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Travel Talk: Tahlequah, Oklahoma


Our daughter is currently working in Florida at Disney World.  In fact, she is “friends with” (Disney’s words for her character role position) “Princess Anna” from Frozen.  So if you happen to be in Epcot sometime in the next few months, you might see her greeting children and signing autographs at her post in Norway.  She is a Disney girl through and through, but a few months ago she worked with a mission group in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and of course we drove there for a visit.  Her housing for this job was in one of the dorms at Northeastern State University.


The back side of that fountain looks like this:
(The quote is rather appropriate for someone doing mission work. 🙂 )

northeastern-state-university-okAs you approach the university, you see this stream separating its campus from the town.

northeastern-state-university-campusThe area has a very rich history with the Cherokee people, so you will see this statue on campus just beyond the stream.

northeastern-state-university-statueA few blocks down the street from the college is a park.


If you have read the children’s book, Where the Red Fern Grows, you probably remember the story was set in Tahlequah.  A commemorative statue honoring the book and author stands in the park.


where-the-red-fern-grows-sculpture-tahlequaScattered around the park are other plaques and maps with information about the Cherokee people and the history of the area.


tahlequa-historical-highlightsBecause the Native American history is so important to the area, we also visited the Cherokee Heritage Center.



There is a sculpture of Andrew Hartley Payne near the entrance to the center. He was of Cherokee heritage and was the 1st place winner of the 1928 Great Trans-Continental Foot Race from Los Angeles to New York City.  He also served many years as a clerk of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.


We explored many different buildings while we were there at the center.


But there is more to the town of Tahlequah than their history.  We also did some shopping in the downtown district.  My very favorite store there was Cook’s Companion – a precious kitchen shop!  I could have spent a small fortune (well actually, a BIG one!) there. 🙂  They had everything you could possibly want or need for cooking and entertaining.

Just look…



Even Downton Abbey items…


and cotton boll wreaths! 🙂cooks-companion-tahlequa-cotton-wreath


See why I had a hard time resisting?!cooks-companion-tahlequa-display

Further temptation in Tahlequah was several restaurants that had very tasty food.
On our first evening there we had pizza at the oddly named Sam and Ella’s Chicken Palace.
(Yes, it really is a pizza place!)


And there is the Drip coffee, brunch, and lunch spot.
the-drip-tahlequathe-drip-tahlequa-coffee-and-sandwich-shopEvery single thing at Drip is absolutely delicious…
from coffee to tea to sandwiches to soup and salads and desserts.


And then there was the place our daughter and her roommates ate every chance they could:
Iguana Cafee.
(and yes, that is how they spell it. 🙂 )


Their menus were on clipboards.



We enjoyed our lunch there with sandwiches…

iguanas-cafe-tahlequa-lunchand coffee…


and a super fun dessert!




 And finally, we also had a fun time canoeing one of the nearby rivers.


Thanks for following along with our trip to Oklahoma!  On the way back to Georgia, we stopped to tour this house in Alabama:

idea-houseI’ll have all the details from that tour in the coming post. 🙂

Until next time…

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kathy - October 25, 2016 - 12:08 am

I am glad your beautiful daughter is living her dream. When I was in college I always wanted to work at Disney for a summer but never followed through with it. And, how wonderful that Hayley knows the importance of helping others through mission work. You have done a great job with your children, giving them roots and wings. I read Wilson Rawls, Summer of the Monkeys, to my third graders every year. They liked the book better than the movie as well, Louvina. (I could never read the book aloud without crying. Every year I thought I could, but no!)Making s’mores in a restaurant looks fun! Cook’s Companion looks like a store I would like to visit. My sister just gave me some cotton and I was thinking today that I need to see a cotton wreath…and there it was! Great post, Kelly! Now I must catch up and read your next post. I have been away at a wedding a few days.
Our daughter is certainly going after her dreams. I just hope she gets a position she loves when this one is over. She has been interviewing at Disney for the last 2 weeks for different jobs, (like in hospitality – not entertainment) and she will know more next month. If she gets one, she will be out of Disney housing and into her own apartment…which means loading up a truck and moving all of her things down there. Fingers crossed for her!
I think I read Summer of the Monkeys a very long time ago. It seems to me that most books are better than the movies that are made from them.
The s’mores grill was a lot of fun! (better than fondue!)
Good luck with your cotton wreath! It seems you have a wedding to attend every time you turn around. 🙂

Becky - October 22, 2016 - 10:00 pm

You described Northeastern State University very well. I thought your daughter was in Tulsa, so I concentrated on that area when I was describing it to you. I taught for 35 years at a sister university to NSU at East Central University in Ada. Yes Oklahoma can be a destination spot. We have mountains in the southwest, southeast, and the Cookson Hills around NSU. I could write a book, but we are a very diverse people in a very diverse land. We welcome you!
Becky, thank you for all your info for our trip! We did shop in Tulsa for a day, and that was fun. I agree that Oklahoma is a very diverse land, and much of it reminded me of Georgia – especially the mountainous area we drove through to get o Tahlequah.

Marianne in Mo. - October 22, 2016 - 7:56 pm

Finally! I was reading this post last night, got to the fun dessert, and my computer stopped loading your pictures! GRRR! Bad computer!!! So tonight I tried again, and it worked fine. :-/
That was another fun trip – the interesting town I never heard of, with quite a bit to see and eat! Can’t wait for the house tour! Thanks again!
Marianne, it may have stopped loading because of the big internet hack that occurred that day. My site (along with many other WordPress ones) was down for about 2 hours thanks to that. 🙁 Glad you enjoyed reading about the trip. House tour coming up next! 🙂

DiAnne - October 22, 2016 - 7:04 pm

I just told my husband We have to visit this place when we go to visit the Pioneer Woman’s new Mercantile in Pawhuska. I also want to venture over to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Katrina says the museum is fabulous. All these places pretty within 2-3 hours of each other. It is a long way from the Carolinas but maybe we will make it there sometime.

I am still pondering your lake house dream plans. I like some of both of them but I definitely lean toward the “summer camp” look the most.

I am sure your daughter is having a wonderful time. What great experiences she is having! Our second grandaughter was born about 6 weeks ago. What a blessing she is!

Have a great rest of the weekend.
Congratulations on your new granddaughter Dianne! I know you are spoiling her. 🙂 And how fun to visit the Pioneer Woman’s new shop! Your plans for the trip sound great. Definitely a long way from NC, but we easily drove it from Georgia – in fact in 1 day to get there (but we did break it up into 2 in coming back.)
I am still pondering the lake house too…will probably have a very long time to ponder them at the rate we go at things!
Kelly - October 22, 2016 - 9:08 am

I enjoyed seeing your fun travel pics with your daughter! Great photography, by the way!! I’m glad you and your husband have time to enjoy traveling more now. Have a great weekend!
Thank you for following along Debbie. Glad that you enjoy the virtual trips. 🙂 (And thank you for the compliments on the photography!)
Hope your weekend has been a good one.

Vicki - October 21, 2016 - 11:01 pm

My husband and I went to Cherokee NC a couple months ago and for the first time toured the Oconoluftee Indian Village and saw the pageant, Unto These Hills. So, so worth it, very professional and beautifully done. I learned SO MUCH! I would really enjoy this city!
I have heard that production is an exceptionally good one. How lucky that you got to experience it Vicki! There was a sequel written for it and performed in an amphitheater in Tahlequah until 2005. You would have enjoyed seeing it too.

Tricia - October 21, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Anna?! Could Hayley be any happier! How wonderful for her. Just the most popular Princess ever, I’m sure! What a happy time for her.

Love to see your travel blogs. Can’t wait to see where you will show up next! Enjoy your weekend. T
Tricia, I think you are thinking of Anna’s sister Elsa. Anna is the perky little sister to the singing diva. 🙂 But Hayley does truly love this role, and it is much better than the 40 lb. costume of Winnie the Pooh! I am so glad that she has had this opportunity to do something she has dreamed about for years.

Garden, Home and Party - October 21, 2016 - 4:47 pm

What a wonderful experience for your daughter and what a quaint little town in OK. Does your daughter want to work for Disney full time, career wise? I know they used to have great career opportunities for recent graduates.
It will be fun to see the tour of the lovely house!
Yes, she does want to work for Disney, Karen – but in a different field. She wants to work in the resorts with hospitality. The character role is just a one time thing that she has always dreamed of doing. It has been fun, but she realizes that it is not something you do for a career.
Tour house coming up soon!

mari1017 - October 21, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Kelly! What a wonderful post! Extremely interesting as I have never been in that part of the country. Your daughter has a varied and wonderful life. You all must be so proud. And what a joy to be able to join her in a visit in so many of her adventures.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful place. mari
Thank you for following along Mari! Yes, our daughter certainly has had some varied job opportunities. I believe she is ready to settle down on a career perhaps in Florida and won’t have quite so many changes soon. (Florida will still provide us a good place to travel. 🙂 )

Barbara (WA) - October 21, 2016 - 12:52 pm

Such an interesting area! Your daughter sounds like a wonderful talented young woman – thanks for sharing!
It was very interesting. Thank you for your sweet compliment for our daughter, Barbara. She has certainly taken on some interesting jobs in the last few years!

Ruth - October 21, 2016 - 12:28 pm

I’d never thought of OK as a vacation destination, but you made it look so appealing! I have so enjoyed “our” travels this year to the Pacific NW and Fernandina, the many celebrations you shared, and your delightful “nesting” ideas. Your posts have been especially welcome through election debate season, providing a much-needed retreat from all the ugliness. Many thanks for the joy and warmth you bring into the world… into OUR worlds!

I recognize the preview photo as the Southern Living Idea Home here in B’ham, and look forward to seeing your “take” on it. It’s a real beaut from an all-star team.

Warm regards and happy posting!
Thank you so very much Ruth. Your comment actually made me tear up! (in a good way. 🙂 ) I have had a very hard time keeping up the blog this year with my husband home now that he has retired plus all our traveling. I so appreciate you and all the others who have followed through all the varied posts – from celebrations to travel to the increasingly missing decorating (due to traveling!) YOU all are what makes this rewarding.

Gina - October 21, 2016 - 12:12 pm

How nice you were able to go visit your daughter while she was in Oklahoma. It looks like an interesting little town steeped in Cherokee history. 🙂 I’m sure she was happy to have you visit. My weakness would have been the kitchen store too!! Thanks for taking us along on your trip. 😉
We were happy to see her and to learn about the history of Tahlequah. That kitchen store was fabulous!! If I had not been in the middle of purging our kitchen cabinets with the hope of downsizing, I could have purchased many many things!!
Thanks for following along with us Gina. 🙂

Jo Anne Hayon - October 21, 2016 - 10:41 am

I love your posts. I look forward to reading them. It is fun to see other parts of the country and your design sense. Keep on writing them.
I’m so glad you do Jo Anne. 🙂 Thanks for your encouraging comment! 🙂

Susan - October 21, 2016 - 10:35 am

How fun to see your pics of Tahlequah! I’m from Muskogee and graduated from NSU in Tahlequah. We’ve floated the Illinois River many times- such a beautiful area! It brought back many memories! Sam and Ella’s is the best! Carrie Underwood worked there when she was going to college at NSU. Everyone should include a visit to beautiful northeastern Oklahoma when they go to see the Pioneer Woman in Pawhuska!
Wow what a small world Susan!! That river was great!! I know you had a great time floating on it. And Sam and Ella’s was a good place to start our visit to Tahlequah! I did not know that about Carrie Underwood. How fun!
The Pioneer Woman is going to do big things for Oklahoma’s tourism I think. 🙂

Louvina - October 21, 2016 - 9:56 am

My, my! I love this little town!! Not only is my favorite children’s book/movie about that area– I used to read “Where the Red Fern Grows” every year to my 5th grade class and we compared it with the movie — they voted and liked the book better!! Also, I have lineage of Cherokee in my family. Enjoyed the post so much and would love to go there. You have certainly been quite the traveler since retirement!! Such beautiful memories! Keep on finding interesting places! 😊
Oh wow! How cool is that about the book?! And your heritage! You should make a trip to check out the area Louvina. I am glad you are enjoying the travel posts, because yes, we have certainly done the traveling this year. Ready for a little slow down now. Hope you are taking it easy and getting totally healed from your surgery.
Take care!

Cindy - October 21, 2016 - 9:23 am

Hi Kelly!

My husband and I will be at WDW for the half and full marathon, Jan 7-8 and will be spending a few days before/after to, once again, visit the parks. I will definitely look for your daughter.

Have fun Cindy! Our daughter’s role as Anna ends in January, but I think it is in the middle of the month. So do look for her at Norway in Epcot.

Sandy from FWB - October 21, 2016 - 9:16 am

I have been a ton of places, but Oklahoma is a state I have never visited. I need to add it to my list. Especially since The Pioneer Woman is opening a store. Looks fun. You have been a traveling girl for sure. My husband has not retired yet, but I figure I will be on the go when he does. Yikes!
There is a lot to see in Oklahoma Sandy, so I hope you do get to visit it one day. The Pioneer Woman is going draw so many people there! I bet you will be traveling too when your husband retires. Get ready!

Design Chic - October 21, 2016 - 8:42 am

What an exciting time in your daughter’s life! It’s such a beautiful campus a dreamlike place to work ‘m sure. Can’t wait for the house tour next week. Enjoy your weekend!
It has been exciting for her. The campus was very nice, but it was hot hot when we were there, and she said it had been hot all summer. But I guess that is no different than here in the South, right?!
House tour coming right up!

Stephanie - October 21, 2016 - 7:00 am

I’m taking my granddaughter to WDW for Halloween and having breakfast with the princesses ! We will look for Princess Anna!
How fun Stephanie! Your granddaughters will love it! (Even our daughter loved dining in the castle. :)) I am afraid that Anna can only be seen in Norway at Epcot. She does not go to the princess breakfast, but I hope you will have the opportunity to meet her in Epcot (and ride the Frozen ride!)

Cindy - October 21, 2016 - 6:29 am

Kelly, how many trips have you taken this year???? You don’t need a house, you need a Tiny Home…pull it wherever you want to
Your daughter will make a great Anna. My granddaughters went to Disney this year and were in awe of the characters and how much time they took with each child.
Although the first version was beautiful, I like the coziness of the second one. Keeping dreaming.
Cindy that is an understatement!! We have seriously talked about getting an RV because we are traveling so much. Last week of Sept. – Disney World, 1st week of Oct – Seattle, 2nd week – Highlands, NC, and last week – Birmingham, AL. I can’t get any decorating done around here thanks to all the traveling.
Thank you for your sweet words about our daughter. Disney seems to do an excellent job training all of its staff – no matter what their role.
I will keep dreaming about a lake house – or maybe an RV. 🙂

Dreaming of a Lake House – The Interior – Version 2


Welcome back for another post to dream about a possible future lake house!  My ideas for version #1 were light, bright, and colorful, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in, and today we finish up our dreaming with version #2.  I am sure that you are going to think that I have gone over to the dark side…and I am betting many of you are probably thinking This is not Kelly’s style.  Well…with a new house, comes the opportunity to make a change in style, so I am thinking about whether or not I want to go in a different direction.



If you have been following here for awhile, you are probably wondering Why is she putting a photo of her husband’s office in this post?  You see, I was sitting up there the other morning, just enjoying a cup of coffee, when all of a sudden it hit me.  This is exactly what our lake house should look like…warm…cozy…a bit rustic.


And the more I sat there and looked around the room, the more I thought it was perfect for the lake house.  So I again went to Pinterest to look for inspirational images – but this time I wanted photos that might have the same vibe as that room. Specifically, I wanted rooms with wood floors, wood ceilings, shiplap walls, and color schemes that would work with rust and gray – perhaps navy, mustard, and olive.


So here are the ones that I came up with.  They aren’t exactly like that room, but I think they have the feel that I am going for, and perhaps they will be of help in the future if we have the opportunity to build this dream lake house.

Let’s start with a couple of kitchens.  I keep coming back to this one for some reason, although I don’t know if I would be brave enough to paint our cabinets green.





Here is another one with a rustic ceiling, but it is actually just painted to look like old boards. An amazing job, right?

I would want shiplap walls painted a dark khaki if I had this room.


The following kitchen is from a tiny house, which is why we are seeing the washer in the kitchen.  In a larger home, that space would be for a dishwasher.



If I were to change the fabric in the shades of the following kitchen to a dark plaid – maybe rust or navy, it would be a wonderful one for our lake house.



Now moving on to a living area.  I liked this one, but I would want plank walls rather than stone.


This is the dining area in that same house.  I like how cozy it looks, but I do not know how practical it would be for us to have built-in seating all the way around.  It looks very comfortable, but I would hate to try to keep all those cushions clean.



And now for a few bedrooms (besides the one at the top of the post.)  There were quite a few of them that I thought were a good fit for the look.






And RHTeen has a great selection of linens that could work for this house.




I really like this plaid!


There was one bathroom that I ran across that seemed to have the style I was looking for (and it happens to be in the house with the bedroom at the top of the post. 🙂 )  Aren’t those lights great?!



And finally, I found another house plan that I’d like you to see.  Archiscapes designs homes that have beautiful architectural details.  The one that seems to best fit our needs is called The Sea Nest.



I would want to paint it a much darker color – perhaps like the color scheme on this house (which is not the Sea Nest.)


Here is the floorplan for The Sea Nest. It is larger than we need, so it would have to have some of its square footage trimmed off – but that would not be hard to do because the rooms on the website look quite generous in size to me.



There is actually a smaller version of the plan on their website, but it has a garage in place of the separate dining area.  We would not need a garage, and I really like the design of that dining room in the plan with all those windows. So I prefer this one over it.

And that brings us to the close of our lake house dreaming for awhile.  Thank you so much for following along with me as I have thought about possibilities for that house…a house that may or may not be built…but it is always fun to dream. 🙂


Until next time…

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Carolyn - October 21, 2016 - 9:42 pm

I love the look of this version. And the Sea Nest is adorable. I’d love a dining area with windows wrapped on two sides.
I am sold on that dining room too! Can you ever have too many windows? 🙂 And I am glad you like the houseplan Carolyn.

Karen - October 21, 2016 - 10:03 am

I really like this version and the rooms with the wood. Amazing ceiling painted like wood and the bathroom lights, too. Different! The green cabinets I think would be great combined with nature and the setting for a cabin. I love the look of the house as well, but not sure what color. Just me talking, hope you find the right one. No harm in dreaming, right?! 🙂
Thank you for your input on the choices Karen. 🙂 Who knows if we will ever get to make this dream house a reality, but you are so right. There is no harm in dreaming. Thanks for dreaming right along with me! 🙂

Cindy - October 21, 2016 - 9:42 am

Hi Kelly:

Wow; that is a hard choice! There are ideas in both versions that I really like. I know that no matter what choice you go with, or a combination of both, your home will be beautiful and a reflection of you and your family.
Thank you for your kind comment Cindy. You are so sweet to say all that. I hope that we do get to build this dream house one day and truly make it a reflection of our family.

Tricia - October 21, 2016 - 6:08 am

Hi Kelly. What a dilemma, both versions have beautiful qualities but personally I prefer more of this look, it’s cosy and warm. The living room and the dining room are beautiful perfect! How much fun it is following you as you plan your new home. So hope your dreams come true!
Thank you Tricia. I do like the warmth of this one with the wood too…but ask me in the heat of the summer, and I just might change my tune. LOL
I hope we can make this dream come true too.

Jeanne bell - October 20, 2016 - 10:18 pm

Oh heavens, the picture of the kitchen and family room (the one after the green cabinets) has always been a favorite of mine….and the house that goes with it. As for the green cabinets, its only paint….try it you might just like it.
Love dreaming with you!
I love that Georgia house too, Jeanne. It is a beautiful restoration! Thank you for the vote for bravery with the green paint. When we get around to actually building this house perhaps I will have the courage. 🙂

Linda Clark - October 20, 2016 - 8:13 pm

Kelly, just remember that your children will probably come home for holidays in a few years with families of their own and those future grandbabies in tow. You will need more space than you think. We live full time on a lake/River and built William Pool’s Port Royal plan. You might want to check it out.
Linda, I hope you are right about the grandchildren, but the way it is looking right now, we will be waiting a verrrrry long time before we have very many. I love your house plan! I will have to study it in more detail later, but it looks like a really great one. 🙂 Thanks for the information on it.

Gail - October 20, 2016 - 4:29 pm

I love your present house, Kelly. If you come up with a lake house, it will be wonderful too. I don’t know if you have ever answered this question: Does your husband agree with all your ideas, and do what you want him to do? Or does he have his own opinion?
Growing up we had a summer lake house. There’s nothing like it!
Thank you for the vote of confidence Gail! And yes, my husband often has an opinion on what should be done, but it usually meshes with what I want to do. 🙂 In this case, he will like version 2 because it has rustic wood in it. The only place we ever disagree is with wood. Like most men, he wants it left unpainted and I often want to paint it.
Lucky you to have grown up spending summers at a lake house! Wish we could have had it years ago for our children.

kathy - October 20, 2016 - 1:25 pm

I am surprised at how many readers like version #2 better. I love version 1. This interior is pretty but I like the first one so much better. It seems lighter, brighter and happier to me. But, whichever one you do will be spectacular, I am sure.
I am VERY surprised Kathy! I just knew everyone would be like you and say they liked the 1st one – and for all the reasons you named. 🙂 Must be the fall season making everyone gravitate to the more cozy look. LOL

Gina - October 20, 2016 - 11:37 am

I love this version too!! There are so many beautiful styles I like. Haha, wish we could have a space for all of them. 😉 I have loved the gray/rust color scheme since you shared your husband’s office space room last year. I especially love the rustic wood in this version too. I have a stack of 100+ year old wood now from my husband’s grandparent’s old homeplace which was torn down last year. Still trying to decide what to use it for. 🙂 I like the new house plan too. It is so fun to dream!! 🙂
Thank you Gina. I am right there with you on liking a bunch of different styles! How wonderful to have all those old boards! I hope you come up with a good use for them. They are a treasure! 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - October 20, 2016 - 11:03 am

Not that you’ve asked for us to vote but I vote for version 2. I love the rustic touches and of course, I love the use of a bit of plaid.
Its so much fun to dream and I really like the floor plan…hope you find a lot to build this, we’d all enjoy trailing along on this journey. 🙂
Karen, it is a good thing that I am not a betting woman! I would have thought that everyone would have disliked this style. Wow! Glad you liked it, and yes, the rustic touches and the plaid are pretty. I hope we find a waterfront lot too. 🙂

Marianne in Mo. - October 20, 2016 - 10:15 am

Love your ideas, and the color scheme you are considering. I wanted gray cabinets, but a warm gray, not the cool gray we were offered. So I went with creamy white in the kitchen, but the master has linen cabinets, the guest bath stained dark wood.
Not a fan of built in dining, just too hard to get in to the far side of seating.
Love that plaid, and that pumpkin accent color is my new favorite color. Funny, I had that back in the 70’s, when we were first married, and am coming back to it again! But it goes with so much of what we already have, so I don’t have to totally redo everything!
We are all moved in at the lake, packing is done (less than a week!) and just window treatments remain. No hurry on that, since the other houses are across the lake! Can’t tell you how serene and quiet it is. Except for morning band practice on the high school field nearby, but I always love a good marching band! 😉
I so hope your dream becomes real.
Hooray to your moving in! All in a week? THAT is amazing! 🙂 Glad you liked all the ideas Marianne, and it seems that popular decorating colors come back around from time to time. Take your time with the window treatments so that you know exactly what you want.
I know you are enjoying your new home!! (jealous here. 🙂 )

Linda - October 20, 2016 - 10:06 am

I pick version 2, it seems so much more comfortable, less, I don’t know, “stimulating” maybe, more everyday. Much easier to add pops of color and seasonal decor if you choose. You’ve got great ideas and a magic touch, I can’t wait to see how you pull things together, even if it’s only in your dreams!
It is certainly a more “calm” look for a lake house, so you are right about it being less stimulating than the other look. Thank you for the compliments, Linda and I hope it is a project we get to pursue.

Sandy from FWB - October 20, 2016 - 9:40 am

Well, I actually love this version more than the first one believe it or not I think it is more you than the first one!!
I always loved the office over the garage anyway. It is funny …as I am looking at this I think much of it looks similar to the spaces you saw on vacation out in Seattle. Did you get inspired or what?!!! It would be nice living on a lake, but you know all your readers love love love your home now.
It is funny, I have started my third fall this year being retired as a teacher. It really just this year seems right. The first year I was in a fog from losing a parent, the second year moving the other one to FWB. She has her own place, but still I am busy taking care of things. The first two years were just hard trying to find my place after working so hard for 31 years. It felt like I should be doing more even though I had so much that I had let go and it had to be taken care of. Quite frankly just finding a routine for myself was very hard. I am finally letting myself relax.
It might be just possible you are still in that mixed up land between work and retirement and finding your place whether it is a lake home or just staying put where you are.
Really. more me? Wow! Guess I don’t recognize my own style! (If there is such a thing. LOL) And yes, I was inspired in Seattle…more than you know. We just spent a week there redoing our son’s apartment – and guess what. It is in gray and rust! Ha! His style is more modern – which is expected with someone in their twenties.
I am so glad your retirement is going well for you, and I hope you are right about year #3. In year 2 here and I don’t feel I have really “figured it out” yet. Waaaaaay too busy – which means it is nothing like I thought it would be. The first year I dove into blogging big time, and when my husband retired last year it seemed his schedule has dictated mine much more than I thought it would. We are traveling so much now that it still has not slowed down. So I think you are right about my being in the mixed up land between work and retirement. Perhaps you should be a therapist, Sandy! 🙂 🙂
Thanks a million for your comment girl.

Bobbie - October 20, 2016 - 9:36 am

I’m hoping your dream comes true! Like you, I love to have something to plan/redecorate. Your idea to only have a few upper cabinets in the kitchen is a good one, the kitchen on the lake should have wonderful views with plenty of windows! I can already smell the fresh air!
I hope it comes true too Bobbie. 🙂 It would be a change to have few upper cabinets for me…not sure where I would hide all “the stuff.” LOL I love love love windows, and you are right about a lake house having wonderful views. That is what is driving me to look for plans that have the living room at the back of the house so that it has water views. Not easy to find plans with that!

Anne - October 20, 2016 - 8:06 am

Hi Kelly, I’ve been meaning to ask you … how are you enjoying retirement? I hope you’re over the moon about it like I was! And still am, 7 years later. It gives you time to do the creative play (and work) that is so satisfying in life. I love the direction you are going in. I’ve had those decorating epiphanies in my own home. Isn’t it wonderful to know where you’re headed and explore the ideas that follow? Thanks for taking us along. Your blog is still one of my favorites.
Thank you so much for your sweet words Anne. Retirement has become something different from what I thought it would be. In my head I pictured slow days with time for leisurely reading novels or working in the yard. Lately it has been travel travel travel with barely enough time to get laundry done before we pack to take another trip. I am hoping that it slooooows down after this month, and we can actually enjoy it. Thank you for asking. 🙂

Vicki - October 20, 2016 - 5:56 am

I like these! I also like the new plan with the nice dining room. Have to think about family being home over the holidays!
Thanks Vicki! It is a departure from all my red and black for sure. That dining room is wonderful, isn’t it?!

Linda Miller - October 20, 2016 - 1:06 am

I think this is a perfect look for a lake house. I have dreamed of a house by some type of water and this is what I vision. Cozy, homey and it is really not that dark. You can have this look and still keep it light.
I’m so glad you like it Linda. It really does seem suited to a house on a lake to me, and like you, I love the cozy feel of it.
Thanks for taking the time to read the post and leave your comments here today. 🙂

Gabrielle - October 20, 2016 - 12:19 am

Hi Kelly,

I love all the photos in this post. They really look like you and your home. They are warm and welcoming. You are right, it is fun to dream!
Aw you are sweet Gabrielle. 🙂 I hope we get to turn this dream into a reality sometime in our future. Thanks for following along with us!

Nancy - October 20, 2016 - 12:15 am

I love the idea of a lake house! I also love the rooms you showed. In some ways, it seems you might like a combination of lake house with a touch of industrial, a look I like also. Just a thought.
Nancy, I think you nailed it. 🙂 When I was searching on Pinterest, I kept putting in “rustic industrial rooms.” So yes, I do like a touch of industrial in this style. (Perhaps my boys are rubbing off on me!)

Leslie Anne Tarabella - October 20, 2016 - 12:00 am

Love these photos!

I’m with you on the built in seats. They look marvelous, but if I’m the one stuck on the inner portion, I feel trapped. I start shaking, sweating (well, okay, I don’t really sweat), but I get really nervous. I always think if I have to leave, I’ll have to slink down underneath the table and crawl out.

But hey, that’s just me.
I think you need some therapy Leslie Anne! LOL No,seriously I do know what you mean. I don’t feel trapped and nervous, but it is certainly inconvenient to be stuck in the middle in one of those seating arrangements. I would like that dining room with all those windows to have a nice big round table with chairs surrounding it. Then anyone could escape any time they felt the need. 🙂

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