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Decorating for Thanksgiving (and a little giveaway!)

November front doorHallelujah!!  I am actually going to share some seasonal decorating before the day of the holiday! It’s a miracle.:)Let’s start at the front door with the wreath I shared with you at Halloween. Remember I said it would be easy to change out the pumpkins for darker colored gourds at Thanksgiving?  Well…my Halloween wreath fell off the door a few days after Halloween.:( Have any of you had that problem with wreaths before? (I’m sure it was my wimpy wire hanging.)

November wreathSo to lighten the load, I cut the pine branches off the garland that was previously wrapped around it and just inserted them into my old Christmas wreath, then added a few brown gourds, and tied it on with a dark brown satin ribbon.  Now it really should be okay for changing out for Christmas…fingers crossed it doesn’t fall off the door again.

Thanksgiving vignette on foyer buffetYou’ll see the start of our holiday color scheme here – red and brown, and I believe this will roll on into Christmas decorating very easily.

pecans in jar for ThanksgivingThere is a reason for the pecans in the jar (beside eating them.)

The house in which I grew up sat at the edge of a large pecan orchard.  Every November, my family would pick up the pecans that fell from the trees, weigh and bag them, and take them to a place that weighed and bought them from us. My father would then pay my brother, sister, and me for the pounds that we had each picked up. (Waaay less than minimum wage I know!:))Anyway, this was our “Christmas shopping money” that we used to purchase gifts for each other.

Thanksgiving foyer vignetteAnd every Thanksgiving Day, my father, brother, sister, and I would rake the leaves in our yard…the leaves that fell from those money-making pecan trees, while my mother would cook up the big meal in the kitchen. Some families watch football on Thanksgiving- our family raked leaves.:)

Thanksgiving vignetteSo I can’t help but think of pecans and leaves when I think of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving piano vignetteOkay…where were we? Oh yes, decorating for the holiday.:)

I picked up a couple of chocolate brown pillows from the Pottery Barn outlet a couple of weeks ago, and mixed them in with the red ones on the family room sofa.

family room in NovemberIt has been so darn cold here, I had to take the photos while the fire was going in the fireplace.  It gives the room a strange light.

sofaSince I was using the pecans in the jar and arrangements of fall leaves in the foyer, I decided to go all out with nuts and leaves in the family room…hazelnuts in a jar on top of the cabinet…

fall vignette for top of cabinetleaves on the end table…

fall vignette for end tableleaves on the mantel…

Thanksgiving mantel

fall leaves in silver pitcher on mantel Thanksgiving vignette

Thanksgiving mantel vignettewalnuts in the jar on the mantel…

fireplaceand a bowl of mixed nuts on the game table.

Yes, I’ve gone nutty.

(Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.:))

And now for the little giveaway.  In this month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a sweet treat with one of you super wonderful readers to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit here.(Well actually, I would like to share it with all of you, but I am afraid I can’t do that and have any Christmas shopping money left over.)  I picked up this pumpkin loaf pan, pumpkin bread mix, and this jar of pecan pumpkin butter for you on my last trip to the Williams Sonoma outlet.  (There’s a recipe using these ingredients in one of my old blog posts here.)

Thanksgiving giveawayI’ll be doing a random drawing for them this weekend.  If you would like to enter, just leave a comment on any post that publishes here between 11/18/2014 and 11/21/2014.  The contest will close at midnight on 11/21/14, and I will announce the winner in the first post after 11/21/14. I hope that makes it easy for you to enter.

Good luck, and as always, I look forward to reading your comments!:)

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Frances in England - November 18, 2014 - 4:05 am

Your house looks so cosy and welcoming, especially with that fire going.

It isn’t really cold enough here for fires yet (this is very unusual) – though we have just woken up to the first hard frost of the season, so maybe winter has decided to arrive now…

Anne Boykin - November 18, 2014 - 4:57 am

Hi Kelly, your room looks so good by the fire’s glow. Thanks for the give away!

Sheena - November 18, 2014 - 5:08 am

Thanks for offering this giveaway, Kelly. I love Williams-Sonoma’s breads and products. Your house is so cozy and warm. Thanks for sharing your great decorating ideas.

Carole - November 18, 2014 - 5:22 am

First time commenting here but the giveaway inspired me. Your house looks beautiful decorated for Thanksgiving. I’d love to sit in the chair by the fair and have a cup of coffee with you!

Velia - November 18, 2014 - 5:39 am

Kelly, what a lovely and welcoming home you have. Like you, I also have fond memories of pecan picking in my youth and being tasked with the raking of leaves. I will have to remember to display more nuts around my house next Autumn. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Barbara Barnes - November 18, 2014 - 5:58 am

Your home is always my continued favorite…I absolutely love the way you decorate your home

Emily - November 18, 2014 - 6:05 am

Kelly, your house looks wonderful with the combination of red and brown. Love the use of nuts in your canisters. Of course, love pumpkin! I grew them this year and have harvested three for our pumpkin pies. Bought some pie plates yesterday. They are red!

Take care.

Paige Dalton - November 18, 2014 - 6:17 am

I love all your red and brown in the house Aunt Kelly, and really love the idea of a fire burning in the fireplace. I would love to be sitting in front of that fireplace with a good book on this cold day!!!

Janej - November 18, 2014 - 6:48 am

Always enjoy your post thanks

Carolyn Smith - November 18, 2014 - 6:50 am

Love your Thansgiving decorating. It is my one of my favorite blessings , a time to reflect on family, friends and so much more.

DeAnne - November 18, 2014 - 6:54 am

I always save photos of your different rooms in your home—for my dream home one day. Every time you decorated something, it is exactly like I would want to do, I just can’t come up with it on my own. You are definitely talented!

Tracy S - November 18, 2014 - 7:10 am

Your home is so inviting and beautifully decorated.

Sharon - November 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

I love the red and brown color combination. Your “nutty” theme is so simple and seasonal. I so look forward to seeing how you decorate your home each season. It is beautiful and comfortable.

Amy Mac - November 18, 2014 - 7:29 am

The “We Gather Together” sheet music is a stroke of genius!! I’ll be singing it all day (which is good … it’s one of my favorite hymns!)

Arlene@Nanaland - November 18, 2014 - 7:32 am

I really like how you pick two colors to focus on each holiday. That is an idea that I plan to steal!! Pecans…how I remember “black” fingers from shelling those delish nuts. No pecan pies without that little chore. Growing up, my dad and his brother, father and nephews went hunting while the ladies got the meal together. And I do remember watching the Macy’s parade. NYC seemed to be in a galaxy far away from Northwest Georgia!! Love all your photos as usual Kelly!!

Linda - November 18, 2014 - 7:33 am

I’ve recently purchased some food from WS and have been impressed. The cranberry relish is a must try! BTW, love how cozy your house looks.:)

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 7:51 am

I have been reading your blog for awhile not, but have never commented before. Your home is beautiful. I love the fireplace! I really enjoy scrolling through your photos as I have my morning cup of tea. :)

Robin Nikkel - November 18, 2014 - 7:52 am

Your house looks very cozy Kelly. I love the leaf arrangements. They look like real leaves. How do you get them all arranged so well? I think I might try it myself this year. Thanks for the idea.

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 7:52 am

Please pardon my typo above. It was supposed to say:
“I have been reading your blog for awhile NOW.”

Gail - November 18, 2014 - 7:54 am

Hi Kelly: Your home looks like the most inviting place to curl up in during the beginning of the most hectic time of the year. Love the wreath; how very versatile! It is giving me the idea of hauling out my two Christmas wreaths and redoing them for each holiday. Thank you for that one:-) Enjoy your wonderful home and family during this season and thank you for sharing it all with us! Blessings!

Sherry - November 18, 2014 - 7:56 am

I just love and enjoy your home! And the nuts and leaves are right down my alley! Love it! The give a way looks awesome! Thank you.

Karinm - November 18, 2014 - 8:00 am

Love the Thanksgiving décor. Never thought about using nuts in my fall décor. Looking forward to photos from your workroom.

Lynne - November 18, 2014 - 8:02 am

We grew up in an old farmhouse with pecan trees in the yard. I think there were about 13 trees. We used to pick up the pecans and my Daddy would sell them. I enjoyed this decorating post on nuts and love the red and brown colors used for Thanksgiving. It is different and cozy.

Ann - November 18, 2014 - 8:08 am

I have a lot of red in my house because it is my favorite color. I would have never thought of mixing it with brown. Thanks for the idea!!

Barbara Hinske - November 18, 2014 - 8:14 am

Everything looks lovely! So warm and cozy. I like decorating with nuts, too. They’re sort of architectural — very pleasing. Happy Thanksgiving!

Judy Miller - November 18, 2014 - 8:18 am

Oh Kelly, I can smell the pumpkin bread now!!!! I so much enjoy seeing you add nuts to your fall décor. I like the color choices too. I once kept a black cast iron pot by the wood burning fireplace filled with nuts. Guess would sit on the hearth, crack the nuts and throw the hulls in the fire. Those days are long gone since all I have now are gas logs but I do miss those days. From what I see you are well ahead of the game….I need to get busy or the holidays are going to be here and gone before I get started!! LOL Happy Holidays to you and yours!! Judy

Katrina - November 18, 2014 - 8:19 am

You always do such clever decorations! Love the brown but I must say, you make every color you accent with look great! The glow from your fire just makes those pictures even more inviting.
17 degrees in the mountains of NC!! Brrrr……

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 18, 2014 - 8:20 am

Your home looks so beautiful and I love your pretty photos. The one of the fireplace and cozy fire is stunning. Love the story of the nuts and what a great decorating tip too, they look like the holidays to me too. Love the bread pan and mix, what a lovely gift.

Patty in Michigan - November 18, 2014 - 8:26 am

Kelly, your home looks beautiful. Love all the different nuts. My grandmother always had nuts in a large bowl on the table during the holidays. I love this giveaway. I think my pumpkin bread that I make would come out beautiful in that loaf pan!! Have a great day!

Karen - November 18, 2014 - 8:27 am

Wishing you a blessed and thankful holiday! Your home is simply stunning, I’ve, “borrowed,” several of your ideas!

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 8:46 am

I love the wall of photos of your kids!

Thanks for the giveaway! -Kathy

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 8:46 am

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Joan - November 18, 2014 - 8:48 am

Your home looks so warm and cozy, and I especially love your wreath. Thanks for the lovely giveaway- I’ve made pumpkin bars with the Muirhead Pumpkin Butter before- yum!

Cindy - November 18, 2014 - 9:04 am

Your decorating is so warm and inviting! Love all the brown pumpkins…where did you find those? I don’t do orange so I am always looking for different colored pumpkins I can use.
Would love to win, love anything pumpkin.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Brenda - November 18, 2014 - 9:05 am

I may have to go nutty too! I love the looks of the nuts displayed in the jars, and your memories of picking up pecans and raking leaves are very sweet.

Your home is very welcoming.

Heather - November 18, 2014 - 9:05 am

Love, love, love your house inside and out, and I love, love, love pumpkin!

Barbara (WA) - November 18, 2014 - 9:16 am

Brown & red looks great – so smart for the transition to Christmas! I put out a few of my autumn pumpkins (ceramic, fabric, wood) in late September despite the chaos with all the Spare Oom stuff in the living room. My bins of Christmas things are among the chaos and since I broke my wrist (!!!) I am going to leave those bins where they are. Once I do a bit of Christmas decorating I’ll have hubby tuck them away.

Kay Carver - November 18, 2014 - 9:19 am

I just love everything you do! You love what you do, and it shows! I just don’t know where you find the time to accomplish it all.

Libby - November 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

I so enjoy your blog Kelly. I find tons of inspiration here. And your home is beautiful! What a super nice give away. Love pumpkin anything this time of year. Pick me!

Talia - November 18, 2014 - 9:28 am

Your house is positively charming. I would never leave! :) You always decorate it so tastefully, yet it always looks inviting and cozy. Beautiful work!

Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with yummy food and surrounded by those you love most.

Laurie Cordeniz - November 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Kelly, Great blog! Always excited when I see you in my in box. Your home always looks festive for the seasons…love your natural touch and glad to see that someone else puts nuts out at the holidays…you must be an old soul as well like me. Thanks for the chance for the WS pumpkin mold. Fingers crossed!

Jill - November 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Kelly! Really enjoy your photos, we have very similar tastes I believe :-) I too love Williams Sonoma anything, pumpkin anything this time of year is delicious. Thanks for the give away & Happy Thanksgiving!

Sue - November 18, 2014 - 9:32 am

However do you leave for work Kelly? Your house is so cozy, I would sit all day in front of that fire with a good Mitford book;-)

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 9:43 am

My favorite things in this post are: #1 your story about pecans and using them in your decorating (I love decorating ideas with meaning), your wreath, the red and brown theme, the sheet music, and all of your books. (Josie, do you see how many Readers Digest Condensed books are on Kelly’s shelves? Will you shop there for me?) Do you go to the WS outlet in Dawsonville, Kelly? I love that place! Thanks for more inspiration!

Jere - November 18, 2014 - 9:47 am

I love the natural earthy feel to your home. It looks so welcoming and cozy.

Amy O'Quinn - November 18, 2014 - 9:56 am

I love your ‘nutty and leafy’ fall decor. It’s beautiful, and the firelight just adds to the whole ambiance and cozy atmosphere of the family room! I grew up picking up pecans too (and still do). I think I got paid 10 cents a pound as a little girl! LOL We live in my late grandparents remodeled farmhouse next door to my parents, so now my children get to pick up pecans from all the very same (numerous) trees. A little funny…a few years ago one of my little boys asked for one of the specific pecan trees for Christmas! He wanted the Stuart by the barn all to himself, since those bring the best prices. :) No go! All of my children know which trees are which (seedlings, Mayhans, Sumner, Stuart, Schley, etc.)and always make a beeline for the ones with the heaviest and best-selling nuts. Somehow our fragile and VERY lightweight Mayhans in the front yard always seem to be the last ones to get picked up. LOL
Great post…thanks for sharing!

Dorene - November 18, 2014 - 9:57 am

love your home and the colors you decorate with, all my favorites. I feel like a stalker I have visited so many times for ideas

Wendy D. - November 18, 2014 - 9:59 am

I could not imagine decorating for fall without using leaves and nuts! Thank you for all the inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Jill - November 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

I love hearing about other families traditions. Sounds like you have some wonderful memories.
The red and brown look nice together. I like your big turkey. I don’t think that I have any decorations that are specific to Thanksgiving. Hmmm…..

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 10:13 am

Must use this recipe for the holidays. Would be excited to win the supplies.

Debra - November 18, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ok, after just seeing this pretty fall post, I think I want to go a little “nutty” too. Love the brown and red, Kelly. There’s something to be said about your simplistic styling. I love that brown turkey as well atop your entry cabinet. Well, it is a 8 degree wake up this morning and I have to go out and run errands soon, but I think I would rather just gaze over your post a bit, especially the fireplace photo. So toasty! Oh, I am jealous, as we have a William Sonoma store not too far from us but not an outlet, I don’t think? Time to google, or hopefully win? What wonderful little treats for a giveaway.

Grand - November 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

would love to have this beautiful pumpkin pan. I really enjoy your blog and your lovely home.

Lisa K - November 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

I love your relaxed way of decorating with things from nature for the Fall & Thanksgiving!

Jan P - November 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

Really like your Thanksgiving decor – and glad to see you haven’t decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. :) I love natural elements when decorating.
Your home is very welcoming.

Donna - November 18, 2014 - 10:57 am

Hi Kelly! Your home is so cozy and comfortable. I love that you have books everywhere. Thanks for doing this giveaway…it is perfect for the season!

Rose L - November 18, 2014 - 10:57 am

Oh Kelly, I totally love the leaf bouquets in the silver pots. Just the right amount of glitz to go with the leaves. It makes everything feel so warm! With over a foot of snow, blown in to three and four foot drifts I’m having a hard time thinking about Thanksgiving and my mind just wanders away to Christmas :) I adore that beautiful loaf pan and will order one for myself since I’m likely to win it from you (though I’m hoping I do). I have lots of fresh home grown pumpkin put up just for making delightful pumpkin recipes this fall and winter. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season together. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rose in Nebraska

Karen Krieger - November 18, 2014 - 11:16 am

Your house is absolutely stunning! I love all of your seasonal touches that make everything so inviting.
thank you for all the inspiration!

Nan, Odessa, DE - November 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

You have done it again! Lovely. Thanks for having us over.
I would enjoy baking with that lovely pan, smelling the bread baking and sharing it with loved ones!

Continue doing what you do so well.

Who plays the piano?

Liz Piccione-Volger - November 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

Wow, great giveaway. And that pumpkin pecan cake from 2012 looks so yummy! Love how you do all your jars every season. And those pumpkin bowls from 2012 are adorable too! Thanks for the opportunity to win and all the work you do here. Its always a pleasure to visit!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 18, 2014 - 11:18 am

Kelly, your home is always so warm, cozy, and beautiful….I love that your wreath on the door can be taken from Fall to Christmas with just a few changes…beautiful…When I saw your silver bowl of nuts, it so reminded me of my childhood…my parents always had the bowl of nuts and the nutcracker out for the holidays..truthfully, I think that was the first thing that they put out…

Garden, Home and Party - November 18, 2014 - 11:23 am

Hi Kelly,
I love the brown and red theme. It’s so rich for this time of year and seems the perfect color combination to bridge the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love using nuts and with the leaves you’ve gathered, it’s picture perfect.
By the way, take my name out of the drawing, I was the lucky recipient of your generous giveaway last year…the Thanksgiving and Christmas Entertaining books. I was looking at the Thanksgiving book last evening for ideas and recipes and I wanted you to know how much I enjoy these two books. This is my favorite time of year and it’s fun to have such a great pair of reference books. Thank you!
I hope your prep for the big day goes smoothly. I’m already buying the dry goods…fresh items to be picked up next week. I’m so excited! :-)

Charlene - November 18, 2014 - 11:26 am

I know I say this every time I leave a comment, but I absolutely love your website. I check it daily and get excited when there is a new post! :) Love the browns and reds – what a great combination for the holiday! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

Robin - November 18, 2014 - 11:38 am

Beautiful Kelly!

Joy Cooper - November 18, 2014 - 11:41 am

I love your Thanksgiving decorations, especially the addition of nuts. It was always a big tradition in my family growing up to have bowls of nuts in front of the fire for cracking and enjoying. Would love to try the Williams Sonoma bread for my family this Thanksgiving. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

Ruth - November 18, 2014 - 11:55 am

Smiled upon spotting the Chit Chat cards (a.k.a. Table Topics) in your family room. A couple of years ago I got a deck for our family, for when our dinner table conversations became stale and predictable. My boys laughed scornfully when I brought them out, but we’ve always have the best time and the best discussions with them! We enjoyed ours so much, I gave them as Christmas presents to our neighbors. I recently sent a deck to college with my son, pointing out that it might provide a funny “ice breaker” with some of the ladies around the dorm, or be the basis for get-to-know-you activities among small groups of freshmen. Back home, I got them out the other night when we “empty nesters” got restless with our books. The cards really do stir up some fun conversations!
I love, love, LOVE your photos and your decorating sensibility, and appreciate so much the “armchair trips” to NC and other beautiful, soulful places.

Kayleigh O'Neal - November 18, 2014 - 11:59 am

Kelly, I loved reading about your Thanksgiving traditions growing up. I would so love a pecan tree in my yard! Your wreath looks beautiful – hopefully all the snow you’re bound to get leaves it alone. Ha ha

Pamela G - November 18, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I love your blog and love seeing the way you decorate your home for the holidays!

Sharon - November 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm

I love your home, it is always cozy and inviting. You know how to celebrate the seasons with subtle touches that seem natural and yet festive without being overwhelming. Thank you for sharong :)

Christa - November 18, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love the stories about your childhood family traditions. Very sweet!

Terry Ellen Cross - November 18, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Love your site, how inspiring!!! Will you share where you found that gorgeous wooden lamp, perfect!!!

Yvonne Cannon - November 18, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I look forward to all your posts! Your home looks so warm and inviting! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Debbie w - November 18, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Love your home in all season! Would love to be the winner of this giveaway!

L J - November 18, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Kelly, I had some misgivings at first about whether I’d like adding in the brown. foolish me! You’ve done it again and it is so inviting and warm. I love the touch of the brown pillows and the brown satin ribbon on the wreath. Way to go, girl. You inspire all of us and for that we are THANK-FULL.
BTW, for those who are searching for a red pedestal cake stand like yours. I found mine a few weeks ago at Cost Plus/World Markets (about $20).

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 18, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Kelly, I loved the story about picking pecans for Christmas money! My siblings and I picked blackberries (well, truthfully, strawberries too) for extra money. I love all the nuts in the shell…that brings back memories of the holidays for me. My dad loved nuts and we always had some in a bowl to crack. I was just looking at Costco last night for nuts in the shell…none to be found! I will keep looking though. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Warmly, Gracia

Colleen - November 18, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Such sweet memories!! That’s really what it’s all about isn’t it? Thanks for sharing yours. Blessings to you and your family.

Vickie M. - November 18, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Your home is beautifully decorated. I look forward to each and every post! Happy Thanksgibing, Kelly!

Kim - November 18, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I just love your house! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jaybird - November 18, 2014 - 1:57 pm

I am in love with your brown and red!!! Beautiful decorations, lovely home!!
Thank you for a chance in your give-a-way!

Linda - November 18, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Your home looks great Kelly! My family fell in love with your pumpkin cake recipe! Thanks for sharing:)

Pat Pegram - November 18, 2014 - 2:50 pm

So cozy and warm! I love your style and your blog.

Mrs.T - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love your theme of nuts and leaves! So rich-looking. I like how the nuts provide a hint of harvest time.

The giveaway is so fun, too. Would love to win! That loaf pan is amazing even if one never baked in it! Thanks for the opportunity.

Wendy Boyd - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love your home – it’s just beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway also!

Debbie - November 18, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Kelly, thanks again for another great post full of inspiration and sweet memories. AND a giveaway! Please tell where you found that beautiful turkey in your entrance hall. And the brown pumpkins also. I’m decorating our new-old home in brown, red, gray, and cream. Thanks a lot to your inspiration!

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Kathy P. - November 18, 2014 - 3:26 pm

I just love your decorating style – so warm and cozy.

Pat Peele - November 18, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Lovely as always! Nuts are good to see and taste goo also. Love the red and brown.

Joy Jenkins - November 18, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Everything looks Beautiful!

Susan - November 18, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Kelly – it’s all so pretty and charming! I love the touches of silver you have in there too, with trays and candlesticks and vases. I am trying to get my winter things out but my daughter is getting married THIS Saturday, so it’s project wedding 24/7.

BTW, I LOVED your post about the Barn Wedding and we’re using that for inspiration!

Barbara Hagler - November 18, 2014 - 4:35 pm

One of my favorite blogs. Love your decorating style.

Cordelia - November 18, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Wow! You are amazing. I love how cozy and comfortable you decorated while managing to keep it chic and classy!! I think I need your house!

Jerry Stocks - November 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Love your casual arrangements of leaves and berries. This is so much better then “fixed” arrangements. Your home is beautiful.

Mary - November 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm

I just recently discovered your blog… following a link from another one. You and your house have quickly become one of my most favorite houses ever and I so look forward to each and every blog entry now. As usual, I’m going crazy pinning so many ideas from your blog/house. Your style is definitely the look I want to create in my home!!! Thanks for the giveaway…. yum!!!

jenna - November 18, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Thought the wreath on the front entry was wonderful and the interior was warm and inviting!

Donnie - November 18, 2014 - 5:40 pm

kelly, love the wreath saga. I’ve actually combined two different wreaths to make one full wreath with lots of interest. I am following your lead and decorating early this year, same reasons, love the season and want to be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Thank you for all your inspiration.

Dawn R. - November 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Hi Kelly,
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thank you for the giveaway, it looks great. Your home looks perfect and ready for the holidays.

Kathy - November 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Thank you for sharing your home with us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Patti - November 18, 2014 - 7:05 pm

You know, in this sometimes bleak and dreary world there is a little bright spot called “Talk of the House”. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thanks! :-)

GinaE - November 18, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Your home is always so lovely and inviting. The fire going is so cozy and gives a wonderful glow. Wishing you and your family the happiest Thanksgiving. Many thanks for the chance to win this great give away!

Benita R. - November 18, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Beautiful as always! You have encouraged me to add “pops” of color all through my decor…I’ve never thought of buying books for their color, but I find myself migrating to red covered books!

Laura - November 18, 2014 - 7:51 pm

I love your Thanksgiving decorations. Your home looks so cozy and inviting!

Jeanne Bell - November 18, 2014 - 8:27 pm

I love your house and how homey it always looks. Will your sons be home for Thanksgiving or Christmas? They can at least see home thru your blog.
I have had the pumpkin bread from William Sonoma and loved it.
Thanks for the chance to win it.

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 8:35 pm

I only recently came across your blog and I have to say I love it!!!!!!

Louvina - November 18, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Another wonderful post! Warm, fuzzy and down home feel of family and Thanksgiving! Really like the brown, red, leaves and nuts!! How you liking this cold weather? It is reaching mid-FL tonight!! Got your fireplace going? I bet you do!

Pat in Georgia - November 18, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Holidays are my favorite time of year. I love how you lovingly decorate for each holiday with so much care and attention to beautiful details. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to all our blessings. One of my greatest blessings is your blog and the beauty that is represents. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Mary - November 18, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I’ve been enjoying your blog for a few months now. I love your style!

heather - November 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm

I would love to win this one thanks for the chance.

Dawn - November 18, 2014 - 10:26 pm


I love your pecan picking and leaf raking story. What a wonderful way to grow up. I bet you and your siblings really appreciated the gifts you bought for each other! I really like the idea of all of the nuts used in different jars and areas as a way of decorating. My grandmother always had bowls of mixed, in the shell, nuts around her home during the holidays and my uncles would crack and eat them. In the shell nuts remind me of those special times at my grandmothers house and how my uncles would show me how to use the tools to crack and dig the nut meat out of the shells. (I am the oldest grandchild and niece and my grandmother has been in heaven for over 20 years). Thank you for rekindling a holiday memory for me. I don’t think your fireplace gives off a weird glow in your family room. I love the glow of a wood fire and think it gives it a more natural glow. It helps me feel like I am right there with you while you give us a tour of your lovely home.

Anita - November 18, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Red and brown. I never would have put those together but with the right tones, it works quite well! Lovely!

Phyllis - November 18, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Your home is lovely and.such a warm and inviting place to be for the holidays. I would love to win your.william Sonoma give away. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks and have a wonderful. Thanksgiving.

Donnamae - November 18, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Your home looks so warm and lovely! Thanks for the opportunity! ;)

Kathy - November 19, 2014 - 3:06 am

Tis the reason for the season!!! Your home definitely reveals a beautiful season for you, your family, and all your Pinterest friends!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely home, and enjoy the holidays!!

Debbie V. - November 19, 2014 - 8:18 am

I love your decorating style and always look forward to reading your blog. Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Lisa - November 19, 2014 - 9:30 am

Hi Kelly,

Once again, I love your home. So cozy, warm and inviting. I hope your boys get to come home for the holidays. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. No fuss, lots of food and fellowship. What a special story about raising funds to purchase gifts for others and helping your father. Instilling the appreciation of giving to others is very important during the holidays. I can’t wait to see what you serve for Thanksgiving.

Mary Ellen - November 19, 2014 - 9:48 am

Hi Kelly,

You make your home look so cozy and inviting….makes me want to visit. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Joyce W - November 19, 2014 - 10:44 am

Hi Kelly!
i am impressed with your lovely home and the stories behind your decorating.
All that is left is to fix that turkey dinner- hope you have a fabulous holiday!
Make ever day special-

Lori R. - November 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

What a nice give away. My out of town company would love to eat such a nice surprise.

Julia G. - November 19, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Your home is so warm and cozy and I love hearing about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions!

barbara n - November 19, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I love Williams Sonoma and all things pumpkin! Would love to win this giveaway!

Barbara Hagler - November 19, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Nuts all over! I love it!

Pam Jenkins - November 19, 2014 - 5:35 pm

I love fall decor, and your home is such a beautiful example.

DiAnne - November 19, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Love your home! Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly!

Barbara P from Ma - November 19, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Hi Kelly, Everything looks SO Pretty! Just perfect for this time of year- You sure do have a knack for selecting just the right things to make your home so warm and inviting! Always look forward to your posts! Can’t wait to see your home decorated for Christmas!

Amy C - November 19, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Lovely home. Always so inviting and cozy.

annie diamond - November 19, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Your house is incredibly beautiful for this season! I adore the brown and red books and the leaves and nuts…cozy fire, all so inviting!

Andrea - November 19, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Kelly….your home is so lovely, as always thank you for sharing it with us all!

JenniferinVA - November 20, 2014 - 4:06 am

Yep, it’s official your blog is still my fav!! Love all the cozyness you have created!

Stacey - November 20, 2014 - 6:36 am

Love love! Since I already blatantly copied your black and white photos and frames with your help…I might blatantly copy the jars around the house too. Already have them in the kitchen so that would work. :)

Sharon - November 20, 2014 - 7:48 am

I am always amazed how your simple seasonal changes make such an impact!! Makes me believe that I can do that too! I am thrilled that the turkey plates found you for Thamksgiving! Oh my they are beautiful….and the bowl and platter. You must be one loved lady! Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow….even turkey dishes! :)

Nancy Whiddon - November 20, 2014 - 7:59 am

Kelly you just inspire me…. I love the story of the turkey plates so happy you now have a wonderful collection to use for many years! Love seeing you family at the barn wedding Saturday and you know I love your sweet girl! HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Ann - November 20, 2014 - 8:05 am

Love all the touches that you have throughout your home . . . especially the red!!

denise - November 20, 2014 - 9:41 am

i have a house crush. I want to replicate each room in your house, but I don’t b/c i fear that you will some day come over for coffee and be creeped out and think I’m a weird stalker. But then i remember that ours is only a one way blog relationship and that the chances of you dropping by is nil to none, so, maybe i will after all. :)

Deborah - November 20, 2014 - 9:54 am

Hi Kelly! Cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Love your ideas and decorating for every holiday and seasons. I’ve used quite a few of your warm touches for each room in my house. I thank you! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa K - November 20, 2014 - 10:48 am

Oh Kelly – I love your new turkey plates & the platter is just gorgeous! What a thoughtful family; knowing just what you wanted :-) Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Kys - November 20, 2014 - 11:36 am

Hello Kelly~
It was such a sweet story about the gifting of your dishes. Thank you for your inspirations in decorating for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing the giveaway of my favorite things that I use as soon as Fall rolls around. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Theresa in Nebraska - November 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Lovely! I have my eye on those Thanksgiving plates too! Our store is also sold out. Glad you got them and they look beautiful!

Annette - November 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Love looking at all the touches you add for each holiday to your home. It inspires.

christi in ma - November 20, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Our Williams Sonoma outlet closed about this time last year.
It was my go to spot for anything kitchen and dining. Oh AND for peppermint bark. I’d find such treasures in the clearance in the back. I picked up the Pottery Barn velvet tree skirt there years ago for $20!

Laura - November 20, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I love following your blog and your home inspires me to cozy mine up! Just Gorgeous! I can taste that Pumpkin Butter on that Pumpkin Bread already! Thank you


Pam from Ontario, Canada - November 20, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Hi Kelly,
Love your blog. You have such fabulous taste. We’ve already had our Thanksgiving…I love these ideas for next year! We just received 40cm of snow yesterday (about 15 inches) looking forward to Christmas! Would love to win your giveaway. Pam

amanda s - November 20, 2014 - 5:21 pm

That looks very tasty! I would love to win. You have a beautiful home.

Anne in NH - November 20, 2014 - 5:33 pm

What wonderful photos, gets me in the mood for weekend house decoration! Love your ideas…and pumpkin bread. Bring on turkey day!

Lynn Mosher - November 20, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Your home looks lovely and so inviting. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lisa Roesler & daughter, Jessica - November 20, 2014 - 6:26 pm


We love your house! You are so creative. Thanksgiving is so inviting at your house. Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Bobbie - November 20, 2014 - 8:06 pm

I have 2 favorite blogs and you are one of them! I have followed you and your beautiful decorating for over a year. Love, love, love your style!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.


Drucye Cox - November 20, 2014 - 8:40 pm

I’m a Georgia girl too and I love your blog. You amaze me with all you do.

Debbie - November 20, 2014 - 10:00 pm

You have no idea how much I appreciate your blog. I have become so fond of it. It is always interesting, full of ideas, and creativity. I bet your students are so thrilled to have you as a teacher. You can certainly tell a great story and be witty with it too.
I have to tell you I spent hours decorating my kitchen and breakfast room in reds and browns and shopped for bags of nuts to fill my large glass cannisters ha.

Your home is so warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing with us.

I would be thrilled to win the giveaway!

Sherry Myers - November 20, 2014 - 10:06 pm

You have hit it out of the park again! I love the wreath on your door. Lovely. Your entry and living room look so seasonably warm and inviting. Your family has to love coming home to such a charming place.
I love the brown and red you have used in your dining room and kitchen. Congratulations on your turkey dishes!!! They are perfectly beautiful! Nothing would look better. Your generous spirit has been rewarded. I am happy for you!!
I know you have worked hard. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving celebration together.
Blessings to you and yours,

Jill Wendt - November 20, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Your home is beautiful and very cozy. And…I love those turkey plates! They are beautiful and look amazing on your table. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Cynthia - November 21, 2014 - 7:24 am

What a lovely name…lol, that’s what I named my sweet daughter!
I could move right in to your beautiful home and feel like its mine! You have a beautiful eye for home decor. I particularly enjoy the “natural” elements you have used for your Fall decor. The glass jars of nuts are a great addition!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Cind - November 21, 2014 - 7:45 am

I love your blog Kelly! I don’t know where you find the time and energy to decorate your house so beautifully for every season. Everything always looks so nice! May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Julie A - November 21, 2014 - 9:00 am

Love your blog and will be trying this recipe!!

Amber L. - November 21, 2014 - 9:50 am

Oh, you lucky girl; everything is going to be perfect for your Thanksgiving :) Soooo envious of that platter and serving bowl! Also adore the turkey on your entryway table…

Becky - November 21, 2014 - 9:56 am

LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us:)

Linda - November 21, 2014 - 11:36 am

Just discovered your bog. I’ll be a regular reader! Red and brown, I’m in, it looks wonderful and so cozy.

Linda - November 21, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love your house and all your Thanksgiving decorations!
The turkey plates are perfect!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Mothersead - November 21, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Your home is beautiful and full of life.

Ellen Martin - November 21, 2014 - 11:06 pm

As always, your seasonal decorations are simple and beautiful! Your home is so inviting and warm. I love the turkey plates, and your combination of them with red!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Brenda A. - November 22, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Kelly, Thanks for sharing your home and ideas with us. I love the way you display your children’s pictures thruout your home, especially in your kitchen cabinets. We have 15 grandchildren and I think they’d love it if I could do that with theirs. I look forward to seeing your Christmas decor as well. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

karen - November 25, 2014 - 12:59 pm

The red and brown is so beautiful. It will take you right through to Christmas without having to switch anything! Your home is always so lovely and inspiring.

A Barn Wedding

barnHappy Weekend!  If you had been here yesterday, you could have gone with us to a beautiful wedding.  Like my niece’s from two years ago, it was held at a barn.  This one is owned by Southern Bridle Farms.

entranceThe ceremony was held outdoors in an area beside the barn at 5:00 (and it was rather chilly!)

barn weddingWedding gifts were cleverly displayed in a truck.  (We would have both wanted that truck.  Just make mine red please.:))

truck with wedding giftsThe gorgeous barn doors were decorated with flowers.

barn doorsIf you had been with us, you might have recognized the frame of the chalkboard with the wedding party.  It was my small contribution to the celebration.

wedding day programThe draped fabric on the newly constructed “arbor” was a wonderful touch.

aisleI loved the detail of the magnolia leaves with the burlap ribbon bow holding the fabric in place.

column wedding detailThe old wooden church pews were the perfect choice for seating for the ceremony.

church pewsThis is where the bridal party stood with the pastor for the marriage vows.

ceremony stageOne of my friends was the lovely mother of the bride (and I am not telling you how long ago I taught her now college-age son who was escorting her.:))

mother of the brideThis very cold bridesmaid was one of the bride’s cousins and a sweet teacher with whom I work.

bridesmaidThis junior bridesmaid did not seem concerned with being the least bit cold.  She was still playing full force outside when we left well after dark.

junior bridesmaidAnd then it was time for the bride and her father to make their way over to the ceremony. You would have loved her dress.

walk to the aisleThen you would have teared up like so many of us did when the bride’s tenderhearted father could not hold back his tears as he escorted his daughter down the aisle.

bride and fatherThey managed to make it through the ceremony, and then we moved inside the warm barn for the reception.

The lighting made the space look magical.

barn interior ceiling

barn interior

barn ceilingThe newlyweds made their way into the party,

receptionand we all watched their first dance…

first danceand the father-daughter dance.

father daughter danceAfter one or two more dances,  it was time for the food.

There were a number of food stations – salads, fruits, roast beef, potato, and several others.  This was the shrimp and grits station.

shrimp and grits station

This one had tiny pecan pies, assorted cookies, and some cheese straws that I could have eaten by the pound!  If you had been there with us, you would have liked them too. They were very delicious.

dessert tableThe wedding cake had white cake layers, chocolate cake layers, and a red velvet layer.

wedding cakeVery creative table displays were everywhere.

table arrangementsAfter eating, you would have wanted to stand by that gorgeous stone fireplace outside the barn.  It would have been a good way to stay toasty on such a cold November night.

outdoor fireplace

And you and I would have left thinking how grateful we were to be able to have been a part of such a beautiful celebration of love. It was a wedding that many friends and family members poured creative efforts into, and no detail was overlooked.  I hope your Sunday is full of blessings and time with friends and family – all things to be thankful for as well.

Until next time…

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Anne Boykin - November 16, 2014 - 3:13 am

Hi Kelly, Your photos really capture the feeling of the wedding. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the chalkboard you created. And what a lovely setting for a wedding!

Barbara H - November 16, 2014 - 6:25 am

What a beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing. A lovely way to start a Sunday.

Jane - November 16, 2014 - 6:39 am

I really enjoyed the photos, what great place to have a wedding I especially like the one of her father, just beautiful. thanks

Frances in England - November 16, 2014 - 6:59 am

That is breath-takingly beautiful.

I love the way the inside of the barn is decked out, and the exterior for the ceremony is just perfect.

And I wish the lovely couple many, many years of happiness!

Martha - November 16, 2014 - 7:30 am

What a lovely wedding! The photos are great! Did you take them? The reception was so well done, sometimes big areas like that are hard to decorate….but they did a wonderful job of filling the space with the right scale of decorations. I love the trend toward less formal, yet still gorgeous receptions. I am always impressed when people pull off an outdoor ceremony. When my daughter got married we thought long and hard about having the actual wedding outside, but I knew I would have a nervous breakdown worrying about the weather so she opted for a quaint old church and her reception was in my best friend’s 150 year old home.
I almost forgot, your chalkboard is wonderful! Your script is beautiful…..I can’t seem to get the hang of doing the different fonts, you are very talented!

Patty in Michigan - November 16, 2014 - 8:17 am

Kelly, Wow, what an amazing wedding! I had to hold back tears when I saw the father of the bride. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. Your contribution was beautiful also.

Barbara (WA) - November 16, 2014 - 10:33 am

Several of our “kids” in the family have been married at farm/barn venues – wonderful! My sons chose our backyard (see The Story of an Arbor on my blog) and the beach, also wonderful :) Your friends wedding was magazine worthy gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

kathy - November 16, 2014 - 10:47 am

Oh, how fun! I just love seeing wedding photos!

Dawn - November 16, 2014 - 11:27 am


I really appreciate how you “took us along” to the wedding. It looks like it was a magical celebration. I loved your chalk board. The truck holding the presents would have had to be green for me but the rest is just perfect. Thanks for sharing with us. Since it is snowing here this weekend I have been working on getting our Christmas card photo taken. It looks like the weather is a bit more fallish there.

Carolyn - November 16, 2014 - 11:46 am

Oh how beautiful! I’m partial to outdoor weddings/barn receptions because that’s what our younger son had in the mountains outside of Asheville. Though on a gorgeous day in June – sunny and cool (but not too cool for the bare shouldered bride and bridesmaids). Your chalkboard looks fantastic.

Kathy T - November 16, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Beautiful wedding and photos! The florals and tables are especially lovely. Looks like it was a wonderful evening!

Susan M - November 16, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Oh Kelly what an absolutely gorgeous and beautiful wedding. Wow….the flowers were spectacular!!! Our daughtier was married 3 years ago and I know how much it all cost.. especially the flowers…but oh how they really create such a warm and joyful atmosphere…the price is so worth it!!! And the brides lace dress is simply stunning!! I even teared up when I saw the pic of her Daddy getting emotional as he escorted her down the aisle. I wish the special couple al the happiness in the world!! Thank you for sharing their fairytale day!! : )

Patti - November 16, 2014 - 2:21 pm

What a gorgeous wedding! LOVE the whole set up!

Katrina - November 16, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Oh I just love wedding pictures!!! These are great! The way they did the lighting is awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

Debra - November 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Oh stop! This is just gorgeous! Unfortunately, in our more semi rural area outside of Chicago, we do not have a venue such as this, but we have a venue called Heritage Farm. It is a stones throw away from our home, but they need to enhance the property such as this. I agree on your thought of that vintage truck! Darn, I think I would take it in any color just about. While we’re at it, lets throw in a small vintage airstream camper since we are sharing our special “wish lists” :) Thanks Kelly for that precious picture of poor Ol’ dad letting the tears flow. I want to know what the bride was thinking at that moment, don’t you? It is definitely those shared “human moments revealed” that can get even the attendees going too? Heck, after seeing this beautiful wedding, I want to do my 1975 wedding day over! The food looked amazing …thank you for at least the delicious share for my eyes…ugh wait, I’m hungry now..

Debra - November 16, 2014 - 4:03 pm

P. S. Taking a second look at your post and just wanting to say, maybe you should submit your beautiful pictures to the websites of Weddingbee or Project Wedding. You took wonderful pictures. Have you thought of besides teaching, blogging, sign making, sewing, etc…you might add wedding photographer to your repertoire? You captured this Wedding share wonderfully. :)

Robin - November 16, 2014 - 4:46 pm

It was a beautiful wedding. Great pictures Kelly.

Maria White - November 16, 2014 - 5:08 pm

This is the barn wedding I wanted 20 yrs ago. But back then it wasn’t the norm. I’m sure the bride/groom loved your special touches you did for them. And I did get tears in my eyes at the father of the bride pic…it looks like it was a lovely weekend.

classic•casual•home - November 16, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Oh my gosh what a lovely wedding! Your photos are great…all the details! Love the lighting.

Cheri - November 16, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Stunning! Every detail was just beautiful.

Garden, Home and Party - November 16, 2014 - 7:19 pm

What a beautiful wedding. The barn was transformed into such a magical setting. It was fun seeing the food stations and all of the great touches. Thanks for sharing.

Sue - November 16, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for sharing. That was beautiful! The father of the bride brought tears to my eyes….just lovely.

Donnamae - November 16, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Thanks for taking me along…beautiful wedding! Sure wished I could’ve tasted some of that food you described, though! ;)

Julia G. - November 17, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Kelly – your photos are so beautiful, I feel like I had a front row seat! Thank you for bringing us along.

Cindy Ross - November 17, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Kelly, Thanks for taking us along to this beautiful wedding. Wow!!! is about all I can say. My son will be getting married outside in April Easter weekend at Club Continental in Orange Park, Florida. I only hope that everything turns out as beautiful as this. Being in Virginia and them in Florida it is hard to plan things. I am holding the rehearsal dinner at The Winterbourne Inn on the St Johns at Orange Park, Florida. This was the first choice the bride wanted her wedding but wasn’t available so I figured the least I could do was have the rehearsal dinner there. I wish I could take you along to help me with decorating and calligraphy. I pray for beautiful weather. Thank you again for sharing the pics. They gave me some ideas. Send my best to the beautiful couple. Sincerely, Cindy

cindy hattersley - November 17, 2014 - 8:59 pm

I love weddings that are personal. This wedding seemed like it so reflected the couple. Both of our children were married here at our home, both very personal celebrations, that is what I love. Thanks for sharing…you are next!!

Jayne - November 17, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Beautiful wedding! Beautiful bride! Sometimes I wish I could go back and add some things to my daughter’s wedding. So many great ideas out there! It’s not supposed to be this cold yet! That fire place looked so warm and toasty!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 18, 2014 - 11:24 am

Oh my…what an exquisite and most creative wedding….I so love everything about it from the truck with the gifts to the beautifully draped aisle and then there is that barn with those gorgeous chandeliers…The vintage church pews were such a great idea…the Bride and Groom are such a beautiful couple..and who could hold back tears when you see the photo of her dad….thanks for taking us along on this most wonderful wedding!

My Workroom – Part 1

view into workroomBefore we get started, let me warn you.  This is not going to be a pretty post because this is the before, (and it’s bad!) and there is not an after yet.   But I thought you might want to see the progress my husband has made on what is to be my workroom.  It is through the door there by the bookbags.  In it’s previous life (up above), it was our study – a room with three computer workstations and a closet full of gift wrap, craft supplies, papers, and junk.  When my husband began using the room over the garage for his computer work, and I started working in the family room, and our sons moved to Seattle, the “study” became the catchall for every kind of thing you can think of.

Just look…

(if you dare.)

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

junk roomYes, pretty bad.  A lot of the things there have already gone to Goodwill, but the carpet was gross gross gross.  It was sooo bad in there that my husband (who is usually THE most patient person in the world) said, “We need to just gut this room.”  So he got motivated, moved everything into the playroom, and ripped up the old carpet.

room in progressMuch better right?  (You can see from that dark band there where the baseboards were, the room was originally painted navy blue – back in it nautical phase.:))  So now the carpet is gone, and we had to make a decision on the floor.  The hallway next to this room has old heart pine, but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on it.  Plus I knew I wanted to put an area rug over part of it.  After a good bit of searching, we found an inexpensive  laminate at Lowes that looks very much like our pine flooring. Of course it is not nearly as nice as our real wood ones, but it will certainly be alright for my workroom.

Once we made a decision my husband got to work putting down the new flooring…

laminate flooringroom under constructionAll finished.:)

new floorsYou may notice there is a base built in there under the window.  When we built the house, we had originally planned to put a window seat there, but obviously we never got around to doing that.  As I have thought through the organization of everything I need in this workroom, (and believe me, I have really thought about what would work best)  I decided it would be smart to have a cabinet built there.  So another thing was added to the list of projects for the room.

cabinet under constructionAnd then there was the question of the walls.  I knew I did not want to just leave them plain sheetrock.  I toyed with the idea of wallpaper, but decided against that.  (I am still afraid to commit.) Then I thought about beadboard or even beadboard look wallpaper, and I liked that idea.  The only problem was that there are quite a few different wall treatments in that area of the house already…planks in the playroom, beadboard and sheetrock in the nearby half bath, and board and batten with beadboard above it in the adjacent hall.  I decided that continuity would be nice to unify the small areas and treat them more like one larger one.  So this room’s walls are going to match the hallway with beadboard on the upper part and board and batten on the lower sections.  You can see the progress here.

board and batten wallsLooks like jail right?:)Whatever it looks like, I am so happy to have progress on something that will be a room in which I can work, and I am very happy to have worked out the organization of everything in my head. I haven’t quite worked out the decorating direction yet. (Practical before pretty.)  At first I envisioned  it to have something along these lines…painted light gray furniture, red buffalo check drapes, blue and white plates and ginger jar lamps, and an old rug.

James Farmer and Maggie Griffin roomsource


But as much as I love this space by James Farmer, I think it is too cluttered for my style and too fancy for a workroom.  I may use a few elements from it though.  I am also trying to decide if I need an overhead pendant light.  There will be 4 lamps in there, so would a pendant light be overkill in this small room?  (I don’t want it to look like a lighting store.:)) If we decide to use one, then I am thinking about something like one of these …

Ballard Designs Remington


schoolhouse electric rhodes

So that is where we stand today on the progress of the room.  I’ll be painting in there as soon as my husband finishes up the trim on the walls, and then it will be time for decorating and organizing.  (The fun part!)

And on this special day for our nation, I want to say, “Happy Veteran’s Day” and send a huge thank you to all our veterans and their families who give so very much of their lives for our freedom.  We would not enjoy all that we do without their sacrifices. Period.  Think of them as you go about your busy-ness today.

flag on the porch

Until next time…

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Terri - November 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

um…. first off… where did YOU REALLY GO to take before pics??? There is no way that those pics were taken at your house!!! LOLOLOL…. The schoolhouse light is “The Bomb” !!! Don’t know if that would be too much for the room… but I love that light fixture!!! the floors are beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see the finished “Reveal”!!! :) thank you for sharing… and Yes… God’s Blessings over allllll our veterans!!!

cindy hattersley - November 11, 2014 - 9:18 am

I think that schoolhouse fixture will be fabulous in your house and I love that it has a bit of your trademark red!! My office looks like your before!!

Pat From Georgia - November 11, 2014 - 9:25 am

Kelly, I, for one, am so glad to see the before pictures of your room. It makes me think you really are normal and like the rest of us. We all have one of those spaces. I can’t wait to see the finished room. I love, love the floor. Either light fixture you pick, I know will be perfect for the space.
I can’t wait for the holidays and to see what you have in store for your followers. Your home is so beautiful and I know the holidays are special!!
I feel so blessed to work for a school system that allowed us to take this day to pause and celebrate our Veterans. They are so deserving of all blessings and benefits we can give them as a way to say thank you for the freedom we enjoy!

Arlene@Nanaland - November 11, 2014 - 9:30 am

Thanks for showing us the bad as well as the good Kelly!! Be thankful that your hubby is so handy!! Physicists are not know for their carpentry I look forward to seeing the end product!

Debbie - November 11, 2014 - 9:39 am

This is my first time ever to post and I have been reading for a long time. I had to let you know that I think you MUST have that red schoolhouse light. Very fitting since you are a teacher and red is your color!! Love the floors and everything I see so far. You cracked me up over the walls looking like a jail LOL.

I adore everything in your home and you have me hooked on buffalo checks now ha ha.
Looking forward to seeing your new office all complete.

Thanks for sharing your home and new space with us.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - November 11, 2014 - 9:43 am

It’s great to see the before so we can watch the room evolve. I love what you have planned for it. And I love the red checks – so warm and cozy.

Garden, Home and Party - November 11, 2014 - 9:51 am

Wow, I think you’re on the right track with this room. I cannot believe that flooring isn’t real wood, it looks really good. The two images of James Farmer’s work, that you had shared before, is one of my all time favorite rooms. I know you will make your workroom a charming, welcoming space, as you do with all rooms you design. Congratulations on the progress…by the way, it’s nice to see that occasionally your house can reflect real life/chaos like the rest of us! :-)

Cindy Ross - November 11, 2014 - 10:02 am

First I have to say I am glad to see that you have let us know that you have clutter. I knew you had to have a place that something was crammed somewhere. LOL. Seriously, I think this is going to be beautiful NO WAIT. I know this is going to be beautiful when you finish it. I just can’t wait to see it. Did you and your daughter go see the movie Big Hero 6? Hubs and I took our grandson and we loved it but I have to say that it had right much death for our 6 yr old grandson to handle. He wouldn’t talk to anyone for 10 minutes after the movie was over. His little heart was broken. We will just have to try another movie on a happier note soon. Til we talk again. Good luck with your room. Cindy

Louvina - November 11, 2014 - 10:48 am

Glad you are going to have a place for all your thinking, creating and quite time to ponder! Love the red, white and blue if you go that way with the gray. Was wondering what your view will be out the front window and the side? Love your flag and remembering all that have given and are giving so much sacrifice for the wonderful freedoms we all share in this great country.

Cynde - November 11, 2014 - 10:48 am

Love the pics! Every house needs & craft room, & office. Doesn’t have to be big, but a place to work on stuff, & close the DOOR….lol. Like the ceiling fixtures, but if you think a bit too much, how about a ceiling fan, with or without a light. This way if you working on a smelly craft you can disperse the smell & speed up drying time if needed. Can wait to see the done pics!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 11, 2014 - 10:58 am

Oh I love this room, can’t wait to see it all put together. I need a space just for me, may have to add on to the house. lol

Stacey - November 11, 2014 - 11:07 am

Without a doubt it will turn out beautiful and timeless like the rest of your house.

Kim - November 11, 2014 - 11:12 am

I wish I could get my man to rip up the carpet upstairs and put down flooring. At least yours is willing to do that. I like the laminate you got. I love your ideas for this room. Maybe one day I can replace the carpet upstairs or move to a smaller home with no stairs.

Pamela - November 11, 2014 - 11:31 am

What a wonderful space for you to work! Let me chime in in the lighting. Overhead lighting is a must in my book and sconces help bounce light around the room as well. I am a seamstress and crafter and as I get older I am needing more and more light.

Sue - November 11, 2014 - 11:57 am

It’s going to be fabulous Kelly!
Love both of your lighting choices, but I do agree that a schoolhouse light with red should be somewhere in your house:-)

Marken - November 11, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Thanks for the before pic! While it is not as bad as what we achieved in our “everything” room :), it was good to see. Looking forward to seeing your finished result and I vote for some sort of hanging light as you never know what you might change in that room. We have a living room without a central fixture and I really regret it.

JenniferinVA - November 11, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Love every bit of the transformation. Once again, I love that you are always willing to be real and show the nitty gritty with the beautiful! Hugs!!

Rose L - November 11, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Ha! Love the picture of your “whatever” room. Not half as bad as mine was ;) I turned mine into a guest bedroom and added lots of shelving in the walk in closet to store the “stuff” more nicely. Still have to remove the old carpet and put down the flooring but since I’m doing flooring in the living room at the moment the guest room floor will have to wait. Love both of your lighting choices and I don’t think you can have too much light in a work space! Especially if you’ll be sewing and such in there. Love your new flooring, have you chosen a rug yet? I’ve been looking for a few rugs for quite sometime and can’t find one of good quality that’s reasonably priced or one that I really like for that matter. They are all so bright and bold right now! Not my thing I guess. Can’t wait to see the rest of the room come together.

Design Chic - November 11, 2014 - 7:38 pm

It’s going to be so good, Kelly. Such a great space and I think a pendant light would be beautiful in there. We used a great pendant in our bedrooms in Beaufort (one that doubles as an office) and we love it!! Adds a little light and looks so pretty!

Martha - November 11, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I love to see the process of “redoing” a room. You have such good instincts about what works….continuity is important and this room is going to be great. I am glad you explained the navy (it looked black on my computer) band around the floor. I know what ever fixture you pick will be great, but I am kind of over the school house pendant look. I love the idea of the built-in under the window. spaces like that can be hard to use. I look forward to seeing the finished room.

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - November 11, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I just love what you are doing in the room — the board & batten, beadboard, the blue & white china. In fact, both the inspiration pictures & the light fixture are among my favorites on pinterest. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

Jayne - November 11, 2014 - 8:45 pm

The room is coming along great! I wish I could figure it all out in my head like you do. Isn’t it great having a husband that can do a lot of the work instead of having to hire someone! My husband likes to do that kind of stuff, too! I can’t wait to see the finished results!

Debra - November 11, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Isn’t it wonderful to have such handy husband? Love the choice for your flooring. We looked at Lowes as well and found similar laminate. We replaced our carpeted family room and lower level bedroom with it. I am so impressed with the durability of the flooring and we already had hardwood in our front hall, living room and dining room, so I was a bit nervous. It blended beautifully. I think you will like it. I like the choice for your walls. I vote for the school light. I can’t wait to see the end results. Even though the second picture of the “trashed room” was a little messy, I couldn’t help noticing the labeled/rubbermaid organized closet….Ha, one less thing to do in there maybe? So enjoyed the sneak peak Kelly. Have fun decorating.

Dawn - November 11, 2014 - 9:44 pm


Thank you so much for sharing your true before photo. It looks just like our spare bedroom as we head into the holidays. I really like the inspiration photos you are pulling from by James Farmer. I am sure you will add just the right touches to your work space. I really like the Ballard Designs lamp shade light fixture. I think it would tie in with your other lamps being used in the workspace. That way you could have task lighting, lamp light and could adjust it as needed for what time of day or night it is and what season it happens to be. Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne Bell - November 11, 2014 - 10:03 pm

I looked twice to make sure I was on the right blog, you always seem to have everything under control. I am sure it will be beautiful when you are done. I have a craft room that we did over last year and right now it looks like your before room…this makes me want to get it in order.
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Have a great week!

Ashley - November 12, 2014 - 12:04 am

If only my extra room were that clean. Yes, the before picture! If I sent you a picture of mine, you would turn me into that hoarding show!

kathy - November 12, 2014 - 8:24 am

That is a great space! I love a nook or cranny that can be turned into a built-in! I vote for the Ballard’s light but either one works. (BTW, if you think that “before” photo is bad, you might not be my sister….Amber (above) is!) Have you shared your bonus room photos with us yet? Also, if anything is “The Bomb”, it is your hubby.

Lynne - November 12, 2014 - 11:38 am

I love a good make over and I’m sure that this room will turn out as fabulous as the rest of your house! I can’t wait to see what you do!

Becky in 'Bama - November 12, 2014 - 12:05 pm

I agree with another post about using a (small) ceiling fan/light. If you are gluing stuff, that would be a good option. The pretty school house light needs to be somewhere everyone can see it. Anxious for the ‘reveal.’ ON A DIFFERENT NOTE: late reading your weekend post. Can I just say how much I love Sarah Richardson and her style. You are the FIRST and only person I know (sure, you don’t really know me) who has referred to her. None of my friends have ever seen her or know who I’m talking about (I watch and rewatch all her HGTV programming). Even my husband enjoys watching her shows. He says she has real talent. :)

Cindy - November 12, 2014 - 1:48 pm

This is to funny…your first comment said exactly what I was thinking. That room is not in Kellie’s house. LOL I love it.
The school house light gets my vote, perfect for you in so many ways. Can’t wait to see it finished, I was so excited when I saw your new post.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 13, 2014 - 9:27 am

So fabulous that you will have your own room! I used to have a room like this I called my “play room.” I miss it like crazy now. The cabinet under the window will be a great asset to the room for both storage and character.

MBJ - November 13, 2014 - 8:27 pm

A collective “whew” going up from all of us who have a “catchall” room. I will just say mine is a “before picture” too. :-)

Jill - November 14, 2014 - 8:54 am

I concur with all the previous posters….I’m happy to see that you have one of “those rooms” as well. How lucky you are to have a room to spread out with projects and such. I can’t wait to see how you add all your own personal touches to it. I have a thing for school house lights, so I vote for that one.

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