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The Halloween House Tour!


Trick or treat?! No tricks here today.  In fact, I hope this will be a treat for you.  🙂 It has been hot hot hot here, and they are predicting a record breaking warm Halloween, so decorating for fall here in Georgia just has not felt right.  Cozy blankets and hot drinks just don’t work around here these days.

fall-exterior-decorating-front-stepsSo thanks to the heat, no fall decorating was done at our house in September…not even apple anything.

fall-exterior-decorating-front-porchAnd then we were traveling the entire last week of September and 13 of the 31 days in October.  Which is why there has been no fall tour here this year, but the good news is I have managed to get the house decorated for Halloween over those 18 other random October days.  🙂  And that’s what I want you to see today, but I have to confess, I sort of took the easy way out.

fall-outside-decoratingDo you remember last year when I did an It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Halloween with all those cute details?  Well… I’m afraid there is no cute theme this year.  In my crazy few random days of decorating I resorted to….traditional, non-original pumpkins, and Heaven forbid…to orange and black accessories.

And worse than that, they are everywhere.
Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.


So come on in the foyer and be prepared for a major pumpkin and orange overdose.


(I did change out the photos of the children to old ones from past trick-or-treating treks. 🙂 )


For this year’s trick-or-treating bags, I wanted to use orange paper snack cups, but I could not find any anywhere.  So I just took orange paper cups and trimmed them down a bit.  I think it would be cute to tie them with a green ribbon and use a leaf shaped tag on them to give them a “pumpkin” look.


I couldn’t resist Target’s $3 haunted house to add a little spooky fun to the foyer. 🙂
halloween-decorating-foyerMoving on into the family room…yes those are orange and black pillows there on the sofa.


Oh, and a pumpkin one too.
(I told you I took the easy way out.  See?)

fall-pillowsThe cabinet got orange and black books in a jar and a baby pumpkin.

fall-cabinet-vignetteMore pumpkins and orange and black books went on the mantel as well…



And one more Halloween photo from when the boys were young.

fall-mantelNow let’s go over to the other door for just a second.  If you had come in it instead of the front one, you would have found this bench with its  cauldron bucket of candy…


and these cute trick-or-treat bags I mailed to our children.  The bags came from Target, (where else? 🙂 ) but I took the decoration off and simply glued on their initial made from cardstock.


Now let’s head into the dining room.  The red check drapes have temporarily been replaced by the old black and white buffalo checked ones.


Our table setting is in orange and black this year with another Target haunted house for the centerpiece.



The black salad plates were under $2 each at Walmart.


I had to throw some orange into the dining room cabinet too.


The dinner party favors are simply sugar cookies in gift bags tied with orange and black ribbon.  I wish I could share some of these snacks with you.  (See why I need a treadmill?)


dining-room-halloweenThe Halloween tour continues on into the kitchen where you will see more black and white buffalo checks.



kitchen-cookbooks-black-buffalo-check-drapesThere is a recipe for delicious sounding pumpkin magic bars on the desk chalkboard.  Have you ever tried them?  Anything with sweetened condensed milk has got to be good. 🙂



Now for the last stop on this Halloween house tour…the screened porch.


I used a bit more white out there to tone down all the orange and black.


And yes, the pillows really are orange.  They just look red in the photos.


I had planned to make chili or homemade soup for our Halloween dinner, but with the predicted heat, I have changed our menu.  We are going to be grilling steaks instead. 🙂

Hopefully, it will cool off some by dinner time so that we can enjoy it on the porch.



I used our old orange plates with some pumpkin ones I purchased a few years ago on sale at Sur la Table.


And I wrote silly names on the kraft paper runner just for fun…
Emma Ghost, Hal O. Wheen…


Barry D. Bones
and a few others.


And that brings us to the end of our Halloween tour.  Thank you so much for stopping by today (and for putting up with all the pumpkins and orange color overload!)  I hope you have something fun planned for Halloween night…perhaps something that involves candy. 🙂


Until next time…

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Kathy - November 6, 2016 - 8:43 am

Beautiful,as always,Kelly! I love the traditional black and orange Halloween decorations! Your house IS magazine worthy! Guess what I found in the Target 70% off aisle….those chalkboard houses! I was so excited! Imitation is the greatest form of flattery so I will be flattering you next Halloween! Next on my list to find is those black and white napkins. Your holiday decorating posts are my favorites!

Louvina - October 31, 2016 - 10:37 pm

I can’t believe I almost missed this! All I can say is ” it’s good to be back home” with you and yours! I really have been missing your house! Made my Halloween especially since due to all my projects I still haven’t gotten all my fall decorations out and it has been so hot here– hard to get in the mood! Thank you for sharing — wouldn’t be Halloween without seeing your decorations! 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

Barbara (WA) - October 31, 2016 - 10:13 pm

I hope your chocolate didn’t melt! Even when you take the “easy way out” it looks well-designed and thoughtful.

Garden, Home and Party - October 31, 2016 - 7:39 pm

I love the orange and black and it’s always fun to see your black and white checked curtains and accessories. Great job…retirement has definitely kept you busy! 🙂

Pat in Georgia - October 31, 2016 - 6:59 pm

Kelly, it has been a while since I left a message, but I had to this time. I love the pumpkin plates in your design on the porch. Sometimes simple is the best way to go considering how busy you’ve been traveling. I hope you have a blessed Halloween grillling streaks.

Marianne in Mo. - October 31, 2016 - 4:06 pm

I have no problem with the traditional colors for Halloween. I do like those creamy white pumpkins, but the others are a bit overdone these days, so why not go back to the old? I would call your decor this year as tastefully done! And steaks for dinner – why not!
We aren’t anticipating any trick or treaters here at the lake, since I don’t think there are any children living around us. I will miss having my daughter,her husband and the two grands coming for dinner and trick or treating though. 🙁 They will still be in our old neighborhood, because the other grandparents live just two streets away from our old house. We hope to swing by to see the kiddos, then grab dinner before heading home.
Hope you have a spooktacular evening!

Helen - October 31, 2016 - 2:23 pm

I love everything you have done!

Gina - October 31, 2016 - 1:29 pm

This doesn’t look like the easy way out to me. Says the gal who has a few white pumpkins (real and fake) dispersed throughout her house. 😉 Oh, and an orange plaid dish towel. Haha. 🙂 No kiddos here and I don’t get any trick or treaters where I live. I love the orange and black though. It looks great and I ALWAYS love to see how you set your tables, etc. It’s always so inspiring. And fun!! It’s warm here in Virginia too, but more bearable than Georgia. I am loving it.

Vicki - October 31, 2016 - 1:19 pm

Love the porch table! So fun!

Eloise Fitzsimmons - October 31, 2016 - 12:14 pm

As someone with a Halloween birthday, and 74 of them,I feel I’m a bit of an expert on all things Halloween . You did a 5 star job of decorating your home for this fun holiday. THANKS for all of your great ideas!

Mary Ellen Breitwiser - October 31, 2016 - 11:29 am

Simply lovely, as usual, Kelly! You’ve scored another win with taste and elegance that is always, always in style. I’m not a big fan of Halloween, but a huge fan of fall in general, which has not arrived in northeastern Oklahama either with this heat, but you’ve made it all so festive and charming. Glad you and your husband are enjoying retirement and traveling.

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - October 31, 2016 - 11:06 am

Hi Kelly! I love love love your Halloween decor! So beautiful and colourful! For me it is as amazing as last year! 🙂 I wish you and your family a… terrific Halloween! Xoxo

Tricia - October 31, 2016 - 10:54 am

Happy Hallowe’en, Kelly! Loving the decor, perfect as usual, and the names written on the table are just too clever. Thanks for the tour and inspiration

Joan - October 31, 2016 - 10:48 am

Love your look, but find myself wondering how do you store all the decorative items when not in use. Coming up with past Halloween photos of my children would be an exhaustive project. Do you have a link on your site that details how you organize all the “orange” later on? Thanks so much.

Marcilla Heath - October 31, 2016 - 10:19 am

Kelly, I really like your scaled down Halloween decorations! They are traditional but are shown in a fresh, inviting way. Your creations are always fun and eye catching; I like how you have so many great items to pull out to use through out the seasons.

Debbie - October 31, 2016 - 10:14 am

Your house always looks great and what you call “easy way out” looks magazine worthy to me! I am so ready for some cool weather here in Georgia!!! Happy Halloween!

Ellen - October 31, 2016 - 10:10 am

It’s all really pretty — and seasonal and livable. Can you bottle and sell me some of your boundless energy! 😀

Marilyn Stirrett - October 31, 2016 - 10:05 am

Are your wicker porch pieces gray or white? The pieces are so versatile.

Arlene@Nanaland - October 31, 2016 - 8:55 am

Kelly, I loved last years Charlie Brown theme but I also love the simplicity of this year. Your home always looks so cozy and warm.

Katrina - October 31, 2016 - 8:37 am

Love all this orange and black… as always everything at your house is magazine worthy! You don’t have to have a theme for things to be adorable! Thanks to Kathy I have precious dessert plates for tonight featuring pumpkins in a sweet red wagon! I just put on a huge crock pot of the Wendy’s recipe chili. My kids, grandkids and son’s girlfriend will be here tonight. Won’t we have fun eating it with the air conditioner running?
We live in Transylvania County so Halloween is HUGE here! There was a festival on Saturday but I was at a ballgame and didn’t get to go. Three downtown streets are blocked off for trick or treating. While my street is not blocked off it is the connector street between two of them. I have 250 pieces of candy ( was a 275 piece bag but somehow 25 disappeared???) A friend at church told me yesterday that she has 1000 pieces…. What????…… and I took a walk yesterday afternoon and someone on that same street told me they have 1200 pieces ready. Looks like I need to make a candy run!
Have a spooktacular evening sweet Kelly!

bev tippett - October 31, 2016 - 8:29 am

Love it…very festive. Thanks for sharing. My favorite is always the screened porch.

Linda Rossi - October 31, 2016 - 8:17 am

You have captured the Halloween spirit in a spooky yet stylish way! Black and orange is a classic look that brings me back to my own days (and nights) of trick or treating. As always, you have created an inviting, and in this case, a bewitching home tour. Thanks for sharing – love all of it! 🎃

Karen - October 31, 2016 - 8:04 am

I just love it! You can’t go wrong with traditional orange and black on Halloween.

Cheri - October 31, 2016 - 8:03 am

Well Kelly, “your taking it easy” is way better than mine…I have double front door and put a Fall wreath on each…the end. We did much better decorating our trunk for Trunk or Treat at church yesterday. So you are doing good (as always).

Cynthia - October 31, 2016 - 7:57 am

I always love all of your blogs, but the holiday ones are my favorite! Happy Halloween! I hope it’s a bootiful day….☺️🎃

Stacey Long - October 31, 2016 - 7:51 am

Love your home!! Thanks for sharing!! I hope it cools down in Georgia before Thanksgiving!!! LOL!!!

Maryanne Gross - October 31, 2016 - 7:49 am

I LOVE your pared down Halloween, Kelly! Your home is so beautiful and I love how you decorate it for holidays. Orange and black is the color of the day and your use of it is so sophisticated and elegant. Happy Halloween!

Linda - October 31, 2016 - 7:49 am

Loving all the orange pumpkins!!

Calypso in the Country - October 31, 2016 - 7:40 am

You might think you took the easy way out but you did WAY more decorating for Halloween than I did! I love the traditional orange and black everywhere and I love the buffalo checks. You always do such a beautiful job decorating! Happy Halloween!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - October 31, 2016 - 6:42 am

Your “ho hum” is my WOW! I love every bit of it. As usual, so inspiring. I hope that you have a happy Halloween!

Suzanne Dzula Adams - October 31, 2016 - 6:01 am

These are my favorite posts of yours – your own home tours! Your home looks wonderfully Halloweeny! Thanks for sharing!

Summer - October 31, 2016 - 5:14 am

Looking really nice ♥

Gabrielle - October 31, 2016 - 3:45 am

Hi Kelly,

Wonderful and imaginative as usual. We do not have our house decorated (Halloween is not quite as big in Australia) but we do have the candy ready. It is 17:45 now, and we expect the trick or treaters to be coming by soon …

Sandy in FWB - October 31, 2016 - 1:08 am

Even your scaled down version is adorable. I have to say this warm weather loving girl is ready for some cooler days. It is just not fall at all. Thinking it may be one of those years when we go straight to Winter.
I do love those black and white buffalo check curtains though. Just so pretty.

Lori Ferguson Lucas - October 31, 2016 - 1:07 am

I am not a fan of orange and black together (mainly because it is our rival’s color as a Sooner grad), but you actually make it just delightful. I too used the Target spooky house. When my children were growing up, we lived in a big old Victorian in a little Kansas town where Halloween was THE biggest holiday. So I painted 209 over the door of the Halloween house, as a nod to our old house in the Halloween town. All five of my grown children commented on it. Mom win! I love your tours. I LOVE that you are enjoying your retirement. Happy Fall (if it EVER gets here too.) Lori Lucas

JoAnn Clegg - October 31, 2016 - 12:43 am

Thanks for sharing your fun Halloween house. I love it!

A New Fall Look for Our Master Bedroom


In October last year, I decided it was time to make new drapes for our master bedroom.  We had lived with the blue plaid for about 15 years (which is a very long time for me to live with any decor! 🙂 ) Here is how it used to look:

Master bedroom red white and blue room

Most of our rooms have drapes that can be changed out easily when the I’m-ready-for-a-color-change mood hits, but not our master bedroom.  With 5 windows (plus 1 in the hallway to match) I have not made other sets of drapes for that room.  It would be waaaay too many to store.

(hallway to bedroom)


So I thought about what would work best in there and allow me to be more flexible in decorating the room. Because of that I decided the new drapes needed to be something neutral.  I also knew that it was going to take over 30 yards to make them, and I did not want to spend a fortune.  Soooo… the best choice was the khaki buffalo check fabric at Ikea.

Yeah…buffalo checks again.



My husband and I made a trip to the Atlanta Ikea in November and purchased all of the fabric they had in stock – 17 yards. 🙁  It sat in my workroom the rest of that month…and into December when we went back and got the needed remaining yardage.  Then all of it sat in my workroom through January…



and April.

 It was such a big job I just could not get motivated to start on it.  So finally in May….

 I cut it all up to be tablecloths for our daughter’s graduation party.

party tables

But, before I cut it, I measured it into the correct lengths for the drapery panels in the bedroom. 🙂  And then this summer I finally got to work on them between a few of our trips.

So come on in and take a look at the new version. 🙂

master-bedroom-yellow-and-blackA few of the panels were used to cover the box springs on the bed in place of making a dust ruffle.


But wait…what happened to all the red and the red plaid chair and ottoman??


When I got the finished drapes hung in the room, the red plaid chair did not have enough contrast for that corner.  So I traded it for the black check one in our daughter’s room and made a slipcover to match for the ottoman. (How-to hopefully coming soon.)  And because it is fall, I stole one of the yellow comforters from the boys’ bedroom to use in place of the red linens.  (Don’t worry.  The red will return for Christmas. 🙂 )


Then I added a bit more yellow to the dresser for another touch of fall in the room.



The master bath also got an update.  I switched out the red print drapes for some old black gingham ones I used to use in the dining room…


and added a couple of fall touches for that room as well.


Then I finally got brave enough to paint the inside of the antique cupboard in the other part of the bathroom.  And what color did it get to be?


Yellow, of course. 🙂

And that is the update for fall in the master bedroom and bath.  Oh!  I almost forgot! There is one other new thing I need to show you in there…


Yes, a new treadmill!  It was one of my birthday presents back in August. I know it is not exactly a beautiful accessory for the room, but it was/is a much needed one! Between riding for long periods of time, eating delicious high calorie food while we have been traveling, and taking a medication that decreases my metabolism, I was gaining some weight (for the first time in my life! 🙁 )  So the treadmill has helped me lose 12 pounds, and I know it will be needed with the upcoming holiday season.

And that brings us to the end of this tour.  Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the new fall version of the master bedroom and bath.  I’ll have a bit more fall decorating to show you in a few days, so be sure to check back here for that. 🙂


Until next time…

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Renee Cook - November 1, 2016 - 10:34 am

I love your choice of drapery fabric! It will go with any accent color for seasonal decorating. The black checkered chair looks great, too. You are so talented!! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home.

Design Chic - October 29, 2016 - 8:26 am

I love buffalo checks and the yellow is beautiful – such a sunny and happy color. Love it, Kelly! Happy weekend!

Peggy - October 28, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Can’t go wrong with buffalo check! And the yellow pops of color are brilliant! What a beautiful room for rest! A very big, amazing job. Mine would still be sitting waiting for inspiration to hit.

Gina - October 28, 2016 - 10:11 am

I love the new changes. What a fabulous job on the new curtains and slipcover for the ottoman. I love the pop of yellow for fall. I can see you using it again in the Spring. The black contrast is perfect too. Your room is so cozy and inviting. 🙂 Boo for the pounds gained, but I’m glad the treadmill has helped. Exercise room in the new lake house possibly? 😉

Gabrielle - October 28, 2016 - 2:19 am

Hi Kelly,

I love the new look in your room. I have used Ikea fabric on many occasions.I have been making curtains for my loungeroom, all because the room was repainted. I bought some ready made curtains, but decided to unpick them so that I could sew them together again so they are made the same way as the original curtains. Unfortunately, the window is very high, so that is alot of sewing, and my broken foot has put a stop to it. Will let you know when I have completed the project. I understand putting off a very large task!! - October 27, 2016 - 8:03 pm

Your bedroom looks beautiful!! I love the yellows and blacks with the new curtains. Kudos, also, on losing 12 pounds! I need to get going on the treadmill myself. It’s hard to get motivated. We updated our bedroom recently with blue/gold/tan checked window toppers which match our bedspread and a new rug. It’s nice to change things up every once in awhile.

Anita - October 27, 2016 - 7:36 pm

I, too, love your style of decorating! I’ve been looking for the buffalo checks and I’m happy to learn Ikea has the fabric! I like the new look in your bedroom but must admit I’m a red and blue “type” meaning I loved your room as it was. However, I do understand the need for change! lol

classic•casual•home - October 27, 2016 - 12:07 am

BRAVO! A party and then into your bedroom…way to go with the fabric!!!

And I love that you are switching up the decor. I just did that tonight in our living room after a glass of wine! 🙂

Beautiful job!
Thanks Mary Ann! I think I got enough use out of that Ikea fabric. 🙂 Shopping the house to switch things up is fun (and good for the budget!) I bet your living room looks great!

julia walker - October 26, 2016 - 10:24 pm

You are so clever & creative Kelly! Julia
Thank you Julia. This room took way too long to get done though.

DiAnne - October 26, 2016 - 8:56 pm

I sat up straight in my chair when I read you covered the box spring with fabric. Why did I not think of doing that! I have a twin bed in a guest room that has a tall mattress. I couldn’t find a dust ruffle I liked so I kept pulling the quilt down on one side to cover the ugly box spring. I will be putting some fabric around it ASAP. Usually I think outside the box but doing this didn’t occur to me. lol
Love the khaki and I love that you used the fabric for tablecloths before it went up on the windows.
I am proud of you for the treadmill. I have been trying to hit 10,000 steps on the FitBit. My doc has reminded me that sitting is the new smoking. Have you heard this phrase. I was never a smoker so I don’t even like the idea that sitting could be like smoking.
Loved the tour of the show house on the last post.
You go get those box springs covered right now DiAnne!! I probably broke a cardinal rule in mattresses by using a staple gun to staple some of the fabric onto the box springs. Don’t tell anyone I did that please. 🙂
I’m glad you liked the drapes and the tablecloths. I felt a little “Scarlett O’Hara-ish” using the drapery fabric for something else.
And guess what. Besides getting a treadmill for my birthday, I also got a…. Fitbit! I was doing good hitting the 10,000 daily steps, even walking in circles up on the ICU floor when we were there with my father-in-law. But once we started traveling it was hard to get them all in (except for one day in Charleston when I got over 20,000.) I am gradually getting back up there. Blogging is bad for my health because I sit at a desk for looooooong periods of time (and snack!!) There has got to be some balance in this somewhere. 🙂
Keep up your steps!

Sylvia - October 26, 2016 - 4:21 pm

Beautiful! You are very talented. Do you have a “how to make curtains” tutorial? I sew but just the simple patterns. Great blog.
You are very sweet Sylvia. Thank you! I am afraid I do not have a curtain making tutorial, but it really is just like making a giant pillowcase. The hardest part is measuring. I use twin size white sheets for the lining.

Margaret - October 26, 2016 - 4:04 pm

The yellow adds a happy, cheerful look to the rooms.
I really like the changes.
Yes, it does Margaret. Yellow can make any room look more cheerful. 🙂 Glad you like the new version!

Paulette - October 26, 2016 - 3:52 pm

Kelly, you know where I live if you want to come do my house!
Yes, I do Paulette. I will keep that in mind when we get to the end of our list here. 🙂

Summer - October 26, 2016 - 2:52 pm

I love the look! And the plaid is just so beautiful ♥
Thank you Summer! Glad you approve. 🙂

Helen Christopher - October 26, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Love the yellow. I like a neutral color for drapes so I can change out colors in my rooms when I like. Love your little touches throughout.
I am happy that you like the new color in the room Helen, and I am with you on the ability to easily change things when you start with a neutral background. Those blue drapes certainly limited what I could use in there. The news ones should make changing things MUCH easier now. 🙂

Vicki - October 26, 2016 - 2:15 pm

It all looks wonderful! I like your color combinations and I like how you can use and reuse things from one part of the house to another. Real money savers!
The money saving part of it is wonderful! I would never get to do all the changing I do around here if I could not “shop the house.” 🙂 Thank you for your sweet comment Vicki!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - October 26, 2016 - 1:38 pm

12 pounds? Wowza! That’s awesome! I like yellow but look terrible in it — or near it, so I don’t have much around, but I do love it the way you use it as little surprises here and there! Very warm and classy.
Yes, 12 pounds and still more to go. I would like to get back to the weight I had in my twenties. (Probably not gonna happen. LOL) I can understand you not liking yellow with your hair color. My daughter feels the same way about it.
Thank you for popping by to visit the blog today. I hope you are having a good week Leslie Anne!

Donna H - October 26, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Hi , Kelly ! I love the look of your new curtains , buffalo check pairs so well with everything . I think your master bath is such a beautiful retreat with your claw foot bathtub . My husband and I plan to move in the next few years a a claw foot tub is at the top of my wishlist! Hope you are enjoying Fall and thank you for sharing your beautiful home with your readers !
That fabric does seem to work well with so many other fabrics, Donna. Thank you for your sweet words about the curtains and bathroom. I hope you do get your claw foot tub in your new home! (I absolutely love mine. 🙂 )

Lori W. - October 26, 2016 - 11:07 am

Your bedroom looks wonderful!! It is always nice to change things out every once in awhile. I have lived in my house for seven years, and I only have sheers in my living room and dining room because I am too scared to try making drapes myself. Yours have turned out beautifully, and I am looking forward to your tutorial. I am getting the itch to change out things in my kitchen and bedroom too, so learning how to make them will certainly come in handy for not just my house but my budget too!!
Thank you Lori. Yes, it is good to change things out every now and then. Keeps those creative juices flowing! 🙂 I’m afraid the tutorial is only for the ottoman slipcover…not the curtains. But you should not be afraid to make drapes. If you can sew and have a machine, it is simply like making a giant pillowcase with the front side being the drapery fabric and the back side being the lining fabric (in my case – twin size white sheets.) It was all straight seams.

Sherry M - October 26, 2016 - 10:37 am

There’s no place like home, and that’s the way I felt when I saw the title of your post today. Your bedroom tweaking looks quite happy. I do love the pops of yellow. Every season will welcome those colors well. Right now, it conveys a comforting fall welcome. Your workmanship on the drapes and chair amaze me. I am trying not to envy your talents, but it’s hard! 😉 It’s good to be home!
Aw thank you so much Sherry. Don’t be jealous. The drapes are just straight seams, and I did not do the chair – only the ottoman…a very small project. (And I used old valances for the fabric!) If you can sew, you can do it.

Pat - October 26, 2016 - 10:37 am

Hi Pat,
I did a lot of research before we got this one. It is the AFG Sport 3.5AT Treadmill, and we purchased it at Dick’s Sporting Goods. It is super duper heavy when moving it into the house, so be sure you know exactly where you want it when you bring it in. The running deck folds up to be out of the way so that it does not have to occupy so much floor space when not in use.

Peggy - October 26, 2016 - 10:35 am

I love the yellow!!
It is such a cheerful color, isn’t it Peggy?! 🙂

Cheri - October 26, 2016 - 10:04 am


It is gorgeous. You know how to use just the right pop of color.
Thanks Cheri! That yellow really makes for quite a different look in there now. 🙂

kathy - October 26, 2016 - 9:41 am

Very pretty! I do like both looks and I am glad you can switch back and forth fairly easily. Fresh is a great description of the new look! I am very impressed that you sew so well! I have been thinking that I need a new look in the bedroom but the window treatments are covered cornices….hard to change and store. I know you aren’t surprised to know that I have a similar high boy in my bedroom. (Katrina said you and I are sisters. If so, you are the neat sister.) I have an exercise bike in the bedroom now but did have a treadmill in there. I think with it sitting there begging me to get on it, I ride it more often. I am so glad you use so many checks in decorating. I remember the first time I read your blog and thought how much I loved your style. Before that, I was afraid I needed to decorate with orange and turquoise. So glad I didn’t have to go that route.
Well thank you sister! 🙂 We had covered cornices in the second house we owned. My husband built them, and I covered them. Those are not easy to make!
I looked at an exercise bike, but decided I liked using a treadmill more…all about the motivation, right? Kudos to you on using your exercise piece!
Thank you so much for the compliments on the room and house. And I am glad you did not have to go into the land of orange and turquoise! 🙂

Becky in 'Bama - October 26, 2016 - 9:26 am

Great new look! For those of us ‘needle and thread’ challenged, you are super talented. And I am impressed with the 12 lb. weight loss by hopping on the treadmill. I can do the treadmill thingy, too, but it’s the snacks to reward myself afterwards that becomes the un-doing. LOL. Thanks for sharing the photos.
Sewing has certainly come in handy. I wouldn’t get to do a fraction of the changes around here if I didn’t have that skill.
Girl your comment about the snacks afterward cracked me up! Snacking certainly throws a diet plan for a loop, doesn’t it?!
Thank you for your sweet words about the room.
Have a great day Becky!

Marianne in Mo. - October 26, 2016 - 9:20 am

Loving the change! I did enjoy the red too, but I know we somtimes feel things are a bit “stale” and we crave change. Bravo for going in a totally different direction! I cringe at the thought of making so many panels, and can’t blame you for procrastinating. I have had a complete assortment of fabric stashed away for the guest room for 9 years now! I actually got the duvet fabric cut out, but that was as far as I got. :-/ Maybe this new house will motivate me, although I did buy new quilts that will NOT go with that stash. I had intended to put the one in the master, but the hubby said he didn’t want that color in there AGAIN, so I switched them. Now the master is done in buttercup yellow, cream and beige. The guest room is Aqua and soft gold. The stash is apple green,white and raspberry! Maybe I will get all that done by spring – it will be a nice switch up!
I’m now off to check out Ikea fabrics, because that’s what us hoarders do! 😉
9 years?! Whoa…and I thought 8 months was bad! ha. Your collection of fabrics and linens sounds very colorful Marianne! Best wishes on all your projects, and thank you for the compliment on the room. I’m so glad you liked the new look. 🙂

Laura Ingalls Gunn - October 26, 2016 - 9:05 am

What a fabulous transformation! I adore your new drapes.
Thank you so much Laura! They certainly make a difference in the look of that room.

Garden, Home and Party - October 26, 2016 - 8:44 am

I love the changes and the versatile check will look fabulous with the red as well. I just bought Ikea check pillows for my window seat in our reading room…I rarely get tired of checks. The drapes and master bedroom looks great.
Best to you on your new exercise regime. It’s that time of year when I know I’ve got to move more if I don’t want to pile on the lbs! 🙂
I think it will work with the red too, Karen. I wanted something that could go in a number of decorating directions, and this should. Ikea seems to stock quite a few items in both gingham and buffalo check fabric now. I’m glad you were able to find something that worked in your room. Thank you for your compliment on the room and the well wishes for exercising. I am afraid you are right about the approaching season of feasting on all good things. This is going to be hard! 🙁

Patty in Michigan - October 26, 2016 - 8:30 am

It looks beautiful, Kelly!! Good for you on committing to exercise too!
Thank you Patty. I have had to commit to cutting back on calories too…soooo not fun. And this holiday season is going to be a REAL challenge.

Louvina - October 26, 2016 - 8:23 am

Oh– it is nice to be back at your home!! What a lovely makeover!! It has a more up to date appeal–however, I really loved the old look, too!! I know it had to be hard to step out of your comfort zone but it turned out beautiful!! I am finding out I need to do the same with my remodeling– I am going for the uncluttered look and putting away many things because my new flooring was installed this week and I’m ordering cushions for my new bay window seat. It truly made my dining room and living room look so much larger and I love it!! Didn’t have to wait until after Christmas after all!! Now to get the other rooms cleaned because friends are coming within a few weeks and more for Thanksgiving!! AND everyone is feeling so much better after surgeries!! Yay! Enjoy your beautiful home and also your dreaming of your lake home plans!! Welcome Back Home!! 😊💕🍂🍁
Glad everyone is feeling better and that your new gorgeous flooring made such a great impact for the space! I want to do that in our bedroom wing one day. Good luck with your next project, and thank you for your always sweet comments on the house, Louvina.
I appreciate you. 🙂

Karen - October 26, 2016 - 8:23 am

Very Pretty! I was just thinking about adding the same buffalo check drapes to our living room!
Thank you Karen. The pattern works well with so many colors and styles. Hope you get to add them to your room!

Dawn - October 26, 2016 - 8:19 am


I love the pops of yellow! It looks so fresh, clean and Fallish at the same time. I will look forward to the return of red for Christmas as well. The cute pumpkins and mums look great too. I always have tons of yellow mums and pumpkins every where around our home this time of year. I don’t think the treadmill is out of place at all. After all we do live in our homes and need them to work with us. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Hi Dawn! My mom used the word “fresh” when she saw the room too…must be something about yellow. 🙂 Glad to know I am not the only one on the pumpkin and mum train. Don’t they just add the easiest touch of fall to a room? (Plus they are so cheerful!)
Yes, our homes have to work with us, and boy has that treadmill worked with me! LOL

Arlene @Nanaland - October 26, 2016 - 7:53 am

I love Buffalo Check….I am thinking of ordering some red and white shams from Country Curtains for our little house.
I believe there are many of us with that buffalo check addiction. I have ordered a number of items from Country Curtains, and I think you will be happy with their red and white check. 🙂
Thanks for visiting today Arlene!

Rachel - October 26, 2016 - 7:52 am

Beautiful. Love the pops of yellow.
Thank you Rachel. That yellow really does pop in that room!

Debbie - October 26, 2016 - 7:48 am

I love the new look! How wonderful that you can “whip up” new drapes yourself! I love buffalo checks, so if you ever get rid of those beautiful drapes, let me know!!!
Ha ha Debbie. I will let you know, but it took 15 years before I changed out the blue ones…so it may be a while with these! LOL Yes, I have to “whip them up” because it would have been way too expensive to purchase them for that many windows, and I’m living on a retiree’s salary now. 🙂

Martha - October 26, 2016 - 7:18 am

I love the new curtains and the new look for your bedroom, but mostly I am super impressed you made your drapes. I am afraid sewing is quickly becoming a dying art. A few years ago I made new drapes for our bedroom and decided I was getting too old for all that sewing…but then my daughter recently did some remodeling and needed new drapes…so you know what happened. I also like the fact you used the material in such a creative way (tablecloths) before you made drapes.
I’m afraid it is becoming a lost skill too Martha, and it is one I should be teaching my daughter so that she does not come asking me to use it to make her drapes. LOL You are a sweetie for helping your daughter out. Thank you for your very kind comment here, and I’m so glad you liked the room. 🙂

Linda - October 26, 2016 - 7:04 am

Thank you for sharing an update of your lovely and inviting home. You have a talent for transforming a space yet preserving its character and integrity. The master bedroom remains warm and comfortable while at the same time being fresh and modern. Look forward to your fall decorating!
What a wonderful comment Linda! You are too kind. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the post and leave your sweet words here. More decorating to come soon! 🙂

Tricia - October 26, 2016 - 5:12 am

Good morning, Kelly! Love it all, the yellow is so pretty. It will feel so good having the drapes finely sewn and up. What an enormous job. But, you didn’t stop there! Slip covers?! Well done, your room is lovely.
Thanks Tricia! I was super glad to have all that finished (and the additional storage space back in the workroom!) The slipcover was my first attempt at doing it, and it turned out pretty well.
Thank you for visiting the blog this morning!

Diane - October 26, 2016 - 4:09 am

Simply stunning, how great it must be to be able to re-use your curtains in other rooms, unfortunately in our home all our windows are different widths and lengths. All your decorating is lovely and has given me many ideas for our home here in the U.K.
Yes, I am lucky that I can switch drapes around from room to room. If/when we build again, I am going to keep that in mind as we select windows. It certainly makes it easier to change out color schemes from season to season.
Thank you for the compliment on the room, and I am so glad the posts here provide inspiration for you! Have a lovely day. 🙂

Margaret du Preez - October 26, 2016 - 3:54 am

Hi Kelly. I absolutely love it. I am desperate for Buffalo check but have not found it in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa yet!!! Your room is beautiful and quite a change which is good as we tend to not” see our rooms ” after awhile.
Oh dear! That is terrible that you cannot find the checks there Margaret. I would have thought that to be a universal fabric!
I’m happy you like the new version of the room, and yes, you are so right. After a while we do not “see” our rooms. It was past time for an update in that space!
Thank you for visiting this morning. 🙂

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