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My New Workroom Revealed (Finally!)

the workroom revealedIt seems that this project has been in the making for a very long time.  It is not that it took that long to complete; the problem was that everything else kept jumping in front of it – like school children cutting in line.  And being the well behaved workroom that it is, it politely let everything else get ahead of it…parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my husband’s new office, photoshoots, you name it.  Everything else took priority over it. Well I am happy to say that it has finally had its turn, and it is absolutely. totally. finished (except I still may change out the chairs if something else catches my eye.:))

Unfortunately the photos are not here.  Sorry.   They’re not… but you can still see them if you will hop over to Marty’s blog, A Stroll Thru Life. They are in a post I wrote for her over there, so just click here and you can see the whole shebang. And then…please come back here afterwards.  There is a Part 2 for you here when you return. Okay? Now don’t peek by scrolling down or you will be as bad as those children who cut in line!

See you in a bit.

 

(some music while I wait for you to return  )

:)

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My New Workroom Part 2

Welcome back and welcome to the kind readers from A Stroll Thru Life!  I am so glad you came over here for Part 2 of the Workroom.  I promised details of the organization and storage in my little room, so here we go.

desk

I have a new/old desk that has been dressed up with paint and beadboard.  On the side of that small desk is a compartment that originally held a computer tower, but because I work off a laptop, I have no need for space for computer parts. desk storage

That compartment makes a handy spot for my photography equipment and all my blogging calendars and notebooks.  (I store my camera in an insulated lunch bag.)

storage

You saw the skirted table with the large bulletin board over it.  Well it is a workhorse of a table; plus the storage underneath is wonderful!  Since I use that table for sewing and wrapping gifts, the space underneath has my sewing supplies, the sewing machine, a shopping bag full of bubble wrap, and boxes for gifts. (There are a lot of smaller gift boxes inside that big green one.)

under the work table

And then there are 8 red boxes in the upper part of the large desk unit.  Each box holds ribbon that has been sorted by color (with 3 boxes full of red ribbon alone!)

ribbon storage

the ribbon organizationNext to the large desk is a wicker hamper.  I am using it to hold gift wrap.  I had it at the end of the work table because it made sense next to the gift boxes, but when we put up the large bulletin board, the skirted table badly needed centering underneath it.  Then there was no room for the hamper.  So it was moved to its current location.

the gift wrap storage basket

Here is one of the drawers in the big desk unit above.

desk drawer organization

Going on around the room is the cabinet my husband built under the window.  It is my favorite organization space in the house!  One of the drawers holds paper, envelopes, labels, and pens for my lettering projects.

drawer organizationThe other drawer holds tags and a zillion markers (that I should probably organize by color.)  One of the red boxes holds assorted color circle tags.

cabinet drawer organization

There is space underneath the drawers for all my craft project supplies.  They are in labeled clear plastic storage boxes.

organization in the cabinet

organization of workroom supplies

And finally, there is the closet with a pole and all those shelves.  A collection of old drapes hang from the pole, and fabrics and throw pillows are housed on the shelves.  (I’ve mentioned before it obviously shows my addiction to checked fabric.:()

drapery fabric and pillow closet

In my post over at Marty’s blog, I promised you a list of sources for the room.  So here you go:

  • flooring – Lowes Style Selections Heritage Pine laminate available here
  • beadboard – Lowes Empire Company 8 ft. wood wall panels available here
  • upper wall paint – Lowes Valspar Lyndhurst Timber
  • lower wall paint – Benjamin Moore Brilliant White
  • drapery rods and rings – Lowes Allen + Roth Mink curtain rod available here
  • drapery fabric: Ikea Berta Ruta available here (drapes are lined with Walmart white sheets)
  • lamps – various yard sale finds from my mother:)
  • desks – old Broyhill pieces from Havertys painted the same color as the upper walls
  • chairs:  old Ballard Design wicker chairs – discontinued
  • rug: Target Threshold Chenille Jute in Light brown available here
  • fabric for table skirt:  P. Kauffman Perth in teastain available here
  • paper cutter:  Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Paper trimmer available here
  • red storage boxes: Stockholm photo storage boxes available here
  • brass stapler, scissors, and letter holder:  Target (Nate Berkus line)
  • bulletin board: an old one from Pottery Barn; a similar one is here
  • picture frames:  Format museum mat frames available here
  • wicker hamper: an old one from Target
  • red paintbrushes:  Michaels
  • red planter:  a very old one from the K-Mart Martha Stewart line
  • desk calendar:  Sugar Paper for Target (no longer available)
  • jars:  Target, the lids are spray painted red
  • telephone:  PB Grand phone from Pottery Barn available here
  • black desk Lazy Susan:  from Homegoods, a similar one is available here
  • black desk photo caddy: Bedford photo caddy available here
  • toy VW beetle:  Kroger

Talk of the House new workroom

desk caddie

And there you have it – my new workroom all finished.

Talk of the House the workroom

Thank you so much for taking a look around here… in the closet…inside the cabinet…under the table.:)  The room is really not that large, but by putting a great deal of thought into how I needed the space to function, I was able to make the most of every part of it.  Planning was a BIG part of the work for this room – from the layout to the organization.  And if you are like me, you are always looking for ways to be better organized, right?  So I’ll end this long post with a question for you

What’s your best organization tip?

We’d love to hear!

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Anne Boykin - March 18, 2015 - 4:35 am

Hi Kelly, I couldn’t find your post over on A Stroll Thru Life. But I love what you’ve done with your room. You are my organizing inspiration, hands down. And it’s crazy how much I love a picture of your closet with your checked drapes, etc. lol.
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Darn. I was so afraid she would be sending her readers over here before I had my post up, that I guess I beat her to the punch. We have several hours of time zones between us, so please check back mid morning Anne if you get a chance. Thank you for your very kind compliments. I appreciate you!!
Kelly

Martha - March 18, 2015 - 6:48 am

Kelly, I couldn’t find your post either…maybe Anne and I are early birds and it hasn’t posted yet. Love the room, it is an amazing feat of organization with a lot of beauty and style.
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Yes, you all are early birds.:) I hope she has it up by mid morning. Thank you for hopping over there and trying to find it though Martha. She said it would be out on the 18th. You will just have to read the posts in reverse order. So sorry. :(
Kelly

GSherry - March 18, 2015 - 7:09 am

I couldn’t find your post either! I do love what I see here! Great job!
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She doesn’t have the post out yet Sherry. If you can find the time later, I would love for you to check back over at her site. You’ve just had a sneak peek here. :) Thank you for your sweet words!
Kelly

Mary - March 18, 2015 - 7:30 am

Kelly, your room looks fantastic! So organized and pretty. Your pillow storage and wrapping paper basket are great ideas. I love all the red touches, including the adorable VW. Nice job!
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I am so glad you liked the room and the ideas Mary. We need to start a fan club for all of us who love red!
Kelly

Linda - March 18, 2015 - 8:00 am

Couldn’t find your post either but the other pictures are beautiful.
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I’m so sorry the post wasn’t up. Hope you were able to find it later. Thank you for your sweet comment on the photos of the room Linda. :)
Kelly

Nana Diana - March 18, 2015 - 8:06 am

LOL- Marty must have slept in this morning! Anyway, your room is just perfect! I love it and you have done a great job in a smaller space. Those are the real challenges. I have a small workroom, too, so I know every inch counts. xo Diana
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Thank you for giving me a laugh Diana! :) I am very glad you liked the room! Yes, you are sooo right that every inch counts – especially when you are trying to cram so very much into it!
Kelly

Barbara H - March 18, 2015 - 9:07 am

Everything looks wonderful, as usual. My best organizing tip would be to marry a man who knows which end of the hammer to use…lucky you!
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Amen! I could do very little if it weren’t for my husband’s great carpentry skills. Thank you for appreciating what he adds to our home. :)
Kelly

Gail - March 18, 2015 - 9:09 am

Hi Kelly: Amazing organization!!! I am an organizer in my heart but can’t seem to produce it in real life. Now that I am older, the drive to do what you have done has somewhat disappeared regrettably. Perhaps it comes with living with a husband who is a packrat:-)))) However, I do try to keep my frig organized. Does that count????:-) My hat is so off to you for the wonderful gift you have been given. You are truly an inspiration and the space you have created is beautiful.
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Oh…a packrat. Those ARE a challenge! (My husband is a packrat of t-shirts…from every team he has ever played on since high school and every church youth event he has been involved with….MAJOR amount of t-shirts here!) Yes, keeping your frig organized counts! LOL Mine is a mess currently (and to think I want one of those glass door kinds.) Thank you for your very sweet compliment. I hope I have given some idea to help someone with their organization in their home.
Kelly

Jennifer - March 18, 2015 - 9:28 am

Hi Kelly,

Congrats on the completion of your workroom! I clicked on the link, but the website was riddled with so many advertisements it took forever to download, then it seemed I couldn’t navigate w/o inadvertently clicking on an ad! (I SO don’t have the patience for that).
Anyway what I can see here looks fantastic! I might be a wee bit jealous :)
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Oh dear. So sorry for that! I don’t have patience for that either. I wonder why it is giving some people more ads than it does with others. Could it be the difference in a tablet and a laptop? I am certainly no techie here.Thank you for the compliment on the room, but don’t be jealous. It took a long time to get it to this point, and it has certainly looked MUCH worse than it does now. There is hope for everyone who has a junk room!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 18, 2015 - 9:37 am

Well now I am coveting that room Kelly!! It is just lovely and RED is one of my favorite colors too so I love the little pops of brightness it adds to the decor. Hope you can keep it all organized. That is my problem, I can start out organized but over time I get lazy!! I am trying to do better!!
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I really tried hard to not go with red, but it just called for it, so I gave in. (You know how much red there already is in the house!) I hope I can keep it this organized too. There are already a few piles of books and papers creeping in here. My goal this weekend is to get rid of them! I will work hard to keep this room organized and clean. :)
Kelly

Nancy - March 18, 2015 - 10:12 am

You have done a FABULOUS job! I always love, love your ideas and posts. It is 8:06 AM in Idaho, and I was able to see your part one on Marty’s blog. I will say there were reloads and jumping ads on that site. It might have been my ipad.
Still it was posted and available. Thank you for listing resources and always being willing to share where you found your decor. Wanting to know them is a definite compliment to you.
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Yay! I am so glad you found the post over at Marty’s. I am happy that you liked all the details of the room. Your comments are always just so nice Nancy! I appreciate them very much. :)
Kelly

Louvina - March 18, 2015 - 10:20 am

Oh, wow! You have just made my morning! I remember last fall you were back in your workroom and beginning this project and blogging away. And NOW — well – look at you in your gorgeous Kelly Room! It blesses my heart to think about you all comfy back in there doing your projects. Cannot imagine what all you wil be doing when you are retired, drinking your tea and gazing out the window and dreaming! So happy you take us, your readers, along on your adventures. Oh, the Places we will go– said Dr. Seuss! Count down to Retirement and your New Freedom. PS– I, too, had problems navigating on your guest spot and all your photos haven’t downloaded on my iPad ?? but I can get them on iPhone– which is too small to see everything up close– and you know how I like to “snoop” in all those storage area!:)
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Well I am glad that I could make your morning Louvina! :) The room has vastly improved – now if I can just keep it this way. Definitely counting the days down…just 9 weeks to go. I am sorry you had problems over on Marty’s site. Wonder why the photos load differently between the ipad and iphone…hmmm…a technical mystery for sure.
Kelly

GramiePamie - March 18, 2015 - 11:06 am

Absolutely inspiring post!! I really needed it! But I must agree with Jennifer – the other blog was very slow to navigate. Thank you for sharing!!!
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Wow thank you! Glad you found some inspiration here. :) So sorry the other site didn’t work fast for you.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 18, 2015 - 11:19 am

Kelly,
This room was definitely worth the wait. What a great work center for you and your crafts/art/office supplies. I love all of the details, accessories are definitely perfect.
Congratulations on its completion.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you for the congratulations on the room Karen. It does seem to have a space for all the things I need and all the projects that keep spinning around in my head. When we first started on this, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get everything in there (and organized) but it has worked out very well for a space for everything.
Kelly

Teresa W. - March 18, 2015 - 11:19 am

Just read part one and it’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing part two with a peek into the drawers and cabinets. Your workroom turned out really nice, and I know you’re enjoying it! I’m in love with your curtain closet! I think my best organizational tip would be the use of the lazy Susan. I use them in lots of my cabinets. They corral all my spices, herbs, and baking supplies. I use them in all the bathrooms for lotions, medicines and cleaners. I don’t like to dig through a cabinet or have items hidden in corners, it’s just easier to spin a lazy Susan and it’s at your fingertips. This is also pretty simple, but purge things you do not use and group like items together. Hope you have a wonderful week!
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Aw thank you so much Teresa! Glad you could find the post. I may have to copy your suggestion for a lazy Susan. My mom has always used them, but for some reason I never have. They do make such smart sense!
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - March 18, 2015 - 11:32 am

Thank you so much for being my guest today. I am so sorry some didn’t see the link at first. I scheduled it to post at 5:30 AM CMT. I should have scheduled it earlier. This room is amazing and I love, love, love this room Thanks again, you are such a very dear and special person.
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The pleasure is all mine Marty! Thank you for allowing me to share the room with your readers. You are such a gracious hostess! I hope you have enjoyed the time with your son.
Kelly

Cindy - March 18, 2015 - 11:55 am

I absolutely love your office! I just want you to know that it inspires me to do some things with our office…my husband and the dog are often my companions. Some of the things you have done, I know that I can use to make my office/scrapbooking space more efficient. Thanks so much for your blog.
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You are so sweet to say so Cindy. :)Yes, you most certainly can implement many of the ideas here. I am glad you are enjoying the posts!
Kelly

Susan - March 18, 2015 - 12:00 pm

You, and your husband, did a wonderful job on this room! What a marvelous place to gather inspiration and to work in~
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Thank you so much for the compliments Susan! It is a space I am really enjoying. :)
Kelly

Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage - March 18, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Hi Kelly,
I found you over at Marty’s today. Love your sweet blog. I am a new follower. Love your relove of this work and creative space.
Kris
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Welcome Kris! I am so glad you made the hop over to here and that you are a new follower!!”Relove”…that is a great term for what we did with that space!
Kelly

Sue - March 18, 2015 - 3:34 pm

It is just perfection Kelly. Every detail is spot on and I love all of the red. {esp the pencils:-) } I have some of those jars with red lids and can’t find them any more, I guess I never thought of buying the silver ones and just painting them. Thanks!
You are going to have so much fun in this space. Can’t wait to see all of your new projects that get created here.
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Paint cures all problems, right Sue? :) I AM enjoying the room now that it is clean and organized. Thank you for reading the post and leaving your kind comment here.
Kelly

Carolyn - March 18, 2015 - 4:05 pm

How wonderful, Kelly! I’m so envious. Since moving to our mountain cabin, not only do we have one less bedroom (only 2!), but no attic or garage or basement, either. So, I have no dedicated space for the things you have here. (But I still love our little cabin.) In moving, I did get to organize everything, though, but it was hard to find a place for things like wrapping paper, ribbons, and extra throw pillows, to name a few. Love how organized and neat everything looks in your workroom.

I noted your rug with interest. I have one similar that is jute or sisal with a border, and now that puppy is house trained, I need a replacement. I had gotten mine at Pier One but they no longer carry it, though other places have something similar. Do you like the combination of jute and chenille? I suppose it’s softer than plain jute. The Target price looked good. Did you order it or find in the store? Thanks.

Also, the cabinets your wonderful hubby built in look great. Did he buy a unit with doors and drawers, or did he make everything himself? (He must be a skilled woodworker.) And I love your drawer liner (though red wouldn’t work for me). I never think to line desk drawers. Where did you find it?

I hope you will enjoy many pleasurable hours in your own special space!
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Don’t be jealous Carolyn. After all, you have a MOUNTAIN cabin. :) Yes, finding space for all those little “extras” is hard when your space is limited. The rug…I really like this one. It is soft underfoot and this border is a good color neutral. It is carried online, but I purchased (and a couple of runners like it) in the store. My husband built the cabinet “from scratch.” He IS a very skilled cabinetmaker. (Thank goodness!)The drawer liner is simply a red and white houndstooth giftwrap that TJMaxx carried at Christmas, and unfortunately, that 1 roll was all they had then, but you can bet I would have purchased all that they carried had there been more in stock!
Have a good weekend!
Kelly

Cindy - March 18, 2015 - 4:06 pm

I LOVE IT!!! I knew it would be perfect and it is. I thought I was organized but you take the cake. Or maybe just more color oriented, which I love. Just think how much fun you are going to have when you retire.
Thanks for sharing, I have been waiting for the end results and it is beautiful.
Cindy
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Sorry to keep you waiting Cindy. :) It did take awhile, didn’t it? I am glad that you like the final results. Color “oriented” is probably a nice way of saying “Color obsessed”, right?! :)
Kelly

Gina - March 18, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Oh wow!! I love it! What a great way to repurpose the existing furniture. I really need to do something like this. We had a small study when we built our house because my husband worked from home occasionally but by the time we finished the house he didn’t anymore so it became a junk room too! It doubled as computer/scrapbook room but it was mostly junk!! We built our garage in and incorporated that room though. :) I love everything about your room!! :)
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Thank you Gina. I really like the change in the old desk furniture too. I think it would have been pretty in my husband’s office, but it was too tall for the low and angled ceilings in there. The life cycle of your room sounds very much like mine except for the garage part. Our garage part is my husband’s office. :)
Kelly

Faythe - March 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

I love your new work space…Awesome job
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Thank you Faythe! So glad you like the new room. :)
Kelly

Nan, Odessa, DE - March 18, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Kelly, this is grand. I thought you were rushing from St Pat’s to Easter. What a surprise! Lovely room, cozy, light,and functional.

How many days until retirement? That is when you will enjoy walking in this room and doing just what you want to do.

Details on the red spray paint – what shade of red, what company

Also, all these plaid curtains just attach to clips on our rods?
You don’t use pins, pleats, etc?

You will eventually have PART 1 of office on your blog in archives?

Impressed that you and your husband can work so well together –
not all of us can. HA! HA!

How did you decide to use the white paint on the bottom and not on the top of the wall?
Thanks for sharing and especially the source list!

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Thank you so very much for the compliments on the room Nan! No rushing to Easter here. The green plants are still growing profusely on the dining room table. :) Glory at all your questions! Let’s see if I can answer them all. :) 1. 40 days until retirement! Counting them down. 2. The red paint is Krylon Colormaster Paint + Primer in Gloss Banner Red. It can be purchased at Walmart. 3. Most of the curtains around here are on the poles with clip on rings, but all the ones in my bedroom, the ones in the hall, and the red buffalo check ones from the dining room and kitchen have sewn on rings. I am thinking that when I retire I will sew rings on to all the ones that have clip on ones. It just looks so much more “finished” if they are sewn on. 4. I don’t think I will have part 1 in my blog archives…sorry. BUT when I add the info on the workroom to the page called “The House” (see the bar at the top of the post) I will include some of the “pretty pictures” that were on Marty’s blog. So some of the pictures will be over here. 5. Yes, my husband and I do work together well, but he is such a perfectionist that it sometimes drives me crazy (and I am usually a “let’s get this finished” person which drives him equally crazy! :) ) 6. The decision to paint the room the way we did was easy. I wanted it to match the hallway that leads into that room. I was going for the “flow” – hopefully eliminating some of the choppiness of that area.
Phew! I think that covered them all.:)
Kelly

Peggy - March 18, 2015 - 7:47 pm

You are such an inspiration. Thank you for motivating! Peggy
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Goodness, thank you Peggy! You are so sweet to say so. I am glad you could find ideas here.:)
Kelly

Dawn - March 18, 2015 - 7:48 pm

Kelly,

I love all of your organization and labeling. It is all so neat and ready to go. It is such a Kelly space now. I really like how you have all of your throw pillows organized and at the ready. You have a spot for everything. Thanks for sharing it with us. Take care.
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That throw pillow space is badly needed here with my pillow addiction! (And the drapery space as well.) I really think that if we ever sale this house, this room might make a great dining room – just change out the overhead light for a hanging chandelier. Not that we are thinking about doing that! The storage space in here would lend itself to dish storage too.
Kelly

Donnamae - March 18, 2015 - 8:30 pm

It looks wonderful! All the hard work really paid off! You’ve given me some great ideas…especially on repurposing an older desk. Love all your touches of red…it’s so cheery! Now I think I have no more excuses to get started on my room! ;)
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That is right. You have no more excuses so get started on it this weekend. :) I am glad you like how the room turned out. Thank you for your compliments!
Kelly

Tricia - March 18, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Kelly, You are so inspirational! Your workroom is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your home. I am a teacher retiring in June so I share your excitement for new directions in the future!
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Congratulations on your retirement Tricia! I am sure you are counting down the days too. (I even started cleaning out my file cabinet this week. :)) Thank you for your kind words about the workroom. It is going to be well used and well loved!
Kelly

LJ - March 18, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Hi Kelly
Nice job with “your room”…not only well-organized but organized with function and design in mind and I love that…I think I like the wicker better than I’d have liked the Parson’s chairs…Your husband is truly remarkable and generous in all that he does with you and for you…you two are a great team together…by the way I couldn’t help but notice your sewing machine and I have one like it…did yours come with a nice red carrying case? I love and try to keep well organized as I really dislike searching for something…papers are my nemesis…still working at converting most to e files.
It took forever for Part 1 to load on the Stroll thru life blog–all the ads with photos I think was the reason as I do not normally have the problem.
Love the room-Thanks for the post.
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Thank you. I think the wicker chairs have more support than the parsons chair would have offered. I need a lot of back support with the amount of hours I spend in those chairs. The sewing machine belongs to my mom, but I use it a lot more than she does. If there is a carrying case she would have it. I have not seen it though. Papers are my nemesis too- especially the mail. There are 2 piles in the kitchen, 1 in the family room, and 2 in here right now. My goal today is to get all of them filed. You are probably right about the ads with photos causing the problems. Sorry about them.
Kelly

Kathy - March 18, 2015 - 10:02 pm

Oh, my! Awesome job, Kelly! I am your disorganized sister. I can’t think of one single organizational tip to share. But, then, you sure don’t need any tips on organizing. Hey, I do keep my scissors in a special drawer. That is only because my mother could never find hers. I love that you spray painted the lids to your jars. Really, how many jars do you own? I love all of the sharpened red pencils and your little red VW bug. I have that Pottery Barn phone and I love it. My favorite thing is the way your hubby finished the walls. You are one lucky, organized lady! (BTW, I followed the instructions, even though I wanted to skip to the end, even played Jeopardy music. I will visit Marty’s blog again.)
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Good idea with the scissors! (especially for a disorganized person. :) ) I’ve lost count on all the jars around here. Glad you liked all the little details Kathy. That VW was just too cute to resist! (I am probably the only person who buys up all of Kroger’s toy cars! :) ) Yes, I am one VERY lucky lady to have such a talented and PATIENT husband. Thank you for following all the directions and even listening to the silly music. It just seemed appropriate for waiting.
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 9:27 am

How wonderful is that new Kelly Room! Your husband and even your Mom painting a table for you? I love it! Kelly, your room is your new classroom and we students are all impressed! Love the walls and all that (Teacher Kelly) organization! Drool…
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What a funny analogy! This room was yelling for some organization, poor thing.:) Just hope I can keep it all neat and organized as I work in it.
Kelly

Jaybird - March 19, 2015 - 1:19 pm

I loved your breakdown of your new room, but I cannot see the original post at “A Stroll Through Life”. There is so much junk and long running scripts on that site, that I cannot EVER get it to open :^(.
Many thanks for the post here, so that I can at least see your pretty room!
Blessings,
J
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Gosh I hate that. Perhaps Marty will see all the comments here and check on that. I do not believe she intends to have so many ads running on her site that it causes this many problems. I will add some of the photos from “part 1″ to the page on my blog called “The House” when I update it with details about the workroom. Thank you for trying to read the other post, and thank you for the compliments on the room! :)
Kelly

Barb - March 19, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Another absolutely gorgeous room. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us.
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Thank you for your kind words Barb! I am glad you enjoyed seeing all the storage and organization ideas in the workroom. :)
Kelly

Angela - March 19, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Kelly, it looks just beautiful. I am begging for a tutorial on how to make the curtains….this summer of course. There are 4 teachers in the family and I know how busy they are. Seriously I don’t know how you blog so much, but love that you do. : D
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Thank you Angela. I will think on the tutorial. Right now there are no plans for any more curtains here for awhile, but I will try to think of a way to do a tutorial…my mom wants me to make some for her so maybe that will work. :)
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Just a P. S. What was the source for the cute red houndstooth paper that you lined your drawers with? Looks like you scored some matching pencils too? How cute!!
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Debra it was a gift wrap that I found last December at TJMaxx. I did a search for it online at the time, and could not find any more of it. I will definitely keep my eye out for it. The pencils came from Michael’s dollar bin a few years back. Not sure what I was saving them for! :)
Kelly

Vanessa - March 20, 2015 - 12:30 am

What an absolutely beautiful and charming room! Saw it over on Marty’s blog and had to pop over and say hello. :-) I’m drooling over that closet and all of the beautiful pillows and fabric. Looks like it belongs in a boutique! So fun to ‘meet’ you here.
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Thank you Vanessa, and thank you for popping over from Marty’s blog. I am glad you liked the room and the closet full of my obsessions. :) It was nice to meet you here as well, and I hope you will visit again soon!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - March 20, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Your office is a dream! Love every inch, and big kudos to your hubby for his talents! I’m sure you are a happy lady now that it’s finished! That was a long time coming!

At our old house, we stole one of the girls’ rooms and did a similar idea, although yours put ours to shame! I did love having my own separate space, because hubby is a messy office mate. Now we share space, so I rarely use it. But I don’t sew or craft like before either, so no big deal.

Now I look forward to spring, and flowers, green grass and birdsong
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Yes, I am quite relieved that it is now finished. I don’t like “unfinished” projects just lying around the house. LOL I am sorry your husband is not so neat. That does make a difference in how much you enjoy the space, doesn’t it? We’ve got spring, flowers, green grass, and some awfully loud birds singing around here right now as I type this. :) Hope you are enjoying your first weekend of spring!
Kelly

Barbara - March 21, 2015 - 7:09 am

How fabulous! What a perfect spot to be creative! So pretty! I’d only change one thing – I’d spray paint the wicker chairs red. I think it would ground everything. LOVE all you do!
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(Shhh! That was what I was planning to do with them. We just have not had the weather to do it until now. :) )
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - March 21, 2015 - 6:18 pm

What an inspiring room! It’s like a playhouse for grown-up girls! I’ll bring glue sticks and glitter and be right over!
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A playhouse for grown-up girls…love it!! I always loved my playhouse as a child. Guess it is carrying over into adulthood. :) You are welcome to stop in any time Leslie Anne with your glue sticks, glitter, and all!
Kelly

Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse - March 25, 2015 - 11:56 am

Kelly! OMGosh! It’s amazing!! Marty shared your feature at my Before & After Wednesday party last week and it was chosen as the Star Feature at this week’s party. Here is the link so you can check it out! http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/03/before-after-wednesday-week-43.html Hope to see you at the bash! On a personal note, I’ve been poking around your site, and I love your style. Just gorgeous! Have a beautiful day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Adding Green: Decorating The Kitchen for St. Patrick’s Day

A Saint Patricks Day Kitchen  Talk of the HouseIt’s time for the green again!  With temperatures in the eighties here today, I would say spring is just about here.  There is green everywhere outside already (and the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom!)  So it is time to bring out the green inside as well.

tableBye-bye red buffalo check drapes.  Hello green plaid! As much as I love red, sometimes you just need a change of scenery with the change in the seasons, right?  With our neutral walls, color can be easily changed with a change of the drapes.

Saint Patricks Day table settingsFor our St. Patrick’s Day table I simply mixed in green plates with the white dishes, added green gingham napkins and a bag of gold (chocolate) coins tied with a green ribbon.  Kale was added to the centerpiece as a nod to cabbage for the holiday.

Saint Patricks Day place setting

Saint Patricks Day centerpieceGreen cookbooks replaced the red ones in the cabinet in the dining room.

dining room cabinet for St Patricks DayInstead of a lucky pot of gold, we have a jar of gold…gold wrapped Rolo candies.:)

jar of gold candy for St Patricks DayThere are shamrock cookies in the cookie jar on the cupboard…

cookie jars Saint Patricks Dayand green plates on the island with all the breakfast foods.

cereal barGreen books, packages, and even a green colander replaced all the red items in the glass door cabinet above the kitchen desk.

kitchen deskI turned on the light there so that you could see the chalkboard recipe for Irish Stew. Do you cook something Irish for St. Patrick’s Day? We’ll be having Irish stew, cabbage, a salad, and a chocolate mint ice cream pie. (I don’t really think the ice cream pie is Irish, but at least it is green.:))

St Patricks Day chalkboard recipe Irish StewYou’re probably thinking I have gone a little overboard with all the green…

kitchenI think you are right.

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green cookbooks and colander

There is green in just about every spot where it can easily by added.:)

tea tray

coffee tray

 Oh well.  It is my start to spring, and good way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.  Easter is coming, and I’ll be able to add another color to it then…or go overboard on another color!:)

kitchen with greenHave you added any green to your home lately?

We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Ruth - March 16, 2015 - 12:48 am

You can’t know how much I needed this cheery post right now! Had a difficult end to the week, but the fresh greens give me hope… tomorrow is another day.

LOVE the greens, LOVE your “overboardness”! (And LOVE Rolos… couldn’t keep them within such easy range!)

Thanks for the wonderful ideas and the much-needed shot of dopamine!
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Ruth, I am happy that you found the post a cheery one, but I am sorry that your week did not end too happy. Hopefully, this week will bring you a dose of happiness. Rolos are addictive! Who can eat just one of those yummy caramel and chocolate treats?? :)
Kelly

Lindy James - March 16, 2015 - 12:57 am

Kelly,
Love the color green you chose to decorate your house in for St. Patrick’s Day. As my mother is Welsh and not Irish I’ve never really decorated my house for this particular day. I pretty much go from valentines decorations right to Easter . This week we are beginning the last section of our remodel and then the entire house will be finished. Am looking forward to starting but not all the dust! Luckily they will be done before the next decorating holiday. Take care, Lindy
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Yay on finishing your remodel! I know you will be so relieved to have it all completed Lindy. I am glad you liked the green in our house….not sure how long it will stay.
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious offering - March 16, 2015 - 1:27 am

Kelly, love the green for Spring! I’m getting ready to host a girl baby shower on Saturday so I’ve been adding green and some pink to get ready for it. Love being able to change out some accent colors for the different seasons and holidays. I love all your curtains…envious! Happy Spring!
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Thank you Gracia! Pink and green…how perfect for spring and a baby shower! Changing colors around here works well for the change in seasons.
Kelly

Joan - March 16, 2015 - 2:57 am

Thanks for an uplifting post, Kelly. The past weeks have been very painful. Illness of myself and others, unprecedented number of dark dreary days with no sunshine, numerous pressures and the death of a beloved pet. Your pictures remind me again of how a few changes in our environment can be immensely uplifting. Giving a whole new and fresh perspective. Thanks for, once again, being an inspiration.
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Goodness Joan, I am so sorry your past few weeks have been so painful. And I am so sorry for the loss of your pet. Definitely dark times for you. I hope this week is the start of happier times for you. Spring is in the air here..a time of new beginnings.
Kelly

Anne Boykin - March 16, 2015 - 4:11 am

Hi Kelly, As always, I love the way you love your home. Your style is just so beautiful and you keep it fresh by changing things up. The centerpiece on your table is just perfect. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us. I really enjoy your posts.
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Thank you for all your kind words Anne! And thank you for finding the time to read the posts. I am so glad you are enjoying them.
Kelly

Brenda - March 16, 2015 - 5:44 am

Your green is refreshing and not overdone at all! I add a bit of green to my decor in March, but I could take a lesson from you! I can’t wait to see what you add for Easter.
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You don’t think it is overdone Brenda? Well thank you. I have been thinking on the Easter decorating and will get on it this weekend. I’ve got 2 different directions I am trying to decide between.
Kelly

Louvina - March 16, 2015 - 8:46 am

Spring has sprung! Well, here in FLORIDA — :) we have experienced our first Daytona Beach Biker’s Week and Spring Breakers are arriving weekly!! Loving it all–especially today with my granddaughter and gal pal coming to spend some time with us or is it because we are at the BEACH?! Love your GREEN and all your fresh ideas– just like a breath of fresh air. Especially the plants and cookbooks! I need to get my furnishings/walls to a nice neutral so just a few changes in accessories and I will be set for each season or holiday–hubby is going to love that when we get back home and I start looking for paint!:) I usually make corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread– but just saw that our favorite eatery is having Irish stew on their menu– Hmm? And green beer? Mercy– may just have to walk the beach and join them!!;)
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Quit making us all so jealous of you Louvina!! I know you are enjoying it all. Keep on having fun girl.:) Yes, your husband is going to roll his eyes when you start looking for paint. (Just like mine does!) We had corned beef last year but will go for the stew tomorrow. I would walk to the beach for my Irish dinner if we were close enough.
Kelly

Kris {Driven by Decor} - March 16, 2015 - 8:48 am

Kelly, your home is so gorgeous – even more so with all of the touches of green. I’m kinda dying over that centerpiece with the kale – it’s beautiful!
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You are so sweet Kris. Thank you. I am happy you liked the centerpiece. I thought it turned out to be just the right touch for St. Patrick’s Day.
Kelly

Kathy - March 16, 2015 - 8:49 am

Yay! Spring! I thought it would never arrive! I like how you change your curtains, chalkboard, books, jar contents, plates, napkins, pencils, coffee tags, and everything else to match the occasion. I think I will go buy a little pot of spring flowers today. Thanks for always giving inspiration.
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I kept hoping for just a little snow for our winter, but we never even had one snow forecast the entire season. So spring should just go ahead and arrive since winter has done nothing here this year! Yes, I do change out everything here with the seasons. Glad I could give you a little inspiration. Our grocery stores have had some beautiful spring flowers lately. Hope you found you some pretty ones today Kathy.
Kelly

Teresa W. - March 16, 2015 - 9:16 am

I love all the green that you added, and you did not go overboard, just the right amount. Our St. Patrick’s Day meal is more English than Irish, but I’m going to make a shepherd’s pie (at least it’s topped with potatoes). I’m not sure about the desert yet, thinking I’ll make cookies with green M&M’s in them. If I may ask, where did you get your green curtains? I love the color! Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!
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Yum to your shepherd’s pie and cookies with M&M’s! I made our green curtains a number of years ago. I ordered the fabric from a store that has gone out of business, and back then the owner ordered the fabric from a mill that has also gone out of business. So I don’t think we will be finding any more fabric like it. Sorry. :( Hope you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day Teresa!
Kelly

Cheri - March 16, 2015 - 9:29 am

I love the green, Kelly. I thought I loved the red in your house (and I still do) but the green speaks to me. Now I am considering changing my red accents to green ones and that would mean painting my island. Were your curtains from Country Curtains? You always have the best looking curtains, they are my style.
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So glad you liked it Cheri! Uh-oh…painting your cabinet? That’s major. I did consider painting the stool in the kitchen the other day, but decided I would be painting it again soon and ruled against doing it. The curtains did not come from Country Curtains, but they do have a green buffalo check drape now that I am in love with! I made the drapes in the kitchen and dining room.
Kelly

Nan, Odessa, DE - March 16, 2015 - 9:50 am

Sending an Irish toasts to you and yours:

May the good St. Patrick protect ye and the devil neglect ye. . . .

You did us Irish proud! Thanks for sharing. Always look forward to the next post. Never tire of seeing your home cared for with love.

I would never think of the pot of gold. Nice touch!
What are the magazines you left open?

We just make Reuben sandwiches using corned beef. OOOops! can’t forget the Irish Cream. Your dessert sounds great.
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Thank you for the toasts Nan! Everyone needs a pot of gold, right? :) The magazines are Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Yum to your Reubens!!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 16, 2015 - 9:55 am

I have some shamrock dish towels and a friend gave me a little pot of shamrocks which are displayed on my Secretary. However it is already Easter at my house…lots of pastel decorations. I love your green. I think it is very festive.
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Already Easter?? Wow you have certainly gotten your jump on things! I bet I could use your shamrock dish towels. :)
Kelly

Elaine - March 16, 2015 - 10:00 am

There is NO such thing as too much green! LOVE your blog – a perfect start for the week – and doesn’t it promise to be a beautiful one here in Georgia! My daffodils and “olde timey” plum tree are loaded with blooms!
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And I bet they are beautiful Elaine! It does look like a gorgeous week is in store for us here. My son said it reached 90 degrees here today, but that may have been an exaggeration. :) Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave your comment today. Have a great week!
Kelly

Robbie Zeller - March 16, 2015 - 10:28 am

Kelly, Your home is one of my very favorites in the blog world! That thought never crossed my mind that there was too much green in your home, but rather how cozy and warm your home always looks! You do such a great job. Happiest of Spring beginnings to you!
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Oh my goodness what a sweet comment Robbie! Thank you for the compliments on our home. Happiest of springs to you too!!
Kelly

Kathy P. - March 16, 2015 - 10:30 am

Although I also love your red, this green is a bright and cheery change. Love it! Also, you Waterford Crystal glasses – just like mine. I don’t think it is overboard. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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I am glad you like the change Kathy. It is a different look from the red that was here all winter. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!
Kelly

Donnamae - March 16, 2015 - 10:40 am

I love the change to green! Not only is there the obvious reference to St. Patrick’s Day, but also Spring! Then, after the holiday you remove the obvious references, and voilà! You are ready for spring and beyond. I do miss the red, though…but I know it’ll be coming back! Enjoy your day! ;)
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You are right about the voila Donnamae. It is coming! :) And yes, the red will be back for summer…got to have it with blue for the 4th of July. :)
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - March 16, 2015 - 11:04 am

My Grandmother’s kitchen was green and I always loved it! Thanks for the reminder to shop for ingredients for Irish Stew!
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Green must be a good color for kitchens then Leslie Anne! :) Definitely need some Irish Stew for St. Patrick’s Day!
Kelly

Peggy - March 16, 2015 - 11:29 am

Adoring the green! Just a breath of spring.
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Thank you Peggy! Bring on the spring!
Kelly

Sue - March 16, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Your house is my 2 favorite colors, red and green, so I always love all of your changes. I love that you even change your pencils. I celebrated St. Pat’s day with my 5 grands this weekend, with our treasure hunt for the rainbow and pot of gold {rainbow licorice and gold nugget gum and gold coins.} And we always toast the day with our traditional drink. Layer blue, green, yellow, and red popsicles {chopped up} in a tall skinny glass and add sprite. Rainbows to drink! They love it.
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You have a good eye for details if you spotted those pencils Sue! A treasure hunt must have been fun with 5 grandchildren. :) Love your rainbow drink idea. I could use something like that right now!
Kelly

Sandy - March 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Your centerpiece is marvelous. I’m duplicating it on our dining room table. Green has always been my favorite color and your home sparkles Ireland’s green. My retirement present to myself after thirty-seven teaching years was a fabulous trip to the Emerald Isle. Hope you plan a great gift for yourself too.
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You go right ahead and make that centerpiece Sandy! All the plants came from Lowes (and boy has it been crowded since spring is in the air!) How wonderful that you went to Ireland for your retirement trip. Love it!! I have no idea if we will do anything for mine, but I am thinking of a driving trip up the east coast when our son starts at Yale next fall or maybe a Christmas in Connecticut next December.
Kelly

Vicky Hunt - March 16, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Hello! Your St. Patrick’s decor is simple and beautiful. I love your house and I find myself here a lot looking for inspiration. I was wondering if you would mind telling me what kind of wood your husband used for your kitchen counters. We are in the middle of a remodel and while I really want butcher block, I don’t want to have to travel 3 hours to Ikea to purchase them. This looks like a great alternative. Also, what did he use to seal and waterproof them? I appreciate your time. Have a blessed day.

Vicky
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Hi Vicky! The kitchen counters were made from Southern yellow pine. It is 5/4 inch lumber most commonly called “nosing lumber” or stair treads. He used clear polyurethane for sealing and waterproofing. Good luck with your remodel!
Kelly

Marlene - March 16, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Kelly,
How charming with all your green and St. Patrick day touches. Just so enjoy the small check napkins on the table and you green & white plaid drapes. I love how you make things look so special. Thank you!!
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Thank you Marlene! The green fabrics do make such a difference.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 16, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Kelly,
You really must write a book on seasonal decor. You come up with the most wonderful ideas. From the “jar of gold” to the beautiful table setting. It’s so inspirational and chock full of ideas.
xo,
Karen
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Girl you are always just so kind in your comments. Thank you Karen. Glad you liked all the decorating! That “jar of gold” is mighty tempting to all of us here. :)
Kelly

Gina - March 16, 2015 - 4:18 pm

I love all the green touches! I’ve added greens and yellows to my mostly neutral palet. What is it about those mini colanders that are so cute!? :) granny Smith apples go a long way!! ;)
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Green and yellow…the perfect combo for spring to me! Yes, what is it about those colanders?? Every time I see them in the store in different colors, I have to make myself not buy them…but they are so tempting! (Obviously I gave in for the green ones. :) )
Kelly

Suky - March 17, 2015 - 9:14 am

Kelly this is all so beautiful! Very tasteful and serene, even though you’ve added so much lively green. I’m SO copying a few of your ideas! Love your Irish crystal.
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Thank you Suky. It is definitely more serene than all the red that was there! :) You go right ahead and copy anything you would like. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. :)
Kelly

Debbie V. - March 17, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Love all of the green touches and your decorating style! Where do you find all of your curtains/fabrics?
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Thank you Debbie! I am glad you liked all the green. In the past I ordered my fabrics from a shop that has long closed. Lately, I have ordered from http://www.decorativefabricsdirect.com/ or Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta. My workroom and my husband’s office both have drapes made from fabrics that we purchased at Ikea. Hope this helps!
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - March 17, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I just *love* your holiday displays. I scour the photos to see all of the little details. Pasta in a green package! Green tea bags! Green pencils! You are so creative and detailed oriented. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you.
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Thank you for appreciating all the little details Kim. You have a good eye!! I hope your St. Patrick’s Day was a fun one. :)
Kelly

Design Chic - March 17, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Your green looks perfect – adore the cookies and bookcases and your table…stunning! Love it all, Kelly!!
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You are so kind! Thank you for your compliments on the St. Patrick’s decorating, and I am glad you loved it all. It was hard to break away from my beloved red!
Kelly

Emily Gravitt - March 18, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Kelly, I, too, love plaids! Red plaids are my favorite! Thanks for sharing your seasonal displays with us. I have gotten lots of ideas to use in my own home.
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You are quite welcome! I am so glad that you can use some of the ideas here Emily.
Kelly

Dawn - March 18, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Kelly,

I love your home like this! As you very well know, I LOVE green! I do have lots of green in my home but I always add a bit more this time of year. The grass is just starting to replace the brown outside. I always add a few fresh flowers and some nice potted plants to home at this time. I just love Spring and can’t wait for Summer time to get here. I really like how you change out your drapes with the other added items for each season. That Irish stew recipe looks yummy and the mint ice cream pie sounds divine! I do not think you have gone over board on the green in your home. I think it is perfect for St. Patrick’s day and to welcome in Spring. Thanks for sharing! Take care.
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I am so glad you saw the post Dawn! I was afraid you were going to miss it, and I would have hated that knowing how much you love green. :) I’m sure you house was very decked out with your favorite color for St. Patrick’s Day. Spring should be your season! I, too am glad to see all the green outside…and am listening for the sound of the lawnmower. Yes, our yard already needs it. :)
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 11:03 am

Can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone. I was on the look out for those darn little mini black caldrons ..but none to be found. Ugh! Love all your green “sprucing up”. Are we all ready for Spring and Summer? Yes, Mam! I loved your little centerpiece too. So cute with the touch of Kale. We took in our annual parade last weekend. It was a beautiful day. Sunny and warm, not like last year that required my sweet Target green coat and Starbucks in hand. Brrrr… There were more marching bagpipers that made my heart melt, not to mention the men in their kilts..(a little eye candy) :) I only did a little decorating of the fireplace mantel and coffee table in the family room. It was simple green ivy on the kitchen table, white dishes, a new beef/mushroom gravy recipe for dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. Sweet daughter made a chocolate sheet cake to have with our mint ice cream, topped with a Andes mint. Her help is always a blessing. She is my baker. The day was so busy, as I was surprised with a treat to lunch by my second daughter and the twin grandbabies. It brought such sweet little smiles, hugs and we’ll call it (leprechaun dancing) on the restaurant front lawn afterwards. Boy, those two little ones have so much energy! Belated St. Patty’s Day to you and your family. On to Easter we go! The weeks are moving quickly, thank you daylight savings…I think? Better start getting the gardening tools handy…. :)
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It sounds like you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day from start to end Debra. I bet your beef/mushroom gravy dinner was a winner! YUM. And twin grand babies have to be a handful!! Yes, on to Easter we go (and Spring Break…yippee!)
Kelly

Jaybird - March 19, 2015 - 1:43 pm

This is GREAT!!!! I love the greens….
I like to decorate here and there for the holidays, but you have me beaten by a MILE…or THREE!!! Too Cute!!
I think I could happily snitch a few of your ideas and let them play out all summer long :^)
Blessings,
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You go right ahead and snitch whatever you would like. The green won’t stay here through summer because I will be wanting red back by then. Glad you liked all the green details though!
Kelly

Anita - March 19, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Love the green! I love all your curtains in different colorways. Do you make the curtains or do you have them made? Enjoyed the pictures very much, thanks for sharing.
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Glad you liked all the green Anita! I do make most of the curtains. The ones in the playroom and the boys room were ordered from Country Curtains (I did line them myself though). I have made pretty much all the others.
Kelly

Disney Magic: The Magic Kingdom

WDW Entrance Magic Kingdom

Doesn’t everyone start their day at the Magic Kingdom with a family photo in front of the train station with the Mickey Mouse flower bed??:)It was a cold and cloudy day last Saturday when we made our visit there (which is why everyone was wearing a coat!)  And unfortunately our 8:30 Fastpass was to Splash Mountain – where you can get wet!  But it was still a very fun day…a day to be a kid.

WDW Magic Kingdom TheaterSince my very first visit there, I have loved the gorgeous architecture you find all over the park, and Main Street has to be my favorite area.  Perhaps we should be living in an old Victorian home…hmmm?  The gingerbread trim, the awnings, the columns, the windows…all of it – just evokes a sense of Americana.  Even the flagpoles and lampposts add to that feel.

WDW Main Street Magic KingdomEven…Starbucks??  I had to get a photo of this because when my daughter told me there was a Starbucks in the park I was very surprised.  It just seemed out of character to me, but on a cold day in the park, a hot Starbucks coffee or cocoa is a treat.:)

WDW Starbucks in the Magic KingdomBack to the architecture..the very first time we visited Magic Kingdom in the early 1970’s we ate at the Crystal Palace.  As a lover of light and windows, the Crystal Palace was a beautiful place to me with all those walls full of glass!

WDW Crystal PalaceI guess you know about the forced perspective of the building designs right?  As you go higher in the building the scale is changed.  The second floor is shorter than the first, and the third is shorter than the second..all to give the illusion of taller buildings.  This works especially well with Cinderella’s castle.

WDW Cindrellas CastleWe rode a number of rides last Saturday, but my favorite in that park was the Haunted Mansion.  I always find it to be hilarious – not scary- for some reason.  I also think the ballroom scene with all the ghosts dancing is so pretty.  (Does this sound strange to you? A pretty haunted mansion??)

WDW haunted mansion photo by daryl mitchellcommons.wikimedia.org

I shared with you about our lunch at Wilderness Lodge the other day.  After that lunch we returned to the park, rode some rides, watched a couple of shows, and then went to dinner at Animal Kingdom’s Boma restaurant. After dinner we returned again to the Magic Kingdom…this time after dark.  It is at its most beautiful to me when all the lights come on.

The train station at the entrance again…this time at night

WDW Magic Kingdom EntranceMain Street USA at night

WDW Main Street Magic Kingdom at nightCity Hall

WDW City Hall Magic KingdomThe Crystal Palace again…this time at night

Crytal Palace at nightand Cinderella’s Castle at night.

WDW Cinderellas Castle at night

There are three night time events at the Magic Kingdom that are not to be missed:  #1 – The Main Street Electrical Parade with a perky Tinkerbell leading the way on the first float.:) (You can watch a video of it here.) You really have to scope out a place and sit there for a couple of hours before the parade in order to have a good spot for viewing it.  (Considering how full we were from dinner at Boma, sitting for a couple of hours was fine with us.)

Main Street Electrical paradedisneyworld.disney.go.com

#2 – Celebrate the Magic – an amazing film and music event shown on the exterior walls of Cinderella’s castle following the parade.  This is THE best thing in all of the Magic Kingdom to me.  My daughter and I both cried through parts of it…yes, we are sentimental babies.  If you have grown up with Disney (and your children have grown up with Disney) the memories are forever a part of you.  So seeing film clips and hearing music from so many of those movies, really touches a heart-string.  Please don’t miss it if you go.

And #3 – Wishes Fireworks display – The fireworks show  (right after Celebrate the Magic) above Cinderella’s castle is fabulous…and it is not just fireworks.  You know Disney does not do anything half-way. There is a story and choreographed music for the entire fireworks display.
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And you can watch the entire fireworks show here:
Now we must bid farewell to the Magic Kingdom and all of Walt Disney World.:( I know this has not been my normal series of posts this week, but I have always loved the architecture and the attention to detail that seems to be everywhere in a Disney park or resort, and I wanted to keep some photos for remembering this fun trip. So thank you for coming along with me as I have shared all of this.  Next week we will be back to regular decorating and ….my finished workroom!:)
I hope you have an amazing weekend.
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Barbara H - March 13, 2015 - 10:07 pm

No apologies needed for these Disney posts. Loved them. So glad you got to have this wonderful time with your family. Thanks for sharing the magic with us!
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You are very kind Barbara. With about 15 unsubscribes this week, I felt like I needed to thank all of you that have followed along with the Disney posts this week. I am glad you enjoyed them. So thank you for reading, and thank you for leaving your sweet comment!
Kelly

Katrina - March 13, 2015 - 10:34 pm

I am so glad you and your family had sooo much fun!!! Something tells me you may be going to see the new Cinderella movie this weekend!! Of course nothing will top the fun you had at Disney.
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Katrina, it really was a great trip. I don’t know if I can persuade the guys here to go see Cinderella. I really need my Disney daughter here for this! I hope you have a great weekend. Perhaps you can go see the movie. :)
Kelly

Nana Diana - March 13, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Your trip was magical and you captured it beautifully. This family loves Disney. I was about 10th in line the day it opened in 1971 and have loved it from that day forward. The Crystal Palace has always been one of my favorites. xo Diana
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Opening Day!!! Wow, that is really something Diana! I would have loved to have done that. I still remember being at the opening of a new mall near here, and I thought that was fun…but you have that beat by a looooong shot! I want to do Crystal Palace for brunch on our next trip. It just takes making reservations way in advance for that.
Hope your weekend is a good one!
Kelly

Ruth - March 14, 2015 - 1:44 am

SO FUN. Thanks for taking us along on your Spring Break trip!

Back to reality, huh? Good thing you enjoy such a nice reality! :-)

P.S. – COOL that Diana was one of the first over the threshold! Bet she was the envy of all her classmates!
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Well I am so glad it was fun for all of you! Oh yes, back to reality. I think it is VERY cool that Diana was number 10 in line for the grand opening of Disney World! She should have been the envy of all her classmates. :)
Kelly

Frances in England - March 14, 2015 - 5:51 am

I’ve really enjoyed these posts – and I say that as someone who has never had a yen to go to Disneyworld/land (not because I dislike Disney, just that there is so much else that comes ahead on the list for me). Have to say I also really appreciate the Youtube embeds you do! I’m glad you had a great time :-)
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Thanks Frances! You really must make time to get over here and visit Disney World. It is such a magical place!
Kelly

Donnamae - March 14, 2015 - 9:36 am

Really enjoyed all these posts…and they brought back so many memories. We’ve been to WDW many many times…my in-laws lived an hour away…so there were many magical adventures! And you are right…you get to be a kid again…and everything is magical…the staff makes it so! Disney at night is indescribable…you can feel an energy on the air! We must go back! ;)
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How great that you had relatives so close to the parks! Like you, I do love Disney at night! I hope you get to make another trip there soon.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 14, 2015 - 9:59 am

Oh Haunted Mansion is a favorite of mine as well. We spent our honeymoon at Disney World and we took our kiddos once but I would love to visit again!
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Good. I am not alone in my love for the Haunted Mansion! :) How fun to spend your honeymoon at WDW!I hope you get to visit the parks again soon, Arlene.
Kelly

Town and Country House - March 14, 2015 - 10:01 am

Great posts, Kelly! Hard to believe we were there only a week ago, too! I, for one, was thrilled to find that there’s a Starbucks in every park now. Of course, each is completely themed to its location. Looking forward to seeing your workroom next week!
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I said that very thing at lunch on Saturday Paula! Time just seems to fly! I imagine there are a good many people who love having Starbucks in the park. A good cup of coffee can’t be beat – especially if you are cold and wet!
Kelly

Jennifer from VA - March 14, 2015 - 11:14 am

I have been so busy this week, I was reading but not commenting! I have NEVER been to Disney, thanks for taking me with you!!
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Oh my goodness Jennifer! You need to make a trip to Orlando to visit all the parks there. It is an amazing place!
Kelly

Teresa W. - March 14, 2015 - 12:15 pm

I’ve loved all your posts on Disney World and the photo in front of the train station is great! Our family loves going to Disney World too. (Try the Halloween or Christmas parties if you can next time, they’re FUN!!!) If you’ve never read about Walt Disney’s life, I encourage you to, it makes his movies and the whole park concept more interesting than it already is. He had some really rough times in his life, but what a fabulous imagination he had! So glad your family had a wonderful time. Have a fun weekend!
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You are too sweet Teresa! The Halloween and Christmas parties sound like they would be a lot of fun! One of my research projects in high school was on the life of Walt Disney, so I know what you mean about the rough times in his life. I am so glad he persevered so that we can reap the benefits of his wonderful imagination. :) Hope your weekend was a good one.
Kelly

Kathy - March 14, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Oh, Kelly, what fun!!! (We have been at the beach on my son’s spring break so I am just catching up on all of your Disney posts. It is just not the same looking at your blog on my phone so I save the posts for when I return.) I guess this was your last spring break before retiring. Just think….spring break whenever you want! I love, love, love Disney! It was our spring break destination for many years…so it was delightful to see it on your blog. I have to share a little something with you about Walt Disney. The mother of one of my dear friends dated Walt Disney for a while when they were young…but stopped because she thought he was a little boring. (I know!) I think I am going to go put on the soundtrack from Lion King. We used to always play it on the way to Disney. I am glad you got to spend the time with your family in such a magical place.
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How fun to be at the BEACH Kathy! I have been thinking about being at the beach a lot in the last few days. (Must be the warm weather bringing it on.) Our Disney trip was only for a weekend. Spring break is still a few weeks away for us, and yes, spring break all the time sounds pretty good to me!! How funny that your friend’s mom thought Walt Disney was boring…goodness! Love the music from The Lion King!!!
Kelly

Maddie - March 15, 2015 - 10:59 am

I am so glad that you had a good time because our family loves Disneyland, and we live about 20 miles away so the kids go all the time. Most kids in our neighborhood get a Disney pass for their birthdays so from the time they were little one mom or another takes them on school holidays. Now that my grand niece is in high school, her friends go a couple of times a month on Friday and Saturday night and it is such a blessing because we don’t have to worry about what they are doing. They all want to get jobs there as I did when I was in high school. Even some of the ladies at my gym (my contemporaries who first went when it opened in 1955) buy passes because it is such a nice place to walk with their Minnie Mouse ears. I know others would think we are crazy, but it is fun to watch families have such a good time and interact with the characters.
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You all are SOOOOOOO lucky! I think you are as hooked on Disney as our family is. :) You would certainly not be thought of as crazy at Disney World. Walking with your Minnie ears is the norm around there. :)
Kelly

Terri - March 17, 2015 - 10:27 am

ahhhhh “Disney” magic… every one of your pics brought back so many wonderful memories… we never tire of Disney World… and yes to this day… Magic Kingdom is still my fav!!!! AND… so excited to finally know someone who “gets” THE BALLROOM SCENE at the Haunted Mansion….. I love that !!! Main Street is just beautiful… I love to just stroll and enjoy the gardens … amazing landscaping!!!
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Gosh, Terri, I am so glad the post brought back all your happy memories! Another ballroom scene fan! Yay! It IS beautiful, isn’t it?! We all need a dose of Disney now and then…no matter what our age. :)
Kelly

Debra - March 19, 2015 - 11:16 am

Oh, Disney! You are so lucky to have so many wonderful vacations with your family, especially as old as your kids are now. I am giggling at the family picture in front of the train station…Of course you needed that picture! Thanks Kelly for sharing your family fun with all your blog followers.
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Quit your giggling girl! :) Everyone has their picture in front of the train station…no matter what their age, right?? :) (There was quite a bit of eye rolling from my kids with this one!)
Kelly

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