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Rain rain go away!  I’m expecting Noah and his ark to show up any time now.  It rained here on and off all last week with a break during the day on Saturday.  Then it started again Saturday night and has not stopped.  Rain for a day or so? That is perfectly fine and cozy, but this kind of rain? It is depressing.  I do not like dark and dreary.:((And there is no way to take photos for the blog when it is this dark.)

I tried to write a Talk of the Weekend post for you yesterday, but it just wouldn’t come together. (I needed the photo above which I could not take in the dark.)  So I have changed it to a Monday Morning Mention instead.  Let’s start with a bright and cheery house.:) Do you remember Anthony Baratta and his over-the-top love of color and pattern?  (I featured some of the homes he did with William Diamond here.)

He did this particular kitchen, and it really caught my eye…

Anthony Barrata kitchen with red gingham ceilingsource

Red gingham ceiling, white cabinetry, red countertops, and a very colorful painted floor. Here is another view of it:

kitchen with red gingham ceilingsource

Do you think it is too much for your eyes?  The house is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, and it has been on the market for a while.  I wanted you to take a look at what they have done to the kitchen since it has been for sale.  I am wondering if they toned it down in order to appeal to more buyers.

updated kitchensource

Quite a change…right?  Which version do you prefer?  I actually like the new floors better, but I could have lived with the red gingham ceiling..although when you put that much red adjacent to white, it often gives the white a tint of pink.  The price for the home is a little under $9,000,000 just in case you are interested in purchasing it.:)

While we are on the subject of red, have you seen Sugar Paper’s new line of holiday gift wrap at Target?  It comes in 4 different colorways, and it has some great touches of gold on many pieces – including the gift boxes.  Yes, you can purchase the gift boxes!

Sugar Paper Christmas paper for Targetsource 

I was soooo excited to learn that our local store would be carrying it!  My husband and I were in Target on Friday night.  I rushed to the Christmas corner, and there it was in all its prettiness.  I put 2 rolls of gift wrap, a package of tags, and a spool of ribbon in my cart, but after studying the paper items a bit, I realized the red would not go with the reds in our home. They were a little too coral in tone, so they went back on the shelf.:( But all is not lost…have you checked out the holiday goodies at Bullseye’s Playground (formerly the Dollar Spot)?  It was filled with cute chalkboards, jars, and buffalo check items – all mostly under $3!  The checked plates had to jump in my shopping cart for some reason.:)

Target shoppingsource

Okay…enough shopping.  Let’s talk about houses for a minute.:) Last week many of you, like me,  seemed to adore the rustic cabins we were perusing.  Have you seen the ones at Balsam Mountain Preserve?

Balsam Mountain Preserve cabinssource

Balsam Mountain Preserve cabinsource

Isn’t this gathering room at the Boarding House there a beautiful space?

Balsam Mountain Preserve Boarding House gathering roomsource

Or perhaps you would prefer a cozy Cotswold cottage.  Here is a precious one by Thurston/Boyd Interior Design. Is it just me, or does it remind you of Iris’cottage in The Holiday? (Or do all Cotswold cottages now remind you of that movie?)

Cotswald Cottage Thurston Boyd


And finally let’s go from a small and cozy cottage to a large but charming kitchen.
This one is full of wonderful details…from the walls to the copper in that cabinet.

bhg kitchen


Don’t forget to click on the sources below the photos to see more of each space.

And now to catch up.  I turned the computer off for most of last week – no blog posts, no emails, nothing. I was trying to get things ready for a big all weekend party we were supposed to have here this past weekend.  Unfortunately, a couple of our out-of-town guests had to cancel… so no party occurred.  (We are rescheduling it though.)

Then I worked the rest of the week nonstop getting the house Thanksgiving ready since we are the back-up location for a big family reunion on that day if my in-laws are unable to host it.  (Fingers crossed and prayers that my father in law keeps making progress. )  Sooo, if it will ever stop raining, I have a lot of November decorating to show you…and there is no red in any of it.  (Did you faint?:)) I will be catching up on all your emails today and tomorrow.

And on this rainy Monday, in the month of giving thanks, my thankful heart is grateful for many things, but most especially for your visits and comments here.  I appreciate all of your encouragement as we talk of houses, decorating, entertaining, and all sorts of other random things.:)

Happy Monday!

Until next time…
(when there will be Thanksgiving decorating!)


Arlene@Nanaland - November 9, 2015 - 9:57 am

Kelly I prefer a Cotswold Cottage! Do you know where I can buy one cheap?:) I was watching The Holiday on tv the other night and drooling over Iris’s cottage in Surrey. I enjoy Amanda’s beautiful California house too but give me that cozy cottage.

I look forward to seeing your Thanksgiving Decor. My daughter is hosting this year so I may just get out some of my Christmas things before Thanksgiving.
Too funny! I will definitely send you the listing when I find one cheap! Yes, I will take Iris’ cottage like you. I was not impressed with the California house in the movie, although I think my children would have liked it.

You will be ready for Christmas very early if you start before Thanksgiving. :) Enjoy the holidays!

Anne Boykin - November 9, 2015 - 10:18 am

Hi Kelly, I’ve loved William Diamond and Anthony Baratta since the first time I saw a house they did for Christmas! It was fabulous and I still have the saved pages after all these years. Their use of color is fearless and fabulous. I’m not sure what it would be like to actually live in one of their houses but it sure looks like it would be fun. Thanks for your great posts about all things houses!
Is the house that you saved the photos of the one with a playroom that had playing cards on the Christmas tree? I loved that one years and years ago. I should have saved the photos from that one (long before blogs ever existed.)
You are more than welcome for all the house related things! Thank you for reading and commenting Anne.

Kim - November 9, 2015 - 10:55 am

Love that kitchen, but totally get why they fixed it to sell. I am so over this weather that I could scream. I told my husband I just want to drive till we find the sun. :)
I too understand why they had to do what they did with the kitchen. (I think the price might be part of their “not selling it” problem too.) Aren’t you glad the sun is finally out today?!! Hallelujah blue skies again! I could have hopped in the car with you to drive to see the sunshine this week.

classic•casual•home - November 9, 2015 - 10:58 am

I really love that white kitchen. I know how you can get tired of rain…but we really need it here in California…It rained a tiny bit yesterday and seems to really be raining this morning. I’m hoping it rains enough for me to wish it to stop!! Have a good day.
I hope you get plenty of rain because I know how badly your entire state needs it. We have had so much the past 9-10 days that there have been flood warnings out for the local rivers…just way too much.

Rosemary - November 9, 2015 - 11:13 am

Hi Kelly, good to hear from you! I really had to look at these pictures a few times and think carefully! I really love the Gathering Room at the Boarding house, the Cotswold Kitchen and the neutral version of the Connecticut house … I have either tiled or oak floors throughout my house and its very much my sort of kitchen. However, there’s something rather brave and spectacular about the RED kitchen. Although I think I would have to choose between the painted floors and the gingham ceiling. I think both is a bit too much! It brings to mind the colours of a 50’s style American Diner. Or how I imagine one! I think secretly I would enjoy a kitchen like this :)
Although not lucky enough to own a Cotswold style cottage, as I live not far from the area I do get to visit quite regularly and have coffee or lunch at a beautiful hotel/Inn that has lovely cosy rooms with Inglenook Fireplaces and real log fires. My favourite pastime is sitting for a while by the fire with a coffee or glass of wine … just perfect! Even better, for my birthday, knowing how much I love it, my children have planned a surprise stay there for my husband and I. Sooo looking forward to it. I was quite emotional when they gave me the gift card they’d designed telling me what my present was.
I hope you have a good week and your father in law’s health continues to improve.
What a fantastic and thoughtful gift from your children! I absolutely love it. Tell them they did great! (I am sure you already have.) Yes, sitting by a fire in a beautiful hotel with a cup of coffee would be the ultimate relaxation for me (and anyone else too.) I know you will enjoy that gift.
Thank you for the wishes for the week and for my father in law.
Hope your week is going well too.

Rosemary - November 9, 2015 - 11:26 am

Meant to say sorry about your awful weather! Its been very much the same here and even when it isn’t raining its so dark that it feels like the evening by about 3pm! I can’t wait for bright, cold frosty days! Dark, wet ones are so dismal!
Thank you Rosemary! It has gotten dark here by 4 this week with the rain and overcast weather. But the sun is out today!! Time to take some photos. :)I’m with you on wanting the bright cold days to arrive.

Sandy in Fort Walton Beach - November 9, 2015 - 12:11 pm

I love that wood ceiling and barn painting on that stone fireplace in the gathering room. Cotswold Cottage could definitely be my next residence:)
I think all of us could move right on in to the Cotswold cottage. It would be a fun one to decorate for Christmas!

Mary Ellen Breitwiser - November 9, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Absolutely delightful posting as always. I LOVE the Cotswold cottage the best. I could watch “The Holiday” once a week, and though I love the California house, my heart leaps at Iris’s cottage and the photo you shared of the Cotswold cottage is breathtaking.

Hope your father-in-law continues to improve, but glad you’ve offered your beautiful home as backup for the family reunion/Thanksgiving gathering.

I really agree that the floors of the Connecticut house are much improved and understand completely the sellers’ having to make these changes. For nine million dollars, I’d think they would have to compromise some of that great decorating. I could live with the gingham ceilings without the painted floor, though. I see what you mean about the “pink” cast that red and white sometimes creates.

Love hearing from you! You definitely hold a place of high importance in my “inbox.”

Thanksgiving blessings! And I do hope the rain stops!
Goodness thank you for your sweet comment Mary Ellen! I thought that Cotswold cottage was just sooo charming. And thank you for the well wishes for my father in law. He is getting stronger with each day.
The sun is supposed to be out today, but we currently cannot see it through all the fog. Waiting on it to lift.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family too! :)

Carolyn - November 9, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Rain, go away! It poured all night as well as blew (we really get the wind up here on the mountain) and I was thinking our log cabin would make a pretty good ark. Off and on (mostly on) rain today. Of course I love the rustic cabins at Balsam Preserve, but in my heart I’m a Cotswold Cottage girl. Would love the cottage in “The Holiday” and I’m still disappointed it’s not real. The one you show would do just fine.

As for the Anthony Baratta kitchen – well, I’m not a red person (sorry!). Love the tile behind the stove, and I really like the floor pattern. But I guess if it came down to it, I’d take a natural wood floor. I always have to have some natural elements and everything else is painted or colorful.
Rain rain is supposed to be gone today, but the FOG won’t leave for some reason. I, too, am disappointed that the Cotswold cottage in the movie was only a set..but it WAS a good imitation!
I think the new floor in that kitchen is very pretty.
Hope your cabin has made it through all the rain, and that there is a sunny day ahead for you Carolyn. :)

Kathleen - November 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Love the Cotswold Cottage. I’d love to transform my little 3br/2ba rambler into one.
Wasn’t that cottage a cute one? I’m so happy you liked it Kathleen!

Nancy - November 9, 2015 - 1:57 pm

We retired from teaching, sold our house in MS, and have been living in Idaho for the last three years. Just decided to try it! It’s a great place to live, but It hardly ever rains here, and I so miss the downpours. If it drizzles here, people call it a big rainfall. We are high desert in climate. I can just smell the misty, musty smell of Southern rain! I never thought about the rain too much until I didn’t have it.

We are renting here because I miss the South and our children, so we will need to purchase a home at some point, probably back in the South. I have gotten used to a much smaller home, and I actually like it. I would want more storage space. The Cotswold cottage looks so inviting and could be the perfect home for someone who wants to downsize.

Thank you, Kelly, for introducing us to homes and interior designers we would never know of if not for you! I am so looking forward to seeing your home decorated for Thanksgiving. I always borrow some of your ideas, and you have encouraged me to add seasonal touches to our home, which I had pretty much stopped doing since our children have grown up and left home. You have helped me see that seasonal touches lift our spirits and provide a welcoming home to friends. Thank you!
I do like a rain every now and then, but 9 days of it in a row has been a bit much! I would miss it though if I had to do without it like you.
Downsizing is in our future too (I hope.) Smaller, but with storage. I hope that is possible!
I am so glad you can find ideas here. Good for you for adding in the seasonal touches to your home! They do add much to our homes.
Thank you for reading the posts and leaving your very sweet comments.

Pamela - November 9, 2015 - 2:00 pm

I could move right into to an Anthony Baratta design! Love everything. But I get that it is taste specific and when selling many people would be overwhelmed. Thanks for all the good shopping sources.
VERY taste specific! You are welcome for all the sources. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment Pamela. :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Dawn Fritz - November 9, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Funny you should feature the cabins and Dining Hall at Balsam today! I was just thinking how nice it would be to be sitting in front of that big fireplace right about now. Thanks for sharing these with your readers.

Dawn Fritz
With all the rain we have had recently in Georgia, that room in the Boarding House would be a perfect place to sit. So warm and cozy!
Thank you for stopping by the blog Dawn. Historical Concepts is the best!!

Gina - November 9, 2015 - 2:32 pm

I like “Monday Morning Mentions.” :) I love to take a break from the Internet, social media, etc. occasionally. I love all the pretty images in the post. Wow! That first kitchen would be perfect for the 4th of July. I like the updated version better. Love the copper in the last kitchen too. I had been seeing it show up around the Internet so I drug a few pieces out of my attic and put out for fall. I love how it looks. I’m getting my house ready for Thanksgiving too. We’re hosting for the second year since my grandparents aren’t able to anymore. I have some deep housecleaning this week. Thank goodness the rain has stopped now and it has lightened up. It’s hard to get motivated with a dark house. :)
Thank you Gina. I am glad you liked it. You are so right about the difficulty of getting motivated to clean when it is so dark. Thankfully, the sun has come out today, and I am going to get busy as well. Lucky you to have pieces of copper to decorate with! We had copper cookware the first few years of our marriage, but those pots and pans have managed to make their way into our children’s college apartments…all except for one little pot that I insisted we hang on to.
Have a great Veteran’s Day!

Ruth - November 9, 2015 - 3:05 pm

I actually wish it were still raining here; at least then I’d have an excuse for all the time I’ve spent today following your blog down various rabbit holes! :-) What an enjoyable (if not very productive) start to the week, though! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful sources of inspiration… and for BEING one!
Too funny! Yes, there are many rabbit holes to follow here. (They suck you in, don’t they?) Thank you for your ever so encouraging comments here Ruth. :) Hope you have a great Veteran’s Day today!

Benita - November 9, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Target is definitely my “go to” place for all things in Christmas decor this year. They have so many lovely items and such reasonable prices. Their dollar bin in the front of the store has quickly become my favorite spot for gathering items for craft projects!
I don’t know what in the world we did before Target. And I so agree about hitting that front of the store area for craft supplies! It is great!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday Benita. :)

Julie in Asheville - November 9, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Hi Kelly: I, too, am just depleted with rain and dreary days. Marvel at how people can get anything done, but it is good for a good book by the fire. Love anything Cotswold, British, Masterpiece Theatre, scones, cooking competitions (recent British Bakeoff), and lest I forget, The Royals. Sunday night is a favorite TV night, me and PBS. So, I’ve tried to watch The Holiday on more than one occasion, but don’t think I’ve watched it through. Will give it another chance though. Looking forward to sunny days and your Thanksgiving decorations. Glad to see that your daughter recovered and wishing the same for your FIL.
It certainly makes you feel like doing nothing (except napping!) Can’t believe you haven’t seen all of The Holiday. Do watch it all the way through. The ending is especially sweet. :)
Thank you for the good wishes for my FIL.
We have a sunny day on tap for today. Hooray! (Hope you do too. :) )

Jennifer - November 9, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Been salivating over Thurston/Boyd’s site. Thank you for sharing. I just received Jan Karon’s newest book and it feels like a guilty pleasure delving into it. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!
You are welcome Jennifer! I know you are loving that book!! It is soooo good.
I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving as well. :)

Ellen - November 9, 2015 - 5:26 pm

I loved that DB kitchen, and it is really sad that someone “toned it down” to sell it. I have wanted those countertops ever since I first laid eyes on them.

Best to your FIL.
There are many that love that much color and pattern, but not everyone. It would seem to me that they would want to change the entire house too if they were going to change the kitchen. The whole place is like that.
Thank you for the well wishes for my FIL, Ellen.

Louvina - November 9, 2015 - 5:40 pm

I am in your state/capital and it was a lovely flight on Friday. But then the rain started — so I had to quickly enjoy the color of the leaves. Traffic was horrendous from the airport to downtown. Enjoyed the Atlanta History Center-farm and Swan House, Coke Tour and Aquarium. Tomorrow going to Margaret Mitchell’s home. So as you can see I have been looking at lovely homes. Was thinking about your Saturday event– sorry the rain delayed it. Also went to a book signing and met Judy Blume!! Temperature here 40’s – Orlando 80’s! Mercy– this FL gal is chilled!!:) loved your post and looking forward to seeing Harvest decorations at your home. Have you had your fireplace logs burning? Relax and enjoy the coolness!! Going home Wednesday — still very warm there!! 2 weeks until Thanksgiving! Can’t believe it– going by too fast for me!
I saw all your photos on Facebook Louvina. You are doing the city tour right! (Except for the horrible traffic which is always horrible.) Can’t believe you met the famous Judy Blume! WOW!
It has been a little chilly here, and we have had one fire in the fireplace (and I have worn boots and sweatshirts this week here to keep warm!)
Hope you have a safe flight home to your warm state.

Vicky Hunt - November 9, 2015 - 5:55 pm

You’ve had too much rain and we have been desperately needing it. Fortunately for us it started raining Sunday evening and has rained off and on today. Maybe yours moved on down to Florida! You always share the most gorgeous homes! That gingham ceiling is really neat, but I prefer the made over version overall. The other kitchen was too limiting for decorating for the holidays. Speaking of….I can’t wait to see yours! Have a lovely and hopefully dry week!
Isn’t that the way it always goes with the weather?! We finally have a sunny day in store on this wonderful Wednesday. I am happy to see it! Glad you like all the houses. Yes, it would limit you to using red for every holiday. Thanksgiving decorating is on the way!

Garden, Home and Party - November 9, 2015 - 6:01 pm

I’m sorry for your over-abundance of rain. We got a few drops today and did our happy dance.

I love rustic! I also love Thurston/Boyd…Randy Boyd is a California designer and his home in Laguna Beach is one of my all time favorite houses.

I couldn’t live with that first kitchen. I love red but that kitchen was too busy for my taste. Better toned down, still not sure I’d want red counter tops.
We’re in full Thanksgiving mode here. I love this holiday.
I wish there was some way I could send you some of our rain. We have had so much that there are flood warnings here for the local rivers….just way too much.
Randy Boyd is so talented. I love how he mixes old antiques in new settings, and they make for a very comfortable but stylish room. I know you have featured Thurston/Boyd in a blog post or two.
I agree that the kitchen was way too busy. Even as much as I love red, I would not want to be limited in color schemes by red counters. But they are mighty brave!
We are ready for Thanksgiving too….first time ever being ready this early!

Katrina - November 9, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Rain, rain go away, all us girls just want to play! I think we will be looking for an ark in Brevard soon! Thankfully, Veteran’s Day’s forecast looks good!
I definitely liked the “after” kitchen better than the before.
I just love that Sugar Paper line at Target. I had one of the cute day planners in my cart on Sunday for my niece but then realized that teenagers keep their schedules electronically most likely.
I just love your pictures from Balsam Preserve. The year my husband retired we had his office Christmas party at the Boarding House. I took some beautiful pictures from the porch of the gorgeous mountain range. We had a fire roaring that day just like the fire in the picture. That party is a fun memory.
I sure hope your father in law is on the mend!
As Thanksgiving approaches I want you to know that I am thankful for the inspiration you bring to me each time you have a blog post!
Sunny afternoon late here today, and a sunny day is in store for all of tomorrow (then clouds again on Thursday. :( ) Hope your Veteran’s Day forecast stayed sunny.
I did buy the planner and the desk calendar while I was in Target. You are right about electronic scheduling for the younger crowd…although my daughter still likes an old fashioned desk calendar as well.
I cannot believe you attended a Christmas party at the Boarding House!!! How wonderful would that be!!
Thank you for your sweet words about the blog. I am thankful for you!

Katrina - November 9, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Oops… The main thing I wanted to tell you and I forgot… You have got to look at the gift tags Emily A Clarke showed on her last blog post! You will go a Little CRAZY over them! Shhh…….. I ordered some for myself and my daughter. If I was a betting person, I would bet you will order some too!
Oh my gooooodness! Those are cute!! Yes, I do love them, and you were one smart cookie to order them for yourself and your daughter. Thanks for the info on them. :)
Kelly - November 9, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Yes, I’m getting pretty tired of rain where I live also!! I really enjoyed all the great photos you shared on your post today. I love the Cotswald Cottage! How beautiful and cozy looking. I believe I like the Conneticut house kitchen redo better than the original. The white walls and ceiling and the wood floors just have a calm look compared to all of the color that was in there before. Although, the previous kitchen style was pretty. I look forward to seeing your Thanksgiving decorations. Prayers for your father-in-law to keep improving!!
Thank you for your prayers Debbie. He has some good nurses helping him, and he is getting stronger (and more mobile) daily. :) We had sunny skies return around 4:00 today, and tomorrow is to be pretty. Hope you have the same. I think all of us need a Cotswold cottage – either for a home or for a vacation. Thanksgiving decorating coming this week.

Vicki - November 9, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Love the Cotswald cottages and all your mentions! Waiting on your Thanksgiving decor posts! Enjoying your blog.
Wasn’t that cottage cute? :) Thanksgiving decor coming this week. The sun came out late this afternoon finally so I can get pictures done.

Jane - November 9, 2015 - 10:23 pm

First I want to say that I read your blog all the time but rarely leave comments, I can sort of feel out those who do a lot of thought and work on their posts and time is short just living life, especially with kids. But I have to smile because we are so alike–I get to rambling about life and everyday events in general, too. And Target…the same thing happened to me last week. Right now I’m seeing a lot of red, plaids and buffalo checks. I did find a throw that was a little subdued and since it was marked down I grabbed it. Have you noticed in the past few years that colors go from bright red across the spectrum to blingy silver? No biggie. Just hard to find what I really want. Was at Marshall’s today and swore I needed nothing else. Gulp. But still had a great savings.

These homes are gorgeous. We have a second home in the country and it really resembles the sort of rustic homes you shared. We’re in the middle of making huge changes in every room and I saw so many details I can add to our plans. Thanks for the links.

Happy Holidays!! I’d love for you to stop by! :)

Jane x
Yes, time is certainly short! It is hard to get blog posts out, respond to comments, and do everything that non-blogging life requires AND manage to read other blogs and leave comments. And then YOU go and write for a newspaper on top of all of that? Good grief! I too am seeing all the red and plaids and buffalo checks everywhere. It is just too much for me. My first thought when buying things is….where will I store this when I am not using it? That determines whether or not I will buy something. Space is not in big supply around here. How fun to shop at Marshalls! They always have such great bargains!

Good luck with the projects in your second home! If we had one of those I would have no problem finding space for things! LOL

Judy whitmore - November 10, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Baratta has made quite a name for himself and is interesting to look
at but there is no way I could live with his use of color and pattern. I
prefer my home to be a calm and restful place.
Calm and restful are certainly not words to describe his homes – that’s for sure! I would use energetic and playful. It does take a certain type of client to live in a home with that much color and pattern. I could probably take small touches of it here and there, or maybe one room – like a playroom, but even I would have a hard time with an entire huge house done with that much pattern.

mari1017 - November 10, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Well, before I forget, I LOVE the Cotswolds cottage! I could move right in :-) That’s the look I aim for in our townhome. We have large windows, wood floors, maple cabinetry in the open kitchen and granite countertops – brushed nickel appliances. Pretty higher end of the spectrum cookie cutter for this area, but I love the openness, good square footage and lot of light. The neutral color palette lends itself to a wide range of decorating options. Honestly, pretty much our tastes are the same. Which is why I scooted to Target to check out the Bullseye Zone – and we had fun! So much was already gone, but I did manage to get a stand up green Tree chalkboard, glass jar with red stockingette pattern and twine, adorable small white reindeer lights (battery operated and last string left!) and string of just what I was hunting – mini twine clothesline with red clothespins – perfect for displaying Christmas cards. It certainly is the little treasures on a rainy day!
I also want to say that the wreath on your front door is gorgeous!!! I could go on and on, lol, but want to wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving! Thanks for all you put into your blog for us to enjoy!
I think everyone here wants to live in a Cotswold cottage! LOL Sounds like you did great at Target! I had my eye on those red clothespins with the twine too. (I should have gotten them before everything was picked over.) That stuff went fast! Thank you for the compliment on the wreath. I think it is a bit too small for the space, but it is serving a dual purpose that I will share in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
Blessed Thanksgiving wishes to you too. Your comments are always a blessing to me Mari. :)

Julia - November 11, 2015 - 8:37 am

I love that first kitchen with the red countertops! I can see the need to tone it down for selling. Not in my budget but it sure is nice! Happy day to you!
Yes, I think the toned down version would appeal to more buyers, but I bet there is someone out there who would have appreciated all the color and pattern. I just don’t know if they would have paid the big price tag for it!
Happy day to you too!

Nan, Odessa, DE - November 11, 2015 - 1:38 pm

I am your one who loves, loves red, SO I liked the gingham ceiling and red counter tops. I would need to change the floor!
Thanks for sharing.

We are waiting for the TO DO LIST now for Christmas. There must be one! You seem to have it together. HELP us!

So enjoy your post. Waiting for the next one!
I do love all that red, and like you, perhaps changing the floor would do it. Just couldn’t handle both a patterned ceiling AND floor. You should like Baratta’s work since he uses so much red.

Haven’t made a Christmas list yet. Just got our daughter’s and oldest son’s WISH LISTS for Christmas an hour ago. Can’t start the Christmas list here until we get through a major big party next week and then Thanksgiving. (But I HAVE been thinking about it.)


cindy hattersley - November 11, 2015 - 2:05 pm

You find the best cabins! I could move right in! That first kitchen has some lovely points just a little too much of everything!
I would love to be sitting by that fireplace at Balsam Mountain! You are right about the kitchen having “a little too much of everything.” But it certainly was a cheerful space! Not sure I could take it first thing in the morning though until I had my coffee. LOL

Cindy - November 12, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Yet another thing we have in common, log houses or cabins! I recently got the DIY channel and I am hooked on Barnwood Builders…love the program and all the crew.
I like the remodeled red kitchen, the first one was way to busy for me. Fun to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.
We finally saw the sun on Tuesday in North Carolina, you are so right first couple of days of rain were cozy, but it got old fast.
As always thanks for sharing, Cindy
We almost bought a log cabin years ago, but the sellers would not take a contingency sale contract. Everything worked out for the best for us, but I still love old cabins.
Yes, that rain got old…and dark…and depressing. I know you were just as happy as I was to see that sunshine this week!

Anita - November 13, 2015 - 1:14 pm

A beautiful post on a subject dear to my heart, the Cotswolds and cottages. One of these days I may just have to take a trip there.

Talk of the Weekend #28

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween lunchHi sweet friends!  I am in the middle of trading out October’s decor for November’s things in the attic on this rainy Sunday afternoon, but I wanted to pop in with a quick post for you.  How was your Halloween?  Didn’t you love that it fell on a Saturday this year?  That meant we could have both a Halloween lunch and dinner.:) I have just a few photos from our Great Pumpkin lunch on the porch to share with you today.

menu Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown lunchChili with assorted toppings has become our tradition for Halloween.  It was cool enough yesterday morning for our first fire in the fireplace this year, (yay!) but by lunch the temperature had warmed up to be perfect for dining on the back porch.  All the food was served on the antique wicker table help-yourself style.  In the past the toppings were served in small Mason jars, but this year I decided to use kraft paper cups (from Hobby Lobby I think.) That made cleaning up easier.:)

Charlie Brown party chili toppings

For our dessert, I made the Great Pumpkin pudding cups that I told you about in the last post. Those got the privilege of being served in the Mason jars.

Its the Great Pumpkin patch pudding

In the post the other day, I mentioned that I should have looked for a toy piano for “Shroeder’s” place setting on the porch.  I came up with another idea on Saturday….sheet music by Beethoven (much less trouble than shopping for a toy piano.:))

Charlie Brown lunch Schroeder

I also ended up putting a rock at Charlie Brown’s place and a couple of peppermint patties by Peppermint Patty’s.  Makes sense, right?

Our daughter and her roommate hosted a big Halloween party Friday night…complete with “scary food,” a murder mystery, and plenty of decorations. (It would be an understatement to say that her roommate loves Halloween.:))  For her costume, our daughter dressed up as a cow with an angel’s halo for the party so that she could be…wait for it….Holy Cow! LOL  Anyway we invited her and several of her friends to come for lunch on Saturday.

Halloween lunch Talk of the HouseWe also had some early trick-or-treaters this year.  One of our super cute nieces came as a perfect Cruella de Vil.  (Don’t you think I need some of those loooooong red gloves?:))  Sorry for the blurry photo…I am not used to photographing things that move!

CruellaAnd one cute little nephew came as an adorable scarecrow.  I don’t think he would scare anything away. Do you?  I had purchased baby food for him, and he was much happier minus the scarecrow hat and chowing down on his “treat.”

Scarecrow trick or treatOkay…enough of our Halloween.  Let’s see what else we are talking about this weekend…

Have you seen this charming Toby West cabin over on Phyllis Hoffman DePiano’s blog?

Toby West log cabin living roomsource

Not only is it steeped in a huge dose of rustic-ness, but it is also filled with red accents in every room.  (So you know I am in love with it.:))

Toby West log cabin bedroomsource

Phyliss said that it was featured in the fall edition of Southern Home magazine.
(Click the link to purchase.)

Southern Home magazinesource

Well I just bought the issue of Southern Lady below, and the photos of the cabin were also featured in it.

Southern Lady Nov Dec 2015

Southern Lady Holiday Issue Home for Christmas Nov/dec 2015

This time the article was not actually about Toby West and the cabin’s decor but rather, about a book of 13 rustic Southern cabins…a book I can’t wait to get!

Southern Rustic Cabin by Emily Followill

Southern Rustic Cabin

Another beautiful photo from Phyliss’ blog is below.  If you are not familiar with A Ribbon in My Journal, I think you will enjoy it. (I know several of you are readers there because I see your names in the comments.:))

Autumn in the South


I know many of you also read Veranda magazine.  Did you see this absolutely wonderful home in their October issue?  It was created by joining together two log cabins originally built in the 1840s.

Tammy Connor designed log cabin kitchensource

I love the interiors done by Tammy Connor.  If you missed the issue, check out the home tour online via the links above and below.

Tammy Connor designed log cabin loft bedroomsource

Have you thought about what you are going to make from all your Halloween pumpkins?  Here are some recipes from Hallmark that might be just what you need.  Hallmark?  Yes, Hallmark.:)

Pumpkin recipessource

And they also have a 60 second video of how to make their pumpkin mousse…yum. (The video is 60 seconds, but it actually takes longer than that to whip it up.)

Alright, I have to get back to work on my house projects.  I hope you are having a nice relaxing day on this first in the month of giving thanks.  Today I am thankful for a good night’s rest (with an extra hour!) that gave me energy to get some projects completed.:)

What are you up to today?


Linda Ishmael - November 1, 2015 - 5:10 pm

I love that bedroom, especially the bed!!! I love a high bed and do not know why anyone would want to sleep near the floor!! Lol!! And red is the perfect color for cabins. It brightens the darkness. Thanks for the quick post!!
I so agree! I do not like to be near the floor when sleeping either. In the article in the magazine, Toby talks about how red is perfect for the cabin. Great minds think alike!

Anne from Atlanta - November 1, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Enjoyed hearing about your Halloween! Sounds fun with lots of good food. Then on to cabins! How perfect for this fall weather.
Wish I were at the Toby West cabin right now with a fire in the fireplace. You always tell us about wonderful new things. I’m off to check out Phyllis’ blog now. Thanks!
Halloween was fun! (And yes, we did enjoy our food. :) ) I would like to be at Toby West’s cabin right now as well. It is a beauty. I know you will like Phyllis’ blog. It too, is a beauty!

Tricia - November 1, 2015 - 6:42 pm

Hi Kelly. I could move right into that ‘red’ cabin and never want to leave. Beautiful photo of your daughter – love the costume idea. Too funny! And your clever, delicious menu!
Didn’t they do a great job with that cabin?! I am trying to remember what it looked like before they added on to it. I know it had to have been featured in other magazines over the years.
Thank you for the compliment on our daughter, her costume, and our menu.
Hope you are having a good week Tricia!

Louvina - November 1, 2015 - 7:03 pm

What a nice treat on this Sunday night on the first day of November!! I usually have chili for Halloween every year but this year we had a standby KY supper: Soup beans, fried potatoes/onions, sauerkraut and wieners, chow chow and of course, cornbread. For dessert– homemade walnut brownie sundaes! No family or kids— just our next door neighbor. But sat outside on the screened porch and thought about all the many fun times in the past. Now I will go back and look at all the details of your post! Thank you for the cabin sources— love the rustic with the red!! Getting ready for my trip to ATL this week—;)
Your meal sounded delicious! My husband would have especially liked it I think. I know you will enjoy that trip to Atlanta. I need to make a trip there myself so that I can get some fabric at Ikea.

Maryanne Gross - November 1, 2015 - 7:25 pm

I love your blog,Kelly. I am a rather new follower but I really enjoy reading about how you decorate and celebrate home! I loved your Great Pumpkin Halloween decorations. I love Halloween but not the gore and horror that we see today. I’m looking forward to seeing your November decor!
Thank you for your compliments Maryanne! I am glad you read and enjoy all the posts here. The Great Pumpkin theme is one I have been wanting to do for several years but was finally able to wrap my brain around it this year. November decor coming very soon!

Leila Jane - November 1, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Kelly, I love the looks of that recipe for the pumpkin mousse. You shared it with me just in time for 7 family members coming for a visit to Florida this week! It will make a nice, light dessert at the end of a warm day. I’d like to play that happy video music while I make it, too, LOL!
I think that dessert would be perfect for all of you. Hope you get it made. I liked the music too! Too bad you can’t put the video on “repeat” in order to hear that music played again and again. :)

Anita - November 1, 2015 - 7:38 pm

So delighted to see your post this evening and the wonderful eye candy! I would move right into that cabin. The red accents in the room are spot on! I love all the stonework. What a coincidence that I looked at the same book yesterday at the book store.
I must peruse the blog to see more pictures.
Love what you did with your table settings. So cute! Happy 1st day of November!
Back to some fall baking in the works…..
You and I would have to fight over who gets that cabin! Isn’t it just perfect?! Do follow the links in order to see more of the spaces.
How fun to have some fall baking going on! I bet your home smells wonderful. :)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 1, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Your pumpkin patch puddings were adorable! Love the big moon.

And . . . thanks for sharing the beautiful cabin. That’s my idea of roughing it!!!
Thank you Leslie Anne. I am glad you liked the dessert.
If that cabin is your idea of roughing it, then I guess you are not a big outdoor camping enthusiast? No backpacking for you?

Barbara P from Ma - November 1, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Hi Kelly, Loved seeing all of your Halloween decorations. Your special touches always make the occasion special. I too, am a huge fan of rustic cottages so I always enjoy your posts on them!
I’m so glad you enjoyed all the decoration and the rustic cottages. I could move right in that Toby West one!

Kathy - November 1, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Holy cow…how cute! My college-aged son and his precious gf were a hunter and his deer. (His name is Hunter and I thought she was a “dear”.)My daughter and her husband were bananas. My husband and I had less fun. We ended up back in the ER for the second Saturday in a row. We made the most of it and pretended that all of the blood they were taking was really for Dracula. Fortunately, we got to spend the night at home. Things are looking up! I do like the red with the rustic in your post. You always think of the most creative things. The sheet music was a clever idea and I love the containers for your condiments. I can’t wait to see what you do for November. I see a little cotton in your tablescape. Fun!
How clever of your son and his girlfriend! I love it! How does one dress as a banana?? I am so sorry about your husband’s heart problems. That is just too scary! I hope he makes fast progress.
I had planned on cotton in the tablescapes around here for Thanksgiving but ended up changing my mind. Went in a different direction. :)

Design Chic - November 1, 2015 - 8:17 pm

I love seeing your Halloween festivities and wishing I was having a little of your pudding for my dessert! So fun seeing your precious family and of course, your amazing home!
Thank you so much! The pudding was delicious. (I topped mine with whipped cream. :) )

cindy hattersley - November 1, 2015 - 8:20 pm

OMG I did not know about that Emily Followill book. I am such a huge fan of her photography. As I have said many times before I would love to be a guest at any one of your many soirees!! You do holidays right!!
Thank you Cindy. You come on over for our next one! Yes, that E. Followill book looks like a very good one. I am a fan of her work too. We both need a copy of that one!

Pattie - November 1, 2015 - 9:05 pm

I love your chalkboards! How do you get them so clean when you change them out? I have used the chalk markers and they always seem to leave a shadow behind.
Thank you Pattie. I use a Magic Eraser and scrub and scrub. My big chalkboards are from Pottery Barn, and they are very easy to clean. The less expensive ones seem to be the ones that are so hard to remove the ghost letters from.

Sherry Myers - November 1, 2015 - 9:41 pm

You won’t believe this, but when I saw Phyllis’s post and the Toby West cabin, I thought of you. All that red…you. I love the bedroom. I could spend a winter’s night in that bed! Love the quilt. Your Halloween lunch looked like a lot of fun. Lucky kids! You always go to great lengths to make everything festive and inviting. I am sure a good time was had by all. Thank you for posting the pumpkin mousse video. That, I will try. Enjoy the transition time to Thanksgiving. I am someone who enjoyed the extra hour of sleep too! Have a great week!
How funny! Yes, I would love that cabin with all the red. It is perfection. :) Thank you for the compliments on the Halloween lunch. It was fun! Hope your pumpkin mousse turns out well. It looked yummy in the video.
Hope you are having a good week Sherry!

Pinky - November 1, 2015 - 11:06 pm

I have always wished we could afford to get a cabin in the mountains! First it is GORGEOUS scenery and it would be so much fun to decorate! Your Halloween sounds like it was wonderful. I went to our daughters and took out granddaughter out trick or treating. SO much fun!!!
Like you, I would love to have a cabin in the mountains too for your same reasons. How fun to take a little one trick or treating! I miss those days.

Cheryl Lynn - November 2, 2015 - 12:34 am

Kelly, I recently saw your lovely home featured in the Christmas Better Homes and Garden issue and was so interested that I looked up the link to your blog. I am enjoying it soooo much! I have spent the past few weeks reading all that I can in your archives whenever I can grab a few minutes. In fact, there have been many nights when your blog has been the last thing I read before drifting into a night dreaming of design possibilities…. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I love hearing your stories. I noticed your love of Christmas music. My family has teased me for years for listening to Christmas music nearly year round! Isn’t it just the best! I have just retired from teaching this year and am excited to have a little more time for decorating. I’m looking forward to catching up with all the rest of your former posts! Your newest fan, Cheryl from WV
Thank you sooo much for your kind comment Cheryl! Congratulations on your retirement. I am looking forward to being able to do Christmas shopping midweek and mid day! Hopefully it won’t be as crowded as the weekends are.
I’m so glad that you are enjoying the blog. And yes, I am right there with you on the love of Christmas music. I especially like to hear choral music, so I am currently listening to the Messiah. :) We just have good taste in music, don’t we? Ha ha.
Hope you will visit again soon.

Gabrielle - November 2, 2015 - 2:24 am

Thankyou again for brightening my day. I live in Australia, and enjoy seeing the seasons and looking at all of your different traditions. Brisbane is sub tropical, and while your weather is cooling down, ours is warming up. Brisbane is currently dotted in lavender, with all of the jacarandas in bloom. We did have a bowl of Halloween treats, but this year, no young children knocked on our door! Last year we had quite a few. The shops are all full of Halloween paraphernalia, but it seems a bit hit and miss as to how many children actually come by. I am off to look at the blogs you mentioned. (and even more enjoyment)
I’m so sorry you did not have any trick or treaters at your door Gabrielle. But at least it means that you get to have the treats! :) Thank you for visiting from Australia – a place my father has always wanted to visit.
I would imagine all the lavender around you is a beautiful sight.
Take care!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 2, 2015 - 9:02 am

Glad you had a great Halloween!….loved the beautiful pics!….love the cabin feature…off to visit….and I have a Southern Home Magazine giveaway going on…went to the launch party of this magazine and it is fabulous!!!
Yes, you do have a giveaway going on! How fun that you were at launch party! I know that had to be a great event! :)

Becky in 'Bama - November 2, 2015 - 10:53 am

Kelly…every week I want to reach through the far reaching ‘arms’ of the internet and just give you a big hug and say ‘thank you.’ SO MANY things that you choose to write about, along with the photos you share continue to speak to me about my childhood, living in the South and particularly give remembrance to my late mother. Today…the discussion of Phylliss Hoffman DePiano and her magazine Southern Lady made me ‘smile out loud’, as this was my mom’s all time favorite magazine. She lovingly collected them, reading and rereading them before even thinking of sharing them with anyone. AND can I say that bedroom in the cabin with the red and white theme (particularly that red and white quilt) caused me to catch my breath. Have a great week, and praying God’s blessings on your life as you share with all your readers these snapshots of your life.
Well I am “smiling out loud” at your super sweet comment Becky. :) Thank you so much for your kind words. I think I would have liked your mother, and she might have liked the blog here. Wasn’t that cabin beautiful? I too loved that red and white quilt.
I hope your week is going well, Today felt like Saturday with my husband home on a holiday from work. So now I am all confused about what day it is! :)

Carolyn - November 2, 2015 - 11:12 am

Yes, I have that issue of “Veranda” and “The Southern Rustic Cabin” book, which I had on my wish list and my son gave to me for my birthday. It’s fabulous. But you know any book about southern rustic cabins (I live in a log cabin in the NC mountains) would have my name all over it, and it’s gorgeous and worth having, even though many of the houses I had seen featured in magazines and on the internet. (I buy every magazine with a southern mountain style cabin in it – besides the ones I subscribe to. Even in this age of Pinterest, websites, and blogs, I like to hold those glossy photos in my eager little hands!)
Lucky you that your son gave you that book! Glad to hear your recommendation of it. I am right there with you on wanting to hold those glossy photos in my hands too. That is why this house if filled with books. :)

JoAnn McDaniel - November 2, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Kelly, Hi! I have to tell you I have been searching for a blue plaid fabric for my master bedroom curtains. I have the same color pallet and my grandparents furniture from 1928. I was so excited to see what was in my head in the “Better Homes & Gardens”, “Christmas Ideas”, in your master bedroom! Did you make your curtains, have them made or purchase them pre-made? I have had ivory sheers hanging in my room for several years now. I have searched fabric stores & sites & have not been able to find what was in my head. I was wondering if you could possibly help me. By the way, your home is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone!
I know how hard it is to get something in your head and look and look for it. I do that all the time! Makes me wish I had a manufacturing company or something. LOL I did make my drapes from fabric that I ordered over 10 years ago from a local fabric store that has since gone out of business. I have looked and looked online for you to see if I can find it but have had no luck. I am so sorry. Take a look here to see if there is anything that might work for you: and here: I will keep looking for you.
Thank you for the compliment on our home. I am happy to share it with all of you. :)

DiAnne - November 2, 2015 - 10:44 pm

I love your party and the rustic cabin with red accents.
We had an interesting adventure last weekend on our way to Plains, Georgia . We went to hear former president Jimmy Carter teach Sunday school. What a wonderful experience? We took the back roads and enjoyed all the little towns we passed through in Georgia.
The pumpkin recipes look yummy!
Thank you DiAnne. How great that you heard Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School!! We need to do that. What a wonderful experience. I hope his health continues to improve so that he can continue to this. Did you just show up, or did you have to make a reservation or something? And how crowded was it? You have planted this idea in my head that we really should do this.

Garden, Home and Party - November 2, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Your Halloween lunch and dinner sounds delicious and fun.
I’m doing very few changes from my autumn/Halloween decorations, but I hope the weather continues to cool, I would love to have a fire in the fireplace.
I live the cabin/lodge decor of the homes you’ve shared. I’m going to follow a few of these links.
Thank you for always being inspirational!
Thank you Karen. Weren’t those cabins just lovely? I could move right in! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing them. Do follow the links. There are many more photos.

Debra - November 3, 2015 - 10:23 am

I usually make chili for an easy dinner on Halloween too, but this year I made my Tomato Herb soup with homemade deli sandwiches and cheesecake for dessert. Unfortunately, we had rain, but thank goodness it was just a light drizzle by the time we took our twin grandchildren Trick or Treating. It was a family affair with six adults, umbrellas in hand, a little pirate and a mermaid. They were such fun. The neighborhood decorations were also quite entertaining. Your dessert turned out cute and those special little guests, I’m sure made it extra fun. Being around little ones can bring out the “kid” in all of us, don’t you think? :) I so wanted to have a fire in the fire pit that night, but drizzle and everything being wet kept that from happening. Boo :( Oh, a log cabin, fire, and delish desserts, sounds good to me Kelly! I will have to come back to your blog to further “indulge”. We are having a few days of Indian Summer finally, so I have to get out and enjoy, even if it is just a little more raking, garden clean up and the smell of a backyard fire. I love Fall……… :)
Your meal sounds wonderful Debra! Your trick or treating also sounded like so much fun! Yes, those little ones all decked out in costumes do bring out the kid in all of us (and the candy!) LOL
Enjoy the last of the fall weather. Christmas will be here before we know it.

Rosemary - November 3, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Hi Kelly! Glad to see your daughters feeling well again …inspired choice of Halloween costume! Your niece and nephew look so cute. Must be nice to have little children around at Halloween Christmas etc …I miss that!
The cabins look so cosy and welcoming …its easy to imagine curling up in a chair or that wonderful bed …watching the flames dance in the fire and the snow fall outside:) …. Nice to have a distraction whilst cooking dinner for everyone!..Thank you!
By the way I finally got to try Pumpkin and Pecan Cheesecake…twice! at the Cheesescake Factory before we left Texas … If it hadn’t been for you I wouldn’t have thought to and it was amazing! so thanks for that too :)
Hope you’re having a good week.
It was fun to have them here in all their cute costumes! Lucky lucky you to eat that yummy pumpkin cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t had any this year. We need to find some at our local Barnes and Noble. (That is the closest we can get to it.)
Hope you are having a good week as well.

Jenny - November 5, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Thank you for your lovely, cheering blog Kelly! I can’t tell you how I look forward to it when I see it in my inbox! I “save it” for when the demands of the day are past and I can sit down with a cup of tea to savor ever “bite”! WE are not up to much creative here in the soggy Upstate of South Carolina! Simply running outside to attack the leaves in between rain storms! But, you are inspiring me to get thinking about how to warm up my fall decor with some reds as Thanksgiving comes along.
Thank you dear lady!
You are quite welcome Jenny! I’m so glad that you enjoy every “bite” of the posts here. :) I hope the sun has finally come out for you and that you are having a good day doing something you enjoy. It was foggy here all morning, but the sun has FINALLY made its appearance after its 9 day absence. Hope you are having fun decorating for Thanksgiving. Thank you for your very encouraging comment. I appreciate it so much!

Dee - November 6, 2015 - 11:30 pm

I don’t comment often enough, but wanted to pop in to say how much I enjoy your posts. It’s always like reading a letter from a good friend with photos slipped inside as an additional perk.:) I was getting prescription filled in CVS a couple of weeks ago and spotted the Southern Cottage winter edition. I was thumbing through and there was your lovely home! I walked up to pay for my prescription (and the magazine) and had this urge to show it to the pharmacist and say “That’s my friend’s home!” Then I realized it would be hard to explain why a blogger that I’ve never met would feel like a friend (but you do!) Thank you for always keeping it real and sharing your life with us! I have a long list of blogs in my feed, but when time is short I always go to yours first.:)
Thank you so much Dee! That is so funny about your magazine purchase! Yes, indeed, you should have shown it to the folks there and said you know me. You can call me your penpal if that makes you feel any better. LOL Thank you for reading all the random stuff here at Talk of the House. I appreciate you!

Party Inspiration from Charlie Brown

Talk of the House Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown chalkboard

Stephanie at Brooklyn Limestone is the Queen of Details…especially when it comes to Halloween.  She and her husband dream up the most amazing decorations for the exterior of their home each October, and I have been in awe of their Wizard of Oz decor (and invitations) and their Ghostbusters one.  They were actually what started my planning for Halloween this year.  I wanted to big-time do our outside.  So as you may have read in my first October post,  I planned on “scary,” but in the end big-chicken-girl here couldn’t do it. I had to abandon the scary themes for one that was more whimsical and go in a different direction (although the Ghostbusters one was totally hilarious.:))  I then thought of It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and began looking for ideas to go with that….for the outside of our house.

I first found this one, but it was a lot of wood for my husband to cut out and for me to paint.

Welcome Great Pumpkin yard artsource

Then I hit the inspiration-jackpot with this perfectly clever trunk-or-treat idea.:)

Great Pumpkin Trunk or Treat by Lynleesource

I decided we could set up a big pile of pumpkins in the front yard with a Linus cut out and that great sign.  We could make the ghosts out of chicken wire and felt and put them on the porch by the front door.  Have you seen all of that outside our house?  Heck no.  I got the inside of the house done for Halloween, and now there are only 4 days until trick-or-treat (or “tricks or treats” as they say in the Charlie Brown special) and we’re not starting those projects now.  Sorry.  Perhaps next year.:)

But I do have other inspiration for you.  The Great Pumpkin theme is a common one, and there are a ton of creative ideas out there…especially parties.

The popcorn bar and food labels were especially cute in this one.

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween partysource

Here is a birthday party using the theme (with an amazing cake!)

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown birthday partysource

And yet another birthday party…with cute cuuute cupcakes.:)
(Mine would never turn out like that!)

Party Doll Manila Charlie Brown partysource

Katherine Marie is a professional photographer who loves the Charlie Brown special.  She watches it with her 4 children and plans something to celebrate it each year.  One year she had a scavenger hunt with clues that led to the movie. Here is her snack table from that year.

Katherine Maries Great Pumpkin scavenger huntsource

And one year, she made these adorable treat sacks to go along with the movie watching.

Katherine Maries Great Pumpkin movie night snackssource

In my searching for ideas, I also ran across a fun Thanksgiving Charlie Brown party, but wouldn’t these buckets still be great for Halloween trick or treating?

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving partysource

And the food!  Oh my! What great food ideas go along with The Great Pumpkin?

Great strawberries of course.
(I couldn’t resist.:))

Charlie Brown chocolate covered strawberriessource

These pumpkin patch pudding cups would be super easy with pudding cups, Oreos, candy pumpkins, and a little green decorator icing.

Great Pumpkin Patch pudding cupssource

But it was the cookies that really impressed me.
These folks are not only bakers, they are artists!:)

Great Pumpkin cookies by Comet Cookies with DIRECTIONSsource

cookies Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brownsource

And last but not least on the cookie tray, are these…my favorites from Lizy B. Bakes.

Lizy B Bakes Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown cookiessource

Now if you want to carry the theme out all the way, here are directions for costumes so you and your crew can be the Peanuts gang.  The masks are made from beach balls!

Halloween costumes Charlie Brown and Peanuts gangsource

Last weekend, I got an email from Gap for a 40% off coupon.  I headed over to their site to order some jeans, and you won’t believe what I saw when I got there….

Gap kids peanuts linesource

Yes, at Gap! Tooooooo darn cute!  I should have ordered that Woodstock hat for my little great nephew.

Then I was in the grocery store and found this:

charlie brown candy

Somehow it ended up in my shopping cart…hmmm.  :)

I suppose all this Charlie Brown-ness is leading up to this for Thanksgiving….

Snoopy in the Macys Thanksgiving Day paradesource

Macys Thanksgiving Day parade floats Charlie Brownsource

and perhaps this…

Peanuts Christmas sheets from pbteensource

and this…

Peanuts pajamas for Christmassource

for Christmas.

Actually, it is all leading up to this…

on November 6.

And it did inspire all of this…

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown place settings


and this.

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Violets party invitationsource

Hope you have enjoyed all the Peanuts Gang fun here today and found a little inspiration for a Great Pumpkin Halloween.:)

Enjoy your day!

Until next time…


Lynn A. - October 28, 2015 - 11:39 am

:-) Your post made me do the Snoopy dance.
And your comment gave me a giggle! :)

Donnamae - October 28, 2015 - 11:44 am

What a fun post! Who knew there could be do many variations on a theme! I like what you thought of doing for the front yard….hopefully next year! I’m doing the same boring stuff….but I’m comfortable with that. It involves hanging a skeleton made out of several milk cartons by an 11 year old. He’s now 31! Maybe one of these years I’ll get a little more creative…but don’t hold your breath! 😉
Too funny Donnamae! I think that is sweet that you still use your child’s “creation.” Hopefully next year we will get something going in the yard. We did have a ghost in a window last year, but that has not happened this year. Maybe we will get it up there at least in time for Saturday night’s trick or treaters.

Velia - October 28, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Kelly, what an inspiring post on Holloween, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. As empty nesters, my husband and I still enjoy the Peanuts gang and are looking forward to the movie. Thanks for all the creative sources.
You are welcome Velia! You and your husband must be children at heart if you still enjoy the Peanuts gang. :) I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

Jill Culbertson - October 28, 2015 - 12:19 pm

What a fun post! I loved all your Halloween decorations and all these ideas too! All the decorations and treats are so cute. I have this memory of my parents bringing me and my sister Charlie Brown cutout cookies back from a trip to California. They were so cute….but they tasted horrible and were hard as a rock. Ha! I LOVE those Christmas p.j.s. My kids and I CANNOT WAIT for the movie!
That is too funny about your cookies! I guess they can’t taste good AND look good at the same time. LOL We should all get some of the pajamas. It would make for a great Christmas card photo if everyone were wearing matching Peanuts pj’s! :)

Gina - October 28, 2015 - 12:24 pm

It is amazing the inspiration and resources we can find on the Internet! It made me reminisce about my party planning days when my children were young. Haha, before Pinterest!! 😉 I’m hoping to do fun things like this with grandchildren one day. :) I’m going to check out the links. I’m especially interested in the cookies.
Isn’t it though?! Party planning before Pinterest…how did we ever do it? LOL Those cookies were just wonderful to me too.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - October 28, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Love, love , love! I had Peanuts bed sheets when I was a little girl. Such sweet memories!
How cute Leslie Anne! (I had plain white ones. :( )

Donna - October 28, 2015 - 1:48 pm

That was a great post, lots of ideas. I think I need to start to plan things sooner, rather than later! Kelly I just love your porch. I have a smaller porch and can’t do as much, but yours is the best!!
I bet you are already planning Christmas!
Happy Halloween,
Thank you so much Donna. I am with you needing to plan earlier. And thank you for the compliments on the porch. I have not started planning Christmas yet. We have a party in early November that is occupying the “planning part” of my brain right now. :) Then Thanksgiving. THEN I will start thinking about Christmas. (I can only think of one thing at a time. LOL)
Happy Halloween to you too!

Katrina - October 28, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Oh my goodness, those ideas were just great and so were all your Peanuts ideas!!! I live in Transylvania County so my town is all about Halloween. We have a huge downtown festival on Saturday and two of the downtown streets are blocked off for trick or treating each year. There is a costume contest and every year I am amazed at the creativity of some of these parents ( they are kinda like you Kelly!)
Thank you Katrina! Transylvania County…I didn’t think of that. Oh how perfect for Halloween!! And what is your costume this year? :)

Debra - October 28, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Loved the “Trunk or Treat”. So many cute ideas Kelly. How cute, were the easy pudding cups and those Charlie Brown PJ’s have me wishing I was a little kid again! I have a feeling we might see a bit more Charlie Brown items for sale, with this movie coming out, ya think? Well, no luck on the orange plates and mugs… :( They did have green though. Yes, I did! Christmas is not that far off. The days are flying by…. :(
That trunk or treat was perfection! I may do those pudding cups myself for Saturday. :) I think you are right about the Charlie Brown merchandise. You know they will want to market more of it for Christmas.
You bought the green dishes?! Smart girl! I probably should have done the same.

Tricia - October 28, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Hi Kelly. Oh, I’m loving all of this; the cookies are amazing!
I’m so glad you are. Those cookies just blew me away! How in the world do people do that???

Dawn R. - October 28, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Hi Kelly,
What fun you’re having since you retired. We are working on a Charlie Brown thanksgiving bulletin board right now at the library where I work. I will email you the picture when we get it up. We did The Great Pumpkin several years ago but I don’t have a picture anymore. It was one of my all time favorites!
Take care,
Dawn R.
Yes, I am having fun (and working hard.) I do not know how in the world I had time for a job! I would love to see the bulletin board! I bet it turns out super cute. :)

Garden, Home and Party - October 28, 2015 - 6:24 pm

What amazingly talented people are out there. I love some of the snacks and the pudding cups were beyond cute, they were easy too! Makes me eager to try some of this on my granddaughter sometime.
Amazingly talented for sure! I bet your granddaughter would love some of those treats! :)

Carmen - October 28, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Hi Kelly,

I’m loving all the Peanuts merchandise everywhere! Check out Pottery Barn teen. They have a fun selection also.
Me too Carmen! The bed and pajamas in the post came from pbteen. They always have such cute things!

Peggy - October 28, 2015 - 7:38 pm

My inner child is giddy over it! What a fun post! And amazing cookies! What talented, creative folks there are out there.
Every time I hear the phrase, “My inner child,” I think of that line in the Santa Clause movie. Do you remember that scene? (Love that movie!) Aren’t those cookies something?!!! I need to learn to do that…in my spare time of course. Glad you enjoyed the post Peggy!

Sherry Myers - October 28, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Thank you for the sources posted. What great ideas. Do you sleep? Your brain has to be creating nonstop! This was so much fun to read. I absolutely love the pj’s. You have outdone yourself again! If I scoot on down to GA, may I please come trick-or-treating at your house?
Thank you, Kelly,
Ha! Yes, I do sleep (but not enough. :( ) Yes, you may come trick or treating. We already had 2 come tonight! (Saturday is the “official” day though.)

Rosemary - October 28, 2015 - 9:36 pm

I’m almost speechless Kelly!!! ….not something that happens very often! :)
What amazing things you found … how talented some people are and how much preparation they put into their Halloween displays. Just like you do. You’ve given me lots of ideas for next year. We really don’t celebrate quite as much in the UK although we do usually have pumpkins and sweets for children who come “Trick or Treating” and I would usually have a party when my children were younger which included decorating the house and planning games around a Halloween theme.
I really must try to buy the new Peanuts Movie.
Thanks again … an excellent post! Hope that your daughters recovered and you enjoyed your time together.
Yes, there are some very talented people in this world! I am glad the post gave you some new ideas, and I hope you do get to see the new movie.
Our daughter is coughing quite a bit. I hope they gave her the correct diagnosis. She slept and slept and slept the day she was here. Sleep is a good thing. :) Thank you for thinking of her.

Dawn - October 29, 2015 - 10:52 am


I love all of your Peanuts gang inspiration. I might have to look for some of those cute crunch bars. My daughter loves crunch bars. Thanks for sharing all of these neat ideas. Take care.

I am glad you enjoyed all the Charlie Brown and Snoopy things Dawn. If your daughter loves crunch bars, you definitely need to find these. They have been in all the stores around here.

Becky in 'Bama - October 29, 2015 - 2:37 pm

What a great ending to a fun week. I have to confess I have NEVER decorated for Halloween. When she was little (she’s now 35) our daughter refused to trick-or-treat until she was about 8 or 9. She was terrified of the whole scenario. And our last house was on a dead end street with no kids around, so we’ve had no kiddos in over 8 years. We are in a new neighborhood, so who knows what will happen this Halloween!

I recall my late-mother ALWAYS had a theme for Halloween (usually scary), and one year she took her ironing board, circa 1950’s, covered it with a white sheet, used a black light under it, along with a cassette player (yes it was years ago) of ghostly soundtrack. It was a HIT! She always had jack-o-lanterns, etc… missing her holiday touches!
Never? Oh my! I can understand your daughter’s fear of all the scary things. Our daughter was scared by someone sitting on their front porch when we went trick or treating one year. We both thought it was just a figure, but then it yelled at us, and both she and I screamed bloody murder. Then I laughed when I realized it was a live person, but our daughter has never liked trick or treating since then.
Good for your mother that she celebrated the day! I would have never thought to use an ironing board for a Halloween anything. How funny!
Thank you for sharing Becky. :)

Nina - October 29, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Just another thing we have in common! I LOVE Charlie Brown. One of my favorite traditions is that we watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie (after our turkey dinner) and we nibble on what he served his friends: popcorn, pretzels, jelly beans, and sometimes even toast! My kids look forward to it every year! I even shared the tradition with my daughters their grade class last year. Such fun. This year I think I may put all the snacks in jars like you use to decorate! Maybe one with peppermint patties too. Hope you have a fun Halloween and get lots of adorable Trick or Treaters!
What a fun idea for Thanksgiving! All those snacks are just perfect for munching after the big meal. If I can find a way to do it, I just might copy your idea.
Thanks for the inspiration Nina!

kathy - October 29, 2015 - 10:10 pm

How fun! I have just become interested in making cookies..well, since our daughter’s wedding. My dear friend, Cynthia, taught me to make wedding dress and wedding cake cookies for the out-of-town wedding guest bags. (I am going to send you a photo.) I love that I could “pin” the cute cookies in your photos to my Pinterest Cookies Board. I pinned that cake too. I make easy fondant cakes. I love the candy you find. Do you find the seasonal candy at Target? (Why don’t we have a Target!) I forgot that Katrina’s county is Transylvania County. Have fun, Katrina! Happy Halloween, Kelly!
How cool that you have learned how to decorate cookies! I need to learn to do that. I have tried, but I am not very good. The candy was at Target and CVS and Kroger around here. Yes, why don’t you have a Target? You would spend a bunch of money there if you had one! Target runs are a weekly thing for me. Hope Transylvania County had a successful Halloween. I know that had to be fun!

Louvina - October 30, 2015 - 8:40 am

The TODAY Show must have been following your blog!! They have dressed up like the Peanuts Gang!! I enjoyed your post and found myself wishing my kids were little again so I could put on a Charlie Brown party!! Loved all the great ideas but really think your ideas are the most clever! Hope this Halloween Weekend finds everyone in your family is feeling well and able to enjoy the Tricks and Treats!;) PS think I will give out “rocks” since no one ever comes to our house — in the Spooky Woods by the lake!;)
They were hilarious!! Thank you for letting me know about them. (I would have never seen them otherwise.) From what I understand, they go all out each year. And thank you for the compliments on my Halloween ideas. I am nothing compared to those guys though! You better not have given out rocks! If someone was brave enough to go to the house in the spooky woods by the lake, they deserved a treat.

Anita - November 1, 2015 - 7:25 pm

I just love Charlie Brown and the gang! I watched the Thanksgiving special on TV. So adorable. I’m thinking of going to see the new movie out in 3D. Certainly much creativity out there using the Charlie theme.
You and me both! There is just so much nostalgia associated with the Peanuts gang. I hope to see the movie as well.

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