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Summerour and Associates

Blackberry Farm kitchensource

Why in the world I haven’t done a post devoted to the work of Keith Summerour and his associates is beyond me.  Everywhere I turn it seems that something beautiful in a location I love, has been designed by his firm. Take for example, the kitchen above and the bedroom below.

Blackberry Farm

Guess where the house is located that has these wonderful rooms?  Blackberry Farm in Tennessee!  I’ve featured posts on Blackberry Farm here and here and never even connected it with Keith Summerour.  Hanging my head in shame here.:(

And then there is this house:

St. Simons Island Coastal Living Idea

Do you remember it?  This was the Coastal Living Idea House located on St. Simons Island that I wrote about last summer here. Guess who designed this home? You’re right. Summerour and Associates, and they also designed these stables on St. Simons Island that were in a post here.

Frederica Stables St. Simons

Remember The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC that was in this post?  Yes, Summerour and Associates did the design for its renovation.

Old Edwards Inn Highlands

Yes, I have really been blind when it comes to recognizing their work. So let’s remedy that today by looking at a few other spaces from them.   The first one I would like to share with you is in Georgia at the Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell.  I love the walls and beautiful cabinets in this kitchen.

Currahee Club kitchensource

Here is the living room that opens to that kitchen (and a screened porch too!)

Currahee Club great roomsource

Take a look at this space from another Georgia home they designed.  This one is named Towerhouse Farm, and it is located in Meriwether County.  I like that it has such a great mix of rustic and refined.

Towerhouse Farm

One of my favorites out of their work is McIlvain Farm on St. Simons Island.  This is definitely not your typical beach house.:)

Mcilvain farm

McIlvain farm

mcilvain farm

Now take a look at just a few of the kitchens in the residences Summerour and Associates have designed.  I think you will love them.:)



Valley Road kitchen  Summerour and

Their Atlanta offices are housed in an old warehouse that Keith Summerour renovated.  The building is rustic, refined, and has an industrial edge as well, and it is available for rent for events.  What an imaginative idea! You can see photos of the interior here.

Summerour Studio

Much of the work from this design firm has an “old world” atmosphere to me, but this last home that I want to close with has a purely American farmhouse feel.

Beechwood farm

Beechwood Farm


I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the wonderful work from the truly talented Keith Summerour and his team.  Be sure you click on the links to see more.:)

Beechwood Farm

Have a great weekend!

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 19, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Kelly, I love his work too! Love that he uses a lot of wood…natural and painted…and often mixes them together in the same room. Thanks for sharing his work with us!
Glad you liked all the eye candy Gracia. It is the use of all that wood that draws me in as well, and they certainly do mix it beautifully.
Hope you are having a super weekend!

Kathy - September 19, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Very pretty! Makes me want to head up to Highlands but we are headed to a wedding in Vail, NC. We are looking forward to it because we didn’t plan it! LOL! (Our daughter and new son-in-law are honeymooning in Ireland but we are headed to her high school friend’s wedding. We joke that this friend is the reason we have rules at our house. It should be fun!) Have a great weekend!
Me too! I really thought about going up to Highlands this weekend, but we (daughter and I) had a baby shower to attend today. I know you are enjoying a wedding that you didn’t have to plan! :) That is too funny about the “reason you have rules.” I laughed out loud at that! Ireland…how fun that would be!

Marianne in Mo. - September 20, 2014 - 11:45 am

Fantastic! Love the last place especially, and the closing pic of the dog!
Celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary today with an outing to local wine country. Should be a beautiful day!
The last one was great, wasn’t it Marianne?! Congratulations on your 39th wedding anniversary! That is really something to celebrate!! :) (And it sounds like you are celebrating in a wonderful place.)

Dawn - September 20, 2014 - 6:53 pm

OK, Kelly,

You have redeemed yourself for this designer! I love their style. The last picture is my favorite! That awesome red door and dog is sweet! My two exterior back doors are red also. I have two boxers that love looking out through the inset glass in them. Thanks for sharing the eye candy.
Dawn, I tried painting our door red once, but it just didn’t look good here. So glad you like this firm’s work. I bet your dogs are cute looking out your red doors!

Garden, Home and Party - September 20, 2014 - 7:17 pm

I love the work of this team. The last house is my favorite, love the dutch door and the dog. That’s really not like you to miss a detail. You’re entitled to make one tiny error now and then, especially since you made up for it by sharing some of the prettiest houses ever. :-)
Wasn’t that dog in the door sooo cute?! I couldn’t pass that one up. I can’t believe I missed doing a post on them since they seem to be everywhere I am! So glad you liked their work. Their quality and attention to detail is wonderful.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Martha - September 20, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Kelly, my computer crashed and I have been without internet for over 24 hours… soon as I was back up I checked your blog and this wonderful post was the first thing I read. I love everything!!!! Summerour & Associates are amazing! If only I had a few million and could rip out half my house. Oh well, I can dream.
Hi Martha! So sorry your computer crashed, but I am glad you were able to bring it back to life. :) Yes, Summerour and Associates ARE amazing. I know exactly what you mean about ripping out half your house and spending the big bucks.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Talk of the Weekend #5

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Happy Almost Fall Weekend! I hope your weekend is being spent doing things you like to do with people you love.  Here are a few totally unrelated things that caught my eye this week.:)Have fun checking them out!

Doesn’t this house looks like a perfect one for a fall weekend?


I’ve found a treehouse (really a group of 3 connected by bridges) in Atlanta (of all places!) that you can actually spend the night in.  Check them out here.


Did you get the early fall catalog from Talbots this week?  I LOVED this outfit (and especially the cute rainboots!)

And Pottery Barn has their Thanksgiving and Christmas sneak peeks out.  These Santa plates and mugs are mighty tempting!:)Have you seen them?

Pottery Barn Santa

Restoration Hardware discontinued their much loved dish soap long ago, so I have been looking for some that is sold in a similar understated package.  This is what it used to look like, and I have refilled my bottle over and over for many years.

Restoration Hardware dish

After much searching, I finally found a very similar one at Jenny Steffens Hobick’s online shop.  I ordered it as soon as she put out her fall stock.

Jenny Steffens dishsoap

I ran across this recipe for a chicken dish that looks wonderfully delicious. (How can anything with chicken, mushrooms, and bacon taste bad??) I think we will be making it this coming week.

country club chicken recipe

When I was doing research for some back to school decorating inspiration, I found this very uplifting dinner.  Read all about it here.

Look and Live dinner

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm shared her previous home this week.  It is mind blowing beautiful.  Truly.

Be sure you read all of the story behind it because the story is even more beautiful than the house.

And I will leave you with a few laughs because everyone should spend part of their weekend laughing, right?

I think you will love these Martha bloopers.

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Enjoy your weekend.:)

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Sandy - September 14, 2014 - 7:58 am

Kelly, I just ordered the everyday Occasions dish soap and their indigo tea towels. Thank you for introducing me to this company. Decided to put this new chicken recipe on my menu for this week. Looks delicious. I truly enjoy following your blog and as a retired language arts middle school teacher, I would give you A+’s.
:) Thanks Sandy! I am hoping Jenny is going to have red tea towels in her winter line, and I will order mine then. I can’t decide if I want to serve that chicken with rice or pasta like it shows in the recipe. It looks very similar to a dish I loved at a nearby restaurant that has closed, and their chicken was served with pasta…so pasta may be my choice this time. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Laura - September 14, 2014 - 8:11 am

Do you know what I love about this on a Sunday morning? It’s like my conversations with a friend on our walk~~ all over the place about the things we like to talk about!
Too funny! (But it’s true…and it drives my husband crazy when our conversation does this. :) )

Louvina - September 14, 2014 - 8:17 am

Spending the week at my “Happy Place”– and enjoying your posts. Watching the sunrise every morning, walking the beach, collecting shells, getting a little sun and salt air trying to get over a really bad cold I acquired traveling last week. I truly loved all the school themed decorations and thinking about fall in NYC and now today’s post. Will go back and check out all these links. Hoping to paint small artificial pumpkins today and make a chicken pot pie and salad for lunch. Looking forward to a cool down here in FL. Had some wonderful light tempura shrimp ( just for you:)) and a lovely clam chowder and crisp haddock! Have a great week, Kelly!
Are you just trying to make us all jealous Louvina??! LOL So sorry you have had a cold, but if you are going to have it, at least you are at an amazing place (definitely better than all the humidity and heat here in Georgia…with no walks on the beach.) I thought you might like all the school-y things AND NYC. How smart of you to get ahead on the fall things (or am I just behind?) I hope you enjoyed your shrimp. My son sent me a photo of his breakfast in Portland, Oregon this week…shrimp and grits. :( You all are just rubbing it in! They finally arrived in Seattle yesterday after a 10 day roadtrip.
I hope you get over your cold and have a great week too.

Arlene@Nanaland - September 14, 2014 - 8:29 am

Thanks for some inspiration on this cool Sunday morning!! I plan to watch the Martha bloopers this afternoon. Who can resist seeing the Martha goof up? Not
They are hilarious! I was surprised that she would even allow them to be out for public viewing. :)

Mimi - September 14, 2014 - 10:00 am

Oh, that second picture with the sun and the porch literally took my breath away! In fact, I’m quite sure my heart said something along the lines of, “That’s where you belong.” :-) I enjoyed perusing PB’s sneak peeks yesterday–so many beautiful things that I am running out to buy a lottery ticket today…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I know just what you mean about that feeling of “That’s where you belong.” I get that every time we ride by a lake around here. Send me a lottery ticket too! I am in bad need of a winning one.

Debra - September 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

Kelly, you do know how to torture. I’m drooling over those first two pictures. Amazing home and property. Oh, porch love. Sigh! That chicken dish looks wonderful. I mean come on, mushrooms, bacon and all that gravy! I will definitely try it. That Talbots outfit is about what I was sporting the other night at my niece’s housewarming party. Yes, mark the calendar. The sandals were tucked away and it was a quilted jacket and knee high boots for the evening. Quite a few of the gals were of the same mindset. So enjoying these temporary cooler temperatures here in the Midwest. Ok, so how dare you sneak that Pottery Barn Santa ware in your post. Really Kelly, you’ve gone commercial on us? I forgive you. Yeah, now I am going to go click and check it out! :)
Debra, that house was most certainly droolworthy, wasn’t it? Lucky you with your fall temps that let you wear the cute clothes! Oh yeah, I’m commercial all the way. LOL I’ll do commercials for Pottery Barn Christmas anytime of the year. :)

Dawn - September 14, 2014 - 8:00 pm


That Talbots outfit is so you…except everything dark blue needs to be black for you. I have made that Country club chicken recipe and it is to die for! My husband requests it all the time. It even freezes well and can be reheated in the oven for a quicker week night dinner! I got to go check out that Pottery Barn stuff asap! Thanks for sharing.
Good grief you have my wardrobe pegged…even down to the black for the blue! Hmm…maybe I need to branch out in my style more. LOL Thanks for the suggestion to freeze the dish. I will probably need to half it anyway now that I am not feeding the entire crew anymore.
Hope you find lots of PB things to buy!

Garden, Home and Party - September 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Oh my goodness, I love the idea of sleeping in a tree house and these look especially charming. I loved the screened porch on the lake too.
I love Jenny’s store, every time I order something I’m always so happy not only with the product but the packaging. She really does such a great job.
That chicken dish looks dangerous and delicious. As soon as our weather switches from the 90’s to the 70’s I’m cooking it.
The MS blooper is hilarious.
I like this rundown post…have you done it before. It’s always fun to find a couple of new sites in the bargain.
Wasn’t that treehouse amazing Karen? I like Jenny’s store too…waiting on red towels for Christmas to come out. Hope your weather turns to fall soon.
I have done several of the random posts..just look for Talk of the Weekend and you will find a few more with assorted goodies. :)

Kim - September 15, 2014 - 8:33 pm

I love these sites — I went right over to Pottery Barn to check out the Christmas stuff! Also, if you like the chicken recipe, you should try some of the other recipes from that site — I’ve used one that I have pinned as just “Kayotic Chicken” that is to die for.
Glad you liked the Christmas dishes! I get excited when the Christmas things start coming out – even if it is only September. :) Thanks for the heads up on the chicken dishes…will check it out!

Design Chic - September 16, 2014 - 9:44 am

You always find the greatest vacation places – adore the tree house. I actually ordered a few things from the new Talbot’s catalog – got me excited for Fall!
I loved that treehouse, and I could not believe it was in the middle of downtown Atlanta. I guess it shows you really can still find wonderfully private places anywhere if you leave some trees. :) I am with you on the Talbot’s catalog getting me excited for fall…so ready for a change of wardrobe!

Kathy - September 16, 2014 - 12:52 pm

My daughter’s wedding was Saturday. Everything went as planned. We were so afraid of rain once the tents were up and we saw what happened when it did rain. The tents did not leak but water ran through on the ground like a river. Prayers were answered because it didn’t rain. Katrina’s daughter went into labor and that was announced at the reception. (Precious little baby boy!) I wish I could show you some photos! I am not sure I am ready for fall.
I know you are happy everything went as planned, and that it is all over, Kathy! I know it was beautiful. :) And what a happy coincidence that Katrina’s grandchild was born on the same day. How exciting!

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 16, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Kelly: Put clear Dawn (help clean the oil soaked ducks) in a clear wine bottle, size of your choice and add a pour spout.
Looks great on the sink. From our friend, Martha Stewart.

Keep writing and inspiring us!
I remember them using Dawn on those poor animals with the Exxon disaster. The wine bottle with pour spout is a good idea…guess I need to really thank Martha for that. :)
Thank you for your sweet comment.

Jayne - September 17, 2014 - 10:23 am

I love random! It can be so refreshing, don’t you think? Thanks for sharing it all! I think I will try that chicken recipe too! Looks great. I use an old lotion bottle with a squirt top for my dish soap in the kitchen. A couple of pumps keeps me from over using the soap. The porch sunset was beautiful! I love to sit in our front porch swing and watch it set. You should come join me sometime! Fall and winter are best, because the leaves are off the trees and you can actually see the sun set. haha. We can build a bon fire and sip on some hot chocolate! ;)
An old lotion bottle is a great idea Jayne! It would be fun to watch a sunset from a front porch swing…a nice and relaxing way to wind down the day. I am ready for some cool weather in which to enjoy a bon fire and some hot cocoa.

September Decorating Part 2

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It’s those lines from You’ve Got Mail that are making me do this. You know…the ones about loving New York in the fall, buying school supplies, and sending you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.  

Those lines.

dining roomI think they are permanently ingrained in my head and sending me subliminal…

Buy school supplies.

Decorate with those school supplies.  

tabletop for SeptAnd they are telling me…

Use those napkins with the penmanship letters on them at your table.

Use books and marbled composition notebooks and pencils and apples-for-the-teacher for a centerpiece.

centerpiece And the decorate-with-school-supplies message has made me put out kid friendly after-school snacks.

dining room cabinet

 The only problem is I am the only one left at home that now eats them.:(

(My husband has great restraint.)

dining room cupboardWhen you love a movie like I love that movie, it kind of gets in your head and your heart.

kitchen islandLike when I am opening car doors in the morning at my job, and I am helping those little people out of their car seats, I say, Good morning Hank!  Good morning Riley and Avery. How are you today?  

kitchen deskAnd I feel like Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly when she is opening her shop door at The Shop Around the Corner, greeting the children there with, Jessica and Mya, How are you today?:)(Do you remember that scene?)

peanut butter cookies recipe chalkboard

And it makes me wish again that I had a little bookstore that I could be opening the door to in the morning.

 (Didn’t we all wish that when we saw that movie for the first time?)

kitchen cornerAnd we would decorate our cabinets in our little shop-around-the-corner with children’s books and toys and cute posters just like the ones in the movie…and maybe put in a coffee bar for the grown ups who bring their children to our shop.:)(But of course, there is a Starbucks nearby on another corner.)

beverage cornerAnd we might even include a chalkboard or two in our charming bookstore, right?

Talk of the House playroom dresser and chalkboard

Talk of the House old school alphabet chalkboard in the playroom

And perhaps the giant bookstore would not put our little shop out of business.

chalkboard and school vignetteYou’ve Got Mail also made me fall in love with New York City. September is a good time to think about that…remembering those who lost so very much in the tragic events of 9-11 and honoring the incredible strength of those who have kept the city going. It makes me think of that.

entry with bookbagsAs you can see, the bouquets of newly sharpened pencils, and all the other school supplies have made themselves at home in our house this month. (If you missed part 1, there are more school supplies running rampant there as well.)

schoolhouse chair

And that’s what happens when you fall in love with a movie.:)

Until next time…

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Debra - September 12, 2014 - 2:21 am

Your dreams are the book store, while mine are a small quaint coffee shop. I’ll ride my bike or walk to work too. I would so enjoy the customers. :) Love that movie. Now Kelly, with all the kids gone, which one of you is going to eat all those goodies in those glass jars of yours? If I lived near by I would be stopping in to help eat quite a few of those cookies, or have tea and one of the muffins in the kitchen. :) Love all your red, especially your plaid curtains. Your yellow lunch box is adorable. I have a black one that I have had since I was 12. YIKES. Again, no fall décor here yet. It was a wonderful cool day today that brought a camisole with a red plaid flannel shirt, long jeans and my red suede ballet shoes from Target (last year clearance). I love red too. Hubs definitely had a smile on his face when he walked in the door tonight to came home to the smell of pot roast cooking. It definitely felt like the start of Fall here. May it commence….
A coffee shop is a wonderful dream as well, Debra. :) I am afraid I am the eater of all things snack-y. My husband just does not help much when it comes to them. Now if it were vegetables, he would be right on it! (No fun, right?) Jealous of your fall apparel (and your pot roast ready!)

Arlene@Nanaland - September 12, 2014 - 7:52 am

Oh Kelly, that is one of my FAVORITE movies too!! That little store just captured my heart. I own the dvd and I admit to watching it when the mood hits me. I have always been fascinated by NYC and I would love to take a trip there. It is on my bucket list. I saw it across the river from New Jersey when my son was married up there but did not make it to the city. l love your penmanship chalk boards. So cute…good penmanship is becoming a lost art. Hoping things are settling down at your house and you are enjoying your empty nest.
We should all get together to watch the movie and have a big party! I hope you get to visit New York. There is so much to see there…and so much shopping and eating and theater. Thank you for the compliments on the chalkboards! Things ARE settling down some…but we do have a wedding in the family coming up soon though.

Sue - September 12, 2014 - 7:59 am

I could have written every word in this post. I LOVE that movie and I am staring at a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils as I write this! I buy school supplies every year and have stacks and stacks of crayons and notebooks. {my children graduated from HS over 15 years ago} I tell myself that I am donating them and I do, but I still have more than my grandchildren will ever use:-)
I decorate with children’s books too, and our little playhouse, named Storybook Cottage, is full of children’s book characters and books. Madeline, Pepito, Max, Ruby, Lily, etc.
I could move right on in to your house Kelly, red and green are my very favorite colors.
Thanks so much for sharing.
That is too funny about you and the school supplies Sue! I am glad you liked all the decorating here. Red and green are so cheerful!

Sue - September 12, 2014 - 8:01 am

Oops ~ forgot to tell you that I made your apple brickle dip {because of course September is all about eating apples in every form} and we all loved it. It is now making the rounds between my girls and their fall events.
That stuff is addicting! I need to make some myself. Thanks for the reminder!

Jackie Caruso - September 12, 2014 - 8:05 am

Your September decorating looks so cute, I love your attention to detail. Your penmanship blackboard reminds me of the borders around the black chalkboards we had in grade school – now it seems as if all school chalkboards are green. Your penmanship is perfect! It’s finally cooled off here in St. Louis and I hope to begin bringing out my fall decorations this weekend. I love that they can stay up through Thanksgiving. And yes, I wanted to own a bookshop as well, exactly like the one in You’ve Got Mail.
Thank you Jackie! Our school does not even have chalkboards anymore. They were all converted into whiteboards, and now electronic Smart Boards hang in front of them! I wonder what the next wave will be. Hopefully I will be retired before it comes around.

Susan M - September 12, 2014 - 8:18 am

Such a favorite movie of mine too Kelly!!! It is one of my “comfort movies”….you know ….when you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a soft blanket and hot chocolate!! Everytime I see your home in all its beautiful decor…I want to run out and redecorate. I love the school time lovelies in your home!!! I recently found out that Gilmore Girls…..a big” comfort” show for me… coming out on Netflix in October and I can envision lots of couch and hot chocolate time. Guess I better get my fall decorating done before Oct. or it won’t get done…..LOL.
It is definitely a comfort movie! I have known about Gilmore Girls for a long time, but I have not seen any of it. I need to get the dvd’s to watch it when I get a break this fall.

Jill - September 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

Everything looks so sweet Kelly. Oh how I wish they still taught penmanship in schools! Your chalkboard is perfection. And in all the time I’ve been reading your blog I never noticed the bookplate label holders (is that what they’re called?) on the dresser in the playroom. That’s a nice little detail. I had to look back at another playroom post to see if they were new. Ha!
Fall is headed to Ohio this weekend. I’m looking forward to a cooler day for my daughter’s cross country meet on Saturday. So far we’ve just had hot and muggy. Hopefully I’ll get to break out my school sweatshirt. :D
We do still teach cursive the last few months of third grade here, but it really needs much longer than that for practice. I wish parents would practice it with their children in the summer following third grade, and that would help tremendously. The bookplate labels have been there, so I guess they are just new to you. :) I had a hard time finding them to purchase them…seems like we had to get them from a furniture maker’s catalog. Glad to know that fall is making its way to your area.

Barb - September 12, 2014 - 8:29 am

Now aren’t you the clever one!

Kim - September 12, 2014 - 8:53 am

Best movie ever!

Lori Lucas - September 12, 2014 - 8:54 am

As always, I loved your post. I too would love a book store. I would need a clock in there only to remind me it’s time to go home….instead of WHEN do we get to go home!! I love the penmanship boards. I would LOVE if you could recreate them and put the download for sale! One more thing…I totally understand the treats in a jar, and no one is there to eat them. :( I remember the days when I was lucky if the jar was full for more than a day. Aaah. Have a great weekend. Lori Lucas
So true about loving a book store! I will have to think on your download idea…not sure I know how to do that, but I WILL think about it.

Renee - September 12, 2014 - 9:33 am

As always, I enjoy your posts very much! I get so many good ideas from your decorating style, choices of color and the way you bring your items together to make your rooms feel so cozy! I also like “You’ve Got Mail.” We made our first trip to New York this summer and enjoyed it. Because of time, we basically just “hit the highlights”, but on our next trip, we hope to include a visit to the neighborhood where the movie was filmed. I love the feel of the neighborhood and how the quaint shops are nearby. One thing I also liked about New York was being able to walk so much. As lovely as it is in Georgia, I can’t walk to my store! I wouldn’t trade the peace and quiet I enjoy here for the hustle and bustle of the city, but New York certainly has many nice qualities! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
I am glad to share ideas here and am happy that you can use them Renee. You are so right about walking in NYC…and I would much rather walk there than try to drive in that traffic! I hope you get to visit there again and see some of the places in the movie.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me - September 12, 2014 - 9:50 am

I LOVE that movie! I watch it everytime I see it’s on TV, plus I have the DVD….Love it! What a great post!
Thank you Lisa! I think that movie is loved so much that it may have a “cult following.” LOL

Katherine Leighty - September 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

I love it all…so very sweet! love the red and white buffalo checks! I would not decorate that way myself now! The children’s things are a long ways away from me….my oldest is 43…going to have my first great grandchild in November…so I it doesn’t fit! but I love what you have done! I had to think for a sec about that movie…ha…getting it confused with Sleepless In Seattle…ha!

I love all the attention to detail! I have simplified since we downsized a lot…don’t have the energy for upkeep anymore! it is funny how as we age our priorities shift!

Anyway your home is lovely!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on your first great grandchild Katherine! How fun. We won’t be seeing grandkids here anytime soon, but I did just attend a baby shower for our niece so there will be a little one here in November as well. I am with you on downsizing…although everyone keeps telling us we need to keeep a larger home for when the kids visit with their own families.
Thank you for your lovely comments here.

Mimi - September 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

I am in LOVE with that penmanship chalkboard!!! I think you could seriously develop a line for Pottery Barn or the like–I am not kidding! That peanut butter cookie chalkboard is to die for, too! That last photo with the chair and lunchbox just epitomizes back to school to me. :-) Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and your many talents.
Mimi, you are too sweet! I am so glad you like all the chalkboards. The peanut butter cookie came about because I have been craving PB cookies lately!

Jayne - September 12, 2014 - 10:22 am

I have to admit that I did not see that movie. Jaw dropping, I know! Now, I want to! As always your house looks lovely. Such a clever idea to use school supplies as decorations. All my kids are out of the house and I,too,am the one eating all the snacks. Somebody has to do it, right? Can’t let all that goes food go to waste. Lol You have gotten me hooked on chalkboards. I bought a large frame and am going to paint the glass with chalkboard paint. I now have 3 large and 1 small chalkboard. And I have another idea for one as well. I’ll be sharing it soon! Can’t wait to get back to blogging. I have so much to share!!!
Jayne, your homework assignment is to watch that movie! Girl! Sounds like you are doing great with the chalkboards. :)

Garden, Home and Party - September 12, 2014 - 11:17 am

Your post makes me want to watch that movie again. I loved her apartment too. The bookstore was wonderful and it makes me sad that so few bookstores exist anymore, at least here in Southern California. You do the best job staging each corner of your charming home…I’m with one of your other readers, if I lived closer I’d stop by and help you with the snacks!
Have a wonderful weekend…it’s supposed to be 90+ degrees here. Ouch. I’m being patient but I can’t wait for some cooler weather. :-)
I loved every set in that movie – even the children’s book dept. in Fox Books. Thank you for the compliment on the decorating. I wish you could come on over and share in the snacks. (There is caramel gelato in the freezer and homemade gingerbread in a pan on the counter too!)
Hope we both have cooler weather soon.

Vicki Crowe - September 12, 2014 - 11:42 am

I thought i was the only one who loved that movie ” as long as we both shall live”. I am so bad to watch it every time it is on – which is often! Love your home and movie themed decor which totally makes sense. I will have to think about Kathleen Kelly and what i might do to add some fall romance to my home. Thanks!
Oh that line just kills me! And I can see Tom Hanks saying it right now in my mind. Sooo sweet!

Susan - September 12, 2014 - 11:47 am

My dream of having a children’s book store has been living in my heart for many years. I certainly have enough children’s books to start one :) I have a huge collection from my years of teaching. I have been retired 4 years and still really miss sharing my books and reading to those wonderful little personalities~
We could open a store together Susan! It would be a lot of work but fun. My favorite would be read alouds of Christmas books…guess we will have to keep on dreaming. :)

L J - September 12, 2014 - 12:24 pm

You make your home fun–fun to look at and, I imagine, fun to live in–and you do it in a sophisticated but casual style. Nice.
Agreed with all the rest “You’ve got mail” is one that really seems to make a place for itself in our hearts. I’m a bit sentimental though I rarely admit it publicly, but I also thoroughly enjoy those romantic comedies of the ’30s and 40’s with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. If I were your neighbor I’d help you with the cookies and we watch some videos of that bygone era together.
Thanks, Kelly
Gosh thank you so much for the kind compliments! I am with you on liking Katherine Hepburn and the old movies. You could definitely help us eat the cookies and watch movies!

Dawn - September 12, 2014 - 1:43 pm


You are spot on once again. I was out sick from school last Friday (with bronchitis) and the movie I picked to watch while in bed was You’ve Mail! I always have to re-watch it every Fall. I just love everything about the movie and how you have carried it through your decorating! The movie touches my heart as well (since I am a 5-8th grade Reading teacher)! Thanks for sharing! Your play room is still my favorite (as green touches my heart).
I am so sorry you were sick Dawn. Goodness, it seems early in the year for bronchitis. Hope you are well by now. At least you had a good movie to watch while you were recovering!

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Peggy - September 14, 2014 - 3:19 pm

One of my very favorites. My kids and I still say, ” the Godfather is answer to any question”. Terrible we know the lines to that!
For some reason I am not getting your emails. Came by this morning just because I was browsing my favorite places for eye candy. And as always, you never fail to make me smile. I have to ask where you purchased those delightful red bows and those beautiful heavy water goblets.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Thank you for the inspiration!
Knowing the lines is not terrible. If it was, I think a lot of us would be in the same boat with you! The red bowls came from Pier 1 years ago, and the water goblets are the Tag bubble glass goblets from Amazon. I don’t know how to help on the delivery of the email of the blog. Feedburner is being a pain! Try signing up with Bloglovin. It’s free and it seems to do a better job.
Thank you for your sweet comments!

Beth - September 17, 2014 - 11:31 pm

I just came across your blog on Pinterest. I absolutely love your style of decorating. I felt compelled to write because, like so many other readers, You’ve Got Mail is my favorite movie of all time! So many memorable lines.
I am so glad you found the blog Beth! Welcome! And I am happy you liked the September decorating. You’ve Got Mail is such a fun movie, and I think there are quite a few of us that love it…from the houses to the lines to the plot. Please visit again!

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