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Decorating With Green: The Dining Room and the Kitchen

party favors St. Patricks Day Leprechaun kissesGoodbye red buffalo checked drapes (for a while.)  We will miss you.  Green accents have replaced all that red in the dining room and kitchen for at least part of this month.  The green mixed with black seems to work well for this early spring/late winter color scheme.

dining room green decorI mixed snapdragons with a variety of herbs for the centerpiece.  There will be a different centerpiece for Easter, and all the herbs can then be planted outside in the herb garden.  Hopefully we won’t have a frost after that.  (But I bet we will have a cold snap Easter weekend.)

St. Patricks table settingAt each place setting there is a little bag for each guest…a bag full of Leprechaun kisses! 🙂

St. Patricks tablescape

Leprechaun kisses treat bag for St. Patricks DayIt is actually a bag of Hershey’s gold foil wrapped kisses.

Leprechaun kisses treat bagsThere are more St. Patrick’s Day treats in a jar on the cupboard….

dining room cupboard

dining room cupboard St Patricks Dayand in jars in the built-in cabinet in the dining room as well.

dining room cabinetOh, and I almost forget the mini cupcakes on the island!  You might notice that the cereal jars are no longer there.  When I reorganized the pantry and the baking cupboard, I moved the Kitchenaid mixer and the measuring cups to the last section of that cabinet.  It then made more sense to move the sugar and flour over there because the other baking items were there.  So the cereals went to live on the counter by the cookbooks in the kitchen. 🙂

plate rackThe green plaid drapes are back for a couple of weeks.

kitchen green drapesA few more herbs are growing by the sink.
(You can see the cereal jars in the background of this photo.)

kitchen herbsIrish tea is back again for St. Patrick’s Day.

beverage tray

coffee trayThe green really makes the room look ready for spring. 🙂

kitchen cornerThis month’s kitchen chalkboard has a recipe for Irish Potato Pie…yum!

kitchen desk

St Patricks Day chalkboardAnd that is all the green decorating inside the house for this month.  But we still have the porch outside the house with its green decor to go. 🙂

Here is a little sneak peek for you.

wicker porch swingThank you so much for visiting here today!
I hope you will be back soon for a tour of the St. Patrick’s Day porch.

Until next time…

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Lauren@SimplyLKJ - March 19, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Hi Kelly, came over from Stacey’s. You have a beautiful home. I adore all the touches of green. I too have incorporated green into our kitchen and family room for the spring months. Feels so fresh!!

Lisa at Texas Decor - March 19, 2016 - 10:15 am

Wow! You really have thought of everything! Love all the touches of green and your house is beautiful! Found you through Stacey at Poofing the Pillows. Enjoy your day!

Sherry Myers - March 16, 2016 - 10:32 pm

Serene yet festive, Kelly’s green, perfectly ushering in our anticipated spring. Yep, the vote is in, you are the Coordinating Queen. Smart changes in the kitchen. Don’t you love it when moving just a few things around make such a huge impact? And the changes you made are so eye appealing. Your dining table centerpiece is a nice breath of spring too. Who wouldn’t want to gather there? Your hard work and ingenuity always inspires me! Thanks, Kelly. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Loving your home,

Tricia - March 16, 2016 - 7:27 pm

Kelly, you have the luck of the Irish when it comes to everything you touch. Green, red, whatever colour you choose, your home is always warm and welcoming. Looking forward to seeing the porch! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Lynne - March 16, 2016 - 7:01 pm

I have to know- how do you keep all that candy and cookies in your house and not gain weight? My sweet tooth wouldn’t be able to leave them alone! Do you eat all of it before you change colors and themes?

Garden, Home and Party - March 16, 2016 - 6:08 pm

Love everything! Especially the green script of your name! Every t crossed, every i dotted. Clever and fun!

At Rivercrest Cottage - March 16, 2016 - 4:27 pm

Love the green draperies with the black and other colors. Although I loved the red, green just seems lighter for the Spring season ahead. I’d love your opinion on the post I just did on painting a wall cabinet Boxwood Green if you have time.

Dawn - March 16, 2016 - 11:56 am


The house looks so Springy and fresh like this! Of course I love the green touches as that is my favorite color (almost an obsession). I like the herbs by your kitchen sink and might have to copy that idea. Almond kisses are my favorite kind foloowed closely by the mint truffle ones. I am going to have get some Leprechaun kisses for my candy bowl at home. The final touch of your “Kelly green” name is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Ruth - March 16, 2016 - 11:39 am

Ditto all the previous comments! The “system” you’ve devised to freshen your decor regularly with fabrics and accessories reflecting the season is decorating GENIUS, and something I want to emulate as we move into the next phase of our lives and decor. Those fresh greens really hit the spot!

Debbie from MountainMama - March 16, 2016 - 10:47 am

I just adore your home – red, green, black, white, whatever – it’s always so cozy and welcoming! The wood counters and your use of COLOR – I miss color in so many bloggers homes!! Gorgeous job bringing in all the green!

Think Spring!!!!

Sue - March 16, 2016 - 10:33 am

I love all the green Kelly! {I was so tempted to switch those last 2 words:-) } Green is my favorite color, I think it is the perfect neutral, and red follows close behind. I love seeing all of your seasonal changes.

Sandy in FWB - March 16, 2016 - 9:25 am

I just love the green. It says spring and fresh for sure. Isn’t it fun to move things around. I think it is my DNA. Hubby is KIND of used to after nearly 32 years.

Sandy - March 16, 2016 - 8:04 am

Top of the mornin to ya, Kelly. That’s the little bit of Irish I loved saying after my trip to Ireland four years ago; my trip a retirement gift to myself. I love your use of herbs indoors to compliment those beautiful,soft green plaid drapes. Looking forward to view your St. Patrick’s Day porch.

Louvina - March 16, 2016 - 7:45 am

Good morning! How refreshing– your silver, white flowers and green herbs! I think the detail green that made me “giggle” was the little green tea tag on your white teapot!! And also the Leprechaun Kisses! Today I am looking for a clear jar for cookies, small one for candies, herbs and Little Debbies!! Going to make the corned beef per your blog recipe– and glaze it tomorrow. Also making a new cabbage Irish dish with mashed potatoes — has a name but I can’t recall!! Top of the Morning to you and yours as I sit in an eerie foggy gloom at my Loch watching for Nessie!! ☘☘☘☘☘

Decorating With Green: The Foyer and The Family Room

Decorating with green for springAs I was changing things around here for a new spring look, I started thinking about the color green.  Green and I go waaay back.  When I was a young girl, my favorite food was green beans, (yes, really!) and at one time, the bedroom that I shared with my sister had apple green gingham striped wallpaper and matching green gingham bedspreads.

green accents in the foyer

I remember my favorite childhood Easter dress – also an apple green gingham, and my mother’s fine china, Noritake’s Princeton pattern.  It had a border of a green floral design on all the many pieces in her collection.

green decorating foyerThe house that I grew up in had green carpet in the formal living room and the dining room, and when we were building our first home, we had green carpet installed in many of the rooms.  At one point, the kitchen in that first home had green and white striped wallpaper, and the nursery for one of our sons also had that same Waverly stripe as a fabric sewn into the bedskirt for the baby bed.

Little Debbie snack cake treat bags St Patricks DayMy August birthday has my birthstone as olive green colored gem, (usually pale) and even my name Kelly, brings to mind a bright shade of green.

green accents in foyerSo with all that history, how did my long-felt love for calm-cool-collected green get replaced by rowdy red?

Green decorating in living roomPerhaps it was due to school…all those many years of teaching in classrooms that were painted a utilitarian pale mint green…every single classroom year after year after year.  I think I simply tired of green.

Spring decorating green pillowsBut every spring I just can’t help myself.  That love for green comes back full force, and I am smitten all over again.  I have to sprinkle the verdant color around here like it is some kind of magic fairy dust. 🙂

spring decoratingAnd maybe in a sense, it is magic.  When we go from bare trees to the beauty of them budding out with leaves, when we go from brown yards to lawns carpeted with blades of green grass, and when we see flowers appearing on every kind of plant around here, it is indeed a kind of magic.

spring mantel St Patricks dayHow can we not bring some of that magic into our homes at this time of year?

spring mantel vignette St Patricks DaySo I have brought in the green again this year. The foyer got its sprinkle of spring with a bouquet of herbs and snapdragons, with green books, and with a jar of green beribboned St. Patrick’s treats (Little Debbie snack cakes in cellophane gift bags.)   And the family room got a few green books of its own, along with some of those same herbs and flowers, and an assortment of green plaid and check throw pillows.  (And a jar of gold foil wrapped candies for leprechauns. 🙂 )

St Patricks Day mantel spring decoratingAnd I’m afraid that is not all there is of the green touch around here.  The kitchen and dining room look like spring has sprung in there as well.  So we will take a look at those spaces in the next post, but in the meantime, here is a little sneak peek for you.

St Patricks treat bags Leprechaun kisses

 I hope you are enjoying some spring time weather wherever you are
and that you will be back for more green decorating later this week. 🙂

Until next time…

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Becky - March 15, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Green beans your favorite food? Being a teacher you may appreciate my story. At a workshop first thing in the morning we were to record our favorite summer food. At mid-morning break a woman introduced herself to me and said her maiden name was the same as mine, but we couldn’t connect any relatives or locations to each other. At lunch we were divided into groups by favorite summer foods. Large groups of ice cream and watermelon and two loners, the green bean girls, yes the one with the same name and I both wrote down green beans! You could have joined us.
That was hilarious! Who would have ever thought?! 🙂
Thanks for sharing the story with all of us Becky.

Cindy T - March 15, 2016 - 5:31 pm

Hi Kelly! I’m loving your green, such a beautiful spring color after the winter. I’m so looking forward to your Easter decor, betting its pretty special! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - March 15, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Hi Kelly! I see that Green is the new Red at Talk of the House? 😉 I love your decor update! The green gives a very fresh and serene athmosphere to your home! So glad it’s alsmost Spring, and St Patrick!

Rosemary - March 15, 2016 - 5:16 am

Your childhood bedroom sounds lovely Kelly! Green always looks bright and fresh, especially with white…. or yellow! Loving the daffodils at the moment! I have a huge bunch in a bright yellow jug …always a sign there’s better weather ahead! I remembered we bought green carpet for the main hall area in our first home ….think green was popular then for carpets.
Hope your weeks going well.

Tricia - March 15, 2016 - 3:53 am

So pretty, Kelly. I love the sweet pea and herb plants.

Gabrielle - March 15, 2016 - 3:14 am

Just beautiful Kelly. The green looks fresh , and the white flowers are just lovely. Happy St Patrick’s Day.

Arlene@Nanaland - March 14, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Green and Red are two of my favorite decorating colors with some black thrown in for good measure. I have always wanted a red living room but my husband will not

Design Chic - March 14, 2016 - 8:52 pm

I love your green, Kelly! So fresh, inviting and Springlike! Happy Monday ~ - March 14, 2016 - 8:16 pm

Green is such a soothing color. We have two bathrooms decorated in green and green is scattered throughout the rest of the house as well. Loved seeing your green accents!

Louvina - March 14, 2016 - 8:14 pm

Green again!! How fun to learn about your love of green and how it came to be!! There are so many different shades of green. I love blue green so much I am changing some of my kitchen appliances starting with my new 2.0 Keurig coffee maker– it makes a pot or just one cup. Got my corned beef and cabbage today!! Getting ready even though I am just a little bit Irish!! Can’t wait to see your other rooms ready for spring– and then all you have to do is add your Easter pretties and you are ready!! Nearly 90 degrees here today! I think we skipped spring and landed in summer time!!

anita - March 14, 2016 - 6:39 pm

I love your green accents! Green happens to be one of my favourites as well. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that it pairs so well with red! lol

Dawn - March 14, 2016 - 6:01 pm


I always love your green posts! Green has been my favorite color for years. I really like your St. Patrick’s day Debbie snack idea. I might have to get those for my students. My house is sprinkled with green. My kitchen Aid mixer is Garden Green (Kelly green to me) and it stays out on my kitchen counter year round. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Jill - March 14, 2016 - 5:55 pm

Love all the green touches in your decorating and love, love, love the jar of little gold candies! You always make me want to run right out and copy you! 😉 Would you mind sharing where you find the metal-rimmed tags in some many adorable colors? Thank you!
All of the metal rimmed tags come from mostly Michael’s with an occasional Hobby Lobby one thrown in when Michael’s is out of my color. Walmart carries a few colors that you can order from their website:
I would bet Amazon would have them as well. Hope this helps. 🙂
Have a great weekend!

Marianne in Mo. - March 14, 2016 - 5:53 pm

I think you’re right about green, after the dull colors of winter, we just gravitate to green. I have been a “green” person forever too. So much that in the house where we raised our girls, my daughter said I needed to back off the green when we were adding on our four season room. I had thought of “going green” there, to adjoin the outdoors, but went a bold red for the walls instead. It ended up being my favorite room. I felt like being in a treehouse, with the windows all around, I could easily see the green wherever I looked.
On another note, I drove to my daughters’ house yesterday, a cloudy day, and so enjoyed seeing all the trees and grasses greening up. I actually said out loud to myself, “THIS is why I love springtime”!! And it’s only just started here in mid-Missouri! YAY!

Garden, Home and Party - March 14, 2016 - 5:52 pm

I love the examples you’ve shared and enjoy hearing the story of your love of green and how it came about. I selected green as my home decor color over 30 years ago. I was faithful and used it not only as my carpet color but accents, including a complete set of Portmeirion Botanic Garden dishes, which we used every day for years. One day I just decided I was tired of it and have never gone back. I still love green accents for spring, but I don’t think I can own too much green today. I love red, black and khaki…with blue and white porcelain thrown in for good measure.
You always have such great accent ideas.

Char - March 14, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Green always reminds me of my mom. She has such a LOVE for all things green that she recently replaced her old KitchenAid mixer with a brand new one in apple green.:) LOVE your green accents, Kelly! Adorable! And those little gold foil candies are my favs! 😉

Sandy in FWB - March 14, 2016 - 5:02 pm

I always love your green. I think it is a magic color this time of year.

Donnamae - March 14, 2016 - 4:55 pm

It’s surprising how different your home looks, when the accents are green! I love the shade of green you find in new plant growth….I think that is my favorite! We are enjoying an early spring here in Wisconsin….hope it sticks around! 😉

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 14, 2016 - 4:29 pm

I am loving all your green accents. I find myself also drawn to green this time of year. I am hoping in a few more weeks our brown grass will start turning green. This is definitely my favorite time of year!

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