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Sawyer Berson Hook Pond pool and treesource

Doesn’t that elm tree above just take your breath away?? Normally, I notice a beautiful traditional white house with black shutters, but when I saw this photo years ago it was the tree that caught my eye.  For those of you still in the land of frigid temperatures and snow, I hope it gives you hope that spring will arrive one day soon.

Here is the front view of that same home with more of those glorious trees.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond exterior

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This home was a renovation project completed by the very talented design firm of Sawyer Berson.  The company, located in New York, was founded in 1999 by Brian Sawyer and John Berson.  Their belief in high quality and attention to detail shines through in all of their work.  Take a look at the before photo of the back yard with that elm tree and swimming pool.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond project before photoarchitecturaldigest.com

The changes are amazing; aren’t they?  When I mentioned their high quality work and attention to detail, I truly meant all that they create.  Not only do they do architectural and interior design, but they also do landscape design. The term multidisciplinary is a perfect word for the philosophy of the Sawyer Berson firm.   The drastic improvements in the outdoor space above are great examples of this.

Would you care to take a peek at the interior?:)

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond dining roomsawyerberson.com

When they were designing the dining room, they added a narrow shelf to hold the owner’s collection of black and white photography.  The shelf alone was a great detail, but I want you to also note the detail in the paneling in the room.  The white interior spaces are somewhat understated to allow the architectural elements to draw your eye.  Even the rugs are understated to play off those wonderful wood floors.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond bookcasessawyerberson.com

And one more exterior view for you.  The home previously had a balcony (accessible only through windows!), but its spindles were changed to the farm rail style in the renovation, and french doors were added for easy access.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond porchsawyerberson.com

Here is another restoration project that Sawyer Berson did in East Hampton.  Again, this was  an all encompassing project – exterior, interior, and landscape design work.

East Hampton restoration Sawyer Bersonsawyerberson.com

East Hampton restoration Sawyer Berson kitchensawyerberson.com

My favorite of the homes in their portfolio of work is the following one in East Hampton. Doesn’t it remind you of the home from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give?

Sawyer Berson Wainscottsawyerberson.com

I could move right into this room with that unbelievable view.

John Hummel builder Sawyer Berson design  Wainscott living roomjohnhummel.com

And isn’t this tiny sleeping nook precious and a beautiful use of the space?!

Sawyer Berson sleeping nook Wainscottsawyerberson.com

Here is the kitchen as featured on the Sawyer Berson website.

Sawyer Berson kitchen in Wainscottsawyerberson.com

And this is another view of it on the John Hummel builder’s site.

John Hummel builder  Sawyer Berson design  Wainscott kitchen

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Take a look at two different photos of the butler’s pantry in the house.

Sawyer Berson butlers pantry Wainscottsawyerberson.com

John Hummel builder Sawyer Berson butlers pantry in Wainscottjohnhummel.com

I have shown you a few of their traditional projects, but their range of work extends from modern homes to urban townhomes to Vera Wang’s latest boutique and even to gardens on rooftops in New York City and in New Orleans.

Sawyer Berson garden in New Orleanssawyerberson.com

I hope you will visit their site to see more of their variety of work (especially that garden above.)  I think you will enjoy it.

Until next time…

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Holly - March 27, 2014 - 6:27 am

Gorgeous, beautiful homes and renovations! I love the classic New England architecture and timeless details that they incorporated into all those homes. Thanks for sharing!
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Classic New England architecture is my favorite (even if I am from the South. :) ) And this firm does a wonderful job with it. Thank you for stopping in to read the post and leave your thoughts here!
Kelly

DeeDee - March 27, 2014 - 8:34 am

Talk about impeccable taste! Their classic & timeless exteriors along w/uncluttered interiors all make for amazing design. Thank you for sharing!
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I so agree. The pairing of the classic with the understated really makes it beautiful, doesn’t it DeeDee? I was more than happy to share these with all of you. Glad you enjoyed it.
Kelly

Cheri - March 27, 2014 - 8:45 am

If I could afford to have someone design my house, SawyerBerson would be the team. I LOVE everything they have done. Kelly, you and I would be sharing “that” room with those spectacular views…ah. Now if I could only win the lottery.
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When I win the lottery, I will be right there with you! Just think, you could turn the ENTIRE project over to them…the architecture, interiors, and landscaping…and then sit back and admire it all. (And it would all be gorgeous!)
Kelly

Katrina - March 27, 2014 - 8:53 am

LOVE these pictures!!! My favorites….the sleeping nook, white cabinets and countertops,wood countertop, black doors,all the detailed moldings…….well I just love it all (even the black rotary dial phone on the wall)
Celebrating NO snow on the ground this morning!!!
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Hooray for no snow! (I can’t believe this lover of snow actually wrote that! But there is a time and place for everything,and now is the time for spring.) Yes, I would agree that there is much to love about Sawyer Berson’s work. I am always partial to kitchens, and these are lovely.
Kelly

judy - March 27, 2014 - 9:10 am

how DO you find these fabulous homes you feature? no matter how, i sure do enjoy seeing and drooling all the eye candy.

i’d love to join you for a glass of wine in that room with the ocean view then slip off to bed in the darling sleeping nook…i bet i’d get a full night’s sleep there!

soooo glad this might be our last cold snap after today….i’ve got spring fever bad!
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Judy, I have a very good memory for images – especially images that I love. (I can remember photos of rooms I saw back in the 80′s. :) ) So being old is how I find them! ha ha. So glad you enjoyed all the eye candy. I do hope that this is the last of the cold. I have become tired of being cold out on the “unload the students from their cars” morning duty. (But I still love getting to say “Good Morning!” a hundred times each day. :) )
I think your spring fever is contagious!
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 27, 2014 - 9:55 am

I love that style of architecture! The detailed moldings and classic lines make the spaces so inviting!
-Shelley
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I am right there with you on loving that architectural style, Shelley! All that trim work adds so much to the beauty of the home.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 27, 2014 - 11:25 am

Kelly,
I love these rooms. The first butlers pantry could be a great kitchen all by itself. The first image of that back yard was the best. The trees and the open and inviting feel to the space, along with the calming influence of the pool, wow! It’s all the more impressive when you see the before picture.
Great post, I will be heading over to visit their site, thanks.
Karen
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Karen, I had to do a double take on that butler’s pantry to decide if indeed it WAS the kitchen. It was the photo of the gorgeous yard that led me to this firm. Calm…such a great word for the feeling of that space. I hope you will visit their site to see more of their portfolio.
Kelly

Debra - March 27, 2014 - 11:35 am

Thanks for letting me slip away on this dreary Thursday morning here in the beautiful Midwest. Such beautiful homes Kelly. I especially love the East Hampton project home. I absolutely loved that movie “Something’s Gotta Give”. Didn’t you? I was drooling over that home. Can you imagine sitting at that desk, blogging with that seaside view? Smiles… Its good to dream. Life is good.

Debra
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Oh yes! I could not resist all the house eye candy in Something’s Gotta Give. If I had that view to look at while I worked, I am afraid I would not get much done…I would be staring out that window waaaaay too much!
It IS good to dream. :)
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - March 27, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Wouldn’t you love for them to design a place just for you? So perfect!
As a side comment, did you ever hear (I’m sure you did) that shots with windows have sometimes been doctored with a better view? Hotels and real estate ads did this often, and magazines as well. Don’t know if it’s still being done, but I bet it is. You can never tell for sure what is real anymore! But that view of the wall of windows is my heaven, for sure!
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You know I would LOVE for them to design a place for me. It would be amazing!
I have heard that window shots are often doctored, but I don’t think that one was doctored since there is a photo of just the dining area on another site by a different photographer with the same ocean view (and the house sits on the dunes overlooking the Atlantic.) The color and/or light was probably retouched, but that room does indeed have that fantastic view. sigh…
I have a hard time taking photos of a room with a wall of windows (my kitchen for example.) I would love to be able to show the view out the window, but in my amateur skills, I have yet to figure out how to do it. It always washes out for me.
Kelly

Vicki - March 27, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Beautiful portfolio, and great inspiration for some spring cleaning– everything’s so nice and clean and shiny! Not even a flower out of place. I even liked the Vera Wang boutique and how the darkness highlighted the gowns. You couldn’t help but feel elegant there. Great post!
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Thank you Vicki. I am happy you enjoyed their homes. Yes, you would definitely feel elegant in those Vera Wang bridal gowns!
Kelly

Dawn - March 27, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Oh, Kelly!

Thanks for the much needed glimpse of Spring. I need it so badly now! The homes pictured above are stunning! I love the exterior landscaping and how beautiful the interiors are too! My favorite is the very first swimming pool. Love the tranquility of that area. Thanks for sharing it all with us.
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I know so many of you are tired of the cold that never quits. That is specifically why I chose that first image for all of you. The tree in the back yard just makes that space by the pool. Wouldn’t you love to be sitting out there soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a book and a cool drink (or maybe a cup of coffee! :) )?
Kelly

Donnamae - March 27, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Those are all great homes! Love those elm trees too! Yes, thank you for showing us trees with buds…something to look forward to! ;)
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I know how badly spring is needed in soooo many parts of our country. That choice of photo was intentional. Eye candy to say the least!
Hope it is warming up for you and spring is on its way soon. :)
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 28, 2014 - 7:49 am

I want that first featured house!!!…What an amazing talent…i have seen some of these photos before in shelter magazines, never paying much attention to the design firm..and what a great image to end the post…incredible!
Have a wonderful weekend Kelly!
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Those are some talented folks there at Sawyer Berson, aren’t they Shirley? I would love for them to redesign just our yard (and bring one of those gorgeous elm trees with them. :) )
Kelly

The Cottage Company of Harbor Springs

Cottage Company Harbor Cottages

all images via the Cottage Company of Harbor Springs

I don’t know about you, but after Sunday night’s Mercer basketball game, I needed some cheering up.  The Cinderella story of this year’s NCAA  tournament came to a halt too soon.  Tennessee played like a powerful team, and Mercer just couldn’t get past them to ring much of anything.  I hope Tennessee goes all the way. Enough said.  So let’s find a happy place today.:)

Cottage company Lakeside back porchAren’t these cottages cute?  I love the dark upper half with the white bottom half.  They were built by The Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, Michigan.  Rob and Vee Mossburg founded this company that builds homes and developments and provides interior design services. They and their team do it all. As I viewed their portfolio, I thought their homes and rooms just shouted spring time.  See if you agree.

Cottage Company back porch with yellowI think the one above would be a wonderful place for an Easter morning brunch, and that little kitchen below is just precious.  I want those tiny upper glass cabinet doors.  And don’t forget to take note of that pretty ceiling.

Cottage Company Beachside Cottage kitchen

The next two photos are from their Lakeside Cottage. Again, I am loving the ceiling.

Cottage Company Lakeside living roomAnd that island!  I need something like that in an office to do my blog work. (Hubby are you reading??)Cottage Company Lakeside kitchenI really liked the Walloon cottage with its stone fireplace and soft yellow fabrics.

Cottage Company Walloon Cottage living roomSuper comfy looking chairs? (But how do you keep that clean?)Cottage Company Walloon Cottage breakfast room

Their Lilypad Cottage is waaaaay more patterned than I can handle (even if it is gingham,) but it certainly seems like a super cheerful home – and very spring like.:)

Cottage Company Lilypad cottage living room

More patterns here.  I think they really like colorful patterns in this home.

Cottage Company Lilypad pink floral bedroomThe offices of The Cottage Company are in a live-work building.I believe the Mossburgs live above them.  Goodness, I would love all those windows!

Cottage Company officeHere is another live-work building they developed. Just look at all the sherbet colors!

Cottage Company Live Work buildingSeveral years ago, they purchased property and made plans to build a boutique hotel named Hotel Janelle in Harbor Springs .  Unfortunately, that was at the time our economy took a nosedive, and the project was stopped. I am not sure where the project stands financially right now.  I read several articles that did not sound very promising, and then I read another that said it had been sold, but Rob Mossburg would still be in charge of the development.  Not sure.  I do know Sears Architects designed it, and here is a rendering of the proposed hotel.

Hotel Janellesearsarchitects.com

It looks like it would have been a lovely place (or perhaps it is going to be a lovely place.)

mix of floralsHave these rooms gotten you in the mood for spring?  Our spring like 80 degree weekend weather is dropping back to below freezing by mid week.  A number of trees and shrubs have begun to bloom.  I hope this next cold snap does not affect them, and more than that, I hope spring weather has arrived where you are.:)

Cottage Company Lakeside cottageCould you live in any of the rooms in today’s post?  I always fear that rooms with a lot of florals are too feminine, and the male members of a family won’t like them…but I could be wrong.  What do you think?

Happy Spring!

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Teresa - March 24, 2014 - 8:18 am

Watching in Dublin, we were sorry to see Mercer lose. My team, Illinois, lost to my husband’s team, Clemson, earlier Sunday too. Oh, well, maybe next year. Love the cottages, but you’re right about the one with all the green gingham on the wall, it’s a bit much. I’d have to redo it for Autumn. I find that I like my rooms to reflect the different seasons & that one definately is a “Spring” room. Maybe I just need four different houses for each of the seasons. LOL! Love your blog & have a great week!
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It was a sad sad game, Teresa. Sorry your team also lost (even if it was to your husband’s team.) I agree that some of us need four houses for our decorating plans. :) (I would settle for just 2.) Glad you are enjoying the blog. You have a good week too.
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - March 24, 2014 - 8:35 am

I’m ready to move into either the Walloon or the Lakeside Cottage! They all look wonderful — and I love florals — but I’m with you; the others are too busy. Thank you for such a cheerful post!
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I think I will take Lakeside, so you can have the Walloon, Barbara. :) Happy you liked the springtime post.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 24, 2014 - 8:43 am

I am a Mercer grad(via Georgia Baptist Nursing School) and I was hoping for Mercer to go further, but hey, they shook up things for sure. Love all the patterned wall paper even though I have sworn I will never have wall paper in my house EVER!!:)
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They most certainly did shake things up! And I am so with you on never wanting to wallpaper another wall again. I’ve done way too much of that in our homes. (That is why I tell myself not to look at all the pretty wallpaper that has been coming out recently.)
Kelly

Scribbler - March 24, 2014 - 9:24 am

You find the best homes to share!

I like all these, and I am join to save a few of your photos here. I actually like that one with all the pattern — reminds me of Diamond-Baratta.
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I had not thought about the comparison to Diamond-Baratta, but now that you point it out, it does have common elements with them. Great eye!
Kelly

Cathy N from Calgary - March 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

Hi Kelly,

I am with you all the way regarding these gorgeous cottages… love the large verandah; cute little kitchen with the gorgeous ceiling (and those glass cupboard doors which I have in our cottage kitchen!; and finally I too could not stand having all that pattern with the wallpaper.

Lucky you to have spring arrive! Here in Calgary, on the first official day of spring, we had a blizzard which dumped a ton of snow which is still covering everything with the temperatures staying around -10C and no end in sight!! Oh well, that is what we come to expect here on the Canadian prairies!

Thanks again for a lovely post!

Your freezing friend, Cath :)
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I wish I could bring you some warm sunshine and melt that snow away for you. It is almost April. It is TIME for it to go. :) Happy you liked the cottages. (Jealous of your cupboard doors!)
Stay warm! (and know that we have freeze warnings out for Wed. morning here in the deep South.)
Kelly

Debra - March 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

Love the first two homes (cottages) and that porch is to die for. I can’t even fathom what it would be like to live that lifestyle. Our home is 2700 square feet and at times I feel we really don’t need all this. I tease my husband about downsizing and buying a smaller cottage type home and living lakeside in Michigan when he retires. Most likely we will stay here though. I love Michigan. So many great places to visit. I’m sure the south by you has some pretty spectacular developments, as so many up here move to the south it seems. Well, I am ready for Spring for sure. The sun is shining this am, oh but we are getting snow once again tomorrow. Ha! Thanks Kelly for the sweet wake up. Sigh! P.S. Sorry your team lost but I am sure you will find a way to bring smiles back to your family members faces. Team Kelly!

Debra
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Debra, I hate that you are getting still MORE snow tomorrow. I am about to think it is never going to end for all of you this year! From what I can tell, Harbor Springs must be about an hour from Mackinac Island – a place that is on my bucket list. So I know there are beautiful places to see in the lake region of Michigan.
Thanks for the condolences on the game. There’s always next year!
Kelly

Louvina - March 24, 2014 - 11:34 am

So bummed about your team’s loss–but they surley did shake things up! I guess you saw UK knocked out WS –can we say–35-1! Wow! Unreal for a freshman team. So proud of The Big Blue Nation. GO CATS! :) Love the spring cottages–spures me on to get my spring projects finished and cleaned up for Easter. Thank you for so many great ideas! Also to the other blogers on here–so much creativity and talent! Love Talkofthehouse and the many doors it has opened for us all to share! Thx, Kelly—hope Spring Break will soon be here for you! Wish I could take you to the Spring Flower Show at Disney with my girls and me!!
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Your team blew out the brackets for a lot of people! My son was betting on WS, but UK did amazing. Congrats to you! Lucky you getting to go to the flower show at Disney. I bet that will be GORGEOUS!!! Enjoy and take notes on all their planting.
Kelly

Kathy d - March 24, 2014 - 12:35 pm

I love all of them! They are fabulous examples of cottage. I don’t know if I could live with a lot of pattern but I think I can. I get tired of anything after so long.
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I agree. They are such fine examples of cottage style…love the attention to detail from this company. Like you, I get tired of things after a while and work better with a neutral background that can easily be changed. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Kathy.
Kelly

Anita - March 24, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Hello Kelly, and Cathy from Calgary (such a small blogging world)! I am sure you as well are quite done with winter. These pictures are divine, love them all and the outdoor ones are making me just a little envious right now. I do love flowers however I’ll take them bouquet form or in the Costswolds would be fine by me. Sure wish it would be warmer here for Spring break.
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Bring on the flowers of spring and some warmer weather, right? I hope you get some spring like weather soon, too.
Stay warm.
Kelly

Cheri - March 24, 2014 - 1:51 pm

You always post such fantastic homes that I could never decide which one I love better. I just wish I had enough money to have them decorate my house. I swooned with each picture but I have to agree with you, Kelly, and say that gingham room was a bit too much for me too. Don’t ever stop your wonderful blog…I enjoy it.
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Thank you Cheri. I am happy that you like all the houses. There are soooo many beautiful ones out there!!
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - March 24, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Beautiful homes. I would be happy to live in any of them!

The gingham checked wallpaper reminded me of my old wallpaper I had in my kitchens back in the 90′s. I still miss it, but times change. I loved the rug in that room-gorgeous colors.

Definitely loved the wood ceilings. Very nice.

Thanks for the fun tour.
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That wallpaper (and all the corresponding yellow) reminded me of the bedroom my sister and I shared growing up…a bright green checked wallpapered room with yellow comforters on the bed. The rug in the room in the post was amazing, wasn’t it? Glad you enjoyed the tour, Mary.
Kelly

Sue - March 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Hi Kelly
I love all of the springy inspiration you found. Yellow and white and green = SPRING to me. My favorite pic might be #3 and loved the glimpse of playhouse/swingset in the background. My husband starts building ours tomorrow so I am always trying to get ideas. Although now that he is starting I guess I’d better stop finding new ideas:-)
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There is a photo of just the swingset on the website. Be sure you take a look at that and show it to your husband. I am sure he will appreciate more ideas you find in it. LOL We don’t have small children around here, but that play area makes me wish that we did! :)
Kelly

Donnamae - March 24, 2014 - 5:36 pm

I was sorry to hear about Mercer…but I’ve luckily still have the Wisconsin Badgers to root for. Those are beautiful homes…very springy indeed! Think spring is a ways off! ;)
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Lucky you that your team is still in it. Good luck to them! I cannot believe winter is still hanging around this late. I don’t think it will ever leave, There is frost on my car this morning, and we are in the deep South! I guess we will all just have to live our spring through photos.
Kelly

martha - March 24, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Oh, I love these cottages. They really do have a wonderful Spring feel to them. Mary, I had that green gingham wallpaper in my kitchen too. I still have a bit of it in my laundry room and it makes me happy and reminds me of my children when they were little ( I put mine up in the 70′s). I agree with you Kelly about the white chairs. I am always skeptical of dinning rooms that have white upholstered chairs. Obviously only adults ( really neat ones) eat at these tables. To answer your question about florals in rooms….I do think they can be too feminine for a master bedroom,that said,we had a very vintage looking paper in ours for years. My husband liked it because it reminded him of his much loved Aunt Molly. We we built our house in the mid-seventies, I was in love with wall paper…..I didn’t know the dark side of stripping it off…..I learned the hard way. I still have a bit left,some lovely red floral in a bathroom,but I won’t be putting up any more.
Silly question: do advertisers really think your readers are interested in natural acne treatments???? so annoying
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“The dark side of stripping wallpaper” What a great way to put it!! Yes, I have endured that dark side too many times as well. I don’t think those of us with experience with it are going to be as quick to jump on the wallpaper bandwagon this time..no matter how many times they tell us “This is easy to remove.” I know I won’t fully believe them.
Your question about spam is not silly. Those spam comments are annoying, and I removed the natural treatment one…just didn’t see it fast enough. I have a spam catcher on my website, but sometimes it misses a couple, and they make it through. Technology is an amazing thing.
Kelly

Jeanne Bell - March 24, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Love your pictures today, I really need to see some spring. I live in southern Pennsylvania and we are expecting snow tomorrow…… again. Our tulips are coming up and I am afraid they will freeze.
Keep the sunshine coming!
Jeanne
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Jeanne, I am so sorry that the snow is invading your area yet again. Yes, I will try to keep the sunshine coming for you. :)
Stay warm.
Kelly

Dawn - March 24, 2014 - 9:55 pm

Kelly,

I love the green and white gingham wall paper. It looks so fresh. It would be so cute in my classroom! I have one wall in my classroom green and the rest of the walls are cream colored. I think it is soothing right now but the gingham would be fresh and fun! I like the first home in this post. The darker color on top of the white is so neat. Are you switching from your green décor to yellow soon? I know in the past you Spring it up with yellow. I love the green on your porch right now and I am looking for cute outdoor pillows to add to screened in back porch. I am afraid that I am not as talented as you are in the sewing area. I usually beg my Mom to give me a hand when it comes to sewing projects. Thanks for sharing the inspiring Spring-like post! It is snowing here again tonight.
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Green gingham does look so very fresh! Love the idea of it for a classroom. I will probably bring in some yellow, but I am thinking of mixing it with the green this year for a little different look. I hope your snow melts soon and spring makes its arrival.
Kelly

Design Chic - March 24, 2014 - 10:17 pm

How charming and I love the kitchens. I’m not much of a floral person either, so I’d have to put some neutrals and beachy blues, but they are full of character!
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The cottage kitchens always seem to be full of character and details worth copying. I would bring in some neutrals as well. :)
Kelly

Kelly - March 24, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Oh I love your website and these homes are simply perfect! I loved each one! The colors and well..everything was just what I like. Thanks so much for posting these photos.
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Kelly, thank you for your enthusiasm for Talk of the House! I am so glad you loved the cottages in the post.
Kelly

Paula B. - March 25, 2014 - 7:31 am

Love, love, the architectural style and all their interior design. Happy to see color back in the fabric choices as well as the wallpaper, although that gingham check may be too much even for me…. Spring – I’ve heard rumors it’s on the way. Expecting a powerful nor’easter to roll through the southern New England coastline tonight, dumping several inches of snow and bringing gale force wind. Batten down the hatches, here we go, again. Thanks for reminding us that somewhere there are warm temperatures and gardens beginning to bloom.
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The weather up your way sounds terrible tonight! I hope you are safe and snug wherever you are Paula. Yes, somewhere there are warm temperatures, but unfortunately it is not here tonight either. Maybe the weekend will be better for all of us.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 25, 2014 - 9:47 am

Kelly,
I love the second image (or the last, can’t quite decide which one I like best!) that would be for the cottage exterior. Then, I’ll take one of each of the interior rooms shown to fill the charming facade of my new home, please.
xo,
Karen
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I’ll send them all right out to you, Karen. :) I thought the two tone exteriors were quite charming too.
Kelly

Jayne - March 25, 2014 - 9:57 am

Kelly, Our pastor would agree with you on Tennessee. He is a HUGE Tennessee fan. Let’s just say I’ll cheer them on because they are SEC. I love the beaded board ceilings. I hope to do that one day in our home. I have to plant the seed with my hubby and let it take root. That could take a while. lol I agree that the gingham room is a bit much on the pattern side. Too busy for me. I hope this is the last blast of cold we get. I am ready for Spring to stay around. This weekend and net week look very promising! Happy Spring to you too!
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Your pastor should be quite happy with last week’s game then. Good luck to Tennessee. I hope this is the last blast of cold weather as well Jayne, but there always seems to be one last little bit of it around Easter.
Kelly

Marken - March 26, 2014 - 12:45 am

Kelly I saw this post yesterday and had to take another look. Some of these rooms are so inviting. Thank you for the introduction to this firm and their work.
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Thank you for coming back for a second look, Marken. The rooms are inviting. Be sure to visit their website to check out more of their work.
Kelly

Katrina - March 26, 2014 - 9:12 am

Beautiful sunny rooms and buildings! Can you believe in our neck of the woods the schools are on delay schedules due to …SNOW?!
My husband, daughter, granddaughter and I just returned from 89 degree weather on a Disney cruise. All the females wore flip flops on the flight home and our toes turned blue walking to the car when we returned to Asheville.
How exciting that Mercer beat Duke!!!! We were all happy when we realized that ESPN was on one of the channels in our room…all the other channels were Disney movies. With all the upsets I am thinking most people’s brackets must look a mess! I do want to say “Welcome to the Southern Conference!!!” The SC tournament is in Asheville next March. We always go with good friends and stay the entire weekend. You should make plans to go. It is a lot of fun and you could visit the Biltmore House while you are in town.
Hope your spring break is soon and sunny!!!
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I can believe it. I went to Asheville one spring break and got caught in 13 inches of snow one year! Never again. A Disney cruise! We are all jealous!!! How very fun. :) We will have to check our calendars for next year. Our middle child is a huge basketball fan, so I know he would love it.
Kelly

Orange Ya Glad There’s March Madness?! …….. Go Bears!!

Mercer fans wear their orange shirtssource

Many of you may know that our daughter attends Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  To say that Friday’s win over Duke was exciting would be a MAJOR understatement!  She watched on the 9 x 12 ft. television screen on a fork lift set up outside the shops in Mercer Village, and then had to leave for work but was able to see the end of the game there.  My husband and sons watched at home since my husband had taken the day off.  Unfortunately I did not get to see it at work, but I was on my phone as soon as I heard the score.

watch partyajc.com (Beau Cabell/ Macon Telegraph MCT)

This is a big win for Mercer.  They lost their bid at the NCAA tournament last year in the final game to a team that was last year’s NCAA Cinderella team.  But not this year. They wanted to be matched against Duke, and it happened. #14 vs. #3.  Underdog territory.  Even I know, with my very limited sports knowledge, that Duke has been a powerhouse in basketball for a long time.  Beating Duke is major.  If you have not seen Coach Hoffman’s CBS interview, you’ve got to watch it.

video Mercer Coach Bob Hoffmanyoutube.com

But I know you aren’t here for the sports report, so let me change direction a bit.  Mercer’s school colors are orange and black, and the fans were a sea of orange for Friday’s game.  To celebrate the win I have pulled together some rooms with orange for you (afterall, this blog is supposed to be about houses:)) I normally think of orange as a color for autumn, but these rooms show that orange can add a fresh look for spring.  Enjoy!

orange cushions on metal chairstraditionalhome.com

orange deck chair cushionshometalk.com

orange dining room chairsbhg.com

orange dipped chairsnehomemag.com

orange porch cushionsmyhomeideas.com

orange print wingback chairsbhg.com

Orange striped pillowsnehome.com

windowseat with orange throw pillowsnehome.com

and my favorite:

orange kitchen stoolsbhg.com

Did you like all the orange?  I don’t think I would care for an entire wall of orange, but a few accent pieces in a room really brings some cheerfulness to a space.

This is a fun filled weekend for us.  Friday night we attended a concert at which our daughter was a vocal soloist. (Yes, she had to miss all the celebrating Friday night on campus to do the performance, but she went back at lunch today.) I attended a bridal shower for a very sweet friend of mine this afternoon (with a lot of delicious food!)  Today is my mother’s birthday (Happy B-day Mom!) and we are celebrating with a lunch here tomorrow. (I wanted to do a cookout, but it is supposed to rain.:() And then…there is THE game tomorrow evening.  If you want to celebrate Mercer Madness…I mean March Madness:)with a party, here is a cute one full of fun details:

treats for an orange basketball party  March madnessblovelyevents.com

march madness partyblovelyevents.com

Or you could always celebrate by dancing the Nae Nae like Mercer player, Kevin Canevari did on the court in Raleigh after their win over Duke.:)

mercer-dance

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But don’t wear orange for Sunday night’s game. Tennessee fans will be wearing that.  It is a black out for Mercer fans.  So wear a black shirt while you watch and enjoy the game.

GO BEARS!!

Mercer

   
Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 22, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Congrats on the win…I live in Chapel Hill and there certainly were lots of people shocked around here, but such a tremendous and gracious win for Mercer….I love orange….especially Orange and Blue, as we are big Florida Gator fans…so good luck to Mercer in the upcoming games…
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Yes, a Florida fan would also love orange! Thank you for the congratulations, Shirley. The gracious one was the Duke coach who stuck his head into the Mercer locker room to offer his congratulations and compliments to the team. THAT was gracious. :)
Kelly

Marlene - March 22, 2014 - 9:11 pm

So exciting!!! Go Mercer!!!
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It has been quite an exciting year at Mercer since this was the year they started back their football program after a 40 year recess. They finished their inaugural year with a 10-2 record. And now the basketball team is adding to the campus excitement.
Kelly

Louvina - March 22, 2014 - 9:24 pm

So EXCITED for your daughter’s team! We will be watching– after the UK game. I cooked today for the games– we had homemade chili dogs, Mac and cheese and a peach cobbler. My daughter and SIL are UF fans and got to go to the games in Orlando. It is really March Madness all around!! Best of luck unless Mercer vs Ky and then “May the best team win!!”!! Yea!! Love orange and black– my HS colors!!:)
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I would love some warm peach cobber and ice cream right now! YUM. How exciting for your relatives to be at the game. That would be so much fun! It would be very interesting if Mercer ends up playing your Kentucky. I can’t wait to see how far this Cinderella team goes (but I am just thrilled that they beat Duke.)
Kelly

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - March 22, 2014 - 9:26 pm

What a fun post! Congratulations, Mercer fans!!! It’s always exciting when the team you’re rooting for wins. The Huskers aren’t known for our basketball program, and this year’s football team certainly wasn’t anything to brag about–except for that one Hail Mary pass. I will gladly cheer for Mercer!

I am in love with the outdoor photo featuring the cheery orange umbrellas. That is where I belong! Instead, I am curled up in my flannel jammies this evening trying to stay warm despite the single digit wind chills. Oh well, it gives me something to dream about. Have a happy weekend and good luck on the big game!

P.S. Tell your mother “Happy Birthday” from Nebraska!
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Thank you for cheering for Mercer, Mimi! I am so sorry you all are still in the midst of severe winter weather. We had a high today of 80, but they are predicting frost again mid week. At least yours is consistent!LOL I will pass on your birthday wishes to my mom. She will be excited!
Kelly

Donnamae - March 22, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Well, I’ll make a deal with you…I’ll root for orange, if you vote for red…as in Badger Red! We just beat Oregon! Love the pics too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ;)
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Congratulations on your team’s win! Sounds like a good deal to me. (Besides I have a thing for red. LOL)
You enjoy your Sunday as well. :)
Kelly

Linda@Coastal Charm - March 22, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Congrats on the big win!!! We love orange around here too (huge Auburn fans). It’s really nice that orange is a popular color in our homes and our clothing (it wasn’t fun when it wasn’t).

Blessings,
Linda
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So true! Auburn fans usually have a ton of orange in their wardrobes. :)
Kelly

Anita - March 22, 2014 - 11:03 pm

I asked my husband about this game and sure enough he knew what you were celebrating. Congrats! The hometalk picture is sure nice.
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And you are all the way up in Canada! See, I told you this was a BIG win. Definitely Cinderella story making.
I think all of us would like to be sitting out there on that deck now with a cold drink. We are all ready for spring.
Enjoy your Sunday Anita.
Kelly

Paula B. - March 23, 2014 - 7:43 am

Congrats to Mercer, what a huge win for them. Our local team (and my dad’s alma mater), Providence College, was eliminated in this first round, so I get what the madness is all about. I was always a huge basketball fan as a kid, then in high school and college, such a fun sport to watch. I have a soft spot for Harvard because you just don’t see the Ivy schools in these tournaments very often, but now I will throw my support behind Mercer. Orange, hmm, love the fruit in all its glory, have never warmed up to the color. However, I think I am slowly coming around to small pops of it here and there. It is very popular and adds such a lively note to any décor. I like how you transitioned from sports to decorating, well done!
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So sorry that Providence and Harvard have been eliminated, Paula, but thank you for the Mercer support. I had never really been a fan of orange either until last fall, but I do now think a few pieces of it really brightens up a room. I had to think a bit to figure out that transition from sports to home! Glad you approved.:)
Kelly

DeeDee - March 23, 2014 - 8:00 am

Congrats to the Bears & your family on the spectacular win over Duke! Our daughter attends Butler University in Indianapolis so we can relate to the underdog team pulling out a huge win & share in your excitement! Enjoy the ride & all the Madness these games provide! GO BEARS!
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Oh yes, Butler was a great Cinderella team – twice!!! You know exactly what it is like. We will enjoy the ride here in March Madness.
Kelly

Susie in MO - March 23, 2014 - 9:41 am

We are the “other” orange team’s fans here…strong connections to Tennessee (son is a student and hubs and I both worked there in the 80s) either way, I didn’t choose one of the teams past this round – so good luck to all! Being UT fans, I have become more fond of orange than I ever thought I would, especially after this long winter.
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I knew there would be a Tennessee fan or two out there. It should be a good game to watch in just a few minutes. My high school colors were maroon and gold, and I just could never make myself like maroon, but orange for our son and daughter’s school has grown on me.
Enjoy the game!
Kelly

Dawn - March 23, 2014 - 11:47 am

Ok Kelly,

I love your enthusiasm for orange and like the color orange (after green of course). But I am sorry to say we don’t wear much orange around here. We are huge Kansas City Chiefs fans (NFL) and orange goes with blue for our big rivals…the Broncos. I do love the porch pictured above that has a mix of green cushions and orange on it. I like terra cotta pots too. Have a great weekend it’s Spring time!
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I totally get your not wearing much orange due to your rivalry. I should be that way about red since we are Ga Tech fans and their rival is UGA whose colors are red and black. But I am afraid that I love that color combo waaay too much to avoid it for sports rivalries. :) It made it all the way up to 80 degrees on Saturday! Spring is just about here. (And the pollen has arrived full force with its snow of yellow.)
Kelly

Debra - March 23, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Loved basketball in high school, back in the day. Oh and watching the Bulls when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin were playing was always so exciting too. College basketball and to upset Duke.. wow! How awesome for Mercer and your family. Well Kelly, I have to say orange looks awfully good to me right now. The pops of orange are enjoyable and warm. I especially loved the picture of that window nook. Those wing chairs are gorgeous! WANT! Oh, and while I am at it, I would so take the all white kitchen with orange stools. I am torn on whether to paint our cabinets in the near future. White is so popular and I love your kitchen. So cheery. Once again, cute party ideas. Yum!

Debra
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Weren’t those chairs something?! Loved that kitchen, and you know I love white kitchen cabinets! Glad you liked the party ideas.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Debra. :)
Kelly

judy - March 23, 2014 - 4:16 pm

you know i’m all about some orange (and blue – WAR EAGLE)! congratulations on the big win….winning feels so good!
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You Auburn fans make orange look beautiful!!! Thanks for the congrats Judy. :)
Kelly

Patty - March 23, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Well Kelly, we are big Duke fans at my house but I was thrilled for Mercer. The sports page of the Tulsa World had a story this morning about the possibility of the Mercer coach taking the head coaching job at oklahoma State next year. He is such a fine christian man and we need someone with his leadership at OSU. Their colors are orange and black too so he wouldn’t have to change his wardrobe much.LOL We are watching the game right now and I think I’ll say a quick prayer. The whole country would love them to go to the final four. Blessing, Patty
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Thanks Patty. I am having a hard time watching this game…yelling at the screen, “You’ve got to ring it!” (My son and husband say they can’t watch a game with me.) Hope the second half is better. And NO, you guys cannot have our coach. :)
Kelly

martha - March 23, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Kelly, this was a good post!!I just watched Iowa beat UNC. That made us sad….son and daughter-in-law are Carolina alumni, but I am now watching Mercer play and since they beat Duke ( our arch rival) I am pulling for them to win. Knowing that you are pulling for them too makes it even better….psst, they need to step up their game right now.
I never liked orange, but since my son-in-law loves it and my daughter has incorporated it into her decorating, I find I like it more and more. I think the orange/avocado theme of the 70′s ruined it for me. But like you say, in small doses it can be fun and cheerful.
Go Bears!!!!!!!
ps I loved the green accents on your porch….so fresh!
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We love UNC. That was our daughter’s first choice. Not happy with the Mercer game…so sad. I have yelled at the screen tooooo much. Tennessee has just simply outplayed them, and Mercer has not been able to ring much of anything.
Thank you for the compliments on the porch.
Kelly

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles - March 23, 2014 - 11:49 pm

We were SO happy to see Mercer win, and are huge Bob Hoffman fans! He is an alum of where I went to school (Oklahoma Baptist University), attended the same church as we did when I was a girl, and then was back to OBU as the basketball coach when I was a student there. He and his wife Kelly are such fantastic people! Sorry to see them lose today but so proud of their accomplishments anyway!
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Thank you for filling all of us in on him, Jennifer. That is so nice to know! And how wonderful that you have such a personal connection with Coach Hoffman. Yes, I was sorry to see them lose. Not a fun game to watch. :( It was definitely an off day for Mercer and an on day for Tennessee (especially considering that Mercer had already beaten them earlier this year.) But you are right. They should be proud of their accomplishments this year.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 24, 2014 - 8:55 am

Kelly,
Congratulations to Mercer!
Orange doesn’t normally figure into my “favorite colors for design” wheelhouse, but these rooms are truly fresh and orange clearly adds to the overall design. Pretty images.
Great post.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you Karen. Orange isn’t among my favorites in design either, but you are right. Fresh is the correct word for the look of it in a room. Glad you enjoyed the post.
Kelly

missy - April 8, 2014 - 9:58 pm

I’m having to catch up on posts!! Since I live about a mile from Neyland Stadium, I guess I better throw a “Go Vols” into the ring, even though I’m a little late for the party ;-) I do have to admit (I can do that here because you guys will understand), I’m not a fan of orange. I’m probably the only person in this whole town without an orange sweatshirt. LOL!

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