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A Sneak Peek at the Progress in My Workroom

desktopWell we are still in full Christmas gear here getting ready for next week’s photoshoot, and we have been trying to finish up my workroom.  I really didn’t want to show you the room until it was finished (which it is not) but I thought you might like to see a few “sneak peeks” of some of the progress that has been made.

desk in workroom

I told you we were painting the desks, and you can see from the photos that they are a khaki color like the upper beadboard walls, and my husband backed the desk unit with beadboard to further tie in with the room.

deskI have gotten the upper cabinets organized with boxes holding my collection of ribbon.  (Yes, I am a hoarder of ribbon!:))

desk organization

And from the peek in the closet you can see I am also a hoarder of fabric and drapes

(and checks of every color.)


The cabinet is not quite finished.  Drawers are painted, and doors are waiting on hinges. (They are to be here via FedEx tomorrow.)  The countertop is almost finished for it, but I have thrown an electrical problem with an outlet placement to my husband, so he is currently pondering that.

cabinetI was able to go ahead and move all my storage bins in there while he worked on the drawers and doors for it.

cabinet storage and organization

I had ordered 2 chairs for the desks from Joss and Main about a month ago, and they were supposed to be delivered tomorrow.  Unfortunately, they have run into a problem and won’t be able to get them to me until early February.  When the chairs arrive, I will do a full post on the room with a list of sources for you.

And that is all the snooping around in the room we are going to do for now.:)

I also wanted to pop in to talk about a few things….

First, thank you for all the nice new year’s wishes that so many of you sent me.  I appreciate every one! Secondly, I apologize that I have not been answering email and responding to comments for the last month. Between the upcoming photoshoot (and video tour filming) and all the illness that has run rampant here, getting anything done  has been quite challenging.  My father in law is still in the hospital (almost a month now). He has become quite tired of it and is dearly wanting to go home.  Hopefully they will work out something for him very soon. I should probably also let you know that my respiratory illnesses managed to do some bad things to my heart so I am going on a medicine for it, and I have to give up all caffeine products. Thank goodness for decaf coffee!  Anyone know of a decaf chocolate????? It is a sad day when I have to give up my beloved chocolate.:(

office suppliesI just wanted to say thank you for hanging in there with me and being patient when it takes me forever to answer your questions whether they are in a comment or an email.  I am planning on catching up with everything blog related during the MLK holiday weekend.  I hope to get a weekend post out this weekend if possible, but a huge load of greenery will be delivered here Friday,and hanging all of it is going to take awhile.  Please keep your fingers crossed we get everything finished by the time of the shoot.  And I would appreciate it if you would keep my father in law in your thoughts and prayers as well please. Thank you bunches.:)

Until next time…

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Sally - January 7, 2015 - 10:51 pm

AHAAAA!!! I wondered where you kept all of your pretty checked draperies! What a collection! Glad you are feeling better… but, take care of that heart! =) Praying for your father-in-law! ~Sally
Yes, they have been stored here and there and everywhere. So it is nice to finally have a place to keep everything fabric related. I am definitely taking care of the heart. Following doctor’s orders, my father’s orders, and my sister the nurse’s orders. Lots of bossy people around here!

Andrea - January 7, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Oh my goodness…..would I love to check out those drapes…wow!!!! I love your style….the beadboard, the patterns, the colors….everything. Cant wait to see more. Feel better (sorry about you having to give up chocolate….but your health is so much more important)…..thinking of you!
Thank you Andrea. Yes, my health is more important than chocolate, but boy is this hard!

Mimi - January 7, 2015 - 11:00 pm

We all love and adore you so much that we just want you to be well. Please listen to your body and do NOT stress out about us. We’ll still all be here when everything settles down. :-) Take care and God bless!
You are so kind Mimi. Thank you for the words of encouragement. :)

Barb - January 7, 2015 - 11:11 pm

You’re always an inspiration. Good luck next week!
Thank you Barb! I appreciate the good luck wishes.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 7, 2015 - 11:15 pm

Oh Kelly, I am so sorry to hear about the complications of your respiratory illness…and coffee is one thing, but chocolate?….Actually, I have to be careful of the good quality, ultra dark chocolate as it does make my heart go a flutter…Hope you father in law gets better soon and can come home….I know your photo shoot will go beautifully as your home is so gorgeous…loved the progress of your workroom and I am swooning over your drapes and fabrics!!!
Thank you Shirley. I am steering clear of all chocolate right now. Not fun at all. :( Glad you liked all the drapes and fabrics. I need to get sewing these drapes for the workroom!

Garden, Home and Party - January 7, 2015 - 11:17 pm

First of all, is the heart issue temporary? I’m holding the most positive of thoughts and prayers for your father-in-law. Hopefully he can come home to finish his recovery.

Good luck with the photo shoot. When you get the chance ( no rush) where did you find the red ribbon boxes? Container Store?

Continue good health progress.
I don’t know if the heart problem is temporary or not. I have been told that you are not supposed to go off the heart medicine I am on, so we will see. That is a question for my next doctor’s visit. Thank you for the prayers for my father in law. They are needed and appreciated.
The red ribbon boxes did come from the Container Store. You have a good eye!

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - January 7, 2015 - 11:28 pm

Kelly, loving the progress on your work room. I’m inspired by your ribbon organization as I think about the last Christmas stuff I still have to put away in our basement…a huge collection of ribbon and wrapping paper! Love those red boxes!
So sorry to hear about the challenges with health for your father in law…will pray for a complete recovery for him and for YOU! Giving up coffee would be tougher for me than chocolate I must admit, but giving up both is brutal….hoping this might be temporary?
I’m sure your photo shoot will be wonderful! Take good care of yourself in the mean time :). Warmly, Gracia
Thank you for your prayers Gracia. I don’t know if the heart problem is temporary or not. Hope you got all of your Christmas things put away. Glad you liked the boxes!

Debbie - January 7, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Your drapery/fabric collection is awesome!!! I look forward to seeing more of your workroom when it’s finished. It’s going to be beautiful like the rest of your home!

I’m praying for you … and your father-in-law. Take care!
Thank you Debbie! for your compliments AND your prayers.

Louvina - January 7, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Just a quick check in with prayers and best wishes for good health for you and your father in law. Don’t stress out about us– we all will be right here when you are less busy! Love the sneak peek in your work room. Looks just like what you would like. Wish we could be there to help with the photo shoot–and to still be in holiday mode!! I miss my tree already!! Get some rest and take care of your sweet heart!! Do what the Dr’s say, ok? Thinking of you daily with prayers —
I am doing what the doctor says…not a fun thing I must say. Thank you for your prayers Louvina.

Merri Jo - January 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

You & your husband make a great team–what a lovely creative space you will have! I’m sorry that you have cardiac issues due to your illness. I am praying for healing for you & your f-i-l. I can only imagine how gorgeous your home will be as you place the greens, etc. My nurse instincts wonder if perhaps your body is telling you to slow down a bit. Teaching & blogging & the beauty you create in your home is enough tonkeep three people busy! You are such a dynamo which surely makes it especially difficult to slow down,,..but, please take care of yourself, dear Kelly.
Thank you Merri Jo. I will pass along your compliment to my husband. :) I am definitely slowing down with this…and with the new medicine the doctor has prescribed for me. I am listening to my body. (It is rather bossy!)

Barbara (WA) - January 8, 2015 - 12:04 am

Kelly, as I lay in bed with this horrible cold I will pray for you and your FIL. Hoping I don’t get pneumonia – and it affecting your heart – yikes. Take good care of yourself. I am loving what I’m seeing in your work room!
I sure hope yours does not turn into pneumonia Barbara. It is no fun at all! Hope you get over your cold very soon. Thank you for the sweet words about my new workroom. I can’t wait to have it all finished.

Judy - January 8, 2015 - 12:17 am

dear kelly, you take care of YOU and know that we’ll all be here when you are in a better place to respond, etc. you have a lot on your plate and combined with your recent health issues, you sure don’t want a set back.

praying for your FIL…I can’t imagine being in the hospital for a month! I’m sure he’s ready to go home where he’ll feel much better.

I about died when I saw your stash of curtains/fabrics…all those checks make my heart beat faster! I ordered the black and creme buffalo check curtains from Country Curtains for daughter’s den and they came in today….thankfully she has only one window in her den that needs to be “dressed” and the curtains were on sale so I broke down and ordered her a pair. We’ve got a lot to do at her house…finish up the baby’s room (hanging pictures, curtains, etc) and now getting this new pair of curtains hung in the den. Yes, I’ll take pictures when I’m done! (LOL)!

Hang in there sweet girl….and stay warm!
Hooray for progress in your daughter’s house! I know those curtains are looking wonderful there. Country Curtains has a new line of buffalo check drapes that are mighty tempting to me….don’t know where in the world I need them though. LOL

L J - January 8, 2015 - 3:02 am

You’ve made incredible progress on your workroom given all that has been going on with your household–and it’s really coming together nicely–all the “Kelly touches” are surfacing.
I’ve not heard of decaf chocolate and carob is a very poor substitute in my opinion. Since it is a matter of the heart then just do it! Giving up chocolate may not be forever. Pulling for you with the greenery and the BHG shoot/filming and for FIL too.
Thank you for all your encouraging words here Lorna! Yes, I am just doing it…no chocolate or caffinated coffee in over 2 weeks now.

Anne Boykin - January 8, 2015 - 6:15 am

Hi Kelly, Please take care of yourself, above all else. I know you’ve been busy with your photo shoot coming up so go easy on yourself. On a lighter note, your fabric and drape stash looks so yummy – makes me want to buy some checked fabric just to look at! Your home is going to photograph beautifully! You have a fabulous eye for decorating and a beautiful style all your own.
Too funny about buying the checked fabric! Love it! Thank you for your kind compliments Anne. :)

Sherry - January 8, 2015 - 7:02 am

Take care of yourself Kelly and your family too! Everything is beautiful as always and I hope you are better soon, I always enjoy seeing your emails and everything you do. Prayers coming your way.
Thank you for sending your prayers our way, Sherry! They are much appreciated!

Barbara H - January 8, 2015 - 7:32 am

I’m so sorry to learn of your health complications. Please take care of yourself. I can’t believe all that you’re trying to do while ill and weak. We all anticipate and appreciate your wonderful posts, but the most important thing for you to do is rest and get fully well again.
I rested and am much better now Barbara. Thank you for the reassuring words in your comment. I will take care of myself. :)

Susan - January 8, 2015 - 8:05 am

Your office looks beautiful! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thank you so much, Susan!

Arlene@Nanaland - January 8, 2015 - 8:28 am

Kelly we feel your pain regarding caffeine. My husband has runs of premature Atrial contractions if he drinks caffeine. Not sure why it happened but he had been over loading on caffeinne for years and his heart got tired of it. We do decaf coffee and tea. As for Chocolate, he has some every now and then without any problems. I can have caffeinne but I have chosen to do without here at home. Now when I drop the grands off at school, I often stop by McDs for the REAL stuff. Hoping you are on the road to complete recovery and following drs orders!! Cannot wait to see your house in a magazine one day!
I am right there with your husband and the heart problems. Why do the good tasting things have to be bad for you? I would gladly give up green beans or corn! LOL

Jill - January 8, 2015 - 9:03 am

Missed you Kelly! Thanks for popping in to give us an update even in all your busyness. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished work room. Your linen closet alone, with all those different colored checks, made me swoon. :-) The magazines will be knocking on your door about this room next I bet.
I’m sorry you are having complications from being sick. I could live without the coffee, but no chocolate? That would be a hard one to handle! Take care of yourself! Hopefully you will be able to relax and take a deep breath soon.
Glad you liked the room Jill. Yes, chocolate is a hard one for me to give up…and I thought giving up shrimp for a shellfish allergy was difficult. Ha.
Hoping to find some down time very soon.

Sue - January 8, 2015 - 9:20 am

I am so sorry that your illnesses have caused problems for your heart. I hope they are of a temporary nature, and surely someone somewhere has a decaf chocolate!
Your workroom is just wonderful ~ and best of luck on your photo shoot.
I am still looking for that decaf chocolate. Glad you liked the workroom Sue!

Rose L - January 8, 2015 - 9:39 am

Kelly, I’m so sorry to hear of you and your F-I-L having such serious medical issues. I will send prayers for healing for both of you. I deal with my own issues daily and if misery loves company I’ll share that I’ve had to give up all fatty meats, salt, all forms of sugar and sweeteners (except Stevia) and finally all grain products. Coming from a family where food is the spice of life, it’s a struggle! I can no longer eat away from home and am forced to make everything from scratch from catsup to vegetables. Not an easy task with only two feet of counter space, lol! I love what we can see so far of your work room. Love your answer to storage for your beautiful drapes and fabrics. I hoard thread and fabrics which I keep sorted by color in clear see through totes (I quilt). It makes for a lovely display beneath my long arm frame in my sewing room. Best wishes on your upcoming photo shoot. Please take some time to rest when it’s over!!
Rose, thank you for your prayers. My little caffiene problem is nothing compared to all your food issues. Goodness! How in the world do you do all of that?

denise - January 8, 2015 - 9:58 am

Source the desk caddy for us pretty please.
Denise, I think it came from HomeGoods. The other black storage piece came from Pottery Barn (if I am remembering correctly.)

Kay Carver - January 8, 2015 - 10:07 am

Please take care of yourself and slow down a bit, okay?

I love everything you do and how you get it all done while working and living a full life is beyond me!
I am slowing down and taking a heart medicine (that also slows me down.) Thank you for your kind words here Kay.

Susan - January 8, 2015 - 10:33 am

Oh Kelly, it sounds like you need a vacation (a long one) to Tahiti! Take care. You don’t fool around with heart issues. It sounds like you may have had rheumatic fever, if your heart was affected. Your new room will be a great place to kick back, relax & enjoy your hobbies. Your husband is doing a wonderful job. He is a true craftsman!
I will pass along your sweet words to my husband. He IS a true craftsman. I am lucky to have him!

kathy - January 8, 2015 - 11:02 am

Your room is looking awesome. I hope your photo shoot goes even better than you can imagine. Prayers for your father-in-law and you. Try to relax and just enjoy the good things. Also, I never expect you to comment on my comments. I just like to leave comments so that you know how much I love your blog. Feel better and good luck!
You are so sweet Kathy. Thank you ever so much!

Regina - January 8, 2015 - 12:42 pm

I love progress pictures! All too often it seems like fairies come into a space and make all the “pretty” happen overnight…no planning, no reworking, no electrical outlet issues, just fairies and their magic fairy dust. :-)

I’d like to know more about the big, round, black pencil/pen/desk organizer on your desk. It’s awesome! Did you buy it recently? If so, from where?

Prayers and lots of good Karma to your dad, you, and your family. Happy, Healthy New Year!
Thank you for your sweet words and your prayers Regina. I believe I got the round organizer at Home Goods a number of years ago, but I know I have seen similar things there recently.

Donnamae - January 8, 2015 - 1:42 pm

I can’t believe you have that many curtains! Lucky girl! Sorry to hear about your heart complications…having to give up chocolate would be a cruel and unusual punishment for sure! I will keep your FIL in my thoughts…you too! The workroom is looking great from the little snippets. Good luck next week…I’m sure everything will work itself out! ;)
Yes, THAT many curtains! I rarely get rid of them…and I hang on to fabric for a very long time.

Marianne in Mo. - January 8, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Prayers for your father in law. The office is truly enviable!
Thank you so very much Marianne.

Debra - January 8, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Look at all the organization going on already! How fun to have your own little room to enjoy. Checks and red galore, of course! Now, don’t forget a jar or two. I love the bead board enhancement on the desk. Your hubby is so handy! I was sad to read of your heart being a concern. By all means, take care of yourself. On the coffee front, I love Papanicholas coffee and have been drinking hazelnut cream. They make it in a decaf. Have you ever had it? You can order it online if you don’t have it in your local store. Maybe you would like it. Not eating chocolate will be hard for sure. I’ll be keeping you and your father in law in prayer and my daily thoughts. Best of luck with the fun BHG photo shoot!

If you wish to try some…
Oh yes, the whole purpose of that room is organization of all my STUFF. :) I haven’t forgotten the jars…there are actually 2 Christmas ones in there right now. Thank you for the recommendation of the coffee. I have never heard of that one and will try to check it out soon. I wonder if Fresh Market might carry it. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers Debra.

Paula B. - January 8, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Love what’s been done in the office so far. And, I am envious of your fabric collection! So sorry to hear that your father-in-law is still in the hospital, fingers are crossed that he gets home real soon. Good luck on the final decorating, it will all be wonderful. You take care of yourself and I will be on the lookout for some healthy chocolate choices for you.
Thank you Paula. We all have fingers crossed that my father in law will be getting out of the hospital this week. Please please let me know if you find any decaf chocolate. I don’t know how I am going to make it through the normal chocolate overload of Valentines’ Day! :)

Dawn - January 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

I have been wondering about you, dear Kelly. I am so sorry to hear that your father-in-law is still in the hospital and about your heart. I will keep you guys in my prayers. Thank you for the quick sneak peek of your office. It looks great and of course organized already. Good luck with the up coming photo shoot and video. I am sure your home will look amazing just like it always does. I love how comfortable, cozy and welcoming your home always looks! Take care!
Thank you for ALL your sweet words here Dawn. I appreciate them so much!

Katrina - January 8, 2015 - 9:35 pm

The sneak preview of your new room looks great!
Fresh greenery coming your way…oh Kelly, waiting to see the BHG edition of your Christmas house is going to be as hard as waiting for a new Downton Abbey season to start!
Prayers for YOU and your father-in-law. Take care of yourself and use those sick days girl!
I used a bunch of sick days between Thanksgiving and Christmas…waaay too many. It is no fun being sick. Your comparison to waiting for DA gave me a giggle. :) Thank you for your prayers.

DiAnne - January 8, 2015 - 10:28 pm

Love what you are doing with this space! I am soooo excited about the photo shoot for you
I am thinking like Katrina, use those sick days girl. I want you to be well and don’t worry about replying to every post.
Prayers for you and your father in law.
Believe me, I used more sick days than I wanted to during the month of December. Thank you so much for your prayers DiAnne.

Row. - January 9, 2015 - 7:03 am

Kelly, The room is coming along nicely. I am sorry to hear that your year is starting with a lot of illness, I do hope everyone is feeling better soon.
Thank you Row. So glad you like the room so far. :) We are getting better…slowly but surely.

Jayne - January 9, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Love all the sneak peeks! It looks great! Glad you are feeling better an praying for your father in-law. I know he is more than ready to come home! Hope this new year will the best ever for you! Happy New Year!
Yes, he is definitely ready to get out of the hospital and sleep in his own bed. Thank you for your compliments on the room. I really want to get the drapes made and up in there. Happy New Year to you too!

fabiana - January 10, 2015 - 11:28 pm

It looks so great already! I love the paint color and the pop of red…

Thank you Claudia!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - January 12, 2015 - 12:28 pm

I just saw this and love your room, and hate your news about your dear heart. I had a similar situation occur after a series of lung infections. Caffeine is definitely not your friend right now, but everything worked out fine for me, and I’m sure you’ll be heart-y in no time too!
Leslie Anne, so maybe I will be able to have chocolate later on? :) You have given me hope. LOL Thank you for the compliment on the workroom.

Cheryl - January 15, 2015 - 8:01 am

Happy New Year ! I love your collection of curtains. I’ve read you make all your curtains ,could you tell me where you get all your material. I’m so sorry to hear of your heart problems take care.
Thank you Cheryl. I make most of my curtains, and I have ordered some from Country Curtains and some from Ballard Designs. Most of the plaids came from a fabric store that has since gone out of business. (I miss them!) The large red check and the khaki check came from Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta (in person and ordered online). And I have ordered some of the fabric from
Hope this helps!

Gina - January 16, 2015 - 3:23 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law and your illness. Hope everything works out for the best!! :) Yeah, giving up chocolate would be pretty hard. ;)
I think my father in law may actually get to come home from the hospital this week. Giving up chocolate has so not been fun! Especially in this season of hot cocoa. :(

Emily Gravitt - January 21, 2015 - 1:39 pm

I have just discovered your blog and am in love with it! Thank you for sharing! Take care of yourself so we can continue to enjoy your blog.

Thank you Emily! I am so glad you found your way to Talk of the House and that you are enjoying it. :)

Talk of the Weekend #13

happy new yearsource

Happy New Year!  I hope you celebrated in style.:) Are you a word-for-the-year person, a new year’s resolution person, or neither?  Many people talk about making resolutions for less for the new year…less weight, less stress, less mess…but what I think they really mean is they want less of some things so that they can have more of others.  So for this weekend I want to wish you more for 2015.:)

More time for travel…

(This inn in New York, while out of our budget, looks like a heavenly place to visit.)

inn at windmill

More delicious dinners…

(Our nearby Carino’s restaurant closed, and I dearly miss this dish.  So I can use this recipe now.)


More time for reading…

(Here is another view of that cozy room.:))

library of Chicago

And while you have more time for reading, don’t forget Mary Kay Andrews will have a new book out this year.:)

More parties for you and your friends…

(This soup swap looked like something fun for a winter weekend.)

soup swap

More movies…

Annie movie

A more organized home…
(There is a good article on staying organized here.)
More time for long soaks in a tub…
More time relaxing on a porch…
More time spent outside…
More rest…
And more music.
I hope this first weekend of the new year finds you having fun with people you enjoy.  We have a dozen projects going on here, so let me get off this computer today.:) I will leave you with one last thought as we start 2015.
Happy New Year!
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Mimi - January 3, 2015 - 5:30 pm

I love it all! The pictures of the screened porch and the garden area made my heart beat a little faster because I’m sure that’s where I belong. :-) I hope 2015 brings you more time to do all the things you love, too.

Debra - January 3, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Happy 2015 and here is to lighter meals, after a holiday that brought wonderful calorie overload! That soup party sounds wonderful Kelly. I just made beef vegetable soup on Wednesday with extra to freeze. We had broccoli cheddar for lunch today, as it is raining and our temperature will drop to make things ice up tonight. They are predicting below 20 for the next four days to come. Oh how lovely…Not! Your post will keep me cozy as I check out all your highlights. Daughter and I are enjoying a Downtown marathon today and tomorrow brings season 5! Pour the Tea!

Garden, Home and Party - January 3, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Several worthwhile items to follow up on here. I loved the checked bedroom with the black twin beds. The pasta recipe looks delicious. One of the things I’ve promised myself for the new year is that I’ll try some new recipes, this one has to go on the list.

Donnamae - January 3, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Thank you so much for writing this post just for me! Oh…you didn’t…seems like you read my mind though. I do want less of some things…and lots more of others. And, you knew just what those were. We are still getting used to being empty nesters…and discovering ourselves…and simplifying our lives. It’s kind of fun! Happy New Year Kelly! ;)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - January 3, 2015 - 6:10 pm

The music video fed my SOUL today!! Beautiful. Thank you! Love the quote too. I started off the new year today by scratching one thing off my list: I cleaned and organized my dish room and attached storage area. It was OUT OF CONTROL, you could barely walk in there. I hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for!!!

Arlene@Nanaland - January 3, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Hope the New Year finds you feeling better Kelly…did you get your house photographed yet for the magazine? My goal is to read more this year. I made a goal of 100 books on Goodreads. Last year I did 82 so hoping I can step it up this year! Happy New Year!!

Design Chic - January 3, 2015 - 9:40 pm

What a wonderful list and ones that I need to include on mine – love the idea of more rest, more time outside and more music and of course I always dream of being more organized…wishing you all the best in the new year!

Katrina - January 4, 2015 - 9:44 am

Happy 2015 Kelly!! I have missed you! I was worried that maybe you were still under the weather but then I remembered that your house was being photographed…. I can’t wait to see it!!!! This great post made up for your absense. I hope you went to see “Annie”…. So cute! The soup exchange is such a cute idea for a party.
I hope you and your family had a blessed and fun Christmas. I am sure you missed your sons. Our Christmas started in Nov when we saw the 20 foot tree ( I think that is how big it was) arrive at the Biltmore House. When we visited there again yesterday I thought to myself that this was a nice way to end the season.
Here’s to your good health and more great posts( and of course the start of the Downton Abbey season

Sally @ Good Dinner Mom - January 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

Kelly, Thanks for featuring my Chicken Scallopini recipe here. It’s one of my favorite chicken dishes of all time so I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think. Love the porch here and the cute white fence/gate. Happy New Year!

Nan, Odessa, DE - January 4, 2015 - 10:04 am

Thank you! Enjoyed it all.

You have introduced me to THE PIANO GUYS twice now. If you were buying one cd by them, which one would you choose?

Also, I am a reader but have never read Mary Kay Andrews. You wet my imagination on this writer. Is there a particular book you recommend over all she has written? Is there a s eries of her books so I need to read in order? Help!

My grands, always say, you introduced me to the jaw breakers from TARGET in a glass jar, so it has to be good!!!!! HA! HA!

GOD bless, and happy new year.
Nan, I love their version of A Thousand Years, so I would say go with the cd that is called The Piano Guys. Of course I love their Family Christmas one, but I don’t think you are asking about it. :) My favorite MKA book is The Fixer Upper, but she has done several series. Her most recent books have been stand alone books not in any series. The info you need for her books is here:
Hope this helps!

Dawn - January 4, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Perfect post, Kelly!
I love the eye candy and the inspiration! I wish you all the best and good health in the new year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your home and for us, your blog friends. Thanks for sharing!

Teresa H. Fields - January 4, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Wonderful post! Thanks for the Kay Andrews part. I had not heard of her(and I love to read). I just reserved some of her books at the library.

PATTI - January 4, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Thanks for the Neil Gaiman quote-just what I needed!

kathy - January 4, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Perfect post! (Dang, I just saw that Dawn said that. Oh, well, it fits.) I hope you have more of everything you want and less of what you don’t. I hope you have great health and that you get to retire in 2015 because you have so many wonderful offers of fun things to do. I always look forward to your posts!

Teresa W. - January 4, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Happy New Year, Kelly! I am in LOVE with that porch and could move right in. I can’t wait for Mary Kay Andrews new book, I love them all. Since Carino’s closed, you need to make a trip to Deano’s. My husband, children and I ate there a few days before Christmas and it was as fabulous as ever. Most importantly though, I wish you good health and everything wonderful in 2015! Have a great week.

Jane C. - January 4, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Thanks, Kelly! Love your idea of MORE in 2015…More hugs & kisses. More time off from work. More time to travel. More time with friends. More flowers, more pool days more walks, more beach, more flowers, more good music, and hopefully one more spotted dog to get back to 3. (We lost one our 1 year old girlie on Christmas Eve).

Love Mary Kay Andrews. I have an endless “to read” shelf. Some day we ARE going to do the book swap party my husband & I have discussed for a year and half!

Happy 2015! Hope it is the best one yet!

Jayne - January 4, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Happy New Year, Kelly! I wish you more of God’s blessings, more time with family and more fun with your blog! Looking forward to reading more of your posts and getting great inspiration!

Liz@HoosierHomemade - January 4, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Such a fun post! Thanks so much for sharing our Soup Swap!

L J - January 5, 2015 - 12:00 pm

So enjoyed it all. And I believe you’re right–we want “less” of (fill in the blank) so we can have more of something so much better. Thank you again for Piano Guys. You’ve shared their videos several times and I really like their music and their antics. They’re now on my list to visit them more regularly, maybe even purchase a CD or two. Thank you for taking the time to put out this blog and praying all goes smoothly for the photo shoot….no hiccups–so to speak.

Louvina - January 7, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Been wondering how your photo shoot is going!?! I know you have some great ideas and have put a lot of creative thought into it and just hope you don’t over do!! Must stay well in this beginning of the new year!! Got back from the beach, dug in and have most of the Christmas decorations down and storing them back in the attic storage area. Cold weather coming down the pike!! Brr– will make it feel just like Christmas for your BHG article!! Made a huge pot of beef barley vegetable soup and my late made fruit cake is now seasoned and ready– really turned out good for my first try! Hope to hear about everything you’re doing soon!! Bet you have a fire in your fireplace tonight?! Cozy!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 7, 2015 - 11:07 pm

Happy New Year Kelly!..Looking forward to your wonderful posts in 2015 and news of your photo shoot…Loved the beautiful inspiration here today!…

Talk of the Weekend 12 – One Last Home from the Macon Christmas Tour

tour house 6 living roomYes, I know it is after Christmas.  Yes, I know most of you have probably yanked down all the decorations in your home and have already packed them away – and you are already planning a New Year’s Eve party and to whom you will send your Valentines.:)

tour house 6 dining roomBut as the Queen of Lateness here, I just had to show you this one last Christmas tour house…this one that was my favorite.

tour house 6 dining room chairsIf you are tired of all the Christmas decor, then just ignore it and look at the beautiful rooms.  It really is a gorgeous old house that has had a wonderful restoration job.  My mother’s favorite room was the dining room. She oooohed and ahhhed around that table a few times.

tour house 6 kitchenThe cozy little breakfast area was more my style.

tour house 6 kitchen sink

tour house 6 kitchen sitting areaAnd I especially loved that cabinet there in the corner.

tour house 6 breakfast roomThis was the house with the red bicycle in the hall.:)

tour house 6 bicycleI lost count of how many bedrooms there are in the house.

tour house 6 guestroomDefinitely a room for boys here.

tour house 6 bedroom and sofa

tour house 6 bedroom sofa

tour house 6 bedroom fireplaceAnd one precious one for girls.

tour house 6 girls roomI believe this was the room my husband liked, and you can see why.

tour house 6 bonus roomI think this was the master bedroom.  It looked like a room for peace and quiet.

tour house 6 master bedroomThe master bath was just perfection.

tour house 6 bathroom

You can see that the laundry room is right off the bathroom.tour house 6 bathroom hooksThe icing on the cake was this outdoor room with its fireplace and television.

tour house 6 outdoor areaDid you like it? Thank you for allowing me to indulge in one last Christmas tour with you.  Since sickness has delayed us so much this year, I feel like we are just starting Christmas here….which is quite alright with me since I would love it year round. I still have Christmas music playing.  I am still decorating for the holiday, and we have company coming today.  Hope your weekend is a fun one…and that you are still enjoying the season.

Merry Christmas!:)

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Anne Boykin - December 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

Hi Kelly, Merry Christmas still! Thanks for the lovely tours. So happy you are feeling better. I’m looking forward to hearing all about your exciting 2015!

Sandy - December 27, 2014 - 8:52 am

Yes, I agree with your mother, the dining room is awesome. I would love a long rectangular table. I have been trying to pawn ours off to my daughter. Enjoy your holidays. We keep our trees and decor through Jan. 8th. Luckily for my preference, I chose more winters decor than Christmasy. The past three days have been in the fifties here in Ohio which has made me very happy.

Donnamae - December 27, 2014 - 9:22 am

Thanks for the tour! Great house! I do still have Christmas decorations up…but I suppose they will have to come down one of these days….just not today! I’m still enjoying Christmas! ;)

Louvina - December 27, 2014 - 9:59 am

I love Christmas all year round!! Loved this tour! Especially the dining room, red bike and the girl’s bedroom. Granddaughter is moving back home and I want to get her a day bed like that for her room. Starting to take outdoor decorations down so we can “move” to the condo for a couple of months! What do you think? Love walking on the beach and enjoying our retirement! Enjoy your day and company! Let’s keep the Spirit of Christmas as long as we can into the new year!

Marianne in Mo. - December 27, 2014 - 10:26 am

Lovely home, and I too love the breakfast area! We took down the outside decor yesterday, since we rely on son in law. He wanted to do it while it was warm, and we can’t look a gift horse in the mouth, right? The tree is still up though, so I can enjoy it thru New Years Day.
Hope you had a nice Christmas and I’m glad you are feeling better!

Jennifer from VA - December 27, 2014 - 10:48 am

I too love the breakfast nook, definitely more my style. Cozy. Loved the boys room too! I don’t take my decorations down until January 1st, but by then I’m beyond ready to pack them up. Hugs to you!!!

Dawn - December 27, 2014 - 11:31 am


Thank you for sharing this lovely home with us. I know the bicycle is your favorite. It has two baskets on it and it is red! My favorite is the sitting area in the kitchen area. I love it when there is an area in the kitchen to sit that is not the table or the bar area. A small couch or reading chair just says “we live here and it is comfortable.” My second favorite thing about this lovely home is all of the fireplaces. I love fireplaces! I hope you are rested and feeling well for your continued Christmas celebration. Don’t think for a moment that Christmas has stopped here either. I am still sipping Christmas coffees/teas and playing Christmas music and movies. Our decorations and trees will stay up until after the Epiphany.

Vicki - December 27, 2014 - 11:35 am

We are still waiting on Christmas at our home! Family starts coming in today and we should all be here and have our version of Christmas by Tuesday. All of my children live away and they work hard at coordinating an “at home” Christmas. I have the best kids ever! Enjoy the rest of your break!

Andrea - December 27, 2014 - 11:57 am

Kelly…..I am still sitting here in our living room with the Christmas tree lights on…… I can’t put it all away that quickly (although I do have my Christmas dishes washed and put away….) I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this tour. It was my favorite too! I loved how gorgeous the rooms are without being so formal…..perfection!

Happy New Year!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - December 27, 2014 - 12:20 pm

It’s still Christmas around here! Thanks for sharing this & keeping the holiday spirit going.

Lynne - December 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Thanks Kelly! I enjoyed touring this home. It is so cozy and looks like a home loved and lived in!

kathy - December 27, 2014 - 12:25 pm

I can see why this was your favorite home on the tour. The buffalo checks screamed “Kelly!” I wonder if I can get my husband to put beadboard in my laundry bath this year.

Joan - December 27, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Kelly, I Never get tired of Christmas and all its color and meaning. Thanks for sharing this home today. While large it seems so easy to live in. A home, not just a house. Will put this post in my Christmas file to refer to next season for ideas.
We are receiving a wonderful snowfall at this very moment…light, fluffy…..covering every twig. So welcome. So beautiful. So quiet. A new friend sent the link below to top out the season. Hope you find it as delightful and sweet as I did.

Maria - December 27, 2014 - 4:25 pm

I loved this house and was not tired of the Christmas decor at all! It as lovely to read that you toured the home with your mother. When my mother was living this was exactly the type of thing she enjoyed very much so this was a nice reminder for me..:) I hope you are blessed to enjoy many more outings together. Happy New Year!

Jayne - December 27, 2014 - 6:55 pm

This was so much more my style! The others were pretty, but just not me! I love the fireplace on the porch. I love to look at Christmas all year and plan. Of course, when it actually comes to the decorating, all my planning goes out the window. haha

Janet Magina - December 27, 2014 - 9:12 pm

I loved the breakfast area too, but my favorite was the dreamy yellow bedroom with the chaise longue. How I would love one of those to curl up and read in…sigh. Happy New Year to you and your family, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your posts.

Amber L. - December 28, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Wow, my favorite thing is that gorgeous dining room chandelier!

Garden, Home and Party - December 28, 2014 - 7:15 pm

What a pretty house. I can see why you like it.
I will have my Christmas decorations up until next weekend. We have our Austin family and I am enjoying the tree with my granddaughter!
Happy New Year…the year has flown by but I’ve enjoyed each and every month reading your blog.

Julia - December 29, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Kelly – I enjoyed the home tour and I still have my decorations up but had to take down my tree because my son got a new puppy for Christmas and she was chewing the wires! Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what houses we visit next year.

Design Chic - December 30, 2014 - 9:41 am

What a wonderful home and fun tour! Love the dining room – perfect for family holiday dinners and the master bedroom…gorgeous. Wishing you all the best in the new year!!

Vicki - December 30, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Kelly-I enjoyed the tours! I have been reading your blog for a few month now.. We are in the process of building a home and I visit your blog frequently for inspiration, so I thought I would say hello from Alabama! Hope you have a very happy new year!

Paula B. - January 2, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Yes! I loved it. Although I’d want an antique bed in the master. Oh, and which room to spend most of my time in???? That dining room was lovely. Thanks for sharing and I don’t think the Christmas décor should go up in November nor come down the day after Christmas. We usually have snow AFTER Christmas, so I especially enjoy the decorations when there is the white background to set them off. I have the tree lights on right now even though there is a lot of sunlight on this chilly day, brrrr. Glad you had a wonderful, low key, kind of holiday, and here’s wishing you and all your family, the very best in 2015!

Beck in 'Bama - January 2, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Thanks for the pics of all the homes on tour…fun to see how the other half lives.

If ever the day comes that all your friends desert you (never) or your family forsakes you (ha) or you find yourself ‘lost’ in this world (double ha)…I’ll be your best bud, your BFF, or your extra sister. Your posts always lift my spirits and bring beauty into my world that needs more. Wishing you a belated joyful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Alexa~FurnishMyWay - January 7, 2015 - 11:18 am

All I have to say is stunning! That house was quite lovely. Thank you for the wonderful tour. My favorite pictures by far were of the red bicycle, master suite, and master bath. First off, I loved the bike! What a festive but unorthodox idea! Very unique indeed. And the master suite, oh my! What a site it is! The bathroom is indeed perfection and I love that the laundry room is attached!

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