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Talk of the Weekend #9

Talk of the HouseWe are deeeeep into November now, and I can feel my head starting to spin with Christmas ideas.  Is that happening to you?  (Of course it could be the cold medicine I am taking.:() I am having to quiet my brain and tell myself to stop and enjoy this time of Thanksgiving. So today let’s talk about appreciating some things of this season that God has blessed us with, and we can put off Christmas thoughts for one more week.  I hope that is alright with you.

Where shall we begin?


I am thankful for the abundance of food with which we are blessed, and since I am craving a snack at the moment:)let’s start with a recipe I want to try.  Have you seen these? (Or better yet, have you tasted them?)

Pecan Pie cookies

I am thinking these pecan pie cookies might be a perfect dessert for a crowd at Thanksgiving – and much easier to serve. (Although, I would still want a dab of whipped cream to top them.:))

I am truly thankful for creative bloggers and books that inspire.  Brains and beauty are great, but creativity is far above those on my list.  (Of course having all three would be perfect. LOL) Have any of you read this book? It combines Marion’s creative blog with inspiration for making your house a home, and it is next on my reading list.

Inspired You by Miss Mustard Seed

Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home

I am also thankful for creative designers who inspire, and I was super thrilled when Barbara Westbrook’s new publication – Workbook - arrived in my inbox a little over a week ago. It is jampacked with gorgeous rooms. You will want to spend all afternoon just drolling over it I know.:)

Workbook kitchen by Barbara Westbrook

There is a great article about how she started this online publication here.

There are amazingly beautiful kitchens in it here.

And there is an interview with baker, Audrey Garliff from Tiny Buffalo Baking Cohere (along with a recipe for pumpkin bread!:))

Barbara Westbrook’s online publication reminded me a lot of this one from Nora Murphy (although Nora’s is definitely more country in feel.) You will enjoy this one too.

Nora Murphy Country House

I am also thankful for beautiful places to visit – like The Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway in North Carolina. We have never been there, but I am adding it to my list of “places I want to see.”  Here is a link to an article from someone who did recently stay there.

Greystone  photo by Patrick Heagney

Like you, I am grateful for family, friends, and home…which also makes me grateful for the talent of creative people who inspire us to make our celebrations with family and friends even more special.

Loralee Lewis

I am thankful for the wonder of nature.  This was outside our bedroom earlier this week…

(There were actually 3 of them.  I just wasn’t fast enough with my photography.)

deer in the woods

and this little guy was on our leaf and pinestraw covered deck this morning!

chipmunk on the deck

(Obviously, our deck needs sweeping, but I am waiting until tomorrow’s predicted severe thunderstorms pass.)

I am thankful for all of you who spend time visiting here.  You don’t know how much I appreciated the many many comments on my Thanksgiving decorating posts last week.  You have to be the most complimentary readers in all of blogland!  I did the random drawing this morning from the 237 comments from various sources, and the winning number for the Williams Sonoma pumpkin goodies was…

random number generator

And that number went with this comment on the kitchen and dining room post:

winning comment

Congratulations Peggy!  If you read this before I have a chance to contact you, please email me your mailing address so that I can get the package out to you on Monday. And for the rest of you, don’t worry.  There is another giveaway coming to you in December.:)

And finally,  I am thankful for gorgeous music like this!


I hope your weekend is a cozy one, and if you have a long to-do list, I hope you get everything accomplished with time to spare.  If I can get over this cold, I will have one last Thanksgiving decorating post for you early next week (if anyone is still thinking about that holiday!:))

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Nan, Odessa, DE - November 22, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Feel better!
Test those cookies with hot tea.
Lots here to digest.

Donnamae - November 22, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Those cookies look wonderful! I’m still thinking about Thanksgiving…I’ve still got to cook the bird! ;)

Peggy - November 22, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Kelly, get well!
Thank you for the beautiful pumpkin bread pan, mix and pecan butter! I have never, ever won anything! That is very generous of you.
Enjoying Barbara Westbrook’s Workbook. So many beautiful photographs! Hopped over to peek at Mora Murphy’s Country Home magazine, too. I think my weekend reading is going to be very enjoyable! Again, thank you.

Dawn - November 22, 2014 - 2:47 pm


We are still thinking about Thanksgiving around here. We are celebrating with the in-laws this weekend and then with my folks next weekend. In fact we are going to celebrate Thanksgiving a little in a nontraditional way. For the first time we are going to the lake house for the Thanksgiving weekend. I am so excited to celebrate the tradition in a different way. I am going to make your cranberry salad and my Mom is anxious to taste it. She loves citrus. Thanks for sharing this Thanksgiving rich post. I am off to grade, do house work and run weekend errands.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 22, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Great post, you have chosen some beautiful books that would be fun to read. I hope you have a very, very Happy Thanksgiving. Get well.

L J - November 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Kelly, I’m grateful for today’s post–you’ve brightened my whole day. It’s gray, overcast and drab outside. Inside I’m wearing sweats while wrapped in a blanket with a box of tissues nearby (not so attractive but comfy) and all the while feeling blah and tired of cold meds. So I do (a-choo!)sympathize with you. Your post sparked my brain and energized me. I think it is the temptation from those delicious-y looking pecan pie cookes. Woah! Nevertheless, I needed this. Thank you for thinking of us and taking the energy and time to gift us with your thoughts, pictures, and inspiration.
Congrats to Peggy.
In my previous comment I mentioned that I recently purchased a red pedestal cake stand from Cost Plus/World Markets. I think it’s like yours, Kelly. I know other readers have wanted to know where to find it and so I thought I’d pass it along.

Sandy - November 22, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Kelly, I received Miss Mustard Seed’s wonderful book last Christmas. Those pecan cookies may be a dessert at next year’s Thanksgiving dessert buffet. I am thankful that I found your fabulous blog several years ago. I love your house and your decor. I am grateful for the places you share and mark them on my future trips list. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family.

Sallie - November 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Kelly- I grew up visiting the Greystone Inn when it was a private home. It was my Aunt Lucy’s home. She was a wonderful Southern Lady and very generous. She had a full staff and educated many of their children. She had a 2 story library where you could be lost for days. The original home had numerous kitchens where the most wonderful food was prepared. It was such a wonderful way of life at that time. Thanks for bringing back such great memories. Happy Thanksgiving!

Debra - November 22, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Ok, this post took me away in so many directions. You really jammed a lot in. What a “feast” for my eyes, as always. That cookie looked so delicious. I am drooling over the kitchen with that ironstone filled cabinet. I don’t think I would make it to my dining room table, if I was preparing my Thanksgiving fare in that kitchen. :) The Country Home is so my taste. It would be so fun to dine outdoors with the leaves at my feet, yes with moderate temps, (something we are so not having here in the Midwest as well. I’m still clinging onto fall like the last of our yellow maple leaves. I’m not ready to dive into the wintery cold, snow, hustle/bustle, flu season yet. Yes, let me linger just another week, please? The Greystone Inn looked wonderful. Will I ever get to experience a real “taste” of the south someday? I hope so. Thank you for making my bucket list grow as well. :) I think. :) Take care and I hope you feel better by Thanksgiving. P. S. Let the leaves blow upon your lovely porch and the critters delight. So precious.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 22, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Thank you for another fun post with so much to see…and cookies to drool over…I love pecan pie too! Can’t wait to look through the Barbara Westbrook online magazine. I love her work! And, the Piano Guys are real favorites of mine. We saw them in concert last February and they were awesome!Take care, drink lots of fluids and get over your cold :), and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jane Campbell - November 22, 2014 - 7:54 pm

So thankful I came across a pin that lead to your blog. I ahve only looked over today’s post and i am in love with it all! Everything is so beautiful!I am definitely going to make the wreaths over the kitchen sink, though here in FL I will probably use turquoise ribbon and some starfish because a wintry Christmas really doesn’t exist. Maybe I will try make a beach shack gingerbread house! ;)

Andrea - November 22, 2014 - 8:50 pm

The cookies are a must try…thank you so much. I want to say thank you for the beautiful blog to visit. I enjoy coming here and am filled with inspiration each time…..thanks so much for that!!!!

Patty in Michigan - November 22, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Congrats to Peggy! So thankful for you, Kelly, and your wonderful blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Kathy - November 22, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Congratulations, Peggy! You will love getting your treats in the mail from Kelly. She even uses her pretty writing for your address! I won her cookbook giveaway a while back! So, so exciting! Not go sound braggy…just thankful… but I also won the Miss Mustard Seeds book…which is awesome! (Anita…can you believe it…just my luck!) Kelly, I am going to spend this week, through Thursday anyway, getting ready for and celebrating Thanksgiving. (But, Katrina, I have been getting ready for Thanksgiving with my Christmas CDs providing background music.) Kelly, feel better soon! I am thankful that I am retired and do not catch everything the kids at school always seemed to share with me. Thanks for all of the side trips in this post. As always, I get so excited to see you have a new post! Happy Thanksgiving!

Garden, Home and Party - November 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

I needed this! We will be at Kevin, Sarah and our new, Fae (granddaughter) for Thanksgiving and it’s all I can do to keep myself from taking all of the pumpkins down and start putting out the nutcrackers! I’m holding steady and giving thanks for this beautiful time of year, with joy and gratitude in my heart. :-)

Rhonda - November 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Beautiful music! I love coming to your site because it makes me feel peaceful and calm and gives me so many wonderful ideas for my own home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Barbara Hinske - November 23, 2014 - 9:29 am

What a glorious post! I’ll be checking back into it all week. And thank you for the Piano Guys! So lovely! Happy Thanksgiving.

classic•casual•home - November 23, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Lots of goodness here!!! Thanks for all the fun links and entertaining me on a lazy Sunday!

Lynne - November 23, 2014 - 8:58 pm

I have read Miss Mustard Seed’s book and I love it. Very thought provoking IMHO. Those cookies look delicious! Please let us know if you make them and if they are fairly easy or more of a pain. I hope they are easy! I’m so thankful for your blog. I know it seems odd that a complete stranger feels like she knows you, but I kind of do! Your home is lovely and I love the effort you put in to everything! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Sherry Myers - November 23, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Thank you, Kelly. Like you, I have been under the weather this weekend. I hope by now you are feeling better. I have enjoyed each of your posts this week. It has been such a delight to drink in every one. Beautiful. Feeling a little overwhelmed with everything I had to do this weekend, I have to say, your special touch in decorating and giving us a sample of the piano guys music warmed my heart and was very encouraging. You never know how your readers are affected by what you post. I, for one, am adding it to my list of multiple things to be grateful for this week and throughout the holiday season. May your week be blessed with things that bring you joy.

Karen - November 24, 2014 - 3:20 am

Thanks Kelly for all the lovely links and for the care you put into your posts I really enjoy them. Here in Australia we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. ( although I’m grateful everyday ) So my Xmas decorations are up although I’m always tweaking them.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

phyllis - November 28, 2014 - 8:23 am

I just shared the Piano Guys Christmas playlist on FB, myself!

Paula B. - November 29, 2014 - 11:45 am

I hope you are over your cold, and that your Thanksgiving weekend has been filled with peace and enjoyment with family and friends. I am grateful for the gift of good health as I have a protracted but relatively easy rehab from knee surgery. I am also grateful for the wonderful family I have around me, as well as the friends who have given me so much support these past few weeks. Loving the piano recital heard in the background as I type. I think, Kelly, that you do have the best blog followers, it is always a pleasure to keep here to read your posts and then to enjoy all the comments as well. Here’s to sailing through the next few weeks of school and seasonal festivities (mayhem)!

Donnie - December 2, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Kelly, hope this finds you feeling better. Loved the photos of the Pottery Barn outlet – definitely must go when next we visit out son and his family in Atlanta. But had to comment, my daughter was a music major, her instrument was her voice. I sure remember all the concerts, all the tears and what joy to look back on it. She has two daughters now and we go to their concerts – oldest plays the cello and is in the chorus (middle school). Good times ahead. You will never regret rearranging your schedule for yet another time for one more concert.

The Kitchen and Dining Room for Thanksgiving


A couple of weeks ago we were talking about different china patterns to use for Thanksgiving, and I mentioned that I liked a pattern at Williams Sonoma with a turkey in the middle of it. Do you remember that I went to order it,and it was sold out online?

coffee tray

The weekend after that discussion, my daughter had a concert in Atlanta so we made good use of the time there by doing some shopping.  We left early that morning so that we could go to the outlets north of the city.

November desk

I looked in the Williams Sonoma outlet thinking I might find some of those turkey plates there.  No luck.  The only thing remotely resembling Thanksgiving was a pattern with pumpkins on it. Plenty of pumpkins – zero turkeys.:(

kitchen chalkboard
So we drove on into the city and stopped at two different malls where I quickly ran through 2 Williams Sonoma stores looking for those turkey plates. They were sold out at both of them as well. It looked like finding my turkeys was not going to happen.

kitchen (2)

We dropped our daughter off at the place where she was to perform,and then my husband and I went to eat at a little Mexican restaurant before the concert.  While I was munching on my taco, my husband’s cell phone rang.  It was our niece who lives in Augusta.

Thanksgiving herbs

 Our conversation went something like this…

Aunt Kelly, I found some of those turkey salad plates you wanted at the Williams Sonoma store here.  I can send them to you by my mother if you would like.   Do you want them?

cookbooks and sweet potato casseroleDid I want them??

Oh my yes!

So our sweet niece got them for me.  Her mother carried them home from Augusta, and those plates made their way to our dining room table.:)

dining room

Thanksgiving table settings

 They were actually the inspiration for my brown and red Thanksgiving decorating.

place setting forThanksgivingAnd the inspiration for the centerpiece came from the grocery store.  Truly.  When I was in the produce section there was a small pot of herbs labeled “turkey herbs.”:)You can use the sage, rosemary, and thyme while cooking your turkey. Pretty smart, right? So turkey herbs seemed like the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece, and I used a sprig of rosemary with each napkin as well.

Thanksgiving centerpieceAnd I added a little rosemary to the cabinet in the dining room.

cabinetdining room cabinetOkay, that’s enough about herbs.  Let me finish my turkey plate story.

It gets even better.:)

The other night my mother in law called and asked my husband if he thought I would like to use my Christmas present from her before the holidays. He told her that would be a great idea; so on Sunday night I got to open my first Christmas gift of the year…

The serving bowl that matches the hard-to-find turkey plates

Thanksgiving vignetteand the beautiful matching platter that now stands proudly atop the refrigerator.

turkey platterSo for a girl who had no Thanksgiving dinnerware just a couple of weeks ago, I am now blessed with quite a collection thanks to some thoughtful family members!

Thanksgiving table

And while we are talking about Thanksgiving, please don’t forget about the Thanksgiving giveaway here for one of you very thoughtful readers who takes time out to read my ramblings.:) I am so thankful for you!  You can find all the details about the giveaway here.

Thanksgiving giveawayHope you are making good headway with your plans for Thanksgiving!

Until next time…

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 20, 2014 - 3:07 am

Kelly, so happy for you that you got your WS turkey plates…and the bowl and platter are such a bonus! Love brown and red together…a nice change from traditional orange/rust. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nikki - November 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

Love the turkey plates and your tablescape. I got the Spode turkey plates as a gift from my mom a few years ago. I like them so much they hang on my kitchens backsplash.thanks for the inspiration. I may take them down and use them for Thanksbiving.

Debra - November 20, 2014 - 6:34 am

Ok, now I want the Turkey plates too! I was in Sonoma last week and looked again at the pumpkin plates but didn’t do it either. I love your choice. Everything came together so well and look how your extended family members were right there and so “giving” of there thoughtfulness and effort! Between the special delivery and early Christmas gift, wow! Mother in law gets the gold star for the platter and bowl. Gorgeous! You lucky girl! Well, so in my hunt, I did find some white background with green/brown oak leafs and a brown Mr. Tom design. Yes, I too wanted to give Mr. Turkey his due. I bought coffee mugs and bowls, but no salad plates, darn. That’s all they had. These were found at my Home Goods. I guess my colors will be the brown and green. I have the traditional white turkey embossed platter and big white ceramic Turkey for the centerpiece. Time to get creative…. I have to say I have always thought that Thanksgiving comes and goes so quickly and poor Mr. Turkey and the Pilgrims get short changed. So much excitement and anticipation with Christmas, but I feel as strongly about this holiday, as it is the “start” of the season of “gathering and giving” and the importance of family. Oh, and we mustn’t forget all the good food! Well, once again you have stirred my inner “Martha”. Look how you kept to your simplistic styling by using such a pretty design. Ugh, and you even got to showcase your beloved red. I love it all Kelly. Good job! Have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Stacey - November 20, 2014 - 6:34 am

Kelly, your posts about your house and your decorating ideas are some of my very favorites. Those plates were made for your house and your red dishes!

Joyce - November 20, 2014 - 6:40 am

You are such an inspiration! Love the turkey plates, the turkey herbs and RED! Thank you for sharing! Can’t stop thinking about pumpkin bread…..

yarlette - November 20, 2014 - 7:03 am

So happy for you that you got your turkey dishes. What a great family to think of you when they found some pieces of that set. I love that pattern. I know that you will enjoy it for years to come. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sherry - November 20, 2014 - 7:03 am

This reminds me of myself!!!!! So many times I have driven everywhere looking for something and making special trips to Nashville and surrounding areas hoping against Hope I’ll find what I’m looking for. Sometimes I’m lucky and sometimes not! Love your turkey dishes! And the colors!

Vicki - November 20, 2014 - 7:13 am

Went into a WS store in Ala. over the weekend and they had the salad plates on their display table right at the front door. Who did I immediately think of??? You have some great family members! BTW…… Love the red and brown!

Sandy - November 20, 2014 - 7:24 am

It was meant to be! Everything just fell into place at the perfect moment! I hope you enjoy these Turkey plates for many years.

Cindy - November 20, 2014 - 7:30 am

I love when a plan comes together! How thoughtful of everyone to look out after you. Everything looks beautiful, just love the red and brown. Enjoy your turkey dishes and the great story that goes with them.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

You are very blessed to have such wonderful family members thinking of you, knowing how much you love those gorgeous plates!…they are magnificent and it is no wonder that WS sold out of them so quickly!….you always have the most beautiful holiday vignettes!…

Jill - November 20, 2014 - 7:45 am

Thoughtful family members indeed! I love that it all came together for your Thanksgicing table. It looks wonderful! Those beautiful turkeys add lots of color and I love your centerpiece too. Happy Thanksgiving Kelly!

Joy Cooper - November 20, 2014 - 7:56 am

How great this WS pattern looks in your home and how very thoughtful your family is. Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful.

Kathy - November 20, 2014 - 8:17 am

Like a good movie, I was predicting the ending BUT I am so gullible I am never really sure it will turn out as I want until the ending. I am so glad you got the turkey dishes! (We all know what this is like, don’t we, Josie! Not buying, then wishing we had!) I love the rosemary on the napkins. (I just got “into” rosemary…thank you, DiAnne.) I love your brown and red and that your mother-in-law went ahead and gave you your Christmas present! I bet she couldn’t wait to surprise you! And, your sweet niece who really got the ball rolling. So thankful for family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving!

sharon - November 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

Everything looks so beautiful! I’m so happy you have your turkey dishes. William Sonoma has such classy items. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Barbara (WA) - November 20, 2014 - 8:51 am

I love the story behind your new dishes!

Lori Lucas - November 20, 2014 - 8:55 am

Your turkey plates are marvelous, but quite frankly, you could make paper plates look like the bombdiggity! I love studying every detail of your wonderful home. What a great give-away-too! You make the holiday spirit very catchy!!Lori Lucas

Shelley - November 20, 2014 - 8:56 am


I LOVE to open Christmas gifts early! And just between you and me, when I was little, (money was REALLY tight for my parents) I would sneak around the house looking for presents. One year I found a box of gifts my Mother had tucked away in a back hallway for us kids. It was filled with wonderful things-jump ropes, coloring books and crayons all sorts of goodies. Christmas morning came and we opened all our gifts. I snuggled up with my Mom for a hug and a kiss and I remember she asked if I got everything I wished for…I had no choice but to confess and ask why we didn’t get the jump ropes and coloring books that I spied in the hallway…She had forgotten about the box!!!

Anyway, what wonderful family you have to search out the beautiful Turkey dinnerware! You deserve to be blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Janis Stufflebean - November 20, 2014 - 9:09 am

Love your Thanksgiving table. It all came together so sweet! Really, how much more wonderful could it have happened?

donna - November 20, 2014 - 9:10 am

Kelly, Love your posts and everything about your home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you so much for the giveaway.

Amy O'Quinn - November 20, 2014 - 9:10 am

I LOVE your turkey plates and the brown/red touches. When you did the post on Thanksgiving china and table settings earlier, I fell in love with the Johnson Brothers Friendly Village pattern, and I think want to get started collecting that set. In fact, it may be part of my Christmas gift this year! It’s so vintage-y.
So glad you were able to get the lovely Williams Sonoma plates! What a delightful surprise and blessing!

Sandy - November 20, 2014 - 9:13 am

Your Thanksgiving table is lovely.The turkey herbs inspired me to use my beautiful rosemary plant in my tablescape. I read that smelling this herb helps with memory. Congratulations receiving your lovely turkey plates and special pieces from your family members. I am sure they have received much love from you.

Susan - November 20, 2014 - 9:14 am

Great story and beautiful table ideas. I love your napkins rolled with the rosemary! Thank you for the inspiration and chance for the giveaway.

Patty in Michigan - November 20, 2014 - 9:19 am

Kelly, I just love the way this story came about! What a great family you must have that they would go out of their way to bless you! These plates are great. Your table looks so beautiful. There are some different colors on the plates so next year if you wanted to you could change it up with maybe green or a dark brown instead of the red. You will love these for a long time.

Nicola - November 20, 2014 - 9:23 am

I adore the turkey plates! The Thanksgiving table is beautiful! Your blog is always a great inspiration to me. It encourages us all to look around and use the simple things that we find either outdoors or around our homes to create our own holiday memories! Thank you for sharing all your ideas with us! Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy Mac - November 20, 2014 - 9:25 am

This is magical! I’m going to start blogging today about things I want and see if my family comes through for me on a similar scale. Like “Dear Family and Blog Readers: I have been DYING for a fabulous drop-top BMW coupe, flexible on color, but it NEVER seems to appear in my drive…”
But seriously, that’s a thoughtful bunch of folks you have looking out for you!

Louvina - November 20, 2014 - 9:26 am

Loved the turkey hunt story!! I’ve been looking for the potted herbs,too! Having 14 for Thanksgiving dinner so now I’m off “tracking my turkey”! Got to shake my tail feathers!! :) Have a blessed holiday! Do you have the week off? Hope so!

Arlene@Nanaland - November 20, 2014 - 9:33 am

What a wonderful surprise!! And your table looks beautiful!

Barbara - November 20, 2014 - 9:34 am

I am loving your dinner ware. I’m on the lookout myself.

Carolyn - November 20, 2014 - 9:39 am

Isn’t it wonderful when your wishes come true? And isn’t it interesting that it happened when you’d pretty much given up on it? So funny how that happens. What thoughtful relatives you have who know you so well. Your table, et al, looks wonderful. I think I love the platter most of all. We have the real live turkeys wandering around up here. And yes, I’m talking about the bird kind, not the human kind ;-).

Gail - November 20, 2014 - 10:08 am

Kelly: You certainly have the most wonderful family who must love you tremendously! Can I be adopted into very family?:-) The plates are so appropriate for the season and I love the herbs in the centerpiece. Your home must smell amazing! Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!!!!

Scribbler - November 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

Your decorating all looks so pretty! I love the “nutty” idea, and of course, all your signature jars. The turkey plates are probably the nicest ones I have seen. I don’t do turkey at my house, so I have never bought any. I do like the idea of red and brown — it is very warm and fall-ish.

Vicki - November 20, 2014 - 10:11 am

I absolutely love your holiday decor and would be totally comfortable with you doing mine! When may I expect you? Lol! Thanks so much for sharing your home! Truly inspiring!

Stacy - November 20, 2014 - 10:13 am

Love love love the turkey plates!! I’m so glad your sweet family members were able to help you find them!! I totally understand your obsession! A few months ago, I was obsessed with a set of Johnson Bros turkey plates I saw in a cute antique shop. Of course when I decided to go back for them, they were gone!! Luckily I was able to track them down on eBay! (But unfortunately at a higher price!:( ….Hope y’all have a happy Thanksgiving!!

Barb - November 20, 2014 - 10:39 am

You know what I love about this story? I love that so many people were thinking about you. Now THAT is a blessing and something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pamela Aker - November 20, 2014 - 10:43 am

Love the turkey plates. Your house looks so warm and festive. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sue - November 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

It all came together perfectly Kelly. The plates look great with the red plates. You are all set for years of Thanksgiving memories.

Loretta Hamilton - November 20, 2014 - 11:02 am

Your beautiful table settings makes me wish I was entertaining this year…but after 40+ years of hosting Thanksgiving for the family, I am taking a break. And I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry…but I think I’ll click my heels and laugh. Until Thursday morning when I realize that I only need to fix a side dish or two to take to my brother’s home instead of stuffing and popping a turkey in the oven and feel a little sad about it. Anyhow…it is time for others to take on the job I guess. And in the meantime, I’ll enjoy looking at your beautiful decorations and feeling nostalgic… Thank you!

Susan - November 20, 2014 - 11:18 am

What a fun story! Thank goodness for family!

Marken - November 20, 2014 - 12:27 pm

What a lovely post and what a loving family. Those turkey plates are really special and I hope the family especially enjoys gathering for Thanksgiving. I have really liked all your recent posts, including the wedding where the decorating and special touches were inspiring.

Helen - November 20, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Now I want Thanksgiving dishes! So elegant – I love the brown and red theme!

Cheri - November 20, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Beautiful table setting…can I come? How thoughtful to have family members be on the look out for ya, my girls are the same way.

Garden, Home and Party - November 20, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Those are beautiful plates and that turkey is quite a handsome fella. Great story, I’m so happy for you. What a sweet family!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for your blog and friendship.

Peggy - November 20, 2014 - 1:54 pm

I knew it would be beautiful! And what a nice story about family!

Ann - November 20, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Kelly, I love everything about this post!! The turkey herbs are a great idea…I’m going to look for those. And your turkey plates are so pretty. I’m happy that you got them, along with the other pieces. What a great family!

Thanks for so much inspiration at Thanksgiving, and all year! ~Ann

Debbie w - November 20, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Love love the turkey china! I bet you will find more before the season us over!

Pat Peele - November 20, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Lovely table and you will always have a story to tell how it came together.
I like the idea of Salad plates t extend the holiday life of basic China. Lots less storage space needed.
It is so wonderful to have family to fill in the gaps.

PJ Bronson - November 20, 2014 - 5:04 pm

The Turkey Plates are perfect for you! So happy they found their way to your beautiful table. You are an inspiration and I appreciate you so generously sharing your home and ideas with us! Love your chalkboard creations! Is there a secret to getting such a fine chalk line when writing? Special chalk?
Any suggestion you might have would be appreciated. Thanks!

Katrina - November 20, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Love this “Happy Ever After” story and love your turkey china! Let the cooking begin!

PATTI - November 20, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Very tastefully done (once again)! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Jeanne Bell - November 20, 2014 - 7:39 pm

I so enjoy your ramblings….Happy Thanksgiving!

DeeDee - November 20, 2014 - 7:46 pm

The turkey plates are stunning and will make a beautiful addition to your holiday table & I’m so happy they found their way to your home! I couldn’t help but notice the cranberry relish recipe on your chalkboard… would you mind sharing? I’m looking for a recipe to make for Thanksgiving!

Design Chic - November 20, 2014 - 8:36 pm

So worth all of the trouble – they look amazing on your table and love your dining room!

Dawn - November 20, 2014 - 8:38 pm


I am loving your family rich stories here lately! What a sweet family you guys have. Those plates are perfect for you! I love the brown with all of your red. It seems like those plates and serving pieces were made just for you! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful home pictures. I spied that Garden and Gun magazine you referenced earlier. I have to confess that your post on the duck camp in that magazine forced me to buy that issue of the magazine and I left one of the post cards to order a subscription to it out for my husband just in case he wants to order it for me for Christmas. :)

Jackie M. - November 20, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Hurray for finding the turkey plates! They look absolutely perfect in your dining room! And the turkey herbs! Oh my goodness! I want to find a pot of those at my grocery store!!!

Emily - November 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Love your turkey plates with the red! What a wonderful family you have to help you shop for your dishes and what great Christmas gifts!
Thank you for sharing your home with all of us. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Take care.

Susan M - November 20, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Ahhhhh….celebrating with you Kelly on getting the WS plates!! The Lord’s timing is always perfect… will really appreciate them now and not question that they were the set you wanted. I absolutely love the cotton in your centerpiece and I am coveting the ceramic turkey gravy bowl. Everything looks so inviting and ready for family fun!! Happy Thanksgiving Kelly…….I am thankful for your blog all year long!!

Donnamae - November 20, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Oh, what a wonderful family you have! Love those turkey plates…I can see why you wanted them. Your table looks lovely!;)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 21, 2014 - 12:11 am

They are either very sweet family members who know what you like, or they are setting you up to host the Thanksgiving dinner from here until Jesus comes back!

Frances in England - November 21, 2014 - 6:28 am

I’m so pleased you got the plates you wanted – and even better you got a story and happy family memories to go with them!
And I love your Turkey herbs as centrepiece idea.
I’ve decided to model the meal I’m hosting on 30th November on US Thanksgiving, which is technically inaccurate for many reasons (not least my location and nationality) but I’m really enjoying ‘joining in’ with the festivities!!

Liz - November 21, 2014 - 7:54 am

Your table setting made me want to sit right down and admire your new turkey plate collection!

Amber L - November 21, 2014 - 9:55 am

Oh, you lucky girl; everything is going to be perfect for your Thanksgiving :) Soooo envious of that platter and serving bowl! Also adore the turkey on your entryway table…

(I originally left this comment under the wrong post, lol!)

Kathy - November 21, 2014 - 10:18 am

I have so enjoyed reading your blog. I love how you stay true to your style. You take a theme and work it through the house. LOVE it. Your plates are beautiful. I had never realized the importance of the salad plate…I have 2 sets of white…imagine the different salad plates I could use. Thank you!

Gail - November 21, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Dear Kelly, I love to read your blog and see your amazing creativity. It was such a bright spot today. I don’t want this to sound like a sob story, but I am having chemo treatments right now. I am an American who has lived in Canada for over 30 years, but I AM STILL AN AMERICAN. We used to celebrate American TG with all the Americans we could gather together. This year it won’t happen, but I love thinking of all the Thanksgivings in the past. It is such a special time. So I’ll continue to enjoy your festivities as I feel blah but greatly loved and cared for. Thank you!

Barbara H - November 21, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Love your simple no fuss table decorating. Not too much to get in the way.

Julia G. - November 21, 2014 - 3:24 pm

So happy for you Kelly! Those turkey plates are so fun! I am still on the look out for my fall/thanksgiving plates.

MBJ - November 22, 2014 - 10:47 am

Though it sounds like you’d like the whole set, the pattern is so bold it is perfectly set off how you have it nested in the red. Couldn’t be better if you had it all.

Jane - November 23, 2014 - 7:47 am

I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying your blog since finding it yesterday, I love your turkey plates. I just remembered that I have two similar ones in a box in the garage I will have to look for. My few Thanksgiving decorations get stored in between the Halloween ones. it is another gray rainy morning in Fl, but I am dying to drag my husband over to Winter Park to the WS store just to browse, though I do have a long list of spices I need from the Penzy’s store just down the block from there. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Decorating for Thanksgiving (and a little giveaway!)

November front doorHallelujah!!  I am actually going to share some seasonal decorating before the day of the holiday! It’s a miracle.:)Let’s start at the front door with the wreath I shared with you at Halloween. Remember I said it would be easy to change out the pumpkins for darker colored gourds at Thanksgiving?  Well…my Halloween wreath fell off the door a few days after Halloween.:( Have any of you had that problem with wreaths before? (I’m sure it was my wimpy wire hanging.)

November wreathSo to lighten the load, I cut the pine branches off the garland that was previously wrapped around it and just inserted them into my old Christmas wreath, then added a few brown gourds, and tied it on with a dark brown satin ribbon.  Now it really should be okay for changing out for Christmas…fingers crossed it doesn’t fall off the door again.

Thanksgiving vignette on foyer buffetYou’ll see the start of our holiday color scheme here – red and brown, and I believe this will roll on into Christmas decorating very easily.

pecans in jar for ThanksgivingThere is a reason for the pecans in the jar (beside eating them.)

The house in which I grew up sat at the edge of a large pecan orchard.  Every November, my family would pick up the pecans that fell from the trees, weigh and bag them, and take them to a place that weighed and bought them from us. My father would then pay my brother, sister, and me for the pounds that we had each picked up. (Waaay less than minimum wage I know!:))Anyway, this was our “Christmas shopping money” that we used to purchase gifts for each other.

Thanksgiving foyer vignetteAnd every Thanksgiving Day, my father, brother, sister, and I would rake the leaves in our yard…the leaves that fell from those money-making pecan trees, while my mother would cook up the big meal in the kitchen. Some families watch football on Thanksgiving- our family raked leaves.:)

Thanksgiving vignetteSo I can’t help but think of pecans and leaves when I think of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving piano vignetteOkay…where were we? Oh yes, decorating for the holiday.:)

I picked up a couple of chocolate brown pillows from the Pottery Barn outlet a couple of weeks ago, and mixed them in with the red ones on the family room sofa.

family room in NovemberIt has been so darn cold here, I had to take the photos while the fire was going in the fireplace.  It gives the room a strange light.

sofaSince I was using the pecans in the jar and arrangements of fall leaves in the foyer, I decided to go all out with nuts and leaves in the family room…hazelnuts in a jar on top of the cabinet…

fall vignette for top of cabinetleaves on the end table…

fall vignette for end tableleaves on the mantel…

Thanksgiving mantel

fall leaves in silver pitcher on mantel Thanksgiving vignette

Thanksgiving mantel vignettewalnuts in the jar on the mantel…

fireplaceand a bowl of mixed nuts on the game table.

Yes, I’ve gone nutty.

(Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.:))

And now for the little giveaway.  In this month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a sweet treat with one of you super wonderful readers to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit here.(Well actually, I would like to share it with all of you, but I am afraid I can’t do that and have any Christmas shopping money left over.)  I picked up this pumpkin loaf pan, pumpkin bread mix, and this jar of pecan pumpkin butter for you on my last trip to the Williams Sonoma outlet.  (There’s a recipe using these ingredients in one of my old blog posts here.)

Thanksgiving giveawayI’ll be doing a random drawing for them this weekend.  If you would like to enter, just leave a comment on any post that publishes here between 11/18/2014 and 11/21/2014.  The contest will close at midnight on 11/21/14, and I will announce the winner in the first post after 11/21/14. I hope that makes it easy for you to enter.

Good luck, and as always, I look forward to reading your comments!:)

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Frances in England - November 18, 2014 - 4:05 am

Your house looks so cosy and welcoming, especially with that fire going.

It isn’t really cold enough here for fires yet (this is very unusual) – though we have just woken up to the first hard frost of the season, so maybe winter has decided to arrive now…

Anne Boykin - November 18, 2014 - 4:57 am

Hi Kelly, your room looks so good by the fire’s glow. Thanks for the give away!

Sheena - November 18, 2014 - 5:08 am

Thanks for offering this giveaway, Kelly. I love Williams-Sonoma’s breads and products. Your house is so cozy and warm. Thanks for sharing your great decorating ideas.

Carole - November 18, 2014 - 5:22 am

First time commenting here but the giveaway inspired me. Your house looks beautiful decorated for Thanksgiving. I’d love to sit in the chair by the fair and have a cup of coffee with you!

Velia - November 18, 2014 - 5:39 am

Kelly, what a lovely and welcoming home you have. Like you, I also have fond memories of pecan picking in my youth and being tasked with the raking of leaves. I will have to remember to display more nuts around my house next Autumn. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Barbara Barnes - November 18, 2014 - 5:58 am

Your home is always my continued favorite…I absolutely love the way you decorate your home

Emily - November 18, 2014 - 6:05 am

Kelly, your house looks wonderful with the combination of red and brown. Love the use of nuts in your canisters. Of course, love pumpkin! I grew them this year and have harvested three for our pumpkin pies. Bought some pie plates yesterday. They are red!

Take care.

Paige Dalton - November 18, 2014 - 6:17 am

I love all your red and brown in the house Aunt Kelly, and really love the idea of a fire burning in the fireplace. I would love to be sitting in front of that fireplace with a good book on this cold day!!!

Janej - November 18, 2014 - 6:48 am

Always enjoy your post thanks

Carolyn Smith - November 18, 2014 - 6:50 am

Love your Thansgiving decorating. It is my one of my favorite blessings , a time to reflect on family, friends and so much more.

DeAnne - November 18, 2014 - 6:54 am

I always save photos of your different rooms in your home—for my dream home one day. Every time you decorated something, it is exactly like I would want to do, I just can’t come up with it on my own. You are definitely talented!

Tracy S - November 18, 2014 - 7:10 am

Your home is so inviting and beautifully decorated.

Sharon - November 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

I love the red and brown color combination. Your “nutty” theme is so simple and seasonal. I so look forward to seeing how you decorate your home each season. It is beautiful and comfortable.

Amy Mac - November 18, 2014 - 7:29 am

The “We Gather Together” sheet music is a stroke of genius!! I’ll be singing it all day (which is good … it’s one of my favorite hymns!)

Arlene@Nanaland - November 18, 2014 - 7:32 am

I really like how you pick two colors to focus on each holiday. That is an idea that I plan to steal!! Pecans…how I remember “black” fingers from shelling those delish nuts. No pecan pies without that little chore. Growing up, my dad and his brother, father and nephews went hunting while the ladies got the meal together. And I do remember watching the Macy’s parade. NYC seemed to be in a galaxy far away from Northwest Georgia!! Love all your photos as usual Kelly!!

Linda - November 18, 2014 - 7:33 am

I’ve recently purchased some food from WS and have been impressed. The cranberry relish is a must try! BTW, love how cozy your house looks.:)

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 7:51 am

I have been reading your blog for awhile not, but have never commented before. Your home is beautiful. I love the fireplace! I really enjoy scrolling through your photos as I have my morning cup of tea. :)

Robin Nikkel - November 18, 2014 - 7:52 am

Your house looks very cozy Kelly. I love the leaf arrangements. They look like real leaves. How do you get them all arranged so well? I think I might try it myself this year. Thanks for the idea.

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 7:52 am

Please pardon my typo above. It was supposed to say:
“I have been reading your blog for awhile NOW.”

Gail - November 18, 2014 - 7:54 am

Hi Kelly: Your home looks like the most inviting place to curl up in during the beginning of the most hectic time of the year. Love the wreath; how very versatile! It is giving me the idea of hauling out my two Christmas wreaths and redoing them for each holiday. Thank you for that one:-) Enjoy your wonderful home and family during this season and thank you for sharing it all with us! Blessings!

Sherry - November 18, 2014 - 7:56 am

I just love and enjoy your home! And the nuts and leaves are right down my alley! Love it! The give a way looks awesome! Thank you.

Karinm - November 18, 2014 - 8:00 am

Love the Thanksgiving décor. Never thought about using nuts in my fall décor. Looking forward to photos from your workroom.

Lynne - November 18, 2014 - 8:02 am

We grew up in an old farmhouse with pecan trees in the yard. I think there were about 13 trees. We used to pick up the pecans and my Daddy would sell them. I enjoyed this decorating post on nuts and love the red and brown colors used for Thanksgiving. It is different and cozy.

Ann - November 18, 2014 - 8:08 am

I have a lot of red in my house because it is my favorite color. I would have never thought of mixing it with brown. Thanks for the idea!!

Barbara Hinske - November 18, 2014 - 8:14 am

Everything looks lovely! So warm and cozy. I like decorating with nuts, too. They’re sort of architectural — very pleasing. Happy Thanksgiving!

Judy Miller - November 18, 2014 - 8:18 am

Oh Kelly, I can smell the pumpkin bread now!!!! I so much enjoy seeing you add nuts to your fall décor. I like the color choices too. I once kept a black cast iron pot by the wood burning fireplace filled with nuts. Guess would sit on the hearth, crack the nuts and throw the hulls in the fire. Those days are long gone since all I have now are gas logs but I do miss those days. From what I see you are well ahead of the game….I need to get busy or the holidays are going to be here and gone before I get started!! LOL Happy Holidays to you and yours!! Judy

Katrina - November 18, 2014 - 8:19 am

You always do such clever decorations! Love the brown but I must say, you make every color you accent with look great! The glow from your fire just makes those pictures even more inviting.
17 degrees in the mountains of NC!! Brrrr……

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 18, 2014 - 8:20 am

Your home looks so beautiful and I love your pretty photos. The one of the fireplace and cozy fire is stunning. Love the story of the nuts and what a great decorating tip too, they look like the holidays to me too. Love the bread pan and mix, what a lovely gift.

Patty in Michigan - November 18, 2014 - 8:26 am

Kelly, your home looks beautiful. Love all the different nuts. My grandmother always had nuts in a large bowl on the table during the holidays. I love this giveaway. I think my pumpkin bread that I make would come out beautiful in that loaf pan!! Have a great day!

Karen - November 18, 2014 - 8:27 am

Wishing you a blessed and thankful holiday! Your home is simply stunning, I’ve, “borrowed,” several of your ideas!

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 8:46 am

I love the wall of photos of your kids!

Thanks for the giveaway! -Kathy

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 8:46 am

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Joan - November 18, 2014 - 8:48 am

Your home looks so warm and cozy, and I especially love your wreath. Thanks for the lovely giveaway- I’ve made pumpkin bars with the Muirhead Pumpkin Butter before- yum!

Cindy - November 18, 2014 - 9:04 am

Your decorating is so warm and inviting! Love all the brown pumpkins…where did you find those? I don’t do orange so I am always looking for different colored pumpkins I can use.
Would love to win, love anything pumpkin.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Brenda - November 18, 2014 - 9:05 am

I may have to go nutty too! I love the looks of the nuts displayed in the jars, and your memories of picking up pecans and raking leaves are very sweet.

Your home is very welcoming.

Heather - November 18, 2014 - 9:05 am

Love, love, love your house inside and out, and I love, love, love pumpkin!

Barbara (WA) - November 18, 2014 - 9:16 am

Brown & red looks great – so smart for the transition to Christmas! I put out a few of my autumn pumpkins (ceramic, fabric, wood) in late September despite the chaos with all the Spare Oom stuff in the living room. My bins of Christmas things are among the chaos and since I broke my wrist (!!!) I am going to leave those bins where they are. Once I do a bit of Christmas decorating I’ll have hubby tuck them away.

Kay Carver - November 18, 2014 - 9:19 am

I just love everything you do! You love what you do, and it shows! I just don’t know where you find the time to accomplish it all.

Libby - November 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

I so enjoy your blog Kelly. I find tons of inspiration here. And your home is beautiful! What a super nice give away. Love pumpkin anything this time of year. Pick me!

Talia - November 18, 2014 - 9:28 am

Your house is positively charming. I would never leave! :) You always decorate it so tastefully, yet it always looks inviting and cozy. Beautiful work!

Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with yummy food and surrounded by those you love most.

Laurie Cordeniz - November 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Kelly, Great blog! Always excited when I see you in my in box. Your home always looks festive for the seasons…love your natural touch and glad to see that someone else puts nuts out at the holidays…you must be an old soul as well like me. Thanks for the chance for the WS pumpkin mold. Fingers crossed!

Jill - November 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Kelly! Really enjoy your photos, we have very similar tastes I believe :-) I too love Williams Sonoma anything, pumpkin anything this time of year is delicious. Thanks for the give away & Happy Thanksgiving!

Sue - November 18, 2014 - 9:32 am

However do you leave for work Kelly? Your house is so cozy, I would sit all day in front of that fire with a good Mitford book;-)

kathy - November 18, 2014 - 9:43 am

My favorite things in this post are: #1 your story about pecans and using them in your decorating (I love decorating ideas with meaning), your wreath, the red and brown theme, the sheet music, and all of your books. (Josie, do you see how many Readers Digest Condensed books are on Kelly’s shelves? Will you shop there for me?) Do you go to the WS outlet in Dawsonville, Kelly? I love that place! Thanks for more inspiration!

Jere - November 18, 2014 - 9:47 am

I love the natural earthy feel to your home. It looks so welcoming and cozy.

Amy O'Quinn - November 18, 2014 - 9:56 am

I love your ‘nutty and leafy’ fall decor. It’s beautiful, and the firelight just adds to the whole ambiance and cozy atmosphere of the family room! I grew up picking up pecans too (and still do). I think I got paid 10 cents a pound as a little girl! LOL We live in my late grandparents remodeled farmhouse next door to my parents, so now my children get to pick up pecans from all the very same (numerous) trees. A little funny…a few years ago one of my little boys asked for one of the specific pecan trees for Christmas! He wanted the Stuart by the barn all to himself, since those bring the best prices. :) No go! All of my children know which trees are which (seedlings, Mayhans, Sumner, Stuart, Schley, etc.)and always make a beeline for the ones with the heaviest and best-selling nuts. Somehow our fragile and VERY lightweight Mayhans in the front yard always seem to be the last ones to get picked up. LOL
Great post…thanks for sharing!

Dorene - November 18, 2014 - 9:57 am

love your home and the colors you decorate with, all my favorites. I feel like a stalker I have visited so many times for ideas

Wendy D. - November 18, 2014 - 9:59 am

I could not imagine decorating for fall without using leaves and nuts! Thank you for all the inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Jill - November 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

I love hearing about other families traditions. Sounds like you have some wonderful memories.
The red and brown look nice together. I like your big turkey. I don’t think that I have any decorations that are specific to Thanksgiving. Hmmm…..

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 10:13 am

Must use this recipe for the holidays. Would be excited to win the supplies.

Debra - November 18, 2014 - 10:31 am

Ok, after just seeing this pretty fall post, I think I want to go a little “nutty” too. Love the brown and red, Kelly. There’s something to be said about your simplistic styling. I love that brown turkey as well atop your entry cabinet. Well, it is a 8 degree wake up this morning and I have to go out and run errands soon, but I think I would rather just gaze over your post a bit, especially the fireplace photo. So toasty! Oh, I am jealous, as we have a William Sonoma store not too far from us but not an outlet, I don’t think? Time to google, or hopefully win? What wonderful little treats for a giveaway.

Grand - November 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

would love to have this beautiful pumpkin pan. I really enjoy your blog and your lovely home.

Lisa K - November 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

I love your relaxed way of decorating with things from nature for the Fall & Thanksgiving!

Jan P - November 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

Really like your Thanksgiving decor – and glad to see you haven’t decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. :) I love natural elements when decorating.
Your home is very welcoming.

Donna - November 18, 2014 - 10:57 am

Hi Kelly! Your home is so cozy and comfortable. I love that you have books everywhere. Thanks for doing this giveaway…it is perfect for the season!

Rose L - November 18, 2014 - 10:57 am

Oh Kelly, I totally love the leaf bouquets in the silver pots. Just the right amount of glitz to go with the leaves. It makes everything feel so warm! With over a foot of snow, blown in to three and four foot drifts I’m having a hard time thinking about Thanksgiving and my mind just wanders away to Christmas :) I adore that beautiful loaf pan and will order one for myself since I’m likely to win it from you (though I’m hoping I do). I have lots of fresh home grown pumpkin put up just for making delightful pumpkin recipes this fall and winter. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season together. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rose in Nebraska

Karen Krieger - November 18, 2014 - 11:16 am

Your house is absolutely stunning! I love all of your seasonal touches that make everything so inviting.
thank you for all the inspiration!

Nan, Odessa, DE - November 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

You have done it again! Lovely. Thanks for having us over.
I would enjoy baking with that lovely pan, smelling the bread baking and sharing it with loved ones!

Continue doing what you do so well.

Who plays the piano?

Liz Piccione-Volger - November 18, 2014 - 11:17 am

Wow, great giveaway. And that pumpkin pecan cake from 2012 looks so yummy! Love how you do all your jars every season. And those pumpkin bowls from 2012 are adorable too! Thanks for the opportunity to win and all the work you do here. Its always a pleasure to visit!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 18, 2014 - 11:18 am

Kelly, your home is always so warm, cozy, and beautiful….I love that your wreath on the door can be taken from Fall to Christmas with just a few changes…beautiful…When I saw your silver bowl of nuts, it so reminded me of my childhood…my parents always had the bowl of nuts and the nutcracker out for the holidays..truthfully, I think that was the first thing that they put out…

Garden, Home and Party - November 18, 2014 - 11:23 am

Hi Kelly,
I love the brown and red theme. It’s so rich for this time of year and seems the perfect color combination to bridge the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love using nuts and with the leaves you’ve gathered, it’s picture perfect.
By the way, take my name out of the drawing, I was the lucky recipient of your generous giveaway last year…the Thanksgiving and Christmas Entertaining books. I was looking at the Thanksgiving book last evening for ideas and recipes and I wanted you to know how much I enjoy these two books. This is my favorite time of year and it’s fun to have such a great pair of reference books. Thank you!
I hope your prep for the big day goes smoothly. I’m already buying the dry goods…fresh items to be picked up next week. I’m so excited! :-)

Charlene - November 18, 2014 - 11:26 am

I know I say this every time I leave a comment, but I absolutely love your website. I check it daily and get excited when there is a new post! :) Love the browns and reds – what a great combination for the holiday! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

Robin - November 18, 2014 - 11:38 am

Beautiful Kelly!

Joy Cooper - November 18, 2014 - 11:41 am

I love your Thanksgiving decorations, especially the addition of nuts. It was always a big tradition in my family growing up to have bowls of nuts in front of the fire for cracking and enjoying. Would love to try the Williams Sonoma bread for my family this Thanksgiving. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

Ruth - November 18, 2014 - 11:55 am

Smiled upon spotting the Chit Chat cards (a.k.a. Table Topics) in your family room. A couple of years ago I got a deck for our family, for when our dinner table conversations became stale and predictable. My boys laughed scornfully when I brought them out, but we’ve always have the best time and the best discussions with them! We enjoyed ours so much, I gave them as Christmas presents to our neighbors. I recently sent a deck to college with my son, pointing out that it might provide a funny “ice breaker” with some of the ladies around the dorm, or be the basis for get-to-know-you activities among small groups of freshmen. Back home, I got them out the other night when we “empty nesters” got restless with our books. The cards really do stir up some fun conversations!
I love, love, LOVE your photos and your decorating sensibility, and appreciate so much the “armchair trips” to NC and other beautiful, soulful places.

Kayleigh O'Neal - November 18, 2014 - 11:59 am

Kelly, I loved reading about your Thanksgiving traditions growing up. I would so love a pecan tree in my yard! Your wreath looks beautiful – hopefully all the snow you’re bound to get leaves it alone. Ha ha

Pamela G - November 18, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I love your blog and love seeing the way you decorate your home for the holidays!

Sharon - November 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm

I love your home, it is always cozy and inviting. You know how to celebrate the seasons with subtle touches that seem natural and yet festive without being overwhelming. Thank you for sharong :)

Christa - November 18, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love the stories about your childhood family traditions. Very sweet!

Terry Ellen Cross - November 18, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Love your site, how inspiring!!! Will you share where you found that gorgeous wooden lamp, perfect!!!

Yvonne Cannon - November 18, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I look forward to all your posts! Your home looks so warm and inviting! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Debbie w - November 18, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Love your home in all season! Would love to be the winner of this giveaway!

L J - November 18, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Kelly, I had some misgivings at first about whether I’d like adding in the brown. foolish me! You’ve done it again and it is so inviting and warm. I love the touch of the brown pillows and the brown satin ribbon on the wreath. Way to go, girl. You inspire all of us and for that we are THANK-FULL.
BTW, for those who are searching for a red pedestal cake stand like yours. I found mine a few weeks ago at Cost Plus/World Markets (about $20).

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 18, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Kelly, I loved the story about picking pecans for Christmas money! My siblings and I picked blackberries (well, truthfully, strawberries too) for extra money. I love all the nuts in the shell…that brings back memories of the holidays for me. My dad loved nuts and we always had some in a bowl to crack. I was just looking at Costco last night for nuts in the shell…none to be found! I will keep looking though. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Warmly, Gracia

Colleen - November 18, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Such sweet memories!! That’s really what it’s all about isn’t it? Thanks for sharing yours. Blessings to you and your family.

Vickie M. - November 18, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Your home is beautifully decorated. I look forward to each and every post! Happy Thanksgibing, Kelly!

Kim - November 18, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I just love your house! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jaybird - November 18, 2014 - 1:57 pm

I am in love with your brown and red!!! Beautiful decorations, lovely home!!
Thank you for a chance in your give-a-way!

Linda - November 18, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Your home looks great Kelly! My family fell in love with your pumpkin cake recipe! Thanks for sharing:)

Pat Pegram - November 18, 2014 - 2:50 pm

So cozy and warm! I love your style and your blog.

Mrs.T - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love your theme of nuts and leaves! So rich-looking. I like how the nuts provide a hint of harvest time.

The giveaway is so fun, too. Would love to win! That loaf pan is amazing even if one never baked in it! Thanks for the opportunity.

Wendy Boyd - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Love your home – it’s just beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway also!

Debbie - November 18, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Kelly, thanks again for another great post full of inspiration and sweet memories. AND a giveaway! Please tell where you found that beautiful turkey in your entrance hall. And the brown pumpkins also. I’m decorating our new-old home in brown, red, gray, and cream. Thanks a lot to your inspiration!

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Kathy P. - November 18, 2014 - 3:26 pm

I just love your decorating style – so warm and cozy.

Pat Peele - November 18, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Lovely as always! Nuts are good to see and taste goo also. Love the red and brown.

Joy Jenkins - November 18, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Everything looks Beautiful!

Susan - November 18, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Kelly – it’s all so pretty and charming! I love the touches of silver you have in there too, with trays and candlesticks and vases. I am trying to get my winter things out but my daughter is getting married THIS Saturday, so it’s project wedding 24/7.

BTW, I LOVED your post about the Barn Wedding and we’re using that for inspiration!

Barbara Hagler - November 18, 2014 - 4:35 pm

One of my favorite blogs. Love your decorating style.

Cordelia - November 18, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Wow! You are amazing. I love how cozy and comfortable you decorated while managing to keep it chic and classy!! I think I need your house!

Jerry Stocks - November 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Love your casual arrangements of leaves and berries. This is so much better then “fixed” arrangements. Your home is beautiful.

Mary - November 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm

I just recently discovered your blog… following a link from another one. You and your house have quickly become one of my most favorite houses ever and I so look forward to each and every blog entry now. As usual, I’m going crazy pinning so many ideas from your blog/house. Your style is definitely the look I want to create in my home!!! Thanks for the giveaway…. yum!!!

jenna - November 18, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Thought the wreath on the front entry was wonderful and the interior was warm and inviting!

Donnie - November 18, 2014 - 5:40 pm

kelly, love the wreath saga. I’ve actually combined two different wreaths to make one full wreath with lots of interest. I am following your lead and decorating early this year, same reasons, love the season and want to be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Thank you for all your inspiration.

Dawn R. - November 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Hi Kelly,
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thank you for the giveaway, it looks great. Your home looks perfect and ready for the holidays.

Kathy - November 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Thank you for sharing your home with us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Patti - November 18, 2014 - 7:05 pm

You know, in this sometimes bleak and dreary world there is a little bright spot called “Talk of the House”. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thanks! :-)

GinaE - November 18, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Your home is always so lovely and inviting. The fire going is so cozy and gives a wonderful glow. Wishing you and your family the happiest Thanksgiving. Many thanks for the chance to win this great give away!

Benita R. - November 18, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Beautiful as always! You have encouraged me to add “pops” of color all through my decor…I’ve never thought of buying books for their color, but I find myself migrating to red covered books!

Laura - November 18, 2014 - 7:51 pm

I love your Thanksgiving decorations. Your home looks so cozy and inviting!

Jeanne Bell - November 18, 2014 - 8:27 pm

I love your house and how homey it always looks. Will your sons be home for Thanksgiving or Christmas? They can at least see home thru your blog.
I have had the pumpkin bread from William Sonoma and loved it.
Thanks for the chance to win it.

Julie - November 18, 2014 - 8:35 pm

I only recently came across your blog and I have to say I love it!!!!!!

Louvina - November 18, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Another wonderful post! Warm, fuzzy and down home feel of family and Thanksgiving! Really like the brown, red, leaves and nuts!! How you liking this cold weather? It is reaching mid-FL tonight!! Got your fireplace going? I bet you do!

Pat in Georgia - November 18, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Holidays are my favorite time of year. I love how you lovingly decorate for each holiday with so much care and attention to beautiful details. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to all our blessings. One of my greatest blessings is your blog and the beauty that is represents. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Mary - November 18, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I’ve been enjoying your blog for a few months now. I love your style!

heather - November 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm

I would love to win this one thanks for the chance.

Dawn - November 18, 2014 - 10:26 pm


I love your pecan picking and leaf raking story. What a wonderful way to grow up. I bet you and your siblings really appreciated the gifts you bought for each other! I really like the idea of all of the nuts used in different jars and areas as a way of decorating. My grandmother always had bowls of mixed, in the shell, nuts around her home during the holidays and my uncles would crack and eat them. In the shell nuts remind me of those special times at my grandmothers house and how my uncles would show me how to use the tools to crack and dig the nut meat out of the shells. (I am the oldest grandchild and niece and my grandmother has been in heaven for over 20 years). Thank you for rekindling a holiday memory for me. I don’t think your fireplace gives off a weird glow in your family room. I love the glow of a wood fire and think it gives it a more natural glow. It helps me feel like I am right there with you while you give us a tour of your lovely home.

Anita - November 18, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Red and brown. I never would have put those together but with the right tones, it works quite well! Lovely!

Phyllis - November 18, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Your home is lovely and.such a warm and inviting place to be for the holidays. I would love to win your.william Sonoma give away. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks and have a wonderful. Thanksgiving.

Donnamae - November 18, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Your home looks so warm and lovely! Thanks for the opportunity! ;)

Kathy - November 19, 2014 - 3:06 am

Tis the reason for the season!!! Your home definitely reveals a beautiful season for you, your family, and all your Pinterest friends!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely home, and enjoy the holidays!!

Debbie V. - November 19, 2014 - 8:18 am

I love your decorating style and always look forward to reading your blog. Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Lisa - November 19, 2014 - 9:30 am

Hi Kelly,

Once again, I love your home. So cozy, warm and inviting. I hope your boys get to come home for the holidays. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. No fuss, lots of food and fellowship. What a special story about raising funds to purchase gifts for others and helping your father. Instilling the appreciation of giving to others is very important during the holidays. I can’t wait to see what you serve for Thanksgiving.

Mary Ellen - November 19, 2014 - 9:48 am

Hi Kelly,

You make your home look so cozy and inviting….makes me want to visit. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Joyce W - November 19, 2014 - 10:44 am

Hi Kelly!
i am impressed with your lovely home and the stories behind your decorating.
All that is left is to fix that turkey dinner- hope you have a fabulous holiday!
Make ever day special-

Lori R. - November 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

What a nice give away. My out of town company would love to eat such a nice surprise.

Julia G. - November 19, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Your home is so warm and cozy and I love hearing about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions!

barbara n - November 19, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I love Williams Sonoma and all things pumpkin! Would love to win this giveaway!

Barbara Hagler - November 19, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Nuts all over! I love it!

Pam Jenkins - November 19, 2014 - 5:35 pm

I love fall decor, and your home is such a beautiful example.

DiAnne - November 19, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Love your home! Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly!

Barbara P from Ma - November 19, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Hi Kelly, Everything looks SO Pretty! Just perfect for this time of year- You sure do have a knack for selecting just the right things to make your home so warm and inviting! Always look forward to your posts! Can’t wait to see your home decorated for Christmas!

Amy C - November 19, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Lovely home. Always so inviting and cozy.

annie diamond - November 19, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Your house is incredibly beautiful for this season! I adore the brown and red books and the leaves and nuts…cozy fire, all so inviting!

Andrea - November 19, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Kelly….your home is so lovely, as always thank you for sharing it with us all!

JenniferinVA - November 20, 2014 - 4:06 am

Yep, it’s official your blog is still my fav!! Love all the cozyness you have created!

Stacey - November 20, 2014 - 6:36 am

Love love! Since I already blatantly copied your black and white photos and frames with your help…I might blatantly copy the jars around the house too. Already have them in the kitchen so that would work. :)

Sharon - November 20, 2014 - 7:48 am

I am always amazed how your simple seasonal changes make such an impact!! Makes me believe that I can do that too! I am thrilled that the turkey plates found you for Thamksgiving! Oh my they are beautiful….and the bowl and platter. You must be one loved lady! Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow….even turkey dishes! :)

Nancy Whiddon - November 20, 2014 - 7:59 am

Kelly you just inspire me…. I love the story of the turkey plates so happy you now have a wonderful collection to use for many years! Love seeing you family at the barn wedding Saturday and you know I love your sweet girl! HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Ann - November 20, 2014 - 8:05 am

Love all the touches that you have throughout your home . . . especially the red!!

denise - November 20, 2014 - 9:41 am

i have a house crush. I want to replicate each room in your house, but I don’t b/c i fear that you will some day come over for coffee and be creeped out and think I’m a weird stalker. But then i remember that ours is only a one way blog relationship and that the chances of you dropping by is nil to none, so, maybe i will after all. :)

Deborah - November 20, 2014 - 9:54 am

Hi Kelly! Cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Love your ideas and decorating for every holiday and seasons. I’ve used quite a few of your warm touches for each room in my house. I thank you! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa K - November 20, 2014 - 10:48 am

Oh Kelly – I love your new turkey plates & the platter is just gorgeous! What a thoughtful family; knowing just what you wanted :-) Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Kys - November 20, 2014 - 11:36 am

Hello Kelly~
It was such a sweet story about the gifting of your dishes. Thank you for your inspirations in decorating for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing the giveaway of my favorite things that I use as soon as Fall rolls around. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Theresa in Nebraska - November 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Lovely! I have my eye on those Thanksgiving plates too! Our store is also sold out. Glad you got them and they look beautiful!

Annette - November 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Love looking at all the touches you add for each holiday to your home. It inspires.

christi in ma - November 20, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Our Williams Sonoma outlet closed about this time last year.
It was my go to spot for anything kitchen and dining. Oh AND for peppermint bark. I’d find such treasures in the clearance in the back. I picked up the Pottery Barn velvet tree skirt there years ago for $20!

Laura - November 20, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I love following your blog and your home inspires me to cozy mine up! Just Gorgeous! I can taste that Pumpkin Butter on that Pumpkin Bread already! Thank you


Pam from Ontario, Canada - November 20, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Hi Kelly,
Love your blog. You have such fabulous taste. We’ve already had our Thanksgiving…I love these ideas for next year! We just received 40cm of snow yesterday (about 15 inches) looking forward to Christmas! Would love to win your giveaway. Pam

amanda s - November 20, 2014 - 5:21 pm

That looks very tasty! I would love to win. You have a beautiful home.

Anne in NH - November 20, 2014 - 5:33 pm

What wonderful photos, gets me in the mood for weekend house decoration! Love your ideas…and pumpkin bread. Bring on turkey day!

Lynn Mosher - November 20, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Your home looks lovely and so inviting. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lisa Roesler & daughter, Jessica - November 20, 2014 - 6:26 pm


We love your house! You are so creative. Thanksgiving is so inviting at your house. Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Bobbie - November 20, 2014 - 8:06 pm

I have 2 favorite blogs and you are one of them! I have followed you and your beautiful decorating for over a year. Love, love, love your style!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.


Drucye Cox - November 20, 2014 - 8:40 pm

I’m a Georgia girl too and I love your blog. You amaze me with all you do.

Debbie - November 20, 2014 - 10:00 pm

You have no idea how much I appreciate your blog. I have become so fond of it. It is always interesting, full of ideas, and creativity. I bet your students are so thrilled to have you as a teacher. You can certainly tell a great story and be witty with it too.
I have to tell you I spent hours decorating my kitchen and breakfast room in reds and browns and shopped for bags of nuts to fill my large glass cannisters ha.

Your home is so warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing with us.

I would be thrilled to win the giveaway!

Sherry Myers - November 20, 2014 - 10:06 pm

You have hit it out of the park again! I love the wreath on your door. Lovely. Your entry and living room look so seasonably warm and inviting. Your family has to love coming home to such a charming place.
I love the brown and red you have used in your dining room and kitchen. Congratulations on your turkey dishes!!! They are perfectly beautiful! Nothing would look better. Your generous spirit has been rewarded. I am happy for you!!
I know you have worked hard. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving celebration together.
Blessings to you and yours,

Jill Wendt - November 20, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Your home is beautiful and very cozy. And…I love those turkey plates! They are beautiful and look amazing on your table. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Cynthia - November 21, 2014 - 7:24 am

What a lovely name…lol, that’s what I named my sweet daughter!
I could move right in to your beautiful home and feel like its mine! You have a beautiful eye for home decor. I particularly enjoy the “natural” elements you have used for your Fall decor. The glass jars of nuts are a great addition!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Cind - November 21, 2014 - 7:45 am

I love your blog Kelly! I don’t know where you find the time and energy to decorate your house so beautifully for every season. Everything always looks so nice! May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Julie A - November 21, 2014 - 9:00 am

Love your blog and will be trying this recipe!!

Amber L. - November 21, 2014 - 9:50 am

Oh, you lucky girl; everything is going to be perfect for your Thanksgiving :) Soooo envious of that platter and serving bowl! Also adore the turkey on your entryway table…

Becky - November 21, 2014 - 9:56 am

LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us:)

Linda - November 21, 2014 - 11:36 am

Just discovered your bog. I’ll be a regular reader! Red and brown, I’m in, it looks wonderful and so cozy.

Linda - November 21, 2014 - 12:28 pm

I love your house and all your Thanksgiving decorations!
The turkey plates are perfect!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Mothersead - November 21, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Your home is beautiful and full of life.

Ellen Martin - November 21, 2014 - 11:06 pm

As always, your seasonal decorations are simple and beautiful! Your home is so inviting and warm. I love the turkey plates, and your combination of them with red!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Brenda A. - November 22, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Kelly, Thanks for sharing your home and ideas with us. I love the way you display your children’s pictures thruout your home, especially in your kitchen cabinets. We have 15 grandchildren and I think they’d love it if I could do that with theirs. I look forward to seeing your Christmas decor as well. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

karen - November 25, 2014 - 12:59 pm

The red and brown is so beautiful. It will take you right through to Christmas without having to switch anything! Your home is always so lovely and inspiring.

Jaybird - December 2, 2014 - 12:59 pm

I was just looking back over this post and noticed the silverware.
Is that Fairfax?? If so, I have some of it’s relatives…my Mom and Dad’s pattern/wedding gift.
Blessings to you,

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