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Spring and Easter Decorating – Part 2

We have had our share of storms here in Georgia this week, but those gray clouds always give way to the bluest of blue skies afterwards.  And good grief at the explosion of green outside!  The grass…the shrubs…the trees!

All the rain seems to have washed away that film of yellow pollen that blankets everything here during springtime in the South, and we are left with bright vivid colors after those storms.  So with all those blues and greens running rampant in nature outside, it is no surprise then that the same colors are marching right on into the rooms inside our home this season.

You saw them in the foyer and family room in the last post. Let’s take a look around to see where they are popping up in the kitchen and dining area today.  Green plaid drapes in the kitchen with just a few pops of blue in the tea towel, a planter, and bags of Lady Grey tea…

Assorted green and blue cookbooks…
(I’m so glad the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks are published in such bright colors. 😉 )

A green colander and notebook, a blue plate and another blue planter, and more cookbooks add the colors to the space with the kitchen desk.

And just in case you need a recipe for your Easter deviled eggs, here’s the one from the chalkboard.  I actually add a bit of sweet pickle relish to mine when I make them, but this was the closest recipe to the one in my head that I could locate in a cookbook.

Blue party napkins and green doilies in the cake stand are over by the plate rack.

And now let’s take a look in the dining area.
I spy some blue and green there too.

Our grocery store had bunches and bunches of those pale green hydrangeas, and I could not resist them. (A few bouquets just might have hopped in my cart and come home with me. 🙂 )  I loosely arranged some of the blooms in a small blue basket from Target’s Easter aisle.

For this table setting, I used my blue checked napkins, (from Sur la Table a few years back) white salad plates, (Williams Sonoma pantry) green dinner plates, (Dollar Tree) and our bubble glass goblets (available from Amazon here.)

I’m not 100% sure, but I think the little bunny place card holders came from Target last year (or maybe the year before?) A ribbon tied small mason jar with paper grass and blue and green wrapped candies makes an easy and colorful Easter treat.

And here’s the whole she-bang. 🙂

Or……..
I could pull out my old blue Spode plates and use them.

The colors worked well together, but for some reason I just didn’t like it as much as the plain white plates there. (Probably because I am such a plain-Jane.) Which version do you like better?

(I know you all are going to choose the blue plates.)
We can munch on Chex mix and cookies while we discuss it and decide. 🙂

And guess what! The back porch has blue and spring-green all over it too.
(You would have never guessed. Right? 🙂 )

Gabbie and I will share that space with you in the next post.

(She’s excited for you to see it!)

Until next time…

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Rosemary - April 11, 2017 - 1:46 am

and how could I forget to add that Gabbie looks absolutely adorable! Her face is so expressive … such a loveable puppy!
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Thank you Rosemary! We think she is pretty cute and special too. 🙂
Kelly

Rosemary - April 11, 2017 - 1:42 am

Hi Kelly …only time for a quick comment as we’re travelling at the moment! Great post! 🙂 Just wanted to say that while I really like blue and green together and I love your blue plates! I much prefer the white plates as part of the table setting! Like you, I’ll always go for plain …it looks fresh and modern 🙂
Rosemary
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Thank you for your input Rosemary! Fresh and modern is always the direction I want to go! So maybe that is why I liked the white plates too. 🙂
Safe travels to you!
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - April 9, 2017 - 8:42 am

I have to go with the Spode plates because I love pattern mixing! I’m loving the blue and green candies in the jars. I have to ask — do you decide on a color theme and then go shopping for anything in those colors or find something in a store that inspires you & then go with it?
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I think the Spode plates ended up with more votes than the white. I think a lot of people like mixing patterns…that is where I am not so brave.
Great question on my decorating! I usually decide on a color scheme (trying to avoid repeating past color schemes.) Then I pull out everything I have that works with it. Then I go shopping for small items that fill in wherever I need something new. Lately, most of my purchases have simply been fresh flowers. 🙂 But I will say that last year’s Pottery Barn plates were part of the inspiration for the decor last Easter. So that does occasionally happen! 🙂
Kelly

Cynthia - April 8, 2017 - 9:53 pm

Kelly – You home looks oh-so-lovely! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

If you have a moment, would you mind sharing the type of chalk board markers you use for your adorable board. I am so envious of your ability to create such beautiful lettering! Sigh…..

Thanks! And have a blessed Resurrection Day!
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Hi Cynthia!
I’m so glad you liked the decorating! The markers I mostly use now are the Bistro Chalk Markers. They are much better and easier to work with than real chalk.
Kelly

Monika - April 8, 2017 - 9:48 pm

Kelly,
You made my day, again. Love, love, love the green with white and blue/white checkered napkins! the little rabbit place card holders are adorable and so are the jelly jar “nest”. You have THE best ideas.
Also love your front door wreath … real or faux?
Have a wonderful Sunday.
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I’m so glad I could make your day Monika! I like those blue checked napkins too. (Wish Sur la Table still carried them. 🙁 ) The wreath on the front door is faux. It is a Smith and Hawken one from Target.
You have a happy Sunday too!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - April 8, 2017 - 7:01 pm

Kelly,
I love the blue and green combo. I even like the blue and white plates with the green chargers. I must be wild and crazy! 🙂
xo,
Karen
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Thanks Karen! Yes, you must be a wild and crazy girl these days! 🙂 🙂
Kelly

Ruth - April 8, 2017 - 3:28 am

Love your seasonal color palate! The skies were that brilliantly blue here, too, and all the leaves burst forth on the trees seemingly overnight.
I vote for the Spode plates! They add a special something. I’d never have thought to put the Spode with the checks — wish I had your ability to envision and put things together! Also, note to self: I need to put the dollar store on my regular route!
Precious Gabbie, with those soulful eyes — and growing like a weed!
Thanks for sharing it all with us, Kelly. Such a lift!
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Thank you Ruth. I would put checks with any thing, so putting them with the Spode was easy. 🙂 Gabbie is growing like an over-fertilized weed!
Kelly

Dee - April 7, 2017 - 11:39 pm

I love the blue and green together. It is so spring like and so very inviting. I also love the use of the mason jars. I am just starting to decorate for spring, although, we still have snow on the ground. Northeast Washington will be having a late spring this year. Thanks for letting Gabbie get in with the decorating this time. She is beautiful. As usual you have so magically captured the season. Thank you for sharing your home and life with us. I look forward to each and every post.
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That blue and green really works for spring; doesn’t it Dee? 🙂 I can’t imagine snow this late!! Our son who lives in Washington was hiking in snow last weekend….quite a bit of it actually around the Columbia River Gorge. Thank you so much for reading the post and for taking the time to comment!
Kelly

Ann - April 7, 2017 - 10:53 pm

Kelly, your home is beautiful. You are so talented. Did you make your chex mix? Also, where did you get your rabbits on your table?
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You are too kind Ann! I didn’t exactly “make” the Chex mix. I “assembled it” from a large bag of the mix + a bag of M&M’s + some nuts. Easy peasy! 🙂 The little rabbits are from Target’s Easter decor from last year.
Have a good weekend!
Kelly

Donnamae - April 7, 2017 - 7:56 pm

I love visiting your home. You always have such Great but simple ideas. While I do love the blue plates…I would choose the white ones. If you are simply setting a tablescspe…then the Spode dishes. If you are setting the table to dine….then the white ones. The food then becomes the star…personal opinion here. (But I love those Spode dishes!) And those green drapes in the kitchen…swoon! Enjoy your weekend! 😉
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I like your thinking on the plates Donnamae! Makes perfect sense. 🙂
Hope you are having a good weekend.
Kelly

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.com - April 7, 2017 - 6:30 pm

You’re right….I like the blue plates with the green plates! Everything looks so fresh and Spring-like. I’m looking forward to creating my own Easter tablescape and you have inspired me with ideas! Thanks!
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Yes, I thought you all would like the blue better. 🙂 Glad the color combo could inspire you. Have fun with your tablescape!
Kelly

Bonnie - April 7, 2017 - 3:43 pm

Blue and green-two of my favorites! Not sure that I could decide between the plain white and the Spode, because I love them both…beautiful!
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Thank you Bonnie. If blue and green are two of your favorite colors then you should like this season’s decorating! Thank you for reading and leaving your kind comment. 🙂
Kelly

Lanita Anderson - April 7, 2017 - 3:14 pm

I loved seeing the blue and green paired together in your Easter/Spring decorating! Your tables are always so pretty and creative, and you did not disappoint this time, either! I loved both tables, but I am a “sucker” for anything blue & white, so I liked the one with the blue & white plates added! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for all of the great ideas! Blessings….
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Another vote for the blue and white Spode plates! I knew you all would like them. 🙂 Glad you liked seeing the tablescape in the post. Thank you for visiting the blog Lanita!
Kelly

Marlene - April 7, 2017 - 3:11 pm

With respect to the blue versus white plates, I’d mix it up and go every other plate so one blue then one white then one blue! Love the green and blue theme. I’m going to copy it for Fathers Day and incorporate a golf theme with it. Beautiful as always.
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Well that’s an idea I hadn’t thought of Marlene! A good one. I just might give that a try! I also think the color scheme will work great for your golf themed Father’s Day table. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Kelly

Dawn - April 7, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Kelly,

I love all of the green and it looks so nice paired with the blue but Gabbie steals the show every time! She is so sweet! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to see what’s next! Take care.
Dawn
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Gabbie says a big thank you Dawn! She seems to steal all the attention around here as well! LOL Thanks for reading and leaving your comments here. 🙂
Kelly

Sherry M - April 7, 2017 - 12:05 pm

I love it all, Kelly! Blue and green are so appropriate, and they are two of my favorite color combos. Your table is lovely either way, but the Spode is to die for! And….every time I see your drapes I have to fight that covet urge! Truly the bomb!! But I guess you know, Gabby steals the show!! Thank you for sharing. Happy weekend!
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Thank you for all your sweet comments here Sherry! I’m so glad you liked the spring color scheme, the tables, and Gabbie’s appearance in the post. Thanks for stopping by the blog and giving your input on the table choice! 🙂
Kelly

Sandy - April 7, 2017 - 11:22 am

I love your home! Very inviting! Simplistic, not cluttered, and very beautiful!
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Gosh what a sweet compliment Sandy. Thank you!! 🙂
Kelly

Gwen - April 7, 2017 - 11:19 am

Everything looks beautiful! I think I would probably go with the white plates too but both options look wonderful. I always like your red but this is perfect for spring. Wish I could meet Gabbie! She looks totally lovable! Look forward to seeing more of her next time.
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Yay! A vote for the white plates! LOL I have used red before in the spring, but I thought the blue and green was a nice change. (But you know red will be back pretty soon.) Gabbie would love to meet you (as long as you have snacks!)
Thanks for visiting the blog today Gwen!
Kelly

Jayne - April 7, 2017 - 10:42 am

Love the blue and green combo. And Gabbie, what a cutie. She has grown so much.
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Thank you Jayne! Yes she is growing right before our eyes. 🙂
Kelly

Nancy - April 7, 2017 - 10:39 am

Everything looks so fresh and pretty! I like both plates but am going with the blue.
As one reader noted, it adds depth to the setting. I just appreciate the time you take to create and share your lovely home with us. I look forward to each time you post. Thank you!
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Another vote for the blue! Thank you for your input Nancy. I appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment!
Hope you are having a good weekend. 🙂
Kelly

Julia - April 7, 2017 - 10:10 am

I like the white dishes, but those Spode are pretty! The deviled eggs are very yummy with sweet pickle relish – that’s how we make them.

Enjoy your day and hugs to Gabbie – she is a cutie!
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I think the white ones make the silver show up better. Maybe that is why I like them better. Thanks for your opinion on the table setting. Yum to the deviled eggs! Gabbie has been going strong since 5:45 this morning with a very short nap this afternoon. I’m tired!
Kelly

Louvina - April 7, 2017 - 9:18 am

Actually, I love both place settings!! The blue looks more formal and pops with color. I am amazed every time how color makes it look so different. And what a great photo of Gabbie! Hoping the weather has calmed down and spring can linger awhile. My daughter’s favorite holiday is Easter and she always looks forward to the season. Hope you and your family have a blessed family gathering. 💕🙏💕🐇🐣🌷🐝🦋✝️🌈
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That blue does look more formal, doesn’t it?! Color really does make such a difference in the look of a space to me too.Thank you for Gabbie’s compliment. 🙂 The weather has most certainly calmed down and is beautiful now. How fun that your daughter loves Easter so!
Hope you are having a good weekend Louvina!
Kelly

Sandy - April 7, 2017 - 9:18 am

I seriously could not wait for you to post this when I saw the blue and green picture on Instagram. Those are my colors and it is so pretty. Can’t wait to see more of what you and Gabbie put together on the porch. I love the white plates and they are very pretty and simple, but yes, I am loving those blue Spodes with the green. That needs to go in the next issue of Southern Lady magazine.
So cute Kelly.
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Well I am so glad you liked the color combo Sandy! Too funny about going in the next issue of Southern Lady (but thank you for the compliment!)
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Donnie - April 7, 2017 - 9:17 am

Love how refreshing the green and blue look together. I like the look of the white plates best! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Your posts are always like having coffee with a friend.
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Yay! Another vote for the white plates. 🙂 Thank you for the very sweet compliment Donnie. “Coffee with a friend” a high compliment in my book!
Hope your weekend is going great!
Kelly

Martha - April 7, 2017 - 8:51 am

I think the blue Spode plates are too busy on the napkins, prefer the white ones. Maybe if the plaid napkin was under the green plate, or the napkin was white, I would like it better. And I really am surprised at my choice because I love blue and white dishes.
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Exactly! That may be why I liked the white ones there better. I should have tried it with our white napkins (but I really wanted to use those blue checked ones. 🙂 ) Thank you so much for your input Martha!
Kelly

Bobbie Lutz - April 7, 2017 - 8:51 am

I love your blue and green…it looks so Springy! Personally, I like the white plates better with the green. The Spode is beautiful though! Your Easter table will be very inviting! A hint for the deviled egg recipe…when you have it all mixed, put the egg filling in a zip lock bag, squeeze the air out of it and zip it closed (very well! Snip a small hole in one corner (this acts as a decorating bag). Pipe the filling in the egg whites and you have pretty deviled eggs! I’m looking forward to Gabbie’s input…she’s a cutie!
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Glad you liked all the decorating Bobbie! And thank you for the helpful hint for filling those high maintenance deviled eggs. That will make them much more attractive!
Kelly

Elizabeth - April 7, 2017 - 8:36 am

Love your blue and green theme! Those blue Spode plates are perfect and to me, add a beautiful depth to the overall look. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
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Thank you Elizabeth. Those Spode plates are really too pretty to not use more often. They just seem a lot more “fancy” than my typical style. 🙂
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Kelly

Abbie Lawyer - April 7, 2017 - 8:35 am

As I have table lamps similar to your, where did you get the so called chandler.
Love the blue and greens. Thank you.
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Hi Abbie!
The light over the dining room table is made by Visual Comfort. We ordered it from here: http://www.lightingnewyork.com/product/visual-comfort-e-f-chapman-classic-island-lighting-sl5816hab-np.html#que I was tickled to see it used in the dining room of Episode 2 of the new HGTV series Home Town. 🙂
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - April 7, 2017 - 8:18 am

Gabbie is so sweet! I love the combination of blue and green together so I was excited when I saw this new post of yours on my feed. So pretty!
Enjoy your weekend!
Shelley
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Aw thank you Shelley! Gabbie has stolen our hearts! Glad you liked the color scheme for our spring decorating.
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Leslie Anne Tarabella - April 7, 2017 - 8:17 am

Gabbie is growing up so fast! She’s a beauty for sure — as is your perfectly lettered chalkboard! If you wrote my death notice on your chalkboard, I’d think it was a thing of beauty!
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Gabbie is growing sooooo fast! Too funny about lettering your death notice! (but I don’t want to write that. Okay? 🙂 )
Kelly

Donna - April 7, 2017 - 8:10 am

Kelly I love all of your blue and green. Such a refreshing combo. I like the white plated you had, but I am a plain Jane for sure. Gabbie has grown so much too. Great post as usual.
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Glad to know I am not alone in my Plain-Jane-ness Donna. 🙂 (And thanks for voting for the white plates!) Gabbie is growing like a weed. Thank you for reading and adding your input here!
Kelly

Sharon Matte - April 7, 2017 - 7:58 am

Love your spring decor! As soon as I saw the Spode blue and white plates..I was like YES this looks so great with the green! Inspiration for me this morning! Thank you! Happy Friday!
Sharon (in Texas)
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Thank you Sharon…even if you do like the blue plates. LOL I’m glad you liked the spring decor. Hope your weekend is off to a great start!
Kelly

Cheri - April 7, 2017 - 7:48 am

Love the blue and green…it is very Spring. Yes, you are right, probably a lot of us will choose the blue plates, they look so good with the other decorations. Even Gabbie is into this decorating with her checked bandana. Cute.
These storms have been horrible, at one point my hubby hollered for me to get to the basement. The rain was coming in waves here in NE GA. It could be a down pour and then change to a more calm rain. Fickle Mother Nature. My pups are glad that it is over.
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I’m so happy you liked the spring color scheme Cheri. Yes, Gabbie is always with the season in her fashion choices! 🙂
The storms have been scary, and I bet we have not seen the last of them for this season. Your pups sound as scared of them as Gabbie is. Poor things!
Hope your weekend is as beautiful as ours is right now.
Kelly

Jill C - April 7, 2017 - 7:38 am

I love all the blue and green. It’s so refreshing.
I don’t think you’ve shown us some of those angles in your dining room before. I had a layout of your house in my head and now I can see that I was all wrong! Haha!
Love seeing Gabbie!
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Hi Jill! You are very observant! It is difficult to photograph the dining room because the light source in that room is the door to the porch…which means it is dark. So I have a hard time getting the light right in there. I was lucky to be able to catch it at the right time and photograph it through to the family room – not a shot I have done before. Sorry to mess up your mental floorplan! LOL
Kelly

kathy - April 7, 2017 - 7:37 am

So pretty and happy looking! I like both plates. Please don’t make me choose! I bet Katrina will pick the blue ones. I love when your posts have numbered parts because that means more in a few days!
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Thanks Kathy! I won’t make you choose. 🙂 Too funny about the numbered posts! I’ve never thought of it like that. 🙂
Kelly

Karen - April 7, 2017 - 7:14 am

I love the blue and green color theme. Beautiful blue skies and fresh green grass definite reminders of Spring. Gabbie just keeps getting cuter as she grows.
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Thank you for your sweet words Karen! The sky and grass this season seems to be quite inspirational! And thank you for Gabbie’s compliment. (She appreciates it. 🙂 )
Kelly

Rachel - April 7, 2017 - 7:13 am

I love the idea of the jelly jars w/ grass & Lindor (?) chocolates! You nailed the colors of wrappers and ribbons on the jars! Great idea. I never decorate for Easter, but did this year because our 10 yr old granddaughter is visiting for spring break. It has really brightened the house! PS: Grateful for including a pic of The Gab!
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Easy peasy Easter treat for sure (and yummy as well!) I am glad your granddaughter inspired you to decorate for Easter. I know she will enjoy it! Gabbie seems to stay underfoot quite a bit, so she must like being in the photos. LOL
Kelly

Libby - April 7, 2017 - 6:36 am

Nope. I’m a white plater myself. The Spode is a great contrast though. Beautiful home, Kelly. Welcome Spring 🌱
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Yay! Another vote for the white plates! Thanks for the sweet comment and the input Libby. 🙂
Happy Spring!
Kelly

Tricia - April 7, 2017 - 5:40 am

Good morning, Kelly. Both the white and the blue work well but I’m leaning toward the blue. Lucky you to have the choice! Enjoy your weekend. Hope it’s all blue skies and sunshine for you.
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Thanks for your opinion Tricia. The blue is pretty…just seems a bit too busy for this plain girl. Yes, indeed, I am lucky to have a choice (and there is still another table setting out on the porch. 🙂 ) We ARE having blue blue skies and sunshine this weekend. Hope you are having a good one as well!
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - April 7, 2017 - 5:25 am

Yeah, I have to go with the blue. Okay, Gabbie looks so cute with her gingham scarf. Her doggie face!! Your table is perfect as always!! Love it!!
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Thanks for all your kind words Patty! Hope you are having a good weekend!
Kelly

Spring and Easter Decorating – Part 1

What gets your creativity going?  What inspires you?  Sometimes, for me, inspiration can come from the most unusual places.  Take for example my senior year in college.  Because my roommate was a resident assistant, my housing was in a teeny tiny room in a freshman dorm.  I was completing my accounting degree and just beginning my classes for an education degree.

Getting from the business building on one side of Georgia Southern’s campus to the education building on the other side was like going between two different countries!  The business building was near the freshmen boys’ dorm.  The education building was near the lake.  It was spring, and that made for a very pretty walk (or jog if I was running late. 🙂 )

One of my first education classes was Children’s Literature (aka Kiddie Lit. 🙂 ) After several years of being in courses that dealt with profits, losses, taxes, and all things financial, Kiddie Lit was a whole new world for me. No boring business books to read, but instead, beautifully illustrated literature that allowed my head and heart to go places.

One of those books from Kiddie Lit was Keep Running Allen by Clyde Robert Bulla.  It is out of print now, but you can still occasionally find used copies on Amazon.

Keep Running, Allen!
(My Amazon Affiliate link.)

I’ll tell you about the sweet story in a minute, but first I want to talk about the decorating inspiration that came from that little book…yes decorating inspiration. 🙂

The artwork in the book was done by Satomi Ichikawa, a Japanese storyteller and artist who lives in Paris.  Keep Running Allen was filled with her gorgeous watercolors of children running through various scenes. There were beautiful blues and greens throughout the story and especially vibrant ones near the end.

It was those bright blues and greens that made me want to change the red and ivory quilts and accessories to blue and green everything in that teeny tiny dorm room that spring.  It didn’t take much to change the room because every piece of furniture was built in, but I did what I could – even down to the makeup displayed in a basket on my desk. (Do any of you remember all the bright blue things Revlon used to make for their Charlie fragrance line?)

Anyway, as I was thinking about decorating for spring this year, I remembered that book and that long ago course in children’s literature, and I decided that once again I would revisit that blue and green color scheme that seemed so fresh to me decades ago.  After all, it is spring!

I swapped the wicker chairs in the playroom and the family room to bring in a bit more green there, and I did the same with a couple of baskets.

We already had out the green plaid pillows from St. Patrick’s Day and my mother’s birthday party.

The red geraniums that were on the mantel and elsewhere in the house went to live outside, and a few fresh green maidenhair ferns took their place inside. And of course bunnies were a logical thing to add for spring decorating. 🙂

The other throw pillows, the ones in that vibrant blue that I love, were old ones from our daughter’s former apartment.  Blue books on the coffee table and a bowl of blue and green wrapped candies finish off the color scheme for the family room.

And of course some other rooms in our home here are now dressed in blue and green for spring.  I’ll share those with you next time, but right now I want to finish telling you about Keep Running Allen – the story part of it.

(I edited out the power line that runs through there so you’d notice the sky and trees. 🙂 )

The main character is Allen, a little boy who had to run and run and run just to keep up with his older brothers and sisters.  The story takes you through a day with all of them stopping to do numerous activities in a variety of places. Near the end of the book, Allen gives up on being able to keep up with them.  He stops chasing after his siblings and just lies down on a grassy hill…happy to take in his view of the sky and all of nature around him.  Of course his brothers and sisters notice he is no longer running behind them and come back to find him there in the grass.  They too decide to stop being so busy and just lie down beside him. They find being there is as wonderful – if not more so – as hastily going from one activity to the next.

(The sky this morning…totally unfiltered.)

Since then I have run across an old copy of that book.  The colors in the illustrations do not seem as vibrant to me as they once did.  Perhaps the pages have faded over time. I’m sure back in that spring semester years ago, I latched onto the psychological lesson from the book as well… changing majors…not running in the business world anymore…just wanting to stop and slow down to take in the beauty of things around me.

I took the photo above outside this morning.  It is totally unfiltered. The exterior of our home is one big mess and is being worked on, and that entire end wall is going to be replaced very soon.  But overlook that mess.  Look at that amazing blue blue sky! Sometimes we just have to slow down, look beyond the mess, and appreciate the beauty that we have been given. Right? 🙂

So what does inspire you? Children’s literature? A shop window display?  Art?
We’d love if you would share with us in the comments below.

Until next time…
(when there will be more blue and green for you!)

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Kim @ Vintage Pretties - April 9, 2017 - 8:35 am

Your blog is always such a source of inspiration — you always make me think more about the importance of details. I also soak up inspiration from Pinterest, antique shops and flea markets.

I love the blue and green together — so fresh and just a little different!
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Thank you Kim. 🙂 I soak up a lot from Pinterest as well! (Sometimes it is overwhelming though!)
Glad you liked this spring’s color scheme. 🙂
Kelly

Linda Ishmael - April 6, 2017 - 7:33 am

Oh my, Charlie and Kiddie Lit!!!! That sure brought back a memory or two!!! I tooo get inspiration from children’s literature!! I particularly love the watercolors of Jerry Pinkney. Your home always looks lovely no matter how you arrange it. I sure wish I had your decorating energy. Happy Spring!!!
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Aren’t children’s books just wonderful?! I met Jerry Pinkney at a conference I attended a number of years ago and got him to autograph my copy of The Little Match Girl. His artwork is beautiful! Happy Spring to you too Linda!
Kelly

Mary Smith - April 5, 2017 - 7:17 pm

Like you, Kelly, I taught first grade for many years. I loved teaching my students to read and I absolutely enjoyed the many, many books I read with them. My very favorite was, and still is, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Readers of Miss Rumphius were encouraged to do something to make the world more beautiful. You do that with your home decorating and your blog. Thank you!

P. S. Blue and green is my favorite color combination. I used to do my classroom bulletin boards in blue paper with a green and white dot border. It felt peaceful and relaxed.
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Miss Rumphius was a beautiful book! I loved reading that one aloud too Mary. Thank you for your sweet compliment about my making the world a better place. 🙂 I fondly remember doing bulletin boards, and I bet your blue and green ones did provide a peaceful atmosphere for your classroom.
Thank you for reading and for leaving your thoughtful comment. 🙂
Kelly

Kelly - April 5, 2017 - 6:32 pm

Hi Kelly: I like this post and the moral of the story. Sometimes, we are in such a hurry that we don’t take time to look around and appreciate what we have. Inspiration is all around me, whether it be a blog, a book I’m reading, or people in my life.
Cindy
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You so right on both counts Cindy. We often need to slow down to appreciate all that we have, and yes, inspiration is all around us if we just take the time to look!
Kelly

kathy - April 5, 2017 - 4:51 pm

So, I have been pondering that question of what/who inspires me today. I am inspired by lots of people and things….YOU have really inspired me with your entertaining and decorating ideas but especially your handwriting and your chalkboards. (Katrina says I have to send photos of the Tasting Buffet to you and I will.) I am also inspired by God, things in nature – especially things that are coastal, my family, my friends, and by colors. Pinterest inspires me as does a glass of wine with DiAnne! (We have had some great ideas that were wine-inspired.) I love the blue and green in your post…Josie’s favorites! I am going to copy the bunny in the jar. I am looking forward to Part 2! Thanks for inspiring all of us. Kelly!!! (I loved Kitty Lit in college too!)
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Kathy you are a sponge soaking up inspiration wherever you can find it! I think that seems to be a common trait among teachers…which is a good thing. 🙂 Go right ahead and copy the bunny in the jar. I know yours will turn out cute!
Kelly

Lori W. - April 5, 2017 - 4:41 pm

I am certainly inspired by nature – the changes in the seasons, the storms as they roll in. But, I am also inspired by your creativeness, your back porch, and Martha Stewart’s organization, gardens, and cooking. Please be careful today! I am not liking what I see on the radar for your neck of the woods.
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It sounds like you soak up inspiration from many places Lori. You live with your eyes wide open…a wonderful thing to do! Glad I can provide some of that inspiration for you. We came through the storms at our house just fine…but my brother in law’s home had a huge oak thrown into it…not good. 🙁
Kelly

Anita - April 5, 2017 - 11:24 am

Kelly, I visit your blog because it is inspiring! It’s wholesome all around! Your home is cozy, well decorated and classic. I love how you changed your colour scheme to blue and green. What kind of pen do you use to write Happy Easter on the gift bags?
For inspiration, I enjoy reading, cooking, decorating, travelling and now I’m baking sourdough bread and making kefir milk! Nature is inspiring (come on Spring! waiting for you)!!!

By the way did you know that Mary Kay Andrews has a new book called The Beach House Cookbook.
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Anita, you find inspiration everywhere! A sign of a truly creative person! Glad I can help to fuel that creativity here.
As far as writing on the gift bags, it was simply a Crayola marker that I filled in thick in some places and thin in others.
Yes, I am excited to get Mary Kay Andrew’s cookbook! Looks like it will be a good one. Not only will the recipes be good, but I believe a lot of it was photographed at her houses on Tybee Island, and I love them!
Kelly

Becky - April 5, 2017 - 10:12 am

I taught Children’s Literature for 35 years in a medium size university in east central OK before retiring 3 years ago. I would have taught the class for free!!! Children’s Literature inspires all that I do. In fact, heaven for me would be “living” in the children’s section of a library or really great bookstore.
Happy Reading,
Becky in Oklahoma
where It hailed in our town and came a snowstorm in the Panhandle
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How wonderful that you got to teach the class!! I love that! And I totally get what you mean about wanting to live in the children’s book section. 🙂
Crazy crazy weather this spring. I know Oklahoma gets more than its share of storms and tornadoes. Stay safe Becky.
Kelly

Julia - April 5, 2017 - 10:11 am

First, I love the green and blue in your home. So calming and spring like. Second, you my cyber-friend inspire me – I’m not one to be able to look at a blank canvas (room) and have a vision of what to paint or how to decorate. I enjoy seeing what others create and then I get inspired to look closer at my canvas and my choices to decorate with.

I noticed the picture of your house there is a cross on what appears to be your garage. Perfect!
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Thank you Julia! I am glad that you can find inspiration whenever you look around at what others have done (including me. 🙂 ) There is a lot of inspiration to be found out there.
Kelly

Debbie - April 5, 2017 - 10:03 am

I love the blue and green color scheme! I haven’t heard the phrase “kiddie lit” in a lot of years but I was an education major too. I am so glad I have grandchildren for lots of reasons but one of them is that I can buy children’s books and enjoy them too! Happy Spring to you!
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Happy Spring to you too Debbie! You keep on enjoying reading to those grandchildren, and I look forward to the day that I can do the same. Read aloud was my favorite time at school. 🙂
Kelly

Shelley - April 5, 2017 - 9:09 am

YOU inspire me!

I LOVE when you share your home decorated for the next party or season change. Your home just feels so welcoming…don’t get me wrong I surf Pinterest and oogle at all the white kitchens and white everywhere…but I look around my home (and Yours) and that’s where the comfort lies.

You keep me coming back girl!!!
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Oh my goodness! What a sweet sweet compliment! Thank you so very much Shelley. 🙂
Kelly

Grondwerken - April 5, 2017 - 7:25 am

Nature inspires me the most.. I do pause, look around and try to smile in all that chaos. When I’ll start planning with my home, I hope I am inspired as you are. By the way, wonderful spring decor…!! Thanks for sharing with us..!!
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Nature can most definitely be amazing inspiration! Thank you for the sweet words about the spring decorating, AND thank you for reading the post. 🙂
Hope you are having a good weekend!
Kelly

Linda - April 4, 2017 - 11:34 pm

How’s the pup doing?
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She is doing great, has gotten house broken and crate trained, and is growing super fast! 🙂
Kelly

Linda - April 4, 2017 - 11:33 pm

I love the soft greens and true blues in your living room. It, and you, are an inspiration for the season and everyday. This post was part 1, I look forward to more. I miss not seeing posts from you more often.
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Thank you for the compliments Linda. I am glad you like the colors in the spring decorating this season!
Kelly

Peggy Z - April 4, 2017 - 10:32 pm

Miss Kelly, you are always a breath of fresh air! I love the soft greens and true blues in your living room. It looks so full of spring and today with temps in the 30s and much needed rain falling down out of gray skies, it was just the inspiration I needed.
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Well I am so glad I can be that for you Peggy! Hope you are having blue skies this weekend (and much warmer temperatures!) 🙂
Kelly

Tricia - April 4, 2017 - 9:27 pm

Hi Kelly. Your freshly decorated home is lovely as always and it was interesting to read about how you were so influenced by a book’s illustrations. I’ve never thought about decorating based on a book before. I can’t tell you what an influence you have made on me. Your attention to detail, colours, and themes is quite special and your gorgeous handwriting is highly enviable! Thank you for the happiness you send us all.
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Wow! Thank you for such a kind compliment Tricia. I appreciate it and you – for reading and always leaving your wonderful comments!

Kelly

Debbie w - April 4, 2017 - 9:12 pm

Ah, Kiddie Lit!! I love children’s books!!! I should have been a librarian….but loved being 5k teacher!!!
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Aren’t they just the best books?! I bet you got to read a whole bunch of them being a 5K teacher though – even if you weren’t a librarian (or media specialist as they are called here.)
Kelly

Janet - April 4, 2017 - 6:24 pm

First, your house looks like spring itself. I love the blue and green and I can’t wait to see the rest of your latest transformation. Your attention to details is awesome!
I also love children’s literature, largely because the wisdom is so honest and direct.
I actually think store windows and displays inspire me. Last year my husband and I were in London and I was totally smitten with Fortnum and Mason’s riot of flowers (it was spring). I tried hard to capture the images on my camera, but the glass just got in the way.However, I have not forgotten it.
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Thank you so much Janet! Like you, I have always found store windows and displays inspirational. I could stand in awe in just the Williams Sonoma store! How fun to visit London. I would think their shop windows would be fabulous!
Kelly

Amanda C - April 4, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Love your source of inspiration! I too share your love of books, blue and green. Oh, and especially red too! Decorating inspiration for me comes from the most unusual sources. But as long as it inspires, then so be it. Really enjoyed your inspirational decorating story.
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Amen Amanda! As long as we can find inspiration from it, then it’s good. Glad you enjoyed the story in the post!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - April 4, 2017 - 6:01 pm

I’m always inspired by nature. Plants, rocks, the ground itself, animals, trees, water and sky. Lately I’m inspired by the variety of mosses growing on our property, and a HUGE granite rock covered in moss. The moss is dainty but tough, and the texture it provides has my camera working to capture it. I only wish I knew how to use the myriad of settings so I could do a better job! My grandson and I wandered the property on Sunday afternoon scouting for interesting rocks, and I had to show him the mosses, trying to get him to focus on them. He was more interested in the rocks, but I hope he absorbed that it was important to take a closer look at his surroundings.
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What a great lesson to be teaching him Marianne! Nature provides so much inspiration if we just look for it!
Kelly

jae - April 4, 2017 - 5:31 pm

I love the blue skies, the green plants and trees, and all the blooms out now. Seems one can hardly go wrong decorating with “nature colors!” Hard to believe we are supposed to get incredibly severe storms here in N GA tomorrow….hope they miss you! Thanks for sharing the precious story with such a great message, and your fresh new wonderful look. I always marvel how you make such a huge impact by switching just a few things!
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Hi Jae! Nature colors always seem to work best in all the seasons; don’t they? I hope the storms did not do any damage to your property. This has been a wild week of weather here in Georgia!
Kelly

Sue - April 4, 2017 - 5:25 pm

I loved kiddie lit! And still do. I used goldilocks and the 3 bears to decorate our cabin in the big woods. (Nod to another book there). And at home my grand boys room was decorated with Where the Wild Things Are and the girls is the Princess and the Pea. We’ve even named the grands playhouse “Storybook Cottage”. So, I think children’s books have a big influence on my decorating. 😀 And you provide a lot of inspiration too. ❤️
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Yes, I would say that Children’s Literature has had a BIG influence on your decorating Sue!! What great ideas for the spaces for your grandchildren. Love it!
Kelly

Karol - April 4, 2017 - 4:33 pm

I came across a children’s book at the library when my daughter was small. I loved the pictures so much I bought it. The Maggie B by Irene Haas.
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The artwork in children’s literature can be soooo amazing! Glad you found one that spoke to you Karol. 🙂
Kelly

Julie in Asheville - April 4, 2017 - 4:06 pm

Loved the story. I, too, took Children’s Lit and absolutely loved it. I don’t recall as a child being read to or having a lot of books, so it was great to read 100 sweet children’s books that semester. My inspiration took a different path, however as I was inspired by food!! I especially remember Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy, about Alonzo’s family. What a revelation in discovering Mama stacked all those pancakes but not before slathering them with butter and syrup. It wasn’t just pancakes for breakfast, but also fried chicken, too! Often breakfast was finished off with a piece of pie! We can’t eat that way today since we aren’t behind a horse struggling with a plow, but when I do make pancakes, I give them some butter and syrup love just like Mama.
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I am glad you enjoyed the story Julie. And what a fabulous thing to take away from Children’s Lit…food! I love it! And yes, we can’t eat like that today, but I think it is fine from time to time. For some reason I am hungry after reading your comment. LOL
Kelly

Sandy - April 4, 2017 - 4:05 pm

Kelly’ you have made me like red because you have gingham and do it so well, but blues and green are my colors. I am totally in love with what you have done. Seriously, I LOVE it!
Oh, the pleasures of keeping up a home. I had my day yesterday with the rain. We are having to spend lots of ,only for repairs. Retirement was supposed to be fun…writing checks for repairs is not:(
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Oh goodness! Thank you Sandy! I am so sorry you are having to have repairs done on your home. We are right there with you working on our exterior. Not fun!
Kelly

Katrina - April 4, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Kelly, you inspire me…. to decorate seasonally, to organize, to travel and to cook (well nothing really inspires me to cook)!
Lots of movies inspire me… Meryl Streep’s bakery in “Its Complicated”, Ann Hathaway’s and Robert De Niro’s brownstones in “The Intern” and every room in Diane Keaton’s house in “Something’s Gotta Give”! Years ago the house in “Home Alone” inspired me.
I am a Huge fan of children’s literature. I had never heard of this book. I will definitely be on the look for it!
Have a great week enjoying those beautiful Georgia blue skies! We’re enjoying some Carolina blue our way🏀🏀🏀!!!
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Congratulations on the basketball win!!! Our son and all his friends in Washington state were not exactly happy about it though.
I am so happy that I can help to provide inspiration to you. And yes to movie inspiration!!! Oh goodness. How many movies have I rewatched a time or two just to see the house?? 🙂
Hope you are enjoying your weekend Katrina!
Kelly

Bobbie Lutz - April 4, 2017 - 3:46 pm

You do! Thank you for sharing! Several years ago I was decorating our guest bedrooms that were connected by a Jack & Jill bathroom. One room was our California Room (our daughter lives in Ca.) and the other room was a Colorado Room (our son lives in Colorado). I decided the bathroom would be where the Mountains (Green) meets the Ocean (Blue). I love the combination…so calm and peaceful! Now I’m going to be looking for Keep Running, Allen!
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Aw thank you Bobbie! And how creative you were in decorating your guest bedrooms and bath. I love the ideas behind them!
Kelly

Anne from Atlantat - April 4, 2017 - 3:41 pm

What a wonderful post! I want to locate Keep Running, Allen so that I can see all of the beautiful illustrations by Satomi Ichikawa and read the story of Allen. You are a wonderful story teller yourself. I can’t wait to go sit on a grassy hill and take in the beautiful sky. Thanks again for your inspiration.
~Anne
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Thank you for your very sweet comment Anne! I am so glad you enjoyed the story in the post. 🙂
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Louvina - April 4, 2017 - 3:31 pm

The blue and green is a very comforting color combination. The true green of early spring and the blue of the sky in God’s paint palette as shown in your outdoor photos. In my education classes, I loved the “Kiddy Lit” and the fine art classes. I get my inspiration from the seasons, magazines and of course from you, dear Kelly. I really needed your posting today– a really gray/rainy day here but so thankful we didn’t get the nasty weather north of us. Hope your area faired as well?
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Yes, I would agree that blue and green are comforting, calm colors to have around us. I am so glad that I can help inspire a bit of your gifted creativity Louvina. You get inspiration from so many places!
I’m sorry you had such a gray day. Hopefully this weekend is making up for it!
Kelly

Sherry - April 4, 2017 - 3:25 pm

We just put our son on a plane headed back to Georgia after spending a wonderful week in North Carolina with us. As we headed back home across the two rivers in our pretty little colonial town, I too noticed how brilliant the blue sky is today. The dogwoods and azaleas are in full bloom, and the grass has magically gotten greener in what seems to be overnight. I love blue and green highlighted with the colors of spring. I love the inspiration that each season brings to our little town. It makes me feel very inspired. When I see your creativity, well, that’s just icing on the cake! Thanks for the beauty!
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And thank you for all your wonderful compliments Sherry! I know it must be hard to say good-bye to your son. 🙁 I hope you get to visit with him again soon.
Kelly

Monika - April 4, 2017 - 3:09 pm

Kelly,
YOU inspire me! You make my day with your wonderful ideas. Every time I get your updates my heart skips a beat and I want to change things around our house. Your photos are wonderful, your decorations are beautiful and you are a true artist and inspiration.
Love your wreath on your front door. Real or faux?
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Aw gosh, what kind words! Thank you. (But sorry if I am making you change things in your home. 🙂 )
And as you now know, the wreath is a faux one from Target.
Kelly

Leslie Anne Tarabella - April 4, 2017 - 3:01 pm

I dearly loved my Children’s Lit class, and now, one of my best friends is a professor of Children’s Literature! She and I often talk about our favorite children’s books, and I’ve kept many of the books I used when I taught school, in addition to my college textbook for that class. How clever of you to realize where your inspiration first began. And how wonderful that you have good memories to now use in your house. It really does make a house a home, you know?
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What a fun class to teach for your friend! I’ve still got that college textbook (along with a few accounting ones.) Books do make such a difference in making a house a home.
Hope you are having a great weekend Leslie Anne!
Kelly

Grand Pam - April 4, 2017 - 2:54 pm

Dear Kelly, I agree with Julia, you do inspire me. But I do love a blue sky and they have been gorgeous. When I visited Lepzig Germany several years ago, they would take the bus downtown at night just to look at the beautiful window displays. The shops were closed but the Germans just walked and looked. They were spectacular and I took pictures to remember so many decorating ideas. Now, I save your post. Thank you for each one.
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Thank you for the sweet compliment Pam. What a wonderful thing to be able to see all the beautiful window displays there in Germany! I bet they were beautiful! I think that is such a sweet idea that the people just stroll to look at and appreciate them.
Kelly

Lynne - April 4, 2017 - 2:36 pm

Beautiful blue skies always inspire me! Last night we were watching Mr.Selfridge on tv and they always had amazing store display windows on the show. It made me think how we don’t have those much anymore at stores. The Dress Barn here has store window displays and if I go down to Tanger Outlet they still use store window displays. It made me realize how much I miss them. I always get style inspiration from them. I love your blue and green living room!
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Glad you like the blue and green here Lynne! Store displays are always such a great place to find decorating inspiration. The people who do them must be very creative to work their magic in such small spaces!
Kelly

julia walker - April 4, 2017 - 2:14 pm

What inspires me? YOU that’s who! Thanks so much Kelly.
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Oh my, Julia! Thank you! Glad I can help to get your creativity going!
Kelly

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