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The Summer Home Tour 2015 – part 2

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

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

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

4th of July table

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

bicycle table

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

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

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

4th of July kitchen

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

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

coffee tray

kitchen beverage area

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

kitchen desk with wicker chair

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

recipe chalkboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you soon!

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

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

Debra - June 16, 2015 - 2:04 pm

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

Karen - June 16, 2015 - 2:32 pm

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

Ann - June 16, 2015 - 3:07 pm

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

Love all the red, white and blue!

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

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

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

Lynn - June 16, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Love, Love, Love the decor!
Thanks Lynn!

kathy - June 16, 2015 - 3:48 pm

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

Lynne - June 16, 2015 - 3:49 pm

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

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

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

Donna - June 16, 2015 - 3:51 pm

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

Sandy - June 16, 2015 - 3:54 pm

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

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

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

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

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

Sue - June 16, 2015 - 4:57 pm

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

Katrina - June 16, 2015 - 7:28 pm

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

Louvina - June 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm

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

Lynne - June 16, 2015 - 9:58 pm

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

Cheri - June 17, 2015 - 8:07 am

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

Julia - June 17, 2015 - 9:49 am

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

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

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

Laurie - June 17, 2015 - 1:24 pm

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

Gina - June 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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

Jayne - June 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm

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

Emily - June 18, 2015 - 4:07 pm

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

Peggy - June 19, 2015 - 12:57 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:) Kelly

Talk of the Weekend #24

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

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

Weekapaug Inn bath

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

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

rhode island house

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

Hilfiger house for

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

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

Nantucket vacation

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

colorful Cape Cod

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

Trraditional Home feature of Water color house 3

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

Traditional Home feature Watercolor house 3

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

Traditional Home feature Watercolor House

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

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

worlds largest peach

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

peach cobbler

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

mason jar banana split

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

Mary Kay Andrews Beach Town

Beach Town
(My Amazon Affiliate link)

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

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

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

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

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

(all info from

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

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

LL Bean dog in

Until next time…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louvina - June 14, 2015 - 2:51 pm

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

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

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

Peggy - June 14, 2015 - 8:04 pm

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

Peggy - June 14, 2015 - 9:12 pm

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

Debra - June 15, 2015 - 7:37 am

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

Vicki - June 15, 2015 - 8:39 am

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

kathy - June 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm

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

DiAnne - June 15, 2015 - 9:03 pm

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

2015 Summer Home Tour – Part 1

front porchHappy last stop on this week’s wonderful Summer Tours!  Haven’t you enjoyed them all?!  It has been sooo much fun to see how everyone adds a touch of the season to their home- no matter what their style.  If you are dropping in from Peaceful Home Decor, welcome!  I just love Kelly’s big open kitchen living area.

front door arrangement for 4th of JulyWhen the oh-so-fabulous Marty invited me to be a part of this event, I knew it would be a great one, and I did not want to pass up the fun opportunity to party with 29 talented bloggers…but…I am sloooooow when it comes to decorating. I just retired from teaching a couple of weeks ago, and the last few weeks of school are always crazy.  So I asked Marty if she could give me the latest date possible…and voila!  Here we are! So come on in the front door, and you can grab a Coke from the jar there in the foyer if you would like.:)

foyer buffet

I always want some kind of springboard for seasonal decorating here.  Last year it was ice cream. This year, I am using games…the fun and games of summer.  Because we should always make time for play, right?  (Especially in summer.:))

summer vignette foyerSo that is why you see a bingo game on the buffet in the foyer.
bingo cage and cards

You will also notice a red, white, and blue color scheme going on.  If you are a regular reader then you will know that there is always a lot of red in this house, so giving it a patriotic color scheme for summer is pretty easy. (And I will actually be ready early for the 4th of July..a miracle!:)bingo vignette

Now let’s go into the family room.  The fun and games and the red, white, and blue continue in there as well.

family roomYou can help yourself to some candy in the jar on the coffee table. (Please eat it.  Our daughter has all of us on a diet…not fun.:()

sofa for summer

Let me just go ahead and tell you yes, I have a thing for jars (We discussed this last year here)…and black and white photography…and gingham…and chalkboards. This year I have a new addiction for summer (as if I needed another one!)…stripes. I think it started with those pillows there in the family room.

end table

You might spot the striped napkins there under the ice scoop. Oh I almost forgot…those are red and blue bocce balls in the jar.  Do you play?
cabinet top vignette

And here’s another striped pillow.
(Please ignore the streaked mirror.  Friday is cleaning day around here.)
fireplace for summerThe mantel sports a croquet mallet and ball and more bocce balls for its games…
summer manteland a little more red, white, and blue.:)
mantel for summer

Now if you had really been here for a visit, it is entirely possible that you would have come in the side door instead of the front.  If you had entered that way (like everyone here seems to do) you would have been greeted with this…

Spot any stripes there? :)
(I just couldn’t pass up that cute bag!)

summer hallwayAnd by that door, is our playroom – with its chalkboard.

summer chalkboardThere’s no red, white, and blue in there, but the stripes have taken over some of the pillows.

playroomI wanted to show you one view with the lamps on in there.  I know that rooms are supposed to photograph better with natural light, but the colors in this room look a little strange without the lamps on.

playroom for summerI’ve done this on the chalkboard in there before, but it just fit too well with the fun and games theme to not use it again.

summer games chalkboard

And that winds up our tour here today, but… if you come back next week, I will show you my workroom that you can see through the doorway there…

hallwayand the kitchen,dining room, and porch that you can see down the hall below.:)

photos in hallwayA big big thank you goes out to Marty for making all of this happen!  And another big thank you goes to you for coming to visit.  I love having visitors! If you missed any of the tours this week, you can find the links for them below.

Monday – June 8th

A Stroll Thru Life
Life On Virginia Street
Snazzy Little Things
21 Rosemary Lane
Thrifty and Chic
Claire Brody Designs

Tuesday – June 9th
Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday – June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire

Thursday – June 11th
A Thoughtful Place
Monica Wants It 
Rain On A Tin Roof
Charming In Charlotte
Remodelando la Casa
Dimples & Tangles

Friday – June 12th

Simple Details
Tidbits & Twine
Design Post Interiors
Designing On The Side
Peaceful Home Decor
Talk Of The House


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Katie Clooney - June 12, 2015 - 7:17 am

What a beautifully decorated and comfy home. Enjoy your weekend.
Goodness…thank you Katie! I am glad you liked the rooms in our house. I hope your weekend was a good one.

Sandy - June 12, 2015 - 7:19 am

Kelly, your home is always so inspirational. A sports theme is perfect for summer. I too purchased a striped pillow for a chair in our living room. Plus three out of my four new maxi dresses are striped. I may be on the stripes bandwagon too.
Yes, I do believe you are on the stripes bandwagon too Sandy! I bought a red and cream striped dress at Talbots the other day. (Maybe we need a support group! LOL) Thank you for the compliments on our house. The sports/games theme is working well for us.

Kelly Tye Vallis - June 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

While I enjoy all your posts the pictures of your own home are my favourite. Love your use of old games for your summer decor! LOVE Trivial Pursuit! That was a longtime family fave! Wishing you a happy summer from Canada.
Goodness, thank you for your compliments Kelly. If you love Trivial Pursuit, then you must be good at it! I am terrible, and rarely know an answer, but it is still fun to me. :) Happy summer to you up there in Canada!

Louvina - June 12, 2015 - 8:28 am

Red, white & blue! Salute! Of course, I skipped right down to your posting today ( will go back later to the others!) I have so looked forward to today and was not disappointed at all— and there is a Part 2! What a treat!! Loved the summer game theme! And only YOU would think to place a mallet on the mantle!! Genius –and so out of the box thinking!! As always I tried to check out your book titles!:) Everything in your home speaks of family and friends and anyone would feel at ease there. Thank you for “inviting” us to take a peek!! Patriotic — just in time for Flag Day on Sunday!!
Louvina, your comments are always just so sweet. Thank you so much. You are too kind dear! I am glad you liked all the decorating and the theme for summer. It just seemed to fit with the season and our family. Thank you for coming to visit!

Barbara Hinske - June 12, 2015 - 8:34 am

Love the games theme. I’m going to copy that idea for my 4th of July decorating. Your home looks lovely–inviting and warm–as always!
Well I am so glad you found an idea to use for your own decorating Barbara! Thank you for your compliments on our house. We appreciate them!

Cheri - June 12, 2015 - 8:41 am

I LOVE your door decoration and of course your home looks lovely (as usual). I also love how your incorporate red, white and blue by not doing all the typical items one would expect. Just gorgeous.
You are too kind Cheri! Thank you for loving it all. You are right. Bocce balls in red and blue are certainly NOT the norm. LOL

Terri - June 12, 2015 - 9:16 am

Gorgeous… Fun… Great Summertime ideas!!! funny … funny about the mirror!!!! Guess you’re just keeping it real .. right?? lololol
I am glad you liked the ideas Terri! And yes, I am keeping it real with the streaky mirror :)

Arlene@Nanaland - June 12, 2015 - 9:23 am

Of all the houses you show us, I like yours the best Kelly. Love all the summer touches around your house and the color red is always a favorite for me. I still envy your chalk skills…mine never seems to turn out like I want it to turn out!!
Gosh thanks Arlene! You are so nice to say that. I think everyone has a specific decorating style, and we all just find the style we best relate to. Keep practicing on those chalk skills. Get a chalkpen and it will be easier. :) (More like “normal” writing.)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 12, 2015 - 9:43 am

I love your home, it is always such a treat to take a tour and your amaze me with how you can take the most simple things and turn them into something so interesting. I would have never thought to use games, but how fun and fabulous is that. Great tour, and oh by the way,I love the stripes.
Thanks Marty! I am happy that you enjoy all our room decor here. I amaze you? Girl you amaze me with the ability to pull 30 bloggers together and keep it all flowing so well, AND do a summer tour on your own home as well. You are the one who did the great job! (But I am glad you liked the stripes. LOL)

Linda - June 12, 2015 - 9:44 am

So fun, I did red white and blue this year also. Great ideas!
It is such a good combination for summer, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by Linda.

LJ - June 12, 2015 - 10:08 am

I’ve been terribly busy here and have had zero time to even leave a comment on your retirement–:-(( I’ve enjoyed all the tour and I must add your home shines…it has color and personality…nice job! Maybe a home tour for the autumn or for the holidays! I imagine it took extra time and so I thank all for their effort.
Well then thank you for taking the time to stop in and leave a comment. I am glad you enjoyed all the tours, and I thank you for the compliment on our home. Yes, it has taken some extra time to do, but the big person who had the most to do was Marty. I don’t know how she managed to pull 30 bloggers together!

Kris {Driven by Decor} - June 12, 2015 - 10:19 am

Kelly – we are two peas in a pod – I am the slowest decorator ever too :) I always love seeing your home and just adore your style. The game theme is awesome – my kids would love that! Hope you have a wonderful summer!
I can’t believe you are slow Kris! You accomplish so much, you can’t possibly be slow! Thank you for your sweet words about our home. I try to make it appealing for all ages since we do have all ages that visit here (or maybe I am just in MY second childhood! LOL)
You have a wonderful summer too!

Vicki - June 12, 2015 - 10:56 am

It’s beautiful, Kelly. You have a perfect put your feet up with a good book and make yourself at home house. The fun and games theme is so cute. I like that your cleaning day is Friday– like in the Little House books. :)
What a lovely compliment on the house Vicki! I had my feet up for 6 hours today to see if it would help with ankle problems. (It did!) Yes, I am cleaning on Fridays (and frequently on Saturday too.) How funny they did that in the Little House books!

Garden, Home and Party - June 12, 2015 - 11:19 am

Hi Kelly,
What a fun array of red, white and blue. What I love most about your seasonal decor is that it always looks natural, never forced. Of course we would play more in the summer so the bingo game and such fits perfectly. We have a bocce set but our balls are hunter green and crimson, more Christmas than summer colors! :-)
I’ve enjoyed the tour each day of fellow bloggers homes.
Yours is one of my favorites so far, no surprise there.
So you can decorate with your Bocce balls at Christmas! :) I am glad you enjoyed the week of tours Karen. I can’t even begin to imagine how much work that was for Marty. Goodness!
Thank you for the compliments on the decorating here.

Cristina@Remodelando la Casa - June 12, 2015 - 11:29 am

What better way to tour your home than doing it while sipping a coke, thanks! :) I love red, white and blue any time, top it off with games and it’s just fun! Your home is beautiful, love the chalkboards and the stripes!
Thank you so much Christina! I am happy that you liked all the patriotic colors and games. It is a fun house to live in. Your home was a beautiful one on the tour, and I enjoyed seeing the patriotic bedroom in your house today. Can’t get enough red!

Pam @ Simple Details - June 12, 2015 - 11:43 am

Kelly!! This is so charming, I just want to pop over for a visit and take it all in! I love the playful, casual style you’ve created and the bold red and of course, stripes! Enjoy your summer!
Thank you Pam! It is very casual, which works great for our family. I am glad you enjoyed your visit here…and yes there is a big dose of red and stripes in our home! Your home was absolutely beautiful. :)

Kristin @ Bliss at Home - June 12, 2015 - 12:22 pm

your home says summertime Americana to me! so fun :)
Thank you Kristin! I thought your home was swoon worthy!

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Megan - June 12, 2015 - 12:30 pm

First off – congrats on retiring! I just finished my 4th in teaching, 8th overall in education. And second, I just love your house! The color, gingham, stripes and chalk boards are all great. Have a great summer!
Thank you so much Megan…both for the congratulations and for the compliments on the house. Good luck in your teaching career! I hope you find it as rewarding as I did, and I hope the paperwork doesn’t dampen your love for the job. Enjoy your summer!

Gina - June 12, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Love the red, white and blue for summer! Leave it up to you to use books in those colors! I never would have thought of it. I just passed up an old red book at an estate sale today because it was too bright. :/ Now, I’ll be looking for some. 😉 I always love your green and black room too. I would like to use that color combination in my daughter’s old room. Her bridesmaids wore green and the men wore black tuxes so it would be perfect with her wedding pictures, etc. And I must say I love that striped bag!! I have a bit of a tote fetish. 😉
Gina, go back and get that red book! You will use it. I would bet green and black would be great for a bedroom. Your daughter’s wedding colors sound absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t pass up that tote either…the stripes were the perfect shade of blue. Hope you can find one like it! (This one was at Marshalls.)

Mary - June 12, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Kelly, they saved the BEST for last. I truly love your home and your design aesthetic. And you make it all look so effortless! Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your retirement.
Thank you Mary! I am so glad you enjoyed the tour of the house. I hope you have a wonderful summer too!

Ellen - June 12, 2015 - 6:17 pm

You have the most comfortable, inviting house, and your family must love living there. You truly have the talent for making a home.
What a lovely compliment Ellen. Thank you so very much!

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - June 12, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Loved your Summer Tour Part 1….Love seeing your home all dressed in the red, white and blue…so many creative and beautiful ideas for summer decor…and I am sure you will feel this summer will be the Endless Summer…!!
Thank you Shirley! The red, white, and blue has taken over most of the rooms it is a good thing we like it. :) I am looking forward to feeling like it is an Endless Summer…but so far it has just seemed like a normal summer break. I bet I will feel differently when I see school buses rolling down the road.

Laura Ingalls Gunn - June 12, 2015 - 8:03 pm

….and the happiest home was saved for last! I always come away from your blog with a smile upon my face. Love your jazzy summertime vignettes.
Gosh thanks Laura.:) I am so glad that you find the blog to be a happy place! Jazzy…that’s a cute word. I am going to have to find a place to use that!

Jeanette @ Snazzy Little Things - June 13, 2015 - 8:31 am

What a thrill this tour has been, and your home is perfect…I love the chalkboard! I have been looking for something to put on ours but haven’t gotten around to it yet! Great meeting you, enjoy your summer!
Nice to meet you too Jeanette! Your home was lovely, and all your diy projects were amazing. Hope you get your chalkboard finished. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Jennifer - June 13, 2015 - 9:29 pm

One word kept coming to my mind as I scrolled thru this post….cheerful. Your home exudes cheerfulness. Your family is blessed to have you Kelly. Congrats on retirement!
Oh…that’s a good word Jennifer! I love a home that is cheerful…a happy place. :) Thank you for the wonderful compliments and the congrats on my retirement. It is still hard to believe that I am retired!

Debra - June 15, 2015 - 7:43 am

Your home is always so comfortable and welcoming. Game theme is perfect. Growing up, so many of our family cookouts always brought badminton, volleyball and crochet. Good times…good memories. Where did you find the green labeled cokes? I need a bingo game too.
Weren’t those green labeled cokes just perfect for that room? Our local Walmart (and Target too I think) carries them. Your family cookouts sound like fun!

Debra - June 15, 2015 - 8:56 am

Family cookouts and crochet? Ha! There is a picture for ya… :) Give this woman some coffee! You knew croquet! Ugh! My Dad did win so many times and he loved when he could “send” someone. God bless him, as he is 90 now…but no more croquet… :(
Yes, I did indeed know that you meant croquet and not crochet! (But it was rather cute!)

Rhonda - June 15, 2015 - 10:29 am

I LOVE how you decorate for all the seasons. I have the same bingo game and as soon as we get rid of a few big items that we no longer need (like a piano) I’ll be able to set up the game room. I love stripes too. It’s very hard to pass anything by with stripes on it! Congratulations on retiring!
Thank you Rhonda. I hope you make fast progress on getting rid of your big items. So glad to know that I am not alone in my love of stripes! And thank you for the congrats on my retirement. It still has not hit me that I am retired…I am just on summer break in my mind. :)

Dawn - June 21, 2015 - 7:27 pm


I am so excited to get a glimpse of my favorite room in your home, the game room! I love that room. It is so homey and inviting. It also has lots of my favorite color, green, in it! Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Beth of designPOST interiors - June 21, 2015 - 9:25 pm

What a fun and welcoming house!! Love your tour!

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