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I'm Kelly. I love to talk about houses and anything related to them. Since you have come to this place I'm guessing you probably like to do the same. Look around here a bit, and you will find rooms and houses, ideas for entertaining, and other randomness that my brain likes to think about. If you have a question about anything, please leave a comment. I would love to talk with you!
If we could get away to a little place in the country for a Valentine’s Day trip, I think this house/barn would be just perfect. You may have seen it before, but I just couldn’t resist posting it for the upcoming day of love.
I guess I should tell you that this barn was designed and is owned by Patrick Ahearn…who just also happened to design this year’s HGTV dream house. From this building, I am sure you can see that not only does he adore architecture, but he also collects cars. He talks about how his architectural work is often inspired by elements from car design. (You can see a number of video interviews with him here.)
When I think of Valentine’s Day and romance, I think of romantic meals, (food of course!) and when I think of romantic meals, I think Italian. I am probably supposed to think French, but I have never prepared anything French in my life (but a lot of Italian!) So for this weekend’s post, I have a few Italian things I want to share with you. Perhaps you will find some inspiration here to help you with your Valentine’s Day plans.
First up… this cute cute shop (that has unfortunately closed in its Virginia Highlands location of Atlanta.)The photos above (and below) are from Bella Cucina. It offered wonderful ingredients for Italian cooking and housed a lovely little sandwich shop. But there is good news for us! Its website still remains open, and you can order any of those delicious pestos, olive oils, breads and other things for your Italian dinner any time you like.
Then you could have fun cooking the dinner together. Or maybe you are not cooking at all, and you will be enjoying your Valentine’s dinner out. If you live near Atlanta, you can visit the Little Italy area on the Westside.
My husband and son ate at Antico yesterday . (There is a video tour of the restaurant here.) It is my son’s favorite pizza place. The always packed eat-with-strangers-at-your-table dining area would not be my choice for Valentine’s Day though. And the parking is awful in this area, but there is valet parking available across the street.
Hope you have found some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day here today. I have a lot to get done this weekend for it and a party we are hosting after it. (That is why I am soooo far behind on answering your emails. Sorry.)
I will fill you in soon on the parties! (and answer the emails!)
I really never have. I don’t remember wearing it at all as a child. There is not one dab of it inside our house, and if you read the post on our master bedroom closet, you saw there is no pink in all of my wardrobe.
Even after having two sons, I never bought our daughter pink clothing. I think she might have had one pink outfit as a toddler. And her nursery decor? Yellow walls, white furniture, and all the linens were white with a red cherry print.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think these rooms are pretty. On the contrary, I do think they are very pretty. They look very feminine, but my tastes run towards more tailored spaces for our family. I like rooms that I feel both men and women would be comfortable in. But if you are a fan of pink and pretty, you might want to check out some of the rooms by Tracey Rapisardi, like the one below. She is one of the queens of pretty!
You might remember that our daughter’s dorm room was done in hot pink, navy, and white last fall. (She still doesn’t wear much pink, but there is certainly pink in her decorating!)
Last December, Talbots’ catalog featured a page with all of this clothing. I loved the combinations…tailored and feminine…and seriously thought about getting the vest and gloves (and perhaps the sweater and skirt.)