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In the Garden: A Dinner with Herbs (and a giveaway for you!)

Talk of the House Cooking with Herbs Dinner on the DeckIf you have been around here awhile, you may remember that I shared our small herb garden with you a couple of years ago.

herb garden Talk of the House

It needs some work right now.  We said good-bye to all our students last Friday, and yesterday was the race-to-finish-all-the-paperwork final day with teachers, so hopefully I can make some time to work on that small garden soon (along with all the exterior painting work that needs to be done.)  But I did manage to work on the pots on the back decks over the weekend.

deck with pots of herbs and holliesThe pots have hollies and boxwood growing in them, and every summer I plant geraniums, sweet potato vines, and lantana in them.  This year, I decided to change it up some by planting herbs with the geraniums.

pots with hollies, geraniums, and herbsI love my new herb markers.  They are wooden stakes, so I don’t know how well they will do in the soil, but we will see. Taking on an old-worn-look is definitely not a bad thing in my eyes.:) (Spraying them with some kind of sealant might be a smart thing to do though.)

geraniums and thyme and parsleyOur deck areas are on two levels. Those pots were on the upper level where the grill is located.  Now let’s go down to the larger lower deck.

deck chair and pot of hollies and herbs and geraniumsMore pots and herbs are on that deck too, along with another adirondack chair and our picnic table.  I decided that since I was planting so many herbs, it might be nice to have a meal that utilized all of them.  So viola! Our herb meal for dinner on the deck was born.:)

herb party on the deckNormally I think of green and white for garden parties, but I guess those red geraniums made me bring out the red plates.

Talk of the House dinner on the deckI used some small plants in peat pots on the table with kraft paper labels I lettered, and I also hand lettered some names of plants around the border of the kraft paper runner. The citronella candles helped to keep some of the insects away.

herb dinner on the deckHere is the menu for our herb-inspired meal:

menu Cooking with Herbs dinner on the deck

The fruit salad was simply cut up watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries with mint leaves mixed in.  The grilled chicken with herbs was a recipe from here. (I would suggest adding a good bit of salt to the recipe for the marinade.  It needed it.)  The potatoes were a Barefoot Contessa recipe available here, but we did not slice the potatoes the way she does in her meal.  Ours are simply chopped into pieces.  I used my baked tomato recipe from here.  And the wonderful cheddar garlic biscuits were a mix from Walmart that is delicious. (Read about here.) Yes, a mix that is delicious!

Cooking with herbs dinner

Sorry for the fuzzy photo…the food was ready and we wanted to eat!:) The potting bench made a perfect place to serve beverages.

potting bench for beveragesLemon slices and mint leaves were added to both the water and the sweet tea to continue with the use of herbs.

beverages on potting benchAnd again I did a little hand lettering on kraft paper there.  (The top of the potting bench is not real pretty – after all it is a potting bench that has seen its share of dirt!)

lemon mint teaYou might remember on our recent trip to Savannah we stopped in Back in the Day Bakery and tried out a variety of their yummy foods.  I loooooved their lavender shortbread cookies and thought they would be the perfect dessert with ice cream (what else?) for this meal.  Here is a link to the recipe for them. (Yes, the ice cream was melting in the heat here while I was taking this photo.)

lavender shortbread cookies and ice cream

Now I don’t want you to get the impression that I did all of this by myself.  No way.  I did prepare the baked tomatoes, set the table, and cleaned up the potting bench, but while I was working on the plants and things outside, our daughter prepared the chicken for grilling, baked the cookies, mixed up the salad, and made the biscuits.  One of our sons prepared the potatoes, and my husband and other son were busy putting out pine straw in the back flowerbeds.  So it was definitely a family affair.:)

sage mixed with geraniums

And now something for you.  Because I am a blogger, it seems that weekly (sometimes daily!) I am sent emails from companies wanting me to do a post on their products.  It has been everything from women’s clothing to ceiling tiles to blankets to rug pads to…you name it.  And although many of these may be perfectly fine products, I am p-i-c-k-y.  I have said, “Not now,” to every single one because I have not felt like they fit with the style you are accustomed to seeing here.  But a few months back, Donna at Timeless-Settings sent me an email asking me to simply look at their site to see if there was anything that might work with my style of blog.  I was leary, thinking…Here we go again.  But oh my goodness I was wrong!  There were many things on her site that I loved.  She asked if I would like to do a giveaway with any of them, and here is what we came up with just for you.:)

crate of clay pots and herb markers

Recognize the wooden tray of pots from my potting bench above?  Yep.  She is giving a set of those to one of you. I love how the pots look old and worn.  They are beautiful…truly.  And that is not all.  She is also including the wooden glass topped box of herb markers too!  There are 9 different stakes in the set.

box of wooden herb markers

I normally just ask that you leave a comment to be entered in my giveaways, but because this is a sponsored post, I am asking you to do a little more this time. Please visit their site at www.timeless-settings.com and browse through the many items you find there.  (I especially loved all the garden items.:)) And then come back here to leave a comment telling what item(s) you like there. The contest will remain open until next Thursday night, June 5, 2014 at midnight.  I will do a random drawing from the comments after that. Then Donna will ship out the goodies to the winner.

crate of pots and box of wooden herb markers

I also want to let you know this post is the first of my series on gardening to officially kick off the summer, so if you love anything related to gardening you will want to check out the next few posts.  You may enter the contest once with each post if you will visit their site each time.  I look forward to seeing which items you like from Timeless Settings, and I hope to see you back here soon.

planters and lantern on the deck

Until next time…

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***Giveaway has closed.  Congratulations Amy!***

   
Becky - May 29, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Ahh Kelly what a gorgeous post!!! Love anything to do with herbs.
Your dinner sounds so good.
I’m working on my herb bed too. I’m wanting to get some scented geraniums also. I love the delicate little flowers and the beautiful scent they give off as you brush against them.
I love the website and bookmarked it.
I love the 16″ ceramic wire bird planter,adore the scalloped double tin bucket and the tin planters with chalkboard labels. I like the pots and herb markers too so it would be nice to win those. Crossing my fingers. Thank you Kelly. Have fun digging in the dirt. Blessings, Becky

Diana Taylor - May 29, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Oh, how I love your blog! Your posts inspire me to share hospitality with my friends and loved ones. I loved Timeless-Settings website. Had never heard of them before and loved so many things. My faves were the galvanized tin pitcher pot, the garden pot with bee accent and a striped silk feather filled decorative pillow in my favorite shades of blue was to die for. Thank you, Kelly! Keep inspiring!
Diana

Sally Gee - May 29, 2014 - 3:58 pm

I am in love with the galvanized tin pitcher pot! I keep a bucket of rain water to water the plants on the porch & steps and have been using an old enamelware ladle, but this would be even better….

Sarah K - May 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm

I love your little herb pots but I lso liked the Scalloped Double Tin Bucket. I hope I win!

Carolyn Smith - May 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Oh how I want to be just like you! :) I absolutely love all your pots and herbs as well as the meal you served. And I almost fell out of my chair when I saw your outdoor table and chairs. I have had my eye on that at Home Depot for the past year and would love to have it at my home. Definitely showing that to my husband since I talk about your blog all the time. Looking at all the Timeless-Settings items what is there not to love. I love it all but especially the tin planters with the chalkboard labels. The cute turtle key holder and my favorite of course are the herb markers.

Wendy in KY - May 29, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Oh! What was not to love in ANY category at Timeless Settings? It was hard to narrow down, but I think if I were to list them in order, it would be the Garden Pot With Bee Accent, Hanging Bird Feeders, Acorn or Turtle Key Holder; and the Bird, Botanical or Floral Coasters.

Thanks for this beautiful blog. My sister in Pittsburgh (and, yes, she will most likely comment as well) sent me your link. I look forward to seeing your beautiful take on life. She and I recently commented how you somehow must share some of the same DNA. The recipe for baked beans was so similar to one passed down to us from our mother and her aunt before her…

Stacy Lewis - May 29, 2014 - 4:32 pm

I love all your posts! Always such an inspiration! (Loved your Memorial Day post! I made your baked bean recipe for our family gathering!) I love the herb markers but I also love the Terra Cotta Round Pot Urn! I think it would be great used on a buffet to hold ice or drinks!

Lynne - May 29, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Well, I took a look at Timeless Settings and loved all of it! Great prices too..I sure like the jewelry holders, bird feeders and everything else!

Maria - May 29, 2014 - 4:43 pm

I love the turquoise and iron serving tray in “kitchen.” My herbs are doing great. I’m growing rosemary, sage, nutmeg geranium, and arugula.

Janis Stufflebean - May 29, 2014 - 4:44 pm

I loved the pink laquered tray!! Not for gardening, but it would make me happy when I come inside.

Marlene - May 29, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Kelly,
I loved it all! Your herbs, garden area, table setting, menu, and your porch and all those extra things you do so beautifully.
I will enjoying looking at this post again and again! Thank-you for another great post!!!
Marlene

Deborah - May 29, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Hi Kelly,

Really enjoyed the combination of colors and textures for your patio…very relaxing! Love your patio furniture too:) I checked out the Timeless Settings website. I like the wooden utensil tray and the cookie jar.

Truly enjoy your blog! Enjoy your summer.

Deborah

Dawn - May 29, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Kelly,

I love your sprinkling of herbs around in planters! I do the same. I have tons of lavender (the edible kind) and lemon grass planted this year. I’d love to put more herbs in our garden as well. I did go over to Timeless Settings and look around a bit. The hanging bird feeders are lovely but my favorite item has to be the wooden herb markers. Thanks for sharing!

Jayne Shaw - May 29, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Oh, my goodness. I love your blog; have been following it ever since I found you. Your taste is wonderful. I check your blog daily – can’t wait to see if you have something new. Your home & what you do for your family is my favorite but I appreciate your sharing your travels with us also. I really enjoyed Timeless Settings. My fav was the sweets container. Will order as soon as I get off your blog. Adorable. The garden items are great also — actually, loved it all. It’s on my favorites bar now.

Sallie - May 29, 2014 - 6:04 pm

You make it look so easy Kelly! You have the magic touch!
So many wonderful treasures from Timeless Settings. I too loved the chicken wire planter and adore the Rooster tray. Our small downtown have roosters that roam the streets so we protect them as if they were our pets! Thank you for all your inspirations!

Susan - May 29, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Gardening feeds my soul, so that is the first section that I looked at. My favorites are the white terra cotta owl and the bird feeder that has an umbrella -so unique!

Cheri - May 29, 2014 - 6:35 pm

You can come set my table anytime…looks just gorgeous. I checked out the web site and couldn’t believe what wonderful prices they have on their items, I guess the one thing that caught my eye immediately was the $13 Pear serving tray, I could really use one. Thanks for sharing and for having a great give away.

Mary Adams - May 29, 2014 - 6:45 pm

I had to bookmark Timeless Settings ! Lots of favorites ;)Fall is my favorite time of year and I love decorating in the fall so I think little acorn key holder is my favorite.It makes me think of the little squirrels collecting their nuts in my yard,getting ready for winter. Kelly~ I must tell you,I love your website ! You have inspired me with your decorating skills and I love trying your recipes.Thanks !

Megan - May 29, 2014 - 7:15 pm

HI Kelly,
Thank you for introducing us to Timeless Settings. What a lovely grouping of garden/home products. I love the wooden cutlery holder. It reminds me of an antique toolbox that I inherited after my Grandpa passed away. It looks just like it! I loved so many of the items – I will bookmark the website for the next time I need a really cool gift :)
Megan

katherine - May 29, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Love your post, you’re putting me in the mood to plant flowers. I truly love the double bird planter. Thanks for posting and sharing with us.

Louvina - May 29, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Somehow I missed your posting on your herb garden in the earlier posting? So I had a lot of catching up– which was loads of fun!! Enjoyed seeing your beloved beagle. Then I hopped over to the wonderful Timeless Settings! My, this has your endorsement written all over it– my favorite things were anything with birds, baskets and garden pots! I also like seasonal items. I think you are on the right track with this company because it speaks “Kelly” and your followers plus the prices are great! Made your baked beans and now we call them “Kelly’s Beans!”:) I am going back to browse some more. I really try to raise herbs but haven’t had much luck — must be this sandy soil at the beach?!

Pat - May 29, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Those gorgeous wire baskets on Timeless settings are beautiful. Thanks for introducing us to that website. And thanks for the giveaway.

Debra - May 29, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Timeless Settings has a few things that might be calling me. The price point is reasonable. I love your choices. I was hunting for the herb markers but didn’t see them. Maybe I missed them? I like your choice of the boxed pots too. I will be ordering the trio chalkboards. They would be fun markers for buffet food, don’t you think? Your herb themed dinner looked so inviting and the fare scrumptious as usual. Did I miss something? Is that a new patio dining set? I love it, I want it!! I currently have black wrought iron with red cushions and umbrella. I am always guaranteed a “drool moment” when visiting your blog. Your post delivered!! Herbalious!!

Debra

judy - May 29, 2014 - 9:03 pm

your herb inspired meal looks so pretty and the recipes are perfect for a summer meal…i can’t wait to make the chicken and fruit. we made our first trip to the local farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago for squash, tomatoes and cantalope….sooo good with pork chops on the grill!

i checked out Timeless Settings and they have some great items at good prices too! if i won i think i’d select the wood plant markers, i’ve been wanting some for quite a while.

looking forward to ALL of your garden posts!

sharon - May 29, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Kelly,
LOVED this post! I’m going to fill some pots this weekend like yours with geraniums, herbs, and boxwood. I also like your wicker chairs. Are they black or dark gray? I checked out Timeless Settings and especially like the garden and chalkboard items. Have a GREAT summer. I’m a retired elementary teacher and remember how FAST the time goes.
Sharon

karin - May 29, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Love reading your blog and following your adventures. Your posts inspire me to do new things around the house. I like the Veranda Birdfeeder.

Jeanne Bell - May 29, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Kelly,
I love the items at Timeless Settings, the wire baskets especially, the bird houses and pillows too.
I love your table settings. How many porches do you have? I am doing good to get one deck and a front porch done…..still don’t have my flowers planted. I think I did better when my son and daughter were little. God bless your energy and creativety.
Jeanne

Pat Peele - May 29, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Lovely idea for herb dinner! Timeless Settings has so many useful and beautiful things. My kitchen is calling for that tourqoise and iron tray.

Lori - May 29, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Hello Kelly,
I enjoy sitting down after my work day & looking at your beautiful home & garden. The photography is beautiful.

I hope I am responding to your message about the sponsor store giveaway. What lovely items for sale. I especially loved the Veranda Bird feeder in the garden section of the mail order store.

Thanks for sharing.
Lori

Barbara (WA) - May 29, 2014 - 10:50 pm

There are some fun galvanized planters at Timeless Settings.

Jan - May 30, 2014 - 7:05 am

Love your post. We have such similar taste!
What a sweet website. There are so many wonderful treasures. I particularly love the wire baskets!!

Susan M - May 30, 2014 - 7:08 am

Beautiful post Kelly…as usual. I love the herbs planted with the hollies and boxwood…such a great idea. The red geraniums just whisper summer to me…I love the colors red,purple, and yellow together for these months. Your blog is chock full of inspiration and I really think you need to do a book about your house and your decorating inspiration!! Perusing Timeless settings, I of course wanted everything…thanks for introducing the site to us!! I especially liked the beautiful bird bookends…..so delicate and pretty. Thanks for your inspirational blog Kelly…one of the joys in my day is a new post from you!! : )

Shar - May 30, 2014 - 7:12 am

I’ve got another half week of school left and I am running sooo far behind on my garden! I do have my porch urns finished, but I need to get my “crew” moving on mulch & annuals. (I think I can bribe them with our upcoming vacation.) I love the Orleans square planters on the Timeless Settings website, as well as the wire & galvanized pots. Planning on catching up on your great blog on my vacation (porches & tea, please!)

donna - May 30, 2014 - 7:24 am

Hi Kelly! What a cool site Timeless Settings is! So many things I wanted. I loved the little birdbaths, especially the ‘Sunflower’ one. Also loved the chalkboards and wire baskets. She has good prices as well. As I love herbs I sure would love to win the wooden markers! Thanks for the chance and I do love your blog!
Donna

Liz - May 30, 2014 - 9:44 am

My favorite item on their website is the copper glass votive with heart design. I plan on ordering a dozen of them to use in our home!

Kay Carver - May 30, 2014 - 10:13 am

You’re amazing and your blog is amazing! I so enjoy viewing the wonderful photos, reading about your family and in awe of your creativity and energy!

Thirkellgirl - May 30, 2014 - 10:26 am

Oh, what a cool website! I love the turquoise blue crown juice glasses, and they would go with my collected assortment of turquoise and green pots on my little deck. My potting bench is white and I love how you used the paper on yours. I would use the blue wire storage basket to hold dinner stuff!

Mary from Virginia - May 30, 2014 - 10:38 am

Oh my, there are too many things to list that I liked at this store. I loved the hanging bird feeders, the blue crown juice glasses, the vintage soap holder, and the wire cloches. Their prices are very good.

Your deck looks great with your herbs planted with the beautiful geraniums. I don’t know how you find the time and teach school too!

Garden, Home and Party - May 30, 2014 - 11:23 am

Kelly,
I love the decks and the plants you’ve selected for each space. Your outdoor barbecue is magazine worthy and it’s great that the entire family pitched in. All of the food sounds and looks delicious.
What a great site. I will bookmark Timeless Settings for future gift buying. I love the Terra Cotta Pots and Wire Caddy…hope I win. :-)
Enjoy your weekend.
Karen

susan reeves - May 30, 2014 - 11:26 am

I like bird things so one of my favs is the “Double Basket with Bird”. So charming.

You created a wonderful party environment. I am in awe.

Sandy - May 30, 2014 - 11:36 am

So many beautiful items to choose, but that Terra Cotta Plant Urn stole my heart.I am definitely using your Herb Menu for my husband’s birthday dinner this weekend. Thank you for your many visual treats you share with your readers. I have added your home to my Neighborhood Fantasy.

Liz Piccione-Volger - May 30, 2014 - 12:11 pm

I really like the botanical serving tray! All round great stuff. Thanks for introducing us to the site!

Stephanie - May 30, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Your garden party looks absolutely fabulous. The food looks delicious!! There are so many things on Timeless Settings that I love. I really love your garden herb stakes and the antique style storage baskets.

Pam McDonald - May 30, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Your dinner and decor were lovely! I visited the site and there were so many things that I really liked! I especially liked the turquoise blue tumblers and the vintage style salt and pepper shakers. Also loved the chicken wire planters!

Bonnie Bryant - May 30, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Thanks for the link to timeless settings. I am always looking for reasonably priced, different things for both the house and the garden. Loved the terra cotta pots with wire caddy. I also liked the wire buckets. Sometimes they are a good alternative to baskets.

Cyndi Shishac - May 30, 2014 - 3:35 pm

I love using herbs from my herb garden. Timeless settings has some great items that are reasonably priced. I liked the two tier vegetable stand, little bird mail holder and how cute would the dog magnets be on my note board.

Mary - May 30, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Kelly, I have enjoyed your blog and seeing your beautiful home. Where did you get your lovely black table and chairs that is on your patio? Thanks. Mary

Angela - May 30, 2014 - 9:46 pm

I love everything in the giveaway. On the website I liked the glitter birds and the antique style bud vases among other things.

Thanks for the opportunity to win

Mary Dixon - May 30, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Hey Kelly, I agree with you, Timeless Setting has many great items. I love all the mercury glass and all the planters. I really like the French wooden box planters, our daughter is getting married in October and I think they might work with her idea for the flowers for the tables.

Solducky - May 31, 2014 - 9:22 am

Everything looks amazing!

I love the red hanging bird feeder. It has such bright, cheery charm!

Loretta Hamilton - May 31, 2014 - 10:25 am

Love the Timeless Settings site and especially all of the vintage-look planters as well as the cute storage bins. Like you, I’m into my gardening right now…we downsized from a home,with a big yard to a three-story row house and I have a tiny front garden and a balcony/deck to plant. It’s not much but manageable and you’ve now inspired me to plant a few herbs along with flowers and the ever present patio tomatoes! Thanks for reminding me!

Cathey Tisdale - May 31, 2014 - 1:02 pm

First of all, I love your site. I’ve been enjoying all the things you do for about 2 yrs. I’ve never left a comment until today! Timeless Settings had many things that caught my eye. I am a Bird Person, so I was drawn to the Bird Easel Cookbook Stand and the Felted Bird Trio. They are harlious! Loved the Acorn Key Holder and all the garden items. Enjoyed browsing the site. I’ve read where you are a teacher. I taught for 27yrs. Let the Summer Fun Begin. Enjoy your much needed break!

Theresa in Nebraska - June 1, 2014 - 10:53 am

Love, love, love my herb garden. So enjoyed seeing your beautiful outside space. Such creativity. Those table settings were perfect!

Ann S - June 1, 2014 - 10:55 am

The herb markers and the box are my favorite too. I love our herb garden. Basil, parsley (Flat leaf and curly), thyme, sage, and Greek oregano are my favorites. Wish I had better luck with cilantro! I dry (in a huge dehydrator) most of my herbs but also have frozen some in olive oil and butter to use later. I found a citrus herb blend to try this year. Most of my lavender didn’t make it through our bitter cold winter so I need to replace that. Which reminds me, I better go water the garden!

Donnamae - June 1, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Lovely items at Timeless Settings! A ceramic pot with birds perched caught my eye! Thanks for the opportunity! ;)

Monika - June 1, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Love the Cottage Style Bird Feeder from Timeless Settings – it’s adorable. Would use it just for decoration on our porch. One can never have enough bird houses, right?

Sherry - June 1, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Kelly,
Timeless…What’s not to love? I especially love the garden items, baskets, and reasonable prices. I am glad you posted the site “Timeless Settings.” I even love their name! After almost forty years of marriage, I have certainly found great value in the word timeless. Sometimes you (I)have to learn things the hard way, but at least the lesson has been learned. Buy “timeless” items (furniture, dishes, accessories, etc.) for your home. They never go out of style, and it will be money well spent. That is just one of the many reasons I love your blog. Your home, both inside and out, is simply timeless. Reading and browsing your blog brings me SO much joy. I have gleaned many inspiring ideas. I get excited each time I see a new post, and I usually save it until last when checking my email because I want to relish every minute of it. Thank you, Kelly, for your time and enthusiasm and for all the things you graciously share with us that make a house timeless, exquisite, and truly a home. Yours is the epitome of those very things.

Lisa K - June 1, 2014 - 10:17 pm

What a lovely dinner on your deck! Love all your red accents.
I visited Timeless Settings website; I especially like their garden planters! They have a lot of great looking decor items, too.

Merri Jo - June 2, 2014 - 10:05 am

As usual,your table, deck, & decor are so lovely and so very inviting! Thank you for the link to a site full of wonderful things! I like so many of the treasures at Timeless Settings, but the one I must add to my deck is the bird cage planter–adorable! The herb markers & pots are fabulous!

Jayne - June 2, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Everything looks lovely as usual! What a great idea for a herb garden. Putting them in the pots makes it convenient to get to them when you want them. Love the table! The hand written runner looks great! Love it! I need to get to work on our porch and deck! Hope you enjoy your summer! I know you are looking forward to it!

Charlene - June 2, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Love this post! Love this blog! Could you tell me where you got your outdoor dining set? I love the black wicker chairs and the table. Beautiful dinner setting – you are a terrific stylist!

latanya - June 3, 2014 - 9:44 am

I love the ideas and creativity you came up with in this post! I like the Black and Ivory Silk Zebra Feather Filled Decorative Pillow and the Two Tier Vegetable Stand.

Jaclyn Reynolds - June 3, 2014 - 2:33 pm

What beautiful photos! The meal looks delicious and healthy, love how creative you were.
My favorite items from Timeless Settings are the hanging bird feeders and the fruit and vegetable bowel!

mysweetiepiepie - June 3, 2014 - 3:41 pm

I love everything that Timeless Settings carries but especially love the Wire Storage Basket Set of Three.

Row. - June 3, 2014 - 4:36 pm

What a beautiful table setting, and I LOVE your yard, what I could see of it. are those woods in the background? wonderful!

Lori - June 3, 2014 - 10:12 pm

School is finally out so here I am catching up on my favorite blogs. I have missed Talk of the House!! What a lovely garden setting you have. Sometimes the simple touches are the best. I just love the craft paper used in place of lines. Very nice!!

Lori R. - June 4, 2014 - 11:29 am

I love the chicken wire planters. The wire baskets with hooks are ideal for organizing my gardening stuff. There are two adorable mercury glass jars with lids for the powder room. Thanks for sharing! Great place to shop.

Amy Orvin - June 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

I really like the Owl Trio and the French Cement Garden Pot Planter. Thank You for such a lovely giveaway!

Monika - June 4, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Love the Crown Wall Hooks. Thanks, Kelly, for another wonderful giveaway!

Jacque Andrews - June 4, 2014 - 7:21 pm

I love your home and style, Kelly! I had the BEST time browsing through the lovely items. I especially liked the yardstick produce boxes.

Andrea - June 4, 2014 - 9:11 pm

what lovely items on this site. I like the round mirror with the bird accent….but I also love the Herb crate with the pots that you picked…… my fingers are crossed!!! I have some thyme and basil sitting on my potting bench that need to be planted!!!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. - June 4, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Oh what a wonderful outdoor gathering! And great giveaway – love the herb markets and the pots in a caddy!

Kathy - June 4, 2014 - 10:03 pm

I love all of the red! My favorite thing is your writing on the craft paper on your table, of course. You are just too creative! I am glad you told us that your family helped prepare the meal because I was feeling a bit inadequate yet happy that your kids help out. I am glad you are not endorsing every company that knocks on your computer screen… but Timeless Settings is a great exception. I love their galvanized items. Pottery Barn does need to pay you. I love their items that pop up in your decorating, the pillows and the lantern to name a few. I love the gardening, herb theme you have going on. Thank you!!!

Lisa - June 5, 2014 - 8:38 am

I would like two or three of the Gold Designer Style Decorative Pillows. They would look great in our master bedroom!

Cait - June 5, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Oh my goodness, I love the french planter and the chicken wire planter!! They are so fun! Thanks for participating in the giveaway, and glad you are not participating with every company that asks you to do giveaways/sponsored posts. :)

Nicola - June 5, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I was skepital about looking at another online store. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I would have a hard time picking one or two favorite things, because I saw a lot of neat things that I could use in my home or give to my hard to buy for mother! I will certainly tell other about Timeless Settings. Your posts always inspire me and I appreciate all the hard work you put into your blog! Happy summer to you!

Cynde - June 9, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Hi Kelly,
I was driving myself bonkers for days, trying to remember were I saw the idea to plant geraniums & herbs together in the past couple of weeks. I remembered that I liked this idea to add some color to my herb pots & still have be utilizing them as a decorative & useful at the same time. It was that I had purchased or received garden magazines or books, & also about the same time all the bloggers I read had a gardening theme going on. Seriously, I could picture all your pics but for the life of me could not remember where. Took my teen to say, “Well if you didn’t totally delete the email, do a search under herb & geranium & see what pops up”. Can we say “DUH”, it was the second post in the search. And yes, I’m just getting to planting now….May this year was having bouts of cold snaps, & this gal only plants once. So now that the big pot mystery is solved, pots, & yes the veggie garden will finally get planted. A little late, but fingers crossed winter won’t be in such a hurry to come back. Now on another note I also like Timeless Setting. Thanks for mentioning them. I too appreciate the fact that you don’t advertise many stores. I really enjoy your blog for the simple fact that you always write about your home or places, or your projects.
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Oh dear! Cynde, I am sorry it was driving you crazy. Glad you found the post. I am also glad you commented about this though. I notice that some bloggers pin the same image over and over again on Pinterest, and I have always thought that was crazy (to the point of being annoying.) But if I had pinned an image from the post more than once, you might have more easily found it (if you happen to follow the blog there.) I will keep that in mind.
I do think the late cold everywhere has had an affect on planting. My father’s vegetable garden is going to be harvested much later this year. Good luck with all your planting!
Kelly

For Memorial Day…

Lexington Company flag

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I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day wherever you might be.  I will be back in my next post with house-related things, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the real reason behind the holiday today.

In Flanders Fields poemIn Flanders Fields was a poem I vividly remember reciting in my sixth grade class.  Its author, John McCrae, was an army surgeon who wrote it the day after he presided over the funeral of a young friend of his killed in battle.  I do not know the feeling of loss to lose a loved one to the unthinkable horrors of war, but nevertheless I am thankful for those who sacrifice so much for our freedom.

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I thought of writing a post about things you could do for Memorial Day, but Alison Hendrix has already done so in a very good post, 10 Ways to Say Thank You on Memorial Day.  If you have the time today, take a minute or two to read it.  PBS also has one you should read here.  The comments on both posts are especially moving.

As you enjoy your activities today, stop and think of those who gave their lives so that we might enjoy being able to fly our flags high, speak our minds freely, and all the other things we can do in this country that we so often take for granted. And be thankful for the families that have been left to carry on their lives without the ones they loved.  We need to remember.

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Until next time…

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Louvina - May 26, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Thank you, Kelly, for taking time to post these beautiful thoughts and to stop to pay tribute to the ones who have given up so much for this wonderful country and the freedoms we all enjoy every day. Have a blessed Memorial Day. Sincerely, Louvina

Arlene@Nanaland - May 26, 2014 - 5:14 pm

I love that poem too Kelly and I remember memorizing it in grammar school. Thanks for sharing it today!!

Dawn - May 26, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Kelly,

I appreciate your post on Memorial Day meaning. We have spent the weekend with my brother who was in the army for 10 years. He was medically discharged about a year ago since he was injured while on duty. I appreciate all that my brother did for our country while he was in the army and deployed and I know there are a lot of families out there with family members in the service now who also appreciate it.

Barb - May 26, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Beautifully said Kelly.

Anne from Atlanta - May 26, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Very touching post. Thank you for reminding us to stop and appreciate all we have because of the many who served.

Cheri - May 26, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Very nicely said, Kelly.

Our son in-law has been serving now for 16 years along with our daughter and granddaughters who serve at home as military families must. We are so proud of him and Thank God every time he comes home from a deployment.

Debra - May 26, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Lovely post Kelly. Hope your Memorial Day was peaceful. I have one nephew currently in the Marines. He is home for now but has been to Afghanistan. We must be thankful and prayerful. May we never take our freedom for granted. After two days of working around the homestead, today brought a much needed cook out, some catching up and needed relaxation with family. Hope yours was lovely too. Peace Kelly.

Debra

Jayne - May 27, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Nicely said, Kelly. We need to focus on what the day is really for and need to be thankful to those brave ones who gave their lives and their families who are missing them very much. I am also especially thankful for the Solider who was willing to lay down His life so that I could have eternal life.

Allison Hendrix - May 28, 2014 - 8:07 am

Thank you Kelly so much for sharing my post on Memorial Day. Your site is beautiful and absolutely inspiring. I’m off to explore a few more pages. Blessings to you.

Garden, Home and Party - May 28, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Kelly,
Sorry, I’m a little late, but this was a lovely post. I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day.
xo,
Karen

Lori - June 3, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Thank you for your sincere thoughts about this sacred holiday. We biked to the cemetery where my husband’s father was laid to rest. We take supplies for the kids to scrub his stone and we always place a fresh flag. Teaching our kids to honor him and his service is most important to us.

Weekend Wandering: Beach Cottage Blues

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Happy Memorial Day weekend!  We made it through the last week of school safe and sound. (Hallelujah!) This is the weekend that starts the summer for me, so I wanted to share with you these images of beach cottages.  Aren’t you in the mood for being in one?  Dressed in blue they are ready for summer.  Grab something cold to drink (or a cup of coffee if you prefer.):)Then come on in and enjoy the eye candy here today.

Let’s start with a few living spaces.

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Gant living roomsummerhouse-kalinki.blogspot.com

Lynn Morgan designlynnmorgandesign.com

stripe shadesfrench-brand.com

And now a couple of places in your beach cottage for cooking and dining.

coastal kitchencoastalliving.com

Gant cabinet with dishessummerhouse-kalinki.blogspot.com

And after a day on the water, come home to one of these dreamy bedrooms.

Nantucket Cottage Miller and Wright Architectshouzz.com

Scavullo designscavullodesign.com

bedroom with boat

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Gant bedroomsummerhouse-kalinki.blogspot.com

Gant bed linenssummerhouse-kalinki.blogspot.com

Laguna Beach house bedroomhouzz.com

You’ll need a bed like this for the children.

bunkbedscoastalliving.com

And now a few bathrooms for a long soak or shower after a day in the sun.  Let’s begin with a great soaking tub in a room bright with blue.

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A few with more calming color schemes…

bathroom wall treatmenthouzz.com

blue and white bathroomhouzz.com

Now let’s go out on the porch.

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Trudy Dujardin porch Traditional Home magazinetraditionalhome.com

Enjoy some time out on the patio…

patio with bluemyhomeideas.com

or down at the boat house on the dock.

Gant adirondackssummerhouse-kalinki.blogspot.com

Here’s a little cottage that you can rent…complete with flowers blooming and a flag for the holiday weekend.

Nantucket Basket Cottage rental

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Have all these blues gotten you in the mood for summer yet?

I am headed out to do some major shopping today.  Fingers crossed that I can find some items needed to finish the room over the garage. Hope your weekend is full of fun things…maybe a trip to the beach or floating in a pool?

We’d love to hear what you have planned!:)

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p.s.  You won’t believe who was on the blog and pinned an image from here

pinterest pin from Pottery Barn

Oh yeah!  Pottery Barn!  Doing the happy dance here.:)

 Happy pinning y’all!

   
Tricia - May 24, 2014 - 8:43 am

Sigh….absolutely perfect! Happy Summer, Kelly

Linda@limeinthecoconut - May 24, 2014 - 8:44 am

Love the beach homes! Pottery Barn?! Ha…getting ideas!

Debra - May 24, 2014 - 8:46 am

Score! Boom! Way to go Kelly! Pottery Barn could do a photo shoot at your home. So cute. Thanks for the coastal wake up. I’ve seen quite a few of these images before and they are my favorites. Great inspiration for a girl who lives in a Cape Cod and wishes she lived in a coastal home. Oh, such sweet torture. I would love to be brewing coffee in that lovely kitchen, then sitting for a while on that covered porch. How nice it would be to hear waves, see the coastline and walk the beach. Sigh! Oh, now my mind is wandering to memories of trips to Saugatuck, Michigan. Well, no holiday time out of town, as we are opening the pool this morning and I am staining a small floating deck my husband built for me last year. All day Friday brought the potting of flower boxes, herbs and red geraniums. Yes, Red. Its a working holiday weekend since everything is late this year. I can’t wait for your reveal of the room above the garage. Will we possibly see one of those gorgeous Pottery Barn denim chairs? Have fun shopping and a great holiday weekend. Try to find a little down time Kelly, if you can.

Debra

Louvina - May 24, 2014 - 9:00 am

Oh Joy!! Loving blue, the way I do— what a sweet treat to wake up to— having a cup of tea and dreaming! Great ideas! Just yesterday I was thinking how to bring more red, white and blue in for the summer months. Surely found some here at TOTH!! Have a great holiday weekend–enjoy your project over the garage! What an added treat seeing the PB pin!! How they do that?!

Donna - May 24, 2014 - 9:06 am

Wow, Kelly!
Pottery Barn, just awesome. It does not surprise me at all. You simply amaze me with how you decorate. I can’t imagine how long it takes just to find and buy everything, then put it all together. You porch is a dream. I have a small screened in porch and wish you were closer to Mass I would want you to come help me decorate.
Happy Memorial Day!
Donna

Anne Boykin - May 24, 2014 - 9:10 am

Hi Kelly, Pottery Barn! They could learn a few things from you for sure. You have such great style! Thanks for the blue and white inspiration.

Cheri - May 24, 2014 - 9:18 am

Happy Memorial Day weekend and Pottery Barn…awesome. That doesn’t surprise me at all. You do such lovely decorating and have such great entertaining ideas. Have a great weekend and good luck on finding what you need for the garage room…can’t wait to see what you have done with it.

Martha - May 24, 2014 - 9:18 am

1. Yeah!!! I am getting notifications of your new posts in my e-mail again!!!
2. POTTERY BARN……Wow!! what a compliment to your wonderful blog!!
3. 2 more weeks until we leave for the beach (Emerald Isle, NC) and your lovely blue & white pictures have me ready to go!!!
Hope you have a great time shopping and a wonderful weekend!

Marsha Becker - May 24, 2014 - 9:32 am

I love your house!! Especially your kitchen. I’ve tried to find a mention of your paint colors in the kitchen, but only found Twine. Is that still your wall color? And what about cabinet color? I’d so appreciate knowing, as I’d like to use the same colors! Thanks so much!

DeeDee - May 24, 2014 - 9:38 am

Kudos to you for catching the attention of Pottery Barn! Just wondering what took them so long?! Enjoy the start of your vacation and keep up the good work!

Jill - May 24, 2014 - 9:47 am

Wow! Pottery Barn? How cool!
I’ve always had a thing for blue so I loved seeing these rooms.
Glad you made it through this week. I hope you enjoy your Summer.
Have fun shopping! I can’t wait to see what you find. You’re going to show us, right? :D

Arlene@Nanaland - May 24, 2014 - 9:47 am

Congrats on the Pottery Barn pinning…much deserved. You have fantastic ideas for tablescapes!! We are off to Memphis to visit with family this weekend.

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - May 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

I can TOTALLY believe that Pottery Barn would pin from your blog! :-) I’m telling ya, when you decide to retire from teaching, you have a whole new career just waiting for you…

Absolutely NOTHING planned here for the weekend–and I love it! Today is Nicholas Sparks day–I’m going to lounge around and read one of his latest paperbacks until I feel like doing something else. :-)

Sandy - May 24, 2014 - 10:17 am

Kelly, I planted my red and white geraniums in front of my blue sided house and the mighty flag is waving from its pole. Congrats on another yr. of being the fabulous teacher you are, especially in math.PB should contact you and send you free items to display in your home and then seen in your blog. They do that. I love your style!

Martha - May 24, 2014 - 11:22 am

1. Yeah!!! I am getting notifications again for your new posts!
2. 2 more weeks until we leave for the beach (Emerald Isle NC) Your pictures of blue & white have me so ready!
3. Pottery Barn!!!! wow!!! what a compliment for your wonderful blog.
4. Hope you have luck on your shopping trip and a great weekend!!

Garden, Home and Party - May 24, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Kelly,

The house with the blue shutters, please. And then I’ll select some of the lovely rooms to include in that charming house!

After several days this month of 90+ temps, the first day of the Memorial Day weekend is cool and cloudy, 68 degrees. Mother Nature is playing tricks on us!

I hope you are enjoying this first weekend of what I’m sure will be a wonderful, relaxing summer vacation for you and your darling family.
xo,
Karen

anita - May 24, 2014 - 11:25 pm

I love the blue and white décor. It says summer! I feel that we are starting to get some summer here. Congrats on the Pottery Barn pin.

Susie in MO - May 25, 2014 - 8:31 am

Congratulations on 2 counts! The PB Pin is such a nice acknowledgement of your artistic eye and decorating AND you are finished wit the school year. 2 more days here-thanks to Mother Nature’s winter. I also had the best year teaching so far after my transition to the high school. Looking forward to a relaxing summer and maybe I’ll revive my blog…best intentions, right? Good luck shopping!

Leslie - May 25, 2014 - 9:47 am

How can every one of your posts be my favorite!?! The navy runner going up the stairs in the first picture is so great. In future years I’m going to be hunting that down! Kelly, congrats on Pottery Barn recognizing you! It does not surprise me in the least-you are so good at what you do! Thanks for all of the eye candy (or should I say the really great eye meal!) and enjoy a wonderful summer!

Kathy - May 25, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Woo! Hoo! A pottery barn pin! Awesome! (I hope they start paying you! You could seriously be one of their designers.) I am glad you are out of school for the summer. My best two years of teaching were my first year and my last. I wish you could go out on this year….but who knows, maybe next year will be even better than this one. We spent our weekend at a fabulous wedding in Athens, Georgia on the UGA campus. It was too much fun! Good luck with your bonus room.

Jeanne Bell - May 25, 2014 - 10:41 pm

You go girl…Pottery Barn, my favorite store.
Have a great summer vacation!

Marken - May 26, 2014 - 10:17 am

So enjoyed this post on my favorite color, BLUE! Hope your shopping mission was successful. I came home with a variety of red, white, and blue flowers yesterday and now on to the planting.

Dawn - May 26, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Kelly,

All of those nice coastal blues are so very calming. The lake house has lots of blues and tans in it but it is missing the smell and sound of the ocean. We will be relaxing at the lake with my parents, brother and his family all weekend. Congrats on the Pottery Barn Pin! That is awesome!

Paula B. - May 26, 2014 - 6:48 pm

Love all the blues, very soothing and they just say “cottage or beach living” so well. Just got back from the Cape, our weather, unfortunately, was not the best and all the tourists left this morning creating a massive traffic jam on the bridges. It was a very long ride home. My friends’ beach house has a few rooms done in blue – including the one I always stay in. Happy summer, hope it’s a wonderful one. I’m baking cookies for my husband’s lunches, they still have five weeks of school to go. (Took one of my MKA books that I won, with me, and am enjoying it immensely. They’re always such good beach reads. It was the only one I hadn’t read already, but I’m passing the rest on to friends that haven’t met MKA already.) Here’s to summer fun!

Mary Ann - May 28, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Kudos Kelly …Pottery Barn, very impressed by you as we all are.
Makes this Jersey Girl want a beach house more & more although I was scared by Hurricane Sandy and all the damage it did.
Love the blue and white theme, very “cool”.
Thanks for sharing as always.

Row. - June 3, 2014 - 4:40 pm

I am not surprised one bit! You are an amazing decorator, I wonder if when you retire you would find yourself working for a magazine? or perhaps home staging? you know you could come up with your own brand and people would go nuts! maybe make your blog into a coffee table book? I know id buy it! congrats on the pottery barn pin!

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