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A Welcome Home Weekend – Part 2

dining room tableAnd now…more food!  In the last post, I told you about the start of the weekend when our two sons were home for a visit.  We had enjoyed donuts from a new local donut shop and lunch and ice cream from Lane’s Southern Orchards.  Now I want to tell you about our dinner.

Here’s a look at the table.

dining room table settingRed dishes, black and white gingham napkins, and red geraniums.  Just my normal everyday things, but I did add a small chalk sign that read, “There’s no place like home.”  And I added one more small kraft paper house for the welcome home dinner.

dining room table centerpiece

dining room

We started our dinner with an appetizer of apple slices with Heath Brickle dip (recipe here.)  The dessert is also in this photograph. I set them both out on the small table in the family room.

welcome home party appetizer and dessert

For our entree, we set up cut up steak, chicken, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and added 5 different sauces for a make-your-own-shish-kebob-bar.

build your own shish kabob bar

Here’s a batch ready for the grill.

shish kabobs ready for the grill

And here they are, all finished.  We served them with a Caesar salad, rice pilaf, bread, and a dessert of strawberry shortcake made from fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and cream cheese pound cake.

shish kabobsAfter dinner we went to visit with other relatives.

On Sunday morning, we drove to Atlanta for brunch at Local 3 – our sons’ favorite restaurant. (Our oldest thinks their brunch is the best plate of food in Atlanta!) The restaurant is named for the three local chefs who came together to open it.

Local 3Here are a couple of their dining areas.

Local 3 restaurant interior

Local 3 dining areaThe wonderful thing about Sunday dining at Local 3 is their all you can eat brunch buffet.  The food is amazing.

Local 3 menuAnd what’s even better is the location of this buffet…it’s in the kitchen!  You actually go through one of the largest restaurant kitchens in Atlanta to fill your plate.
Local 3 brunch

(Sorry these are fuzzy..I was in line and filling my plate with all the yummy food.:))

Local 3 brunch serving lineI loved this at the end of the kitchen.:)

Local 3 brunch remindersHere’s my first plate: tomato soup, scrambled eggs, custard french toast with berries, bacon, L3 potatoes, egg salad crostini, and my favorite…the beet salad.  Oh my goodness was it delicious! (I had several servings of it.)

Local 3 brunch plateOur younger son works for an Emory University professor, and he invited him to join us for brunch. We had quite a delightful meal together.:)

Local 3 is located in a beautiful development in downtown Atlanta called the Piazza at Paces.  There is European styled architecture among the four large buildings and wonderful gardens.

Piazza at PacesAfter brunch, our Emory working son headed his way in Atlanta, and we took our Seattle son to the airport.  It was soooo good to see our boys for the weekend.

the boysWe will be empty nesters for only a short while longer.  Our daughter finishes up her internship with Disney in a week and will be headed home for a break until August. We are excited to see her!

Thank you for letting me share our weekend with you.  I will have more pretty houses for you to see in the next post. So please come back for a visit again.:)

Until next time…

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Frances in England - May 7, 2015 - 4:49 am

I *love* the ‘corrected’ signage – so much more fun than swapping the platters round!! LOL
And OH the food… your posts are not good for my diet Kelly (but I forgive you :-))
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Frances, this is not our normal everyday intake. That weekend had waaaaay too much yumminess…nope these posts are not good for anyone’s diet!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - May 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

How do you stay so skinny Kelly??? I think I gained some weight just looking at all that food. I am definitely going to try that restaurant sometime. Now that we have Charles and Nancy living in Canton, we will get to visit Hotlanta more. Still waiting on that baby!!
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I’m not skinny. In fact, I hope to lose some weight once I retire. (School lunches have helped to put the weight on me.) Still waiting?? Good grief! She needs to hurry up and make her appearance! But on the other hand, a birthday of 5-10-15 would be pretty neat! (That’s the math teacher in me coming out. :) )
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - May 7, 2015 - 9:44 am

What a great weekend of visiting with your sons and eating great food! I didn’t know about this restaurant, but the next time I’m in Atlanta, I hope to look it up. Glad you had fun.
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It was a great weekend for sure! (Tooooo much eating!!) Do look it up the next time you are in Atlanta. They only do the brunch on Sunday morning though, so that is the best time to go. One summer they did a special month of Burgers and Brew (I think that is what they called it.) Anyway, our sons still to this day, rave about the burgers they had there….best ever. So if they do that again, you should also check that out.
Kelly

Debra - May 7, 2015 - 10:53 am

Food Overload!! Love it! Between your Kabob dinner and your fun brunch…Well, I’m drooling! :) Loved your little theme and special sign of “No Place like Home”. Agree! How sweet of your sons to be cooperative for such an endearing picture. Good looking men, I’d say! P. S. With a Mom like you, who always goes “all out” for her family, who wouldn’t want to come home! You get my vote for #1 Mom! Have yourself a wonderful Mothers Day, Kelly!
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That’s a good way to put it…an overload! I think the boys humored me for the photo because we were in a hurry to get off to Atlanta, and they knew I would not take long. (Just a short period of torture for them! :) )Thanks for the vote, but I am far from a #1 Mom. Happy Mom’s Day to you too Debra. Thank you for your always sweet and encouraging comments!
Kelly

Gina - May 7, 2015 - 1:05 pm

What a fun weekend!! As always I love your table. My daughter and son-in-law hopefully will be here in a few weeks to stay a week so I have been meal planning. Kabobs, rice pilaf and strawberry shortcake is on my menu! Well, I’m sure Caesar salad too since it is our son-in-law’s favorite salad. :)
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Thank you for your sweet compliments Gina. :) How wonderful that your daughter and her husband will be able to stay for a week. (I’m jealous!) I bet they would love the meal with the kabobs. We’ve done them several times, and they can be messy when you pour sauces on them, so keep a large tray or platter nearby when you assemble them. And we assigned everyone a “last item” so that we would know whose kabob belonged to whom. (All of mine ended with a mushroom, my husband’s ended with green bell pepper, etc.)
Kelly

LJ - May 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Glad to hear more details of the visit. Sounds like it was memorable….all the elements were there–good food, good times with people you love.
May God bless you with many many more good times and good memories.
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I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend…well actually, I could have asked for it to be longer! :) There was indeed good food, good times, and good memories made with good people.
Kelly

Sue - May 7, 2015 - 5:09 pm

It’s all wonderful, but I’m sure the time with your boys was your favorite part:-)
I’ve got a big weekend of cooking ahead of me and your kebobs look so good. I think I will try that for a change. Thanks for the inspiration.
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You are quite right about my favorite part of the weekend Sue. :) Enjoy your big weekend! The kabobs were good. I put Dale’s sauce on mine, and I really liked the flavor. It can be very salty so I used it sparingly.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - May 7, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Kelly,
I love the little wood/cardboard(?) house on the table, such an appropriate touch “no place like home”. :-)

Buffets are a delicious danger…all you can eat of wonderful food. What could be better?

You have such handsome sons, it sounds like such a great visit.
xo,
Karen
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Glad you liked it Karen! The houses are made of kraft paper covered cardboard. And yes, buffets most certainly are dangerous things. Thank goodness they did not have too many desserts. I think our oldest ate 10 of the tiny peanut butter shortbread bars! I’m lucky that a salad was my favorite thing there. :) Thank you for the compliments on the boys.
Kelly

Tricia - May 7, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Hi Kelly

The food looks amazing but what I love most about this post is the great photo of your handsome sons. My wonderful son is camera shy and what I treasure most are the rare good photos I have of him. Glad you all had such a great time together.
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Thank you Tricia. I loved that photo of our sons too, and I know what you mean about camera shy boys. Ours used to make goofy faces when I tried to get a picture, but they eventually learned that I would leave them alone more quickly if they would just give me one good shot with a “normal” expression. (I really shouldn’t be so demanding of them since I hate having my photo taken too!)
Kelly

PATTI - May 7, 2015 - 9:59 pm

What a couple of great looking fellas! As a mom of 2 sons I can appreciate the long awaited visit. You must be so happy about your daughter coming home too! Your love for your family really shines through – Happy Mother’s Day! :-)
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Thank you so much Patti! If you have two sons, you do know how excited I was for their visit! Definitely looking forward to our daughter coming home…it certainly livens up the place around here when she is around!
Kelly

Donnamae - May 8, 2015 - 7:10 am

Oh…everything looks so good, both at your home and Local 3! And your sons…bet you missed them the minute they were out of your sight! (Always happens to me.). Enjoy the week with your daughter! 😉
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I did Donnamae. As our youngest went to his car and our oldest went in the airport, I had to swallow that lump in my throat. You know what that is like I’m sure.
Kelly

Lisa - May 8, 2015 - 9:06 am

What a great homecoming! So happy you enjoyed your boys’ visit. There is nothing like having your “babies” home. :). Our baby girl (who turns 25 next month) is coming home next week from Scottsdale after being away for nine months. We are so excited to have her home! You are an inspiration, Kelly.
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Whoa…away from home for 9 months. That definitely deserves a big welcome home! I know you are enjoying her visit. :)
Kelly

Emily - May 8, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Love the red with the black and white on your table! The best Mother’s Day gift is having your children home for a while (even if it was the weekend before Mother’s Day for your sons). Since you are getting so close to your retirement day, I can’t wait to see what your posts will have in store for us!
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Thank you Emily. I am glad you liked it! Yes, I am looking forward to being able to get more done on the blog in retirement. I might actually have time to read some blogs!
Kelly

Dawn - May 8, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Kelly,

Your entire weekend looks like it was delightful. I wish everyone safe travels and returns. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
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Thank you Dawn! It was a very fun weekend to be sure. :)
Kelly

classic•casual•home - May 9, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Good looking boys!!! You put such love into everything you do.
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I try to. :) Thank you for the compliments on our sons.
Kelly

A Welcome Home Weekend

front porchWhat a wonderful weekend we had.  It was so nice to have both of our sons home for a visit.  Our older son had not been home in 9 months, and our younger son had been away for a little over 2 months.

houseThey deserved some “welcome home” decor.:)

(Very easy with the do-it-yourself chalkboard banner from Target.)

welcome home pennantIn the foyer I used a small kraft paper house for the “welcome home,” and the black treat boxes in the jar held their favorites – oatmeal cream pies and pecan tarts.:)

welcome home foyer vignetteI tied on a There’s no place like home tag.

(I think those little boxes and tags came from Michaels, but I am not sure.)

welcome home goodie bag

foyerThe fireplace was decked out for their arrival with another welcome home banner and another kraft paper house.

welcome home mantel vignette(That banner kit from Target had enough twine and pennants to make both of the banners.:) )

welcome home mantelThe boys came in Friday evening after dinner.  On Saturday morning we made a run to a relatively new nearby donut shop for our breakfast.

donut boxMy parents dropped by and enjoyed a few of these treats with us.

donutsLater, we all headed to Lane’s Southern Orchards for lunch…

Lane orchardsand their peach and strawberry ice cream. (By the time I finish telling you about our weekend, you are going to think that all we did was eat.  And you would be almost right!:))

ice creamWe left Lane’s and ventured over to the Barnyard Nursery for a few plants.

Barnyard NurseryBesides plants they have interesting art work in the garden.

Barnyard Nursery artThe boys found this exploring the plants (and chickens too!)

Barnyard Nursery rabbitWe headed home, and they met up with a friend for some tennis and then a round of disc golf.  Dad was included on that game, but I stayed home to get things ready for their welcome-home-dinner. (Can you see our new dining room table in this photo? The boys said it looked like a picnic table…which is fine with me.:))

dining room table

I am going to have to stop here, but I will be back to tell you all about the dinner party and our brunch in Atlanta on the following day in the next post. I hope you will be here to hear all about them.:)

So how was your weekend?  I hope it was a good one!

We’d love to hear about it!

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Ruth - May 3, 2015 - 11:51 pm

That was such a nice END to the weekend that, for a minute there, I was thinking it was the START of one!

I am such an inadequate wife and mother! Seeing all that you do for your family just brings that fact into high relief! Oh well, thanks for setting such a great example and giving me something to strive for! :-)

Have a great week!
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I bet you are not an inadequate wife and mother, Ruth. Don’t be so hard on yourself! I wish the post had been the start of the weekend, so that we could do it all again! LOL
Kelly

yarlette - May 4, 2015 - 12:02 am

What a great welcome home for your sons. I am sure you all had a wonderful time. I treasure every minute I get to spend with mine.
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Thank you Yarlette. It was a great weekend – just too short. :(
Kelly

Tricia - May 4, 2015 - 12:53 am

Kelly, your family must just love coming home knowing the effort and love you put into making them feel special and cherished. Simply reading about it makes me feel good – can only imagine experiencing it all first hand!

Craving ice cream and peaches…have a good week.
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Tricia, I don’t really think the boys care about any of the decorating, but on the other hand…the food is very much appreciated! (Now if it were our daughter she would notice all of it. :) ) Sorry I made you crave ice cream and peaches! The snacks were quite yummy. :)
Kelly

Frances in England - May 4, 2015 - 4:12 am

It all sounds absolutely lovely. The house looks fabulous, and I now want doughnuts and peaches (it’s breakfast time here, and I haven’t eaten, but I can tell you I won’t be getting my wish! LOL) It’s so good to spend time with family :-)
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Thank you thank you Frances! Doughnuts are always so tempting, aren’t they? You should be enjoying them for your breakfast. :)
Kelly

Katrina - May 4, 2015 - 7:59 am

So glad you got to party with your sons all weekend! The food looked awesome and can I just say that your doughnut shop uses the coolest boxes!
I am sure the count down is on! Woo Hoo
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It was so nice to see our boys. Just wish they could get here more often. Aren’t those just the cutest boxes?! The countdown has been on for quite awhile now – 2 weeks and a few days to go. I don’t think the reality of it will hit until everyone returns to school in August.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - May 4, 2015 - 9:06 am

Oh my Kelly, you made me hungry just looking at your post. My fitbit will have to keep me from heading to the donut store. Love all your decor as usual and you are right, having the kids home when they are grown up is a treat. We are on baby watch here in No Ala….baby Audrey is set to arrive any time so we will be on the road to Northside Hospital in Atlanta to welcome her when we get word.
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I hope baby Audrey is making her appearance in Atlanta. Waiting is NOT fun. Drive safely on your trip to our state, and give her a kiss for me. :) Best wishes for a healthy delivery – both for baby and mom.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - May 4, 2015 - 9:15 am

Kelly,
There’s nothing better than having your adult kids home for a visit, especially when they don’t live as close as we like! :-) This visit not only looks fun, but your son’s undoubtedly feel so loved and welcome with your wonderful and thoughtful touches in place. I used to think that maybe boys (as opposed to girls) didn’t notice such touches, but as my adults have become adults in their 30’s, I notice they’ve married women who enjoy the extra touches for any event or holiday! :-)
Enjoy your visit and I can’t wait to hear what you prepared for dinner!
xo,
Karen
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It sounds like you have the best of both worlds with your daughters in law that appreciate the extra details. :) Our visit this weekend was so nice. Not sure the boys really care about the extra details, but they didn’t complain about them either. LOL
Kelly

Cheryl - May 4, 2015 - 9:24 am

Hi Kelly,

Where is the chair and ottoman from in front of your fireplace? Also, what’s the color?

I wish you lived next door to me so you could help me make some decorating decisions!

Thanks,
Cheryl
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That would be such fun Cheryl! I’m afraid that the chair and ottoman are old ones that I do not know where I got them from. I do know that I had them reupholstered in this fabric: http://lsfabrics.com/fabric/perth-24 It’s a good neutral linen fabric.
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - May 4, 2015 - 10:25 am

Nothing quite like having the kids home. Sounds like a great weekend.
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You are absolutely right! Nothing like it. :)
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - May 4, 2015 - 10:25 am

How wonderful to have both boys home at once, and how fun of you to decorate especially for them! Hope you had a great time.
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Oh yes, it was! I loved decorating for this weekend…more so than for some of the other times I have decorated.
Kelly

Louvina - May 4, 2015 - 10:55 am

What a special weekend to start off the month of May! Happy early Mother’s Day visit from your boys! Looking forward to seeing your menu and hearing more about everything! Another week down — only a few more weeks until “Kelly Time!” Wondering what you have in mind for all your free time ahead?! I think there is something good around the corner– you deserve fun times ahead!! My weekend was a beach blessing– walking the beach and holding hands– wonderful breezy sunshiney weather and enjoying our favorite haddock, clam chowder dinner while watching the waves roll in– couldn’t get much better!!:) Oh, also watched the Derby and shed a tear for ” My Old Ky Home” far away!:)
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Happy early Mother’s Day to you too! Full time blogging is my plan for retirement…so that I can actually go to bed at a decent hour. LOL Your weekend sounded fabulous. I can’t wait until we can do a beach trip. I know you enjoyed Derby Day!
Kelly

LJ - May 4, 2015 - 11:10 am

Kelly, you’re pretty special. You show your family that they are missed, and specially loved and dear to you…Looks like an excellent start to their visit home.
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You are too kind. It was such a nice weekend, but makes me miss the boys more.
Kelly

nona - May 4, 2015 - 1:05 pm

That ice cream looks delicious! Also, isn’t looking at plants at a nursery more appealing than looking at plants at Lowe’s or Home Depot? Occasionally, I buy plants from big box stores, but I just hate walking over all that concrete because it’s so unnatural. Give me grass or ground over more concrete. Not to mention, you generally get personalized attention at nurseries and they actually know the plants and the care they need. Sometimes at my local Lowe’s, the staff hasn’t even known the difference between perennials and annuals.
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Nona, you are so right about the nursery plants being more appealing. When we were leaving there the other day, I said, “I want our whole yard to look like this.” :) My husband then said, “Well we are going to have to buy more than red, yellow, and white flowering plants!”
Kelly

Donnamae - May 4, 2015 - 2:17 pm

How wonderful to get a visit from your sons! It was sounding like you were eating a lot…but that trip to the nursery really helped to turn my opinion around! Great table! 😉
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Don’t let the nursery visit fool you Donnamae. We DID eat a lot! Thank you for the compliment on the table. (A place for more eating. :) )
Kelly

Gina - May 4, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Sounds like wonderful weekend!! I can’t imagine 9 whole months!! :/ I’m sure it made his homecoming sweeter! :) I love the little chalkboard banner. I’ll have to look for one next time I am in a Target, you know “just in case.” 😉 Love the table too. :)
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Thank you Gina. It was a wonderful weekend. Yes, look for that at Target. They had 2 different ones. This one had 24 pennants, and I think it was $3.99. I’m glad you liked our new table. It is very much picnic table looking. :)
Kelly

Dawn - May 4, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Kelly,

I have officially put Lane’s nursery and peach ice cream on my to do list. I can’t wait to see what else you guys did and ate over the welcome home weekend. I love the banners and treat boxes!
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I hope you get to go Dawn. In the spring they have fresh strawberries too. All of our 1st grade students took a field trip to pick them a couple of weeks ago. The peaches start in early June. Glad you liked all the welcome home decorating. :)
Kelly

Alexa~FurnishMyWay - May 6, 2015 - 11:11 am

Lovely post! I agree, there really is no place like home! Your home is beautiful by the way. Thanks for sharing your weekend adventure with us. I enjoyed reading this post thoroughly.
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Thank you Alexa. I’m so happy you stopped by! And congratulations on 100 posts on your blog. :)
Kelly

Monika - May 7, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Kelly,
Where did you find the little craft paper houses? Did you make them yourself? And which of Target’s departments carries the banners? I enjoyed your post very, very much.
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Monika, they came from Hobby Lobby, but I think I have seen them at Michaels as well. They are on the aisle with the craftboard letters. (They are not expensive, and I lucked out and got them on a half price sale…making them around $2 each.) The banners were on the aisle at Target that has all the colorful paper plates, napkins, straws, ballons, etc. The banner was on the side opposite of all the colorful party stuff. Our Target has chalkboard paper and craft paper party items there. I’m happy you enjoyed the post!
Kelly

An Award Winning Beach House in Seaside

Chelsea Place exteriorOkay, at least I waited until May to do the first post of this year’s beach houses.  Aren’t you proud of me?:)We are down to the last 3 weeks of school, and the end-of-year-testing-and-paperwork craziness is in full swing.  So I am craving a trip to the beach.  How about you?  The house I want you to see today is located in Seaside, Florida, my favorite beach town.

Chelsea Place living roomThis beauty was designed by Braulio Casas Architects and built on a corner lot by the Arkon Group.  All the wood trim in this living room is just gorgeous. That ceiling!! And  don’t you just love the classic old schoolhouse style lights, the accents of red, and…having a fireplace at the beach?!

Chelsea Place living room and kitchenI also love how this living area is so open to the kitchen.

Chelsea Place kitchenIf it had painted white beadboard for its backsplash, I might even say this could be my dream kitchen.  (Although I am not sure I could keep all those upper cabinets with glass doors looking so neat.)

There are 3 bedrooms in the house.  Here is the master bedroom.

Chelsea Place master bedroom

And this is the droolworthy master bath.

master bath

master bathroom vanityThere is a very nice sitting area with television near one of the bedrooms.

loftSomething about that area made me think of Disney’s Hilton Head Island Beach house…not sure why…hmmm.

The really impressive part of the house is the tower…up on the 4th floor.

staircase towerThe views of the town (and sunsets!) from up there would have to be pretty amazing.  And although this house is in “the back” of Seaside, it looks as if you can still see the water of the Gulf of Mexico from there.

Chelsea Place towerThis home won the architect a Palladio Award in 2010 – an award for outstanding traditional design.  Looking at all the details in the construction of it, I can certainly understand why the home won; can’t you?  There is an article about the house and the award here (which includes a sketch of part of the home’s blueprints if you are interested.)

And this home is now for sale.  You can read a description from the real estate site here. (All photos in the post are from seasidefl.com )  There is also a video tour of the house for you to see.  (It took forever for it to load on my computer.  I hope yours is much faster.)

I hope you liked the house.  Are you craving a beach trip too?  Maybe a beach trip is in your plans for this weekend.  Both of our sons are coming for a visit here for our weekend, and I am quite excited about it! (Our Seattle son has not been “home” since last August.) And we have gorgeous weather on tap too.:) So it looks to be a great first weekend of May here for us.  Hope yours is a great one too!
Talk with you soon…
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Louvina - May 1, 2015 - 7:49 am

Seaside is soo beautiful!! This house is outstanding! It’s time Kelly, the Sea is calling your name!! Reading this as I watch the sunrise on the beach this morning enjoying my hot green tea. Life is great– and retirement is too! I loved the built in sitting area and thinking about doing that in my bay window area– with white bead board and storage underneath. Only 3 weeks and you can come join the ranks of the “Retired– and Free!” How exciting!! :)
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Oh yes, the sea IS calling. :) Your bay window project sounds like a super smart and pretty idea. Enjoy your beach time. I am looking forward to my retired time!
Kelly

Nancy - May 1, 2015 - 9:19 am

Beautiful! I could happily live there! We have a big weekend planned. Our youngest daughter is graduating from college, and her older sister, who we haven’t seen since Christmas, is home for a few days. Dinner with roommates and a Maryland crab feast tomorrow night! I’m blissed out already. :)
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What a wonderful weekend for you and your family! Congratulations to your daughter. I know you were happy to have your other daughter home. Hope it was all a fabulous time for everyone. :)
Kelly

Linda - May 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

How beautiful! We have a beach trip coming soon. Getting excited. Loved the post. Enjoy your family.
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Glad you liked the house Linda. A beach trip! Lucky lucky you!! You SHOULD be getting excited. :)
Kelly

lissy parker - May 1, 2015 - 10:24 am

Stunning house! I am in love with that red rug—need one.
xo, lissy
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I loved that one too!
Kelly

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - May 1, 2015 - 10:58 am

Kelly, I am so happy for you that your son Is coming home! And I love the beach house you posted above…all the beautiful painted woodwork and the colors of red and light blue…perfect! Just FYI…if you ever make a trip out here to the Northwest, we have some beautiful beach houses too…at Canon Beach and Rockaway Beach, Oregon and Seabeck and Ocean Shores, Wa….to name a few :). Have a wonderful weekend with your guys!
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I will have to do some research on those beaches Gracia. Thank you so much for the recommendation! It was great having both of our sons home for a visit.
Kelly

LJ - May 1, 2015 - 11:19 am

Imagine all the light that comes in with all those windows–just my cup of tea! I can’t seem to ever have too much light.
So glad for you that you’ll have “your men” about you this weekend–Delight in it and make some memories.
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I am a light lover too. You can never have too many windows, can you?!
A weekend with all my guys is a wonderful weekend.
Kelly

Amy Mac - May 1, 2015 - 11:49 am

We just got back from Spring Break at Seaside a couple of weeks ago, and this makes me want to head back asap! Love this house … have you ever wandered behind the main shops to that sweet, shaded little green space? It’s like stepping into Savannah (except you have sand in your shoes!) I’ll post a picture to my blog soon … have a great weekend (I’m in Atlanta, and we have that big dose of sunshine on tap too … yay!)
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Ohhhhh I am JEALOUS! How lucky you were to be spending time in that little piece of heaven at the beach. Oh how I miss dear sweet Seaside. I know that clear blue water had to be gorgeous. Yes, I have wandered all over Seaside, and you are right about stepping into an area like Savannah – minus the Spanish moss. :) Aren’t you loving this wonderful spring time weather Amy?! I wish it would stay like this for months on end.
Kelly

Carolyn - May 1, 2015 - 11:50 am

Wow! So many things to love about this house. I especially like the window seats and the tower. I fantasize about having a tower at the cabin for summer views. We have lovely winter views through the bare trees, and in the summer and fall it’s like being in a tree house, but if I had a tower I could see the mountains in the summer, too. Right now I’d be happy for some warm weather – in the 40’s here this morning, and the heat is on. It’s been a very chilly spring, even for our altitude. But the spring wildflowers are opening – we found pink lady-slippers in our woods! And it’s supposed to get to the 80’s next week, which does seem like beach weather. Enjoy having your son home – I know you’ll just want to eat him up.
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A tower would be fun wouldn’t it? When I am up in my husband’s office, I feel like I am up in a tower and can see far into the woods. I hope the spring time weather has made its way to you. Summer is right around the corner!
Kelly

Town and Country House - May 1, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Gorgeous! Those ceilings! Our beach trip is always at the end of the summer, but I love seeing all the beautiful homes you find, Kelly. I hope these last few weeks of school go quickly and smoothly for you! Have a great weekend! Paula
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I’m so glad you like the houses Paula. I don’t think I could wait until the end of the summer for a beach trip. My cravings for that saltwater start in the spring (sometimes in February!) and waiting that long would be hard! Thank you for the well wishes for my end of the school year. It has been so busy with so much walking these last few days that I keep coming home with swollen feet and ankles..definitely time to retire.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - May 1, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Kelly,

Seaside must be a very special tourist spot on the Eastern seaboard. I’ve seen several blog posts from various bloggers who vacation there with family. The homes and buildings you’ve shared are fabulous. This one is especially great. I love all the white wood and architectural details. When do we leave? :-)
Have a great weekend, just think 3 more weeks then you’re free!
xo,
Karen
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It is a very special place. It has been often emulated, but I have found nothing that really succeeds in being as appealing as it is. I am ready to be there, so come on! :)
Yes, just 3 more weeks and I will be…poor! LOL It’s kind of ironic that I will have free time for decorating but little money to spend on it. Guess that is just the way it is with life.
Kelly

Sue - May 2, 2015 - 9:00 am

The house is beautiful and I can understand your being ready for some beach time. It is still a little chilly here in Maryland.
If I remember correctly, isn’t retirement in your near future? Enjoy the last three weeks of school. I have never regretted retiring from teaching. You will get your life back. Yes, you will miss school, especially the week school starts (plan a wonderful vacation for that week) but retirement is wonderful!
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I hope the summer warmth finds its way to you in Maryland quickly Sue. We were up to 85 here today! Yes, I am retiring in a few weeks. I don’t think it will really sink in until everyone goes back to work in August. You are so right when you say “get your life back.” I know exactly what that means. When I changed from a homeroom teacher to my current job in math 2 years ago, I felt as if I got my life back. The blog has been my “second job” since I started it, and it has kept me up late at night many nights. So I am looking forward to going to bed at a decent hour when I am retired. :) Your idea of taking a vacation the week school starts is an excellent one! We just might have to do that. :)
Kelly

Dawn - May 3, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Kelly,

Thanks for sharing this stunning beach house with us! I love the wood work, fireplace, tv room and the tower. We have 3 weeks of school left as well so it’s crazy time here too. We spent the weekend at the lake house so I got some school work finished while the husband and daughter fished and relaxed. Good luck with your final days and I hope you had a nice family visit weekend.
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Dawn
I am happy you liked the beach house. So much to love about it! I hope your last 3 weeks go by quickly and that the end of the year craziness doesn’t drive you crazy! LOL I hate that you had to do school work when you were at the lake house. I wish everyone realized how much “outside the school” work teachers take home with them daily. It is unreal.
Kelly

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