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Martha’s Vineyard Week, the Harbor View Hotel, and another chance at the giveaway!

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Happy Martha’s Vineyard Week again!  Wasn’t that house in the last post just beautiful?!  Once again I loved all your comments.:)(Thank you.)  Today I want us to take a look at a grand old hotel there on the Vineyard overlooking Edgartown Harbor – the Harbor View Hotel.  It opened in July, 1891 with a huge by-invitation-only party for guests of the hotel and 400 residents of the island.  It was built at a time when the island was having an economic crisis due to the end of the once profitable whaling industry there.  Investors were trying to change the island’s “industry” to tourism. That change – and this hotel – are what kept the island afloat financially. (Did you catch my pun? ha ha)

Historical photo Harbor View Hotel

The hotel has been bought and sold a dozen times over its 124 year history – the most recent being in 2006 by the Scout Real Estate Capital LLC of Nantucket.  (There is a good article about this here.) An entire book has been written about the history of the Harbor View Hotel and how it changed the island, and the book is filled with old photographs.

Harbor View Hotel book

Harbor View: The Hotel that Saved a Town

(My Amazon Affiliate link.)

When I was a teenager – planning my one-day-in-the-future-dream-trip to Martha’s Vineyard, I picked out another hotel on the island for my accommodations.  Back then the Harbor View was not what it is today, but I would definitely choose it today. The new investors have poured over $100 million into a renovation, expansion, and major upgrade of the hotel.  Here is the newly renovated lobby.  The boat in the glass case  – well really the entire hotel – reminds me of the place we last stayed at Disney – The Yacht Club. (Perhaps the Disney folks looked to Harbor View for inspiration.:))

Harbor View Hotel

There are now 3 restaurants at Harbor View.  This is the Lighthouse Grill.  (The hotel has a direct view of the Edgartown Lighthouse.)

Harbor View Hotel

And here is one of the rooms in the hotel that overlooks the water.  I will be honest with you.  This is a nice room, but it’s not among my favorites at the Harbor View.  They have much better.

Harbor View Hotel

You see, part of the expansion that the Scout investors added was a group of buildings that house their “cottages” – complete residences with a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bath, and laundry.  The first one was the Huxford Cottage, a building that had formerly been next door to the Old Whaling Church. Scout had it moved to an area behind the Harbor View.

Huxford Cottage Harbor View

These “cottages” were sold like condos – to individual owners who can use them at any time of the year and still enjoy all the amenities of the hotel.  (Many are still available as overnight accommodations for hotel guests.)The Huxford cottage proved so successful that Scout then began to add more.  This is the Captain Rowley Cottage. Aren’t they pretty buildings?!  (Just wait til you see the inside!)

Captain Rowley exterior  Harbor View

Okay… now we are getting to the rooms I want you to see.  This is the interior of the Captain Rowley cottage.
See, it’s just like a little home.:)

Captain Rowley Cottage Harbor View

Teeny tiny kitchenette.
(The microwave can also work as a convection oven.)

Captain Rowley Cottage kitchen Harbor View

This is the bedroom in the Captain Collins Cottage.  (Try saying that 3 times fast! ha)

Captain Collins Cottage bedroom Harbor View

And take a look at its bathroom!  Love those walls!

Captain Collins bathroom Harbor View

Now here is where I get a little confused.  I think this is how some of the rooms were decorated when the cottages were first built.  I remember seeing this room and several others that looked similar on their website a couple of years ago, but I do not see them now. (They just disappeared!)

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This was another one I saw two years ago.

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 I’ve read that they did a renovation of the cottages recently, so I guess the linens from above are gone.  Here is another of the newer room designs.  Some of these photos were taken by the talented Lisa Pyden.  You can see more of the cottages on her website here.

Harbor View Captains Cottages room photo by Lisa

There are lovely porches outside these cottages.
(Love those wicker chairs!)

Captain Luce

How about a stroll down their brick promenade?:)

Captains Cottages Harbor View Hotel

And Heaven knows I would love to jump in their pool!
(Soooo hot in Georgia right now.:()

Harbor View Hotel

And that is almost all of the Harbor View Hotel that I have for you today. Before I go, I wanted to remind you that you have another chance at the Susan Branch books that give you a taste of the Vineyard and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Talk of the House Susan Branch giveaway

You can read all the details on entering the giveaway at the bottom of the post here, or you can take a look at the gist of it below…

To enter, just leave a comment on (not a reply on your email delivered post please) on any or all of the posts that publish between 7/13/2015 and midnight on Sunday 7/19/2015…only one comment per post please.  I’ll do a random drawing from all the names and announce the winner in the next post after Sunday.

That’s all for today from hot Georgia.
I will leave you sitting in a rocker on the cool porch of the Harbor View Hotel…

Harbor View Hotel rockers


enjoying this view.:)

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Until next time…

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Helen - July 17, 2015 - 10:13 am

Love all the pictures and would love to have one of those rockers on my porch!

Juli - July 17, 2015 - 10:36 am

Oooooo all you ladies and friends who do these wonderful post that take the rest of us away on wonderful chair escapes, thank you thank you!! What beautiful places and writing!

How nice of you to do a Susan Branch give away! She is another amazing one! I love everything she does and I don’t know how you all do all that you do! I think I first discovered her in Country Living magazine and would tear out all her pages. I have a number of her books and have given more!

Thank you for all the gorgeous photos you post and trips you take us on!

Lisa K. - July 17, 2015 - 10:41 am

Beautiful Hotel! I love the bedroom with the red & white buffalo check duvet! Wow!

Heather B - July 17, 2015 - 10:45 am

I love the walls too and am a sucker for anything gingham.

Louvina - July 17, 2015 - 10:53 am

Love this hotel/cottages/getaway places!! Wondering what it all would cost?! May need to win the lottery! Checked prices on The Grand Hotel in Michigan– mercy– way out of range for my budget! But one can dream– can’t we? That is one thing your blog does for us “armchair” travelers! Takes us away– for at least a little while!!! Going now to sit on my little piece of “beach real estate!” Wish you could be here!! Going to be a hot couple of days up your way! Grab some lemonade or iced tea and find a cool spot! :)

karen - July 17, 2015 - 11:10 am

OH WOW….I could sit on that porch all day!

Kathleen - July 17, 2015 - 11:12 am

Captain Collins Cottage. Captain Collins Cottage. Captain Collins Cottage. I tried saying it three times fast, but I think it’s even harder to type. :-)

Arlene@Nanaland - July 17, 2015 - 11:14 am

Oh my those turquoise rocking chairs…how beautiful. One of the paintings I have in my home is Suppertime at Cape May ( I think that is the name….it is by Ray Ellis) is a print showing rocking chairs on a porch. My husband got it for me for my 40th bd so I have had it 20 years now and I still love it!!

annette - July 17, 2015 - 11:15 am

Hi,Kelly! Look forward to your beautiful posts each day. I,too, discovered Susan Branch when HEART of the HOME hit the bookstores way back then. I think the two of you are soul sisters! xo Annette in Northern Ca

Martha - July 17, 2015 - 11:31 am

Oh, this is beautiful. I would not change a thing in the bedrooms….don’t know how they can redecorate, I’d just have to build new rooms. Love the red buffalo checks….all the wood beds and the turquoise rocking chairs, divine!I’ve always said my dream vacation would be either Ireland or Martha’s Vineyard. You have really rekindled that desire…..although I think I could afford Ireland easier than the Vineyard.

Dawn Guidry Montz - July 17, 2015 - 11:43 am

What could be more synonymous. with summer. than spending time on Martha’s Vineyard? Thanks for. sharing, Kelly!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - July 17, 2015 - 11:56 am

Kelly, I’m a brand new follower of your amazing blog! Martha’s Vineyard Week is such a delight. It has been so much fun to walk through the Harbor View Hotel with you! It’s truly breathtaking! ♡

Karin. M - July 17, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Love the info on Martha’s Vineyard and Susan Branch. I have purchased many of her books.

Garden, Home and Party - July 17, 2015 - 12:23 pm

there is something magical about that island and I love the idea of traveling there one day and staying in that grand old hotel. I loved the cottages too.

Julie in Asheville - July 17, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Love, love, love the headboard in Captain Collins room. Such lovely photos…I can only dream! Through a study of my maternal ancestors, found they were early settlers on Nantucket, so I’m very interested in this part of the country, having grown up in the Midwest. Always enjoy your website, Kelly. So beautiful.

Debra - July 17, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Oh Kelly, it looks like a wonderful place to stay. That last picture is divine!! You’ve got me dreaming of ocean breezes, sounds of seagulls and all that harbor goodness! Sigh!

Cheri - July 17, 2015 - 1:33 pm

This is some place I would love to visit…just gorgeous. And since I want to go to Maine (some day) I could stop at Martha’s Vineyard on the way up. Sounds like a plan to me.

Holly - July 17, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Just dreamy… The porch had me the minute I saw the turquoise rockers!

Cynthia - July 17, 2015 - 1:50 pm

I am so ready to get away to anyplace cooler than Oklahoma. Love the pictures!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - July 17, 2015 - 2:01 pm

We didn’t stay at this hotel, but we ate lunch there one day and it was beautiful. I didn’t know about those individual little cottages when we were there. Aren’t they charming??!!! Thanks for showing them to us, oh — by the way, I found out Jan Karon is coming to Fairhope in September!


Andrea - July 17, 2015 - 2:04 pm

I’m on the Gulf of Mexico….Florida and it’s hot as it can be…thankfully, it doesn’t matter when you are on the beach. You have me convinced…I must go to Martha’s vineyard. Nantucket has always been on my must list….but Martha’s vineyard certainly is too now.

ChrisTea - July 17, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Wow. That Hotel is HUGE. It looks like a very nice place to stay and enjoy the island. I wish I could go there right now!

Barbara Hinske - July 17, 2015 - 2:18 pm

So interesting! I would love to stay in any of those rooms! Thank you for this “virtual” vacation!

Shar - July 17, 2015 - 2:31 pm

It certainly does make you dream, even if it’s just from “Porch Island” (my father-in-law’s name for his front porch)! Our vacation to Michigan & the lake sure do seem a long time ago in this heat wave!

Marie - July 17, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Oh my goodness! I’d be booking my stay in the cottages for sure! Right up my alley. I too live in Georgia and it is way too hot here right now.

Lanita Anderson - July 17, 2015 - 2:53 pm

Love all of the great pictures from Martha’s Vineyard….so pretty! And great ideas for decorating, too! Thanks for the Susan Branch giveaway – hope I’m the lucky winner!
Enjoy the weekend,

Shannon - July 17, 2015 - 3:11 pm

That looks like an amazing place to stay. I’ll have to add it to my future dreams

Melodie H - July 17, 2015 - 3:24 pm

I love Martha’s Vineyard week, only second to your Christmas house! Thank you for all of the lovely design pics!!

Bonnie - July 17, 2015 - 3:35 pm

I would love to be in one of the chairs on the porch chairs at Harbor View…perusing through one of Susan’s books…with my cell phone turned off. Thank you for sharing another piece of Martha’s Vineyard.

Ellie - July 17, 2015 - 3:50 pm

What an amazing story. The hotel is beautiful. I live and work on Cape Cod and haven’t found time to get to the Vineyard in years. I need to remedy that!

Marianne in Mo. - July 17, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Love that bathroom with the horizontal planks. I so want to do this in my home. The views are awesome! So relaxing! Thanks for bringing this to us, as always, you find something awesome!
Hot Georgia must be pool-worthy. It’s heat advisory hot here in Mo., reaching 110 “feels like” temps for the next four days! Off to my daughter’s pool!

donna - July 17, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Beautiful photos! Would love to spend time at any one of those places. And yes, it sure is summer in Georgia!

Paula Jolly - July 17, 2015 - 4:47 pm

I absolutely love following your blog – it’s truly a joy to “visit” these places (& add them to my own ‘one-day-in-the-future-dream-trip’ list…)! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

bev - July 17, 2015 - 4:53 pm

lovely…looks like a place I would love to visit.

Cheryl - July 17, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Thanks for sharing. I’m loving this tour of Martha’s Vineyard!

Nancy - July 17, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Love the Aqua rocking chairside! And LOVE your blog!

Vicky Hunt - July 17, 2015 - 6:14 pm

What a stunning place! Every room, the grounds, the porches are just gorgeous! My favorite is the porch with the aqua blue rockers. What bliss to sit in one of those chairs with a good book, a glass of sweet tea and not a care in the world! Thanks for sharing the Harbor View Hotel! Have a blessed and lovely weekend…:)

Peggy - July 17, 2015 - 6:44 pm

A visit to Martha’s Vineyard is on my bucket list! I’ve always wanted to go there. I’ve loved your posts about Martha’s Vineyard.

Jeanne Bell - July 17, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Every time I read your blog, my bucket list gets longer!

Carolyn - July 17, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Love those cottages. I wonder what the re-decorated rooms look like? I hadn’t seen those Susan Branch books. I think I have some of her illustrated articles/recipes from an old magazine – Victoria or Country Living, maybe? Though it got into the high 80’s in town today, it’s been cool up here on the mountaintop. Still haven’t had to turn on the A/C yet! My son is moving to Atlanta in a couple of weeks (graduate school at Emory), so I’m sure we’ll be feeling the heat in Georgia when we visit.

Vicki - July 17, 2015 - 9:04 pm

I would love to be sitting in one of those rockers soon!

Vanessa - July 17, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Lovely pictures. Looks like the perfect summer getaway!

Nancy - July 17, 2015 - 10:29 pm

What a beautiful hotel and location! I have never been to Martha’s Vineyard but have read about it every chance I’ve gotten. Thanks for sharing about Harbor View Hotel.

Sherry Myers - July 17, 2015 - 11:06 pm

Rooms, decor, views Divine!
Woodwork, lighthouse, harbor Sublime!
Cottages, restaurants, shades of Blue!
Porches, promenade, pool so Cool!
Rockers, dreams, the Vineyard’s Allure!
We thank you, Kelly, for this virtual Tour!

Pat Peele - July 18, 2015 - 3:05 am

So lovely , just waiting for a stay!

TracyK - July 18, 2015 - 5:48 am

What a beautiful hotel. I think one of those rockers is calling my name!

Charlene - July 18, 2015 - 8:35 am

Loved seeing this hotel! I didn’t know it was there – even after visiting Martha’s Vineyard twice! I absolutely love your blog. Learn about new places all the time!

Donnamae - July 18, 2015 - 8:41 am

I love the bed in the Captains Collins Cottage! Oh my…such a beautiful place. Thanks so much for the tours! 😉

Sarah - July 18, 2015 - 10:58 am

Wow, I really want to plan a trip to Martha’s Vineyard now! I love how they renovated the Harbor View Hotel (though I do like the linens pictured from a few years ago). And, I’d love to be rocking in one of those aqua blue rocking chairs looking at the harbor view. It feels like a relaxing place to be. Thanks for the post.

sharon - July 18, 2015 - 11:06 am

What beautiful rooms! I love them all, can’t really pick a favorite. I hope to stay in one of them in the future. Thanks for sharing.

Kathleen - July 18, 2015 - 11:42 am

Well you have sold me 😉 …Looking forward to a stay at the Harbor View Hotel …Martha’s Vineyard is on my Bucket List!

betty - July 18, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Love all your posts. Can’t wait for the new Susan Branch book.

Emily - July 18, 2015 - 6:06 pm

Love the cottages! It’s hot here in Alabama also! Sitting on one of those porches under a fan with a glass of lemonade would be so relaxing.

Susan W - July 18, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Loved your post Kelly. I enjoyed the tour. Looks like a great place to visit!

Kathy - July 18, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Ah, so pretty. I would love to visit. I like that the bedrooms look like they could be in your grandmother’s upstairs. I like the red and white buffalo check bedding, the porch rockers, the seashell print above that mantel, and that Shar’s father-in-law says “porch island”. Anything is better with the word island hooked to it.

Lynne - July 18, 2015 - 7:45 pm

Love your blog and all of your posts! Martha’s Vineyard is my family’s favorite summer getaway…such a beautiful, family friendly place to visit!

Carol Ann - July 18, 2015 - 8:09 pm

A lovely post. Love the Captain’s Cottage.

theresalh - July 18, 2015 - 8:52 pm

love the pics. one of my very favorite coffee table books is about martha’s vineyard. bucket list.

Monika - July 18, 2015 - 8:52 pm

My favorite bedroom is the one with the red and white Buffalo checks. Wouldn’t that also be your fav, Kelly?

Robin M - July 19, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Such a beautiful post of this hotel and cottages! I loved all of their decor. Thank you for the inspiration!

Joan - July 19, 2015 - 2:54 pm

I could swim in that pool for hours. The heat and humidity here is intense….but it is July….and then comes August….yikes!

Cindy - July 19, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Love the rockers!
Thanks, Cindy

Eileen Nieli - July 20, 2015 - 1:43 am

Loved reading all about Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you

Dawn - July 20, 2015 - 12:07 pm


The Harbor View hotel looks really nice. I would love to stay in one of the cottages, swim in the beautiful pool and relax in those cute rocking chairs at the end of a long day. What spectacular views they all have. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Kristen - July 22, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Wow….I’d love to be enjoying that view right now!

Martha’s Vineyard Week, A Then-and-Now House, and another chance at the Giveaway!

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Happy Martha’s Vineyard Week again!  First things first…I MUST say thank you to all my wonderful long time readers and all the delightful new readers from the Friends of Susan Branch Facebook page who hopped on the Susan Branch post!  I loved all of your comments (especially those from my longtime readers who assured me they would not abandon me for Susan Branch!:))  Wow at the number of people who adore Susan’s work!  So thank you for reading and commenting. (I hope Susan sees it so she knows how very loved she truly is!)

Now to today’s topic of conversation…  Have you ever looked at something and gotten that deja vu feeling that you know it from somewhere?  Well that happened to me the other day when I saw this room in New England Home magazine….

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I thought…

 I know that tiled fireplace..that picture..but from where?

And then I remembered.

It was this room…

Marthas Vineyard home fireplace

The fireplace tiles were the giveaway.:)

It was in a magazine article I had saved from Country Style magazine waaaay back in 1998! (Do they even publish that anymore??)

marthas vineyard home magazine article

I took pictures of the photos in the article to show you so that we can compare how it looked then with how it looks now.  You can see the floral rug has been replaced by a zebra one layered over a sisal rug, and the floral and plaid upholstery has been replaced by a white slipcovered sofa and chair…a much more contemporary look.

The house is located on Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown.  The photo at the top of the page is how it looks now.  Here is how it looked back in 1998 when Wynn and Catherine Newhouse owned it.

Marthas Vineyard home exteriorNot much different, right?  They must have left the decorative adirondacks with the house when it sold (along with the artwork over the fireplace in the living room.:))  When it was purchased by the Newhouse couple in 1989, the 1910 home was very plain – with no interesting architectural details (but it was wonderfully located overlooking the Edgartown harbor!)

They hired one of my favorite designers, Betsy Speert, to redo all the interiors. (Betsy has a great blog here.  She is quite hilarious and holds nothing back!!  I featured one of my all time favorite kitchens that she designed here.)  Okay…now where were we?  Oh yes, the Martha’s Vineyard house!  Betsy said that a summerhouse should be lighthearted, so she began to make it just that.:) She used colors from the sea and nautical accents.  Here is the lovely kitchen she designed with its yellow walls accented with loads of bright white trim. (Remember this is my enlarged photograph of an old magazine photograph so the quality is very poor.)

Marthas Vineyard home kitchen

The new owners, Hilary and Damien Breier, are young and have two children and a dog.  The hired Parker Rogers to redo the interiors for them – making it more fitting for a young couple today.  Rodgers added a few things to the kitchen (refrigerator drawers, some cabinets, and a built in refrigerator) and repainted it in a chocolate brown so that the trim would stand out more.

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Here is a sink in the kitchen today.  What a gorgeous countertop!

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The dining room back in 1998 was bright blue and white with an interesting light over the table.  It has a perfect view of the harbor from the windows there.

Marthas Vineyard home dining room

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For the Breier home, Rodgers kept the wall paneling but added a boldly patterned blue and white wallpaper above it.

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This angled window seat was one of my favorite features in the house.

Marthas Vineyard home window seatsThe new owners also used blue in the upholstery there, and they smartly added a table.

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The master bath seems to have undergone the most changes.  When the Newhouses lived in the home, it had to be able to accommodate a wheelchair.  So the sink was designed with that in mind.

Marthas Vineyard home master bathWhen Parker Rodgers updated the space, he removed the wallpaper, replaced the flooring, and added built in cabinetry.

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This is how the Newhouse master bedroom looked 17 years ago.

Marthas Vineyard home master bedroomUnfortunately, the new magazine did not feature the current master bedroom, but we can see how the daughter’s room looks with its lavender walls and drapes.

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The new issue also does not show the staircase.  In the previous style, the owners had a sky with clouds painted on the ceiling above the stairs.  I do not know if the new owners kept that feature.  (I hope so.:))

Marthas Vineyard home staircaseAnd the old issue does not show this sitting area in the family room. I love the arrangement of botanicals wrapped around the corner!:)

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But both magazine articles show the marvelous porch with its amazing view of the harbor.

Here is the 1998 version…

marthas vineyard home porchand now a look at a corner of the current porch with what looks like the same wicker chairs.

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to be sitting at that table watching the boats out on the water?!

Well dear readers, that wraps up our look at a beautiful house on Martha’s Vineyard.  I think I could be happy living in that house no matter how it is decorated!  I hope you enjoyed the tour(s) and that you haven’t forgotten about our little giveaway here (3 lovely Susan Branch books and a $25 Amazon gift card!:))

Talk of the House Susan Branch giveawayYou can read the details on entering the giveaway at the bottom of the post here, or you can take a look at the gist of it below…

To enter, leave a comment on (not a reply on your email delivered post please) on any or all of the posts that publish between 7/13/2015 and midnight on Sunday 7/19/2015…only one comment per post please.  I’ll do a random drawing from all the names and announce the winner in the next post after Sunday.

Good luck to you!

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Marie - July 15, 2015 - 5:37 am

Beautiful house with a wonderful location. So awesome to see that the house with the beforehand and afters. Another bit of Martha’s Vineyard . I would love to visit in person one day, but until then I’m glad there are bloggers like you to share it with us.

MaryAnna Cochran - July 15, 2015 - 5:44 am

Love the Susan Branch books. I have several in my collection and would love to add more! Her illustrations are wonderful and just make you happy when you open every book. Thanks for the offer as well as the wonderful tour of Martha’s Vineyard. One of my most wonderful vacations many years ago.

Terri - July 15, 2015 - 5:55 am

I must be getting old -because I liked the before and afters of this house.

Kay - July 15, 2015 - 6:50 am

Beautiful! Chocolate brown walls! Wait — what? Oh, I already knew brown was back, because IKEA has a bunch of brown couches. I used to sell Susan Branch books + greeting cards in my late, great retail store, Heart-in-Hand. She’s so adorable!

Patricia Prohlj - July 15, 2015 - 6:50 am

Love the kitchen! Magazines, love em! Beautiful home, and the view!

Martha - July 15, 2015 - 7:05 am

Waking up with a post from Talk of the House about Martha’s Vineyard….great way to start my day! Love this house, both versions are lovely. I do love the yellow kitchen better than the newer version. I knew you would have lots of comments about Susan Branch, she’s a gem and makes me smile. I also love Marjolen Bastin, their works both have a lovely,simple, whimsical style.

Louvina - July 15, 2015 - 7:31 am

Just lovely— enjoyed seeing the past and the new facelift of this beautiful Vineyard home. The white paint and lighter updates just makes it feel light and airy— as an island beauty should be for today’s family. As I did some research on MV, I enjoyed reading about the history and the present. I daydreamed about going there and thought about my favorite childhood books my first grade teacher read to us–The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore came to mind. Since it is going to be a rainy day at the beach today, I will enjoy going back and checking all the links. Thank you for a perfect post as I hum “In the Good Old Summer Time!! :)

Meredith - July 15, 2015 - 7:33 am

Love your blog! I visited Martha’s Vineyard 18 years ago and fell in love with it. Unfortunately I have not been able to return to this beautiful part of the United State , I am enjoying your post on the Vineyard.

Gail - July 15, 2015 - 7:43 am

Have always loved Susan Branch. Love, love, love your blog and pictures.

Cheryl - July 15, 2015 - 8:12 am

I love the Martha’s Vineyard house. So beautiful and I love that porch!

Kaye Ann - July 15, 2015 - 8:22 am

This is a lovely home, even the older version. I also have some of Susan Branch’s books and love love love her recipes and illustrations. Would love to add to my collection. Thank you so much for showing us this lovely home Kelly!

Rebecca Dexter - July 15, 2015 - 8:30 am

Liked the old so much better…. more fitting for an old Martha’s Vineyard house…the new should be in a New York apartment…what were they thinking???

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. - July 15, 2015 - 8:32 am

Such a charming home now and then! I especially love the way the botanicals wrap around the corner!

Lanita Anderson - July 15, 2015 - 8:37 am

Love the photos from Martha’s Vineyard….especially all of the touches of blue & white! Also love Susan Branch books….would love to add these to my collection!

Barbara Hinske - July 15, 2015 - 8:37 am

How in the world did you remember a magazine article from almost 20 years ago and then actually find that article in your stash! So glad you did — this was charming. Love thinking about having morning coffee on that porch. Thank you!

Maureen detwiler - July 15, 2015 - 8:49 am

I too prefer some of the features in the older house pics. Love yellow kitchens.

karen - July 15, 2015 - 8:51 am

What a beautiful home….in any era!!! not sure if it’s the home or the home’s location that makes it so beautiful…Thanks for sharing!

Laura - July 15, 2015 - 8:59 am

It is so much fun to look at all the before and after photos. Thanks for sharing!

Jan - July 15, 2015 - 9:09 am

What a beautiful home! The decorating is gorgeous. Would love to be able to visit Martha’s Vineyard someday. It’s on my bucket list. Maybe someday.

Kim Garner - July 15, 2015 - 9:17 am

Love this post on Martha’s Vinyard. I have only been once but would live to go back. Susan Branch is one of my favorites! I traveled all through England with her book. Happy Summering!

Charlene - July 15, 2015 - 9:28 am

You have such a good eye, as well as a good memory! It was fun seeing how that beautiful home was updated over the years. Martha’s Vineyard will always remain a special place in my heart, as we celebrated our honeymoon and tenth anniversary there. Your blog is wonderful – I check it everyday! No chance of me abandoning it for any reason! :)

Danna - July 15, 2015 - 9:28 am

Love it!! Soo beautifully done!!

Cheri - July 15, 2015 - 9:42 am

There is so much about the East coast that I love and your pics confirm that, that I don’t think I could ever be a west coast gal.

Sandy - July 15, 2015 - 9:47 am

I love the before and afters. That is great that you remembered it from your old magazine stash. I didn’t think anyone else kept pages from a magazine like that. I have files of them myself:)
Great post.

Bonnie - July 15, 2015 - 9:48 am

Such fun to have you share before and afters of this home on Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you for sharing your love and appreciation of what others have done in their homes! (I like Jan’s idea of adding a visit there to my bucket list…now, I need to make a bucket list!) :)

Valerie - July 15, 2015 - 9:50 am

Love this house. Oh how I could dream about living in that one. On my bucket list to visit Martha’s Vineyard!!

Lisa K. - July 15, 2015 - 9:54 am

I’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard once. I just loved riding around looking at all the beautiful homes. What a treat to actually see the inside of one the homes! Thanks!

Helen - July 15, 2015 - 10:02 am

Beautiful house – not sure which version I like better – maybe a little bit of both. My brother lived on Nantucket for years, but we never made it to visit Martha’s Vinyard when we visited.

L.b. - July 15, 2015 - 10:03 am

Wonderful article. LOVE that coffee table!

Lori - July 15, 2015 - 10:19 am

I totally agree with you. I would love living in that house regardless of how it was decorated. The windows, built-ins, the views of the water, and that porch would make me happy.

I did get a chance to hop over to Susan Branch’s website, and it is amazing what she has done. She is very gifted.

Pamela - July 15, 2015 - 10:23 am

Wow! You hit it out of the park again! Superb post. I actually like the first living room with the patterned rug better. I would do a white sofa instead of the plaid however, but that would be all the updating I would like. Then I see it was decorated by Betsy and it’s like, OF COURSE. I love her style so much. I heard she has a new book coming out?

Andrea - July 15, 2015 - 10:35 am

I love this home and I love Betsy Speert….her blog is great and she is too funny! I really prefer Betsy’s version of this house….. it is warm and looks like it belongs on Martha’s vineyard. I just don’t think trendy is always better!

Great post as always Kelly….thank you! Hope to see more!

Donnamae - July 15, 2015 - 10:44 am

Beautiful home…both now and then! I could live in either one too…or a combination. Love the old master bedroom! Thanks for the tour! 😉

Laura E - July 15, 2015 - 10:45 am

A visit to Martha’s Vineyards is on my bucket list! I also enjoyed the post about Susan Branch. Love her work.

Lynn A. - July 15, 2015 - 10:51 am

Both versions of the house are beautiful but I think I like the yellow in the kitchen better than the chocolate brown. I do like the butcher block counter tops.

Ann - July 15, 2015 - 10:54 am

Love it that you are doing this tour of Martha’s Vineyard! Thanks!

Debra - July 15, 2015 - 10:56 am

What a wonderful home. I would love cooking in that cheery yellow kitchen, wouldn’t you? Those last two pictures of the porch are so drool worthy. Who needs Calgon, when we have you Kelly! Thanks for more summer morning dreaming…..

Wendy D. - July 15, 2015 - 10:57 am

I love Susan Branch’s art. She has such a unique way of capturing child-like simplicity that only a few artist have. Thank you for all of the inspiration and the giveaway.

Heather Bass - July 15, 2015 - 11:04 am

Love the white woodwork and love Susan Branch. Crossing my fingers for this one.

Cathy - July 15, 2015 - 11:35 am

What a fabulous home! Must say, you are my favorite blogger, I could spend houses looking at what you feature!

Kathleen - July 15, 2015 - 11:51 am

I love the blue and white look in decorating. Those fireplace tiles are wonderful.

Jill - July 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Thanks Kelly this post was lovely~my Aunt lived in a beauty on the cape that looked similar to this home. Just stunning :)

Kathy - July 15, 2015 - 1:24 pm

I am having deja vu that Katrina and Josie sent me a photo of themselves sitting in that yard in adirondack chairs at Martha’s Vineyard a few weeks ago. The only thing I was not jealous of is that they were wearing sweaters! Beautiful photos, Kelly! Even the old ones! What is not to love about this!

Marianne in Mo. - July 15, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Lovely house. I seem to remember it from somewhere also, maybe Coastal Living? I used to subscribe to that.
Have to apologize for not subscribing to your blog, I usually just check blogs I read every day or so. But I will change that now that you are posting more often!
I have been following Susan Branch on her blog for a few years. Love her style, envy her life! I also love Mary Engelbreit, she has been a long time resident of St. Louis, where I grew up. I was obsessed with “life is a chair of bowlies” forever! Just makes me smile when I say it!
I would love to have Susan’s books. I just don’t buy books very often, I ask for them as gifts, since no one knows what to get me anymore. But sometimes they decide to get other things, so I keep asking!
Susan hasn’t posted since 6/5, guess she is terribly busy getting the book finalized, or just enjoying summer. But I keep checking every few days!

Julia - July 15, 2015 - 1:49 pm

What a beautiful house! Both time eras are decorated very nicely. I love that porch overlooking the water.

DiAnne - July 15, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Beautiful pictures of Martha’s Vineyard . I have been there once but it left a lasting impression. Josie & Katrina did share a similar picture, Kathy.. I feel like I have taken a mini trip today.

Elizabeth G. - July 15, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Fun comparison! Lovely house – It’s great to see it was just tweaked to fit the new owner’s style, not totally renovated. You have a great memory!

Debbie w - July 15, 2015 - 2:20 pm

I read Betsy Speert’s blog….so funny! Thanks for sharing this week and for the giveaway!

ChrisTea - July 15, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Such a cute house! I love it and the blue & white decor. I’m also glad I’m not the only one who saves things like magazines and pictures from them. Thanks for the wonderful tour.

Sandra Sullivan - July 15, 2015 - 2:24 pm

My daycation to Perry proved to be a good choice. Every so often my sister and I climb in the truck and just go. Yesterday it was Perry. We toured Carroll Street, had a wonderful lunch at The Perfect Pear, met fantastic people, had the pleasure of meeting the wife of a promising candidate, toured some outlying areas of Perry even saw the beautiful landscape around Kathleen. On the way home we had dinner at Daphne Lodge, and I must say well worth the long wait I waited to eat there, ever since it was featured in Southern Living! “Pearing” back to The Perfect Pear three people told us we MUST eat their pimento cheese so we ordered a side. As we were devouring our delicious sandwiches the nice waitress placed a to-go box on our table saying “someone wanted you to have this”. Imagine our surprise! I am the one usually giving, don’t quite know how to graciously accept, so all I (we) could do was say a heart felt Thank You. Let me tell you those people were not wrong, The Perfect Pear pimento cheese is a MUST. By now I know you guessed it, pimento cheese was in our surprise to-go box. Don’t even get me started on the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.

Can’t wait for our next boondoggle to Cashiers to the Decorator’s Show House.

Have to say our daycation to Perrydise was as delightful as your blog.

Barbara Page - July 15, 2015 - 2:30 pm

How I would love to visit Martha’s Vineyard some day! Until then, thank you for the lovely pictures!

Dana - July 15, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Thank you for such an enjoyable post. I enjoyed seeing the before and after. Overall, I did definitely like the “before” better… glad to see that I’m not the only one. Is it possible to develop a personal style (kind of cottage/country) that is never “in style” as far as being the latest trend, but never really out of style either. That’s my decorating dream. Maybe that’s what you do in your home, Kelly. I’m sorry but I don’t keep up with the current styles, just know what I like… what makes my heart sing:) I definitely like your style, Kelly… and Susan Branch style too. Thanks again for the inspiration.

TracyK in KS - July 15, 2015 - 3:56 pm

What a view from the porch! I enjoyed the comparison – I like some things from each era. Thanks for sharing with us!

Mary - July 15, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Love that house! It would be a dream to actually live there. Every bit of it is charming!

Kathy - July 15, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Loved the comparisons. I am impressed and pleased the new owners kept with the white woodwork and blue color. Beautiful home and fabulous views. Would be so pleased to win the Susan Branch’s books. I truly love reading your blog. I retired from teaching 1 year ago and love it. Hope you do too.

Garden, Home and Party - July 15, 2015 - 5:44 pm

I really like certain aspects of each version. I love the chocolate brown paint in contrast to the white cupboards and trim, but I like so many of the printed fabrics used in the living room in the earlier version. Neutral is good but when it’s a good print, who can complain? :-) Bottom line, I would love that view!

Terry Cross - July 15, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Love your site, inspiring, fresh, genuine, your heart shows : )

Paula Jolly - July 15, 2015 - 8:01 pm

I have always admired the artwork of Susan Branch – thanks for sharing more about her on your blog.

Sarah - July 15, 2015 - 9:12 pm

I have to say that I much prefer the designs of Betsy Speert from 1998. It just felt cozier, and what I think of when I think of Martha’s Vineyard/New England. Not that the new designs aren’t nice too, and everyone has their own style. Loved seeing the old photographs, and I agree that the angled window seat is a gold star feature!

texasaggiemom - July 15, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Thank you for the tour!! I would love to win the books–thank you!!

sharon - July 15, 2015 - 10:19 pm

I love, love, love all the blue color. It will always be my favorite color to decorate with. What a beautiful house. Thanks for sharing.

Katrina - July 15, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Wow….that view and that house are simply stunning!

Jeanne Bell - July 15, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Love the before and afters…would love to live on the water.

Sherry Myers - July 15, 2015 - 11:21 pm

Yes, I could handle waking up or retiring each evening to that gorgeous view. What a beautiful home! I love the crisp white with the contrasting natural or stained wood. And the serene blue is swoon worthy to me, not to mention the gorgeous carved wood of the bed in the master bedroom. No matter which decade of decor, I could handle spending time in this home! Thank you for an intriguing post!

LJ - July 16, 2015 - 1:13 am

Susan Branch is new to me and I’ll visit her site after this. I too have enjoyed Betsy Speert’s work and have saved some photos from old mags. I love the whimsy she adds–seems to be just enough and just the right touch.

Dawn - July 16, 2015 - 11:01 am


You have such a great memory! That is awesome that you remembered that article just from the fireplace tiles. I love to see how homes are maintained and updated. The new owners seemed to hang onto just the perfect amount of integrity while infusing their own style into this home. I would have to agree that the porch overlooking the water is my favorite place in the whole home. Thanks for sharing it with us! I think I saw Country Living on the rack at the grocery store just the other day. I will let you know.

Vicky Hunt - July 16, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Wow! You have a great memory…but then again, if you’re like me, you are a visual learner and don’t forget how things look. I might forget what I NEED to do, but not how a room (or anything for that matter) looks. This is a lovely home you shared, but I just love your home. It is always so warm and welcoming and impeccably decorated. Your little touches are so lovely…the gingham, the glass jars, the chalkboards and your lovely handwriting. You are an inspiration. Have a blessed and lovely day and rest of the week!

Emily - July 16, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Wow, what a house! My favorite room was the dining room with the blue and white wallpaper above the wall paneling. I thought that was stunning!

Delores Clark - July 16, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Would love to own one of these Susan Branch Books. I was given the Christmas one years ago as a gift.

Jane - July 16, 2015 - 6:16 pm

What an awesome house, thanks for the before and afters. I like that the exterior stayed much the same, it’s SO New England! I like the updates, too, while staying true to the age and style of the home.

I share your love of the Vineyard and hope to go back one day soon. This is a great giveaway, I used to have Girlfriends but when my ‘then’ teenage daughter asked if she could cut pictures of it for a scrapbook I had to say yes!! Ha!

Jane x

Dawn R. - July 16, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Oh how I wish I were there on Martha’s Vineyard right now. I would love to stroll over to Susan Branch’s home and have tea.
Thank you for the wonderful give away and your wonderful blog.
Dawn R.

Susan - July 16, 2015 - 7:43 pm

I love the before and years later photos of the rooms. I think I saw that issue years ago. It was so much fun to see the changes made to the rooms. Thank you for a fun post and another chance at the giveaway. I am a fan of Susan Branch too!

Sharon Chapman - July 16, 2015 - 8:42 pm

What a charmingly fun house.I had the same thing happen to me with a home in a magazine that I had clipped and saved some 30 years ago. Then I saw a room that sent me back looking for that article. It’s always interesting how things and places stay in ones mind. I still have fingers crossed for your Susan Branch giveaway. What a marvelous gal she is.

Vanessa - July 16, 2015 - 10:32 pm

What a beautiful home. Interesting to see the decorating styles evolve. Both charming and classic.

N from Va - July 17, 2015 - 4:34 am

(second attempt–my computer closed the last comment page unexpectedly!)

Wonderful comparison. Have been nostalgic lately and have been looking through my old decorating and recipe magazine clippings. By the way, maybe I missed this post, but how do you store your clippings (I keep mine in binders/sheet protectors) and try to edit periodically?

Love your blog. Many thanks for the chance to win the Susan Branch books.

Jenn Citro - July 17, 2015 - 10:30 am

What a beautiful home!! I am totally jealous !

Juli - July 17, 2015 - 10:48 am

Ditto so many of the comments! What a lovely place, love SB and others and love all the places we get to see that many of us might not otherwise :)
Thank you!

Rachel - July 17, 2015 - 11:55 am

WOW! Thanks for the introduction to Susan Branch. I’ve seen her work but never paid attention. Beautiful post.

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - July 17, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Oh, to sit on this porch with a cup of tea and a good book, with its gorgeous view of the harbor! Afterwards, to curl up with a good book on the angled window seat inside. Thanks for letting us peek inside this wonderful MV home. What fun to find a new kindred spirit, Kelly! I just love visiting your blog! ♡

Ann - July 17, 2015 - 3:06 pm

What a beautiful Hotel. I would love to visit Martha’s Vineyard!

Elizabeth Duncan - July 17, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Loved the hotel featured on Martha”s Vineyard-I can just imagine sitting on that lovely porch and relaxing looking out over the water, What a beautiful setting.

Carolyn - July 17, 2015 - 10:02 pm

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who clips and saves magazine articles forever (even after having to move the files when relocating). I had one of those “I recognize that” moments yesterday. I got some free greeting cards with one of the solicitations from a wildlife/conservancy group, and one of the cards was a watercolor of a garden scene with a twig chair against a white cottage wall with a charming window. I knew exactly what picture had inspired that painting and pulled it from my files. It was from a Southern Accents from years ago of a cottage garden in Cashiers (long before we had our mountain cabin). I still love it and the flowers in bloom are all the ones we have blooming now at the cabin. So nice to know that we can create what we envision even so many years hence. As for this charming home here, I would have adored everything about the original version at the time, but have toned down my style with the times. Yet I have to admit to loving the master bedroom and bath wallpaper though I probably wouldn’t have the courage to go all out like that. I like the current version, too, except the zebra rug! Interesting that the coffee table in the original living room is in the current family room, and that carved sailor sculpture (whatever it is) remains on the wall near the bay window. Did they keep some of the furnishings, then? Thanks again for the opportunity to win the Susan Branch give-away.

Lisa Behrmann - July 18, 2015 - 12:40 am

About 5 years ago, we visited friends in Newport and they took us to Martha’s Vineyard for the day. We especially loved walking around Edgartown. The houses were so beautiful–most were white with black shutters and trim. All the neighborhoods looked so picturesque and coordinated. Fun to be able to see INSIDE one of these houses!

Pat Peele - July 18, 2015 - 3:11 am

Lovely view and home.

Kayleigh O'Neal - July 19, 2015 - 8:28 am

You have such an amazing memory! The house is absolutely gorgeous. I love the cabinet they have in the bathroom – such great storage. Also, it’s my dream to own a kitchen sink like that one. Some day… :)

Robin M - July 19, 2015 - 1:56 pm

I love Susan Branch’s work! Thank you for showing us the pictures…simply beautiful!

Cindy - July 19, 2015 - 5:17 pm

I love the harbor views. Could sit there for hours.
Just catching up on your post I have missed, enjoy your blog so much. My favorite in blog land.

Martha’s Vineyard Week, Susan Branch, and a Giveaway!

Susan Branch map of Marthas Vineyardsource

Happy Martha’s Vineyard Week to you!  No, I’m afraid we are not actually on the island (sigh…) BUT you and I are going to take a virtual trip there starting today.:)  How about that?! Of course I have to give you some background info on why we are going there.  I can’t exactly remember when my love for the island started.  It was probably in my teens..those summer days in the library.  I discovered magazines and books that featured beautiful homes on the Vineyard, and I was totally smitten.

Susan Branch art Walter

And then later, in 1986 – when I had been married barely a year, my husband and I were traveling in North Carolina.  In some little shop in Maggie Valley I discovered a book that deepened that affection for the island…Susan Branch’s Heart of the Home, Notes from a Vineyard Kitchen.  I had grown up with Holly Hobbie and Betsey Clark art (even “wallpapering” one wall in my bedroom with Betsey Clark gift wrap!) and I loved hand lettering. It was no wonder I loved the precious watercolors in Heart of the Home.

Heart of the Home book Susan Branch

Heart of the Home: Notes From a Vineyard Kitchen

(All book are linked to my Amazon affliate link.)

If you are familiar with Susan Branch’s books, you know this was the first of many that are filled with handwritten recipes, wonderful illustrations, clever quotes, and other tidbits from her life on Martha’s Vineyard.  Her books are truly works of art.  Two years later, I was charmed by Vineyard Seasons.

Vineyard Seasons Susan Branch

Vineyard Seasons: More from the Heart of the Home

And then two years later came the fabulous holiday book, Christmas from the Heart of the Home.

Christmas from the Heart of the Home  Susan Branch

Christmas from the Heart of the Home

(You know this lover of all-things-Christmas couldn’t resist that book!)  With each book, I wanted to be on the island of Martha’s Vineyard more and more.

If you remember my first post on Jan Karon’s Mitford books, then you know I kind of go all out when I love something. One is never enough.  (Case in point – all the black and white photography in our house here.:))   Anyway, I loved loved loved all the pages in Susan Branch’s books, and I sort of….um…went all out with them as well. I want to show you how “all out” I went, but to explain it I am going to have to show you some very old and some very bad photography (when I had a little Kodak instamatic and knew absolutely nothing about taking pictures.:()  So please forgive the quality here. Okay?

Alright, we were living in this house, our second home – the first one we built. (This floorplan if you are interested.)


I bought a couple of copies of Susan’s books, and then I began to cut out the pages. (Oh yes I did.) I matted them, framed them, and hung them everywhere in our home..and I do mean everywhere.:)

Up the staircase…
(of course it would be a Christmas photo.)

staircaseOver the desk…
(That’s the desk that is now on the porch. )

foyer deskOver the old piano in the hallway…

pianoIn the kitchen…

(You knew there had to red gingham somewhere, right?:)Oh and that is Mary Engelbreit cherry wallpaper…daughter’s nursery was done in the cherry fabric. )

kitchenA set of 6 in the red red dining room…

dining roomAnd 4 in the laundry room.
Oh how I wish I had that room in this house! (Our laundry “room” is a closet – seriously.)

laundry roomI guess you can tell now I really liked her work.  So in 2001, when I spotted this magazine in the bookstore, you better believe I scooped it up!

Romantic Homes issue with home of Susan BranchAnd I have saved it ever since.  (I saved it to show you!  I knew we would be talking about houses, and I wanted to show you Susan Branch’s home on Martha’s Vineyard.:))

Home of the Heart Susan Branch in Romantic HomesYou can see here in her dining room, she collects vintage china and glassware…

dining room in the home of author Susan Branch Romantic Homesand old linens.

buffet top in the home of Susan Branch  Romantic Homes magazineSeveral years ago, she designed a line of fabrics. You can see some of it by the chairs in her living room.  (There is a gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard red toile available here and a wonderful article in which she talks about quilting here.)

home of Susan Branch  Romantic Homes magazineThere are several antique pieces in her very comfortable living room.

living room home of Susan Branch Romantic Homes magazineAnd that is all from my saved magazine. So now let me share with you a little more about her home from some other sources.  Isn’t the exterior just beautiful?! Built in 1849 by a whaling captain, the home is located in Vineyard Haven.

Marthas Vineyard home of author Susan

Here is a guestroom decorated for Christmas.  It is accessed by a stairway next to her kitchen.

bedroom Susan

And this is her cozy kitchen.  The old stove there is a reconditioned 1958 O’Keefe and Merritt stove.  She wanted one identical to the one in the California home she grew up in.  So she found a dealer of reconditioned appliances and they shipped it to her on the island.

Christmas kitchen Susan

She also has a kitchen garden where she grows herbs and mostly salad things – with a few occasional watermelons and pumpkins for fun.:)

Susan Branch kitchen garden

Country Living magazine did a feature on fall entertaining with Susan several years ago.  You can read it here.

Country Living fall entertaining with Susan

And here she is working in her studio.  She grew up in California, one of 8 children.  She was married for 4 years but then suffered a heartbreaking divorce.  That heartbreak was what sent Susan to Martha’s Vineyard to start a new life – and what a new life she built there!

Susan Branch in her

She bought a little house, made some new friends, got a job in a gourmet shop, and she practiced painting.  At the urging of a dear friend, she began to make a cookbook – a hand lettered recipe collection with her charming watercolors, quotes about home, and writings about her life on Martha’s Vineyard.

Recipes like this…

Susan Branch lavender tea cookies

and this…

Susan Branch brownies recipe and

And artwork like this…

Susan Branch summer

She fell in love with Joe Hall, then owner of The Black Dog Tavern.
(He has a cookbook too!)

The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook

The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook

And Susan has written over 14 books.
(I can’t figure out exactly how many so let’s stick with “over 14.”:))

Susan Branch books Cape Cod Life articleCape Cod Life

She also has a wonderful wonderful blog here (that I don’t want to tell you about because you will love it so much you will never return here!:()  And a fabulous newsletter called Willard (in honor of her grandfather) with her signature artwork and fun writing. You should sign up for it here!

A couple of years ago, she and Joe traveled to England, and Susan turned her journals and photographs from the trip into a best selling book,  A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside.

A Fine Romance Susan Branch

A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside

And then they traveled all over the U.S. in a decorated van promoting the book in a book tour.  Now Susan has a new one coming out in August! (My birthday month!:))  It is again a compilation of her journals, photographs, and art – but this time from her life when she was in her twenties.

The Fairy Tale Girl Susan

And I am pre-ordering a signed (hopefully!) copy for my giveaway to one of you dear readers! It will arrive in August, but the other parts of the giveaway will arrive before then.  And what are those “other parts” you ask?  Let’s see..two of my favorite books that Susan Branch has written…Girlfriends Forever and my most favorite, The Summer Book. (I can’t even count how many copies of The Summer Book I have given as end of the year gifts to my children’s teachers!)  You will love both books with their gorgeous artwork, recipes, and stories!  And I am also throwing in a $25 Amazon gift card so that you can order another book by Susan or perhaps Joe’s cookbook (or whatever you would like.:))

Talk of the House Susan Branch giveawayNone of this is sponsored. (Although I do want to thank Susan for allowing me to use some of her images in this post.:))The giveaway is just because I wanted you to enjoy a little taste of Martha’s Vineyard this summer.:) So how do you enter?  Just leave a comment on (not on your email delivered post) on any or all of the posts that publish between 7/13/2015 (today) and midnight on  Sunday 7/19/2015…only one comment per post please.  That’s all.  I’ll do a random drawing from all the names and announce the winner in the next post after Sunday.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing Susan Branch’s home on the island and some of her work today. Be sure you come back for another visit here this week for more places from Martha’s Vineyard (and more chances to enter for the giveaway!)

Until next time…

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corina M - July 13, 2015 - 3:19 pm

I love Susan Branch’s books. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Kathy P. - July 13, 2015 - 3:20 pm

I love Susan Branch and her books. Hope someday to make it to Martha’s Vineyard.

Martha - July 13, 2015 - 3:22 pm

I have had a busy summer filled with wonderful grandchildren and visiting family and have not commented on any of your posts (I always read them). When I read this I knew I had to take the time to comment. I love Susan Branch and I also framed pages from her books. I also have had a fascination for Martha’s Vineyard all my life and this southern girl must have a bit of Yankee in my DNA.I have never been to the island, but my son has been there many times in connection with his job. Almost 11 years ago his wife accompanied him and they spent a fun week exploring everything. The best thing about the trip was that 9 months later they had my first grandchild!!So now it holds a very special place in my heart. This was a wonderful post and I LOVED everything about it. Thanks!!!

Cheri - July 13, 2015 - 3:25 pm

I don’t know “why” but her recipe books make me think of the Gooseberry books that I have, have you seen them? Anyhow…I’m just say’n…I want to win (badly) these look like wonderful books to add to my collection.

Talia - July 13, 2015 - 3:26 pm

I have loved Susan Branch for years! Her artwork and positive approach to life is contagious! Thank you for such a lovely post on such an inspirational woman!

Nan, Odessa, DE - July 13, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Oh, joy! One more thing I share with you! Love of Susan Branch.
Along with the love of red, Jan Karon, The Piano Guys, etc.
I cheer your fan club!

DO not enter me in the contest. I have the books, share the pleasure of reading Susan Branch!

Continue doing what you do soooooooooooooo well.

PS Now I just have to read that you have begin quilting.

karen - July 13, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Well this post is very fitting as we are going to Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday for a weeks stay. I have never been and am so excited to experience the island….I will have to try and find her lovey home while we’re there.

Thanks :)

PJ Bronson - July 13, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Can see why you love Susan Branch. Her Lettering is delightful, and so is yours!

Lisa - July 13, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Oooh, love Susan Branch.Love Martha’s Vineyard. Always enjoy Traditional Home’s summer issues because there’s usually a gorgeous house from the vineyard or Cape Cod.
Can’t you just imagine pedaling a vintage bike along the streets there?
Thanks for helping us “explore” such great places!

Holly Shult - July 13, 2015 - 3:38 pm

I’m so excited to join you for Martha’s Vineyard Week! I would love to visit the island one day… Hope I win the giveaway for these lovely books!

Joan - July 13, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Serendipity. I was just reading my book on Martha’s Vineyard before I started reading your blog. Love Susan Branch and love your blog, so interesting and fun. Enjoy your day.

Dana - July 13, 2015 - 3:57 pm

I have recently “discovered” Susan Branch. Although I have seen her books around for a long time, I have just recently (very recently) really come to appreciate her work. This summer, I have begun reading The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series, renewing and increasing my interest in Miss Potter, and discovered that Susan Branch is a big fan as well, and has wonderful Beatrix related things on her website, which led me to discover many other wonderful things on her website, which I have subscribed to just in the past week. So please do enter me in the give away and thank you very much. By the way, I really like the kitchen in your former house. It reminds me of the kitchen in a house that we rented at one time. I like Susan’s simple and cozy kitchen as well. I had not seen that on her web site. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

Cynthia - July 13, 2015 - 3:58 pm

I love Susan Branch artwork. For many years I would buy her greeting cards in bulk. I would buy three or four each of several different designs; birthday cards, miss you cards, get well cards, etc. That way I’d always have a greeting card on hand when I needed one. Even the envelopes on her cards are decorative!

Michele - July 13, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Thank you for the “trip” to Martha’s Vineyard. I was able to visit in June 2001. My husband and I and our 3 boys. Would love to go back and actually stay overnight. It’s beautiful there.

Leslie Anne@Fairhope Supply Co. - July 13, 2015 - 4:03 pm

This is amazing because I’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard twice – loved it, and we consider Fairhope to be a Southern version of that beautiful island. Susan’s work looked familiar, then I realized it’s because I have several of her books! Charming, charming, charming! I never knew her connection with the Vineyard or the Black Dog Tavern. So interesting and fun!

Sherry B - July 13, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Holly Hobbie, Mary Engelbreight,Susan Branch…all favorites of mine now and from long ago. I would love to win. I do follow Susan’s blog but also love yours!!

Nancy Leachman - July 13, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Thank you for the great post. I am a HUGE fan of Susan a Branch, her art and her books. I’m really excited to read her new book…..would love to win a copy.

Arlene@Nanaland - July 13, 2015 - 4:14 pm

I am a big Susan Branch and Mary Engelbreit fan as well. I loved this post. Please omit me from the give away Kelly as I have pre ordered Susan’s newest book. I have several of her books and I am always on the look out for more at yard sales etc. Good Luck to all those entering the give away…what a treat for them. I am going to do a give away next week on my blog to thank the ladies that visit me each day.

Karen J - July 13, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Oh, I so enjoyed this post! I have two of Susan’s books, but not the ones you are giving away. The Summer Book looks great, and what a thoughtful gift for a teacher! (I am a teacher) I didn’t know she had a blog, so I will check that out. Thanks for all the info and inspiration.

Suzy - July 13, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Thank you so much for showcasing all of Susan Branch’s work! I have loved her for almost as long as you (thanks to my wonderful mother). Her books and artwork inspire me despite the fact that I live on the opposite coast!
Thanks again for your inspiration!!

Loretta Hamilton - July 13, 2015 - 4:30 pm

I LOVE Susan Branch! I fell in love with her after reading “A Fine Romance” and have been following her ever since. She’s amazing…thank you so much for sharing!

Sandy - July 13, 2015 - 4:37 pm

I love Susan Branch, hand lettering, and Martha’s Vineyard, but I gotta tell you…I adore your kitchen from that house. It so reminds me of our previous home. I still love looking back at those 80’s and 90’s photos. Mine was a country version with navy print wallpaper that had a house on the border. I so loved it. Yes, it is all out of style now, but I remember it fondly. Your red gingham curtains and island are adorable.

Betty - July 13, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Love her recipe for lemon noodles! So glad to read more about her. Thanks.

Linda Ishmael - July 13, 2015 - 4:39 pm

I’m so delighted that a friend recommended your blog to me earlier this summer!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the past posts. You seem to love so many of the same things I do and then today when I popped over here there was Susan Branch!!! I have been a Susan Branch follower for years, I believe even back to the 80s when she did recipe pages for Country Living. Thanks for the post and I would love to be the winner, the Summer book is one I don’thave.

Susan Zarzana - July 13, 2015 - 4:42 pm

I love Susan Branch lettering too! So glad to see your stack of cookbooks- would love to win! Thank you for your inspiring posts.

Becky in 'Bama - July 13, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Again I comment that I need you to be the sister I never had. When I saw that issue of Romantic Homes, I shed a few tears…my mother was a lover of that magazine along with Victorian Homes, Southern lady, etc.. She died 3 years ago – leaving a vast collection of flowered dishes, crystal and antique linens – now all gone in an estate sale (except for the ones my sis in law kept). And then you mentioned Holly Hobbie.. my husband and I just downsized to a new house, and I had to give away my Holly Hobbie collection, though I did save a few pieces (don’t tell him). Yes, these Susan Branch items are such a dear reminder of my late mother and all that she loved. Thanks for the memories.

Louvina - July 13, 2015 - 4:47 pm

What a Sweet Treat on a wonderful summer day! There is so much to look at, think about and try in this post!! I just read through it once and will go back and do an in depth study after I return from supper at Cracker Barrel this evening. Loved seeing your former home! I have several of Susan’s books and dearly love them. I collect cookbooks and read them like some read novels. I especially like the ones that have a bit of history or stories that go with the recipes. And I have a deep desire to visit any place in New England. This may be one of my most “loved” posts of yours! But I say that each time you have one!:)

Anne from Atlanta - July 13, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Hi Kelly! Loved this post on Susan Branch. I’ll check out her blog but I would never want to miss any of your posts! Thanks for all the effort you put into Talk of the House. Anne

Pat - July 13, 2015 - 5:11 pm

It just makes my day when I see an email that there was a new post. I admit that I drop everything to look at it.

Pamela - July 13, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Oh I love her! I framed her prints too. Heading over to check our her blog…but I’ll be back.

sharon - July 13, 2015 - 5:31 pm

I have always loved Susan Branch and all of her ideas. I shall follow her blog but never fear I will never stop enjoying yours. You both are favorites of mine.

Barbara Hinske - July 13, 2015 - 5:32 pm

I love everything Susan Branch has ever done and I love this look at her home. What a welcome treat this afternoon! Thank you for your always-interesting posts! And none of us would ever leave your blog!!

Jill - July 13, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Susan Branch is amazing along with Mary Engelbreight~such fun artwork! I found them through a cute website Gooseberry patch, check it out they have so many fun things like this you can purchase too. Thanks for reminding me of the fun things~ I still have a magnet on my fridge that says “Life is like a chair of bowlies” :) Jill

Cathy - July 13, 2015 - 5:48 pm

I have loved Susan Branch for years and years. What a wonderful post! I love your blog and look forward to your posts and pictures, it makes my day.

Julie - July 13, 2015 - 5:48 pm

What a talented lady!

lynda morris - July 13, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Kelly – The only thing you should have changed in your blog post was to type it in
ALL CAPS!! That’s how much I love this post and Susan Branch.
And if I could, I would include a picture of my cookie jar right this minute filled with “Elaine’s Famous Sugar Cookies” from her Vineyard Seasons cookbook (p.144). Seriously the best sugar cookies EVER!
Thanks for a wonderful column today ~

Shar - July 13, 2015 - 5:57 pm

I do love Susan Branch. I have a few of her books (my son’s baby book is “Baby Love”), and I always get her calendar. So fun to get a house tour! Thanks!

donna - July 13, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Love Susan Branch! She reminds me so much of Mary Engelbreight-they both have such adorable art work. I loved this post! I will now be headed to to look for some of those books.

Dawn - July 13, 2015 - 6:05 pm


I love Susan Branch’s work. I have used tons of her stickers and paper in my daughters scrapbooks and I have her Sweets to the Sweet book. Thanks for sharing her photos and art work with us today. It all really does make me want to visit Martha’s Vineyard!

Joan - July 13, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Kelly, This was such a fun post. All the happy colors and beautiful photos of Susan Branch and her life. It is sweet to know that your love of red and white, Susan B, Jan Karon, and a slew of other things….and now to learn we share an August Birthday. Not a chance that your blog would be abandoned! :-)

Ellen Martin - July 13, 2015 - 6:13 pm

What a delightful post, as all yours are!! Surely you have gone to Martha’s Vineyard, as much as you like it. I only have one Susan Branch book, the Christmas one, and it was a gift from a treasured friend. I think I might like that Summer Book! When are you going to do your book? Your calligraphy and charming home would provide much content for a very special one. Thanks for sharing your special loves and talent with us, your readers.

Katrina Cantler - July 13, 2015 - 6:15 pm

Love your pretty White House and its front porch, Susan Branch, and Martha’s Vineyard. I have had a few Susan Branch calendars and at one point had a cookbook. What cute, nostalgic and homey pictures she paints. I hope this post means you are planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard! Edgartown with all its gray shingled houses and overflowing flowerboxes is my favorite.

Lindy James - July 13, 2015 - 6:28 pm

I have been a fan of Susan Branch’s artwork, books, and calendars for many years and was lucky enough to meet her two years ago when she came through our city on her tour promoting her then new book, A Fine Romance. She is as lovely in person as I knew she’d be and when she asked me if we had met before I only wish I could have said yes. Can’t wait for her new book to come out next month. Thanks for the giveaway. Take care, Lindy

P.S. We were able to spend another three nights earlier this month in those sweet cottages you blogged about in 2013 in Carpinteria, Ca. Absolutely love them!

Deb Kenyon - July 13, 2015 - 6:30 pm

I love this site! Haven’t known about it for too long but it makes me smile! Thanks for sharing with us my friend! <3

Mary Davis - July 13, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Love your books especially the artwork.

Faith - July 13, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Thank you for sharing! I love Susan Branch and you now have a new fan – thank you again! Happy Summer!

Linda - July 13, 2015 - 6:32 pm

First of all, I LOVE your blog! When I saw this one dedicated to Susan Branch, it was too good to be true. My husband and I went to Martha’s Vineyard on a quick vacation before we had our children. That’s where I discovered Susan Branch…her cookbook “Heart of the Home” was in a bookstore. Of course, I bought it and fell in love with her illustrations, as much as her recipes. Through the years, I’ve purchased others. Why didn’t I think of framing some of my favorite recipes? Such a great idea! Although we’ve been married many years and have traveled all over, Martha’s Vineyard remains a very special place. Hopefully, we’ll return soon!

Martha Ellen of VA - July 13, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Oh my–I love Susan Branch and all of her amazing books. She has bought so much joy to me and all the girlfriends that follow her. Thank you for the chance at the give away! ♥

Kathy Pitcock - July 13, 2015 - 6:37 pm

I have loved Susan Branch for many years and it had led me to you! I love all things New England, houses and Susan Branch’s art, recipes and fabrics. I cannot wait to delve into you posts! Happy Summer!

Sue Miller - July 13, 2015 - 6:40 pm

First time I have visited your post…what a wonderful home you have! I, too, love all things Susan Branch! Someday I will get the opportunity to visit Martha’s Vineyard!

judy e - July 13, 2015 - 6:40 pm

i love Susans blog and her website.
her drawings I love too

Bev - July 13, 2015 - 6:44 pm

I love Susan Branch and got to see her on her last book tour. What a thrill…she’s just like I imagined. Certainly not abandoning you …you are ‘bookmarked’…lol

Linda June - July 13, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Wow–great to find another wonderful website that features many things, including our favorite Susan Branch! Thanks for sharing. I’m anxious to read more of your website after commenting here.

Terri Carpenter - July 13, 2015 - 6:48 pm

Hi Kelly,
This is the first time I have seen your site and I love it. Susan Branch is one of my very favorites and your post about her is great. Thanks for doing the giveaways of her books. Your house is full of some of my favorite things, too. I’ll be back for sure to see what’s new.

Jackie M. - July 13, 2015 - 6:49 pm

I love Susan Branch’s stuff, too! It’s all so charming!!!

Karen O'Shaughnessy - July 13, 2015 - 6:53 pm

I love love love Susan’s work! I wanted to start buying them for my niece but they’re hard to find! I’d love to win these! Thank you!

Nancy - July 13, 2015 - 6:56 pm

I enjoyed your post about Susan Branch and Martha’s Vineyard! So lovely!

Ruth thomas - July 13, 2015 - 6:58 pm

i discovered Susan Branch in Dec of 1993′ I was off work with a serious illness. I saw an advertisement for her Christmas book and I was hooked. I searched for her cards and stickers then her stationery and all of her books. Her items are hard to find, but when I do, I have such joy in my heart. The bestthing about her is that she is not phony. I grew up in RI and lived on Spring St. I moved to Calif when I was 12. She grew up in Calif and moved to Mass and lives on Spring St! She is inspiring and so sharing of her life and ideas.

Sarah McDonald - July 13, 2015 - 7:05 pm

I don’t know how I found you, but I am so excited I did! Kindred spirits – Susan Branch, ME, Jan Karon – all things lovely that bring a smile! I, too, dream of Martha’s Vineyard! Off to explore your website…

Vicky Hunt - July 13, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Oh my goodness! What a sweet giveaway! I have always admired Susan Branch. I have the Christmas Memories book at the bottom of the stack in that photo! I would be absolutely thrilled to win. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. Have a lovely, blessed evening & week!


Jean Coughlin - July 13, 2015 - 7:14 pm

I am happy to have found your blog Kelly!! I too love. Susan Branch and her Books… Would love to have a few more!!! Please pick me so I can dream about the Vineyard!!!

ROBIN KARSH - July 13, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Hi there! Wayyyy back when I wrote to Susan after seeing her first book Love from Heart of the Home, I never expected to get an answer but I just HAD to write to tell her how beautiful and amazing it was. WELL, I got an answer (which I still have) and I was so excited about it.
When I wrote to her on Twitter when it first started she said she remembered me as being one of the first people to write to her.
She is a gem and whenever she has had a book signing in California I’m there. So fun.
We both love the train and when I have written to get with questions about stuff to bring on the trip she always had answered me. She is really special.

Mary Hobart - July 13, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Wonderful blog. I still have Susan’s recipe pages cut out of County Living many years ago. Please enter me in the drawing.

Shannon Stevenson - July 13, 2015 - 7:18 pm

What a lovely post! I adore Susan and everything she is about. And your bit about liking Holly Hobbie put a smile on my face, such memories. I love finding those dolls in vintage shops, always so tempted to buy one!

Laurie Walt - July 13, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Nice to meet you Kelly! I am a Susan Branch girlfriend and I adore her and her work. You have a very nice blog. I will visit yours too! Thanks for offering Susans books as a prize…wonderful.

Stacey - July 13, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Oh how fun! I did a post about Susan Branch a couple of years ago. The best part was chatting back and forth with her to make sure it was ok to borrow her pictures. I have always bought her calendars but don’t actually own any of her books. I’d love to win! :)

Jerri Archambault - July 13, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Great article! I love everything Susan Branch.

Garden, Home and Party - July 13, 2015 - 7:26 pm

I too love Susan Branch. I’ve been following her blog for about a year now. I only learned of it last summer. She always tells the best stories of life on Martha’s Vineyard and her and Joe’s adventures. I love her art and can totally see framing your favorite pages from any of her books. I’m eager to read her story of romance this August.
What a fun post, I hadn’t seen many of the things you’ve shared and will go back and follow the links to see what else you’ve brought us.

Sandra - July 13, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Thank you for sharing. I would be thrilled to win!

Peggy - July 13, 2015 - 7:27 pm

I also am a fan of Susan Branch! I also love, love, love your blog!

Mari Hallen - July 13, 2015 - 7:28 pm

What a wonderful post! I have loved Susan’s artwork, then books, then blog, then everything! since the beginning. I lived in the Boston area for years and feel very blessed to have discovered her. Tweeting with her was always a treasure! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!!

p.s. I have so many pages from her books (kept the first editions and cut from duplicates lol) and various magazines that I have always wanted to frame and display. So happy to see that you actually did that – they look great!!!

Mary - July 13, 2015 - 7:29 pm

Susan’s books are beautiful as well as good reading :-)

Charlene - July 13, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Hi Kelly! For over a year I have followed your blog and have left comments – lots of which I have remarked how similar you and I are. From sharing a teaching profession to our similar styles, I have loved reading your posts. And today you posted on Martha’s Vineyard and Susan Branch. I have to tell you that I have been a Susan Branch fan since I discovered her first cookbook. I have collected all of her books – both of my children’s baby books are Baby Love. Coincidentally, Martha’s Vineyard was my husband and my honeymoon destination. We then returned for our ten year anniversary and one of my secret wishes was to bump into Susan Branch, although that didn’t happen. :) So when I saw your post today with your framed prints of her artwork and your comments about her many books, I had to chuckle. You and I would be great friends – that I know. But I will settle to read your blog and enjoy all your postings! Thanks for such a wonderful blog!

Margaret Harkke - July 13, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Love Susan Branch’es books and art work. I love all of her pictures of Martha’s Vineyard. Being a family genealogist and studying my family’s early history in America, I have found ancestors who lived in the 1600’s on Martha’s Vineyard. I have not quite forgiven them for moving on.

Melody Heck - July 13, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Please enter me in your lovely Susan Branch giveaway. I’m a big fan of Susan as well!!

Donna Erickson - July 13, 2015 - 7:36 pm

I LOVE Susan Branch. Such a gifted writer and artist. Just a lovely person!!!

Diana Wilfrid - July 13, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Love Susan Branch

Maggie Brown - July 13, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Loved checking out your floor plan, and loved the idea of framing pages from the books! The artwork is so beautiful–doesn’t make sense to close the book and put it away–good thinking, for sure!

Linda - July 13, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Love Susan’s work. Glad to read your post about her. Looking forward to reading her new book!

Evie Tong - July 13, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Very happy to meet you and loved reading your
Website; I love Susan Branch and have many of
her books!

Linda Mickelson - July 13, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Thank you for painting such a lovely picture of Martha’s Vineyard and Susan Branch…a great inspiration to all of us! Love your blog!

Cindy Ross - July 13, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Wow!!! Holly Hobbie and Susan Branch, Martha’s Vineyard, Retirement, Really bad, bad, pheumonia. I have not talked with you in a long while girl. I have been so busy. I had surgery while you were sick. SONshine (my son) that is what I call him got married this past April in Florida. And finally my life has settled down so I can write. I haven’t stopped reading your blog and I love to keep up with you. I loved Holly Hobbie growing up. Susan Branch has been a fav forever. I have that magazine. I won’t throw it away. I thought I was the only person ever to hang onto a good magazine. I have gotten to where I will tear an article out an save in a sleeve of a binder holding lots of other special articles. This helps me not keep all the magazines. LOL. Hope that you have gotten your internet up and running. If not hang in there I know it is a frustrating process. We love your articles and will stick with you. Your the greatest!!! Keep us enlighten with your wonderful work. Love ya girl!!!

Marie - July 13, 2015 - 8:05 pm

how nice to meet you-all because I’m a huge fan of Susan and found a link to you thru her Facebook page. Thanks for an opportunity to win!

Mary Redle - July 13, 2015 - 8:19 pm

I began to follow Susan when I was teaching Home Economics, always looking for any ideas related to my teaching. After releasing ” Fine Romance,” I met her and had my copy signed at a local bookstore. She is as warm as her smile and gives you the feeling she has known you forever. I will treasure our meeting forever.

Sandra - July 13, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Love your blog and of course Susan Branch and her books!!! I have the Christmas book; would love to add these to my collection! You are so generous to off such a nice giveaway!!!

Ellen - July 13, 2015 - 8:22 pm

I love Susan Branch and her work – have been following her for years. Now I am happy to have found your blog through her. Great post.

Barbara Page - July 13, 2015 - 8:27 pm

I am so thrilled to have found Talk of the House! You are just my cup of tea! I look forward to visiting your page often. I also love everything Susan Branch! She was the inspiration for my wonderful trip to England last year! Your give-away is so exciting…hoping I am the lucky winner!

Nancy - July 13, 2015 - 8:31 pm

Love Susan Branch! I would especially like to be able to do calligraphy like hers.
I have practiced copying her style, but it’s not to be for this left-handed person.

Catherine Taylor - July 13, 2015 - 8:35 pm

I, too have been a fan of Susan Branch for many years. I have to have her calendar in my kitchen each year, or things just ain’t right! HAHA!!

Debbie christin - July 13, 2015 - 8:38 pm

I love everything Susan Branch! Really wish I had more of her books! ❤️

Maria Gulden - July 13, 2015 - 8:38 pm

A new blog to follow of things I love to read about. Can’t wait to get through all the archives. A big fan of Mary Engelbreight and Susan Branch. I hope I am picked :)

Cindy DeMitis - July 13, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Love Susan Branch. Have for years!

Mickey - July 13, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I have always loved Susan Branch and her beautiful artwork. I have a few of her books and have used some of her recipes. I remember the spread about her in Country Living, I believe I still have it. Thank you for sharing the information about her, I am going to check out her blog but would never not come to yours, so enjoy your escapades, recipes and decorating tips!!!Happy Summer, Mickey

Sylvia Johnson - July 13, 2015 - 8:45 pm

I have always loved Susan Branch, but now I know Talk of the House!
Thank you

Kimberly Lessig - July 13, 2015 - 8:48 pm

Wonderful post–I love Susan Branch too!

Patricia Prohl - July 13, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Good job! I love everything Susan as well as Mary E. And Holly H. Etc, etc, . Wasn’t A Fine Romance great? I have made three trips to England, and she nailed it in so many ways!

Jessie - July 13, 2015 - 9:05 pm

I bought “A Fine Romance” for my 13 year old daughter because she is a budding Anglophile and we were both enchanted with Susan’s whimsical art and charming stories. I’ve been searching for copies of her older books ever since. We have even begun planning a trip to Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard after being inspired by her beautiful descriptions of the area. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

Rebecca Clark - July 13, 2015 - 9:08 pm

What a wonderful blog, Susan Branch one of my favorite people.

Donna Hardin - July 13, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Love Susan Branch….she’s a real artist!

Jeanne Bell - July 13, 2015 - 9:10 pm

I was always a Mary Englebrieght fan and know exactly the style you like. I love posts on Martha’s Vineyard and this will probably be the closest I get to it, the mister prefers to head south whenever we vacation.
I also have a birthday in August, the 13th, so this should give me a leg up on winning!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Eurika - July 13, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Love Susan, love your blog. Thank you for having this give away.

Linda Joan - July 13, 2015 - 9:17 pm

This is such a great post about our dear Susan Branch!!

Terese Webb - July 13, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Glad I found your blog. I found it from Susan Branch’s blog. I also love Martha’s Vineyard. I have relatives on the island but don’t get to visit often. I will be sure to keep reading your blog. I love posts about decorating homes.

Jo Marie Gray - July 13, 2015 - 9:21 pm

As always, I opened your post quickly and thoroughly enjoyed learning about Susan Branch. Over the years, I have collected a few of her books…love them.

As an aside, I did think of you today, as I walked into my local Staples to purchase printer ink and there were the Back to School items that I used to run for, buy and save for my class. However, with retirement comes freedom from those expenses. I wondered if you have felt that tug at your heart as you walk into your local stores and realize that you don’t need to pick up kids scissors, glue sticks, notebooks, markers, pencil boxes, etc…to supplement your school-given budget. That for me defines the reality that I am truly retired!!

Enjoy your summer, thank you for this post, and plan to do something fun on the first day of school…you’ve earned it!!

Tracey Renfro - July 13, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Love SB and love the article

Mary - July 13, 2015 - 9:32 pm

I now know and love Susan Branch ever so much more after reading this. I just slightly knew of her work before, and did so love the little I had seen. This giveaway is amazing… thank you!

Sharon Chapman - July 13, 2015 - 9:35 pm

I so enjoy your blog and this one especially. Susan Branch is such a joy to read about. Have my fingers crossed. Not to worry I shall always look forward to reading your beautiful blog.

Maree - July 13, 2015 - 9:40 pm

I’ve followed Susan Branch since my sister gave me a SB calendar in 2010. I greatly enjoy her blog, books, recipes and ideas! In fact it was her Facebook page that lead me here! Glad it did. Looks like a place I’ll revisit often!

Lia - July 13, 2015 - 9:44 pm

Love Susan Branch, and your decorating!!

Patricia Eaton - July 13, 2015 - 9:54 pm

I’m a New England girl, transplanted to the West. I came upon Susan’s “Summer” book in a little thrift store in Yuma, AZ. The nostalgia and wonderful art work drew me in. I was glad that I had the liberty to enjoy a bologna sandwich on white bread with mustard once again! I love reading Susan’s blog, and peeking into her vintage-inspired kitchen. Jack and Girl Kitty are beautiful pets, and enhance the decor! I liked your blog, too.

Sharon Calvert - July 13, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Oh boy … you’re going to be INUNDATED with giveaway hopefuls, such as myself! Susan Branch ‘girlfriends’ number in the thousands, you know; so thank you for this wonderfully generous opportunity to win some of her unique artwork. Your idea to frame pages from her books was clever, and they looked amazing throughout your home.

Nancy A - July 13, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Thank you so much! Would love to win !!! Love Susan Branch!!

DonnaRay - July 13, 2015 - 10:02 pm

First time here, but think I’ll come again often. I enjoy your enthusiasm for the things that excite and inspire you. I, too, surround myself with pretty and stimulating words and pictures…..many of them Susan’s.

Christie Levin - July 13, 2015 - 10:03 pm

So nice to meet you, Kelly. And I am so glad for the introduction to your blog thanks to Susan Branch. I agree with Maree – I will revisit often.

Carol Myers - July 13, 2015 - 10:05 pm

I was checking my email and found your post on Susan Branch. I am so sorry I have missed this as I am not familiar with any of her books till now. They are wonderful and look forward to finding them. My mom is 86 years old and I can’t wait to show her these books. Thank you so much for showing these to me.

Carolynn - July 13, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Really enjoyed your stories and pictures. Have loved Susan Vrqnches book and artwork for many years. Had the privilege to visit Martha’s Vineyard wonderful place!

Naomi Jones - July 13, 2015 - 10:19 pm

I love Susan Branch’s artwork! Thanks for featuring her

patti@pandorasbox - July 13, 2015 - 10:24 pm

As i was reading this post, I thought “i could have written this, too”. I have also been a long time fan of SB, love the Cape and the islands, and have many of her books. I am looking forward to spending a few weeks on the Cape in August, too! great post and wonderful tribute to her!

Ann - July 13, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Love,love,love Susan Branch! Am anxiously awaiting her new book’s release this fall.

Thea McGinnis - July 13, 2015 - 10:33 pm

I have almost all her books. Susan’s joy ripples through her work. A respite from our every day.

Deb C - July 13, 2015 - 10:34 pm

I have followed both you and Susan Branch, for a while now. Two of my most favorite blogs. Thanks so much for updating us on her work, and i will ALWAYS come back to your amazing blog!

JoAnne Hayon - July 13, 2015 - 10:35 pm

You are me!!!!! I have every one of Susan’s books! I also have ornaments, have gotten Willards electronically and snail mail. Thank you for the sweet blog.

Susan - July 13, 2015 - 10:45 pm

Hi Kelly,
What a great post! I’ve been a big Susan Branch fan since Vineyard Seasons was first published. I just love her. I also saved that same magazine that you have. I never thought of framing her book pages, you did a great job using them. Your other home was lovely just like your current house is. I never win anything so I don’t think I will win your generous giveaway but if by chance I do, please give the books to someone else. I have all of them plus Joe’s book. Thanks for everything! Have a nice week!

Sheila - July 13, 2015 - 10:45 pm

I love Susan Branch too, and have so enjoyed your post here. Also I dearly love your home.

Carol Liebst - July 13, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Loved this post! Thanks for pulling all of this together and for sharing your love over the years! Perhaps the inpiration for the beautiful lettering that you do!?! I will definitely check out the blog, but will continue to love yours!

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life - July 13, 2015 - 10:52 pm

What a delightful visit all about Martha’s Vineyard and dear, dear Susan Branch. Thank you for sharing so many lovely pictures about Susan and her beautiful life. I’m looking forward to her newest book coming out in August. I love her blog, but I’m adding yours to my own ‘must visit’ places too.

And, yes, please enter my name in your generous giveaway.

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Anne Hegg - July 13, 2015 - 10:55 pm

I enjoyed reading your blog for the first time! I’m a Susan Branch fan,too.I would love to win your drawing!

Peggy Bojduj - July 13, 2015 - 11:01 pm

I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at these charming warm homes.

Linda - July 13, 2015 - 11:03 pm

I have loved all things Susan Branch since purchasing her first book in the 1980’s. Thank you for sharing!

Sherry Myers - July 13, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Lovely post! Loved Susan Branch for years! I received her first book as a gift and have given so many as gifts. When I taught elementary school, I tried to replicate Susan’s lettering on bulletin boards. Her books always make me smile. Your first home was beautiful too! How did you ever leave it?! Looking forward to your upcoming posts, as I always do!! You inspire me. Have a great week.

Terri - July 13, 2015 - 11:20 pm

Thank you for introduction to Susan, I promise I will be back. I have enjoyed your journey through life also. I am beside you in the empty nest, job change, the next big chapter part. Some days lol….I would definetly enjoy a new book, it seems I have more time to read lately.

Brenda Winberg - July 13, 2015 - 11:45 pm

Would love to win. I loved a fine romance and have a few of her other books.

Jane - July 13, 2015 - 11:50 pm

We are all friends and fans of Susan, I think!!! She made me feel so good about cooking and making a home for my family when her first book came out. And I had my dream come true in 1993 when we visited Martha’s Vineyard, she inspired me. We loved it of course and we ate at Joe’s restaurant! Good times!

I often wonder how she went from being a sunny California girl with such a tight knit family—to go clear across the country and out to sea to ‘start over’. Her new book will end that mystery, I guess! I’m excited!

Happy post—you have shared your joy in discovering and loving Susan over the years and I so identify. Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

Jane x

Kathleen - July 13, 2015 - 11:54 pm

I own Susan’s book _Autumn_ and also have one of her recipe binders (filled to capacity!), and her address book. I am a regular visitor to her website where she kindly introduced to me the wonderful author, Gladys Taber. Just today I spent an hour in a doctor’s waiting room reading Still Cove Journal while everyone else sat staring at their smartphones. I’m pretty sure I know who enjoyed the wait more. :-)

kathy - July 13, 2015 - 11:59 pm

Oh, how fun!

Rosari - July 14, 2015 - 12:18 am

Love Susan Branch. Nice to meet you.

Kathy - July 14, 2015 - 12:18 am

Thanks for the generous giveaway . I love learning about Martha’s Vineyard and I have loved all of Susan Branch’s work. Wish me luck!

Sarah - July 14, 2015 - 12:22 am

I love Susan branch books my sister in law got me hooked.

Lynn - July 14, 2015 - 12:30 am

What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for being so generous to your readers.

Debby W - July 14, 2015 - 12:34 am

Susan Branch’s ‘The Summer Book’ was my introduction to her also. :) I have loved her work ever since! Thanks for sharing all about her in your blog. I look forward to your next posts. :)

Becky S. - July 14, 2015 - 12:40 am

I too love Susan’s art work and books. So glad to have found your blog;) Thank you for the opportunity to win the books;)

Carol Cooley - July 14, 2015 - 12:42 am

I love Susan Branch and have been following her since the 90’s! So much inspiration as you have shown here. If I could only bear to take one of her books apart to do what you did…

Cheryl - July 14, 2015 - 12:44 am

What a delightful blog you have written! Thank you for a lovely tour of the island. I agree with you that Susan Branch books are so beautiful.

Cathy Kalte - July 14, 2015 - 12:53 am

I love Martha’s Vineyard. Susan ‘s artwork is beautiful, it is so homey & leaves me with such a good feeling.

Katherine M. in Austin - July 14, 2015 - 1:26 am

What a treat! This was a lovely blog post. Your giveaway is so generous.

I have always wanted to visit the island, especially since discovering Susan and the girlfriends.

L.B. - July 14, 2015 - 1:40 am

Wonderful post…I love Martha’s Vineyard and Susan Branch’s writings. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy B - July 14, 2015 - 1:41 am

I had the pleasure of meeting Susan at one of her book signings in 2012. Such a thrill! This is a delightful post and I look forward to many more. Thank you for your generous giveaway.

Linda Pintarell - July 14, 2015 - 1:42 am

Love all things Susan Branch – thank you for sharing!

Vicki - July 14, 2015 - 1:45 am

I love your blog because you are so informative! You give me so much to love! Would love to win these books!

suslee - July 14, 2015 - 1:54 am

thoroughly enjoyed your blog tonight…just happened upon it!!! Have loved Susan Branch for a long time!!!

Mary Beth Johnson - July 14, 2015 - 2:49 am

Would love to win, thank you!

annelies - July 14, 2015 - 2:54 am

What a joyous post….and I have found a kindred spirit as I read your blog. Now ia am going on to read more and more. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Lisa Smith - July 14, 2015 - 3:48 am

I discovered Susan Branch shortly after her first book came out. I still have most of the Country Living pages she did; I had planned on framing them, but never got to it. Seeing your framed prints, it makes me want to pull them out. Thanks for a wonderful post; I really enjoyed it!

Julie - July 14, 2015 - 3:52 am

More time now than ever to enjoy the heart of the home lifestyle Now that I am retired. Special friends having tea, cheering each other on in creative home settings to enjoy joy the seasons.Reading and exploring

Frances in England - July 14, 2015 - 5:31 am

Oh, Hollie Hobbie – that takes me back!! I too want to visit Martha’s Vineyard some day – it seems divine. I’m not familiar with Susan Branch, so I’ll have to do some ‘research’ now… :)

Susie Collins - July 14, 2015 - 5:31 am

I just love Susan Branch and have a couple of her books. I hope to visit Martha’a Vineyard one day. Maybe I’ll try the brownie recipe.

Kathleen Grace - July 14, 2015 - 6:20 am

I love all things Susan Branch and would LOVE to win more of her books! Great article, thank you for a sweet giveaway :)

Rachel Lucas - July 14, 2015 - 6:30 am

Hi Kelly…I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your post about Susan. I am the Rachel in the Lavender Cookies recipe, and also in ‘A Fine Romance’…very proud to be a good friend of hers. I know she would appreciate this post as much as I do. She is just as wonderful in person as she is in her books and artwork…inspirational, warm, generous. Her blog is a great way to ‘get to know’ her…and yours is just lovely too! With love and best wishes from rainy (but warm!) England this morning xo

E.A. Fuller - July 14, 2015 - 6:42 am

Thank you so much for this article. I have always loved the idea of a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Love the Northeast. I love Susan Branch’s books. Thanks for the tour!

Grand Pam - July 14, 2015 - 6:50 am

i wanted to do the same thing with a Susan Branch Book but lacked the nerve. You are so awesome. Would love to win the book and love your site!

Cindy - July 14, 2015 - 7:06 am

Good Day Kelly!

What a lovely Blog you have. I’m also a huge fan of the wonderful Susan Branch. Will be back to enjoy reading more of yours.
Thanks for the giveaway! Whoever wins will be thrilled with the
books I’m sure.

Sandy - July 14, 2015 - 7:19 am

Wow, I enjoyed reading your blog this morning and marveled at the ambitious Susan Branch. Holly Hobbie was a favorite of my daughter. Yes, we had several dolls, framed pictures, and the bedspread. Oh, even a Holly Hobbie light switch cover graced my daughter’s wall. Kelly, I will enjoy adding Susan Branch’s new novel to my reading list. Thank you again for sharing.

Carol Martin - July 14, 2015 - 7:28 am

LOVE Susan Branch. . .Have all of her cookbooks and give them as gifts frequently! Live in Edgartown and am always hoping that Susan will make an appearance somewhere. . .

Judy Lincicum - July 14, 2015 - 7:34 am

Hi Kelly! Wonderful blog of yours! I just discovered it and I’m looking forward to many wonderful visits. I’ve pre-ordered Susan’s new book and I’m looking forward to reading it. I have quite a few of her books, including A Fine Romance and I love hearing about Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you for this giveaway! The lucky winner will be just that…..very lucky!

Karen Stefanelli - July 14, 2015 - 7:36 am

Hi Kelly,
I just discovered you and absolutely love your blog. I too, am a fan of Susan Branch and cannot wait for her new book! I love your pictures of your home…we have very similar taste in decorating. Look forward to reading all of your posts!
Have a wonderful summer!


Karen - July 14, 2015 - 7:46 am

The Susan Branch books give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Love all her works and especially love the lettering as I “play” at scripting now & again. Her works make me feel like a true lady …

Mary benedetti - July 14, 2015 - 7:54 am

I always enjoy reading about Susan Branch and she has inspired me to start watercolor lessons this fall at my local senior center.

Holly Qboyle - July 14, 2015 - 8:05 am

I must live under a rock but I had never heard of Susan Branch. Probably an East Coast/West Voast thing. She is adorable! Hmmmmmm-lavender cookies and a raised bed guards with a white picket fence. Perfect for my new “cottage
“here in Southern California. (watering only under our strict drought guidelines, of course). Thanks for the introduction to such lovely things.

Kathy G - July 14, 2015 - 8:14 am

I’ve been a fan of Susan Branch for a number of years and have collected a few of her books ( but I don’t have the two you are giving away)!! This is the first time I’m viewing your website and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! I will be a frequent visitor from now on :)

MARILYN P. STALEY - July 14, 2015 - 8:24 am

I just discovered your wonderful blog today. . . .thank you so much for the exciting, uplifting tour of both yours and Susan Branch’s homes. The joy and happiness I feel to have taken “the tour” uplifts me.

Sharon Coy - July 14, 2015 - 8:26 am

i love Susan Branch too & love Loki g at houses! I will be exploring your blog for sure!

Karen Weidler - July 14, 2015 - 8:32 am

Martha’s Vineyard is on my bucket list. I’ve been a Susan Branch fan for years. Her blog is a lovely read and always makes you feel better. I’ve just discovered your blog and signed up. Kelly — thanks for the chance to win.

Dee Thomas - July 14, 2015 - 8:38 am

I have always felt I had a little of the Vineyard in my life because of Susan Branch Thank you

Nancy Kelley - July 14, 2015 - 8:39 am

I would love the chance to win the lovely prize of two Susan Branch books to add to my collection! Thank you!

Debra - July 14, 2015 - 8:44 am

Fun to see some of your pictures from “back in the day”. :) Looks like you were very much into red back then as well. I can’t imagine living on Martha’s Vineyard, let alone visiting someday. Lucky Susan. Summer has to be heavenly there. Her books are charming and I appreciate the chance to enter your giveaway. Thanks Kelly..

Lori - July 14, 2015 - 8:48 am

How delightful! Thanks so much for the tour !

Lanita Anderson - July 14, 2015 - 8:52 am

I love Susan Branch’s books, especially all of the great artwork! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity!

Karen G - July 14, 2015 - 8:55 am

Susan Branch has such a delightful style, as do you! Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

rachel cartucci - July 14, 2015 - 9:08 am

Please count me in…I need some beauty in my life while I go to all these pregnancy appointments….which have now increased lately. Thanks so much…..just sharing these images with us made me have a better morning. HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Robin - July 14, 2015 - 9:23 am

I too had a wall covered with Betsy Clark and Holly Hobbie! I was not that familiar with Susan Branch, but it’s lovely. What a romantic life to start over at Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you Kelly for the post, it was lovely and now I want to make lavender cookies!

Lisa - July 14, 2015 - 9:31 am

Thank you for the tour and the chance to win. I found you through a link on Susan’s Facebook page. You have a lovely blog that I’ll be reading from now on.

Pamela G - July 14, 2015 - 9:38 am

I have always loved Susan Branch! Years ago I bought a Susan Branch calendar with recipes in it. I still have some of those recipes with her artwork. I hope to one day visit Martha’s Vineyard since it’s always been a dream of mine.

Julie Wolf - July 14, 2015 - 9:46 am

I have several Susan Branch books and love them. Read her blog to. she is such a wonderful designer of all things wonderful in life. :) Good, Positive energy there.
God Bless

Genny - July 14, 2015 - 9:47 am

I so love Susan Branch too! She is incredibly talented! I have several of her cookbooks! Would love to visit Martha’s Vineyard – someday!

Patty in Michigan - July 14, 2015 - 9:56 am

Kelly, I knew we were kindred spirits! I, too, love Susan Branch. I have all her books except for maybe a few. She is so talented and her blog, like yours, brings me happiness when I visit. I was able to meet her a couple years ago when her and Joe were doing a book signing for her book A Fine Romance. She was so sweet and kind. My favorite book is her Autumn book. Her calendars are great too. It was fun seeing pics of your home from years ago. This post was great. Thank you! I guess if I won these books, I could give each of my daughters one.

Lisa - July 14, 2015 - 10:03 am

A Fine Romance is one of my favorites and I am so looking forward to the prequel! Susan Branch is the ultimate BFF and her blog and website are so dreamy. What a great post and a fun giveaway!

Joy Pence - July 14, 2015 - 10:18 am

Thank you for such a lovely post on Susan Branch. She is truly amazing. Thank you for the opportunity.

JJ - July 14, 2015 - 10:18 am

I was just reading about her Peter Rabbit room! Love Susan Branch’s work!

Sandy from New Vineyard - July 14, 2015 - 10:25 am

Just love all things Susan Branch! Thanks so much! This is also my first visit to your website. Will definitely return!

Andre - July 14, 2015 - 10:27 am

I have always enjoyed Susan Branch, but am thrilled to learn so much about her…..and can’t wait to check out her website. I absolutely love the picture of her garden…..I might have to copy it!!

Susan Roubal - July 14, 2015 - 10:35 am

I have loved Susan Branch’s blog for so long and now have found yours! Love her images they are soft comforting words in a hustle bustle world.

cath mckenna - July 14, 2015 - 10:42 am

Visited Marthas Vineyard for the first time last summer. What a beautiful place !!!

Debbie - July 14, 2015 - 10:48 am

Kelly, wonderful to meet you via your website! It’s nice to come across a kindred spirit. I bought my first Susan Bramch cookbook in 1988 and now have all of her books as they are works of art. I pre-ordered ‘A Fine Romance’ but wouldn’t let myself read it until last month after I retired as I wanted to savor it which I did. I raved about it so much that my husband read it and delighted in it, too!
We recently sold our home in Massachusetts and are now full-time RVers for the next 4-5 years. When choosing what cookbooks to bring most of them were Susan’s. I have outfitted our 31ft home with treasures that delight me ‘ala Susan’.
Happy Birthday next month (mine is in August, too)!

Shannon - July 14, 2015 - 11:03 am

Thanks for sharing the virtual tour. It looks like a really special place

Genny - July 14, 2015 - 11:29 am

OMG! – I’ve already commented on this post, but thank you so much for putting the link to Susan Branch’s blog! I had no idea she had one — (I must be living under a rock) – anyway, I just spent the last couple of hours going through her entire blog! Thank you again!

Cheryl Deuel - July 14, 2015 - 11:34 am

Susan Branch is one of my favorites! I have most of her books and adore her just as much as you do. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl Deuel - July 14, 2015 - 11:38 am

I love Susan Branch! Thank you so much for sharing your love of her with us.

Tracey - July 14, 2015 - 11:41 am

I’ve loved Susan Branch for years, and now that I’ve found your blog, have loved visiting you, too! Thanks for sharing and fueling passions! Happy Day —

Melanie Curtis - July 14, 2015 - 11:42 am

Susan Branch called us at the Laura Ashley Home Store in Boston in the early 1990’s and ordered “Seaside Border” for a Martha’s Vineyard bedroom depicting Victorian children in sailor and nautical attire playing at the beach. She was very nice and we (the LA staff) wrote messages on her mailing box (“We LOVE your books, etc!”
I have the same border in my daughter’s nursery – she is now 18 and it is still there – love it!
I enjoy your blog!

Jaclyn Krueger - July 14, 2015 - 11:56 am

A woman after my own heart! I discovered Susan Branch decades ago (you, my dear, appear to be much younger than I, who am 73) and have al her books, have followed her blog since its inception, still have lots of her scrapbook items, which are no longer sold, and use them for special projects and special occasion gifting, and often times have purchased in duplicate books that I want to scan the pages or use in other ways-that way I can have one that is perfectly in tack and one that I can cut, copy and paste as I want. This is a grand recollection of all things wonderful about this dear artist. Thanks for compiling. I too dream of living on Martha’s Viveyard, but for me it is only a dream as my years dwindle. I shall subscribe to your blog as I love your style and have the same heart as you.

Lori - July 14, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Thank you for such a lovely post. I’m adding you to my favorites.
Susan Branch is such a delight and I had the pleasure of meeting her at a Gladys Taber event in CT last June. What a treat it was.

Rachel - July 14, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Isn’t Susan a wonderful author, artist, and friend!!

Helen - July 14, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Thank you for sharing Susan Branch. I have heard of her but have never seen her artwork – now I am in love!

Jennifer Cohen - July 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Another Susan Branch Fan! Adore your site, love it when I find a kindred soul. Looking forward to sharing new posts !.

Sylvie from France - July 14, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Hello Kelly !
My name is Sylvie and I’m writing to you from France.
I’ve just discovered your blog through Susan Branch Facebook page and I’m already eager to know more about you. You seem to be a lovely person.
I’ve subscribed to your blog at once and I’m sure that I’ll spend happy hours reading your previous posts.
I love Susan Branch books, so thank you for your give away.

nanette lyon - July 14, 2015 - 1:47 pm

I love your blog! Thank you for featuring Susan Branch’s work!

susancowles - July 14, 2015 - 2:12 pm

I love the cape which my husband took me for our five year anniversary!! I fell in love with all the islands, which we rode our bike all over. Love Susan Branch and her drawings and cookbooks! Love your blog and will look for it next week!!
Thank you!

Debbie w - July 14, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Love this giveaway….and all your posts!! Pick me!

Theresa D. - July 14, 2015 - 3:24 pm

I so enjoyed this post, thank you for sharing it! I’ve been a Susan Branch fan since 1987 when I picked up her first book in a little shop on Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve bought just about every book since then and have bought them again and again to give as gifts to my dear girlfriends. I even have Joe’s cookbook! Several of Susan’s recipes are ones I make regularly. I adore her artwork and well, just everything Susan Branch! She is an inspiration for sure!

ChrisTea - July 14, 2015 - 3:35 pm

I love your post. I’ve been following Susan for just a few years but I love her site and the postings …. and the CATS! Thank you for the giveaway. I’m crossing my fingers to win!

Jan - July 14, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Great post! I too, love Susan Branch. Love her blog, books, artwork etc. Must now check out your blog in more detail. Thanks!

Gail from New Brunswick, Canada - July 14, 2015 - 4:33 pm

I am a Susan Branch fan, but also a fan of your blog! I check to see what is going on in each of your lives. Thank you for all the beautiful and good ideas.

Joyce W - July 14, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Hi Kelly!
Please count me in for a copy of one of Susan Branches’ books! You did a lovely posting for Susan….I read her blog, bought her calendar for my kitchen last two years and have one of create your own cookbooks. I am becoming an excited
new fan – LOL. Thank you. All the best!

Dawn R. - July 14, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Thank you for a wonderful well thought out give away. I too love Susan Branch! What’s not to love? I could move into her house today.
Hope you are enjoying your retirement!
Thanks again,
Dawn R.

Susan - July 14, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Delightful post as always Kelly. Very interesting and informative. I will definitely check out her books -Susan W.

Betty - July 14, 2015 - 5:21 pm

I’ve loved Susan Branch for a long time. Now my daughter is hooked and loves her books, too.

Pam Erselius - July 14, 2015 - 6:22 pm

Thank you for the generous giveaway.
I love that you framed Susan’s pages!
Take care, Pam

theresalh - July 14, 2015 - 8:07 pm

I had all that wallpaper!Holly Hobbie! (I named my daughter Holly)
Oh! Susan Branch! Still love all of those books and pictures!

Diane - July 14, 2015 - 8:40 pm

LOVE Susan Branch books, her art and sentiments!

Gert - July 14, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Oh, I love Sussn Branch and all her works. Thank you for this giveaway! I will be following you in the future!


Linda - July 14, 2015 - 9:52 pm

Love Susan Branch…love her original artwork, her recipes, her books, her blog!!! She has such a positive outlook on life and always makes sure to appreciate the little things in life. Would love to win her fabulous books!

Donnamae - July 14, 2015 - 11:13 pm

What an interesting post! Great pics of your former home…lots of your signature red! I learned a lot more about Susan Branch too…thanks for the opportunity! 😉

Bonnie - July 15, 2015 - 12:25 am

I loved your blog about Susan Branch! I met her in our little village of Arroyo Grande about 10 years ago,and had the joy of working in her store there, Heart of the Home! I had the pleasure of seeing people come into her store, and loving everything there because of her special books, and fabric, and everything wonderful in the Susan Branch world. I later worked in her Studio, and helped ship out the over 15,000 plus copies of ‘A Fine Romance’ books. She is everything you describe,and she is a joy to know and have as a girlfriend!!

Karyn B. - July 15, 2015 - 1:42 am

I love Susan Branch & have been a fan for over 15 years! Just this past May I had the chance to visit Martha’s Vineyard & really enjoyed it. I hope to return someday in the summer months to experience the Island alive & hopping!
I am a native Santa Cruz, CA girl but the Vineyard has a special charm that draws you, and along with Susans’s help, you easily fall in love with it!

Roseanne Hall - July 15, 2015 - 2:10 am

I loved reading this article and I love Susan Branch.I’ve been a fan of hers for years! Loved growing up with Holly Hobby and Betsy Clark!

Sherry Wilson - July 15, 2015 - 5:43 am

I have enjoyed Susan Branch’s books for years. I have given several of the Girlfriends Forever books as gifts. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Jan - July 15, 2015 - 8:14 am

I love Susan Branch! And I love your blog. I sit on my deck in morning with a cup of coffee and the first thing I check is your blog. Thank you. I love your style!

Brenda - July 15, 2015 - 8:16 am

I also have been fascinated by Martha’s Vineyard. You have given me more reasons that it is a must to visit.

Donna - July 15, 2015 - 8:51 am

Thank you for your beautiful post featuring Susan Branch . Susan’s delightful artwork has always inspired me . I have enjoyed many of her books and calendars over the years .
Your blog is one of my favorites because it is so well written and so much fun !

Judy J from West Warwick - July 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

The Summer Book has always been my favorite also! Thanks for the lovely tour.

Jan Hamilton - July 15, 2015 - 9:29 am

I love Susan’s blog and I love yours, too. Both are so full of beautiful inspiration to enjoy every moment of life. Thank you!

Bonnie - July 15, 2015 - 9:35 am

Thank you for sharing Susan Branch, Martha’s Vineyard, and more of yourself…with a little ‘Christmas in July’ thrown in! Always look forward to your blog.

Valerie Farris - July 15, 2015 - 9:46 am

I love your blog!!! I love your style!!! So excited about the Susan Branch book giveaway!!! I love her books.

Wendy D. - July 15, 2015 - 10:53 am

I love Susan Branch’s art. She has a way of capturing child-like simplicy like only a few artist can. Thank you for the inspiration and giveaway!

Heather Bass - July 15, 2015 - 11:08 am

Thank you for brightening my day with this post. Hoping to add some cheery books to my library.

Tracy - July 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm

I hopped on Amazon to take a look at some of her books and they are sooo charming! Would love to try some of the recipes…we have a big family and like the classic comfort foods.

Julia - July 15, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Thanks for introducing me to Susan Branch. I loved going to her website and reading all about her and her paintings and books. This is a fun giveaway!

DiAnne - July 15, 2015 - 2:12 pm

I love the White House! I also love Susan Branch’s work.

Elizabeth G. - July 15, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Love the Martha’s Vineyard & Susan Branch post!

Peggy - July 15, 2015 - 2:30 pm

I love all of Susan’s work. Thanks for sharing.

Laura Croyle - July 15, 2015 - 2:56 pm

I Love all things Susan Branch! I first discovered her I began scrapbooking and found her stickers and papers in the late ’90s. I would Love to visit Martha’s Vineyard someday. She makes it sound so charming! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be Back!

Joan - July 15, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Here I am looking like a dunce for the whole world to see….but…of course I love your blog….you know that…and Susan Branch (you might not have known that) BUT….I am confused about the quote (below) on how to enter the giveaway.

(Just leave a comment on (not on your email delivered post) on any or all of the posts that publish between 7/13/2015 (today) and midnight on Sunday 7/19/2015)
Am I the only one who doesn’t know the difference? I thought all your posts arrived via email to my InBox. O, glory day, I need educating, Kelly.
In the meantime, just remember that you introduced me to red buffalo check and we share the same birthday month….and because of you scores of us get to travel all around seeing B E A U T I F U L houses.
Stay cool.

Tisa@ChicTiquesCafe - July 15, 2015 - 6:09 pm

What a wonderful lovely post! Susan Branch has been inspiring me since around 1980. As her mail carrier when she lived in California, before she moved to Martha’s Vineyard, I got to pick up a lot of beautifully decorated envelopes that she sent out, which inspired me to start doing artwork on my own letters to friends (back when we sent those via ‘snail mail’). Then she moved away. A few years later, I was reading a copy of Country Living and spied a little hand colored & scripted recipe “from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch”. I gasped aloud, “Is that MY Susan Branch?” And it was. For all the world to see & be inspired by, just like I was. Because she’s not just “MY” Susan Branch; she’s “OUR” Susan Branch! YAY!

Julia Walker - July 15, 2015 - 6:25 pm

I loved learning about Susan Branch and seeing her house on Martha’s Vineyard! I can’t wait to introduce my daughter and daughter-in-law to her books. Kelly, I see why you admire her work so much. Thanks so much for sharing. Julia Walker

Juli - July 15, 2015 - 6:25 pm

What a wonderful and lovely post you did! I’m new to you but will visit daily like I do Susan’s and as we all do I adore Susan! Glad to have another great site to visit and dream daily! How kind of you to do such a nice giveaway!

linda melz - July 15, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Please enter me in your susan branch giveaway Like her blog
but yours is a favorite of mine Such a fan of both
linda m

Sarah - July 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm

I love Susan’s work. It was so nice to see all the pictures. I hope to one day have a space larger than a studio apartment, so I can decorate it more like you and Susan. Thank you for the giveaway. Finger’s crossed!

Jane - July 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Such a fan of Susan and you, thanks for sharing.

Phyllis Huseby - July 15, 2015 - 9:24 pm

I love the connections I find between people and things I really like. Your blog ,as well as Susan’s , are two must reads. I would love to win your prize and especially Susan’s new book. Thanks for the opportunity.

texasaggiemom - July 15, 2015 - 9:34 pm

How could I have not have heard of her? I would love to win these!! Thank you for the giveaway.

Joy M - July 15, 2015 - 9:49 pm

What a perfect pairing. Thanks to my love of all things Susan Branch now I have found your blog. How could I have been missing you? I love your blog and all the wonderful things that you tell us about. Such inspiration. Kindred spirits for sure. I would love to be your very lucky winner. Thank you.

Carol in KS - July 15, 2015 - 10:53 pm

It’s my first visit to talkofthehouse and I will be back! Very nice!!

Tina Camden - July 15, 2015 - 11:10 pm

I love Susan’s pictures and thought of cutting them out as well!

Teri - July 16, 2015 - 2:05 am

Love Susan Branch…..favorite blog. Can’t wait until she starts writing on it again! A new book is worth the wait, though.

Marian Yeckinevich - July 16, 2015 - 9:50 am

I love, love, love everything Susan Branch and everyone that loves her too. Can’t wait for her new book to add to my collection. Happy summer to all.

Marie - July 16, 2015 - 10:11 am

I have loved Susan Branch for so very long! Your post was a wonderful mini biography; I enjoyed every word and picture! I was lucky enough to go to one of her book signings for A Fine Romance and meet her. Fingers crossed I win this fantastic drawing! ♥

janet magina - July 16, 2015 - 11:40 am

I have loved Susan Branch for years and have several of her books, but would love to win this giveaway to have even more of her “over fourteen” books. I am excited to read her new book and find out more about her life. I DO love her blog, but there is plenty of room in my head and heart for her blog and yours !

Nancy Peeples - July 16, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Love your blog and would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Joni - July 16, 2015 - 2:14 pm

I love your site! Thank you for introducing me to Susan Branch cookbooks!

Toni from Sylvania, OH - July 16, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Have been a fan of Susan’s for MANY years. She NEVER ceases to amaze me! God is SOOO good to us to send her our way:-)))
Toni from Sylvania OH

Charissa Stover - July 16, 2015 - 2:54 pm

I love your site and I love that you really really love Susan too. I am so excited to have found you and I AM GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON PERUSING YOUR SITE:)

Emily - July 16, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Thanks for sharing so much information about Susan Branch. Love her books!

Vanessa - July 16, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Thank you for the chance to win. The Susan Branch books sound charming. Just discovered your delightful blog! Really enjoy reading, Talk of The House.

Robin - July 16, 2015 - 8:25 pm

i love Susan Branch’s artwork!

Pam - July 16, 2015 - 9:12 pm

What a wonderful post of your home decorating and of Susan’s, LOVE her and now will follow your blog!

Donna - July 17, 2015 - 12:14 am

I love your blog. Thank you for giving me so much pleasure.

Barbara B. - July 17, 2015 - 12:15 am

Great post! I love Susan Branch books. They are comforting to the soul. I would love to win this book.

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - July 17, 2015 - 11:04 am

Oh, Kelly! What a wonderful tale about Susan’s life and home on Martha’s Vineyard! Susan has inspired my life and our family traditions for so many years. I’m so excited about her upcoming book. It has been such fun to discover your blog, Kelly! I’ll be a regular visitor now. From one fairy tale girl to another… Happy summer days! ♡

Janet from Pittsburgh, PA - July 17, 2015 - 12:20 pm

What a lovely posting. Thank you for sharing about Houses and Susan Branch. They seem to go together nicely, no don’t they? How thoughtful of you to have a giveaway; her writings are always so pleasant.

Carolyn - July 17, 2015 - 8:58 pm

I do recognize her work from magazines, but I’ve never read her books – they sound delightful! What a wonderful generous give-away! I’m going to check out her blog now.

HS - July 18, 2015 - 12:53 am

I love Susan Branch’s work!

Ashley Johnson - July 18, 2015 - 4:46 am

Susan Branch books are a work of art. What a great post. Hope you are enjoying your retirement!

Karen Weidler - July 18, 2015 - 8:05 am

I am in love with the Harbor View Hotel. Thanks for all the great pics and details. The cottages are so cozy looking. Martha’s Vineyard just has a dreamy quality to it … someday I will visit there. Thanks Kelly for the peek inside of the hotel and Susan’s home.

Maureen Detwiler - July 18, 2015 - 8:56 am

I just finished “A Fine Romance”. Loved it.

Julie Atwell - July 18, 2015 - 10:30 am

Love Susan Branch books!!! Thanks for the summary.

Sharon Chapman - July 18, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Another great post that has me dreaming. What a wonderful place. I would love to sit on that porch and sketch that lighthouse and think of all that has passed by. I still have my fingers crossed to win. Love Susan Branch.

Colleen M - July 18, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Thanks Kelly!! Filling my brain with inspiration!!!(as usual!!)

KRISTEN - July 19, 2015 - 12:35 am

Thank you for the adorable post on Susan Branch, she is one of my favorite artists & writers! I’m always cheered up and inspired by looking at her books but I don’t have many. Thanks for a fun contest!

Cindy - July 19, 2015 - 5:39 pm

I am reading the blogs I missed from new to old and I got so excited when I saw pictures of your old house. Thank you for sharing a little more about you. I don’t know how I haven’t heard about Susan Branch before now…but she has nothing on your lettering. Maybe now that you are retired there is a book in you??
Would love to win your giveaway.

Jean Tovern - August 24, 2015 - 8:07 pm

Thank you for this terrific post! My late Godmother (from Cape Cod) bought me Heart of the Home back when it first came out and she got it autographed by Susan Branch for me. What a beloved keepsake this is for me. Thank you for the beautiful reminder!!! :)
You lucky girl Jean!! You own a very special book – not only an original, but also an autographed original! We are all jealous. :)

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