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Mary Kay Andrews’ Home – A Christmas Tour – part 2

Welcome back for part 2 of our tour of Tom and Kathy Trocheck’s (aka Mary Kay Andrews) home all dressed up for Christmas! Today we are going to tour the living areas of their house.  When I left you at the end of part 1, we were in the breakfast room off the newly remodeled kitchen.  If you go in a different direction right off the kitchen, you will find this charming sunroom:

Originally, this room with its octagonal vaulted ceiling was an unheated space, but the Trochecks added a small wall unit making the room usable year-round.  Tom created the coffee table from two other tables that neighbors had discarded, and isn’t that little tree there on the bamboo table just precious?! 🙂

Kathy has an office upstairs, but she says that this room is her favorite place to work on her novels.  The wooden barn nativity was purchased at yet another estate sale…this one in Savannah.

And of course I loved that sofa upholstered in a red buffalo check. 🙂

Now if you will go back through the kitchen and breakfast room, you will see this porch through the windows there. This room was just recently screened in.  (I think that is a necessity if you live in Georgia.) Tom built the console table there by the brick wall, and the seating is Restoration Hardware pieces that were found at an estate sale.  I believe Kathy had them reupholstered in Sunbrella fabric.

Because the house is named Squirrel Hollow, the tree on the porch is decorated with..squirrels!  They came from Antiques and Beyond in Atlanta, but they are new – not antiques. 🙂  The drapes were made from panels found in Ballards Back Room (also in Atlanta.)

Another of Kathy’s collections – vintage picnic and lunch tins and thermoses, works beautifully around the base of the tree.

Now let’s wander into the big living room that is located on the other side of the entryway we saw in part 1 of our tour.  Kathy made the stockings that are hanging on the mantel from vintage blankets and a sweater.  (She was supposed to be working on one of her novels with an approaching deadline and had writer’s block…so she decided to do some creative sewing instead!  The alternate activity helped her to get over the mental block. 🙂 )

The mantel sports more of her blue and white collection.  This time the ginger jars are holding dried hydrangeas from her yard mixed with some magnolia and evergreen branches.

The large tree in the living room displays her collection of Shiny Brite ornaments on its branches, and vintage department store boxes are around the base.

The living room was actually added to the house in the 1950’s by the original owners. It was used as a rec room back then and had a pool table in it.

These estate sale chairs were covered in white cotton duck, and that wicker table between them was one of my favorite pieces in the house.

Kathy had assistance from designers Clay Snider and Kevin Hotelling in getting the house ready for the Christmas tour.  Magnolia and Fraser fir branches helped to dress up the simple, but beautiful white nativity.

The banjo guys on the sofas provided music during the tour.  Each of the 6 tour homes had delightful musicians- ranging from someone playing the bagpipes to an ensemble of violinists from the Dekalb School of Arts.

Tom built the coffee table that is in front of the sofa from a regular height kitchen table.  He also built the bookshelves in the room and used recycled pine for the countertops.  (Engineer husbands can be quite handy; can’t they?! 🙂 )

You have now seen all the rooms with living spaces downstairs, (there will be a bedroom to see downstairs in part 3) so let’s go upstairs to see a couple more rooms.  This area with the long window seat is part of Tom’s office. Tom and their son, Andy, are both avid fishermen. Somehow I missed photographing the fly-fishing area of this space.  Hopefully, Rhoda will have that in her photos on Friday.

One of the things that really drew the Trochecks to this home was all the built-in bookshelves.  These are right beyond Tom’s office space.

Across from those shelves were even more shelves for their library of books.  MKA has published 24 novels, and she reads a lot, so bookshelves were a necessity.

And our last stop for today is Kathy’s office.  The shelves in that room hold framed book jackets from all of her novels plus NY Times bestseller lists.  She said that there are times when she feels like she just can’t go any further with her writing, and these framed items give her the motivation needed to keep moving forward…the “Yes, I can do this” she needs to pick herself up and get back on track.

 More books…

Cute Christmas tree “built” from her novels by daughter, Katie and her friend Catherine.

And finally, this white sofa is another estate sale find… as is the beautiful blue quilt on the back of it.

And that, dear friends, is where I am leaving you today. Just wait here for part 3. 🙂 In our final part of the tour, we will see the bedrooms and baths in the house.

Just a reminder of the giveaway going on this week…but I made a big goof!  There is one more book I meant to include in the giveaway.  (Sooo much going on in December!)  It is this new little Christmas novella from Barbara Hinske.

The Christmas Club

You are going to just love it as I did!  It is a super sweet story set in the 1950’s that pulls together the lives of a number of strangers when one of the characters loses her Christmas money as she comes out of her bank.  The kindness of strangers throughout the novella will certainly give you a warm feeling and fill you with the Christmas spirit. 🙂

So… I have edited the post from part 1 to include it, and you can see more details about the giveaway there.  Just remember, to enter simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 12/12/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 12/18/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post.  I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date.

I enjoyed reading about all your MANY collections in the last post!  What an amazing assortment between all of you!  Today I will leave you with this totally random Christmas question so that you have an easy time entering for the giveaway. 🙂

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
(We saw Believe in the theaters a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it.)

Looking forward to again hearing from you!

Until next time…

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Merri Jo - December 19, 2016 - 9:27 pm

My very favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas! Thanks for another beautiful photo tour, Kelly

Emily Gravitt - December 18, 2016 - 10:43 pm

This tour just gets better and better! Wish I could have gone on the tour! I am getting some great decorating ideas.

Tara skipper - December 18, 2016 - 8:23 pm

I get a lot of enjoyment from your blog, Kelly. Thank you for sharing!

Heather - December 18, 2016 - 7:55 pm

My have two favorite Christmas movies – The Bishop’s Wife and The Shop Around the Corner. Oldies but goodies!

Milli - December 18, 2016 - 8:44 am

I just absolutely adore your home – and Kathy’s too! I thought I’d finished my Christmas decorating, but after touring both homes through your posts, I need to add more red!

My favorite movie is A Christmas Carol. Hubby and I watch the different versions every year, starring Reginald Owen, Alastair Sim, and George C. Scott: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”

Dawne - December 18, 2016 - 7:29 am

Love the stockings that Kathy made that are hung by the chimney with care!

janet magina - December 17, 2016 - 7:51 pm

My favorite Christmas movie of all time is Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Mary Robinson - December 17, 2016 - 2:19 pm

Once again, loved seeing this beautiful home. Thanks for posting.

Jill Jones - December 17, 2016 - 10:58 am

My favorite Xmas movie is Home Alone. Love the antics. Merry Christmas!

Holly - December 17, 2016 - 8:00 am

The sunroom is perfect! What a lovely place to read and relax (and of course, write!). Christmas in Connecticut is a vintage Christmas movie, with Barbara Stanwyck — a sweet story about a writer pretending to be a perfect homemaker who gets found out when . . . well, it’s a fun movie 😉

Jeanne - December 17, 2016 - 2:40 am

“Home Alone” is one of my favorites.

Brenda - December 16, 2016 - 9:45 pm

Polar Express is my favorite Christmas movie.

Nina Barr - December 16, 2016 - 6:57 pm

I love all of it!

Donnamae - December 16, 2016 - 12:06 pm

Such a beautiful home!! Favorite Christmas movie? Well…there’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, the Santa Claus movies (3), White Christmas, Holiday, and so many more! I guess I love them all! 😉

Jo Anne Hayon - December 16, 2016 - 10:29 am

Just can’t get enough of your posts. Love them. Really enjoy seeing the Southern design-magnolia leaves, screened porches. We can dream of warm weather up here in Wisconsin.

Bonnie Auld - December 16, 2016 - 10:27 am

Such a real, down to earth home. Thanks for letting us ‘walk through’ with y’all. We watch a gambit of Christmas movies, but I think that one of my favorites would be White Christmas. I just love it!

Amanda Coughran - December 16, 2016 - 10:01 am

I too love the barn nativity and squirrel tree. My favorite Christmas movie is The Family Stone, it reminds me of my own big family. Really enjoying the house tours!

Pat - December 16, 2016 - 9:39 am

Awesome!!! What a wonderful house. I have rad all her books and loved them. White Christmas might be my favorite.

Nicola - December 16, 2016 - 9:00 am

I love the Polar Express movie! The stockings are wonderful. Her house is cozy looking, very inviting!

Lois Munn - December 16, 2016 - 7:15 am

Love her home and love her books! Her warmth shines thru in both home and books.

Stacey Y. - December 16, 2016 - 7:12 am

I love the buffalo check couch! I am really enjoying the home tour. Thank you for sharing!

Linda - December 15, 2016 - 11:11 pm

Love, love, love the sunrooms octagonal vaulted ceiling!

Laura - December 15, 2016 - 11:10 pm

It was so much fun to take a tour of Mary Kay Andrews house! I love her books. My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful LIfe.

Linda Doezema - December 15, 2016 - 9:46 pm

I have read all of Kathy’s books so it was a delight to tour her lovely home! Enjoy reading your posts! Happy Holidays!

Cindy - December 15, 2016 - 9:34 pm

I love the book Christmas tree our public library has a huge one…so clever. White Christmas is a favorite in my family.

Debbie w - December 15, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Loved these rooms! Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas!!

LINDA ZERELLA - December 15, 2016 - 7:05 pm

Your holiday decorations remind me when I was about 5 years old riding my 3 wheel bicycle in the living room. My mom and I would go to the country and pick princess pine and she would make a wreath for our front door. Lots of love and memories at Christmas time in the 1950’s

Mimi - December 15, 2016 - 5:58 pm

I love red, and I loved this tour. Thanks!

Bonnie - December 15, 2016 - 4:09 pm

I Love Miracle on 34 th Street!

Sandy - December 15, 2016 - 4:02 pm

Industrious men, your husband and Kathy’s. My husband is a retired teacher, and yes, he built two bookcases for our children when they were young . My favorite Christmas movie stars Bing Crosby in Whitr Christmas. I can recall watching it with my grandmother several years in a row when I was young.

Lynn A. - December 15, 2016 - 3:31 pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas – absolutely not Christmas without it.
And… Die Hard – it’s a Christmas movie right? 🙂

Laura Ingalls Gunn - December 15, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Oh what an enchanting home! Thank you for sharing. I never fail to tear up at It’s A Wonderful Life. But truly am a fan of most holiday movies.

Rosemary - December 15, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Great post Kelly …I’m struggling to think of a favourite festive film as I tend to like all films with a Christmas theme and snow! If I had to pick one it would probably be White Christmas as I have such fond memories of watching it with my mum, snuggled up in front of the fire, when I was a child.
Hope your Christmas preparations are going well.

Amy O'Quinn - December 15, 2016 - 11:42 am

Another great post! I LoVe that ‘book’ Christmas tree in Kathy’s office! 🙂 I have two favorite Christmas movies–It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. My family also pulls out the ‘Best Of’ Andy Williams’s Christmas Specials DVD to watch each year…it’s a tradition! 🙂

Lisa K. - December 15, 2016 - 11:37 am

Love the porches in her home.
My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life.

Deb Peters - December 15, 2016 - 10:37 am

Loved the 2nd Christmas Home tour. My all time favorite holiday movie is Holiday with Cameron Diaz. I love checking out the home decore of the cottage so warm and cozy. Such a great moving, one I never tire of. Merry Christmas

Rachel - December 15, 2016 - 10:16 am

I so enjoy your blog. The photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing Mary Kay’s house. What a treat. So many beautiful things!

Carol - December 15, 2016 - 8:57 am

I can’t let a Christmas season go by without watching “Love Actually”. It makes me laugh and cry and who can’t be cheered up by watching Hugh Grant dancing like no one is watching?!🌲😊

kathy - December 15, 2016 - 8:41 am

I pick Miracle on 34th Street. I am so loving your Christmas posts! Handy husbands and fathers are the best!!!

Donnie - December 15, 2016 - 8:10 am

As always, Kelly, you make me wish I was right there beside you. Your descriptions and photos are the next best thing! Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Bryant - December 15, 2016 - 7:56 am

Such a beautiful home and I love reading Mary Kay Andrew novels. Merry Christmas Kelly. Peggy

Lucinda - December 15, 2016 - 7:50 am

Love her books and have read many of them. What a warm and inviting home she has. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anne - December 15, 2016 - 6:17 am

Hi Kelly, my favorite movie is one of the old versions of “A Christmas Carol”. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the tour, thanks for sharing, wish I could have gone.

Sharon M - December 14, 2016 - 11:54 pm

What a wonderful giveaway. Her home looks so inviting.

Jane - December 14, 2016 - 11:12 pm

Oh my! I have a Coke cooler and a green metal picnic box just like Mary Kay’s! My grandmother’s husband kept the fish he caught in the cooler. My granddaughters store their play dishes in the picnic box. My favorite vintage film is The Bishop’s Wife. The bishop’s study with the carved wood paneling is stunning. The old fashioned tree with tinsel is charming. Of course, the skating scene is a classic. My favorite newer movie is The Holiday. I have a passion for Nancy Meyer’s sets.

Vonda - December 14, 2016 - 11:06 pm

I love that little octagonal room! That is such a beautiful home!

Joy Cooper - December 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

This home tour is a great inspiration to use what you love and make your home your own. One of my favorite Christmas movies is Elf. So many good feels in it!

Sue - December 14, 2016 - 9:47 pm

Another must read!!! Currently Savannah Breeze is calling my name on my nightstand.

Anita - December 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

I’m loving the tour of Mary Kay Andrew’s home since I had a previous commitment and couldn’t tour that day. I would love to have seen it since it’s a beautiful place.
My favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” and I wanted to see Believe but never made it to the theater.

Sharon H - December 14, 2016 - 9:33 pm

I love all Christmas movies on the Hallmatk channel! But my very favorite is Christmas Vacation! It’s sooooooo funny!

Donna - December 14, 2016 - 9:13 pm

Thank you for the tour of this delightful home . It seems every photo has an idea I would like to copy . My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life , I watch it every Christmas Eve with my hubby .

Julia Grayson - December 14, 2016 - 8:53 pm

White Christmas is my all time favorite Christmas movie!

julia walker - December 14, 2016 - 8:32 pm

Thanks Kelly! Love the book Xmas tree~still like your house & decorations more. Blessings, Julia

Katrina - December 14, 2016 - 8:28 pm

The most recent “Miracle on 34th Street” and the first “Home Alone” are my favorite Christmas movies. So happy there was a Part 2 and soon there will be a Part 3 to Kathy’s house! I love how livable yet pretty the house is. I love that with all her success she lives in a comfortable house. She and her husband are so talented! How nice to have husbands who are handy… mine is too, but he has never tried his hand at furniture making.
Oh yea, I also like “The Holiday”! Merry Christmas Kelly!!

Judy whitmore - December 14, 2016 - 8:18 pm

Love this tour and would love to have these books!

donna - December 14, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Loved the tour. Thank you! My favorite Christmas movies are all the old classics, think Rudolf, Frosty, etc. Newer favs are some of the Hallmark movies.

Carolyn - December 14, 2016 - 7:58 pm

Enjoying the tour! So much to see. Hard to choose, but I love It’s a Wonderful Life for a favorite Christmas movie.

Jeanne bell - December 14, 2016 - 7:31 pm

Thanks for part 2, can’t wait for part 3. Her home is beautiful!
My favorite Christmas movie is “Miracle on 34th Street”.

Ann - December 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm

If I had to pick one favorite Christmas movie it would be The Polar Express! But I love all of the old classics and of course I’m glued to the Hallmark channels this time of year. I’d love to know your very favorite Christmas movie too!

Nancy - December 14, 2016 - 6:57 pm

Thank you for letting us travel to places with you that we otherwise would miss seeing! I like “White Christmas,” but I also like all the Hallmark movies. The plots are predictable, but they have happy endings and allow you to escape into wonderful world’s of nostalgia and fantasy.

Vicki - December 14, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Favorite Christmas movie! Meet me in St. Louise and Christmas in Connecticut. I just love the entry scene in Christmas in Connecticut when they drive in on the sleigh, and that house! I loved the house!

Vicki - December 14, 2016 - 6:54 pm

It is amazing that she allowed strangers in this beautiful home! I love her already! Thank you for sharing, waiting on part 3!

Leigh - December 14, 2016 - 6:29 pm

Love part two of the home tour. Favorite Christmas movie? I always enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life, but the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite! 🎄

Bonnie - December 14, 2016 - 6:04 pm

What beautiful Christmas decorations! Loved part 2 of this tour.

Bonnie - December 14, 2016 - 6:02 pm

What a beautiful home! Loved part 2 of this tour.

Susan W - December 14, 2016 - 5:53 pm

I enjoyed the 2nd part of the tour. Love the Christmas stockings she made!!

Linda - December 14, 2016 - 5:41 pm

I have a red checked sofa also. Love it!

Joyce - December 14, 2016 - 5:36 pm

So creative! Beautiful!!!!

Karen C - December 14, 2016 - 5:24 pm

Love both your house and hers!

Marianne in Mo. - December 14, 2016 - 4:53 pm

Okay, I love that sunroom! My eye went right to the coffee table (and sofa!) and I could tell it was “made” before reading the comment about it. I LOVE that piece, because it’s a one of a kind.
I will say that these rooms were a bit easier to look at, not as crammed full. I just can’t handle that much stuff anymore! I’m sure it makes MKA happy, and that’s all that matters! I still love her writing! 😉 Am waiting to see what else there is at her house! And the squirrel tree – adorable!

linda melz - December 14, 2016 - 4:52 pm

Looking forward to part 3 What a great home Loved the tree made from her books and the blue paint is so pretty .The metal picnic baskets are great and love it as a tree skirt Gives us a lot of ideas for Christmas decorating Thanks for sharing

linda m

Fran - December 14, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Loved seeing your continuing house tour! White Christmas will always be my favorite Christmas movie, but I love them all! 🎄

Paula - December 14, 2016 - 4:47 pm

How charming. I love everything–especially all the plaid and all the built-ins. And what a terrific office! Thanks for sharing!

Grand Pam - December 14, 2016 - 4:41 pm

I love the Christmas movie’The Bishop’s Wife’ . I have really enjoyed seeing this home. It is so welcoming and I also love red to be used at Christmas.

Karen - December 14, 2016 - 3:57 pm

WHite Christmas is a long-time favorite. My now adult daughters can still quote lines and sing all the lyrics. Watching this movIe was a big part of our girl times each year.

Tamara - December 14, 2016 - 3:51 pm

I too have a collection of picnic tins, so I really enjoyed seeing how she has incorported them into her Christmas decor. Christmas is my most favorite time of the year and I always kick off my decorating after Thanksgiving watching “White Christmas”!

Eloise Fitzsimmons - December 14, 2016 - 3:49 pm

My favorite movie, hands down -White Christmas! I’m not familiar with the author of the book you forgot. 😉 I’ll be looking her up. THANKS for another wonderful post.

Sharon Chapman - December 14, 2016 - 3:18 pm

I love all the old movies with snow in them. Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, etc. I am owning and aching at all the wonderful rooms and decorations. Thanks again for sharing.
I also want to thank you for posting about your trip to WA. I so enjoyed all the places you visited and plan some trips next summer.

Helen - December 14, 2016 - 3:09 pm

My favorite Christmas movie is A Wonderful Life. My favorite part of today’s tour is the barn nativity.

Mechelle - December 14, 2016 - 3:01 pm

That’s it, I’m converted. I am now a Buffalo check fabric lover. Curtains here I come!

Judy - December 14, 2016 - 2:27 pm

I”m enjoying these Christmas posts! The Christmas book tree was charming. I’m sharing it with every teacher I know. I also love the many bookcases. I’m now thinking of putting some along my living room walls. You’ve convinced as to the charm they add to a room. As for my favorite Christmas movie- it has to be “Christmas in Connecticut”, with Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and S.Z. Sakall. It brings back memories of snowy New England Christmases!

Anne from Atlanta - December 14, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Thanks for another great post. What a beautiful home! I saw a really cute (nearly favorite) Christmas movie this year called ‘Eloise at Christmas’. Julie Andrews is in it. It was a very sweet movie with Eloise causing all sorts of mischief at the Plaza Hotel. It ends with Eloise helping a young couple find true love.

Sherry Howell - December 14, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Thanks for sharing this tour. Favorite movie is a wonderful life

Jill - December 14, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Loved the vaulted ceiling and the husbands homemade pieces! Wow lot’s of lovely things to see. Favorite movie~White Christmas. But I do appreciate Hallmark for running Christmas movies all month in December. Once again Merry Christmas! Jill 🙂

Jill - December 14, 2016 - 1:49 pm

Reading your posts and looking at photos makes my desire to move south even more! Since it’s a blustery 21 degrees and a windchill making it feel as though it’s 6 today in Michigans Great Southwest!

Merry Christmas!

Joanne - December 14, 2016 - 1:40 pm

Love the Christmas tree made from her novels!

Leigh - December 14, 2016 - 1:29 pm

Love the barn nativity and the squirrel tree!! My favorite funny Christmas movie is “Christmas with the Kranks”!

Debbie - December 14, 2016 - 1:14 pm

MKA’s house is fabulous! Thanks for sharing it! My favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story”- with the red rider gun, and fishnet hose lampshade. Makes me laugh and yearn for simpler times!

Laurie - December 14, 2016 - 12:50 pm

My favorite Christmas movie has to be Elf! I enjoy the soundtrack and my family listens to it every year and watch the movie as a tradition. A little corny but light hearted – great stress relief. I must comment on the barn nativity – I just love it and have never seen one like it. What a great find. Thanks again Kelly for the chance to win your giveaway.

Kathy P. - December 14, 2016 - 12:44 pm

All the little touches make this home so special. Thanks for sharing.

Ellen Martin - December 14, 2016 - 12:41 pm

I so enjoyed the continuation of this tour….. many warm and inviting spaces and things to see! It’s hard to pick a favorite Christmas movie, but I do love, “It’s a Beautiful Life” and have had fun watching “Elf” with my children and grandchildren.

Jayne - December 14, 2016 - 12:41 pm

My favorite Christmas movie is The Bishop’s Wife.

Sandy McGuigan - December 14, 2016 - 12:32 pm

My all-time favorite Christmas movies?? I have two: It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Somehow I am not officially in the Christmas spirit until I’ve watched them…more than once!

Lori Lucas - December 14, 2016 - 12:21 pm

My favorite Christmas movie is “Elf”. Just the “fun factor” makes me want to watch it every single year.
Now about the home tour. Ohmygosh. Such classic elegance BUT so perfect for actually “living”. She is truly the queen of estate sales! Wow! Thanks for such a great tour and all the extra tidbits you included!

Cindy T - December 14, 2016 - 12:19 pm

I’m with you Kelly.. I loved the buffalo checked sofa and red to boot!! White Christmas is my favorite movie but love so many more! The house is beautiful but yours is still my favorite!

Bev Tippett - December 14, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Thank you for sharing your tour. The house is so much fun…love it.

Ruth - December 14, 2016 - 12:13 pm

I love the Christmas tree built from books — so creative! Also wonder that you didn’t load up that red buffalo check sofa and bring it home! 🙂

Barbara S. - December 14, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Loved the red check sofa!! Favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life!

Faye - December 14, 2016 - 12:08 pm

Love the blanket/sweater stockings! Favorite movie this time of year is “It’s a Wonderful Life”!

Sue - December 14, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Miracle on 34th Street has to be my favorite Christmas movie. I so enjoy your posts. Merry Christmas, Kelly!

Jennifer Taylor - December 14, 2016 - 12:05 pm

You made me laugh in your first post when you said Kathy calls her Christmas style “Ralph Lauren trapped in a 1950’s Woolworth’s department store.” That sounds so like the Mary Kay Andrews I know. Her house is so wonderful and it was a real treat to see it. Thank you Kelly and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tracey - December 14, 2016 - 11:51 am

I just love all of Mary Kay’s different ideas of collectible furnishings put together!!
hmmmm favorite Christmas movies are: The Christmas Carol, The Polar Express(with my son), Miracle on 34th Street, Charlie Browns Christmas(with my son), The Holiday & Serendipity are 2 of my favs 🙂
Thanks for sharing the tour, and hope I finally win a wonderful package 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - December 14, 2016 - 11:49 am

I loved the red check sofa and blue toile chairs combo. Her house is so welcoming. Thanks for sharing.

Cheri - December 14, 2016 - 11:49 am

I have one movie we taped when VHS was popular and I cannot remember the name of it but Jaqueline Smith was the mom and they were stationed in Alaska because her husband was working for a company looking for oil and her son did not want them to drill in this one area because it would ruin the North Pole, does anyone remember this? I have not seen it on TV and who has a VHS player anymore. So, I love to watch all the Hallmark movies this time of year even if they end pretty much the same…I am a sap.

Our oldest daughter started the tradition a few years back of watching all the Die Hard movies because I think the first one was at Christmas time, so we at least watch that one.

I love MKA’s nativity with the barn…that is so up my alley. I also like how she made a Christmas tree with all of her books. I really am going to have make time and start reading her books, everyone loves her and mentions what great reads they are. I know…I know…shame on me.

Peggy - December 14, 2016 - 11:48 am

Any Hallmark Christmas movie!

Terri - December 14, 2016 - 11:47 am

I am loving this tour…. so enjoy “Mary Kay Andrews” novels !!! That porch was AMAZING thank you for sharing Kelly!!

Lynne - December 14, 2016 - 11:45 am

Her home is so warm and cozy! I love the coffee tables her husband built too. Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer is still my favorite Christmas movie.

rebecca dexter - December 14, 2016 - 11:41 am

My absolute favorite Christmas movie is, hands down, The Bishops Wife with David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young. Probably most of your readers have not seen it. It is an old classic and perfectly delightful.

Gayle - December 14, 2016 - 11:36 am

Kelly, love your blog, especially when you bake cakes! (From Nelle Shelton’s recipes!)Mary Kay’s homes are perfect. So inviting and interesting.
Favorite movie, hands down, The Holiday. Who wouldn’t love Christmas in a quaint English village, and to hear an adorable little girl say, “you look just like Barbie”!!Jude Law was so sweet with those little sweethearts!
Merry Christmas to you, dear blog friend!

Louvina - December 14, 2016 - 11:36 am

Enjoying this tour soo very much! Just love everything! So much to look at and think about — I really don’t have a favorite Christmas movie but I do love the Real Christmas Story– and there are many that depict the Nativity. I also enjoy the Polar Express movie and read the story to my first graders each year and Santa always came to enjoy hot coco and gifted each child with a silver bell. Sweet Memories!💕🌲🙏⛄️️💕

Rosa Garrett - December 14, 2016 - 11:34 am

My favorite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life!

Sandy McGuigan - December 14, 2016 - 11:25 am

What a cozy, warm, inviting home. The pictures made me smile. I think it would be great to visit their home and joy the warmth and all the charm they incorporated finding fabulous items through estate sales. I’m fired up for some estate sales now. Thanks for sharing the open house with us.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - December 14, 2016 - 11:22 am

How so very beautiful and how appropriate is that book tree!! Merry Christmas to you and your family Kelly!

Dawn - December 14, 2016 - 11:10 am


I just love Kathy’s sunroom! It looks so inviting. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story with a close second place being A Christmas Carol. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait see more of Kathy’s lovely home.


Pat - December 14, 2016 - 11:08 am

These posts are delightful. I love getting an email that there is a new post. It means dropping everything and devouring it.

Sally - December 14, 2016 - 9:48 am

I love how she has mixed blue in with the traditional red and green for Christmas. Beautiful!

Gina - December 14, 2016 - 9:42 am

I love her screened in porch area. Love the tree and vintage collectibles around it. My favorite is the book tree though!! How fitting. Their home is very cozy, homey and livable. 🙂 Favorite movie, hands down “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott!! 😀

Mary Kay Andrews’ Home – A Christmas Tour part 1 (and a giveaway!)

We interrupt our regularly scheduled home Christmas tour today to bring you an absolutely stunning one! As you probably already know, Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name for the New York Times bestselling author Kathy Hogan Trocheck.  Besides being a writer of hilarious novels, she and her talented engineer husband, Tom, have renovated and decorated a number of historic homes.  We stayed at Ebbtide, one of their two amazing Tybee Island homes, a few years ago.  (You can see my posts about it here, here, and here. 🙂 )  A few weeks ago I read that the Trocheck’s Atlanta home was going to be on the Avondale Estates’ annual Christmas tour, and I knew I had to see it. So my husband and I drove the two hours to Atlanta for the tour on Sunday.

The Trochecks have lived in 3 different homes in Avondale Estates and have only been in this one since 2014. Built in 1926, this 3700 square foot one was renovated by the previous owners in 2008 and further remodeled by the Trochecks this year. Squirrel Hollow, as they call it, has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths (and much much more!)

There’s my ever patient husband standing at their blue front door.

Kathy calls her Christmas style “Ralph Lauren trapped in a 1950’s Woolworth’s department store,” and that is definitely the feel you get as you walk into the Trocheck’s entry hall.  You immediately notice the pieces of the blue and white she collects, all that wonderful greenery, (from their yard!) and that tablecover.

She made the patchwork tablecloth from 6 vintage wool stadium blankets that were pretty worn out, and she claims her sewing skills are not too hot, but I think they must be pretty darn good to make that.  Don’t you? There is an awful lot going on in this tableau so I will give you a minute to study all the details. 🙂

I loved the brick walls in the entryway, and you can see more of her blue and white pieces there.

She calls this small tree their “Shoemaker tree.” (I hope that is the correct spellingSchumacher?)  A friend of the Trochecks makes brass ornaments, and they have been collecting them and hanging them on their tree for 20 years.

The beautiful dining room is to the left of the entryway.

She found the table and chairs at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta
(one of her favorite places to hunt for treasures.)

The dining room table centerpiece is made from $5 estate sale faux pheasants mixed with more greenery from their yard.  The Blue Willow plates sit atop plaid chargers from Michaels.

And then there is that fabulous “great wall of china” surrounding the even more fabulous mirror.

Santa was another find from an estate sale.
(She seriously needs to lead shopping expeditions! 🙂 )

Her snowman collection is displayed in an antique secretary in the corner to the left of the fireplace.

And all the vintage Santa’s and pixie elves are hanging out in a built-in between the dining room and kitchen – along with a few pieces of estate sale white ironstone. (Who would have thought to display Santa and his elves in soup tureens??! 🙂 )

And now to the kitchen of my dreams.  Oh how I loved it!  They remodeled and enlarged this kitchen 3-4 months ago.  It was formerly a galley kitchen, and the area below was previously the breakfast area (I think.)  You can see the wonderful Viking range there with the antique corbels above it.

Beautiful plate rack between the absolutely perfect-for-the-space drapes…

I believe this next photo is where the original galley kitchen was.  The cabinet doors below the glass canisters open to reveal their dog crates.  (Clever!)

The shelves hold a collection of cake stands and pottery, while antique postcards, picked up at the Chelsea Flea Market on a recent New York City trip, are strung across on twine and held in place with red clothespins.  Too cute!

This beautiful Welsh cupboard is in the other part of the kitchen behind the barstools.  Holding Kathy’s large assortment of bottle brush trees, the piece was an anniversary present the Trochecks gave themselves one year.

Before the remodel, there was a pass thru between the kitchen and the dining room.  That area is now the new butler’s pantry.

The cabinets on the right open to a refrigerator, and there is also an ice-maker located behind another door.

The last room on today’s tour is the breakfast room…all set for Santa’s arrival. 🙂

Vintage Christmas linens, vintage Santa mugs, and Rudolph cookies she baked the morning of the tour complete the table setting. (Love those ticking stripe chair slips!)

A few years ago Rhoda from the popular blog, Southern Hospitality, toured the Trocheck’s previous Avondale Estates home decorated for Christmas and featured a post on it.  It is one of my all time favorites on her blog, and you can read it here.  It is so fun to see and compare how furniture and accessories are used again when families move into different homes.  As we were touring on Sunday, guess who I ran into…

 Yes, Rhoda was there! (And she looks even more young in person than she appears on her blog!)  On Friday, she will be featuring photos she took of this year’s tour.  So I know you will want to check those out as well! 🙂

I also ran into this pretty lady while we were there….

Mary Kay Andrews herself!  Good picture of Kathy (aka Mary Kay Andrews)..awful of me! 🙁  We were discussing our engineer husbands, and I was about to fall in a box of bags beside her!  Anyway, she is sooo friendly, down to earth, talented, and generous.  It takes a lot to open your home to bus loads of strangers…not to mention all the work that has to be done ahead of time.  I can’t wait to show you more of her gorgeous home this week!  But in the meantime, I have a Christmas giveaway for you to thank you for reading here at Talk of the House.  I hope you are going to love it.

There are two Mary Kay Andrews fun Christmas books to keep you lighthearted if you happen to get stressed out this season (and they just happen to be signed by the author! 🙂 )

Christmas Bliss: A Novel

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Blue Christmas

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I’ve included this new novella from friend and author, Barbara Hinske.  You are going to just love it as I did!  It is a super sweet story set in the 1950’s that pulls together the lives of a number of strangers when one of the characters loses her Christmas money as she comes out of her bank.  The kindness of strangers throughout the book will certainly give you a warm feeling and fill you with the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas Club

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There is also my favorite cookbook from our best local cookbook writer, Nelle Shelton.  (James Farmer has nothing on Miss Nelle!)  You can see my posts on her Red Velvet cake here and her delicious Caramel cake here.  This is my most frequently used cookbook.

And finally, I am including a copy of the children’s book, Red Ranger Came Calling, part of the inspiration of my Christmas decorating in our sons’ room this year.  Something for everyone. 🙂

Red Ranger Came Calling

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To enter, simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 12/12/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 12/18/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post.  I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date.

Thank you for coming along on this part of the Christmas tour today. There will be more in a few days…lots more!  I hope you will leave a comment to enter the giveaway.  To make it easy, and in honor of Kathy Trocheck’s Christmas tour, I will leave you with a question (or two) to get you started…

Do you collect anything?  (Do not answer dust. 🙂 )  And, if you could start a collection of any item, what would you like it to be?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Until next time….

You might enjoy these posts:

Jamie Peterson - December 19, 2016 - 8:23 pm

What a beautiful home. I collect cork top bottles and crock, which at Christmas I fill with cedar greens. Merry Christmas!

Emily Gravitt - December 18, 2016 - 10:35 pm

Oh, I loved this tour! The way she worked in her blue and white collection with the plaid and Christmas red was beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Dawne Dragonetti - December 18, 2016 - 7:19 am

Thank you for always posting all the beautiful and creative things you see and do,
Merry Christmas!

Denise - December 18, 2016 - 6:52 am

Thanks for posting awesome blogs. Everyday I come home from work hoping there is a new one posted to read while unwinding. Each one I usually find several ideas to add to my wish list. I collect santas,and Mary Andrews showed some great ideas how to display This has now made think about collecting ironstone. WIshing you and your family a Merry Christmas

Mary Robinson - December 17, 2016 - 2:15 pm

So enjoyed this post. Love seeing creativity in action.

Jane B - December 17, 2016 - 1:04 pm

Thank you for sharing such a lovely home! It’s great fun to see how others decorate for Christmas! I especially love all the reds and blues in this home. I’ve just found your blog and am enjoying it a great deal!

Jill Jones - December 17, 2016 - 10:17 am

Wow, what a gorgeous home and lucky you to have the opportunity to tour it. Love very part of it and especially all the blue and white. Very cheerful and so pretty. Thanks for the virtual tour. I have pinned quite a few of the rooms. Merry Christmas! Jill (Sacramento, CA)

Marianne A - December 17, 2016 - 8:00 am

Always look forward to opening your email to see where it will take me that day. Your emails are one thing I never delete.

Betty - December 17, 2016 - 7:07 am

I love Kathy’s home tour, especially all of the blue and white. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne - December 17, 2016 - 2:17 am

I collect books. I loved your tour of Kathy’s home! Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for the chance to win.

MARTHAIA - December 16, 2016 - 11:07 pm

Beautiful House ,,,I enjoy my collection of nut crackers musical & known musical.

Cheryl Johnaon - December 16, 2016 - 9:56 pm

Thank you Kelly for the lovely tour. I collect Margaret Furlong porcelain angel ornaments. They are all white and truly beautiful by an artist in Oregon. We now live in Nashville and I’m loving southern authors. My bookclub would enjoy getting this collection. This is so sweet of you to think of us! Merry Christmas to you and your husband.

Brenda - December 16, 2016 - 9:28 pm

I have been collecting Old World Christmas Tree Ornaments. It has taken me over 20 years to be able to fill our Christmas tree with the ornaments. Most of them have been given to me as Christmas and birthday presents.

Sarah - December 16, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Beautiful home filled with holiday details, not to mention other fabulous details. Thank you for sharing. I’t fun to see her home. The kitchen is a great space!

Pattie - December 16, 2016 - 7:51 pm

I love Mary Kay Andrews books and would love to win this package. Thanks for sharing a favorite author of mine.

Nina Barr - December 16, 2016 - 6:51 pm

I enjoyed strolling through your wonderful and cozy home so much! Thank you, for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas!
Nina-Marie Barr

Anne Barr - December 16, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Wow..what a beautiful house. That really would get any one is the holiday spirit. Love the snowman and Santa collection…and all the blue ware as well. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

DAWN G. MONTZ - December 16, 2016 - 2:12 pm

~ BUTT♡NS!!! ~ ♡♡♡ ~


janet nunn - December 16, 2016 - 11:50 am

Kelly, Love getting your posts. You are incredible
and I thank you for sharing your ideas!!! Janet Nunn

theresalh - December 16, 2016 - 11:28 am

absolutely stunning!

Linda - December 16, 2016 - 11:12 am

Love all the blue and white!

Jewell - December 16, 2016 - 10:59 am

My first visit to your blog – love it and love Mary Kay Andrew’s house and books! The kitchen is especially beautiful.

Linda Sitton - December 16, 2016 - 10:00 am

Love the look of this beautiful home. The mix of old and new inspires me to do what I like not what’s in fashion. I look forward to the rest of the tour.

Deana Reich - December 16, 2016 - 9:54 am

I am starting to read more. To relax. Would love to read these books.

Kathy - December 16, 2016 - 9:29 am

Thanks so much for these tours of MKA’s home. Love how she decorates using collectibles & vintage items that reflect times in which I grew up. Great sense of style shown in every room. Older homes seem to set the stage for this style of decorating. My home has too many windows which provides less wall space for pictures & furniture. Hope I win!!

Susan - December 16, 2016 - 9:14 am

Love this house. I collect blue and white everything, also have collection of santas, nutcrackers, and recently started critters and deer antlers.

Jenna King - December 16, 2016 - 9:10 am

Loved your post with details like how Mary Kay Andrews made the patchwork blanket on the entry table! That the pheasants were a $5 estate find! She is one of my favorite authors and I love to give her books to others!

Collections are a wonderful expression of our inner soul. I collect Old Imari as I love the colors, the artistry and design. My Christmas collection includes churches that light up…from every manufacturing brand out there! They bring me back to the reason for the season and give me peace.

So happy to find your blog!

Amy - December 16, 2016 - 8:53 am

I love her books! And her kitchen…so wonderful! Thank you for sharing this beautiful Christmas tour.

karen - December 16, 2016 - 7:46 am

what a nice tour. Love that gal. I have completed all three tours, really a treat to see how beautifully “mary kay andrews lives.’

Lindsey Back - December 16, 2016 - 1:45 am

I collect nutcrackers since when I was a child my aunt took me to the Nutcracker ballet every year in London. I still love the ballet and try to go every couple of years. What a lovely home, so nice to see collections and colour rather than grey and beige neutrals. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas I guess yours will be cold while mine in subtropical Brisbane Australia will be hot and humid. If I win this perhaps you would choose a comment you think deserves this gift as postage will be prohibitive.

Linda - December 15, 2016 - 11:15 pm

Love her collection of blue and white porcelain. I never tire of it.

lin - December 15, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Red Ranger came calling has some great detailed characters.

Tina - December 15, 2016 - 2:28 pm


Sandy - December 15, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Just finished another batch of cutouts for my 9 yr old granddaughter to decorate after school. Love being a guest at the homes you share on your blog. I have a collection of Hummel figurines that I started 40 years ago when our daughter was born.

Amy O'Quinn - December 15, 2016 - 11:39 am

I love Kathy’s home–she has a wonderful decorating style! I’m a collector of vintage kitchen items, and I’m blessed to have several special things from both my grandmothers’ kitchens, including colanders, measuring cups/spoons, utensils, flour sifters, etc. that I use on a regular basis. I miss my grandmothers, so using their kitchen items makes me think of them every single day.

kathy - December 15, 2016 - 8:27 am

Thank you for sharing MKA’s home with us! “Ralph Lauren trapped in a 1950s Woolworth” is so funny and pretty accurate! I love her books and once I start reading one, I can’t put it down until I finish it. My husband and I just had this conversation about collecting. He is a minimalist and I….am not. He thinks I collect and I like to think I buy stuff I like. When I told him I was NOT a collector he said…Watt apple pottery, Starbucks ornaments, Snow Village, Roseville Pottery. I have all of the MKA’s books and the Dorothea Benton Franks books that I want to put in a beach house someday for our guests to read. So, I do collect those books.

Linda - December 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Thank you for the beautiful tour!!!! Her home is gorgeous. I collect dishes and glasses more than anything. I love all kinds. I have a set of Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers and Old Country Roses was my wedding china. I love setting tables and using my dishes. For everyday meals I eat on simple flowered china. I think we should make everyday special.

KElly M. - December 14, 2016 - 9:22 pm

The house tour is beautiful!!!

Julia Grayson - December 14, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Kelly I loved touring this home through your lens! So festive and inviting. I collect snowmen – some of my favorites are the Mitford snowmen!

Joyce - December 14, 2016 - 5:34 pm

I collect Santas but I don’t display all of them in an effort to be more streamlined in my decorating. Less decorating, more reading!

Sara Ward - December 14, 2016 - 4:52 pm

Will put all her books on my wish list.
So nice to see the mix of colors and patterns in all her textiles.
This time of year I LOVE to see everyone’s treasured collections.

Paula - December 14, 2016 - 4:33 pm

I’ve enjoyed all of MKA’s books; what a treat to see her house! I collect way too much stuff, but I suppose blue-and-white porcelain is my favorite collectible–decorative and versatile! Thanks for taking us on tour with you.

Ann Fuller Crupi - December 14, 2016 - 4:29 pm

I love your pictures and your comments. I would also love to win your great gifts.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality - December 14, 2016 - 4:20 pm

Oh, and I can’t believe I missed that cute sunroom space with the vaulted ceiling! Somehow I didn’t see it was off the kitchen, great spot!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality - December 14, 2016 - 4:19 pm

Hey, Kelly, great post, you got some great pics & your descriptions are wonderful. Where did you get all your information? You know lots more than I do about Kathy’s decorating details! So fun to meet you in person, we loved the tour too. It was a fun day!

Jaybird - December 14, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Beautiful post…her home is gorgeous!!
I do collect a number of things, most notably red and white transferware and white ironstone. Would love to start a collection of brown and white transferware!
Merry Christmas blessings to you,

Kaye Ann - December 14, 2016 - 2:59 pm

I love the Viking stove and the pretty shelf above it with the corbels. Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford a Viking, not!!! Gorgeous house. Thank you Kelly.

Bonnie Bryant - December 14, 2016 - 2:54 pm

Love all of the blue and white!

Sherry Howell - December 14, 2016 - 2:21 pm

Such a beautiful house. Really enjoyed the tour. I am lucky that I get to collect my husbands hand carved Santas

Rachel - December 14, 2016 - 12:56 pm

I love your blog. Mary Kay’s house is amazing. Thank you for sharing the photos and for the nice give away. I enjoy reading your blog. I love Georgia. My parents lived in Chamblee, Georgia for many years. Happy Holidays.

Margaret - December 14, 2016 - 12:45 pm

Love your blog… enjoy all your posts and would love to win the books.

Jennifer Taylor - December 14, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Your blog is without a doubt my favorite and I can’t believe it, a tour of Mary Kay Andrews’ home! She is one of my very favorite authors. Thanks for making the trip and posting so many wonderful pics. Thanks for your blog too. Your style is the best!

Vel Smith - December 14, 2016 - 11:46 am

I loved this post! Always glad to see you have a new one up. Discovered mary kay andrews a few years back and especially love to “read” them via audiobooks. The southern drawl is the best! I collect a few red those fuzzy little guys.

Jill - December 14, 2016 - 10:46 am

Loved the tour, especially the kitchen. We did over ours last year and it’s been wonderful. I collect many things, antiques, saints, snowmen and old ornaments. Thanks for continuing with your blog. Merry Christmas! Jill 🙂

Angie - December 14, 2016 - 10:42 am

I have read all of her books and they are ones that I definitely reread! Thank you for taking us along on this tour. Her home is beautiful! Her kitchen is my dream kitchen too. I have collected blue and white for years, as well as old leather books, wood shoe molds, folk art, just to name a few of the things I love. Thank you again for this lovely post!

Sally - December 14, 2016 - 9:44 am

I love the collection of bottle brush trees. I have several and never thought to display them in a cabinet. I love simple ideas.

Cindy - December 14, 2016 - 8:17 am

If this shows up twice i am sorry, haven’t seen it on post.
What a treat to see Rhoda and Mary Kaye Andrews…I have been fans of them both for years! Wouldn’t it be fun to go yard selling with Mary Kaye! I have had many collections over the years but the one I will never get rid of is my Fire King Jadite collection. Been collecting since the 70’s. Oh, your house is tour perfect.

Patricia - December 14, 2016 - 6:42 am

Where can we purchase a copy of TREASURES FROM HOME?

Lisa K. - December 14, 2016 - 12:29 am

Wow, what a home! Mary Kay’s kitchen best of all. Thanks for the tour.
I collect snow scenery pictures and paintings.

Stacey - December 14, 2016 - 12:11 am

Your husband is a trooper! You just have to feel even more blessed when your man goes on adventures with you.

My maiden name is Hart…so I collect hearts! Among many other collections.

Wishes for the merriest Christmas. - December 13, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Love this post and it’s a treat to see both you and Rhoda! I have a collection of Snowmen and Santa figurines which I enjoy displaying during the holidays.

Debbie w - December 13, 2016 - 9:51 pm

Love seeing Mary Kay’s decorated home! I collect lots of things…sweetgrass baskets,. … wooden spoons and bowls ( that my husband makes) …antiques etc!!!

Carolyn - December 13, 2016 - 9:51 pm

Wonderful tour! Such a charming house. I’ve also read several of her books, and especially enjoy the ones where the main character hunts for antiques. You can tell Mary Kay/Kathy loves the hunt! The storage needed for all these decorations boggles the mind, not to mention the time to arrange and display them, and then pack them back up. (I think about this because I have so little storage in my cabin and we rent storage where, among other things, I have to keep my Christmas decorations.) My son lives in Avondale Estates. I love to walk around and see the charming older houses when I visit. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Joyce Ward - December 13, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Kelly, you have the best home tours. Mary Kay Andrews house is gorgeous and the Christmas decorations and ideas! The kitchen is my favorite.My oh my. Thank you for this posting.

I have several collections: cookbooks, sometimes I like to sit and read them,
although I do cook most days, Jim Shore Angels,; he has signed a few of them
and they move around the family room seasonally, Hallmark Christmas ornaments (3rd set of 12 days of Christmas) which I rotate sets each Christmas,

Hoping you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Amanda - December 13, 2016 - 8:53 pm

Love your blog! Over the years, I have been known to collect rocks and sea shells. Along with, cook books, baskets, chickens, and greeting cards. I need to really pare back.

Amy Henschel - December 13, 2016 - 6:46 pm

Vintage Christmas is my absolute favorite! And I love your blog!

Deb Peters - December 13, 2016 - 5:44 pm

Love your blog and Mary Kay Andrew, she’s on of my all time favorite authors. She doesnt write her books fast enough. Love the books about antiques and being pickers. Of course Im a big flea market estate sale junkie. I collect Roseville and Weller pottery along with anything interesting for my flower garden.Currently Im hunting for old photographs of women in the garden or with quilts. Merry Christmas

Pat Pegram - December 13, 2016 - 5:28 pm

Oh I loved that tour. Can’t wait to see more.

Jo Anne Hayon - December 13, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Love, love, love your posts! I collect bird ornaments (mostly Hallmark) and cardinal ornaments. I have a large collection of nutcrackers and also have snowbabies-that is just Christmas. I have a witchie collection for Halloween and a birdhouse collection that I display in Spring. I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday. Can’t wait for your next post.

Trudy Boyd - December 13, 2016 - 3:47 pm

Just breathtaking! Thank you for sharing. I love Christmas decorations. I always have since my sweet mother was an avid collector of many things. I collect vintage Christmas things, flower frogs, blue willow and the list goes on and on. I have many things from my mother’s home that hold a special place in my heart. Merry Christmas to you!

Tracey - December 13, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Fantastic house with fantastic collectibles! Thanks for the tour 🙂
I have a huge collection of Nutcrackers, and this year acquired a huge metal Nutcracker to stand outside my double door entryway 🙂

Melissa Davis - December 13, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Just beautiful is all I can say . I love looking at your photos . It gives me such warmth
and joy for the season .
Thanks and Merry Christmas to all !

Judy Patterson - December 13, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Well, Kelly, I must say that Mary Kay Andrews (Kathy) has it all. Squirrel Hollow decorated to a “t”, not one but two fabulous beach houses, and best sellers that we all grab the minute they are available. Not only that, but she is truly a funny, down to earth woman who is gracious when being pursued by her adoring public. She pushes all my “vintage” buttons, especially when it comes to tartans and plaids. For example, I have a small collection of vintage thermos (What the heck is plural for thermos?) in red plaid/tartan, picnic baskets, and blankets, all in a glorious tartan of one kind or another. It’s a sickness.

Gina - December 13, 2016 - 2:50 pm

What a fun tour and beautiful home. I love how she describes her home. 🙂 The blue and white pieces are so beautiful! And of course I love all her vintage Christmas collections. I have a few little “collections” such as cookie cutters, small creamers, vintage Shiny Brites. I don’t necessarily set out to buy them, but seems like I’m drawn to them. 😉 Hmmm, what would I collect. I’m not sure, but it would be vintage. 😀

Renee Cook - December 13, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Thanks, Kelly, I enjoyed that. The kitchen was my favorite, too. In the scene with the sink looking outside, I saw she had dark blue painted beadboard in the back of her display cabinets, like your bathroom armoire in yellow. That is such a nice touch! Two great minds… Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Carol Owens - December 13, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Nice home but a little cluttered for me. I think Berkeley Breathed is the same person who wtote the cartoon strip featuring Opus the penguin back in the 70’s-80’s……one of my all-time favorites. I collect books (of course) and santa’s for Christmas, plus lots of art and craft supplies.

Bonnie - December 13, 2016 - 11:31 am

Thanks for sharing this tour. And, I’m a lover of books, which I’m trying to pare down, but always enjoy reading a Christmas selection. My children would say that I collect baskets (of all kinds), and I’ve heard them say, “Mom should have a basket for that, if you need one…” Years ago, one of my first collections was squirrels–figures, paintings, etc. Then, they began to invade and move in above our porch and in the attic. (I’m not as fond of squirrels, anymore. )

Anita - December 13, 2016 - 11:15 am

Oh, I am so sorry I missed the tour but I had a previous commitment and knew I’d never make it back in time. Loved everything you posted of her home. It’s simply beautiful!!

Robin M. - December 13, 2016 - 11:08 am

I love this house! The kitchen is my favorite. I really loved seeing the vintage Santas and the blankets made into a tablecloth; what a great idea!

I collect rocks to use in my landscaping around my home and garden. Also, old matchbooks of the places I travel to and want to visit.

Dawn - December 13, 2016 - 10:57 am


I love Mary Kay Andrews books! They are always at the top of my summer reading list! Kathy’s home is just lovely. Thank you so very much for sharing it with us. I want to sit sown at her lovely kitchen island and read one of her Christmas books.


Kathy Moody - December 13, 2016 - 10:49 am

I loved your tour of Mary Kay’s home in Avondale which is such a beautiful area. My daughter lives near there, & I wish I could have taken the tour. Thanks so much for sharing her beautiful home! Her books are some of my favorite reads!

Sandra Riley - December 13, 2016 - 10:35 am

I’m such a fan of Ms. Trocheck, and thrilled to see her lovely home!

Libby Barnette - December 13, 2016 - 10:05 am

Love and look forward to your postings all the time. I would never have read Jan Karon books if it were not for you. Merry Christmas!

Lynn A. - December 13, 2016 - 10:04 am

Kelly – another great giveaway. Thank you. My mom started me on my collection of Snoopy/Peanuts ornaments and decorations when I was little. Off season – I’d say we collect Legos. They abound in my home.

Janet - December 13, 2016 - 9:42 am

Thank you for this wonderful tour! I loved it and your recent tours of your house also. I so admire the way you select a theme and build on it. What do I collect? What don’t I collect! Antique ironstone, transferware, sweetgrass baskets, handcrafted roosters, to name a few. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Debra - December 13, 2016 - 9:41 am

I loved that table cover she made from the stadium blankets too. The kitchen is definitely a wonderful one to cook and entertain with. I enjoyed all her blue and white, as I collected back in the 80’s blue willow too. My dining room is adorned with it. How fun to meet up with a fellow blogger and Mary Kay herself. Looks like your outing was a great day and don’t these holiday home tours always help to enhance this festive time of year and inspire one…. Thank you for the share…Happy Holidays..

Sue - December 13, 2016 - 9:37 am

Beautiful home, thanks for the tour! I collect cookbooks, Santa’s and snowmen.

Marsha - December 13, 2016 - 9:30 am

I was thrilled to see Mary Kay’s home! I love her books and in reading them I have honed in on so many tips! Her home is lovely – thanks Kelly for making the trip! Also, Kelly thank you for sharing such cute and clever things of your own doing!
Merry Christmas to all!

Lesleigh - December 13, 2016 - 9:25 am

I love this home! I have fallen in love with Mary Kay Andrews books lately! I love reindeers and bells for decorating my home! Thanks for always giving me something to dream about from your posts!

Cindy - December 13, 2016 - 9:03 am

What a wonderful treat. So neat that you got to see Rhoda and Mary Kay Andrews. I am a follower of both ladies. I have been collecting Fire King Jadite since the 70’s. Many collections have come and gone for me but, fire king and pottery have stayed with me. Merry Christmas and you house is tour ready.

Donnamae - December 13, 2016 - 8:57 am

What a beautiful home! I love all the vintages pieces she uses…they make her home very welcoming. I collect Santas, snowmen, glass paperweights, and too much more. Thank you for the opportunity! Enjoy your day! 😉

Elaine R. - December 13, 2016 - 8:42 am

Thank you for the tour of MKA’s home. I am looking forward to Part 2.

Love her books, decorating style and all of it.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your home tour…let me know when & I will be over for a cuppa coffee.

Hoping to be A WINNER.
I collect pottery made in the USA (Hall, etc) mostly white and mostly pitchers!

Elaine R

Arlene @Nanaland - December 13, 2016 - 8:18 am

I could move into that house tomorrow….so beautiful and homey. But then I could also move into your house too Kelly. So fun that you ran into Rhoda. I just won a giveaway at her blog. I was so excited to get an email from Rhoda.:) I have a good friend from childhood who lives in Avondale Estates and he has a lovely home too.

Debbie - December 13, 2016 - 7:49 am

Thank you for sharing MKA’s beautiful home! I am a big fan of her books and her decorating style! I’d LOVE to win the giveaway and thank you in advance!! 🙂

Karen - December 13, 2016 - 7:48 am

Some years ago, I finally subscribed to the old decorating adage, “Group like objects together.” Low and behold, I discovered that I have a snowman collection, a santa collection, and a music box collection! When I point this out to family and friends, I quickly add, “But I don’t need any more!” I throughly enjoyed your tour!

Stacey Y. - December 13, 2016 - 7:39 am

I love Mary Kay Andrews! As for collections, I try to get a Christmas ornament from places I visit. While trimming the tree each year, it’s fun to revisit those places.

Christy - December 13, 2016 - 7:26 am

Thanks for sharing this Christmas tour with us! Love your blog and your gorgeous home. You are so very talented! Merry Christmas to you & your family!

Jennifer - December 13, 2016 - 7:26 am

I am not much of a collector, but I do have an affinity for mercury glass candle holders. My husband would say I collect shoes ; )
Thank you for the give away. Merry Christmas!

Nan, Odessa, De - December 13, 2016 - 7:24 am

Thanks for this trip, one I would not have visited without you hosting me. Could move into that kitchen and breakfast room.
Our usual RED. Get us some details on the swags in the kitchen.
I think we could make these with the proper fabrics and TRIM.
Need details on trim, Kelly.

You look lovely dressed in your red and YES your husband is a patient man!

Waiting for your next post.

MaryAnna - December 13, 2016 - 7:10 am

Loved the tour of MKA house!!! I too love blue and white, but the few pieces I have
is nothing compared to her beautiful collection! I truly enjoy her books so much and hope that I am the lucky winner!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Vickie - December 13, 2016 - 1:46 am

I love this post and all the pics of MK’s house. I had so wanted to go on the tour but my daughter’s baby shower was Sunday afternoon so…. priorities. Merry Christmas!

Nancy - December 13, 2016 - 12:40 am

Fun tour! I have never read a Mary Kay Andrews book, so I would enjoy having one. I have a small bottle tree collection with hopes of adding more, and, of course, I collect books because my favorite pastime is reading books and your blog.😊

Marianne in Mo. - December 13, 2016 - 12:13 am

Thanks for the tour of Kathy’s home. She has quite the collections! I think she needs to stop going to estate sales, and just give guided tours to the best ones! I died seeing her kitchen!
I happen to collect cookbooks, and especially love the local spiral ones! I also collect clocks, frog figurines and chicken/rooster decor. Crazy that none of this actually goes together, but I can’t help myself! Oh, and I also collect fabric!

Sue S Ellsworth - December 13, 2016 - 12:09 am

Love all things Mary Kay Andrews. Have read many of her books. Love the Tybee location. Beautiful house. Thanks for chance to win great prizes.

Sue - December 13, 2016 - 12:02 am

What a wonderful tour Kelly! Thanks for taking us along with you. Hmm what do I collect? So many things over the years, but these days I collect German Christmas things, smokers, pyramids, angels etc. I also collect books – and memories! I am trying to be very intentional about being present with my grands and creating lots of memories 😊

Karen C - December 12, 2016 - 11:54 pm

Love MKA and her house. Thanks for the tour.

Barbara S. - December 12, 2016 - 11:31 pm

Thank you for the tour Kelly, but I honestly believe your home is much prettier and decorated with such beautiful style without all the clutter. You truly have the gift for creating beautiful rooms that are so inviting. I love collecting dishes, linens and small oil paintings!

Sharon H - December 12, 2016 - 11:08 pm

What an exciting tour and day you had! I love to tour homes! I like to collect nutcrackers and Victorian Santa’s. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I’ve never read any of her books and would really love to!

Cindy M - December 12, 2016 - 10:51 pm

I wish I could have toured Mary Kay’s home. Love her books! I collect antique opera glasses and german nutcrackers. I enjoy your creative blog so much. You are so talented. Have a blessed Christmas!

Grand Pam - December 12, 2016 - 10:49 pm

Dear Kelly, I was so glad to get to tour this beautiful home with you. You always go to the most wonderful places. What a great give away! Would make Christmas very special to be the winner! May you and yours have the wonder and peace of a glorious Christmas. Cannot wait to see what special places you venture to in 2017.

Eloise Fitzsimmons - December 12, 2016 - 10:36 pm

OMGosh, what a wonderful post! I love your blog and I love MKA’s books. It was fun getting to know her a little through her home.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. You’ll make someone very happy.

Donna H - December 12, 2016 - 10:31 pm

I loved today’s holiday home tour !
I collect Snowbabies and jelly jar drinking glasses . I would love to have a collection of blue and white dish ware .
Merry Christmas to you and your family !

Leslie Anne Tarabella - December 12, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Oh, you lucky duck! I saw a story on Kathy’s home in the AJC, but it didn’t show nearly the detail you did. Love both Rhoda and Kathy, and we never get to see your pretty face much, so I was happy to see your cute self as well. I love Kathy’s style and would be able to move in there with just my toothbrush. Wouldn’t change a thing!

Merry Christmas to you!

Phyllis - December 12, 2016 - 10:24 pm

Wish I had gone on this tour! Thanks for sharing. I also loved her last Christmas tour so it was a real treat to see her newer home. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sherry - December 12, 2016 - 10:23 pm

What a great tour! I like to collect books and use them in various places throughout the house!

julia walker - December 12, 2016 - 10:16 pm

Thanks Kelly! I like your home more than hers but think you could use a bit of blue somewhere…I try not to collect anything these days, but would love to have books and baskets everywhere! Take care. Warm Wishes, Julia

Barbara - December 12, 2016 - 10:09 pm

I don’t really have any “collections” of things….I just buy things that catch my eye. But I had to laugh when I was looking at the beautiful pictures of Mary Kay’s (Kathy’s) house…. I’ve been wanting to buy a blue and white platter but I really haven’t found one
. Now I know where they all are. And I agree, Kelly, Kathy needs to lead a shopping trip. I’d love her to lead me to one of those platters!

Lisa W. - December 12, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Love the pictures from your tour. I like to collect charms for my bracelet, glass cloches and white cake stands. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Donnie - December 12, 2016 - 10:08 pm

DElightful tour! Thank you for your great photography and succinct descriptions.

Ellen Martin - December 12, 2016 - 10:07 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous home tour. So many home tours lack warmth and a personal touch, and this home has both. I also have blue willow, so loved her collection of it. I have a collection of Nativities, many from travels to far flung places. They remind me of the reason for our Christmas celebration. Love seeing you with Mary Kay and Rhoda! So enjoy your blog!!

linda melz - December 12, 2016 - 9:42 pm

OH lucky you Love Mary;s books to be able to see her home and actually meet her Thank you for sharing and look forward to see the next installment of her home and yours

Linda M

Cheri - December 12, 2016 - 9:36 pm

I love to collect snowmen, pottery and luncheon/appetizer plates.

I wish I could get my hubby to do these kind of tours, maybe when he retires. I love these home tours because you can get so many ideas. Love her kitchen and especially her stove.

jan spotts - December 12, 2016 - 9:31 pm

Love to peek in beautiful homes…thanks for hosting the tour…and collect to many things…ruby glass…fitz & floyd…beachy stuff…elves…ha and the list goes on….and of course grandkids (my favorite).

Lynne - December 12, 2016 - 9:30 pm

Wow…What a fun tour! Thank you for taking us into her beautiful home!

Susan Erwin - December 12, 2016 - 9:24 pm

I enjoyed this post of a gorgeous home. I have not read her books but I am about to start.

Deborah - December 12, 2016 - 9:21 pm

This was such a nice post! I love collections. Mine are cookbooks and bowls, love them and use them. Such a great giveaway, thank you!

Ann - December 12, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Love those dining room chairs.

elizabeth s shaifer - December 12, 2016 - 8:33 pm

I so enjoyed this post! Her house reminds me of y mother’s house! Thank you!!

Sherrie - December 12, 2016 - 8:32 pm

Loved seeing this lovely house all decorated for Christmas! In answer to your questions, I collect Snow Village pieces as well as pretty plates which I use in many different ways.

Laurie - December 12, 2016 - 8:28 pm

Hi Kelly – It was a treat to see Mary Kay Andrew’s lovely home. My favorite part was how she displays all of her collections. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at the giveaway.

Jane - December 12, 2016 - 8:17 pm

Thank you for introducing me to Mary Kay Andrews and her books. They are delightful. What a pleasant surprise to see the author’s beautiful home. Your hubby gets an A+ for traveling to the home show. I have a small collection of snowmen. Some are very old and belonged to my mother-in-law. I spotted a duplicate of one in Mary Kay’s collection. Thank you for another inspirational year from Talk of the Town. P. S. My redheaded grandson will find a copy of Red Ranger Came Calling under his tree this year.

Pat in Georgia - December 12, 2016 - 8:15 pm

Merry Christmas Kelly, I love the use of blue mixed with Christmas design in Mary Kay Andrews home. I would not have thought to do that. Everything is so gorgeous! Thank you for the holiday give away. I love Mrs. Shelton’s cookbook; it, too,is one of my favorites. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for letting us share the holidays with you.

Tricia - December 12, 2016 - 8:09 pm

Hi Kelly, how exciting for you to meet two people you admire, and in the same day! So pleased to see photos of you! You’re lovely!

I collect cream pitchers, brooches, and books!

Vicki - December 12, 2016 - 8:07 pm

A great picture of my two favorite bloggers! You are adorable! I am so glad you posted it! I loved this tour! Thank you!!!

Judy Whitmore - December 12, 2016 - 7:59 pm

Beautiful tour! Thanks for taking us along.
Amazing collections.

Rosa Garrett - December 12, 2016 - 7:55 pm

This is such a nice tour! Thank you for sharing it Kelly. I really enjoy Mary Kay’s books. I have just started collecting cutting boards. I have a few new ones, but no vintage yet. Thank you for the chance to win! I love your blog!

Jeanne bell - December 12, 2016 - 7:48 pm

I love her house and I also saw the one that Rhoda wrote about some time ago. I love house tours and you all have an abundance of beautiful homes in the south.
Looking forward to seeing more.
Merry Christmas

Leigh - December 12, 2016 - 7:46 pm

What fun! We have a home tour here that my husband and I enjoy at Christmastime as well. It looks like you and your husband had a wonderful time and met Mary Kay Andrews as well. Thank you for sharing your adventures and Merry Christmas 🎄

Lisa Roesler - December 12, 2016 - 7:46 pm

Beautiful House. I loved the idea of hanging the vintage postcards in the kitchen.

Lynne - December 12, 2016 - 7:42 pm

I really enjoyed touring her home! Glad you were able to get your hubby to go with you too. I collect old bottles,old garden things and green jadite. Oh, and old clocks. I love old clocks!

Sharon Noble - December 12, 2016 - 7:38 pm

What a wonderful tour of a beautiful home! I collect santas, snowmen, Christmas ornaments, and oh so much more!

Merri Jo - December 12, 2016 - 7:11 pm

It was fun to see MKA’s beautiful home. I have tried in vain to purchase a copy of Treasures From Home for a few years, so each time you so generously share one, I dream of finally owning it!

Jill - December 12, 2016 - 7:04 pm

Always love seeing how you’ve decorated for the holidays! Great tour, love reading MKA
Merry Christmas!

E. Martin - December 12, 2016 - 6:54 pm

love all the blue dishes, my favorite

Linda - December 12, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Love this house! I reread these two books each Christmas, just finished one and am getting started on the other.

Linda from MN - December 12, 2016 - 6:31 pm

So fun to see how others display their collections! I collect cookbooks, snowmen and Annalees, oh my!

Susan - December 12, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Your husband is a GOOD man! Loved the tour!!

Diva Kreszl - December 12, 2016 - 6:24 pm

What a lovely home, it is always such a treat to see how others decorate for the holidays. I have several collections, Santas, Snowmen, my Dickens Village to name a few. When you have five sons and a husband they latch onto an idea and go with it for several years, giving me things for every occasion!

donna - December 12, 2016 - 6:20 pm

What a lovely tour! Wish I lived closer. I love blue and white and she obviously does too! Thanks for ‘taking’ us along!

Mary - December 12, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Oh how I would have loved to join you on that wonderful tour! I have read all her books❤️❤️❤️. I had the pleasure of living in Atlanta for 3 years and found it to be a wonderful city. I started my Santa collection in Atlanta and now, 28 years later I admit to owning a quite a few of the jolly fella. (It’s all about the face). I enjoy your blog so much…keep sharing!!!!

Nancy H - December 12, 2016 - 6:11 pm

What a beautiful home, and how exciting that she was there!

Cindy - December 12, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Enjoyed the house tour. Also love all your book recommendations Red Ranger is on my list now!

Rebecca Dexter - December 12, 2016 - 6:05 pm

What a fun tour! It takes a lot of energy to do that much decorating! I adore the blue and white plates especially since i have similar displays…who could not love anything that looks like Ralph???

Leslie B - December 12, 2016 - 5:54 pm

What a beautiful home! Love your blog and look forward to your posts.

Sharon Chapman - December 12, 2016 - 5:50 pm

What a delightful home. So warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing another delightful post.

Sandy - December 12, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Wonderful tour Kelly and getting to meet MKA and Rhoda to boot!
If you had popped in on me this weekend as I was purging in my sewing room you would be sure I collect fabric. More like a hoarder. I am telling myself no more visits to a fabric store until I make stuff with what I have purchased.
The only real collection I have is books about space…children’s books as well things I have read.

Katrina - December 12, 2016 - 5:46 pm

LOVE this house! I actually revisited Rhoda’s post of Kathy’s other Atlanta house before I pulled out all my Christmas stuff this year. The blue plates, vintage Santas and fresh greenery are all my favorites. The casual elegance of her home is also a favorite! What a pretty new kitchen she has!
Merry Christmas sweet pretty Kelly! Love your red coat!

Garden, Home and Party - December 12, 2016 - 5:38 pm

What a charming house. I remember seeing one of her Tybee Island homes online—I can’t remember which blog site, but I love her style. What a fun description…RL trapped in a Woolworth’s. 🙂
Sounds like a worthwhile day of inspiration and fun blog friends!

Joanne Leonard - December 12, 2016 - 5:37 pm

Absolutely love the brick wall in the foyer, plus the fringe tiebacks in the breakfast room. That would be a simple touch to change a room seasonally.

DiAnne - December 12, 2016 - 5:37 pm

What a fun post! I will have to go back over it a dozen times to take it all in. Isn’t the blue and white pretty with all the red and greenery? I have a lot of little collections of things. I have a lot of Dept. 56 Snow village. I like vintage salt cellars.
You all look great! Like you, I love that kitchen.
Thanks for sharing this tour.

Donna Mason - December 12, 2016 - 5:36 pm

I love taking tours of homes, especially at the holidays. Taking them with you is like being there with a girlfriend. I really appreciate all of the detailed pictures which help if you want to replicate the lovely details.
Thanks so much for always sharing such wonderful homes, decorating ideas and recipes! Next best to being there in person.
Happy holidays!

Jean Coughlin - December 12, 2016 - 5:34 pm

Truly inspiring!!! Decorated so beautifully love all the plaids and blue plates and platters!! B 🎄🎅❤️

Kathy P. - December 12, 2016 - 5:32 pm

What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing.

Faye - December 12, 2016 - 5:30 pm

What fun to tour MKA’s Christmas home. I have visited both of her Tybee homes, and collect all of her books!

Holly - December 12, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Thanks for the tour! Although I’ve collected different things over the years (milk glass, angels, cookbooks) my abiding love is children’s books. Really, books of all kinds, but especially children’s books 😉

Liz J - December 12, 2016 - 5:26 pm

We have a SMALL collection of blue and white pieces. Also, we were lucky to inherit my dear mother in law’s blue and white wedding china. Thanks for the giveaway, and for every blog post-I read it every day:)

Frankie - December 12, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Wish I had know about the tour. The house is beautiful !

Susan W - December 12, 2016 - 5:16 pm

What a fun post. Love the kitchen and breakfast room. I collect salt and pepper shakers. They are small and don’t take up a lot of room and there is such a variety of shapes and colors.

Paula - December 12, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful home.

Bonnie - December 12, 2016 - 5:09 pm

I love this post. How fun that you saw Rhoda too! I’d love to read Mary Kay’s Books.

Kate - December 12, 2016 - 5:08 pm

I so enjoyed this post. Love all the blue and white with the touches of red.

Joy Cooper - December 12, 2016 - 5:08 pm

Love Ms.Andrews home and love having your face to put together with your blog. You are very lovely in your pictures and I am inspired by your work. I also enjoy reading Rhoda’s blog and have been doing so for many years.

I collect cloth patches from our travels from the last 25 years. They are harder to find now as they are being replaced by magnets and sticker at many places. I find it is best to ask. I display them in large 3D picture frames with felt backing.

Debra Bartels - December 12, 2016 - 5:07 pm

Loved this house tour. Thanks for sharing. I collect cookbooks and heart shaped rocks.

Vonda - December 12, 2016 - 5:06 pm

Beautiful home and inspiration!

Laura Park - December 12, 2016 - 5:05 pm

Wow! It is so fun to travel with you on your mini Adventures & tours and this is especially true during the holidays when we are all looking for ideas for our own homes. Thank you so

Dee - December 12, 2016 - 5:02 pm

I so enjoy taking these trips along with you. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with all of us. The East coast has so many things to see. We never seem to have enough time when we go to North Carolina to visit our kids. Really looking forward to your next post of decorating your home too. Each time I get a post from you in my inbox it brightens my day.

Mary Ann - December 12, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Just beautiful, keep sharing if you could.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Fran - December 12, 2016 - 4:49 pm

LOVE your posts … this one, especially! Cookbooks are what I collect, and your Treasures From Home sounds lovely!

Louvina - December 12, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Lovely!! So much to look at– will need to go back and look at everything again and again!! Loved seeing pictures of you and your cute husband!! What a nice giveaway, too!! I have many bird figurines and angel collection. But not actively collecting anymore. Oh, and cookbooks!! I need to start another collection– maybe plaid lunch boxes and thermos containers? So glad you had your great outing adventure on Sunday!! And you got to see your two friends, too! How fun!!

Jean from Georgia - December 12, 2016 - 4:44 pm

Now that is my kind of house. I cannot imagine the hours and hours of time she spent collecting and designing her new home. What a delightful tour and thank you for sharing. Love the kitchen!!!

Karen - December 12, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Her house is so amazing! I wish it were closer to Nj!

Mary Lawson - December 12, 2016 - 4:40 pm

One of the things I collect is cookbooks. I would love to add this one to my collection and am very interested to read the others, too!

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Dawn - December 12, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Love it all ! I collect blue and white from my mom

Mary Michelle - December 12, 2016 - 4:15 pm

I love seeing a home decorated with collections of well-loved things. And I appreciate that Mary Kay has her own style. Kelly, your husband is certainly a good sport join you for this tour. Mine would too just to make me happy.

Mechelle S - December 12, 2016 - 4:14 pm

Great post! I do collect something. Cookbooks!! To me they read like a good novel. It is so fun to read the comments made by other cooks. Good reading!!

bev tippett - December 12, 2016 - 4:12 pm

thank you so much for sharing. I have been reading Mary Kay for years and so enjoy her!! She is a clever decorator.
I think I prefer your style but I enjoy seeing hers.

Karen - December 12, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Thank you for the wonderful tour…it is a beautiful home. I collect angels of all types and sizes, but my favorites are white porcelain. I display them throughout my living room along with a cherished Nativity.

Sue - December 12, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Thank you for taking us along on your trips. I sure enjoy the ride and the scenery!

Elisa - December 12, 2016 - 4:06 pm

I collect vintage, handmade and one-of-a-kind cat ornaments.(No tacky ones!) I now have a 9′ tree full.

There, I said it out loud.

Laura Ingalls Gunn - December 12, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Oh what a wonderful tour! I pinned several images. Thank so much for sharing this as well as a wonderful gift opportunity. I have been looking for the Red Ranger Came Calling since your red bicycle post. My fingers are crossed.

Lori - December 12, 2016 - 4:04 pm

What a fabulous post! Thank you so much for doing that one…really need to see her home. I collect snowflake ornaments, pinecones (odd, I know) and reindeer!

Sherry B - December 12, 2016 - 4:02 pm

Oh My !! How beautiful !! I love the mix of blue and white with the Christmas decor. Thank you for the chance to win your give away.

Michelle Mallett - December 12, 2016 - 4:02 pm

I collect rubber stamps which I occasionally use to make greeting cards!

Peggy - December 12, 2016 - 3:41 pm

I love Mary Kay Andrews books! It seems I am always waiting for the next one to come out! As for collecting, I collect many things. I have Byers Carolers, white ironware, jadeite dishes and snowmen! If I start another collection, I am afraid my husband will move out. HA! I have a close girlfriend who collects Santas and she has over 900. Now THAT is a collection! Thank you for this post. I was so excited to see her home as she is always talking about “junking” in her books.

Lynne - December 12, 2016 - 3:28 pm

Thank you for sharing this home with us! I love Mary Kay Andrews and her books are my favorite! I just start reading, get wrapped up in the story and the next thing I know I’ve finished the book in one sitting!! How wonderful that you got to meet her! I love how she displays her things! What an awesome give away! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Jo - December 12, 2016 - 3:23 pm

Serendipity! I was just looking at a length of blue ticking in my “stash” and pondering on its next use. Perhaps, reupholstering some chair seats??? I will be showing my husband this post – there is never a thing such as too much Blue Willow, is there?

Barbara (WA) - December 12, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Well, I collected snowmen for a long while but moved on to little houses and barns. I have a fun display of tin buildings on a shelf in my dining room.

Lois - December 12, 2016 - 2:41 pm

Love your blog ! Would so love to win the Red Ranger Came Calling for my Grandson.

Janna - December 12, 2016 - 2:04 pm

Kelly, I know you were thrilled to be able to attend the tour of Mary Kay Andrews beautiful home! The bonus was getting to personally meet her! Her home looks so welcoming! Thanks for sharing so we could enjoy it, too!

Helen Christopher - December 12, 2016 - 2:02 pm

This home is beautiful and I do love the kitchen, but is a little busy for my taste. I collect dragonflies and snowmen – quite a combination, huh?

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