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Monday Morning Mentions

Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was a good one.  Ours was much busier than I was expecting it to be.  This post was supposed to be a Talk of the Weekend one, but the only thing I was able to check off my weekend to-do list was replanting those pots up there on the front porch.  (At least I got that done!)  Anyway, I have some fun and pretty things for you to see today…even if it is Monday. 🙂


  1.  First up, this log cabin.  Do you remember that gorgeous kitchen above from last fall?  It was decorated by Tammy Connor in a house that James F. Carter designed for his clients from a couple of old log cabins.  I loved all the rooms in the house but could never find a photograph showing the exterior. Well, the search is over because James Carter’s website now has it featured.  Here it is in all its rustic beauty (and be sure to click on the link so that you can visit all the rooms again!)


2.  Do you remember that I am a huge Disney fan?  Well, you won’t believe what I found!  A house…not just any house…a house that is a replica of the Haunted Mansion from Disneyland! No joke, and it’s located in Georgia (and it is not haunted.) Click on the source below the photo for more pictures and even a video tour.


3.  Have you seen this movie?
It is on my list to see this week, and I know it is going to be so good.


4. Many of you, like me, adore Emma Bridgewater’s pottery, but did you know she now designs wallpaper as well?  It’s true!  And it seems to be inspired by some of her pottery.  Check out more of it here.


5. Have you made plans for a Super Bowl party? (I know you are going to cheer on the Atlanta Falcons, right? 🙂 )  Here are a few snacks that would be perfect for your party.


6. Or perhaps you would like your Super Bowl party to be a Soup-er Bowl party.  Here is inspiration for that if you happen to go that route.


7.  Our new puppy has been keeping us quite entertained (and busy.)  The only trouble she has gotten into in the last week was rolling up the rug in the foyer and stomping in her water bowl when she discovered it makes a great splash pool!  Other than that, she has been pretty good…especially for a lab!

 And speaking of dogs, if you are looking for inspiration for a dog party, I found the perfect one here!


8.  Okay, back to pretty houses.  I think you will like this one on Nantucket…


9.  And this one in Hingham, Massachusetts.


10.  Have you been looking for inspiration for decorating for Valentine’s Day?  Love love love these dishes from Mark and Graham, but I do not need any more dishes..and certainly not gingham ones! (But aren’t they cute?! 🙂 )


11.  More Valentine’s Day inspiration.
Who can resist a heart shaped strawberry shortcake?


12.  And finally one last food item for your Valentine’s Day (or really any day.)
60 seconds of directions, and then it bakes for 40 minutes.


And that’s all we have time for on this Monday.  Hope you enjoyed the random goodies!
Have a great week!!

Until next time..

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DiAnne - February 3, 2017 - 5:08 am

I love all your posts and this one was especially fun. I must see this movie!
It also is fun to follow along on Instagram. (mitchanddianne)
Josie’s Super Bowl party will be fun. We are looking forward to Josie’s Super Bowl party. Of course, we will be pulling for the Falcons.
Your puppy is just the cutest. I have to tell you Kathy walked my dog on a leash a couple of weeks ago. I should have taken a picture because that is a major milestone.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

cindy hattersley - February 2, 2017 - 11:25 am

Love seeing that adorable pup and that house in New England Home is to die for!! Thanks for the shares!

Barb - February 1, 2017 - 2:17 pm

Loved the post. Now I have to go check out all the Sources. I hope you get to see Hidden Figures. We loved it!

Lisa - January 31, 2017 - 5:14 pm

I’m not sure you can mention the Falcons AND anything in New England-atleast not until next week:)) Just kidding, I would LOVE to go to Nantucket! Go Falcons-beat the Patriots:))

Debbie - January 31, 2017 - 12:12 pm

Great post,and what a perfect precious puppy picture ! Ha !
Go Falcons

Dawn - January 31, 2017 - 9:23 am


Thank you for all of the inspiration lovely things to explore but your sweet puppy takes the cake!


Marianne in Mo. - January 30, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Wow! A plethora of things to explore! I must return and view them later, because I know I will dally at each one and find I’ve spent hours exploring! I love E.B.’s wallpaper though, and love your pup sooo much. You should get a raised base for her bowls (or hubby could make one) so that she can’t tip them. Makes it easier for them to digest their food too, especially when she gets bigger. I’ll be back later!

Debbie w - January 30, 2017 - 2:43 pm

The movie was outstanding! I hope you enjoy it! Love the houses featured in this post…and the sweet puppy!
I am looking forward to it Debbie! I am happy you liked those beautiful houses (and the puppy!)

Katrina - January 30, 2017 - 12:48 pm

Great post! You are going to love Hidden Figures! The theater audience clapped at the end of the movie when I saw it. I am reading the book now.
You doggy pictures just keep getting more precious!
Love the Nantucket room. When we visited there last summer I decided it was everything I loved all rolled into one quaint town… the ocean, rose covered cottages, hydrangeas everywhere, cobblestone streets, a light house, pretty white sand and bicycles with wicker baskets parked outside the restaurants! Kinda like my dream of heaven on earth.
Thank you Katrina! Can’t wait to see the movie, and I love it when the theater audience claps at the end of a movie! Must be VERY good. I am with you on Nantucket being my heaven on Earth (probably just in the summer…winter would be rough on that island!) One day we will get there…on my bucket list for sure!
Hope your week is off to a great start. 🙂

kathy - January 30, 2017 - 11:42 am

Your post was a happy surprise today. I do want to see Hidden Figures. The music on the trailer is fun too! I also liked my visit to Nantucket today. I love that post card picture of the bathing beauty. Josie is hosting a Super Bowl Party that we are all looking forward to attending on Sunday. My mom just asked if Josie could put the party off a week so I could stay longer on my visit with her. LOL.
So glad the post was a happy surprise for you today Kathy! (It truly was supposed to be a weekend post. 🙁 ) How fun all of you are going to Josie’s for the Super Bowl…sure hope all of you are going to be cheering on the Falcons! And too funny your mom wants the party postponed! Wouldn’t be quite the same though. LOL

Design Chic - January 30, 2017 - 11:30 am

We are obsessed with James F. Carter and did a feature on him last week. The cabin is amazing! Excited about Valentine’s Day and love the Mark and Graham china – so cute. Happy Monday, Kelly!
His work is just brilliant, and I had planned to do a “Designer to Love” post on him until I saw you had written yours last week. (You beat me to it!) Yes, excited about the day of love here too….I would love those M&G plates and mugs!
Happy Monday to you too!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - January 30, 2017 - 10:52 am

I’ve never seen such a charming log cabin! I clicked over to their site and looked at all the photos, and you are right that this is a rustic beauty. I could just curl up there and write the best book in the world!

And I want to play with Gabby, but I’m glad she lives with you!
I agree! I have never seen such a beautiful log cabin. Truly makes me want a calm blue and green color scheme around here. You are welcome to come play with Gabbie any time you would like. (I really did put in a wish for another beagle but I got outvoted this time.)
Hope your week has started wonderfully Leslie Anne.

Garden, Home and Party - January 30, 2017 - 10:09 am

I’m so happy Gabbie is being such a good puppy. I’ve enjoyed the pictures you’ve posted on Instagram.
I recently saw Hidden Figures and loved it! It’s so well done.
I’m making my own Valentine’s cards this year thanks to inspiration by Annie of Most Lovely Things.
Pretty houses, I will be heading to each link to see the rest.
So far so good, Karen…but we know this is probably “the calm before the storm.” 🙂 Thank you for following on Instagram. Yours are always so beautiful!
We can’t wait to see the movie! Need to check out Annie’s valentines if you are taking them on as a project. Sounds like fun!
Happy Monday!

Kay - January 30, 2017 - 9:55 am

Gabbie’s picture is adorable. She has the sweetest face. Love the porch. What is the white flower that you planted with the boxwood in the pots?
Thank you Kay! She has been sweet so far. (Fingers crossed here!) The white flowers in the pots are pansies and violas.

Sandy - January 30, 2017 - 9:38 am

The movie is great! I loved all the homes and that sweet puppy. Consider yourself lucky if that is all that has happened.
Thank you for another recommendation for the movie Sandy! Glad you liked all the houses (and the puppy.) I know we are in for wilder days with our fast growing dog!

Judy - January 30, 2017 - 9:28 am

I loved the Emma Bridgewater wallpaper! Every room in my New York colonial had wallpaper. The house in Florida, not so much. As I look at that charming pattern, I might rethink my decision. I’m hosting a Valentine luncheon in Feb, and the strawberry shortcakes looked wonderful for my dessert. I always get such great ideas from your posts, Kelly. Thanks so much for your inspiration.
After years of removing and hanging wallpaper in our other house, I am trying SO hard to not like wallpaper…but goodness it is getting harder and harder with all the pretty patterns out today! Your Florida house might be getting more if you are like me. A Valentine luncheon looks like fun, and I am sure everyone would love that strawberry shortcake. (I know I would!) I’m so glad you find inspiration here on the blog Judy!
Thanks for visiting today!

Mechelle - January 30, 2017 - 9:27 am

Would love to have your suggestion for gingham drapery. Thanks!
Mechelle, click on the FAQ tab up on the red bar below the header photos. It will give you room by room sources of the fabric I used in the house. If you need ready made drapes, then go to Country Curtains: They have a good selection. 🙂

Louvina - January 30, 2017 - 9:15 am

How nice to have a treat on Monday morning! Will go back and enjoy reading all the source info! Loved the cabin picture and of course the bath of Gabby!! I must say I have been especially thrilled to see your photos on Instagram and I am still learning how to use it myself! I got my first gingham salad plates – Pioneer Woman on sale after Christmas at Walmart. I am using them for Valentine’s Day when we will have prime rib, loaded baked potato and salad and some kind of yummy dessert- maybe cherries on a cloud ( if I can make it right!) My daughters are taking me to Hidden Figures for my birthday ( #71! ) Love when you recommend movies/books/places to see! January is almost gone! Mercy how fast the days of our lives fly by! Thankful for each day! 💕🤗💕Also, thankful for you
Thank you so much for following along on Instagram. Like you, I am still trying to figure out what I am doing! I looked at those same red check plates at Walmart! Loved them, but they had a tad more orange in them than my drapes so I did not get them. They would work well here with any of the other drapes though.They were a pretty red check! Your menu sounds delicious! What a great plan for your birthday, and I know you will enjoy it. 🙂
Happy Monday (and early happy birthday to you.)
Have a fun week!

Arlene@Nanaland - January 30, 2017 - 9:03 am

Your puppy sounds like a “puppy”! They are so cute but a lot of work as well. Loved all the photos and I did not know Emma Bridgewater designed Wall Paper. I was just looking at some of her things on EBAY this week. I hope to see that movie as well. It sounds like a winner.
It is like having a new fast-growing baby here! We aren’t even leaving her alone here…she has traveled in her crate with us to a couple of places. Don’t you love Emma Bridgewater’s things?! I will have to check out Ebay for some of her plates. Great idea! Hope we both get to see the movie soon.
Happy Monday Arlene!

Cindy - January 30, 2017 - 8:44 am

Hi Kelly: Your flower pots look great; it will be Memorial Day before we can safely pot annuals. We saw Hidden Figures last week, and loved it! I love the setting/kitchen of the log cabin. My favorite picture has to be the puppy!
We will be watching the Super Bowl; still working on the party food! Cindy
Thank you for the compliments Cindy! Our pansies do well through the mild winters here. (I wish we had more cold weather!) Can’t wait to see the movie, and I am glad you got to see it. Glad you liked the puppy photo…she can be rather photogenic when she tries! LOL Good luck getting your menu together for the party. I’ve got to do the same!

Mary Ann - January 30, 2017 - 7:19 am

Do Not Miss the movie Hidden Figures. Very Good. My personal favorite is LION. Another powerful movie is FENCES. Enjoyed immensely SULLY, LOVING. I thought Jackie and Moonlight was just okay. Very disappointed by Manchester of the Sea. Lastly to my surprise, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked La La Land.
Have you noticed that most movies had only one word in their title.
Goodness! Thank you for all the movie recommendations Mary Ann! We too loved Sully…haven’t see any of the others except for La La Land. It was alright to me, but I would have majorly changed the ending. And I will happily watch Ryan Gosling in anything. 🙂 (And what is up with all the one word titles?)

Tricia - January 30, 2017 - 5:13 am

Hi Kelly. Enjoyed your random post, happy to hear you are enjoying Gabbie and she is so well behaved! Right now, however, all I am focusing on is that chocolate dessert. Oh my gosh! Pure, simple decadence. Thanks for that (I think!).
I’m happy you liked all the randomness of the post, and yes, we are enjoying Gabbie (but right now my husband has her running circles in the kitchen!) Didn’t that chocolate look delicious?! I really want to make that.
Hope your week is off to a great start!

Travel Talk: The Biltmore Estate – Part 2

Hi friends!  Welcome back for part 2 of our tour of the Biltmore estate near Asheville, NC .  In part 1, we took a look around the rooms that the Vanderbilt family and their guests occupied.  Today, we are going downstairs…waaay downstairs…to the basement where the servants lived and worked and where the recreational parts of the house are, but before we do I want to show you one more space from the main floor. Take a look again at the floor plan for that part of the house:


On the bottom right side of the plan, you see the Bachelor’s Wing.  We saw the Billiard Room in part 1 of our tour.

Remember George Vanderbilt had this house constructed when he was 26 and while he was still single, so that Bachelor’s Wing was a must-have area.  No ladies could stay in that part of the house, nor could he stay in the bedroom wing of the other part of it if single ladies were present. (Quite a change from today’s society!) The other room in the Bachelor’s Wing that I want you to see is the Gun Room.  Please forgive the quality of the photo…it was dark in there!  (I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to pull the drapes open as we were touring the rooms!)

This was quite the man-cave! The entire back wall of the Gun Room has cabinets that house a very extensive gun collection and prized hunting trophies.

Alright, now that you have seen that, let’s go downstairs to the basement…


And through the long corridor.

You will notice from the floor plan that the entire right side of the basement is for the servants and places for them to work, while the entire left side is the recreational area for guests at the house.  On the far left is a room called the Halloween Room…


It looks very different from other spaces at the Biltmore.  The colorful walls feature spooky images that originally led visitors to think the room was used for a Halloween party, but recent research has led experts to determine that the walls were painted by the owners and their guests for a big New Year’s party on December 30, 1925. (You can find out more information here.)  The space currently showcases photographs and displays with information about the history of the house.

Continuing on around that side of the house, we come across a real-deal bowling alley (one of the first in the nation)…

a gymnasium with what was considered at the time to be state of the art fitness equipment…

 and even an indoor swimming pool with a number of dressing rooms so guests would not have to walk through the house in their wet clothing.

On the other side of the basement was space for the servants.  30 – 35 servants waited on the Vanderbilts.  In the plan you can see that there are several rooms devoted to cooking and dining chores.

The servants had their own dining room.

Because of the size of the house and the number of people who were there at any one time, there was a 4 room complex devoted to all things laundry, and all pieces of laundry dried indoors. (Good information about this area can be found here.)

There were 26 servant bedrooms in the Biltmore house, with 40 additional ones in the stable complex. You can see in the floorplan there are a number of spaces merely called “rooms.”  Those had a variety of uses including a room for preparing the many flower arrangements that decorated the spaces throughout the estate .

And now let’s go outside the house to see the flowers that were cultivated in the amazing gardens.

Designed by landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, the grounds include a beautiful Italian garden, some terraces, a shrub garden, (with more than 500 different varieties of plants) a spring garden, a walled garden, an azalea garden, a rose garden, a bass pond, a conservatory, and America’s first managed forest. George Vanderbilt had an amazing vision for protecting the environment, and together he and Olmsted created a masterpiece.

The conservatory was where the flowers and plants used inside the house were grown.

On the back side of the building is a terrace area.

And on a lower level is a garden shop! 🙂

Today there is even an area for outdoor concerts. 🙂

The landscaped gardens cover 75 acres.  George Vanderbilt’s original estate covered 125,000 acres.  When he died in 1914, his wife Edith honored his wishes and sold 86,700 acres to the federal government to be the beginning of the Pisgah National Forest (rumored to have had a selling price of around $5/acre!)  Today the Biltmore Estate has around 8,000 acres.

And that brings us to the end of our tour friends.  Because my photographs can do very little to show you the scope of the beauty of the gardens, I want to leave you with a video that does a much better job of it.  I hope you will enjoy it!

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Janet - January 26, 2017 - 10:53 am

After driving past Biltmore annually for more than 20 years on our trip from Chicago to Kiawah Island, SC, we finally stopped to visit last year. What an amazing home and how sad that he really did not get to live there that long. I was blown away by the forested drive up to the house right thru the kitchen, laundry and swimming pool. What attention to detail in every space. Thanks for taking me back!

Garden, Home and Party - January 25, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Wow, this is like Downton. It’s so amazing to me that a 26 year old had the foresight to incorporate all of the wonderful amenities he included. I can’t wait to see this mansion. Did you tour it all in one day?
I know…at 26 who would have been able to do that??? Yes, we did tour it all in one day…with time to spare. We even did a bit of the trails. If you wanted to do all of them, it would have probably filled the entire day. You really need to make a trip to NC…so many pretty places to see!

Marianne in Mo. - January 25, 2017 - 5:53 pm

The kitchen was my favorite! The servants had a rather nice dining area, didn’t they? And the gardens remind me of our botanical gardens here, the former country home of Henry Shaw.
I have to wonder if there were times that the entire “house” was totally filled. Can you imagine that? Did they have electric, phones, etc. (I don’t recall when all of that came into being.) How did they water the gardens? How was the home heated? I’m full of questions, having never explored Biltmore. Thanks for giving me something to investigate!

Dor - January 25, 2017 - 2:24 pm

I’m new to your blog so this comment is probably a little late. St. Simons Island is one of my favorite places in the world! The cottage that you showed the dining area and kitchen, blue shutters on outside, my family and I rented it a couple of years ago. We LOVED the house and area. Easy walking distance to beach and “town”. Thanks for showing it and love you blog!

Sandy - January 25, 2017 - 12:28 pm

My husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate last April on our way back from a stay in S.C. Magnificent! We stayed at their new inn, ate at Cedric’s, took the walking tour at the Biltmore House, enjoyed the free wine tasting, had a fantastic brunch, and shopped. I purchased the Biltmore Traditions book which is a collection of menus, recipes, and stories. Took home to Ohio my favorite Biltmore wine, Sangiovese.

Becky in 'Bama - January 25, 2017 - 11:58 am

Love the Biltmore Estate and have visited three times in the last ten years. My husband even surprised me for my 50th birthday with a weekend there and a private fire-side meal in the Inn. However, having looked at their website recently, I fear that they are now out of my comfort zone of pricing for lodging on the property. At least I can say I’ve stayed there in the past. I’d love to go again in the next year or two, as I see there are some new spaces opened up and a couple of new shops on the grounds. Thanks for the update.

Cheri - January 25, 2017 - 11:11 am

Your pictures make me want to go back and see this wonderful home again. It certainly is a spectacular place. Could you imagine being a kid and playing hide and go seek in a place like that.

martha - January 25, 2017 - 10:43 am

This was great! I really enjoyed this part of the tour. I don’t remember the wall paintings in the “Halloween” room, just that it was large and creepy, maybe they didn’t have it lit well then.Love the kitchens, I wonder if the cabinets were really painted that slate color that is so trendy now….seems like they would have been unpainted or painted a white color. The laundry rooms were amazing. I like to do laundry ( I know, crazy) but the thought of all that had to be done and the ironing involved is daunting!! Love the grounds! We liked the more naturalized areas better. One of the plants we discovered there was the leatherleaf mahonia. We have 3 growing in our gardens now. I hope you visited the winery. We enjoyed it and my husband now has his own little vineyard….no wine….just grapes for the grandchildren and the birds.Thanks for the tour and for bringing back fun memories!

Judy - January 25, 2017 - 9:32 am

The pictures of the gardens were lovely. The concept of a variety of gardens in a single area appeals to me. I have to do some serious landscaping in my backyard, so I’m mulling over the idea of different types of gardens, each in its own area. Thanks for the good ideas! - January 25, 2017 - 9:04 am

So glad you enjoyed your trip to the Biltmore Estate. I’ve been there many times and it always looks so beautiful. My favorite is always the gardens!

Frances in England - January 25, 2017 - 9:03 am

This is amazing, thank you for sharing it. I love visiting old houses like this and imagining the parties that were held. I also enjoy seeing the servants’ quarters, although do not envy them – we are so lucky these days with all of our modern contraptions to either help or do our housework for us!

Rosemary - January 25, 2017 - 4:48 am

Hi Kelly! Thank you for this wonderful tour. Somewhere else to add to my “must see” list if I ever make it to your part of the world! It really is spectacular ….hard to imagine just how large the house is ….so many rooms! and so well designed. It sounds functional as well as beautiful. Thanks for including the many links, video etc. I’m looking forward to settling down one afternoon with a coffee and having a really good read! 🙂 I imagine you had a wonderful day there …
Hope your weeks going well …it must be lovely having your daughter home!

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