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A Tennessee Farmhouse to Love

You are in for such a treat today!  We are touring the dream home of Patsy and Jeffrey Schmidt in Tennessee, and it is one of my favorite houses. Like ever. Seriously. 🙂  Now keep in mind dream homes don’t just happen overnight.  They require thought and planning…and then a lot of action.  And that was the case for the Schmidts (along with a lot of patience.)

They were living in an 1,100 sq. ft. carriage house on their property with plans to eventually build a dream home there.  They had two daughters, and Patsy had a shop called The Briar Patch, located in Murfreesboro, NC.  When their third daughter, Maggie Rae, was born with Down Syndrome, their plans changed.  Patsy needed to close her business and become a stay at home mom to care for their daughter.  But they had been living in that small carriage house for 11 years and with a third child, the Schmidts needed more room.

So after Patsy sketched out an addition on a piece of paper, Jeffrey drew it up on a simple computer program, and they hired a framer who was willing to work with them even though they had no blueprints. And that was the start of this, their dream home.

This house is truly a home, with so many objects that are treasured for their sentimentality.  For example, the newel post in the photo above came out of an old school.

(I had to throw in another view of this pretty entrance, even if it is a Christmas shot. 🙂 )

Photos of their family and a treasured Bible verse are displayed on the wall by the staircase.

Jeffrey can build anything that Patsy asks for.  The dining room table is one of his many projects.  (He and Patsy make a pretty good team. 🙂 )

On the other side of the dining room is the large open kitchen/living room area that occupies the space that was originally the garage for the carriage house. Every brick in the brick wall is reclaimed brick that was hand-placed by the Schmidts.  They decided to leave the duct work and beams exposed but improved their appearance by covering them with reclaimed 100 year old poplar out of Jeffrey’s grandfather’s barn.

Jeffrey also built the cabinet you see over in the corner in the next photo.

It too is surrounded by pieces that the family treasures…a heart shaped rock one of their daughters found, art by each of them, silhouettes with a Bible verse for each girl, a quote of “I have a reason to sing,” the numeral 5 for the five members of their immediate family, and many other things.

Patsy and Jeffrey are not only creative when building things, but they are also quite clever.  Take a look at the door below.  Patsy knew she wanted the doors in this piece to have wire in them, but there was duct work running through it.  So they cut some books to 3 inches in size, attached them to the door, and no one can tell that they are not real books to be read.  Pretty smart!

As you look across the room in the next photo, you see that corner with the cabinet above and their pantry with sliding barn doors.  Jeffrey built those doors out of more wood from his grandfather’s old barn.

Everywhere you look in their home you see the most charming little vignettes. 🙂

 I fell in love with their wonderful pantry.

And now to that gorgeous kitchen. Jeffrey built all the cabinets and Patsy painted and glazed them.  The center island’s countertop is made from wood.

Here is a photo that was taken during the construction phase of the room.

The skirt below the sink is yet another charming touch in the kitchen.

And isn’t that one of the most beautiful vent hoods you’ve ever seen?!  Patsy found some old doors at a yard sale, and Jeffrey constructed it out of them.

There is even a small windowed area upstairs that overlooks the kitchen.  Such a fun place for their children!Here is a view of their laundry room.  Their daughter loves Blabla dolls and carries them around with her all over the house. 🙂

Now take a look at the detail in the trim work of the mudroom.  And I bet you have already guessed that Jeffrey built the bench there.  Patsy did the painting that hangs over it.

Here is more of her artwork.

And I wanted you to see the precious baby Jesus paintings she made at Christmas.

Oh and one more thing about the mudroom.  She and her mother just recently wallpapered it, and you can read more about that change in her latest blog post here.

Jeffrey also constructed the mirror in this half bath.

Next up, we are taking a peek in the master bathroom.  Patsy said it took two years to construct it.  (Remember I said building their dream house took patience.)

Patsy did all the tile work on the floor.  She purchased plain white mosaic tile, laid out a design (several times until she got it like she wanted) removed some of the white tiles, and replaced them with some black ones.  This created the flower pattern you see there on the floor.

She also painted the old dressers in the bathroom with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint and waxed them with antique wax.

The master bedroom looks like such a calm and relaxing retreat.

It too features objects that have a sentimental value for them..photographs, framed wedding vows, baby shoes that belonged to one of their daughters.

Two of the daughters share this sweet bedroom.

Here is their schoolroom/playroom/art room where all the girls hang out.

Now let’s wander outside a bit before we leave the Schmidts’ home.  This is their covered barn porch – a great spot for entertaining!

For many years, this cattle trough has been the swimming spot for their girls in the summer.

But last year, Jeffrey started on another major project…

He installed this swimming pool!
Yes, he really did!
(I could hear you saying, No way… 🙂 )

And he built the little pool house at the end of it.  Patsy has been painting away on it, and I can’t wait to see it all finished!

And that, dear friends, brings us to the end of our tour, but I have a few more things to share with you.  First, their home as been featured on a number of blogs and last summer in Country Living’s “50 Most Beautiful Country Homes Across All 50 States.” Recently The Cottage Journal photographed it, and it will be in their Fall 2017 issue that comes out late this summer.  I know you will want to look for that! 🙂

But even more beautiful than this house, is the heart of this family.  I don’t think you will find a finer Christian family anywhere.  Patsy and Jeffrey’s love shows in all that they do.  They are truly blessed with talent, and they bless all of those around them with love.  Patsy’s blog, Miss Maggie Rae, documents life with Maggie Rae (or Magpie as they affectionately call her. 🙂 )  You can follow it here, and you can keep up with all their projects on her Instagram account here.

Patsy’s blog:
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Thank you so much for coming along as we visited the Schmidts’ Tennessee farmhouse.
Wasn’t it beautiful?!

Until next time…

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Kathy P. - April 18, 2017 - 12:24 pm

What a beautiful and warm home. Thanks for sharing with us.

DiAnne - April 16, 2017 - 11:47 pm

What a great home! I love Tennessee. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos.
Hope you had a good Easter.
I’m so glad you liked it DiAnne! I hope to make more trips to Tennessee this year.
Hope you had a good Easter too!

Linda Ishmael - April 14, 2017 - 7:57 pm

Loved this home!!! It was beautiful, comfy and most importantly homey!! But I also fell in love with the fence!!!!! I love the plank fence with the rock posts!! Can’t wait to read her blog. Happy Easter!! Happy Spring!!!
Hope you had a happy Easter Linda. I am so glad you enjoyed touring the farmhouse. I loved the interior so much I didn’t really notice that fence until you pointed it out. Thanks for doing so!

Louvina - April 14, 2017 - 8:26 am

Thank you for introducing this blog/family/home! I fell in love with them!! I especially loved the sayings and the pantry and the special dolls. I will enjoy following her blog. Love the state of Tennessee! Have a blessed Good Friday and Easter, Kelly!
You are quite welcome Louvina! Wasn’t that pantry something?? Hope your Easter Sunday was wonderful!

kathy - April 13, 2017 - 8:59 pm

Yes, it WAS beautiful! You had me at the first photo! I love all of the exposed brick and have resisted painting the brick inside our house. When I see photos like this, I am glad I didn’t paint our brick. Besides the brick, I love the chalkboards, buffalo checks, those industrial kitchen stools, “your” glass jars, THAT window overlooking the kitchen, the tobacco basket, the inviting bed, the island in the bedroom, AND that pool!!! Thanks for sharing it with us, Kelly! Happy Easter!
Her house makes me want brick in our kitchen…and double upper cabinets with glass doors! You are lucky to have it in your home. I knew you would love the chalkboard. 🙂 You took it all in if you noticed all those details. It was a gorgeous house to see.
Hope you had a blessed Easter, Kathy!

Jeanne Bell - April 13, 2017 - 6:12 pm

I follow Patsy’s blog and love it….almost as much as your’s.
Aw you are too sweet Jeanne! Thank you. 🙂

mari1017 - April 13, 2017 - 2:42 pm

This is one post that I have read over and over, and it keeps blessing my heart. The love and faith built into this home by this beautiful family is so inspiring and encouraging. Thank you, Kelly, for taking us along on such a wonderful and hope-filled house journey!
Isn’t their home and family just wonderful?! I’m happy you found such pleasure in the post. 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - April 13, 2017 - 9:12 am

What a lovely home and family. Amazing talent in both! Such great use of space and a warm and welcoming outcome.
Thanks for the introduction.
I’m so glad you liked seeing the home Karen. Yes, they both have a tremendous amount of talent (and patience!) You are so right about the space being welcoming. Thank you for reading and for leaving your sweet comment here. 🙂
Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Lori - April 13, 2017 - 9:00 am

Thank you so much for sharing! What a wonderful home and I will look forward to her blog.
Thank you for reading Lori! I know you will enjoy following along with Patsy and all of her family’s projects. 🙂

classic•casual•home - April 13, 2017 - 1:08 am

“Jeffrey can build anything that Patsy asks for.” And Patsy has a gift, too!!!
Yes, she does! 🙂

Dee - April 12, 2017 - 10:56 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this home with all of us. I ABSOLUTELY love this home. This is my style of what I think an ideal home should be. How lucky they are to live there everyday. Once again you brighten and made my day! I can see similarities of this home and yours. I would love to see what she does for the holidays and can hardly wait until the next holiday to see what you do too.
I just knew you all would love the house Dee. So glad you proved me right! 🙂 She has a January post on her blog that shows some of her Christmas decor from last year, and there are many photos in her Instagram account that show them too. She has A LOT, and I truly mean A LOT, of Christmas ornaments so she has a lot of trees. Take a look there. I know you will enjoy seeing all the pictures!

Ellen Shook - April 12, 2017 - 8:41 pm

What a beautiful, meaningful home. I loved this post! One thing I have saved for future reference is the idea of that brick wall in the kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing this because I had never seen it or even heard of this blog.
I’m so happy I could introduce you to Patsy and her beautiful home, Ellen! I loved that brick wall in the kitchen too…and it is not something I would have thought of adding, but after seeing hers it certainly makes me think about doing it. Yes, save that idea for the future!

Bonnie - April 12, 2017 - 5:10 pm

Thank you for sharing Patsy’s home with us. What a beautiful home, family and story she has to share.
You are quite welcome, Bonnie! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing it and hearing of Patsy’s story!
Hope you had a great Easter. 🙂

Leigh - April 12, 2017 - 3:39 pm

What a coincidence – I just stumbled upon her blog yesterday and was so impressed with her words and her spirit. Thank you for sharing their beautiful home. They are a talented twosome! Happy Easter to you and yours 💐✝️
That IS a coincidence Leigh! Her spirit certainly comes through in her words on Instagram and on her blog. You are so right about the talent between her and her husband. Hope you had a beautiful Easter Sunday!

Rhonda - April 12, 2017 - 11:48 am

I have just recently discovered Patsy and fell in love with the heart the emanates from every photo of their home. Thank you Kelly for sharing this beautiful story along with their lovely and inspiring home. I see and feel, faith, love and family throughout their home.
Heart is the right word…Yes, that is what you see and feel in her posts. Thank you for reading the post here sharing her story and home. I am so glad you enjoyed it Rhonda! 🙂

Gina - April 12, 2017 - 10:53 am

Patsy’s home is one of my favorites. It is so welcoming and homey. I think you hit the nail on the head when you described the most charming little vignettes. 🙂 But it is the love of Christ and love for one another and others that truly makes their home beautiful!! 🙂
I think YOU hit the name on the head Gina. It is all their love that is the beauty there!

Janet - April 12, 2017 - 10:47 am

Kelly — Thank you so much for this great tour! I have seen some photos of their home in other places as you noted and some of Patsy’s photos on IG, but this pulls it all together. Theirs is such an inspiring story, and I love everything about their home (I could not stop pinning!).
Have a great day!
Thank you for reading the post Janet, and thank you for pinning the images to Pinterest. Patsy’s home is quite pinworthy and full of sooo many good ideas! I’m happy you enjoyed seeing all the photos of their home.

Dawn - April 12, 2017 - 10:19 am


Thank you for sharing such a lovely family home with us! It is stunning! You can tell how amazing their family is by how their home looks!

You are quite welcome Dawn! Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a sweet comment here!
Hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday!

Judy - April 12, 2017 - 10:04 am

This is a charming home. I love the abundance of pictures and photographs decorating the walls. A lovely touch! I thought the occasional chairs in the living room were perfect. I wonder where she got them? The reclaimed brick also added a warm, homey feeling to the kitchen and living area. I’ll be looking forward to seeing it again in “The Cottage Journal” this fall. Once again, Kelly, you gave me some great ideas!
Yay! So glad you could find ideas here Judy! I am looking forward to seeing Patsy’s home in print too. That will be a sold out issue for sure!

Sue - April 12, 2017 - 9:53 am

Thank you for sharing Patsy’s home. I have followed her on Instagram for a long time and agree with every word you said about them and their beautiful home. They have a sweet, sweet home and it shows in every detail.
It does show, doesn’t it Sue? 🙂 Being new to Instagram, I only recently found Patsy’s home. Thank you for reassuring me that I got her story correct. (I am always nervous when I share such a personal story here in blogland. 🙂 )

Kristy - April 12, 2017 - 9:49 am

Such a lovely home. I think my favorite room is the kitchen & pantry, & entry –love the window above the kitchen. The barn porch looks very welcoming – I would like to see more of it. Very well thought out, and planned over time == something like this can’t be built all at once, it has to evolve as your lives change.
Thank you Patsy & Kelly for sharing with us.
That kitchen was amazing, wasn’t it Kristy?!! I think I could have done an entire blog post on it alone! LOL You are right about a home like that evolving over time. I think that is what gives it a sense of history.
Thank you for reading and commenting!

karen - April 12, 2017 - 9:38 am

Amen. I agree.
Beautiful house and family.
Yes, amen!

Patsy - April 12, 2017 - 9:32 am

Oh Kelly, I have tears in my eyes reading! Happy tears! Thank you for blessing us with so many kind words and for sharing our journey! It has taken 16 years of hard work and patience, HE has been with us the entire time to help on days I honestly didn’t know if I could keep going. But it has all been worth it, to build a house for our family that just feels like ‘home’. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing our story so beautifully.❤
Hi Patsy!
I am thrilled that you loved the post! I always worry when I write something so personal if I am doing it justice. Your beautiful family and home deserved every single ounce of praise I could pour out. Thank you for giving me the pleasure of sharing it with my readers. Just like me, they have loved your story as I knew they would. 🙂

Patty - April 12, 2017 - 8:43 am

How can I subscribe to Patsy’s blog? I couldn’t find a link. Her home and her story are beautiful.
Patty, I am afraid I (nor Patsy) know if that is possible. But I do know whenever she writes a new post on her blog, she alerts her readers on her Instagram account. So if you follow her there, you will find out about any new posts. 🙂

Cheri - April 12, 2017 - 8:20 am

I can see “why” this is a favorite of yours…I LOVE it too. They are very talented.
Wasn’t that a wonderful house?! I’m so happy you loved it too! And YES they are sooooo talented!!

bev tippett - April 12, 2017 - 8:16 am

Thanks for sharing this lovely and creative home. It was a joy to see it.
Thank you for reading! I’m happy you liked the house!

Kay - April 12, 2017 - 8:14 am

How awesome are they? How inspirational — as my spousal equiv. + I make up a design/build team, too. Dare I share these photos with him?
Oh yes, share away!! Soooo many good ideas to implement from their home. 🙂

Kim - April 12, 2017 - 7:40 am

I remember the first time I saw their home on IG, I gasped! Love it all!
I totally believe that! The first time I saw it, I wanted to go through all her old insta photos to see more of it. 🙂

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - April 12, 2017 - 7:34 am

What a beautiful & meaningful home! You can see that they really thought out all of the details and put their family first in the design.
Yes, they did..both on the thinking out all the details AND putting their family first. And it shows in their home. 🙂
Glad you liked it!

Spring and Easter Decorating: Part 3

Hey y’all! This is Gabbie here on the computer. Mom is busy watching the Masters golf tournament.  So she said I could take over the blog post today! I am so excited to finally get my paws on this keyboard! 🙂

And I get to show you all around the porch.  Which is only right since I helped mom clean it last weekend! Do y’all get the yellow yucky pollen stuff all over everything where you live, or does that only happen here?

We had to vacuum and wash everything to get this place clean.  She says this is the only time of year that it is this bad. (Thank goodness!!)

There’s a lot of blue and green stuff inside the house right now, and after we got the porch all clean, Mom put some blue and green pillows out here on the furniture. She made that blue checked one on the rocking chair out of two napkins.  I like it the best. 🙂 (But I don’t really like rocking chairs because they move all around when I try to sit in them.)

Mom brought home those pretty flowers from a grocery store.  She never takes me there….not fair. 🙁  Anyway, we put some in that basket on the wall, and she hung those green plates there all around them.

(I  couldn’t reach up there.  That’s why she had to do it.)

Look at all those blue and green pillows! Let me tell you folks…they are great for jumping on. 🙂

Well…until somebody here tells me to stop. 🙁

Okay, now they are all straight for you to see how pretty it looks. 🙂

We put more of those grocery store flowers in a basket on the big table where my family serves food.  (I think Mom must have bought all of the flowers they had at that store!)

And she did some fancy writing with something called a chalk marker on that black thing on the wall.  She said the words were from an Easter song, and they are about Jesus.

Now you can see the pretty table that we set.  I think that long blue thing is really a tablecloth from some store called Target.  (She doesn’t take me there either. 🙁 )  Mom folded and ironed the tablecloth so that it would be skinny like that.

Then we put white plates, green checked napkins, and some smaller green plates together on the table (with more of those flowers!)

And the glasses are plastic so if someone knocks them off the table they won’t break.
(I think that is such a good idea!)

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you!  We also put little white egg cups with fake eggs in them beside each plate.  Mom says that if the weather is nice for Easter we will eat out here.  If we do, she will do her fancy writing to write names on those fake eggs.  That is what they are for.  They aren’t really going to eat them. 🙂

And that’s the whole tour of the porch!  Did I do okay? I hope you liked it!  Now I think I will take a little nap right here while everybody finishes watching the Masters. It’s soooo boring to me. 🙁

Mom said to tell you that she will be showing you a beautiful house in the next post.  She really really likes that house, so I know you are going to love it!

See you soon!

p.s.  Here are some blooper shots from Mom’s photography.
She said you might like to see my goofy faces. 🙂

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Linda - April 16, 2017 - 1:18 am

Last year I was blessed to go to a wedding in North Carolina during pollen season. I had no idea where all that pollen came from! My word, that’s a lot of pollen. Here in Washington state, we don’t have that beautiful yellow covering over everything. I hear I may be out there again for a certain little baby’s arrival. How is October for visiting?
Gabbie did a wonderful job taking over the post, she may need to make an appearance again sometime.
Yes it IS a lot of pollen in the spring, but you will be fine in October, Linda. Thank you for reading Gabbie’s post! Yes, she may need to take over again when I am busy. 🙂

Kathy P. - April 13, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Gabbie, you did an awesome job of decorating (and cleaning). I’m sure you really did need a nap afterwards. I love those blue pillows. Have a wonderful Easter and hope you get a lot of treats. Happy Easter to Mom and Dad also.
I’ll be sure to pass your sweet words on to Gabbie, Kathy. 🙂 She is very good at napping. I’m so glad you liked those blue pillows. I have had them a loooong time, but they still do well as an accent. Gabbie got a new collar and leash and some extra treats for Easter. Of course her new collar is gingham! Hope you had a very nice Easter Sunday!

Lori - April 13, 2017 - 9:07 am

Gabbie, you did an awesome job helping your mom out! The porch looks great and I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter. (Have you heard about the Easter Beagle?)
Lori, Gabbie says to tell you thank you for your compliments, and she is glad that you liked how the porch turned out. The Easter Beagle brought her a new gingham collar and leash and some new treats. 🙂 Hope you and your family had a wonderful day too!

Stephanie - April 12, 2017 - 11:42 am

Gabble, you did a wonderful job with the tour of your family’s screened in porch.
Can’t wait to see you next time.Happy Easter to all!
I’ll be sure to tell Gabbie you liked her post Stephanie. (She will be so happy! 🙂 )
Hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! 🙂

Donnie - April 12, 2017 - 9:56 am

Delightful! Yes, we get that pollen here in Tallahassee. But what a glorious Spring this has been. All the variations of green are so soothing and beautiful.
I think the pollen has been less this year…maybe because of all the rain? And I agree that this spring has been delightful…after that VERY cold late freezing snap. We are headed into the 90’s this week, so summer here we come!

Tricia - April 12, 2017 - 1:50 am

Hi Gabbie! How sweet of you to show us around the porch. You and your Mom have done a beautiful job, very pretty, and I’m glad you are able to jump up on the furniture to snuggle into those cushions. I hope it is pleasant enough for you all to dine on the porch this weekend. It is a very special time of the year. Easter Blessings to you and your Family.
Thank you Miss Tricia! I like jumping on those cushions…but it is hard to jump on the ones on the swing. It keeps moving! Thank you for writing your comment here so I could read it. I hope you had a happy Easter! We sure did. 🙂

DiAnne - April 11, 2017 - 9:08 pm

The porch is so pretty and inviting. I love all the green and blue and Gabbie looks right @ home on the porch.
I look forward to the house you are going to show us. The Masters was fun to watch.
Happy Easter!
Thank you DiAnne! The blue and green really brightens up the porch (and Gabbie really likes being out there. 🙂 )

Marlene - April 11, 2017 - 5:22 pm

Kelly, I absolutely loved the way both tables looked. The blue and green on the porch with pillows, flowers, your table set up and the wonderful printing just is such a happy place to sit and relax. Would love to sit on your porch with a glass of ice tea. You are so talented and always when I receive an e-mail from you I can’t wait to open it. Gabbie did a fine job too!
Thank you so much Marlene! You are too kind. 🙂 It would be fun to sit on the porch with you and have a glass of tea…especially now that all the pollen has been cleaned off of it! LOL

Beau - April 11, 2017 - 10:51 am

Hey Gabbie Beau here… I did not know you were such a good writer. By the way you looked fabulous on that wicker sofa. Loved the easter table with the Target table cloth! And….that darling arrangement above the desk with the plates! You are a talented decorator as well. I would love to meet you if you ever come to California. I like to lay on the sofa too. I don’t think my manners are quite as good as yours however.

P.S I am not allowed to go to any of those nice stores either but if you come out here you can go wine tasting with me. They like dogs…even me!
Oh wow! Hi Beau! You are so sweet. You must have good taste too if you liked the Easter table and the wall arrangement! I’ll tell Mom and Dad to get in touch with your human parents if we go to California so that we can meet. That would be fun! You keep working on those manners. You sound like you are one smart dog, so I know you will be able to get better with them.
Thank you for reading the post and leaving your comment here!!

Janet - April 11, 2017 - 10:31 am

Kelly — Gabbie is a great tour guide and so photogenic!
I love all the blue and green on your porch. We are just now getting to porch season here (at least we were — today it’s pretty chilly) in Chicago, and I’m thinking I should add some of the same to our porch! You always inspire!
Happy Easter!
Thank you Janet! I thought Gabbie did a good job too. 🙂 I hope spring has gotten to Chicago bringing you some warmer temperatures, and I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Nan, Odessa, DE - April 11, 2017 - 10:19 am

Gabbie, good girl! You are beautiful.
Your Mom has such an imagination. She is the best.
The porch looks lovely and I hope the Easter bunny finds your house. Happy Easter!
Thank you Miss Nan! I am trying to be a good girl. My mom says thank you for her compliments too. We think the porch turned out pretty good. The Easter bunny brought me a new collar, leash, and some new treats! I hope he came to visit you too. 🙂

Cindy - April 11, 2017 - 9:40 am

Gabbie! What a great job you did as moderator; you have a great teacher, “Mom”. I hope you got extra treats.
Yes, we do have the yellow/green pollen that gets onto everything but we are still a few weeks away from that.
After seeing the nice colors, I may be changing up the colors on our porch.
You seem to have found the perfect “napping” spot. I would be spending lots of time out there (every home should have a porch).
(hope we hear from you again)
Gosh thank you Miss Cindy! I did get some extra treats (and they were yummy!) I am sorry you have the yucky pollen stuff too. I bet blue and green would look good on your porch too. And yes ma’am there are several good napping spots around here…especially on the porch. 🙂
Thank you for reading and leaving such a nice comment for me.
Gabbie - April 11, 2017 - 8:48 am

Such a sweet post and Gabbie did a great job!! Love seeing her and your beautiful decorations! Those “blooper” shots are precious, Kelly.
Thanks Debbie! I am glad you liked all the blue and green out on our porch! It really made it look like springtime out there!
And I am glad you liked the blooper shots. They were just too funny to not include. 🙂

Rosemary - April 11, 2017 - 2:01 am

Hello Gabbie! Great first post …you deserve a treat! Do you have a favourite dog biscuit or maybe a bone?? Don’t worry about your mum not taking you to the shops … not much fun for you, better to be snoozing on a chair in the sun. I’m wishing I lived nearer as I’d love to have gone for a walk with you whilst your mum watched the golf!
Thank you Miss Rosemary! I really like Milk Bone dog treats..but I never turn down any treat. 🙂 So you really think I’m not missing anything by not going shopping with my mom? Well that is good to know! Going for a walk with you would have been fun!
Thank you for stopping by the blog!

Linda Miller - April 10, 2017 - 9:31 pm

Your Mom has done a wonderful job with her blue and green!!! So pretty!! No, living in Ohio, we don’the have that yellow fairy dust that you have. But spending the last two winters in Georgia we got to experience it’s effects. Such fun!
Thank you Linda. 🙂 You are lucky you don’t get the blanket of yellow pollen there in Ohio. And yes, if you were in Georgia, you did get to see its effects. The car washes here stay extra busy during this season!

Sherry - April 10, 2017 - 9:04 pm

Hey, Gabbie, Stormie the Pomeranian here. My mom says to apologize for misspelling your name in her last comment. I like the “ie” spelling just like my name! We love your house and all the spring green and blue. The porch has always been one of our favorites. The table decor is great. Now, I think I’d complain about no treats. We love the gingham and the blue floral pillows on the swing. Thank your mom for sharing all her fab ideas with us. I know I am partial, Gabbie, but you definitely stole the show!! You are so cute! I am as happy as you about a pollen free porch. That yellow stuff has cramped my style far too long. Your porch looks perfect for a nap or a party! We hope you and your mom have a great Easter and get to relax a little after all that work! Now, we will sit right here and wait for that pretty house tour. Can’t wait!
Hi Stormie!
No worries about the spelling. 🙂 I’m just so happy you got to see my post. Glad you liked all the blue and green on the porch and the Easter table setting! That pollen is no fun, is it? 🙁
We did have a great Easter here. I hope you had a good one with your family too!
Thank you for stopping by my mom’s blog. It was nice to meet you!

bev - April 10, 2017 - 7:23 pm

Your screened porch is my favorite room (I love them all but this is the fav). What do you do when it rains?
Your table colors are really “springy”…perfect after this extra long winter in Michigan.
thanks for sharing.
I think our porch is my favorite room in the house too Bev. It is a screened in porch…no Plexiglas here. But only small portions of it get wet when it rains, and that is when rain is accompanied by wind. There are big overhangs at the eaves. All the upholstered pieces are coated with Scotchguard, so it is okay if they get wet.

Dawn - April 10, 2017 - 2:41 pm


You did a wonderful job of posting for your Mom and I appreciate you showing us around! You’re such a sweet girl and I hope to see more of you in the future. Take care.


Leila Jane - April 10, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Hi again Kelly ~ Just want to thank you for providing the 2 links to your calligraphy tutorials. So glad to read these again. This time, I’ve bookmarked them for future reference. Also in re-reading them, I’m struck by how much information you impart to us and how much time you take to explain things to us ~ and this is all AFTER you have taken the time to create a project yourself. Only someone who is creative AND organized could do all this. You must have made a wonderful teacher with your skills of creativity combined with organization and your energy and positive outlook. I bet kids all loved you! Do you miss teaching or are you completely happy with the time to travel and work more on your creative outlets now? Anyway, Kelly, thanks again!

Gina - April 10, 2017 - 1:04 pm

What a cute post!! I love a dog around the house and Gabbie seems like the perfect little addition to your home. 🙂 Your porch will always be my favorite around the blogosphere. The green and blue combination is so pretty!! 🙂 Your chalkboards are always the best too. 😉

Peggy Z - April 10, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Awwww, Gabbie what a great tour guide you are! I bet your Mom made your matching kerchief. Your Mom’s porch is my favorite place to visit and I love those blue and green pillows she has on the couch. What a site for spring starved eyes. Hope you enjoyed your nap after all that hard work.

Marsha - April 10, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Good job Gabbie! I enjoyed your tour! What a wonderful display of setting the table and the flowers!! Wow…so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn A. - April 10, 2017 - 10:47 am

Gabbie – you did a wonderful job hosting the blog while Mom was busy watching golf. We have the yellow, sticky stuff down here in Florida as well. It is a mess. You were such a good girl to help Mom clean. Enjoy your extra belly rubs for doing such a good job.
Gabbie says to tell you thank you for all your sweet comments here, Lynn. 🙂 Yes, that pollen is a MESS! Ours this year has not seemed as bad as it has in the past though. Perhaps we have had more rain than usual to wash it away. Fingers crossed we are at the end of “pollen season” for this year!

Anita - April 10, 2017 - 10:31 am

Oh my! Gabbie is such good pup allowing you to watch the Masters! I want to take her home! She must feel right at home on the sofa waiting to have some attention. She looks very sweet wearing gingham.
Great idea on folding a table cloth to use as a runner. I never thought of doing that. I love the idea of using children’s gardening tools. Ideas galore as usual Kelly. So beautifully done!
She is a good pup most of the time. 🙂 I’m so glad you could find ideas in the post Anita! I really wanted a runner out of that fabric, so I folded it to test it out, and I thought…gosh this looks fine. Just iron it. And that is what I did. 🙂 So I still can use it as a tablecloth if I decide to do so!
Have a good week!

Donnamae - April 10, 2017 - 10:13 am

Oh Gabbie…thanks for the tour! I’m so glad you were such a big help to your mom…she’s good for the tall stuff, isn’t she? Tell her, everything looks great…spic and span! Sorry you don’t get to go to Target with her, or the grocery….so I think you should demand a treat! That’s what my cat does…Bowser! He begs and begs for a treat before I go shopping. And you’re right…I think she did buy out the flower shop! Loved your post Gabbie! 😉
Have no fear! Gabbie got lots of treats for her hard work cleaning the porch and writing the blog post. 🙂 And although she does not get to go with us to Target or Kroger, she does get to go with us to Petsmart…where she promptly puts lots of cute things and many treats in the shopping cart. LOL 🙂
I’ll be sure to tell her that you liked her post Donnamae!
Happy Monday!

Leila Jane - April 10, 2017 - 9:47 am

Hi Kelly ~ I love Gabbie’s post and all of the pretty blue and green touches on the porch for Spring. I have a couple of questions about the script writing on the blackboard. Do you write it “freehand” or do you have to plan it and draw lines first? I love the intricacy of the lettering. I think you did a post on calligraphy quite awhile back but I regret I don’t remember what you said about it now. I’m amazed at how beautiful the finished project is but can’t imagine the time you must spend creating it – or at least, it looks like quite the project to me. And then, is it erasable? Is that what chalk pens do? I have some calligraphy pens called “Elegant Writers” by Speedball that I use for birthday cards but my writing with them is not nearly as beautiful as yours! Sorry to ask so many questions. If you don’t have time to answer them all, it’s okay. (Maybe assign them to Gabbie!) Just know that I’m so impressed with your beautiful handwriting and how often you create one of these boards with recipes with your beautiful script. (I remember you used that beautiful script on your red storage bins, too!) Enjoy your beautiful porch in this wonderful Spring weather! Gabbie, too!
Thank you for all the compliments Leila Jane! I do all the lettering freehand…which is not always the best idea. That last line that is off center on the chalkboard is really bugging me…but I ran out of time. 🙁 It is indeed erasable. I use wet paper towels and if that doesn’t do the trick good enough, I then use a wet Magic Eraser. The lettering posts that you want are here: and here:
Hope this helps!

Julia - April 10, 2017 - 9:28 am

Gabbie you are a wonderful tour guide! Your mom did a great job decorating the porch. Thank you for sharing your family’s spring porch with us.
I will pass along your sweet comment to Gabbie, Julia. She appreciates it!

kathy - April 10, 2017 - 9:11 am

Great job, Gabbie! You are one pretty dog! Kelly, I love the pillow made from a napkin. Everything looks so springy and happy! I always enjoy reading the comments everyone leaves. How did I miss that lamp Linda loves! I am glad you got to watch The Masters while Gabbie did the post. And, as always, I love the reference to an upcoming post!
Gabbie said to tell you “thank you” Kathy. 🙂 We did enjoy the Masters here! And the house in the next post is absolutely beautiful. (Makes me want to start over here!)

Cheri - April 10, 2017 - 8:01 am

The porch looks GREAT and Gabbie did a good job…I hope you gave her a treat. ha ha
I agree with Gabbie…The Masters is boring. I would just sit out on the porch with a book and Gabbie instead.
Thank you Cheri! I did give her SEVERAL treats during the Masters. 🙂 Wish we had a television out on the porch so that we could have watched it there.
Have a good week!

Karen - April 10, 2017 - 4:26 am

Your porch looks fabulous! Love the blue color you used. Can you tell me where you bought your other blue pillows?
I’m so glad you liked it Karen! The blue windowpane one on the swing is from Pennsylvania House and came with a sofa we purchased 25 years ago, and I made the blue floral ones with some Waverly fabrics about 15 years ago. So they are old!

Ruth - April 10, 2017 - 12:39 am

Great job, Gabbie!!! I know that your mom appreciated your letting her have a break to watch The Masters. She certainly deserved one after cleaning and decorating the porch so beautifully! And you deserve a doggie treat for your fine work! Thanks for the tour!
Gabbie says thank you so much Ruth! You can be sure she got some doggie treats for all her hard work. 🙂
Thank you for reading her post and taking the time to comment. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Jae - April 10, 2017 - 12:20 am

Gabbie, you are one precious pup! Great job by you and mom!
Oh you are so sweet Jae! Thank you bunches!

Linda Blakely - April 10, 2017 - 12:18 am

Gabbie, I got a real kick out of the tour you so expertly led around your porch. Great job! You’re taking such good care of your family.

Kelly, I’m absolutely loving your porch. The colors you’ve used are truly exceptional and just not at all the expected colors one usually sees on a porch. And the blue and green accents are absolute perfection.

I do have several questions (you said to ask…..), and since I recently bought a country house in Litchfield CT, if you can share some sources I’d be eternally grateful! 1) I’ve got two awful fans (kitchen and porch) that I must replace. The one you’ve used on your porch has just the perfect old-fashioned look I’ve been searching for. Do you remember the brand of the fan?
2) The wooden (at least it looks like wood) lamp with the drum shade that’s sitting on the wicker tray – is that a wonderful old lamp you refinished yourself or could I obtain a lamp like that?
3) Your arrangement of the small garden implements with the green plates and hydrangea is stunning! Thank you for being so creative.

My house was built in 1780 and a porch was added about 20 years ago. The interior is knotty pine and has a slightly pickled or bleached finish and I really don’t like it! Thinking of having it painted white (much more traditional), but you’re so creative you’ve given me a real lift and stirred thoughts of greater things to come!

Thank you for your blog, I get a huge kick out of all the different curtains you put up. Your husband must be so appreciate of the lovely home you’ve created.

Best, Linda Blakely
Gabbie says to tell you thank you for her compliments, Linda! And I say thank you as well. 🙂 Now to your questions…
1. We bought our fans 25 years ago from Lowes, and I do not remember the brand. But I do remember three things…first, I absolutely wanted a 4 blade one..not a 5. Secondly, it had to have a schoolhouse light kit on it. And finally, it was white, and I have since painted it dark brown.
2. The wood look lamp on the tray came from Target, and I think they still carry it. 🙂
3. Thank for you the complement on the wall arrangement. It was easy to do using children’s gardening tools from Lowes (that I also painted brown.)

Your house sounds amazing! Good luck with it. Sounds like a fun project (but a lot of work I know. 🙂 )
Happy Monday!

Katrina - April 9, 2017 - 9:34 pm

Gabbie….. for a first time blog writer you did awesome!! Your mama is one smart decorator! The porch looks great. I hope you at least peeked at the Masters ’cause it was pretty exciting at the end! Keep up the good work helping Mom! 🐶🐕 🐶🐕
I thought it was very exciting at the end Katrina! And I loved Matt Kuchar when he made the hole in one. How sweet for the little boy that received his golf ball! Gabbie is currently napping, and I will give her your sweet message when she wakes up. 🙂 (And thank you for mine too!)
Happy Monday!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - April 9, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Gabbie, you are just adorable! Thanks for helping our your mom on this post 😉
I’ll pass along your comments to Gabbie, Kim. I know she will appreciate them, as I do too!

blondchick - April 9, 2017 - 8:40 pm

Gabby has grown so much and is such a beautiful pup especially with the blue check. She did a great job of showing off the porch. Love the green and blue!
Thank you so much! It is amazing how fast puppies change just in the first few months! I know she will continue to grow because she is only about 1/3 the size she is supposed to get to. She is gonna be a big girl!

Louvina - April 9, 2017 - 8:16 pm

My goodness! Gabbie really did a good job on her blog today!! What a delight! And what a Masters!! Hope all the pollen is over for this spring. I think the blue/green will carry right into the warmer weather and keep you cool as a cucumber!! Busy today planning Easter Menu and will jump into the deep cleaning, table setting and finishing the baskets. Lovely time of the year– thinking about the plan of salvation and how thankful we are for Christ and faith and hope that we have — May His living presence touch all your days with peace and happiness. Happy Easter! ✝️ Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, to the end of time.” Amen!!
Thanks Louvina! She worked hard on her post! 🙂 Yes, what a Masters! And they could not have had better weather for the final round. It was gorgeous in Georgia! The blue and green does seem like a good combo for summer…but you know I can’t stay away from red for a long period of time! 🙂 So glad you have been having fun planning your Easter celebration. It IS a wonderful time as we celebrate the risen Lord!
Have a wonderful week as we make our way to Resurrection Sunday!

Sandy - April 9, 2017 - 8:14 pm

I loved your tour of the porch, Gabbie. It would be hard to pick a favorite thing and yes, cleaning up all that yellow sticky stuff is not fun. I have to say you are adorable in your little blue gingham neck wear.
Sandy, Gabbie says to tell you thank you for all her compliments! She really did not like having to clean the porch…nor did I! But once that pollen is gone we can all enjoy sitting out there. With all our hollies around it, it seems almost like a treehouse. 🙂

Jayne - April 9, 2017 - 7:50 pm

Oh, I can’t stand it. You are such a honey. Now we know your mom can take a break from writing and you will be able to fill in for her. I’ve been eagerly awaiting that pretty porch that you and your mom decorated for Spring. Great job. It was worth the wait.
Thank you Jayne! I will pass your kind compliments on to Gabbie when she gets up from taking her morning nap. 🙂 And thank you for following along on Instagram!

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