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Project Design: Gallery Walls

foyer gallery wallIt’s no secret that I love photographs – black and white photographs.

They are everywhere in our home.  And I do mean everywhere.

From the foyer…

to the family room…

photos in family roomto the dining room…

dining room in Octoberand kitchen.

kitchen photosThey are in the playroom…

playroom sofaand the hallways…

hallway photosin the bedrooms…

bedroom photosand even in the bathrooms.

photos in bathroomIt would appear that I have gone a little overboard with all the photography around here.:)I have never been one to commit to art. (Heaven forbid, that would mean a commitment to a color.) But I really like how photography gives a personal touch to a home, and by using the same frame and mat style throughout, continuity is provided.  It helps the spaces flow from room to room.

The largest arrangement here is in the foyer with its arrangement of 6 pictures, but I have another area – a larger one – in mind for a gallery wall.  So I have been looking at a ton of inspirational photos to help me get this project started, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the eye candy.

Let’s start with this Phoebe Howard stairway…

stairway gallery wallmrshowardpersonalshopper.com

Unfortunately, my project is not up a stairway.  But I do like this particular arrangement for all of its black and white photography (of course) and its uniformity in framing style….large expanse of white mat contrasting with the dark frame.

Or how about this one with all the photographs framed in white?

gallery wall with white framesbabble.com

I wish we had some of these vintage ones to hang on our gallery wall.  They would be perfect.

vintage photographs in gallery walldesignsponge.com

Believe or not, I am actually thinking of being a little more brave with this project I am planning here.  I want to use a mix of different size photos. (Really!) Isn’t this hall arrangement beautiful?

style me pretty gallery wall

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Or maybe… hanging won’t even be required.  Perhaps shelves will work better. hmmm.

gallery wall shelveshomemadeinheaven.blogspot.com

shelves for gallery wallmanditremayne.blogspot.com

(Even Mary Kay Andrews did that in her Ebbtide beach house.)

Mary Kay Andrews gallery wall in Ebbtide

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Another option might be to hang the items from wires with clips.

pictures on clipsshelterness.com

While I am thinking of being brave by mixing different sizes in the arrangement, I am also planning on using an assortment of items – not just photographs. (You just fell out of your chair in shock, didn’t you?:))  Seriously, this gallery wall can handle the variety.  How about some of these for inspiration?

gallery wall with assortment of items

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And an assortment of Pottery Barn ones…

(There’s a good tutorial for creating gallery walls on their site right now.)

pottery barn gallery wallpotterybarn.com

pottery barn rustic gallery wallpotterybarn.com

gallery wall around televisionpotterybarn.com

And that’s all the eye candy I have for you today, but I do have some exciting news!  I am over-the-moon delighted to be participating with a group of very talented women who are each working on their own gallery wall.  Please click on their links below to see more inspirational eye candy today. I know you will enjoy them.:)

Project Design

Design Chic

Design Indulgence

Driven by Decor

5th and State

Gwen Moss

Lovely Things

Rough Luxe

Classic Casual Home

Our next installment on this adventure (when I show you where this gallery wall is going:)) will be next Monday, October 13.  So be sure you stop in then for a visit to find out all the details.  I am off to get this project up and going today.:)

Until next time…

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classic • casual • home - October 6, 2014 - 6:20 am

How gorgeous is your home!!! Makes me want a lot more black and white photos and to do lots of gallery walls!!! Thanks for the inspiration.
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Thank you so much! All of your inspirational photos made me want to take down the photographs and put up art. LOL
Kelly

Stacey - October 6, 2014 - 6:42 am

I still love my picture wall that is like yours. People stop in their tracks to look at the pictures too. :)
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That is wonderful Stacey!
Kelly

Gail - October 6, 2014 - 6:50 am

So love this post; so many great ideas! I know you have probably posted this before, but where do you find most of your frames? Wish I had done this many years ago. My husband is a photo buff like you and we have tons of color pictures. I need to convert them to black and white…love that concept. Blessings
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Glad you enjoyed the post Gail. The information on the frames can be found by clicking on “The House” in the menu bar at the top of the blog. When you get to that page, just scroll down to the sources listed below the foyer photos. You will find it there.
Kelly

Mimi - October 6, 2014 - 8:36 am

I love all the photographs–it’s one of my favorite things about your home. As far as the vintage photos go, it’s never too late! What if you took panoramic photos of your home, each of your parents’ homes, or other places special to your family, and printed them out in black and white or other “vintage” finishes? If nothing else, your children could have vintage pics when they do their gallery walls in the future. :-) Just a thought….

Enjoy your day!
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What a smart idea Mimi! I will have to give that a try (if I can figure out how to do that with my camera. :) )
Kelly

Nannette - October 6, 2014 - 8:43 am

Love your home and am “in love” with your kitchen light fixture. Can you provide the name of the store where you purchased this fixture…also light the hall light fixture.
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Thank you Nannette! I love that light too and searched for a very long time to find one I liked. The link to the online source can be found by clicking on “The House” tab in the menu bar at the top of the blog. It will take you to a page of sources, and the information on the light is right below the photos of the dining room.
Kelly

Kris {Driven by Decor} - October 6, 2014 - 8:45 am

Your home is beautiful and I absolutely love how you have family pictures in so many rooms. All of those black and white inspiration images are right up my alley – I’m sure your finished gallery wall will be gorgeous!
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You are too sweet Kris. Thank you. I hope the gallery wall turns out well. I know yours will be beautiful!
Kelly

Cheri - October 6, 2014 - 9:08 am

I am a fan of gallery walls and have a couple of small ones in my home. I love how you did all the frames the same…you got me thinking that I might need to change things here at our house. Love that look.
Can’t wait to see what you will do…I know it will be wonderful.
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I bet yours are great, Cheri! Thank you for your vote of confidence on the one here….hope I can be brave and do something a little different. :)
Kelly

Design Chic - October 6, 2014 - 9:19 am

Wow, Kelly you home looks amazing and I love the way you have used black and white gallery walls of your precious family throughout…like you say, it adds a wonderful personal touch. The Style Me Pretty image is beautiful – love the way they had one central large piece with the others around.
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So glad you liked all the photos here. I loved that one from Style Me Pretty, too. Working all the photos around that central one was a great way to do it. Can’t wait to see yours! :)
Kelly

Jill - October 6, 2014 - 9:33 am

I have always admired your black and white family photos, Kelly. I think it was a bold commitment to carry that throughout your home. They are just lovely!
I can’t wait too see what you have up your sleeve with the new gallery wall though. And for the record….I DID almost fall out of my chair….and I laughed out loud too! :)
I love all the inspiration photos. I’ve always thought that those vintage team photos would be a neat thing to collect.
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Ha Ha Jill! Yes, it is very out of character for me to go in a different direction, but I am trying. :) If you happen to find a stash of vintage team photos, save some for me. I could certainly use them in this particular gallery wall.
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 6, 2014 - 9:41 am

Oh I can’t wait to see your wall.
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Be sure you come back on the next two Mondays then Marty. Thanks for stopping by today!
Kelly

Louvina - October 6, 2014 - 9:41 am

Wow! How exciting!! I love all of these ideas BUT have no talent in this area— looking forward to learning how to arrange an interesting gallery in my living room. I have to tell you the touches of orange/yellow throughout your home are just right– I don’t have that talent either!! I seem to always go “overboard” with everything I do!:) I have to tell you –I keep trying to zoom in to see the titles of your books– I could spend hours in your “library”! Maybe some time you could share your list of favorite books? Oh, for some reason?? the picture of the white frames never uploaded from babble– I wonder why?
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Hope we can help you with arranging things in a gallery wall Louvina. Glad you liked the orange and yellow, but those are old photos. I need to do some for this year. Nothing wrong with going overboard (unless of course you are in a boat. LOL) I have had plans to do a series of book/library posts, but just have not found the time for it. Don’t know why that photo didn’t load for you. Sorry.
Kelly

debra @ 5th and state - October 6, 2014 - 10:25 am

hello kelly

great to meet you via this fun project. your inspiration images have me rethinking….oh no!
cheers
debra
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Nice to meet you too Debra! I know all too well how images can make your wheels start turning. I look forward to seeing your finished project. :)
Thank you for stopping by!
Kelly

Leslie Harris aka Gwen Moss - October 6, 2014 - 10:53 am

Hi Kelly, nice to meet you! What an impressive collection of black and white photos you’ve got in that beautiful home of yours! It’s funny, because I love black and white, but somehow I never have enough restraint when it comes to my walls. I always end up choosing color. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for your gallery wall, I love your style.
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Thank you Leslie! It is so nice to meet you as well. I look forward to seeing your gallery wall in a couple of weeks too. I know it will be beautiful. :)
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - October 6, 2014 - 10:55 am

I love gallery walls! Here is a hint to make it easier — trace all of your frames onto paper & tape them up where you think that you want the photos to go. It’s way easier to move them around at that point than to put a million holes in your walls.
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Since I have been the queen of making holes in the walls, I thought I would try that this time to see if it really works. I don’t know if it will give me enough visual-ness (made up that word! :) ) to really make a decision about how and where I want things to go, but it should give me a good start. I know my walls will appreciate it at least.
Kelly

cindy hattersley - October 6, 2014 - 11:02 am

I cannot wait to see what you come up with you are definately the master of black and white! We chose one of the same inspirational images and almost several other!! We must be thinking along the same lines!!
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There were sooo many inspirational photos out there to choose from. It is amazing we chose some of the same…kind of scary! Thank you again for coming up with this fun way to share ideas on a project. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Kelly

Carolyn - October 6, 2014 - 11:46 am

Lots of inspiration here and at the other blogs. You have a beautiful home – and I love that you actually have books on your bookshelves – yay! Now that we’ve moved to a much smaller house (log cabin, actually), I don’t have nearly the room to display the family photos I had at our previous home. I’m thinking of doing a gallery wall up the stairs. While the ordered look of all black and white photos in same size black frames with white mats is appealing, it feels a bit too regimented for me. I have many older photos in their original frames that I love. So my preference is a mix of frame styles and sizes with various wood, aged brass, and gilt frames for a more collected-over-time look. My favorites are antique frames and I’m always on the lookout for lovely ones for family photos. I also love seeing artwork mixed in, which can be as simple as a framed card. Framing and artwork can be expensive, though, but I know a nice gallery can be done with simple frames/mats from Target or Pottery Barn.
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Thank you for your kind words about our home, Carolyn. I have always loved a gallery arrangement up a staircase, so I hope you have fun doing yours. I agree that old photos look best in antique frames. It really adds to the “story” of the place.
Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment here. I appreciate it!
Kelly

Maria White - October 6, 2014 - 12:20 pm

We went big instead of a gallery wall in our cabin. But we still want to do a gallery wall showcasing friends from around the world somewhere. I wish I could show you our walls (our safari pictures). My problem with gallery walls are that sometimes they feel messy. And if the house is disorganized, it only adds to it. So I prefer same color, same size frames. But your home is so beautiful, any type of gallery wall will look great!
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Safari pictures! Oh my! You must be major travelers Maria. :) You are right about gallery walls can look messy (or “busy” as I call it.) I think that is why I like using the same style of frame here. There are enough other “things” in our rooms, that the similar frame style helps to “calm” the look of the space. I used to mix things up years ago but have streamlined my “artwork” over the years.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 6, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Kelly,
I was thrilled to see the people involved in this project. I love wall galleries and can never have too many inspiration images, especially for this group of talented designers. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with. I love some of the inspiration images you’ve shared.
xo,
Karen
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Karen, I was thrilled to be included with this majorly talented group of women. (Not sure how I got so very lucky!) I look forward to seeing all of their projects and actually finishing mine. LOL
Kelly

Jayne - October 6, 2014 - 2:22 pm

I just took down a quilt that has been hanging in our stairwell for years. I mean years!!! I want to do a gallery in black and white as well. Now to begin going through old photos and finding ones to work with. I have thought about doing a family tree and actually painting a tree and hanging pictures from the limbs. In my hallway I have hung two curtain rods on the wall. I have some photos hanging from them. I really need to update it and add some more pictures. I think I may also reframe some of my kids artwork from when they were little and hang them as well.
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I love a stairwell gallery wall – and even moreso if it involves black and white photography. Going through tons of photos takes time, but the end result will be wonderful. Good luck with your project Jayne!
Kelly

sherry hart - October 6, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Well great minds do think alike! We both love the sepia tone vintage gallery wall! I love all of your black and white photos…they are classic and so easy to change around. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with ! Have a great week,
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Yes, great minds DO think alike. :) I dearly need some of those team photos. So glad you liked all the photos here Sherry. I am excited to see your finished project in 2 weeks (and mine finished too!)
Kelly

Dawn - October 6, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Kelly,

Thanks for sharing the inspirational gallery walls. I can’t wait to see what you do and where you put it!
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Thank you for reading the post Dawn. Please be sure to check back on each of the next two Mondays for updates. (Hopefully, it will all come together. :) )
Kelly

Barb - October 6, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Whatever you do, I know it will be beautiful. Thanks for the great ideas. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Maybe this is just the inspiration I need.
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Barb, thank you for your vote of confidence! I hope all of us can give you the inspiration you need to make the project a reality in your home.
Kelly

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Kati B ~ FurnishMyWay - October 8, 2014 - 5:17 pm

You have such a lovely home! I have been seeing so many blog posts about gallery walls lately and it makes me want to create some of my own! Unfortunately, an elaborate gallery wall is difficult to do when you’re renting… One day!
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Thank you Katie. Renting does make it hard to be able to decorate the way you want. Try command hooks for hanging your things. They are supposed to be easy to remove.
Kelly

annie diamond - October 10, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Your photos add so much warmth! Love all the details throughout….like your shelves in the dining room, the hallways….everything!
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Goodness! Thank you so much Annie! That is so very sweet of you to say that. I am happy you like our home. It is well used and abused. :)
Kelly

Talk of the Weekend #6

Talk of the Weekend at Talk of the House

Happy Weekend!  I am especially happy that it is the weekend because our fall break has officially begun. Hallelujah!  And the weatherman predicts a change here with a high in the 60’s for Saturday and a low in the 40’s for us on Sunday morning.  Finally fall! (40’s are the beginning of being cold to me here in the deep South.:)) Bring on the sweaters, blankets, fireplaces, football, hot apple cider, county fairs, and pumpkins.  I’m ready. So with that in mind let’s get started with some random ramblings today beginning with….

A fall picnic you can read about here.

fall picnic dessert toppings in mufin tinmidwestliving.com

Jenny and several other readers asked about one of my candles on the porch. That candle is from the Park Hill Collection, (The link goes to their blog with a post for a pumpkin pie recipe.) I bought it at a local shop, but I found an online source here. Mine is the Farmhouse scent, but it smells very Christmas-y to me (evergreen-like) so I am not sure why it is named Farmhouse.  I would love to try some of their other scents sometime (especially the seasonal ones.) And of course you have a wonderful vase when your candle is gone.

Park Hill candlethenestonline.com

I was thrilled in my last post to see that so many of you are Mitford fans.  Here is a cute t-shirt you might want.:)

Mitford tee shirtzazzle.com

And while we are on the subject of Mitford, do you remember seeing Jan Karon’s big farmhouse in this post?  Did you know she recently sold it?  It is such a gorgeous place – so well restored.

Jan Karon hometrulia.com

A year and a half ago we traveled to Palmetto Bluff, and I bombarded you with several posts on their stunning architecture.  Well I found my dream home (exterior at least) just recently.  Isn’t it beautiful?! I love that color, but I think what really makes the house is that door. Guess where it is located….You already know….Palmetto Bluff.

Palmetto Bluff housepalmettobluff.brightdoor.com

 I really loved it with the board and batten exterior and metal roof, and of couse I wanted to see more of it.  So I did a little more research, and voila!  I found out it is for sale (not that we can buy it or anything like that.)  You can see the floor plan and a few other photos here. (It is much bigger than I thought it would be.)

Speaking of floorplans…Do you remember the post here on the talented James Farmer? He has sold his former home here and is building a new one that he is calling Farmdale.  You can read all about the construction of it starting with this post on his blog.  I believe he is building the Capeside Cottage plan from Coastal Living magazine.  Check out his post and the houseplan, and see if you agree with me. (He has enclosed that covered front porch part I think.)

Capeside Cottage from Coastal Livingcoastallivinghouseplans.com

Back in September I shared with you that I seem to fall in love with lake houses in autumn.  I saw one this week (appropriately named Duck Camp) that truly gives new meaning to the term lake house – with the emphasis on the word lake here.  (Be sure to click the link below the photo to see its rustic interiors.)

Duck Camp

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More randomness…

You know I am not much for liking gray rooms, (I thrive on color) but as a math teacher, I thought this paint trend prediction for 2014 was kind of funny.:)

Math and paint Sherwin Williamsremodelaholic.com

Math is the new sexy?  Too funny.:)

A couple of years ago I shared a chili bar dinner party with you that we hosted on our back porch. Here is another one…this one from Bloom Design.  The whole party is beautiful.  The chili and baked potatoes look yummy.  But it was the dessert bar that had my mouth watering! (Of course.:()  You need to check out the entire post.  (It was even featured on Pottery Barn’s blog.)

Chili under the Oaksbloomdesignsonline.com

Are any of you going to the movies this weekend?  I can’t tell if I want to see this movie.  I don’t usually like movies that are tense (give me a comedy any day) and this one will most certainly be tense.

And finally, I have a sort-of mystery I wish one of you would solve for me.

I found this image on Pinterest a year ago (I think.)  I have tried for hours to find the source of it…no luck.  I can’t even find it on the blog it came from, (casadecorada45.blogspot.com.br) and even if I find it there, I don’t think the source is listed….and it is in a foreign language…and I cannot find a search box to help:( So if anyone knows the post, the architect, the location of the house, or anything, I would love it if you would share your knowledge.:)I think it is an amazing little lake house.

lake houseI hope your weekend is amazing.:)

Talk of the House this weekendUntil next time…

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Dawn - October 4, 2014 - 11:44 am

Ok, Kelly,

I love how light hearted your post is today. It so perfect for a weekend. Thank you for all of the information, inspiration and eye candy. We are off to go “Jeeping” and just take in the beautiful sights and weather around here today. Then tonight we are going on a kid friendly hay ride. Tomorrow when have been invited to pre-opening of a new pizza parlor in small local town just a short distance away. All in all it the perfect Fall-ish weekend here. What other fragrances have you tried in those lovely candles?
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Jeeping sounds like fun! It was a gorgeous weekend for being out and about, wasn’t it? Your weekend sounded fun fun fun! :) The only other scent I have smelled in the candle is the sweet tea, but I can’t wait to check out their new scents for the upcoming holiday season.
Kelly

judy - October 4, 2014 - 3:08 pm

I’m sitting here sipping on my first cup of apple cider that I made this morning and making my chicken tortilla soup for later tonight. My husband put together our new fire pit that I would LOVE to use tonight while watching Auburn-LSU but my husband says he’s going to watch it inside on the big TV! I might have to sit outside by myself!

Isn’t this weather spectacular! We opened all our windows and I had to close a couple of them because I got too cold!

Happy Saturday and enjoy your fall break. Shannon and her crew left for a week at Disney World last Thursday for their fall break….gotta get those trips in before the baby gets here.
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Judy, what a wonderful way to enjoy the first of fall weather. I jumped over to your site and saw your recipe for that delicious soup! Since I wasn’t in the mood to cook, I went to a Mexican restaurant and enjoyed their soup. :) (I am sure it wasn’t as good as yours.) Hope you enjoyed your fire pit on that chilly evening.
Happy fall!
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 4, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Kelly, so wonderful to find this post in my inbox this morning! Love, love, love the Caramel apple bar at the fall picnic and the Chli bar…the wheels are turning in my mind! And…I sell those Park Hill candles in my shop! I like and have sold the Glady’s Kitchen, Caramel Apple, and Sweet Tea scents. Just ordered the Holiday Gatherings…hope it smells wonderful too. The lake house is so rustic and charming…love that too. Thanks for all the fun links today! Warmly, Gracia
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Wasn’t that dessert bar at the picnic just wonderful?! And those are yummy candles you are selling (if a scent can be described as a taste. LOL) I would bet the Holiday Gatherings will be a perfect smell for the season. Those will go fast!
Kelly

Sue - October 4, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Lovely fall post Kelly. So glad to see the online link for the candles. I buy mine at a local shop too and LOVE them. My favorite so far is pecan pie, but also the the pumpkin and Gladys kitchen. I have their peppermint for Christmas but haven’t burned it yet. I hope you have a relaxing fall break.
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You have quite a collection of them, Sue! I bet the pumpkin one smells delicious.
Kelly

Cheri - October 4, 2014 - 5:17 pm

This weather is amazing…I am loving the cooler temps. for sure being a northern gal and all. If you go and see Gone Girl, let us know what you thought. I want to see that one and the Left Behind movie, I read all the books. Most interesting.

Have a great weekend.
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This weather has been beautiful, but it isn’t going to last here in Georgia. 80’s are back in the forecast. :( I am still not sure about the movie. The reviews are great, but I am afraid it is too intense for me. (Yes, I am a wimp.)
Kelly

Martha - October 4, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Kelly, I love color too and I am tired of neutral or gray color schemes that seem to dominate design now. But if gray is the new black and math is the new sexy…then what do I know?

I LOVE the house at Palmetto Bluff! It is beautiful…love the shutters instead of curtains. The screened porch is lovely. I thought the vault in the closet was a hoot….although I could hide candy from my husband in it. The only thing I didn’t really care for was the laundry room right off the front door. I may be looking at the floor plan wrong,but don’t you think that is an odd placement?

I will have to try the Park Hill candles. I really love a good smelling candle and find the soy base ones burn the cleanest.

This weekend in NC really is beautiful, we have worked in our yard all day. We are going to our daughter’s after church tomorrow and will enjoy another gorgeous day with our grandchildren. Hope the rest of your weekend is great too!
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I just shook my head when I read math is the new sexy. Not sure I agree with that.:) Hiding candy from your husband…now that was funny! Would you believe the laundry room right by the front door was the first thing I noticed on that plan?! It’s very unusual. I bet NC was absolutely perfect this weekend since Georgia was gorgeous.
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - October 4, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Math is the new sexy? Well, I’m sunk because I cannot do math in my head at all nor am I good at math (which kept me from being an excellent musician, actually, since they are so related). I did have a very compassionate Geometry teacher in high school who felt for me and tried her best! That lake house reminded me of a spit here on the island that has houses all the way to the point.
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Sorry you are sunk, Barbara. :( (But I really don’t think there is anything sexy about math.) I bet the lake area you are describing is so pretty. (I cannot resist lake houses lately, in case you haven’t noticed. :) )
Kelly

Kim - October 4, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Yes, same weather here this weekend, but I am afraid it is very short lived. Back in the 80’s next week. Poo!! Got to go back and check out these houses you shared.
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Yes, back in the 80’s here. You know we can’t keep fall weather around very long. I will enjoy it while I can, because it disappears so quickly here.
Kelly

Katrina - October 4, 2014 - 9:51 pm

I LOVED this post! I am still laughing at Barbara’s “I’m sunk…” comment! I know exactly how she feels! Wow..that bloom design fall dinner looked incredible. I have 300 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes I have to put together so I have invited some couples over for a “beer, box, and baked potato party” to help me knock them out. My dinner will not be near that involved but it sure gave me some good ideas.
Gone Girl..oh my!! Saw it last night. I liked it and so did my husband but it wore me out! Without giving away anything, just remember to hide your eyes when the girl goes to bed with Neil Patrick Harris (and it is not because of the sex part) And remember there is a reason it is rated R…ha ha!!!
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What a great way to get all of that work done! Glad you could get some ideas from the post. You like mysteries Katrina, so you probably did like Gone Girl. I am still not sure if I can handle it. I think I have only seen one other R rated movie in my entire life. (Yes, a very sheltered life here! :) )
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 4, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Hi Kelly,
I’ve noted the site for the candles. I love the way they look and I especially like that once the candle is spent, you get a vase out of the deal.
The Palmetto Bluff house is pretty but to be honest I like your house better. It has such a welcoming exterior and the inside of your house is wonderful.
I can hardly wait to go check out the latest on James Farmer. I totally enjoyed the post you did on him and it will be fun to see what he’s building.
I also want to check out the backyard chili feast.
Great post. Enjoy your time off, lucky you to be catching some honest fall like weather.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you Karen. I was hoping that Palmetto Bluff house would be much smaller, but boy was I wrong. I think I could still find a small 2 story plan and make the front elevation look like that (if we ever build again.) But I do know that as we get older, a 2 story is not really a good option. I can’t wait to see James Farmer’s finished house too. It will be beautiful for sure.
Hope your weekend was a good one.
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - October 4, 2014 - 11:21 pm

I’m dying to see Gone Girl! I just need a babysitter so that my husband & I can go on a movie date. I love the chili & s’mores party that you shared. I could read about creative parties all day.
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Kim I have read that Gone Girl is supposed to be the “best date movie” out there now. I hope you find a babysitter and can go see it. Like you, I could look at creative parties for quite a while. So many good ideas to steal!
Kelly

Paula B. - October 5, 2014 - 8:57 am

Hi Kelly, it is good to be reunited with your blog and catching up with all you’ve been posting. I showed my Mitford loving friend your latest post on that topic (she loved it) and I see the cute shirt here, maybe I will get it for her for Christmas. Hope you enjoy your break, I know teachers here are looking forward to the Columbus Day (long) weekend which is fast approaching. We are getting our share of dreary days and needed rain, but it is too soon to lose those summer-like days and possible trips to the beach. I am finally home from my hospital/rehab stay post knee replacement surgery. Looking forward to my first night at home and reading all my favorite blog posts.
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Thanks for sharing the blog love Paula! Glad you made it through the surgery, and I hope all went as it was supposed to. Take it easy (or do they make you get up and walk on it these days?) I hope you find time for reading while you are recuperating.
Kelly

Jackie Caruso - October 5, 2014 - 11:33 am

What a fun post! I loved checking out the links and blogs you mentioned, even adding a few to my favorites. I can’t wait to see Gone Girl. My daughters and I are going to see it together. We’ve all read the book but are in the process of rereading it before we see the movie. Enjoy your fall break:)
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Glad you liked all of the places to virtually visit Jackie. Let us know what you think of the movie – especially since you know how it ends in the book. I don’t usually like when they change the ending from the book (and I don’t know if they did that here or not.)
Kelly

Susan M - October 5, 2014 - 1:06 pm

I really love these kind of posts Kelly…..so fun!! I had already ordered a candle from the Nest before you posted and they were fast delivery. I got the farmhouse scent because you had told me it was Christmasy in your reply and it does smell like a christmas tree…..I love it!! Your dream house is beautiful and would have been on my dream house list back a few years ago but we are empty nesters now ( pretty sure I am your age but I won’t say the number because I live in denial most of the time) and my dream house has changed from 2 story to ranch. I can already tell I want one floor for the second half of my century and a bit smaller than what we have now (2 story brick colonial)……but I am in love with the style of the house you pictured…lovely!! With the temps dropping here today, that chili party looks warm and inviting and I enjoyed looking back at the chili dinner you hosted too! Have a fabulous week Kelly and be sure to post your Halloween decor when you get it up….can’t wait to see it !!
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So I am not crazy thinking it smells like Christmas then? Yay! I know a 2 story is not very practical as you age, but if we could do a 2 story with the master bedroom downstairs, I think that would be do-able. Then the upstairs would only be used for overnight company. That ought to work. :)
Kelly

Carolyn - October 6, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Love that Capeside Cottage plan! And I agree it must be the plan that Farmer and his architects (the architects of the original one featured in the magazine) are tweaking. Will be fun to follow the construction of Farmdale. I prefer small cottages and am always glad to see them featured.
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Isn’t that a great plan?! I prefer smaller cottages as well, and I know this one will be great! Makes me wish we were building again. :)
Kelly

Janet Magina - October 8, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Question re: Palmetto Bluff. Do you just wander freely around the neighborhoods? When we went last spring we happily wandered around the “for rent” cottages and chapel, but other streets had signs that said private or for residents only and of course being the rule follower that I am I turned away with a sad look on my housepeeping face :( Also, is there a small downtown/village area in Bluffton? We found an area with a couple of local restaurants and ate lunch, but never saw any shops or anything. There has to be something charming in a place that would have Palmetto Bluff. Not sure when we will be back again, but I want to be better prepared next time. Love the blog, keep up the good work ( when you have time) !
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When we were there we just wandered freely through the neighborhood, and we did not see any signs. We did go on only one side of the resort though (the side behind the shops and the chapel.) I don’t know about restrictions on the other side because we did not go over there. Check out this site for a list of some unique shops in Bluffton: http://www.oldtownbluffton.com/ And there is a big Tanger Outlet center down the road from it as well.
Thank you for the encouraging words about the blog Janet!
Kelly

Kathy - October 13, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Kelly, you sure know how to pack a lot into a post! I have to click on every link…. And, then I have to read all of the comments from everyone and your responses. I am catching up on all of your posts. (I was in High Point last week refinishing furniture carts and cutting book letters.) Your chili bar and the Bloom Design post almost made me want to have a party. Then I smacked myself and said… we just got over a wedding! What am I thinking! You do inspire me, girlfriend!
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Thanks for catching up on all the posts Kathy! Glad you enjoyed following all the links. What in the world are you doing with furniture carts? I laughed out loud at “smacking yourself.” You are right…hold off on the entertaining for quite a while since you just spent the last year planning a wedding! That should last you for some time. :)
Kelly

A Meal From Mitford

porch tableOkay. I have been wanting to talk about Jan Karon’s new book since the day I finished reading it…which was a week after it came out earlier this month.

Jan Karon Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel (A Mitford Novel)

 BUT I also knew I wanted to do this meal to celebrate the bookand it has taken some time to get it done.   We have had a lot of schedule “disruptions” this month.  (You probably didn’t know that my husband accompanied our sons on their 2 week roadtrip/move to Seattle.  I wanted to wait on his return before doing my Mitford meal.)

Mitford meal serving table

For quite a while, the idea of doing an entire meal from recipes in this book has been spinnning around in my head.

Mitford Cookbook

Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader

That was before I knew there would be another Mitford book to enjoy.  So I when I did hear about Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, I knew it called for this celebration dinner.

Mitford meal table full tableI don’t know if it was the fact that we haven’t had a Mitford book in over 5 years (Absence makes the heart grow fonder), or if this newest book was truly that well written, but whatever the reason, I LOVED it!  In fact, it is now my favorite of Jan Karon’s books, and reading it was like being with old friends again. Truly.

Mitford meal centerpiece

If you have read them, you probably adore all the characters, and they begin to feel like friends to you.  So for this meal, I used a craft paper runner with the names of characters from the books lettered around the border.

runner for meal with Mitford characters hand lettered

I know it is not Christmas, but I needed a piece of Mitford to use in the centerpiece…so out came Lord’s Chapel from my Hallmark village (snow and all!)  If I had owned the summer village pieces, I would have definitely used them, but I only have the Christmas ones. (I think the summer ones are very hard to find.)

centerpiece for Mitford dinnerHere is the menu I ended up putting together from recipes in the cookbook. (I try to do a trial layout of the table and the serving table before a dinner party to make sure which platters and serving pieces I will need.)

Mitford menu chalkboardAnd here is the table almost ready with the food.

Mitford meal buffet

Mitford mealCynthia’s Roasted Chicken was very tender – full of garlic and lemon goodness.

Mitford meal Cynthias Roasted Chicken

Cynthia

Puny’s Squash Casserole was delicious, but I will say if you are going to reheat it for leftovers – don’t use the microwave.  It really needs the contrast of the crunchy topping (crushed potato chips) and you will only get that by reheating it in the oven.  Also, don’t be a big klutz like I was.  I had crushed the potato chips in a ziplock bag, and when I pulled the casserole dish out of the oven to add the topping for the last 10 minutes of baking, I accidently let the bag touch the very hot oven door.  Bad idea.  The heat immediately melted a hole in the bag, and all the crushed potato chips came out on the open oven door, the floor, and my feet. Not fun. (Thank goodness my husband came to the rescue with the vacuum cleaner.)

Mitford meal Punys Squash Casserole

I could eat Emma’s Green Beans with New Potatoes every day of the year. (My favorite vegetable combination.)  And Cynthia’s salad with its toasted almonds was yummy.  I would recommend adding two teaspoons of sugar to the dressing recipe.  (When there is fruit in a green salad, I like a sweet dressing.)

a meal from Mitford Cynthias roast chicken Punys squash casserole Emmas green beans and potatoesBelieve it or not, for this Mitford meal we did not have the famous Orange Marmalade Cake.  It just seemed that apples were more fitting for September…and they needed to be Sadie Baxter’s apples. (I actually used Granny Smith apples.) The Mitford cookbook has 4 different versions of apple pie, but I chose the Baxter Apple Pie on page 3.  I am a big lover of pie crust, but this recipe did not call for a top crust – so I just added my own.

Mitford meal Baxter apple pieIt turned out perfectly.

yum….

Baxter Apple Pie slice from MitfordI wish all of you could have been here to enjoy the meal…especially all you Mitford fans.  If you have the cookbook, perhaps you would like to make your own version of a Mitford Meal.  I am thinking of something with Velma’s chili and perhaps Harley’s brownies for a future meal.:)

table for Mitford mealHave you read Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good? If so, what did you think of it?  I know everyone does not love Mitford like I do.  My mom – who reads fast paced mysteries – thought it was enjoyable but too long. I, on the other hand, would never think it is long enough.  A daily installment would be wonderful to me.:)

 Until next time,

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Christine - September 30, 2014 - 7:40 pm

so glad to hear you also loved the newest Mitford story. I was glad it was as long as it is. It was so nice to get into all those wonderful characters again. Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder but I thought it was excellent.

All your dishes for your Mitford meal bring back nice memories. Thanks for another lovely little ‘taste’ of Mitford.
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Aw man…that’s what I should have used for the title of this post…A Taste of Mitford. Thank you Christine! And JK has another novel in the works! :)
Kelly

Katrina - September 30, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Oh your meal looks fabulous!!! I have never read a Mitford book but I sure love the title of this new one! I bet it is a sweet story. Did you watch the Roosevelt series on PBS last week? It was fascinating!! Now I am obsessing over Franklin and Eleanor and just finished my second biography about their lives.
How exciting that your husband went on your sons’ adventure! I can’t wait to hear about it! When is their sweet mom traveling that way?
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Katrina, you MUST start the books. I can’t believe you haven’t read them considering where you live. OMG. I watched part of the Roosevelt series, and meant to see more. I was so startled to see how handsome Theodore looked when he was young – reminded me of Matthew from Downton in the eyes. His story was so sad to me.
Yes, my husband enjoyed his travels across the country with the boys while I stayed behind…boo hoo. Not sure when I will get to make a trip there.
Kelly

Kim - September 30, 2014 - 8:45 pm

I have this on my list to read soon! So glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I love the Mitford books, also. I enjoy Southern authors that develop such wonderful characters.
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I know you will enjoy it Kim. It really is one of her best…and she brings in little memories from the other books. The characters really make her books.
Kelly

Barbara - September 30, 2014 - 8:58 pm

I don’t know why this is my first time to write you, but Mitford got me to do it. It is my favorite series by far. I have fallen in love with all the Mitford characters, but Father Tim holds my heart. I have created a ladies’ night with fellow Mitfordphiles using the Mitford kitchen readers. I was unaware Hallmark came out with the buildings of Mitford. I would love to have them. I am on chapter 5 of the new book. I am really trying to read it slowly at night. I, too, am a school teacher (first grade) Your blog is my absolute favorite in all of blogland. You have a gift of making a cozy, personal home that instantly makes you want to come in and stay awhile. Thank you so much. I always look forward in my email when I receive a notification of a new post.
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I am so glad you jumped in the conversation Barbara! How fun to have a ladies night with Mitford at its heart. :) Do a search on Ebay and you can usually find a couple of the buildings from the Hallmark Mitford village collection. I tried to pace myself slow through the book, but I couldn’t help but read it every chance I got. Just couldn’t resist. Thank you for your very sweet compliments about the blog and our home here. I appreciate it so much.
I hope you have a great school year.
Kelly

nan odessa de - September 30, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Kelly. Like u I could enjoy Mitford everyday. Waiting for next book. Thanks for the post.
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Oh yes…every single day would be perfect!
Kelly

Dawn - September 30, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Kelly,

I have not yet read a Mitford book but they look interesting. I do love to read! The meal looks wonderful. I always appreciate your recipes. I did make that Orange marmalade cake for my Mom’s birthday last year and she loved it. The apple pie looks delicious as well. Thanks for sharing.
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Dawn I really think you would love Jan Karon’s books. Get started with At Home in Mitford as soon as you get the chance. The orange marmalade is delicious, but the Baxter apple pie was MUCH easier. :)
Kelly

Louvina - September 30, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Oh everything looks so delicious! I want to get that cookbook. Haven’t had time to read this new book– maybe when I go to the mountains for two weeks would be the best time to get into it. That meal looks like a great fall meal for family and friends!! And out on your special porch would make it perfect!!
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Your time in the mountains would be a perfect time to read the book – especially since it is set in the mountains of North Carolina. Have fun!
Kelly

Maria White - September 30, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Wait. Backup. What move to Seattle? I’m in Seattle. Do tell! If you need anything, let me know. I love when you post on Mitford. <3
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Too funny Maria! Okay, backing up here. Oldest son got a new job in Bellevue, so that is where they are living. Middle child makes a lot of money in the summer, so he has moved in with brother and will be tutoring people who are taking the LSAT to get into law school. Hopefully he will be in law school himself next year.Thank you for your kind offer for them.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - September 30, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Kelly,
I’ve got this book on my list and fall seems the perfect time to read it. I absolutely loved all of the other books and the sweet characters. Wow, this menu looks delicious. My mom made a delicious version of new potatoes and green beans. I’ll have to try this one. The potatoes, oh my! Thanks for the review and recipes…how do you stay slender while enjoying apple pie a la mode? :-)
Xo,
Karen
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Yes, fall IS the perfect time to read it. Love potatoes and green beans! I bet your mom’s is delicious. I am not that slender, and I justify the a la mode as my daily calcium intake since I don’t drink milk. LOL
Kelly

Vicki Crowe - September 30, 2014 - 10:29 pm

I LOVE the Mitford series and I would love to have all of the village pieces of “my” dream home town. I have made Puny’s cheesecake numerous times, and everyone that eats it says it is the best cheesecake they have ever had. Be sure to try it. I was a novice at making cheesecake, but all the directions are included in the book. Your meal looks fabulous!

I loved the last book. I actually went to see her during her book tour here in Birmingham, got a signed copy and had my picture made with Ms. Karon. She is such a gentle soul. I hope she sees your post!
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Thank you for the recommendation for the cheesecake recipe in the book. I love cheesecake, and I will be adding this to my upcoming recipes to make list. How lucky you were to get to go to one of the book tour stops, AND get a signed copy, AND get your picture made with Ms. Karon! We are all jealous of you here!:)
Kelly

Kathy Thompson - September 30, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Just the mention of Mitford got me to write. I do think this last book was among the best and I’m so happy to know that I am part of such a far-flung family! I don’t know how I ever missed the cookbook, but it’s now on my list to find. Have you ever been to Blowing Rock, NC (the inspiration for Mitford)?
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Mitford makes us do things, doesn’t it? LOL It IS like a far flung family of fans. You will LOVE the cookbook. It has recipes and little excerpts of the stories that mention the food. We have been to Blowing Rock several times. Here is one of a number of posts I have written about the cute town: http://www.talkofthehouse.com/grandfather-mountain-and-blowing-rock-north-carolina/ Just do a search for Blowing Rock on the sidebar, and it will pull all of the articles up that I have written about it.
Kelly

Jessie @ Dream and Differ - October 1, 2014 - 12:04 am

I am in the middle of the new Mitford book now, and as you said, it is like visiting with old friends. The food descriptions have always been a big part of the books’ appeal for me, and I am a huge fan of the Mitford cookbook. Cynthia’s roast chicken is my all-time favorite way to prepare a whole chicken. It’s a staple at our house! I only tried the OMC one time though, and my old oven died half way through; leaving me with three cake pans full of runny batter and company coming for dinner. :( I was so upset, I’ve never tried it again! Maybe this new book and your wonderful inspiration will spur me to try one more time. Your meal looks delicious, and I adore the little Lord’s Chapel figurine. So sweet!
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Oh dear! That is terrible about your oven! (AND the cake!) I hope you will give the OMC one more try. There are a lot of steps in it, but it is delicious (My favorite is after it’s been refrigerated for awhile. :) )
Kelly

Jill - October 1, 2014 - 7:49 am

What a fun idea for a meal! And everything looks so delicious! YEARS ago, I read the first couple books of the series and then never read the rest. I’m not sure why. Now that I’m “older and wiser” I may need to revisit them. My Mom loved them all and her birthday is coming up…..hmmm.
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Jill, the second book was hard for me to get through…too many letters. Perhaps you stopped with that. If you pick up with A Common Life and proceed on to These High Green Hills, I bet you will be hooked. Glad you liked the meal!
Kelly

Barb - October 1, 2014 - 8:05 am

Reading your post…..what a great way to start my day. Between you, Jan Karon and the feel of Fall in the air, this is going to be a good day. Thank you!
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Aw…too sweet Barb! Hope your day was a great one. :) Fall in the air seems to energize so many of us.
Kelly

kathy - October 1, 2014 - 8:46 am

I didn’t think I would like this post….what! not liking a Kelly post!…because I haven’t read the books. But, now I want to read one…and bake something! (Maybe Katrina can move away from true crime and I can move away from beach novels.)Should I start with this book, your favorite one, or start with At Home? Oh, and I loved the post…as always. The food looked fabulous and your writing on the chalkboard and table runner were awesome!
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Yes, you two need to expand your library of reading material. :) Start with At Home in Mitford. Then read A Light in the Window, but jump to A Common Life before moving on to the third published one, These High Green Hills. She wrote A Common Life out of order of the series. Thank you for your kind comments about the food and table. It was a fun and delicious meal (and we put the leftovers to good use too!)
Kelly

Design Chic - October 1, 2014 - 8:57 am

I cannot wait to read her newest novel. We were in Blowing Rock this summer and it was all the buzz…Emma’s Green Beans with New Potatoes looks amazing…perfect for the chilly weather we are having at night!!
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Lucky you to be in Blowing Rock! Isn’t it just the most charming little town?! Yes, the vegetable dish is perfect for the season…I could eat potatoes at every meal! :)
Kelly

Cheri - October 1, 2014 - 9:24 am

Did I miss my invitation to this wonderful looking meal? I have never read this book and might be one I have to pick up. Thanks for sharing.
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I guess you must have missed it in the mail Cheri. :) You definitely need to pick up the first one, At Home in Mitford, and get started on it. You will love it!
Kelly

Paula - October 1, 2014 - 11:14 am

I have had the new Mitford book for a couple of weeks and am saving it for a vacation trip to the mountains in 2 weeks. But, you comments makes me even more eager to read it than I already am! All of the Mitford books are near or at the top of my favorite books, and I am so glad there is a new one. They stand the test of being read or listened to repeatedly!

All the best,
Paula
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How can you resist reading it if you have the book already Paula? You must have great self-discipline! (I wouldn’t be able to resist.) A trip to the mountains sounds wonderful to me – and even moreso with a new Jan Karon book to enjoy. :)
Kelly

Vikki - October 1, 2014 - 11:26 am

So glad you did this. Great idea. I also LOVED the book and felt like I had come home (to the characters). I have loved her books from the beginning and agree with you- a daily chapter would be great! I thought this would lead into another book. Glad its in the works. Keep us posted, please/
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I think everyone who has read the new says that too. (I think we have just all missed it so very much. :) ) I am thrilled to know she is working on another one, and I hope it will be set in Mitford as well. Fingers crossed!
Kelly

christi in ma - October 1, 2014 - 12:15 pm

I had no idea Hallmark had Mitford Villages! How neat.
I love the Mitford series. Father Tim reminds me of my childhood Catholic priest, Father John who had a black Great Dane named Nikon.

I especially love the audiobooks. The narrator is just wonderful. I’ve listened to them over and over – they are great bedtime stories to fall asleep to.

I haven’t read the new book but it is on my list.
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What a funny name for a dog! Love it. I have heard that the narrator is great, but I have never listened to an audio version. (I just keep rereading the books.) Hope you get the new one soon.
Kelly

Mary Jamieson - October 1, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Some years ago, my two adult daughters introduced me to the Mitford series. I just finished the series as my 50th birthday approached. So, on my birthday, my two daughters and husband totally surprised me with a Mitford Birthday party. The yard was decorated in mason jar candles and linen covered tables. The menu all from the Mitford cookbook with fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, and orange marmalade cake served with tea and lemonade. There were about 50 people present and it truly was one of the most memorable events of my life! My birthday gift from my girls was the Mitford cookbook!
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Oh my gosh…what a super fabulous idea!!! I love it! Yes, that SHOULD be one of the most memorable events in your life. Your family did great!!! (Your menu is making my mouth water right now.)
Kelly

Jayne - October 1, 2014 - 3:40 pm

I must admit that I’m not much of a reader. For shame, I know! Like your mom, I like a fast pace mystery. I think my favorite author is Terry Blackstock. The meal sounds absolutely delicious! I will definitely be giving it a try. Guess I need the cookbook first. haha. Your table, as always is lovely and festive! Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you for the compliments Jayne! You do need the cookbook first. LOL (But you will enjoy the recipes much more if you read the novels first. :) )
Kelly

Susan M - October 1, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Kelly~ This dinner looks so inviting and scrumptious! And your porch is well …so pretty…… and just as comforting and inviting as the food. You have inspired me to start this series and I cannot wait. It looks like you had quite a few for the evening…..with all the kiddos gone did you make it a dinner party with friends or was it your parents and in laws that were the blessed guests? BTW….have you ever been to The Blue Willow Inn in Georgia? That would be a lovely place to do a post on don’t you agree? LOL Thanks for you beautiful blog Kelly!!
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We had some relatives over, Susan. I have not been to the Blue Willow Inn, but I have always wanted to go there. We will need to add it to a future trip I think!
Kelly

Stephanie - October 1, 2014 - 5:41 pm

This meal looks absolutely delicious!! I am definitely going to have to try out a few of the recipes myself.
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I hope you will get to try some of them Stephanie. That chicken was really delicious!
Kelly

Pam roach - October 1, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Gorgeous! I just finished the latest book too. I live in a small Northern Michigan village very much like Mitford. I go to a small Episcopal church and my best friend is the minister’s wife. We both love this book. Thank you for the great pictures. Keep up the great work.
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I know you loved that book as much as I did Pam. You are so blessed to live in a village like Mitford! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement.:)
Kelly

DiAnne - October 1, 2014 - 7:33 pm

This meal looks soooo yummy. I will have to try some of these recipes. I need to get this book.
Great post as always!
DiAnne in NC
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Yes, you DO need to get the book DiAnne! It is truly delightful.
Kelly

Cathy J - October 1, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Oh how I love the Mitford books, I agree, these books could never be too long!! 5 years is indeed way too long to wait on another one. I so wish I could have been present at your dinner. It sounds like so much fun!!
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I wish I could have invited everyone here. We would have had such a good time! But you all would have needed to bring more food to feed all of us – We could have made it a covered dish affair! :)
Kelly

nan odessa de - October 2, 2014 - 7:14 am

Kelly
How go I know what values of color in red and yelloe to use together?
Any suggestions? I so enjoy the Color red but afraid of yellows
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Nan, when using the two together, I stay clear of yellows that have a green undertone. I always go in the direction of gold, and I try to use a saturated yellow (no wimpy pastels with the strong red.) And I like a true tomato red – no pink tones in it.
Hope this helps. :)
Kelly

KellyinPA - October 2, 2014 - 9:19 am

Kelly, you always have the best ideas! Since your sons are away I hope you had company to enjoy and appreciate that wonderful meal! I’m a Mitford lover from way back. I can remember reading one of the books in bed with my husband trying to sleep beside me but I kept laughing out loud at one of the scenes;) I just put the newest one on hold at our library, I’m 27 out of 27. Hmm, could be awhile:)
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We did have company for the dinner (and they enjoyed it too!) That is too funny about laughing out loud at the scenes, but I can totally understand it. Some of them are just plain hilarious! I hate you have to wait on the new book. I am not a patient person when it comes to Mitford books (but I guess if we have waited 5 years, a couple of weeks isn’t a lot is it? :) )
Kelly

Dawn R. - October 2, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Hi Kelly,
I loved your post and can’t wait to copy your idea for a Mitford Meal! I have the new book but have been waiting for the perfect time to settle in and curl up with it. I have all the books except for the Bedside Companion and it’s on my wish list. I never knew about the Mitford Village series from Hallmark till I read one of your posts from last year. I keep looking for them on ebay but haven’t had any luck.
Thanks for your wonderful informative blog, I know you are a wonderful teacher too.
Best regards,
Dawn R.
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Dawn, I hope you have settled in with the new book by now. It is like “going home.” :) I also hope you can find some of the Mitford village pieces. Just watch Ebay for them because they show up there from time to time. I would think closer to Christmas would be a time when many people would think they would have the best chance of selling them.
Kelly

Julia - October 2, 2014 - 1:40 pm

I love the Mitford books! I have Mitford snowmen that I put out at Christmas. Your meal looks so good. What a great idea! I need to get the cook book and the new book now!
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Another fan! I only have a few of the snowmen, and those were gifts from a couple of my students who knew I loved the books. Yes, you do need to get both the cookbook and the new book Julia. You will enjoy both!
Kelly

Jenn - October 2, 2014 - 8:20 pm

I just finished the book yesterday and didn’t want it to end. I was so happy to be back in Mitford. I’m the parent to a 13 year old girl who has been testing my patience daily and this book was a good reminder to parent gently and sometimes saying nothing is the best thing, as hard as it is for me. I need to get that cook book and plan a meal.
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I know exactly how you feel about not wanting it to end Jenn. That parenting skill that Father Tim displayed is a very hard one for me as well – especially with a teenage daughter. It requires a lot of patience, doesn’t it? I hope you get the cookbook soon and prepare something delicious from it.
Kelly

cindy hattersley - October 3, 2014 - 11:27 am

Every single one of these recipes sound amazing! I make a chicken very similar to that and it is one of our favorites! You must be quite a cook…what can’t you do I would like to know?!!
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Ha ha Cindy! Well let’s see…I can’t dance a lick. I can’t do anything athletic at all. And I can’t drive the car in reverse! :)
Kelly

Amy O'Quinn - October 3, 2014 - 9:34 pm

I love my Mitford cookbook…definitely one of my go-to’s! BTW, I was just in Blowing Rock this past weekend, and of course, I had to find all of the “Mitford” locations and take lots of photos! We absolutely loved it there! I also got a Blowing Rocket newspaper and found out that Jan Karon was there just the weekend before we visited. Of course! Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good has become my new favorite as well. It has been sooooo long since we all got our Mitford ‘fix’ so that may play into it. But I do think it’s one of her best! Great post and great meal! :)
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Lucky you to be in Blowing Rock!!! Yes, Jan Karon was just there the previous weekend on the last stop of her book signing tour. I was hoping to get to go there since I knew we could not make the Atlanta stop, but it was just too far after my husband got home from his Seattle trip. :( I hope she is able to do another tour when she publishes her next book. Thank you for your kind words about the meal and post. :)
Kelly

Patty - October 11, 2014 - 9:58 pm

I am a Mitford addict, and yes I have read the newest book and I hated to see it end. I have the Mitford cookbook and can’t wait to replicate your meal! Someday I will get to Blowing Rock!
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Yes, we could have kept on going another 500 pages, couldn’t we Patty? :) I hope you get your trip to charming Blowing Rock soon. I would like to be there at Christmas one year…snow and all. (Although getting home down the mountains might be quite dangerous driving.)
Kelly

Gail - October 12, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Hi Kelly: I realize this is a late response to this particular blog, but I just finished Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. I totally agree with you…..my favorite yet! What pure pleasure to go back to Mitford once again. I tried to go as slow as I could, savoring each page, but ended up devouring it. I even told my husband, upon 20 pages to the end, that I was so sad to be packing my bags to go home from the best vacation I ever had. I am sooo gone for this read! With all the stuff going on in the world right now, it is such a Balm of Gilead;
safe harbor to sail into. Love and much thanks to Jan Karon and to you for this blog. So glad you share her with us.   Blessings…Gail
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Gail, you said everything here that I think about Jan Karon’s books. Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment on the post. Loved it! I hope we get to take another trip to Mitford soon. :)
Kelly

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