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The Summer Home Tour – part 3

Talk of the House Summer Home Tour

After a day of scorching heat, it rained yesterday evening…a  heavy rain.  When it started I decided to sit out on the porch to listen to and smell that rain. Isn’t that just one of the best scents around?! … earthy and sweet.  I love to swing on that porch swing when it is raining.


Well after a few minutes of the downpour, the trees started swaying..and then more… and more until I could see leaves and debris begin flying in the air!  It was blowing enough to open and slam those screen doors over and over again.  The umbrellas on the deck looked ready for take off.

porch sofa

So I smartly decided to hop off that swing and get myself back in the kitchen!  The storm quickly moved on, but this morning our yard wears the aftereffects…limbs down, pine cones thrown all about, leaves everywhere. But I am super thankful for the rain. Our yard needed it badly! And it was nothing like the folks in Texas and Oklahoma have had to endure in the past few days.  My heart goes out to them.

game storageThis morning is sunny (and already 80°) so we can enjoy a little time out there.  (I did have to wipe the water off the table because that wind and rain decided to baptize it!:))

porch deskDid you notice the basket of yard games a couple of photos up?  The fun and games theme continues out here. (Of course it is most appropriate here, because this is where we grab them.) Over by the buffet table you can find the shuffleboard pieces – tangs and biscuits in case you didn’t know the terms. (You just never know what you can learn here! Right?:))

porch buffetThe now dry table has its red, white, and blue full on today.

4th of July tableThe blue buckets were marked way down at Michaels, so I grabbed up a few.  Our local Kroger has those melamine gingham plates in red, blue, and yellow.  One of my sweet readers wrote to tell me that I needed to buy them.:) I finally decided the blue ones were the best for our summer table, so I finally purchased some a week ago.


And of course I could not resist those red gingham napkins with the cute hem stitching from Pier 1.  (You know those babies will get some use around here!)  The centerpiece is the huge At Home With Marieke bowl from HomeGoods filled with geraniums and a few flags.  I hope when our brand new HomeGoods opens in August, they will have some of the pieces from that line.  (It has been discontinued…boo hoo.)

4th of July centerpiece

summer table settingThe chalkboard finishes out the summer theme with its list of games.  I know all of them are not necessarily only summer games, but they are games we do play in the summer.

summer chalkboardCards and frisbees ready for play.:)

4th of July flowersAnd now let’s go inside again.  I wanted you to see two more rooms.  First, our daughter’s room already has red all year round, but I did add a spot of fun and games on her dresser.

bedroom for daughter

Badminton anyone?:)

badminton vignetteIn part 1 of our tour, I promised to share my workroom with you.  So come on in.

hallwayI’m afraid I abandoned the fun and games theme in here.  I am dying to go to the beach so I went beachy with the decor.

work roomThe craft supplies are gone from the jars, and shells are in their place.

shell jars

And I pulled out one of my big model boats for the cabinet below the window. I used to have a huge collection of them when we first built the house. (You can read about its nautical style here,) But I have sold off most of them in yard sales over the years.

summer vignetteI’m afraid that brings us to the end of the tour.  I hope you have enjoyed it because I have enjoyed sharing all the rooms with you!:)With all the red that is in this house year round, it is pretty easy to add in accents each season.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time…

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Cindy - June 19, 2015 - 6:20 am

Good morning Kelly, we finally got some rain here last night, my yard was saying, “thank you, Lord”. Everything is parched here in North Carolina. I have a patio and deck here and at the lake I have a screened in porch, my question is how much do you leave out on yours? It is always so beautiful, I could and would live out there. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.
PS Folks around here are playing Pickle-Ball, you need to check it out.
Oh yes, we say thank you for the rain too. We go from feast to famine here a lot lately. To answer your question, we leave everything out on the porch. I bring nothing in except throw pillows during the high pollen month. Our porch is pretty protected since the house is L-shaped. Only the end by the table seems to get wet. All that furniture has a protective finish, and the cushions are all sprayed with scotchguard.
I will have to check out pickle-ball. That’s a new one to me!
Happy Friday!

Louvina - June 19, 2015 - 7:37 am

I jumped right up as soon as I saw your new posting was ready!! I wanted to look at it on a bigger screen than my iPhone. I grabbed my hot green tea and settled in for some early summer day dreaming! Not only do I enjoy the pictures but also your delightful style of writing. Kelly, I don’t think you realize the true talents you have in these areas?! Thank you for opening your home and all the inspiration you spread around!! Maybe soon you will get your time at the beach?! We hope so –and you can take us along to see what your camera eye sees and we can armchair travel with you!! Hope this summer is everything you want it to be— and know we, your readers are here waiting for TOTH!!:) PS I truly learn ever so much every time you “visit” with us! I do think some rest for you to soak in a bit of much needed R&R is in order from a hectic year of teaching!! Take care!!
You are too kind, Louvina. I will get to the beach in July, just wanted a June trip as well. (Greedy here!) It does seem that we have been busy from the end of school until now. We move our daughter into her new apartment next week, so this next week is going to be a busy one too! At least I will never be bored! LOL
Enjoy your Friday and your weekend!

Lynn - June 19, 2015 - 8:45 am

Another great post! You’ve probably already mentioned it but where do you store all of your lovely decorations when they aren’t in use? How do you organize them all? Happy Friday, Kelly!
Lynn, you know those big red storage boxes that Target and Walmart sell at Christmas? I have about 20 of them stored in the attic – most of which are for Christmas things. But then I label the others with the name of the month, and all of the decorating things go in there…except for Christmas dishes. Those are stored in the dining room. Thank you so much for your sweet comment.
Happy Friday to you too!

Ruth - June 19, 2015 - 8:58 am

I subscribe to 4 or 5 home decor magazines (the print kind), but none so consistently gives me the lift that this website does. Such a day-brightener to see a Talk of the House email in my mailbox!

I need to find out where Home Goods is locally, and pay it a visit.
My goodness what a nice compliment Ruth. Thank you! You do need to go on a hunt for Home Goods. It is a wonderful store with amazing prices! Our closest has been about an hour and half way, but now we will have one about 20 minutes from here when this new one opens in August. I even thought about trying to get a job there since I know my paycheck will take a hefty hit shopping there! LOL
Have a great Friday!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 19, 2015 - 8:59 am

I always love your tours, your home is so inviting and I do love all of your red.
Thanks Marty! There IS a lot of red here to love! :)
Enjoy your Friday.

Sue - June 19, 2015 - 9:00 am

So much fun Kelly! I love your gingham table. But I was so sad to hear the dishes from Marieke were discontinued. I have been collecting the red ones for our lake home a little here and there. I guess a run to Home Goods is in order.
I hope you have a beach trip in your future. {and our lake lot that we are building our lake home is under water:-), we live in North Texas and got all that rain ~ not right to the foundation but half way up our yard. Enough !}
I know…I hate that the line is discontinued. Even doesn’t have any of the plates. (That is what I am looking for.) You lucky thing if you already have some of the red check ones. I mainly want the salad plates…don’t even have to have the dinner plates. I have shopped in several Home Goods and have not found any of them. I have seen several of the ones that look like they have red hem stitching – but no gingham. :(
That is terrible about your lake lot! I hope it dries out quickly (and that no more rain comes!)

lynne@lynnesgiftsfromtheheart - June 19, 2015 - 9:21 am

This was so much fun, I hated when the tour ended. You had me at hello with the beautiful Marieke bowl, such a great centerpiece.
I’m sure many of your readers are pining over it. My daughter lives by the beach in N.C. and although she works very hard it’s like her and the family are on a virtual vacation year round. I’ll be making many visits back to your site to spot more delicious decor. fondly ~lynne~
I just could not pass up that great bowl when I found it! I can see it in a lot of my centerpieces; plus, it will be a wonderful punch bowl! :) How lucky you are to have a relative at the beach. I would looooove to live there! :)
Have a happy Friday and a fun weekend!

sarah - June 19, 2015 - 9:46 am

Kelly – I was very excited to see your whole house decorated for summer. As usual I love it!!!! Do you know the brand of the gingham plates you bought from Kroger? Unfortunately I don’t have a Kroger near me so I am wondering if I can find the brand somewhere else online. Thanks again for sharing your BEAUTIFUL home! Have a great weekend! Sarah
Thank you for the compliments on the house Sarah. :) I am so glad you like it! Unfortunately, the back of the plate does not have the manufacturer’s name on it, but I do think it was on the label I peeled off with the price tag. I will look the next time I am in Kroger to see what it says and let you know.
You have a great weekend too!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - June 19, 2015 - 10:24 am

Everything you do in your house is always so classic, fresh and lovely! I could stare at each of your rooms for hours on end!

I saw an HGTV show yesterday where the woman was looking at a house for sale that had gorgeous buffalo checked curtains hanging in the window. She brashly said she HATED those UGLY curtains – and I knew right away she and I would have nothing in common.

I have a feeling that after she bought the house, she hung curtains with a beer-can print or the logo from her favorite pro-football team. Really now. I swannee!
Thank you for your wonderful compliments Leslie Anne! You are too kind. That is too funny about the buffalo check curtains! :) I know I wouldn’t have anything in common with her either!

Garden, Home and Party - June 19, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Your home looks beautiful and fresh and ready for summer fun. I love the table setting on the porch. All of the components just say summer to me.
Great tour, thank you.
Karen, glad you liked the porch and all its red, white, and blue things. Our daughter says that all it needs is a lake to be looking out at. :) Wish we did have one of those!
I hope you and all your family celebrate a wonderful Father’s Day this weekend!

Barbie - June 19, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Beautiful! You are so creative!
Thank you so much Barbie!

Teresa W. - June 19, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Those storms have been crazy bad! We got hail & very high winds w/ lots of trees & limbs down, but I’m beyond thankful for the rain! I’m so glad that you got the gingham plates! They look cute as can be on your table. I love your fun & games/ red & blue theme for the summer. I’m switching out my “lemon theme” on my hutch this weekend. Summer is here & I’m ready for red, white & blue. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and try to stay cool!
Yes, they have! I am sorry you have had the same damaging winds there. Hope it wasn’t a lot to clean up there. Yes, the gingham plates were needed. :) What color did you buy? Have fun decorating for the summer season this weekend!
You stay cool too!

Gina - June 19, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Loved the rest of your tour! :) I could “smell” the rain when you described it. Thankfully, we have gotten a reprieve from this oppressive heat (I’m sure not as hot as yours!) today here in Virginia. It has been overcast and stormy. I’ve quite enjoyed it. :)
Thank you Gina! I’m so glad the writing could help with your mental image of rain. :) And I am glad you have had a break in the heat. We have not been so lucky.I can understand why you enjoyed the rainstorm. :)

Jayne - June 19, 2015 - 9:27 pm

I am loving this game theme. I need to go buy some games and get the party started! We got a good thunderstorm yesterday,too. I started to put our ferns down on the ground to get some of the good rain, but noticed a bird’s nest with 4 eggs in it. Poor things got blown around pretty good, but all is well.

Debra - June 19, 2015 - 10:08 pm

I don’t know which is more tortuous, the throwback to your 2012 post of the inn on Amelia Island or drooling as I always do, over your porch. I giggle, as I too went through a nautical period, I kid you not. In the late 80’s our family room sported a blue and white awning striped sofa and side chair. Blue carpet, white walls and a fireplace mantel adorned with a sailboat. Truth! I also just said to my husband this last week, as your daughter did to you, “All we need is our property to be lakeside”. I love our home, but there is something so calming and serene about hearing the waves, sitting on a pier, boating or gazing out at vast water… sigh!

Patty in Michigan - June 19, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Hi Kelly, Wow, that was some storm. I love listening to the rain as well and even a good storm is exciting as long as it doesn’t cause any damage. Glad it was just some minor things in the yard. It seems like here in Michigan it has been raining a lot. The yard is nice and green and the garden is happy. Your home is beautiful. Love all your summer touches. I had my eye on those cute plates at our Kroger just today. They are so cute. I love your table setting and that huge bowl is awesome. It caught my eye in your previous post. I have been enjoying your summer house tour. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - June 20, 2015 - 7:48 am

Kelly, every one of your posts is such a source of inspiration for me. Whenever I’m stuck on what to do in a little vignette around the house, I look up your past posts & always find something that sparks the perfect idea. :)

Kathy - June 20, 2015 - 11:39 pm

Another fun post! I have been wanting one of those huge jacks forever. Next time I see one I am breaking over and buying it. (I used to be the “jack rock queen”. My sister and I would play jacks to see who had to wash the dinner dishes. I mostly won and rarely washed dishes.) And, I am also going to find a Kroger! You have the cutest things from there! You obviously use a chalk marker for writing on the porch chalkboard. What kind of marker do you use that you don’t have to repaint that board after using a chalk marker? Or do you repaint? You are a wonder woman! I read all of the comments from everyone. I love the idea of those huge storage containers labeled by the months. (When my daughter buys a house and takes her things and I reclaim the attic, I hope I can remember that idea.)

KellyinPA - June 21, 2015 - 7:55 am

One of my favorite things to do is sit on the porch when it rains, and your porch is so lovely, I may never get up!;) Question, how do you care for all your plants? I’m most curious about the wall basket planters? Love it all, you have such a gift, thanks for sharing!

Laura Ingalls Gunn - June 24, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Lovely as always. I shall have to look for a badminton set. I used to love to play in my younger days.

I wanted to invite you to stop by the Decor To Adore blog as I am currently hosting a giveaway for my treasured readers.

Have a beautiful day!

Beverly - June 27, 2015 - 10:09 am

I have just stumbled upon your page and I am in awe… You must be exhausted. I cannot say enough great things about your decorating and your ideas. I bet your classroom was marvelously decorated and organized as well. And your students just as blessed to have such a creative teacher! Congrats on your retirement… Enjoy!

Anita - July 2, 2015 - 9:28 am

i enjoyed your summer home tour, when may I visit? Oops, was that too forward?

You’ve probably said before but what is the source for the red lidded jars? Uh, I ❤️ those way too much.

Kelly Gartner - July 3, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Do you store all of your decorations in your attic? Do you have a system? I’d love to see how you store everything when you’re not using it and how you approach decorating each season. I love, love, love the “after” pictures, but I think it would be fun to see the “during.” :)

The Summer Home Tour 2015 – part 2

Talk of the House Summer Home Tour 2015 part 2Welcome back! I’m afraid you are going to need to get your fans ready.:(We are in the middle of a heat wave here this week with a heat index high of 104° for late this afternoon.  I do believe it feels like summertime in Georgia now! It is just too darn hot to go out on the porch today, so let’s stay inside and look at some cooler parts of the house. Okay? Come on in the dining room.

summer dining roomYou know from the first part of our tour I’ve got a fun and games theme going on in the house for summer (and a new addiction to stripes!) I really really wanted to use a bowl of croquet balls for the centerpiece for the table, but I couldn’t find enough locally (and I didn’t want to go out and buy several sets.) So I resorted to plan b….b for…bicycles!:)

summer tableI remembered we had some red bicycle Christmas ornaments up in the attic, so I braved the ovenlike temperatures up there, pilfered around, and finally dug out 4.  I think we had more, but I had to get downstairs before I had a heatstroke! Bicycle bells with their cute cha-ching sound worked fine for the other 2 place settings.

4th of July table

Yes, the stripes have struck again!  But only twice…on the salad plates (on sale at Dillards:)) and on the ribbon tied around the blue gingham napkins (old, from Sur la Table.)

bicycle table

I ran the kraft paper across 2 place settings instead of the one long one down the middle and used a chalk pen to write summer messages on it. I started to write names (like place cards), but I knew this paper would actually make it through a couple of meals…so I needed it to work with more than one group of folks we entertained over the weekend.:)

summer place settingThe rest of the dining room is also wearing red, white, and blue to match the table.

dining room cabinetdining room cupboardNow for the kitchen…if you read this weekend’s post, you got a sneak peak of that room. (And Louvina even pointed out the blue stool and new striped rug.:))

4th of July kitchen

I started to say that the rug was the only thing with stripes in the kitchen, but then I remembered these…

jars with striped measuring scoopsMy striped measuring cups (also old from Sur la Table) are working as scoops in the flour and sugar jars.
Oh… and I just happened to make new labels for the coffee jars…with stripes.:)

coffee tray

kitchen beverage area

But, you will be happy to know that the desk does not sport any stripes.:)
(Unless you count that top shelf bottle’s red and white label.)

kitchen desk with wicker chair

It does, however, have a recipe for an easy strawberry milkshake on its chalkboard.

recipe chalkboard

And that is all there is to see in the kitchen today.

summer kitchenOh but don’t leave quite yet.:)
Wander down the hall with me for just a second.
(Okay, I know there is another striped pillow sitting there.)

hallwayI wanted you to see the red, white, and blue-ness of the master bedroom.

Master bedroom for summerAnd the only stripes in the whole room are on the flag pillow.:)

bed in red white and blueI think this room is most definitely ready for the 4th! Don’t you?

master bedroom flowersAnd that wraps up part 2 of our tour, but please come back later in the week for part 3.  Hopefully, it will be much cooler then, and we can relax on the porch.:)

Hope to see you soon!

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Arlene@Nanaland - June 16, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Oh Kelly, I agree it is HOT. I am sitting in my living room working on a cross stitch for the new granddaughter with the ceiling fan whirring away!! I need to get out some patriotic things for July. I only have a few but I like to display them.
Good luck with your project! I used to do cross stitch many many years ago, but I don’t seem to have the patience for it now. You need to go get those patriotic things out soon Arlene. The 4th will soon be here!

Debra - June 16, 2015 - 2:04 pm

The little bikes are so cute. I noticed you had painted the stool too. Is there a new one coming to go with your black accents you usually have? Wow, 104…eek! Plus southern humidity, so glad you didn’t suffer heat stroke. So attic thoughts….got me thinking…How is your husband’s office? Does it have central air? Good thing your “she cave area” is in the house. We just suffered a monsoon of 4 inches of rain yesterday. So glad our home is on a hill. We are enjoying a dry out with blue skies today. The summer sound of mowers buzzing is strong. They are predicting more rain for us in the next four days. I had to tuck the majority of my plants, (except for the big urns)under the outbuilding porch. I feel I will need to do it again, as petunias don’t do well in soggy conditions. We might be building an ark soon, if this keeps up. Oh, Summer… P.S. I love your cute “dream” mug and I always like to see the book titles of your extensive book collection. :)
No new stool coming Debra. I will just spray paint it again in the fall. :) My husband’s office has a wall heat/air unit, but this heat is too much for that upstairs room during the day. It cools during the night. I am so sorry you are getting flooded! We could use a little of your rain here. My husband has had the sprinkler system on a lot lately…water bill will be high this month. :( The adirondack mug came from Home goods. If they had the plates in all matching colors, I would have purchased them too, but they were in a set of 4 different colors. Glad you enjoy checking out the books!
Stay dry!

Karen - June 16, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Always so much fun! I love the little bicycles.
Thanks Karen! I thought they were just perfect for summer decorating. :)

Ann - June 16, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Haha, Kelly…in your first picture with the stack of books, the Talk of the House logo is positioned so that it looks like the title of the book! I thought *has Kelly written a book*?? If so, I want it! But then, I saw the same picture at the end of your post and realized my error. Lol!

Love all the red, white and blue!

Well if I HAD written a book, you KNOW it would have a red cover! :) Sorry, no book on the market for you. I’m so glad you like the overdose of red, white, and blue. It’s everywhere here!

cindy hattersley - June 16, 2015 - 3:09 pm

You can do festive like no one else I know! I wish I could have you come do my house for the 4th!! Want to take a trip to CA now that you are retired!!
Gosh what a nice compliment Cindy! I am quite sure you can do decor for the 4th beautifully, so you don’t need me. :) I’d love a trip to CA but we have trips lined up for the next couple of months. Have to head to Connecticut late this summer to take our son to college. Maybe I can do your Halloween things! LOL

Lynn - June 16, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Love, Love, Love the decor!
Thanks Lynn!

kathy - June 16, 2015 - 3:48 pm

OMCuteness! That is adorable! I love the bicycles on the table. Why didn’t I think of using Christmas ornaments on the table? Well, I will now! Mine are stored in the hottest part of the house too….but you have the wheels turning in my head. I don’t think I will brave the heat but I will leave a box downstairs after Christmas. OMGoodness! I have to send you an email.
Don’t go in the attic in this heat. Wait until early in the morning Kathy! I have sooo many boxes of Christmas things, I would never know which one to leave down after Christmas….I am sure it wouldn’t be the one I need. LOL

Lynne - June 16, 2015 - 3:49 pm

As usual, so pretty! I ventured up to our attic above the garage today to come up with some different ideas for decorating my family room. I didn’t get much further than the door because it was so hot. I grabbed a few things and got out of there fast! I am adding some blue touches to my family room and I am having a hard time with it because I haven’t used blue is so , so long. Wish me luck! I am more of a green and/or red person.
Attics are no place to be in this heat since heat rises. I think blue works beautifully with red and/or green, so I know you will do a good job with adding it in the mix. Good luck with your projects!

Garden, Home and Party - June 16, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Nothing says summer as well as stripes and with your other colors in the room it’s perfect! I love the little bicycles for your table and the words on the paper runners are so festive. Great job, Kelly. I love it all. So sorry to hear you’re heating up. I think there should be rules for Mother Nature, no temps over 90 degrees until August. :-)
Have a great week. Oh, by the way, I love the little vignette with the coffee mug. So great.
I agree about the stripes Karen. They definitely say summer to me too. I even bought a red and cream colored striped dress the other day at Talbots! :) I’m glad you liked the bicycle table. It was a fun one to do! Yes, we should come up with rules for Mother Nature…or perhaps send her my high electric bill when we have to run the air conditioner 24/7! I should have bought that mug in the blue too. Can’t believe I passed it up! It was a Homegoods bargain.
Have a great week too!

Donna - June 16, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Love your home and you have made it so welcoming!! By the way, I built a small house a few years ago and went with the pine trim and doors though the house. I also have pine cabinets in my kitchen and bath. I am getting a little tired of the pine kitchen cabinets and have been thinking about painting them white, but was a little concerned how they would look next to all the pine trim. Your white cabinets look amazing!! You have inspired me!! Thank you for allowing us to visit your beautiful home1
You are too kind Donna! Yes, think about white for those cabinets. It makes SUCH a difference in the room. I had them painted khaki (the same as the walls) for awhile, but it was just too dark to me (which is how wood stained cabinets would be.) Thank you for visiting here today!

Sandy - June 16, 2015 - 3:54 pm

I have loved both tours for the summer. You make me love red. Those red gingham curtains are just the best. I love gingham, but I can’t have too much red in the house being an Auburn girl:)…. but, you make me think about it. I am crushing on those stripes too.
I always look forward to your place settings. I tend to be such a “plain Jane,” but you are inspiring me to step out there.
I’m so glad you have enjoyed them Sandy. If you are an Auburn girl, I guess I can let you slide for not using too much red in your house. :) But you can step out from your plain Jane table settings every now and steps. :)

Lori Lucas - June 16, 2015 - 3:59 pm

I also like to do “games” theme for summer. I have all kind of goodies that I’ve collected over the years…including croquet balls. I liked them before they were popular..thank goodness! I even found an old book with a big bold title of “Games”! I think the bicycles are just adorable though. I also like how you changed the direction of the stripes on the end seats. Clever! Enjoyed, as always. Lori L
You smart thing…scooping up those croquet balls before anyone knew how collectible they were! I wish I had done that years ago too. I did manage to get tennis rackets in the wooden frames way back when and 1 croquet mallet…but not the balls. :( Thank you for the compliments on the dining room table. Even though it wasn’t what I had planned for it, it turned out pretty good.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 16, 2015 - 4:41 pm

We were 112 yesterday and supposed to be hotter today. I love your house, it is always so fresh and inviting and I love how you use red in such chic doses. Can’t wait to see the porch. Hope it cools off soone.
112! Oh my gosh! How do you stand it? (I would be staying inside with the A/C for sure!) Thank you again for stopping by and for always leaving such kind comments Marty. I know you are one busy woman, so I truly appreciate it!

Sue - June 16, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Fun and games at your house Kelly! I love the stripes and really all the rest of your summer touches. I like to use the summer game theme at our cabin too, and see a few ideas I can borrow:-) For me summer is red and stripes and checks and games and old fashioned fun. You’ve captured it perfectly.
I’m so happy that you liked it Sue and that you found some ideas to use! I bet your cabin is fun with its game theme too. :) Thank you so much for your sweet words here.

Katrina - June 16, 2015 - 7:28 pm

Love love your summery house. The bicycles are too cute! I have company next weekend and for the 4th so I will definitely be copying some of your ideas.
We just returned from the beach but I never feel like it is hot there because I am always sitting on the beach and there is a constant breeze. Even though we returned home to the mountains it feels mighty warm here! I spent a large part of my day at the pool on a noodle….. Poor innocent kids who had to deal with an old fat lady paddling through their MarcoPolo games!
Can’t wait to see part 3! I am loving your frequent posts now that you are on permanent vacation…… The best kind to be on!
I laughed out loud out your description of your day at the pool! So funny! Katrina, you go right ahead and copy whatever you would like from the decorating here. I am just glad that some of you can use the ideas!!
Yes, permanent vacation is the best kind!

Louvina - June 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm

I, too, thought you had written a book when I zeroed in on the book titles!!:) Part 2 was so much fun!! And now you say a Part 3 is coming soon! Yay! Really like having something fun to look forward to on your blog! You have not let any dust settle since your retirement started!! PS– enjoyed being “mentioned” in one of your captions!! :) Very hot here on beach but at least 10 degrees cooler than inland where we live. Nice breeze, too! Going out for my evening beach stroll in my flowing muu-muu, sunglasses and beach hat– with cold watermelon waiting when we get back!! Wish you could be here!!
Too funny! No book written here. So glad you liked part 2, and yes, part 3 will be up by the end of the week. I have been super busy since the end of school. I keep telling my husband,”I’m ready to go to the beach.” But we have had company, and we have to move our daughter to her new apartment soon, and just a lot of things going on here. I guess my “beach” will be a trip with my husband to a conference on St. Simons Island…not bad, just not as good as Florida to me. :) (I’m sure you would agree.) Your evening sounds heavenly. Enjoy it!

Lynne - June 16, 2015 - 9:58 pm

You are such a festive person! It would be so fun to come to your house for every season. I feel so lame! You inspire me to at least think about decorations for other holidays. I do have flags out.
Well every season is fun, but Christmas is the best! LOL Do NOT feel lame. If you have flags out, you are miles ahead of many people Lynne!

Cheri - June 17, 2015 - 8:07 am

Now that you are officially retired I think that you should decorate people’s homes when they are planning an event. You do such a good job.
You are funny Cheri! If I did that I wouldn’t have time for blogging…so I’m afraid I will have to leave that job up to my daughter who thinks she wants to be an event planner. (But I WOULD help her if she needed it.) But thanks for the encouragement!

Julia - June 17, 2015 - 9:49 am

I love all the red, white and blue décor! You certainly have given me some inspiration for my home. And here in Florida we are experiencing the same heat wave. Stay cool!
It is red, white, and blue everywhere here Julia! So glad you could find some decorating inspiration here today. :)
You stay cool! (It was already hot here at 7:00 a.m. this morning.:( )

Becky in 'Bama - June 17, 2015 - 11:13 am

Love the décor (recall I’m all about red). I see some good ideas to borrow! Yes, it’s hot in the ‘Ham, too. How did we tolerate this heat years back? I grew up living in houses with no air conditioning and we survived. However, we spent many hours outside in the shade, playing in the sprinkler, going to the public pool. BUT my mother cooked in that hot kitchen, and we slept between the sheets on those hot sticky nights. Not sure I’d call those ‘the good old days’! :)
(although I would like to revisit my days spent at the grandparents out in the country)
Oh yes, it has to be red! I was thinking about the days of no air conditioning just this morning. Do you suppose it really wasn’t that hot then? Or have we just conditioned ourselves to have to be cooler? I don’t know, but I do know I want my a/c!
Stay cool Becky!

Laurie - June 17, 2015 - 1:24 pm

I love all the planked walls throughout your home! I’ve just recently found your blog and love the way you decorate! Have you ever written about all the planked walls and how they were done? We are planning to build next year and I’m very interested in doing this. I also made 2 recipes in the past few days that you posted recently! Congrats on your retirement! My husband will retire next year after over 30 years with the fire department – can’t wait!
Thank you Laurie! I am so glad you found the blog and that you are enjoying it. No, I have never written a post on the wall treatments around here, but that is a good idea! I will add that to my list of future blog topics. :) I hope your 2 recipes turned out well. Congratulations to your husband on over 30 years with a fire department! That is really something to be proud of!
Thank you for stopping by the blog and leaving your sweet comment here.

Gina - June 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Love Part 2 of your summer tour!! Love the bicycles! What a cute seasonal addition to your table!! Two things you do well…seasonal decorating and setting a table!! I always love to visit. :)
Thank you Gina! When those bicycles popped in my head I thought they might work well with all the red in the room. I was lucky to remember them from our Christmas decorations! I enjoy doing table decorations. :)

Jayne - June 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Hot is not the word I would describe our weather here in Georgia. It’s more like H-O-T!!! It feels like it should be August! But your house looks so inviting and cool as ever! Love the stripes! Love the bike theme in the dining room! Love everything! Thanks for sharing!
It does feel like August, Jayne. If this is June, then I hate to see what August will be like! I am so glad you love everything about our summer decorating here. Those stripes just seem to keep showing up everywhere!
Stay cool!

Emily - June 18, 2015 - 4:07 pm

I love all of the red in your house! Red is my absolute favorite color, and what better color for the month of July! A friend of mine just took an old Coca-Cola crate and cut it down a bit to make a cute rectangular box for me. I put mason jars inside it and filled them with white daisies. That is the centerpiece for my kitchen table during these summer months. Keep posting your pictures for us who enjoy your blog.
Thank you Emily. If red is your color, then you and I are best friend’s already! :) Love your centerpiece idea! It sounds lovely. You can’t get any better than daisies and mason jars. :)

Peggy - June 19, 2015 - 12:57 am

Loving this tour! And I am swooning over your red and blue bedroom. Your house looks so inviting and summery. Can you believe the 4th is just a few weeks away? We have birthdays all month in June and I can’t believe have fast the time is flying by. Looking forward to the porch. Hoping you get a cool down in the weather.
Thank you for your compliments Peggy! No, I cannot believe the 4th is this close. Time just flies doesn’t it? No big cooling is in sight yet…high heat and high humidity are not a fun combination! Enjoy your Friday and the upcoming weekend. :)

Mrs T - June 19, 2015 - 11:16 am

I love the red and white striped rug in front of the kitchen sink. Do you know where you got it?

Love your blog. My husband chuckles at all the ideas/inspiration I get from it. I’ll stage something new and pretty, and he’ll say, “Did you get that idea from the jar lady blog?” :)
Hilarious! “The jar lady blog”…sounds like a name for a new blog! This reminds of something my college roommate told me a little while back. Whenever she is decorating around their home, her husband always jokes, “You’re Kelly=fying again.” :)
The rug…I wish I had a dozen of them! I got that one at TJMaxx. Our local one has a huge pile of striped rugs in right now. I even bought a black and white striped one for our daughter today.

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - June 21, 2015 - 9:58 am

Always adore your home tours Kelly….Such gorgeous rooms that are perfect all year round!….and I love that “dream” mug!

Kelly Gartner - July 3, 2015 - 2:23 pm

I love your decorations as always, Kelly! Now that you’re retired, you can really let the fun begin!

What do you use to take your pictures? I take pictures for my blog with my iPhone, but am thinking about getting a real camera. Your pictures always look so crisp and bright.

:) Kelly

Talk of the Weekend #24

kitchenHi folks! Hope you are having fun in the sun wherever you are today.:)I am just dropping in for a quick Talk of the Weekend for you. So what are we talking about this weekend?  Let’s see….

How about another beautiful inn?  Do you remember Ocean House that we looked at a couple of weeks ago? Well they have a sister inn that is also quite stunning.  Check out the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island here. (Isn’t that a gorgeous bathroom?!)

Weekapaug Inn bath

And here is a one of their promotional videos that you might also enjoy viewing.

While we are on our virtual trip to Rhode Island check out this tour of a home there.

rhode island house

Now let’s hop over to Nantucket to see the Hilfiger estate that is/was for sale.

Hilfiger house for

And you can take a virtual tour of it here in this video.

If you would like something a little smaller, check out this pretty Nantucket vacation home.
(Don’t you just love that hallway?!)

Nantucket vacation

Do you remember last week when I told you my new addiction was stripes?  If you like them as well, take a look at this Cape Cod rental.  I believe they have a thing for stripes too!:)

colorful Cape Cod

Now let’s leave New England and head to Florida (since we are all on vacation.:))  A few days ago, I ran across this house in Traditional Home magazine.

Trraditional Home feature of Water color house 3

It’s located in the charming Watercolor development on the Gulf coast.  As I was reading the article, I kept getting this deja vu feeling that I had seen those rooms before….especially this one.

Traditional Home feature Watercolor house 3

As I read more, it finally made sense.  I had indeed sort of seen the rooms before, and in Traditional Home magazine at that.  This is the family’s third home that designer Georgia Carlee has done for them. Their second home had been featured a number of years ago.  Here is one of the shots from that feature.

Traditional Home feature Watercolor House

Same color scheme, same drapes, same framed shells.  That would explain the deja vu feeling I was having.:)

Okay, now let’s talk of food. This weekend, in a nearby town, you could find the world’s largest peach cobbler.  Truly.  It was 11 ft. long, 5 ft. wide, and 6 inches deep.

worlds largest peach

The Georgia peaches are ripe, and I am wanting a peach cobbler (although not the world’s largest one!)  It won’t be on our daughter’s diet for us, but too bad.  You have to enjoy those peaches when they are at their peak.:) So here’s the old fashioned easy recipe. (But I’m sure our daughter would want me to look for a Paleo version which this is not.:()

peach cobbler

Another thing I have been craving is this dessert – a banana split cake.  One of my teacher friends mentioned it in a recent email, and it has stayed on my mind since then! I found this version served in Mason jars, and of course, it’s perfect.:)

mason jar banana split

One last thing to talk about today…and not food.:)I finished reading Mary Kay Andrew’s newest novel, Beach Town a couple of weeks ago.  It was delightful!  If you haven’t read it, you should.

Mary Kay Andrews Beach Town

Beach Town
(My Amazon Affiliate link)

And if you happen to live close to Pawleys Island, South Carolina you are sooooo lucky.  MKA will be making two guest appearances there this Friday!  Here’s the schedule:

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC | Friday, June 19 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Luncheon, Discussion, Q&A, Book Signing
Hosted by Litchfield Books
Kimbels Restaurant at Wachesaw Plantation Club
1930 Governors Landing
Murrells Inlet, SC
Lunch with the author and presentation is $25.00 per person. There will be a book signing following the event at Litchfield Books. Books at this event will be available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. To make a reservation for the luncheon call 843-235-9600. For more information, CLICK HERE.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC | Friday, June 19 | 2:00 PM
Book Signing
Litchfield Books
14427 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC
For information, CLICK HERE.

If you are like me and can’t make it to those events, perhaps you can make it to her one last tour stop near Atlanta in Lawrenceville.  Here are the details for it:

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA | Wednesday, August 19 | 12:00 PM
Beach Party Author Luncheon with Patti Callahan Henry
Garden Plaza at Lawrenceville
230 Collins Industrial Way
Lawrenceville, GA
Doors open at 11:30. Seating is limited. Your $10.00 ticket includes lunch. Tickets available for purchase through the Friends of the Gwinnett Library at or mail a check to Friends of the Gwinnett Library 1001 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville GA 30046. Funds benefit the Friends of the Gwinnett Library system.
For more information, visit:

(all info from

And that is all for today’s Talk of the Weekend.  We have out of town company until Tuesday, so it is a little busy here for the next couple of days.:)But I will have part two of the summer home tour up early next week for you.  Thank you so much for all the wonderfully sweet comments you left on part 1. I truly believe you are the nicest readers in all of blogland!

I hope your weekend is filled with travels to special places and fun things to do.

LL Bean dog in

Until next time…

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Barbara Hamel - June 14, 2015 - 1:19 pm

I love this website….and you are the best Kelly. I have sent this site to my friend and she just went nuts! She is so excited to read and to bake all your wonderful recipes. By the way the Orange Marmalade Cake was the biggest hit at my book club dinner. I was so worried about making it. I never need to worry again. Delicious cake. And I can’t wait to make the apple cake in the fall. We are from Seattle Wash where we grow the most delicious apples….Thank you again, from the older generation. Barb
Thank you for sharing the blog love Barb. :) And I am glad your friend has found things here that she enjoys as well. I knew your cake would turn out just fine. It is delicious but it has a zillion steps. That’s the part that I find challenging…just a bit time consuming (but so worth it!) And with your Washington apples that apple cake will be divine in the fall. You will want to lick that caramel sauce on it!
Happy cooking!

Nan, Odessa, DE - June 14, 2015 - 2:33 pm

You NEVER let your readers down!
Love you being retired, we hear more from you. Keep us motivated.

A good read, peach cobbler, banana split cake in a jar and lots of stripes. Never better!

PS will you be seeing Ms. Andrews? Is this your part of Georgia?
That does sound like a good combination! Still craving that banana split cake. :) No, I won’t be seeing MKA in South Carolina. It is possible I can make the 2 1/2 hour drive to see her in August, but I don’t know when we are making our trip to New England for sure. If we are here, I am sure going to try to make it to her last book tour event.

Louvina - June 14, 2015 - 2:51 pm

What a nice surprise after Sunday dinner/lunch which included fresh green beans with pattypan squash and small white potatoes cooked on top! Also a juicy grilled burger with heirloom tomato and lettuce! Dessert will be heart shaped ( without cookie cutters- a trick I learned!!) old fashioned sugar cookies. Now to go back and enjoy the details of your post! Loved the red/white rug in your kitchen and noticed you painted your kitchen stool BLUE! Nice!! Happy Flag Day! Enjoy your visitors! Relax with some lemonade and sing ” In the Good o’ Summer Time!”
Your lunch sounded fabulous! We had fish tacos. :) That rug is a keeper for sure! They had one in gold, but I wasn’t sure I would use it, so it stayed at the store. Hope you had a fun flag day!

Garden, Home and Party - June 14, 2015 - 6:11 pm

This will be a short comment since you’ve given us so many links to things I know I want to see more of! Now I’m hungry for peach cobbler. :-)
I can’t wait to see the rest of your home tour.
Hope you got some peach cobbler this weekend. We did peach shortcake instead and homemade ice cream, but I think I will do a cobbler next weekend though. Thank you for checking out all the links. There were some beautiful houses there!

Peggy - June 14, 2015 - 8:04 pm

I am loving so many posting from you- if this is Kelly retired I am glad you made the move!!!! Love your site! Enjoy your week.
Yes, this is me retired….busy busy! Thank you for visiting and loving the blog Peggy. As long as you all keep reading, I will keep writing. :)

Peggy - June 14, 2015 - 9:12 pm

There is nothing more wonderful for the weekend than opening email to see those adorable red buffalo checked curtains and those beautiful white cabinets of your kitchen. And I have to say is that red stripe rug is a winner. These weekend arm chair travels are just my cup of tea (really coffee). Pinned the peach cobbler, my favorite. But we are adhering strictly to low carb until September. After lab work we may have a momentary lapse and enjoy summers fruits in a cobbler. Summer really is the hardest for diets! Enjoy your company!
Thank you so much Peggy. I am happy that you enjoyed the weekend arm chair travels. :) Oh…low carb. Not fun. My husband is on that….daughter is on a Paleo diet, and I am supposed be on low sodium… which means cooking around here is a challenge! I hope your lab work turns out well. The one good thing about summer eating, at least for me, is that it has so many fresh vegetables that I love to eat (but I like salt on them!)

Debra - June 15, 2015 - 7:37 am

Keep the Nantucket postings coming…. I think I could eat that peach cobbler for breakfast. Yum! I like the fun stripes you are incorporating with your signature checks. Love your mini cokes. I have seen the traditional red, but where did you find a green label one, as seen in your playroom picture? Love your red, white and blue…the 4th will be here before we know it.
Love places in Nantucket! Peach cobbler should be perfectly acceptable for breakfast…it’s fruit and bread.:) The green labeled Cokes came from Walmart. Yes, the 4th will be here before we know it!

Vicki - June 15, 2015 - 8:39 am

Give me a spoon, I’m going in! To the peach cobbler, that is. Although now I have so many of your links open that it’s going to take me a while to get to the cobbler!
Too funny Vicki! I wish we had a peach cobbler to dig into here…yum! Hope you made it through all the open links on your computer. :)

kathy - June 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Why couldn’t this be our week at Pawleys Island, Anita???
Another fun post, Kelly! I am so glad you retired! (Now, if Josie would just retire!)
I am glad to be retired too, but I still can’t seem to keep up with the comments here. I have got to start having “regular hours” to work on the blog. (But in the summer, my brain does not seem to understand “regular hours.” LOL)

DiAnne - June 15, 2015 - 9:03 pm

What a great post! The banana splits in the jars look soooo. good. I am reading MKA’s book Savannah Breeze. Love her books. Yes Kathy, Josie needs to get herself retired. Love that car!
Enjoy your company.
I am so glad you enjoyed it DiAnne! I would love to have one of those banana split treats right now. Yum! I need to get another MKA book to read, but I can’t seem to put them down once I start them…and that makes me keep reading until the wee hours of the morning. Not good. Wasn’t that car just the cutest thing?!I had to find a post to put it in. :)

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