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Spring Decorating and Fickle Females

We are taking a break in the travel posts for a few days, so I thought we would talk about decorating a bit on this Monday. But first, we’ve got to talk about the weather.  I can’t decide if Mother Nature has hit menopause and is having a mid-life crisis…or if she is just a fickle old soul.

Last week she was having hot flashes with temperatures in the 80’s in much of our country.  She was happily wearing sunny skies, bright flowers, green grass, and her trees were all decked out in buds and tiny chartreuse leaves.

This week…she’s sooo not the same.
The hot flashes are gone.
She’s wearing gray skies, and in many places she is downright cold!

She has covered up all those pretty flowers and leaf buds with a wrap of white snow.

So has she hit that glorious thing we call middle age, or is she just a… fickle female…not able to make up her mind?

Give her time.
She’ll figure it out.  

That’s always been my hope when it comes to problems.  So let’s hope Mother Nature gets her act together and figures out how she wants to dress for March.  Sometimes deciding on your “look” can be a hard thing to do, right?

Meanwhile, this fickle female has been changing things around here.  My fickleness has been a problem since as far back as I can remember. Blue bedroom, yellow bedroom, wallpapered bedroom. Blue dorm room, blue and green dorm room, red and white dorm room. Blue and brown apartment, red and green living room, green and navy living room…and…on and on.

Hello. My name is Kelly and I suffer from seasonal-hormonal-I-need-a-whole-new-look disease.


You know this disease.  The one where you want to throw everything out of your closet and house and start all over fresh with an entirely different look and style?  (Please tell me I am not alone in this.)

In fact I have thought that after every 20 years of marriage everyone should get to start over and do another wedding registry to get house gifts all over again (only this time it would be your “anniversary registry.”)

Wouldn’t that be great? 🙂

But seriously, over the years you know we have found a way to deal with the seasonal desires for change. Yes, good ol’ neutral walls.  Instead of repainting or re-wallpapering rooms, (like I used to do all the time when I was in my thirties) we just change out the linens…add a few accessories and flowers in a different color, and voila…a whole new look! (Sung to the tune of Aladdin’s A Whole New World….you’re welcome for the song now in your head.)

So with that in mind, the quick fix for seasonal-hormonal-I-need-a-whole-new-look in the master bedroom was new yellow linens ($39 quilt and $15 shams from Steinmart) to replace all the red. I had borrowed the yellow ones from the boys’ bedroom last fall, but they need them back in there now…so I bought my own. 🙂

Plus I threw in some floral arrangements with yellow flowers for small touches of spring in both the bedroom and the bathroom.

And the red beadboard in the back of the bathroom’s antique cabinet was removed (and stored away for another time) to reveal the painted yellow one. (Sorry this yellow is not reading right in the photo.  It is very hard to photograph our bathroom. 🙁 )

Doing all of that was much easier (and less expensive) than repainting or wallpapering the room and purchasing all new whatever for the season. (And I am hoping if those daffodils are planted outside they might come back and bloom again next year. 🙂 )

But I will be honest.  After following this decorating recipe for a number of years with pops of red, green, yellow, and a little blue, I still find myself drawn to other “looks.”  When I daily see all white rooms with no other color, kitchens that are all white with subway tile in practically every single one, (and they all begin to look just like each other) shiplap in every room on Pinterest, Instagram, and in magazines, I begin to ask myself…should I be changing our “look” here too?

But then I also ask myself, Can I see my husband living in those all white rooms?  Can I see our family activities in houses with those rooms with no color?  Do I really want the rooms in my house to look just like the rooms in everyone else’s? The answer always comes back to me….No.

We are the ones who live here, and since our home is the setting for all the activities of our life, I am reminded that what we have, works for us right now.  So this fickle female is grateful and happy with the look of our home…the home that we have made here.  🙂

(But I am going to continue thinking about a dream lake house with a different look. Okay? 😉 )

I hope this bit of spring decorating has brightened your day today.  If you are in the blizzard zone of this week’s crazy March snowstorm, I hope you are snug inside your home until fickle Mother Nature figures out it is time for her to bring on springtime for good.

Thank you sooo much for visiting here today.  I appreciate you!

Stay warm!

Until next time…

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Jaybird - March 17, 2017 - 2:51 pm…….please do not change your home! I love the pretty colors and all that you do to make your home wonderful and cozy! white is nice, but after awhile it is boring and blah.
Again my thanks for your lovely posts!
LOL Don’t worry, we are sure not going all white here. It would never work with a husband that comes in dirty from yard work…and the dog…and just life in general here. 🙂 I would like the look in our summer heat, but it would seem rather cold to me in winter…so no worries. All the color is staying. 🙂

Sandra martin - March 15, 2017 - 10:20 am

After leaving my question about your paint color, I saw you had posted the color as Brandon beige took a look at the sample and feared it might be to dark so went for Bleeker beigh. Hope I will get the same look you have. Is that something you would recommend? What a pleasing look you have.
Hi Sandra!
I have heard that you can ask paint stores to “lighten” a paint for you, but I have never done that. I looked up some rooms done in Bleeker Beige (having never used it before) and it does look similar but lighter. So I think that will give you a similar look. Hope it works for you!

Peg Shelton - March 14, 2017 - 5:45 pm

I am with you on wanting a change but this is the home we live it, not a magazine spread. Altho I have color in every room, I have used lighter shades that blend from one room to the other. Then I add in pops of your colors. (Salmon or coral; white; other pastels.)

BTW would you please do a tutorial and explain how to hide or blend lamp cords, speaker cords, etc. My stuff is older, but still so very usable I don’t want to go all wireless and every lamp needs a cord so what do I do to conceal them?

Jayne - March 14, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Love this post. Can hardly wait to see your post for your spring porch. Always look forward to your decorating posts — they are my favorites.

Debbie - MountainMama - March 14, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Yup, blizzard here for sure – we have at least 2 ft of snow on the ground and at least another foot to come. Maybe more. Sigh. Do NOT change your home to look like every single other house I see out there – your home is absolutely gorgeous and I love the pops of color you use!!!!! There are so many items I see on every. single. house. I’m soooooo sick of looking at them and refuse to have them in my house! I’m like you – I change out pillow covers, throws, table linens, etc to bring in seasonal pops of color. I’d love a few of those daffodils right about now!!

Donnamae - March 14, 2017 - 10:04 am

I personally am happy you are not changing up the basic look of your home. I am tired of seeing all white everything. You have a well coordinated look…and when you want a change, it can be done quiet easily. My kind of decorating! I also suffer from that disease. I like your idea of an anniversary gift registry! Sometimes all it takes is a new set of dishes, or glasses or cookware to set the world right for this particular fickle female! Love your pops of yellow! Enjoy your day! 😉

Deb Peters - March 14, 2017 - 9:51 am

Love how you change your home up all the time! Im interested in getting tan and cream check curtains like you have in this bedroom. Are they custom or could you share if you purchased from a store? Thanks
Deb, I made the drapes in the bedroom. The tan checked fabric came from Ikea. I don’t know if they still sell it, but if they do, it is a very wide fabric and great for drapes. (It was only available in their stores and not online when I purchased it.)

Louvina - March 13, 2017 - 11:43 pm

Love your spring home post! We are getting much needed rain tonight– flowers are loving it!! And a cool down — real spring weather! Wouldn’t you love to be in NYC for all that snow?!? We missed winter this year! The yellow is so uplifting in your home! And love the daffodils- is that what you call them? Haven’t seen any here in Central FL. When we were in England in March they were all over the hills and pastures!! Always had them in Ky, too. I guess too hot in FL. No tulips either!:( Do you get them at Krogers? No Krogers here either!! I’m moving to GA!;) We may be buying our granddaughter a starter house — on Bird Island –on the other side across the lake from us!! ( Isn’t that a lovely name for an Island? A Bird Sanctuary, too!) 🤗

Leigh - March 13, 2017 - 11:13 pm

I have always thought an anniversary registry after 20 years was a good idea. If Hallmark would get on board, we might have something! Love this post and the sentiments expressed. Your home is always changing, but always inviting and the colors, for me, are what makes it so warm and welcoming. Thank you for posting and sharing! 🌼🙂

Cindy - March 13, 2017 - 10:40 pm

Kelly: I love this post! Our weather was very warm two weeks ago and since then, it has been so cold that I don’t want to be outside much. Here in MA/NH, we are preparing for a large snow storm.
Your home has a very comfortable/welcoming feel; I appreciate that you decorate how you and your family live and not what people say are the trends. I always look closely at your pictures as you decorate in a way that I appreciate. When we bought our weekend home, I thought that it would be fun to decorate differently than our primary home, but in the end, I couldn’t do it. Hence, I am almost done repainting walls and donating items.

Design Chic - March 13, 2017 - 10:14 pm

I adore the new look, Kelly and since yellow is one of my favorite colors, I love the way you have used it in your bedroom and bath – sunny, happy and perfect for Spring! Hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Kathy Forrest - March 13, 2017 - 10:04 pm

Hello- As I was reading your comments, I was thinking this could have been taken directly from my thoughts. 😀 I agree about enjoying the trends but also I like my ” personality/ decorating style to reflect who lives in this house. I really enjoy your blog.

Jeanne bell - March 13, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Your home is beautiful. I love the pale white look, but I can’t do it. My colors are a little softer, but I can’t get rid of them. Be yourself and stay true to your spirit.

Ticia - March 13, 2017 - 8:27 pm

How very pretty and Spring-like, Kelly. Always inspirational and a pleasure to see.

Amanda - March 13, 2017 - 7:24 pm

As always, your posts never disappoint. And yes, I suffer from this very same dreaded disease. But you are doing so well living through your affliction 🙂 Your home always looks so great!

Maryann - March 13, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Your color selection blends so beautifully!! Love the combination. Will you share the wall paint color? Please?

Thanks so much!
Most of the rooms are painted in Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige. Valspar from Lowes has a similar color – Lyndhurst Timber – that I have frequently used.

At Rivercrest Cottage - March 13, 2017 - 5:55 pm

Hello…tap, tap, tap…Is this microphone working? My 20th anniversary is May 9th. I’ll volunteer to be the first on your new 20th Wedding Anniversary register! Hello…tap, tap, tap.
You win comment of the year! My husband and I both laughed out loud at this! And congratulations on your upcoming wedding anniversary. I will put you first on the new Anniversary Register (as soon as Hallmark gets on board with the idea, as another reader suggested. 🙂 )

Sandra Martin - March 13, 2017 - 5:04 pm

Please help me! I am sitting here looking at gray/blue walls with swatches of paint in different places. I had no idea gray could look so blue and even green sometimes. Now I am gun shy. Afraid I will make another color mistake. Husband who painted it “gray” does not wish to paint again!!! I cannot live with this cold! I would like my walls the color of yours. I have swatchs of Sonnett by BM and BM Hush and paint chips galore. Non of them are right. I want your colt. Please tell me the name. It would be perfect. Thank you.
Your style is just perfect. A pleasure to look at the pictures and I am sure a pleasure to live with.
Oh dear Sandra! Yes, gray goes blue on me and loses its warmth when it does. Our walls are an old Martha Stewart color called Twine that is no longer made, but I have had it color matched to Benjamin Moore’s Brandon Beige. Another close match is Lyndhurst Timber – a Valspar paint from Lowes. The BM paint has a bit more of a green undertone than the Valspar one.
Hope this helps!

Diane - March 13, 2017 - 4:55 pm

I am also afflicted with the need to change decor frequently; I even started my spring cleaning in February this year, since it was so warm, and I was SO tired of the winter decor that I had loved two months before! Changing things up in my rooms makes them feel fresh and almost new, and since I sew my own duvets, draperies, and other household items, I save a little money on labor and can get exactly what I want! As for color, I have tons of it in my house, for every season. I am soon going to repaint a guest room–its 3rd paint job in 3 years!–and use a neutral beige that goes with so much that I already have, since the other colors I’ve tried just do not please me in the long run. It is a constant process of updating, changing, and moving things around here!

We also got an inch of snow last Saturday, but it melted by Sunday, and the previous Monday, it was almost 80 degrees! I’ve had daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths blooming for a couple of weeks, and picked my first asparagus spears last week, before the new freeze. Mother Nature is as fickle as I am!

Love your black and white soft furnishings, BTW; I have a similar color scheme going in one of my guest rooms in the winter, with toile and buffalo checks for the draperies; both are two of my very favorites in fabrics to use in my house.
I believe you and I are following the same decorating recipe Diane! 🙂

Linda Miller - March 13, 2017 - 4:52 pm

What a breath of spring!! We are waiting for the snow storm, maybe 1-2 inches. My daffodils are on the ground and the forsythia is wilted. What a great idea to preserve these spring colors. And, it looks great with the neutral walls. Great job!!

Ellen Shook - March 13, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Wonderful post! Home is a very personal thing, and it should be decorated for the people who live there, not to keep up with whatever is currently trendy. Yesterday when I clicked around through one of those home tours which are so popular now, I swear, there was not one nickel’s worth of difference in their homes or the look of their blogs! That has never been my thing at all, and when I was still a working decorator, I learned very quickly that the home MUST suit whoever is going to live there — not the current fads or the decorator’s idea of what is chic!

I love your pops of yellow — nothing says Spring like bright yellow or green!

I am still dreaming about that beach cottage, but who knows if I will ever get it? You keep right on dreaming about that little lake cottage — it fuels our creativity, I think.

Gina - March 13, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Haha, I just LOVE this post Kelly!! I can relate for sure, but am in a good place of being satisfied, well, actually happy with our home!! Um, says the girl who has white paint waiting to be applied to the walls in a couple of rooms. 😉 In my defense I wanted to paint those rooms white several years ago and my husband didn’t want to so I had to bide my time. 😛 I love your neutral scheme and your pops of seasonal color. The painted beadboard in the cabinet is genius!! Ha, and I hear you about Mother Nature. I just went and bought a couple of herbs and lettuce to plant, but now I’ll wait. At least we’re not going to get any significant snow though. 😀

Teresa H. Fields - March 13, 2017 - 2:06 pm

What a fun post! Thanks for the fickleness and the encouragement to change is not a problem, but a blessing. Life is never dull with the constant changer.
Thanks for your encouraging comment Teresa!

Deborah - March 13, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Well it certainly has been an interesting winter ! If Mother Nature was a gal I would say. Hormones! Now to your lovely yellow…it’s so refreshing. I think your bathroom is up there with my favourite rooms. The little chest of drawers is great. The whole room…house…blog , is great ! Have a lovely day.

Anita - March 13, 2017 - 1:28 pm

I heard of the snow coming to the eastern states, we are finally going to have some pleasant warmer weather coming our way. It’s very menopausal in Alberta! They say that if you don’t like the weather just wait 10 minutes!
Your bedroom looks very lovely with the yellow pop of colour! Black and yellow look so sharp together, don’t they? I love how you’ve mixed the patterns. The quote is going up on my chalkboard as a reminder to be thankful in all things.

Anita - March 13, 2017 - 12:29 pm

I could not live without some color. I scroll right on by homes with all white everything. I like looking at your home for the reason you use neutral walls but have pops of color in other areas! Love how you have curtains that can be used in other rooms too. Your yellow for spring is very nice!!

classic•casual•home - March 13, 2017 - 12:19 pm

I like a change or two (or three) myself!!!! Love the yellow! And your bathroom!

Normaily, I buy one or two things or a plant or two seasonally…and then re-arrange everything…while cleaning, too. It’s fun. But I do love lots of shades of white mixed with splashes of color, texture and unique personality.

Kristy - March 13, 2017 - 11:57 am

I have great admiration for how you change out your color/ seasonal/month/holidays themes– each time. When we built on our rather large addition 22 years ago– neutral for me was country white; oh how I wish I had gone a little darker. I am getting in the frame of mind to start looking at paint chips, and you provide much of the inspiration for that. I love your neutral palette, and how versatile it is; and I love how you have everything stored neatly tucked away.

Marianne in Mo. - March 13, 2017 - 11:49 am

Sitting here with no satellite tv, looking at the inch of snow we got last night slowly melting away. Gray and dreary, just above freezing. I laughed at your analogy of Mother Nature in menopause! Sounds like me! Ha! Bummed that the tv went out just as Today show was giving me a glimpse of Scotland. Oh well.
Kelly, the thing I love about your home the most is that you don’t conform to all that horrid white wall syndrome! I suppose if you are an artist, or have an explosion of color in your furnishings, white works. But all it reminds me of is rental apartments that won’t let you change them! I do have the white kitchen with white subway tiles, but have color on the walls and those fabulous slate appliances. Counters are quartz with gray,beige,tan in a white field. (Compromise with hubby there) So even though I have a lot of neutrals here, I do feel warm and cozy with pops of color everywhere.
Oh, and I thought we had the same quilt for a minute, but got mine at JCP. No shams though – they cost as much as the quilt for EACH ONE!!! I’ll wait ’til they clearance them thank you!
C’mon Spring, we need sunshine and warm, green grass and flowers!

Wendy in KY - March 13, 2017 - 11:48 am

I have the disease more so than others I know. I love color, and tend to think my “style” is BoHo Cottage (if I could label it.) However, I also love the serenity of all the Farmhouse White, and the trend toward the clean, simple lines. Like you, I know it just wouldn’t work for me though. I also have a penchant for black dogs… not the best combo with white accents! Love the bathroom shots, it is our next project and I am trying to decide how I want it to take it from 1963, to the current century without incorporating fads –which will fade and render the bathroom a liability when it comes time to move on.

Pamela - March 13, 2017 - 11:42 am

No you should absolutely not change your look to all white neutral rooms! I love how you switch up your color scheme seasonally and I love your style. I tire of the totally neutral thing that, although it looks peaceful and inviting, feels a little like Water World to my color happy heart. It does photograph well as do very well edited rooms, but I don’t blog or any of that and totally NEED all those reminders around me of our life well-lived. I was crushed when you said a while back you were going to move on from the checks, etc when you build a new house. I’m dying to leave behind the style of our home when we move next month and create YOUR style which I’ve always loved from way back when but was chided out of doing again in this house.

Bobbie Lutz - March 13, 2017 - 10:47 am

I love your new Spring look, and all your other looks! After 22 years in the Air Force and several moves since then, I have always believed in the theory of neutral colors on all our ‘basics’… so much easier to change seasonally! Maybe that’s why I love all your decor. thanks for sharing your home and ideas!

Lanita Anderson - March 13, 2017 - 10:20 am

I loved seeing your Master Bedroom & Bath all decorated for spring! You always do such a great job decorating, changing things up and adding just the right pops of color! And I’m relieved to hear you are not changing to the “all white”….. We don’t have snow here in our part of VA, but it is cold and feels like winter again! Thanks for the spring inspiration! Blessings to you….

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 13, 2017 - 10:15 am

I love the yellow accents…your rooms are so beautifully decorated for Spring…and love that quote! Have a great week!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - March 13, 2017 - 10:05 am

Oh, I’m just like you when it comes to admiring the neutral homes, but wanting color. I’m big on navy and red and it shows up in my house without even thinking about it. Out of all your beautiful photos, the one that caught my attention was the bathroom sink where you placed a framed photo beneath the shelf in front of the sink. I love placing artwork in unexpected niches to add a touch of surprise. Kind of like finding the golden egg!

rebecca dexter - March 13, 2017 - 10:05 am

I love changing décor for the seasons but now that I am in FL for 5 months of the year I find myself missing the change from winter to spring…even when we would get a teaser then fall back into winter my daffodils would bravely wave their sunny faces. I had planted hundreds but sadly now they are gone by the time I get back north. My wonderful neighbor always cuts some and takes a picture to send to me…love that you go to all that trouble and share it with us.

Gwen - March 13, 2017 - 10:01 am

Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this post! From your description of mother nature to all your pretty pictures. A friend and I kid about “burn it all down” when we feel like this. Just kidding!! I always love a post that throws in the use of “voila” 🙂 And GREAT quote to end it all. Happy spring Kelly! Oh and I got 6 inches of the white stuff today.

Garden, Home and Party - March 13, 2017 - 10:00 am

I have this disease and find the only relief from the symptoms is to do what you do! I change out the linens, etc. in my treasure stash and delight in the “new” look for about 3-4 months, then begin again. The thing is I use 99% of what I already have with the remaining 1% being a fresh infusion of flowers or small items that can be used all year. I think this bedroom change of yours is one of my all time favorites. It’s so pretty and I’m jealous that you found a quilt for less than $40! 🙂

Bonnie - March 13, 2017 - 9:50 am

Love the yellow–my favorite spring color–daffodils,forsythia, sunshine. Sometimes, I, like you, look at the ‘all white’ rooms that so many are using. I can admire it in a picture, and read about the method of achieving that, but know that color, to me, is life. And, life is family, joy, and special times, in the midst of color…even just the pops of color!

Donnie - March 13, 2017 - 9:41 am

Gray here in Florida today. Your pops of yellow are like smiles across the Internet. Have a great day!

Vicki - March 13, 2017 - 9:32 am

Your home is beautiful and perfect! I love it just the way it is!

I am hoping Mother Nature does not have a breakdown and throw a tantrum, as she is known to do from time to time. Why do we have to have those violent storms to transfer from winter to spring? Hoping we don’t have that this year!

Birmingham, AL

Julia - March 13, 2017 - 9:22 am

Your bright and cheery yellow is making me smile on this gloomy Monday morning!

Sandy - March 13, 2017 - 9:11 am

You are so right about seeing things out there and wondering if you should be jumping on the bandwagon. I think we have lived long enough to see trends come and go though. When you love to look at magazines and decorating books though, it is hard to not wonder if you need to change things up. My husband is always saying why not just leave it alone. I like it this way.
One thing I have not jumped on personally is the all white. I just don’t feel cozy in a room with white walls and everything all white. I like something a little warmer, so that has made looking in magazines a little crazy for the last few years as I do love color. I love your home though. It is timeless which is what I desire more of these days.

Marsah - March 13, 2017 - 9:08 am

Kelly –
You are rocking that yellow! Love it!! It looks so warm and inviting! Thanks for the uplift on this cold dreary day!

Roxanne - March 13, 2017 - 8:53 am

Your yellow is gorgeous! I love what you’ve done!! Please don’t lose your color. All these white rooms seen everywhere are so sterile and boring…and have no personality. I have azaleas, bridal wreath, snowball bush, and daffodils bloomings with snow yesterday and below freezing today in Clemson, SC.

Laura Jenkins - March 13, 2017 - 8:35 am

Kelly, our home reflects our personality…I have decorated with rich color in upholstery, pillows and window coverings. Everyone who walks in mentions how cozy our home is. So, I love reading that you embrace the coziness that a home filled with color brings! Stark white, while trendy, is too cold for my personality and our family. To each her own.

Cindy - March 13, 2017 - 8:11 am

My 5 year old grandson told his mother Saturday, “what is wrong with the weather…it’s going backwards. Come on people it is almost Easter!”
Lol. Loved your post, mother nature is certainly “fickled” this year.

N from Va - March 13, 2017 - 7:46 am

Vey pretty. Love the post (and the yellow)!

Miranda Mann - March 13, 2017 - 7:42 am

Please don’t ever stop using color in your decorating!!! I love that about your home!!! Color is happiness!!! I love your bedroom it’s the inspiration for my bedroom!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 13, 2017 - 7:41 am

So nice to see all this cheerful yellow on a cold winter day! We live in NJ and are bracing for the blizzard tonight. My kids are so excited…my husband and I are just hoping we don’t lose power! Your home looks so beautiful with all the color. I sometimes think I want to go all neutral and white but I always come back to color too. I also can totally relate to your feelings of wanting to throw everything out in my closet and start again – and redo the wedding registry! Great idea! Enjoy your Monday!

Rosemary - March 13, 2017 - 6:44 am

A Gold Star (colour coordinated 🙂 ) for attention to detail Kelly … just noticed the flowers and the razor over the bath!

Rosemary - March 13, 2017 - 4:57 am

Sun’s shining here this morning and I’m wishing I could swap my bedroom for yours! It looks so bright and cheery … love the shade of yellow! You’ve definitely developed the perfect “recipe” for ringing the changes around your house. Like you I’ve gone for neutral walls and wooden or tiled floors. I don’t make the changes you do, other than with throws and cushions although I’m definitely starting to think about it. I always love how the various pops of colour work so well in your house. Plus your rooms always look so fresh and newly decorated … I’m so jealous 🙂 … In a good way!! Like you I love the all white rooms I see in magazines and online but not sure it would feel like home …I actually don’t know anyone with an “all white” house!
You’re right about the weather … definitely having a personality crisis! Sunny and even warm one day then freezing cold the next!
Looking forward to more consistent sunny weather but not intense heat! I don’t know how you cope! Glad that ours is more temperate.

Travel Talk: Sightseeing & Dining in Charleston, SC

Welcome back!  The last time we were together, it was evening and we had checked into our hotel, The HarbourView Inn located in Charleston, SC.  Today I want to share some of the sites we visited while we were there. When I was making plans for this trip, I kept reading good reviews for a restaurant named Husk.


The award winning restaurant cooks up fresh Southern food from its garden and local farms (with a menu that changes daily based on what is in season.)


But it is so award winning and so well liked that its reservations are booked up for weeks (and sometimes months) in advance. 🙁 No reservations were available for us during the time we were there, so if you are headed to Charleston and want to dine at Husk make your reservations as soon as you can.  Since we could not dine there, we chose a seafood restaurant that is a long time Charleston favorite: Hyman’s.


It was too dark to take photos when we were there, so I am borrowing a few from the internet.  If you would like to see their menu, just click here.  Every kind of notably famous person has dined at Hyman’s – from Jimmy Buffet to Sandra Bullock, and Martha Stewart to Michael Phelps and Neil Armstrong. (They have them all listed on the menu.)  There are plaques on the tables and plates on the walls hung where the celebrity dined.  So it makes for a very fun atmosphere (along with the boiled peanuts they bring to your table. 🙂 )


My husband and daughter both thought their seafood meals were very good.  (I can’t vouch for it because I just had a salad.)

The next morning we had breakfast in our hotel room and then started our walk around the city.

Our first destination was Charleston’s Waterfront Park right across from our inn. The park opened in 1990, the spring after the very destructive Hurricane Hugo hit the city.

We strolled to the end of Vendue Wharf to see the fishermen there.

Not far from the Waterfront Park, you could also see a cruise ship docked.

There are benches all along the 1200 ft. esplanade.

People are encouraged to wade and get wet in the Pineapple Fountain that is in the middle of the park’s grassy area.

On the other side of the lawn is this oak lined brick walk…

and beautiful old homes stand on the other side looking out at the water.

Our daughter had specifically listed Rainbow Row as a place she wanted to see, so we headed up to East Bay Street.

Going a little further up E. Bay we came to the Old Exchange building , a former Revolutionary War prison, a place of slave trading, and a former City Hall. Due to our tight schedule we did not take the tour of it, but I have heard that it is an excellent one to do and really gives you a good overview of the building and what role it played in Charleston’s long history.

We continued walking from E. Bay to King Street and came to this lovely park.  I believe this one was Washington Square, a wonderfully shady spot to stop for a break.

And then we turned and strolled up King Street.  I knew that a number of scenes from the Nicholas Spark’s movie, The Notebook were filmed in Charleston.  I remembered the one of Noah and Allie in front of a movie theater, but I could not remember the name of it.  So as we came to theaters, I snapped photos of them.

First, the very Art Deco styled Riviera…

then The Sottile, owned by the College of Charleston.

It turns out it was neither of them, but rather the American Theater, further on up King Street.
(This theater is now used as a conference and event facility.)


There was a lot of shopping to be done on historic King Street!  It has 3 different parts to it.  The lower part is the antique district; the middle area is for fashion, and the upper one is the King Street “Design and Dining” district.

One of the restaurants I would like to try when we return again is Nick’s on King Street.  (We passed it too early for our lunch.) Our daughter was visiting Charleston a couple of weeks ago.  She ate at Jim ‘N Nick’s and thought the food there was wonderful…especially the side dishes!

We stopped in a number of local shops and a few big brand named ones like Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and Anthropologie.  One place I wish we had stopped – if just for a snack- was Callie’s Biscuits.


Those biscuits have been highly recommended in a number of magazines, and I would love to try a warm one straight from the shop.  I have read that a Callie’s has opened in the Virginia-Highlands area of Atlanta, so perhaps we can make it there if we don’t get back to Charleston anytime soon.

After shopping for awhile, we decided to wander through some of the residential areas there in the historic district.

There were beautiful window boxes at every turn.

And pretty courtyards to see.
The old brick added so much character to the gardens.

And then it was time for lunch.

I had made reservations at Magnolia’s, located back on East Bay Street in an old warehouse from the 1820’s.


Sorry for the fuzzy photo.  I had a hard time with the lighting in there!

Our lunches were all very good…especially my fried chicken with mashed potatoes, collard greens, and corn!

After lunch we took a short break to relax at the hotel.  Then we hopped in the car and headed out of town to take in a tour of an amazing historic garden.

And I’ll tell you all about it in the next travel post. 🙂

Thanks for coming along with us as we have visited Charleston!

Until next time…

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Robin Madden - March 20, 2017 - 8:23 pm

I love Charleston! It’s such a fun city to walk around and the tours are wonderful. When we stayed there we were at Two Meeting Street Inn; the white house with round porch and looks like a wedding cake! It’s so pretty and across the park. Poogan’s porch is a favorite of mine to dine.

Also, I love the beaches there…Isle of Palms is wonderful! You need to make another trip to see everything!
We do need to make another trip…a long one! And I need to add all of your suggestions to our itinerary next time.
Thanks for all the recommendations Robin!

Linda Miller - March 13, 2017 - 9:42 pm

Hi Kelly,
We ate at Husk last year about this time without a reservation. We waited out front and checked as soon as they opened. They seated us on the porch which was lovely. The meal was delicious. Maybe they sometimes leave an open table or two. There are so many choices for wonderful dining in Charleston you can hardly go wrong with most of them.
I have enjoyed your rememberances of Charleston.

Kristy - March 13, 2017 - 12:00 pm

A lovely tour of Charleston. I was just reading about it in Southern Lady last week, and texted my travel partner(cousin), that I thought there was a trip calling us there next spring! How wonderful to get your recent take as well. I so appreciate it.

Rosemary - March 13, 2017 - 4:38 am

Hi Kelly! Excellent tour! You’re always so much better than the guide books! Such a great start to my day “accompanying” you as you walk around Charleston …hoping to visit one day.It looks such a beautiful city.
All the restaurants you mention sound great.
Looking forward to the next part 🙂
Have a good day!

Ruth - March 13, 2017 - 1:19 am

Enjoying your Charleston posts, Kelly! Like another of your fans, Vicki, I live in B’ham, home of Jim ‘N Nick’s. Hadn’t realized they’d ranged so far afield of their home town! I hope you tried the cheese “biscuits” (which I would call mini-muffins). They’re fabulous! If you tried them and liked them, know that J&N’s sells the mix. I gave it to several friends for Christmas, and it went over well. Loving all your travel notes and photos, and hope to make it to Charleston soon, and to follow in many of your footsteps!

DiAnne - March 12, 2017 - 11:51 pm

I love Charleston too!
Last time we were there we stayed @ the Vendue and loved it. That waterfront area is beautiful. I agree with Kathy, the horse and buggy tours are worth it, fun and informative.
I look forward to the next post.

Kathy - March 12, 2017 - 10:39 pm

Great post, Kelly! I love Charleston! I know they are touristy, but I love taking the horse and buggy tours. I always learn something new. Our family has also done the walking ghost tours at night. Another fun thing my husband and I like to do is The French Quarters Art Walk. They are only held the first Friday evenings of certain months. These are just some fun things for you to do should Hayley land in Charleston. I am excited about your next post!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 12, 2017 - 10:34 pm

Thanks for Part 2 of the tour…Love Magnolias!!! I have the same thing every time we go…the Fried Chicken!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - March 12, 2017 - 9:42 pm

On the menu it mentions, “Fried Chicken Butter.” Pray tell, I wonder what that is? I can’t wait to see more of your trip because Charleston is high on my list of “wanna-goes!”

Ellen Shook - March 12, 2017 - 9:03 pm

What a timely post! We were just discussing this very afternoon a short trip either to Charleston or New Orleans or Savannah. I was lobbying for Charleston. I used to visit a friend who passed on last year, and have not been back for a while. The food is good pretty much anywhere you go there, I think. I remember my first experience with she-crab soup — heavenly!

Gina - March 12, 2017 - 4:25 pm

Oh Kelly, I was so hoping you ate at Husk!! Sean Brock is from my hometown. 😀 I want to eat there in September when our niece gets married, but I’m not sure we’ll have a chance due to wedding festivities and helping babysit. I’ll definitely remember to make reservations early though! I’m sure most every restaurant in Charleston is great. Can you imagine living in the vicinity? Ha, you would be eating out and trying all the fabulous places all the time. 😉 There are so many beautiful buildings and architecture to see. Thanks for the tour! 🙂 Can’t wait to see which garden you toured.

Sherry Myers - March 12, 2017 - 2:55 pm

I fell in love with Charleston the first time my husband and I went to visit a friend of his who lived in a gorgeous neighborhood there. It exudes “southern graciousness and unique beauty.” Thank you for letting us tag along on your trip and reminding me of a beautiful trip we took and why I love that area so much! Your photographs do it great justice.

Vicki - March 12, 2017 - 2:28 pm

We live in Birmingham, home of Jim n’ Nicks! They have really gotten around over the years. Looking forward to the garden tour – one of my favorite places! Along with the other two plantations located beside it!

classic•casual•home - March 12, 2017 - 1:46 pm

Thanks for the fun trip…I want to get back there soon!
Mary Ann

Marianne in Mo. - March 12, 2017 - 10:30 am

Loving the tour so far! I think King Street would be my primary focus, then the historical parts. I tend to spend way too much time when touring historical museums, so I learned to do them late day, so they will kick me out to close! Ha! Of course, the water views would be first, being a midwesterner! Have a great day, and thank you!

Calypso in the Country - March 12, 2017 - 9:29 am

I don’t think I could ever see enough photos of that lovely city! There is truly no place like it! Enjoy your Sunday!

Lea - March 12, 2017 - 8:57 am

Going in May and have a reservation at Husk! You are a great tourist guide,
thank you.

Tricia - March 12, 2017 - 7:17 am

Such a fun post to wake up to, Kelly, a tour of a beautiful southern destination. Enjoy the restaurant posts especially:) Your chicken dinner looked scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.

Anne from Atlanta - March 12, 2017 - 6:42 am

What a lovely tour of Charleston! Thanks for sharing your trip and the tip about Husk.
I’ve been wanting to eat there so I’ll plan far ahead! ~Anne

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