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Talk of the Weekend #17

Bella Cucina Atlanta now closedsource

Happy gorgeous weekend to you!  Are you making plans for next weekend’s Valentine’s Day?  With it being on a Saturday, you will have ample opportunity to really enjoy it.:)

Bella Cucina

When I think of Valentine’s Day and romance, I think of romantic meals, (food of course!:))  and when I think of romantic meals, I think Italian.  I am probably supposed to think French, but I have never prepared anything French in my life (but a lot of Italian!)  So for this weekend’s post, I have a few Italian things I want to share with you.  Perhaps you will find some inspiration here to help you with your Valentine’s Day plans.

Bella Cucina

First up… this cute cute shop (that has unfortunately closed in its Virginia Highlands location of Atlanta.):(The photos above (and below) are from Bella Cucina.  It offered wonderful ingredients for Italian cooking and housed a lovely little sandwich shop. But there is good news for us!  Its website still remains open, and you can order any of those delicious pestos, olive oils, breads and other things for your Italian dinner any time you like.:)


There is also a small cookbook available here and here from the owners.

Bella Cucina cookbook

Now if you really want to have a full taste of Italy party, here are some inspirational photos from a Taste of Tuscany party.

Taste of Tuscany

and the gorgeous cookies that were the dessert.

Taste of Tuscany

If you need an idea for an invitation here is one that is perfect.

(It would also make a great centerpiece.)

invitations for an Italian party basil in tomato

You might like these for an appetizer…


or this for your salad.

Valentine caprese

If you’d rather have a simple meal, here is a pretty pizza party.

(And don’t you think it looks perfect for Valentine’s Day?)

girls dinner pizza

If you are putting together a gift for someone special, how about an Italian dinner gift basket?

Italian dinner gift basket

Then you could have fun cooking the dinner together.  Or maybe you are not cooking at all, and you will be enjoying your Valentine’s dinner out.  If you live near Atlanta, you can visit the Little Italy area on the Westside.

Little Italy

My husband and son ate at Antico yesterday . (There is a video tour of the restaurant here.)  It is my son’s favorite pizza place.  The always packed eat-with-strangers-at-your-table dining area would not be my choice for Valentine’s Day though.  And the parking is awful in this area, but there is valet parking available across the street.

Antico pizza

My husband and son had the Diavola pizza there.

diavola pizza

My choice for a Valentine’s date would be Gio’s- which happens to be right next door.

(Video tour here.)

gios chicken atlanta

And this is the dish to order there – Sorrento lemon chicken.


Gios Sorrento lemon

When you finish your meal, go behind the restaurant for dessert here

Caffe Gio for

Gelato imported from Italy

gelato at caffe  photo by Chelsea Heidorn Photography

And if you have time, wander across the street to Bottega Luisa, a tiny Italian market.


That would be my idea of a fun (and delicious!) Valentine’s date. Oh, and we could finish it up with a movie at home.  It would be hard to choose between these two…

Letters to Juliet

Under the Tuscan Sun
What would be your choice?
Let me finish up this post with two links to a house for you to see…the house that Diane Lane restores in Under the Tuscan Sun. (Scenes from the movie are here.)
Under the Tuscan Sun
And the real life villa is here.
Hope you have found some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day here today.  I have a lot to get done this weekend for it and a party we are hosting after it.  (That is why I am soooo far behind on answering your emails.  Sorry.)
I will fill you in soon on the parties! (and answer the emails!)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.:)
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Patti - February 8, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Mouth-watering post! :)
Glad you enjoyed it Patti.:)

Dawn - February 8, 2015 - 1:12 pm


My ideal date for Valentine’s day would out to eat at a local Italian restaurant called Madison’s or take out from there with a rented movie. I would fix dessert of course. I love Pioneer Woman’s Knock You Naked brownie recipe! It’s a winner every time I make them! This Valentine’s Day we are flying to Riviera Mia, Mexico to celebrate our 15th anniversary, another couples 25th anniversary and a birthday. I will only miss 3 days of school since it’s Presidents day weekend. I can hardly wait. Thanks for your inspirational post! I will pins some of the ideas for next year! I always think of Italian on Valentine’s day too! Take care!
Wow! What a great way to celebrate your anniversary and birthdays. I hope your trip was wonderful!

Marken - February 8, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Enjoyed such a cheerful post on this gloomy day here. Hadn’t given much thought to Valentine’s Day this year,but now the wheels are turning.
Well I am glad to be bright spot in your gloomy day Marken. Hope your wheels keep on turning!

Debra - February 8, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Quite the delicious post! I have to say, the home pizza party is to my liking. That table set up would be fun and it looks like a close (Kelly inspire). :) I like the idea of eating at home on such a “pumped up” holiday. That appetizer and heart salad would be a wonderful starter for sure. I love Italian. Hard to say what the day will bring. Hmmm… Thanks for this drool worthy post.
Yes, there is enough yumminess here to make anyone hungry! I could go for that salad right now.:)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - February 8, 2015 - 5:33 pm

I love Antico and wrote a post about how fabulous it was! I would make a special trip to Atlanta just to eat there again!

As for the Italian food basket idea – my husband loves Italian food so much, that’s what I did for him for Christmas – but he may just need another one for Valentine’s Day, come to think of it! (and St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day . . .)

Your photos are always so beautiful and appealing. Great inspiration as always.
What a great gift for your husband Leslie Anne! I know he had to love that. I am glad you have enjoyed Antico’s pizza. Yum!

Kathy - February 9, 2015 - 8:29 am

I am so excited to be going to Atlanta for Valentine’s Day weekend…my husband’s idea! We are going to the Ballard Outlet, the Pottery Barn Outlet and the Williams Sonoma Outlet. Dinner with be either Italian or possibly Bahama Breeze. (I might want to pretend I am on an island but you certainly planted the Italian seed.)
What a fabulous idea! Your husband did great!! I know this will be a super trip!(and I wish I could do the same thing. :) )

Design Chic - February 9, 2015 - 10:58 am

I love Italian food and can’t think of anything I’d love more for Valentine’s Day.
We actually have a dance Saturday night so our plans are made…hoping yours is wonderful!
A dance sounds like a lot of fun! Hope you had a great time!

Vicki - February 9, 2015 - 11:54 am

You had me at the mozzarella hearts on the tomatoes. Sweet and simple. Love the pizza party idea, but those restaurants look mighty tempting. A 3 day weekend trip to Atlanta would make for a pretty swell Valentine’s Day celebration!
I like the idea of the pizza party too. (And that red striped tablecloth.) I agree. A 3 day Atlanta trip would be great!

L J - February 9, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Bella! Bella!!

Garden, Home and Party - February 9, 2015 - 3:14 pm

I love Italian food and several of the dishes you showed us made me hungry! We have been invited to a friend’s house for Valentine’s Day, along with 2 other couples. I’m responsible for making the salad…your caprese salad won me over. How cute to have mozzarella cut like hearts. I love it!

That restaurant you showed looks amazing.
Enjoy your week.
Yum! I love caprese salad. I know yours will be delicious!

Kelly - February 19, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Lovely post. I actually visited Cortona, Italy last year as was able to see the home where the Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. I absolutely loved Tuscany…..SO BEAUTIFUL!
Lucky you!! What a wonderful place to visit. And you got to see that home!!! We are all jealous.

Does Your Home Wear Pink?

pink tableclothsource

It’s February…the month of love, and romance, and valentines. What better time to see a little eye candy with some pink, right?

It’s everywhere.

pink in the kitchensource

Unfortunately, I have a slight problem with showing you all of this….


I don’t like pink.:(

I really never have.  I don’t remember wearing it at all as a child.  There is not one dab of it inside our house, and if you read the post on our master bedroom closet, you saw there is no pink in all of my wardrobe.

BHG living room coffee

Even after having two sons, I never bought our daughter pink clothing.  I think she might have had one pink outfit as a toddler.  And her nursery decor?  Yellow walls, white furniture, and all the linens were white with a red cherry print.:)


So this post is definitely for you. (My mother has probably fallen out of her chair at the sight of all this pink on the blog today, since she knows how I feel about the color.)


But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think these rooms are pretty.  On the contrary, I do think they are very pretty.  They look very feminine, but my tastes run towards more tailored spaces for our family. I like rooms that I feel both men and women would be comfortable in. But if you are a fan of pink and pretty, you might want to check out some of the rooms by Tracey Rapisardi, like the one below.  She is one of the queens of pretty!:)

Tracey Rapisardi Coastal Living Idea

If I were to do a room in pink, it would have to be a little girl’s room like one of these.

Harbor Springs lake

You may remember this pink stripe room from this year’s HGTV Dream Home.

(Have you entered to win it?)

hgtv dream home kids

If we had on old Victorian home, pink would be quite fitting for the exterior.

pink victoriansource


Or…if we had this cute little cottage in Seaside, I wouldn’t mind it being the color of cotton candy.  (By the way, the name of this cottage is Precious.:))

pink cottage in

And Precious happens to be the guest cottage that goes with this pink home…Savannah Rose.

Savannah Rose in

Now there is one color combination with pink, that I would consider using for a girl’s room in this house.  And I probably like it because it seems more tailored….hot pink with navy.

pottery barn kids pink and

I like that combination with a lot of white for contrast.

pbteen pink and

You might remember that our daughter’s dorm room was done in hot pink, navy, and white last fall.  (She still doesn’t wear much pink, but there is certainly pink in her decorating!:))

Last December, Talbots’ catalog featured a page with all of this clothing.  I loved the combinations…tailored and feminine…and seriously thought about getting the vest and gloves (and perhaps the sweater and skirt.:))


Maybe there is hope for some pink in my life yet!

So…do you and your home wear pink?

We’d love to know.:)

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Katrina - February 4, 2015 - 8:07 pm

You don’t like pink???! Okay, I am so crazy about you that I will have to let that slide! My granddaughter’s room at my house is painted pale pale pink with pink buffalo check duvets on the white twin beds. Funny though, her favorite color is blue! Actually, I totally agree with you about things looking tailored but I am glad you did not influence you sweet daughter on the love of pink!
Happy almost Friday!
Katrina, thank you for “letting me slide.” :) I bet your granddaughter’s room is precious. If it has buffalo check duvets (even if they ARE pink) I would love it! I think my daughter likes pink just to aggravate me. LOL

Mimi - February 4, 2015 - 8:13 pm

I just happened to wear a pink vest and scarf combo to school today! I have a pink coat, a pink wallet, pink jammies, etc. I love to WEAR pink–I think it gives almost everyone a healthy glow–but it’s not a color I would use to decorate my home. (Unless you count the late 80s when my entire house was done in a country blue/mauve combo…but that was also the time period when I had permed hair and high-waisted jeans, so what did I know? Ha!)
Too funny Mimi!! You sound like a true lover of pink. :) And no I do not count the decorating trends of the 80s – in fact I try to forget them! LOL

Lissy parker - February 4, 2015 - 8:14 pm

As a pink lover I loved this post. I also am surrounded by boys at home – and grew up with two brothers and no sisters. I need a little raspberry pink and girl to take shopping!
xo, Lissy.
Oh yes you do Lissy! I wish I could loan you my daughter for awhile since she LOVES to shop. You have had more than your share of “masculine” surrounding you. I can understand the need for some pink in your life. :)

Jean from Georgia - February 4, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Ahh, my love of pink and lime green is almost as strong as my love for red. Both colors are my favorite.
You just like that side of the color wheel Jean! We all need to be a little more like you and give pink a chance. :)

Donnamae - February 4, 2015 - 8:20 pm

I really don’t like pink either. All of these pictures are great…pretty to look at…but I couldn’t live there! I am a mom to three grown sons…there was no pink allowed. Although growing up I had a pink bedroom….lots of pink, bedspread, walls, a chair…think I’m all pinked out! And that was a long, long time ago. I don’t wear pink either. Although I wouldn’t mind a pink top…but that would be about it. So, unless some one gives me pink flowers…I do love hot pink geraniums….there won’t be any pink found here. ;)
With three sons, I can understand your not using the color. And yes, you probably used up your allotment of pink growing up! Sounds like you had a lot!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - February 4, 2015 - 8:28 pm

So, I guess you weren’t a Phi Mu in college! The Phi Mu house at FSU used to have pink wall-to-wall carpet and we wore pink taffeta rush dresses!

Now, even though I love pink, I don’t use it in my house. It’s a hard color to decorate with, especially with a lot of men-folk running around. I’m more on your tailored/red team!
Nope – no Phi Mu here. I think I would have avoided it on the basis of color alone! LOL (although pink taffeta dresses are beautiful.) We are glad to have you on our tailored – red team Leslie Anne. :)

Martha - February 4, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I had to laugh at your “no pink” daughter…me too. After two boys, people thought I would have my little girl all in pink, but it seemed so predictable…her room was white and yellow with pops of turquoise.She has beautiful blue eyes, so I always dressed her in blue. I am a red lover like you, but the older I get the more I like to wear pink, I agree with Mimi, it gives you a healthy glow.

I have no pink in my house either.I also have very little blue…a few accents of colbalt, but mainly red, green and yellow.I did enjoy looking at the pink rooms. You did a post on blue rooms(very pale) a while back that I enjoyed too, just could not live with it.
I am glad to know that my daughter is not the only one who did not have her share of pink as a child. :) Blue to bring out your daughter’s eyes. How pretty!

Jan - February 4, 2015 - 9:58 pm

I was never a fan of pink. I have 4 daughters and rarely dressed them in pink. About 5 years ago they started pointing out that I have a lot of pinks in my wardrobe —- hmmm — they were right. No pale, pastel pinks but lots of raspberry and coral. Guess I’ve finally gotten in touch with my feminine side. :)
I do not have any pink in my house but, who knows, that may change someday.
Four daughters and rarely dressed them in pink? That’s unusual Jan. I do love raspberry…that is a pretty color, and I had one satin “party blouse” in that color a few years ago. Yes, you have gotten in touch with your feminine side! :)

Dawn - February 4, 2015 - 10:02 pm

I really don’t like pink at all. I refuse to wear or own anything pink. My students even know this about me. It borders on, dare I say…hate almost. I love GREEN of course and like orange, purple red and all neutral colors. But NO pink. My daughter wore purple as a baby and neutral colors mostly. Her room is purple and green. She loves all shades of blue. Her playroom is aqua and gray. Our home is neutral colors with splashes of color. Our master bedroom is blue, my husbands favorite color but we have green and red evident in every room. Thanks for the inspiring photos. The second to last one with the exquisite monograms is my favorite. Take care!
I am right there with you on my feelings about the color Dawn. I wonder why we feel this way? Sounds like a therapy session is needed. LOL

Anne Boykin - February 5, 2015 - 6:02 am

Hi Kelly, I’ve always preferred a higher contrast of colors – like red and white vs. pink and white. Just me. So it never really occurs to me to buy anything pink, including clothes. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures of pink; I enjoyed them. If I was going to decorate with pink, it would be like your photographs, hopefully.
I think it is the contrast that I am drawn to Anne. Thanks for pointing that out! The rooms of pink that I like are the ones with the pink contrasted with white. Maybe it has something to do with my poor vision! :)

Cheri - February 5, 2015 - 8:27 am

I like pink…not love it and I certainly wouldn’t know how to decorate using that particular color but I do love how they used pink and green through out the house. I am trying to incorporate red with our neutral of brown in my house and find I am having a hard time. Seems I use the same thing (pillows) and I want to do more.
How about painting some picture frames red to add the color to your walls in a small dose?

Kaye Ann - February 5, 2015 - 8:28 am

I AM CRAZY about pink. I am also a redhead which is taboo for wearing pink, but I do anyway. I love pink leather shoes and purses (Coach for example). Soft pink sweaters, pink on babies, etc. Sucker for pink. BUT, I do not decorate with it. My husband would yell. LOL
That’s funny! Kaye Ann I think you are smitten with the color! And I understand your husband’s thoughts of it in your home. :)

Arlene@Nanaland - February 5, 2015 - 8:36 am

I love pink but not so much for decorating! My daughter had a lavender room at her request, then a deep blue! I enjoy pink Tulips in the spring and I love the Lily Pulitzer look of the preppy pink and green but other than that, I prefer blues!
Bring on the pink tulips! I think we all would be happy with them. Love Lily…in small doses. :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - February 5, 2015 - 9:20 am

No my home doesn’t wear a drop of pink either and neither do I. Great pictures though.
Great minds think alike Marty!

Garden, Home and Party - February 5, 2015 - 11:23 am

I have to laugh…I also love a more tailored look, and being a redhead, pink just wasn’t my color. That said, in the late 80’s there was a trend towards chintz. I painted our master bedroom this soft pink, bought the Ralph Lauren Alison duvet cover (loaded with pink cabbage roses and blue flowers) and Mr. B. used to say that room was proof to him he was comfortable with his masculinity since that was definitely a girl room!
Fun post.
Loved that Alison print! Your husband is right. That was a girly-girl room. I have forgotten all about that trend in the late 80’s,and we had 2 sofas in our home that wore a giant floral with pink roses in it. How in the world could I forget that??? I even put up…dare I say it…border…that matched it! Boy have my tastes changed. I guess the older you get the wiser you get, and you are better able to distinguish between something trendy and something classic (or at least I hope we do!)

Sue - February 5, 2015 - 11:47 am

Hi Kelly
I loved all of your pretty pictures ~ and I guess I am in the middle of the road on the pink issue. I don’t decorate with pink, I like red and yellow and green. {no blue either]
But when my twin girls were little, one wore pink and one wore purple :-)
I seldom wear pink but I have one hot pink tunic and every time I wear it I get complimented so maybe hot pink is a good color for me.
{I just realized I do decorate with pink, lol, my granddaughters’ room at my house is green with yellow carpet AND white and pink quilts:-)}
How funny that you are just realizing that Sue! LOL Now I would love pink and white quilts. That would be so pretty!

Debra - February 5, 2015 - 12:05 pm

I have to say in the 80’s, back in the day of mauves and blues, some did adorn our home. Our gray cape cod’s exterior was given abundant doses of pink flowers every summer. I blame those dreamy Nantucket books of mine, that were abundant with seaside cottages, white picket fencing and pink floral goodness. You know those books! My girls and I wore it a bit, and yes, they had white iron beds, adorned with bits of pink too. For workouts I was known as the gal with the pink top (Ha!) and yes, I have a pink cruiser bike from no other than our beloved Target, that I received on my 50th Birthday. Ha…Are you feeling a little nausea yet? Truly red has slowly been replacing it for about the last 8 years. No wonder, I would love your blog. :) I currently drive a red magnum, sport red toggle and puff coats. Adore Stewart or red and black buffalo plaids. Our cape cod is now adorned with red accent doors, flowers, accent summer cushions. Our new out building is done in white wicker with red and black accent. I have to say, this post was still quite pleasing and yes, I too could have ordered a few pieces from Talbots as well. I am blonde and fair like you and find if I wear red or pink, it always gives my skin a more rosy appearance. Come on Kelly, embrace a little more pink and jump to the other side…maybe just for Valentines? Hey, your boys are on the West coast now, so make this holiday a girly one? Maybe some red and pink together? I’m putting in a request for a Kelly table scape fix. You never disappoint. I love your blog. Hope your week ahead is rosy! Cheesy I know, but I couldn’t resist! :)
You were definitely “team pink” at one time Debra! But I am glad you have seen the light to come over to team red. LOL I am afraid pink did not make it to our Valentine’s table. The holiday is just another excuse for me to pull out all the red. :) Maybe next year. (If our daughter had been here, I might have been more likely to go with it then.)

L J - February 5, 2015 - 1:34 pm

This post and the comments have all been such fun to read. As a pre-teen I was big on pink and white stripes in my bedroom, but then I saw the “light”–now there is no pink in my closet or house. The only pink I enjoy is a vase full of pink tulips or pink roses. My preferences tend to decor/fashion looks that are tailored, symmetrical, non-pastels and little or no green, yellow, gray, beige, lavenders. All that said I could wear the Talbots gear in last photo.
I am loving all the comments too. Such fun! With the exception of the green and yellow, you and I must have the same taste! (Although we never had pink and white stripes in anything growing up.)

Dee - February 5, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I have used touches of pink in my girls’ bedrooms when they were small, but never since. I think I must have a horrible Pepto Bismal memory planted in my brain because I actually feel nauseous when I see it on a large scale. Luckily I never had bad red, blue, or green medicinal experiences except for the minty green on hospital walls..can’t use that one either.
Too funny! Color does attach itself to memory – not quite as strong as smell does, but it most certainly can do it. I vividly remember a hot pink and yellow floral my mother used in the bedroom for my sister and me, and the room had pale yellow walls. I can’t use that minty green either – it was painted on every single classroom here for over 2 decades!

Joan - February 5, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Isn’t it interesting how we all respond differently to colors. While I like pink, I prefer to use it for just a ‘pop’ of color whether in clothing or decorating. Red and yellow and white have become the colors of choice these days.

Can’t wait to see your post (hopefully with lots of red) for Valentine’s. Red is so energizing and just makes me Happy.
Color choices are such personal things, and you are right that we all respond differently to different colors. Love red and yellow and white together – that is a happy combo to me. Valentine’s around here is red all the way!

Joyce W - February 5, 2015 - 6:34 pm

Yes, our master bathroom wears pink wallpaper, it’s a pretty fuschia pink with green, grey, a touch of yellow floral (Donna Dewberry’s Roses pattern.). Everyone who uses it, loves the colors even the men. Our fixtures, tile, shower and window curtains are white with a couple of grey rugs on the white floor tile.
It’s refreshing to the eye. When I mention changing the wallpaper, my 25 year old daughter asks to keep it longer. I am thinking about a change in the near future
when we repaint the whole house again starting this spring….it may be gone this time next year……
The rest of my house has no pink. I do wear pink because my hair and skin look pretty in that color. I do love your red you use throughout your house, wish I could be that brave. Happy Valentines Day to red and pink!
Your bathroom sounds pretty Joyce. And how wonderful that your daughter wants you to keep it!

PATTI - February 5, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Not a big fan of pink myself. It has grown on me so little over the years that it would have to be a “super” pale shade – like in the little girl’s room. I agree, however, the other rooms are pretty-just not for me. : )
I think there are many of us who are in the same boat with our taste in pink. It’s pretty to look at – just not in our own homes. :)

DiAnne - February 5, 2015 - 10:12 pm

As the old saying goes, “A little dab will do ya” , it applies to pink. I like it but I have always thought it needed to be an accent. However, I am kind of in love with the pink beach houses. I also like the pink and yellow stripes on the pillows.
This was a fun post.
I agree with you. It does work better as an accent color DiAnne. In my mind, beach houses can wear almost any color…which makes it fun to decorate them.

Jeanne Bell - February 6, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Your post made me laugh, when I was little I had red hair and so does my daughter. I never owned anything red and never bought red for my daughter and I love red now. I do like a pale pink especially with navy.
Does this make us color challenged?
Have a great weekend.
Red hair? Yes, you may have a problem with red.:) I do like the navy-pink combo like you. It looks so classic!

classic • casual • home - February 7, 2015 - 12:00 pm

I love pink! Pink flowers especially!
A fan of the color! I can take pink if it is in “flower form.”

Ashley - February 8, 2015 - 3:05 am

I’m not a pink person either. It’s not a color I gravitate towards either. On that note I do love a pink shirt or sweater paired with jeans and white tennis shoes. I have no pink in my home decor. The pictures you’ve posted are very pretty, just not a color that I would use. I agree that I like a more gender friendly colored home. I guess that my husband and son approve too. They are so easy going though, I could see them sitting in a pink room, on a pink sofa, with a large pink rug if it made me happy!
How sweet of your husband and son! I love it!

Paula B. - February 8, 2015 - 5:43 am

Gotta rock the February décor of red and pink hues! Have to say it was one of my favorite colors to wear, growing up. I still do love accents of the color especially in fashion. Would have to agree with you here, though, not really liking many of the examples posted. (Again, except for the clothes.) But, I do like a subdued pink toile, or a pop of pink in a room, say, a chair print or even just a throw. It is a lovely pick-me-up color wherever it may be found and very flattering in some shade, to most all of us. And, give me a pink peony or bunch of pink tulips for any Valentine’s Day!
If I had a little girl’s room to do, perhaps pink could make its way in there. Definitely liking pink tulips these days!

kathy - February 9, 2015 - 8:01 am

Oh, my! I love pink!…not so much in decorating my house now but I wear it even in the winter. My daughter’s room was very pink in the 90s, even pink carpet. I might would use it in my house but I feel it is probably a bit much for my husband….even though he will wear pink shirts for me. (I do remember that you had no pink in your closet. My closet is nothing like my decorating. Should it be?) Please don’t tell me that you don’t like Lilly Pulitzer!!!
I do like Lilly- especially in the spring and summer. Such happy colors and prints!

Jaybird - February 9, 2015 - 1:17 pm

I thought I was probably the only female on the planet who did not like pink…….
Give me red ANY day….
The rooms that you showed were pretty though!
I loved the description of your daughter’s room…yellow with white and cherries…how much cuter could it get?
You are not alone. :) I am happy you liked our daughter’s nursery. It was a fun room to do. (And I still haven’t been able to part with her baby bed.)

Talk of the Weekend #16

downtown disneyDo you remember in last week’s Talk of the Weekend, I mentioned that our weekend had a dinner party, a taking-down-of-all-things-Christmas from the photoshoot, and something more…and that it was kind of busy? Well, this weekend I want to share with you the something more, and I really should rename this post….

Welcome to Disney.:)

entrance to Disney World

You see, our daughter is quite lucky to be interning at Disney World for this college semester, and we moved her to her new Disney apartment last Sunday and Monday.  She and her 5 new roommates will be castmembers (Disney has their own special word for everything) in the parks and resorts. (Our daughter will be in concierge at one of the resorts.)

flowersWe did not have time on this trip to enjoy the parks, but after we checked into our hotel on Sunday we headed over to Downtown Disney for the evening (and I left my camera at the hotel…darn it!  Sorry for the fuzzy phone photos.:()    The flowers were amazing!!  The geraniums were gorgeous!  (My brain was so confused…We took down Christmas on Saturday, and I was looking at geraniums in full bloom on Sunday!  And it was January??)

world of disneyIt is such a fun place, you can’t help but get sucked into all that Disney environment…

Huey, Dewey, and Louie (above)…

Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto (below)…

Minnie and Mickey and Stitch!


We had dinner at Fulton’s Crab House that evening…designed as an old riverboat.:)


It was a beautiful building inside. Check out the painted ceiling of the constellation room where we dined!

restaurant ceiling

Here is a better photo from their instagram.

Constellation room at Fultons Crab House Disney World

All of our meals were absolutely delicious; our waiter from London was great.  I had steak skewers that had some very good pickled red onions with them.  Our son said his grouper with crabmeat was one of the best dishes he has ever had, and my husband’s fried shrimp looked wonderful.  Our daughter had yummy shrimp scampi.  We wandered around Downtown Disney afterwards and then returned to the hotel.

kekes in orlandoMonday morning, our daughter had to check in with Disney and do paperwork, so the rest of us went out for breakfast at one of the best breakfast places in Orlando…Keke’s.  Here is the banana, nut, and caramel French toast I devoured.:)

banana nut caramel french toastAfterwards we had a little time to kill, so of course we went in the nearby Mall at Millenia, and of course I had to check out a few of my favorite stores.:)

pottery barn kids…

pbkids store window

Pottery Barn kids storePottery Barn…

Pottery Barn store windowpottery barn tableand Williams Sonoma.

Willliams Sonoma store for Valentines dayI was in Crate and Barrel when our daughter called with the message that they were all ready to move everything in the apartment.  So off we went.

Disney apartmentsIt really didn’t take long to get all of her things moved in.  (It is a spacious 3 bedroom apartment with 3 bathrooms, walk in closets, 2 pantries, living room, dining area, kitchen, and laundry.:))

disney college aptBy mid-afternoon we left her with her roommates to unpack and start a shopping list for things they needed. Four of the girls had come by plane, so they really needed a lot. (Here is a photo of our daughter’s car on their first shopping expedition together – and the girls are holding much more in their laps that you can’t see.:))


 We headed back home but stopped at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant for a late afternoon meal on our way out of Orlando.

Tommy Bahama restaurant OrlandoTommy Bahama restaurant interiorWhen our food arrived, I was so hungry I forgot to take a photograph of it all, but I have to say that Tommy Bahama’s blackened fish tacos are the best things I have tasted in a loooong time!  Here is a photo of them from their website, and you can find the recipe for the tacos there as well.


They were served with fried plantains and a coconut-pineapple dipping sauce that was so good, I could have licked the bowl!  I have looked everywhere for that sauce recipe but have had no luck.  I do know that it has a sour cream base and some toasted coconut and caramelized pineapple in it. (That should begin to tell you how good it is!)

We also managed to eat some of their delicious key lime pie.:)

Tommy Bahama key lime pie

 And then we made our way home.  Before we got there, I had a message from our oldest son in Seattle that he was booking a flight to go to…..Disney a weekend in the near future, and he wants us to meet there.  So I am sure we will have another trip soon.:)

Let me close out this weekend post with a couple of fun things for you.  First, if you were a Disney princess, which one would you be?  Here is a quiz to help you decide.  It said that I am Belle from Beauty and the Beast (interestingly enough, it is my favorite Disney movie!)

which disney princess are

And finally, did you know Disney is making a Cinderella movie (not a cartoon) and two characters from Downton Abbey are starring in it?! It will be out in March.

Let me close today by sending out best wishes to our daughter (far right in the photo) and all her roommates as they begin their jobs in the most magical place on Earth.  I hope all of them have fun!

disney girlsAnd I hope all of you have fun as well this weekend. After 2 months of weekend projects, plans, and parties we are happy to have a weekend with absolutely nothing on the calendar. (I am sure we will watch a little football game on Sunday.  Go Seahawks!:))

Have a great weekend!

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Martha - January 31, 2015 - 8:27 am

Wow! You are a busy woman!!! What an amazing place to intern!! I’m sure lots of people want to know (me included) what her major is and how to you get to intern at Disney. All the food looked divine! Have a restful weekend!!!
Good question Martha. She is majoring in marketing and hopes to one day work as a wedding planner there. Disney has a series of applications and interviews to get into what they call their “college” (which is not where she is obtaining her degree.) She also went through an audition that they held in Atlanta and made it through to be a character performer (which would have been a lot of fun for her,) but HER college would not give intern credit for being a princess. :) They ARE giving her intern credit for working in concierge because it fits with her business degree, so she sadly turned down the character performer role. She will return to her college here in Georgia for her senior year next fall. Hope this makes sense!

Susie in MO - January 31, 2015 - 8:38 am

We have a little more in common now, our daughter and son-in-law are living in Orlando and visit the parks often after work. What a fun destination for your family…how are the boys liking Seattle? Go Hawks!
Wow! How fun that they can do that on a regular basis (and you should visit them often. :) ) The shopping and dining in Orlando looked great to me! Our younger son is home from Seattle so that he can work to earn some money for attending law school next fall at Yale. Our oldest is still enjoying Seattle. I know he will like it even more when the weather is more conducive for hiking and camping. I know YOU will be enjoying the game on Sunday!

PATTI - January 31, 2015 - 8:39 am

As I sit here with my Saturday morning coffee, I’m thinking that banana, nut, and caramel French toast sure would be YUM! Another great post-food, family, fun.
As I sit here with my coffee and bland Cheerios, I too am thinking that banana, nut, and caramel French toast sure would taste good! Glad you liked the post, Patti. :)

Katrina - January 31, 2015 - 10:41 am

She was going to be a princess and Mercer would not give her intern credit…..oh man, I am crying for her!!! She is so princess material but just to intern at Disney will be so fun!!! I hope her mama makes lots of fun trips to visit her!!!
I am SO excited to hear about the new Cinderella movie! Having Downton Abbey stars is the icing on the cake!
Kelly, your family has such fun adventures!!! Get some rest today!!!
No interning to be a princess! (Unless you are Kate Middleton! :) ) Our daughter is having a wonderful time working concierge, so she will be fine. Can you believe they have the Downton girls in the movie??!I thought that was great!

Arlene@Nanaland - January 31, 2015 - 10:48 am

What a fun place to intern!! Do they ever get tired of all the beauty of Disney World? When we visited there years ago, I was so impressed by how CLEAN the park is! And on my goodness, I love those dishes in the window at Pottery Barn Kids. As for a Disney Princess, I would chose to be Belle!
Yes, she seems to be really enjoying it. And she sends me photos all the time…”Guess where I am.” “Look what we are doing.” I am so glad she has this opportunity.
Good choice in Belle! :)

Louvina - January 31, 2015 - 11:27 am

Hello again!!;) What a wonderful post from the most wonderful place in the world!! Love WDW and Orlando “City Beautiful!” My daughter and SIL met at Disney as Mousekateers when they were in college! There are so many great places to visit, dine and enjoy in that area. Love those blackened fish tacos–but haven’t made them at home. Get some rest and as they say on postcards “wish you were HERE to enjoy the sand and sun!” :)
I just couldn’t believe all the great shopping in Orlando (sorry..forget the parks. Ha!) How fun that your daughter met her future husband there. Love it!

Kathy - January 31, 2015 - 11:48 am

WHAT A FUN POST!!!! I am so excited for your daughter to be interning at Disney! (And, she should be a princess there!) I so wanted to work at Disney when I was in college. When our college-aged son was six or seven he used to say his dream job was to be a janitor at Disney World…so he could ride the rides anytime he wanted. (That was a step up from saying he wanted to be a birthday cake when he grew up.) It is so fun to see what choices the kids make. I am so excited for your children…one in Seattle, one in Disney, and one headed to Yale. You go, girl! Disney, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma all in one post. You really know how to lift the winter blahs!
I had to laugh out loud at your son’s comment wanting to be a birthday cake! Hilarious!! I think the janitor at Disney was actually smart since he would get to ride all the rides. :) Our daughter is told to go to the parks to ride the rides so that she can speak from experience about them when people ask about them. Imagine that!

classic•casual•home - January 31, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Congrats to your daughter…those internships are very competitive to achieve!!
Thank you Mary Ann! She most definitely had to jump through a bunch of hoops to get chosen to do this, and we are proud of her.

Teresa H. Fields - January 31, 2015 - 3:14 pm

I found this so interesting as I have a friend from here in Lexington, KY whose daughter just went to Disney for this semester also. I am sending her your link. Her name is Bonnie and her daughter at Disney is Virginia Groppo. Hope they have a wonderful time.
Thank you for sending her the link. I will have my daughter see your message here. Wouldn’t it be funny if they were neighbors in the Disney apartments?!

L J - January 31, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Ditto Classic+Casual+Home. Those internships thru Disney College are super competitive. Since many of my students ask about it I’ve had to do some research on it .Disney can afford to be picky and they select only the top candidates for Anaheim and Orlando. It’s a wonderful accomplishment to be selected.
I’m glad you and family were able to get away–even for a busy and quick weekend and even better that nothing has jammed itself into your agenda for this weekend.
For this spring and summer I’m going to be all about roses, geraniums, and lavender. You got my green thumb itching to get outside to play int the dirt.
Go Pats!
I saw geraniums for sale at the Home Depot garden center this weekend. Can you believe it? Way too early to me, but it does make me want to get out and play in the dirt too. Come on spring!

L J - January 31, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Just did Disney/Princess quiz and I’m Belle (though I’ve never seen the movie.)
Oh you need to see that one! I love it! And the music is just wonderful in it.

Garden, Home and Party - January 31, 2015 - 6:43 pm

What a fun opportunity for your daughter. Mr. B and I both worked at Disneyland, which is where we met. I still love the magic kingdom. The meals you enjoyed looked amazing, it made me hungry!
I guess I’m most like Snow White!? What a fun little test.
Enjoy your weekend.
Yes, I remembered that you met your husband there Karen. I had even told my daughter that tidbit of information when we left her at Disney. :) (She currently has a very wonderful boyfriend though.)
Glad you enjoyed the Disney princess quiz. :)

Donnamae - January 31, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Oh, what a wonderful opportunity for your daughter! Martha asked my question….and you answered. I see lots of trips this semester in your future…hope the weather cooperates! Enjoy your weekend…looks like we’ll be cheering for the same team! ;)
I don’t think there will be many trips unless the IRS sends us a major refund (which is highly doubtful!) Even with our daughter’s discounts (which are good) Disney is still expensive for our group…especially when the oldest thinks he is a foodie and should eat at all the nice restaurants! I would be perfectly happy with quick counter service food.

DiAnne - January 31, 2015 - 10:38 pm

This was a fun post. Your children are having wonderful life experiences working at Disney, living in Seattle, and going to Yale. It’s a beautiful thing to see children follow their dreams. I don’t understand why your daughter’s college wouldn’t allow her to work as a princess, at least one day each week.
Have a good week!
They are. I don’t think “Princessing” really gives you must experience in business..which is what her degree is in. Now if she were doing early child education, it might have fit with that in some crazy way. :)

Barbara (WA) - January 31, 2015 - 11:03 pm

Oh Kelly, how proud you must be of your daughter! A dear family friend worked there and then ended up working on a cruise ship from the USA to Australia. SO fun.
Yes, we are very proud of her. How fun to be on a Disney cruise ship…although I don’t think our daughter would want to do that. She has a MAJOR fear of boats for some reason…not sure why.

Lori - February 1, 2015 - 10:09 am

What an exciting time for you daughter! Thanks for sharing the eye candy from the stores. :) Oh and I think I am most like Belle, but have LOVED Cinderella from the time I could read the golden book.
It is exciting for her. I am so happy she got this opportunity. Glad you liked all the eye candy! I think it is a good thing to be like Belle. :)

Dawn - February 1, 2015 - 4:25 pm


I wish your daughter and her roommates all the best! I hope they just love it all. I took the which princess quiz and I am Tiana. Then I let my daughter take it and she is Areal. That was so much fun! Thanks for sharing! Take care.
Thank you Dawn. I will pass your good wishes on to our daughter. Glad you and your daughter could have fun with the quiz. :)

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - February 1, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Oh my gosh, working at Disney World???!!! Disney is one of my favorite places. I don’t know if I’d love that job or hate it (does it become less magical if you know how it all works??). You’ll have to tell us what she thinks when she is done.

I never thought that I’d say this, but the live action Cinderella looks really good!
She is still loving it a month into it now. They HAVE to go to the parks so that they can speak from experience about the rides. What a job! I think the live action Cinder looks pretty good too (although the actor playing Prince Charming is not my idea of what the prince should look like. :) )

Debra - February 1, 2015 - 8:07 pm

You all, are one busy family! How exciting, Mom and Dad. What a car load, for sure! Well, it is just too fun here today…NOT! A whole bunch of snow blowing, shoveling and cozy going on. Midwest getting hit with a bunch of snow, winds and cold temps this coming week. We’ll see if they close schools tomorrow, though I don’t have that to worry about these days. Florida sounds, oh so nice about now. Oh, your lucky daughter. Good for her! On the quiz I got, Tiana. Checked off small town, live in a cottage, own a business, etc..Ha, That’s my retirement dream…though I’d be working part time at a coffee shop. :) Ok, off I go, lets check out the super bowl half time and then on to Downton.
Shoveling snow does not sound fun. You all have certainly had more than your share of winter this year. I hope Florida sunshine and warmth come your way soon.

Paula B. - February 8, 2015 - 6:04 am

What great news, your daughter is going to have the time of her life interning at the most magical place! And, her apartment is pretty darn cute, I wouldn’t mind rooming there. Hope you have that family reunion weekend very soon, something to look forward to. When I saw the picture with all the pots of riotously blooming flowers, I just assumed it was an archive photo from the Disney website. Oh my, I would love to see all that garden beauty right now. We are in our third weekend in a row of snow and will be going into July at this rate, to make up all the missed days. And, the worst of it, the temps have frequently been bitterly cold. How far behind can spring be???? Best Wishes to your lovely daughter on her new adventure!
For your sake, and all of New England and the midwest,I hope spring arrives soon. The weather you all have been enduring has been awful. I can’t imagine. We are having one of our coldest nights in a long time tonight, but it is nothing compared to all the blizzards you have had. Here is to warm sunny weather coming your way!

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