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September Decorating Part 2

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It’s those lines from You’ve Got Mail that are making me do this. You know…the ones about loving New York in the fall, buying school supplies, and sending you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.  

Those lines.

dining roomI think they are permanently ingrained in my head and sending me subliminal…

Buy school supplies.

Decorate with those school supplies.  

tabletop for SeptAnd they are telling me…

Use those napkins with the penmanship letters on them at your table.

Use books and marbled composition notebooks and pencils and apples-for-the-teacher for a centerpiece.

centerpiece And the decorate-with-school-supplies message has made me put out kid friendly after-school snacks.

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 The only problem is I am the only one left at home that now eats them.:(

(My husband has great restraint.)

dining room cupboardWhen you love a movie like I love that movie, it kind of gets in your head and your heart.

kitchen islandLike when I am opening car doors in the morning at my job, and I am helping those little people out of their car seats, I say, Good morning Hank!  Good morning Riley and Avery. How are you today?  

kitchen deskAnd I feel like Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly when she is opening her shop door at The Shop Around the Corner, greeting the children there with, Jessica and Mya, How are you today?:)(Do you remember that scene?)

peanut butter cookies recipe chalkboard

And it makes me wish again that I had a little bookstore that I could be opening the door to in the morning.

 (Didn’t we all wish that when we saw that movie for the first time?)

kitchen cornerAnd we would decorate our cabinets in our little shop-around-the-corner with children’s books and toys and cute posters just like the ones in the movie…and maybe put in a coffee bar for the grown ups who bring their children to our shop.:)(But of course, there is a Starbucks nearby on another corner.)

beverage cornerAnd we might even include a chalkboard or two in our charming bookstore, right?

Talk of the House playroom dresser and chalkboard

Talk of the House old school alphabet chalkboard in the playroom

And perhaps the giant bookstore would not put our little shop out of business.

chalkboard and school vignetteYou’ve Got Mail also made me fall in love with New York City. September is a good time to think about that…remembering those who lost so very much in the tragic events of 9-11 and honoring the incredible strength of those who have kept the city going. It makes me think of that.

entry with bookbagsAs you can see, the bouquets of newly sharpened pencils, and all the other school supplies have made themselves at home in our house this month. (If you missed part 1, there are more school supplies running rampant there as well.)

schoolhouse chair

And that’s what happens when you fall in love with a movie.:)

Until next time…

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Debra - September 12, 2014 - 2:21 am

Your dreams are the book store, while mine are a small quaint coffee shop. I’ll ride my bike or walk to work too. I would so enjoy the customers. :) Love that movie. Now Kelly, with all the kids gone, which one of you is going to eat all those goodies in those glass jars of yours? If I lived near by I would be stopping in to help eat quite a few of those cookies, or have tea and one of the muffins in the kitchen. :) Love all your red, especially your plaid curtains. Your yellow lunch box is adorable. I have a black one that I have had since I was 12. YIKES. Again, no fall décor here yet. It was a wonderful cool day today that brought a camisole with a red plaid flannel shirt, long jeans and my red suede ballet shoes from Target (last year clearance). I love red too. Hubs definitely had a smile on his face when he walked in the door tonight to came home to the smell of pot roast cooking. It definitely felt like the start of Fall here. May it commence….
A coffee shop is a wonderful dream as well, Debra. :) I am afraid I am the eater of all things snack-y. My husband just does not help much when it comes to them. Now if it were vegetables, he would be right on it! (No fun, right?) Jealous of your fall apparel (and your pot roast ready!)

Arlene@Nanaland - September 12, 2014 - 7:52 am

Oh Kelly, that is one of my FAVORITE movies too!! That little store just captured my heart. I own the dvd and I admit to watching it when the mood hits me. I have always been fascinated by NYC and I would love to take a trip there. It is on my bucket list. I saw it across the river from New Jersey when my son was married up there but did not make it to the city. l love your penmanship chalk boards. So cute…good penmanship is becoming a lost art. Hoping things are settling down at your house and you are enjoying your empty nest.
We should all get together to watch the movie and have a big party! I hope you get to visit New York. There is so much to see there…and so much shopping and eating and theater. Thank you for the compliments on the chalkboards! Things ARE settling down some…but we do have a wedding in the family coming up soon though.

Sue - September 12, 2014 - 7:59 am

I could have written every word in this post. I LOVE that movie and I am staring at a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils as I write this! I buy school supplies every year and have stacks and stacks of crayons and notebooks. {my children graduated from HS over 15 years ago} I tell myself that I am donating them and I do, but I still have more than my grandchildren will ever use:-)
I decorate with children’s books too, and our little playhouse, named Storybook Cottage, is full of children’s book characters and books. Madeline, Pepito, Max, Ruby, Lily, etc.
I could move right on in to your house Kelly, red and green are my very favorite colors.
Thanks so much for sharing.
That is too funny about you and the school supplies Sue! I am glad you liked all the decorating here. Red and green are so cheerful!

Sue - September 12, 2014 - 8:01 am

Oops ~ forgot to tell you that I made your apple brickle dip {because of course September is all about eating apples in every form} and we all loved it. It is now making the rounds between my girls and their fall events.
That stuff is addicting! I need to make some myself. Thanks for the reminder!

Jackie Caruso - September 12, 2014 - 8:05 am

Your September decorating looks so cute, I love your attention to detail. Your penmanship blackboard reminds me of the borders around the black chalkboards we had in grade school – now it seems as if all school chalkboards are green. Your penmanship is perfect! It’s finally cooled off here in St. Louis and I hope to begin bringing out my fall decorations this weekend. I love that they can stay up through Thanksgiving. And yes, I wanted to own a bookshop as well, exactly like the one in You’ve Got Mail.
Thank you Jackie! Our school does not even have chalkboards anymore. They were all converted into whiteboards, and now electronic Smart Boards hang in front of them! I wonder what the next wave will be. Hopefully I will be retired before it comes around.

Susan M - September 12, 2014 - 8:18 am

Such a favorite movie of mine too Kelly!!! It is one of my “comfort movies”….you know ….when you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a soft blanket and hot chocolate!! Everytime I see your home in all its beautiful decor…I want to run out and redecorate. I love the school time lovelies in your home!!! I recently found out that Gilmore Girls…..a big” comfort” show for me… coming out on Netflix in October and I can envision lots of couch and hot chocolate time. Guess I better get my fall decorating done before Oct. or it won’t get done…..LOL.
It is definitely a comfort movie! I have known about Gilmore Girls for a long time, but I have not seen any of it. I need to get the dvd’s to watch it when I get a break this fall.

Jill - September 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

Everything looks so sweet Kelly. Oh how I wish they still taught penmanship in schools! Your chalkboard is perfection. And in all the time I’ve been reading your blog I never noticed the bookplate label holders (is that what they’re called?) on the dresser in the playroom. That’s a nice little detail. I had to look back at another playroom post to see if they were new. Ha!
Fall is headed to Ohio this weekend. I’m looking forward to a cooler day for my daughter’s cross country meet on Saturday. So far we’ve just had hot and muggy. Hopefully I’ll get to break out my school sweatshirt. :D
We do still teach cursive the last few months of third grade here, but it really needs much longer than that for practice. I wish parents would practice it with their children in the summer following third grade, and that would help tremendously. The bookplate labels have been there, so I guess they are just new to you. :) I had a hard time finding them to purchase them…seems like we had to get them from a furniture maker’s catalog. Glad to know that fall is making its way to your area.

Barb - September 12, 2014 - 8:29 am

Now aren’t you the clever one!

Kim - September 12, 2014 - 8:53 am

Best movie ever!

Lori Lucas - September 12, 2014 - 8:54 am

As always, I loved your post. I too would love a book store. I would need a clock in there only to remind me it’s time to go home….instead of WHEN do we get to go home!! I love the penmanship boards. I would LOVE if you could recreate them and put the download for sale! One more thing…I totally understand the treats in a jar, and no one is there to eat them. :( I remember the days when I was lucky if the jar was full for more than a day. Aaah. Have a great weekend. Lori Lucas
So true about loving a book store! I will have to think on your download idea…not sure I know how to do that, but I WILL think about it.

Renee - September 12, 2014 - 9:33 am

As always, I enjoy your posts very much! I get so many good ideas from your decorating style, choices of color and the way you bring your items together to make your rooms feel so cozy! I also like “You’ve Got Mail.” We made our first trip to New York this summer and enjoyed it. Because of time, we basically just “hit the highlights”, but on our next trip, we hope to include a visit to the neighborhood where the movie was filmed. I love the feel of the neighborhood and how the quaint shops are nearby. One thing I also liked about New York was being able to walk so much. As lovely as it is in Georgia, I can’t walk to my store! I wouldn’t trade the peace and quiet I enjoy here for the hustle and bustle of the city, but New York certainly has many nice qualities! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
I am glad to share ideas here and am happy that you can use them Renee. You are so right about walking in NYC…and I would much rather walk there than try to drive in that traffic! I hope you get to visit there again and see some of the places in the movie.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me - September 12, 2014 - 9:50 am

I LOVE that movie! I watch it everytime I see it’s on TV, plus I have the DVD….Love it! What a great post!
Thank you Lisa! I think that movie is loved so much that it may have a “cult following.” LOL

Katherine Leighty - September 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

I love it all…so very sweet! love the red and white buffalo checks! I would not decorate that way myself now! The children’s things are a long ways away from me….my oldest is 43…going to have my first great grandchild in November…so I it doesn’t fit! but I love what you have done! I had to think for a sec about that movie…ha…getting it confused with Sleepless In Seattle…ha!

I love all the attention to detail! I have simplified since we downsized a lot…don’t have the energy for upkeep anymore! it is funny how as we age our priorities shift!

Anyway your home is lovely!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on your first great grandchild Katherine! How fun. We won’t be seeing grandkids here anytime soon, but I did just attend a baby shower for our niece so there will be a little one here in November as well. I am with you on downsizing…although everyone keeps telling us we need to keeep a larger home for when the kids visit with their own families.
Thank you for your lovely comments here.

Mimi - September 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

I am in LOVE with that penmanship chalkboard!!! I think you could seriously develop a line for Pottery Barn or the like–I am not kidding! That peanut butter cookie chalkboard is to die for, too! That last photo with the chair and lunchbox just epitomizes back to school to me. :-) Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and your many talents.
Mimi, you are too sweet! I am so glad you like all the chalkboards. The peanut butter cookie came about because I have been craving PB cookies lately!

Jayne - September 12, 2014 - 10:22 am

I have to admit that I did not see that movie. Jaw dropping, I know! Now, I want to! As always your house looks lovely. Such a clever idea to use school supplies as decorations. All my kids are out of the house and I,too,am the one eating all the snacks. Somebody has to do it, right? Can’t let all that goes food go to waste. Lol You have gotten me hooked on chalkboards. I bought a large frame and am going to paint the glass with chalkboard paint. I now have 3 large and 1 small chalkboard. And I have another idea for one as well. I’ll be sharing it soon! Can’t wait to get back to blogging. I have so much to share!!!
Jayne, your homework assignment is to watch that movie! Girl! Sounds like you are doing great with the chalkboards. :)

Garden, Home and Party - September 12, 2014 - 11:17 am

Your post makes me want to watch that movie again. I loved her apartment too. The bookstore was wonderful and it makes me sad that so few bookstores exist anymore, at least here in Southern California. You do the best job staging each corner of your charming home…I’m with one of your other readers, if I lived closer I’d stop by and help you with the snacks!
Have a wonderful weekend…it’s supposed to be 90+ degrees here. Ouch. I’m being patient but I can’t wait for some cooler weather. :-)
I loved every set in that movie – even the children’s book dept. in Fox Books. Thank you for the compliment on the decorating. I wish you could come on over and share in the snacks. (There is caramel gelato in the freezer and homemade gingerbread in a pan on the counter too!)
Hope we both have cooler weather soon.

Vicki Crowe - September 12, 2014 - 11:42 am

I thought i was the only one who loved that movie ” as long as we both shall live”. I am so bad to watch it every time it is on – which is often! Love your home and movie themed decor which totally makes sense. I will have to think about Kathleen Kelly and what i might do to add some fall romance to my home. Thanks!
Oh that line just kills me! And I can see Tom Hanks saying it right now in my mind. Sooo sweet!

Susan - September 12, 2014 - 11:47 am

My dream of having a children’s book store has been living in my heart for many years. I certainly have enough children’s books to start one :) I have a huge collection from my years of teaching. I have been retired 4 years and still really miss sharing my books and reading to those wonderful little personalities~
We could open a store together Susan! It would be a lot of work but fun. My favorite would be read alouds of Christmas books…guess we will have to keep on dreaming. :)

L J - September 12, 2014 - 12:24 pm

You make your home fun–fun to look at and, I imagine, fun to live in–and you do it in a sophisticated but casual style. Nice.
Agreed with all the rest “You’ve got mail” is one that really seems to make a place for itself in our hearts. I’m a bit sentimental though I rarely admit it publicly, but I also thoroughly enjoy those romantic comedies of the ’30s and 40’s with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. If I were your neighbor I’d help you with the cookies and we watch some videos of that bygone era together.
Thanks, Kelly
Gosh thank you so much for the kind compliments! I am with you on liking Katherine Hepburn and the old movies. You could definitely help us eat the cookies and watch movies!

Dawn - September 12, 2014 - 1:43 pm


You are spot on once again. I was out sick from school last Friday (with bronchitis) and the movie I picked to watch while in bed was You’ve Mail! I always have to re-watch it every Fall. I just love everything about the movie and how you have carried it through your decorating! The movie touches my heart as well (since I am a 5-8th grade Reading teacher)! Thanks for sharing! Your play room is still my favorite (as green touches my heart).
I am so sorry you were sick Dawn. Goodness, it seems early in the year for bronchitis. Hope you are well by now. At least you had a good movie to watch while you were recovering!

[…] Kelly at Talk of the House shows how she decorates for fall while it’s still too hot for pumpkins on the porch in two parts. […]

Peggy - September 14, 2014 - 3:19 pm

One of my very favorites. My kids and I still say, ” the Godfather is answer to any question”. Terrible we know the lines to that!
For some reason I am not getting your emails. Came by this morning just because I was browsing my favorite places for eye candy. And as always, you never fail to make me smile. I have to ask where you purchased those delightful red bows and those beautiful heavy water goblets.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Thank you for the inspiration!
Knowing the lines is not terrible. If it was, I think a lot of us would be in the same boat with you! The red bowls came from Pier 1 years ago, and the water goblets are the Tag bubble glass goblets from Amazon. I don’t know how to help on the delivery of the email of the blog. Feedburner is being a pain! Try signing up with Bloglovin. It’s free and it seems to do a better job.
Thank you for your sweet comments!

Beth - September 17, 2014 - 11:31 pm

I just came across your blog on Pinterest. I absolutely love your style of decorating. I felt compelled to write because, like so many other readers, You’ve Got Mail is my favorite movie of all time! So many memorable lines.
I am so glad you found the blog Beth! Welcome! And I am happy you liked the September decorating. You’ve Got Mail is such a fun movie, and I think there are quite a few of us that love it…from the houses to the lines to the plot. Please visit again!

September Decorating- Part 1

Talk of the House September decoratingSeptember in Georgia is hot and humid, but that hasn’t stopped our stores from stocking everything autumn – from pumpkins to Halloween costumes to turkeys made from twigs.  I would dearly love for our weather to feel more like fall, but that is just not going to happen anytime in the near future.:(

Talk of the House foyer buffet with globeThis makes decorating in September a little confusing.  It still seems like summer, but everyone is ready for autumn – especially when you consider the fact that we have been back in school for well over a month now. But pumpkins on the porch?  It just feels wrong when the temperatures are in the nineties.

Talk of the House foyer trayIn the past, apples have worked well for September decorating, but this year I decided to use back to school items throughout the house for our early fall decorating.  Pumpkins will just have to wait until October.:)

Talk of the House foyer vignette for SeptemberI rounded up a globe, a toy school bus, some books, and chalk for the foyer.  The jar holds after school cookies made with M&M’s, and the small Live Simply tray from Paper Source works nicely there as well.

Talk of the House foyer buffet vignetteIn the family room, the mantel also got a few school related items – including books in a jar, of course.:)

Talk of the House reading chair

Talk of the House September mantelThere is also a photograph of the school my husband and I attended when we were children.  (We did not know each other way back then though.)

Talk of the House September mantel vignetteThere is another globe on the mantel.  (This one is smaller than the one on the foyer buffet.)

Talk of the House globe and pencils on mantelEven the bathrooms have a touch of a few back to school accessories.

Talk of the House childrens bathroomI just couldn’t resist all the toy school buses I found this summer in Kroger. The one in the foyer even has operable doors and stop signs.!  (The one here in the children’s bathroom does not.)

Talk of the House childrens bathroom shelfThe master bathroom has a miniature composition notebook and pencil along with a potted mum.

Talk of the House bathroom vignette for SeptemberAnd finally, the master bedroom has a few books along with more mums and a bowl of apples.

Talk of the House bedroom September decorating

Talk of the House bedroom wicker table with apples, books, and mumsIf I can finish getting the kitchen and playroom back in order, I will have a little more decorating for you to see in the next post. (I spent the weekend cleaning.  With all the packing in the last 2 weeks, the house looked like a tornado had hit it!)  So what do you think of back to school style for September decorating? For me, it seems to be an easy transition from summer to the all out autumn look that will be here before you can say Trick or Treat.:) When do you start decorating for fall?

We’d love to hear!

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 7, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Kelly, I’m with you! Our temperature was in the 90’s today…even in Seattle! I just can’t get into pumpkins and fall leaves quite yet when it still feels like summer. The mornings are definitely cooler, however. I like to use apples for September also, as I begin to take down all my “summer” accessories like seashells :(. I love your yellow school buses, pencils, and globes! October is a great time for pumpkins and mums for me!
Seattle in the nineties! Goodness, I am so glad our sons’ apartment in Bellevue will have A/C. They are currently in Jackson, Wyoming where there will be lows in the thirties later this week. :) So glad you liked the buses and school things Gracia. Hope you have a good week!

Lindy James - September 7, 2014 - 11:30 pm

You’re absolutely right, it’s impossible to get into the fall decorating mood when temperatures here are hovering near the century mark, still! And working at our local Williams-Sonoma store makes it even more difficult when all our pumpkin foods and table décor is already on display. Am so looking forward to the cooler weather, only wish it would come sooner than later. Your school themed decorating was a great substitute. Have a great week, take care, Lindy
Ohhhh…the Williams Sonoma pumpkin bread mix…yum! If I worked there with you, I would have a VERY hard time resisting that. I did buy some pumpkin muffins today at Panera, and I was thinking how good they would taste with some hot spiced tea, but it is certainly not the weather for that. Perhaps a cool front will come in and put all of us in the mood for fall very soon. :)

Jean - September 8, 2014 - 12:01 am

I too am a school teacher, in Milwaukee, WI. Our students started last week, though I’ve been working on getting ready for them long before then. Last week it was hotter than it had been all summer long, and so I’m not in fall mode yet. My beautiful summer flowers should last another few weeks ;-) Because I am so inundated with school work, I no longer ‘do’ Halloween, or Halloween decor. Instead, I do fall decor that will last through Thanksgiving Day, and then it’s on to Christmas! I discovered your blog this summer and read/devoured every post (while I was on summer break!) I love your style of decor and look forward to your posts. We’ve vacationed several times at ocean front beach rentals on Cape Hatteras, so I’ve especially enjoyed your beach vacation rental posts! Best of luck to you in the new/current school year, and thanks for the inspiring, transitional back to school decor ideas…keep all of your refreshing ideas coming!
Goodness! Thank you for all your sweet words Jean. :) Yes, school work does have a way of inundating our lives I’m afraid. Best of luck to you in your new school year. I hope it is your best year yet!

Sherry Myers - September 8, 2014 - 12:56 am

Kelly, It’s refreshing to see that someone has the same idea about making the smooth, instead of abrupt transition, into the next season. Even though fall is my absolute favorite season of the year, I can’t bear to move into it when the temps are high and everything is so green outside. Your rooms are lovely, and as usual your creativity is classy. Everything blends so well into your decor. And, may I say it? Oh, I have to say it..I am coveting the yellow school buses and the globes. Just LOVE them. This post was a treat! Thanks so much. Have a great SCHOOL week. I’ll sit quietly at my desk and wait patiently to see the kitchen. (Well, maybe not too patiently.)
Hi Sherry! I think if we put pumpkins out on the porch now, we would have baked pumpkins. :) Thank you for the compliments on the decorating. (It is very easy to pull off back to school when you have been a teacher forever.) One of those globes came from Target, but the other one was old, in bad shape, and I just painted black over the oceans. (It was probably worth millions on Ebay as a vintage globe before I painted it, right?) The buses were too good to pass up on the toy rack at the grocery store. There is a similar one at Amazon here:
Have a great week!

Vicki - September 8, 2014 - 1:16 am

Goodness, yes, those little busses and globes are too cute not to display. I’ve gone the apples route, too, as it’s still in the ninety degree range here. I mixed in some farm-themed books and things, too- kind of a pre-harvest look, I suppose.
Your vignettes are always so cheery, I’m sure they lend a good start to your day. Looking forward to seeing the other rooms!
A harvest theme is a great idea for September, Vicki! (If it involves food, count me in. LOL) Thank you for the kind compliments. Hope to get the other rooms in order for you to see soon.
Have a happy Monday!

Anne Boykin - September 8, 2014 - 1:54 am

Hi Kelly, I start decorating for fall around September 21st when it becomes “officially” autumn. Love the touches you’ve added!
Perhaps by the official date, at least the mornings will have more of a fall feel to them. Glad you liked the decorating Anne!

Arlene@Nanaland - September 8, 2014 - 8:13 am

Well I have put out some pumpkins Kelly but I have greatly culled my collection so it is not unbearably cute.:) We are hoping for a cold front to come our way this week so maybe it will feel like fall soon. I really like all those yellow school buses. They do add a pop of color to your house!
A cold front would most definitely be a welcome change here. Glad you liked the buses! Yellow can brighten up even the most dark of spaces. I bet you saved the best of your pumpkins so I have no doubt that they are cute! :)

Garden, Home and Party - September 8, 2014 - 8:40 am

We’re in the same weather boat out west. It’s been very hot and humid and while my heart longs for turtlenecks, warm cocoa and a fire in the fireplace, the weather insists on shorts and flip flops! Your back to school theme is just right. A look towards the season we all love, and a fresh line leader to guide us.
I loved all the cozy things you named here about fall, and I am ready to trade in those shorts and flip flops for sweaters and jackets (but I don’t want the extreme cold though.) I am so glad you liked the school themed items. Your favorite season is just around the bend! :)

Katherine LeightyMeand - September 8, 2014 - 9:00 am

I think what you have done to decorate is very cute and sweet! My solution is to use sunflowers! I wait until it is actually fall to pull out the rest of my bag of tricks…but I like the Indian summer…and when the cold snap does come then I will pull out my pumpkins and scare crows…I try not to push it or be too influenced by it anymore! I am retired now and therefore have retired and simplified my seasonal and holiday decor a lot! Simple bowl of harvested veggies and some leaves works for me! displaying my canning! HA!
Sunflowers are a great idea for September! (and it doesn’t take a lot of them to make a big statement.) I like the idea of the harvested veggies too.
Thanks for sharing!

Katrina - September 8, 2014 - 9:20 am

I LOVE these buses!!!! I may just have to order a few!
Can you believe that just this weekend I put away all flags and flag inspired decorations. When my husband hoisted the rubber maid tote into the attic he asked me if I wanted him to bring down the fall/halloween tote. Like you, I am just NOT feeling the fall thing yet so I said no. My only nod to fall so far are 3 white gourds on the chest in the hallway.
I even upset the fashion police and wore white pants to a wedding this weekend.
Hope it cools down your way! Kathy has her wedding of the century (well, really her daughter’s)this coming weekend and the weather forecast is perfect…75 degrees and only 10% chance of rain!!!
So glad you liked it Katrina! Yes, I can believe the flags and all are just now being put away. Life has a way of getting in the way of decorating, doesn’t it?LOL I hear congratulations are in order for your new grandchild! How fun that he arrived on the same day as Kathy’s daughter’s wedding. Don’t spoil him too much! :) (Saw a super cute photo of Emery and Tripp together!)

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 8, 2014 - 9:27 am

Kelly: Give us some details on all your framed black and white photos. Please!

Size of frame?
size of mats? How do you select pic, mat, frame size?
Is there a formula for this?
Can I take a color photo and g black and white photo and get black and white?
Would a STAPLES store do this?

So enjoy your blog and photos.
Teacher, teacher, give me a lesson here!
The frame sizes vary…if it is a big space on the wall, I want a big frame. If it is table space, I like to use a variety of sizes. I don’t think there is a formula. I will be doing a series in October with more helpful ideas for using photographs, so please check back then. Yes, you can take a color photo and have it turned into black and white. Our local pharmacy has that option on their printing machine, but I do that here with all the ones we print here at the house. I don’t know for sure with Staples, but I bet they could do it.

Sue - September 8, 2014 - 9:33 am

It’s so fun to see your back to school decorating Kelly. I agree with you about the pumpkins ~ as we are near 100 here in TX too. I put out my Target globe, some vintage school books and crayons and markers in JARS! I’m all set for a few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your decor ~ love your style!
100 degrees in Texas! Whoa that is warm. Yay for your markers in jars, Sue! Your back to school decor sounds lovely.

Debra - September 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

I was so thinking of you and your family Thursday. The emotion and excitement of the boys embarking on their trek west. Exciting then to melancholy, I am sure. I should have been cleaning a bit too, of the yard and garden kind, but the weather was gorgeous here finally. It was a weekend of outings. A lake front outing on Friday, gardens, kites and a walk on Saturday. Oh and Sunday brought just “at home” lazing and a quick trip with daughter to shop for some Target needs. :) No pumpkins here either yet, Kelly. I will wait until October too. Our weather here is wonderful, with less humidity, cooler temps and cool nights for sleeping. The weather at least is feeling like fall. I just love your globes and little school buses. Here’s hoping you and your husband this week find some quiet and calm.
Thank you for thinking of us. It has been a change for sure – but one that has been a long time coming. It sounds like your weekend was such a fun one! Love it! We are supposed to be getting a change in our weather very soon I have heard. I am looking forward to it! (Although it probably won’t last very long.)

Cheri - September 8, 2014 - 10:52 am

I love your decorating and using school items was a smart idea. I just put out my Fall wreaths and like you, it still feels like summer here in Georgia. I need to see some colored leaves and cooler weather. I loved the Fall when we lived up north and really miss it since it is my very favorite season.
Thank you Cheri! It does feel like summer and will for awhile. I know your fall up north would be more in season than our late late fall here in the South. I would miss that too.

Barbara (WA) - September 8, 2014 - 11:38 am

I really like your school theme early fall decorating! Normally I begin Autumn decorating in early September including pulling out fall dishes I use until Christmas. With our remodeling projects and chaos, I don’t think I’ll be able to do much. It has been summer like (and gorgeous) here. I still have summer annuals on the porch and deck but fall containers ready to display. Spotted an earlier comment that your sons will live in Bellevue – I grew up in Renton just south of there! My mom still lives in our family home.
How nice to have fall dishes to use for the season. My husband and I looked at Spode Woodland yesterday, and I commented that I would like to collect it one day to use in the fall (in another house.LOL) Yes, I saw Renton on the map when we were looking for housing in the area for them. It’s not far at all. They are in an apartment right in downtown Bellevue. (I tried to get them to take an apartment in Kirkland that was right above the Sur La Table shop, but they didn’t listen to my wishes….thought it might encourage them to take cooking classes!)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - September 8, 2014 - 11:47 am

Gorgeous, every picture is stunning.
Thank you Marty!

Laura - September 8, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Off the current subject……I noticed an interesting detail on your bed….the box spring has a cute blue and white check cover instead of a dust-ruffle. can you share your instructions for this technique please. I think I could probably figure it out but if you’ve already done it you may have some tips to share that might make it easier! Thank you.

This is going to be a strange one to explain…It is simple long pieces of fabric hemmed on all sides. It is wrapped around the box springs and stapled on the top of it using a staple gun to hold it in place. It does not tuck under it, just simply comes to the bottom of the box springs- straight along the edge. I hope this makes sense! Sort of like piecing wrapping paper on a package. :) When I show you the update boys’ room next month, you will see I did the very same thing in there with drapery panels.

Susan M - September 8, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Hi Kelly!! I think your September decor is so cute and a great idea!! I am in southeast Virginia and it is still hot here too. My solution ,because I am so ready for some fall color, is to put things out slowly. This past weekend I put my fall wreath on the door but will wait until October to decorate with pumpkins and mums. I have also put some touches on the screened porch but not everything yet. I don’t do much Halloween decor so most of my fall things are out there until Thanksgiving….it is nice to slowly change to the colors of fall instead of doing it all at once……but I also like your back to school theme. You really should retire from teaching already and go into your other God given talent…..decorating!!! : )
I like the idea of doing it slowly. That seems quite logical. :) Retire…definitely been on my mind, and I am seriously checking into it. Of course, having the air conditioner go out certainly didn’t help with looking at it financially (along with being in the same month as college tuition being due! :( )

Dawn - September 8, 2014 - 6:48 pm


I couldn’t agree more…September is hot here in Missouri too. I love the back to school theme. I do enjoy pumpkins and Fall decorations too but what you have done seems more fitting until October arrives. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see the play room!
It seems to be hot everywhere! Thank you for your always encouraging comments Dawn. You are so sweet. I have the kitchen ready but hope to get the playroom cleaned up tonight. Then I will get the post out just for you.:)

Cheryl thomas - September 8, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Hi Kelly, as an art teacher for 40 years I love to decorate with vintage art supplies and tools. Old staplers, chalk boxes, paintbrushes, and picture books are sprinkled around my eat in kitchen. Btw on one of your post you showed the doors of different teacher rooms and they had cut out scissor silhouettes. Where did they come from?
40 years…oh my! I will not make it in this field that long, I know. I love that you decorate with vintage art supplies. That is perfect! The scissors were all made from a pattern that I just drew on cardstock and cut out. It got passed around to everyone.

Louvina - September 8, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Was in an airport when I spied your posting– just loved everything! You are so right about the weather being too hot to start fall decorating– so the back to school/apples is just right! Back from my trip from my o’ Ky home– just 72 hours there but what a glorious time seeing my classmates and touring the old school plus driving around looking at my hometown and taking pictures. May have been my last trip home– so visited the resting places of my family and took roses. Now home, bathroom remodeling finished ( but not cleaned or decorated) and packing for a week at the beach!! Have a new novel,sand chairs and umbrella and missing the ocean air! Wish you and all the readers could come along, too!:)
Don’t say that is your last trip. You may go home yet again, Louvina. I am glad your trip was a good one. You have certainly been the big traveler lately!! Hooray for finished bathroom remodel! Jealous of your week at the beach, and I do wish you could take all of us along with you. Eat some shrimp for me since I can have none. :)

Nancy - September 8, 2014 - 11:46 pm

Do you happen to remember where you found the silver tray featured on your foyer table with back to school items and candles on it?
I do remember Nancy, but I am afraid it is not going to help you. My mother (the yard sale Queen) found it at a yard sale, and knowing my love of silver, passed it on to me. It is monogrammed with a large B (which is not my initial) but I have no problem using it with that on it. :)

Kathy - September 9, 2014 - 12:15 am

I love those little buses too! Katrina, you wore white pants after Labor Day! Well, I feel like I missed summer so I might just wear white too….but not to the wedding. LOL! I don’t think I am going to decorate anything until Christmas. Oh, but I did decorate wedding cookies most of the day today. Thank you, Dear Cynthia!
Bless your heart decorating cookies all day! I bet they are beautiful. Best wishes for all things wedding this weekend. I know it will be perfect because you all have put your heart (and talents!) into it.
p.s. I totally understand the not decorating anything until Christmas! You deserve a break. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - September 9, 2014 - 8:34 am

I so love seeing your beautiful vignettes for the seasons….each one definitely says “September”…love how you incorporated the cute school buses and the composition books!…beautiful job as always!..
And thank you for your always thoughtful comments Shirley! Glad you liked the September decor.

Jill - September 9, 2014 - 10:51 am

So cute Kelly! I love all the little school touches….perfect for your house, I’d say! I’ve been poking around my house too, moving items around and pulling out some different things. Don’t want to hurry Fall, but I was just ready for a change. Pumpkins and leaves will have to wait until October though.
Thank you so much Jill! It’s fun to shop the house isn’t it! (And works very well with our budget too.) Pumpkins are waiting until October here too.

Mimi - September 9, 2014 - 11:04 pm

I am loving all the back to school decorations! Those school buses are so darn cute–thank you for providing the link in one of the comments for a similar one.

I hope your sons have made it to their destination as the weather is turning cold around here in western Nebraska. There is even talk of possible snow (!?!) on Thursday. Crazy! No wonder the kids were wild at school today–full moon, snow in September, jr. high hormones! I think I need to retire… :-) I hope your school year is going well!
They have made it there, and the older one will be flying to Idaho for a couple of weeks with work. They did have to change some of their travel plans along the way. They were supposed to go to Glacier National Park but the roads were closed due to snow. I know what you mean about needing to retire. I have been seriously checking into a December retirement for me. It would be such a nice Christmas gift! LOL
Good luck with your year!

cindy hattersley - September 10, 2014 - 6:43 pm

That is so funny. As you know I live in a climate where september and october are still summer. To be honest I usually don’t think about fall until it is over…which is about Xmas!!
And I thought OUR area was bad! ha. You have us beat. I don’t think fall really starts around here until November (and we have been known to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner out on the porch.)

L J - September 11, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Hi Kelly
I finally had time today to read thru this post and the Sept 2012 post as well. It’s been my delight to enjoy this with my morning tea and not because I have the day off but today’s work is afternoon and into the evening. So many thoughts that I want to share but I’ll resist and tell just a few…Sacramento is Hot still…feels like summer so not much fall decor in house…have sunflower wreath on front door, from my yard veggies and flowers about interior (not veggies mixed with flowers)…will bring in mums and pumpkins in Oct with gourds and Indian corn in Nov…great idea and am enjoying the “back to school” theme as it is not temp dependent…I’m definitely a category 2 table decorator as I seem to go to “less is more” approach…your thoughts about the 3 categories were interesting and you reminded me of a dear friend that I have not heard from for such a long time (her mind works like yours and I luv it)…until next time…BTW will you be a “3” or “2” table person in this new season for your family?
I am a “2” person because of a bad reason. Our office is a disaster right now. My husband I both say we should just blow it up and start new! The carpet HAS to go, and all the things in there that need organizing won’t fit in there. So our dining room and living room tables have become our workspaces. His office abpve the garage needs a desk and/or table before he can do any work in there. (Our son took his desk from there when he moved.) So unfortunately our computer work takes over areas that they are not supposed to be in.

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Kim @ Vintage Pretties - September 14, 2014 - 9:55 am

I just found your blog (I headed here from Hooked on Houses) & am wondering how I could have possibly missed it???!!! I love the back to school decorations — they are so fun and fit in with your normal decor so nicely so that they don’t look like a store display. The books in the large glass jar — I think that I’m going to have to steal that idea!
I will have to thank Julia for sending you my way, Kim! Back to school displays are easy because I have so much of these items in our closets here. You go right ahead and steal the books in the jar idea. I am glad you found something you could use here!
Thanks for stopping by!

Pamela - September 14, 2014 - 3:27 pm

I love this! Found your blog over at Hooked on Houses. I simplified decades ago starting with apples in Sept because they felt “back to school” to me & south FL is like GA heat. Then I add pumpkins, gourds, colored leaves & gilded fruits in Oct. Nov comes and all the fruit & leaves go into a cornucopia centerpiece. In Dec I put the fruit on our Christmas tree along with the other ornaments. Come Jan the fall stuff goes back to the fall bins for next year. I have early fall and late fall bins. I’m going to have to ask my daughter who recently moved to GA to look for some school buses! She is homeschooling so the other things are already out in view ;) Her color scheme is just like yours so I am going to have to follow your blog for more inspiration. Thanks so much.
I’m so glad Julia’s wonderful site led you here Pamela! Sounds like you have a great decorating plan for each season. I love it!

christine - September 15, 2014 - 4:51 am

I saw your blog on Hooked on Houses. I love how you have decorated every inch of your home for fall… and the buses all over the house. Wonderful school feeling, isn’t it.

Well, back to work – just wanted to leave a quick hello and say thanks for the great photos.
Thank you for jumping over from Julia’s site, Christine. I am happy you liked all the back to school things here. Glad you could take a break from your work to visit. Hope you will stop in again!

Life Can be Crazy…

September vignette

Sometimes things get soooo crazy you just have to shake your head and laugh. Have you ever had a string of weeks like that – where one crazy thing is followed by another?  August went out with a bang for us, and I wanted to share some of the craziness with you so that you wouldn’t think I was just rudely ignoring you.  I have been a little um… distracted.  Let me just start with two weeks ago with our daughter. (Sorry for the fuzzy phone picture.)

dorm room bed

You may remember we moved our daughter into her on-campus apartment at college a couple of weeks ago.  What you probably don’t know is that when her third roommate opened the door to her bedroom, she was attacked by fleas.:( Yes, fleas. Not good.  They contacted housing, and we went shopping to buy out Target.  When we returned at 5:30 (after 3 hours in Target – which daughter’s boyfriend claims has to be some kind of world record), the pest control folks told us we could not enter the room until 9:30.  Not good again.  But we left, came back at 9:30, worked until 1:00 a.m., and over that weekend we did finally get the room finished, and the bugs were laid to rest (at least for awhile.)

dorm desk

Fast forward to last week.  At 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday, daughter called to let us know that a pipe in the ceiling burst and flooded their apartment.  She and her 3 roommates had to totally move out. There is no vacant housing in their college except for one “emergency room” with two beds (which the girls said was gross.) There were 4 girls in that apartment.  Hmmm…not good again.

dorm bathroom

So with the help of many folks on their floor, they got all their things moved into the gross emergency apartment.  For the following week the 4 of them alternated between staying with friends, driving home and commuting to class, and staying in a nearby hotel (at the expense of the college.) Crazy week for all of them, but now their apartment has some newly painted walls and all new carpeting.  Hopefully, there will be no more craziness in the college housing area of our lives for awhile. (But then again, these same young ladies lived in the building where one of the guys on the floor above them accidentally knocked a head off the sprinkler system and flooded that building last year.)  Never a dull moment.:)

And now to the boys (nothing bad.)

If you read the last post, you may remember that both of our sons are moving to Seattle this week.  So there are piles of boxes everywhere, and the garage is one big jumble of furniture – just waiting on the moving truck to arrive here tomorrow to be loaded.  What you probably don’t know is that along with this move, they are making a 10 day drive across the country for another road trip to many national parks out west.  So along with packing all their things for moving, they are also packing all their belongings for a big camping trip.


And my big old tent has been set up outside to see if it leaks.  They want to take it along as well.

big tentAnd amid all the packing here our air conditioner has decided to die. We have two units – one on the bedroom side, and one on the side that cools the family room, kitchen, and dining room.  The bedroom side unit works, but the other side – the side where we spend most of our time – that side is h-o-t.  So we have tried to blow the cooler air from one side of the house to the other (but we have had little luck with that.)

fanBut I guess it is a good thing it went out.  You see, the other evening it was too hot to do any work in that part of the house, so I was sitting in the bedroom hallway working on a project.  It was pouring rain, and I began to hear a drip..drip..drip in the wall beside me.  I sent my husband up to the attic to see if he could see a leak anywhere, and oh yes…there was a big leak around the chimney.  So now there are buckets catching water in the attic.

And then…my husband was mowing the grass yesterday and noticed an area that was wetter than all the other areas around it.  He dug up a little of the grass and found a leak in an underground pipe.  After a trip to the hardware store, he did get that problem repaired.:)

So the moving truck comes tomorrow, and everything gets loaded on it.  Then the guys leave on Thursday, and we will actually be empty nesters.  I know I will miss them terribly, but a little peace and quiet will be a good thing after the craziness of the last few weeks.  The blog should return to normal this weekend.  I hope to share some decorating from around here and a couple of pretty houses with you very soon and answer the 69 emails that have been waiting in my inbox.  And…

I also have a new book I can’t wait to have time to read.:)

somewhere safe with somebody good by jan karon

Hope your week is going well!

Until next time…

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Mimi - September 3, 2014 - 12:31 am

Oh my goodness! When it rains, it pours! (No pun intended.) :-) I just figured you were busy with school–and we all know that’s busy enough! Hopefully, things will start to settle down for you this week.
What an adventure your sons will have! Definitely the stuff that memories are made of. I would imagine they’re taking a northern route, but tell them that Nebraska’s state motto is “The good life”…lots of great stuff to be found.
Enjoy the rest of your week…please! It’s gotta get better! :-)

Rae Hilhorst - September 3, 2014 - 4:40 am

Hello, I have been missing your posts, I don’t know where they have gone. We have been empty nesters for a year now and I can say I’m not a fan. We have fathers day here in Perth Western Australia on Sunday and I am looking forward to having a full house x

Gail - September 3, 2014 - 7:11 am

Hi Kelly: Just remember…..those children come back….and bring others with them:-) Just last week I had occasion to host all my children…3 to be exact….and 9 of my 10 grands…all in a small house!!!! Yikees! We so enjoyed having them there because it rarely happens but it was hectic. Then I drove down to Raleigh along with some of them to help my daughter move this weekend. If it doesn’t rain, it pours:-) So enjoy the quiet for the time being:-) So sorry for all that you had to go through this past week but glad that it was rectified so quickly. Life….isn’t it interesting:-) Blessings

Julie - September 3, 2014 - 7:38 am

Wow. You have had a rough go of it recently! The minor inconveniences always seem to be the really irritating ones, don’t they? And they always seem to travel together and visit all at once! Thanks for sharing not only why you’ve been “quiet”, but also your sweet perspective looking ahead. I still have one son at home (17 and a HS junior), but I know college move-in day will be here too quickly. As the kids move on with their lives, a new chapter begins for us as well. I will be praying for your adjustment to a quiet house…and to a new normal. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog, your words, your perspective!

Stacey - September 3, 2014 - 8:34 am

Life is like that, isn’t it?! When it rains it pours. :)

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 3, 2014 - 8:42 am

Adjusting to being an empty nester was a difficult time thefor me, the MOM, but one of my quickest adjustment! Enjoy! They return with additional love ones.

Woes in life is what builds character. Remember? Ha! Ha!

Started this Jan Karon book yesterday. Good as all her books on Tim/Mitford have been in the past.

Terri - September 3, 2014 - 8:43 am

ummmmmm……. WOW!!!!!!! a LITTLE CRAZY is an understatement!! But you survived!! lol…. been missing your posts… I can see that you have had a very good reason for putting the blog on the back burner… :) … hope by now, you are enjoying some AC in the whole house!! Here in Florida, the humidity would be an extreme downer without AC!! Lots of exciting things happening around your neck of the woods…. Empty nesting can be fun… really.. it can!!! lolol…. Looking forward to your next post!!!

Arlene@Nanaland - September 3, 2014 - 8:44 am

Why does it seem that calamities always happen at the most inconvenient time. I have heard it forms our character but oh my goodness! I am really enjoying Coming to Rosemont. I noted that you said some ladies were offended by the language but it is in context for these characters so it is not gratuitous. I am almost finished with book one and then on to book two!! I really love the character, Maggie. Hope you get your AC back on soon Kelly!!

Donnamae - September 3, 2014 - 8:46 am

Oh wow what a time you’ve had! All that would probably make a great comedic movie…sounds like you need a rest from chaos! ;)

Garden, Home and Party - September 3, 2014 - 9:01 am

I was beginning to wonder if you had decided to take a late vacation. Little did I realize. Maybe this is life’s way of making the empty nest a little less challenging?! I’m happy to hear most everything has been taken care of and I think you all have handled the fleas and floods with grace! :-)
Be sure to review the book, I haven’t gotten it yet but it’s on my list.
May the rest of the week go without incident.

Jayne - September 3, 2014 - 9:06 am

OK… Can’t help myself… When it rains, it pores! Bless your heart! You have had a lot of craziness, haven’t you? I think is cool how God uses all of that for your good. Your might not have caught that leak for a long time if your ac hadn’t gone out. We can relate to the fleas. We had to bomb for them this past weekend and Sally need to do it again. Seems it killed every bug but the fleas! Give me an excuse to go shopping haha. Hope every thing settles down for you. Enjoy your empty nest.

Katrina Cantler - September 3, 2014 - 9:11 am

Yikes…. Sorry about all the craziness!!!!! I know your daughter is a trooper but bless her sweet heart for dealing with all that. Glad she has a sweet mom to help her deal with it. Her room is cute. Good luck to your sons’ new adventures. Ahhh…empty nesting… they do return with even more people!
Hope by now your air is fixed, Kelly! Glad this is only a four day work week for you!

judy - September 3, 2014 - 9:18 am

oh my goodness kelly! you sure have had your share of bad luck recently. one day you might be able to look back and have a good laugh but right now it’s all too much to take in….hope nothing else goes wrong and you can have some peace and quiet.

please don’t worry about responding to any emails/comments i’ve left you…i know how much you care about your “fans” so just consider this a small gift to you from me and know that i understand that you appreciate each and every one of us but you need some rest girl!

Cheri - September 3, 2014 - 9:24 am

Wow…that is crazy. Doesn’t it always seem like when one thing happens a few more come along. That happened with us this past weekend but NOTHING like you. You win the prize. Hope this is a better week/month for you and your family.

As for being an empty nester…I have been for 7 years and at first it is nice but then it gets too quiet. Now the girls are all married and giving us our Grands but they all live so far away in other states. I wish they all lived closer because when they come it is for long visits and at the end I am ready for them to go home. Does that sound mean? I love them all but I think with having our own routine etc: it is hard to go from zero to 90 with noise. I just tell myself there is a light at the end of the tunnel and just enjoy our time with them, because all too soon it will be quiet again.

Katherine LeightyMeand - September 3, 2014 - 9:29 am

These are the times to be remembered and laughed about later! I remember when my oldest daughter left home! my youngest daughter and I were heartbroken and crying! Finally I said lets go to the store get some goodies and have a picnic at the park! As we were wandering the store aisles, I in my sunglasses, little Heather would sniffle, sigh and tears would com pouring…me too but I had the sunglasses! I leaned To her shoulder and said,”heather you are going to have to quit crying, people think I am beating you! she broke out laughing, then so did I and with a big hug we went on to have a wonderful time!

Here is to your wonderful times ahead!

Louvina - September 3, 2014 - 10:27 am

I knew something was going on– but mercy me– that is just crazy! Never a dull moment around your place!! Hoping things are fixed and running smoothly very soon!! I feel my life is whirling around but all is good– celebrating many happy occasions, exploring new beach condo and surrounding area– on an island between Atlantic and Halifax River, remodeling at home, 2 mountain trips and another mini resort trip in Orlando! My goodness, I didn’t know retirement would be so busy and exciting!! Flying off tomorrow back to my hometown for class reunion- class of 1964!! Wow! How quickly that passed by– life IS good and God has given many blessings!

Debra - September 3, 2014 - 11:08 am

Oh Gosh Kelly, you sure have had your share of “Happenings”! Oh, such is Life! You and your husband are such great parents. Well, I can relate to the air conditioner incident. Ours went out early summer, but luckily it was an easy fix with just a switch problem. I was glad it was covered under warranty. Yes, we had just put it in a whole new unit the year before. I guess we did pretty good, since we our going on our 26th year in our home. I am sick of summer at this point. I am tired of having the air on and the mosquitoes are once again horrible, since the rains are down pours here. Oh, I am giggling at the pictures of the camping gear. Like the boys wouldn’t take advantage of all the possible stops along the way, hmm? How exciting. We have moved our two older girls enough in years past that I can relate to your loaded garage. What a task. We still have two yet at home with us. They are claiming they are purchasing a place by the time they move out. Should I be a bit worried? They are savers, but really we might not be empty nesters for quite a while yet. Ha! I don’t care. Their schedules are such that it is even hard to have all four if us sitting for dinner anymore. Oh, to retirement days ahead….I can wait a bit longer. No worries. Smiles Kelly, you are such a TROOPER!

Barbara (WA) - September 3, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Good Grief, Kelly!!!! May things calm down and soon. . . It’ll be a rather abrupt empty nest for you but thankfully technology keeps people connected (boys do not write letters, heh! Mother of two sons!).

classic•casual•home - September 3, 2014 - 12:16 pm

What a great room for your daughter!!! So cute. I just sent my son a bunch of things from Overstock (he’s in Florida and I’m in Calif)…I’m sure he won’t arrange it all as you have but at least I feel a little better.

Marianne in Mo. - September 3, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Oh my stars! You have had a rough time! Hope you handle stress well! Here’s wishing you peace and calm days ahead.

Teresa H, Fields - September 3, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Oh my, what a crazy time. So thankful that all those things that happened are just that things. It is just a season and you all will laugh about it. I think all of us have been there at one time or many times in our lives. Thanks for sharing, it makes my life at the moment sound dull.

Susie in MO - September 3, 2014 - 2:59 pm

What a busy month or so! I hope your sons found a suitable place to land in Seattle – would love to hear what they decided. I LOVE your daughter’s shower curtain, almost bought that one myself a few weeks ago. Enjoy the book, you got me hooked on Jan Karon, need to find the 8th Mitford book for my collection…

Scribbler Unfocused - September 3, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Never a dull moment! I can totally understand your looking forward to an empty nest!


It is so exciting, though, when they all spread their wings. You worry, and hope you did a good job. They still call though, when things get a little overwhelming. Just today I sent off a box of homemade cookies to my baby in LA. (He is 46!) They never get too old for that.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 3, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Wow, Kelly, that is a lot of things to deal with on many fronts! Hopefully the “calm” will come after the “storms”! Yep….even our grown kids still need a little help from their Mama’s now and then :). Hope your sons have a fun trip out West and settle into our Seattle area more seamlessly than your daughter’s move. Blessings to you.

Susan M - September 3, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Holy cow Kelly!!! That IS a crazy couple of weeks! So sorry for your daughter having all that disruption while in her first weeks at college. You know my two have graduated college and married recently…..another crazy and EXPENSIVE time when its the girl and you are footing the wedding bill…….and its funny but you Never stop worrying about everybody. However, my hubby and I have enjoyed being empty nesters and doing our own thing….although it takes a while to completely start relaxing and finding a new you….not defined by your kids anymore. I hope things calm down for your family and you can relax on your beautiful porch and read that book….let us know what you think of it!!! Your blog is one of my favorite relaxing, me time joys!!! You have a gift with this bog for sure!! : )

Barb - September 3, 2014 - 6:06 pm

I was at work, headphones on, listening to Christmas music, which reminded me of you. Wow, what a couple of weeks you have had. I love the fact that even though everyone is going in a million directions, you still find time to work on a project (in the hallway, no less). Glad things have started to settle down. Enjoy the book and the changing Season.

Leslie - September 3, 2014 - 7:54 pm

I’m sorry that you have had such a time of it! Yes, when it rains, it pours! When we came home from our Tybee trip we started packing to move our oldest son down to Ohio State. He’s never really been away from home, so what an adjustment for all of us. My father’s chemo sessions were still there for us all to struggle through and then my washer died. I wish all of those things hadn’t happened to you, but you seem to be handling it with great humor! Thanks because it reminds me that we all need to do just that. BTW, I adored our little Mermaid Cottage! It was my favorite part of the whole trip, just being there with my husband and three teenagers. Also I was CRAZY about the Paris Market! What a fantastic store. The fish tacos were fab. Seaside Sisters was darling. You are so sweet, Kelly. Thank you for all your posts and sharing real life. I hope your September is doubly blessed.

Megan - September 3, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Oh Kelly — You have had quite a time of it these past few weeks! Thank goodness everything was fixable :) So happy to have you back!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs - September 3, 2014 - 8:55 pm

When it rains, it pours…and how true for you lately!….So sorry to hear that your daughter and friends had to go through so many problems with their rooms…and of course things break at the most inopportune times!….but you seem to keep on your “happy face” and deal with all that comes your way….Hoping that better things come your way…Enjoy your “empty nesting”…

kathy - September 3, 2014 - 9:02 pm

I hope things are getting back to normal for you. It does seem that everything like that happens at once and in multiples of three. Have a better rest of the week!

Dawn - September 3, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Wow, Kelly!

You have had a lot going on. I am glad things are settling down a bit for you. Keep us posted and get to that book a bit so you can relax!

Pat @ Life At Lydias House - September 4, 2014 - 9:50 am

Wow! What a month. I feel like you need some type of prize or award for surviving that one!!Hope things settle down soon!

Becky in 'Bama - September 4, 2014 - 10:58 am

All I can say is OH MY WORD. Pestilence, floods, extreme heat, weather extremes: you guys are like the Children of Israel living in Egypt!! You even have your tents. Ha. Thankfully no frogs or sores (at least you didn’t mention them).
Thank you for your VERY funny comment Becky! You indeed made me laugh out loud. :)

Cindy Ross - September 4, 2014 - 9:47 pm

OMG, you have had your share of mishaps! Hopefully they will all pass. Hope the guys will have a safe travels. I remember when my son left for Washington State. My husband and I called him on the phone every couple of hours. My heart was broken being a empty nester but nervous about him driving by himself clear across country. He is in the Navy so he had to report within a certain amount of days. He said Washington State is a beautiful state but it rained a lot there. I wish your son’s much success in there new life in Washington. Enjoy your time with your husband as a empty nester. May your next several weeks remain calm for you and the rest of your family. <3

Design Chic - September 7, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Good gracious, Kelly. What a time you have had (so badly wanted to say when it rains it pours!) Empty nest is certainly a new phase in life, but I must say, as the mother of an only child, I just couldn’t imagine what life would be like. Those college years go so quickly and before long they will be returning with spouses and children…it’s just the best!! Wishing you a week of calm…

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