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A Valentine’s Day House Tour

Happy Day of Love!  I hope you are having a fun day filled with cards, candy, and all sorts of sweetness! What could be better than celebrating a day of love? (Certainly what we seem to need in our society today.) I have a house full of red to show you….and there is actually a method to my madness here.  So grab your cup of coffee, and let’s get started! 🙂

We finally went to see Hidden Figures at the theater the other week.  (LOVED it by the way!) While we were there, I decided that going to the movies is probably my most favorite thing to do…but of course it has to include popcorn and a box of candy to be the full experience. 🙂

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to give everyone a movie, some popcorn, and a box of candy for their Valentine treats this year.  Here are all the supplies I used.

I found the 4-films-in-one-box at Target.  I put the candy and unpopped popcorn in the popcorn box and then tied them all together with some red twine and a small tag I printed on tagboard.

They are going beside each place setting for tonight’s dinner.
(Each guest’s name is on the back so I know who is getting which film. 🙂 )

One thing led to another, and since the gifts were movie related, well… you know I had to follow that theme with everything else. 🙂

Like the table centerpiece for example.

I found all the film related things at Hobby Lobby except for the clapperboard (the director’s clipboard.)  It came from our local Party Store.

We’ll be serving our dinner tonight from the kitchen, so we can leave the centerpiece on the table while we eat.

I placed popcorn boxes all around for props.
(Our poor puppy just keeps sniffing the air.  I know she is smelling popcorn!)

The jar in the cabinet holds chocolate drizzled popcorn, and it is soooo good!

And of course we had to have a jar of movie candy. 🙂
(I’ll have the Junior Mints, please.)

Now moving on into the kitchen, there really isn’t much new to see.
It just has its normal red accessories…which happen to work well with Valentine’s Day.

 I did add a popcorn box and some Cokes to the cabinet above the kitchen desk for a touch of movie fun.

And there is a popcorn related recipe on the kitchen chalkboard.

Before we go in any of the other nearby rooms, let’s take a look at a couple of rooms in the bedroom wing.  The master bedroom is still dressed in red from Christmas.

I found the lumbar pillow with the black hearts at Target
(and bought several of them!)

Do all of your stores have as many tulips out as ours seem to be carrying?  I think they are going to replace roses for the most popular Valentine’s Day choice!  Love those red tulips!

And gerbera daisies (in red) are also a favorite of mine.
(I actually like them even better than tulips!)

Now let’s go back to the other side of the house. The love pillow on the bench below is the back side of one of those black heart lumbar pillows like in the master bedroom.  The fact that they are reversible makes me like them even more!

We haven’t been in the playroom in a while, but I put a bit of movie themed items in there.  So I wanted you to see it all.

If you have been following along on Instagram, you have already seen the sneak peek of our “Romantic Movie chalkboard.” I still say You’ve Got Mail is my all time favorite romantic movie.  Our daughter loves Philadelphia Story.  (And I can’t believe I left Love Story off that chalkboard! Duh.)

The smaller one has movie couples.
See if you know to which movie each of them belongs. 🙂

Did you figure out all of them? From the playroom we’re going into the family room…where there is yet another black lumbar pillow with hearts on it.

The mantel has just a touch of movie accessories.

My collection of old cameras seemed to go with the look of it all.

Two more Valentine pillows (from Target) are on the sofa.

And there is a bit more popcorn and a few vintage cameras on top of the family room cabinet.

And finally, we are going to head out through the foyer.  I have done this “tour” backwards – starting in the dining room – because I was afraid you wouldn’t understand the theme if I didn’t start it there.

The take-away gift for this month is a Coke and popcorn tied up with ribbon and a tag.  (These are for anyone, not just our dinner guests tonight.)

And if I could hand one of these goodies to you through the computer, I would! Just to thank YOU for popping in to visit the blog today…and all the other days you spend your valuable time here.  I appreciate you so much for doing that!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the house decked out in red once again, and I also hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day today!

Until next time…

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Lori - February 21, 2017 - 8:09 am

Oh my goodness! I want to come live at your house.Kelly, everything is just so fun and pulled together. I LOVE your Valentine and movie theme. <3

anna Greece - February 19, 2017 - 1:43 pm

High quality taste with simple, elegant and straight style with clear lines and welcoming atmosphere! This is a house of a happy family of a happy wellorganised mum!Congratulations.I follow Pinterest but never comment.I couldn’t resist the temptation here!

Lanita Anderson - February 16, 2017 - 12:40 pm

I love your movie theme Valentine table and all of the great decorating accents throughout your home!! Although there were so many great ideas, the table was my favorite….I loved your idea for Valentine gifts, too! Thanks for sharing – hope you are having a great week!

Cindy - February 16, 2017 - 7:56 am

WOW. You out did yourself! As always every attention to details.
What a great theme!! You have some very lucky friends and family. (And blog fans)

Jeanne bell - February 15, 2017 - 6:43 pm

Once again you hit it out of the park……Happy Valentines Day!

Margaret - February 15, 2017 - 1:21 pm

You are so creative….love the movie theme.
Happy Valentines Day!

Garden, Home and Party - February 15, 2017 - 9:35 am

I’m a day late and a Valentine short on visiting your post. What fun! I love the idea and have filed this in “how to host a great holiday” file. You always share the best ideas. Thank you.

Cindy - February 15, 2017 - 7:55 am

Oh my goodness, Kelly! You outdid yourself but then again, I love every ‘theme’ that you share with us. Your guests are fortunate to be invited to such a welcoming, comfortable home. I’m thinking that many of us will be using some of these ideas.

Teri - February 15, 2017 - 12:22 am

I loved this tour! Thanks for sharing all your cute ideas. Can I ask where you got your picture frames. Ii love the simple black frames with the large white mat.

Sherry M - February 14, 2017 - 10:10 pm

The Queen of Themes..and I love it, just perfect for the Day of Love! What’s more romantic than a sweet movie with the one or ones you love, or special friends? Except maybe those sweet and salty treats, which puts the icing on the cake of your decor. Great pillows!! The red and white eye candy is something I never get tired of. I think maybe the playroom should be renamed the FUN room. That’s what I think of every time we are invited in. Love it! I noticed the Marley book in the bedroom. Appropriate. I always enjoy the way you display books and include them as part of your decor. What a lovely way to conclude our tour, a wreath that symbolizes the love you put into making your house a welcoming home. Thanks for sharing, Kelly. Hope your Valentine’s Day was all you hoped it would be.

Jae - February 14, 2017 - 9:28 pm

I just love how your house looks so pulled together, and how cleverly you adapt your decorating color scheme to embrace various events! Thanks for a great tour.

Patty of Michigan - February 14, 2017 - 7:50 pm

Love all your Valentine decor!!! Happy Valentines Day!

Sue - February 14, 2017 - 6:32 pm

Love all your touches Kelly. Every detail is so cute and fun. Thank you for sharing with us and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Vickie - February 14, 2017 - 6:20 pm

I love all your decorations!! The pillows from Target are adorable, never saw those at our Target. The front door wreath is so cute!!

I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for all your hard work!!

Rosemary - February 14, 2017 - 5:26 pm

Wishing you a very happy Valentines Day Kelly. Have fun with your family and friends. If possible, your house looks even more amazing than usual! :). Really bright and fresh. Tulips do see to be popular at the moment. I have a bunch my husband bought me a few days agoi in our bedroom. They look so cheery! I can’t imagine how long it took you to achieve all this, especially the film themed chalk boards. I know I’ve said this before but do you ever sleep? 🙂 or maybe somehow your days are longer than mine!!
Take care and have a good week.

Paula K Hutchins - February 14, 2017 - 4:28 pm

Thanks for sharing your inviting home. Love it!

Barbara S. - February 14, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Wonderful Valentine house tour! I love the heart on boxwood wreath. Great decorating as always. Thank you so much for your blog! Happy Valentine’s Day, Kelly!❤

Ann - February 14, 2017 - 2:30 pm

🌹🌹🌹🍿🍿🍿💕💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️! Happy Valentine’s Day, Kelly! Always look forward to your posts, and this was such a fun one! I may have to have a Coke later today! Cute pillows, too! ~Ann

Julia - February 14, 2017 - 2:10 pm

Love the movie theme and that front door wreath is so simple and yet elegant. I love how you use red coke bottles as part of the decorations. Your take away gifts are fun but that bowl of M&M’s would be enough of a gift for me! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

Cheri - February 14, 2017 - 2:10 pm

ADORABLE! I just love how you decorate and make a theme of it.

Wendy - February 14, 2017 - 1:57 pm

This post was simply yummy Kelly! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner with your family and friends! - February 14, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Wonderful Valentines Day decorations all throughout your house, Kelly! I was just looking at those popcorn holders today at a local store. Hmmm….you’re giving me ideas for sure!

Cheryl Johnson - February 14, 2017 - 11:48 am

You are creative…love your Valentine’s Day decorations and party ideas! You have inspired me to do some of these for my grandson’s 16th birthday party. Lots of possibilities! Thanks!
Have a blessed Valentine’s Day!

Bonnie - February 14, 2017 - 11:32 am

What a very fun way to include everyone in the family/household. So often, if someone isn’t in a romantic relationship, individuals tend to feel left out from the celebration of this day. Thanks for all your sweet ideas that share not only the romantic side (movies and famous couples) but including all of those that you love. Looks very ‘Valentine-y’!!

Lynn A. - February 14, 2017 - 11:28 am

Happy Valentine’s Day! Always love your house tours.

Kathy P. - February 14, 2017 - 11:23 am

As usual, your home is so beautiful and welcoming. Love all the pillows – will have to see if they have any left. Also, your front door decoration just lets you know you are about to enter the love in your home. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Sandy - February 14, 2017 - 11:10 am

I love the movie theme. I may have to steal that one from you at some point down the road. I still have the old 8mm projector and movie camera from the 60’s. I am what I call an organized packrat. I am sentimental and can’t throw things away. Fortunately, I have good storage closets. That projector, camera, and reels would make a great display. You have inspired me as you ALWAYS do.

Dawn - February 14, 2017 - 11:03 am


Happy St. Valentine’s day! I love your decorations as usual! My favorite room is that game room. i just love the green, black and white all together! I want to go in there, grab a snack and a drink, curl up and watch movies or read a good book! Thanks for sharing!


Marianne in Mo. - February 14, 2017 - 10:59 am

Well as usual, it’s over the top awesome! But that final shot of your front door wreath made me gasp! So pretty and simple, but striking! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours – hope your dinner is wonderful!

Denise Murchison - February 14, 2017 - 10:40 am

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Your talent just abounds in each season and in each holiday. It is so inviting even through pictures. You really do have a great talent for everything.

Brenda S Moore - February 14, 2017 - 10:31 am

What color is the outside of your home painted? (cedar shake)
I am looking for a neutral w/out a yellow undertone and I live in Charlotte NC.
Same kind of weather and vegetation pretty much as where your home is.
Thank you for your posts. It is really interesting to go inside your home. Did it take you long to get over the invasion of privacy?

Happy Valentines.
Look forward to hearing back.


Ruth - February 14, 2017 - 10:21 am

Your head is so full of fabulous ideas, and you carry them out so fully and so beautifully. I think you may have topped even yourself with the movie-themed Valentine’s decor! Thanks for sharing it all with us. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Gina - February 14, 2017 - 10:21 am

How adorable!! I can see you being able to use all your movie themed accessories again and again for parties, etc. The pillows from Target too. 🙂 I have always loved your hand lettering on your chalkboards and notes, etc. I would love to learn how to write like this! I guess I need to study yours and practice. 😉

kay - February 14, 2017 - 10:08 am

Love the decorations! I agree with the movie, You’ve Got Mail is one of the greatest. Your list reminded me I still need to watch The Shop Around the Corner. Missed seeing the little sweetheart, Gabbie. Is she wearing a heart neckerchief today? I noticed the treat jar on the shelf has been taken over by doggie treats. Pets really do become a member of the family.

Brenda - February 14, 2017 - 9:57 am

I always love your chalkboard art! Would love a tutorial on how you get the lettering so perfect!!!! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that wreath on your door — so festive!!!

Louvina - February 14, 2017 - 9:54 am

I 💕💕💕 it all!! Such wonderful ideas! Just the right touch! There is so much love in your home– we can feel it out here in Blog Land! Of course I am wondering about your menu for dinner tonight!!? We are having guests and I ordered heart shaped pizza, along with salad and making a pink heart cake and a cherry pie! Have a LOVEly day and dinner!! 💕you Kelly!!

Carolyn K - February 14, 2017 - 9:38 am

Your next career should be as a paid party planner. You always do it so well. Loved every bit of you blog today. If I had to choose, I would pick the red coke bottles and the front door decoration.💕
Thanks for the great start to the day.

Kristy - February 14, 2017 - 9:29 am

Just lovely. As always–you have thought of everything! Thanks for sharing. (Would love to know what your menu is) I’m serving my version of CanCun (seafood burritos);hubby’s favorite dish from a long gone Mexican restaurant.
Happy Valentine’s Day.

Judy N - February 14, 2017 - 9:17 am

Your house looks so festive. On every floor, in every room, something that reminds us of Valentine’s Day. The red coke bottles were a fun addition. Where did you get them? I especially liked the boxwood wreath with the red heart insert in the final frame. Perfect way to end the tour!

Karen Aamodt - February 14, 2017 - 9:11 am

Hi Kelly, so what’s on the menu for dinner tonight? My friend Ruth always bakes a heart shaped meatloaf; covered in ketchup, lol! Her kids STILL love it after all these years. Those cute little white heart dishes are just crying out for something sweet and red!

Donnie - February 14, 2017 - 8:36 am

Delightful, as always, Kelly. Happy Valentines Day! You always make mine brighter.

Arlene@Nanaland - February 14, 2017 - 7:32 am

You always have the best ideas and you carry them out!!:) Lovely as usual Kelly!! My favorites are the chalkboard with movie titles and the RED coke bottles. Perfect!!

Karen - February 14, 2017 - 7:14 am

Such a great theme! LOVE it! Happy Valentine’s Day.

Amanda - February 14, 2017 - 7:11 am

Loved, loved, loved it! Thanks for sharing the love.

Mary Ellen Doris - February 14, 2017 - 7:06 am

This was the most adorable idea!It could be adapted for an ‘Oscar’ party, also!

Tricia - February 14, 2017 - 5:06 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Happy Valentine’s Day, Kelly!

Jeanne - February 14, 2017 - 4:58 am

YOUR POSTS ARE ALWAYS VERY INTERESTING … I really like your front door decoration!!! Jeanne from Byron

Travel Talk: Asheville, North Carolina Barbecue

Alright, let’s talk a little bit about food today. 🙂  Asheville, North Carolina is foodie heaven!  Because we were there only a couple of days, I did some research to find out the best rated restaurants.  It seems that barbecue is a BIG thing in Asheville, so we decided to do some “comparison eating.” 🙂  Our first choice was the highly rated Buxton Hall.

It has only been open since August of 2015.  Run by two James Beard nominees (South Carolinian, Elliott Moss and Meherwan Irani from India) the positive press and rave reviews that it has received is impressive! (So we had to check it out for ourselves. 🙂 )

The menus were posted outside, and the desserts sounded heavenly.  Not even sure I wanted the barbecue after reading the dessert menu…just bring on the pies!

The little gift shop/waiting area was filled with nostalgic accessories and cute logo items to purchase.And there were also to-go foods for sale there as well.
How fun is this amazing retro stove?!
(Where else would you display pies? Right?! 🙂 )

More pies were on display below that great chalkboard art.We had never heard of a “peaches and cream” pie, so this one especially intrigued us.Although all the desserts looked wonderful!

Now to that amazing building.  Buxton Hall is located in the old Standard Paper Sales Company building.  It has been used as a boat showroom, several auto shops, and even a skating rink back in the 1930’s.  Obviously, the owners kept that historic feel in place, and it made for a wonderful atmosphere…especially while we were dining there during a thunderstorm!

You can watch all the food being prepared in the open kitchen while you wait for your dinner. 🙂

Here’s another look at their menu.

We made sure we all ordered different sides so that we could sample as many as possible.  Everything was good.  The collards were on the spicy side (but then I like turnip greens much better than collards, so I’m prejudiced here.)

I know we were on a barbecue mission, but we had to try that fried chicken.  Glad we did because it was delicious!  Their green beans get major rave reviews.  I don’t remember them being that outstanding, but then we cook good green beans here. 🙂

And of course we had to try a couple of pies for dessert.
Yum to both the banana pudding one and the peaches and cream!
(Although my husband said he liked “real” banana pudding better than a pie version.)

And we left Buxton Hall quite full!

And now for lunch the next day.

Another restaurant that had great reviews was 12 Bones. I knew it would look like an old barbecue joint and that there would be long lines, but with such good press we really wanted to give it a try.

And yes, it looked like an old barbecue joint outside…

and inside too. 🙂

One of the great things about 12 Bones is their assortment of creative sauces. From Blueberry Chipotle to Sweet Tomato and everything in between.  (I still prefer a traditional barbecue sauce on my ribs though.)

Each plate comes with cornbread and two sides. We really liked it all…the meats, the sides (including the jalapeno corn pudding, the cheese grits, and the collard greens.)

And because our daughter’s favorite drink is Cheerwine, she was thrilled that 12 Bones carried RC products. 🙂

I would have to say that I preferred the food at 12 Bones over Buxton Hall, but I would happily dine at either. 🙂  And I am not the only one who likes 12 Bones.  Check this out….

I believe the Obama’s have eaten at 12 Bones on each of their visits to Asheville.  The restaurant has just recently moved to a new location, so I am really interested in seeing what it is like when we return to that area again. (Maybe we will run into the vacationing Obama’s. LOL)  I liked 12 Bones so much and thought our son would also love it, so we purchased their cookbook for him.

12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook
(My Amazon affiliate link for blog revenue.)

And that is all the barbecue we had while we were there.  Besides The Market Place, Buxton Hall, and 12 Bones, there were a number of other restaurants (non barbecue ones) that I had printed out menus for us to try while we were there: Sunny Point Cafe, Creperie Bouchon, Biscuit Head, and French Broad Chocolate Lounge.  Those will have to be for our next trip too. (I really hate we missed the chocolate one. 🙁 )

And good grief at the shopping!   We loved visiting Malaprops Bookstore, Duncan and York, and Traditions, but we did not get to Oddfellows Antiques, and Dwellings and like we had planned. Again, they will have to be for a future trip. 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed seeing this tiny bit of Asheville, North Carolina with me. There is soooooo much more to enjoy there. We will need to plan a week long visit in the future. Now let me get busy finding some flowers for Valentine’s Day!

Until next time…

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Jean Roberts - February 18, 2017 - 1:17 am

I loved the picture of the stove showing the pies. My home was built in 1961 and this is stove we had installed at that time. It went out about 6 months ago and was told could not be repaired because no parts available since so old, but I had a friend who is an electrician and he said he would rewire it for me and he did and it works like new. I was so happy. Always enjoy your blog. One of the best. Thanks for all the fun and interesting readings. Jean Roberts

Barbara - February 12, 2017 - 9:13 pm

Hi, Kelly,

I love your travel blog posts. Could you possibly share your travel research tips with your readers sometime? You always seem so prepared and thus are able to fit a lot into a trip. Even with apps and our phones, we seem to waste time trying to figure out what we’re going to do once we get to a new destination. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Continued fun and safe travels,

Missouri Barb

PS Love your decorating posts, too! 😉

Pat @ Life At Lydias House - February 12, 2017 - 8:55 pm

You must add The Screendoor to your list of places to shop. It’s just up the hill from Biltmore Village.

Ashley - February 12, 2017 - 3:48 pm

Greetings from a fellow Cheerwine fan!
Cheerwine is my FAVORITE soft drink too!! I grew up drinking it every time I went to my grandparents who lived in Salisbury, NC, where it is made!
I grew up in Charlotte, NC and worked summers at a Girl Scout camp in Lake Lure, NC…not far from Asheville! One of my favorite places to visit!
Thanks for the tour!

Peggy - February 12, 2017 - 1:02 pm

My best friend lives in North Carolina. We have gone to see The Biltmore but nothing else in Asheville. When I go back for a visit, I am going to tell her we have to take a trip back and spend a couple of days and shop and eat! I am making a list of the places you listed. Thank you for being our travel “scout”!

kathy - February 12, 2017 - 11:44 am

12 Bones has been on my list since the Obamas visited. I love BBQ but being from the Piedmont of NC… I am a bit of a BBQ snob. There is a difference in BBQ made in the Piedmont and the BBQ made in the mountains. The best is made Tom Frazier but he doesn’t sell it…yet.

classic•casual•home - February 11, 2017 - 11:44 am

NOW I AM REALLY HUNGRY!! The desserts in the first place look amazing! But the BBQ in the second…wow. Your daughter is beautiful.
Mary Ann

Gina - February 11, 2017 - 9:33 am

Yum! I shouldn’t have read this before breakfast. 😉 Now I want BBQ – ha. I’ve found BBQ is always good at restaurants, but sadly the sides are “eh.” Glad the sides were all delicious too. 🙂 The pies look fabulous too. 😀

Rosemary - February 11, 2017 - 8:49 am

Great post Kelly …especially the pictures of the pies!! 🙂 thanks for sharing. I love these posts you do that include restaurants, menus etc. Makes me want to just hop on a plane!! I’m glad you all had such a great time. It’s always worth researching and booking restaurants before travelling …. so many great places to eat it’s a shame to have a poor meal! Like you, I usually end up wanting to go to more places than I have time for…. always a reason to return. We’ve actually found some great new places near to home recently as well 🙂
Hope you’re having a good weekend.

Tricia - February 11, 2017 - 6:44 am

Hi Kelly. What a post to wake up to! Everything so mouthwatering and tempting. The peaches and cream pie sounds divine. May have to look into making one very soon 🙂

Katrina - February 10, 2017 - 7:43 pm

I am so happy you guys had fun in Asheville! The 12 Bones Cookbook is my daughter and her husband’s all time favorite cookbook. She uses it weekly and even gives it as a gift when her work counterparts from other parts of the country visit the Asheville office. Neeked ribs and greens is my daughter and son-in-law’s go to recipe in the cookbook.
Have an awesome weekend Kelly!

Ellen - February 10, 2017 - 6:44 pm

My sweet lord — can you get us the recipe for jalapeño corn pudding? I love Asheville, but I haven’t been in a while. I have been looking for a little getaway, and I think you have just provided me with the motivation

Tamara - February 10, 2017 - 6:19 pm

Love the retro stove displaying the pies! It is just like the one I grew up with in Ohio in the 60’s & 70’s. Thanks for sharing.

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