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This post contains a sponsored giveaway and affiliate links. All opinions are mine.

We interrupt our Thanksgiving tour to bring you something wonderful to check off on your Christmas list.  I know.  I’ve repeatedly said No Christmas before Thanksgiving.  (I even fussed at our daughter yesterday when she said she was putting up her Christmas tree this week.:()  And I have been a little stressed out seeing all these lists of things to do NOW for Christmas out in blogland. (I don’t even have my shopping list for Thanksgiving made yet!) Well I am eating my words today.  This is something you really need to do before Thanksgiving.

You need to….

Choose your Christmas cards.

Minted a very merry Christmas holiday photo cardsource

It makes sense.  You’ll have them in time to get them addressed and mailed before Christmas.  But I have an even better reason that I want to share with you today.

Do you know Minted?  It is a group of individual artists and designers from around the world.  The company was founded in 2007.  They began with stationery but have expanded to include home goods, art, and gift ware.  If you are a lover of pretty paper like I am, you will love Minted.

Minted Spirit of Chrismtas cardsource

Now if you have been around here for any length of time you know I don’t usually do sponsored posts.  I have done numerous giveaways with my own money, but there have only been 2 sponsored posts in the 3 1/2 years I have been blogging.  I’m very picky, and even though I am bombarded with every kind of company wanting me to promote their product, I usually say no thank you.  You deserve more than posts that are merely advertising.

Minted Book of Isaiah Christmas cardsource

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Minted. I was sooo excited they were contacting me because I feel they are a reputable company with products that I really like.  Well…this division of Minted was their art line.  They were offering me art and a giveaway for you. I really wanted to do it, but you know…. there is not one piece of purchased art on any wall in this house.  All of our art is black and white photography…photographs we have taken. So…

I turned them down.

Not only am I picky, I also want to be true to me…and true to you.  As beautiful as their artwork was, I didn’t want to do that giveaway and the sponsored post just to get free art (that I had no place for in our home.)  Sorry if you are needing artwork…I’ve seen the giveaway on several other blogs out there.

Minted Luke 2 Christmas photo cardssource

Because I really wanted to work with Minted, I asked if they would instead consider sponsoring our Christmas cards and doing a giveaway for you.  (I have always adored their stationery!) And lo and behold they said they would love to!:) So I began looking on their site at all the many many choices of cards.  You can do cards with or without photos.  You can choose your paper. You can choose how you want them printed – even adding foil to many of them. You can change the messages on most of the cards, and you can choose what you want on the back.  They will even address them for you!

You know I am a lover of lettering, so I fell in love with this one because it looks hand-lettered.  Isn’t it pretty?!

Minted a beautiful and wonderful life holiday cardsource

I also liked the ones that have the look of a chalkboard.

Minted wonder and delight Christmas card


You can pick from a variety of shapes for your cards.
How about sending an ornament shaped card (complete with ribbon for hanging!)

Minted sparkling cheer holiday ornament cardsource

You can choose whether you want a flat card, a folded card, a booklet…

Minted holiday bookletsource

or a minibook!

Minted Yuletide carving holiday minibooksource

Even their simple ones are gorgeous to me.

MInted Gilded Frame Christmas cardsource

I wanted to do a photo card but knew I could not use the photograph of our children at the top of this post because it is 3 years old, and they do not look the same.  And because they are spread across the country from Washington state to Connecticut to Georgia, a group photo is not feasible right now.  So…I found this beautiful card and thought it would work with individual photos, and I could have all our big events from the year printed right on the front of it.  It was perfect (and red!:))

Minted Holiday Happenings photo cardsource

But do you know how hard it is to get our children to send us current photographs???  It is no problem with our daughter, but it is like torture for our sons.  So…I wrote back to Minted, explaining it all to them and said, Let’s not worry about my cards. Let’s just do the giveaway. 

And here we are with a fabulous giveaway for you….and not just for one of you but rather for THREE of you!  They generously want to give three of you wonderful readers $100 towards your order for this year’s Christmas cards.  Now do you see why you need to be choosing your cards before Thanksgiving?:)

Minted Mrs Lucas cardsource

So how do you enter for your chance to win this giveaway?  Because this one is sponsored, it is going to require one more step than we usually do.

To enter:

Step 1 – Click on this link to go to Minted’s giveaway site. It is only for readers of Talk of the House.  Fill in your name and email address.  They need that for the random drawing, to notify the winners, and to email the winning $100 credits to. (Only 1 entry per individual and email address please.)

Step 2- Look around at their holiday cards.  Find one that you love….perhaps even your favorite.  :) Then come back to the blog here and leave a comment telling which card you like.  That’s it, and you’re entered.

The giveaway runs from 11/16/15 to midnight 11/22/15 Eastern time.  Minted will do the random drawing after that and notify the winners.

So while you are looking around Minted’s site, I am going to as well.
I will be looking at their non-photo ones like these to purchase…

Minted Glad Tidings Christmas card


Minted Ring in the Holidays Christmas cardsource

Perhaps this one will work for us this year…

Minted Recipe box Christmas card


if we personalize it with our gingerbread recipe.:)

Swedish Gingerbread recipe on Minted Christmas card

Have fun shopping, and good luck in the drawing!

Until next time…
(when we will continue the Thanksgiving tour:))


p.s.  My phone is still in the Dark Ages, but Minted would love it if you could follow them on Instagram.

D - November 16, 2015 - 4:52 am

So hard to choose just one…but I think that my favorite is the “love & laughter Christmas photo cards”, Thank you for offering this!

Ellen - November 16, 2015 - 6:03 am

great tidings of joy…and …it’s a wonderful life!

Melissa Souther - November 16, 2015 - 6:06 am

I like “Merry Christmas Happy Year.” There are several pretty ones on there!

Sandy - November 16, 2015 - 6:06 am

Santa’s Beard caught my eye. Thank you for this give away.

Sherry Batterton - November 16, 2015 - 6:18 am

I love the non-photo collection. I would choose the pine circle style. Thank you and Minted for the chance to win.

Karen - November 16, 2015 - 6:34 am

Pine Circle amd Reindeer Love both appeal to my love of nature. Thank you for sharing this giveaway.

Anne Boykin - November 16, 2015 - 6:34 am

Hi Kelly, Thanks for the giveaway! I love so many of the cards but I think I’d pick Botanicals. Hope I win!!

Kay - November 16, 2015 - 6:44 am

I like ‘The Magic of Holiday’. Thanks so much!

Eve - November 16, 2015 - 6:51 am

I like iIt’s A Wonderful Life. Thanks!

Pattie - November 16, 2015 - 6:55 am

Wow! Hard to choose just one! If I have to choose it would be the “Modern and Rustic”. Thanks for sharing their website.

Sherrie - November 16, 2015 - 7:07 am

I would choose “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

elizabeth - November 16, 2015 - 7:14 am

I love the Botanicals or Wonders of His Love ! I have never done these and would love to have the chance – Thank you!

Jeri - November 16, 2015 - 7:22 am

Wow, 691 holiday cards on Minted! I like the vertical, folded cards, especially “Fir Frame” in red.

Amy - November 16, 2015 - 7:32 am

I love the holiday map cards – they have one for the U.S. east coast, west coast, even eastern and western Europe. Very cute!

Jeanne Dowdle - November 16, 2015 - 7:46 am

So many beautiful cards and so many options! We do not have a family photo this I’d go with the non-photo cards. I’d love to do something with a monogram! Thank you1

Velia - November 16, 2015 - 7:52 am

Minted’s stationary is of the upmost quality and they are all beautiful. The Holiday Pep design has caught my eye. Thanks Kelly…

Carol - November 16, 2015 - 7:53 am

Botanicals! But what a tough decision… Thanks Kelly.

Janet - November 16, 2015 - 8:02 am

It’s a wonderful life

Kaye Ann - November 16, 2015 - 8:33 am

I liked the chalkboard Religious Card that said “Believe.” That’s my life quote!!!

Julie - November 16, 2015 - 8:33 am

My favorite is SO MERRY. Our oldest son got married this year, so our card will be a celebration of the Savior’s birth and the blessing of a new daughter to our family! Thanks, Kelly, for ALWAYS bringing beauty to your blog! Grateful….

Jo Marie Gray - November 16, 2015 - 8:33 am

As much as i absolutely love all the kid pictures and happy family pics….I feel your pain…so very hard to get all my family in a picture in a timely fashion!!!
Therefore, the Santa face with the scalloped beard would be my favorite. My second choice would be Deck the Halls.

Diana G - November 16, 2015 - 9:00 am

So much to choose from! I absolutely love the Spirit of Christmas card. The saying is perfect. I had picked that out months ago – now I just need a photo!!! Wonderful giveaway!

Cheri - November 16, 2015 - 9:00 am

They have so many beautiful cards to choose from but I would probably pick the “Jumping Reindeer,” that one jumped (no pun intended) out at me.

Rachel - November 16, 2015 - 9:04 am

I love “Modern Rustic”! Thank you for your honesty. Such a fun giveaway!

Mary Margaret - November 16, 2015 - 9:06 am

Lovely! Thanks for the give away!

Garden, Home and Party - November 16, 2015 - 9:09 am

I have used Minted cards for a few years now. Its great working with them and I love their selection. I really like the card “We wish you a Merry Christmas” and about 10 others are in the running for the card we’ll actually select this year.
Thank you for hosting this event. I needed to get going on this ‘to do’ item.

mari1017 - November 16, 2015 - 9:10 am

How fun and what a wonderful, creative website! Thanks, Kelly ~ have a wonderful week!

Angela - November 16, 2015 - 9:10 am

Not So Calm – Mostly Bright – love that one!

Lynda Lamon - November 16, 2015 - 9:11 am

It’s a wonderful life. Thanks for the chance to win!

Robin Nikkel - November 16, 2015 - 9:19 am

I like the ones you picked,especially the verses of our saviors birth, but i think I’d like the pine circle holiday card. I don’t know if I could get a great pic from everyone either and we even had a wedding this year! But i love the wreath on this card.

Mary Ellen - November 16, 2015 - 9:20 am

I like “Christmas Blessings” and I would use a recent photo of my two grandchildren. Thanks so much!

Amy O'Quinn - November 16, 2015 - 9:27 am

Like yours, my children are spread out too. Although I still have my three youngest at home, my olders are in Statesboro, Wilmington, NC, and Germany. So, I think I like the Simple Snapshots card, as it is more of a collage of single pic options.

Great giveaway! I wasn’t familiar with Minted, so thanks for the post telling about this company!

Take care and have a lovely week!
Amy O’Quinn

Deborah - November 16, 2015 - 9:32 am

Maybe the simple snapshots card? I also love retro worded tree card. I like pretty words. I’m still waiting to get our family photo proofs back from the photographer, so it’s hard to pick out Christmas cards without knowing what kind of picture we’ll have.

Angela - November 16, 2015 - 9:38 am

Having just got married in October, I have to say I really like Merry and Married. It is super cute and perfect for us! Thanks Kelly, for accepting this offer.

Danielle - November 16, 2015 - 9:40 am

i love the sophisticated snow card template!

Sandra - November 16, 2015 - 9:45 am

My favorite card is the Stamp Collection Holiday card.

Barbara Hamel - November 16, 2015 - 9:52 am

I liked Chistmas Blessing………………it says everything in one card. I love cards and I usually like blank cards because I like to write in them myself. But these are very special.

donna - November 16, 2015 - 10:00 am

Hi Kelly-Like you I would pick a card without the family photo. Two boys in college, one attending in Europe equals no current photo. I had a hard time picking just one card, there were so many that ‘spoke’ to me. I saw one called ‘International Joy’ that I thought would be good for these troubled times we are in. Thats my send good tidings to everyone,everywhere. The happiest of holidays to you and yours Kelly.

Donna in Savannah

valerie - November 16, 2015 - 10:13 am

I like Complete Tree and use special photos from throughout the year. Hard to choose just one.

Angela Heath - November 16, 2015 - 10:17 am

I love the ornament card!

valerie sobus - November 16, 2015 - 10:22 am

what the whaaaaaaat. ugh! i was wanting holiday photo cards this year…..but all the non photo holiday cards are SO COOL TOO AND I DIDNT EVEN KNOW MINTED MADE THEM. D: the recipe one is seriously beautiful and genius and right up my alley because i love to bake. but! i think ill stick to my original plan since we did end up taking some family portraits and just say the ‘winter botanicals’ holiday card is my favorite !

Heather - November 16, 2015 - 10:28 am

I chose christmas glow. The card needed to meet certain criteria: With our family of 6 it needed to be landscape, it is important to me that the card read “Merry Christmas” and I wanted the card to primarily be a photo of the family. It was disturbing though to see same sex couples represented in some of their samples:( Thank you!

Carrie - November 16, 2015 - 10:29 am

Love Minted and love “It’s a Wonderful Life”!

Nan, Odessa, DE - November 16, 2015 - 10:31 am

Bright and Free

Doesn’t that say it all?
What is most important – FREE
and Bright (bling of Christmas).
Beach and the family!

Kelly, Thanks for introducing us to a new, to me, company.
APPRECIATE that you are not “going shopping” with your blog.
Many blogs make me feel like a “marketer” is invading my personal space.

YOU are the best! Waiting for your next post.
Nan, Odessa, DE

Anita - November 16, 2015 - 10:36 am

I like the Recipe Holiday Recipe cards. It was a tough decision. Thank you for the contest!

Dawn - November 16, 2015 - 10:36 am


I think I like the Retro Worded Tree but I might even design my own with all of the options to choose from. I usually have our pictures taken and then design my own photo cards. Then I sign them, hand address them and stamp the envelopes. Using Minted would definitely speed the process up and reduce my work load though. They have many neat designs to choose from. Thanks for sharing.


Natalie - November 16, 2015 - 10:42 am

I LOVE the “Believe” postcard! I have the sweetest picture of my 5 year old and 1 year old sitting with Santa and Ms. Claus at the Biltmore House that I would use!

Rhonda - November 16, 2015 - 10:46 am

Oh What Fun, would be great so I can include my grandchildren.

CAROLA - November 16, 2015 - 10:51 am

I love the pine circle card with the greeting in “Merry Christmas”…thanks for sharing the site and chance to win!

Jo Anne Hayon - November 16, 2015 - 11:04 am

I really like Botanicals and Pine Circle-gorgeous cards!

Jamie Harris - November 16, 2015 - 11:09 am

Thank you for this opportunity! It would be difficult to choose, but the one that really looks perfect for us this year is “splash” foil-pressed. Thanks again!

Amy Mac - November 16, 2015 - 11:09 am

Love the retro worded tree!

Clara - November 16, 2015 - 11:17 am

Thank you for the giveaway! I have use Minted for the last several years. I would love to have a $100 credit to go toward cards!! My favorite is one that has multiple photos.

Dana - November 16, 2015 - 11:31 am

Thank you for a great giveaway! It’s so hard to choose one favorite, but my first reaction was I loved the Merry & Bright and the What a Year.

Donna Sanders - November 16, 2015 - 11:39 am

I really like “Merriest Wishes” but there are so many great choices! Crossing my fingers that I win!

Gina - November 16, 2015 - 11:40 am

It’s hard to choose a favorite. I kept looking at all the cute photos! I really like Christmas Blessings though. :) Had to laugh at your “dark ages” comment because mine is too!! That is just the way I like it too!

Bev - November 16, 2015 - 11:43 am

Love the postage stamp one….lots of really cute ideas!! It was hard to chose just one.

Gwen - November 16, 2015 - 11:47 am

Thank you for this opportunity of the giveaway. And thank you just as much for not filling your space with ads. So appreciate your integrity. I had two favorites, pine circle and elegant ornament. Their work looks stunning! Thank you again.

theresa ferzola - November 16, 2015 - 11:48 am

Hard to choose But I think More the Merrier is very nice.

Lori L - November 16, 2015 - 11:49 am

”Twas the night before Christmas, and all were asleep except these two…..
Chalkboard photo card. So cute!

Mel - November 16, 2015 - 11:56 am

The ornament card is so cute!

Laurie Cordeniz - November 16, 2015 - 11:56 am

Sooooo hard to choose but love the Holiday Happenings card. Thanks for the chance!

Ruth - November 16, 2015 - 12:09 pm

We are a “blended” family, religiously speaking, and we have numerous non-Christian friends to whom we want to send holiday greetings, so when I’ve sent holiday cards — and it has been a while — I’ve usually sent New Year’s cards. The added benefit of doing so was that it gave me an extra week or two to get the cards out! Not having chosen (or taken!) a card-worthy photo yet, I couldn’t settle on one card today; however, I do know that I’d want to go with a “Peace” theme this year. Recent events in the world just seem to call for a more subdued, less celebratory message. Consequently, I’m leaning toward the “Shine On Noel” if I can find an accommodating photo, or “Winter Birds” (with the wavy edges and the interior photo) if I can’t. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and for the introduction to Minted! I hadn’t known about the company, and I do love their graphics and the options for card shapes.

Tracey - November 16, 2015 - 12:18 pm

In the Pines and/or Pine Circle.
Lovely blog!

Andrea Petras - November 16, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Merry Snowflakes is my favorite one. Thanks for this opportunity!

Marken - November 16, 2015 - 12:40 pm

So hard to choose, but the heart shaped one filled with photos is unique.

Laurel - November 16, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Wonders is a great sentiment and card.

Eloise Fitzsimmons - November 16, 2015 - 1:08 pm

LOVE your blog! Also love the ornament card Holiday Cheer. Thanks to you and Minted for sponsoring this contest.

Kellie Zollars - November 16, 2015 - 1:12 pm

What beautiful cards. After looking a while on the site, I really like the Garden Song card. I love the sentiment of peace on earth for this holiday season.

Susie H - November 16, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Thank you for this awesome opportunity. It’says incredibly hard to choose from such beautiful cards, but I think Christmas Ribbons would work well for me.

Vickie - November 16, 2015 - 2:17 pm

I love the O Holy Night card, it is beautiful!

Laura Crowther - November 16, 2015 - 2:20 pm

I love the embellished card, thanks for the opportunity!

Anna Chan - November 16, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I love the ornament card. I do that with all the Christmas cards we get every year anyway. Punch a hole in the top and hang it on the tree.

Jamie - November 16, 2015 - 2:58 pm

The ornament cards are fantastic!

Lisa Roesler - November 16, 2015 - 3:10 pm

I like the simple Merry Christmas cards, “Classically Scripted Christmas” or “Simple Elegance”

Jill - November 16, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Wow,so many beautiful choices! Sadly, my family rarely wants to cooperate for a nice family photo. So I would probably have to choose a non-photo design. I really like Botanical in black….very traditional looking. There are so many with beautiful script designs.
Thanks Kelly!

Mary - November 16, 2015 - 3:16 pm

The “merry and bright” card is my favorite!!

Vicki - November 16, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Such great choices! I pick “A Beautiful & Wonderful Life”. Thank you for sponsoring such a fun contest!

Sherry Myers - November 16, 2015 - 4:17 pm

I love so many! But I guess I would choose Frame of Joy for the photo I have in mind. Thank you for this opportunity. Minted cards are beautiful!

Jessica Ross - November 16, 2015 - 4:20 pm

I absolutely love the Golden Love & Joy Holiday Photo Cards! Minted has the most unique, one of a kind designs, it’s so hard to choose just one!

Lea Anna - November 16, 2015 - 4:27 pm
Veronica Maliden - November 16, 2015 - 6:07 pm

I love the Sparkling Be Merry! It’s a card and an ornament so cute!

Mary - November 16, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Alas, we don’t have a family photo suitable to make a card, so one of the many non-photo cards is what I need. There are too many to narrow it down, but in light of the current news, I would choose one that contained a prayer for peace.

Elizabeth Eagle - November 16, 2015 - 6:24 pm

I like Pine Circle Holiday card.

Ellen - November 16, 2015 - 6:39 pm

I really like the retro worded tree. That’s for the post.

amy jupin - November 16, 2015 - 7:09 pm

my faves are Luke 2 and season’s favorites! minted has the prettiest cards!!

Mary Hanson - November 16, 2015 - 7:15 pm

So hard to choose as they are all so beautiful. Scripted Blessing would be my choice. We just had a new granddaughter last week and yesterday our oldest so got engaged. So many blessing have been given to us.
Thanks for the give away. So much fun!

Linda - November 16, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Book of Isaiah is my favorite!

Julia Walker - November 16, 2015 - 8:17 pm

SO many wonderful ones! I really like the photo ornaments and the Christmas Ribbon one with scalloped edges. Even if I don’t win, I’ll use this site for my cards!

Jane - November 16, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Thanks for such a great giveaway, Kelly…I never knew much about Minted and I’m glad you gave us a little history to set it apart from other online sources for cards and stationery. I hesitate to do sponsored giveaways as well, so I know this must be a ‘close to your heart’ sort of event for you.

Love the website, I especially love Leah’s card, the black and white photo of the couple on the little boat—I’m a big nature lover. I want to do a holiday card with my two precious dogs (the kids are a little bit grown and unwilling candidates!) and I want it to be natural and sweet!

Thanks again!

Jane x

Ann - November 16, 2015 - 8:48 pm

I like Smart Joy

Bonnie Swanson - November 16, 2015 - 8:49 pm

All the cards are so amazing…. it’s hard to choose. “Grateful” was my final choice. I loved the script “Counting Our Blessings” because despite a year with struggles we have soooo much to be thankful for!

Elisa Gruss - November 16, 2015 - 9:09 pm

I love the textured pine postcards. Thanks!

Carrie - November 16, 2015 - 9:31 pm

I love Christmas Glow

Holly - November 16, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! So many to love but I am drawn to the simple designs like “Stylish and Merry.”

Mary - November 16, 2015 - 10:09 pm

It’s a wonderful life!

Sharon - November 16, 2015 - 10:31 pm

I like the Complete Tree Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards with family pictures.

Linda - November 16, 2015 - 10:37 pm

I like pine circle or sophisticated snow, my husband would probably like one with pictures! Like you, our children are scattered, so the choice is open to debate…

Ronda Watts - November 16, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Love all of them– such wonderful quality I can tell!! What beautiful designs. I really like the colors on the Snow Fancy Holiday Petite Card! What a cute idea too for a unique size!!!

Ren Jetton - November 17, 2015 - 12:32 am

Dotted frame with foil dots in the color scheme shown . In fact I ordered these cards two weeks ago. This card was perfect for showcasing the family photo we managed to get in late September. The cards arrived in just a few days with the envelopes addressed . The same dots that are on the card are scattered across the envelope. Beautiful and a quality product. I could actually use some more cards so winning the giveaway would be great!

Ren Jetton - November 17, 2015 - 12:35 am

Dotted frame with foil dots in the color scheme shown . In fact I ordered these cards two weeks ago. This card was perfect for showcasing the family photo we managed to get in late September. The cards arrived in just a few days with the envelopes addressed . The same dots that are on the card are scattered across the envelope. Beautiful and a quality product. I could actually use some more cards so winning the giveaway would be great! Thank you for sponsoring this product giveaway!

Courtney K. - November 17, 2015 - 1:18 am

Stylish and Merry is a classic card that looks like it would work with a lot of pictures! Love Minted!

Kate - November 17, 2015 - 2:09 am

I love all their cards, they are so unique. I love the foil and the multi-photos since it is difficult for us to choose just one. I would say Joie Grid. Many thanks for the giveaway and for your great blog!

Hanna - November 17, 2015 - 6:39 am

Minted has beautiful cards! This year I really like the cheer triangle design.

Cheryl - November 17, 2015 - 7:11 am

My favorite card design is Merriest Greetings Holiday Photo Cards.

Jane - November 17, 2015 - 7:16 am

Thank you for this give away!! All of the cards are so unique and beautiful, but I especially love the cards “For unto us a child is born” and “It’s a Wonderful Life. Minted is amazing!

Karen - November 17, 2015 - 7:22 am

So many choices, Merry Scriptmas is beautiful!

Susan W - November 17, 2015 - 8:43 am

Lovely cards. My favorite is the Rejoice & Give Thanks Christmas Card.

Stephanie - November 17, 2015 - 9:14 am

Merry Little Lines , perfect for us! Thank you for this post.I love Minted !

Rosemary - November 17, 2015 - 9:49 am

Such a great choice …. Beautiful cards! I d chose Sure is Bright or Complete Tree.
If photos are hard to find!! …. Elegant Ornament is simple and classy!
Thank you for doing this Kelly and introducing Minted to those of us who haven’t heard of them.

Julia - November 17, 2015 - 10:41 am

I loved the ornament cards, especially the Christmas Morning, in red!

AshleyB - November 17, 2015 - 10:42 am

We’re still trying to decide what to do with Christmas cards this year, but I love this one!

Abigail - November 17, 2015 - 10:46 am

I like the Merry Holiday design!

D Schmidt - November 17, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Visited and my favorite design is Merry Holiday by Erin Deegan

Linda - November 17, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Thank you for sharing Minted with us! I will sure use them for my holiday cards this year. I love so many but “Rich with Joy” is a favorite! :-)

Katie Purnell - November 17, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Lauren S. - November 17, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Love the all in the Foil Pressed collections! “Heart Be Light” is my favorite though, thanks!

Janis Stufflebean - November 17, 2015 - 1:43 pm

A Little Christmas Whimsey is my choice!

Colleen m - November 17, 2015 - 1:44 pm

I chose “peaceful tree.” I treasure Christmas cards. I always try to pick just the right one. When my children were small I would pick cards based on fun and merry themes. As they grew I was drawn to blessings and joy because of my pride and love for them. Three years ago my I lost my brother to suicide in December. Shortly after my mother passed away (from a broken heart.). Today the holidays are very different. I am now drawn to wishes of “peace”. It is a universally heartfelt wish that seems perfect in its simplicity.

Shannon - November 17, 2015 - 2:54 pm

This is awesome! I LOVED RUNNING INTO YOU TODAY 😊 I hope y’all have a fabulous Thanksgiving and all will be well with your parents.

Karri P. - November 17, 2015 - 3:54 pm

I couldn’t choose just one…I love heritage “be merry” and “it’s a wonderful life”… Thank you for putting this fun giveaway together!

Shar - November 17, 2015 - 4:21 pm

I love the chalkboard card look. SOOO many great ones to choose from though!

Sallie - November 17, 2015 - 4:36 pm

So hard to choose but I love ” Jumping Reindeer” and “Woodstock”. Such a great company!

Shannon - November 17, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Joyful Wreath is my fav!

Pam Jenkins - November 17, 2015 - 4:57 pm

So many beautiful cards! I really like Grateful, and Matthew 2:10.

DiAnne - November 17, 2015 - 5:51 pm

Kelly, I love the “be merry”card. Thank you for a chance to win. I actually like it when you share the businesses you like. I look @ blogs like magazines written by people I know. Magazines are full of advertisements. I think you need to do some of this to make your blog a business. However, I do appreciate not seeing pop up ads in your text. Some of those pop up ads on some blogs are so distracting. You have a great blog and I so enjoyed. Your Thanksgiving tour.

Deb - November 17, 2015 - 5:56 pm

I have to new grandsons and the aglow card with the babies would be precious!!

Carrie - November 17, 2015 - 6:50 pm

I love “Stylish and Merry”!

Mary - November 17, 2015 - 6:50 pm

Well, I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite…there are so many gorgeous cards on the Minted website. But, I do love “A Beautiful and Wonderful Life.”

Thanks for sharing the site with us!


Lisa - November 17, 2015 - 7:02 pm

So excited! I LOVE Minted! My favorite is the Holiday Happenings!

Amanda Fricks - November 17, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Counting Our Blessings is my favorite. I’m sitting here this evening watching all the world news and counting my own blessings!

Emily - November 17, 2015 - 7:48 pm

I loved the card titled Christmas.

Rebecca Sweeney - November 17, 2015 - 7:54 pm

I love their gold foil card that says Joy! :)

Merri Jo - November 18, 2015 - 12:12 am

I think the Nativity card is truly lovely. There are so many that are each little works of art!

Mary Ellen Doris - November 18, 2015 - 7:02 am

I absolutely love these cards and thank you for bringing the site to us. I really love the one shown here (picking it even before I saw the end of your posting-ha) – “Ring in the holidays…..” but the “…renew your faith in God and mankind…”sealed the deal…Hope I win!!!!

Christine MacLeod - November 18, 2015 - 8:39 am

Thank you!!! Love the “Wishing you a Season of Peace”. So appropriate at this time in our world!!!

Christine MacLeod

Olivia - November 18, 2015 - 9:13 am

Great find, thanks!

sherri rubertus - November 18, 2015 - 9:19 am

Love the Retro Worded Tree-Foiled

sherri rubertus - November 18, 2015 - 9:23 am

Love the Retro Worded Tree-Foiled in gold

Annie - November 18, 2015 - 10:34 am

Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway. I love one the simple elegance card and the wonders of his love card. Minted has beautiful cards, would love to win!

Love your blog too! :)


Cyndi - November 18, 2015 - 10:50 am

Much Joy was my favorite because I see joy everyday.

Sarah Rezutko - November 18, 2015 - 1:30 pm

I love Minted! The “Its a wonderful life” card is my favorite. I have the perfect picture of my two little boys to use with that design : )

Jane - November 18, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Beautiful selections! It’s a Wonderful Life and Botanicals were two I really liked.

Ildi - November 18, 2015 - 1:43 pm

I agree too many great cards to pick from. My favorites are Complete tree and College shimmer script.

Mae Lindloff - November 19, 2015 - 5:33 am

Loving “so delightful!”

Kristi - November 19, 2015 - 5:34 am

I love Minted and I love the Retro Worded Tree cards!

Cathy - November 19, 2015 - 10:05 am

I really like “Hoping Your Holidays are Joyful”!

Karen - November 19, 2015 - 11:09 am

There are so many pretty ones! I really like the Joy one and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

Ann - November 19, 2015 - 1:48 pm

I like “Pine Circle” and “Reindeer Love”…. and all the others! Thanks, Kelly, for this great giveaway.

Carol - November 19, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Scripted Blessings speaks to me because this holiday season it is a miracle and a blessing to have my husband with us. He barely survived a serious illness this summer and seems to have escaped any complications as well. I truly believe our family has been blessed many times over throughout this experience.

Vicky Hunt - November 19, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Well….how lovely! Like you, I would probably opt for a regular card with no photo since my daughter is in Europe! I really like the Reindeer Love card and the Elegant Ornament. They are both nice. I’m off to llok at more though. Their cards area all so lovely.

Blessings, Vicky

Susan - November 19, 2015 - 8:50 pm

I love the round ornament cards that come with a ribbon. So cute and different from what I have sent in the past. Thank you for the chance at the give away and the Thanksgiving inspiration.

Tina - November 19, 2015 - 9:15 pm

I would choose the Elated for a New Years card…..they are so pretty!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 19, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Minted is a great company….I have some of their fabric…..I love the Christmas Blessings Chalkboard card…and the Chalkboard botanicals area pretty wonderful too..Great giveaway!

Dana - November 19, 2015 - 10:58 pm

If I won the Minted contest, I think I would pick the Holiday Flowers postcard. Thank you for the chance to win!

vickie white - November 20, 2015 - 12:51 am

I would choose the card titled “A year in my life”. I also have children spread out all over the country and this card has multiple small photos instead of just one larger one. Great idea! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!!

Donnie - November 20, 2015 - 7:47 am

What a selection! I think Elegant Ornament, really liked the Simplicity. For my wilder side, I thought the Botanical was awesome!

Linda - November 20, 2015 - 11:17 am

I like the Wonders of His Love. It was hard to pick because their selection is so good! Happy Thanksgiving, Linda

Mary Beth Spencer - November 20, 2015 - 11:51 am

In the midst of the current events of the world, I like the
Peaceful Tree. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Barbara P from Ma - November 20, 2015 - 9:55 pm

So many fabulous choices! Think my favorite is the Christmas photo card which says WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS in the shape of a Christmas tree! Loved your Thanksgiving decorating tour and so looking forward to seeing your beautiful home all decked out for Christmas!

Laura - November 20, 2015 - 11:10 pm

I prefer cards that have scripture on them. It helps remind me of the real reason of Christmas. I love the one you posted above that has the Isaiah verse.

Judy newton - November 21, 2015 - 8:24 pm

I loved them all – so festive. The one that would look the best with my picture of
My cabin would be : ” In the Frosty Air…”. It would be perfect!

Julie Wickham - November 21, 2015 - 8:29 pm

I like all of their cards. Merry Holiday is the style I will use this year.

Sue Roberts - November 22, 2015 - 8:23 pm

I agree, the cards are absolutely gorgeous Kelly … I’ve never heard of this company “Mint” before, one of the many reasons I am thankful for you!! I love the “sparkling peace” with no photo … for all of the obvious reasons this year.

Liz - November 25, 2015 - 9:17 pm

I love the it’s a wonderful life card

The Thanksgiving Tour – part 2

Thanksgiving napkin ring tagHappy Weekend and welcome back for a little more Thanksgiving at our house! I think I am doing this tour all wrong.  We should have come in the front door – the proper way to enter – and gone through the foyer and all, but since you came in the side door and went straight to the dining room and kitchen in part 1 (like family members do:)) then I suppose we can just keep on doing it this way and head out to…

porch wickerthe back porch.

Have I told you how much I really really like decorating the porch?  It simply is a fun space to add seasonal touches, and it is so easy to do.  I just pick a color scheme (like green and brown) and change out the pillows and the throw on the swing.

porch in neutralsAnd then choose what I want to do over the desk..usually it is just an ordinary plant in a basket.
But I decided to do something a little different for Thanksgiving this year.
(And I think it turned out pretty interesting!)

porch desk Talk of the House(Please ignore the sad looking floor there.  Remember it rained here for 40 days and nights.  Wait..that was in the Bible.  Well it did rain here for many many days!)

I had an image in my head to use garden tools on that wall.  I thought for sure I would find some broken ones in our outside closet, but no luck.  So I checked with my dad.  He had quite an extensive collection of post-hole diggers out in his shed but no rakes or shovels.  So I went to Home Depot…all their tools were too large and red.  I finally found what I needed at Lowes…children’s garden tools.  They wore assorted colors of purple and yellow and red, so I gave them a quick coat of brown spray paint, and they were perfect for what I needed.

wall arrangement magnolia leaves and garden tools

A few nails in that wall and some wire hold them and the basket in place.  I foraged the woods for magnolia leaves, popped them in a bucket of water inside the basket, and stood back to look…it needed something more…a little brighter color.  That was when I got the bright idea to add the Mr. Turkey plates to the arrangement.  I used old plate holders to secure them to the wall, and then it was finished.  Not my normal style, but I like how it turned out.:)

Now let’s go to the other end of the porch with the skirted antique table.

porch skirted table and chalkboard

Because this is usually used for serving food, this table almost always has a beverage dispenser on it.

beverage dispenser on rattan stand for Thanksgiving

I also like to have a plant at the other end of that table to balance the “weight” of the lamp, and then I fill in with small seasonal things.  More magnolia branches came from the woods behind our house.  I stuck them in another piece of pottery like those in the dining room and kitchen.  When I was planning floral arrangements for this Thanksgiving, I was originally going to use cotton mixed in with magnolia, but I ended up liking the mass of the green without anything else with it.  So goodbye to the cotton idea.

You know the chalkboard always has a message for the season as well. This was actually the second one I did for this board.  When I put the first one up there, it just looked too busy.  So I toned it down to this simple message…which is all we really need to remember anyway. Right?

chalkboard for Thanksgiving

And now to the table.   Everything else on the porch is pretty easy to change out and decorate for the seasons, but the table is different.  I really have to give it some thought and creativity.  I normally know which salad plates I will be using, but I have to try them out with different dinner plates and assorted napkins. In this case, I knew I would be using the green Mr. Turkey ones from my mother.

turkey plates

I looked high and low for brown and white gingham napkins (not buffalo checks.) Brown gingham napkins would have been perfect.  Unfortunately there were none to be found in any store in person or online (at least by me.)  I would have even made them if I had been able to find fabric. No luck there either.  So if you see any brown gingham napkins anywhere, please let me know.

Thanksgiving porch tablePlan B for the napkins then became to mix all the green plaids and checks together.  I wanted to do something to bring in a touch of brown with the place setting, so I rolled up the napkins and tied them with some brown ribbon. In choosing the runner, I tried out several different fabrics that I had in my workroom closet, but in the end, the kraft paper fit the feel of the decor better than anything else.  So I went with it down the center.

Thanksgiving place settingI always like to add lettering of some form to the table…whether it is on the table runner or on a stand alone place card or even tied to the silverware, napkin, or a glass.  In this case, I simply wrote “thankful for you” on a kraft ring tag and tied the ribbon through it.

thanksgiving napkin tagAnd now that brings us to the thing that most challenges me when decorating…the centerpiece.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they are sooo difficult for me to pull together. (Especially Christmas ones!) I had planned to use a simple centerpiece of magnolia branches in another piece of pottery with a few small pumpkins around it, but when I put it on the table it just didn’t work.  You couldn’t see over it, and it looked  like part of the Incredible Hulk there in the middle of the table. So goodbye Hulk…hello candle-standing-in-acorns.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving tableI ran the baby pumpkins down the table with a mix of pine cones, nuts, and camellia leaves from the yard.  (Their smaller scale worked better than the magnolia leaves on the narrow table.) A few votive candles in mason jars, and the centerpiece was complete. Hallelujah! 

tablescape for Thanksgiving

And that brings us to the end of part 2 of the tour. (I am saving the front porch for later.) I hope you have had fun checking out the Thanksgiving decor and following along as I have tried to explain my crazy thought process in decorating the space. For most of the year the porch is a very comfortable place to be (except during the extreme heat of the summer.)  We have had our Thanksgiving dinner and a couple of Christmas parties out there from time to time because the fall and winter weather can be so mild here in Georgia.  But not today!  It is in the low 40’s this morning, so I won’t be having my breakfast out there. (I’ll have it beside the fire in the family room.:))

I hope this fall weekend is full of good things for you and your family.  I am working on a major painting/decorating project this weekend, so I need to let you know that although I will read all of your comments, I won’t be able to reply to any this weekend. (So sorry!) I’ve got a deadline to meet.

fall cottageTake care.  Be thankful for the people in your life you hold dear today, and say a prayer for the people of France.  I hope you will be back here Monday when I have something really wonderful to share with you.:) Oh, and there will be a part 3 of the Thanksgiving tour later next week!

Until next time…


Judy Capper - November 14, 2015 - 6:11 am

Hi Kelly,

Your Thanksgiving table looks amazing. I love the table runner over the wood table and the votive candles in the Mason Jars. I’m a big fan of Ball Mason Jars. The company was started in the 1800’s by five brothers. They also founded Ball University in Muncie,Indiana. See their web site, if you like to can. The recipes are great. The supermarket was already bustling yesterday. I shopped for tonight as I’m having a friends over for dinner. When I’m at sea, theyhelp me out. Your house is beautiful. I can’t wait to do my renovation on my ranch cottage.

Katrina - November 14, 2015 - 6:19 am

I just love that shot of your pretty house in it’s fall splendor. What is the pretty detached structure ( or is it attached to your main house)? Your dining room and porch centerpiece are lovely. I just love that you used magnolia. The house we just bought has no magnolia tree and the sweet couple from our church who let me cut all the magnolia I wanted from their huge tree just moved to Pa.😥
I can’t wait to see what you are working on this weekend! So thankful for Talk of the House! Prayers to Paris.

Patty in Michigan - November 14, 2015 - 6:42 am

Kelly, I completely want to duplicate this table. I absolutely love it. I think the napkins are perfect! Have a great weekend working on your project.

Kim - November 14, 2015 - 7:21 am

Love your centerpiece and those cute turkey plates.

Sandy - November 14, 2015 - 7:38 am

Plates and children’s garden tools with the magnolias in a basket is the cutest and most original design I have seen in a long time. I love how your creative mind sees beauty. I wish Ohio and Georgia were closer neighbors. Have a blessed weekend.

Louvina - November 14, 2015 - 8:05 am

As I sit, somberly this cool southern Saturday morning, sipping my daily hot green tea, your post was the balm my soul needed. Perfection–just want to say a quiet
“thank you”, Kelly.

Velia - November 14, 2015 - 8:12 am

What a lovely room. The back porch will be a comfortable and welcoming place to have your thanksgiving meal as you enjoy the beauty of nature around you. Kelly, you have a special give in decorating and your creativity inspires so many of your followers. Have a most blessed holiday.

Stacey - November 14, 2015 - 8:26 am

Kelly, you turn a porch into a work of art! I love the wall hanging!!

Jo Anne Hayon - November 14, 2015 - 8:32 am

Just love your decorating!I wish I had a porch to decorate! Can’t wait to see the front porch! Have a good weekend.

Debra - November 14, 2015 - 9:04 am

Oh….Sweet Torture… Your porch Thanksgiving is so serene. The play with green and brown, all the more brings nature to one’s heart and to table. I think you did a great job with your desk wall display too. Here in the Midwest, I would need a heated porch, as we woke up to 26 degrees this morning. Ugh!Enjoy every minute with your family in your beautiful home, as we are shaken by the events in France. Our eldest daughter and her boyfriend just made their second trip there a month ago. Giving thanks that their European travels were safe.

Sandy - November 14, 2015 - 9:19 am

Thank you, Kelly. I say that because it is clear you value and treasure the simplicity and serenity of Thanksgiving. I feel somber today because of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Somehow seeing your Thanksgiving table and home is calming. The peacefulness is soothing.

Thanks again, Kelly –


Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - November 14, 2015 - 9:33 am

I love every time you decorate that porch! How nice to be able to use it most of the year…not happening here in NJ! I love the napkins you used and the rest of the green. The whole centerpiece is just perfect! I always love seeing those white pumpkins!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 14, 2015 - 9:43 am

Love every single detail, but especially the painted children’s tools. You’re a clever pilgrim!

Garden, Home and Party - November 14, 2015 - 9:50 am

I’m sure it’s because we’ll enjoying by favorite season, but your table and choice of green and brown is my all time favorite of your beautiful work. (You know I’ll be saying this about your Christmas decor as well!). I have always loved your porch and can imagine using it a lot if I had such an outdoor room as that. The magnolia leaves are the perfect brown/green colors for your chosen scheme. Of all that you’ve shared today, hands down, I love the wall swag best of all. What a wonderful focal point—I hope you’ll provide more details on how you wired them so that they would actually stay in place without slipping.
I’m so excited to hear about your decorating project for the weekend and can only hope it’s another magazine spread.

Cheri - November 14, 2015 - 9:57 am

Your house ALWAYS looks so lovely…I am jealous of your decorating…you have a knack. Where did you get your plaid curtains? I love how you incorporated the green in your house. Very nice.

mari1017 - November 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Wow…so beautiful…and worth waiting for :-) …love your thought process as you share your decorating! And to me, the green and white napkins lighten up the neutrals and browns on the table. The deep brown ribbon ties are just the right touch of brown you needed – jmho…

It was 34 here in the early morning here and reminded me of my New England days around this time of year. BUT, I love that it’s already almost 50 and climbing lol..have a wonderful weekend with your project, and once again, thank you for sharing your generous heart with all of us! ♥ Happy painting!

Marlene - November 14, 2015 - 10:03 am

Just love Kelly what you have done with your porch for Thanksgiving. Your centerpiece is so lovely. I just love magnolia everywhere and the arrangement in the basket on the wall with the plates surrounding it. Please put me on your porch!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. God Bless.

Carol Ann - November 14, 2015 - 10:26 am

The children’s garden tools are so cute. Loved your idea of painting them brown. Magnolia leaves a classic…always a great choice. I also love the design of your website…so colorful and easy to read. Also love being able to located order posts so easily. Whenever I see a new post from you I feel like I’ve just been invited to a special occasion.

Cheryl from WV - November 14, 2015 - 10:55 am

I also love the neutral look for Thanksgiving. What a lovely way to create an environment that calms and leads one to a place of reflecting on the purpose for the gathering. Thanksgiving is such an important season. I have just returned from a trip to the Amish country in Ohio with a few good friends. It was so good to slow down and reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for. I actually saw a sign that I plan to incorporate in our home. It said, “What if you woke up tomorrow and only had what you had thanked God for yesterday?” I found that to be so powerful. Yes, let us give thanks! And one of the things I am thankful for this year is my new found friend Kelly. Thanks for all that you share with us!

Carol McGanity - November 14, 2015 - 11:01 am

Dear Kelly,

Living in South Central Texas, I continue to wonder how often you must “de-dust” the back porch and it’s furniture… what a wonderful spot! I so enjoyed the multiple posts for Thanksgiving and your attention to the details. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I’m now going to go up into the attic to bring down the boxes of collected pine cones to start the decorating and snipping of greenery from the garden – between the showers. Finally, rain! You are a great motivator…

Where did you ever find the time to teach?

Sherry Myers - November 14, 2015 - 11:31 am

Wait, did you say ‘crazy’ thought process? Well, if your thought process is crazy, there are a lot of us who would gladly like to be as crazy as you! I love the porch decorating from one end to the other. The vibe is humble, earthy, thankful. The colors blend so well with nature’s surroundings. Your creative decor above the desk reminds me of how thankful I am for all those who work hard to produce the food we enjoy throughout the year. I love it! Your table centerpiece is picture perfect. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. The last picture was the most delightful way to end this post. So serene. It feels extremely welcoming..waiting..comforting, no place like home. Beautiful. Thanks, Kelly. Have a wonderful weekend.

Linda - November 14, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Love love love it!! The garden tools wall art is brilliant.

Sheila in SF - November 14, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Love the tool garden decor and the table setting. You are so talented. Thanks for the ideas. And yes, so very sad about the events in Paris…

Julie in Asheville - November 14, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Kelly – One of my favorite spots in your home – the screened porch. Not sure why I’m so in love with screened-in porches, but I just love them, especially sleeping porches. The one in the movie with Reese Witherspoon as a young girl is wonderful. A lot of that movie takes place on that porch with her sister. Anyway, your decorating is spot on, so clever. Always look forward to your posts. And, thinking today of the people of France.

v - November 14, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Well….you did not disappoint! It is so gorgeous! I love everything you did. The table looks great and I love the centerpiece. No worries about not commenting. I often don’t have time to comment on my blog comments. I try to as often as possible but sometimes life is just too busy. I think everyone understands. :) Can’t wait to see what you are sharing Monday!

Blessings, Vicky

Gina - November 14, 2015 - 4:51 pm

The green and brown looks so pretty together. I think your centerpiece turned out perfect. I like to use candles too, but our dinner will be early so no candles. I’ve already foraged for leaves, pine cones, etc. so I ‘ll have to work on mine. Thanks for the inspiration! The magnolia is beautiful and I love the arrangement with the tools and plates! :)

Dawn - November 14, 2015 - 5:10 pm


The porch looks perfectly cozy to me. I will keep my eyes open for some grosgrain brown and white napkins. I really like those green turkey plates. I can’t wait to see what you are up to with your paint project. Thanks for sharing. Take care.


Anita - November 14, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Your table arrangement is very pretty. You are lucky you can still take all that creativity you are blessed with outdoors.
I love your yard….and the greenery!
I’m thankful for you Kelly, even though we don’t know each other. I enjoy reading your blog.
Indeed we need to pray for France.

Cynthia - November 14, 2015 - 7:20 pm

I loved the simplicity of all of your Thanksgiving decorations. I really loved the use of the magnolia leaves and the light colored pumpkins that decorated your home!. Happy Thanksgiving to the Gray family.

Vickie White - November 14, 2015 - 10:40 pm

I l.o.v.e. the tool/plate arrangement!!! You are so creative!!!!

Lisa - November 15, 2015 - 8:45 am

Just perfect! Using the child sized tools was ingenious and made for such a beautiful arrangement. Your table is so warm and inviting and the lettering on the napkins is personal touch that every Thanksgiving table needs. Just perfect!

Merri Jo - November 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Lovely, lovely, lovely. I hope to recreate your adorable garden tools/basket to hang on my patio wall next to my potting bench–you have inspired me once again!

At Rivercrest Cottage - November 15, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Thank you for the tour of your lovely home. So many wonderful ideas!

Sandy - November 15, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Love your taste in decorating. Inspires me always! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and talent. Have a blessed holiday season.

Jayne - November 15, 2015 - 10:04 pm

As always, your decorating is serene and lovely. Your porch has always been my favorite room of your house and still remains so. Love the adorable arrangement of children’s toys and your turkey plates. I’ve always wanted to do a wall centerpiece with yard tools but never thought of using children’s yard tools. Perfect. Good luck accomplishing all that you seem to have going on.

Rosemary - November 16, 2015 - 4:06 am

Hi Kelly, I was especially glad to have your post to read on Saturday morning having gone to sleep thinking of Paris and all that had happened. Still finding it hard to write a cheery comment … Sorry! “In all things give thanks” has been in my thoughts this weekend …and I am so grateful to be reminded of this and how much we have to be thankful for. …even during sad times. The peacefulness of your porch and the calming decor somehow seems appropriate. As always your porch looks so welcoming …I wish I could find some brown and white napkins for you. Although I have to say your table setting looks just fine as it is!
I hope your weekend of decorating has gone well. Take care …
Looking forward to hearing from you and your next post.

Kaye Ann - November 16, 2015 - 8:37 am

An amazing porch. It’s looks like it saying “come on in!” Which I could. Love the garden tools and green plates on your wall. I would never have thought of that!! Gorgeous! Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving!!

Julia - November 17, 2015 - 10:52 am

Your porch is so inviting! I love how you used the children’s garden tools and the turkey plates, very creative. Here in Florida we have shared many Thanksgiving meals on the porch!

Cheryl Miller - November 19, 2015 - 8:04 pm

Such a beautiful selection! We were blessed this summer with a new daughter in law. Our first wedding! So, with all our wedding pictures I would probably choose the mini photo book! Thanks for thinking of us and offering this opportunity!

Barbara (WA) - November 20, 2015 - 10:17 am

Catching up with your posts this morning and love your idea of a calmer decor for November. Your house is perfect for changing co,ours and themes – so fun!

The Thanksgiving Tour…part 1

Thanksgiving tablescape Talk of the HouseI don’t normally like to begin our home tours in the dining room, but being that this one is for Thanksgiving, I think it is only appropriate.  The dining room and kitchen are kind of the stars of the show when it comes to Thanksgiving. So come in the side door that all our family and friends use, down that tiny hall, and enter the dining room here.

dining room Thanksgiving Do you notice anything new?:)


No I am not talking about the drapes.  We’ll talk about them in a minute. The bench – did you notice the bench? We purchased it a few weeks ago for the dining room.  It was on sale at Pier 1, and I thought it went perfectly with the casual feel of our table.  The extra chairs moved upstairs to my husband’s office where they were needed, so we had fun playing musical chairs.:)

Now let’s look at the table.

Thanksgiving tablescapeAll the red and orange accents have left the house and have been replaced with browns and greens and neutrals.  I’ve said before that I think October is a playful month, and November is a reverent…respectful month….a month we really make a point to reflect on our many blessings. (But we should do that all the time.) As much as I adore all things red, I think all the neutrals fit more with that.

Thanksgiving place setting

So the red buffalo check drapes have been replaced with the green plaid ones.  (The red will be back for Christmas though.) The wonderful Williams Sonoma turkey pieces from my relatives are back in use. I have mixed brown and green everywhere I can….even pulling out our old olive green pottery to use in the centerpiece along with green and cream colored pumpkins and magnolia leaves.  (You will see in the next post that I have gone overboard with the use of magnolia branches!)  Today I am so thankful to live where I do – between the forest and the field – where Nature does such a wonderful job providing beauty for all the seasons – and especially Thanksgiving.:)

dining room for ThanksgivingHave you noticed the little word searches beside each place setting?

place card Thanksgiving wordsearch

 The idea for these goes totally to Ashlee at the cute very vintage blog, My So Called Crafty Life. (So don’t give me any credit for them!)  I wanted something other than traditional place cards for our Thanksgiving table, and when I saw these on Pinterest, I knew they would be fun. (We are a competitive bunch, so bring on the games!)  Anyway, I copied Ashlee’s to a word document, saved it as photo, then opened it up in Picasa to remove her heading and add in my green one.  You should be able to do the same with mine here.

Thanksgiving wordsearch

Then I made word searches with Puzzle Maker because I was familiar with using it in my classroom.  Ashlee used a different website.  It took me awhile because I inserted our family member’s names at each place card…so that required individualizing 6 different ones, and the words are printed horizontally at the bottom on Puzzle Maker.  I had to copy them as images and paste them on to my card to get them in the vertical list.

It would be easier to just use a last name or all of your guests names in one puzzle to save time. But to really save time, I am putting one here that is just a general Thanksgiving word search without the “people names” if you would like to use it.:) Right click on it.  Copy the image. Paste to an open document on your computer. You might want to resize it to a smaller image.  Then print away as many as you need.  I printed ours on cardstock and trimmed them down to the size I wanted.

Thanksgiving word search for table

And that is the extent of my tech knowledge.

And now to the rest of the dining room…The antique cupboard in the corner holds that beautiful platter that matches the salad plates.

Thanksgiving vignette antique cupboard

I pulled out one of the pottery bowls to use there as well.Thanksgiving vignetteAnd a piece of the pottery was also used in the cabinet on the other wall.

dining room cabinet Thanksgiving vignettes

dining room cabinetIf you have been reading here for any time, you will know that our dining room and kitchen are one long space.  So the red buffalo check drapes at the kitchen window have also been temporarily booted out for the green plaid ones.

kitchen window green plaid drapesThe October orange cookbooks have been shelved on the family room bookcase.
Green and brown ones are in use now.

Talk of the House kitchen cornerIt is a much calmer look for this month
(although Thanksgiving cooking is anything but calm!)

Talk of the House kitchen cabinetsThe coffee trays are wearing brown and green for Thanksgiving.

ring tags on coffee jars for coffee tray

beverage tray

More pottery made its way into a small vignette atop the refrigerator.
(Love the battery powered candle up there!)

refrigerator fall vignetteAnd finally, a recipe for what to do with leftover turkey is on the kitchen desk chalkboard.

kitchen deskI hope you have enjoyed this part of the tour today.  For those of you who are lovers of bright colors, I promise you the red will return in December.:)  I just think November needs a different look between Halloween and the celebration of Christmas.

We’ll wander out on the porches for part 2 here.  And I will go ahead and tell you that the table does not look like what you see through the door in the photo below.  That was taken when it was a holding spot for things before decorating that space.

plate rackI hope you will be back for part 2 to see what it really looks like.

Thank you so much for visiting here today.
I am truly blessed that you choose to spend your time with me.

Until next time…


Talia - November 12, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Always lovely. Love your use of neutrals! (like you, I really enjoy color, but this looks very nice!)
Thank you Talia. It is nice to take a break from the red every now and then.

LJ - November 12, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Lovely and with a relaxed yet fresh feel. May I join you for donuts and a cup of tea before we start all the fun cooking up Thanksgiving dinner?
I couldn’t resist as I spied those donuts on the counter. You’re just too much fun. And I am so grateful that I came upon your blog; you have given me an incredible amount of inspiration.
You may certainly join me in the kitchen! (But I’m afraid I taste-test and snack as I cook!)
I’m so happy that you can find inspiration here, and I appreciate you for reading and always leaving such kind comments.
See you back for the porch tour. :)

Karen Aamodt - November 12, 2015 - 3:41 pm

I will email you my best recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini so you can use up some of the leftovers. FYI it freezes well for those food emergencies that arise from time to time!

Best Wishes and Blessing to all of your family,

Turkey Tetrazzini sounds delicious, and the fact that you can freeze it is an added bonus. Please send your recipe on this way!
Thank you Karen.

Gabrielle - November 12, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Lovely as usual Kelly. Your creativity knows no bounds!
Thank you Gabrielle (but my creativity does have its limits. :) )

Louvina - November 12, 2015 - 3:50 pm

How tranquil and homey! Amazing how colors can change the room and make it look like a different one. The bench is really a nice touch. I am reading and enjoying your post on a lovely fall afternoon while I recoup from my wonderful
trip to The Big Peach City! How many Peach tree Streets are there anyway?:) I’m inspired to start pulling my holiday together— at the beach– a first! Going to let Publix do most of my cooking this year ( another first!) since I have a micro kitchen there. But will do my baking and appetizers and decorations. Planning on 12 and think dessert will be enjoyed on the beach–picnic style if weather is still this nice. How many are you expecting? And hope you share some more of your family recipes!! ” Over the River and through the Woods!” My favorite holiday! :)
Tranquil..that’s what I was shooting for. :) Glad you made it back safely from Hot ‘lanta. I have no idea how many Peachtree streets there are, but there are a LOT of them! The big question is…where did you eat on your trip??? Inquiring minds want to know!
Glad you are inspired. Thanksgiving at the beach would be different…but enjoyed by everyone I am sure. Nice to let someone else do the cooking. We don’t have a number yet…still waiting to see what the plans are for everyone. No problem though.

Ruth - November 12, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Another wonderful post. Did I spot Fairfax flatware? Love its elegant simplicity. That was my grandmother’s pattern, and I’m the keeper of her silver for this generation. I admire and enjoy so much your creative and resourceful color scheme changes from season to season. Another benefit to going brown and green for Thanksgiving is that it will give a rest from red, in preparation for an energizing boost upon the red’s return at Christmas. We’re looking toward a remodel in the coming year or two, and I hope you don’t mind my purloining your idea of seasonal curtain and drapery change-outs. Oh, to be handy with needle and thread! Alas, I’m a stitchery incompetent, so I’ll have to farm it out.
Yes, you did spot it Ruth. :) My mother’s pattern has flowers, and I just liked the simplicity of Fairfax. How wonderful that the silver stays in your family and you are the keeper of it for now! Your comments about giving a rest from red were exactly what I wanted to say, but I had already been “wordy” enough for one post. So thank you for adding them here. Good luck with your future remodel, and you go right ahead and do any drapery change-out you want. :) Sewing has been a much used skill in my life. Very glad I learned it…and typing!

Sherry Myers - November 12, 2015 - 4:22 pm

I LOVE the new bench, Kelly! Perfect! I am glad you found a good deal. Everything looks so nice. I really like the green, brown, and neutrals for harvest. It reminds me of what it’s really like to celebrate Thanksgiving in the south. The turning leaves with still plenty of green so it doesn’t look like winter. And I remember the excitement last year when you got your turkey plates! They look great. Love your tablescape. It looks very inviting. I enjoyed this visit. You are a blessing!
Headed to the porch,
Thanks Sherry! I forgot to mention in the post that when our daughter’s boyfriend was here at Halloween, we were talking about how I was going to use green and brown for Thanksgiving, and he said, “Green is not a Thanksgiving color.” Well, just like you said, if you live in the South it most certainly is! (And that is what I told him.) We still have green grass and plenty of green leaves on the trees. What few turned yellow or red were washed off the tree with the 9 straight days of rain.
As always, thank you for your encouraging comments.

Sandy in Fort Walton Beach - November 12, 2015 - 4:25 pm

I love the calm of the greens and neutrals. I have been feeling the same mood. I have spent the day kind of calming some of the decor. I love Christmas, but it never goes up until after Thanksgiving. I have sensed I needed some calm and simple before the Christmas comes out. You have done a great job in your kitchen.
Thank you Sandy. Maybe we all need some of the calm DURING Christmas too. :) (But I would hate to miss out on the festiveness of red.) No Christmas here until after Thanksgiving..unless I decide to put the wreath up in the bedroom. That would be about as far as I go. I have been sick the last 2 Thanksgivings and have fingers crossed for a healthy one this year. Thank you again for your compliments on the house.

Julie in Asheville - November 12, 2015 - 4:27 pm

So nice and really peaceful, which is what you want when you contemplate the many blessings for which to be thankful. The bench was a terrific choice. Goes well with the table. And, just today, I saw the Christmas Ideas book at the store. Just beautiful. You have totally spoiled your family!! BTW, Karen, we want you to share that recipe!
Julie, you are so right about needing the peacefulness as we think about being thankful for what we have. Thank you for the compliments on the bench and the magazine feature. It still seems surreal to me that our home is in 2 national magazines at the same time for Christmas. Who would have thought?! Yes, Karen needs to share that recipe for us all. Everyone has left over turkey!

Delma - November 12, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Oh my, thank you for this lovely tour of your beautiful home!!! I love how you decorate! You have inspired me to do a bit of decorating myself. Look forward to seeing the rest of your home.
You are quite welcome Delma. Thank you for the kind words here, and I am glad I could help you with your decorating. :) The porch tour will be here soon!

mari1017 - November 12, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Just lovely, Kelly! I love the green drapes and your pottery is beautiful. Cool idea to spot that bench – it works really well! I’m amazed by your attention to detail right down to the cookbooks and the coffee station – love it!
I can’t decide if I like the white curtain rods (ie., your daughter’s room) or the black (or are they bronze?)with the drapes. I like them both, each for the look they bring to the room. Thank you for another wonderful post from a grateful heart…waiting to see the porch 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!
Glad you liked the drapes and all Mari! My attention to detail borders on craziness at times. :)
The rod in the kitchen is black, and the rod in the playroom is green by the way. :)
So glad you enjoyed the post! The porch tour is coming soon.

Maryanne - November 12, 2015 - 5:07 pm

I love the neutral tones for Thanksgiving. I love your red (I use lots of red too) but I agree that it’s nice to have some calm before the hustle and bustle of Christmas. It looks beautiful!
Thank you Maryanne. It IS the calm before the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We really need a calm after it as well!
Kelly - November 12, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Everything looks beautiful and ready for Thanksgiving at your house! I’m amazed at how you change out your curtains with the holidays/seasons. I think that’s great. I don’t have the patience for doing so many decor changes like that, but it all looks so pretty. I love the Thanksgiving plates you have with the turkeys on them. Very pretty!
The table is ready, but certainly not the food. It is stressing me that so many bloggers are talking about their shopping lists for Christmas, and I haven’t even gotten my Thanksgiving grocery list made! I am glad you liked the plates. I see WS is carrying them for the season again this year.

kate - November 12, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Everything is lovely and respectful of the holiday.
I, too, love the red but the softer tones are just what is needed for Thanksgiving.
Don’t sell yourself short on the tech side. Way over this head.
Have a blessed finish to this month.
You are so sweet Kate. Thank you. If I showed you how to do it instead of merely telling you how to, I know you would understand it. :)

Joy Cooper - November 12, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Your Thanksgiving decor looks soothing and calm. I love it! I have been meaning to comment that I love the thick candle you use and all of the candlesticks you use with them. Any tips on where to start this kind of collection ? Thanks so much.
Soothing and calm are quite a change from the bright orange and red of Halloween, aren’t they Joy? :) I am glad you liked the decorations for this season. Our candlesticks were all gifts from my mother and my mother in law. I have no idea where my mother got hers, but it seems that my mother in law purchased hers in an antique shop in Highlands, NC. I’m afraid I am not much help other than that on them. Sorry. :(

Dawn - November 12, 2015 - 7:04 pm


Best post ever! I love the browns and greens! Especially the greens. It all looks so nice together. I saw the bench right away. Great addition. I am going use the cute Thanksgiving word search in my classroom for after we discuss what we are thankful for in Religion class the week before Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing. I love your battery operated candle and candle holder on your fridge. Everything ties together so well. I can’t wait to see the porch. Take care.
Wow what a nice compliment Dawn! I’m so happy you liked the post. Yes, the colors do all work together very well. Please do use the word search in your classroom. Just remember the words can go in any direction (including backwards!) and they can share letters.

Jean Tovern - November 12, 2015 - 7:31 pm

I love the green curtains!!! And the turkey plates!!! And…well, everything! :) Can’t wait to see what’s up next!
Well thank you Jean! That is very sweet of you to say all of that! The porches will be up in a couple of days. Please come back for them. :)

Garden, Home and Party - November 12, 2015 - 7:38 pm

I absolutely love the neutrals, greens and browns. So perfect for this time of year. Your older green pottery looks antique, how wonderful. I wouldn’t have guessed it was part of a set. Love the turkey plates! It’s so cool that you have curtains for different seasons and colors. You have such great style.
The game card is fun. I may try to re-create it for our dinner.
I’m so glad you liked the colors, Karen. All of our pottery was handmade. My sister in law was a Meaders. Her family was very influential in the art of folk pottery for many years, and all of our pieces came from either her father, Cleater (CJ) or her uncle, Lanier. You can read about Lanier here: We have a few of Lanier’s pieces including a couple of face jugs that they mention and show in the article. A couple of Lanier’s pieces are on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
As far as the drapes go, I love fabric too much to be limited to one pair of drapes per window. LOL And my tastes and moods seem to change with the seasons, so this beats going out and buying all new things every time the seasons change.
I hope you can use the word searches for Thanksgiving.
Enjoy your time with all your family!

Jane - November 12, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Your attention to detail without going overboard is so perfect, Kelly! Your table is pretty and functional and the little word search game makes it fun. Love the simple centerpiece. I don’t have a lot of space for a large one so I like that you kept yours low and non distracting. The new bench is awesome!

I am going to steal the turkey soup recipe idea for my chalkboard—I am so unimaginative with mine—Happy Summer, Fall, Winter…you get the idea!

Great job. And thanks so much for stopping by, it was very sweet! :)

Jane x
Aw you are too kind Jane! I like a low centerpiece so that it can stay on the table and people can see over it. The pumpkins worked well for that.
Go right ahead and steal the chalkboard recipe idea. Have fun with it!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 12, 2015 - 8:34 pm

Beautiful, beautiful. I had to chuckle when you stated that you used the hues of brown and green in displaying the cookbooks to coordinate with the colors in the room…you certainly pay close attention to every detail. Love the Thanksgiving word puzzle…what a great idea!….Looking forward to Part 2.
Thank you for your compliments Shirley. Yes, I go overboard on details, but truthfully, there are not that many to change out in the kitchen. The white and neutral color ones stay, and I swap out maybe 10 to 15 in total in the kitchen and dining room from the family room bookshelves. I think the word search spoke to the elementary teacher in me! I’m glad you liked the idea!

Mary - November 12, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Everything looks beautiful! Love the turkey plates.
Thank you Mary. I was very lucky to be able to have my relatives find them for me. They were sold out everywhere when I went to get them last year.

Patty in Michigan - November 12, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I love your thoughts on October being more playful and November more reverent. I noticed the bench right away. Love it! I love benches. I love the colors you went with. I actually went with very similar colors this year for my dining room. I was given some transfer ware and found some beautiful green plates at a resale store that I have in my hutch. I love the soft simple warm colors. Your table looks beautiful. Thanksgiving is coming so fast. Take care, Kelly!
Thanks Patty! I’m so glad you liked the colors. Lucky you to be given some transfer ware! I have a few bowls in brown transferware and started to mix them in with some green plates here but decided it was just too much pattern for me. Yes, Thanksgiving will be here soon, but what stresses me out are all the bloggers who are already decorating for Christmas! I can only handle one holiday at a time. LOL

Gina - November 12, 2015 - 11:10 pm

I love the green and brown color scheme for Thanksgiving, which just happens to be my favorite holiday!! :) Love your new bench too. You’ll be able to use it for extra seating in other areas of your home too if needed. I love the turkey dishes, green pottery and turkey tureen. Now that we are hosting Thanksgiving I need to look for a couple of turkey dishes. Haha, maybe I need to look now to find them on sale! I love your puzzle also. What a great idea. :) I’m sure in your warmer climate you are still able to flow out onto your porch this time of year. I’m hoping we’ll get lucky with warm weather this year for Thanksgiving!!
Well that’s a lot to love Gina! You are right about the bench being used in other areas. I am already thinking it would work great on the porch as well. :) Yes, we can spill out on to the porch and have even during Christmas parties here. Now is a good time to pick up your turkey plates and things before they are all gone. So get to shopping!

Linda - November 13, 2015 - 12:10 am

Just beautiful, love all the green. It is very calming. Also love the idea of the word search.
Thank you Linda. I am glad you like the change in color. I think the word search will be a lot of fun for everyone.

Lauren - November 13, 2015 - 8:41 am

Your warm and beautiful home will forever be one of my absolute favorites! I always look forward to seeing how you decorate for the holidays throughout the seasons, special occasions, etc., as you always add the prettiest and most thoughtful details. I am also in love with those green drapes!!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving:)
Goodness what a sweet comment Lauren! Your home is one of my all time favorites as well! (We have such similar tastes. :) ) I especially love your porch, and that rust tablecloth out there is going to be appearing in a different form in one of our rooms here very soon. You will be surprised! LOL I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Happy Friday. :)

Lisa - November 13, 2015 - 9:52 am

I just love how you create wonderful atmospheres for each occasion and season, Kelly. Everything you do is so creative, and right up my alley! We have the good fortune to live in our friend’s beautiful lake house, right on the water, until June. As we will be hosting our family for Thanksgiving (one giant sleepover, too!) I am excited to use some of your ideas. Thank you!
Wow! How fun Lisa! A giant sleepover with lots of food all on a lake. It doesn’t get much better than that! :) I’m so glad you could use some of the ideas on the post. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Rosemary - November 13, 2015 - 10:49 am

Hi Kelly …looks like I’m a little late to the party today but thanks so much for the invitation! :). Your house always looks amazing but I just love the greens and browns. It seems to change your house …in a good way! As you say peaceful and just perfect for Thanksgiving. The polished wood and style of your new bench complements your table etc perfectly. Such a great find! I could keep writing …your table setting! the Thanksgiving word search! …your kitchen! Your cookery books! Just lovely. I’d be very happy to perch on that stool or help you in your kitchen …I like to taste test and snack too!!
We have a lot to be thankful for …. A lovely bright sunny day here and I’m looking out at Autumn colours and holly bushes laden with red berries!
Have a good weekend!
Oh, you’re not late Rosemary! Just stop in whenever you can. You must be sitting in my house though, because I am looking out at a lovely bright sunny day here with some autumn colors, and our holly bushes are full of berries as well! I’m so glad you like the green and brown in the house. It IS quite a change from the bright red that normally lives here. :) Come on and taste test and snack with me! There will be a lot of that going on here next Thursday and Friday as I cook for an upcoming party.
Hope you have a good weekend too. I hope to have part 2 of the tour up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again.

Rosemary - November 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

Hi again! I just wanted to say that we are blessed as well that you share your home with us. I was so happy when I woke up this morning to see I a post from you to read with my early morning coffee :)
You are so sweet! I am happy that the posts are enjoyed with your morning cup of coffee Rosemary. Fingers crossed that I can finish the post I am working on so that there will also be one for you tomorrow morning as well. :)
I’m blessed to have readers like you!!

anita - November 13, 2015 - 1:10 pm

What a lovely transition you have done in your kitchen and dining room. The look is becoming for Thanksgiving! While I do love red, brown and green my favorites to decorate in Autumn as well. Blessings to you! Enjoy preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner, taking some time to relax I hope!
Thanks Anita! I think the colors work well for autumn too. Blessings to you. I haven’t even made a shopping list yet for Thanksgiving, but I am sure it will get done this week.
Thank you for stopping by!

Tricia - November 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Hi Kelly. Touring your home gives me such great pleasure, always such fun and so many creative ideas. Love the green curtains and cookbooks, the word search game – how much fun would that be?! Best part? Part 2 is yet to come!
Tricia, thank you so very much for all your kind words here. You are a sweetheart! I’m so glad you like all the changes in decor. Part 2 should be up in the morning. Hope you will be back for it!

Kaye Ann - November 13, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Beautiful as always. I will have 18-20 people this year. Got to get busy planning!!!
Thank you Kaye Ann! Yes, you do need to get busy planning for 18-20 people! Happy Hosting!

Linda Miller - November 13, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Hi Kelly,

I love your green and brown theme. It is one of my favorite combinations, especially in the fall. Can’t believe you change the window treatments. That is special to be able to do that.

I want you to know after reading about your trip to Virginia we decided to follow your footsteps and make a trip to Charlottesville and the Southern Living house. Loved it! Also went to Monticello, as well as the other historic sights. Also ate lunch at Pippin Hill Winery and Michie Tavern. We ate in town in the bricked street, just like being in France! And, checked out John Boy’s house and museum! Fun! Thank you for the ideas!

I have a turkey platter like yours but have not been able to find a stand that is large enough to hold it. I love your blogs, have learned so much as well as enjoyed how many similarities we seem to have. Thanks so much!

Also, I was thrilled to open a new Christmas magazine and found a story about your house. It couldn’t be more Christmasy!

Thank you Linda! I am happy you liked the current color combo. Changing the window treatments is very easy to do. It is only 2 pairs of drapes. They already have their rings on them, and it takes only about 15-20 minutes to change them all out.

You did a better job traveling in Virginia than we did! How fun!! I’m so glad you got to visit all those wonderful places. :)

The stand that I am using with the platter is this one: and it is backed all the way up against the wall. Hope that is what you need.

Thank you for the compliments on the Christmas feature. I can’t believe it is almost time to start decorating for it again!

Donnie - November 13, 2015 - 3:45 pm

As always, love everything you do. I did notice the bench, it really finishes things off and makes the table look so inviting and open. Looking forward to the rest of the tour!
Thank you so much Donnie. I like the openness of the table now too. Part 2 of the tour is coming tomorrow. :)

Debra - November 13, 2015 - 5:21 pm

I like the green, brown and white color scheme. I so love your turkey design plates and that new bench is fun. Will you be getting another for the other side later? I have a harvest table made from old barn wood, with Windsor chairs all around, but I also have a bench as well. I only use it when I have to fit four people on one side. Oh, I love World Market. I just recently purchased their cute little pumpkin dishes with lids. They were on sale for under four dollars each. Score! (I have always admired your PB ones) I think these are a little smaller but not by much. They had a casserole dish as well, lid and handles. It made its way into my basket too. Yes, a happy dance was performed! Fall Sale….Yahoo! I already have the pumpkin print plates from William Sonoma. I picked up Crate and Barrel salad plates that have mini pumpkins on them for dessert plates. They were from their Halloween sale. So, no Tom Turkey plates at my table, though I’d love to have some… :( I like that you used some of your old pottery and I can’t wait to see what you do on the porch! sigh… That word search was a cute idea Kelly. Will there be a prize for the person who completes the word search first? :)
Thank you Debra. I don’t think we will be getting a bench for the other side. We have some guests who don’t really like to have to maneuver to get on or off of one (elderly.) I love Windsor chairs! I bet they look great with your harvest table. :) Sounds like you have done some great shopping lately. I saw those cute pumpkin plates at Crate and Barrel and contemplated getting them myself. A prize for the word search winner is a good idea. How about a turkey leg for the winner? LOL (No, I will have to think of something better than that.)

Vicky Hunt - November 13, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Gorgeous…just gorgeous! I love your style! And, I love the neutrals and think they are just perfect for Thanksgiving as well. I cannot wait to see the porches! Have a great weekend.
I’m so glad you do Vicky. I think the greens and browns have worked out well for this holiday. A new post will be out in the morning, so please be sure to check back for that. :)
You have a great weekend too!

At Rivercrest Cottage - November 13, 2015 - 11:54 pm

Love that someone else likes brown and green together too. Your setting is lovely.

Merri Jo - November 15, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Spending time with you, glimpsing your beautiful home is a blessing to me, Kelly!

ann - November 20, 2015 - 1:41 am

Kelly, I enjoyed your tour. Everything is put together in style.
You have given me some ideas. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas. Also, did you do your picture framing? If so, can you tell me how you did it? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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