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Decorating Inside for Fall: The Foyer and the Family Room

ghost peep smoresI’m afraid I left all of you outside on the porch the last time we were together.  That wasn’t very polite of me, was it?:(Well, I won’t do that this time, so please come on inside.  You’ll find the jar on the foyer buffet filled with Ghost Peep s’mores ingredients waiting for this year’s trick or treaters.  

jar of smores peeps for HalloweenI saw a similar idea on Pinterest several months ago and thought I would make them since my daughter loves s’mores so much she should be crowned a S’mores Princess or something.:) All the supplies you need are shown below.  I simply put a Peeps ghost in the bag first, followed by 2 graham crackers behind it and the snack size Hershey bar beside it.  Then I closed it with an orange ribbon tied on.  Another easy-peasy treat!

ghost peeps smores goody bagsYou may remember that I really don’t like scary or gory for Halloween decorating, so I let my books carry the theme for the decor. Harry Potter fits in perfectly.

halloween decoratingAnd the mums are sitting in a witch’s black cauldron (actually a plastic one from the bargain bin at Target.:))

Halloween buffet topYou are welcome to some of the caramel Hershey kisses there.  (Please eat them. I seem to grab a hand full every time I come in that door!)

mumsNow let’s go sit in the family room.  I decided to omit the orange decor in here this year because there is so much of it in other rooms.

family room for fallYellow and black are a more subtle touch.  The yellow pillows from the back porch are now lounging around on the sofa in the family room.

sofaI pulled the magic 8 ball out of the toy closet to use on the end table as a fun touch for Halloween. You can ask it a question if you’d like.:)

fall table vignette with Magic 8 ballThe mantel has pale yellow gourds and the old photograph of the children dressed up for trick or treat.

fall mantel

mantel vignette for fallCandles and flowers – not mums!  This time I went with pansies in a silver holder.

fall mantel vignetteAnd finally, on the cabinet behind the wicker chair there are a few more yellow gourds in a jar and another candle. With all the pale yellow and candlelight in here, the room really has more of a feminine vibe than a scary-Halloween vibe (which is okay by me since I am such a chicken when it comes to scary stuff.:))

jar of pumpkinsI’m afraid that is all I have time to show you today, but the next time we are together, we will spend some time in the dining room and kitchen.  (They aren’t decorated for scary either – but you will find a good bit of Halloween orange in there.)

Don’t forget about the fun giveaway of Melanie O’Hara’s Traveling Tea Ladies books and assorted other tea related items.  You can find out more details by clicking here and reading the last paragraph of that post.  Just leave a comment on any or all of this week’s posts (10/27/14-10/30/14) to be entered for the drawing.

October giveawayGood luck!

And thank you for stopping by for a visit.:)

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Emily - October 29, 2014 - 6:41 am

Love your little striped gourds. I don’t like scary for Halloween, either!

Thank you for the opportunity of the give-way.

Take care.


sharon - October 29, 2014 - 6:52 am

Love the fall feeling in your living room. Changing out the sofa pillows with the seasons is such a great idea.

Cindy - October 29, 2014 - 7:02 am

Love it! We are so a like…I don’t do scary either. I actually don’t even decorate for Halloween, I do fall. Which I love.
Now Halloween candy is a must!
Would love to win the giveaway, checked my library, they don’t carry her books. Bummer!

Arlene@Nanaland - October 29, 2014 - 7:53 am

I love the way you put interesting things in apothecary jars!! I may just have to steal that idea. And I love your Harry Potter books on display!!

donna - October 29, 2014 - 7:57 am

Love the way you decorated the foyer. We love Halloween and do it in a big way! When my boys were younger we would do a large graveyard in the front, super spooky! You wouldn’t have liked it but trick-or-treaters LOVED it!!Thanks for the giveaway and I would love to read those books.

Cheryl M. - October 29, 2014 - 8:21 am

I love your subtle touches, I don’t do scary Halloween either! Happy Fall!!

Jill - October 29, 2014 - 8:39 am

I love fall decorating too and no scary here either. I prefer glass pumpkins anymore as I always hated to throw out the real ones. I really enjoy reading your posts, Kelly! :)

Jean from Georgia - October 29, 2014 - 8:48 am

Love your Halloween décor. The trick or treat bags you made are in process at my home and will be mailed to my little grands in Virgina this afternoon. Such a fun blog today.

Louvina - October 29, 2014 - 9:08 am

Love the treat bag idea!! This would be a great teacher gift to students! Now I’m thinking if there are other holiday peeps that could work with s’ mores?! I’m thinking snowmen for sure!! Love your family room with the yellow pillows and gourds. The white pansies are a nice touch– have never used them indoors.

Debbie w - October 29, 2014 - 9:09 am

Love your home in all seasons!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 29, 2014 - 9:32 am

The smores treats are so cute. What a great idea.

Garden, Home and Party - October 29, 2014 - 9:49 am

I love the foyer. You always have such great touches with the accessories you arrange. Accessories (small vignette’s) make the room for me.
The black and gold looks fabulous. I’m saving and pinning these images, filled with great ideas for the season, or any time of year.
Enjoy your Halloween. I agree, no gore or fright, just treats and sweet little goblins, please.

Lisa K - October 29, 2014 - 9:54 am

I love your subtle Halloween decor. I also don’t do scary or decorate for Halloween. I prefer the warmth of pumpkins, mums & colorful fall leaves. Your idea for the smores treat bags is great!

Jayne - October 29, 2014 - 10:00 am

Hey Kelly, I didn’t mind at all being left out on the porch. The weather has been great! I just love your trick-or-treat bags! What a cute idea. Everything looks great! Just the perfect touches. Forgive me if I pass on the kisses. Trying to lose a few pounds. Can’t wait to see your kitchen. Until then…

kathy - October 29, 2014 - 10:18 am

How cute are those s’mores treat bags!!!(Katrina, I bet you are going to do those!) I love that 8 ball. I received one of those for Christmas when I was about 8 years old….and I always believed the answers it gave me. I love your vintage ideas! (I am on the lookout for a VW bus.) I guess those pumpkins/gourds in the jar are real. Do you have any trouble with real things in those jars molding? Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Halloween Week!

Helen - October 29, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love your attention to detail. I am going now to pull out Harry Potter books and put them on my coffee table. What did I do with our old 8 ball?

Carolyn - October 29, 2014 - 11:11 am

I don’t like scary, either. Your decorating looks yummy.

Liz Piccione-Volger - October 29, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Love those ghost s’mores! And yesterday my comment should have read “That tin is adorable”. Thanks for all the wonderful posts! I always enjoy stopping by.

Maria White - October 29, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Everything is adorable! As always. Happy Halloween!!

Susan - October 29, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Kelly, your Fall decor is wonderful, and inviting. We don’t do “scary” at our home, either. I think that our world scary enough, the way it is! The smores treats are a great idea idea for a special trick or treat~

Heather S - October 29, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Your house is seriously the cutest! So inspiring :)
Crossing my fingers and toes I win that lovely giveaway!

Diane B - October 29, 2014 - 5:10 pm

I love the simple, clean lines and unfussy decor that calmly communicates the season without screaming about the holiday. It doesn’t feel contrived or commercial. Just stunning!

Donnamae - October 29, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Everything looks lovely…but those pansies in silver with candlelight really stand out! ;)

Anne Boykin - October 29, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Hi Kelly, I’ve been busy with houseguests and got behind on my emails but yours are always some of the first that I look at to see your beautiful home and read what you’ve been up to. I just love your style – it’s warm and welcoming without being too fussy. Your use of color is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us.

Patti - October 29, 2014 - 7:07 pm

What could be better than sipping hot tea, nibbling on chocolates, and reading a good mystery book on a chilly Fall night?!

Barbara P from MA - October 29, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Kelly, Those Ghost Peep S’mores are so cute! Wonderful idea! Love how all of your decorating is so color coordinated- That is definitely something I need to work on!

Teresa W - October 29, 2014 - 8:53 pm

I love seeing all your cute Halloween decorations. The Peep smores are adorable. I’ve never heard of The Traveling Tea series, but love being introduced to a new, good mystery, and Constant Comment is my favorite tea! Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Design Chic - October 29, 2014 - 9:05 pm

It all looks so beautiful, Kelly. I love the s’mores in the glass jar (wishing I had one for a little bedtime snack right now), and your nod to fall with the pumpkins and mums…perfect!

Connie - October 29, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Your home is beautiful! Love the s’mores idea!

Dawn - October 29, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Ok, Kelly,

I love it all again. I really like the sweet s’mores in the jar. Those are so cute! I just might have to make some of those for my nieces. The foyer and family room both look inviting and comfortable. I can’t wait to see more of your lovely home decorated for Fall. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl Hauser - October 29, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Do your glass jars actually close tightly enough to keep pretzels, crackers, etc. fresh? Mine are from WalMart, but do not secure tightly. I LOVE your home!

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:30 pm

I do love your cozy family room as much as your porch. Seeing the cute s’mores packets, makes me want to go on the hunt for peeps tomorrow. Love s’mores. How cute. I just spent 6 hours in the yard today doing leaves and fall clean up. My daughter teased me when she got home, seeing that I had just got the little orange and white Italian lights, vintage pumpkins out to adorn the front door today. I did simple real pumpkins in the cement urns, as we had plenty from the garden this year. Just one large yellow mum on the iron patio cart, and more pumpkins, mini gourd ones and our lit ghost by the back light post. Seeing your mums in the house, well I might need to pick one up for the family room too. Nothing like decorating two days before the holiday. We are to have a windy/chilly Halloween, so there goes my neat and tidy yard. Oh well, the leaves aren’t done yet… Oh Fall..sigh!

Monika - October 30, 2014 - 12:09 am

Kelly, I’m with you with not liking the scary stuff for Halloween. Love your S’mores idea for treats for the little goblins. Think I might copy your idea. Thanks for today’s tour of your beautiful home.

Linda - October 30, 2014 - 6:52 am

Kelly, your fall ideas are so beautiful. I don’t have scary Halloween decor, either.
I love the Traveling Tea Ladies series. Melanie is a wonderful author and person. Met her at a book signing.
In addition, for your s’mores, get Trader Joe’s cinnamon graham crackers. It will kick it up a notch. Yum!!
Thanks for all you’ve shared.
Have a blessed day.

Jen - October 30, 2014 - 9:03 am

Kelly – Love your Halloween decorating! I have been meaning to “start” decorating for Halloween for weeks. Now I guess I better just wait and do Thanksgiving/Fall! The day after Halloween my neighbor starts decorating for Christmas and skips fall all together!
Oh, and peeps and smores are my favorite! Too bad I live so far away or I would send my kids to Trick-or-Treat at your house! We live so far out in the country we don’t even get Trick-or-treaters! Happy Halloween!

Julia G. - October 30, 2014 - 9:43 am

Love the touches of yellow and black and absolutely love the ‘smores treat bags!

Barb - October 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

“The Ghost & Mr. Chicken” with Don Knotts is about as scary as I like to get on Halloween.

classic•casual•home - October 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm

WOW…this looks great!!! Love the s’mores idea and your pretty mantel.

JenniferfromVA - October 30, 2014 - 4:04 pm

I always love to take my afternoon break and check out your blog. I don’t always comment, but you can BET I am ALWAYS reading!!

Pam Jenkins - October 30, 2014 - 10:56 pm

I love fall decor almost as much as Christmas. Your house looks lovely, as always. The s’mores are SO cute!

Peggy - October 30, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Lovely! I am not big on scary decorations, either. My spiders don’t need any extra help with webs. The treats of Peeps s’mores are so cute. I still make special bags for my grown children. Do you think we ever outgrow “trick or treating” ?

Decorating Outside for Fall (and a Halloween giveaway!)

fall porch for Halloween

Happy Halloween week!  I thought this week of spooky fun would be a good time to share all my October decorating with you (before it is time to bring out the turkeys.:))  Fingers crossed, I can show you everything before November arrives. Let’s just start with the outside today.

fall porch stepsI sort-of made the wreath on the front door.  I say sort-of because I started with an old Christmas wreath that was faux Fraser fir (so it was already a wreath.)  I wanted it to be more Southern in feel, so I wrapped and wired on a long leaf pine garland around it, wired on some pinecones and a few real pumpkins using florists’ picks, and ta da – my Halloween wreath was complete. Kind of simple to do, and kind of simple looking….the way I like door wreaths.

fall wreath for front door

It will be easy to wire brown gourds and other darker things on it for November, and then it will be time for simple pine cones and a red bow at Christmas.  I plan to put a lantern on the empty table by the door on Halloween night.

fall cottageWhite pansies have been added to the pots and planter on the front porch, and pumpkins and mums are once again taking over the space.:)

fall porch planterThe 20 year old planter that was by the side door was finally too worn to use, so we threw it away.  I moved the larger planter from in front of the playroom window to take its place by the door here. I actually think I like it better here.:)

side door fall decoratingAnother pumpkin and mum by the rocker.  (I told you they were taking over the place!:))

porch rockersAnd last but not least, there is a giveaway this week.  For a Halloween treat, I am doing a random drawing for a set of author Melanie O’Hara’s fun mystery series The Traveling Tea Ladies. (5 books!)  It’s “Charlie’s Angels meets Steel Magnolia’s.”  I thought this would be perfect for Halloween (not too scary.)  And I am including a pretty tea pot, a box of my favorite tea (Bigelo’s Constant Comment), and a cute little tin in which you can store your tea.  (Melanie provided the books, but I purchased everything else.)

October giveawayJust leave a comment on any or all of the posts that publish here this week (between 10/27/14-10/30/14.)  You must be 18 years of age or older to enter, and the drawing will close at midnight Eastern Time Thursday, October 3o, 2014.  The winner will be announced on Friday, October 31, 2014 (Halloween:))

fall porchI will be back soon with more fall decorating and another chance for you to enter the Halloween giveaway.

Until next time…

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Sandy A - October 27, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Love your Autumn decor…Pumpkins gourds and mums just make me happy with all the colors you only see in the fall. Thank you for very lovely give away…

JennK - October 27, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Love your Autumn decorations…your efforts are always so inviting, warm and thoughtful – but not overdone! Have a blessed day!

Cheryl M. - October 27, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Hi Kelly, your house looks beautiful! Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway, I would to win!

Kathy P. - October 27, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Love the wreath. The pumpkins really shine in the decorating.

Vickie - October 27, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Your Fall decorations are so welcoming!! Thanks for the chance to win the “halloween” giveaway!!

Leslie Connor~Chapin, SC - October 27, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Kelly ~~~you never cease to amaze me! Your Autumn decor is awesome….and your home looks wonderful as always! So love all the black painted furniture on your porches.

Carolyn - October 27, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Nice fall decorating and not overdone. I have to admit to not buying the first pumpkin. But I live in the woods surrounded by a glorious autumn spectacle, and no one but us would see it anyway (we don’t get many visitors and no trick-or-treaters up here on the mountain). I think I’m justifying being lazy. My husband has even done more than me – he at least bought some pansies and potted them up to go by the steps. Would love to win your giveaway! I’m a tea drinker, Constant Comment is one of my favorites, and I love a charming cozy mystery. Thanks for the opportunity!

Louvina - October 27, 2014 - 5:34 pm

You won’t believe it– but I just sat down with my pumpkin coffee ( just like last Saturday when you posted) and lo and behold– another posting! What good timing! My daughter ( recovering nicely from broken ankle) said ” what a nice treat for you!” Yea! Love your mums, pumpkins and white pansies! I bet your students are excited about Halloween this week?! I plan on having your cast iron deep pizza on Friday for supper. One year our youngest got us a fresh pizza that you bake at home that looked like a jack o-lantern. There is a shop in Orlando that makes holiday pizzas to finish at home. Good idea!!? Have a Boo-tiful Great Pumpkin Week!

Dawn R. - October 27, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Hi Kelly,
Love your fall decorations, the wreath turned out great. I finished reading the new Jan Karon book over the weekend. I loved it! Thanks for the giveaway.
Dawn R.

Lindy James - October 27, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Love your outdoor fall decorating, especially the wreath you made that can be used for the rest of the holidays this year with just a few changes. Take care, Lindy

Meredith - October 27, 2014 - 5:40 pm

You never stop amazing me with your wonderful decorating ideas.
I really think your Fall-Halloween decorations are lovely, you
really inspire me. I am looking forward to your Thanksgiving

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - October 27, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Beautiful Fall porch Kelly..and love that wreath!!

Kathy - October 27, 2014 - 5:51 pm

This makes me want to say….”Happy Fall, Y’all!” I just love your decorating style. It is funny that you “sort-of” made a wreath because I “sort-of” made one too. I had some fall garland that was wrapped in a circle. I was haphazardly trying to decorate so instead of unwinding the garland I just hung it on a hook that already had our initial hanging there. Happy Accident! I sort-of made a wreath! Yours is much more versatile though and will be great for the changing of the seasons. I love all of your pumpkins and mums. (Josie, look how great that wicker planter looks with flowers in it….and we thought it was just a drink cooler.)

Bev - October 27, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Always a classic look– love it!!

Susan Zarzana - October 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I love your simple but great decorating style. I especially like the idea of changing one wreath for the holidays from Halloween to Christmas. Storage of all the wreaths can take over! Great idea. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway- a perfect fall weekend treat.

Donna - October 27, 2014 - 6:10 pm

As always simply beautiful!

Emily - October 27, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Hi Kelly, Your home looks wonderful! I love how you are using the Fall materials and taking them into the Christmas Season. The books sound great There’s nothing like reading a good book and having a cup of tea on a cool evening in front of the fireplace.

Take care.


Vikki - October 27, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Love the way you wrapped the wreath. I will be doing this. Thanks. (The books look cute)

Jackie M. - October 27, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Your wreath is so pretty — as are all your fall decorations! You make putting it together sound so simple — maybe even something I can master. :) The series sounds darling — definitely up my alley! Putting it on my to-read list!

Pat - October 27, 2014 - 6:37 pm

I love your rockers and the idea of a lantern on the table.

Heather - October 27, 2014 - 7:01 pm

I enjoy your site and love to see photos of your home. The wreath is oh so pretty and fall-ish.

Donnamae - October 27, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Your porches are lovely…I especially like that wicker planter! ;)

Patti - October 27, 2014 - 7:47 pm

I love your house! I like the simplicity of the mums and pumpkins-very tastefully done!

Megan Weiss - October 27, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Hi Kelly,
I love the wreath – you did a great job! I wish that I had room no my porch for a couple of rockers!

Jerry Stocks - October 27, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Love your pumpkin and mums decorations.

Tina K. - October 27, 2014 - 8:21 pm

I feel so lucky I stumbled upon your blog several years ago! You have a unique talent- writing, photography, interior design, tablescaping, AND a busy mother and teacher! As a Kindergarten teacher of 28 years and mother of 4, grandmother to 2, many days your wonderful posts warm my weary bones and inspire me. I wonder often how you juggle the energy demanded of you. But it is obvious your joy is in every photo and post. Thank you Kelly for sharing your love of HOME! tina k.

arlene@Nanaland - October 27, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Beautiful as usual!!

Sue - October 27, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Hi Kelly,
You always decorate your home so beautifully. Thank you for the chance to win such a nice giveaway. Have a great week!

Barbara P from MA - October 27, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Hi Kelly, All of your fall and “Halloween” touches are perfect! Plan to “copy” your wreath! How clever that it can transform over the next couple of months with just a few simple changes! LOVE IT!! Constant Comment is my favorite tea as well!

Wendy D. - October 27, 2014 - 8:40 pm

You can never have to many pumpkins!!! I have never heard of these books, very curious so I am of to Google them! Thanks again for the inspiratio!

Deborah E - October 27, 2014 - 9:28 pm

your decor is nice……..and simple. I like that. I am most interested in discovering new to me authors. If I don’t win the giveaway I will be buying something from Melanie O’Hara. Thanks for sharing.

Garden, Home and Party - October 27, 2014 - 9:45 pm

You have such a pretty porch. I like the natural elements you’ve used for the season. Constant Comment is our favorite tea.
What a fun giveaway.

sharon - October 27, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Love your front door wreath. It will make a perfect transition into the Christmas season. Pumpkins and mums are a great fall combination.

Lisa - October 27, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Love your decorating style! I have not read anything by Melanie O’Hara so it would be fun to try a new author.

DiAnne - October 27, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Beautiful fall. decorating! I love the Savannah house in Garden & Gun you noted in your last post. The owners mentioned they would be hosting a wedding there in November. I bet that will be pretty.

Wendy in KY - October 27, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Those books look adorable! I love fast, yet entertaining reads like those. I think I shall see if they are available at my local library (as I rarely win –well, actually never–) a contest.

Cheryl - October 27, 2014 - 10:28 pm

I love your fall porch! It’s wonder fall!

Julia Walker - October 27, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Hey Kelly! You’ve inspired me once again. Many thanks for sharing your creativity and your beautiful home! I’m curious about Melanie’s books-they look inviting, just like your home. And Constant Comment has been my favorite tea for years! If I could have your address, I’d like to send you a special tea I gave to Jan Karon when I met her in Lexington. Have a fun Hallowe’en! Julia

Jenny M - October 27, 2014 - 11:37 pm

I’m a first time visitor to your blog via Pinterest and Oh my goodness, I LOVE houses too! Thanks for the beautiful photos. I love to read new mysteries as well, so here’s hoping I win!

Linda Schatz - October 27, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Love the simplicity of the wreath and change up for both seasons. And the planter is very cheery by the entrance.

Dawn - October 28, 2014 - 1:19 am

Your house is lovely! You can never have too many pumpkins……

Delores Clark - October 28, 2014 - 6:33 am

I loved this week’s Halloween post, particularly the use of the garland wreath with the pumpkins and pine cones. This look could carry on through Thanksgiving.

Barbara Barnes - October 28, 2014 - 6:42 am

Your home always inspires me. It is beautiful with the pumpkins, yellow mums, and rocking chairs.

donna - October 28, 2014 - 7:13 am

Love your house and decorations! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I tend to go overboard with decorating. Thanks for the giveaway, I hope I win!!

Jayne - October 28, 2014 - 7:19 am

Your porch looks so festive and lovely. I like how you made the wreath more southern. All the pumpkins and mums! I’m beginning to change up the decorations I have up. Going a bit more woodsy/rustic. Less pumpkins and mums for Thanksgiving. Your wreath idea is perfect for that theme. Have a great week!

Marlene Richards - October 28, 2014 - 7:34 am

Everything looks great, as usual. What color is your wicker planter painted. I have one like it but it is white and I love the look of yours.

Talia - October 28, 2014 - 8:05 am

Your home is as charming as ever! Love the tasteful decorations and the welcoming feel they provide!

Barb - October 28, 2014 - 8:18 am

Love the decorating. I used you as inspiration to decorate the front of our house this year….pumpkins and mums. My neighbor commented on how nice everything looked. I gave you full credit and told her to check out your site. Happy Halloween!

Cheri - October 28, 2014 - 8:29 am

Love your Autumn decorations, would not expect anything but classy from you.

Karen - October 28, 2014 - 8:35 am

Your home is beautiful, warm and inviting, perfectly appointed, I love following your blog!

Marci Johnson - October 28, 2014 - 8:39 am

I love the black wicker and black rocking chairs in contrast to the oranges and yellows. Beautiful!!!

Jill - October 28, 2014 - 9:16 am

Ooh, Constant Comment….my favorite tea! Your porch looks lovely, Kelly. I was inspired last year by your Fall decorating with mums and tried it this year….and I’ve already managed to kill them all….inside and out.
Seriously though, I appreciate all the inspiration you give us. I feel like I always gain something or learn something new from your posts.

Monika - October 28, 2014 - 11:20 am

Oh, Kelly, how generous of you to treat one of your “fans” to this beautiful giveaway! As always, when I see that there is an email from you, it’s the first one I open. It makes my day – always so inspirational. Thank you so much.

Sandra - October 28, 2014 - 11:24 am

Pick me to win, I love mysteries and the tea set looks lovely. A great way to spend a Halloween night, a good book and tea!!!

barbara n - October 28, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I love your porch…living in SW Florida I miss all the beautiful colors of fall! And NO kids trick or treating at my house!

Sharon - October 28, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Hi Kelly your home looks beautiful, simple perfect fall decor. Thank you for the chance to win!

Pamela - October 28, 2014 - 3:47 pm

What a great gift!

Helen - October 28, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Love your blog and what how you decorate with simple organic elements. Would love a good read – thank you for the opportunity.

Lonna - October 28, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Thanks for blogging! I know you are a teacher and still make time to decorate your home, travel, be a mom, and share recipes- one of my favorite parts!

Dawn - October 28, 2014 - 6:53 pm


I love all of the pumpkins and mums you have displayed around the outside of your home. They are all so festive. It also reminds me of my own home right now. I love the orange of the pumpkins scattered around with contrast of the pretty yellow and rust colored mums. I can not wait to see the playroom and how it is decorated for Halloween. Is there a movie list on the chalk board again? What is in the jars? I guess I will have to wait and see.

Edith - October 28, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I have read all the Traveling Tea Ladies books, so reminds me of my group of special friends! enjoyed looking at your fall décor! very pretty !

Debbie w - October 28, 2014 - 8:43 pm

I love my pumpkins…no jackolanterns….that way they can stay out until Thanksgiving! Pick me!

Pat Peele - October 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Lovely, just enough, perfect…..

Sherry - October 28, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Just beautiful! The wreath is perfect and just my style! Wish I was setting on your porch reading and enjoying some tea! Thank you for the chance to win.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 28, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Kelly, I love your wicker planter full of fall decor! And, tea is one of my favorite afternoon fall treats for myself…especially when I add a lemon drop! The book series sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to seeing what you do for fall on the inside!

Nancy B - October 28, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Your photos of your home combine a feeling of warmth and home with an inviting style that’s a balance of current style and a sense that real people live there.
That kind of perfect balance is difficult to achieve, but you make it seem possible for all of us. Thank you.

Cindy - October 29, 2014 - 7:07 am

I would love to come over and sit on your porch!
Relaxing and inviting!

Donnie Kean - October 29, 2014 - 7:58 am

So calm and restful. I want to take a book off the shelf and plop down and read!

Donna H - October 29, 2014 - 8:41 am

Love your home and your posts ! You have a refreshing take on home decor and the Fall touches are lovely . I love enjoying a cup of tea while reading on chilly afternoons .

Jill - October 29, 2014 - 8:46 am

Btw, loved the peeps smores but I daresay we usually have around 250 kids show up. I live in a small town with lots of farms so they all come in. Lots of cute costumes to see including some of the parents. Loads of fun! :)

Denise Hurley - October 29, 2014 - 10:40 am

If I win you can come sit on my porch and read and sip tea with me. :)

Liz Piccione-Volger - October 29, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Thank tin is adorable

Tricia - October 29, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Your Halloween decor is just perfect. This book series sounds great and the teapot is adorable. I love tea this time of year……

Heather S - October 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm

What a gorgeous house and FUN giveaway! I’d la la LOVE to win :)

Maureen D - October 29, 2014 - 8:07 pm

I just absolutely love your decorating style. I have copied it on a very small scale, but hope to work up to more. Your taste appeals to me very much. Love your website.

Joyce - October 29, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Wowza! May I hang out at your house? It is so pretty and comfortable. I enjoy your blog too- thank you for the give away!
Make everyday special….

jan spotts - October 29, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Love your home—bright and airy—and I love the thinking you put into each element—

Love Love Love the use of apothecary jars—and the delightful smores kits—I will be borrowing this idea.

Happy Halloween!!!

Connie E. - October 29, 2014 - 9:16 pm

So beautiful and inviting! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Hagler - October 29, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Love your simple and cozy style decorating.

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Simple is best. Wishing I had bought a few more mums after seeing yours. Your porch looks wonderful. I like the more natural look wreath you did. The stores here are cleaned out now and just about ready to promote Christmas! Ugh! I will enjoy your fall posts awhile longer. Oh, to live in the South! Love your home.

Sharon Dixon - October 30, 2014 - 7:28 am

I love fall decorations! You have some awesome fall touches!!!

Kay Carver - October 30, 2014 - 8:36 am

Your home is stunning–so warm and cozy and very stylish. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing beautiful pictures of your home and of your travels. We share many of the same interests in travel and home decor. However, sorry to report, 5th of May (is that the right name?) the small corner restaurant in St. Simons is no longer open! I was so looking forward to those waffles you mentioned–darn!

Sandy Mc - October 30, 2014 - 9:32 am

We returned from a week in London last night, and I discovered your post about The Tea Ladies this morning! We had lots of tea and even saw a mystery, The MouseTrap. I think this is a brief, very special time of travelling, tea, and Talk of the House. Wonderful! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Julie Reininger - October 30, 2014 - 9:37 am

Love Love seeing all you decor ideas for the change of seasons. I love the smores treat bag idea for halloween. Ready to run out and find some ghost peeps to make these.

Julia G. - October 30, 2014 - 9:41 am

Love the porch and all your pumpkins! Happy (non-scary) Halloween!

Robin Madden - October 30, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Love your decorated front porch Kelly! The wreath is a nice added touch too! Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway; the books look like they will be a fun read! Happy Halloween!!!

Mary Wyrick - October 30, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Love the inspiration found on your blog

JenniferinVA - October 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I love love love the wreath idea!!! I really like that your able to use it for a few seasons…..great idea and once again I shall be copying you!

Katie H. - October 30, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Love the post and contest. I have many pumpkins on my porch as well, but I’ll be taking them in tonight so they are safe during mischief night!

Becky taylor - October 30, 2014 - 11:43 pm

How fun!!! Hope I win:) LOVE your blog!!

Sherry Myers - October 30, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Classy style, Kelly! The last two rooms this week did not disappoint. I knew they wouldn’t! I love the colors! These rooms are definitely magazine worthy! The black sets off every detail. Thank you for delighting us with these great decorating Treats! Happy Hallloween!

Deborah Sherman - October 31, 2014 - 12:39 am

Love your photos…my first time to read through your posts! I’ll be back! I’m west coast, so may not have made it by midnight!

Jeanette - October 31, 2014 - 1:16 am

I love your simple outdoor decor

jeanette - October 31, 2014 - 1:23 am

We don’t do scary here, either. I’m more of a fall girl, rather than a Halloween girl. I do like the candy if the glass canisters.

Melanie O'Hara - October 31, 2014 - 7:26 am

Dear Kelly,
Thanks for featuring my books, The Traveling Tea Ladies Tea Murder Mysteries in your book giveaway.
Some of your readers were trying to locate them in their local libraries. If your library doesn’t carry them, you can request they place an order through their ordering channels, but they are available at Amazon & Barnes & Noble in paperback, hardback and e-book format.
It’s good to see so many people love tea, mysteries and Fall as much as I do. Your house is gorgeous, as usual, and perfectly decorated for the season.
Thank you Kelly again for featuring the books! I hope to do another book giveaway with your readers in the near future.

Until Our Next Pot of Tea,
Melanie O’Hara
Author of “The Traveling Tea Ladies”
Melanie, thank you so very much for allowing me to share your books with the readers here! I know our winner will love them all!

Talk of the Weekend #7

Talk of the House

Happy Weekend!  I have more random goodies for you to check out today, so I hope you have a pumpkin spice coffee or hot apple cider nearby.  I’ve been saving some of these for a few weeks, so let’s get started!

The last time we had a Talk of the Weekend, we looked at this house – built on a barge, appropriately named Duck Camp.  Do you remember it?


The very next day, I purchased the latest issue of Garden and Gun magazine while I was out grocery shopping. When I got home and opened up the issue, I could not believe my eyes!


Garden and Gun article

There was Duck Camp spread across its pages!  The architect’s site did not mention anything about it being in a magazine, so I was delighted to see more of its interiors.  You can see additional photos on the magazine’s site here.  Or better yet, buy a copy of the magazine for yourself, because the reason I bought the issue was actually for this house…

Garden and Gun Georgia River House

This home, built in 1879 near Savannah, is gorgeous. You will want to read more about it here.

Another magazine I read is The Cottage Journal.  I just learned this week, they have a really good website of homes, gardens, recipes, and artists. I think you will enjoy spending some time there too.:)

Brannon Cottage the Cottage

A week ago we looked at some homes (and a restaurant) designed by Dungan-Nequette.  Here is one more you might want to take a peek at. (Love all the red in it.:))

Dungan Nequette Day

And speaking of red

Two years ago, I wrote a post on the colorful rooms of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta, and the other day I found another of Anthony Baratta’s happy houses.  He uses A LOT of red in this cabin, and it looks like a very fun house. You can see more photos and read about it here. (I am warning you.  When I say A LOT, I do mean A LOT.:))

Anthony Baratta log

One of the colleges our oldest son considered attending was located in Walla Walla, Washington.  I’ve been looking at inns in the Seattle area, and although Walla Walla is 4 hours from Seattle, I found one there that looks interesting. (No, we haven’t made plans to go to Washington yet.) The inn is called The Inn at Abeja, and you can read about its transformation from farm buildings to beautiful inn and winery  here. (And it is ranked as one of the top 10 wine country inns in the United States.)

The Inn Abeja in Walla

I was tickled to receive a thank you message from designer Barbara Westbrook this week.  I went back to her website afterwards and found out  two very exciting things.  First, they are going to be writing a quarterly online newsletter soon, called Workbook.  You can sign up to receive it here.  And secondly, (this is the biggie for me) she has a book – yes a book!- coming out next year on St. Patrick’s Day.  I can’t wait!

Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook

Barbara Westbrook: Gracious Rooms

(my Amazon Affiliate link)

There is another book that I am also excited about.  Sarah Richardson’s book will be released November 4.  Definitely getting it!

Sarah Style

 Sarah Style

And finally…more books!

What do you get when you marry literature with art and design?

Juniper books

You get the amazingly beautiful sets of books from Juniper Books. I have already added some of these to my Christmas gift list.  If you haven’t seen them, you should spend some time at their website.

And can you believe it is just a mere two months until Christmas?  I guess it really  isn’t that hard to believe considering all the Christmas merchandise that is in the stores right now….and someone ( ahem..who shall remain nameless) might have been playing Christmas music last weekend. But I really don’t want to jump over this season and all its wonders quite yet.  We have a fall festival today, so I will be working at our school while hundreds of children go wild have fun.:) Then I have a baby shower tomorrow, and a good friend is in town for the weekend.  Lots of excitement in store for this weekend before Halloween!  And I hope you will be back next week for a Halloween treat here – no tricks – just treats. I promise.

Have a happy weekend!

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classesncamps - October 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

Your home is wonderful.
Thank you!

Lynne - October 25, 2014 - 9:15 am

Thanks for sharing these pictures and their websites to visit. Also, these books look very interesting. I will be on the look out for them when they come out. I am heading to a Fall Festival too and another one tomorrow!
Lynne, glad you liked the links to all the websites, Lynne. I hope your Fall Festivals were fun. We couldn’t have asked for better weather for ours. :)

Kathy - October 25, 2014 - 9:47 am

Love all the beautiful homes. have a great fall weekend.

Thank you Kathy! I hope your weekend was a great one as well.

Carolyn - October 25, 2014 - 10:24 am

Wow! Such great features to entice me further. I have to say, your tastes are very similar to mine. I’m a house addict, I confess, and swoon over many houses whose styles are not necessarily applicable to my own since I live in a log cabin. The common denominator is cottage with historical elements, though, and I lived in a 1920’s southern Cape Cod for 27 years. Hated to leave that house, but love being in the mountains. Now, naturally, I’m particularly drawn to cottages with rustic elements. You’ve highlighted some wonderful ones with some of my favorite architects and designers. I bought that issue of The Cottage Journal with the photo you featured. Love it! And I never can resist books. All of these look wonderful. Love the vintage looking Juniper books. I collect the early Nancy Drews pre-1950’s. Thanks for the suggestions to explore. Have a wonderful weekend – it sounds like a full one. Is going to be gorgeous and warm here in the NC mountains – you should have a good one, too.
Thank you Carolyn. It DOES sound like we have very similar tastes! And you live in one of my favorite places too – the mountains of NC. I hope your weekend was a good one!

Liz Piccione-Volger - October 25, 2014 - 10:37 am

Hi Kelly,
I just wanted to say that although I don’t usually comment I am here everyday enjoying your site! You have a great voice. Thanks so much .
Thank you so much Liz! I appreciate your reading the posts. :)

Patty in Michigan - October 25, 2014 - 10:49 am

Happy Weekend, Kelly! I had to giggle because I actually had just sat down with my pumpkin coffee (and some rosemary scrambled eggs yum) to enjoy a few minutes reading a few blogs. Love all these beautiful rooms. Sounds like you have a great weekend ahead. Enjoy. I will putting the yard to bed for the winter. It will be here soon in Michigan!
Pumpkin coffee and rosemary scrambled eggs – yum! Good luck with your weekend yard projects. :)

Simply Suzannes at Home - October 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

Good morning, Kelly!
I have the rare quiet morning to enjoy a cup of coffee and visit blogs . . . and I’m so happy to come by and read that you, too, are a fan of Garden & Gun. I receive their online newsletter/magazine, and love it.
And – The Cottage Journal – is one of my absolute favorites. I save every one of their magazines and fall in love with their photos and recipes over & over). So much inspiration! I didn’t know that they have a website. That will be my next stop. Thanks so much for sharing . . .
Have a great weekend,
Thank you Suzanne. I am happy that you are enjoying your visit here with a cup of coffee. :) I agree that The Cottage Journal has such wonderful photos and recipes. It really is a great publication.

Susan - October 25, 2014 - 12:09 pm

There is a lot of inspiration here! I already signed up for the newsletter and checked out Juniper Books. I subscribe to Cottage journal, but never thought to check out their website. We don’t carry Garden & Gun magazine, up here in the North Country, but I will look for it online. Thank you for all of the weekend goodies to check out!
Thank you for going the “extra mile” on all the links, Susan. I will need to sign up for the Juniper Books newsletter myself. I hope you can find a copy of Garden and Gun. I did not realize they were not a national publication.
Thanks for your comment!

Wendy D. - October 25, 2014 - 1:15 pm

I always love your post, so much inspiration. Since the invention of the century, Pinterest (
LOL Thanks Wendy!

Louvina - October 25, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I just had my pumpkin coffee and finished putting some final touches on my outside fall decorations! There is a Fall sailboat regatta on the lake today and it is just beautiful!! Fall weather is trying to get here but warms up every afternoon. Remember many fall festivals while teaching— loved them and always fun getting to see all the kids and families. My girls will be here all weekend — going to our church’s pumpkin patch and having a nice mixed grill of turkey tenderloin, steak, chicken, pork loin and hotdogs with KY sauce!! Yum!! This is why I live in FL– Oct– May– my favorite time of the year!
Yum to all the food in your comments Louvina! I bet all the sailboats are just gorgeous on a gorgeous fall day.
I know you are enjoying your weekend.

Amy O'Quinn - October 25, 2014 - 8:29 pm

I had not even opened my new issue of Garden & Gun until I read your post! I love the gray Savannah cottage with black shutters and white trim…and the interiors! Oh my! That faux-painted ‘weathered cypress’ ceiling is gorgeous! Since G&G has a ‘Talk of the South’ section, I can definitely see why you have an affinity for the magazine. ;)

It’s always a treat to read each installment of ‘Talk of the Weekend’ to find out what you have going on or what you are researching. Great post..thanks for sharing!
I loved that ceiling too. It was hard to believe it wasn’t wood! I am happy you like the weekend posts with all their randomness. :) Thank you for reading and commenting Amy.

Garden, Home and Party - October 25, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Wow, this post will occupy the rest of my evening…so many fun links.
I confess, I really hate the rush that the retailers have put on all of us with their Christmas displays in September but…I listened to a CD of Christmas music last week by Kings College (England) Chorale. I can’t help it, I love Christmas music and feel as though we don’t really have as much time as I need to listen to the beauty of Christmas music.
The red rooms above are really great.
Karen, I think you have just perfectly explained why I listen to Christmas music year round. It IS beautiful,and the month of December alone is simply not long enough. I never thought about it like that, but I do believe you are right! :)

Kathy - October 27, 2014 - 11:45 am

Katrina, she is talking about you! (Please wait until November first!) Kelly, I just took a look at The Cottage Journal. How do you find all of these wonderful magazines and photos and ideas? You always inspire me!
Go Katrina! My fellow lover of Christmas music.:) Isn’t The Cottage Journal just wonderful? Glad you liked it Kathy.

Megan Weiss - October 27, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for the information on Sarah Richardson’s book. I have loved her show for years, and am not happy with HGTV for not consistently carrying it anymore. I don’t think that I have ever seen a room that she decorated that I did not like! I love her style :)
I truly do not understand why they do not show all of her shows all the time. I know their viewership would increase if they would. She is amazing!

Megan Weiss - October 27, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Hello again —-
I had to come back to comment on The Cottage Journal website. First off — LOVED IT! Second — it featured the Brimfield Antique Fair, which is practically in my backyard. I have been a number of times , and it is amazing! If you ever have a chance to go, you should. I can only imagine what you would decide to buy!
I would love to visit Brimfield. I’ve read so many good things about how wonderful it is. Hope to visit one day!

Debra - October 29, 2014 - 11:46 pm

Love the fun cabin with all the red. That red wicker with the red awning striped upholstery is killer! How fun.
I agree Debra! You know I LOVED all that red…and red wicker is just over the top wonderful. :)

Robin Madden - October 30, 2014 - 4:28 pm

These homes are just beautiful Kelly! Thanks so much for posting. Puts more ideas in my head for a roadtrip :-)
Thank you so much for reading, Robin. So glad I couldl give you more places to visit!

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