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The Porch Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Decorating

Saint Patricks Day dinner

Before I jump into the St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I want to share some sewing projects with you. From the looks of all the comments on the last post, I would say that we have many seamstresses here!  I am happy to know that sewing is indeed, NOT a lost art.:)I spent the weekend sewing new pillows for the porch…a bunch of them!  If you have been around here for a while, you might recognize the green plaid from the drapes that dress the kitchen window from time to time.  Take a look here…

sofa on porch with green pillows

This was a major recycle project.  All of the fabrics were leftovers from previous sewing projects, and I used the jute braid trim from old Pottery Barn pillows that had faded from overuse in the sunshine. For those pillows that didn’t get the jute braid, I used the cording cut off of old pillows and simply recovered it in scraps of a khaki cotton (that had been used to make the skirt on the wicker porch buffet table.)  Did you follow all of that??  Double recycling!

porch swing

The only things I purchased  new are the misbehaving rug that will not stay in its place and a few plants to welcome spring. (Although our weather has lost its spring vibe this week.:()  I may have to try some carpet tape to remedy the problematic rug. When the room upstairs is ready, I’d like to move the lamps up there, and get new ones (maybe clear?) to go out on the porch.

porch with green

porch desk with hanging plant above

All of the green worked perfectly for St. Patrick’s Day. The last scraps of fabric were made into napkins in a mix of plaids and checks – just like the pillows.

St Patricks Day table on the porch

place setting for St Patricks DayThat is simply a bag of Rolos tied up with twine with a kraft paper shamrock for a touch of St. Patrick’s Day fun.  The polka dot kraft paper runner is wrapping paper from Target.  It was just too darn cute to resist! And don’t you love those little flowers?!

St Patricks day table

The wicker buffet table was set up as a hot beverage center …

porch beverage center for Saint Patricks Day

with coffee and various Irish style creamers,

coffee center Saint Patricks Day

and hot tea.

hot tea on porch

The chalkboard over the table has an old Irish saying on it.porch chalkboard Saint Patricks Day

I worked on the porch over the weekend..sewing, shopping for the plants, setting it up, making the candy bags, etc., and I really wanted to have our dinner out there.

porch St Patricks day

But Mother Nature did not cooperate.  (She can’t seem to make up her mind whether we are in winter or early spring.)  Our recent gorgeous warm sunny days turned into rainy and cold, and we had to dine indoors.  But the food was good.:)I planned an “Americanized” Irish inspired easy dinner.  Instead of the typical cooked corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes here is what we had:

menu for St Patricks day dinner

We had the Irish cabbage in the form of coleslaw, the corned beef in the form of sandwiches, and the Irish potatoes in the form of potato chips.  The pinch proof salad was kiwi and green grapes cut up and topped with a sauce of sour cream sweetened with brown sugar and colored green with a few drops of food coloring.  Nothing fancy for dessert (remember, Monday was a school night:))  just a choice of shortbread cookies with green sugar sprinkles from Fresh Market or chocolates from the goodie bag.

st patricks day meal corned beef sandwiches

At least the dining room had some green in its cabinet in there.

dining room cabinet for Saint Patricks DayAnd the kitchen had a chalkboard with a recipe for corned beef and cabbage.

chalkboard recipe Corned Beef and Cabbage for St Patricks day

One other spot in the house wears a bit of Irish green this month…the foyer.

foyer buffet for Saint Patricks Day

foyer buffet  with shamrocks

foyer buffet with jar of lucky kissesAnd that wraps up all the Saint Patrick’s decorating around here for this year.  And I think that is probably enough green for you for now anyway, right?

candy bag St Patricks Day

Did you do anything special to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

porch rockerWe’d love to hear.:)

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Debra - March 19, 2014 - 2:22 am

Oh, your just so darn frugal and crafty lady! Wonderful touches of green with those pillows. I just adore your darn porch. I only have a small one on our new outbuilding and can only use it during summer. Your St Patrick’s Day was very similar to ours. We started the celebration off with our local St. Patty’s Parade on Saturday afternoon. The twins loved it. The bagpipers are always my favorite and seeing all the crowd decked out in their “Irish looks”. I was very conservative as usual and only wore my bright green pea coat that I had found on clearance at Target for $17, two seasons back. Nothing crazy. It was at least a beautiful sunny day and about 40 degrees..Woo Hoo. We quick stopped at the store afterwards to pick up fix’ns for Rueben sandwiches and a treat of Irish soda bread. I had made a beef Irish stew in the past but chose simple sandwiches too. The house was complete with an Oxalis plant as well that I had purchased previously, as I needed a green plant to lift me into “Spring” spirit. Mother Nature lately was not helping. Rolos, green foil wrapped Hershey kisses, shortbread shamrock cookies, as well as simple mint oreos, were served here too! It was sandwiches, chips, (not homemade) and a three bean salad. Its funny you would have the ramen salad, as my sister in law had just given me that recipe the other week. Said it was wonderful. I will need to try it. I so drool over that gorgeous big screened porch of yours Kelly. Up here, I would have to have an all seasons room. Oh, the Midwest!! I will just have to close my eyes, imagine being a guest on your wonderful porch, asking politely for “more bailey’s please” and keep dreaming. Irish eyes smiling at ya Kelly! Think Spring!

Debra
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Your holiday sounds very much like ours! I would have loved to watch some bagpipers…THAT we did not have. :) And I am jealous of your green Target coat. That is probably the very one I wanted last year, but it was sold out in my size before I could make up my mind to buy it. I am thinking spring, and it is supposed to be very nice and warm here this weekend. Finally!
Kelly

Paula B. - March 19, 2014 - 6:27 am

Happy (belated) St. Paddy’s and all the luck o’ the Irish to you! While I always love your pops of red, these green touches are just doing it for me. So soothing, yet crisp and fresh. I think I must be hankering to see things growing in gardens and flower pots. Although Monday was raw here, we missed the snow that hit the coast, phew! And, our temps seem to be gradually breaking into the forties and fifties, yay. A friend and I hit a local pub for an early lunch on Monday and had the highly recommended Reuben pizza, oh my, was it ever good. We, also, had the Irish potato chips with a sour cream dip, pretty decadent. I think you went all out for a Monday and a school night. And, your sewing and recycling, amazing.
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A Reuben pizza? I’ve never heard of that, but it does sound very good. (And I could eat my weight in chips and dip! yum!!) Thank you for the compliments!
Kelly

Kim - March 19, 2014 - 7:22 am

Kelly, you know I love those new pillows. Aren’t you smart using the trim from old pillows. Gosh, I wish I liked to sew.
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Thank you Kim! Those pillows would work well in your guest room in one of its many transformations. :)
If you liked to sew, you wouldn’t have time to paint! LOL
Kelly

Lisa~A Cottage To Me - March 19, 2014 - 7:45 am

Your porch is so pretty! I love all the recycled green touches you made. I can not wait to have our weather change so I can start setting up our front porch. It’s not a closed in porch, so it is hard to use until warmer weather. Your meal sounds like it was delicious!
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Thank you Lisa. I am glad you like all the green. I hope spring weather is moving into your area now, so that you can enjoy your porch.
Kelly

Jill - March 19, 2014 - 8:37 am

The porch looks great…as always. I love the new green pillows. They make everything look nice and fresh for Spring. When you said it was a recycling project my first thought was that you had cut up your green curtains!! ACK!!! So glad you didn’t, but you are very resourceful. I’m envious that you’ve had warm enough days for the porch. Sorry it didn’t work out for St. Patrick’s Day though. We’ve never really gotten into celebrating the day. We usually try to wear green and call it good. Ha!
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Oh goodness no. I don’t normally cut up curtains. They are too much work to do that to! I just used up all the scraps I had of 2 leftover fabrics. There are a couple of yards still left of the plaid fabric. I hope you get some warm weather where you are.
Kelly

Ron - March 19, 2014 - 8:42 am

Perfection! Green is my fave color, so I am in LOVE with your photos. xo
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If you like green, then you most definitely should like the pillows. :) Thank you for taking the time to read the post and leave your kind words Ron!
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 19, 2014 - 9:14 am

Love your porch! The green makes it feel so springy! I am always so impressed with people who can sew. I have attempted it a few times but I think I really need to take a class!
-Shelley
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Every time spring starts to roll in, I can’t help but pull out all the green. I guess we just miss it through the winter, and this is my way of bringing it back.
Taking a class (or having a relative that can teach you) is needed in learning to sew. It is one handy skill to have!
Kelly

Kaye Ann - March 19, 2014 - 9:18 am

Where in the world do you find the time??? What a gorgeous porch, even if winter still has a hold on it. One day soon spring will come (I’m encouraging myself here). I’m a lot Irish so I do decorate and I will probably leave the “green” out until it’s time for Easter bunnies. I have a lot of the fabric that Longaberger had some (many) years ago. So, I have those basket liners and napkins to use. I also buy myself a pot of shamrocks at our local Krogers to set around.
So enjoyed your pictures. You inspire me!!
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I sleep from about 12:30-6:30. Other than that I am busy busy. (And a 5-10 minute nap really helps!) The shamrocks in our foyer also came from Kroger. This was the first year I had seen them there, and they were perfect for the holiday.
Kelly

yarlette - March 19, 2014 - 9:20 am

Love the touches of green on your porch and inside your home. Looks so much like spring.you have the most welcoming porch. I would spend hours out there, so cozy. We had the usual corned beef and cabbage dinner for saint Patrick’s day . We only have that once a year for some reason. We all love it but but l guess that makes it special if we save it for for then.
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That is right. Having it only once a year certainly makes it special! Maybe next year I will prepare that really traditional Irish dish of corned beef and cabbage like you had.
Kelly

anita - March 19, 2014 - 9:31 am

I love to see the recycling use of fabric in new ways such as what you have done. Your table setting is very sweet indeed! Canadians are looking forward to the day when we can eat outside!
Your meal looks delish.
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I am happy you liked the projects, Anita. I know you will be glad when the weather is finally warm enough to spend a period of time outdoors. (I know I will be glad when the mornings aren’t so cold.)
Kelly

Anne Boykin - March 19, 2014 - 9:37 am

Hi Kelly, Your porch is so perfect! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us, I so enjoy it.
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Anne, thank you for the very sweet comments. Glad you enjoy seeing photos of our home! Thank you for visiting the blog!
Kelly

Sherry - March 19, 2014 - 9:39 am

Just love it all! Beautiful! I have a question…….I love your chalk boards and wanted to know do you use regular chalk or do you a chalk pen? Do the chalk pens erase easily. I would like to try one but was afraid it would leave a permanent shadow. Thanks so much!
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Sherry, lately I have been using the chalk pen more than the traditional chalk. They do leave the shadow on some boards, but the more I go over the board with regular chalk before lettering, the better it does. Someone left a comment here that if you erase it with a small piece of Magic Eraser it will eliminate that ghost shadowing effect. I have not tried it, but will when I need to the next time.
Kelly

Betsy@coastal-colors - March 19, 2014 - 9:48 am

Your porch is lovely! You have added perfect touches of green for St. Patrick’s Day! I also love the touches of green inside your home! Your menu and recipe looks yummy! Thanks for providing so much inspiration!
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So glad you like the porch, Betsy! It was fun to decorate with green for a change. :)
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - March 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

Oh I love the green and the use of checks and plaids is totally perfect. Great vignettes and so beautiful. Hugs, Marty
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Thanks Marty! I am happy you liked the green. I am totally addicted to checks and plaids!
Kelly

Cheri - March 19, 2014 - 10:03 am

Love your porch and so jealous that you have one. Also, love the green pillows and napkins, such a pretty color of green. Your house is just lovely.
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Don’t be jealous Cheri! In a week or two, we will be fighting to keep all the pollen off of it. Spring is the worst time for that around here, but I am hoping that all the recent rains will lessen the amount that settles on everything.
Kelly

Debbie - March 19, 2014 - 10:15 am

You are inspiration! And clever and crafty and frugal! Do you ever sleep??

I’m sure someone has asked this before and I’ve missed your answer … what color is the paint on your wicker furniture? It’s the perfect neutral and goes beautifully with any color you choose.
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I DO sleep – about 6 hours a night. :) The wicker is painted the same color as the exterior of the house – Martin Senour’s Pelham gray. It does seem to work well with pretty much any color I put with it.
Kelly

Kathy - March 19, 2014 - 11:00 am

I wondered if you ever sleep too. I loved the post, beautiful pillows….and so resourceful! You are just too smart! I love all your green touches, treat bags, chalkboards, green books, and beautiful porch. (Katrina, Kelly’s porch looks so much like yours!) I didn’t even wear green on Monday… a rebellious thing, I think.
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Oh you rebel you, Kathy! Thank you for the compliments! The porch is my favorite room in(out of?) the house, especially when the weather is nice enough to allow us to enjoy it. With her being my favorite, it is easy to dress her up. :)
Kelly

Louvina - March 19, 2014 - 11:13 am

So enjoyed seeing your St.Paddy’s Day goodies!! I am amazed how it all takes on a different look for the different seasons/holidays!! I fixed my usual corned beef dinner on Sunday. I made a new brown Irish soda bread. Very easy and quite good. Spring has to be coming soon! Still under construction here— should be done by Friday. One more bead board project — in the living room — a window seat in our bay widow. And then the baths– earlier we had our drive way paved and looks so good– even our neighbors had theirs done when they saw how nice it turned out.
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Good grief,at the projects! How in the world do you juggle (and live in!) all of them?? Do you know that I had never tasted Irish soda bread until this year? Bad, I know. I loved it. It makes great toast!
Kelly

Mary from Virginia - March 19, 2014 - 11:26 am

Once again, you have made everything look so neat and fresh!

Your dinner looks wonderful!
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Thank you Mary! Fresh is the look I was aiming for with all that green. :)
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - March 19, 2014 - 11:34 am

Brilliant double recycling!! It all looks amazing!
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Gosh…brilliant?! I must tell my kids that…they won’t believe it. LOL :)
As always, thank you for your sweet compliments, Barbara.
Kelly

Barb - March 19, 2014 - 12:03 pm

The green pillows, up against the green trees outside, make the porch look so tranquil. Beautiful as always.
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It is amazing to me how BIG those hollies have grown. They almost wall in the porch! It is usually a tranquil place, until of course, you get some crazed bird that starts squawking out there…which they have been known to do. LOL
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 19, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Kelly,
What a great job, no surprise, you truly are so talented. I love the pillows and the napkins. It makes me want to get out the sewing machine and start working.
The runner is very clever, I actually thought it was a pottery barn runner since I’d seen a polka dot runner in red and one in blue, so I thought my store was probably sold out of the khaki with white dots. :-)
Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Spring (tomorrow). I hope your weather gets the word and starts cooperating.
Karen
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How funny about the PB runner! They should have carried it in a khaki linen. :) I loved that runner (and the matching napkins) when I saw it in the catalog and thought about ordering the red one online. Then I saw it in person a couple of weeks ago, and the red was not the bright red that I like, BUT the blue on is very cute. I really should get it to use for the 4th of July.
Our weather this weekend is supposed to be very nice. Spring may have won the weather battle here (at least for a day or two.)
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - March 19, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Kelly, I have to get some of that polka dot paper. Never thought to use it as a table runner, but I will now! Well, we usually don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but sometimes we may be celebrating my birthday because it is the day before! Yes, my mom named me Patty because I was born the day before St. Pat’s Day! You made my all-time favorite sandwich! I was going to make those this year, but the store was all out of my favorite coleslaw that I like on them :( BTW, I just love your porch. I would be out there all the time. Thanks for a great post. I enjoyed it as always my blog friend!
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A St. Patrick’s baby (almost)!! Love it!! And what a great story of your name. :) Happy belated birthday to you! Yes, you need some of that polka dot kraft paper. I know you will find a lot of uses for it. I am curious about your favorite coleslaw Patty. Is it carried nationally, and I would be able to give it a try?
Glad you liked the porch. Wish we could all just get together for a lunch out there!
Kelly

Jayne - March 19, 2014 - 1:26 pm

The pillows look great! As does everything else! So festive and fun! I heard the weatherman say that he thinks today is the last blast of cold we will get. I sure do hope so! I am more than ready for spring and warmer weather. I’m really anxious to decorate my favorite room at my house…my front porch! I just hope I can make it as fun and festive as you make yours!
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I hope the cold is gone from here, Jayne…although yesterday morning there was still frost on my car! But I should not complain since it seems the snow is never going to stop in the northeast. I wonder what all this cold is going to do to our flowers. You should get to your front porch today. Rain is supposed to be back in our picture tomorrow (thunderstorms!) Have fun with your decorating!
Kelly

Lynne - March 19, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Kelly, I want your porch so bad!!! You are so talented with your decorating and sewing. I enjoyed this post so much and hey, that rug isn’t misbahaving that bad. ☺
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That rug IS misbehaving! This klutzy girl has tripped over it several times (but I would probably do the same if it were perfectly flat, too.) I am happy you enjoyed the porch, Lynne. It is definitely a fun room to decorate and so easy to change up its looks by just changing out the pillows and table linens.
Kelly

Debbie w - March 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Just love your porch with the green. I liked the fact that you recycled what you had!
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Thank you Debbie. I was happy that their was fabric available here that I could use for the project! Saves me shopping time and money. :)
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 19, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Kelly…I love it when you show us your gorgeous porch…the pillows are fabulous and I so love the green…such a calm and cozy space to spend a wonderful Spring day or evening!…Love how you recycled the jute trim…Beautiful, beautiful job Kelly, as always!
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You are too kind, Shirley! Thank you as always for leaving your sweet words here. So glad you liked the porch decor!
Kelly

Vicki - March 19, 2014 - 5:18 pm

I always your seasonal touches, but these might be my favorite. The polka dot runner and little flowers are so sweet. Thanks as always for the inspiration!
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Glad I could share a little inspiration, Vicki. That polka dot paper was too cute to not use! This is the first time I have used those flowers. I am anxious to see how well they do out there or in the yard.
Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. :)
Kelly

Lorraine Beattie - March 19, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Hi Kelly… You did a awesome job on your pillows well done. St. Patrick’s Day here in Canada was a beautiful sunny day but we still have at least 3 feet of snow on the ground. My husband and I invited two older ladies on my street who live by them selves for dinner and had a great time. The ladies told many stories of pass St. Patrick days we laughed and cried for missed loved ones. Thanks for inspiring me to decorate my home and yes I sure hope spring will soon be here.
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3 feet of snow…whoa!! How sweet of you and your husband to entertain the ladies. :) Wonderful! I bet it was an enjoyable evening for all of you. Perfect way to celebrate the day.
Kelly

Sharon Moellendick - March 19, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I just discovered your website and LOVE it!!! Where did you get the wicker baskets on the shelves above the wicker buffet on your porch?
Thank you,
Sharon
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Thank you Sharon! I am so glad you are loving the blog! All of the baskets on the shelves came from Target. They sell them in the storage section, and they come with liners. This is the larger one: http://www.target.com/p/threshold-rattan-small-milk-crate-with-liner/-/A-14104442#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=basket with liner They work great for storage of all the misc. things out there.
Kelly

Dawn - March 19, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Oh Kelly,

I think your porch is set for me! I LOVE green and your porch is perfect by my standards! I love your pillows. You are very talented. I gave my students rolos and skittles to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with. I made Lucky Charms, Rice Krispie treats for the teachers. We didn’t have time for a traditional or even evolved traditional dinner Monday. The daughter had soccer practice and so I grabbed Shamrock shakes on the way home for us. However I changed those up a bit. When I went through the McDonald’s drive thru I asked for the shakes to be half chocolate and half shamrock so they were mint chocolate shamrock shakes. I am going to keep your meal in mind for next year though and I may just have to get some new green pillows for our porch now too. Thanks for sharing!
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Dawn I actually thought about dedicating the post to you and Judy (http://gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com/ ) You are my lover of all things green, and Judy loves the porch. :) So yes, the porch is set for you! Your treats sound perfect to me, and I LOVE what you had McDonalds do with the shake. Nothing better than that combination of chocolate and mint. Yum!
Kelly

Kathy d - March 19, 2014 - 9:25 pm

What more can be said-gorgeous! Beautifully done! What an inspiration. Thank you.
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Thank you Kathy! Decorating the porch is fun for me.
Kelly

Jeanne Bell - March 19, 2014 - 10:00 pm

As usual I am impressed, your house is beautiful and a place that shouts, comfy, homey, and take your shoes off and sit a while.
Thanks for putting the green in my day.
Jeanne
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Love what you said about our home! It is definitely a take your shoes off place (just wish my oldest wouldn’t take his off right in front of the door. LOL)
Enjoy your weekend.
Kelly

Kristi@Chatfield Court - March 20, 2014 - 12:07 am

Your porch looks beautiful Kelly. Love, love the green (it’s my favorite color)! I wish I knew how to sew…buying pillow covers can be so expensive when you want to change them with the seasons. Your St. Paddy’s meal looks delish too. My Irish husband would love it. Thanks for always inspiring.
K.
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If green is your favorite color, you hit the jackpot on the porch! Sewing would certainly cut down on the cost of the pillows. You are right. Buying new ones can get costly. An Irish husband! Wow! Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was a good one. :)
Kelly

Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane - March 20, 2014 - 5:48 pm

I love all of your “green” touches–both the color and your recycling efforts. I recognized the polka dot kraft paper from a roll I had purchased off Target’s clearance, so I am shamelessly stealing your runner idea for my son’s birthday dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing your clever ideas. You are a constant source of inspiration!
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Shamelessly steal away Mimi! That’s what shared ideas are for. :) Hope your birthday dinner was a success.
Kelly

Sarah Joelson - March 21, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Kelly – I wanted to begin by saying that I love your decorating style. I have followed you for ahwile now and I look forward to your posts every week…to see what great ideas you have. I especially enjoy your decorating posts and meal/recipes. You inspire me! I find myself searching through yours posts for ideas when I have a new season I want to decorate for. :-> As with some of the other people who have submitted posts ….I would love to know when you find time for everything though.:-> My question for today is …where do you find (buy) your baskets? I especially like the green and brown ones that seem to be on the smaller side and used as table decorations and you put plants in. Thanks again for sharing all of your ideas and thoughts with all of us. :-> Sarah
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I am so glad you can find ideas here that you can actually use, Sarah! Yay! The brown baskets with the plants are the smaller ones from Target (like the larger ones on the shelf.) http://www.target.com/p/threshold-rattan-small-tapered-bin-with-liner/-/A-14105163#prodSlot=medium_1_9&term=basket with liner I just took the liner out to put the plants in. Now the green one is a different story. I think, although I am not sure, that it came from Michaels years ago. But it was not green when I purchased it. It is a basket out of the playroom, and it was painted with a green paint like all of the wicker in that room. (Lowes’ Valspar paint in Moss.)
Hope this helps!
Kelly

tessa - March 25, 2014 - 11:16 pm

adore the green!! it all looks just perfect!! xo
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Thanks Tessa! Glad you liked it. :)
Kelly

A Tutorial: How to Reupholster a Footstool

Talk of the House how to reupholster a footstoolA week or so ago, I showed you that red and cream checked stool in my master bedroom closet, and I told you I would make a tutorial on how I recovered it.  So today’s post is your promised tutorial, but I have to warn you…I am NOT a professional…not even close…which means a couple of things:  I will probably use sewing terms and sewing methods incorrectly.  But on the flip side, my beginner status means that if I can do it, anyone can do it.

I started with this plain Jane footstool that I purchased on sale from Target.  It was actually available in a nice neutral khaki color, but the wooden legs on that style were darker, and because I was using lighter wood hangers in the closet, I wanted lighter wood legs.  (All about the details, right?:))

Talk of the House footstool before

My first step was to prepare the piping/welt/cording…not sure what all of you call this, but for the sake of continuity in this post, I am going to just call it cording.  Okay?  It took about 4 yards of the cording to trim out around the top and bottom of the stool.  When using a check fabric to cover it, I really like to cut the fabric on the diagonal.   It looks better on the piece.  I laid it out and wrapped a width of the fabric around it to see how wide the strips needed to be. (See..not professional at all.)

1 Cording to be coveredThen I cut out a number of long pieces until I felt I had enough to cover 4 yards in length.

2 Strips of fabric to cover cording

The next job was to sew the ends of the long pieces together.  I don’t really know how to explain the angle of how I overlapped the pieces but you can see it in the photo.  (If you are a visual learner that should help.)  I imagine you could sew the ends simply straight across, and it would be fine.3 Sewing fabric strips togetherAfter making long strips of the fabric, I wrapped it around the cording, and sewed it close. Do notice the position of the needle.  You want your stitching to be as close to the cording as you can get it so that it will be tight around it.
4 Covering the cording with fabricThen the fun began.  I measured the top of the footstool, and after positioning the fabric like I wanted it on the top of the stool, I cut out a rectangle 17 1/2 x 19 1/2.  This was about 1 inch longer on each side than the measurement of the top.  I then pinned the fabric covered cording to the piece of fabric (not to the stool.)  By doing it with it sitting on top of the stool, I was able to better position the cording.

6 pin covered cording to top fabricAfter it was pinned all the way around, I sewed the cording to the fabric rectangle and removed the pins. This is how it looked at that point.

7 cording sewn to top pieceThat took care of the top.  Then it was time to work on the sides.  I cut 2 pieces 7 1/2 x 20 inches and 2 pieces 7 /12 X 17 inches. I tried my best to get the check patterns to match up, but remember I was working with a leftover scrap of material.  There was no way to match all of the pattern with the little piece of cloth I had.  (I think I now have a scrap of about 2 inches by 5 inches left!) After laying right sides together on top of the rectangle, I sewed it around all the sides. (Yes, it is laying on top of the cording.)

8 side pieceWhen the sewing was finished, it looked like this.
9 fabric readyI then folded it and put the right sides together at the corners to stitch up.10 sew corners together

When that sewing was finished, I slipped the whole “skirt” on top of the stool to check for fit. I could have simply hemmed it at this point to make it like a slip cover and leave it on there like that. That would have been good for having it cleaned.11 fabric over stoolBut I wanted it to be more upholstery than slipcover, so I wrapped it under the edges and used my staple gun to staple it down on the underside of the stool.
12 staple fabric to underside of stool
13 underside stapledThe final step was to hot glue the trim cording around the bottom of the stool on the edge of the underside.

14 hot glue the cording on the bottomAnd here is how it looked all finished.

the footstool afterJust a reminder of the before and after…

before and after footstooland here is a snapshot of all the steps in one photo.

reupholstering a footstoolI hope you were able to follow all my amateureness. It really is not difficult to do if you have a sewing machine, staple gun, and glue gun. I do not sew clothing.  That sewing machine (which is actually my mom’s and we share it) is used for house projects around here…drapes, pillows, napkins, etc. (but I did take the ever invaluable home ec class in school.:))  Is sewing becoming a lost art?  How many of you own a sewing machine and sew?  Just curious.

We’d love to hear!

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Wanda - March 14, 2014 - 9:01 am

Great job,Kelly! I really love changing items with fabric. Two years ago I slip covered our large sofa with no pattern, just cutting and piecing as I went. I used painter drop cloths. It looks so good and I think now I will tackle the ottoman to match it. You are so encouraging!!!!!
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Thank you Wanda. Wow…slipcovering a sofa! I wish that I could do that. Now that is a BIG project.
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Anita - March 14, 2014 - 9:18 am

Nicely done Kelly. I like how you glued the cording to the bottom making it very nice and crisp edging. I began sewing when I was 9 making my first pair of gauchos, remember those? These days I just repair and alter clothing or make things for the home. If your machine comes with a zipper foot, it would make sewing the cording a breeze because the foot can be placed on either side of the needle. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. You made it very easy to follow along.
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I DO remember gauchos, Anita! The machine does come with a zipper foot, but since I have never used it, I thought it was only for zippers. :) Thank you so much for the advice. I will give the zipper foot a try the next time I make something with cording.
Kelly

Kim - March 14, 2014 - 9:50 am

That is the cutest stool ever, Kelly! You know I love checks.
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Yes, with your love of checks, Kim you need a stool just like it!:)
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - March 14, 2014 - 10:17 am

Great tutorial and I love, love, love the red and black and of course checks. So cute. Hugs, marty
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Thank you, Marty. I am glad you liked the footstool. You know it just HAD to have red in it! :)
Kelly

Scribbler - March 14, 2014 - 10:20 am

You did a wonderful job, and I love the way the stool turned out.

You asked about the sewing — well, how long do you have?

The short version is that my mother was a pro, taught me to sew well before I went to school or read. I learned by making doll clothes.

She was soooo picky, and according to her, everything had to look as good on the underside as it did on the front side. I didn’t have the patience.

When I was a child bride, I had to learn to sew if I didn’t want to go naked! Now I make mostly things for my house, not clothes. As a decorator, I was always picking the brains of the workroom people, and that taught me quite a lot about construction. They do use heavy duty sewing machines which I have never had. For the last 15 years, I have used an Elna which has been wonderful, with only one repair, problem caused by me, trying to sew on some really have moss fringe.

When I had my mother’s estate sale, I think I had about 5 machines in it! They all sold quickly, so I think people do still sew.

BTW, I have the old treadle Singer which was my grandmother’s, the one I learned on, although the cabinet fell apart. The base is painted white, and it is the base for my porch table. The machine is in the shelves in the room where I sew. The drawers are holding crafty things in the studio.

It’s nice that you can share a machine with your mom.
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Wow, you really DO have sewing experience! (And it sounds like you really have had a lot of sewing machines too.) I think it is great that you learned from a perfectionist mom. That would certainly help you become a master seamstress. My grandmother had an old treadle Singer as well, but I have no idea who ended up with it.
Kelly

Kathy - March 14, 2014 - 10:25 am

I think that is the cutest stool ever too! I love it! Being a teacher, you will appreciate this sewing machine story…Several years ago one of the children I had in class lost everything to a house fire. There were five children, the parents, and a grandmother all living together. When I took items to the family, the grandmother told me that the thing she was most upset about losing in the fire was her sewing machine. She told me that she made all of the children’s clothing, even down to their underwear. (I am sure you know where this is going. How could I not give her my sewing machine!) I have since acquired another sewing machine but I do not use it very much. And, you are right….that home ec class was invaluable, as was the typing class. Thanks for the tutorial.
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Thank you so much, Kathy. What a wonderful thing you did for that grandmother. I know she really appreciates it. What a treasured and much needed gift!
Kelly

salmagundi - March 14, 2014 - 10:33 am

I’ve sewn the entire 55 years of marriage saving lots of money over the years. I only sew a garment occasionally, but enjoy making pillows, quilts, table linens for the house. Sewing has been a pleasure — so glad I paid attention back in 4-H as a child!! Sally
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You should be very good at sewing if you have been doing it for 55 years. :) I don’t have the patience for a quilt, so my hat is off to you for making those.
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - March 14, 2014 - 10:48 am

This is inspiring – I have an old footstool that needs recovering! But right now I’m busily sewing a quilt for our GrandSon!!! Whoohoo – new baby arriving in July!
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How exciting to have a grandson on the way in the summer! Congratulations! When you finish his quilt, you get right on that footstool. :)
Kelly

Polly in KS - March 14, 2014 - 11:07 am

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! I’ve been waiting for your tutorial – it looks easy (broken down into simple, do-able steps), but professional. Exactly how I like things. Thanks so much.
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Oh wow Polly! Thank you! It is pretty easy to do, but it did take me a while since I am not very fast with sewing projects. Glad you liked the tutorial.
Kelly

Debra - March 14, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Well, I figured you were the upholsterer, Krafty Kelly! Great tutorial. Oh, Home Ec memories. I actually liked it. I really did sew a lot back in the 80′s. Not only for myself, my girls and our home too. I also took an upholstery class back then at a Jr. college and reupholstered a rocking chair. Is sewing becoming a lost art? Hmm? Well, I think it was my oldest daughter’s double skirted prom dress that did me in. Ha! It turned out, but was challenging with a double dirndl. She was suppose to help me with it, but it ended up a Momma project. Its so funny how she went on to get a design degree in fashion. Maybe its time to get back to a few small projects. You are an all inspiring soul Kelly.

Debra
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I wish I had taken an upholstery class at some point in my life. It would be great to be able to make slipcovers. Prom dress did you in? Same thing for me. Hemming my daughter’s that had about a zillion yards of chiffon was a nightmare! I love that your daughter has a degree in fashion design!
Kelly

Teresa - March 14, 2014 - 12:56 pm

You did a fabulous job, and it looks so professional! I grew up learning to sew & still do. I don’t sew clothes, just fun stuff for my home & I like to machine quilt. My 10 year old daughter is getting interested in it too, which is good. May I be so bold as to ask the brand of the red buffalo check? I’ve been trying to find a clear red, and that looks perfect. I’m the one who lives in Dublin, and unfortunately we have no fabric stores near us. Love reading your blog & have a great weekend!
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Then sewing is not a lost art in your home, Teresa! Yay! I hate that Lipson Fabrics in Macon closed. You and I both could have shopped there for all our fabric needs. Mr. Lipson was always so good at helping me find just what I wanted. I ordered the red check from Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta, but it came all the way from California. I do not know who the manufacturer was, but here is the link to order it online. http://forsythfabrics.com/collections/checks-plaids-houndstooth/products/4-check-red It is a very good lipstick red with no hint of pink or orange. (I had to look and look for that “perfect” red for quite a while.)
Kelly

Stacey - March 14, 2014 - 1:15 pm

That is adorable and doesn’t look amateurish at all!!
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Aw Stacey, you are too kind! Thanks a bunch!
Kelly

Loretta hamilton - March 14, 2014 - 6:07 pm

I retired as an HR Manager for Bernina of America a few years ago. I am a lifelong sewer…my mother taught me…and working for Bernina was fun for me…love their sewing machines and that was surely a perk of the job. Bernina is very interested in “the next generation” of sewers…and I do hope they are successful …it is a wonderful and useful (as you have shown here) skill to have. Thank you for pointing that out! -Loretta
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Ooooh a Bernina! The luxury model of sewing machines! (At least that is what I have always thought of them. :)) that should have been a fun job. Thank you for reading and leaving your comment Loretta!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 14, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Kelly,
This is great. I am not very handy but you’ve made this look pretty easy. I may have to try it sometime. We used to have kitchen chairs and the seat cushion would pop out easily and I could just staple new fabric for the top if I tired of the upholstery, but it didn’t involve welting. :-)
Karen
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It was pretty easy, Karen. If I had had more fabric it would have been even easier. The hardest part for me was trying to match those darn checks with so little fabric to do it with…and the repeat was big. I had chairs with the “pop out” seat cushion for about 20 years. Lord knows how many times I recovered them and stapled them over and over again. They were/are antiques and currently live on the back porch. When we bought them, 4 of the seats were stuffed with straw! (They were that old.)
Kelly

Carol L. - March 14, 2014 - 9:09 pm

I learned to sew at a fairly young age on my grandmother’s treadlle machine. Then moved on to simple shirts for myself, and the neighbor would make buttonholes for me. I must have been close to Jr High age when my dad decided I should have a new machine. It was a Kenmore. I continued to sew, and bought myself a Golden Touch and Sew with savings from my first job when I was sixteen. My first job was in a Fabric store! I still have that machine today, some 45 years later. I actually bought another used Touch and Sew a few years ago. I have sewn so much over the years, but not so much anymore. From my wedding dress, to things for my home, clothes for the family, hubby included, to tons of items sold on consignment and at craft fairs. am trying to make myself start sewing again, now that I have a granddaughter. I have made her a few doll clothes, but would like to do more. I took the plung a few weeks ago and bought some Buffalo Check fabric at IKEA, and plan to make drapes for my living room and dining room. Wish my luck, and send me some of your motivation, please!
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I love your history with sewing, Carol! I am glad you are getting back into the swing with making things. Good luck with your drapery project. I know it will turn out great (especially since you are using that wonderful buffalo check fabric that I love. :))
Kelly

Amy Walker - March 15, 2014 - 8:04 am

I love your style. I want you to come and style my bedroom!!
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Oh, you are too funny, Amy! :) Thank you for the compliment!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - March 15, 2014 - 11:52 am

I’ve been sewing since age 7 I think, so 53 yrs. now! I have always enjoyed it, my way of relaxing and also challenging myself. My biggest challenge was making a jacket and bridesmaid dresses for my sister in law. She had a cover photo of a jacket she wanted from a bridal magazine,and asked if I could replicate it. It turned out great, and I learned how to work with satin with that. Then on to bridesmaids- one was a skinny tall thing, the other an under 5ft. quite hefty gal. Fitting both was a challenge, and I had to have them come out 4 times for fittings. I wasn’t happy with the final product (I am a perfectionist!) but they were amazed, and so was the bride. So I guess I was just too critical of myself.
Having taken tailoring class prior to that, I think it helped.
My last job, I worked at a store that sold fabric, wallpaper and home decor for 10years, and have a stash of home dec. fabric and trims. I just sew for myself and family, making mostly drapes and bedcoverings. Do a little upholstery if it’s not too challenging too. You did a fantastic job on that bench, and your choice of fabrics is great! Hope you are proud of yourself, you have more talent than you seem to let on!
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Wow Marianne! You certainly must have a talent for sewing if you were able to create all of that! I do not like doing clothing at all, so I know that was a labor of love for you to do that. How wonderful to have a stash of home decorating fabric and trims! Thank you for your sweet words about my project.
Kelly

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - March 15, 2014 - 2:00 pm

I learned to sew a pillow in 7th grade Home Ec and ironically enough, I still mostly sew pillows thirty-four years later! Although I have sewn some mean Halloween costumes in my day, the majority of my sewing is for mending or home décor. My daughter is in her twenties and she was sewing a project just last night, so there’s hope that skill will live on.

Thanks for the tutorial–you made it look so easy! You have great taste as always.
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Thank you Mimi. Pillows are a great thing to make because if you are like me, you can’t always find them in fabrics you like, and so many are quite expensive these days. Why pay $200 for a designer pillow when you can make one for much less? Learning to make a pillow in Home Ec has turned out to be very beneficial, hasn’t it? :)
Kelly

Carol - March 15, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Beautiful! I think I may copy your idea! I am 60 and have been sewing since my 7th grade home-ec class! I have always done clothes and crafts. I love sewing for the grand kids now. My daughter sews and is teaching her seven year old!
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Carol you go right ahead and copy away! That is wonderful that your daughter is teaching her 7 year old to sew. It is such a handy skill to have.
Kelly

Megan - March 15, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Hi Kelly,
I do own a sewing machine. I learned to sew via the local PBS station, and watched “Quilt in A Day” and learned how to make quilts. I have a few around the house that I have made over the years. I do not know how to make clothing, but quilts, curtains and pillows are quite do-able for me. As you know, I am looking into getting my sofa reupholstered, but after reading Wanda’s post, maybe I will try slipcovering it instead!

You did a great job on your stool – love the red with the black piping :)

Megan
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That is amazing that you learned to sew from a PBS show! Wow! I am impressed Megan! I hope your sofa project turns out well. Good luck! And thank you for the compliment on the stool.
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 16, 2014 - 10:42 am

Beautiful footstool Kelly…you did an amazing job and I so love the red and black combination!!!…
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Thank you Shirley! Red and black really do work very well together. (It’s too bad I am not a UGA fan since those are their school colors.)
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 16, 2014 - 3:06 pm

I am so impressed! It came out beautiful and now I really wish I could sew!
-Shelley
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I appreciate your compliments Shelley! Perhaps someone in your local area could teach you to sew. It saves a lot of money around here since we are such do-it-yourself-ers.
Kelly

Dawn - March 16, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Kelly,

You are excellent at giving step by step tutorials! I just love how you talk us through it with pictures. You are an awesome Teacher! Thanks for sharing once again.
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Thank you Dawn. I try to think through the steps and add the pictures for clarification. I guess that just comes from years and years of trying to teach 8 and 9 year old children! :) (They require A LOT of clarification!)
Kelly

Jayne - March 18, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Great job, Kelly! I love to sew. When I’m in the mood! I’ve been sewing since high school. I made slip covers for my sofa and chairs once. NEVER again! Most aggravating mess! But I could cover a stool. Much simpler! If you don’t mind me adding one thing. Trim the corners. It gets rid of all that extra material from the cording and the top and sides and makes them lay (or is it lie) down better. I couldn’t tell in the picture. Was that a zipper foot you used to sew the material around the cord? A zipper foot will get you even closer to the cord for a tighter look. Ok I’ll stop now. I said one thing and that was two. Sorry. Now you have me in the mood to sew. I think I’ll sew some curtains for the boys’ room I am redecorating.
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Oh I would love any advice you have, Jayne! I really only know how to “drive” the fabric under the needle and that is about it.(Oh and wind the blasted bobbin…hate doing that!) It was not a zipper foot, and Anita recommended using one too. So I will have to figure out how to use that next time. I did make an angled cut at the corners kind of like the spokes of a wheel, but I will take your advice and cut some of the fabric out next time. Thank you!
Kelly

20 Dream Closets for Your Inspiration

Talk of the House 20 dream closets

Last week I showed you our reorganized and spiffied up master bedroom closet, and I threw in a few ideas that might help you do the same for yours.  Today let’s take a look at some over the top closet spaces.  We certainly don’t have the room here (or the funds) for these, but maybe some of you do, or maybe there are just some little things that you and I can borrow from them to improve ours.

Let’s start with a practical one from Martha Stewart. I really like the built ins cubbies in this one and the tall space for boots.  (We hang our belts on hooks on the back of the door just like they do here.:))

Martha Stewart closet

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If we were going to add built ins to our space, I would love this next one…the glass door cabinets, adjustable shelves, the basket, and the wood floor are all wonderful.

master closethouzz.com

Or I would take this one.  Isn’t the cabinetry just perfection, oooh..and those floors!

3north williamsburg closethouzz.com

Or if we really wanted to dream big with custom cabinetry, this would be the one for it.

duplex dressing roomhouzz.com

The one above has quite a bit of drawer space, and the one below has a lot of hanging space.  Which would you prefer in your dream closet? (And look, they have framed photographs in their closet, too!)

Closet with framed photos

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You could frame shopping bags for art to hang in your closet.  It would be the perfect location for them.

closet with framed shopping bagsmoth-design.com

Would you like glass doors to hang your clothes behind?  It would certainly take care of any problems you might have with dust on your clothing. (Love the striped slipcovers on those chairs!)

Architectural Digest closetarchitecturaldigest.com

Maybe mirrored doors would be better on the cabinets in your dream closet.  What do you think?

cream painted closet built insprarieperch.blogspot.com

More mirrors…These would be great for checking out your footwear.

large walk in closetfashiondivadesign.com

This next one is a hallway to the exterior of the home. The skylights were a smart idea to add light to the space.

Closet with exterior entrancehouzz.com

You could also add more light to your storage area by lighting the shelves themselves.

M Frederick closetmfrederick.com

To get to the bathroom in this house, you can walk through this closet. (And they too, have glass door cabinets.)

Walk through closethouzz.com

Are you noting all the gorgeous light fixtures in these closets?

Kerrie Kelly closethgtv.com

And all the fabulous islands…

Munger Interiors closetmungerinteriors.com

storage in walk in closetmochatini.org

How about large his and her sections with mirrors on the end of the closet section?

built in organizationsource

Now this is an unusual idea.  What do you think of the bathtub in the closet…or is the closet in the bathroom?  The mirrors up top reflect light. I wonder if those glass doors fog up when someone takes a steamy hot bath?

Closet in the bathroomdesiretoinspire.net

With shelves to the ceiling,  a step ladder would come in handy in this dream closet.

Walk in closet with step ladderdecorpad.com

This is such a smart thing to do… a fold down iron in the closet. We should do that to ours.

closet ironing boardbhg.com

Now what do you think of this… the washer and dryer in the closet?  It seems like it would work well, and you could fold your clothes on the island in the middle of the space.

laundry and closet all in onedecorpad.com

The photo below shows one appliance that is a combination washer and dryer (all in one) located….

washer dryer combobeckdesignblog.blogspot.com

at the end of a long wall of glass front storage in a closet.  This is my favorite of all the dream closets we have seen today.

closet with concealed washer dryer combobeckdesignblog.blogspot.com.

I hope you have enjoyed all the eye candy today. If you are going to dream, dream big!  So I am wondering..

What would be in your dream closet?

We’d love to hear!

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Cathy from Calgary - March 13, 2014 - 8:51 am

Hi Kelly,

What a wonderful collection of amazing closets!! Unfortunately all of them are as big or bigger than our entire master bedroom! I struggle with eensy weensy closets. Sigh. It just means that anytime I want to purchase something new I need to throw something out! I’d love to see some ideas for organization of tiny closet spaces :)

As usual, a lovely post :)

All the best
Cath

P.S. The weather has improved considerably up here in the frozen north. The forecast for the weekend is +13C (I think that is around 50F). Yay! (Not that we can rest on our laurels as we can always expect snow here right up until the end of May. No serious gardening until June!)
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Yes, some of these are HUGE and cost as much as a new kitchen. (I can’t even imagine doing that.) So glad to know that you are thawing out up there in Canada. It is time for spring!
Kelly

Anne Boykin - March 13, 2014 - 9:06 am

Hi Kelly, Thanks so much for the look into these beautiful closets! I think I’d want to keep the washer & dryer in another room. I love the ones with the cabinet doors too since it really gives the storage a finished look.
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You are so right about the cabinet doors giving it a finished look. I would love to have built in storage one day, but that, unfortunately, is way down on our to-do list. :)
Kelly

Sylvie - March 13, 2014 - 9:46 am

My dream closet comes with a Hanger Fairy who will hang everything up for me. I hate that part. I’ve put shelves in every possible crevice of my closet so I can plop the piles in there. So much faster!
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I love the idea of a Hanger Fairy!! too cute! And to put in shelves everywhere is so smart.
Kelly

Cynthia - March 13, 2014 - 9:52 am

Those are interesting & big, but have to say I still like yours the most. Tackling a big clean out, slowly, & going to use your plan in my redo. Still my favorite.
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You are so sweet! Thank you, but truly mine does not compare to any of these. Good luck with the clean out project. At least you are making progress!
Kelly

martha - March 13, 2014 - 10:27 am

This post is just cruel…..a huge organized closet is a dream of mine. These are beautiful!!! If I could do it over I would have a big closet with room for everything…no dressers or chests in the bedroom. I would probably not want to share one with my husband since he doesn’t understand the concept of hanging up clothes (unless it is over a doorknob). The iron in the closet seems like a good idea, but I would constantly be worried I left it on. Unless the washer and dryer were just for my clothes I would not want it in the closet. I don’t want to drag my other laundry into my lovely closet…..oh what am I thinking, if I have the closet of my dreams I also have a maid to take care laundry.
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I did not mean to be cruel Martha! Sounds like you need a Hanger Fairy for your husband too. My iron has an automatic shut off after some period of time. And yes, if we had closets like these we probably also have a maid to care for our laundry. :)
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 13, 2014 - 11:28 am

Oh so beautiful – and huge! I wonder if my kids would be willing to share a bedroom so I can turn one of their rooms into a closet…
-Shelley
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Great idea! I am sure the kids wouldn’t mind. :)
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Debra - March 13, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Thanks for more closet inspire Kelly. I mean, as if yours wasn’t enough. Love your “Kelly” touches. My closets in the house all need a makeover/update for sure. All three of the upstairs bedrooms are walk ins, but they could use more shelving. Our master bedroom is on the first floor. The closet is ample, but it is long and narrow. When my husband made modifications on our house plans, back when we built in the mid 80′s, well we were young and didn’t really thoroughly think things through maybe? Why is it until you live in a house, you then realize a few things you would have done differently. Oh well. My husband did mention a closet organizer set up. Ours is more like your picture #10. from Houzz.com. Its more like a enter and side step your way down. Not bad, but just not as open and square walk ins as we have upstairs. I definitely wouldn’t be able to hang out in our closet, as yours. You have me thinking though of how I could cutesy it up now. Oh, the projects.

Debra
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It does seem like you have live in a house a while to really know what your needs are. I have always said it takes about 3 house building experiences to really know what you want and need (plus your needs change over time if you have children.) This is the second home we have built….hmmm…do we need to build another one? (Husband emphatically says, “No.” :))
Kelly

Becky in 'Bama - March 13, 2014 - 12:40 pm

I’ve never commented on your blog but oh me…I do love it. AND I LOVE THE COLOR RED!! so what can I say? I am amazed at all these closet options as they are so much nicer than my home – for spaces that no one really sees. My kitchen should be as nice as these! LOL. And who owns that many shoes (boots)? I’m like one poster: when I buy a new item of clothing something has to leave the closet. I do have a nice spacious closet but it has nothing in common with any of these. And, too, my husband does not understand the concept of hanging his clothes when he can pile them on a shelf. Don’t take this wrong, but it seems that some of these closet owners are living to the excess. But I guess if you can – go big or go home.
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Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment, Becky. Hooray for red! Like you, these do look like living to the excess. Since I am so not a “shoe person” the number of shoes they show in these closets always blows me away! How can anyone have a use for that many shoes? Do they just wear them only once? But I guess if I had $30,000 to spend on a closet, what is one more pair of shoes?
Kelly

Anita - March 13, 2014 - 3:25 pm

I would like to start the day with a closet that has a magnificent window with a gorgeous view so I can contemplate what I would like to wear! My closet is a fair size so I can’t complain. More space doesn’t necessarily indicate efficient space.
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A friend of mine has a window in her closet, and this lover of light truly loves that idea!
Kelly

Jayne - March 13, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Kelly, We must think a lot alike! I just posted about how I want to redo my closet (plus a couple of other rooms). Now I have a couple of more ideas. Thanks! I like the idea of the fold down ironing board. Here’s a thought. What if I make the outside of the door to the fold down ironing board a full length mirror? I will add that to my list.
I would be scared to put the washer/dryer in the closet. What if the washer overflowed or a pipe broke? Everything would be ruined. We almost put ours upstairs where the bedrooms are, but choose not to just for that reason. Lo and behold if once my washer’s drum didn’t get a hole in it and flooded my laundry room.
Those closets are loaded with some good ideas. I’m going to take a closer look and see if there is anything else I can use. Thanks for sharing!
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We are definitely on the same wavelength Jayne! Yes, a leaking washing machine does ruin everything. An upstairs washer would be risky for that reason. Good thing yours was downstairs!
Kelly

Louvina - March 13, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Love all the closet ideas as I am still doing my closet and coat closet, plus the bead board in my hall foyer. Which also got me wanting a new kitchen door and storm door that looks out onto our beach and lake. As you know how one thing leads to another?! Thanks for getting me inspired and into spring projects!! My husband still is asking, “Now, who is THIS Kelly person that keeps giving you ALL these good ideas?!” :) Love your blog and can you believe it still is as cold as it has been— may have frost tonight in FL!!
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You have waaaay more projects going than I could handle. Our room over the garage is about to drive me crazy! One thing has led to another, and the sink that was to be a pedestal sink has now turned into a sink sitting in a table that my husband has to build. My husband is feeling the same pain as yours!
Kelly

Katrina - March 13, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Oh what fabulous closets! If you saw the size of my closet you would understand why I can’t EVEN wrap my brain around one of these great spaces…LOL!! Oh Louvina, I can relate to your husband’s statement. Today my husband worked on stripping his grandfather’s wardrobe and his mother’s childhood makeup table. He told our daughter,”This Kelly woman is killing me!!!!” Also, I bought a tube of “5 sec blur” and I really like it! Thanks!
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Too funny! Read my comment to Louvina about husbands. I hope they don’t all gang up on us! :)
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 13, 2014 - 6:37 pm

Kelly,
So many pretty closets. My take-away is that I like Martha’s closet best but I want to paint my wooden hangers white and stencil my initials on them like the one image shows. I really like the Man closet with the LV luggage up top…so neat and orderly.
Karen
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Martha’s seems the most budget friendly of them all to me. Painted and monogrammed hangers would be beautiful, but boy that would take quite a while if you have a lot of them!
Kelly

Catherine - March 13, 2014 - 7:16 pm

For looks I like the Mr Frederick one the best. Although I can’t even imagine owning half the amount of clothes to fill one of these!
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My taste in clothing is so simple that I don’t think I could ever own that many clothes (unless I had 20 pairs of jeans and 20 pairs of khakis…since I seem to live in those!)
Kelly

Dawn - March 13, 2014 - 10:26 pm

What would be in my dream closet would be an attendant to hang up my clothes, straighten, mend, wash, dry, iron etc. Is that too extravagant? I really like my closet but could a closet ever be too big? I do like the idea of a mirror in the closet. I don’t have one in my closet but I have to walk through my bathroom to get to my closet and there are two mirrors in my bathroom. My closet could use some attention and I plan to get a trash can and scissors for it while I am out shopping this weekend.
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An attendant! Now that is a smart idea! If I just had someone to do the ironing I would love it. Ironing clothing is one job I really hate. (But on the other hand, I love to iron linens. :) )
Kelly

Kathy - March 14, 2014 - 12:34 am

I love all of these fabulous closets. I have been dreaming of a great big closet that looks like a small boutique. If the lottery fairy brings me millions, I would add a huge bathroom and closet onto our master bedroom. It would include an island and place to put on makeup….and enough space so that I could see everything at a glance. My sister-in-law has one of those closets and I have to say I have been coveting.
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Kathy you really know how to dream big! I think several of these closets DO look like small boutiques. That must be the look they are going after as well.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - March 14, 2014 - 8:32 am

Kelly, i admit I have a closet addiction. There is nothing I like better than being organized. I like the closets with the cubbies vs the drawers. One day I would like to get my closet re done. I am lucky to have a big walk in closet but the space is not being utilized as it should be. I keep looking at closet organizers at Lowes but I really want a closet like the ones you showed us!!A girl can dream.
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Yes, a girl can most definitely dream! It sounds like you have good ideas and plans for yours. That’s a great first step. :)
Kelly

Design Chic - March 14, 2014 - 10:09 am

What dream closets, and while I’m dreaming I’m going to dream big and choose the one with the island…beautiful!! Happy weekend ~
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Another person who knows how to dream big!! That one with the island is definitely a nice one to dream about. :)
Kelly

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