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Hotel Iroquois…A Place You’ve Got to See

Hotel Iroquois front porchsource

Many of you will remember the 1980 hopelessly romantic movie, Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

Somewhere in Time

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I saw it for the first time when I was in college, and if I had to choose one word to describe the film it would be… beautiful (and gushy…yes, I know that makes 2 words.:))  From the time-travel-love-story story-line to the lush theme music to the actors to the costumes, and to the setting…all beautiful. It was filmed on Michigan’s Mackinac Island – much of it at the Grand Hotel.  After watching the movie I put the Grand Hotel on my list of places I want to one day see.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Grand Hotel Mackinac Islandsource

But the other day, I ran across an article on another hotel on Mackinac Island – the Hotel Iroquois.  It has been named one of Travel and Leisure Magazine’s  “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” and for 3 years in a row “Best Small Hotel in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler…not small accomplishments; right? I did some further research on this charming place, and since I am more partial to small hotels, I actually think this is the hotel we’d choose when we travel there… (long range planning here folks.:))  Take a look…

Hotel Iroquois

Hotel Iroquois front

The Hotel Iroquois has only 46 rooms and suites, (while the Grand has 390!) but the Iroquois started out as a private residence. It was built at the end of Main Street, right by the waters of the Straits of Mackinac, in 1900 by one of the island blacksmiths, Robert Benjamin.  Four years later, Mr. Benjamin sold it to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Poole, who turned it into the Hotel Iroquois.  It was operated by members of the Poole family until Sam and Margaret McIntire purchased it in 1954, and their family has managed it since then.

Hotel Iroquois historysource

I am not usually a fan of Victorian style anything, but many of the rooms in the Hotel Iroquois have such a fresh mix of patterns I couldn’t help but smile when I looked at them.  And the Easter egg combinations of colors made me want to share them with you this weekend.:) Just look…And how about all the windows in this room???

Hotel Iroquois lobby

And this one too!

(This room should be called Wicker Heaven.:))

Hotel Iroquois

I can’t tell if these are reupholstered versions of the ones 2 photos up…Don’t you like the red though?

Hotel Iroquois lobby

And now to the accommodations.  They are very Easter egg colors to me…perfect for spring and summer.

This one is the Biddle Suite.

Hotel Iroquois Biddle

But it’s the bathrooms that I am most in love with….the wallpaper and beadboard, the pedestal sinks, the towel racks…everything. (I think I would like the bedrooms much better if the floors were all wood.)

Hotel Iroquois bathroom Biddle

Check out the view from this window in the Tower Suite. You are right on the water.:)

Hotel Iroquois Tower

Another bright and charming bathroom goes with the Tower Suite.
Hotel Iroquois Tower Suite bathroom

More water views in the Waterfront Suite.

Hotel Iroquois Waterfront

The brightly colored bathroom of the Waterfront Suite.

Hotel Iroquois Waterfront

This is the amazing Mackinac Suite.

Hotel iroquois Mackinac

Mackinac Suite bathroom

Hotel Iroquois Mackinac suite

This beautiful wall of windows overlooking the water is in the Carriage House, the hotel’s onsite restaurant.

Hotel Iroquois Carriage House

Guests may also dine outside.

Hotel Iroquois outside

outdoor dining Hotel

From everything I have read, their hot fudge is to die for!  You can see they use it on many of the desserts.

Hotel Iroquois dessert

There is a recipe for their delicious peanut butter pie here.  I looked everywhere for that fudge recipe, but it must be closely guarded because it was nowhere.:( But I did have some luck with a breakfast recipe.  Each morning at the hotel begins with their lemon blueberry muffins.  I found the recipe for the muffins here.

(Think I will try out one of the recipes this weekend.:))

lemon blueberry muffins from Hotel

And there’s more.  Besides the rooms, the views, and the food, there are also..gardens!

hotel Iroquois

They are gorgeous!

Hotel Iroquois garden

So what do you think?  Ready to pack your bags and head to the Hotel Iroquois? I am! This year’s season runs from May 7 through October 24.  (I’ve heard that early to mid-September is a great time to go with less crowds and still warm weather.)

Hotel Iroquois windox

All those flowers make me want to plant things today, but this is not the weekend for that here.  We have lows in the thirties tonight. brrr…Where did this week’s upper eighties go??  Hope your weekend is full of fun and beautiful things.:)

Until next time…

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Frances in England - March 28, 2015 - 6:25 am

Wow. That first photo is just lush. No other word for it. It looks gorgeous. I too want to go out and plant things now, but it ain’t gonna happen today – we have rain and gales (?! gales at the end of March??). So I’m thinking I’ll just have to do some lemon blueberry muffin baking instead…
I am glad we did not plant much before our very late in the season frost. Spring time is always so hard to count on! Those muffins looked great to me. :)

Patty in Michigan - March 28, 2015 - 7:31 am

Hi Kelly, I grew up going to Mackinaw Island and we have a trip planned for this summer. We are staying on the island, but not at The Grand or this amazing place. For a family of five it’s not in the budget to happen. It would be amazing one day for just me and my husband. Mackinaw Island is just one of the most beautiful places in our great state. Scratch it off the bucket list and come! I would even be your tour guide. Can’t wait for the fudge and riding bikes around the island. Thank you for sharing this beautiful place. I will look for it while we are there.
We are all jealous of you Patty!! How fun! I hope you and your husband do get to make a trip there and stay in this wonderful inn. Eat some fudge for me on your next trip. :)

Mimi - March 28, 2015 - 8:13 am

Like you, Mackinaw Island has been on my bucket list since I saw “Somewhere in Time” in high school…back before I knew there was such a thing as a bucket list! :-) I am enthralled with the beauty of the place and the fact that there are no cars. People walking, biking, and taking horse-drawn carriage rides? Sign me up! Thanks for sharing this amazing place.
Yes, it has been on my bucket list for a very long time too. I hope we all get a chance to visit it sometime. It would be just like stepping back in time there.

Mary Ann - March 28, 2015 - 8:16 am

Thank you for sharing. Never been but always heard / saw photos of this Mackinaw Island. I do remember that movie and hotel from the movie. Now I really want to go. I am from NJ, when is a good time to go ? I would think the summer is too crowded. In NJ, the best time at the Jersey Shore to beat the crowds is May, early June and September is THE BEST. Some great shore towns with a Victorian feeling is Cape May, Ocean Grove, Avon by the Sea. Check out Ocean Grove for their famous Tents. It was a very strict Methodist town back in 60’s and before. Just lovely. Another place not far from me is New Hope, PA. Adorable.

I really am glad I found you on the internet.

Mary Ann
Thank you Mary Ann, and thank you for all the recommendations! I will have to spend some time looking at all your wonderful beach places. :) From what I understand, the best time to visit the island is the week after Labor Day. It is still warm but the crowds are gone.
Thank you for reading and leaving your comment!

Patty of Michigan - March 28, 2015 - 8:45 am

I knew I would spell it wrong! So I looked at my comment and I did. I have always spelled it wrong because the c is silent on Mackinac. We saw it with a “w” on the end. Plus I was half awake when I posted my comment!
I had it spelled wrong in the entire post until my husband corrected me! Don’t feel bad Dawn.

Carol - March 28, 2015 - 9:04 am

We journeyed to Mackinaw Island for our 10th anniversary. You are the first person I know who has also seen Somewhere in Time!

We stayed at The Inn at Stonecliffe during our visit. The Inn was at the top of a hill and so we could here the clip clop of the horses’ hooves as the horse drawn taxi arrived at the Inn.

A truly magical place!
What a beautiful place to celebrate your anniversary. How romantic! I will have to look up that inn as well.

Louvina - March 28, 2015 - 9:15 am

What a wonderful post to wake up and start dreaming about! My oldest daughter so wants to go to the Grand Hotel and maybe this summer will be her time to go! Now I’m hoping I am awake enough to make blueberry muffins and coffee to start off my last weekend on the beach — been here all month ( one of my bucket list to check off!) Cool here, too– 48 degrees! Blessed Holy Week to you and yours!
I hope your daughter gets to make her trip to the Grand! It looks like a very impressive place to stay. I am so glad you got the beach vacation off your bucket list. (It would make me want to live there year round, I think.)
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Sandy - March 28, 2015 - 9:55 am

Hi Kelly, how many days till retirement? I remember meeting my fellow retirees in the hallways and giving the wonderful number of days left. It will be three years at the end of May for my husband and me. You just added another vacation spot for us. Hopefully we can make plans in the near future to travel to Michigan. We’re in Ohio where it is 21 degrees presently with the sun shining on the remnants of yesterday’s snowfall. Good day to bake those blueberry-lemon muffins.
35 days to go Sandy.:) Glad I could give you another spot to visit! Brr at your weather. It does not sound very springlike there. I hope you got to make those blueberry lemon muffins. Perhaps they will give you a little warmth!

Sue - March 28, 2015 - 10:22 am

Thanks for sharing a beautiful resort with us Kelly. We stayed for a night at the Grand Hotel many years ago ~ it was always a dream of mine to sit in those white rockers! We didn’t do a whole lot of exploring because I didn’t want to waste a moment at the resort:-) I would love to return to Mackinac and this looks like a lovely place to stay. I agree that after Labor Day would be much less crowded. I”ll add it to my list.
Wow! Staying at the Grand must have been something Sue! I can understand wanting to enjoy that huge place. Hope you get to make a return trip to the island one day.

Pamela - March 28, 2015 - 10:52 am

We have been to beautiful Mackinac Island and toured the hotel in the days before they added air conditioning. The hotel Iroquois is darling though. We have a little place about an hour south of Mackinac Bridge and some summers it doesn’t even warm up till Sept!
Oh how lucky you are..both to have toured the Grand Hotel AND to have a home nearby. I can’t imagine not warming up until September!! I guess we have been spoiled with warm weather here in the south.

Carolyn - March 28, 2015 - 10:58 am

It all looks so summery! What a beautiful place to visit. It was in the teens on our porch this morning with strong gusty winds and a dusting of snow on the ground. And it was 68 earlier in the week! I had to cover up some of my early blooming shrubs. I feel sorry for the spring break people who came to the mountains this weekend and were thrust back into winter. At least the sun is shining today. I loved “Somewhere in Time” at the time, but would probably find it a bit cheesy today. Time slip movies (and books!) are hard to pull off convincingly, so you just have to be willing to suspend your disbelief – or be a die-hard romantic.
It does look summery, doesn’t it? Our weather is so fickle in spring. I agree with you that the movie would be quite cheesy by today’s standards, but oh my goodness was it romantic back when it came out. :)

Amy O'Quinn - March 28, 2015 - 11:27 am

It’s almost uncanny how you consistently post about places on my travel bucket list or things I’m interested in! I know we don’t live that far apart, but if we lived even closer I think we’d be BFFs! :) Kindred spirits for sure! Somewhere in Time is one of my all-time favorite movies! I love the soundtrack too, and I even had it on cassette way back when! That movie theme–Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini!Oh my, I LOVE it still! Mackinac Island has been on my radar for years, and I’ve even read quite a few books (both fiction and non-fiction)set there or about the area. I also have a lot of pins on one of my Pinterest boards relating to Mackinac. I’ve long wanted to go to the Grand Hotel, but I didn’t know about the Hotel Iroquois though. How beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to research and put together such great and informative posts–and ones with such inspiring photos!
Have a lovely (if not chilly) weekend and a blessed week leading up to Easter! :)
Take care,
I bet we would be BFF’s too! Oh that music!!! I had it on cassette too and have bought several piano cd’s that have it on them as well. One day I hope we do get to visit Mackinac Island. From what I keep hearing September – right after Labor Day – is the time to go.
Hope you have a very blessed Easter weekend. :)

Frances in England - March 28, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Reporting back on the muffin-making: they are very good – a subtle taste, but worth it. I would say that the amounts given make *way* more than 24 mini-muffins (like, double that, or more!!) – I wonder if there is a difference in size between UK mini-muffin pans and US ones?
It has now stopped raining and there is possibly some sun trying to peek out between the clouds… (baking always makes things better!)
Thank you for a lovely post
Thanks for the update Frances! I don’t know if there is a difference in the pan size between here and the UK or not. Enjoy your muffins. I bet they are delicious!

Laura Ingalls Gunn - March 28, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Mackinac Island is on my bucket list too! This is a wonderful find Kelly. The decor is somewhat Lilly Pulitzer meets David Hicks.
How funny! I had thought Lilly Pulitzer, but the combo with David Hicks is right on the money! Love it Laura!

Cheri - March 29, 2015 - 5:29 pm

I LOVE that movie and watch every time I see that it will be on TV.

The hotels are beautiful, don’t know if I’ll ever get there but thanks for sharing the pictures.
I am glad you enjoyed the pictures Cheri. Being able to see the island and hotel where the movie was filmed would be such a fun thing to do.

Vanessa Bower - March 30, 2015 - 8:29 am

We have stayed at the Hotel Iroquois twice. Both times were memorable. Loved the food, decor and the hospitality.
We also visited the Grand Hotel, however, I felt the $25.00 per person fee they charged just to enter the grounds was a bit odd. The staff explained that this was to control the crowds. We went there to purchase a water color from the gift shop. The same water color that was hanging in our bathroom in the Hotel Iroquois.Got the watercolor, but not a refund of the $50.00 enterance fee. So we walked around, took pictures and sat on the rocking chairs enjoying the views.
Lucky you for getting to stay there Vanessa! I bet it was wonderful. $50 to see the Grand hotel is quite a lot! I understand that they need to watch for crowds, but goodness…that is steep.

Garden, Home and Party - March 30, 2015 - 10:06 am

What a beautiful spot and structure. I would love it even more if it were decorated a little more subtlety but with those views and the charm of the area I’m sure I could learn to love the “easter egg” colors! :-)
It must be spectacular since it’s won top honors three years in a row. Great find to add to the “list” which is very long!
I think wooden floors would make the colors a little more subtle. They are quite a contrast to all the green carpet. I think like you, that it must be a very special place to be honored so many times. Yes, do add it to your long list of places to visit!

Vicki - March 30, 2015 - 12:59 pm

We visited the Grand Hotel in the 80’s, mostly because Somewhere in Time made such an impression on my sister & me. I remember they had a room with pictures and things from the movie, and it was all really pretty and grand. Now it’s been redecorated rather, well, I don’t think garishly is too strong of a term.
It’s clear why you chose the Hotel Iroquois instead. I’ll have to send your post to my sister for her next visit.
I think going garish with all the “tourist items” would be very easy to do. I am sure if I saw the movie today, it would not hold the same charm that it did years ago. Nevertheless, the island would be a charming place to visit. :)

Debra - March 31, 2015 - 10:02 am

Oh, those muffins are making me drool this morning. I love blueberries and lemon! I will have to try the recipe. Just love Michigan and who wouldn’t enjoy a stay at Hotel Iroquois. Gorgeous! We haven’t been up since the mid 80’s. We did a road trip around Lake Michigan. We spent two days on the island, but didn’t stay there. We would take the ferry over and rent bikes. We would bike around the island. So fun. I think we need to plan another road trip. We didn’t spend much time in Traverse Bay or get to Sleeping Bear Dunes on that trip. Oh, the bucket list keeps on growing!
Biking sounds like a great way to get around and see all of the island. I would love to do that! (But I will definitely need to get in shape in order to do it.) Yes, the bucket list keeps growing.

Design Chic - March 31, 2015 - 9:06 pm

This looks like my kind of place. Just love a quaint hotel and the gardens are amazing. I’ve heard a lot about the island, but have never been to the area…another one to add to my bucket list!
I love a quaint old hotel too. Definitely add this one to your bucket list. The whole island must be wonderful!

Design - April 1, 2015 - 7:12 am

How romantic and beautiful. I love the combination of white, natural light and pastels because it is cheerful and welcoming. I am definitely ready for a vacation!
I thought those rooms were so cheerful looking too. I hope you get a vacation soon!

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - April 2, 2015 - 10:55 pm

I have always wanted to stay at the Grand Hotel but this other smaller hotel looks so amazing….I just may have changed my mind!!!
Me too Shirley, but this smaller one is definitely more our style so it will be our choice when we make a trip to that magical island.
Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Barb beyer - April 19, 2015 - 6:48 pm

Years ago we enjoyed a delicious split pea soup at the Iroquois Hotel. We have yet to experience any other as good. It was served with a swirl of sour cream ? on top and maybe a crouton…not sure but it was absolutely fantastic !!! I would love to get the recipe! We will be visiting the Island mid June, hope someone has the recipe now.
That sounds delicious Barb. Perhaps you could write the hotel to see if they could share the recipe with you. I know you will enjoy your trip this summer. You are lucky to visit such a wonderful place!

30 Ideas for Your Crafts Room, Home Office, or Workroom

Southern Living idea house multipurpose

I had a difficult time knowing what to call my newly redone room.  Is it an office? a study? a crafts room? The photo above is from a Southern Living Idea House, and they called theirs a multipurpose room. I thought it fit the room, but boy is that a loooong name to say!  Because my room seems to be a combination of an office, a crafts room, a sewing room, and a giftwrap station, I chose to call it the workroom. Whatever you choose to call it, it is a useful space to have.  Today, I thought we would look at a few of these multipurpose rooms, and see what ideas we can steal  borrow from them.:)

Let’s start with the room at the top.

1.  That Idea House room has a sink, and that would be just wonderful to have! It would be helpful with plants and flower arranging in there and probably come in handy with painting projects as well.

2. The ginormous corkboard is also great in a space like that.  Mine has fabric samples pinned all over it. (My mother nabbed one of those samples last weekend for possible drapery fabric for her dining room.)

3.  Do you see those bin pulls on the drawer by the chair? I have coveted those for some time now.  They really help with organization.  I would have used them in my workroom, except we already had our hardware leftover from other projects (and leftovers are much less expensive than new.:)) Here is a source if you need one:

cast brass bin pull with label space

3 5/8″ Cast Brass Label Holder & Bin Pull In Antique Brass. Brass File Drawer Label Holder.

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The next multipurpose room is a display at the Ikea store in Atlanta.  Don’t you just love all the small spaces they set up so that you can see how the furniture really works together? And what ideas can we get from here? (besides all the touches of red.:))  Let’s see…

4.  The open bookcases provide much needed storage in the room – especially if there is no closet.

5. Colorful matching boxes in an accent color brighten up the room and give it a more unified look.

6.  Do you see those red mesh storage bins with lids (available here) below the shelving there?  They hold large items that won’t fit in your typical box.  It looks like they are holding sports equipment in the room below.

I started to say that the big desk unit in the middle of the room is a good idea because of all that fabulous space, but then I started thinking about outlets.  I would have to have some power source for my computer (and a lamp.) The only way to have that work is to have a floor outlet in the room (which I do not.)


Up next is a room that appears to be more office than crafts room.  They have a huge corkboard like we saw in our first room, but there are more ideas for us here….

7.  A desk hutch (like this one) can be used on top of the counter space.  It is good for organizing office items – especially bills.  (Our large desk unit is the desk I use for bill paying.  My smaller desk is for blog work.)

8.  Obviously the cabinets are nice, but I also like the mix of some open shelving with it. Open baskets with labels can easily hold craft supplies. (Michaels carries some nice chalkboard labels lately in their “Make Market” section.  Have you seen it?)

office space built in

There are really a lot of things to love in this next room.:)

9.  Upper glass doors make all your supplies visible – and because they are visible you are more likely to keep them neat and organized, right?

10.  A desk caddie is used to hold rolls of ribbon. I can’t tell from the photo if there are scissors in there with the ribbon, but that is always logical to keep them together.

11.  An open shelf below the countertop is perfect for storing large sheets of paper.


If you don’t have an entire room to devote to crafts/projects/or home office needs, then perhaps one complete wall can handle much of it. Again a desk hutch is used on the countertop, and more good ideas….

12.  Fabric bins for storage in cubbies specifically designed for their size.

13.  No need for labels when you can simply write with a chalk pen on the bins themselves.

14.  Make use of the space up above your cabinets to showcase a collection. (A utilitarian room – despite the fact you have to pay the bills in there – can still be a beautiful space.:))

AMW Design organization

Even a homework station, like this next one, can be a thing of beauty.  There are bin pulls with labels on the lower drawers and…

15.  Lined baskets hide a multitude of messy items. (I would add some kind of label to them so that I remember what is inside each.:))

16.  Jars hold art supplies – from chalk to markers to pencils…easy to see and pretty! (Got to have my jars.:))

RestyleSource homework

The next room is much more industrial than what I am accustomed to, but I do like it.  It seems to work especially well for a workroom. (Love those black spool chairs with the ticking stripe seats!)  

17. Notice all the notebooks there? Use matching 3-ring binders to store your torn out pictures of ideas from magazines.  Just punch holes and then organize them by subject behind tab dividers.  I have several notebooks in the storage space under our printer.  Two large ones hold all the manuals that came with the appliances we have purchased since we built this house.

18.  I am not sure why there are so many stools in this room, but one stool would be handy in my workroom for reaching those high things (drapes!) in the closet.


Here is another industrial styled space that was part of the Country Living House of the Year a few years back. The desk is made from 2 desks then topped with a custom “box” making it counter height, allowing you to either stand or sit on one of the stools to work.  The take-away ideas from this space are…

19.  Include a roll of kraft paper in the room….useful for gift wrap, backing picture frames, making table runners, and countless other things.

20  Use floor lamps in place of desk lamps.  You won’t lose valuable desktop space this way.

21.  Woven shopping totes (like those below the desk) are great for storage and can easily be moved to other locations as needed since they have handles.

Country Living

If you don’t have an entire room that can be used for a workroom or you can’t find one good wall for it, how about using a piece of furniture to help with organization? This is a Martha Stewart Living file cabinet (available here, but with mixed reviews on the quality.)  Some ideas from here:

22.  Gift wrap hung on wooden dowels makes for ease of access.

23. Spools of ribbon can also be hung on a wooden dowel to make measuring off needed lengths an easy task.

24.  Rolls of giftwrap can be stored standing in a basket.


And how about Martha herself?  What can her crafts room/office show us?  Well how about the attic crafts room in her Cantitoe Corners home?

25.  I know all of this furniture is matching from a Martha Stewart line, but you can unify mismatched pieces by painting them all the same color.


26.  Use acrylic drawer dividers to hold scissors and other craft supplies (but who, besides Martha has drawers that are that empty??)

27.  Use a spice rack to help organize jars of glitter or small bottles of paint. (And again, who besides Martha has all their supplies in matching bottles?)

craft supplies

And now my favorite workroom from my favorite house…:)

Do you remember this house that was in Southern Living a few years ago?


It belongs to Curt Seymour and Kay Stanley.  Kay is the designer behind the handbag company, Spartina 449 – located on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.  Her workroom is pure gorgeousness! And there are a few more ideas we can borrow from this space.

28.  Use unusual accessories in different ways.  The three tiered stand below was not designed for use in a crafts room, but it works beautifully for storage.  It could hold thread, yarn, bottles of paint, rubber stamps…you name it.

Daufuskie house

29.  If the drawers in your cabinets (or furniture) do not have the bin pulls with label space like we mentioned at the start of the post, then simply add the label frames to the drawer (and put the labels in them.:))

fabric storagesource

I could work all day (and into the night) in this bright and cheery room with all the windows.:)

Spartina design studio

And finally, while we are wrapping up the subject of workrooms, I wanted to thank all of you for your very sweet comments about my post(s) on my new workroom. I appreciated all of them so very much!:)Several of you asked if I would ever have my guest post that is featured over at A Stroll Thru Life on the blog here. My answer is, I don’t think so. But, I have updated The House page (see the red bar right below the header) with all the info on the room.  I have also included some of the “pretty” photos that were featured over in the guest post.  I think you will enjoy them here because they are much larger on The House page than they would be on the blog post. So click on that link at the top and enjoy.:)

Talk of the House the workroomAnd my final tip for your workroom is this…

30.  Work is hard, so surround yourself in this space with things that bring you joy…whether that might be fresh flowers, a live plant, photographs of people you hold dear, a bright red cup of black coffee, or even a red toy VW beetle. Make it a happy space.:)

What would you put in your dream workroom?

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Anne from Atlanta - March 25, 2015 - 9:13 am

Great post! I learned so much. Great advice to surround yourself with things that bring you joy. Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it Anne. Yes, do surround yourself with beauty. :)

Jackie - March 25, 2015 - 9:56 am

I converted one of our upstairs bedrooms to my craft studio about 5 years ago and love having my own space. I do a lot of papercrafting – cards and mini albums and it’s great to have a designated place for me to create. I have never had my own room as I’m a twin and always shared a bedroom and went from living at home to being married. I love finally having a room I can call my own! I loved seeing all the work spaces in your post.
I’m so glad you have a space of your own to enjoy Jackie. It is wonderful to have that kind of room to work in, isn’t it? I’m happy you enjoyed seeing all the workrooms here today.

Benita - March 25, 2015 - 9:58 am

Kelly, these are wonderful ideas. And you are right, surrounding the workspace with pleasant things makes the work a bit easier! I love how your workroom turned out. You and your husband did a great job!
I’ll send your compliments along to my husband. :) He will appreciate it! Thank you so much for your kind comment Benita.

Ellen - March 25, 2015 - 10:10 am

Great post you have put together! I love the one next to last with the windows all around and you are looking out into the treetops.
Thanks Ellen! I loved that room too. Those windows…wow!

Cheri - March 25, 2015 - 10:48 am

I love all these multipurpose rooms and all those windows in Kay’s are just gorgeous. I wish I had a room like any of these. I love all the cool things that you find…you are my “go to” person.
I’m so glad liked all the rooms Cheri! That one with all the windows…yes, just gorgeous. And like you, I would love to have a room like that.

Carolyn - March 25, 2015 - 11:18 am

Work! (Maynard G. Crebs’ voice.) What work? That word has such a bad connotation. How about your playroom? You’re retiring. This room is supposed to be for fun stuff (except for maybe paying the bills). A place for your creativity and personal expression (though your whole house is a laboratory for that as you’ve shown us). I know a blog IS work, but I imagine you do it because you enjoy it. I think the emphasis should be more on fun than work. Maybe a playroom in the fun house? Ha!

I love all the examples you’ve shown, my favorites being the first one and the Daufuskie Island one. I can only dream of the space. I can remember at furniture market in High Point one year seeing a Martha Stewart Collection armoire designed as a gift wrap station. All the women loved it and wanted it, but it didn’t make the cut because most of the buyers and all the furniture execs were men and they just didn’t get it. So it never made it in the line. We women knew we could have sold it and were so disappointed.
Work does not always have to be bad. I think productivity is a good thing, so work is not always something negative. Yes, it will be for me to be creative and play :) …but we already have a playroom here, so I am afraid I can’t call it that.
A gift wrap station would be wonderful. You are right. The men just don’t get it, do they? Ha. Yes, it would have sold.

Vicki - March 25, 2015 - 11:59 am

Wow, each workroom is better than the next, and you definitely saved the best for last.
Workroom makes me think of Barbara Westbrook’s Workbook (thank you for the introduction), and how appropriate is a workbook for a teacher? All good connotations for a happy, creative space.
That workroom in the South Carolina house is one to dream about. It is gorgeous with all those windows, isn’t it? Love Barbara Westbrook’s Workroom too. I had not thought about a workroom for a teacher, but yes it does fit. :) Thank you for your kind comment here Vicki!

Peggy - March 25, 2015 - 2:19 pm

I hope you enjoy that new workspace! Stealing your red photo box storage for my closet. All of these rooms are drool worthy. Tucked in my dream book. Space is a premium in old farmhouses.
I am most definitely making good use of all the areas of the room – even the bill paying area. Steal that photo box idea all you want. I love those boxes!

Gina - March 25, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I love all the ideas! Those wrap around windows in the last one are fabulous. Honestly, your room is “publish” worthy. :)
Gosh Gina, thank you for the very kind compliment! I am glad you liked all the workroom ideas here!

Louvina - March 25, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Wonderful workrooms! Now if I could only get all my “stuff” organized! I have been downsizing for a few years but still have way too much! I like how the furniture is one color and how the accessories all look like they go together. I think I need to decide on a color scheme and stick with it! I know I like white furniture so that is a start! Love these ideas! Thanks, Kelly!
I’m so glad you liked them. Yes, liking white furniture is a great start. It will look more cohesive if you choose a color scheme and stick with it. :)
Good luck with getting all your things organized!

Pamela - March 25, 2015 - 7:52 pm

I’m smiling cause I just clicked over to Stroll thru Life and I figured your fabric samples covered cork board would be checks! 😉 I love them too. then I realized you might be the one who has seen outsized Gigham buffalo checks in a lilac or lavendar shade. Let me know if you run across a source for them please.
You figured right Pamela! Try this fabric to see if it meets your requirements:

Design Chic - March 25, 2015 - 11:58 pm

I think the workroom is the perfect name and so many great tips and spaces! I just know that if I had such a multipurpose room I would be more organized…really I would probably just have more “stuff”!! Love the idea of surrounding yourself with things you love…can’t have enough fresh flowers…
Thank you! Yes, it would make you a more organized person. LOL You are so right about never having enough fresh flowers. I would put them in every room!

anita - March 26, 2015 - 10:02 am

I just love all these rooms. So much eye candy here and great ideas to incorporate as well. I wonder how I can set up a roll of kraft paper on the wall. (hmmm! I will have to think how to do this!) I love what you have done in your workroom!
Thank you Anita. Who would have thought that rooms used for work could be such nice spaces?! I am glad you liked all the rooms. I am not exactly sure what you need to hang a large roll of paper on the wall. I bet if you asked at Lowes or Home Depot they could find a solution for you.
Good luck with the project!

Garden, Home and Party - March 26, 2015 - 1:49 pm

What great inspiration to create a space that can help make work more enjoyable. I really like your workroom, but how great to see the ideas posted that use maybe just a small space in another room to help with the heavy lifting of work.
All of these rooms are beautiful.
Thank you Karen. There are so many good ideas out there. I know everyone does not have the space to devote an entire room for working on things, but there are good ideas for utilizing small spaces to make them more efficient. That is exactly what my son is going to have to do with his 180 square foot apartment at Yale next year.

Carmen - March 28, 2015 - 6:26 am

Love this post! I’m creating my own craft-office room right now and it was really hepfull!
I’m so glad you could find ideas here that you could use Carmen. :)
Good luck with your project.

Debra - March 31, 2015 - 10:17 am

Love the last room you featured. That is my dream room. How wonderful to craft, sew, read…..while being surrounded by nature. I think it is my inner desire for that glassed in porch, I wish to still add on to our current home :( I had a small glassed porch with our first home. I miss it. Isn’t it nice to have your own space now Kelly? Your room turned out wonderful.
Wasn’t that room with all the windows just perfection?? Glad you loved it too. I would like to glass in our porch (and add a fireplace while we are at it! :) ) Yes, it is quite wonderful to have my own space, but even more wonderful to have it all organized! LOL Glad you liked the room.

Talk of the Weekend #19

porch table place setting for Eastersource

Happy first official weekend of spring!  I am glad to see that you have taken a break from working in the yard to stop by for a visit here.:) You are going to be glad you did!  I’ve got so much to share with you today!

Let’s start with this amazing house:

Amelia Island

We have driven by this house many many times.  It is located on Amelia Island in Florida.  I always thought it was pretty from the exterior with its Old Florida style of architecture, but I had no idea how gorgeous the interior was until I found a rental site that showcased it.  Take a look at one of the many bedrooms inside….

Amelia Island rental

and its amazing kitchen.

(Hard to believe this is a beach rental!)

Amelia Island rental

You can see many more photos of the house on the rental site here.

Now let’s jump across the pond to England.  I featured some work from Laura Ashley when we looked at British design last year. (The post is here.) Did you know that there are Laura Ashley hotels? One is named The Manor, and the other (their newest) is called The Belsfield.  It’s The Belsfield I want to share with you today.

Laura Ashley Hotel

It is located in the Lake District National Park in England on Lake Windemere.  There are 6 acres of gardens on the hotel’s grounds.

Laura Ashley Hotel dining Brasserie

This particular region of England is where Beatrix Potter was  known to live.

Laura Ashley Hotel accommodations

Obviously the interiors were done by designers from Laura Ashley. The seating area below is part of the Family Suite.

Laura Ashley Hotel

The lake view – especially at sunset- is simply gorgeous.

Laura Ashley Hotel sunset

Now swim back across the pond to see this beautiful kitchen…

kitchen island great

And it even has a desk to go with it!:)


While we are looking at kitchens here is a cute salad I ran across the other day.  You know it would be perfect for Easter!


And while we are on the subject of food, I really must show you this precious cake.

beehive cake from zoe

My mother’s birthday is Sunday, March 22.  (Happy birthday Mom!) She does not want to be called anything that sounds like granny…grandma…grandmother, etc., so all of her grandchildren now call her B. My brother and his daughters were in town, so we have already celebrated with cake and ice cream, but if I could do a party, I thought this bumble bee themed one would be perfect for her.  (I am saving the idea for next year.:))

bumble bee

And finally, there is big news for all the Jan Karon fans here.:)Her new book that is scheduled to be released in September now has a title! Ms. Karon tells the title and a little bit about the plot in this video she posted on her Facebook page (March 19).  You are going to love her news!

Can’t wait to read it!
That wraps up all our randomness for today.
What are you doing on this lovely spring weekend?
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Town and Country House - March 22, 2015 - 12:27 am

Great post, Kelly. My husband and I just booked our beach house (with his sister’s family) for this summer; unfortunately it is not quite up to the standard of this house on Amelia Island, but we’ll have a great time nonetheless. Just tonight, I watched the movie “Beatrix Potter,” which is currently available to stream free from Amazon Prime. Such a sweet story with lots of Lake District scenery. Next, I do love that bunny ear salad, and my mother-in-law goes by “Honey Bee,” so I will be borrowing those ideas, too. Finally, I’m so excited to hear Jan Karon’s news! Thanks for sharing all these tidbits! Paula
Thank you Paula. You are so smart to have your beach house already booked. They do seem to go quickly. I will have to check into the Beatrix Potter film (while it is still free.) “Honey Bee” how cute! I am glad you are as excited as I am about Jan Karon’s news. Love what she has planned for the plot!!
Hope you have a great week!

Martha - March 22, 2015 - 8:05 am

What a great post (of course, all your posts are great)! I love the rental on Amelia Island….wow! We go to Emerald Isle, NC with all the kids and grandchildren every June for a week. The house we rent is very nice, but what a fantasy to be able to stay at place like that……I’m still dreaming about it.
Love the bee hive cake. One of my sons started keeping bees last year. They gathered the honey in August and had over 16 quarts from one hive.Last month he placed a hive down in our garden and yesterday he brought over the queen and 10,000 bees. I kept the grandchildren at a safe distance, but even with his netting and gloves on, my son was stung several times. I think I will attempt to make that cute cake for Easter dinner as a surprise. Also the bunny ear salad is adorable and I’m going to try to replicate it too.
You are so kind with your compliments Martha. :) I would say that house on Amelia is a fantasy too. I would have never dreamed it was that gorgeous inside! How wonderful that your son is a beekeeper, and 16 quarts of honey from one hive is a lot. Wow! I hope you can make the cake and the salad. I thought both were so cute!

Gail - March 22, 2015 - 8:06 am

Hi Kelly: What a gorgeous post! So love that rental on Amelia Island! So inviting and a keeper post for future vacations. The salad is adorable…probably will use that idea for Easter. Thank you!!!! BUT the very best news of this day for me was the announcment of yet another Jan Karon novel coming in Sept.!!!!!! My heart literally skipped a beat at that wonderful piece of news! Can’t wait! Many blessings sent your way for such an uplifting post!
I agree..the best was Jan Karon’s news! I am so glad it could brighten your day Gail. :)
Happy Spring!

PATTI - March 22, 2015 - 9:28 am

Did I see red AND plaid in the Laura Ashley pics???? Hmmmm. :p
You most certainly did! There is quite a bit of that plaid in a number of rooms in the hotel – including the casual dining room! You need to make a trip to England. :)

Jackie - March 22, 2015 - 9:59 am

Great timing on the new Jan Karon book. I just emailed you yesterday thanking you for introducing me to the Mitford series. I’ve started Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good yesterday. I have wanted Dooley and Lacey to start a life together and I’m excited that will happen in the new book. Can’t wait to read it!
I knew you would love this news Jackie! I can’t wait to read her next book, and hopefully, she will have another book tour with it.

Carolyn - March 22, 2015 - 11:17 am

Hard to believe that house on Amelia Island is a rental! There’s so much about it that is personal – original (looks like it, anyway) art, all the books, accessories that don’t look like they were bought by a decorator all at one time, the grand piano – I could go on. The kitchen is amazing, that powder room is a glowing jewel box, the master suite is fantastic, not to mention the glorious location. I love the neo-Craftsman style of the exterior. Great house, sigh.
I would love to travel to the Lake District, but would prefer to rent a little cottage. Maybe a Laura Ashley decorated cottage in blues and cream for me!
I read all the Jan Karon books set in Mitford when they first came out, but haven’t read any of her newer ones since then. I’ll have to reacquaint myself with them. It’s been a while.
Thanks for all the good tidbits.
You are welcome for all the good tidbits Carolyn.:) Wasn’t that the most amazing house?? The piano really blew me away! How often do you find THAT is a vacation rental?? I think a little blue and cream cottage in the Lake District of England would be perfectly charming. Great idea!

Peggy - March 22, 2015 - 11:46 am

Wow! The Amelia Island rentals are gorgeous. I may have to plan kidnapping my husband and his twin sister next year for a get away! We are smitten with the beach.
That little cake is adorable. The bee theme would be so much fun! And that bunny ear salad — I am so ready for spring!
And last but not least, I love these weekend trips with you! I want those little red plaid chairs sitting in the Laura Ashley hotel room. Oh my!
Have a great weekend! Spring is coming!
You have a great plan there Peggy! Hope you can get to Amelia Island for a trip. Wasn’t that just the cutest cake? Not sure I could get the frosting to do that beehive look though. I want the red plaid chairs too…there are several places around here that they would work in.
Hope you have a great week of springlike weather!

Dawn - March 22, 2015 - 12:02 pm


I love how much Spring is in this lovely post of yours today! The Laura Ashley hotel is so nice and welcoming. All those pops of red! The Amelia islands look like a great place to vacation. That rental house looks more like a personal lake house than a possible rental. I hope you had a good birthday celebration with your Mom. Thanks for sharing everything with us. Take care.
We did have a good birthday celebration. I offered several main courses for her birthday dinner tonight, and do you know what she chose? Hamburgers…always hamburgers! :) (They were good, along with homemade chips and pound cake with strawberries…I’m stuffed!) Spring has arrived, but I know we will get another cold snap around Easter. It never fails. Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave your comment Dawn.
Have a great week!

Debra - March 22, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you have a pleasurable day, whatever it brings. Kelly, that Honey Bee party would be so fun. I see Williams Sonoma has some new cute little Royal Icing Bee Shapes for only $6.95 and a cute honeycomb mold, on sale. Now you have me thinking… My (Ouch)) Birthday is coming in July. Hmmmm…. Bee ware…. I think I am going to put in a special request.
My mom says thank you for the birthday wishes Debra. :) And I thank you for the heads up on the all the bee items at Williams Sonoma. Love your “Bee ware.” Too funny!

Joan - March 22, 2015 - 3:53 pm

O, Kelly, you did it again. Made my day. It’s always fun to travel all over the place with you and soak up all the prettiness.
So welcome after a long grey winter. But the sun in finally shining today and you helped things along by telling us about a NEW Mitford book. Which reminds me that I didn’t finish the last one due to taking care of a sick friend. Better getting reading so I’m caught up with things. Thanks, Kelly. Happy Spring!
I am glad the sun is shining in your neck of the woods Joan! Yes, you better get reading on the other book so that you can be ready when the new one comes out in September. Happy Spring to YOU!

Garden, Home and Party - March 22, 2015 - 5:31 pm

I am behind on the Jan Karon books and need to read the last one so I’m ready for the new book! She is such a lovely woman, isn’t she?

The BHG kitchen is a favorite. I’d love the windows and that island, wow.

The cake is charming and it looks fairly easy to frost.

I got lots of work in the garden finished this weekend and this evening our son from Austin arrives…he had to come a day ahead of the rest of his sweet family since he has to head to San Diego tomorrow morning for work.

Spring has arrived here, I hope you are enjoying some sunshine as well.
Hi Karen! Do catch up on Ms.Karon’s books. I just know we are going to love this one with the upcoming wedding. Those windows in the BHG kitchen are wonderful! I hope you had a great time with your son there, and I am glad you were able to get some things done in your garden. Yesterday was a pretty day here, but it has rained on and off here all day. Our April showers seem to be arriving early. :)

Amy O'Quinn - March 22, 2015 - 5:45 pm

I can’t wait until July to be back on Amelia! My children started counting down after Christmas! :)I’ve seen that house too, but I would’ve never guessed how lovely it is on the inside!

And I can’t believe you nailed down another place I want to visit in the very same post. I’ve long wanted to go to England’s Lake District and Potter’s Hill Top Farm. If you haven’t read it, get Susan Branch’s book, A Fine Romance: Falling In Love with the English Countryside. You’ll love it!

I’m excited Jan Karon has another book coming out! Exciting news all the way around this weekend! :)

Have a great week!
Lucky you headed to Amelia in July! Maybe when I retire we will be able to go in the off season more. Like you, I was very surprised with the interior of that house! I will take your advice and read the Susan Branch book. I have almost every one of her cookbooks, but I do not have that novel.
I hope you have a great week too Amy!

Kathy - March 22, 2015 - 6:51 pm

OOOH, I like that title, Come Rain or Come Shine. I have to get started on her books. Thanks for the reminder. Wow! Who would have thought the interior of that Amelia Island house would be so beautiful? I hope Amelia Rentals gives you a free week to go down and do a post on more of their houses. My weekend was extreme. My husband and I drove four hours to attend my uncle’s memorial service which was sad but perfect. We left there and were in the car another five hours to attend the remainder of our dear friend, Josie’s birthday weekend at Lake Keowee. So, we went from one extreme to another. Interesting that you had a cake on today’s post. I would like for you to see the cake I made for Josie. Oh, and Katrina and her husband were at the lake. It is always so fun to see her. Our friends, DiAnne and Mitch are always so gracious to share their lakehouses with us, especially on special birthdays.
Now that’s a great idea about the free week on Amelia! (Not likely to occur though. :( ) Yes, your weekend went from one end of life to the other. I am sorry to hear of your uncle’s passing. You did a lot of driving this weekend. How fun to spend this first weekend of spring at the lake, and how lucky you are to have friends who so generously share their lake house with you! I know that had to be fun!

Nancy - March 23, 2015 - 10:25 am

You ought to check out the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland. It’s a lovely-looking inn that was run by Laura Ashley’s husband (I believe a chain has bought it now) and one of the big draws has always been that it was a Laura Ashley-decorated inn.
Yes, I have heard of that Inn. It IS absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for reminding me of it!

Design Chic - March 23, 2015 - 11:59 pm

This gets me so excited for Summer vacation. My parents rent a 10 bedroom house every year and take the 22 of us (my sisters and their families) and it is the greatest week! Can’t wait for Jan Karon’s new book…it’s going to be amazing!
22 of you! Wow! And yes, you would need a 10 bedroom house for that many, but then the house could actually be a hotel!
I too can’t wait for the new Mitford book.

phyllis - March 24, 2015 - 11:27 am

I had to come tell you what just happened… dealing with several piles and situations in my house… I paused, took a deep breath and asked myself, “WWKD?”
What would Kelly do?

Hope you are having a sweet Tuesday 😀 thanks for being you!
Hilarious! I am dealing with piles of comments and emails, but yours made me laugh out loud!! Thanks for your always clever and funny words Phyllis!

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