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Talk of the Weekend #21

Coastal Living Holiday Coastal Cottage 2008source

It has stormed and stormed and stormed here today…and more storms are on the way.  My parents have lost power, but as of now our house is still electrified.  I better get this post done fast in case it does go out…and perhaps we should make a pot of coffee just in case (always a requirement in an emergency, right?:))  So let’s get right to it…lots of houses for you to explore this weekend, along with a little food and some book news …. oh and the winner of the giveaway!

Yellow Bluff

You might not remember that first house at the very top of the post, but it was Coastal Living Magazine’s Holiday Coastal Cottage way back in 2008.  It is located in a community called Yellow Bluff (shown above) in the coastal region of Georgia.  Barnard Architects designed the home, and you can see more photos of it here. What I really wanted you to know is that the house is for sale. You can find out all the realtor details here.:)

While Barnard Architects have designed some beautiful homes, I’ve told you all before that my favorite architectural firm is Historical Concepts.  I was browsing their site the other day and saw this Jupiter Island Club, Florida home. (It’s not for sale.)

Jupiter Island Club

I had seen the exterior before on another site, but they have now included a few interior photos along with some before and after shots. (The change is amazing!)  You can see it all here.

If you enjoy reading about old plantation homes, you should check out Greenwood in Thomasville, Georgia, also on Historical Concepts’ site.  Greenwood Historical Concepts

The 5000 acre estate has had many important guests over the years – including President Dwight Eisenhower and Jacqueline Kennedy (who visited there after the death of her husband.) This amazing property is for sale. You can watch a video with information about it here, and the realtor’s site with more details is here.

Another Atlanta area architect who does gorgeous work is Norman Askins.  Here are a couple of rooms from a mountain home he designed.

Norman Askins mountain

Don’t those spaces look so peaceful and relaxing? Check out his portfolio of beautiful work here.

Now here’s a house that is just plain pretty.

(Click on the link to see more of it.)

girls bedroom in

And if you like color, you will like browsing Anthony Baratta’s site.  You can even shop there! (It takes his site a while to load on my computer, so if it does on yours, just be patient.:))

Anthony Baratta dining

Anthony Baratta living room blue

But if you would like something a little more…um…subdued, then you will enjoy seeing some kitchens by Huestis Tucker.

huestis tucker

Back in January, we talked about the Downton Abbey costume display that was to be at the Biltmore.  Well Paula from Town and Country House actually went to see it!  You can read about her trip here.:)

Downton display at the Biltmore Town and Country

There’s a teeny-tiny excerpt from Jan Karon’s new book on her Facebook page.

You can read it here.

Come Rain or Come Shine Jan Karon

Come Rain or Come Shine (A Mitford Novel)

Last year around this time, I was all into strawberries and decorating with red and green.  It seems I have major strawberry cravings again this year, and this strawberry shortcake cheesecake is calling my name!

strawberry shortcake cheesecake


And finally, let me just say thank you thank you thank you for ALL the super sweet comments you left on the birthday party post (and the other ones too.)  You all are THE best readers out in blogland by far!!

And who was the winner of the books and gift card?

It was number…

winning number

and that comment belonged to…

winning comment

Congratulations Leslie Anne!  I will get in touch with you soon so that your gifts can get in the mail to you.:)

I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and if you are in the path of some of these severe storms I hope you stay safe and dry.


Until next time..

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Town and Country House - April 26, 2015 - 12:39 am

Hi Kelly,

Thanks so much for the shout out! I did love visiting Biltmore and seeing all the amazing costumes from Downton Abbey. And I love this whole Talk of the Weekend post–especially the Anthony Baratta images, the tip about Jan Karon’s new book, and, yes, that strawberry cheesecake! I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great week ahead! Paula
You are more than welcome Paula! What a fun trip you had! I am so glad you wrote about it so that all of us who cannot go can live vicariously through you. :) We had a very wet weekend, and of course, it gets sunny for the workweek. :( Hoping for more sunshine next weekend!

Nona - April 26, 2015 - 1:57 am

Loved those houses, especially the one from Historical Concepts.
I love EVERYTHING that Historical Concepts does!

Nancy - April 26, 2015 - 7:21 am

Kelly, what wonderful features, oh my! What wonderful designers, their work is truly awesome. Love Jan Karon! I’d love to go back to the Biltmore and see The Downton Abby display, I’m sure it’s just incredible. Enjoyed your sweet post on this early Sunday morning!
Have a sweet day!
I’m so happy you found some eye candy here Nancy. :) You should go back to the Biltmore and check out that display. I know it must be a good one – especially for fans of the show.
Have a great week!

Carolyn - April 26, 2015 - 10:14 am

These are all so beautiful, but my favorite is the mountain home by Norman Askins, of course. I’m going to have to get to Biltmore to see the Downton Abbey exhibit before it gets gone, especially since I live only twenty minutes away!
If I had a mountain home, I would love to have a bunk room like that one. You most definitely should be getting over to the Biltmore. 20 minutes…oh my Carolyn!
Do it next weekend.

Cheri - April 26, 2015 - 10:32 am

I love that 2nd house on your blog…so cute. At this stage of our life, small is good.
Did you go to the Biltmore and see the costumes of Downton Abbey? They were beautiful! Had my favorites. I could live in the Library there, that was probably my favorite room along with the small dining area/breakfast room.

Last…I had to print that strawberry cheesecake recipe…the picture was mouth watering and I can’t wait to make it. Hope mine looks as good.
I agree with you…small is good. We have not made it to the Biltmore…seems we travel more south lately than north. I hope you enjoy that strawberry cheesecake. It looked sooooo yummy!
Have a good week!

Marianne in Mo. - April 26, 2015 - 11:41 am

Great browsing fodder as usual! I am pinning that cheesecake! :-)
I am happy you enjoyed it! And thank you for pinning. Hope you get to make that cheesecake some time soon!

Teresa W. - April 26, 2015 - 2:12 pm

WOW! Those storms were intense last night, thankfully, we didn’t lose power. As for the houses, I can’t choose which one I like the best. They’re all so different, yet all so beautiful. The mountain setting is to die for, but I love those old, live oaks too. I’m in strawberry mode also, I made some Grand Marnier strawberry jam yesterday when it was pouring down rain. Have a wonderful week! Are you counting down the days?
Your jam sounds delicious Teresa, and what a wonderful way to spend a rainy day. I am most definitely counting down the days…19 to go. :)

Teresa W. - April 26, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Congratulations to Leslie Anne on the win!

Nan, Odessa, DE - April 26, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Great post as usual.
You and Jan Karon are teasing me, gotta wait until Setp 22 for this book. Summer better go quickly. Loved the gardening items in your jars. I think you could write a book on filling those jars, girlfriend. Just received my black/mat picture frames you use. I am likin’ them too.
Thanks for sharing!
Waiting for that book is hard; isn’t it Nan?!! Hope you are having great success with framing and hanging your photographs. :)

Peggy - April 26, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Oh my! I am going to have to have some serious chair time to enjoy all the kitchens at Huestis Tucker Architects and all the deliciousness at Anthony Barratta. You had me at blue cushions with little blue tassels! Hope you got the coffee made and hope your storms weren’t too severe.
Hope you had time to explore the eye candy sites Peggy. :) We DID get the coffee made, and the storms moved on through quickly.

Donnamae - April 26, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Beautiful homes…luscious cheesecake! 😉
Not a bad combination, right? :)

Frances in England - April 27, 2015 - 5:20 am

Ooh. I’m rather smitten with Sunstruck Cottage (i.e. the first one), now if only I had a spare $2.9m…

I’ve also saved the recipe for that lush looking cheesecake. Definitely one to try!

Hope you survive(d) the storms OK
It’s a pretty impressive house; isn’t it? And oh my at the cheesecake! Just give a fork, and I could do some damage on it.
We survived the storms…just a little mess to clean up in the yard.

Dee - April 27, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Lovely homes! The photo of the kitchen by Huestis Tucker kicked my OCD-ness up a notch. (This is why my spousal unit always refers to me as O-C-Dee.) I want to move that round table over a few inches so it centers the light.:)
O-C-Dee …too funny! Yes, I know what you mean about centering the table under the light. I want to move our LIGHT so that it is centered in front of our French doors. I am right there with you!

LJ - April 27, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Hi Kelly
I loved the browse and visited some of the sites. Congrats to Leslie Anne; I’m sure you’ll enjoy the gifts.
Glad you enjoyed them!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - April 27, 2015 - 2:43 pm

SQUEEL – SQUEEL!!! I never win anything! How fabulous to have this good news on an otherwise dreary, rainy day! Thank you so much, you fun little blogger, you!
Yay! I’m so glad you saw the post! I was hoping it would surprise you. Congratulations! I hope you will enjoy your prizes Leslie Anne.

Garden, Home and Party - April 28, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Hi Kelly,

I love these homes. Norman Askins has been a favorite for some time.
That strawberry cheesecake shortcake looks dangerous. Just hand me a fork and a comfy place to sit while I savor each bite!
Hope your storms are long gone. We’re experiencing summer weather, ugh.
His work is just fabulous. I am with you on that shortcake looking dangerous! Summer weather this early? Guess that is what the weather is like in California. :)

A Double Birthday Celebration

Mickey Mouse birthday party centerpieceMy little sister had one of those BIG milestone birthdays this weekend, and my father’s birthday is this coming Friday.  I knew we wanted to do a dinner for the both of them, but I wanted needed a direction for this celebration…something that would work for two birthdays.  And good gracious did I wrack my brain for an idea!  After MUCH deliberation, a Mickey and Minnie Mouse party seemed to fit the bill (especially since my sister and her husband are major Disney fans.)  I told them I was just taking them to their second childhood.:)

front door sign

Somehow in the planning of this party, my brain decided that this celebration needed to be held in my husband’s home office upstairs. (Oh my aching legs..)  I thought it would be fun to surprise my sister and my father with the location.

rocking chair signSo I found these arrows at Target and used a chalk marker for the messages that directed them to the party.
sign on columnMy sister told me that when she was following the signs she kept thinking….If Kelly is doing a surprise party, I am going to kill her! (I wouldn’t do that to her.:))

stairsWhen they finally reached the top of the stairs, they were greeted with these signs on the door….

Mickey Mouse party door signsand the party was set up in the room – minus the balloons.:( That was the one thing I did not get done, but they did it for me and had a hilarious time filling them up with helium and tying the ribbon on them. (My sister can be quite crazy at times!)

Mickey Mouse party upstairsMy red dishes worked well again for yet another party. I found the black and white polka dot gift wrap at Party City and just added the kraft paper on top to tone the pattern down a little.

Mickey Mouse party table settingThe cabinet my husband built worked wonderfully as a beverage area.

party table

beveragesThis was my first attempt at trying a Disney font for a chalkboard.

I’ll keep practicing.
serving bar

Mickey Mouse birthday menuMore balloons in the “living area” of the room.  (The color scheme in that room is not red and black.  It just needed to be that way for the party.  I am changing it back to yellow and black this week.:))

balloonsAs I was planning this party, I thought it would be fun to have old vintage Disney cartoons playing on the television.  Luckily, our oldest son is also a Disney fanatic and had these collectible dvd sets that I borrowed from him.  My father joked that the cartoons were the best part of the evening.  (I told you I was sending them to their second childhood!)

Walt Disney TreasuresWalt Disney Treasures – Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two

(My Amazon Affiliate link.)

Besides the cartoons, I also wanted Disney music playing during the party.  So I purchased this music:

Jim Brickman Disney Songbook The Disney Songbook

It was very pretty…but it didn’t sound like a celebration. It sounded…romantic.:) (And I teared up every time I listened to Reflection…the Mulan song my daughter sang in her high school musical.:()  So I went back to the Amazon site searching for more authentic Disney.  I hit the jackpot with this 4 disc set:

Disney Classics

Disney Classics

It has all the movie and television theme songs I wanted (except for Part of Your World and Beauty and the Beast.) And it even has the music from all our favorite rides at Walt Disney World!  So it was exactly what I wanted for the evening.:) (If you ever need music to get you energized just listen to Circle of Life from The Lion King and Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from Lilo and Stitch.  I’ve had them on repeat for days now!)Anyway, everyone enjoyed the music – especially the music from the rides.  :)

Okay enough about the music.  Here is my attempt at a caramel cake for their birthday cake. (My mom made the layers. and I did the icing.) I had not made that icing since I badly burned my hand making it when I was a teenager.  This cake looked rough, but it tasted good. (And I guess that’s what counts, right?)  I am so not a cake decorator!

Mickey Mouse party birthday cakeA last look at the room before it goes back to its office mode.

birthday partyIf you have been reading here lately, it seems like I have been in a birthday/Disney/celebration mode since late February. Between my husband’s birthday, our trip to Disney, our trip to Celebration, and the blog’s birthday, we’ve been celebrating quite a bit!   I think this party wraps it all up for a good conclusion.:)

Mickey Mouse centerpieceAnd I want to leave you with one last reminder to enter the giveaway (a birthday present so to speak!) that ends at midnight Thursday night (April 23, 2015.)  Details here. To enter, just leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/16/2015 and midnight Eastern time 4/23/2015 (on the blog – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please.  Good luck!

giveaway at Talk of the House

Until next time…

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Sandy - April 22, 2015 - 5:58 am

Your husband’s home office is fabulous. I would duplicate that room in a heart beat. Love those polka dots in your Mickey and Minnie decor. I too will be celebrating my birthday this Friday.Birthday wishes all around.

Tricia - April 22, 2015 - 6:00 am

Kelly, I LOVE your style so much! How much fun for your guests to walk back into their second childhood. Your Disney font is flawless. I still think you need to publish a book with all your wonderful ideas. Such fun, warmth – no detail is overlooked. A joy to wake up to one of your posts. Thank you!

Anne from Atlanta - April 22, 2015 - 6:19 am

You are too clever! What a fun party. I may have to steal that idea. Thanks again for a great post. Anne

donna - April 22, 2015 - 6:40 am

What a sweet party! I love Disney too. What a lucky family you have to benefit from all your creative ideas! Oh, and I’d love to be the winner of your giveaway!
Cheers! Donna from sunny Savannah,Ga

kathy - April 22, 2015 - 6:47 am

Everything came out beautifully and can I say again that I love your photography skills?

Julie in Asheville - April 22, 2015 - 6:57 am

Enjoy this blog so much, Kelly. Appreciate your creativity and style, especially checks and chalkboards.

Joyce - April 22, 2015 - 7:19 am

What a fun and creative party!!! You think of everything!

Vicki - April 22, 2015 - 7:20 am

Sounds like a fun party! You family is blessed that you take the time to care so for them and make them feel special. I don’t think your celebrating is over just yet though. Retirement is cause for a BIG celebration and that time is coming for you in just a few weeks!

Sherry - April 22, 2015 - 7:28 am

Kelly I love all of your posts! So inspiring! And I really like your chalkboards, menus, and polka dots!

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 7:31 am

What a wonderful celebration. You have so much energy!

DeeDee - April 22, 2015 - 7:33 am

As usual, you left no stone unturned! Such a fabulous & creative Disney-themed party that I’m sure was enjoyed and appreciated by all!

Susan - April 22, 2015 - 7:36 am

Amazing! I really want to be part of your family. You can either adopt or hire me (no $$, just my services and adoration!!) The Disney has been so fun. Cannot wait for the next journey.

Gail - April 22, 2015 - 7:38 am

Hi Kelly: My daughter and her husband are going to love all the creative ideas you used for the Disney theme. They are such big fanatics….how do people get to that point???:-) Of course my first trip to Disney several years ago involved tackling four parks in five days!!!! Too much for my body. And on top of that a husband who insisted on filming every single thing in the park while my son-law was practically running through the place with our grandson in the stroller. I was caught in between trying to make sure we didn’t lose hubby in the journey. I was like the park police:-) And on top of all that, hubby had problems with his feet the whole week until the very last day when he discovered that the new inserts he had bought for his feet were the culprits. No wonder he had trouble walking!!:-) Do you think I should try it again? I’m afraid…just sayin’ Anyway, just loved the post. How did you get all that furniture upstairs? Whew!!! Blessings!

Cynde - April 22, 2015 - 8:21 am

Love this!!!! Just enough mystery with following the signs, to the unexpected dining venue! And hubbies office turned out amazing….!!!

Louvina - April 22, 2015 - 8:25 am

CLEVER!! I am picturing Mickey and Minnie “blushing and throwing kisses” and saying “ahaa-ahaa” in Mickey’s famous voice!! What a delightful way to wake up in the middle of the week! Makes one want to be a child once more! Really gathered many ideas for some gifts and party ideas! Working on ideas for my daughter’s BIG birthday in Sept. A mermaid theme “just being with my girlFINS”! Get it?!;) And what a great way to showcase your husband’s new upstairs office! The room is perfect and just the right amount of The Kelly Touch! Belated Birthday Wishes to all!:)

Barbara Hinske - April 22, 2015 - 8:34 am

All of this is charming. Walt would be proud! And I think your Disney font looks fabulous — I’m going to have to try it. Your cake looked terrific, too.

Stacey - April 22, 2015 - 8:52 am

The whole room is adorable and of course, you covered every detail perfectly. You’ve got mad skills when it comes to entertaining. :)

Sue - April 22, 2015 - 8:59 am

Well Kelly, you’ve done it again! Every detail is just perfect, including your font. We do a lot of Disney themed meals here and I will be copying many details:-) I love that you coordinated the music and movies.
Your husband ‘s office turned out great too. What a fabulous space.

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 9:09 am

You are amazing Kelly! I don’t know where you get your energy! You do a beautiful job of planning and decorating. I love the red and black and the polka dots :)

Arlene@Nanaland - April 22, 2015 - 9:18 am

Kelly when your retire from teaching, you need to take up party planning. You do such a great job at themes, food etc.

Shannon - April 22, 2015 - 9:30 am

What a fun way to have a Mickey and Minnie adult party!! The Disney lettering looks GREAT!!

Debra C - April 22, 2015 - 9:46 am

I love it! You did a great job as usual.

Monika - April 22, 2015 - 10:17 am

Your double birthday party blog is a great inspiration for one of my next parties, Kelly. Great ideas as always!

Gina - April 22, 2015 - 10:24 am

Oh wow, your husband’s office made a perfect place for a gathering!! I love your theme! :) I am amazed at your hand lettering of all the signs. You did a great job. I thought you had printed them at first. I’m going to “pin” the cd just in case. I would love to have the songs from the rides. 😀 Now, off to listen to “Circle of Life.” 😉

Kristy Woodson Harvey - April 22, 2015 - 11:12 am

Oh my goodness! I’m so excited to be a part of this great giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing Dear Carolina!! Happy birthday all around! xo Kristy

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 11:13 am

You did it again, Kelly! Beautiful, thorough, I mean down to the cartoons and the music. I loved the cookies on the cake, to cute. I didn’t realize that his office was large enough for such a good size table. Works great except for the stairs. I know all about stairs. But I think there will be one more party, you may the quest and not the host…retirement!!!
Thanks for sharing, Cindy

Lynn A. - April 22, 2015 - 11:25 am

You did a great job with the Disney font. Looks like birthday fun was had by all. The office looks great. :-)

Becky - April 22, 2015 - 11:31 am

Kelly, I would love to win your giveaway. However, I consider every post you do to be a gift to us. Thank you again for the gracious way you share your life with us.

cyndy - April 22, 2015 - 11:39 am

Everything is amazing! You are so creative and artistic; so glad you share!

Helen - April 22, 2015 - 11:55 am

What a fun party – you could do this for a job! Love it!

Betty - April 22, 2015 - 12:04 pm

The party looks like a great time! Love the idea of having it in an alternative space.

Ruth - April 22, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Please tell me that the table was already upstairs!

Your creativity and decorative know-how know no bounds… and neither does your tasteful eye. And apparently, neither does your heart, because it seems that you are Celebration Central for your extended family, always doing for others. Lucky ducks (Donalds and Daisies?) they are to count you among their ranks!

Heather Bass - April 22, 2015 - 12:21 pm

As always, it looks lovely. Your attempt at Disney Font was a success and I think it was the icing on the cake!

lj - April 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Party and party-giver: Clever, yes….Creative, absolutely…fun, you bet. I’m beginning to understand that you work very hard and maybe play hard too…uhmmm-what you think?
That home office looks fantastic…easy to work in…and I like that comfy chair in the corner.
Good job!

DiAnne - April 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm

What a lovely and thoughtful party! Parties for others are just the best. You make it look easy but I know that putting things together like this takes much thought and effort, especially when you are having the party upstairs.

Charlene - April 22, 2015 - 12:44 pm

You are amazing!! I wait every day for an updated post (no pressure!). Your creativity has no end! I love the Mickey/Minnie theme – it turned out beautifully!!

Bonnie Thompson - April 22, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Happy Birthday and hope you have many more.

karen - April 22, 2015 - 1:45 pm

What a beautiful space for your party! We are huge Disney fans so I have really enjoyed all of your Disney themed posts. I will definitely be trying my hand at the disney font for the chalkboard.

Joyce Ward - April 22, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Kelly, what a perfect birthday celebration-I’m sure everyone appreciated all your efforts.
I do enjoy your posts on your blog…..Make everyday special.
Thank you!

Nancy - April 22, 2015 - 1:52 pm

You are SO talented! Love all your ideas. My favorite blog!

Bonnie - April 22, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Such an ABSOLUTELY fun idea for a party! Creative and fun! Bless you for your efforts to bless the people in your life, and now all the rest of us who get to step ‘inside’ to feel a part of the times, thoughts and ideas that you share. Thank you, Kelly.

Debbie w - April 22, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Loved the birthday ideas…the office seemed perfect!

Jeanne Bell - April 22, 2015 - 4:02 pm

You have the greatest ideas and your family is lucky to have you.
My grand-daughter will be one in July and you have given me some great ides. Thanks,

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Red and black and polka dots! Love it! I think when you retire you should write a book on entertaining. My goodness, it is half written with your beautiful holiday and party posts. I would be first in line to buy it! (Ha, ha! Nothing like me giving you an assignment when you may like to take breather and put your feet up 😉 ). You do have so very, many wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing your lovely party ideas.

Cynthia - April 22, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Everything looks so festive! I’m sure everyone had a good time!

Sherry Myers - April 22, 2015 - 4:48 pm

All I can say is you have some very lucky family members. What a special treat! No detail left out, everything is perfect. I love it all. It was such a pleasure looking at everything about this post! Thank you for sharing. It was a treat for me too!

Libby - April 22, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Kelly, you are just full of wonderful ideas! When do you find time to do it all? You are an inspiration. All the celebrations have been fun! Thank you for letting us come along.

Garden, Home and Party - April 22, 2015 - 4:56 pm

This is so cute. I love all of the details and think you are such a creative person. I was impressed when I noticed that the writing on the arrows was the Disney font. Did you find the font online to use as a guide, or did you remember most of the letters from your visits?
The room is much larger than I realized and what a fun place to have a special dinner.
Great job.

Joy Jenkins - April 22, 2015 - 5:16 pm

You are so talented and Fun!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 22, 2015 - 5:19 pm

WOW!! You REALLY made this party special! It is fabulous! You thought of every detail. I am sure your Dad and sister were thrilled. Everything looks great and the menu sounds fabulous!

Jerry Stocks - April 22, 2015 - 5:31 pm

You are indeed a very talented decorator. Would you be interested in participating in a Designer Show House in Beaufort, SC? If so, email me and I’ll put you in touch with a committee person.

Dawn - April 22, 2015 - 5:57 pm


I would have loved to have been at this party! It looks like so much fun! Your Disney font is perfect by my standards! Have you ever shared your caramel cake and icing recipe? You thought of everything I can tell. The menu, the decorations, the music, movie and snacks it all looks and sounds great! I am sure your Dad and sister loved all the love you showed them! I’d love a milestone birthday planned by you. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Scribbler - April 22, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I think I remember reading that you are going to retire from teaching. Have you considered a second career as a party planner? You definitely should — I would hire you in a heartbeat.

Nona - April 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

What a great idea to have a party in a non-traditional space! I am going to rethink use of space. Never thought about using an office space or home library, but they will get consideration from now on. Love the red Gerberas(sp?) How festive they are.

Carol - April 22, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I love your birthday celebration. You always come up with the best decorations. I am not that creative but everytime I visit I am so impressed with your creativity and just love your home. You are such an inspiration.


Barbara P from Ma - April 22, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Hi Kelly, Just absolutely LOVE your husband’s office! You are SO LUCKY he is so talented! That cabinet he built that you used for your buffet is fabulous! Looks like you knocked it out of the ball park once again! The party décor was perfect! Everyone must have had a wonderful time!

Theresa in Nebraska - April 22, 2015 - 8:48 pm

absolutely great! love, love, love that disney theme.

Susan - April 22, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Kelly you have the best ideas – looks like a great birthday celebration.

PATTI - April 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm

I need your “recipe” for all the energy! :-)

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Kelly- you are so talented. Loved the party ideas. I’ve had jury duty all week and checking out this posting has helped my week be much brighter. Love your blog!

Mary Hanson - April 22, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Love the Disney theme birthday. What better than being young at heart everyday but especially on a birthday. Thanks for sharing!

Terry Pitzer - April 22, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Such a fun Disney-themed birthday party!

Lindy James - April 23, 2015 - 12:55 am

What timing that your blog today was Disney themed as we just got home an hour ago from Disneyland in S. California! This time it was just my daughter, myself, and my two grandaughter’s who are 2 and 3. One was dressed as Elsa the other was Cinderella. Of course, all the frozen themed shows we saw again, I think that was the third time! Your husband’s office looks great, thanks for the giveaway. Take care, Lindy

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:27 am

I cannot remember when a blog post made me feel this energized or excited about undertaking a new project. Two of my children share October as their birthday month, 10 years apart. I have struggled with trying to have a party that would appeal to both, and, thus have always had 2 separate gatherings. This party concept is tasteful, fun and the answer I have been looking for! I so look forward to putting this party together for my children and I’m certain for the foreseeable future, it will be the “Talk of the House!” Keep up the awesome work!!!

Lauren - April 23, 2015 - 7:32 am

What a fun and fabulous birthday party and your husbands office was such a perfect spot for the event, so beautiful and cozy! You are so talented and creative – love all of your ideas for celebrating special occasions!

Nicola - April 23, 2015 - 8:50 am

Love the party decorations! I am trying to put together a graduation party, I may need to borrow the table runner idea! The room is fantastic, it looks very inviting and tasteful!

Paula B. - April 23, 2015 - 9:51 am

How wonderful, what a celebration. I hope the birthday folks are enjoying this special time. You certainly showed them how much they mean to you. I loved the tablescape, just too cute, Kelly!

kathy - April 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

I love the Disney themed party. Someday I will do a Disney cake and party .. maybe for a grandchild… that I don’t have yet. I love polka dots. The wrapping paper on the table was cute and the Oreos on the cake, great idea. I will use those ideas. You did an excellent job with the Disney font on the chalkboards. You are right, Disney music does energize, especially The Circle of Life. Super job, Kelly.

Amy O'Quinn - April 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

Oh wow! You should so totally add ‘party planner’ to your list of professional credentials and qualifications! I have just a little over 2 more years until I hit that same BIG milestone, but I am absolutely envious of your sister’s and dad’s party. A celebration like that would certainly make the transition fun and easy. :) Perfect! You did a wonderful job on the Disney font too…so talented!
Have a lovely day!

Donnamae - April 23, 2015 - 10:21 am

Everything looks fantastic! What a wonderful idea…great execution on your part! You made me realize…I need to plan a party! 😉

Debra - April 23, 2015 - 10:27 am

How cute to have a “surprise” location for this sweet party. It was nice of hubby to allow a party in his hideaway, I mean, office. :) Hope that table wasn’t too heavy to move to the room. What fun it must have been with all those wonderful “Kelly details”, music to old cartoons. I must say from the fun polka dots to the Momma/daughter cake effort, your a great hostess!

Julia - April 23, 2015 - 11:12 am

Kelly – what a party!! So cute and fun! Thank you for sharing your family’s celebration with us.

Michele - April 23, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Kelly, your blogs are a breath of fresh air. Thank u for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Becky in 'Bama - April 23, 2015 - 3:51 pm

what will you do with yourself when you ‘retire’ from teaching? Maybe teach people (like me) on line or travel and do crafting seminars? Your eye for design is impressive, equal to your love for your friends and family – hope they ALL know how blessed they are. AND that school of yours better give you a send-off to remember.

Renee Cook - April 23, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I am always so wowed by your creativity! You really mastered the Disney font and I noticed it right away on the directional signs. Good job, as always! Thanks for sharing!!

Lanita Anderson - April 23, 2015 - 4:33 pm

I SO loved your creativity for the birthday party – the table was beautiful!! I, too, have red dishes and got some great ideas for setting the perfect party table. I really liked the idea of using gift wrap and craft paper for the table runners…. Thanks for sharing and for all of the great inspiration!
Blessings to you!

Vickie White - April 23, 2015 - 10:07 pm

You are so creative!!! Love the “Disney” party! I am going to pin some of these ideas for future use.

Ashley - April 23, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Kelly if this is what you put together while you’re still working, I can’t wait to see what you create and post when you retire soon!

Wanda - April 23, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Your “Disney” font looks great! I love all of your Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired decorations. Sounds like it was a fun party. I’ll bet the cake was tasty too.

DeAnne - April 24, 2015 - 7:25 am

Very creative idea, as always.Was wondering where you purchased the wicker drink dispenser?

lori lucas - April 25, 2015 - 10:07 am

We had State Testing this week (HUGE UGH!) so I am a little late getting around to reading. As always, loved your post. This is what I imagine: Family and/or friends hear that the party is at Kelly’s house and everyone is instantly happy! Who wouldn’t be happy to get an invitation to a party at your house? — The hostess that plans down to the smallest details…..Which makes it all just spectacular! One more thing–Right before Christmas, about 10 years ago I came home from school and my Hubs had the dining room table set in new red dishes. (Believe me, this is SO NOT my husband.) Anyway, he had bought me a 100 piece set of solid red dishes. I mean that set has everything! ha! Anyway, instead of just leaving them under the tree for me to open, he had come home from work early and set the table using as much of it as he could. He had two of our sons help, and they even did cloth napkins, centerpieces and party favors (which told me he DOES pay attention to things i do!) Anyway, the whole point of that, is that I have used those red dishes in so many different ways, combined them with so many other dishes and just loved them. (How does a person live without red??!!) Thanks for another great post. Lori Lucas
We’ve had state testing for the last 2 weeks, and you are so right. It is certainly a big ugh! The poor children. I think we are testing them to death. :( Your husband was a super sweetheart to not only buy you the red dishes, but to set it all up for you. WOW! And it sounds like he spared no detail in getting it ready to surprise you. How sweet!! Yes, those red dishes are perfect for most every celebration. Great minds think alike!

Hailey~FurnishMyWay - April 29, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Your husband’s office is incredible and if it were mine, I would become a workaholic! The party looks great. I love how all of the lettering was done so with the classic Disney font! Now I want to go to make a quick trip to Disney Land!
Too funny! Thank you for your sweet compliments Hailey. I need to practice that font some more so that it can look more authentic. Definitely make that trip to Disney Land! :)

Talk of the Weekend #20 (and a giveaway reminder)

ikea april showers partysource

It has been raining cats and dogs all week long here, and there is no let up in sight even for the next few days. When they say April showers, I guess they really mean it!  I thought the party above by Ikea was so cute….but I’m afraid we would still get wet – even with all of those pretty umbrellas.  When the sun finally does decide to shine again, wouldn’t you like to be relaxing here?


It belongs to this house:

home in

You can see more work by this group of architects here and here.

Did you watch any of The Masters golf tournament this year? And did you happen to see the legendary Jack Nicklaus make that hole in one??! My father-in-law is a big fan of golf.  If I had been preparing desserts for him, this recipe would have been perfect.:)

Arnold Palmer

Have you seen Lexington Company’s new home catalog for spring?  It will make you want to go to the beach.

Lexington Company spring

There is a pretty California cottage here for you to see.  Built in the 1920’s, it belongs to author, Lena Dunham.

Lena Dunham

Besides being busy renovating that sweet home, she has also produced a documentary on artist Hilary Knight, of Eloise fame.

If you are a fan of Eloise, you might enjoy reading about the Eloise suite and boutique at the Plaza Hotel complete with an Eloise menu.:)(The suite is much much more than I would ever pay, but it is fun to look at.)

Eloise menu

And you can read about the 5 year long restoration of the hotel itself here.

And speaking of children, one of my sweet friends is having twin girls! (I should get them Eloise books, right?!:)) James Farmer is helping to host an upcoming baby shower for them, and I thought you might like an update on the home that he is building nearby.

Farmdale James

I’ve been looking at ideas used in small homes lately.  Our son will be moving into an old apartment in Connecticut in the fall to attend law school.  His apartment is within walking distance of his classes, but it is only 180 square feet – yes, that is the total for living, dining, sleeping, cooking, and the bathroom.:( Here is a small cottage that you might enjoy seeing – although it is larger than my son’s apartment by quite a bit- at 557 square feet.:)

tiny house living

We are working on preparations for a birthday party this weekend – a joint one for my sister and my father.  If we get everything done, I think I would like to see this movie with Alan Alda (whom I have always loved) and Clint Eastwood’s son. It was filmed in several locations in North Carolina.

the longest ride

The Longest Rice

Have any of you seen it?  Kim at Savvy Southern Style saw it a week ago and said she and her husband both loved it. So I hope we will have time to see it soon.
And that’s all the randomness I have time for today, but before I go, I want to tell all of you thank you for the very sweet blog birthday wishes you left here this week.  You guys are toooo kind!  I also wanted to remind you of the giveaway here.  You can find more details on this post. Just leave a comment, and you are entered for 2 wonderful books and an Amazon gift card.:)
giveaway at Talk of the HouseHave a great weekend!
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Kelly - April 18, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Hi Kelly,

Reading your blog over my lunchtime break from house and yard work. It’s a beautiful 76 degrees in southcentral PA today so much to do! My husband and I saw The Longest Ride last night and enjoyed it. Alan Alda is wonderful :). The only negative I have is that I wished the couples would have waited to get married, IYKWIM. Sadly, seems to be the norm now a days. It’s lovely, though and I always enjoy getting to see glimpses of North Carolina. With its mountains and beaches, it seems to have the best of both worlds. Have a wonderful day!!

nadya kotik - April 18, 2015 - 1:59 pm

I just found your blog and love the house decor that you post. Thanks for the inspirations!

Carol - April 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm


Your home is such an inspiration to me! We are slowly pulling our house together, and I admit that I borrow a bunch of ideas from you!


Nancy - April 18, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Love love love your blog and style!!
Nancy in NE Ga

Benita - April 18, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Beautiful, beautiful….as always!

Lynne - April 18, 2015 - 3:44 pm

I sure do like the home James Farmer is building. It is really unique. Tks for the update on it.

Arlene@Nanaland - April 18, 2015 - 3:55 pm

I love that California Cottage Kelly! It is precious…all your photos were successful in brightening my day. It is gloomy and rainy here as well!!

Joan - April 18, 2015 - 4:15 pm

O, Kelly, this was such a fun and fresh post today. I am excited
about the umbrellas….not for a party, though that is a great idea, but for an art project. The soft colors and shapes are and uplift and I think looking them often would be wonderful. Also, I want to see the movie.

And, a belated Happy, Happy Birthday. You are such a blessing to so many.

LJ - April 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Hi Kelly,
You drew me in…I thought that I’d simply check for emaiIs after lunch and before returning books to library…then I had to look at the CA cottage–serene! James Farmer’s place will be perfect–I know I’ll love it as it is so symmetrical (spelling???) and I do like symmetry…then a quick glance through the catalog.
Oh my, 180 sq feet will be a bit of a challenge, but knowing that you are creative and love organization I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ideas….I hope you’ll share some with us.
Enjoy your movie date and have a terrific weekend.

donna - April 18, 2015 - 4:36 pm

I’m so enjoying all your posts. Happy belated birthday wishes and congratulations on your son getting into law school! Rainy here in Savannah but managed to get lots of yard work done yesterday.
Take care!

Crystal - April 18, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Looking forward to seeing the small space your son will be living in & how you decorate it.

Vicki - April 18, 2015 - 4:56 pm

I stopped for a quick break from house work and thought I would check in to see if you had a new post and you did. It looks like a good one! I will check back when I have quiet time to drool over the pics in your links:)

Betty - April 18, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Sorry about the rain! It’s bright and sunny here in Wisconsin, but only about 55 degrees. Love your blog!

Donnamae - April 18, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Thanks for all the links! It’s been beautiful here in southern Wisconsin this week…so we got lots of yard work done…but still lots to do! I’ll be reading these later…when it’s dark out! 😉

Louvina - April 18, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Another lovely post! Look forward to every one! Loved the April Shower’s umbrellas. I took a child’s umbrella and made a flower arrangement inside, tied a bow and made a door decoration. Having a low key Saturday — reading, resting and watching some movies. I guess I am truly retired now!!:)

Dara - April 18, 2015 - 5:59 pm

It’s a good day for randomness. Always interesting though!

Barbara Hinske - April 18, 2015 - 6:30 pm

What a lovely bunch of happy posts. I must try those cupcakes, and I love that photo from IKEA. Happy Weekend!

Kim - April 18, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Kelly, oh, how I love that white cottage. Gosh those small homes cost a lot. I sure hope you get to see that movie. I am looking forward to seeing it again when it comes on t.v.

Gail - April 18, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Hi Kelly: Very cute blog. Love the Ikea party with the umbrellas. That was adorable. My husband and I did watch the Masters last weekend. Was so impressed with Jordan Speith (hope that’s the correct spelling) who won the tournament. He displayed great character for a 21 yr old. I want to see the new Nicholas Sparks movie as well…heard it was very good. So sorry about all the rain that has come your way. April showers bring May flowers:-) You definitely have something quite beautiful to look forward. Also, can’t wait to see how you decorate your son’s tiny space, that is if you are on the decorating committee:-) Thank you again for such a colorful post. Blessings

Pattie - April 18, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Love your blog. I want to see that movie too! Would love to win the giveaway.

Terry - April 18, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Rather new to your site and really enjoy it! Was happy to see you have the original marmalade cake recipe from the Mitford books.
I have made the cake a few times from the recipe in “The Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader”, but am looking forward to trying the one you posted – it is a tad different. By the way, I made it for a friend, who said she loved it so much, she has dreamed about it.

Once again, thanks for the beautiful homes (including yours) and sharing with us.


Kathy - April 18, 2015 - 7:31 pm

I think there is some upcoming post material here. I hope you are going to do a post on the baby shower for the twins and a post on how your son’s small apartment turns out. I want to see The Longest Ride but I am a bit aggravated at Nicholas Sparks right now. (I just finished reading At First Sight and was so upset about the ending.) I always get inspiration from your posts, Kelly. You see those upside down glasses in the first photo. You will see those again in some of my photos in about a year. Thanks, Kelly! Have a great weekend. Hopefully, this rain, rain will go away!

Lynn A. - April 18, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Those cupcakes look delicious. Have to make them for my hubby who enjoys Arnold Palmer’s. Thanks for finding the recipe for us.

Joyce - April 18, 2015 - 8:05 pm

So many fun things going on! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with such a tiny space.

Kayleigh O'Neal - April 18, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Hey Kelly! I love the April Showers picture at the top of the page. I’d love to host a party as cute as that one!

Donna Weir - April 18, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I love your blog. Thanks for putting so much into it!

Monika - April 18, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Am on vacation in PA visiting 3 of my 5 grandsons. Life with the little ones is quite hectic and I just now (9:26 pm) have a moment to check my email. Hurrah, a new post from you, Kelly! Always my fav! Can’t wait to make the Arnold Palmer Cupcakes for my husband who is one of the many Marshalls working at the Heritage Golf Tournament on our beautiful Hilton Head Island.
Thanks for a fun update.

Cindy - April 18, 2015 - 9:53 pm

I have been sitting here trying to figure measurements for a 180 sq.ft. apartment!!! Hope you show the apartment after you put your touch on it. We had a beautiful day today after a week of cold rain, spent the whole day outside. Great, since couple more days of rain ahead. Enjoy your weekend and I would love to win the giveaway!

DeeDee - April 18, 2015 - 10:11 pm

April showers DO bring May flowers! Here’s to playing in the dirt next month!

Libby - April 18, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Love reading your blog these last few years! You are so sweet to be giving gifts at your own party!

Merri Jo Schaubroeck - April 19, 2015 - 12:39 am

Rain is predicted here in northern IL for the next few days, too. I think I might suggest to my hubby that we go see The Longest Ride movie after church tomorrow. I like seeing movies (& taking naps) on rainy afternoons!

Leila Jane - April 19, 2015 - 7:39 am

Hi Kelly- Since finding your blog a couple of years ago, one thing I continue to be impressed with is the size of your pictures – and okay, two things – I love that you don’t have any distracting ads, especially those annoying pop-up ads at the bottom of your pictures. With all of the time and work it must take to photograph and write a blog, if it were me, I personally would hate to put ads all over it. As a reader, I sometimes even find them offensive. I don’t know if ads are becoming a necessary evil, though, for bloggers to be compensated for the time they spend. I also don’t know if this is an issue for you, Kelly. I just know I appreciate your beautiful, clean, easy-to-read blog with the emphasis on your pictures. Thank you for all of the time it must take to create a beautiful blog!

Pat - April 19, 2015 - 8:54 am

I love your blog and style. I am so excited when I get an email with a new post.

Tammy Loves Dishes - April 19, 2015 - 10:09 am

I love your blog! Your photos are eye candy and your posts are always of interest.
The Treasures From Home cookbook looks like a keeper; where can we order it if we are not the lucky winner?

Dawn - April 19, 2015 - 10:56 am

I love your blog. Your pictures are beautiful. We have been getting a little bit of rain too but not like you have. I love the umbrella picture!!

Debbie w - April 19, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Enjoyed seeing the different lists in your blog today! Would love to win,!

Debbie w - April 19, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Grr…that was suppose to say posts not list….grr auto correct!

Loretta Hamilton - April 19, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Thanks for all of your beautiful posts! And can’t wait to see the movie…sounds like a perfect chick flick and my wonderful husband will always happily go along with me.

Nancy - April 19, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Kelly, I’ve just taken some time to look at your blog for the first time and I’m totally in awe of it! It’s refreshing, full of beautiful photographs, not to mention the wonderful entertainment you mention! Your post is full of charm, truly just delightful!


Debra - April 19, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Drooling over the Lexington catalog. Just about wanted to jump in each of the pictures. Sigh! That Ikea party spread is just too fun. Thanks for the visual goodness. I’m finally relaxing after my weekend brought flower bed leaf cleaning, edging, tilling, and mulching. A new coat of stain on the deck, iron furniture back out. It feels good and it is time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Did you get to see that movie? Isn’t Clint’s son adorable! :)

Dawn - April 19, 2015 - 7:31 pm

I know what you mean by the relentless rain. My poor boxer does not like to go out in the rain even with an umbrella being held for him. I love the umbrella shower party idea. That is a super cute idea. I hope your dual birthday party went as planned and that you got to go see that movie. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Barbara P from Ma - April 19, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Hi Kelly, Would love to see pictures (before and after) of your son’s tiny apartment. Knowing you and the magic you perform with your decorating know how, I’m certain it will be 180 square feet of fabulousness! We’re FINALLY getting some nice/warm weather here in MA and I’m loving it! Congrats again on your son getting into Yale Law! Kudos to him! And to you and Hubby too!

Karen - April 19, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Love your blog, Kelly! It’s always beautiful and inspiring.

Regarding “The Longest Ride”, I live in Winston-Salem where some of the movie was filmed (the college and bull riding scenes). Our son and one of his buddies were paid extras in the movie (my son plays a camera man; his buddy plays a cowboy backstage at the bull riding competition). We were thrilled to see the movie with him (it opened on his birthday), and even though we had a very special interest in the film, we enjoyed it. I think you will, too.

Again, love “Talk of the House”! Hope your week is productive!

Garden, Home and Party - April 19, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Did you see the inside of Lena Dunham’s California “cottage”. It’s so charming and not that small. Your son’s little house for his stint in law school sounds small. House Beautiful always features small houses in their July/August issue. Congrats to him—going to law school is exciting (and hard work). I saw an interview with Clint Eastwood and his son. What a charming young man. I also heard this particular movie isn’t as much of a tear-jerker as the Notebook.
Have a wonderful weekend—I pray for rain here. I guess we all wish for perfect weather, right?
Enjoy your week.
Wow, I had no idea you knew James Farmer.

Peggy - April 19, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Wow- I have had a great deal of time away from home this weekend and not a lot of time to check your site and boy so much to look at and so short of time left in the evening. But I will see it all!!!!

AmyNicole - April 19, 2015 - 11:10 pm

Everything you post is just lovely…Thank you!

Kris {Driven by Decor} - April 20, 2015 - 8:43 am

So many beautiful images! I’m especially dying over the IKEA one – seriously I have to do that! Happy belated birthday!

Lanita Anderson - April 20, 2015 - 9:13 am

I love the table/party setting from Ikea….especially the umbrellas! What a fun idea!
Have a good week!

Debra C - April 20, 2015 - 10:39 am

Love your blog!

Julia - April 20, 2015 - 11:23 am

My son and his girlfriend saw the Longest Ride and both loved it. The Eloise books for the twins baby shower is a great idea! My daughter has taken her daughter to the Plaza Hotel for tea (they did not stay there, too pricey for them also!).

Marianne in Mo. - April 20, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Oh, my! 180 sq.ft.??? That sounds like a dorm room, not an apartment! Is he going to Yale? My hubby’s cousin lives in West Haven. We visited once and she took us all around the area surrounding the campus. Had some very awesome pizza there.
I’m on a Nicholas Sparks kick lately, I’ve read five in the last few months. The one he wrote with his brother was interesting. Not often that you can get a look at the private lives of authors. I particularly liked that.

Jaybird - April 20, 2015 - 4:58 pm

180 square feet….wow!!! Good luck with getting that all settled!
Please feel free to send us any excess rain! We have done well this spring, but are still in deficit.
Blessings to you,

Pam Jenkins - April 20, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Love your blog. I’m hoping to see that movie soon

Mary - April 20, 2015 - 10:39 pm

I am so in love with your house and your blog. Happy Birthday!

Emily - April 21, 2015 - 12:08 pm

I love James Farmer! Thanks for sharing the photo of his new place. You and James are two of my favorites to follow!

DiAnne - April 21, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Happy Birthday to Talk of the house! I always find inspiration in your posts. How exciting to be able to help your son design a small space! I am working on furnishing a small bungalow. It is fun to figure out how to maximize the space.
I look forward to the coming year with talk of the House.

Nona - April 21, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog. I love all the houses, recipes, etc. that you share with us, though how you find time to do it amazes me. I recently retired from teaching and there is no way I could have had a full time job, a family, and still write a blog. You are definitely Wonder Woman!

I loved Lena Dunham’s house. So light, bright, and homey. Imagine what type of house you could buy in one of the southern states for that price. I could not afford to live in California.

Delores Clark - April 21, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Really enjoy your blog. I love that you post so many different things and your site is so easy to maneuver, even the entry for the give-a-way, which I would love to win, is so simple.
Keep posting good things and I will keep reading.

Katrina - April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Great post! Oh I hope the future holds posts of the twin baby shower and your son’s new teeny apartment!

Cynde - April 22, 2015 - 8:35 am

As always another great blog. You are a enjoyment to read, & see. Spring puts me in a cottage mood….& with our sparse spring weather….I’m starting to get a southern state of mind too….as in wanting to move…lol. At least I can take a southern trip via your blogs!! Thank you!! :-)

Dana - April 22, 2015 - 9:15 am

Love, love, love your blog!

Sherry Myers - April 22, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Kelly, I plan to go back and click on every link. I love your delights me every time. Good luck to your son. What an accomplishment. I know you are proud of all your children. Thank you for the opportunity/chance to win your giveaway. I am a cookbook collector. Crossing my fingers! I did see The Longest Ride. I enjoyed the storyline very much. The actors were great and the scenery beautiful. I would love to see Nicholas Sparks write a book and produce a movie where the characters marry before…But, it is a combination of two beautiful love stories. See it if you get the chance. Once again, thank you for the beautiful post!

Joy Jenkins - April 22, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Love all the things you share on your blog. It is so unique from all the others I read. It’s more like a book!
I love that cottage that James Farmer is building. I can not wait to see it finished.

Wanda - April 22, 2015 - 11:47 pm

I love your decorating style and enjoy all of the wonderful pictures, places and ideas you share on your blog.

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:32 am

I cannot wait to see what wonderful ideas you come up with for your son’s apartment!!! That sounds like a fun challenge!

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