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Another Barn Styled House

old barn in GeorgiaNo not the barn above…that’s just an old barn that I took a photo of around here.  Today’s home is MUCH better than that.  I didn’t really plan to write a post about barns.  My plan was to write about ski houses this week… but in my last post we saw that gifted designer Emma Sims Hilditch lives with her family in a home that had a previous life as a barn, and her firm converted a stable into 3 guest cottages. (That should count as a kind of barn, right?) Well guess what.  As I was doing research on the house I planned to share with you, I learned that the owner (another designer) was very much inspired by…a barn.:) So since the planets seem to be aligning around the barn theme, I thought…why not go with it?

You probably saw today’s home featured many years ago in House Beautiful. It is the Sun Valley, Idaho vacation home of designer Chipper Joseph and her family.  She had been very much inspired by the historic Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms in Vermont.

shelburne farm breeding barn in

It was the job of Arbonies King Vlock Architects to reinterpret the elements of that New England barn into a family home far from New England.  They called the finished home The Elegant Barn. Here is the exterior of one wing from the House Beautiful article by Frances Schultz with photographs by Maura McEvoy. (You know I love all that snow!)

shingle style ski house in

You can certainly see the influence of the Vermont barn in this photo from the architects’ site.

Sun Valley

They included a 28 foot wood covered ceiling in an area appropriately called the hayloft.

hayloft in barn style Idaho

The great room has two granite fireplaces – one at each end of the room.  You can see from the following two photographs that it has been redecorated at one time or another.

Sun Valley home living

I prefer the following version that has more red in it.:)

living room chairs in Idaho ski

I mentioned that the owner is a designer.  She has worked for Ralph Lauren.  I love her fearless use of color and pattern in her home.  Do you think she used enough in the dining room?…tartan plaid placemats, a red print upholstery fabric, a multicolor patterned rug, and those beautifully cheerful yellow chairs.

dining room table in Idaho ski

The kitchen does not appear to be very large in this huge house.  I guess if you are on vacation, you might want to spend your time skiing – not cooking. (Notice the barn door leading into the kitchen – another interpretation of barn elements in the home.)

barn door and

In the next photograph you can see that there are yellow cabinets across from the white cabinets. I like the mix of color and the mix of hardware.  The wood floors were all made from 19th century oak barn beams. They are gorgeous!

kitchen in Idaho ski

As much as I love that kitchen, I think my favorite space in the house is the mudroom with its hanging canoe.

Sun Valley home

(Where did they get geraniums in full bloom when there is that much snow outside???)

mudroom in Idaho ski

If you go back up and look at the photograph of the exterior, you will see that the architects also included “silos” in their design as yet another barn element. Those “silos” house spiral staircases.  You can really see the beauty of the reclaimed wood in them.

spiral stairs with reclaimed barn

The only place that doesn’t seem to have a large amount of color and pattern is the master bath.  It is a very soothing place.

master bath in Idaho ski

You get a better idea of its size in this photo. (Interesting to see the different versions of styling the shelves.)

Sun Valley home master bath

And last, but certainly far from least, this master bedroom has made its rounds on Pinterest (and rightly so!)  How can you resist an antique bed and red checks?!:)

master bedroom in Idaho ski

Are you ready to move in?  I would adore it just like it is.  If you will click on the links you can see additional photos of this beauty..including more of the living room, the entryway, and a hallway that is one of my all time favorites.

Do you have a favorite room from this barn inspired home?

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Louvina - January 14, 2014 - 12:25 am

I think my favorite room is the bathroom— getting ready to remodel my bathrooms just MAY have something to do with that!? Just had to do redo all septic drain areas — oh my– but first things first, right?! Now to decide what I want to do in both baths. Decisions— decisions! :)
Well the bathroom IS amazingly gorgeous (and HUGE!), but I would imagine remodeling a bathroom just might have an impact on that. :) Good luck with all the decisions!

Polly in KS - January 14, 2014 - 5:24 am

Pick a favorite room? Seriously? I love, love, love the great room, kitchen, mudroom, master bathroom, the bedroom, dining room. Did I leave a room out? WOW! I can picture myself in every single room…reading a book in the great room with a fire in the fireplace, cooking in the kitchen, sitting in the dining room with friends enjoying a delicious meal prepared by my husband (hee, hee), soaking in the tub, get my drift???? I’m so glad you came across this beautiful home and shared it with us.
I think you kind of liked the house, Polly! LOL I agree that it would be a wonderful home to live in …or at least to visit on vacation every now and then. Happy you enjoyed the post!

Mary from Virginia - January 14, 2014 - 8:50 am

I have to say I really love the foyer and the kitchen. I especially love that door that blocks off the kitchen. Having a house with the kitchen and family room that is one big room, I would love to have a door. I must to be the only person who would love to have a separate kitchen and not an open floor plan.

Beautifully decorated home.
My husband is right there with you, Mary, wanting a kitchen separate from the family room. He says that all the noise in the kitchen makes it hard to hear and enjoy the television in the family room. So I know exactly where you are coming from with that. We originally had a wall between our kitchen and dining area in this house because I didn’t like seeing the mess of all the dirty pots and dishes when we were eating. But I eventually got over that :) and we knocked out the wall.

Susan - January 14, 2014 - 9:02 am

I really love the board and batten wall treatment in the bedroom~
Oh yes, Susan! They did a beautiful job with the walls!

Cathy Norrie - January 14, 2014 - 9:32 am

Dear Kelly,

My favourite room is the master bedroom hands down. Love the cosiness of it all.

Funnily enough those high ceilings everywhere just make me think about the high energy bills! How unromantic of me!! I can’t believe it’s me saying that!

Since you love snow so much you must, must, must take a trip up here to Calgary. This winter it has been a winter wonderland since early November with snow blanketing everything. We are Xcountry skiing every weekend in the mountains and it looks like we live in a Christmas card! It snowed again all yesterday morning which covered all of the brown yucky slushy bits at the side of the roads. Renewal is good! :)

Take care
I wish I could find more photos of that bedroom. I, too, loved what I could see of it. I am sure the rest of the room must be gorgeous as well. My husband would say the same thing about the energy bills. “Living in a Christmas card”…oh how I love that!! I bet it is truly a winter wonderland in Calgary now. I wish we could get even just a little bit. Is that too much to ask for???

Cathy Norrie - January 14, 2014 - 9:34 am

P.S. Thinking about it – I could just strap on my skis and head out from our back door if I were so inclined… there is that much snow this year!

Barb - January 14, 2014 - 9:45 am

I let out a gasp when I saw that bedroom. That Great Room…can you imagine sitting in one of those chairs, book (and hot cocoa)in hand, roaring fire and snow falling outside? Be still my heart. Now….how do I get my 1960’s split level to be this beautiful?
It would be nice, wouldn’t it, Barb? I am not quite sure how you transform a 1960’s split level into that…but you could use some of the same elements…cozy chairs with blankets, a patterned rug, yellow kitchen cabinets, yellow dining room chairs…just “thinking aloud” here. 

Kathy - January 14, 2014 - 10:02 am

Wow! How gorgeous! I love the architecture….windows, floors, walls, doors. My favorite room is the bathroom. Thanks for sharing.
Definitely – the architectural elements are superb! I think they outdid themselves with that bathroom, didn’t they? Thank you for reading and leaving your comment, Kathy.

Kaye Ann - January 14, 2014 - 10:11 am

I have the most tiny bathroom in my small Cape Cod house. I think for that reason I love the master bathroom the most. What I couldn’t do with a large bathroom like that!!! Thank you for sharing!! I lived in a converted horse barn that my father-in-law built when I was first married (over 40 years ago). It was an apartment in the upper area. My first baby was born during that time. It’s still there and my brother-in-law and his wife are living there with the plans of renovating it into a house with the downstairs area as part of the home.
Your converted horse barn sounds amazing, Kaye Ann! And how wonderful that your brother in law and his wife will be doing more work on it. I am so glad that there are creative people who can do work like that. Kudos to them!

Garden, Home and Party - January 14, 2014 - 4:56 pm

As I sit at my desk observing the hot Santa Ana winds warm the day to 80 degrees (in January!), I’m convinced I need to move someplace where it snows. Oh, and I want to live in house that looks just like this one!
I remember this feature years ago, in fact I’m pretty sure I tore the pages and saved them in my inspiration binder. Great post.
Karen, I have been hearing about the Santa Anna winds (and every time I do I remember them being mentioned in the movie, The Holiday.) I have been wanting snow too. Let me know when you get a house like this one. I’ll be right over to ski out your back door! :)

Dawn - January 14, 2014 - 5:53 pm


I love this barn theme you have going on right now! My favorite room in the house is the entry way closely followed by the living room. The entry table is awesome and those four chairs in the living room all say come on in, you are welcome here. Thanks for sharing it with us.
So glad you liked it Dawn! There are so many great spaces in that house, and you are right about those four chairs being so welcoming. Thanks for reading the post!

Jeanne Bell - January 14, 2014 - 8:36 pm

I loved your post. I am from southwest Penna and my husband was from Morgantowm,W.Va. His cousin built a house outside of Morgantown that was shaped like a barn with a winding staircase in the silo. They had an antique stain glass window in each room and a old caboose in the back yard as a play house for their kids. The coal mines came through and took their property and tore it down….that would have broke my heart.
Keep the great posts coming….
Jeanne, that is awful about them tearing down such a unique home. I don’t think I could have let them do that!! I hope they salvaged what wonderful things they could from it.

Anne from Atlanta - January 14, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Hi Kelly,
What an amazing house! My favorite is the Master bedroom. It is too wonderful. There is a reason why she worked for Ralph Lauren–she has perfect taste. Thanks for a great post.
Hi Anne! I sure wish I could have found more pictures of the master bedroom. I know it would ALL be beautiful. Oh yes, she has great taste!

Anne Boykin - January 14, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Hi Kelly, It reminds me of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta’s use of colors and patterns. I love these homes decorated with lively colors! It inspires me to use more color in my home. Thanks for sharing this lovely place with us. Oh, and my favorite room is the dining room. Oh to be that bold!
Yes, it reminded me of some of their work too, Anne. :) I think it is the patterned rug, because they always had colorful patterned rugs in their rooms. And I think I recall a home that they did that had the same fabric that was used on the upholstered chairs they show at the dining table. I don’t think I will ever be that bold in my use of color and pattern.

Cheri - January 14, 2014 - 10:53 pm

They can leave me that house along with an allowance to pay the utilities and cleaning help. Just gorgeous!
I will be sure to let them know that you would like to have it when they tire of it! :)

Jayne - January 15, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Oh my, what a house! Beautiful! I wish I could be as bold with color as she was in the dining room. I guess if you have a room that big, bold colors are the way to go. The rooms in my house are too small for such colors. My aunt turned their small stable into a guest house. I have never seen it though. I also have a friend that just built a barn house. I love how spacious they are. the high ceilings and large windows. If I ever get a redo of this house…
You must have a talented aunt to convert a stable into a guest house. (You need to be her guest!) I love high ceilings and windows windows windows. My husband says I would live in a glass house if I could. Let there be light!
Thank you for reading the post and leaving your comment here, Jayne.

Katrina - January 15, 2014 - 7:06 pm

That bathtub is calling my name!
It’s a beautiful one. What a way to relax!

British Design – Emma Sims Hilditch

Sims Hilditch manor cottagesLast weekend we spent some time here talking about Downton Abbey.  This weekend I thought you might enjoy seeing some rooms done by a designer who does an amazing job meshing traditional spaces in Great Britain with updated modern amenities (along with her team of designers.) If you are not already familiar with the name Emma Sims Hilditch, let me introduce you to her work.

Sims Hilditch manor cottage

That kitchen above with the pink island was my first view of Emma Sims Hilditch’s work.  I am not usually a fan of pink, but I thought the kitchen was one that exuded coziness.  I especially loved how the cabinets with all their legs appeared to be pieces of furniture, and the apron front sink only added to the charm.  Throw in that mixing bowl and the pretty fabric on the window treatment, and it all added up to one charming space.

Sims Hilditch manor cottages kitchen

That kitchen even has a fireplace (with treated wood.) And what’s more, it is located in the beautiful building at the top of the post!  That building was a stable that Sims Hilditch converted into three cottages for use by family and friends of the owners.  The cottages had to be family friendly, and I think the children’s bedrooms turned out wonderfully.  See what you think.

Sims Hilditch manor cottages bedroom for

Sims Hilditch manor cottages blue chest in childrens

Don’t you love this sweet bunk room with its blue gingham drapes?

Sims Hilditch manor cottages bunk

Emma Sims Hilditch was named one of the top 100 designers in Great Britain in 2012.  She began her career working on set designs for film maker Ridley Scott, and she started her design firm in 1995.  She lives with her husband and children in a home that they converted from an old barn.  This is the comfortable living area in their converted barn.

Sims Hilditch barn conversion living

Here is a better view of the bookshelf area.

Sims Hilditch barn coversion

Their home has been featured in a number of magazines in Great Britain.  Although I really like the bookshelves above the living room, my favorite room in their house is the kitchen.

Sims Hilditch barn

The floors, the ceiling, the built in bookcase,the cabinets…all just perfectly cozy.

Now let me show you another room.  This pretty laundry room is not in Emma Sims Hilditch’s house.  This one is in a newly constructed home on which the design firm worked . (They had previously done three other homes for this family!)

Sims Hilditch Radlette home

Now here is another project of theirs I want to share with you.  It is in a Cotswald manor house, and I am not exactly sure what this room is…laundry room? What do you think?  The dishes are confusing me.

Sims Hilditch Cotswald manor house

The bathroom in this home is HUGE.  What a place of retreat.

Sims Hilditch Cotswald Manor house

Sims Hilditch Cotswald manor house

Look how glamorous it looks at night all lit up.

Sims Hilditch bathroomsource

Finally, I want you to see the kitchen in this home….

Sims Hilditch cotswald manor house

I don’t know what it is, but something about that kitchen reminds me of this one done by Sarah Richardson.

Sarah Richardson farmhouse

It must be the barstools… or maybe the refrigerator?  Does it remind you of it?

I hope you will click on some of the links in today’s post and check out more work done by Sims Hilditch design.  There are many more homes and projects on their site that I did not share with you here that will be eye candy for you.  And I hope this taste of British design helps to put you in the mood for another Sunday night episode of Downton Abbey.:)

Until next time…

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Garden, Home and Party - January 11, 2014 - 11:14 pm

I don’t think I had read who the designer was for Downton’s sets. I really liked the rooms you shared. I think the kitchen’s in this post are the best. I always appreciate the research and resulting posts you share.
I’m really looking forward to the next episode.
Hi Karen! The designer for the sets on DA is Judy Farr. (Nice interview with her here: Loved the kitchens from Emma Sims Hilditch, too. Now shouldn’t you be packing up all your things to have your floors redone? :) (Glad you took a break to read the post.)

Liz - January 11, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Hi Kelly! How fun to see such bright and happy rooms in cold, dreary January! Thought I’d mention that the ‘confusing’ room is probably a kitchen. I lived in London for a number of years and almost every kitchen I saw had a laundry center as part of it. Often the washer and dryer were combined in one appliance which does not work well at all! I loved so much of Britain but their appliances left a lot to be desired.
Happy New Year! Liz
Thank you for the info, Liz! I don’t think I would like having my laundry in the kitchen. I have always thought it should be located near the bedrooms – which ours is not. A combination washer/dryer would be unusual- but a good idea if it worked.
Happy New Year to you, as well!

Donnamae - January 11, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Great links for a leisurely Sunday read! I think the room you questioned was indeed a kitchen. Lots of British kitchens have laundry within the room…not just attached, but actually in the kitchen. I’ll be ready for my weekly dose of Downton Abbey! ;)
Another vote for it being a kitchen. I just can’t imagine all our dirty clothes being in the room in which we cook! I am ready for another dose of Downton too. My daughter just told me that the episode she just finished watching will “blow your mind.” (It is not tomorrow’s episode…further in the season.) So there will be something MAJOR happening this season…

Anita - January 11, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Eye candy for sure! The serene colors of these rooms remind of the designs from Canadian designer Brian Gluckstein. The children’s bedroom with the posters reminded me of when I use to read as a child “Les Aventures de Tintin”. I quite like the first kitchen with the warm brick flooring. I read that the peachy/pink color is making a comeback this year in the paint palettes. The designer’s kitchen is inviting and doesn’t look like kitchen cabinets and more like furniture. And I think I could stay in the bathroom for a while with those windows and all the space! And finally the kitchen designed by Sarah Richardson is very sweet. She uses a lot patterns and colors in her design. Thanks for sharing…excited for another episode of Downton Abbey!
I am not familiar with Brian Gluckstein, but I will certainly check out his work now that you mention him. Those children’s bedrooms were so sweet to me. (Makes me want to have a little one here again!) I am glad you enjoyed all the eye candy here Anita. Thank you for leaving your thoughts in the comments!

Polly in KS - January 11, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Scrumptious. I’d take any one of those rooms. They’re cozy, comfortable and inviting. I think the room you weren’t sure what room it is is a kitchen. I noticed in the first kitchen you showed us there was a washer and dryer in it too. Yes, the one kitchen does remind me of Sarah’s farm kitchen. They both have the same feel. Elegant, but relaxing. Calming and beautifully decorated. Just like Sarah and you!
Aw…thank you, Polly! I love being in the same description with Sarah. :) I would move into any of those rooms too, and I think my husband and family would love to live in Emma’s converted barn. (Although my boys would be climbing all over those bookshelves above the living area!)

Arlene@Nanaland - January 12, 2014 - 8:21 am

I love Sarah Richardson too!! One of my favorite English kitchens on tv is the country house owned by Jean and Lionel on As Time Goes By…An old Britcom that I Love! That kitchen is just divine.

I have seen several bunk rooms in magazines lately. That would be perfect for my grands but I really do not have a room that would accomodate them. Thanks for sharing this decorator, I had never heard of her!
Arlene, we love As Time Goes By! It is always so funny, and I agree with you that kitchen is great. :) And yes, it would take a big space for two sets of bunkbeds, but goodness it would sleep a lot of folks! I am glad I could introduce you to Emma Sims Hilditch. Love her work.

Khaki - January 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

This designer is brilliant on so many levels. Her use of the ‘dead’ space (for bookshelves) in their great room is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time. It transforms that cavernous space into a room that is so, so cozy.

Thanks for the peek at Emma Sims Hilditch’s work!
Isn’t she amazing?! The bookshelves were definitely a brilliant use of that space. I am glad you enjoyed looking at some of Emma Sims Hilditch’s work. Be sure to go to her website to see more.
Happy Sunday!

cindy hattersley - January 12, 2014 - 10:10 am

Beautiful work! Thanks for the introduction. I have to confer with you…that kitchen is perfection!
I love most English kitchens because their cabinetry is always so wonderful. Sims Hilditch ones are no exception. So glad you liked them Cindy!
Enjoy your Sunday.

Lynne - January 12, 2014 - 3:12 pm

I love all the cabinets in these kitchens. And the tile in that bathroom shower is to die for! I really enjoyed this post.
Aren’t the kitchens wonderful?! Her husband is an owner in a store that does all the kitchen cabinets in the home for which she designs. I am so glad you enjoyed the post on British design, Lynne.

Cathy Norrie - January 13, 2014 - 11:47 am

Hi Kelly,

I love Hilditch’s work. Thanks for sharing some of her beautiful rooms. Don’t you love how the British truly embrace the old and blend with the new to make a gorgeous new look. I try to do that with our little 100 year old house (not old in a British/European context) and it seems to be working :)

Talk to you soon!
They really do a good job of meshing the old and new. I bet you do a wonderful job in your own little cottage with it too, Cath. :)

Jayne - January 13, 2014 - 2:57 pm

All the rooms are lovely. That bathroom was huge.I think I would want a fireplace in there to help keep it warm. If I could redo just one thing about our house, I would have a large kitchen. But with my husband’s gift of knowing exactly where to stand that is right in my way, he would still find that perfect place to be in my way. LOL I love how relaxing all the rooms look. The lighters colors also make them look so open and inviting. Once again I got some decorating inspiration. Thanks!
I thought the same thing about needing a fireplace in there, Jayne! That is too funny about your husband. I run into that same thing in our house here.  (But at least that means that everyone is helping out.) So glad you were inspired by the rooms.

Dawn - January 13, 2014 - 5:03 pm


I am wondering if the mystery room is sort of butlers pantry/laundry room/wet bar area? Our laundry room is right next to our master bedroom and it has a door between the two that leads into my side our closet. One of the best decisions I made when designing our house plans.

Your laundry sounds like what I just pinned on pinterest this week…a laundry next to the master closet. That was a brilliant decision in space design! 

Louvina - January 13, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Very interesting— had not heard of this designer. Looks like real people live there– love the library wall! When we were in London, I really enjoyed the heated towel racks but the weather was too rainy, damp and foggy for me. The thatched roofs were fascinating and loved the daffodils that were in bloom all over the countryside. Also enjoyed high tea and all the wonderful finger sandwiches and pastries. I helped chaperone my daughter’s high school choral group that toured for 10 days and performed there. My oldest daughter went too as RN to care for any ills of the 130 students. A wonderful trip for all and spent Palm Sunday at St. Paul’s which was a wonderful experience of a life time!
That sounds like a dream trip, Louvina! A heated towel rack alone would be heaven. Being at St. Paul’s cathedral for Palm Sunday would be amazing! Thank you for sharing the memory of your trip.

Bring in the Blue..More Decorating for the New Year

Talk of the House decorating for a new yearLast night we were riding home from enjoying dinner out, and I noticed something I thought was somewhat unusual.  It’s eight days into the month of January, right?  Well, our little town still has all of its Christmas lights up, and they were lit!  We rode around a few blocks downtown looking at some houses, and there were quite a few of them that still had their Christmas decorations on too.  I was pleasantly surprised!  It is almost like we don’t want the Christmas season to leave here.  (It was much too short this year anyway.) Yes, I know many of you are already getting out your things for Valentine’s Day, but I have mixed a touch of Christmas in with New Year’s for our January decorating.  I just didn’t get enough time to enjoy it during the rush of December. When does your town take down their Christmas lights?

You have already seen the dining room for New Year’s Eve, but I haven’t had a chance to show you the other vignettes around here.  You are about to see how much blue has replaced all the red.

family room with blue floral and neutrals

I made those blue floral pillows many many years ago from a Waverly fabric (I think.)  The family room cabinet got dressed up for New Years with Christmas balls in a jar.

cabinet vignette mixing Christmas in for New Years

For the mantel, a collection of clocks and watches works well…and yes, I put them in a jar. None of the watches work, and the clocks are inexpensive ones collected from Walmart, Target, and Steinmart.  There might be one old one from Pottery Barn in the mix.

Talk of the House mantle with clocks in jarsmantle with watches and clock in jarmantle with jar of clocks for New YearsThe kitchen has also had its red replaced by blue.  Hoppin John was the perfect New Year’s recipe for the chalkboard at the desk in there.

Talk of the House kitchen desk with  New Years recipe on chalkboardI brought in the blue cookbooks.

blue cookbooks for color and useAnd you can see that the black and white drapes are back in place of the red buffalo checked ones.

corner vignette in kitchen

kitchen  windowWith the cold weather we have every kind of hot beverage possible – hot tea by the sink…coffees and hot cocoa on the kitchen counter.

coffee and hot cocoaThe last of the blue accents is in the plate rack over the cereal jars.

plate rack over cereal jarsAnd the last of the New Year’s decorating that I want to share with you today is in the children’s bath (even though it is not blue.)

New Years chalkboard

Talk of the House New Years chalkboard in kids bath

Thanks for allowing me to extend my holiday decorating just a bit longer.:)In a week or two it will all be gone, and the red and hearts for the day of love will be making its entrance.  (I must confess that I have been checking out the chocolates that are already out in the stores!) So how many of you have already started decorating with things for Valentine’s Day??

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Cathy Norrie - January 8, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Hi Kelly,

OK – it’s official! I want to come and live in your house forever! I love what you are doing with your new year colours.

I just de-decorated the Christmas tree since we like to keep everything up until the Ukrainian (Julian calendar) Christmas is over (January 7). When they are gone I too miss the lovely ambience that is created with the lights and decorations of Christmas. Oh well, our fireplace will have to provide the light and warmth that I desire!

And regarding Valentine’s decorating… I really have never done that except when I was teaching. Maybe I will this year – inspired by you of course!

Take care

P.S. I think this is the first time I have been the first commenter. Yay for me!!
Oh yes, yay for you being first, Cath! You are welcome to come on and live here as soon as we finish the room over the garage. :) (Although everyone around the house here seems to be saying that it will be “their” space.) A fireplace certainly does help to give a glow of warmth, but nothing really beats twinkle lights.

Louvina - January 8, 2014 - 11:32 pm

I really needed this restful stress less post. Truly just relaxed and took it all in– there is just something peaceful about a touch of blue!! I too don’t want the spirit of Christmas to be put away– I’m still hanging onto snowflakes and winter greenery. Thank you for helping me tonight in ways you’ll never know. I pray for a restful night for all of us and please know you are a real blessing to me.
Louvina, I am glad the post could give you a little bit of peace and de-stressing, but I am sad that you needed de-stressing. I hope and pray that all is well with you. You go right ahead and hang onto your snowflakes and greenery.:)
Take it easy. (That’s an order!)

Lindy james - January 9, 2014 - 12:17 am

Kelly ,
Had never really thought of replacing my reds from Christmas with blue for the new year until I read your blog, but I love that idea. And displaying clocks and watches is a great way to welcome in a new beginning. Can’t begin to think about decorating for Valentines Day yet as my grandaughter’s 1st birthday celebration is the weekend of the nineteenth and with a Cheerios theme we’ll be decorating in yellow! Red and pink will make its appearance after that, take care, Lindy
As I sit here munching on my daily dose of Cheerios, I LOVE the idea for the birthday party! How cute!!! Happy yellow is always a good color. :) Thank you for your kind compliments on the décor. Have a great day!

Rae Hilhorst - January 9, 2014 - 5:23 am

You are by far my favourite blogger, I love your style, many many thanks for sharing and caring. Happy New Year. xxx Rae
Well many many thanks to you, Rae for such a high compliment! You are so very kind. Happy New Year to you. I hope 2014 will be full of blessings for you and your family – especially for your daughters.

Katrina - January 9, 2014 - 5:29 am

The first two pictures of your house look like they came straight out of the newest Pottery Barn catalog! I really like the blue touches in your pretty house.
When my children were small we always turned our Christmas tree into a snow tree (lots of snow themed ornaments)after Christmas and kept it up through January. I started that tradition again this year with the tree we have on our porch. I really wanted to replace the artificial tree on the porch with the live tree we had in the living room for this project but when we started to trade out we realized the live tree was just too dry.I am thinking next year I will just get two “real” trees as I don’t think the porch tree will dry out that much.
Thankfully my small town still has all its pretty twinkle lights on all the trees that line the downtown. Most of the store windows are now decorated in a white snow theme.
Thanks for another pretty post!
Katrina, when we took down our porch tree it felt just as fresh as when we put it out there for the holidays. Keeping it out in the cold certainly kept it fresher than the one in the family room that endured the heat of the fireplace and the regular central heat and air system. So you should definitely get a fresh one for your porch next year.
Thank you for reading and leaving your thoughtfully sweet comments.

Jane - January 9, 2014 - 7:02 am

I too cant seem to let go of Christmas this time, I cant remember when I have enjoyed it more. My husband and I and then our son drove up from Florida to join a friend and his family at his farm in Vienna Ga.I have all decorations put away except one little tree, I will enjoy her until…………….
With the lateness of Thanksgiving this year, I think many of us just didn’t get enough time to enjoy Christmas. How fun that you were able to celebrate the holidays at a farm. You go right ahead and keep out that little tree as long as you want!

Donna - January 9, 2014 - 7:30 am

I felt Christmas was too short this year and just love the warmth of the Christmas lights. I have seen many homes with the Christmas lights still on and it seems more than usual this year. Maybe we all need the Christmas spirit a bit longer. I leave my snowflakes and snowmen out for the winter decorations, but the blue touches is a wonderful idea. Love the clocks!
Kelly when I see you have a new post I feel like I do when a new Pottery Barn catalogue has arrived. Your home is beautiful and you have such a nice way of decorating. I can just picture coming for a cup of coffee and taking it all in. Warm and inviting….it says a lot about your personality.
We should lobby for a change that keeps Thanksgiving from arriving after some specific date…like Nov. 20 or so! I’ll start a petition. :) LOL That way we can enjoy Christmas for a longer period of time AND Thanksgiving will still have a chance to shine in November. I like the idea of keeping out snowflakes and snowmen. They can stay through February! And I am glad you liked all the blue. Thank you for such wonderful compliments about the home, Donna.

Jill - January 9, 2014 - 7:50 am

Hi Kelly! Love the blue accents….very pretty. And all the clocks in the jars are so cute. I was rereading the old posts about your kitchen transformation the other day and noticed one of the jars on your kitchen counter even way back then. You’re such a trend setter! :D
Yesterday I “reworked” our living room with aqua and turquoise. I guess it’s a little Spring-y, but I was ready for a fresh change. I may bring a little red back for the “day of love.” (I love that you call it that.)
Our outdoor Christmas lights are still up. It’s been way too cold to take them down so we’ve been enjoying them a little longer. I’m always sad to turn them off, but I finally did last night. I didn’t want us to be “that house.” LOL!
I think we are now “that house.” LOL. There is a Christmas tree with lights on in the window above the porch that is STILL lit at night. The garlands are down, but they are in trash bags all over the front porch…not exactly a pretty sight to see. I guess the tree lights will go off once we get the bags moved up to the attic…or not. :) The cold weather probably has kept many people from taking down their holiday décor outside. And I imagine spring-y decorating (like in your living room) is appreciated by many people who are enduring the extreme temperatures this week.
Stay warm!

Sally - January 9, 2014 - 8:14 am

Good morning Kelly! Everything looks great — and I love your jars of clock & watches! [*pin] Around here, Christmas decorations are gone. Only one non-Christmasy snowman and a little non-Christmas red remain until Valentines Day.
Sally, thank you for pinning the jar of clocks and watches! You are one of my best Pinterest pinners. :) Boo hoo that all your Christmas is gone, but I guess it is to be expected since we will be mid-January in a few days. Glad you liked the New Year’s decorating!

Jayne - January 9, 2014 - 8:45 am

Christmas came down the day after here,but the tree is still on the front porch as are the boxes of decorations. It’s too cold to get out there and do anything with them. Sadly, I haven’t done any decorating for January yet. My twins birthday is tomorrow and they are coming home, so I’ll decorate for that today and tomorrow. Good thing I haven’t put the Christmas up yet. I have some felt hearts I can use for Valentines. Your house looks great. Will you come decorate mine? Lol
Jayne, I am glad to know that I am not the only one with all the holiday things sitting on the front porch waiting on us to do something with them! The weather has been quite yucky, hasn’t it? Enjoy your twins’ birthday celebration! I am afraid I can’t come do yours for you today…got to put all that Christmas stuff up! :)
Enjoy your weekend.

Talia - January 9, 2014 - 9:03 am

Seriously, when can I move in? Your house exudes such a welcoming and warm spirit. Love it and really enjoy seeing the touches of blue you’ve added. Very warm.

Your house is amazing! I get so excited when I see a post in my email in box!
Too funny Talia! I am happy that you like the house, but don’t get too attached to all the blue. You KNOW it will be replaced by red again for Valentine’s Day. :)

Polly in KS - January 9, 2014 - 9:16 am

Drool, drool. I adore what you’ve done. Blue is so calming, especially after such a hectic holiday season. It seemed like from just before Thanksgiving to the start of January it was go, go, go. Whew! It’s nice to slow down, breathe, and take it all in. Many thanks for such a wonderful blog – in terms of decorating, knowledge/information and relaxation. It’s such a welcome relief.
Valentines? Already? Nope, not there yet.
Polly you have expressed EXACTLY how I felt about this year’s holiday season, and although other years have been busy, none have seemed as hectic as this one was. Thank you for your compliments about the blog. I am glad that it is a peaceful spot for you. :)

Kathy - January 9, 2014 - 9:19 am

I love the clocks in jars! I agree with Donna (above)…when I open email and see you have a new post, it IS like getting the new Pottery Barn catalog. I probably would have left Christmas decorations up a little longer but my college student son helps put everything up and then helps take it down…so I had to accept the help when I could get it. I went to lunch last Friday and when I got home he had taken all of the ornaments off the tree and brought Snow Village boxes out for me to pack everything away. My daughter is the town manager where we live and she says the town snowflake decorations are staying up a few more days. Since she hasn’t “undecorated” her apartment from Christmas, I would say we can enjoy the town decorations a little longer.
How wonderful to have all that help! (And it really is needed when you do a lot of holiday decorating.) My son took down and bagged all the outdoor garlands. That was a tremendous amount of help for me! And my husband always brings in and sets up the trees in stands. It’s the darn lights that are always the hardest and most time consuming things. I love that your town Christmas lights are still up. You all enjoy them as long as you can!

KellyinPA - January 9, 2014 - 9:23 am

Driving home from church last night, we were commenting on how many Christmas lights we saw. I enjoy them, it’s a little sad when they are all put away. Husband undecorated both trees and put it all away (what a guy!) now I have to pack away the rest of the Christmas decor. Hopefully, today. Love the touches of blue and the clocks, Kelly. Your blog is definitely a bright spot in my day!:)
Wow…undecorated both trees! He’s a keeper!! I hate taking the lights off. I had my son undecorate the porch tree. He loves the cold weather, but he was lost when it came to how you take off the lights. He now has a new “skill.” :) (but I forgot to tell him to separate the twinkle lights from the non-twinkle ones.)Thank you for reading and leaving your kind comment here, Kelly.
Enjoy your weekend.

DeeDee - January 9, 2014 - 10:52 am

I like to leave our Christmas decorations up until after the New Year (all that work needs to be shown off & enjoyed for a bit longer than a few days after the 25th!) and like Cathy, I too grew up celebrating a Ukrainian Christmas, our “2nd Christmas”!

The threading of blue accents throughout your home look awesome and your posts ARE better than getting a PB catalog in the mail! Not only did PB feature blue on the cover of their new catalog, but did you notice the cover of January’s Southern Living issue? Love the change from all the “Christmas red” that’s been around for weeks!
I need to do a little research to learn more about the Ukrainian Christmas. It sounds like something I would like! I have read almost every Patricia Polacco book for children, and she writes quite a bit about her Ukrainian grandmother and her traditions, but I do not remember reading about a “lengthened” holiday. I must find out! Thank you for your kind words about the decorating here. I DID notice all the blue on the SL cover, and if you get Talbot’s catalogs, they too had blue in all their new winter clothing. I don’t ever recall this happening before! :) I guess great minds think alike. LOL

Patty in Michigan - January 9, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Kelly, love the blue! The clocks in the jar are a real neat idea for decorating in the New Year! Creative and unexpected. I may keep my eye out for old vintage clocks now when I go thrifting. I am not decorating for Valentine’s Day yet, but gathering up some ideas. I enjoying the clean house right now since we took down all the Christmas decorations. I will be ready in a few weeks though I’m sure.
That’s a great idea to be on the lookout for the clocks as you are thrifting. I wish I had thought of it sooner to get my mom to look out for them when she was at yardsales. (She’s the queen!)

Garden, Home and Party - January 9, 2014 - 3:25 pm

I’m usually one of the first people on our park to take my outdoor lights down, this year our lights are still up and lit, as is most of our neighbors. It makes me happy. Our lights will come down this weekend.

Love the blue touches and the plate rack with the white and blue and white plates.

That is interesting that so many people everywhere still have theirs up this late. I wonder if it is always like that, and I am just doing a better job noticing it this year…or was the season so short that many more people are keeping theirs up later this year. Good luck with taking it all down this weekend. I am glad my son took the outside garlands down for us this week since it is raining and raining and raining here today.
Here’s to a productive weekend!

Debra - January 9, 2014 - 6:04 pm

I usually leave my Christmas decorations up until just after New Years Day. Well, with catching the flu, it has put me behind. Just getting my wind back now and am putting the décor away this week. I usually bring back out more of my white ironstone, mercury glass, moss accents and ceramic birds. I go with a more winter nature feel with the décor. I keep up some greenery with white Italian lights as well. The outside red ribbon décor will stay until the end of the month, as we are pretty snowed in, here in the Midwest. I can’t wait to see what your décor will be like for Valentines Kelly.

Oh no, Debra that is terrible!! The flu is awful, and it does take awhile to get your strength back. And then goodness having to face putting away Christmas. Not good. I hope the weekend is a good one for you. Your winter nature décor sounds very pretty. The mix of the ironstone with mercury glass and moss alone would be beautiful. Get good and well!

Dawn - January 9, 2014 - 6:11 pm


I have started to gather Christmas items into the spare bedroom (tea towels, mugs, etc.) So that they can be packed away this weekend. We leave our decorations up until the baptism of Jesus which will be at Mass this weekend. We are Catholic and I teach at a private Catholic grade school so all of the decorations like my tree and nativity are all still up in my classroom there also. I will switch to St. Valentine’s day decorations this weekend in both places. The kids love to have decorations up always! I love your infusion of blue. It is so calming! My favorite spot in your home right now is by that blazing fireplace. I could just make a nice hot drink at your drink stations in the kitchen and curl up next to the fireplace and read. You make your home so very inviting! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Your spare bedroom sounds like our study. Ours is still piled with gift wrap, boxes, and ribbon to be packed away. I love the Catholic church’s observation of the baptism of Jesus. It certainly gives more meaning to the holiday season. It’s kind of crazy that we end our season with the BIRTH of Jesus.(shaking my head here.) I love the fireplace too…that is “my” chair there with the ottoman. :) You are welcome to come, fix a drink, and sit anytime you would like, Dawn. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 9, 2014 - 10:43 pm

I love the addition of the blues…your vignettes are always stunning…your home is always so beautiful and cozy!
Thank you Shirley. I am happy that you like them, but I really need some of the beautiful pieces that you and Kim got in France! What a fabulous trip you had. :) (and wonderful pieces you had shipped back!)

Wanda - January 10, 2014 - 12:58 pm

I love all the blue! You are so talented!

In the Catholic Church we leave all the decor up until the end of the Christmas season which is this weekend when we celebrate the Baptism of The Lord.
Thank you Wanda. Another Catholic reader who is still celebrating the holiday! I love it.
Enjoy your weekend!

Cindy - January 10, 2014 - 10:21 pm

This is a somewhat random question but do you eat the cereal from your jars and if so does it stay fresh? I have the same jars but haven’t used them for cereal. I used them for my sons rehearsal dinner a couple of months ago. It was picnic style so I put potato salad and corn salad in them. Very cute and practical kept the bugs out. Also used one to put rolls in. Love your blog and your house.
Oh yes, Cindy, we DO eat the cereal, and it does stay fresh. But we go through a lot of cereal! I can finish off my jar of Cheerios pretty quickly. :) (It’s on the grocery list for today, in fact!) I LOVE your idea of using the jars for salads and rolls…will probably steal that idea from you for a dinner later in the year. Thank you for reading!

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - January 11, 2014 - 8:28 am

Of course I am in LOVE with your house as always……….!!!!! I have been sooo busy lately that I missed your Downton Abbey post….HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT HAPPEN!!!!! I look forward to your posts this year! I have told you before and I will tell you again you are my favorite!!!! Thank you for entertaining me and guess what???? I am STILL enjoying that red quilt on my bed, it is a true MIRACLE!!!! Hugs to you!
How DID you miss the Downton Abbey post?? Well I am glad that you did get to finally see it. Oh yes the love for that quilt is a miracle. :) You will especially love it for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for reading and always leaving such encouraging comments! Hugs back to you too!

Lori - January 11, 2014 - 9:35 am

I’m a little slow packing the last of the Christmas away (I always hate to see it go), but today I’m finally pulling out my blue books and accents. All of the beautiful snow is melting due to the warmer temps (welcome) and rain (not welcome) so I need to do something to lift my dreary mood. :)
It is quite a dreary (and windy) day here too Lori. Yay to bringing out the blue! We will be putting away the last of the Christmas here, so maybe I can do some organizing in the attic since I bought some Christmas storage tubs at Walmart a week or so ago. Have fun decorating!

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