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A Round Up of Our St. Patrick’s Day Tables

March has come in like a lion all over most of the United States.  Hopefully it will go out like a lamb, and now here we are already smack dab in the middle with lucky St. Patrick’s Day.  If you like the color green then I hope you will LOVE today’s post! 🙂  I’ve set our table for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and of course it has green to the max!

I found the green dinner plates at Dollar Tree.

I already had green salad plates but had been unable to find economical dinner plates.  Fiesta has some, but they are around $12 each for the dinner plate size, so when I saw these for $1 each, I could not resist. (I am probably going to regret not getting the matching mugs they had there. 🙁 )

I said the table had green to the max.  Well…it also has clover to the max! 🙂 I found the Oxalis plant at my local grocery store and thought it would be perfect for the centerpiece.  Another name it goes by is Lucky Shamrock.  A fun thing to note about Oxalis is that it is sensitive to light and will close up its leaves at night.

For the place setting gifts, my husband dug up some of the clover plants we had growing in our yard.  We planted them in clear plastic cups.  Then we popped those cups into peat pots.

We put them in clear plastic cups first so that the damp soil did not get the pots wet as they sat on the table.

I wrapped twine around the pots and tied on tags with St. Patrick’s Day sayings that I hand lettered on them.

For our meal, I was planning on serving our favorite corned beef sandwiches (again) with homemade potato chips, (not very Irish, I know) but several people over on Instagram have suggested Shepherd’s Pie.

I’ve never made Shepherd’s Pie, and after looking at the recipe I know why.  The vegetables mixed with the meat don’t sound very appealing to me…but the mashed potatoes on top of the beef sounds delicious!  So I may give it a try this year (without those bottom layer veggies of course. 🙂 )

For dessert this year, I am making a variation of my Peppermint Ice Cream pie.  Our daughter’s boyfriend must have foods that are gluten and dairy free.  I found some gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos) for the crust, and I am using Breyer’s lactose free chocolate ice cream and some chocolate mint candy pieces for a Chocolate Mint Ice Cream pie. Fingers crossed it turns out okay. If not, there are always cupcakes from the store, and daughter’s boyfriend can have the lactose free vanilla ice cream in the freezer. 😉

Before I came up with the idea for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day table, I looked back at all the other ones I have done over the last few years.  It’s always hard to remember Have I done that? when I start thinking of ideas, so having the photos here on the blog is helpful.  And I also thought it might be beneficial for you as well if I pulled all the table settings into one post for you here as an easy reference.  (The clickable source link below each photo takes you to the posts with more details.) Hope you find these helpful!

The dining room from 2013…



The porch from 2014…



The dining room from 2015…



The porch from 2016…



And the dining room from 2016.



It has been waaaay too cold this week to even think about doing a St. Patrick’s Day dinner on the porch.  So the dining room is going to have to do for our meal this year. 🙂

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is full of good luck, fun times, and tasty treats for you. 🙂
Remember to wear your green!

Until next time…

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Amanda C - March 25, 2017 - 4:52 pm

Love it! I’m late getting caught up on your posts. You’re decorations just keep getting better. I made Crockpot Corned Beef and Hash with Crockpot Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, it was delish. Haven’t tried Shepherds Pie yet, but I plan to.

DiAnne - March 20, 2017 - 3:05 am

I love those green plates from Dollar Tree! I might just have to get some of those if I can find them. Such a nice color for spring.
Your table settings are beautiful.
We celebrated Josie’s birthday this weekend and the green doughnuts from Krispie Kreme were really good! Thanks to Fred for waiting in the long line to get them. Life is too short not to have a green doughnut–at least once.
Have a good week.
I am thinking about a whole different color combination using those green plates for Easter, so they are going to be quite versatile I think. 🙂 You should make a run to Dollar Tree!
I seriously contemplated those doughnuts but decided to forego the calories. I KNOW they were delicious! Fred is a keeper for sure. 🙂

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - March 18, 2017 - 8:03 am

Your tables are always such an inspiration. Your little details — hand lettered tags, small gifts at each place setting — they are the icing on the cake!
Thank you so much Kim! It’s the details that are the most fun for me, and I think everyone really appreciates them. 🙂

Heather - March 17, 2017 - 9:17 pm

Where did you get those gorgeous glass hurricanes? Love those leather looking handles!
Hi Heather! They came from Target. They have a really good selection of lanterns in their spring outdoor furniture and accessories area (at the back of the store where they have their seasonal things.) Glad you like them!

Lanita Anderson - March 17, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Love, Love, Love your green St. Patrick’s Day tablescape! I am embarrassed to say, I shop at Dollar Tree every week and never thought about looking for green plates there!?! I love that shade of green and how well it went with the Shamrock plant for your tablescape! Thank you for sharing…..I’m heading to Dollar Tree!
Thank you Lanita! I always look at their plates every season. You can’t beat $1 plates in solid bright colors. If I had the space, I’d buy whole sets of their dishes! (Dish addict here. 🙁 )

Dawn - March 17, 2017 - 1:32 pm


Thanks for the recap of all of your lovely St. Patrick’s Day settings! I love them all and I love green! I always appreciate your live, green plants and little treats! I did green cookies and Hershey’s gold nuggets for my students this year. It’s the little things that mean the most to us isn’t it. Just to be thought of is such a blessing! Thanks for sharing! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

I should have dedicated this post to you, Dawn! I knew you would like all the green. 🙂 Green cookies and Hershey chocolate sounds perfect to me! You are so right about just being thought of being a blessing. I know your students enjoyed their treats!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Julia - March 17, 2017 - 11:09 am

Kelly – your tablescape made me green with envy! You were lucky to get those plates for $1. Very pretty! Shepherd’s Pie can be make with only one veggie – I’ve had to make it that way when the children were little – corn was a favorite of theirs!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your family!
Yes, I was very lucky to find those plates! Almost as inexpensive as disposable ones! 🙂 One veggie might be okay here….I just don’t like carrots (yes, I know…bad me.)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too Julia!

Katrina - March 17, 2017 - 10:42 am

Well Top of the Day to you sweet Kelly! Love these pictures. I think my favorite is this year’s table!
Well the leprechauns were up to lots of antics in my granddaughter’s kindergarten class last night .Those silly rascals even got into the green paint and left footprints everywhere.
My sweet husband, who is on his way out of town this morning, is currently waiting in a long line out the door at a Krispy Kreme in Asheville. I’m sure you (lover of all delicious things) knows that KK is making Every doughnut green today only. When I read this I just knew this would be the perfect fun treat to take to DiAnne’s lake house this weekend! ( Happy birthday Josie)
Remember…wear some green today…. no pinches!
Katrina, I know your St. Patrick’s Day was a fun one! How cute that the leprechauns got into the green paint. Love it! I did NOT know about the green doughnuts and really thought about getting some after your comment here. But my husband and I are TRYING to watch our weight, and I already had one dessert for St. P’s Day…so I didn’t indulge in the doughnuts (which I know have to be yummmmmmmmy!) Have fun at the lake, and please tell Josie happy birthday for me! 🙂

Gina - March 17, 2017 - 9:50 am

So pretty Kelly! We never have “celebrated” St. Patrick’s Day, but your lovely decor, table settings and yummy menus make me want to! That pie sounds delicious. I took a look at the recipe when you instagrammed it on Pi Day. 😉 We’re celebrating March Madness in our house. Hopefully we can continue to for a few more weeks!! Ha, we’ll need the luck of the Irish for that!! 😛
The pie turned out great! I was surprised how good it tasted considering it was gluten and dairy free in this version. You need to try it Gina. 🙂 Hope your team continues to do well! March madness is fun!

Cindy - March 17, 2017 - 8:33 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Kelly! As always, your decor is great!
One of my favorite meals is corned beef and cabbage; my Mother in law would corn her own beef. One of our favorite comfort meals, is Shepard’s pie. I layer cooked ground chicken, add corn, carrots, and peas, and top with whipped potatoes. Add some butter to the top and bake in oven.
Hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day Cindy! Your dishes sound yummy (if I leave out the carrots. 🙂 ) Thank you for the compliments on the decor!

Tricia - March 17, 2017 - 4:35 am

Happy St Patrick’s Day, Kelly! Love everything you’ve done to make your home ready for the occasion. Enjoy the fun!
Thank you very much Tricia! I’m so happy you liked all the green decor. 🙂

Donnamae - March 16, 2017 - 11:20 pm

Lovely table! I usually love corned beef and cabbage on St. Paddy’s Day, but it’s been hard to find a restaurant that makes it well. I tried making it myself, but that didn’t turn out as I thought it would either. So now, I make Shepherd’s pie. Always delicious! Enjoy the day! 😉
Thanks Donnamae! Hope you enjoyed your Shepherd’s pie for St. Patrick’s Day! Sounds delicious!

Garden, Home and Party - March 16, 2017 - 11:15 pm

Nobody does holiday entertaining better than you. Love the green touches!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Gosh thank you Karen! Hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day!

Elaine - March 16, 2017 - 10:56 pm

Always love your posts! Green is my lifelong favorite color! How have I NEVER noticed that absolutely fabulous chest before? The one with the green and white straws and the glass jar of shamrock cookies on top. What is the story about it? Thank you!
Thank you Elaine. If you are a fan of green, you should LOVE St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂 The antique jelly cupboard in the dining room was a gift from my mother-in-law many years ago. It was hand crafted in Savannah in the mid – 1800’s out of heart pine with raised panels on the front. I think it is a pretty neat piece too. 🙂
Thanks for asking!

Judy - March 16, 2017 - 10:10 pm

Once again, Kelly, some very creative ideas. I never think of getting green anything, except this year, when I purchased kiwi green cushions and pillows for the patio chairs. How vibrant it looks with the green. Perks it right up for spring, and dovetails nicely with St Patrick’s Day. I love the green check napkins. And the green dinner plates? Fabulous! All the tables look wonderful, and each gives me additional inspiration. “Erin go Bragh”
I bet the green cushions and pillows look great Judy! And yes, they work well for St. Patrick’s as an added bonus. 🙂 Thanks for all the compliments, and I hope your St. Pat’s Day was a fun one!

Sandy - March 16, 2017 - 9:13 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I love all of the tables. I don’t think I have a favorite, but I do like your lanterns this year. May all the real cold leave us behind now.
Hope you had a good St. Patrick’s Day Sandy! Thank you for your sweet comments about the tables. I hope the cold is finished with us too. Time for spring to arrive for good!

Barbie - March 16, 2017 - 8:37 pm

I almost bought those plates, but didn’t. I have to go back now and see if they still have them! Do you find that they are big enough? Are they dishwasher/microwave safe? Love your table!
Yes, to all your questions Barbie! They were certainly big enough for our dinner last night, and they are most definitely dishwasher and microwave safe (which is better than my red ones that have to be handwashed. 🙁 ) I hope they still have some of the green ones left for you!
Kelly - March 16, 2017 - 7:44 pm

All of your tables are always so beautifully decorated, Kelly. I don’t know how you keep coming up with such creative ideas!! Wish I could do the calligraphy like you do. Beautiful!!
Thank you for all the compliments on the tables Debbie! Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was filled with fun!

Cindy - March 16, 2017 - 7:10 pm

Great job ! Love all your decor !!
Thank you Cindy!

Julie in Asheville - March 16, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Hi Kelly. Always love what you do. The question I have is about your curtains. I had some curtains made for rods and the seamstress attached rings to the curtains. This is not working as thread is breaking on these rings. It’s a mess. It was only today that I noticed you use rings with clips. Is this what you use for all of your drapes? I know your change your curtains more than most, so this must work fine for you. Any problems? Thanks.
Darn! That’s not good to hear about your drapes Julie. I have used clips on some of them, and I have sewn on rings on a number of others. I actually prefer the sewn on rings. When I put them on the drapes, I loop and loop and loop the thread through them many times to make sure they are sturdy enough to hold onto the drapes. My red buffalo check ones are made from heavy fabric, and the rings are sewn on them. It takes extra long to do that, but it is worth it. The sewn on rings just look more polished to me than the clips, but the clips do work if you want to go that route.

julia walker - March 16, 2017 - 6:05 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Kelly! Thank you once again for inspiring me. Your Dollar Tree plates look like Fiesta! And the clover from your yard was a wonderful idea. Bravo to your husband! Take care. Julia
Thanks so much Julia! My husband was weeding a flower bed, saw the patch of clover a couple of weeks ago, and decided not to pull it up because he thought I would want it for St Patrick’s Day. Yes, bravo to him! 🙂

Ruth - March 16, 2017 - 5:54 pm

You find the best stuff for so little money!!! LOVE having the “round-up” of great ideas, and hope you’ll do this for each holiday at some point. Thanks for the shot o’ green to get us in the St. Paddy’s spirit!
I’m so glad you liked the round up Ruth. I thought you all might find it handy, and it was a help to me as well! Hope you had a fun Friday and that you are enjoying your weekend. 🙂

Laura Jenkins - March 16, 2017 - 5:45 pm

This is so lovely. My eye went straight to that beautiful light fixture above the table…I am very late to the party asking for the source, I know. But, it is perfection.
Hi Laura! So glad you like that light fixture. We purchased it from Lighting New York, and it is made by Visual Comfort – their EF Chapman Classic pendant light.

Ann - March 16, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Easiest recipe ever for shepherds pie — came from a Campbell’s Soup cookbook years ago. I don’t think you’ll mind the vegetable and meat combination at all! Brown 1lb. of ground beef with a chopped onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drain very well. Add 1 can of Campbell’s “old fashioned vegetable soup(undiluted) ” and mix well. Spread into a rectangular casserole and top with mashed potatoes. Bake at 350 (preheated) for 35 -40 minutes or until meat mixture bubbles and potatoes are nicely browned. Serves 4
I sometimes bake the pies in individual ramekins when I I want to invite guests for a casual supper.
Thanks for the recipe Ann! Sounds easy and delicious! And I like the idea of the individual ramekins for serving guests. 🙂

Spring Decorating and Fickle Females

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

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

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

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

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

Give her time.
She’ll figure it out.  

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

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

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


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

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

Wouldn’t that be great? 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay warm!

Until next time…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jayne - March 14, 2017 - 3:45 pm

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

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

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

Donnamae - March 14, 2017 - 10:04 am

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

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

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

Louvina - March 13, 2017 - 11:43 pm

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

Leigh - March 13, 2017 - 11:13 pm

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

Cindy - March 13, 2017 - 10:40 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticia - March 13, 2017 - 8:27 pm

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

Amanda - March 13, 2017 - 7:24 pm

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

Maryann - March 13, 2017 - 7:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diane - March 13, 2017 - 4:55 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gina - March 13, 2017 - 3:02 pm

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

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

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

Deborah - March 13, 2017 - 2:02 pm

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

Anita - March 13, 2017 - 1:28 pm

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

Anita - March 13, 2017 - 12:29 pm

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

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

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

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

Kristy - March 13, 2017 - 11:57 am

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

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

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

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

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

Pamela - March 13, 2017 - 11:42 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gwen - March 13, 2017 - 10:01 am

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

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

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

Bonnie - March 13, 2017 - 9:50 am

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

Donnie - March 13, 2017 - 9:41 am

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

Vicki - March 13, 2017 - 9:32 am

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

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

Birmingham, AL

Julia - March 13, 2017 - 9:22 am

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

Sandy - March 13, 2017 - 9:11 am

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

Marsah - March 13, 2017 - 9:08 am

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

Roxanne - March 13, 2017 - 8:53 am

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

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

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

Cindy - March 13, 2017 - 8:11 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary - March 13, 2017 - 6:44 am

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

Rosemary - March 13, 2017 - 4:57 am

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

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