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The Thanksgiving Tour – part 2

Thanksgiving napkin ring tagHappy Weekend and welcome back for a little more Thanksgiving at our house! I think I am doing this tour all wrong.  We should have come in the front door – the proper way to enter – and gone through the foyer and all, but since you came in the side door and went straight to the dining room and kitchen in part 1 (like family members do 🙂 ) then I suppose we can just keep on doing it this way and head out to…

porch wickerthe back porch.

Have I told you how much I really really like decorating the porch?  It simply is a fun space to add seasonal touches, and it is so easy to do.  I just pick a color scheme (like green and brown) and change out the pillows and the throw on the swing.

porch in neutralsAnd then choose what I want to do over the desk..usually it is just an ordinary plant in a basket.
But I decided to do something a little different for Thanksgiving this year.
(And I think it turned out pretty interesting!)

porch desk Talk of the House(Please ignore the sad looking floor there.  Remember it rained here for 40 days and nights.  Wait..that was in the Bible.  Well it did rain here for many many days!)

I had an image in my head to use garden tools on that wall.  I thought for sure I would find some broken ones in our outside closet, but no luck.  So I checked with my dad.  He had quite an extensive collection of post-hole diggers out in his shed but no rakes or shovels.  So I went to Home Depot…all their tools were too large and red.  I finally found what I needed at Lowes…children’s garden tools.  They wore assorted colors of purple and yellow and red, so I gave them a quick coat of brown spray paint, and they were perfect for what I needed.

wall arrangement magnolia leaves and garden tools

A few nails in that wall and some wire hold them and the basket in place.  I foraged the woods for magnolia leaves, popped them in a bucket of water inside the basket, and stood back to look…it needed something more…a little brighter color.  That was when I got the bright idea to add the Mr. Turkey plates to the arrangement.  I used old plate holders to secure them to the wall, and then it was finished.  Not my normal style, but I like how it turned out. 🙂

Now let’s go to the other end of the porch with the skirted antique table.

porch skirted table and chalkboard

Because this is usually used for serving food, this table almost always has a beverage dispenser on it.

beverage dispenser on rattan stand for Thanksgiving

I also like to have a plant at the other end of that table to balance the “weight” of the lamp, and then I fill in with small seasonal things.  More magnolia branches came from the woods behind our house.  I stuck them in another piece of pottery like those in the dining room and kitchen.  When I was planning floral arrangements for this Thanksgiving, I was originally going to use cotton mixed in with magnolia, but I ended up liking the mass of the green without anything else with it.  So goodbye to the cotton idea.

You know the chalkboard always has a message for the season as well. This was actually the second one I did for this board.  When I put the first one up there, it just looked too busy.  So I toned it down to this simple message…which is all we really need to remember anyway. Right?

chalkboard for Thanksgiving

And now to the table.   Everything else on the porch is pretty easy to change out and decorate for the seasons, but the table is different.  I really have to give it some thought and creativity.  I normally know which salad plates I will be using, but I have to try them out with different dinner plates and assorted napkins. In this case, I knew I would be using the green Mr. Turkey ones from my mother.

turkey plates

I looked high and low for brown and white gingham napkins (not buffalo checks.) Brown gingham napkins would have been perfect.  Unfortunately there were none to be found in any store in person or online (at least by me.)  I would have even made them if I had been able to find fabric. No luck there either.  So if you see any brown gingham napkins anywhere, please let me know.

Thanksgiving porch tablePlan B for the napkins then became to mix all the green plaids and checks together.  I wanted to do something to bring in a touch of brown with the place setting, so I rolled up the napkins and tied them with some brown ribbon. In choosing the runner, I tried out several different fabrics that I had in my workroom closet, but in the end, the kraft paper fit the feel of the decor better than anything else.  So I went with it down the center.

Thanksgiving place settingI always like to add lettering of some form to the table…whether it is on the table runner or on a stand alone place card or even tied to the silverware, napkin, or a glass.  In this case, I simply wrote “thankful for you” on a kraft ring tag and tied the ribbon through it.

thanksgiving napkin tagAnd now that brings us to the thing that most challenges me when decorating…the centerpiece.  I don’t know what it is about them, but they are sooo difficult for me to pull together. (Especially Christmas ones!) I had planned to use a simple centerpiece of magnolia branches in another piece of pottery with a few small pumpkins around it, but when I put it on the table it just didn’t work.  You couldn’t see over it, and it looked  like part of the Incredible Hulk there in the middle of the table. So goodbye Hulk…hello candle-standing-in-acorns.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving tableI ran the baby pumpkins down the table with a mix of pine cones, nuts, and camellia leaves from the yard.  (Their smaller scale worked better than the magnolia leaves on the narrow table.) A few votive candles in mason jars, and the centerpiece was complete. Hallelujah! 

tablescape for Thanksgiving

And that brings us to the end of part 2 of the tour. (I am saving the front porch for later.) I hope you have had fun checking out the Thanksgiving decor and following along as I have tried to explain my crazy thought process in decorating the space. For most of the year the porch is a very comfortable place to be (except during the extreme heat of the summer.)  We have had our Thanksgiving dinner and a couple of Christmas parties out there from time to time because the fall and winter weather can be so mild here in Georgia.  But not today!  It is in the low 40’s this morning, so I won’t be having my breakfast out there. (I’ll have it beside the fire in the family room. 🙂 )

I hope this fall weekend is full of good things for you and your family.  I am working on a major painting/decorating project this weekend, so I need to let you know that although I will read all of your comments, I won’t be able to reply to any this weekend. (So sorry!) I’ve got a deadline to meet.

fall cottageTake care.  Be thankful for the people in your life you hold dear today, and say a prayer for the people of France.  I hope you will be back here Monday when I have something really wonderful to share with you. 🙂  Oh, and there will be a part 3 of the Thanksgiving tour later next week!

Until next time…


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Judy Capper - November 14, 2015 - 6:11 am

Hi Kelly,

Your Thanksgiving table looks amazing. I love the table runner over the wood table and the votive candles in the Mason Jars. I’m a big fan of Ball Mason Jars. The company was started in the 1800’s by five brothers. They also founded Ball University in Muncie,Indiana. See their web site, if you like to can. The recipes are great. The supermarket was already bustling yesterday. I shopped for tonight as I’m having a friends over for dinner. When I’m at sea, theyhelp me out. Your house is beautiful. I can’t wait to do my renovation on my ranch cottage.

Katrina - November 14, 2015 - 6:19 am

I just love that shot of your pretty house in it’s fall splendor. What is the pretty detached structure ( or is it attached to your main house)? Your dining room and porch centerpiece are lovely. I just love that you used magnolia. The house we just bought has no magnolia tree and the sweet couple from our church who let me cut all the magnolia I wanted from their huge tree just moved to Pa.😥
I can’t wait to see what you are working on this weekend! So thankful for Talk of the House! Prayers to Paris.

Patty in Michigan - November 14, 2015 - 6:42 am

Kelly, I completely want to duplicate this table. I absolutely love it. I think the napkins are perfect! Have a great weekend working on your project.

Kim - November 14, 2015 - 7:21 am

Love your centerpiece and those cute turkey plates.

Sandy - November 14, 2015 - 7:38 am

Plates and children’s garden tools with the magnolias in a basket is the cutest and most original design I have seen in a long time. I love how your creative mind sees beauty. I wish Ohio and Georgia were closer neighbors. Have a blessed weekend.

Louvina - November 14, 2015 - 8:05 am

As I sit, somberly this cool southern Saturday morning, sipping my daily hot green tea, your post was the balm my soul needed. Perfection–just want to say a quiet
“thank you”, Kelly.

Velia - November 14, 2015 - 8:12 am

What a lovely room. The back porch will be a comfortable and welcoming place to have your thanksgiving meal as you enjoy the beauty of nature around you. Kelly, you have a special give in decorating and your creativity inspires so many of your followers. Have a most blessed holiday.

Stacey - November 14, 2015 - 8:26 am

Kelly, you turn a porch into a work of art! I love the wall hanging!!

Jo Anne Hayon - November 14, 2015 - 8:32 am

Just love your decorating!I wish I had a porch to decorate! Can’t wait to see the front porch! Have a good weekend.

Debra - November 14, 2015 - 9:04 am

Oh….Sweet Torture… Your porch Thanksgiving is so serene. The play with green and brown, all the more brings nature to one’s heart and to table. I think you did a great job with your desk wall display too. Here in the Midwest, I would need a heated porch, as we woke up to 26 degrees this morning. Ugh!Enjoy every minute with your family in your beautiful home, as we are shaken by the events in France. Our eldest daughter and her boyfriend just made their second trip there a month ago. Giving thanks that their European travels were safe.

Sandy - November 14, 2015 - 9:19 am

Thank you, Kelly. I say that because it is clear you value and treasure the simplicity and serenity of Thanksgiving. I feel somber today because of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Somehow seeing your Thanksgiving table and home is calming. The peacefulness is soothing.

Thanks again, Kelly –


Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - November 14, 2015 - 9:33 am

I love every time you decorate that porch! How nice to be able to use it most of the year…not happening here in NJ! I love the napkins you used and the rest of the green. The whole centerpiece is just perfect! I always love seeing those white pumpkins!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 14, 2015 - 9:43 am

Love every single detail, but especially the painted children’s tools. You’re a clever pilgrim!

Garden, Home and Party - November 14, 2015 - 9:50 am

I’m sure it’s because we’ll enjoying by favorite season, but your table and choice of green and brown is my all time favorite of your beautiful work. (You know I’ll be saying this about your Christmas decor as well!). I have always loved your porch and can imagine using it a lot if I had such an outdoor room as that. The magnolia leaves are the perfect brown/green colors for your chosen scheme. Of all that you’ve shared today, hands down, I love the wall swag best of all. What a wonderful focal point—I hope you’ll provide more details on how you wired them so that they would actually stay in place without slipping.
I’m so excited to hear about your decorating project for the weekend and can only hope it’s another magazine spread.

Cheri - November 14, 2015 - 9:57 am

Your house ALWAYS looks so lovely…I am jealous of your decorating…you have a knack. Where did you get your plaid curtains? I love how you incorporated the green in your house. Very nice.

mari1017 - November 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Wow…so beautiful…and worth waiting for 🙂 …love your thought process as you share your decorating! And to me, the green and white napkins lighten up the neutrals and browns on the table. The deep brown ribbon ties are just the right touch of brown you needed – jmho…

It was 34 here in the early morning here and reminded me of my New England days around this time of year. BUT, I love that it’s already almost 50 and climbing lol..have a wonderful weekend with your project, and once again, thank you for sharing your generous heart with all of us! ♥ Happy painting!

Marlene - November 14, 2015 - 10:03 am

Just love Kelly what you have done with your porch for Thanksgiving. Your centerpiece is so lovely. I just love magnolia everywhere and the arrangement in the basket on the wall with the plates surrounding it. Please put me on your porch!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. God Bless.

Carol Ann - November 14, 2015 - 10:26 am

The children’s garden tools are so cute. Loved your idea of painting them brown. Magnolia leaves a classic…always a great choice. I also love the design of your website…so colorful and easy to read. Also love being able to located order posts so easily. Whenever I see a new post from you I feel like I’ve just been invited to a special occasion.

Cheryl from WV - November 14, 2015 - 10:55 am

I also love the neutral look for Thanksgiving. What a lovely way to create an environment that calms and leads one to a place of reflecting on the purpose for the gathering. Thanksgiving is such an important season. I have just returned from a trip to the Amish country in Ohio with a few good friends. It was so good to slow down and reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for. I actually saw a sign that I plan to incorporate in our home. It said, “What if you woke up tomorrow and only had what you had thanked God for yesterday?” I found that to be so powerful. Yes, let us give thanks! And one of the things I am thankful for this year is my new found friend Kelly. Thanks for all that you share with us!

Carol McGanity - November 14, 2015 - 11:01 am

Dear Kelly,

Living in South Central Texas, I continue to wonder how often you must “de-dust” the back porch and it’s furniture… what a wonderful spot! I so enjoyed the multiple posts for Thanksgiving and your attention to the details. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I’m now going to go up into the attic to bring down the boxes of collected pine cones to start the decorating and snipping of greenery from the garden – between the showers. Finally, rain! You are a great motivator…

Where did you ever find the time to teach?

Sherry Myers - November 14, 2015 - 11:31 am

Wait, did you say ‘crazy’ thought process? Well, if your thought process is crazy, there are a lot of us who would gladly like to be as crazy as you! I love the porch decorating from one end to the other. The vibe is humble, earthy, thankful. The colors blend so well with nature’s surroundings. Your creative decor above the desk reminds me of how thankful I am for all those who work hard to produce the food we enjoy throughout the year. I love it! Your table centerpiece is picture perfect. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. The last picture was the most delightful way to end this post. So serene. It feels extremely welcoming..waiting..comforting, no place like home. Beautiful. Thanks, Kelly. Have a wonderful weekend.

Linda - November 14, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Love love love it!! The garden tools wall art is brilliant.

Sheila in SF - November 14, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Love the tool garden decor and the table setting. You are so talented. Thanks for the ideas. And yes, so very sad about the events in Paris…

Julie in Asheville - November 14, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Kelly – One of my favorite spots in your home – the screened porch. Not sure why I’m so in love with screened-in porches, but I just love them, especially sleeping porches. The one in the movie with Reese Witherspoon as a young girl is wonderful. A lot of that movie takes place on that porch with her sister. Anyway, your decorating is spot on, so clever. Always look forward to your posts. And, thinking today of the people of France.

v - November 14, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Well….you did not disappoint! It is so gorgeous! I love everything you did. The table looks great and I love the centerpiece. No worries about not commenting. I often don’t have time to comment on my blog comments. I try to as often as possible but sometimes life is just too busy. I think everyone understands. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you are sharing Monday!

Blessings, Vicky

Gina - November 14, 2015 - 4:51 pm

The green and brown looks so pretty together. I think your centerpiece turned out perfect. I like to use candles too, but our dinner will be early so no candles. I’ve already foraged for leaves, pine cones, etc. so I ‘ll have to work on mine. Thanks for the inspiration! The magnolia is beautiful and I love the arrangement with the tools and plates! 🙂

Dawn - November 14, 2015 - 5:10 pm


The porch looks perfectly cozy to me. I will keep my eyes open for some grosgrain brown and white napkins. I really like those green turkey plates. I can’t wait to see what you are up to with your paint project. Thanks for sharing. Take care.


Anita - November 14, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Your table arrangement is very pretty. You are lucky you can still take all that creativity you are blessed with outdoors.
I love your yard….and the greenery!
I’m thankful for you Kelly, even though we don’t know each other. I enjoy reading your blog.
Indeed we need to pray for France.

Cynthia - November 14, 2015 - 7:20 pm

I loved the simplicity of all of your Thanksgiving decorations. I really loved the use of the magnolia leaves and the light colored pumpkins that decorated your home!. Happy Thanksgiving to the Gray family.

Vickie White - November 14, 2015 - 10:40 pm

I l.o.v.e. the tool/plate arrangement!!! You are so creative!!!!

Lisa - November 15, 2015 - 8:45 am

Just perfect! Using the child sized tools was ingenious and made for such a beautiful arrangement. Your table is so warm and inviting and the lettering on the napkins is personal touch that every Thanksgiving table needs. Just perfect!

Merri Jo - November 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Lovely, lovely, lovely. I hope to recreate your adorable garden tools/basket to hang on my patio wall next to my potting bench–you have inspired me once again!

At Rivercrest Cottage - November 15, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Thank you for the tour of your lovely home. So many wonderful ideas!

Sandy - November 15, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Love your taste in decorating. Inspires me always! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and talent. Have a blessed holiday season.

Jayne - November 15, 2015 - 10:04 pm

As always, your decorating is serene and lovely. Your porch has always been my favorite room of your house and still remains so. Love the adorable arrangement of children’s toys and your turkey plates. I’ve always wanted to do a wall centerpiece with yard tools but never thought of using children’s yard tools. Perfect. Good luck accomplishing all that you seem to have going on.

Rosemary - November 16, 2015 - 4:06 am

Hi Kelly, I was especially glad to have your post to read on Saturday morning having gone to sleep thinking of Paris and all that had happened. Still finding it hard to write a cheery comment … Sorry! “In all things give thanks” has been in my thoughts this weekend …and I am so grateful to be reminded of this and how much we have to be thankful for. …even during sad times. The peacefulness of your porch and the calming decor somehow seems appropriate. As always your porch looks so welcoming …I wish I could find some brown and white napkins for you. Although I have to say your table setting looks just fine as it is!
I hope your weekend of decorating has gone well. Take care …
Looking forward to hearing from you and your next post.

Kaye Ann - November 16, 2015 - 8:37 am

An amazing porch. It’s looks like it saying “come on in!” Which I could. Love the garden tools and green plates on your wall. I would never have thought of that!! Gorgeous! Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving!!

Julia - November 17, 2015 - 10:52 am

Your porch is so inviting! I love how you used the children’s garden tools and the turkey plates, very creative. Here in Florida we have shared many Thanksgiving meals on the porch!

Cheryl Miller - November 19, 2015 - 8:04 pm

Such a beautiful selection! We were blessed this summer with a new daughter in law. Our first wedding! So, with all our wedding pictures I would probably choose the mini photo book! Thanks for thinking of us and offering this opportunity!

Barbara (WA) - November 20, 2015 - 10:17 am

Catching up with your posts this morning and love your idea of a calmer decor for November. Your house is perfect for changing co,ours and themes – so fun!

The Thanksgiving Tour…part 1

Thanksgiving tablescape Talk of the HouseI don’t normally like to begin our home tours in the dining room, but being that this one is for Thanksgiving, I think it is only appropriate.  The dining room and kitchen are kind of the stars of the show when it comes to Thanksgiving. So come in the side door that all our family and friends use, down that tiny hall, and enter the dining room here.

dining room Thanksgiving Do you notice anything new? 🙂


No I am not talking about the drapes.  We’ll talk about them in a minute. The bench – did you notice the bench? We purchased it a few weeks ago for the dining room.  It was on sale at Pier 1, and I thought it went perfectly with the casual feel of our table.  The extra chairs moved upstairs to my husband’s office where they were needed, so we had fun playing musical chairs. 🙂

Now let’s look at the table.

Thanksgiving tablescapeAll the red and orange accents have left the house and have been replaced with browns and greens and neutrals.  I’ve said before that I think October is a playful month, and November is a reverent…respectful month….a month we really make a point to reflect on our many blessings. (But we should do that all the time.) As much as I adore all things red, I think all the neutrals fit more with that.

Thanksgiving place setting

So the red buffalo check drapes have been replaced with the green plaid ones.  (The red will be back for Christmas though.) The wonderful Williams Sonoma turkey pieces from my relatives are back in use. I have mixed brown and green everywhere I can….even pulling out our old olive green pottery to use in the centerpiece along with green and cream colored pumpkins and magnolia leaves.  (You will see in the next post that I have gone overboard with the use of magnolia branches!)  Today I am so thankful to live where I do – between the forest and the field – where Nature does such a wonderful job providing beauty for all the seasons – and especially Thanksgiving. 🙂

dining room for ThanksgivingHave you noticed the little word searches beside each place setting?

place card Thanksgiving wordsearch

 The idea for these goes totally to Ashlee at the cute very vintage blog, My So Called Crafty Life. (So don’t give me any credit for them!)  I wanted something other than traditional place cards for our Thanksgiving table, and when I saw these on Pinterest, I knew they would be fun. (We are a competitive bunch, so bring on the games!)  Anyway, I copied Ashlee’s to a word document, saved it as photo, then opened it up in Picasa to remove her heading and add in my green one.  You should be able to do the same with mine here.

Thanksgiving wordsearch

Then I made word searches with Puzzle Maker because I was familiar with using it in my classroom.  Ashlee used a different website.  It took me awhile because I inserted our family member’s names at each place card…so that required individualizing 6 different ones, and the words are printed horizontally at the bottom on Puzzle Maker.  I had to copy them as images and paste them on to my card to get them in the vertical list.

It would be easier to just use a last name or all of your guests names in one puzzle to save time. But to really save time, I am putting one here that is just a general Thanksgiving word search without the “people names” if you would like to use it. 🙂  Right click on it.  Copy the image. Paste to an open document on your computer. You might want to resize it to a smaller image.  Then print away as many as you need.  I printed ours on cardstock and trimmed them down to the size I wanted.

Thanksgiving word search for table

And that is the extent of my tech knowledge.

And now to the rest of the dining room…The antique cupboard in the corner holds that beautiful platter that matches the salad plates.

Thanksgiving vignette antique cupboard

I pulled out one of the pottery bowls to use there as well.Thanksgiving vignetteAnd a piece of the pottery was also used in the cabinet on the other wall.

dining room cabinet Thanksgiving vignettes

dining room cabinetIf you have been reading here for any time, you will know that our dining room and kitchen are one long space.  So the red buffalo check drapes at the kitchen window have also been temporarily booted out for the green plaid ones.

kitchen window green plaid drapesThe October orange cookbooks have been shelved on the family room bookcase.
Green and brown ones are in use now.

Talk of the House kitchen cornerIt is a much calmer look for this month
(although Thanksgiving cooking is anything but calm!)

Talk of the House kitchen cabinetsThe coffee trays are wearing brown and green for Thanksgiving.

ring tags on coffee jars for coffee tray

beverage tray

More pottery made its way into a small vignette atop the refrigerator.
(Love the battery powered candle up there!)

refrigerator fall vignetteAnd finally, a recipe for what to do with leftover turkey is on the kitchen desk chalkboard.

kitchen deskI hope you have enjoyed this part of the tour today.  For those of you who are lovers of bright colors, I promise you the red will return in December. 🙂   I just think November needs a different look between Halloween and the celebration of Christmas.

We’ll wander out on the porches for part 2 here.  And I will go ahead and tell you that the table does not look like what you see through the door in the photo below.  That was taken when it was a holding spot for things before decorating that space.

plate rackI hope you will be back for part 2 to see what it really looks like.

Thank you so much for visiting here today.
I am truly blessed that you choose to spend your time with me.

Until next time…


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Talia - November 12, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Always lovely. Love your use of neutrals! (like you, I really enjoy color, but this looks very nice!)
Thank you Talia. It is nice to take a break from the red every now and then.

LJ - November 12, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Lovely and with a relaxed yet fresh feel. May I join you for donuts and a cup of tea before we start all the fun cooking up Thanksgiving dinner?
I couldn’t resist as I spied those donuts on the counter. You’re just too much fun. And I am so grateful that I came upon your blog; you have given me an incredible amount of inspiration.
You may certainly join me in the kitchen! (But I’m afraid I taste-test and snack as I cook!)
I’m so happy that you can find inspiration here, and I appreciate you for reading and always leaving such kind comments.
See you back for the porch tour. 🙂

Karen Aamodt - November 12, 2015 - 3:41 pm

I will email you my best recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini so you can use up some of the leftovers. FYI it freezes well for those food emergencies that arise from time to time!

Best Wishes and Blessing to all of your family,

Turkey Tetrazzini sounds delicious, and the fact that you can freeze it is an added bonus. Please send your recipe on this way!
Thank you Karen.

Gabrielle - November 12, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Lovely as usual Kelly. Your creativity knows no bounds!
Thank you Gabrielle (but my creativity does have its limits. 🙂 )

Louvina - November 12, 2015 - 3:50 pm

How tranquil and homey! Amazing how colors can change the room and make it look like a different one. The bench is really a nice touch. I am reading and enjoying your post on a lovely fall afternoon while I recoup from my wonderful
trip to The Big Peach City! How many Peach tree Streets are there anyway?:) I’m inspired to start pulling my holiday together— at the beach– a first! Going to let Publix do most of my cooking this year ( another first!) since I have a micro kitchen there. But will do my baking and appetizers and decorations. Planning on 12 and think dessert will be enjoyed on the beach–picnic style if weather is still this nice. How many are you expecting? And hope you share some more of your family recipes!! ” Over the River and through the Woods!” My favorite holiday! 🙂
Tranquil..that’s what I was shooting for. 🙂 Glad you made it back safely from Hot ‘lanta. I have no idea how many Peachtree streets there are, but there are a LOT of them! The big question is…where did you eat on your trip??? Inquiring minds want to know!
Glad you are inspired. Thanksgiving at the beach would be different…but enjoyed by everyone I am sure. Nice to let someone else do the cooking. We don’t have a number yet…still waiting to see what the plans are for everyone. No problem though.

Ruth - November 12, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Another wonderful post. Did I spot Fairfax flatware? Love its elegant simplicity. That was my grandmother’s pattern, and I’m the keeper of her silver for this generation. I admire and enjoy so much your creative and resourceful color scheme changes from season to season. Another benefit to going brown and green for Thanksgiving is that it will give a rest from red, in preparation for an energizing boost upon the red’s return at Christmas. We’re looking toward a remodel in the coming year or two, and I hope you don’t mind my purloining your idea of seasonal curtain and drapery change-outs. Oh, to be handy with needle and thread! Alas, I’m a stitchery incompetent, so I’ll have to farm it out.
Yes, you did spot it Ruth. 🙂 My mother’s pattern has flowers, and I just liked the simplicity of Fairfax. How wonderful that the silver stays in your family and you are the keeper of it for now! Your comments about giving a rest from red were exactly what I wanted to say, but I had already been “wordy” enough for one post. So thank you for adding them here. Good luck with your future remodel, and you go right ahead and do any drapery change-out you want. 🙂 Sewing has been a much used skill in my life. Very glad I learned it…and typing!

Sherry Myers - November 12, 2015 - 4:22 pm

I LOVE the new bench, Kelly! Perfect! I am glad you found a good deal. Everything looks so nice. I really like the green, brown, and neutrals for harvest. It reminds me of what it’s really like to celebrate Thanksgiving in the south. The turning leaves with still plenty of green so it doesn’t look like winter. And I remember the excitement last year when you got your turkey plates! They look great. Love your tablescape. It looks very inviting. I enjoyed this visit. You are a blessing!
Headed to the porch,
Thanks Sherry! I forgot to mention in the post that when our daughter’s boyfriend was here at Halloween, we were talking about how I was going to use green and brown for Thanksgiving, and he said, “Green is not a Thanksgiving color.” Well, just like you said, if you live in the South it most certainly is! (And that is what I told him.) We still have green grass and plenty of green leaves on the trees. What few turned yellow or red were washed off the tree with the 9 straight days of rain.
As always, thank you for your encouraging comments.

Sandy in Fort Walton Beach - November 12, 2015 - 4:25 pm

I love the calm of the greens and neutrals. I have been feeling the same mood. I have spent the day kind of calming some of the decor. I love Christmas, but it never goes up until after Thanksgiving. I have sensed I needed some calm and simple before the Christmas comes out. You have done a great job in your kitchen.
Thank you Sandy. Maybe we all need some of the calm DURING Christmas too. 🙂 (But I would hate to miss out on the festiveness of red.) No Christmas here until after Thanksgiving..unless I decide to put the wreath up in the bedroom. That would be about as far as I go. I have been sick the last 2 Thanksgivings and have fingers crossed for a healthy one this year. Thank you again for your compliments on the house.

Julie in Asheville - November 12, 2015 - 4:27 pm

So nice and really peaceful, which is what you want when you contemplate the many blessings for which to be thankful. The bench was a terrific choice. Goes well with the table. And, just today, I saw the Christmas Ideas book at the store. Just beautiful. You have totally spoiled your family!! BTW, Karen, we want you to share that recipe!
Julie, you are so right about needing the peacefulness as we think about being thankful for what we have. Thank you for the compliments on the bench and the magazine feature. It still seems surreal to me that our home is in 2 national magazines at the same time for Christmas. Who would have thought?! Yes, Karen needs to share that recipe for us all. Everyone has left over turkey!

Delma - November 12, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Oh my, thank you for this lovely tour of your beautiful home!!! I love how you decorate! You have inspired me to do a bit of decorating myself. Look forward to seeing the rest of your home.
You are quite welcome Delma. Thank you for the kind words here, and I am glad I could help you with your decorating. 🙂 The porch tour will be here soon!

mari1017 - November 12, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Just lovely, Kelly! I love the green drapes and your pottery is beautiful. Cool idea to spot that bench – it works really well! I’m amazed by your attention to detail right down to the cookbooks and the coffee station – love it!
I can’t decide if I like the white curtain rods (ie., your daughter’s room) or the black (or are they bronze?)with the drapes. I like them both, each for the look they bring to the room. Thank you for another wonderful post from a grateful heart…waiting to see the porch 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!
Glad you liked the drapes and all Mari! My attention to detail borders on craziness at times. 🙂
The rod in the kitchen is black, and the rod in the playroom is green by the way. 🙂
So glad you enjoyed the post! The porch tour is coming soon.

Maryanne - November 12, 2015 - 5:07 pm

I love the neutral tones for Thanksgiving. I love your red (I use lots of red too) but I agree that it’s nice to have some calm before the hustle and bustle of Christmas. It looks beautiful!
Thank you Maryanne. It IS the calm before the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We really need a calm after it as well!
Kelly - November 12, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Everything looks beautiful and ready for Thanksgiving at your house! I’m amazed at how you change out your curtains with the holidays/seasons. I think that’s great. I don’t have the patience for doing so many decor changes like that, but it all looks so pretty. I love the Thanksgiving plates you have with the turkeys on them. Very pretty!
The table is ready, but certainly not the food. It is stressing me that so many bloggers are talking about their shopping lists for Christmas, and I haven’t even gotten my Thanksgiving grocery list made! I am glad you liked the plates. I see WS is carrying them for the season again this year.

kate - November 12, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Everything is lovely and respectful of the holiday.
I, too, love the red but the softer tones are just what is needed for Thanksgiving.
Don’t sell yourself short on the tech side. Way over this head.
Have a blessed finish to this month.
You are so sweet Kate. Thank you. If I showed you how to do it instead of merely telling you how to, I know you would understand it. 🙂

Joy Cooper - November 12, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Your Thanksgiving decor looks soothing and calm. I love it! I have been meaning to comment that I love the thick candle you use and all of the candlesticks you use with them. Any tips on where to start this kind of collection ? Thanks so much.
Soothing and calm are quite a change from the bright orange and red of Halloween, aren’t they Joy? 🙂 I am glad you liked the decorations for this season. Our candlesticks were all gifts from my mother and my mother in law. I have no idea where my mother got hers, but it seems that my mother in law purchased hers in an antique shop in Highlands, NC. I’m afraid I am not much help other than that on them. Sorry. 🙁

Dawn - November 12, 2015 - 7:04 pm


Best post ever! I love the browns and greens! Especially the greens. It all looks so nice together. I saw the bench right away. Great addition. I am going use the cute Thanksgiving word search in my classroom for after we discuss what we are thankful for in Religion class the week before Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing. I love your battery operated candle and candle holder on your fridge. Everything ties together so well. I can’t wait to see the porch. Take care.
Wow what a nice compliment Dawn! I’m so happy you liked the post. Yes, the colors do all work together very well. Please do use the word search in your classroom. Just remember the words can go in any direction (including backwards!) and they can share letters.

Jean Tovern - November 12, 2015 - 7:31 pm

I love the green curtains!!! And the turkey plates!!! And…well, everything! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what’s up next!
Well thank you Jean! That is very sweet of you to say all of that! The porches will be up in a couple of days. Please come back for them. 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - November 12, 2015 - 7:38 pm

I absolutely love the neutrals, greens and browns. So perfect for this time of year. Your older green pottery looks antique, how wonderful. I wouldn’t have guessed it was part of a set. Love the turkey plates! It’s so cool that you have curtains for different seasons and colors. You have such great style.
The game card is fun. I may try to re-create it for our dinner.
I’m so glad you liked the colors, Karen. All of our pottery was handmade. My sister in law was a Meaders. Her family was very influential in the art of folk pottery for many years, and all of our pieces came from either her father, Cleater (CJ) or her uncle, Lanier. You can read about Lanier here: We have a few of Lanier’s pieces including a couple of face jugs that they mention and show in the article. A couple of Lanier’s pieces are on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
As far as the drapes go, I love fabric too much to be limited to one pair of drapes per window. LOL And my tastes and moods seem to change with the seasons, so this beats going out and buying all new things every time the seasons change.
I hope you can use the word searches for Thanksgiving.
Enjoy your time with all your family!

Jane - November 12, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Your attention to detail without going overboard is so perfect, Kelly! Your table is pretty and functional and the little word search game makes it fun. Love the simple centerpiece. I don’t have a lot of space for a large one so I like that you kept yours low and non distracting. The new bench is awesome!

I am going to steal the turkey soup recipe idea for my chalkboard—I am so unimaginative with mine—Happy Summer, Fall, Winter…you get the idea!

Great job. And thanks so much for stopping by, it was very sweet! 🙂

Jane x
Aw you are too kind Jane! I like a low centerpiece so that it can stay on the table and people can see over it. The pumpkins worked well for that.
Go right ahead and steal the chalkboard recipe idea. Have fun with it!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 12, 2015 - 8:34 pm

Beautiful, beautiful. I had to chuckle when you stated that you used the hues of brown and green in displaying the cookbooks to coordinate with the colors in the room…you certainly pay close attention to every detail. Love the Thanksgiving word puzzle…what a great idea!….Looking forward to Part 2.
Thank you for your compliments Shirley. Yes, I go overboard on details, but truthfully, there are not that many to change out in the kitchen. The white and neutral color ones stay, and I swap out maybe 10 to 15 in total in the kitchen and dining room from the family room bookshelves. I think the word search spoke to the elementary teacher in me! I’m glad you liked the idea!

Mary - November 12, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Everything looks beautiful! Love the turkey plates.
Thank you Mary. I was very lucky to be able to have my relatives find them for me. They were sold out everywhere when I went to get them last year.

Patty in Michigan - November 12, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I love your thoughts on October being more playful and November more reverent. I noticed the bench right away. Love it! I love benches. I love the colors you went with. I actually went with very similar colors this year for my dining room. I was given some transfer ware and found some beautiful green plates at a resale store that I have in my hutch. I love the soft simple warm colors. Your table looks beautiful. Thanksgiving is coming so fast. Take care, Kelly!
Thanks Patty! I’m so glad you liked the colors. Lucky you to be given some transfer ware! I have a few bowls in brown transferware and started to mix them in with some green plates here but decided it was just too much pattern for me. Yes, Thanksgiving will be here soon, but what stresses me out are all the bloggers who are already decorating for Christmas! I can only handle one holiday at a time. LOL

Gina - November 12, 2015 - 11:10 pm

I love the green and brown color scheme for Thanksgiving, which just happens to be my favorite holiday!! 🙂 Love your new bench too. You’ll be able to use it for extra seating in other areas of your home too if needed. I love the turkey dishes, green pottery and turkey tureen. Now that we are hosting Thanksgiving I need to look for a couple of turkey dishes. Haha, maybe I need to look now to find them on sale! I love your puzzle also. What a great idea. 🙂 I’m sure in your warmer climate you are still able to flow out onto your porch this time of year. I’m hoping we’ll get lucky with warm weather this year for Thanksgiving!!
Well that’s a lot to love Gina! You are right about the bench being used in other areas. I am already thinking it would work great on the porch as well. 🙂 Yes, we can spill out on to the porch and have even during Christmas parties here. Now is a good time to pick up your turkey plates and things before they are all gone. So get to shopping!

Linda - November 13, 2015 - 12:10 am

Just beautiful, love all the green. It is very calming. Also love the idea of the word search.
Thank you Linda. I am glad you like the change in color. I think the word search will be a lot of fun for everyone.

Lauren - November 13, 2015 - 8:41 am

Your warm and beautiful home will forever be one of my absolute favorites! I always look forward to seeing how you decorate for the holidays throughout the seasons, special occasions, etc., as you always add the prettiest and most thoughtful details. I am also in love with those green drapes!!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving:)
Goodness what a sweet comment Lauren! Your home is one of my all time favorites as well! (We have such similar tastes. 🙂 ) I especially love your porch, and that rust tablecloth out there is going to be appearing in a different form in one of our rooms here very soon. You will be surprised! LOL I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Happy Friday. 🙂

Lisa - November 13, 2015 - 9:52 am

I just love how you create wonderful atmospheres for each occasion and season, Kelly. Everything you do is so creative, and right up my alley! We have the good fortune to live in our friend’s beautiful lake house, right on the water, until June. As we will be hosting our family for Thanksgiving (one giant sleepover, too!) I am excited to use some of your ideas. Thank you!
Wow! How fun Lisa! A giant sleepover with lots of food all on a lake. It doesn’t get much better than that! 🙂 I’m so glad you could use some of the ideas on the post. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Rosemary - November 13, 2015 - 10:49 am

Hi Kelly …looks like I’m a little late to the party today but thanks so much for the invitation! :). Your house always looks amazing but I just love the greens and browns. It seems to change your house …in a good way! As you say peaceful and just perfect for Thanksgiving. The polished wood and style of your new bench complements your table etc perfectly. Such a great find! I could keep writing …your table setting! the Thanksgiving word search! …your kitchen! Your cookery books! Just lovely. I’d be very happy to perch on that stool or help you in your kitchen …I like to taste test and snack too!!
We have a lot to be thankful for …. A lovely bright sunny day here and I’m looking out at Autumn colours and holly bushes laden with red berries!
Have a good weekend!
Oh, you’re not late Rosemary! Just stop in whenever you can. You must be sitting in my house though, because I am looking out at a lovely bright sunny day here with some autumn colors, and our holly bushes are full of berries as well! I’m so glad you like the green and brown in the house. It IS quite a change from the bright red that normally lives here. 🙂 Come on and taste test and snack with me! There will be a lot of that going on here next Thursday and Friday as I cook for an upcoming party.
Hope you have a good weekend too. I hope to have part 2 of the tour up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again.

Rosemary - November 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

Hi again! I just wanted to say that we are blessed as well that you share your home with us. I was so happy when I woke up this morning to see I a post from you to read with my early morning coffee 🙂
You are so sweet! I am happy that the posts are enjoyed with your morning cup of coffee Rosemary. Fingers crossed that I can finish the post I am working on so that there will also be one for you tomorrow morning as well. 🙂
I’m blessed to have readers like you!!

anita - November 13, 2015 - 1:10 pm

What a lovely transition you have done in your kitchen and dining room. The look is becoming for Thanksgiving! While I do love red, brown and green my favorites to decorate in Autumn as well. Blessings to you! Enjoy preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner, taking some time to relax I hope!
Thanks Anita! I think the colors work well for autumn too. Blessings to you. I haven’t even made a shopping list yet for Thanksgiving, but I am sure it will get done this week.
Thank you for stopping by!

Tricia - November 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Hi Kelly. Touring your home gives me such great pleasure, always such fun and so many creative ideas. Love the green curtains and cookbooks, the word search game – how much fun would that be?! Best part? Part 2 is yet to come!
Tricia, thank you so very much for all your kind words here. You are a sweetheart! I’m so glad you like all the changes in decor. Part 2 should be up in the morning. Hope you will be back for it!

Kaye Ann - November 13, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Beautiful as always. I will have 18-20 people this year. Got to get busy planning!!!
Thank you Kaye Ann! Yes, you do need to get busy planning for 18-20 people! Happy Hosting!

Linda Miller - November 13, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Hi Kelly,

I love your green and brown theme. It is one of my favorite combinations, especially in the fall. Can’t believe you change the window treatments. That is special to be able to do that.

I want you to know after reading about your trip to Virginia we decided to follow your footsteps and make a trip to Charlottesville and the Southern Living house. Loved it! Also went to Monticello, as well as the other historic sights. Also ate lunch at Pippin Hill Winery and Michie Tavern. We ate in town in the bricked street, just like being in France! And, checked out John Boy’s house and museum! Fun! Thank you for the ideas!

I have a turkey platter like yours but have not been able to find a stand that is large enough to hold it. I love your blogs, have learned so much as well as enjoyed how many similarities we seem to have. Thanks so much!

Also, I was thrilled to open a new Christmas magazine and found a story about your house. It couldn’t be more Christmasy!

Thank you Linda! I am happy you liked the current color combo. Changing the window treatments is very easy to do. It is only 2 pairs of drapes. They already have their rings on them, and it takes only about 15-20 minutes to change them all out.

You did a better job traveling in Virginia than we did! How fun!! I’m so glad you got to visit all those wonderful places. 🙂

The stand that I am using with the platter is this one: and it is backed all the way up against the wall. Hope that is what you need.

Thank you for the compliments on the Christmas feature. I can’t believe it is almost time to start decorating for it again!

Donnie - November 13, 2015 - 3:45 pm

As always, love everything you do. I did notice the bench, it really finishes things off and makes the table look so inviting and open. Looking forward to the rest of the tour!
Thank you so much Donnie. I like the openness of the table now too. Part 2 of the tour is coming tomorrow. 🙂

Debra - November 13, 2015 - 5:21 pm

I like the green, brown and white color scheme. I so love your turkey design plates and that new bench is fun. Will you be getting another for the other side later? I have a harvest table made from old barn wood, with Windsor chairs all around, but I also have a bench as well. I only use it when I have to fit four people on one side. Oh, I love World Market. I just recently purchased their cute little pumpkin dishes with lids. They were on sale for under four dollars each. Score! (I have always admired your PB ones) I think these are a little smaller but not by much. They had a casserole dish as well, lid and handles. It made its way into my basket too. Yes, a happy dance was performed! Fall Sale….Yahoo! I already have the pumpkin print plates from William Sonoma. I picked up Crate and Barrel salad plates that have mini pumpkins on them for dessert plates. They were from their Halloween sale. So, no Tom Turkey plates at my table, though I’d love to have some… 🙁 I like that you used some of your old pottery and I can’t wait to see what you do on the porch! sigh… That word search was a cute idea Kelly. Will there be a prize for the person who completes the word search first? 🙂
Thank you Debra. I don’t think we will be getting a bench for the other side. We have some guests who don’t really like to have to maneuver to get on or off of one (elderly.) I love Windsor chairs! I bet they look great with your harvest table. 🙂 Sounds like you have done some great shopping lately. I saw those cute pumpkin plates at Crate and Barrel and contemplated getting them myself. A prize for the word search winner is a good idea. How about a turkey leg for the winner? LOL (No, I will have to think of something better than that.)

Vicky Hunt - November 13, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Gorgeous…just gorgeous! I love your style! And, I love the neutrals and think they are just perfect for Thanksgiving as well. I cannot wait to see the porches! Have a great weekend.
I’m so glad you do Vicky. I think the greens and browns have worked out well for this holiday. A new post will be out in the morning, so please be sure to check back for that. 🙂
You have a great weekend too!

At Rivercrest Cottage - November 13, 2015 - 11:54 pm

Love that someone else likes brown and green together too. Your setting is lovely.

Merri Jo - November 15, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Spending time with you, glimpsing your beautiful home is a blessing to me, Kelly!

ann - November 20, 2015 - 1:41 am

Kelly, I enjoyed your tour. Everything is put together in style.
You have given me some ideas. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas. Also, did you do your picture framing? If so, can you tell me how you did it? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hi Ann! I did do all the framing of the photos here. Just use the matted frames from here:,393.html
Tape your photos to the back of the mat, and the glass snaps in on top of it. VERY easy to do. 🙂


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