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A Double Birthday Celebration

Mickey Mouse birthday party centerpieceMy little sister had one of those BIG milestone birthdays this weekend, and my father’s birthday is this coming Friday.  I knew we wanted to do a dinner for the both of them, but I wanted needed a direction for this celebration…something that would work for two birthdays.  And good gracious did I wrack my brain for an idea!  After MUCH deliberation, a Mickey and Minnie Mouse party seemed to fit the bill (especially since my sister and her husband are major Disney fans.)  I told them I was just taking them to their second childhood.:)

front door sign

Somehow in the planning of this party, my brain decided that this celebration needed to be held in my husband’s home office upstairs. (Oh my aching legs..)  I thought it would be fun to surprise my sister and my father with the location.

rocking chair signSo I found these arrows at Target and used a chalk marker for the messages that directed them to the party.
sign on columnMy sister told me that when she was following the signs she kept thinking….If Kelly is doing a surprise party, I am going to kill her! (I wouldn’t do that to her.:))

stairsWhen they finally reached the top of the stairs, they were greeted with these signs on the door….

Mickey Mouse party door signsand the party was set up in the room – minus the balloons.:( That was the one thing I did not get done, but they did it for me and had a hilarious time filling them up with helium and tying the ribbon on them. (My sister can be quite crazy at times!)

Mickey Mouse party upstairsMy red dishes worked well again for yet another party. I found the black and white polka dot gift wrap at Party City and just added the kraft paper on top to tone the pattern down a little.

Mickey Mouse party table settingThe cabinet my husband built worked wonderfully as a beverage area.

party table

beveragesThis was my first attempt at trying a Disney font for a chalkboard.

I’ll keep practicing.
serving bar

Mickey Mouse birthday menuMore balloons in the “living area” of the room.  (The color scheme in that room is not red and black.  It just needed to be that way for the party.  I am changing it back to yellow and black this week.:))

balloonsAs I was planning this party, I thought it would be fun to have old vintage Disney cartoons playing on the television.  Luckily, our oldest son is also a Disney fanatic and had these collectible dvd sets that I borrowed from him.  My father joked that the cartoons were the best part of the evening.  (I told you I was sending them to their second childhood!)

Walt Disney TreasuresWalt Disney Treasures – Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two

(My Amazon Affiliate link.)

Besides the cartoons, I also wanted Disney music playing during the party.  So I purchased this music:

Jim Brickman Disney Songbook The Disney Songbook

It was very pretty…but it didn’t sound like a celebration. It sounded…romantic.:) (And I teared up every time I listened to Reflection…the Mulan song my daughter sang in her high school musical.:()  So I went back to the Amazon site searching for more authentic Disney.  I hit the jackpot with this 4 disc set:

Disney Classics

Disney Classics

It has all the movie and television theme songs I wanted (except for Part of Your World and Beauty and the Beast.) And it even has the music from all our favorite rides at Walt Disney World!  So it was exactly what I wanted for the evening.:) (If you ever need music to get you energized just listen to Circle of Life from The Lion King and Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from Lilo and Stitch.  I’ve had them on repeat for days now!)Anyway, everyone enjoyed the music – especially the music from the rides.  :)

Okay enough about the music.  Here is my attempt at a caramel cake for their birthday cake. (My mom made the layers. and I did the icing.) I had not made that icing since I badly burned my hand making it when I was a teenager.  This cake looked rough, but it tasted good. (And I guess that’s what counts, right?)  I am so not a cake decorator!

Mickey Mouse party birthday cakeA last look at the room before it goes back to its office mode.

birthday partyIf you have been reading here lately, it seems like I have been in a birthday/Disney/celebration mode since late February. Between my husband’s birthday, our trip to Disney, our trip to Celebration, and the blog’s birthday, we’ve been celebrating quite a bit!   I think this party wraps it all up for a good conclusion.:)

Mickey Mouse centerpieceAnd I want to leave you with one last reminder to enter the giveaway (a birthday present so to speak!) that ends at midnight Thursday night (April 23, 2015.)  Details here. To enter, just leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/16/2015 and midnight Eastern time 4/23/2015 (on the blog – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please.  Good luck!

giveaway at Talk of the House

Until next time…

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Sandy - April 22, 2015 - 5:58 am

Your husband’s home office is fabulous. I would duplicate that room in a heart beat. Love those polka dots in your Mickey and Minnie decor. I too will be celebrating my birthday this Friday.Birthday wishes all around.

Tricia - April 22, 2015 - 6:00 am

Kelly, I LOVE your style so much! How much fun for your guests to walk back into their second childhood. Your Disney font is flawless. I still think you need to publish a book with all your wonderful ideas. Such fun, warmth – no detail is overlooked. A joy to wake up to one of your posts. Thank you!

Anne from Atlanta - April 22, 2015 - 6:19 am

You are too clever! What a fun party. I may have to steal that idea. Thanks again for a great post. Anne

donna - April 22, 2015 - 6:40 am

What a sweet party! I love Disney too. What a lucky family you have to benefit from all your creative ideas! Oh, and I’d love to be the winner of your giveaway!
Cheers! Donna from sunny Savannah,Ga

kathy - April 22, 2015 - 6:47 am

Everything came out beautifully and can I say again that I love your photography skills?

Julie in Asheville - April 22, 2015 - 6:57 am

Enjoy this blog so much, Kelly. Appreciate your creativity and style, especially checks and chalkboards.

Joyce - April 22, 2015 - 7:19 am

What a fun and creative party!!! You think of everything!

Vicki - April 22, 2015 - 7:20 am

Sounds like a fun party! You family is blessed that you take the time to care so for them and make them feel special. I don’t think your celebrating is over just yet though. Retirement is cause for a BIG celebration and that time is coming for you in just a few weeks!

Sherry - April 22, 2015 - 7:28 am

Kelly I love all of your posts! So inspiring! And I really like your chalkboards, menus, and polka dots!

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 7:31 am

What a wonderful celebration. You have so much energy!

DeeDee - April 22, 2015 - 7:33 am

As usual, you left no stone unturned! Such a fabulous & creative Disney-themed party that I’m sure was enjoyed and appreciated by all!

Susan - April 22, 2015 - 7:36 am

Amazing! I really want to be part of your family. You can either adopt or hire me (no $$, just my services and adoration!!) The Disney has been so fun. Cannot wait for the next journey.

Gail - April 22, 2015 - 7:38 am

Hi Kelly: My daughter and her husband are going to love all the creative ideas you used for the Disney theme. They are such big fanatics….how do people get to that point???:-) Of course my first trip to Disney several years ago involved tackling four parks in five days!!!! Too much for my body. And on top of that a husband who insisted on filming every single thing in the park while my son-law was practically running through the place with our grandson in the stroller. I was caught in between trying to make sure we didn’t lose hubby in the journey. I was like the park police:-) And on top of all that, hubby had problems with his feet the whole week until the very last day when he discovered that the new inserts he had bought for his feet were the culprits. No wonder he had trouble walking!!:-) Do you think I should try it again? I’m afraid…just sayin’ Anyway, just loved the post. How did you get all that furniture upstairs? Whew!!! Blessings!

Cynde - April 22, 2015 - 8:21 am

Love this!!!! Just enough mystery with following the signs, to the unexpected dining venue! And hubbies office turned out amazing….!!!

Louvina - April 22, 2015 - 8:25 am

CLEVER!! I am picturing Mickey and Minnie “blushing and throwing kisses” and saying “ahaa-ahaa” in Mickey’s famous voice!! What a delightful way to wake up in the middle of the week! Makes one want to be a child once more! Really gathered many ideas for some gifts and party ideas! Working on ideas for my daughter’s BIG birthday in Sept. A mermaid theme “just being with my girlFINS”! Get it?!;) And what a great way to showcase your husband’s new upstairs office! The room is perfect and just the right amount of The Kelly Touch! Belated Birthday Wishes to all!:)

Barbara Hinske - April 22, 2015 - 8:34 am

All of this is charming. Walt would be proud! And I think your Disney font looks fabulous — I’m going to have to try it. Your cake looked terrific, too.

Stacey - April 22, 2015 - 8:52 am

The whole room is adorable and of course, you covered every detail perfectly. You’ve got mad skills when it comes to entertaining. :)

Sue - April 22, 2015 - 8:59 am

Well Kelly, you’ve done it again! Every detail is just perfect, including your font. We do a lot of Disney themed meals here and I will be copying many details:-) I love that you coordinated the music and movies.
Your husband ‘s office turned out great too. What a fabulous space.

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 9:09 am

You are amazing Kelly! I don’t know where you get your energy! You do a beautiful job of planning and decorating. I love the red and black and the polka dots :)

Arlene@Nanaland - April 22, 2015 - 9:18 am

Kelly when your retire from teaching, you need to take up party planning. You do such a great job at themes, food etc.

Shannon - April 22, 2015 - 9:30 am

What a fun way to have a Mickey and Minnie adult party!! The Disney lettering looks GREAT!!

Debra C - April 22, 2015 - 9:46 am

I love it! You did a great job as usual.

Monika - April 22, 2015 - 10:17 am

Your double birthday party blog is a great inspiration for one of my next parties, Kelly. Great ideas as always!

Gina - April 22, 2015 - 10:24 am

Oh wow, your husband’s office made a perfect place for a gathering!! I love your theme! :) I am amazed at your hand lettering of all the signs. You did a great job. I thought you had printed them at first. I’m going to “pin” the cd just in case. I would love to have the songs from the rides. 😀 Now, off to listen to “Circle of Life.” 😉

Kristy Woodson Harvey - April 22, 2015 - 11:12 am

Oh my goodness! I’m so excited to be a part of this great giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing Dear Carolina!! Happy birthday all around! xo Kristy

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 11:13 am

You did it again, Kelly! Beautiful, thorough, I mean down to the cartoons and the music. I loved the cookies on the cake, to cute. I didn’t realize that his office was large enough for such a good size table. Works great except for the stairs. I know all about stairs. But I think there will be one more party, you may the quest and not the host…retirement!!!
Thanks for sharing, Cindy

Lynn A. - April 22, 2015 - 11:25 am

You did a great job with the Disney font. Looks like birthday fun was had by all. The office looks great. :-)

Becky - April 22, 2015 - 11:31 am

Kelly, I would love to win your giveaway. However, I consider every post you do to be a gift to us. Thank you again for the gracious way you share your life with us.

cyndy - April 22, 2015 - 11:39 am

Everything is amazing! You are so creative and artistic; so glad you share!

Helen - April 22, 2015 - 11:55 am

What a fun party – you could do this for a job! Love it!

Betty - April 22, 2015 - 12:04 pm

The party looks like a great time! Love the idea of having it in an alternative space.

Ruth - April 22, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Please tell me that the table was already upstairs!

Your creativity and decorative know-how know no bounds… and neither does your tasteful eye. And apparently, neither does your heart, because it seems that you are Celebration Central for your extended family, always doing for others. Lucky ducks (Donalds and Daisies?) they are to count you among their ranks!

Heather Bass - April 22, 2015 - 12:21 pm

As always, it looks lovely. Your attempt at Disney Font was a success and I think it was the icing on the cake!

lj - April 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Party and party-giver: Clever, yes….Creative, absolutely…fun, you bet. I’m beginning to understand that you work very hard and maybe play hard too…uhmmm-what you think?
That home office looks fantastic…easy to work in…and I like that comfy chair in the corner.
Good job!

DiAnne - April 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Kelly,
What a lovely and thoughtful party! Parties for others are just the best. You make it look easy but I know that putting things together like this takes much thought and effort, especially when you are having the party upstairs.
DiAnne

Charlene - April 22, 2015 - 12:44 pm

You are amazing!! I wait every day for an updated post (no pressure!). Your creativity has no end! I love the Mickey/Minnie theme – it turned out beautifully!!

Bonnie Thompson - April 22, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Happy Birthday and hope you have many more.

karen - April 22, 2015 - 1:45 pm

What a beautiful space for your party! We are huge Disney fans so I have really enjoyed all of your Disney themed posts. I will definitely be trying my hand at the disney font for the chalkboard.

Joyce Ward - April 22, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Kelly, what a perfect birthday celebration-I’m sure everyone appreciated all your efforts.
I do enjoy your posts on your blog…..Make everyday special.
Thank you!

Nancy - April 22, 2015 - 1:52 pm

You are SO talented! Love all your ideas. My favorite blog!
Nancy

Bonnie - April 22, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Such an ABSOLUTELY fun idea for a party! Creative and fun! Bless you for your efforts to bless the people in your life, and now all the rest of us who get to step ‘inside’ to feel a part of the times, thoughts and ideas that you share. Thank you, Kelly.

Debbie w - April 22, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Loved the birthday ideas…the office seemed perfect!

Jeanne Bell - April 22, 2015 - 4:02 pm

You have the greatest ideas and your family is lucky to have you.
My grand-daughter will be one in July and you have given me some great ides. Thanks,
Jeanne

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Red and black and polka dots! Love it! I think when you retire you should write a book on entertaining. My goodness, it is half written with your beautiful holiday and party posts. I would be first in line to buy it! (Ha, ha! Nothing like me giving you an assignment when you may like to take breather and put your feet up 😉 ). You do have so very, many wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing your lovely party ideas.

Cynthia - April 22, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Everything looks so festive! I’m sure everyone had a good time!

Sherry Myers - April 22, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Kelly,
All I can say is you have some very lucky family members. What a special treat! No detail left out, everything is perfect. I love it all. It was such a pleasure looking at everything about this post! Thank you for sharing. It was a treat for me too!
Sherry

Libby - April 22, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Kelly, you are just full of wonderful ideas! When do you find time to do it all? You are an inspiration. All the celebrations have been fun! Thank you for letting us come along.

Garden, Home and Party - April 22, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Kelly,
This is so cute. I love all of the details and think you are such a creative person. I was impressed when I noticed that the writing on the arrows was the Disney font. Did you find the font online to use as a guide, or did you remember most of the letters from your visits?
The room is much larger than I realized and what a fun place to have a special dinner.
Great job.
Karen

Joy Jenkins - April 22, 2015 - 5:16 pm

You are so talented and Fun!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 22, 2015 - 5:19 pm

WOW!! You REALLY made this party special! It is fabulous! You thought of every detail. I am sure your Dad and sister were thrilled. Everything looks great and the menu sounds fabulous!

Jerry Stocks - April 22, 2015 - 5:31 pm

You are indeed a very talented decorator. Would you be interested in participating in a Designer Show House in Beaufort, SC? If so, email me and I’ll put you in touch with a committee person.

Dawn - April 22, 2015 - 5:57 pm

Kelly,

I would have loved to have been at this party! It looks like so much fun! Your Disney font is perfect by my standards! Have you ever shared your caramel cake and icing recipe? You thought of everything I can tell. The menu, the decorations, the music, movie and snacks it all looks and sounds great! I am sure your Dad and sister loved all the love you showed them! I’d love a milestone birthday planned by you. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Scribbler - April 22, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I think I remember reading that you are going to retire from teaching. Have you considered a second career as a party planner? You definitely should — I would hire you in a heartbeat.

Nona - April 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

What a great idea to have a party in a non-traditional space! I am going to rethink use of space. Never thought about using an office space or home library, but they will get consideration from now on. Love the red Gerberas(sp?) How festive they are.

Carol - April 22, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I love your birthday celebration. You always come up with the best decorations. I am not that creative but everytime I visit I am so impressed with your creativity and just love your home. You are such an inspiration.

Thanks
Carol

Barbara P from Ma - April 22, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Hi Kelly, Just absolutely LOVE your husband’s office! You are SO LUCKY he is so talented! That cabinet he built that you used for your buffet is fabulous! Looks like you knocked it out of the ball park once again! The party décor was perfect! Everyone must have had a wonderful time!

Theresa in Nebraska - April 22, 2015 - 8:48 pm

absolutely great! love, love, love that disney theme.

Susan - April 22, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Kelly you have the best ideas – looks like a great birthday celebration.

PATTI - April 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm

I need your “recipe” for all the energy! :-)

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Kelly- you are so talented. Loved the party ideas. I’ve had jury duty all week and checking out this posting has helped my week be much brighter. Love your blog!
Peggy

Mary Hanson - April 22, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Love the Disney theme birthday. What better than being young at heart everyday but especially on a birthday. Thanks for sharing!

Terry Pitzer - April 22, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Such a fun Disney-themed birthday party!

Lindy James - April 23, 2015 - 12:55 am

Kelly,
What timing that your blog today was Disney themed as we just got home an hour ago from Disneyland in S. California! This time it was just my daughter, myself, and my two grandaughter’s who are 2 and 3. One was dressed as Elsa the other was Cinderella. Of course, all the frozen themed shows we saw again, I think that was the third time! Your husband’s office looks great, thanks for the giveaway. Take care, Lindy

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:27 am

I cannot remember when a blog post made me feel this energized or excited about undertaking a new project. Two of my children share October as their birthday month, 10 years apart. I have struggled with trying to have a party that would appeal to both, and, thus have always had 2 separate gatherings. This party concept is tasteful, fun and the answer I have been looking for! I so look forward to putting this party together for my children and I’m certain for the foreseeable future, it will be the “Talk of the House!” Keep up the awesome work!!!

Lauren - April 23, 2015 - 7:32 am

What a fun and fabulous birthday party and your husbands office was such a perfect spot for the event, so beautiful and cozy! You are so talented and creative – love all of your ideas for celebrating special occasions!

Nicola - April 23, 2015 - 8:50 am

Love the party decorations! I am trying to put together a graduation party, I may need to borrow the table runner idea! The room is fantastic, it looks very inviting and tasteful!

Paula B. - April 23, 2015 - 9:51 am

How wonderful, what a celebration. I hope the birthday folks are enjoying this special time. You certainly showed them how much they mean to you. I loved the tablescape, just too cute, Kelly!

kathy - April 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

I love the Disney themed party. Someday I will do a Disney cake and party .. maybe for a grandchild… that I don’t have yet. I love polka dots. The wrapping paper on the table was cute and the Oreos on the cake, great idea. I will use those ideas. You did an excellent job with the Disney font on the chalkboards. You are right, Disney music does energize, especially The Circle of Life. Super job, Kelly.

Amy O'Quinn - April 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

Oh wow! You should so totally add ‘party planner’ to your list of professional credentials and qualifications! I have just a little over 2 more years until I hit that same BIG milestone, but I am absolutely envious of your sister’s and dad’s party. A celebration like that would certainly make the transition fun and easy. :) Perfect! You did a wonderful job on the Disney font too…so talented!
Have a lovely day!
Amy

Donnamae - April 23, 2015 - 10:21 am

Everything looks fantastic! What a wonderful idea…great execution on your part! You made me realize…I need to plan a party! 😉

Debra - April 23, 2015 - 10:27 am

How cute to have a “surprise” location for this sweet party. It was nice of hubby to allow a party in his hideaway, I mean, office. :) Hope that table wasn’t too heavy to move to the room. What fun it must have been with all those wonderful “Kelly details”, music to old cartoons. I must say from the fun polka dots to the Momma/daughter cake effort, your a great hostess!

Julia - April 23, 2015 - 11:12 am

Kelly – what a party!! So cute and fun! Thank you for sharing your family’s celebration with us.

Michele - April 23, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Kelly, your blogs are a breath of fresh air. Thank u for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Becky in 'Bama - April 23, 2015 - 3:51 pm

what will you do with yourself when you ‘retire’ from teaching? Maybe teach people (like me) on line or travel and do crafting seminars? Your eye for design is impressive, equal to your love for your friends and family – hope they ALL know how blessed they are. AND that school of yours better give you a send-off to remember.

Renee Cook - April 23, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I am always so wowed by your creativity! You really mastered the Disney font and I noticed it right away on the directional signs. Good job, as always! Thanks for sharing!!

Lanita Anderson - April 23, 2015 - 4:33 pm

I SO loved your creativity for the birthday party – the table was beautiful!! I, too, have red dishes and got some great ideas for setting the perfect party table. I really liked the idea of using gift wrap and craft paper for the table runners…. Thanks for sharing and for all of the great inspiration!
Blessings to you!
Lanita

Vickie White - April 23, 2015 - 10:07 pm

You are so creative!!! Love the “Disney” party! I am going to pin some of these ideas for future use.

Ashley - April 23, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Kelly if this is what you put together while you’re still working, I can’t wait to see what you create and post when you retire soon!

Wanda - April 23, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Your “Disney” font looks great! I love all of your Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired decorations. Sounds like it was a fun party. I’ll bet the cake was tasty too.

DeAnne - April 24, 2015 - 7:25 am

Very creative idea, as always.Was wondering where you purchased the wicker drink dispenser?

lori lucas - April 25, 2015 - 10:07 am

We had State Testing this week (HUGE UGH!) so I am a little late getting around to reading. As always, loved your post. This is what I imagine: Family and/or friends hear that the party is at Kelly’s house and everyone is instantly happy! Who wouldn’t be happy to get an invitation to a party at your house? — The hostess that plans down to the smallest details…..Which makes it all just spectacular! One more thing–Right before Christmas, about 10 years ago I came home from school and my Hubs had the dining room table set in new red dishes. (Believe me, this is SO NOT my husband.) Anyway, he had bought me a 100 piece set of solid red dishes. I mean that set has everything! ha! Anyway, instead of just leaving them under the tree for me to open, he had come home from work early and set the table using as much of it as he could. He had two of our sons help, and they even did cloth napkins, centerpieces and party favors (which told me he DOES pay attention to things i do!) Anyway, the whole point of that, is that I have used those red dishes in so many different ways, combined them with so many other dishes and just loved them. (How does a person live without red??!!) Thanks for another great post. Lori Lucas
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We’ve had state testing for the last 2 weeks, and you are so right. It is certainly a big ugh! The poor children. I think we are testing them to death. :( Your husband was a super sweetheart to not only buy you the red dishes, but to set it all up for you. WOW! And it sounds like he spared no detail in getting it ready to surprise you. How sweet!! Yes, those red dishes are perfect for most every celebration. Great minds think alike!
Kelly

Hailey~FurnishMyWay - April 29, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Your husband’s office is incredible and if it were mine, I would become a workaholic! The party looks great. I love how all of the lettering was done so with the classic Disney font! Now I want to go to make a quick trip to Disney Land!
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Too funny! Thank you for your sweet compliments Hailey. I need to practice that font some more so that it can look more authentic. Definitely make that trip to Disney Land! :)
Kelly

Talk of the Weekend #20 (and a giveaway reminder)

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It has been raining cats and dogs all week long here, and there is no let up in sight even for the next few days. When they say April showers, I guess they really mean it!  I thought the party above by Ikea was so cute….but I’m afraid we would still get wet – even with all of those pretty umbrellas.  When the sun finally does decide to shine again, wouldn’t you like to be relaxing here?

courtyard

tsadamsstudio.com

It belongs to this house:

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You can see more work by this group of architects here and here.

Did you watch any of The Masters golf tournament this year? And did you happen to see the legendary Jack Nicklaus make that hole in one??! My father-in-law is a big fan of golf.  If I had been preparing desserts for him, this recipe would have been perfect.:)

Arnold Palmer cupcakesplainchicken.com

Have you seen Lexington Company’s new home catalog for spring?  It will make you want to go to the beach.

Lexington Company spring 2015issuu.com

There is a pretty California cottage here for you to see.  Built in the 1920’s, it belongs to author, Lena Dunham.

Lena Dunham hometoday.com

Besides being busy renovating that sweet home, she has also produced a documentary on artist Hilary Knight, of Eloise fame.

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If you are a fan of Eloise, you might enjoy reading about the Eloise suite and boutique at the Plaza Hotel complete with an Eloise menu.:)(The suite is much much more than I would ever pay, but it is fun to look at.)

Eloise menu

theplazany.com

And you can read about the 5 year long restoration of the hotel itself here.

And speaking of children, one of my sweet friends is having twin girls! (I should get them Eloise books, right?!:)) James Farmer is helping to host an upcoming baby shower for them, and I thought you might like an update on the home that he is building nearby.

Farmdale James Farmerallthingsfarmer.blogspot.com

I’ve been looking at ideas used in small homes lately.  Our son will be moving into an old apartment in Connecticut in the fall to attend law school.  His apartment is within walking distance of his classes, but it is only 180 square feet – yes, that is the total for living, dining, sleeping, cooking, and the bathroom.:( Here is a small cottage that you might enjoy seeing – although it is larger than my son’s apartment by quite a bit- at 557 square feet.:)

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We are working on preparations for a birthday party this weekend – a joint one for my sister and my father.  If we get everything done, I think I would like to see this movie with Alan Alda (whom I have always loved) and Clint Eastwood’s son. It was filmed in several locations in North Carolina.

the longest ride trailernchollywood.com

The Longest Rice

Have any of you seen it?  Kim at Savvy Southern Style saw it a week ago and said she and her husband both loved it. So I hope we will have time to see it soon.
And that’s all the randomness I have time for today, but before I go, I want to tell all of you thank you for the very sweet blog birthday wishes you left here this week.  You guys are toooo kind!  I also wanted to remind you of the giveaway here.  You can find more details on this post. Just leave a comment, and you are entered for 2 wonderful books and an Amazon gift card.:)
giveaway at Talk of the HouseHave a great weekend!
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Kelly - April 18, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Hi Kelly,

Reading your blog over my lunchtime break from house and yard work. It’s a beautiful 76 degrees in southcentral PA today so much to do! My husband and I saw The Longest Ride last night and enjoyed it. Alan Alda is wonderful :). The only negative I have is that I wished the couples would have waited to get married, IYKWIM. Sadly, seems to be the norm now a days. It’s lovely, though and I always enjoy getting to see glimpses of North Carolina. With its mountains and beaches, it seems to have the best of both worlds. Have a wonderful day!!

nadya kotik - April 18, 2015 - 1:59 pm

I just found your blog and love the house decor that you post. Thanks for the inspirations!

Carol - April 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Kelly,

Your home is such an inspiration to me! We are slowly pulling our house together, and I admit that I borrow a bunch of ideas from you!

Blessings,
Carol

Nancy - April 18, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Love love love your blog and style!!
Nancy in NE Ga

Benita - April 18, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Beautiful, beautiful….as always!

Lynne - April 18, 2015 - 3:44 pm

I sure do like the home James Farmer is building. It is really unique. Tks for the update on it.

Arlene@Nanaland - April 18, 2015 - 3:55 pm

I love that California Cottage Kelly! It is precious…all your photos were successful in brightening my day. It is gloomy and rainy here as well!!

Joan - April 18, 2015 - 4:15 pm

O, Kelly, this was such a fun and fresh post today. I am excited
about the umbrellas….not for a party, though that is a great idea, but for an art project. The soft colors and shapes are and uplift and I think looking them often would be wonderful. Also, I want to see the movie.

And, a belated Happy, Happy Birthday. You are such a blessing to so many.

LJ - April 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Hi Kelly,
You drew me in…I thought that I’d simply check for emaiIs after lunch and before returning books to library…then I had to look at the CA cottage–serene! James Farmer’s place will be perfect–I know I’ll love it as it is so symmetrical (spelling???) and I do like symmetry…then a quick glance through the catalog.
Oh my, 180 sq feet will be a bit of a challenge, but knowing that you are creative and love organization I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ideas….I hope you’ll share some with us.
Enjoy your movie date and have a terrific weekend.

donna - April 18, 2015 - 4:36 pm

I’m so enjoying all your posts. Happy belated birthday wishes and congratulations on your son getting into law school! Rainy here in Savannah but managed to get lots of yard work done yesterday.
Take care!

Crystal - April 18, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Looking forward to seeing the small space your son will be living in & how you decorate it.

Vicki - April 18, 2015 - 4:56 pm

I stopped for a quick break from house work and thought I would check in to see if you had a new post and you did. It looks like a good one! I will check back when I have quiet time to drool over the pics in your links:)

Betty - April 18, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Sorry about the rain! It’s bright and sunny here in Wisconsin, but only about 55 degrees. Love your blog!

Donnamae - April 18, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Thanks for all the links! It’s been beautiful here in southern Wisconsin this week…so we got lots of yard work done…but still lots to do! I’ll be reading these later…when it’s dark out! 😉

Louvina - April 18, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Another lovely post! Look forward to every one! Loved the April Shower’s umbrellas. I took a child’s umbrella and made a flower arrangement inside, tied a bow and made a door decoration. Having a low key Saturday — reading, resting and watching some movies. I guess I am truly retired now!!:)

Dara - April 18, 2015 - 5:59 pm

It’s a good day for randomness. Always interesting though!

Barbara Hinske - April 18, 2015 - 6:30 pm

What a lovely bunch of happy posts. I must try those cupcakes, and I love that photo from IKEA. Happy Weekend!

Kim - April 18, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Kelly, oh, how I love that white cottage. Gosh those small homes cost a lot. I sure hope you get to see that movie. I am looking forward to seeing it again when it comes on t.v.

Gail - April 18, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Hi Kelly: Very cute blog. Love the Ikea party with the umbrellas. That was adorable. My husband and I did watch the Masters last weekend. Was so impressed with Jordan Speith (hope that’s the correct spelling) who won the tournament. He displayed great character for a 21 yr old. I want to see the new Nicholas Sparks movie as well…heard it was very good. So sorry about all the rain that has come your way. April showers bring May flowers:-) You definitely have something quite beautiful to look forward. Also, can’t wait to see how you decorate your son’s tiny space, that is if you are on the decorating committee:-) Thank you again for such a colorful post. Blessings

Pattie - April 18, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Love your blog. I want to see that movie too! Would love to win the giveaway.

Terry - April 18, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Rather new to your site and really enjoy it! Was happy to see you have the original marmalade cake recipe from the Mitford books.
I have made the cake a few times from the recipe in “The Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader”, but am looking forward to trying the one you posted – it is a tad different. By the way, I made it for a friend, who said she loved it so much, she has dreamed about it.

Once again, thanks for the beautiful homes (including yours) and sharing with us.

Terry

Kathy - April 18, 2015 - 7:31 pm

I think there is some upcoming post material here. I hope you are going to do a post on the baby shower for the twins and a post on how your son’s small apartment turns out. I want to see The Longest Ride but I am a bit aggravated at Nicholas Sparks right now. (I just finished reading At First Sight and was so upset about the ending.) I always get inspiration from your posts, Kelly. You see those upside down glasses in the first photo. You will see those again in some of my photos in about a year. Thanks, Kelly! Have a great weekend. Hopefully, this rain, rain will go away!

Lynn A. - April 18, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Those cupcakes look delicious. Have to make them for my hubby who enjoys Arnold Palmer’s. Thanks for finding the recipe for us.

Joyce - April 18, 2015 - 8:05 pm

So many fun things going on! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with such a tiny space.

Kayleigh O'Neal - April 18, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Hey Kelly! I love the April Showers picture at the top of the page. I’d love to host a party as cute as that one!

Donna Weir - April 18, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I love your blog. Thanks for putting so much into it!

Monika - April 18, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Am on vacation in PA visiting 3 of my 5 grandsons. Life with the little ones is quite hectic and I just now (9:26 pm) have a moment to check my email. Hurrah, a new post from you, Kelly! Always my fav! Can’t wait to make the Arnold Palmer Cupcakes for my husband who is one of the many Marshalls working at the Heritage Golf Tournament on our beautiful Hilton Head Island.
Thanks for a fun update.

Cindy - April 18, 2015 - 9:53 pm

I have been sitting here trying to figure measurements for a 180 sq.ft. apartment!!! Hope you show the apartment after you put your touch on it. We had a beautiful day today after a week of cold rain, spent the whole day outside. Great, since couple more days of rain ahead. Enjoy your weekend and I would love to win the giveaway!
Cindy

DeeDee - April 18, 2015 - 10:11 pm

April showers DO bring May flowers! Here’s to playing in the dirt next month!

Libby - April 18, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Love reading your blog these last few years! You are so sweet to be giving gifts at your own party!

Merri Jo Schaubroeck - April 19, 2015 - 12:39 am

Rain is predicted here in northern IL for the next few days, too. I think I might suggest to my hubby that we go see The Longest Ride movie after church tomorrow. I like seeing movies (& taking naps) on rainy afternoons!

Leila Jane - April 19, 2015 - 7:39 am

Hi Kelly- Since finding your blog a couple of years ago, one thing I continue to be impressed with is the size of your pictures – and okay, two things – I love that you don’t have any distracting ads, especially those annoying pop-up ads at the bottom of your pictures. With all of the time and work it must take to photograph and write a blog, if it were me, I personally would hate to put ads all over it. As a reader, I sometimes even find them offensive. I don’t know if ads are becoming a necessary evil, though, for bloggers to be compensated for the time they spend. I also don’t know if this is an issue for you, Kelly. I just know I appreciate your beautiful, clean, easy-to-read blog with the emphasis on your pictures. Thank you for all of the time it must take to create a beautiful blog!

Pat - April 19, 2015 - 8:54 am

I love your blog and style. I am so excited when I get an email with a new post.

Tammy Loves Dishes - April 19, 2015 - 10:09 am

I love your blog! Your photos are eye candy and your posts are always of interest.
The Treasures From Home cookbook looks like a keeper; where can we order it if we are not the lucky winner?

Dawn - April 19, 2015 - 10:56 am

I love your blog. Your pictures are beautiful. We have been getting a little bit of rain too but not like you have. I love the umbrella picture!!

Debbie w - April 19, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Enjoyed seeing the different lists in your blog today! Would love to win,!

Debbie w - April 19, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Grr…that was suppose to say posts not list….grr auto correct!

Loretta Hamilton - April 19, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Thanks for all of your beautiful posts! And can’t wait to see the movie…sounds like a perfect chick flick and my wonderful husband will always happily go along with me.

Nancy - April 19, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Kelly, I’ve just taken some time to look at your blog for the first time and I’m totally in awe of it! It’s refreshing, full of beautiful photographs, not to mention the wonderful entertainment you mention! Your post is full of charm, truly just delightful!

Nancy

Debra - April 19, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Drooling over the Lexington catalog. Just about wanted to jump in each of the pictures. Sigh! That Ikea party spread is just too fun. Thanks for the visual goodness. I’m finally relaxing after my weekend brought flower bed leaf cleaning, edging, tilling, and mulching. A new coat of stain on the deck, iron furniture back out. It feels good and it is time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Did you get to see that movie? Isn’t Clint’s son adorable! :)

Dawn - April 19, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Kelly,
I know what you mean by the relentless rain. My poor boxer does not like to go out in the rain even with an umbrella being held for him. I love the umbrella shower party idea. That is a super cute idea. I hope your dual birthday party went as planned and that you got to go see that movie. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Barbara P from Ma - April 19, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Hi Kelly, Would love to see pictures (before and after) of your son’s tiny apartment. Knowing you and the magic you perform with your decorating know how, I’m certain it will be 180 square feet of fabulousness! We’re FINALLY getting some nice/warm weather here in MA and I’m loving it! Congrats again on your son getting into Yale Law! Kudos to him! And to you and Hubby too!

Karen - April 19, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Love your blog, Kelly! It’s always beautiful and inspiring.

Regarding “The Longest Ride”, I live in Winston-Salem where some of the movie was filmed (the college and bull riding scenes). Our son and one of his buddies were paid extras in the movie (my son plays a camera man; his buddy plays a cowboy backstage at the bull riding competition). We were thrilled to see the movie with him (it opened on his birthday), and even though we had a very special interest in the film, we enjoyed it. I think you will, too.

Again, love “Talk of the House”! Hope your week is productive!

Garden, Home and Party - April 19, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Kelly,
Did you see the inside of Lena Dunham’s California “cottage”. It’s so charming and not that small. Your son’s little house for his stint in law school sounds small. House Beautiful always features small houses in their July/August issue. Congrats to him—going to law school is exciting (and hard work). I saw an interview with Clint Eastwood and his son. What a charming young man. I also heard this particular movie isn’t as much of a tear-jerker as the Notebook.
Have a wonderful weekend—I pray for rain here. I guess we all wish for perfect weather, right?
Enjoy your week.
Wow, I had no idea you knew James Farmer.
xo,
Karen

Peggy - April 19, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Wow- I have had a great deal of time away from home this weekend and not a lot of time to check your site and boy so much to look at and so short of time left in the evening. But I will see it all!!!!

AmyNicole - April 19, 2015 - 11:10 pm

Everything you post is just lovely…Thank you!

Kris {Driven by Decor} - April 20, 2015 - 8:43 am

So many beautiful images! I’m especially dying over the IKEA one – seriously I have to do that! Happy belated birthday!

Lanita Anderson - April 20, 2015 - 9:13 am

I love the table/party setting from Ikea….especially the umbrellas! What a fun idea!
Have a good week!
Lanita

Debra C - April 20, 2015 - 10:39 am

Love your blog!

Julia - April 20, 2015 - 11:23 am

My son and his girlfriend saw the Longest Ride and both loved it. The Eloise books for the twins baby shower is a great idea! My daughter has taken her daughter to the Plaza Hotel for tea (they did not stay there, too pricey for them also!).

Marianne in Mo. - April 20, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Oh, my! 180 sq.ft.??? That sounds like a dorm room, not an apartment! Is he going to Yale? My hubby’s cousin lives in West Haven. We visited once and she took us all around the area surrounding the campus. Had some very awesome pizza there.
I’m on a Nicholas Sparks kick lately, I’ve read five in the last few months. The one he wrote with his brother was interesting. Not often that you can get a look at the private lives of authors. I particularly liked that.

Jaybird - April 20, 2015 - 4:58 pm

180 square feet….wow!!! Good luck with getting that all settled!
Please feel free to send us any excess rain! We have done well this spring, but are still in deficit.
Blessings to you,
J

Pam Jenkins - April 20, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Love your blog. I’m hoping to see that movie soon

Mary - April 20, 2015 - 10:39 pm

I am so in love with your house and your blog. Happy Birthday!

Emily - April 21, 2015 - 12:08 pm

I love James Farmer! Thanks for sharing the photo of his new place. You and James are two of my favorites to follow!

DiAnne - April 21, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Kelly,
Happy Birthday to Talk of the house! I always find inspiration in your posts. How exciting to be able to help your son design a small space! I am working on furnishing a small bungalow. It is fun to figure out how to maximize the space.
I look forward to the coming year with talk of the House.
DiAnne

Nona - April 21, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog. I love all the houses, recipes, etc. that you share with us, though how you find time to do it amazes me. I recently retired from teaching and there is no way I could have had a full time job, a family, and still write a blog. You are definitely Wonder Woman!

I loved Lena Dunham’s house. So light, bright, and homey. Imagine what type of house you could buy in one of the southern states for that price. I could not afford to live in California.

Delores Clark - April 21, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Really enjoy your blog. I love that you post so many different things and your site is so easy to maneuver, even the entry for the give-a-way, which I would love to win, is so simple.
Keep posting good things and I will keep reading.

Katrina - April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Great post! Oh I hope the future holds posts of the twin baby shower and your son’s new teeny apartment!

Cynde - April 22, 2015 - 8:35 am

As always another great blog. You are a enjoyment to read, & see. Spring puts me in a cottage mood….& with our sparse spring weather….I’m starting to get a southern state of mind too….as in wanting to move…lol. At least I can take a southern trip via your blogs!! Thank you!! :-)

Dana - April 22, 2015 - 9:15 am

Love, love, love your blog!

Sherry Myers - April 22, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Kelly, I plan to go back and click on every link. I love your research..it delights me every time. Good luck to your son. What an accomplishment. I know you are proud of all your children. Thank you for the opportunity/chance to win your giveaway. I am a cookbook collector. Crossing my fingers! I did see The Longest Ride. I enjoyed the storyline very much. The actors were great and the scenery beautiful. I would love to see Nicholas Sparks write a book and produce a movie where the characters marry before…But, it is a combination of two beautiful love stories. See it if you get the chance. Once again, thank you for the beautiful post!
Sherry

Joy Jenkins - April 22, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Love all the things you share on your blog. It is so unique from all the others I read. It’s more like a book!
I love that cottage that James Farmer is building. I can not wait to see it finished.

Wanda - April 22, 2015 - 11:47 pm

I love your decorating style and enjoy all of the wonderful pictures, places and ideas you share on your blog.

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:32 am

I cannot wait to see what wonderful ideas you come up with for your son’s apartment!!! That sounds like a fun challenge!

It’s Blog Birthday Time!

Talk of the House birthday cupcake

Time to celebrate!!  On April 9, Talk of the House turned 3 years old – a mere toddler in blogland.:) (I’m only a week late for the birthday celebration!:() I decided to wait to do this recap post until we were finished touring the town of Celebration. So now that we are “back home” here on the blog, perhaps you will allow me to do a little rerun of what has gone on here the past 12 months.  Let’s take a look back…

April 2014 Talk of the HouseLast April we did a lot of traveling beginning with Meat ‘n Greet and the town of Newnan.  Then we toured two Southern Living Idea Houses in Senoia, Georgia.  Our Spring Break that month on Tybee Island brought posts on Mary Kay Andrews’ Breeze Inn, 3 posts on her fabulous beach house, Ebbtide, a visit to Savannah, Paula Deen’s restaurant and homes, and a look at the Tybee Island sites that were featured in the movie, The Last Song. Finally, back home we decorated the house for Easter.

May 2014 Talk of the HouseMay began with the final Tybee Island post – this one on Jane Coslick and all her darling beach cottages.  That was followed by a study of equestrian style for the Kentucky Derby.  I couldn’t stay away from beach houses too long because we then looked at a beautiful one on the North Carolina coast.  Then I went crazy with 4 posts on strawberries, and red and green for Mother’s Day, and a picnic on the porch.  We finished the month with an herb dinner on the deck.

June 2014 Talk of the House

Then we stayed outside a lot in June with 3 “in the garden” posts:  sheds, outdoor entertaining, and window boxes, and then, because their gardens were sooo gorgeous, we toured A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay – waaaay up in Massachusetts.  That was followed by our 3-part Summer Home Tour (my favorite posts of the year.:))  I also shared the first of the Talk of the Weekend posts with you in June.

July 2014 July collage

 

In July we studied the work of Gary McBournie and the work of Carpenter and MacNeille. We enjoyed an ice-cream bar and barbeque for Independence Day, and we toured The Cottages at River Dunes.  At the end of the month, I wrote a looooong post about blogging that mistakenly made some of you think I was quitting (so sorry – didn’t intend to do that to you!) but I loved all 97 heartfelt comments on that post!

August 2014 Talk of the HouseThe month of August began with places at the beach – Castle Hill Inn and 4 posts on St. Simons Island here in Georgia, but then it was back to school with my classroom, homework stations, a bunch of back to school parties, and even a fun one (with a pizza recipe!) here.

Sept 2014 Talk of the HouseSeptember began with a post on all the crazy things that were going on with our family followed by 2 “decorating the house” posts.  We enjoyed the work of Summerour and Associates and Barbara Westbrook.  We looked at changes in the Henderson Village resort, decorated the porch, and had a Mitford meal to celebrate Jan Karon’s new book.:)

October 2014 talk of the House

I had a fun time working on our gallery wall project with some other talented designers in October, and then the closet in our sons’ room was finally organized.  We enjoyed seeing the spaces designed by Pritchett-Dixon and Dungan-Nequette, and we toured the amazing New York inn – The Point (perfect for fall.:))  Then we did our own fall decorating for outside, for inside, for a Halloween dinner, and for a yummy dessert bar out on the porch.

Nov 2014 Talk of the House

 Kathleen Rivers’ rustic rooms were perfect for November. So were Thanksgiving table settings and a beautiful barn wedding we attended.  We started work on my workroom, and we did a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving (3 posts!)  The end of the month found us shopping at the Pottery Barn Outlet in North Georgia.

Dec 2014 Talk of the House

Then the December rush began. We made a little progress on my workroom, toured the house with old Christmas decorations, had fun with some other bloggers for a Christmas in the kitchen party, made divinity, took a tour of historic homes in Macon, Georgia, decorated for the holidays, and celebrated Christmas.

Jan 2015 Talk of the House

More workroom progress was made in January.  We had a little photoshoot and film session with the Better Homes and Gardens folks.:)We compared some photos of the changes in the former Vera Bradley Inn in Seaside, Florida, and we perused the work of the talented Cathy Kincaid. (And there were quite a few Talk of the Weekend posts that month too.)

Feb 2015 Talk of the HouseFebruary began by asking you if you decorated with pink.  Valentine’s Day brought a Martha’s Vineyard home decorated with red and our house with an abundance of the color as well (and a few diy projects.:))  My husband’s office was almost finished, and we celebrated his birthday with a big weekend-long sports party. The architecture of John B. Murray finished out the month.

March 2015 Talk of the HouseDr. Seuss decor kicked off the month of March.  We then viewed some wonderful kitchen eye-candy.  Our trip to Disney World inspired 4 posts on some of the resorts and parks.  Back home we decorated for Saint Patrick’s Day, and my workroom was finished.  (Hallelujah!!:))  We looked at 30 ideas for organizing workrooms, and the month came to a close with the colorful Hotel Iroquois.

April 2015 Talk of the House And now we have reached this month of April where we have decorated the house with red and yellow, had lovely Easter meals, and visited the town, the houses, and a hotel in Celebration, Florida.

Phew!  That was a lot!  It has been such a busy year here at Talk of the House…125 posts in the last 12 months…and this post brings my grand total for all three years up to 400. Not bad for just an ordinary school teacher.:) And while we are playing with the numbers, here are the top 5 most read posts that were published in the past 12 months:

1.  Our Home for Easter

2.  Talk of the Weekend #6

3. Paula Deen:  Her Beach Cottage, Restaurant, and River House

4.  In the Garden: 25 Charming Garden Sheds

5.  Christmas in the Kitchen

And I have to thank my top referring sites for sending all you wonderful readers my way.:)

1.  Pinterest (Thank you to everyone who pins from Talk of the House!)

2.  Savvy Southern Style (Thank you Kim!)

3.  Classic Casual Home (Thank you Mary Ann!)

4.  Hooked on Houses (Thank you Julia!)

5.  Southern Hospitality Blog (Thank you Rhoda!)

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And now it is time for a gift…because you can’t have a birthday without presents, right?:) I want to give away 2 books and a gift card to one of you lucky readers.

giveaway at Talk of the House

I just finished reading an advanced copy of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s delightful very first novel, Dear Carolina. (You may know her name from the lovely blog, Design Chic where she writes with her mother.) It was a touching work of Southern literature about 2 mothers and how their lives become entwined to form a family.  (It was so good in fact, that I found it hard to believe this is Kristy’s first novel!)  I love a book that leaves you feeling good at the end, and Dear Carolina does just that.  So I know you will enjoy it.  (It will be released on May 5.)

I am also including a $25 gift card for Amazon.com and a copy of my very favorite (and most used) cookbook,  Treasures from Home.  This is one of those cookbooks that has recipes that have been handed down from family member to family member- recipes you will use over and over again (with ingredients that you more than likely have on hand.)  It is a treasure!

Kristy is providing a copy of her novel, but the other two items are simply from me (non-sponsored) to thank you for reading here and making it so rewarding to write this blog.  I truly am humbled by all of your kindness. To enter, just leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/16/2015 and midnight Eastern time 4/23/2015 (on the blog – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please.  I’ll announce the winner, chosen from a random drawing, in the first post that publishes after that.  Good luck!

Until next time…

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Amy O'Quinn - April 16, 2015 - 6:18 am

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House! Great job, Kelly! In three short years, you have managed to create one of the very best blogs in Blogland! :) One of my hands-down favorites for sure, and I always check for new posts each morning. I enjoyed your recap of the last year at TOTH. I especially loved the posts about travel and your personal home decorating…and the food…and the gardening…and Talk of the Weekend. Oh my, it’s ALL great. 😉 Well done! Have a lovely and blessed day!

Mary Bostick - April 16, 2015 - 6:22 am

I love your blog and have used your inspiration in my own home. I, too, am a Georgia girl in a family of educators so I feel a real connection to your lifestyle. I am so glad to have found your blog and look forward to the next post!

Nan, Odessa, DE - April 16, 2015 - 7:01 am

Happy Birthday and Congrads!!!
I just joined you in the past year, enjoying each and every post, so this tells me I have lots in archives to read.

Thank you, your post inspires me every day and I look forward to your retirement too.

Karen - April 16, 2015 - 7:13 am

Happy Birthday! Very grateful for all the work and effort you put into your blog. It ii is a wonderful, positive blessing to anyone who reads it.

Peggy - April 16, 2015 - 7:16 am

Kelly,

Happy Birthday. Your blog is such a pleasure to read. Your warmth and talent come through all your posts. I always refer back to your posts for your unique decorating ideas.

Enjoy your success in the blogging world.

Hugs, Peggy

Vicki - April 16, 2015 - 7:21 am

As a teacher myself I don’t know how you have found the time to publish this blog and work full time too but I’m so glad you did. Looking forward to many more post to come. Happy Birthday Talk of the House!

Lynne - April 16, 2015 - 7:23 am

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House! Your blog is one of my favorites! You inspire your readers with your wonderful posts. Thank you for sharing your time, interests, and talents!

Gail - April 16, 2015 - 7:43 am

Happy Birthday Talk of the House! I personally am so very glad to have found you. When I log onto my email and see a post there I am immediately lifted up…even before I log on! You are a breath of fresh air out there in the midst of some pretty heavy stuff going on in life. Thank you so much Kelly for this bright compilation of beautiful postings from the past. We, your students, look forward to many more bright and beautiful spots in our lives thanks to your willingness to share your life with us. Blessings.

Anne from Atlanta - April 16, 2015 - 7:45 am

Happy Birthday to my favorite blog! I’m always happy to see each new blog. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into Talk of the House. I’m sending you lots of birthday love!

Liz - April 16, 2015 - 8:14 am

Happy Birthday! I enjoy Talk of the House so much – glad you are retiring from teaching so you can enjoy your family, travel and writing more posts:)

Cheri - April 16, 2015 - 8:16 am

I love how you documented your year…pretty cool, Kelly.

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!

Diva Kreszl - April 16, 2015 - 8:19 am

Happy Birthday, congrats on turning three!!! Loved seeing your recap, so much eye candy to peruse!

Lori Q - April 16, 2015 - 8:20 am

Happy Birthday, Talk of the House! Kelly, thanks for sharing your talent, love and appreciation of architecture, design and all things “home” with us! It’s appreciated!!

Sandy - April 16, 2015 - 8:20 am

I am so pleased to have been following your blog since its beginning three years ago. Talk of the House has taken me to fabulous beaches, gorgeous houses, Disney in all its enchantment, and to your beautifully decorated home. I thank you Kelly for sharing your knowledge with us your readers. Happy third birthday Talk of the House.

Dara - April 16, 2015 - 8:22 am

Happy bloggy b-day! Your blog is a haven of inspiration and reality. Beauty and the beast of daily life balance. Thank you!

Diana G - April 16, 2015 - 8:22 am

I don’t remember how I even discovered your blog – but it quickly became my favorite. It’s the first blog I read in the morning with my cup of coffee. I must thank you for providing me with so much inspiration and wonderful ideas. Happy Birthday – and many, many more!! Ever think about writing a book….

Julie E. - April 16, 2015 - 8:35 am

I enjoy your blog. I love how you decorate your home by color on various holidays. Congratulations on your three years of blogging!

Debbie w - April 16, 2015 - 8:50 am

Happy birthday!! I love your blog and watch for new posts every day! I pour over your home pics and you know that I have enjoyed those classroom pics! ( I will miss those!) thanks your sharing your corner of the world with us !

Jill - April 16, 2015 - 8:52 am

Happy Blogiversary Kelly!! Although I haven’t had time to comment much lately, Talk Of The House is still my favorite blog and I read every post. Thanks for putting the time and effort into making this such an inspiring blog. Many blessings to you. I hope you’re in this this little spot in the blogosphere for a long time to come!

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - April 16, 2015 - 8:59 am

Kelly, happy Birthday to your blog! You had such a productive year…and dealt with pneumonia to boot! Thanks for all the home and blog inspiration. May the year ahead be a wonderful one for you and Talk of The House!

Barbara Hinske - April 16, 2015 - 9:14 am

Your blog is always my favorite thing to find in my inbox. Love this year-in-review post! Congratulations!! Barb

Renee Cook - April 16, 2015 - 9:17 am

Happy Birthday, Talk of the House, and congratulations Kelly! I don’t remember how I first found your blog, but have continued to enjoy it very much. I’m excited for your upcoming retirement from teaching and know you’ll enjoy having more time to pursue your many interests. May the BEST be yet to come for you and yours!

Terri - April 16, 2015 - 9:20 am

Happy Birthday to “Talk of the House” !!! Soooooo glad I discovered your blog….so much inspiration … ideas…. and just a lot of fun “tagging” along on all your adventures!!! Thanks for taking us with you via Blog Land!!! :)

Lynn A. - April 16, 2015 - 9:20 am

Happy, Happy Blog Birthday! I am so glad I found your blog. I just finished catching up on all of your posts yesterday. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year! (((HUGS)))

Robin Nikkel - April 16, 2015 - 9:20 am

Kelly, I’ve just found your blog this year and have loved following it. I am glad you recapped your year. On the way to Austin, for Round top, last week I listened to “The Rental House” on audio tape. Today I saw you had posted pictures of Ebbtide and I freaked. I loved the book and in fact have been speaking with a Savanah drawl all week. (which is tricky, cause I already have an Okie twang). Love your blog! Please keep posting the wonderful homes, decorating, books and recipes. I can’t get enough. Happy Birthday!

Anne Boykin - April 16, 2015 - 9:25 am

Congratulations Kelly! Of course, I love your blog and love the way you decorate and the houses you feature. Thanks for all the inspiration. Many happy returns!

Katrina - April 16, 2015 - 9:31 am

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House… the absolute BEST blog in Blogland for sooo many reasons! Really too many to count BUT to name a few……1. Your decorating skills 2. Your creativity 3. Your love of all holidays 4. Your research and the sharing of your research 5. Your recipes 6. Your frequent posts 6. Your love of travel and the “trips” you take us on 7. Your way of making us feel like your friend 8. Your true humbleness 9. Your efforts made to respond to all comments made on your posts 10. Your creativity ( this deserves 2 mentions)
Okay, there are just a few reasons Talk of The House really is the best blog out there

Barbara H - April 16, 2015 - 9:32 am

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone! I am continually inspired by your great taste and creativity. I’m always pleased whenever I see a new post listed on my newsfeed and always save it for last to savor. I know how much work goes into maintaining a blog of this caliber-creativity on demand is a challenge. Thank you! One question- when can one find a copy of Treasures From Home?

Stacey B. - April 16, 2015 - 9:51 am

Happy Birthday! :)

Heather - April 16, 2015 - 9:57 am

Love your blog, Happy Birthday!

Joyce Mays - April 16, 2015 - 9:59 am

Happy Birthday to my favorite blog!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 16, 2015 - 10:03 am

Kelly, Happy Birthday to your great blog. Your blog is eye candy and that is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. You inspire me to change up things around the house and look at color in a new way!!

Pat @ Life At Lydias House - April 16, 2015 - 10:04 am

Oh Kelly, congratulations on three wonderful years of blogging! Your blog is one of my favorites! I love your style and so appreciate all of the work that goes in to publishing all of these great posts!

Nancy - April 16, 2015 - 10:17 am

Kelly, Happy Birthday to you and your inspiring blog! There are many reasons to enjoy and look forward to reading your blog, but for me it’s the warm, inviting appeal of each post. You inspire me to create beauty and a feeling of home and family in my own home, and your style is one I love and can incorporate in mine.
You are so sweet and unpretentious and always original. I also like that your husband is so helpful and willing to participate in your projects. Thank you!

Helen - April 16, 2015 - 10:24 am

Love your blog. I found my way here after doing a search for Jan Karon. I then had to go back and read everyone of your posts. I love the look of your home and your little touches. Keep up the inspiration.

Carolyn - April 16, 2015 - 10:36 am

Happy Birthday and Congratulations! What a fun year it’s been – if you take out the parts where you were sick :-(. Thank you for bringing us such visual treats and inspiration, and for taking the time to respond, as you so often did. I’m certainly in awe, wondering how you found the time to blog with a full time teaching job, not to mention using your own house as an inspiration board. I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit who loves some of the same wonderful things that I do (though I do admit to being a blue and not a red person – but you include plenty for me, too). I particularly love the posts featuring new traditional homes by (mostly) southern architects as well as renovated older homes, and their interior design. Anything rustic with a mountain locale is also a favorite, though I love seeing the coastal homes, too (gotta dream about vacation spots). The Summerour Associates and Barbara Westbrook posts were some of my favorites. I look forward to more house envy – how we love to torture ourselves! And I’m always looking for another good book to read.

Sheena - April 16, 2015 - 10:57 am

Happy Birthday, Talk of the House! As I look through past posts, I found myself wanting to pin, pin, pin! Kelly, from sharing your travels to showing us your own lovely home, you continue to inspire. Thank you, and congratulations!

Andi Irish - April 16, 2015 - 11:15 am

Happy Birthday Kelly!! Your blog is a must read for me. I love your style and appreciate your humility and consideration for your readers. You inspire girl!

Susan - April 16, 2015 - 11:21 am

Oh, wow, Kelly! Congratulations on 3 years of sharing your home and inspiration! Your blog is a delight to read and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the coming year. My thanks, and best wishes to you~

Shelley - April 16, 2015 - 11:24 am

Adore your blog! It’s refreshing to find someone else who loves red and can’t get enough of buffalo plaid and check patterns in this decorating world of trendy neutrals

GinaE - April 16, 2015 - 11:31 am

Congrats on you blog birthday! Your blog is a favorite of mine and I never miss reading a post.

Dawn R. - April 16, 2015 - 11:32 am

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House! Kelly, your blog is a pleasure to read and it’s so informative too.
Keep up the good work!
Dawn R.

kathy - April 16, 2015 - 11:34 am

Happy Blog Birthday, Kelly! I have read every single post you have done, most several times because I have to read them fast then go back and take it all in slowly. Once Katrina told me that she had found a blogger that was my sister, I went back and read every post I had missed. (I am not sure how long ago that was.) You have really inspired me to do lots of things in my house, in entertaining, and travel. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! (From the comments above it sounds like everyone feels that same connection!)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - April 16, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Three years! You and I have bouncing baby blogs only three months apart! I would have guessed you had been doing this so much longer because of your great writing, photography and good-looking site. You found your place in life, because we all love seeing the things you have to show us on each fabulous post.

Here’s a toast to many more years of you making me want to re-do my entire house!

Ruth - April 16, 2015 - 12:41 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Talk of the House, and congratulations, Kelly, on reaching this milestone!!! It is no exaggeration to say that ToTH is among the most well-organized and easiest-to-use blogs or websites on the web, and it never fails to lift my spirits and get my creative juices flowing. It is a virtual dopamine dispenser. I arrived at the ToTH party somewhat late in the game, thus still have some catching up to do among your previous posts. I eagerly await the happy hours I plan to relish in that task!
Reading your recap of the year gone by is enough to boggle the mind. I cannot fathom how you managed to juggle all the research, projects, travels, writing, “scrapbooking”, celebrations, and tribulations you’ve shared with us, let alone your job and all the day-to-day responsibilities of family and household management that AREN’T covered in the blog. I bow before your joyous energy, your imaginative approach, your constitutional fortitude, and your organizational abilities!
Like your other blog-followers, I look forward to the next year of uplifting and inspiring missives from you, and wish you all the best as you retire from teaching to focus your energies on home, family, and blog.

Jill - April 16, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Happy Birthday! I just joined this past year & have enjoyed seeing all the homes & great places you’ve gone. Can’t wait for the Christmas catalog you’re home will appear in! Thanks for all you bring to my email inbox, Kelly.
Blessings to you & yours, Jill

Barb - April 16, 2015 - 1:35 pm

I am so thankful that I found your blog. Thanks to you, I enjoy each passing season. Your posts and pictures always fill me with inspiration. Maybe this weekend I’ll make an Orange Marmalade Cake to celebrate. Congratulations Kelly, on another wonderful year!!

Mary Ellen - April 16, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite blogs! I can’t help but smile every time I read your blog. It’s like a visit from a dear friend. Thanks for sharing beautiful places and lovely things.

kate snow - April 16, 2015 - 2:40 pm

I would love to win the cookbook. I have looked on Amazon and not been able to find it there. It would be a wonderful collection to my “collection”.
Loved this post and will go over the posts to make sure I have not missed anything.

Kim - April 16, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! I love your blog.

Vickie - April 16, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Happy Birthday, and thank you for a beautiful blog! I enjoy each and every post!

christi in ma - April 16, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Happy blog birthday!!

Gina - April 16, 2015 - 3:50 pm

How exciting to be celebrating three years!! I think you’ve done well considering working outside of the home. :) I think I have a little catching up to do. My old computer had a hard time loading all your beautiful photos so I didn’t visit as often. I am thankful for a new one now so I can visit regularly. :) I love your blog.

Jan - April 16, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Happy Birthday!! I love your blog. I especially love the posts of your home. Sometimes I think we could be twins. Your taste is so very much like mine. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

Carol Ann - April 16, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Thank you for creating and sharing Talk of the House with all of us. It is a joy and inspiration to read. I am amazed at your talent for decorating, writing, photography and putting it all together on your blog. You are a very busy lady and I just appreciate you making the time to share this wonderful blog with all of us. I can’t wait to see what’s next! Happy Three Year Birthday!

Garden, Home and Party - April 16, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Kelly,
You’ve been very busy and we’ve enjoyed every post you publish.
I too am reading an advanced copy of Dear Carolina…it’s wonderful!
Can’t wait to see what adventures and creative ideas you publish in the coming year. I’m always impressed and inspired by your creativity.
xo,
Karen

Tina - April 16, 2015 - 6:17 pm

Love the blogM

LJ - April 16, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Happy Birthday, Talk of the House!
Kelly, you do a marvelous job and I want to add that I enjoy reviewing your archives.
Now how many days to “the” day (retirement)?
I hope you are celebrated at your school and that many of your former students will connect with you. Be blest!

Mickey - April 16, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Congratulations to Talk of the House. Your blog is one of my favorites, it makes my day when I see it in my email. Good luck with your retirement, my husband is on his 2nd year from his guidance counselor career and loves every minute of it. Have a great weekend! Mickey

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - April 16, 2015 - 7:20 pm

I’m so glad that I came here from Hooked on Houses! Your blog is one of my favorites, both from the inspiration that I find here as well as feeling that I’m connecting with a wonderful person.

Donnamae - April 16, 2015 - 7:50 pm

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House! You have been busy this past year…and it sure has gone quickly! If you did that much posting while you were teaching…do you think you’ll be posting more once you retire? 😉

Teacher Anne - April 16, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Such a wonderful review of all the fabulous places you have been and you have made beautiful. I always enjoy stopping in. Best of luck for many more years of great blogging!

Vickie White - April 16, 2015 - 8:14 pm

We are so lucky to have you posting your wonderful ideas for us to enjoy!!! Thank you for all your hard work!!!!

DeeDee - April 16, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday!

PATTI - April 16, 2015 - 8:20 pm

What a whirlwind of a year! I have loved every minute of it! :)

Jeanne Bell - April 16, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Happy Birthday to your wonderful blog. You have created a great escape for your readers. Look forward to your retirement it is wonderful. I have been retired for 8 months and love it. I worked for 40 years and loved my job but I don’t miss it…just the people.
Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Jeanne

Teresa W. - April 16, 2015 - 8:43 pm

Congratulations & Happy Birthday! I always enjoy your posts and can’t wait to see what project you tackle next. Have a great weekend!

Betty - April 16, 2015 - 8:55 pm

I wait for your blogs every week. I am a retired teacher so I know how much work you must have and am amazed by the number and quality of your posts. Looking forward to many more. Happy birthday!

Charlene - April 16, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Happy Birthday to the best blog out there! :) Definitely my favorite. I still remember when I “discovered” your blog. Has been my favorite ever since. Thank you for all the wonderful posts. Looking forward to many more years of your creativity!

Angela - April 16, 2015 - 10:17 pm

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House and congratulations Kelly. I love and enjoy your blog so much and have looked at and re-read many posts more than once. You have helped me reconnect with my love for red and I have changed all my family picture frames to the ones you use in your home. You have a huge influence ya know. ; ) I think, as many others have said, you really should consider writing that book. I would definitely buy one!

Stacye Clark - April 16, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Kelly – You have so inspired me to reach the ‘blogger’ status and am just enjoying writing and posting at the moment without a clue! I love how humble and easy you share ideas and beautiful things. Best of luck to you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Stacye Clark
Vignette a` la Mode (FaceBook)

Shannon - April 16, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Wow, I’m tired after all that traveling around! ☺️ My favorite posts are the ones from your beautiful house!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TALK OF THE HOUSE!

Cynthia - April 16, 2015 - 11:31 pm

happy blog anniversary and best of wishes for your continued success. Love your blog and the wonderful photography!

Wanda - April 16, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Happy Birthday to your lovely blog!

Tricia - April 17, 2015 - 12:05 am

Congratulations and Happy Blog Birthday. I really enjoy following you and wish you the best in retirement too!

Lynne - April 17, 2015 - 12:21 am

I love your blog and I’m always excited when I see a new post! Congratulations on 3 great years!

Merri Jo Schaubroeck - April 17, 2015 - 12:33 am

Happy blog-birthday! Your site is one of my favorite places to spend time….your photography, your inimitable sense of style and the graciousness of your writing make each & every visit utterly enchanting. You are far from “just an ordinary school teacher”! Not many people possess your wonderful gift of creativity & superhuman energy! May your final days of teaching become the fabric of lovely memories, Kelly.

Debra - April 17, 2015 - 7:07 am

Congratulations Kelly! So glad I found your sweet little blog. I always enjoy your posts, especially the ones that give us a peek at what is happening around your beautiful home. I can’t wait to see what posts will come, once you are officially retired, (no pressure :) Toot, Toot again on that BHG issue yet to hit the press. Good for you! Happy Birthday Talk of the House.

Benita - April 17, 2015 - 8:17 am

Happy birthday to your blog and congratulations! I’m so thankful that I found your blog last summer! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts, looking at all the wonderful photos and have tried a few of your party suggestions – the July 4th decor was a hit at our party! Your blog actually inspired me to start my own and I appreciate all of your helpful suggestions! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your doing that for me! It was very kind and generous!!! I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!

Peggy - April 17, 2015 - 9:40 am

Love your blog- can not wait until you retire and do it full time!
I would love to get my hands on that cookbook!
Thanks- Peggy

Theresa in Nebraska - April 17, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Happy Blog Birthday! It’s been a delight to follow along.

Faye - April 17, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Happy 3rd birthday and happy 1st anniversary of my introduction to your wonderful blog, Kelly! I was swept away by your posts last spring about the Georgia coast and have been hooked ever since on both blog and beaches. I am also planning my retirement, and the coast is at the top of my relocation list after a visit to Savannah and another trip soon to the SC beaches. All the info you have shared has been so personal and helpful. Like from a cherished friend! All the best to you, Kelly as you retire from teaching and venture on to new and wonderful experiences.

Lanita Anderson - April 17, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House!! I am a relatively new reader, so I enjoyed going through all of the posts on our “recap”….that was fun!! I’ve so enjoyed your posts, especially your decorating posts (love your house!) and the table setting ideas. Looking forward to another great year….
Blessings to you!
Lanita

Cindy - April 17, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Happy Birthday, Talk of the House! Kelly you are a great addition to blog land and I look forward to each of your posts.
Cindy

Angie - April 17, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Happy blog birthday! My sister told me about your blog about a year ago, and I have been a loyal follower since that time. Thank you for the time and effort you put into Talk of the House. May God continue to greatly bless you, your family, and your future endeavors.

Barbara P from Ma - April 17, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Hi Kelly, Your trip down memory lane has me wanting to go back and reread ALL of your posts! Congratulations on 3 years of blogging excellence! I’m sure I’m not your only reader who looks forward to your posts and enjoys them immensely! Such a wonderful giveaway! Cookbooks and feel good novels plus a gift certificate!!! what more could anyone ask for!! Imagine you must be getting excited for your upcoming retirement!

Megan - April 17, 2015 - 8:03 pm

Hi Kelly,
Happy Birthday to Talk of the House! Your blog is one of the only blogs that I check in on regularly. You have been so kind with your responses to emails and comments (I did get that sofa reupholstered after our conversation). I wish you all the best – keep it up with the pertinent and interesting posts – we love them!
Megan

phyllis - April 17, 2015 - 8:18 pm

I remember where I “met” you…The Lettered Cottage and how I wished that you had a blog (you didn’t yet). Then you did!!! Yay, me! You keep writing, and I’ll keep reading! Hugs :)

Donna T - April 17, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Congratulations and Happy Blog Birthday. Your blog is one of my favorite. I’m always excited to see a new post. You do a great job coming up with a variety of interesting and timely topics. I can’t imagine all you will accomplish when you finish your full time teaching career. Congratulations on that also, Donna

Julia - April 18, 2015 - 9:39 am

Happy Birthday! I love your blog, your home and your style. I found you on Pinterest and I’m so happy I did. I’m constantly amazed at all you do while working a full time job! Keep blogging – love the inspiration!

Lynn - April 18, 2015 - 10:02 am

What a delightful start to my weekend!! My morning cup of coffee with Kelly! I love seeing your blog updates in my email – they are such a treat, I almost squeal with glee! But this post was just beyond expectation! Love your blog and your warmth makes it like a visit with a friend!! Thank you sharing your home and inspiration with us. Happy Blog Birthday!

Christi {Jealous Hands} - April 18, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Congratulations on your birthday – and thank you for such a generous giveaway! xo

Kelly - April 18, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Happy Blog Birthday! What a wonderful recap of the year. It’s hard to believe, but I must of missed a post or two. This makes it really easy for me to find them, thank you!! I really do enjoy your blog, I know it takes much time where you could be doing something else. Thank you for the time, effort and love you show in each post!

Debbie Jacobs - April 18, 2015 - 3:17 pm

I always enjoy reading Talk of the House. You share so many
wonderful thoughts and experiences with your readers. Also some truly exceptional pictures. I have a blog and even though I don’t post as often as you do, I certainly appreciate the time and effort you put into yours! Happy Birthday and cheers to another wonderful year!

kathy - April 18, 2015 - 3:27 pm

I love all your decorating ideas and esp. your photography.
Thanks so much for this giveaway!
Happy Blog Birthday to you!

Judith whitmore - April 18, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Thank you Kelly, for the gift of your wonderful blog. It is always at the top of my list!

Vicki - April 18, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Luv your blog. I find so many things that interest me here, and the photography is beautiful. Happy Borthday!

Vicki
Mtnhomeblog.com

Sharon - April 18, 2015 - 7:56 pm

I love your blog. I check every evening hoping to find a new entry. It’s a great perk at the end of the day. Your style is exactly what I love.

Kayleigh O'Neal - April 18, 2015 - 8:29 pm

Happy Birthday to Talk of the House!! I remember back when you were talking about starting it! I’m so proud of you and love looking at all of your design ideas. Keep up the great work!

Tricia - April 18, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Happy Third Birthday, Kelly. I absolutely love your style, and your home is my idea of perfection. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us. Looking forward to many more years of Talk of the House.

Monika - April 18, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Kelly. Seeing a new blog from me always makes my day. I hope you NEVER stop writing and sharing photos with all your fans.

Bonnie - April 18, 2015 - 9:26 pm

I can’t remember how I came to find your blog, but I am hooked. I love your spirit, your style, and your simplicity as you focus on details. I continue to come back, again and again. You are an encouragement to me to boldly make changes (even small ones) to have my home become a place that I enjoy and that welcomes others.

Town and Country House - April 18, 2015 - 9:54 pm

HI Kelly,
I’m a bit behind on my reading, so Happy Belated Birthday and Congratulations! Your blog has been among my “must reads” for all three years! I’m always inspired by your table settings and menus and a little bit (okay a lot) jealous of your fabric collection and your new office space. Thanks so much for all the great content! Paula

Wendy D. - April 18, 2015 - 10:02 pm

I love your post, so much inspiration. Thank you for the giveaway.

Vicky Hunt - April 18, 2015 - 11:10 pm

Happy Blog Birthday! I always enjoy my visits here…:) I get lots of inspiration! Your tables, calligraphy, and decorating style are all perfection! Have a blessed weekend. Thanks for hosting such a sweet giveaway!

Blessings, Vicky

N from VA - April 19, 2015 - 4:35 am

Congratulations on three years! Thank you for your lovely and personal blog.

Sandy from Valpo - April 19, 2015 - 8:52 am

It’s always the start of a good day when I see one of your posts, and to think you have been doing this for three years! Congratulations and Thank You for sharing your creativity, your adventures, and your lovely home. You Are an inspiration!

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - April 19, 2015 - 9:17 am

Kelly, soooooo excited and thankful for your blog hitting the 3 year mark! I always tell you that your blog is my favorite, and I MEAN IT!! It is cozy and friendly. Just like a friend with a hug! I love to pour a hot cup of coffee and sit down to your blog. You continue to inspire me. I always love when you put which posts your readers read the most! Hugs to you Blog friend! (ps. don’t enter me in the contest as I was the winner last time!) And I STILL love the cookbooks!

Michelle - April 19, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Happy Birthday!!! What a great giveaway, the books sound great! Thanks.

jackye - April 19, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Would love to win’

Dawn - April 19, 2015 - 7:34 pm

Kelly,

Happy blog birthday! Thanks for sweet recap! I love getting to take e-trips with you. I wish you all the best on your blog birthday and always! Take care.

Mrs. T - April 19, 2015 - 9:27 pm

Happy blog birthday! I think I found your blog by way of Arlene at Nanaland, and I have subscribed by email for quite some time. Love your blog and the inspiring ideas. What a wonderful, generous giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win, and for putting all of the hard work that you do, into your blog. It’s truly a place of inspiration.

Rachel - April 19, 2015 - 11:52 pm

Happy Birthday! I am a new reader – I just discovered your blog. Filled with great ideas. I’m going to enjoy being a follower. Thanks for the give away.

Tracey - April 20, 2015 - 12:26 am

Happy Birthday! Recently found your blog and love stopping by!

Lori - April 20, 2015 - 9:10 am

Kelly, all of your posts are beautiful….but it is really something to see so many of the beautiful pictures in one post…stunning. Happy Birthday!

Kathleen Leonard - April 20, 2015 - 9:52 am

Here is another “happy birthday ” to you and your blog. I am really looking forward to seeing what you do on the blog after you have retired from your day job. Love, love, love your home and your style!!

Debra C - April 20, 2015 - 10:36 am

I love your blog! Happy Birthday!!

Amy C. - April 20, 2015 - 10:55 am

I love reading your blog! This birthday post was great. Looking forward to many more posts.

Jaybird - April 20, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Happy Birthday…you are one of my favorite bloggers!!
Blessings to you,
J

Joan - April 20, 2015 - 5:34 pm

New to the your blog. LOVE IT! It is a stress reducer for me….

Pam Jenkins - April 20, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Happy Birthday! I really enjoy your blog.

TracyK - April 21, 2015 - 8:39 am

I love your blog. Thanks so much for all the work you do to share beautiful ideas with us!

Nona - April 21, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Looking forward to reading Dear Carolina. I love books that make me feel good. I also want to thank you for all the Tybee Island cottages you have shared with your readers. They are so charming.

Kaye Ann - April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

I found your blog a couple years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. You have a style that matches mine perfectly! Happy Birthday Talk of the House!!! Many Many More!!!

Kari - April 22, 2015 - 9:08 am

I love your blog! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with us!!

Debbie - April 22, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday Talk of the House! Love your blog! Always enjoy your ideas and creations. Thank you for sharing.

Donnie - April 22, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary. What a joy to see a post from you. always a celebration for the eyes and heart!

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Love your blog and all the reds. Happy Blog Birthday

Libby - April 22, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Love your blog and seeing all of your great ideas Kelly. You are one busy lady. Happy blog birthday!

Sherry Myers - April 22, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Kelly,
How do I love your blog, let me count the ways…well, really too many to count. I can truthfully say, you have the “Best All Around” blog to which I subscribe. When I check my email, I always scroll to see if there is one from Talk of the House, and then, I MUST open it first. Then I usually read it at least twice. Thank you for all those posts. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. Happy Birthday! I am thrilled to have found you. Your posts make my day more times than I can count. Keep the creativity rolling, amazing lady. Thank you.
Sherry

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 22, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Congrats on 3 years!!! I don’t have any idea of how you do all you do!!! You amaze me! But, I wish I could just follow you around for a week and watch (and learn)!!!!

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:22 am

This post was a lovely recap of the last year! You had so many wonderful experiences! Congratulations on 3 years and here’s to many more!

Kathy P. - April 23, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Happy Birthday. Your blog is wonderful – down to earth and realistic. I just love your style. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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