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The Porch in September

porch sofaHappy weekend sweet readers. Before this month is completely a page off the calendar, I wanted you to come for a visit on the porch.  There aren’t any bright orange pumpkins out there yet, but that doesn’t mean the room is lacking in color.  Far from it!:)

porch chairIf you were here earlier this month, you might remember seeing apples with all the school-y decorating inside the house.  A few of them decided to try to escape to the porch.  (I don’t blame them.  It has been very nice out there today.:) )

porchYou can see that yellow and red have invaded all the seating in the form of throw pillows.  Please don’t call the quilt police on me.  The solid yellow pillows on the swing and sofa were once part of a lovely boutis quilt. Major sin, I know, but they made wonderful pillows.

porch swingAnd since I am confessing my scissor sins, you  should probably know that the patchwork quilts on the swing and sofa were also… one quilt.  I cut it in half years ago to use on the boys’ beds in their bedroom.  Hanging my head in shame.

back porchI also made a throw pillow from part of that quilt. Yes, I really murdered it… big time.

porch desk

And there’s more ….

I also murder…mums.  The ones all over the house right now…the white ones… are still miraculously alive, but I can assure you, this is definitely not the norm.  These on the porch are a week old, but they probably won’t make it much more than a week or two before I kill them.

September on the porch

I bought them for a special meal that I have been dying to show you.

(It’s kind of different!)

porch table setting with mumsIt will be in my next post, but I did want you to see the porch table in all its red and yellow September glory before I kill the mums.

table setting on the porch

So thank you for coming to visit on the porch today.  If I were a more advanced seasonal decorator, there would have been pumpkins and orange and more fall things for you to see, but I am slooooow.  Hopefully, those things will appear in October around here (probably late October.)

I am sure I will have murdered more mums by then.:)

September table settingEnjoy this first official weekend of fall …

and try not to kill any mums…

or quilts.:)

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Susan - September 27, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Your porch looks so pretty! Love the red and yellow…to me, that says Indian Summer, which is what we’ve got here. (ps >>> I also murder mums)
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Thank you Susan! Indian Summer…yes, that IS what it is. Thank you for reminding me of that. :) Glad to know that I am not the only mum murderer around here!
Kelly

Laura - September 27, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Kelly,

I just love your home!
I think it was last year you posted about tiny pumpkins and mums in brown paper bags so I remembered and this year decided I was going to do the same! Well I had the mums inside on our kitchen table and I watered but they didn’t make it! I was bummed but I was wondering if they’re an indoor plant? Has anyone offered tips to keeping them alive longer inside?
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Thank you Laura. We have done a better job of watering ours this year, and that must be why they are still living. :) The ones by the kitchen sink and the bathroom one seems to be doing the best of all of them…which makes me think they must like sunlight. How much sun did your table one get? I don’t think their bloom time is very long even if they are planted outside. I guess I look at them as less costly than a bouquet of cut flowers, and we can usually plant them outside when they are no longer at their best inside.
Kelly

Sherry - September 27, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Beautifil! Love your home! And I sooooo enjoy each and every post you do!
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I am soooo glad you do, Sherry! Thank you for your super sweet comment. :)
Kelly

Martha - September 27, 2014 - 11:18 pm

I always love it when I get an e-mail notifying me of a new post on your blog. Usually I am in the midst of grandchildren and have to wait to read it. I am so envious of your porch….mine tends to drive me crazy with pollen and dust. I keep eliminating things from it just so I have less to keep clean. Yours is beautiful and I know it takes time to keep it that way.

I confess…..I have murdered quilts too. I even committed a greater sin because I cut not one, but two, vintage quilts my grandmother made over 100 years ago. They were very ragged around the edges and I turned them into pillows for myself and my brother and sister.I have a quilt I would like to cut in half, how did you do the binding? Sometime do a post on cutting up quilts…we won’t call the police.
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Our porch is awful in the spring with pollen, but for the rest of the year it is not too bad…just vacuum it. You are a major quilt murderer if you did that to your grandmother’s quilt…but it was a great way to share it with your siblings. So I think your sins will be forgiven for that. LOL The batting was thin in the one I cut, so I just pulled out some so that I could roll up the edges and hand stitched it close (I think.)
Kelly

Mimi - September 27, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Your porch looks gorgeous! I always think of red and yellow as August/September colors and orange is definitely for mid-October. (I’m sure Crayola will be contacting me soon to develop a line of seasonal crayons! Ha!) I am still laughing hysterically about your “scissor sins” confession…
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Mimi, thank you for the compliment on the room. I think Crayola SHOULD contact you for a line of colors! Glad you could find humor in the post. :)
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Sue - September 28, 2014 - 12:04 am

As always, I love your porch. I confess, too, to be a mum killer. I had 5 In a basket and just threw them away. I think they lasted a month. Pretty good for hot tx. Your colors are some of my very fans – love the red and yellow. ( and I spied your candle on your coffee table, those are my newest obsession. I love the vases when The candle is finished. So versatile!)
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If your mums lasted a month in the Texas heat, I think you did well! Aren’t those candles recycled as vases wonderful?! My basket beside it has a metal liner, and it is one of my new favorites. :)
Kelly

Sue - September 28, 2014 - 12:05 am

Favs, not fans. Auto correct doesn’t like made up short words:-)
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I’ve read the inventive spelling of elementary students long enough that I can read any kind of spelling on the planet! :)

Peggy Bryant - September 28, 2014 - 8:05 am

I’m pea green with envy. Such a wonderful porch. I want to add a porch to our home. Not sure it will happen, but enjoy seeing your beautiful porch. – Peggy
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I hope you get your porch one day soon Peggy. It is like having another living room on this house, and it is Heaven to sit out there when there is a light rain falling (or a thunderstorm on the way!)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - September 28, 2014 - 8:46 am

Of all the houses you share on your blog…your house is my favorite and I love love love your back porch! The red and yellow look great together.
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Really? Good grief there are a zillion more talented people who design rooms, so thank you for such a compliment! I wish you could come and enjoy relaxing out on that porch Arlene.
Kelly

Gail - September 28, 2014 - 9:35 am

Hi Kelly: What a colorful, inviting porch you have created! Love the yellow pillows stolen from the quilts. I too kill mums that’s why I hesitate to buy them. Good for a week or two and then gone:-) Maybe we should all keep mum on the mums so we don’t discourage others from buying them:-))) Can’t wait to hear what lovely food you cooked up to be eaten on that wonderful porch! Blessings…Gail
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Keep mum on the mums…hilarious!! :) So glad you liked the porch Gail.
Kelly

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - September 28, 2014 - 9:39 am

Haha, another mum murderer over here. Those people who are able to plant their mums in the yard at the end of the season — I can’t fathom that!

I love the quilt pillows — I think that it’s perfectly fine to cut up a quilt that is no longer useable. Antique quilt dealers even label quilts like that as “cutters”.
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I suppose we can go to jail together for our crimes, Kim. :) I did not know that about antique dealers…cutters – that’s a new term for me. My crime is worse because the quilt was perfect – almost brand new. I just needed 2 of them, and no more could be found. (That one had come from the outlet and I had searched ebay for a long long time.)
Kelly

Louvina - September 28, 2014 - 9:49 am

Mercy, now you have me thinking about some serious scissor crimes!! But I don’t know IF I am brave enough!:) but would like to try to make some pillows for my porch. Maybe I will start by using them as throws! My porch is still in summer mode because I am running around all the time doing my world traveling! This weekend at my daughter’s work place– oh my, Kelly you would love this resort!! She is Sr. PR person for 13 Holiday Inn Resorts and we are staying at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando. Must be the best kept secret in FL. Just beautiful!! I could live here!! PS– going to Home Goods today! Looking for that perfect piece I need to use in my decorating!!
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Be brave Louvina! When you return from your world travels make yourself some pillows. There is stiff competition in the resort business in Orlando, so I know you enjoyed the Orange Lake Resort. We need to get back to Orlando some time. Hope you found your perfect piece at Homegoods today. I love that store, and the closest one is over 2 hours away. boo.
Kelly

Scribbler Unfocused - September 28, 2014 - 10:03 am

I am so envious of all the square footage on your porch! We are really enjoying ours, but I do wish it was bigger. Your porch looks fantastic with all the red and yellow — which are the two colors I like best. Apples are a nice theme for fall, and they go right into Winter, too.
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It is big…probably bigger than I was thinking it would be when we were designing the space…but I am not complaining one bit. One day I want to put a stacked stone fireplace out there (when I win the lottery!) I love the red and yellow together too…not so sure I want to bring on the orange now.
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - September 28, 2014 - 10:24 am

Your porch is so fabulous. I love your fall colors. This is the place where I would be all day every day.
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Marty, thank you for your sweet words here. It is a great place to relax (except for when the darn lizard makes an appearance on the sofa!)
Kelly

Carolyn - September 28, 2014 - 10:31 am

Your porch is lovely and looks so clean! We recently moved from our home of 26 years – a 1920’s Cape Cod – that had a lovely screened porch with a flagstone floor. We also had a lot of large old trees in the yard with resultant shade. It was always an effort to keep the dust, pollen, mildew, and spiders at bay! With southern humidity I found that the painted furniture I put out there would peel and the wicker cushions would mildew, as would the tablecloths/placemats. I was buying the outdoor cushions, too. I would either have to bring them inside or replace them every year or so, which was expensive. What’s your secret?
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I don’t know that I have a secret Carolyn. All the cushions have been sprayed with a scotchguard type spray. All of the wicker has been painted with an exterior paint (the same paint as the house.) I vacuum and mop the room (with Mr Clean) often, and I wipe off the furniture every two weeks with a cloth wet with a solution of Mr. Clean and water. I pretty much treat it like a room in the house. Twice a year we take all of the furniture off the porch and hose it down. The pollen season in the spring is AWFUL for about a month, so we just let it stay dirty for that period of time, and do a big cleaning when it is over. Spiders don’t stand a chance with the dreaded lizard that I can’t seem to chase away.
Kelly

Jackie Caruso - September 28, 2014 - 10:45 am

I love your porch – in my mind I’m sitting out there now with a good book and a glass of wine. I think the red and yellow are perfect for September and the orange and gold will be perfect for October.
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Oh yes, a good book out there – especially on the swing – is wonderful. (I’ll take a cup of black coffee with my book – need a little warmth. :) )So glad you liked the bright colors Jackie.
Kelly

Dawn - September 28, 2014 - 11:06 am

Kelly,

I love your Fall-ish decorating. I don’t think the red and yellow seem too Summer time-ish. I do love mums and tend to forget about them. I have better luck if I put them in the ground and let them go. The ones that I put in pots on the front porch, screened in back porch and in the house usually either die from over watering or from being ignored. So I do not think you are a mum murderer. I just think mums are meant to last a short while if not planted. I really like how made that cute yellow quilt fit your needs. I looks lovely as two quilts and pillow! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see the dinner party you had.
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Thank you Dawn. You are right about the mums. I think of them like fresh cut flowers that come with greenery. :) (And Lowes has them for a much less cost than the florist or Walmart have their cut flowers.) Glad you liked the remade quilts! Dinner post coming soon. I have all the photos, just need to put them into a post.
Kelly

Peggy - September 28, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Red and yellow — sunshine colors for fall! I am trying to stretch summer a little further in my neighborhood as I am not ready to let go of the summer garden. Enjoy the fall days on your porch! I have porch envy.
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We have had a string of about 7 straight days with clouds, so I have enjoyed having some sunshine colors out there on the porch. You go right ahead and stretch your summer as long as you can. We will be wishing for it in a few short months.
Kelly

Katherine Leighty - September 28, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Love your porch so coastal fall….very inviting! But you know what I loved most and thought unique? Was the brown shipping paper wrapped planters with twine on the table! So simple and yet made such a statement on the table! I like that rustic make do touch much! Must be fun to bundle up on the porch with a big cup of steaming tea or cocoa! Have a Splendid Blessed Autumn!
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Easy peasy way to do the plants in pots. I stay on the lookout for wrapping paper in patterns I like to do the same with. We have not had cold enough weather to need to bundle up out there yet, but I do like it at Christmas when there is a tree out there to enjoy in the dark. Thank you for taking time to leave your kind comment Katherine. Hope you had a great weekend!
Kelly

Renee Cook - September 28, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Lovely as always, Kelly! Your blog is a beautiful respite in the middle of a busy day. Thanks for sharing; I know it takes more effort than we realize to publish a blog. Have a wonderful week…
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Thank you Renee. You are so very kind! Glad the post could give you a little peace and quiet in a hectic day.
Kelly

Donnamae - September 28, 2014 - 9:01 pm

I love that you were brave enough to take scissors to a quilt! Now…if you would just take water to mums…your problem would be solved! Enjoy your week! ;)
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Ha ha! We have been much more deligent this year about watering the ones in the house, so I think that is why they have been able to survive. Water DOES help. :)
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - September 28, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Kelly,
I think it’s great that you utilized something so pretty and made it into several things…boutis into pillows, quilt into 2 throws and a pillow! :-) Is your porch screened in or are those solid windows? If they are screens, do you have to move the furniture in when it rains? Also, while I know this isn’t your intent, the colors scream USC, our oldest son’s alma mater.
And one more thing, the tomato/olive dip you gave the recipe for is the new favorite here. Several of us like tapanade and this is similar, only better. It was a big hit. Thanks for the recipe.
Karen
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The porch is screened, but we have deep overhangs, so the rain is not usually a big problem. We also leave the ceiling fans on for long periods of time, so I imagine that dries things up some when it is damp.
No I did not intend for it to be USC colors, but that is alright by me. :)
So glad the olive dip was a hit for you! I could eat some right now (except I have been devouring spinach dip and crackers for the last half hour.)
Hope you have a good week, Karen!
Kelly

Susan M - September 28, 2014 - 10:59 pm

The porch is beautiful as always Kelly!! I see your Park Hill candle on your coffee table…..I LOVE those…what scent is yours ?The apple basket is adorable too…..mind if I ask where you got it? Seeing pictures on your porch never gets old….so relaxing just to browse your porch blogs. We have a Nags Head hammock swing on our porch and it is so comfy we fall asleep swinging in it!! You would love it….have you ever seen them? Thanks for the lovely blog today Kelly!!
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You are so sweet Susan. Thank you. The basket with the apples in it came from a small shop on St. Simons Island. I have looked online, but I am afraid I cannot find a source there. Yes, that is a Park Hill candle – boy you have a good eye! That one is the Farmhouse scent – not sure why because it smells more like Christmas to me. :) I would most certainly like your Nags Head hammock (and would love a nap in it!)
Thank you for reading the post and leaving your compliments in the comments!
Kelly

Debbie S. - September 29, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Kelly, your home is absolute perfection! Would you please come decorate mine??? Okay. I know you’d love to, but you do have so many things to do … family, school, blog, jars to fill. Really, I don’t know how you do it.

Since you won’t come decorate my house, would you tell me what color paint you used on your porch wicker? Please. It’s a wonderfully warm neutral and obviously goes with so many colors. I’m sure you’ve been asked before, but I can’t find the answer in the archives.

Thanks so much for being such an inspiration. I smile every time I see a new post from you in my email.

Debbie S. - September 29, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Kelly! I found it!! You painted the furniture “Pelham Gray”. I just needed to look at the posts in “The House” … Duh! You’re so organized and helpful, I just knew I needed to look a little more.

Anyway, thanks again!!
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Yay! Good research Debbie! Thank you for all your sweet (and funny!) comments. I am glad my posts brighten your day. (It is VERY dreary here today. :( )
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - September 29, 2014 - 7:14 pm

The secret to keeping mums is watering them EVERYDAY. They love lots of water. Don’t flood them, just water daily and keep in a cool spot.

Your porch is lovely as always!
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Yes, I have decided they really like to drink in the water. Doing any watering every single day around here is a big goal to shoot for! But we ARE doing better with them this year.
So glad you like the porch!
Kelly

Frances in England - September 30, 2014 - 4:35 am

Now that is a fabulous porch – so envious! I love porches generally, but yours is always a favourite.

And (as a quilter) quilts are meant to be used and enjoyed. :-)

I wish you a lovely autumn (my mums are still going… just)
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Wow..thank you Frances! I agree with you about quilts are meant to be used and enjoyed (in any form or fashion! LOL) So glad your mums are doing well. (You must be watering them.)
Kelly

Julia - September 30, 2014 - 2:04 pm

I love your porch and the red and yellow is perfect for this time of year! As for the quilts, I would’ve never have thought to repurpose them into pillows – but I like it! Now about those poor mums…water!
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The pillows worked great from those quilts…but they are quite thick to sew through. I am going to keep giving the poor mums something to drink. Hopefully they will survive a while longer.
Kelly

Nancy - September 30, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Love your personality and sense of humor in addition to your home!
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Thank you Nancy!
Kelly

Jenny Martin - October 3, 2014 - 9:12 am

Hi Kelly,
I just discovered your wonderful blog and have really enjoyed looking through the archives! Your hope is warm and beautiful, straight from the pages of Pottery Barn!! Where did you find the lovely candles on your coffee table?? Love the look and the fact that the vases can be used after the candle is gone!!
Thank you!!
Jenny M
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Welcome Jenny! I am so happy you found your way here. :) The candles are from Park Hill, and they came from a small local shop. There is an online source here: http://www.thenestonline.com/Park-Hill-Candles_p_50.html
Kelly

Kathy - October 14, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Kelly, it is O.K. to murder whatever you need to murder in in order to reuse it. I murder vintage Reader’s Digest Condensed books. My dad and I cut them and turn them into letters for people to just sit around on book shelves or wherever they want to put them. (Who would want to read the condensed version of a book anyway?)
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Better to murder the books than to murder plants like I do! What a neat project you and your dad are making. Great way to reuse the books! :)
Kelly

Barbara Westbrook – A Designer to Love

Lake Keowee Barbara Westbrooksource

Over the last couple of years, I have included several photos of Barbara Westbrook’s spaces in a number of different posts, but I have never written one devoted entirely to her work.  That is, until now.:)

Lake Keowee dining  Barbara Westbrookwestbrookinteriors.com

I had planned to do one on her brilliant work this month because I seem to be drawn to lake houses in the month of September.  Yes, I know that is strange, and it happens every year. Weird, huh?  I have saved this photo from House Beautiful for a looooooong time.  I love this room she designed in a lake house in South Carolina. Don’t you just love the soft colors, the plank walls, the stone fireplace, and her use of antiques?

lakehouse living room Barbara Westbrook interiorhousebeautiful.com

And even though this photo is from long ago, this room is still one I could live in today.

Timeless.

This foyer is in the same house.

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And so is this office…

Lake Keowee office Barbara Westbrookwestbrookinteriors.com

and this wonderful porch.

Wouldn’t you like to be sitting out there right now?

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Now here is what is so uncanny about this.  You won’t believe what I discovered while I was researching this post.  This house, with its classic Barbara Westbrook rooms, was designed by….Keith Summerour – the architect I wrote a post about last Friday!  Isn’t that a strange coincidence??

And there’s more….

This elegant kitchen…

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and this charming bedroom with its gingham linens and headboards…

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are both in an Atlanta house (built in 1936) that belongs to…that same architect, Keith Summerour.  Guess who did the interior design…Barbara Westbrook.:)Cue the theme song from The Twilight Zone.

Okay…enough with the strange coincidences.  Let’s look at some more beautiful rooms by Westbrook Interiors.  Here are a kitchen and two bedrooms from another lake house.

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I am not sure where the house is in the next photo, but I think you will like this kitchen she designed for it.

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traditional kitchen Barbara Westbrooksubzero-wolf.com

So are you as smitten with her work as I am? Even her studio is a gorgeous space (cat included:))

Barbara Westbrook office

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both inside and out.

Westbrook Studio Atlantatheperfectbath.com

Her studio is located in Atlanta, so if you are in need of a designer who can help you with elegant and classic spaces that are comfortable at the same time, Barbara Westbrook can handle your project. Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself decorator, then I hope these photos have given you some inspiration.

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Until next time…

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 24, 2014 - 1:06 am

Kelly, Oh my goodness…I have that photo of the foyer with the fishing creels pinned as the cover photo on one of my Pinterest boards! I love Barbara Westbrook’s interior designs…the use of antiques and classic styling that is timeless. I covet her one of her kitchens :). Thanks for sharing this post and for the research you do on your favorite designers! I so enjoy them.
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I am so delighted that you enjoyed it Gracia! I had saved the foyer photo too..for a very long time. I can’t remember when that issue came out, but I know it has been years and years. She is one talented designer!
Kelly

Vicki - September 24, 2014 - 7:35 am

Thank you Kelly for such a great post. I read lots of blogs and I can truly say that there is not another one out in web land like yours. Your niche is your research , details, connection, and writing skills. And don’t let me forget the beautiful photos! I love this type of design and your post today was just the inspiration I needed to jump start a remodeling project. Thanks again!
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What a sweet sweet comment Vicki! Thank you for being so appreciative. :) I am glad the pictures could give you a spark of inspiration. Good luck with your project!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - September 24, 2014 - 8:32 am

Oh my….thank you for such a wonderful post! I’m going to be late for work–I stared at that last kitchen for far too long. And enjoyed every minute of it. The monochromatic color schemes are so soothing. Thank you!
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Oh dear..don’t be late for work! Yes, that last kitchen is gorgeous, isn’t it Barbara? Soothing is a good word for those rooms.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - September 24, 2014 - 9:05 am

Kelly,
How do you do it? You find rooms that speak to my heart…and probably the heart of everyone of your readers! I have 3 of the images you’ve shared that are in a file called “Absolute Favorites” Sometimes when I’ve saved pictures of rooms, I don’t have the related article and the name of the designer eludes me. I loved each and every inspiring image you shared and will never lose the name of this designer again. :-)
Thank you for always providing a bright spot in the day with your posts.
Karen
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Gosh thank you Karen! Good rooms are good rooms, and there are so many rooms today that are downright strange that these classic ones are even more beautiful by comparison. I hope Barbara Westbrook will continue to do these gorgeous spaces for us to enjoy and that her work will continue to be published. Hope you are having a good week.
Kelly

Sue - September 24, 2014 - 10:21 am

I love your lake house posts Kelly. We are in the midst of designing a new lake house {albeit a modest one} and I find so much inspiration in your posts. I just wish I could do half of the things I see, but, still will have so much fun in the process. Thanks for all the legwork!
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Oh I am jealous of you and your lake house!! (But I am glad you can find ideas for it in the posts here, Sue. :) )
Kelly

Jayne - September 24, 2014 - 10:28 am

I love her use of neutral walls and dark wood. I thinks it gives it a charming, rustic feel. That foyer! So simple, yet elegant! I love that feel. I think that’s what I liked about every picture you showed. Simple, yet elegant! Thanks for the inspiration.
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I like the contrast too, Jayne. Simple but elegant…good words to describe her work. I am happy you stopped by and enjoyed the photos. :)
Kelly

Terri - September 24, 2014 - 12:58 pm

That house at the top of your post is absolutely a classic!! Looks like it was designed yesterday… not several years ago.. Love love that studio!!
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It is most definitely a classic in my mind too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work in a studio like that??? I know I would accomplish so much. :)
Kelly

Vicki - September 24, 2014 - 1:01 pm

What a great post. Barbara Westbrook and Keith Summerour are a design dream team, for sure. I get the lake house in September appeal. Makes me think of On Golden Pond. Watching the leaves change and hearing the loons call from a cozy screened porch sounds pretty perfect.
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Maybe that IS why I have the longing to be at a lake every September. Great psychoanalysis Vicki! A screened porch overlooking the water would be great right now. :)
Kelly

Dawn - September 24, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Kelly,

You already know which room is my favorite…the green office has me written all over it! I just love the use of in homes! My second favorite space is that cozy screened in porch. I could sit there and read all day. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I do like being at the lake house in September. The temperatures are cooler and their are different animals to watch. Then their are all of the pretty colors to see. I am with you on liking lake homes in September.
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Yes, that green office certainly does have you written all over it Dawn! That is one green room. You are so lucky to have a lake house to enjoy. :)
Kelly

Charlene - September 25, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Loved that post! That designer is just my style! If you can – I’d like to see more of her rooms. You are such a terrific researcher! Thanks for scoping out all the best designers for us.
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I am so glad you enjoyed seeing her work Charlene. She has such a talent for creating timeless rooms that so many of us love. I will be sure to include more of her rooms in future posts.
Kelly

Julia - September 25, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Kelly – thanks for these photos. They are beautiful to look at and get some really great ideas.
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Thank you for reading and leaving a comment Julia! I am happy you liked Barbara Westbrook’s work.
Kelly

cindy hattersley - September 26, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Well you are “preaching to the choir” here. She is one of my all time favorite designers. LOVE everything she does. It was so fun to revisit many of her older designs. She is wonderful!
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Perhaps we should start a fan club (and urge her to write a book!)
Kelly

Peggy - September 27, 2014 - 10:20 am

I enjoy my Saturday morning cup of coffe with you! I have pinned myself happy with these scrumptiously designed rooms by Barbara Westbrook. I had just pinned the living room from from the House Beautiful pagesthis past week without knowing the designer’s name. Thank you for all the research you do. I would love to have any one of these rooms.
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Barbara Westbrook’s rooms are certainly pinworthy! I could move in any of them too, Peggy. Enjoy your Saturday!
Kelly

Trisha Troutz - September 27, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Kelly, I love her laid back traditional style. Very livable but intentional. So great to see her work in one place and study her style. Thank you for pulling this together to share
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Laid back and traditional…I had not thought of it like that, but that does describe a lot of her spaces, Trisha. So happy you enjoyed seeing her work!
Kelly

What Became of Henderson Village?

tenant house 8In the summer of 2012, I shared a post with you about Henderson Village .  It was a beautiful resort with restored homes used as bed and breakfast accommodations, gorgeous grounds, and a nice restaurant. At the time of my post, the resort was for sale, and I left you hanging with that information. So what has become of the place?

Southern Bridle Farms guest reception areaWell happily a buyer was found…actually two buyers- Jim Marshall and Mike Whiddon. They purchased the buildings, the grounds, and the restaurant.  The name has been changed from Henderson Village to The Retreat of Southern Bridle Farms, but it is not being operated as a bed and breakfast resort anymore.  The men were already co-owners in a wedding venue, Southern Bridle Farms, and they wanted to have another place available for other weddings and events.  So the restored homes and tenant cottages are being used when clients need them for large events.  tenant cottagesThe restaurant has reopened under a new name – The Carriage House Restaurant, and a little over a month ago we took all of our children plus three of their close friends for dinner there. (They are open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.)

Carriage House Restaurant

Here are a few shots I took of the dining areas. I love the antiques and the old fireplaces with their gorgeous mantels!

dining room and fireplace

 dining room fireplace
dining room

Our daughter probably would not want me to put this photo of her in the post, but I wanted you to see the beautiful wood in the door.

door

It was a very busy Saturday night with a big party in one of the dining rooms and half of their staff at another event, so service was slow for our large group, and they were out of their chicken dish that had been highly recommended to us. (Three of the eight of us were going to order it.:( ) But we did find other things on the menu to devour…fried green tomatoes, salmon, steak, fried shrimp, and pork chops (which won out for our group’s favorite.)

dinner at Carriage House RestaurantI had their beet salad, and it was really good.

beet saladThis dinner was a major celebration and good-bye dinner…all the August birthdays (daughter’s, son’s, and mine).  Daughter was leaving for college; both sons were moving to Seattle; one of the friends was home for a few weeks from a year in Taiwan and was heading back for another year, and another friend with us was home for a week from working in New Hampshire for a year but was headed back there a few days later. So of course we had desserts.:) The restaurant treated our daughter with the banana pudding trifle for her birthday (and I think she would have licked the glass if we would have let her!)  I can’t remember who had the cheesecake, but I know our son had strawberry shortcake.  Unfortunately my photo of it turned out very blurry.  :(

desserts

Here is part of their menu.

Carriage House Restaurant menu

Menu from Carriage House Restaurant

After dinner our children and their friends left to play board games, but my husband and I took a walk around the buildings.  The tenant cottages are still my favorite. Maybe one day I can stay in the one with the blue buffalo check linens.:)

a tenant house

They are currently running a special at the restaurant on Thursday nights – all the fried catfish you can eat, plus fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw, for $8.99.  We made the drive there again this past week to try the special (but I forgot the battery for my camera.)  My husband said the catfish was good, but he wants to get the whole catfish instead of filets next time.  I finally had the chicken cordon bleu and enjoyed it – especially the cheese.  (The service was much faster last week.)

the tenant houses

And now you know what has become of Henderson Village.  I forgot to mention that they are currently building a very large pavilion adjacent to the restaurant for another choice of event venue.So if you need a place in central Georgia for a wedding, family reunion, conference, or …whatever, you might want to check out The Retreat at Southern Bridle Farms. (And if you need a nice dinner, you might want to check out The Carriage House Restaurant.)  I’ll be sure to put the battery in my camera the next time we go, so that I can take more photos for you!:)

Until next time.

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Louvina - September 22, 2014 - 12:42 am

I’m up late taking a sneak peak at your blog!! This is a wonderful place! Was wondering how far away it is from your home? What a wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion!! I bet your house is rather quiet with all the kiddos off and about? Will they make it back for the holidays? Or will you go to them on the west coast? I love when you include the menus — I study them and get ideas of nice entrees to try. I’m gearing up for our NC mountain trip in the next few weeks — looks like it will be peak season for the leaves!! Ya! I hope so– haven’t seen the fall colors for many years now and am so excited!! You know — time flies this time of year– I wish it could linger longer– happy fall ya all!!
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Good grief you were up late! We can get there within a half hour, so it is not a far drive. It is a beautiful place for any celebration, and I was glad to see that they were very busy Thursday night. So it looks like a lot of people are making the drive there. Yes, our house is very quiet with everyone away. We have not made plans for the holidays yet, but I do know my sons will have more money than we will at that point so it may be up to them to fly here. LOL Lucky lucky you to get to go the mountains in the fall! Jealous here.
Kelly

Jane - September 22, 2014 - 8:27 am

I’m glad to see that new owners have rescued this beautiful place. My husband and I stayed there in Feb. of 2013 it was awful, I posted a review and called the health department. The woman who took our reservation and handled hostess duties was unfriendly and not the least concerned over issues such as a rat that gnawed by my head, no heat, bathroom dirty. when I tried to reach her supervisor I was strongly discouraged from doing that. Many in the community were aware of the problems. Our evening meal was very disappointing. When one spends $75.00 on a meal for two you would think the food would be exceptional it wasn’t. service was poor and performed by a teenage boy who knew very little about the menu. Breakfast was the same bland fare. Again I am glad new owners have taken this sanctuary into the future. I am not alone in my opinion.
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How sad that it had gotten to that point. When we were there in 2012, I was beginning to see little details that were lacking. I guess by 2013, they really should not have been trying to keep it in operation. The new owners are local, so I know they have been putting their heart and soul (and all their family members!) into the business. They are in it for the long haul, so I believe it will do well. They are a talented bunch! When we visited for the first time a month ago, the restaurant had only been open a few weeks. As is the case in any new restaurant, it takes a while to work out all the kinks. I just wish the cottages would be available as a bed and breakfast operation and not used only for events. Oh well. I AM thankful that someone rescued the place. :)
Kelly

Gail - September 22, 2014 - 8:34 am

Hi Kelly: Loved your post. This looks like a wonderful place to stay if the occasion arises. The restaurant menu sounds yummy and I too love it when you post the menus because it gives me ideas as well. The fried green tomato and pimento cheese stack makes my mouth water:-) I didn’t realize that both your sons are moving to Seattle! Can’t wait for your posts from there when you and hubby go to visit them! Your daughter is beautiful. She should never object to her picture being taken. Looks like her mother! Thanks again for a great post! Blessings…Gail
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Glad the menu could inspire! Yes, BOTH sons moved to Seattle. It will be a while before I go out there, but I know they think the West coast is the most beautiful area of our country. Thank you for the sweet compliments on our daughter. :)
Happy Monday!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - September 22, 2014 - 10:15 am

So glad to see that such a lovely place is not left to deteriorate. I liked the name Hendersonville as my mother’s maiden name is Henderson. Will have to put it on my list of restaurants I want to visit! Hope you and your husband are enjoying your empty nest….we have enjoyed ours!
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Yes, it would have been soooooo sad if no one had rescued it. I was happy to see someone take it on and continue with the restaurant. We are enjoying being empty nesters, but it is very quiet around here!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - September 22, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Kelly,
That looks like it would be a beautiful venue for a wedding. It’s great that they have a wonderful restaurant that outside people are able to visit as well.
The setting looks so peaceful and serene. Just what you need when you’re in the hurry of getting the final details down for a wedding!
Karen
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It is the perfect setting for a wedding- especially if you are wanting a Southern feel to the celebration. There are several choices there for both a ceremony and a reception both inside and outside.
Kelly

classic • casual • home - September 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

How fun and your daughter is so pretty!
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Thank you. It was a fun and lively evening!
Kelly

Dawn - September 22, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Kelly,

The grounds look very inviting but the restaurant stole my heart. It looks so cozy. The menu has many yummy looking foods on it too. Make sure you keep us posted on your return trips! I love fried catfish. Thanks for sharing.
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It is cozy, Dawn! And I will keep you posted on future trips. I promise not to leave the camera battery in the charger next time. :)
Kelly

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