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Part 3: The Kitchen and Dining Room for A Valentine’s Breakfast

dining room mix of chairsOn this day for the last few years my husband has normally been packing for a ski trip with the church youth group.  He is not going this year since there are enough “younger adults” who are able to go.   So I have been quite happy to make plans for this Valentine’s Day, and the fact that it falls on a Saturday has made it even better.:)

Valentines table and centerpiece for a Valentines Day breakfastLast year I decorated the dining room table and most of the house with an old school theme, but I had a new idea for this year. Unfortunately, when I went back to our beloved Target to get the needed items, they were already sold out (and that was February 1st!)  So I had to rethink the decorating.  Because I have been working on another major project here (more about that at the end of this post) I decided to take the simple route, and go with traditional hearts and flowers for our “theme” this year (if you can call it that).

Valentines table place setting

And I thought a Valentine’s Day breakfast would be the perfect way to start the day and the weekend.  That is why all the jars and cake stands are filled with breakfast items…doughnuts, doughnut holes, muffins, bagels, cereals, etc.

Valentine breakfast jars

Those will all be self-serve, but we will also have the following menu:

Valentines Day breakfast menuAnd while I was planning a breakfast menu, a gift idea popped in my head.:) I put a Starbucks’ gift card and a couple of Starbucks k-cup coffees in a piece of heart printed tissue and placed them inside a white to-go cup (from Target.)  They came with the kraft paper sleeves, and I simply glued a sparkly red heart (from a 98 cent bag of them) onto the sleeves for just a bit of Valentine’s Day decoration.
Valentines gift Starbucks gift card and K cups

dining room for ValentinesGranola bars are another breakfast option in a jar in the cabinet.

dining room cabinet for valentines dayThere is sparkly heart garland over the cereal bar – again made from that bag of 98 cent hearts.

(Didn’t I tell you the theme was hearts?:))

island for Valentines day

kitchenKrispy Kreme doughnuts – ready to be devoured.

buffalo checked drapes and doughnutsThe kitchen desk has breakfast items behind the glass doors, and I chose a recipe for pancakes for this month’s chalkboard.

kitchen desk for Valentines day

Valentines day chalkboard recipeSo most of our breakfast is ready and waiting.  I hope to do the pancakes in the shape of hearts, and perhaps the bacon as well.:)

Valentines table settingsOne last Valentine idea for you….This year’s teacher’s gift is a bag of Cracker Jacks and a small can of Coca Cola.  The tag reads, “Happy Valentine’s Day to a Cracker Jack teacher.”  I hope they enjoy them.  I am giving Hershey kisses to all my students – sorry not very creative. I had to stick to simple for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Cracker Jack Valentine gift bags for teachersYou see there is even more to be happy about this weekend than having a Saturday Valentine’s Day with my husband at home.  His birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day, and this birthday is one of those BIG decade-hitting ones for him.:)So my big project has been planning and planning the party for that…a major weekend looong party with a bunch of guys from high school and college.   In my mind, our Valentine’s Day was going to simply be a breakfast, and the rest of the weekend was to be devoted to my husband’s birthday celebration. I say, was because sickness, moving, and a few other things have unfortunately occurred with some of “the guys,” and we have decided to delay the party one week. And even though the celebrating won’t be on his actual birthday, it will hopefully work out better for all of our guests.  So now, we find ourselves with an entire day for Valentine’s Day, an entire day to celebrate my husband’s birthday with family, and…we both have a holiday on Monday! That was obviously not how we had planned for our weekend to be spent, but it sounds pretty good to me now.:)

Enjoy your weekend!!

What do you have planned?

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Arlene@Nanaland - February 13, 2015 - 9:08 am

Nothing big planned here…I do have a gift for my sweetheart and I am making the chocolate pound cake that graced the front of the Southern Living Feb edition. I will be sharing it with my octogenarian neighbors who do not bake. What a pretty table for breakfast!!
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What a fabulous Valentine’s gift! I know they had to love that. :)
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - February 13, 2015 - 9:18 am

Love all of your decorations, this sounds like the perfect Valentine’s. Happy BD to you hubby too.
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Thank you Marty. We had a wonderful big breakfast for Valentine’s but I know my husband would have LOVED your coconut banana pie. It sounded heavenly!
Kelly

Sally McCarthy - February 13, 2015 - 10:15 am

Kelly, your home looks fun and festive but always warm and welcoming. I love all of your black and white photos throughout the house. Please share your source for your photo frames??? :)
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I am so glad you liked the Valentine’s decorating Sally. I bought all the frames from Michaels, and they do not carry them anymore, but they can be ordered here: http://www.aifriedman.com/browse.cfm/format-museum-collection-16×20-8×10-frame/4,3746.html
I have never ordered from them, but I would hope they would mark it “fragile.”
Kelly

Jennifer from VA - February 13, 2015 - 10:36 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE it ALL!!!! You are such a design inspiration to me! Happy Valentines Day Kelly!
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Jennifer, I LOVE your enthusiasm! Thank you for it. I hope your Valentines Day was one of your best. :)
Kelly

Frances in England - February 13, 2015 - 10:46 am

It all looks absolutely beautiful, and you’re making me hungry with talk of doughnuts!!
Completely unrelated, but I was pleased to see your copy of Nigel Slater’s ‘Tender’ amongst your books – I’m a big fan of his (and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat more veg, so my copy has been getting a workout)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Doughnuts and fresh veggies..my kind of meal! LOL
Hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one, Frances.
Kelly

Debra - February 13, 2015 - 11:03 am

Talk about a bunch of breakfast goodness! Ha, feeling my coffee and oatmeal were not enough this morning! (tummy growls).. :) I see you used your new table runner. How perfect. Starbucks is big here too. How perfect. Happy Birthday to your husband. Have a fun weekend!
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That was A LOT of breakfast goodies for sure! Yes, I did use the new table runner, and YOU are very observant. :) My husband says thank you for the birthday wishes. Hope your weekend was perfect. A:)
Kelly

L J - February 13, 2015 - 11:31 am

Kelly–The whole house looks absolutely warm and inviting and I know it’s the real thing because it’s from your heart.
To my thinking those “big” birthdays need more than a weekend celebration. I have a friend who makes them a month long party–lol. So, Kelly’s hubby, enjoy yourself and Happy Birthday!

Kelly and Arlene@nanaland–let me know your take on the cake. I had planned to make it but plans changed as my group of friends opted to do Chinese food for our Valentine’s get-together. Imagine turning down chocolate…..???

I need to add more red to my home….you’ve inspired me.
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This house, in all its red, works so well for Valentine’s Day. I can handle the green for St.Patricks, but Easter will be here before you know it, and I am always at a loss for decorating for it….no pastels here for spring!
I agree with your friend and their month long celebration. Great idea!
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - February 13, 2015 - 11:31 am

Your creativity amazes me! And I, too, would love a source for the photo frames throughout your home. Thanks and Happy Valentines Day/Hubby birthday/ long weekend!
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Barbara, I hope you are doing well. Thank you for the compliments! We had a nice long weekend here. The frames came from Michaels but can be ordered from here: http://www.aifriedman.com/browse.cfm/format-museum-collection-16×20-8×10-frame/4,3746.html
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - February 13, 2015 - 11:47 am

Kelly,
If you ever retire from teaching you could work for a magazine and style rooms and areas of a home. This is charming and clever. I loved the “cracker jack” treat for your fellow teachers as well as the Starbucks gift cups.
Everything looks great and this post made me hungry for donuts!
Enjoy your weekend.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you for your kind words Karen. I am happy you liked all the Valentine ideas. I turned in my paperwork last Friday for retirement at the end of this school year, so I guess I had better start looking for other work! :) A new doughnut shop just opened in our town…perhaps I can put in an application to work there! LOL
Kelly

Anne Boykin - February 13, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Hi Kelly, everything looks wonderful! Happy Valentine’s Day – LOVE your blog!
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Thank you Anne! I hope you had a fun Valentine’s Day. :)
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - February 13, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Any kitchen with a pile of Kispy Kremes is a thing of beauty and true love in my book!
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Amen! (And to think they have just opened a new doughnut shop in our town…we just can’t resist!)
Hope your Valentine’s Day was fun!
Kelly

Peggy - February 13, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Happy Valentines Day! That sounds like perfect weekend to me! Enjoy! Hope you can sleep in late and have coffee til noon and just spoil yourselves.
Have loved the red! And you always have so many wonderful entertaining ideas. You are my absolute favorite hospitality queen!
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I hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one Peggy. Sleeping late would be great and lots of coffee sounds like a good idea! A hospitality queen? That’s funny! (But thank you for the compliment. :) )
Kelly

Barbara P from MA - February 13, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Loved ALL of your posts on Valentine’s Day decorating! All of the little details and your wonderful calligraphy make it all really special!
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You are too sweet Barbara! Thank you so much. I am glad you appreciated all the details!
Kelly

Nan, Odedsa "DE - February 13, 2015 - 9:35 pm

Kelly, lovely as always. Have a happy birthday and valentine celebration.
Tell Me more about the bead board you are using in home projects.
Details please.
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Thank you Nan. We did have a nice weekend. The bead board that my husband is using is this package from Lowes: http://www.lowes.com/pd_409410-1487-ECB+32+SWWPP_0+1z0yeat__?productId=3799125&Ntt=bead+board&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dbead%2Bboard%26page%3D1&facetInfo=Empire%20Company
Hope this helps.
Kelly

Nancy - February 13, 2015 - 10:04 pm

I have looked in numerous stores for red heart dishes similar to yours. Could you let us know where you found yours and where you found the red napkins. I really enjoy your blog! Thank you. Nancy
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Nancy, I am afraid those came from Michaels last year, and they did not have them again this year. I tried searching for red heart ramekins, and saw some that were sort of like them but not exactly. I hope you can find some.
Kelly

Paula B. - February 14, 2015 - 9:08 am

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Loving all your red and the seasonal décor. I know we are both fans of the color from way back. I remember my mom often mentioning how she had always liked dressing me in red from when I was very little. Makes sense, I still love a bright red scarf, a red winter coat, red boots or shoes, a chunky red sweater! And, February 14th, ah, the day I was engaged – twenty four years ago, tomorrow. Our plans and those of many in southeastern New England are being curtailed by the impending blizzard that is coming in for this afternoon and overnight. I have lost count of the storms and blizzards we have had every week without fail for awhile. This is one of the worst winters in my adult life. But I am enjoying the crisp winter air and the occasional days with brilliant sunshine. Soon, it will be spring and perhaps there will be green grass beneath the feet of snow we have. Enjoy the weekend as I am enjoying all your Valentine postings.
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What a great day to get engaged! Love it! Hope you are staying warm and safe in the severe weather you all have been having over and over again. And to think we have not had one single prediction of a snowflake this year!
Kelly

Louvina - February 16, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Enjoyed your post as I was traveling on my whirl wind BD weekend with my daughters. Loved looking at everything! We had a nice lunch at Bentos, favorite coffee drinks at Starbucks and back home for a heart shaped ( bake at home- Poppa Murphy’s) pizza and a s’mores pizza for dessert!! On Sunday — favorite Mexican mom and pop’s eatery! Nothing less than an Around the World Eatathon Weekend!:) 73 degrees here today — hope your weekend/ holiday was a great one! Also enjoyed heart shaped white cream donuts! :)
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Are you trying to make me hungry?? (You succeeded. :) ) Sounds like a great way to celebrate your birthday! :)
Kelly

Ashley - February 18, 2015 - 5:56 pm

I always love your posts and look forward to new ones. I do have a question, how many glass canisters/jars with lids do you have? I counted 10 in this post! I just bought one from Target that’s a beverage dispenser and have several more that are like yours.
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Girl….you are not supposed to ask that! LOL There are 21 that are “out” in the house right now, but there is also the beverage dispenser jar in a cabinet, and 3 other jars holding gingerbread houses in storage in the dining room cabinet. So I have enough to compete with Walmart and Target and Crate and Barrel combined! :) (And there might be one or two up in the room over the garage that I forgot about….)
Kelly

Cynthia - February 20, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I love everything about your home. I was thinking of adding the black and white buffalo print curtain panels to my windows downstairs. The trim is white and the walls are a soft yellow. I have more of a French country style in my home with a good many black furnishings, as well. Where have you found the best prices for purchasing the larger buffalo check? I am having trouble finding any as large as what you used in the study. I am so glad you are feeling better. I know you are happy to be retiring. Blessings
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The big black and white check is a steal and a half. It was like $9 a yard from Ikea. They don’t sell it online, but they do carry it in stock in Atlanta. And the fabric is wider than the normal decorator fabric sold in the US. The weight is good too. (Those drapes are super heavy!) I also bought it in khaki and white and will be making drapes out of it for my workroom. You can’t beat Ikea’s prices.
Kelly

Part 2 – Valentine Decorating with Red in Our House (and 2 easy diy projects!)

framed Valentine gift bagGood grief that was a long title! Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day?  I hope you can handle seeing a little more red today because there is more to show you in the house.  Let’s start with the mantel in the family room.

Valentines mantelI usually do not like using gift bags, especially since I seem to love pretty gift wrap and ribbons, but for some strange reason, I have seen a number of gift bags for Valentine’s Day that I really love.  The lettering and color schemes have all been very pretty.  So that got me to thinking …..Wouldn’t they make pretty seasonal art for the family room?

Valentines mantel with gift bag artAnd that is just what I did…I made art out of two gift bags from Walmart.  :)

And just in case you want to do the same, here is an easy tutorial.

You will need a frame, some tape, scissors, glue, and your gift bag.

supplies for art projectFirst, cut off the ribbons and then the side that you are wanting to frame.  Do not cut ON the fold.  You want to leave a little around the folds so that you can tape it all down.  Plus it helps to keep your sides straighter when cutting.

cut out shopping bagTape all the edges down flat.

taped down

Make a few paper hearts.  (I used a scrap from the other shopping bag I framed.)  Glue the hearts over the handle holes on the bag.  Then put a rolled piece of tape in each of the corners on the back. Center the art work over the white mat-board.

glued on heartsAdd the glass,and viola...you have a piece of art ready to display wherever you would like.:)

framed gift bagBesides the art, there is also a new red buffalo checked pillow on the sofa.  I made this pillow before Christmas with scraps from the kitchen curtains but somehow managed to not show it to you until now.  So sorry!  At least it fits with decorating for Valentine’s Day, right?:)

sofa with buffalo check pillowThe cabinet in the foyer also has a few little bits of holiday decorating in red…that plant, the books, the candles,…

foyer buffet for Valentines Day

foyer buffet Valentines Dayand the small treat bags.

They were very easy to make.  Just cut out a few construction paper hearts, and write your message on them.  Drop a Little Debbie Valentine brownie in a small sack.  Fold it close.  Use a whole-punch to make holes for the ribbon at the top.  Tie on the ribbon, and glue on the heart.  Easy-peasy!

Valentine bag suppliesThe hardest part is resisting those darn chocolate brownies inside!!

Valentine treat bagI will have our dining room and kitchen for you to see in the next post.  Hope you won’t be tired of Valentine’s decorating by then!:)

I appreciate you sooo much for stopping by.

XOXO my friends!

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Bobbie - February 12, 2015 - 8:02 am

Kelly,
Never, never enough red! I am a red lover too and there is a splash of red in every room in our home! Red makes me sooo happy!
I have followed you for a long time and love absolutely everything! We have the same taste.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

~Bobbie
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Bobbie, if there is red in every room of your home, then I know I would love it. :) Thank you for reading all the rambling here, and for taking the time to leave your sweet comment.
Kelly

Louvina - February 12, 2015 - 8:05 am

Since today is my BD I “claim” this posting as my present!:) I am making both these DIY’s before Saturday!! I just love the projects! Thank you for all your inspiration! Just loving the RED! Hope your Valentine’s Day is really LOVE-ly!
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Yes, you may most certainly claim this post as your present! I hope your b-day was wonderful!!! Have fun with the projects. :) Thank you for reading and leaving your sweet comment Louvina.
Happy birthday wishes to you!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - February 12, 2015 - 8:10 am

Great idea in using the gift bags as art! I will be stealing this idea!
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I am happy you liked the idea Arlene. It is easy and makes a nice punch of color for the holiday decorating.
Kelly

Linda - February 12, 2015 - 8:41 am

I’m also a lover of red, the pictures on your fire place mantel are so cute, I also will be stealing this idea. Love your home and blog.
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Steal any idea you can use Linda! I am glad it gave you an idea. :) thank you for your kind words here.
Kelly

Trisha - February 12, 2015 - 9:25 am

I’ve always liked the idea of framing pretty gift bags. These came out really nice for your mantle. And, I’d bet that whoever originally designed the artwork for those bags appreciates your displaying and showing some love for them in your home, too! :)
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I don’t know why I have not thought of framing them before. I am sure there are Christmas ones that are equally pretty….must.look.for.gift.bags. :)
Kelly

Renee - February 12, 2015 - 9:28 am

Your ideas are so creative and festive! Thanks for sharing; I always enjoy seeing your lovely home and the ways you make everyday beautiful! Happy Valentine’s Day!!
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You are so sweet Renee. Thank you for your compliments!
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - February 12, 2015 - 9:33 am

Such great ideas, Kelly!! But I am not sure I could have those Little Debbies and all those Hershey Kisses in my house, heh!
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I’m so glad you liked the ideas Barbara. Yes, those Hershey kisses and other snacks are awful tempting, but I have been doing very well with avoiding them. (But let’s just say that Valentine’s Day is no fun when you can’t have chocolate. :( )
Kelly

Martha - February 12, 2015 - 10:14 am

Love the framed art idea……love all the red……..isn’t it nice that red works for so many holidays!!! Have a great Valentine’s day!
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Yes, it IS so nice that red works for so many holidays! You know I am loving my red!! :)
Hope your Valentine’s Day was full of fun.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - February 12, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Kelly,
I love the framed bag idea. It looks great on your mantle. The little debbie treats are great and seem very special when packaged the way you have them. I agree with one of your readers…how to you avoid eating all the yummy goodies you stock for your wonderful jars? I buy a package of m&ms and they’re gone within a week to 10 days.
I never tire of your posts on your home decor!
xo,
Karen
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Thank you for all your compliments Karen. I thought those bags were too pretty to not use somewhere else.As far as the goodies go, my skinny middle child beats everyone to the jar contents. He can really put them away!
Kelly

Debra - February 12, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Love the new red plaid pillow and I have to say, I loved the red plaid one with pom pom trim, in your daughters room as well. I’m sure you made them both, right? What a great idea for making some easy VD décor, by using the gift bags. Now, in the future I will be looking at gift bags with a different eye. You know we readers are always drooling over your jars. Where do you get the small white bags for the little Debbie treats? Paper Source?.. Hobby Lobby? Curious…
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Yes, I did make both of the pillows. (It is hard to find red pillows of any kind except at Christmas around here.) I think the bags came from Hobby Lobby…seems like that is where I picked them up. If that is not correct, then they came from Michaels. I try to stock up on them through the year.
Kelly

Sandy - February 12, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Kelly, sooo many ideas to share today. Luvin it all! Your chair and ottoman in your family room are the pieces I have decided to add to my living room. And the beautiful tray to corral the books and candles will be in my home somewhere soon. I delight in your home and its decor. And you do all this and teach math? You are totally awesome. Stay well and Happy Valentine Day.
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I love that chair and ottoman…best seats in the house! Hope you get yours soon. :)
Kelly

Dawn - February 12, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Kelly,

It all looks great! I think I spy some almond kisses in a jar! I love those things! Your new pillow on the couch looks really nice! You always do such a great job with your decorating and make everything look so cozy and inviting, yet neat and organized. Thanks for sharing with us! Take care!
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You certainly have a great eye Dawn! Yes,those are almond kisses in the jar on the mantel. :) Thank you for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment. Hope your Valentine’s weekend was a good one.
Kelly

kathy - February 13, 2015 - 9:34 pm

I love that bag idea! You are so clever! I bought the cutest bags today for Valentine gifts. (I know, I like to give wrapped gifts better too.) Now, I am going back for more bags. The only thing is that the best side of the bag is the side with the fold. Maybe I can iron it. (Stop it, Josie!) She thinks I iron every thing! Happy Valentine’s Day, Kelly!
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I hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one Kathy. I do think ironing would help get rid of the fold line. (Don’t let Josie make fun of you. :) )
Kelly

susan - February 16, 2015 - 9:17 am

I love your couch! I have been looking for one just like that and am wondering where you found yours? Love your website, my favorite by far!!!
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Susan, I am afraid that couch is over 10 years old. It was made by Highland House and was originally red. I had it recovered a year or so ago in this fabric: http://lsfabrics.com/fabric/perth-24 (Perth by Kaufmann.)
Hope this helps!
Kelly

Jaclyn - February 20, 2015 - 9:50 am

Where did you get that bathroom vanity and mirror?! I love it!
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Are you asking about the ones in my husband’s office? The vanity is one he built to look like a small table, and the mirror came from Lowes. Glad you liked them!
Kelly

Valentine Decorating with Red in Our House…Part 1

Red in Our House for Valentines Day...and BeyondIf you have been around here for any time at all, you know that our house has more than its fair share of red…a lot more.:)So when it comes to holidays like Christmas, the 4th of July, and Valentine’s Day, adding red seasonal touches to our rooms is pretty easy. (Easter, on the other hand, is a challenge!)

bedroom for valentines day

 

I thought I would share a few of the little details that have cropped up here – mainly in the bedrooms and one of the bathrooms.  Remember these are small things – just enough to remind you to celebrate the special day. It doesn’t have to be a big overhaul of a room to decorate for the holiday.  In the master bedroom it is simply a live plant and a heart shaped dish of Hershey kisses.

gerbera daisies

In the master bath, the long handled brush is tied on with a red ribbon.

shower brush tied with ribbonAnd there is another gerbera daisy plant on the dresser in there by the bathtub.

bathroom cabinet with flowers for valentines dayHere is a closer look at it.  I used a gift box (from Christmas) and tied the lid on the back with ribbon.  The plant just sits in a zip lock bag inside the gift box.

flowers in a gift box

Over Christmas, my husband cut leftover scraps of beadboard to fit inside our large bathroom cabinet. The strips fit inside the back of the cabinet and are not nailed in so that they can be removed when I want the original back of the cabinet to show.

Of course, I had him paint the beadboard red.

(Oh, and the bars of soap in the jar there are wrapped in red printed gift wrap and tied with red ribbon.)

bathroom cabinetWander a couple of doors down the hallway, and you will find our daughter’s room.  I bought a red metal mailbox over Christmas and never had a chance to use it in any of our holiday decorations, so I decided that our daughter’s room would be a good place for it for Valentine’s Day. (I am sure you will see it again for other holidays.:))

girls bedroom

valentines mailboxThose are valentines tied with ribbon in front of it.  I added another small mailbox to her desk, and the jar above it is filled with chocolate candy wrapped in red.

girls desk for valentines

Since she is working at Disney, she won’t be able to be home.  We had to mail her Valentine things to her, so the mailboxes were fitting for her room here.  And she follows the blog so she can see the little decorations here.:)IMG_0970I have not added any Valentine things to our sons’ room, but I did want to show you my bargain linens I found at TJMaxx right before Christmas.  You may remember I found some yellow quilts at Target that I had in there a while back (see the post here).  Well I found an even better sale on some sets of quilts and shams that I could not resist using in there for the holidays.  The yellow will return for spring.  (Sorry for the dark photo. It is difficult to photograph in front of that window late in the day.:()

boys bedroomHere is the gallery wall bed.:)

boys bedroom gallery wall

And although this isn’t red, I thought you might want to know about the area in back of the boys’ bookshelves.  It had been yellow, but since I am now frequently changing color schemes in that room with their linens, I felt I needed to have a neutral wall color in that space.  So I painted it the same color as the walls. (Benjamin Moore’s Brandon Beige)

boys bookshelves beadboardWith that, you are now all caught up with the decorating news in the bedroom wing of the house.  I will be back with red in other areas of the house and a super easy diy art project in my next post. I hope you will like it.:)

Until next time…

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Tricia - February 11, 2015 - 5:51 am

Kelly, i just LOVE your style. It Is my absolute favourite of all the beautiful homes on the Internet. So warm, inviting, immaculate but so, so welcoming, thank you for sharing.
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Wow, what a nice compliment Tricia! Thank you for reading the post and leaving your kind words. :)
Kelly

laura@top this top that - February 11, 2015 - 7:08 am

Kelly,you do such a great job with your red in your decor. your home is just amazing.
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Laura, you are so sweet to say that. I do love to use red here. I think it has become an addiction!
Kelly

Sally - February 11, 2015 - 7:48 am

As always, Kelly… just beautiful. I love all the red!
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Thank you Sally. You always leave the nicest comments!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - February 11, 2015 - 8:03 am

I love RED…it just makes me happy and small touches of it are so charming.
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I am right there with you on the love for red, Arlene!
Kelly

Cindy - February 11, 2015 - 9:01 am

I just love your house and your use of red! Everything is so put together as always. Really like the soap and candy wrapped in red in your signature jars.
How is your workroom coming? Can’t wait to see the finished room.
Hope you and your father in-law are both feeling healthy again.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.
Cindy
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Thank you Cindy. The workroom is at a standstill. Joss and Main cancelled my chair order because they could not get them in. (NOT happy with them.) I had been waiting since December, and they cancelled in February. :( So I am on the hunt for chairs for in there. I still have drapes to make…finally got the ones made for the room over the garage this weekend.
My father in law and I are both doing much much better. Thank you for asking!
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - February 11, 2015 - 9:59 am

Kelly, I love all your pops of red for Valentine’s Day! Your home is so warm and inviting…love all the color in this world full of gray interiors! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating Valentine’s Day with your man!
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I am glad you like all the color here Gracia. Yes, I missed out on the gray interiors boat…it left me way behind. I think color is coming back around though. :) Hope your Valentine’s Day was your best!
Kelly

Louvina - February 11, 2015 - 10:36 am

Glad to be “back home” with you and getting to view your touches of red for Valentine’s Week!! Going to Trader Joe’s on Saturday and also Home Goods in Gainesville to celebrate my BD with my daughters. Will be looking for potted red plants and spring bulbs! Thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the house and what you have done! Chilly down here in Central FL!
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I am jealous of your shopping! I have never been to a Trader Joe’s and boy would I be happy if we had a Home Goods here. The closest one is almost 2 hours away. I know you had fun!
Kelly

Cheri - February 11, 2015 - 11:04 am

I love how you incorporate red, that is the color I am choosing as my accent color in the main rooms of our house. Which leads me to my questions, where did you get those curtains in the bathroom?
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I don’t think you will regret using red as your accent color. It works so well seasonally too. The curtains in the bathroom came from Target. Unfortunately, they do not carry them any more. (Which is sad, because I have another room that they would work in. :( )
Kelly

Joy Jenkins - February 11, 2015 - 11:23 am

Kelly, I always love everything you do in your home!
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Thank you Joy! I appreciate your compliment. :)
Kelly

Sue - February 11, 2015 - 12:04 pm

It all looks “lovely” Kelly. I love the red and you are right, just a few touches are all that is needed to give your home a Valentine look. I love the POST box in your daughter’s room.
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What a good play on words Sue. :) That mailbox is one I have been thinking about for a couple of years and finally broke down to buy it (with a gift card!)
Kelly

Michaela - February 11, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Your house looks so good in red! (AS ALWAYS) And that little mailbox is just perfect. : )

Michaela
visiting from http://www.thelodgeonhaydon.com
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Thank you Michaela. I do love to use red here. Glad you liked the mailbox. I thought it was a keeper too!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - February 11, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Kelly,
Each room looks pretty and festive. I do love your red and khaki combination. The boys quilt looks great, what a find.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day.
xo,
Karen
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Red does work well with khaki. I am glad you liked it all, Karen. Those quilts were just too good of a bargain to pass up. Hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day with your husband.
Kelly

PATTI - February 11, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Looks GREAT! As always! : )
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Thank you Patti!
Kelly

Design Chic - February 11, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Just love all of your red touches in these rooms – how have I missed the bunk room – amazing!! Every room is so beautiful and looks so perfect – how do you do it???
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Thank you Beth. I don’t know how you missed our daughter’s room. (But it hasn’t been on the blog in awhile.) Hope your Valentine’s Day was extra special. :)
Kelly

Peggy - February 12, 2015 - 12:03 am

I swoon over your red. Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you and your sweetie get to have a date night.
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We had a lovely Valentine’s breakfast to celebrate the day. It was too crowded everywhere to go out for dinner that night, so we cooked at home. :) But we did enjoy a steak dinner out on Sunday night.
Kelly

Debra - February 12, 2015 - 12:20 am

Love… Love your bargain linens from T J Maxx. Girl, you struck gold! I just love your daughter’s room. I had bunk beds as a child too. If I was visiting, I definitely wouldn’t mind camping out in her room! I’d be curled up on that lower bunk with the light on, reading and hoping I wouldn’t get a smudge of chocolate on her linens. :) Oh, those signature goodie jars!
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Yes, I did strike gold with those quilts! You can have chocolate in the bunkbeds…white linens come clean with bleach. :)
Kelly

Jenny Martin - February 12, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Hi Kelly!
I am really enjoying all of your posts with the touches of RED!!
Beautiful! Where do you buy your black and white frames? Great tutorial on framing a gift bag, cool idea!
Thank you for the great posts!
Jenny M
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The frames came from Michaels, but they can be ordered from here: http://www.aifriedman.com/browse.cfm/format-museum-collection-16×20-8×10-frame/4,3746.html (Our Michaels does not carry them any more.)
Kelly

Dawn - February 12, 2015 - 9:59 pm

Kelly,

I love all of your touches of red. Where do you get your red gerbera daisies this time of year! Thanks for sharing! Take care.
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Dawn, our local Kroger grocery store had all those gerbera daisies. I thought it was wonderful! They normally are full of tulips and roses for Valentine’s Day, but this year they also stocked the daisies. I hit the jackpot with them! :)
Kelly

Debi Price - February 13, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Hi Kelly. What a delight it is when I see a message from your blog. Your decorating is so fresh and inviting. You are a master at Valentine’s Day decorating. Your students are very lucky to have you as a teacher! I know they are always excited to see what you are,going to do next for them. Keep those wonderful pictures and ideas of your beautiful home coming. You are an inspiration to us all! Debi
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Aw gosh, Debi! Thank you for yor very sweet comment. I appreciate you for taking the time to leave it.
Kelly

Barbara P from MA - February 13, 2015 - 7:28 pm

Everything looks so pretty! I am in awe of your talent! Your ideas for making everything look wonderful are simply the best!
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Gosh…what wonderful compliments! Thank you so much Barbara. :)
Kelly

Jenny Martin - February 16, 2015 - 3:10 pm

I have really enjoyed all of your Valentine’s Day posts with all of the touches of RED!! Love every room in your house! Where did you find all of your little red flower pots and the red fabric for your bathroom drapes? You have really inspired to think out of the box and use more red in my décor!!
Great job!
Jenny
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Thank you Jenny. I am glad you enjoyed all the posts. The red pot in the master bedroom was one from Christmas that had an amaryllis in it (from Target.) The other one in the post came from Walmart. The bathroom drapes are old ones from several years ago from Target.
You go right ahead and put all the red you can in your decor. :)
Kelly

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