Your home, your doggie and you are just perfect!! You are so right – we don’t have to follow all the trends….just feel good in our own skins!!! – we all look soooo forward to your posts!!! You have motivated me more than I can tell you!!! Keep ’em coming girl!! Many Blessings to you and your Family and Gabbie!!!!

SUSAN - November 1, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Kelly – Never Fear!!! Your home, your doggie and you are just perfect!! You are so right – we don’t have to follow all the trends….just feel good in our own skins!!! – we all look soooo forward to your posts!!! You have motivated me more than I can tell you!!! Keep ’em coming girl!! Many Blessings to you and your Family and Gabbie!!!!

Sue - November 1, 2017 - 2:32 pm

No white at my house either. I am just a fan of color – and changing the colors with the seasons. I think it’s the elementary teacher in us. 😊 Your Halloween is perfect! I don’t do scary either much to the chagrin of my grands😉

Janice - November 1, 2017 - 2:20 pm

I’m glad you are back as well. Please consider posting more often. 😀. You were missed

Ann - November 1, 2017 - 1:48 pm

What a fun post! So much to love. The best was Gabbie wanting to wear her shirt some more! I always assumed dogs didn’t really like to “dress up”, but just went along with it to humor their owners. So glad to know that at least one doggie enjoys it! Also loved The Raven theme.

Sally - November 1, 2017 - 1:38 pm

Oh I’m sorry you feel like odd man out. I look forward to your posts! I love your style. You get everything just right!! Your home looks as though I could walk right in and feel welcomed….and then we’d have coffee.

Maryanne - November 1, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Hi Kelly,
It’s so nice to have you blogging again! I love your home and your decorating style. I love Halloween but not the scary gory stuff that’s so popular now. I like the vintage Halloween, so I’m with you on scary!

Hope to see more of your blog as November moves along!

Cindy in NC - November 1, 2017 - 1:29 pm

Hi Kelly, so glad to see your post. I have missed you do much!!!
We are so a like, I can’t do spooky for Halloween. I can do fall, but not Halloweenish.
Your house is beautiful and charming and so welcoming. Don’t get on the white band wagon.

Anne from Atlanta - November 1, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Love all the birds! You’ve got me thinking about next Halloween!
Thanks for the post! XOXO!

Sharon - November 1, 2017 - 1:12 pm

I didn’t realize how much I missed you until finding your email in my inbox yesterday. Welcome back ‘old friend’ 😍 I admire you and your husband for tackling these huge projects. Hope your completion draws near. Anyway, as always, I want to copy all,your ideas as your home is always warm and welcoming with enough simplicity that suits me well. I am very thankful for your blog and the happiness it brings me.

Sharon - November 1, 2017 - 1:12 pm

I didn’t realize how much I missed you until finding your email in my inbox yesterday. Welcome back ‘old friend’ 😍 I admire you and your husband for tackling these huge projects. Hope your completion draws near. Anyway, as always, I want to copy all,your ideas as your home is always warm and welcoming with enough simplicity that suits me well. I am very thankful for your blog and the happiness it brings me.

Lynne - November 1, 2017 - 1:02 pm

So glad that you are back. It was a long summer without your blogs. Your party/holiday decorations are always inspiring.

Francesca - November 1, 2017 - 12:46 pm

I love your home and decorating style! I am a newer reader to your blogs and was so happy to see you posted again.

lisa - November 1, 2017 - 12:21 pm

That’s the sweetest story about Miss Gabbie. I don’t know what I’d do without my “wiggle butts”. Love all the decorations and can’t wait to see your plans for Thanksgiving.

Sherry M - November 1, 2017 - 12:20 pm

Just viewing the outside of your house would let anyone know what a treat they were in for on the inside. It takes all kinds to make the decorating world go round, but I have to have some color. It makes me happy. I love your porches. I love the attention to detail that you give them. Your “Nevermore” theme was perfect! But, you know what, Kelly, I would always enjoy seeing your home, even if there was no theme. And the picture of you and Gabbie, well, that just is just “the cat’s meow!” 😉Thank you for sharing your endless creativity!!

Ruth - November 1, 2017 - 12:15 pm

What a Halloween treat it was to get TWO “Talk of the House” posts! The holiday season is feeling more festive already after that kickoff! Loved all your decorations. Your house looks fabulous, and so does Gabby! (Bet her trick-or-treat bag was filled to the top with doggie treats!)

Thanks for that delightful surprise!

Jennifer Christenberry - November 1, 2017 - 12:13 pm

Love it all! And I’ve always loved your home! Beautiful.

Kristy - November 1, 2017 - 12:05 pm

What a lovely Halloween. And now we are off to November! Thanks for posting Kelly. We all look so forward to your blog.

Rhonda - November 1, 2017 - 11:57 am

I’m glad you’re back too! I love the addition of the birds. They are very spooky! Can’t wait to see what you whip up for Thanksgiving, as I am hosting this year. Definitely LOVE your site!!

Carol Ann - November 1, 2017 - 11:41 am

Thank you for Halloween Part II. I too love anything check but just couldn’t quite figure out how to use black and white check in my decor but it is perfect with orange for Halloween in my house. I look forward to adding it next Halloween. I so agree…love to decorate with color! 😃Thanks again for sharing with us.

Sandy - November 1, 2017 - 11:21 am

Gabbie and all the decor is adorable. I am not that good at putting the scary stuff out either. I love the birds idea though. Your home and heart are always lovely.

Halloween in the House

Well hello dear readers!  How have you all been? Before all of you trade in your pumpkins for turkeys and Christmas trees, I thought I had better share our bits of Halloween decor here. So I am popping in for a post or two for you.

The black and white checked pumpkin in the top photo gave me the push to do some seasonal decorating. (If you have been around here in the past, you know I can’t resist anything with gingham on it!) That gingham pumpkin was on a shelf in Target with the black and white checked “Hello Fall” paper napkins. And of course, they both jumped in my cart. 🙂

And that jack-o-lantern luminary also found itself in my Target cart as well.
(What would we ever do without Target?)

I recycled some old gingham ribbon for the ties on the trick-or-treat candy bags.  Hmm….looks like there might be a theme going on here. 🙂

Moving on into the family room, the sofa got a new lumbar pillow…the pumpkin patch check lumbar one from Pottery Barn. (Unfortunately sold out now.)

Mixing orange and black anything seems the traditional thing to do for Halloween…pillows, and pumpkins, and even drink bottles.

I had purchased a few black and white buffalo check pieces from Home Goods last Christmas, so one of the mugs came out of the cabinet to be used on the mantel.

And the checked salad plates were mixed with orange dinner plates for our Halloween place setting.

I bought the black cauldrons last year right after Halloween on clearance from Michaels.  Filled with pumpkins, they are perfect to write everyone’s name on for our dinner.

A simple mum in a basket makes an easy centerpiece (but is removed at meal time because it is too tall to see over for conversation.)

It’s a simple table setting, but it works perfectly for Halloween.

The antique cupboard jars have Halloween Oreos and snack mix made with Chex party mix, M&M’s, and mixed nuts.

In the reflection of the mirror above, you see the cabinet shown below. I would have displayed our black and white checked platters in it, but they are being used to serve the dinner’s food.

The jars of flour and sugar hold orange mugs (that match the dinner plates) for a touch of color.

Another Target pumpkin is trapped in the kitchen cabinet. 🙂

Black and white buffalo check drapes are the required dress in the kitchen for this holiday.

Now let’s go down the hall to the bedroom wing.  I took out the red beadboard in the back of the master bathroom’s antique cupboard and let the yellow back show.

And the master bedroom is also decked out in yellow and black as well.  (I have really been tempted to purchase an orange quilt and pillow shams to use for Halloween but haven’t been quite brave enough to do it yet.)

The yellow contrasts nicely with all the black in there, and I know orange would do the same.

When I was taking photos in the bedroom Gabbie came in to get in them too.  So here is one shot for her!

Before I close out this post, let me say a BIG thank you to all of you who have sent emails and Instagram comments to check on my family and me!! We are all doing well, but we are NOT finished with the exterior work.  (Yes, I hear all of you gasping, What??) It is sloooow work with a perfectionist husband who is also doing consulting work. Plus there have been some bumps along this road in doing the exterior work that I will fill you in on in a “catching up” post. Until then, I hope you have a fun (and candy filled 🙂 ) Halloween!

Trick or Treat!!

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Charlene - November 25, 2017 - 11:33 am

I just saw on Instagram that you’re back! I’m so excited – even if it is a temporary comeback till your exterior gets completed. You are missed in the blogging world. Quick question – is that a fitted sheet over the box spring of your master bed? Or is it a tailored dust ruffle? As always your house looks beautiful and festive!

DiAnne - November 7, 2017 - 8:46 pm

I am so glad you are back! I have missed you. Your house looks so beautiful. with all the pops of color.. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the coming holidays.

Gail - November 3, 2017 - 9:13 pm

Love your decorating ideas! You are very talented. I, too, have missed you and am glad you are back.

Pat in Georgia - November 3, 2017 - 6:50 am

Kelly, i have missed you. The Halloween Blog inside the House is beautiful. It is Halloween decorating with elegance. So glad you are back! Friends that I have shared your blog with have asked and asked where you’ve been. I hope all is well with your family and you!!! Glad you’re back!!!!

Debbie - MountainMama - November 2, 2017 - 4:33 pm

May I please just move right into your perfect house????? I don’t know how on earth you find the time for all the amazing decorating you do, but I sure do love that you share it with us! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!!

Jean from Georgia - November 2, 2017 - 11:19 am

So good to see you again. Makes me want to run out and purchase orange fabric and make pillows for Thanksgiving. You are such an inspiration. Thank you.

kathy - November 1, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Kelly, I am so glad you are back!!!! Katrina and I have been talking about how much we have missed you! A few days ago I went back and looked at your Halloween post from last year…so I could remember what you did with the Target haunted house chalkboards. (Katrina, did you use yours?) This is funny, I will probably just be a year behind and copy your ideas from the previous year. Now to find those buffalo checked pumpkins! (Can you believe how far we live from a Target!)Who would think to match their dishes to their curtains! And, the way you switch out things is just awesome!!!Thank you for sharing your fun ideas!!! Kelly, you should come and do the pumpkin succulent workshop at Katrina’s next year! Seriously, you would love it and Katrina cooks lunch and decorates like you! - November 1, 2017 - 9:16 am

Hi Kelly: What a wonderful surprise to see you had a new post waiting to be read!! I so enjoy your blog and miss seeing you more often on my list of favorite blogs! I understand, though, with ongoing house projects. We are 14 years into a house project that still isn’t finished. We learn patience this way,don’t we?! Anyways, as always, I love your decorating style and always take away great ideas. Take care my bloggy friend!

Carol - November 1, 2017 - 8:28 am

Kelly, Love your Halloween post. All the black & white check and orange. Sure have missed your posts and so glad you are back. Can’t wait to see what you post for the upcoming holidays.

All the best!!! Carol

Rosemary - November 1, 2017 - 3:34 am

Hi Kelly! Great to hear from you, I’ve missed our regular “chats”! 🙂 although I totally understand why you needed to take a break.
Love your “Halloween House” ….the steps to your door look so welcoming. So many great details …the orange mugs in the flour and sugar, the black cauldrons as place names! I can imagine those checked pumpkins shouting “buy us Kelly” to you from the shelves in Target! 🙂 Cute picture of Gabbie too … she’s so photogenic!
Take care, Kelly … glad things seem to be going well with your house, although taking longer than maybe you expected … somehow that always happens with work on a house, I know ours did! 🙂

Linda Miller - October 31, 2017 - 11:57 pm

So glad to hear from you! Don’the leave us for such a long time next time. We miss you!

Gina - October 31, 2017 - 5:00 pm

I was so happy to see a post from you!! 🙂 I always love seeing your lovely home decorated for different seasons. I love the black and white checks. That little pumpkin is adorable. Makes me wonder if it could be a diy project. 🙂

Shannan - October 31, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Sure do miss seeing all of your posts!
Hang in there with the projects.

Thanks for sharing and Happy Halloween!

Grand Pam - October 31, 2017 - 11:34 am

So glad to see a post from you. I understand about work on the house not being finished. A house owns you, you don’t own the house. Take good care of you. Your home was adorable as usual.

Linda - October 31, 2017 - 10:57 am

What a surprise! So glad to see your post. I miss your regular posts and have enjoyed the Instagram posts, but it’s not the same, they’re not enough! I’ve had to satisfy myself looking back in the archives.
Everything about your home is so refreshing and inviting. I love warm and comfy furnishings, lighting, book cases filled with books and not a lot of other stuff, family photos, family and celebrations. So I’m another fan happy to see you post again. I look forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years posts. Please!

Linda Sitton - October 31, 2017 - 10:53 am

What joy! I’ve missed you fun blog. Your home is always beautiful and inspiring and decorating for Halloween is no different. You bring the fun into home living. Looking forward to catching up soon.

Carol K. - October 31, 2017 - 10:01 am

Oh, happy day! You are back, hopefully to stay. Can you tell you have been missed by this faithful reader? No matter how many blogs I read, there is a special something that is totally unique about yours.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making my day!

Donnie - October 31, 2017 - 9:55 am

Oh how I have missed hearing from you. Glad work around the house is going well, if slow. Happy Halloween, what a day brightened to see your post today. All good things to you and you family.

Cheri - October 31, 2017 - 9:50 am

Happy Halloween! Your house looks perfect…just the right amount of decor. Can’t wait to see what you have been doing with your house as I am sure it is beautiful.

Darla B - October 31, 2017 - 9:48 am

Kelly, Your post brought a smile to my face when I saw it in my email, as always your fall Halloween décor is lovely, I get so much inspiration from your table settings to your entry way, den, kitchen and bedroom. I too love the black and white gingham. Thank you so much for sharing, you were certainly missed by me. Looking forward to seeing your post about your exterior home project.

Sandy - October 31, 2017 - 9:12 am

I was more than delighted to see your blog pop up in my Bloglovin list this morning. Truly you have been missed. Love all the Halloween decor in your house. Those plaid black/white pumpkins caught my eye…adorable.We are expecting friends from South Carolina in two weeks. Every day there is a long checklist to follow including a menu to solve. Happy Halloween,Kelly. Here’s wishing you and your husband a steady path in completing your outdoor renovations.

kristy - October 31, 2017 - 9:07 am

What a sweet surprise! So glad to see your post. Sorry the exterior work is taking so long. That’s generally the way those things go (at my house anyway!). Lovely Halloween décor. Just add an orange throw to your bedroom & you’ll be all set! I love the way you coordinate your linens, seasonally.

Karen B. - October 31, 2017 - 8:57 am

Happy Halloween, Kelly. Your home wears each season so well! Love the black and white gingham with orange and yellow (respective) color accents.

I miss your posts but have enjoyed the IG snippets. Best to you and your family for the season and I’ll look forward to hearing more when you have more spare time.

Anne from Atlanta - October 31, 2017 - 7:16 am

Hi Kelly! So happy to see your blog and catch up with what is going on with you. Your Halloween house is so festive. Love everything! XOXO, Anne

Patty in Michigan - October 31, 2017 - 6:40 am

Love that gingham pumpkin. Wish I would have seen that at Target. Love the orange and blac! So good to hear from you despite your busy life right now! 🎃🍁

Barbara - October 31, 2017 - 6:09 am

You’re my favorite….I’m so glad you are back!!!

Jeanne from Byron - October 31, 2017 - 5:47 am

So good to enjoy your post…missed you…hope you are having good days. Love to you! Blessings!! Jeanne

Sharon noble - October 31, 2017 - 4:48 am

Kelly, I was so happy to see your blog. I just realized that we hadn’t heard from you in a while ( understandably so). Glad to hear things are coming along, I really enjoyed the Halloween decor. You are always an inspiration!

Tricia - October 31, 2017 - 2:59 am

Kelly, what a treat it is to see your post! Loving all the little details, orange mugs in the flour and sugar, your table, everything. Happy to hear all is well, I do think of you and miss your regular decor posts. Have a Happy Halloween.

Leila Jane - October 31, 2017 - 12:22 am

Hi Kelly ~ Here’s another fan of yours happy to see you back again, even if just temporarily for now. I have always loved that you have your own organized “geometric style” with the neatly organized-looking buffalo check curtains and pillows and napkins and things. Every other single decor blog in Blogland doesn’t have to be Country French or Industrial Farmhouse right now, does it? That’s a rhetorical question, LOL! That’s why your style is a breath of fresh air to me! I get this impression from your many postings and pictures in the past that you have always been an organized, neat person and that it just naturally carries over into your style and decor. I’m sure that characteristic was part of what made you a great teacher, too! Anyway, welcome back but carry on with what you need to do. I’m sure we will all look forward to a Christmas post in the future if you have a chance! Thanks for stopping by to see us! Happy Halloween, Kelly!

Peggy Z - October 31, 2017 - 12:18 am

Popped over on Sunday hoping you had surprised us with a treat. Lovely to see you here! I can never get enough black gingham but mix it with yellow and I’m in love. Your bedroom makes me smile. I always come to get your sweet ideas on presentation. You have such a talent. And now I realize I’m craving candy corn and I did not get any when I ran out to replenish the Halloween candy stash. So fun to see your little photo crasher too.

LB - October 31, 2017 - 12:01 am

Hello, Happy Fall! Wondering, the cabinet (console? buffet?) at the beginning of your post, is it a Bob Timberlake? I have a large cherry entertainment cupboard from his successful line when he was with Lexington furniture (early 1990’s), the styling looks very similar. It’s beautiful.

Paula - October 30, 2017 - 11:31 pm

I’ve missed your blog. Love your house all decked out for Halloween.

Marianne in Mo. - October 30, 2017 - 11:28 pm

Welcome back! You have been missed! I have enjoyed following your instagram but it’s not the same! Your imaginative decorating is always a treat, and we are so glad all is well. Looking forward to hearing about the outdoor projects.

Sherry Svoboda from Maryland - October 30, 2017 - 10:56 pm

Love your home all decorated for Halloween which is my favorite holiday and I too love to decorate. You have given me lots of ideas Thanks for sharing😊

julia walker - October 30, 2017 - 10:54 pm

Dear Kelly, I was just thinking about you last week and here you are! I’ve missed you. One bit of news. I’m now a G-mother! Blair was born June 3 here to our son and his wife. Thanks for sharing your home with us. I like your bedroom the way it is. Gabbie has grown up to be a beautiful dog! So good to see her. Take care. Julia in Cincy

Donna - October 30, 2017 - 10:13 pm

What a treat to see your home decked out for Halloween ! So happy to hear you and your family are doing well . It seems projects take ten times longer to finish than anticipated . Happy Fall !

Nancy - October 30, 2017 - 10:11 pm

You have been greatly missed! It was such a treat to see your post. Please don’t stay away too long. We need your creativity, your lovely decor, and your sweet spirit. All of these posts should tell you how much we love seeing your pictures, ideas, and comments.🙂

Lynne - October 30, 2017 - 10:07 pm

I love all of your fun seasonal touches sprinkled throughout your home. The buffalo check and orange accents are perfect. Those little couldrons are adorable! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us…it’s so inspiring! Happy Halloween!

Sue - October 30, 2017 - 10:04 pm

Festive as always and I love all of the black and white buffalo check. I think you “need” an orange quilt. It would pop just like your yellow! Hope your outdoor work finishes up soon.

jae - October 30, 2017 - 10:01 pm

What a treat to see your post pop up in my inbox! You have been missed! Best luck with your house projects, and pets to Gabbie. Wow, how she has grown.

Sherry M - October 30, 2017 - 9:02 pm

So you wouldn’t have blocked me forever if I had sent you an email!? Well, believe me, the thought crossed my mind numerous times. It is so good to see and hear from Talk of the House. Everything about your home decor is so refreshingly festive for the fall season and Halloween. It was like answering the knock at the door and finding an old friend in my inbox. A true treat with no tricks. And Gabbie, oh my gracious! How she has grown! She is gorgeous! Does she follow every step you take? Thanks for making my day, Kelly! So good to hear from you.

Vikki - October 30, 2017 - 9:00 pm

So happy to see your blog today!!! I’ve missed your festive design ideas and delightful posts!! Glad all is well with you and to have you sharing once again!!

Dee McCollim - October 30, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Welcome back! You just made my day. I was so hoping you’d be back for the holidays. I did take the time to decorate for Fall this year using some of the many ideas you have shared in the past. I love buffalo plaid. Think I am going to use it for Christmas this year. I am seeing it all over in the stores. Thank you Kelly for writing. We have all missed you and Gaby.

Peg Shelton - October 30, 2017 - 8:45 pm

I was just thinking about you today and wishing you would post something. I have so missed your posts. You are a true inspiration.

cindy hattersley - October 30, 2017 - 8:39 pm

You are the queen of seasonal decor. I barely have pumpkins in a bowl…halloween are you kidding. I am always amazed at how you celebrate every holiday and occasion with such style!

Lynne - October 30, 2017 - 8:24 pm

So happy to open up my mail and see something from you! Glad everyone is doing great and I can’t wait to hear from Talk of the House again! Happy Halloween!

Jeanne Bell - October 30, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Missed you, as always, your house is beautiful. I got the same Pottery Barn pillow and am thinking of making some buffalo plaid plain pillows to go with it.
Love how you always make the holidays special.
Please post more for the holidays!

bev tippett - October 30, 2017 - 8:21 pm

Thanks for sharing….couldn’t get myself to do much decorating this year but I so enjoyed yours.

Dawn - October 30, 2017 - 8:21 pm


It is so great to hear from you! Happy Halloween to and your family! Gabby steals the show every time! She is so sweet. Thanks for the update and for sharing your home with us. Take care.


Marilyn Stirrett - October 30, 2017 - 8:11 pm

Love that yellow coverlet. I need one similar in ivory or cream.

Marlene - October 30, 2017 - 8:10 pm

So happy your back. Missed your wonderful posts. LOVE the black/white check and welcome back. Love it all!

Karol - October 30, 2017 - 8:07 pm

Can’t tell you how happy I was to see your post. It’s so nice to see some color in someone’s house. Very special. Have a Happy Halloween!

Linda - October 30, 2017 - 8:07 pm

Just so cute! Working on a house always seems to take longer and cost more than expected. 😂 it will be so pretty when it’s done.

Tonya Rosinbaum - October 30, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Buy the orange quilt and pillow shams! They will look great! Love your blog!

Cindy - October 30, 2017 - 7:58 pm

REALLY CUTE !!! Love the glass jars and your tablescape!!! NICE JOB !!

N from Va - October 30, 2017 - 7:56 pm

What a treat! Thank you for sending and sharing. Happy Halloween.

Reba Summers - October 30, 2017 - 7:54 pm

Love your blog Kelly! Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to more!

Design Chic - October 30, 2017 - 7:50 pm

So fun and festive, Kelly! I always love seeing what you have in your glass canisters and the pumpkins look perfect! Happy Monday ~

Ann - October 30, 2017 - 7:32 pm

So happy to see a post from you!! Love everything about this, but especially the black and white gingham pumpkins! I also love your display of orange and black books, plus Frankensteiin and Wicked! I have a copy of Dracula and Phantom of the Opera somewhere; maybe I’ll get them out. Happy Halloween 🎃!!

Leigh Boren - October 30, 2017 - 7:22 pm

It is so good to see your beautiful home back on your blog – especially at holiday time! Your decor looks so inviting and fun, it is always a pleasure to read and see your pictures. Have a wonderful Halloween……here comes Thanksgiving 🦃

mari1017 - October 30, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Happy Halloween, Kelly! It’s soooo good to read your orange and black post 🙂 Just like you never left ♥ Thanks for the smiles and the great ideas!

Sandy - October 30, 2017 - 6:14 pm

Everything is adorable. Happy Halloween. When I retired, I felt like all I did for quite some time was house repairs. I know what you are going through. It is like we were just too rushed to see about it all. Then it was a ton to do.

Carol Ann - October 30, 2017 - 6:06 pm

I have missed you! The little black cauldrons are so cute….what a great idea! Black and white check and orange… great Halloween colors. Thanks for sharing with us and Happy Halloween! 🎃🎃🎃 Gabbie has grown! ❤️

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