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Gary McBournie: My Nantucket Favorite


Well hello July!  The height of summer is here.:)Have you ever thought about where your dream location for celebrating the 4th of July would be?  I have always wanted to spend it in one of two places, the first of which is Nantucket. (I’ll share the second place with you this weekend.)  I thought it would be fun for the next couple of days to look at some homes done by one of my long time favorite interior designers…Gary McBournie.  He has office locations in Boston, Nantucket, and Palm Beach, but it is his Nantucket styling that steals my heart every time.

I first fell in love with this bedroom in his own Nantucket home many years ago…sigh.

Gary McBournie bedroom with blue

In fact, I think that blue plaid implanted itself in my brain and made me choose the fabric I did for our bedroom. (So much so that I am hearing the music from The Twilight Zone in my head.)  If you are very observant, you will notice how he repeated a border of the plaid on the simple white drapes and a border of the bright blue on the hem of the bedskirt.  Perfection.

There’s more blue and white loveliness in the guest bedroom from his old home.

Gary McBournie guest bedroom Nantucket Traditional Home

He said that he does not use a lot of different patterns in a room like many designers, but he chooses instead to repeat his fabrics in different ways.  Note a stripe for the canopy on that slanted ceiling and a stripe for the bedskirt – all punctuated by a small dose of that cute sailing print with the repeated blue.

Now don’t go thinking his whole cottage was done entirely in blue…

It’s definitely wasn’t.:)


I know…There are blue accents in this room with those beautiful blue plates, but the color plays second fiddle to the happy yellow.

And there is more yellow here although toned down some in its use…

Gary McBournie living room Traditional

Of course, I love his use of red and yellow, but my favorite thing is the yellow border on the skirts of the upholstered pieces.  How smart is that?!  I should also mention to you that he painted the shell watercolors there on the wall himself.  Impressed?  You bet.

Now all of these photos came from a Traditional Home magazine article on one of his earlier homes, but that house was also featured in this book if you are interested.

At Home in Nantucket by Lisa McGhee

At Home in Nantucket (Amazon Affiliate link)

I have been saying his old home, right?  Which would make you think he has a newer one. Well he does!  In fact, his most recent one was in the March, 2013 issue of House Beautiful.

When I first saw this photo, I thought, “Why, Gary McBournie has redecorated his old place in Nantucket!”

New Nantucket bedroom Gary McBournie House Beautiful via Dering Hall

Similar layout…same sloped roof and all…colors that would have worked with the old one..but it wasn’t his old house.  This is his new/old cottage in Nantucket.  Would you like to see more of it?

I thought you would.:)

Dresser in Gary McBournies Nantucket home House Beautiful via Dering Hall

Are you loving that 19th century dresser as much as I am?? And did you notice the repeated print from the linens used as wallcovering?  (Please don’t let me start liking wallpaper again.ever.)

He has gone with a softer color palette here in the living room…

Gary McBournie living room House Beautiful via Dering

Recognize the chairs with the contrasting hem?:)

He still has my favorite touches of red in this cottage as well. (The print of the drapes here reminds me of our master bath drapes…maybe more subliminal influencing?)

Gary McBournie dining room Nantucket House Beautiful via Dering Hall

I am loving the continuity of the color palette throughout the house, with the colors taking turns at which one is dominant in the room.  Do you see how he used the contrasting red border on the drapes in the dining room above to bring out that color from the fabric pattern? I love drapes with borders!

In the butler’s pantry he went really bold with the wallcovering.

(I will not like wallpaper.  I will not like wallpaper.)

Gary McBournie butlers pantry House Beautiful via Dering Hall

I love love love those upper cabinets, and would you look at the skirting detail!!  (Hmmm…maybe I don’t need lower cabinet doors in the little kitchen in the room over the garage, right?:))

Red doesn’t make an appearance in his new/old kitchen because that palladian blue takes over here.

Gary McBournie kitchen House Beautiful via Dering

That little room has such an old fashioned feel to it!

So what do you think?  Are you a fan of his rooms?

I’m afraid that’s all the Gary goodness I have for you today, but I will be back very soon with more.  (His work is just too good to me to not show you this week!:))

Gary McBournie cottage in Nantucket House Beautiful

Until next time…

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Shirley@Housepitality Designs - July 1, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Oh we love the same designers!!!…I am swooning over his rooms and have to get that book!…thanks for the inspiration and reminding me how much I love this designer!!!
Love that yellow kitchen!
Yes, we do Shirley! Wait until the next post…he has his own book. I love that yellow kitchen too. It looks like just the most cheerful place to enjoy a big breakfast! How could anyone be grumpy in a room like that? :)

salmagundi - July 1, 2014 - 12:39 pm

I feel the same way about wallpaper; but, oh, the pull towards it is so very strong!! Help me fight it!! Sally
I think it is beautiful, and for many years I papered, stripped, and repapered rooms over and over again. I just know how much work it is (and how often I change my mind!) So I do not want to go down that path again. :)
I will help you fight it Sally. LOL

Louvina - July 1, 2014 - 12:44 pm

I think I have finally found what “my style” is— just love all the fresh blue/white, cool, crisp looking Nantucket design! My daughter flew into Nantucket for a job interview and when she came back she said ” Mom, I found the perfect place for you– and you would love Nantucket!!” I have never been there but now I think this may be ” my Heaven on earth!!” I just showed my husband the window treatments in the first picture and said ” that’s it– I’m measuring the windows for the shades and sheers”! He just rolled his eyes again!! But I do think it would be perfect for our lake front home. Thank you, Kelly– you have truly led the way in my remodeling and helped me pull together ” my style”!
Nantucket style…isn’t it beautiful? I love the window treatments in that blue bedroom…thought about doing that with our windows for years. I hope you get to use the idea in your lakehouse Louvina. It would look great!
Hope your leg has healed so that you can enjoy all the fun of summer now.

Martha - July 1, 2014 - 12:47 pm

I have always had an obsession with New England. I love the simple lines and clean colors and Windsor chairs and shingled cottages…..the list goes on and on. Gary McBournie is an amazing designer and I love every room of his homes. To me he epitomizes what good design is all about; rooms that are classic and not trendy, beautiful and functional, and will stand the test of time.
I will be looking at this post over and over.
If there is a shortage of glass jars it will be your fault. I have cleaned out the local Target and Walmart and I am sure I am not the only one who has become a glass jar fanatic after seeing all of your wonderful ways to incorporate them into home decorating.
Have a wonderful 4th!!
p.s.I have a love/hate relationship with wallpaper
Me too! It’s the shingled cottages that get me everytime Martha. And I agree with you that GMcB’s rooms are classics. I am so glad you enjoyed the post!
Now don’t you go and buy up all the jars. I might still need one or two for that room over the garage. :)
Wallpaper…I loved it years ago, but I stripped so much of it I have to tell myself to stay away from it. Otherwise I will be going into that dangerous territory again.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - July 1, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Thanks for introducing me to my new favorite designer! I could spend eternity in every one of these rooms! Red and blue always seem to be my go-to colors, and although I adore a yellow room, I happen to look sickly whenever I’m near the color, so I try to avoid using it in my own home.

And as for wallpaper? We are totally in agreement there. Although I love it everywhere else, the 90′s burned me out of stripping that stuff off walls FOREVAHH!!!

Thanks for the great info. I’ll click on your links to see more!
You didn’t know about him?! Oh my gooooodness. So happy I could introduce him to you. You and I have the same taste in colors, and you sound exactly like my daughter who says that she can’t wear yellow either (and she is having RED highlights put in her hair as I type this. :( )

I think everyone must have gone overboard with paper in the nineties. It will be the young and inexperienced who ressurrect the trend this time. It IS beautiful….but then again…maybe the manufacturers have drastically improved on their designs so that it takes nothing to remove it….hmmm. Nope. Not gonna do it. Stay away from wallpaper.

nan, odessa, DE - July 1, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Thanks for sharing! Again we are like twins, enjoying the same thing.

Do we know the secret to using yellow with blue?
blue, red, yellow?

I find I always have problems with yellow paint and items, also can happen with reds if not a bright red.

I am afraid I don’t know a secret except to try out your paint sample in a space with similar lighting as the room you want it in…and stay away from yellows with green undertones. Those never work for me. I always try to use a light yellow in paint…it tends to magnify itself when it is on 4 walls. (And this is coming from someone who painted the exterior of our previous home yellow. :) )
I have also had to have red custom mixed on a number of occasions because the samples are usually too pink.
Those colors can be tricky!(Perhaps that is why our entire home is painted in a nice neutral khaki now. :) )

Dawn - July 1, 2014 - 1:38 pm


I have always liked any design that makes me think I am near the water. Gary McBournie makes me think I am near the water when I look at his interior designs. Thanks for sharing his wonderful homes with us.
Thank you for reading and commenting Dawn. You are so right about the rooms making you feel as if you were near the water. That is probably because he draws on New England/Nantucket style. I am right there with you loving that coastal influence!

Katrina - July 1, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Love these pictures! The simplicity of the exterior of his cottage is my favorite….weathered gray shingles,simple window boxes and a flag flapping in the breeze.
Wallpaper…how about hideous border..this time last year I was scrapping off wallpaper borders in my hallway, laundry room and 2 bathrooms that the previous owner thought was “cute”. I decided then that someone should have borders outlawed! That being said, believe it or not, I have actually seen some new simple wallpapers that I kinda’ like.
Keep enjoying your summer break!!!
I think we will all take a gray shingled cottage like that one anyday, right?
Wallpaper borders….not fun. I feel sorry for you having to have done that. Yuck. So don’t you dare start looking at them and thinking that you like them. I am trying to save you future pain!
You’re welcome. :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn - July 1, 2014 - 2:27 pm

I pinned the heck out of this post. Love it and Gary!
Thanks for spreading the blog love Laura! Glad you liked his rooms!

Mimi - July 1, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Call me hopelessly old-fashioned and out of date, but I LOVE wallpaper! There I said it. Let the hissing commence. :-) Now, I don’t love all wallpaper or think it should be used in all rooms, but it can lend a certain charm and add some character to an otherwise boring room. And yes, I have pulled my share of the heinous stuff off of impossible walls… :-)

I love Gary’s cozy homes with the angled ceilings and painted floors. I agree with Katrina–the exterior shot is gorgeous!
Not going to hiss about your love of wallpaper. I think it is beautiful…I just know how frequently I changed my mind about the looks of our rooms when I was young and energetic…so I stripped waaaaaay too much to even want to think about going that route again. If I knew I would love it forever, I would put it up in a heartbeat…and I would really like some grasscloth in a couple of rooms here. I am just scared I will change my mind again!
Angled ceilings…aren’t those simply charming?!! And so is the exterior.

Scribbler - July 1, 2014 - 4:09 pm

GMcB has always been one of my favorites. No one does cottage better, because in his hands, it never looks cutesy.

Wallpaper? My mother hated it, and so I always said I hated it. Then in the 90s I wallpapered everything. In my present house, we wallpapered the DR because I found some in a Savannah antique shop I liked, and we used a paintable wall covering in the kitchen to camouflage bad drywall. It is there to stay, at least until the next people who live here don’t like it!
I had not thought about how he avoids cutesy, but you are right. That is why his rooms look classic.
It sounds like you have done a good job with your paper and that you won’t have to remove it. If I knew ours would be there to stay, I would go with it. (I am just tooooooo fickle!)

Anita - July 1, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Just perfect timing. I am thinking of a Nantucket/Boston trip this August. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Also I am redoing a bedroom and was needing some design for the window. I now know by these pictures what I am going to do. The color of the walls is actually the one like in the living room.
Lucky you! I would love a Nantucket trip in August (but Boston traffic scares me to no end! :() I am glad the post could help give you a little inspiration for your bedroom. Have fun!

Therese - July 1, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Thank you for bringing me the warmth and light of a Nantucket morning!
Loving the wall of blue and white plates and the beautiful, old dresser. You have inspired me, Kelly, to get the picture hooks and furniture polish out. I have a very similar dresser in my bedroom…. But it doesn’t have that brilliant sheen!
I wish we had more window boxes here in Australia. They look so sweet. Probably a bit difficult to add onto my floor-length glass panes that line my outside walls, though!
Enjoy your sunny days!
You are very welcome Therese. If you have a very similar dresser to the one in the post, I am jealous! That piece was simply gorgeous. I love windowboxes too, but I do think you would have a little trouble with it on floor length windows. :)

Jill - July 1, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Most wallpaper is beautiful…..until you have to take it down. I DO love that floral paper in his bedroom though. And that dresser….gorgeous!
I totally agree with you about the wallpaper! I think we all need a dresser like that one. :)

Linda Evans - July 1, 2014 - 7:39 pm

omg, I love these homes……I love wallpaper !!!!!!!!!!! THANK you so much for sharing these………you have an awesome taste in decorating !!
Goodness! Thank you Linda! I am happy you liked the rooms.
I have more of his rooms coming your way soon. Hope you will like them as well.

Garden, Home and Party - July 1, 2014 - 11:57 pm

I love so much of his style. I think I must have seen his work before. I’ve subscribed to Traditional Home forever. I love the first kitchen. The fireplace in the kitchen, oh my. What a comfortable feeling home he creates.

I can’t wait to see what you show us as your second favorite spot to celebrate the 4th.

Karen, if you have subscribed to Traditional Home, then I know you have seen his work. It has been scattered between it and House Beautiful. Isn’t that kitchen wonderful?! I have always wanted a fireplace in a kitchen (at least I can SEE ours from the kitchen here. :) )
Don’t get too excited about my second favorite spot…it has more to do with a person than the place. :)

Debra - July 2, 2014 - 12:45 am

Thank you for this big drool fest Kelly. Oh, how I would love to spend a 4th of July weekend in a coastal setting such as Nantucket. I will need to check this book out that you have featured, as I do not have this one. What a wonderful designer. I love that yellow kitchen, but my favorite room I would have to say is the first bedroom you posted. I want those patchwork pillows! P. S. I don’t hate wallpaper. I have to agree with Jill. So true, that it is always pretty until you have to take it down. Oh what a task! Your not thinking of wallpaper, are you??…Happy 4th Kelly.

As much as I love that kitchen, I too love the blue bedroom the best. It has such wonderful elements from the fabrics to the floors to the windows and window treatments to the color. Just so much to adore!
No…not really thinking of wallpaper here. I keep entertaining the idea of grasscloth in a bathroom, but I am not sure that will work.
Have a happy 4th!

Vicki - July 2, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Gosh, I wish I had the color confidence (well, and the talent and experience) that Gary has. It doesn’t look like he worries about “flow”, but somehow it still flows! He seems like he must be a kindred spirit to a lot of us, with his love of cozy spaces and details.
I think it all flows by the mix of colors. I don’t have the confidence in the mix of patterns that he has. His Nantucket houses certainly strike a chord with those of us that love traditional design infused with color and some modern twists here and there. :)

Paula B. - July 2, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Hello Kelly, Hello July! I agree on the Nantucket style/décor. If money was no object those would be some key words in my directions to a decorator. (Too funny, I was going to mention that the living room was the cover of a book I have… it comes out in the spring as a coffee table accent. The pictures are so inspiring.)If I could choose anywhere to spend the summer months, well, Martha’s Vineyard, a few Cape locales, and Hilton Head, would be on my list. You know why I think I am attracted to this decorating style – it’s the fresh take on mixing the old family heirlooms or favorite pieces with other items one has accumulated. Gives a room a stylish yet comfy feel.
I think you nailed it with the “stylish yet comfy feel” description Paula. That is exactly what it is, and achieving it by using some family pieces in it is an accomplishment and a half! That’s too funny about your coffee table book. :)

Marianne in Mo. - July 2, 2014 - 8:04 pm

I think I like the decor in his 1st house better, but if he could part with that coffee table in the second house, I would gladly take it off his hands! ;-) I too don’t want to do wallpaper again,even though I used to sell it! Too much work, and hubs won’t have it in our new house anyway, so I can always blame him! ;-)
I did too, Marianne. It had more of the colors that I love. Too funny about you and the coffee table. :)
I so agree with you about all the work with wallpaper (but you can go right ahead and blame your husband.)

Talk of the Weekend #2

flag on front porch

You guys are the best.  I soooo loved your sweet (and funny:)) comments and emails on the last of the Summer Home Tour posts! And as much as we could talk for hours today about everything we could put in a jar, (because there are a lot of things) we are not going to talk about that.  Nope. Today we are going to talk about these totally unrelated things that will enlighten your life.:)

1.   Did you know that this woman has a new cookbook coming out in October?

And this book may be the best thing since the invention of the Magic Eraser.

Ina Garten Make it Ahead

Seriously.  It is going to keep me from running around like a crazy person the last hour before a dinner party.  (I can hear the members of my family singing a chorus of Hallelujah right now.)

2.  And did you know that this recipe is from that life altering book? It could possibly become my mother’s all-time favorite dessert.

(Warning…there is ice cream in the photo.)

Skillet brownie recipe from Ina Gartens book Make it

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

3.  Do you remember back in Home Tour part 2, I told you I love reading Treasure Island in the summer? Dear old Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins. Someone else must love it as well.

Just look at this amazing art.

Treasure Island altered book artsource

Makes me want to cut up a book.:)

4.  Are you as excited as I am for this movie to come out next month?

And So It Goes Movie

Love Diane Keaton (although I am not sure if I will love her singing.:))

5.  Do you remember back in the spring when I did a post on The Cottage Company? Well I left this house out of the post because I thought it would be perfect to peruse around the 4th of July.

Nautical house from the Cottage

Nautical cottage from The Cottage

Aren’t you glad I saved it until now?:)

5.  Some of you love VW vans as much as I do.

Did you know they make these for your computer?

vw usb drive

Classic 1962 VW Camper Van USB Memory Stick 8Gb – Red

How cute is that?!

6.  And speaking of cute, several of you asked about the cute red and white striped cups in the centerpiece the other day.

4th of July ice cream party centerpieceLet’s just say, it’s a good thing I don’t live in Australia because all my money would be spent on this company’s precious party things and pottery.  I found the cups at Homegoods, but I believe they were part of this discontinued line from last year.

Robert Gordon Australia line of party goods from summer

Ebay is still a good source if your heart is set on any of the discontinued items.:)

7.  Have you seen these sweet treats on Pinterest using ice cream cups and my favorite ribbon?

4th of July dessert smores kit

My daughter the-smores-queen would be in Heaven with that!

8.  My parents make an annual trip to this place each summer to treat my family and my sister’s family to ice cream.  (Yes, I know…I am talking about ice cream again.) Yesterday was the day for our fun trip.:)

Lane Southern Orchard

 We shopped …

Lane peaches

jams and jelllies

shopping at Lanes(my sister and my dad)

We toured the peach packing line.

packing peaches

peach packingAnd of course we had ice cream.:)

This was my serving.

homemade peach ice cream

(It was very small.)

This was my father’s serving(s).

ice cream cupsYou see I get it honestly.:)

9.  The recipe for Lane’s ice cream is here.

10.  And when we got home, this was waiting for us on the porch steps from my father-in-law.

cornIt’s my very favorite…Silver Queen. Guess what we are having for dinner?:)

I hope your weekend is full of Summer’s goodness.

corn in the garden

Until next time…

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Laura Ingalls Gunn - June 28, 2014 - 1:41 pm

My husband was stationed for 3 years at Warner Robins AFB and we LOVED Lanes. The true sugar bomb is the Peach Cobbler TOPPED with the Peach Ice Cream. Oh my stars and garters!

Now here we are in Phoenix. Sigh.

Thank you for a lovely memory.
Boy that WOULD be a sugar bomb…and to think that combination has never even crossed my mind! I will pass your suggestion on to my peach-loving son. My very first paid job was when I was 15. I worked on the peach packing line at Gunn’s Peaches in Warner Robins. Given your last name, and your first sentence, I just knew you were going to say something about Gunn’s. But lo and behold you went to Lane’s! So glad I could bring back a happy memory for you. :)
Have a wonderful Sunday Lara!

Scribbler - June 28, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Wonderful post! Thanks so much for bringing summer to me, since I am not out much yet. (Still not allowed to drive) I hope to get to the markets in another week or two, because I am seriously craving some of that corn.

That little VW bus is the best! I have driven VWs for years, but I have never had a bus.
I am so sorry that you are not allowed to drive yet, but I am glad I could bring a little touch of summer to you. :) Wish I could send you some of this corn. My father-in-law has a bumper crop this year!
I have always wanted a VW. We borrowed a VW bus for our daughter’s 16th birthday party…but that is as close to having one as we have been.
Enjoy your Sunday!

Mary from Virginia - June 28, 2014 - 1:57 pm

I like your Dad’s serving better. Excuse my language here, but my father used to say “who the hell can eat JUST a scoop of ice cream.?” He taught my boys to believe 4 scoops of ice cream was the norm! I get hungry every time I come to your blog!

Fun post and thanks for the heads up about Ina Garten’s new book. I hadn’t heard.

How much corn does your Father In Law plant? Silver Queen is the best!

Love all your jars. I have a collection too. =)
I agree with your dad! So true. Glad to tell you about Ina Garten’s book…can’t wait until it’s out! My father-in-law has a HUGE garden…so much so that he has to give away a bunch of his produce, and my mother-in-law puts of tons of it frozen each year.
I think we have a whole bunch of jar collectors out there!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - June 28, 2014 - 3:03 pm

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to make Silver Queen – Ice-cream??? It could go one way or the other. Hmmm.

You try it first!
Hmmm…well there IS corn pudding, but isn’t it served warm? I don’t think I would want to mess up my nice cold ice cream with a vegetable (that I like hot.) BUT I do put milk in my creamed corn when it is cooking…does that count? LOL

Jill - June 28, 2014 - 3:03 pm

So glad you decided to post today. It’s helping me get through a three hour (so far) traffic jam in Virginia! Trying to stay positive and think of it as extended vacation….in the van with three kids. Ha! Ina’s dessert is torturous though. It looks very yummy! Your peaches and corn are so “Summer.” Enjoy!
Jill that is awful awful!! Three hours?? I hope your kids had something to keep them occupied (and a snack or two!) And I hope it was all cleared up soon after you left your comment here. Thanks for reading (even if it was in the middle of a traffic jam. :( )
Hope your Sunday is better than your Saturday.

Debra - June 28, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I scream, you scream, the gang at Kelly’s all screams for ice cream, for sure! Yum! My Chicago one was out yesterday and we painted a dresser she had wanted done. We ended the day with grilled steak and salad. Dessert was our local Dairy Queen, not as deluxe as your Lane ice cream. I had just a small portion as well, a chocolate covered dilly bar was to my liking. Thank you for all the source/links you posted today. I was wondering where you purchased that striped ribbon and now I know. Do you purchase quite a bit from Paper Source? I’d like to go see that movie, as well. What is it about Diane Keaton and the movies she has been in lately. I love the one “Something’s Gotta Give” and I know you do too. That house, that beach, that décor, that kitchen and on it goes. Drool fest! Maybe this one will supply more house eye candy? Oh, and why does she always have to look so darn cute in those hats she always wears? Do you wear hats in the summer? Well, your corn looked yummy. What will you be serving with it? Saturday night here is bringing an Ole’, as it is strawberry margaritas and taco goodness. Oh, it is HOT …HOT…HOT in the Midwest this weekend. Until your next post Kelly, stay cool if you can, I know I am trying.

Yum…Dilly Bars! But I always want a Heath Bar Blizzard when I am there. I used to get the Moolatte, but boy at the caffeine in it!!I do purchase a lot from Paper Source. I am a kid in a candy store there!
No hats on me now, although my wedding veil was a hat. :) Corn was served with roast beef at one meal, and tonight’s will be with grilled chicken.
YOU try to stay cool!

Vikki - June 28, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Love this post for so many reasons. Can’t wait for the movie.. Summer isn’t here until I have peach ice cream! And the Barefoot a Contessa recipe looks relish. Thanks.
You are welcome Vikki! I think the movie will be a lot of fun. I am chomping at the bit for the cookbook!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 28, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Oh I love peach ice cream, I would be in heaven and that chocolate dessert from Ina would have be moaning too.
Oh yes, Marty, we could definitely have a sugar fest between the two of those desserts! It would be enough to give Father Tim a diabetic coma. :)

Ann - June 28, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Kelly, I loved the Treasure Island book art! And your comment *makes me want to cut up a book*! Lol! Me,too. Except mine would probably just look like a destroyed book. Yours would be adorable, I’m sure! There were so many enjoyable things in this post. A VW van memory stick?? Too funny.

Thanks, Ann
I doubt my book cutting would be very good. I have a difficult time with 3-d art. (Totally bombed sculpture in an art class in college!) Yep..that vw memory stick was so clever. Must get one!

Garden, Home and Party - June 28, 2014 - 7:25 pm

I love the two rooms you saved for this post. I watched the trailer on the movie and it’s right up my ally. You may be right about Diane Keaton singing, but hey, almost anything she’s in works for me.

Oh, my, that corn, what a treat to have a neighbor, friend, growing corn. The peach farm visit looked amazing too. I love peach pie and peach ice cream.
I’m beginning to love summer.
Another reader said that we will be pleasantly surprised with Diane Keaton’s singing. So perhaps she can pull it off! I am glad you are beginning to love summer. There are so many good things to enjoy about it!

Paula B. - June 28, 2014 - 8:19 pm

So many summer delights in this post, I have to come back and take it all in, again, later. My father loved Treasure Island, also. (He was an English teacher!) Looks like summer is well underway around you – we have awhile to go for local peaches and a little longer, for corn. I’m just glad that school is finally out and the weather says “Summer”. I hadn’t seen or heard any hype for this Keaton/Douglas movie until yesterday, something to look forward to, along with the Keira Knightly/Mark Ruffalo one. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and may there be lots more ice cream outings in your plans.
Yay! Another Treasure Island fan! Yes, that movie will be one to look forward to (and the one you mentioned as well.) There will be ice cream for the 4th for sure. :)

Carolyn - June 28, 2014 - 11:20 pm

I taught Treasure Island when I was a middle school teacher. I had my students look for clues for characterization based on their names. Jim Hawkins seemed to be like a Hawk- always seeing everything; Squire Trelawney- of the law and tall; LJS- a long john is a weapon; silver- treasure. You get the point. What a great story and look at the 3d book art! I don’t know if I could cut up a book though!
Oh my goodness! I have only read TI for pleasure, but thank you for the lessons on literature found in it. Why in the world didn’t I think to look for the symbolism in the names?? I am falling down on my job.:) I know I could not cut up a book…because it would just be a big mess if I did!

Lucinda - June 29, 2014 - 9:59 am

That was the first I’d heard about that movie…I’ll definitely put it on my must see list. Love all your 4th of July decor, inspired me to put mine out yesterday.
Yay! You got your decorations out Lucinda! I am glad I could give you a head’s up on the movie. I think it will be a funny one.
Enjoy your week!

Mimi - June 29, 2014 - 11:09 am

Being from Georgia, I had you pegged as more of a Peaches and Cream (hybrid of corn) kind of girl! Ha! That shot of the corn looks like it could have been taken down the road from me, but the red soil is a dead giveaway. :-)

I loved the tour of Lane’s and seeing a quick glimpse of your dad and sister. What a fun tradition!
Nope..Silver Queen all the way. He pulled 700 ears (yes, that number is correct) of Ambrosia yesterday, but sent me a bucket of silver queen again. :) Yes, there is red clay here…lots of it! Glad you enjoyed the tour of Lane’s.
Hope you are having a good week Mimi!

Dawn - June 29, 2014 - 6:25 pm


I love any thing peach! That ice cream looks divine. We had corn on the cob this weekend too. I will be stocking up on more corn for the up coming holiday weekend when my nieces visit. Thanks for all of the inspiration!
Dawn, you and my son would get along splendidly since he loves anything peach as well. :) The ice cream was delicious! I hope you have a fun 4th of July with your nieces!

missy - June 29, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Thought of you when I saw this. Next time you are up this way we can go in together and split this rental. That way it would only be about $2,000 each per night!!! ;-)
Yikes! Don’t think we will be renting that one anytime soon…even if we do split it with you. That’s just a little out of our budget. LOL It is a gorgeous cabin though, and it has all the amenities of Blackberry Farm. (But at that rate, it should come with your own personal chef for all your meals!)
Thanks for sharing!

Donnamae - June 29, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Oh my…you’ve got me drooling at the ice cream! Peach? Sounds wonderful! ;)
It was wonderful! You should make some so that you can enjoy it too. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 30, 2014 - 11:23 am

This post is loaded with goodies such as announcement of that great book (that I am so in need of!), a great movie (just look at that background) and fabulous rooms and oh that fabulous place for peaches and ice cream!!!….thanks Kelly!…have a wonderful day!
Random goodies! I am glad you found things in the post that you like Shirley. I was looking at the background in the movie too. (Aren’t we the house-lookers?!) I don’t think that it will have the great sets like other Diane Keaton movies, but I do think the rooms will be interesting.
Thanks for reading and commenting!

Marianne in Mo. - June 30, 2014 - 12:55 pm

OH LORDY, PEACHES! BE STILL, MY HEART! I adore peaches – pie, cobbler, preserves, ice cream, yogurt – anything peachy! Not one single soul in my family likes them – at all. :-( I feel alone on a deserted island! Love your post today, and I’m glad peaches were almost last, because I would have not even absorbed anything else. I had a fresh sweet peach with my yogurt and granola this morning – yum!
Another peach fan! :) That is terrible, though, that no one else in your family likes them Marianne. What’s not to like about peaches?? Well at least you don’t have to share. LOL
Hope you are enjoying your week.

Susie in MO - June 30, 2014 - 10:08 pm

We were introduced to Silver Queen in central Pennsylvania back in the 80s – oh my goodness…there is NO other corn to match…and can’t wait for Ina’s book! Thanks for the heads up :-) Loved this post, as always Kelly.
I am glad to know that there is someone else out there that appreciates the goodness of Silver Queen. :) Glad you enjoyed the post, Susie.
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer!

Debbie - July 2, 2014 - 7:41 pm

No Kelly, remember Annie Hall ?? Diane can really carry a tune !!!
Oh yes! That’s right! Gosh that movie seems like a lifetime ago.
Thanks for reminding me. :)

Cindy Hattersley - July 5, 2014 - 7:58 am

Could your father in law make a stop at my house please.?
Ha ha! I will see what I can do to get him to bring you some corn. :)

The Summer Home Tour: part 3

Summer Home Tour Talk of the HouseIf you were here live-and-in-person today, you would go with my daughter and me to Target to buy important things like sea salt caramel pretzel ice cream (that Susie recommended:)) and plain white towels for the room over the garage. You would help me tell my daughter, “No you do not need to try the new chocolate mint toothpaste from Crest.”  Right?

Summer Home Tour family room cornerIf you were here today, you would get wet because we are now in the rain-every-afternoon weather pattern that happens every summer here in the South. This is what it sounds like all afternoon…followed by a chorus of frogs croaking and croaking and croaking.

Summer Home Tour library table vignetteAnd if you were here I would show you all the summer decorating going on in the family room like the red and blue pillows on the sofa and the flags in the pots of gerbera daisies.  I would offer you a red gumball from the jar on the cabinet and show you the old movie cameras in the jar there. (And you wouldn’t be able to say anything with that huge gumball in your mouth.:))

Summer Home Tour cabinet vignetteThen we would look at the cameras and the plant on the mantel.  You would want to ask me where I found the big candleholder, and I would tell you I sort of made it.  Sort of? Well I wanted something taller, and I wanted something with silver, so I took apart a 3 tiered silver stand, used the small top layer together with the base for the silver part.  Then I plopped one of my many many jars on top of it, and voila…a candleholder was born!

Summer mantelYou would think that was a great idea because you are such a nice friend.:) Then you would ask (because you finally got that gumball down to chewable size) How many jars do you have, Kelly? 

4th of July mantel And I would tell you…I honestly have no idea…but it’s a lot.

summer mantel vignetteYou would point out the jar on the coffee table as yet another one…and politely tell me that I have a jar addiction.

coffee table styling for summer

 I would tell you, “It’s not an addiction. It’s a collection:)

And we would stroll on into the dining room.You would look at the centerpiece in the middle of the table, and then you would roll your eyes, shake your head and say, “Collection?  Ummhmm.”

summer table 4th of julyBecause sitting right there in the middle of the table with the pretty pot of geramiums and flags, and the jar of yummy sea salt caramel sauce…

Summer tablescapeis another jar..this time filled with ice cream cones (because I have gone overboard on the ice cream theme this summer.)

Summer Home Tour 4th of July centerpieceBut you would like the name tags on the little wooden ice cream spoons

(because they aren’t in a jar.:))

Summer table setting ice cream spoon for nametagThen I would tell you

Don’t look in the cabinet….

dining room cabinet

and don’t look on top of the cupboard.

dining room corner cupboardYou would just shake your head again.

dining room cupboardWe would walk on into the kitchen.

summer home tour dining roomI would offer you doughnuts…

kitchen windowand a cup of coffee.

You would point out the jars with coffee…

coffee tray for summer

kitchen corner summerand the ones with the sugar and flour.

Summer Home Tour kitchenAnd I would tell you to look at the kitchen desk

where there are absolutely no jars.:)

kitchen desk summerAnd where there is a recipe for a very good homemade butter pecan ice cream on a chalkboard.

butter pecan ice cream recipe on chalkboardAnd then you would ask…

Kelly, how many chalkboards do you have?

And I would say…




Here… have a gumball.:)

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Clarissa - June 25, 2014 - 6:43 am

Hi Kelly! I’m so glad I found your blog-I thoroughly enjoy your funny posts. I have those same jars, but actually only have 5 of them. I love them-they’re so functional and can be used for so many different things(as you already know this). You’ve totally inspired me to decorate my home for summer. I’m off to do that now. Thank you so much. Have a great day! Clarissa
Well I am so glad you found it too, Clarissa! :) Oh dear…5…I am afraid you are on your way to the addictioncollection. You are right about the jars being used for sooo many things. I hope you have fun decorating your home for summer!
Thanks for stopping by.

Gail - June 25, 2014 - 6:58 am

Kelly: It’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie again :) Your house is ADORABLE and the ideas abundant but I am on a sugar high just reading it! Hopefully you have enough people coming to visit to help you eat all those goodies, especially the ice cream. I have gained three pounds already and haven’t even gotten out of bed yet :) Blessings….Gail
Oh there are plenty of folks around to help eat it…my husband, daughter, son, daughter’s roommate from college, 2 friends of our son whom we haven’t seen in a year (hopefully arriving soon)…but we are perfectly capable of taking care of all the yummies with just our immediate family. :) Thank you for the sweet compliment about our house!
I hope you have a great day!

Anne Boykin - June 25, 2014 - 7:17 am

Hi Kelly, We’d have a good laugh together about your jars and chalkboards if I were there! But I’d be sure and make it clear that it isn’t too many at all because it’s all displayed so beautifully!
Aw thank you Anne! You are sweet to say that. :) Jars just elevate the ho-hum utilitarian to a level of pretty. That’s why I have soooooo many of them.
Have a great day!

DiAnne - June 25, 2014 - 7:20 am

What a fun and funny post! Love all the ways you use jars. You can tell it is going to be a fun summer at your house.
Glad you found the humor in it DiAnne. :) It was kind of scary when I started counting all the jars…like uh-oh…there’s another one… Summer is in full swing around here. Hope you are having a good one too!

Kathy - June 25, 2014 - 7:35 am

I think you have twelve jars in the rooms you showed us in this post. But, you didn’t show us your bathrooms, laundry room or bedrooms and I will just bet you have jars in there too. I love all of the jars! I think you have Lindt dark chocolate in the blue wrappers in the jar on your coffee table. I would so be getting in that jar…forget the gumballs! Fabulous post!
Don’t count! There are too many. I just went in the playroom….not good. I am glad you love all the jars, because Lord have mercy there are a bunch of them here! YES those are the Lindt dark chocolates. I am amazed I have had such restraint with them because I love them too. Definitely forego the gumballs for them! Wish I could send you some Kathy. :)

Membee - June 25, 2014 - 7:53 am

That was a “jarring” experience! Now that I have that gum ball chewed down to a decent size, I want to tell you that I love your blogs, and your beautiful pictures! You are the best!
LOL You are too clever! Thank you so very much for your very sweet comment. :) I appreciate your taking the time to read and leave your comment here.
Have a wonderful day!
Jar Girl Kelly

Katrina - June 25, 2014 - 8:10 am

You silly silly jar fetish girl!!! You house so says, “Celebrate Summer!” Hope you have a fun, relaxing day
What can I say? Some people buy shoes. I buy jars.:) Thank you for coming on the tour here today Katrina.
I hope your day is fun and relaxing as well!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 25, 2014 - 8:32 am

Kelly, when I saw the email of your post in my inbox, I said. “oh, I hope it is Part 3″ !!
and yay, it was…Now don’t ask me how many times I have scrolled up and down looking at every wonderful detail of the rooms….a true stalker I would say!…Yes, I can see you need to join Glass Jars Anonymous!…but i am with ya…I love your jars filled with so many different things!…So, when I come knocking at your door, I shall sit on that stool in the kitchen and have a donut with my coffee and tell you that you have a most gorgeous home..!!!…and would be polite and not mention the vast amount of jars!!!
Shirley, your comment made me giggle. :) Glass Jars Anonymous here I come! I will be happy for you to sit and enjoy the donut and coffee…right beside 3 glass jars there. You can go ahead and mention the jars…this addict is well aware of her problem.:)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Anita - June 25, 2014 - 8:52 am

I am off to a great start to my day reading about your jar addiction! Don’t they call that repetition in decorating?…One must carry the theme throughout the whole house in order to make it obvious that you love jars? And….I knew I should have purchased the red tray I see on your table at my favorite HomeSense store. How practical is that! (If you were to ask my family what I love to decorate with, their answer would certainly be chalkboards). By the way, did you ever capture the little critter occupying your sofa on your porch? My daughter did a little dance when I told her about that. I shall enjoy the rain here today because it’s the beginning of a long week trend. Have a great day….I am off to adding red gumballs, flags, AND chocolate mint toothpaste to my grocery list!
Plenty of repetition here…from the jars to the gingham to the red. :) You definitely should have purchased that tray…comes in handy for so many celebrations! The lizard has not been seen in days, so he is gone I believe. (I did have to have my daughter catch a frog in the family room last night around midnight when I was working on the post!) Hope you find all the things on your shopping list! (That toothpaste also came in a vanilla mint and a lime – something I believe…we did not get any of it…just plain Jane mint.)
Happy shopping!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - June 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

I absolutely love your posts, they are always fabulous and I love your personality and the conversations. Your home is so beautiful. I love it all.
Thank you Marty! You are mighty sweet to say that. :) I am so glad you are enjoying all the summer posts here.
Have a fun day!

Garden, Home and Party - June 25, 2014 - 9:17 am

This had me chuckling over my Cheerios, what a great way to start the day. I love your jars! Where did you find the blue and white pillows and those darling red and white cardboard striped ice cream cups?
Everything looks great, and I love the sound of rain. When we lived in Texas we would have a party of frogs visit our swimming pool every evening!
Well I am glad I could give you a giggle Karen. :) I made the blue and white pillows a decade ago from some Waverly fabric. They were originally in the master bedroom mixed in with all that blue plaid in there. I have kept them a very long time! Those red and white striped cups came from Homegoods. And the little wooden spoons that I did the placetags on came in the package with them…$3.99 for the set of 10 I think. I thought they were so cute and a bargain too.:) A party of frogs..yes, that is what is going on here I believe..except for the one who wandered into the house last night. The rest of his friends seem to be gathering on the French doors to the deck.

Dawn - June 25, 2014 - 9:33 am


I love your ever evolving jar collection decorating! It is so neat to see what you will put in them next. I love the wooden spoon place card idea. The ice cream theme you have going on is sweet and I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Thank you Dawn! I am glad you like all the jars. The ice cream theme has been fun AND delicious for summer! :)

Stephanie - June 25, 2014 - 9:39 am

Very cute! I love your blog. Instead of “If you give a mouse a cookie” it’s “If you give Kelly a jar…” Your home is lovely. Thanks again for sharing.
That is definitely what it is Stephanie! Thank you for your compliment about the house. I am happy you like it!

Cheri - June 25, 2014 - 9:46 am

Oh Kelly I don’t know what I loved more, the jars, the sweet treats or all the RED!! I have red in nearly every room in my house. It makes me so happy. You have such a wonderful design sense. I’ll be right over and won’t say a word about the jars, just quietly enjoy the company .
Red IS the color of happiness! I am right there with you on that Cheri. :) You and Shirley would be the polite ones not to mention all the jars (and the chalkboards, and all the sweets, and all the gingham…)
Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Debbie w - June 25, 2014 - 10:04 am

Cutest post ever! Love the jars and the chalkboards!
I have to tell you Debbie…the comments on the blog come in as emails to me. I had just received two “unsubscribe from Talk of the House” emails :( when your super kind one came in. So it couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you for lifting my spirits. :) I am thrilled you like the endless supply of jars and chalkboards.
Have a wonderful day!

Mimi - June 25, 2014 - 10:22 am

I’m right up there with you, girlfriend! I have jars in my bathroom with Q-tips, cotton balls, seashells (it’s beach themed), etc. In my craft room they hold buttons, markers, rubber stamps and more. In my classroom I have my world-famous candy jar and jars with students’ names on tongue depressors for every class period…Maybe we can start a support group…or better yet, a meeting of the minds! Ha! :-)

Thanks for the laughs this morning and for even more ideas on how to use jars!
Amen! But it looks like you do not need any more ideas on ways to use jars. :) I think you might have me beat…although I hesitate to count how many there in my classroom. My principal wanted to borrow 3 large jars for a party she was throwing at the end of last school year. She said, “Run home and find me 3 please.” I walked to my classroom, emptied out 3 of their contents quickly, and brought them to her. She said, “You mean you had that many in your room??” Yep. and more. :)

nan, odessa, DE - June 25, 2014 - 10:29 am

Kelly: I could be your twin in home decor! There is only one color, RED. Ask my grandchildren. Don’t apologize for the jars. Continue to fill them! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Now, tell me the source for:
1. your red gum balls
2. your red bowls on the table
3. what are you writing the names on around the napkin
4. all your large jars with tops

5. Do your jars all seal? what is the secret for keeping fresh in the jars???????????
Yay I am not alone! All those pale gray rooms in the magazines today sure need a punch of red, don’t they?!
Good grief at the questions!
1. from Target on the paper party goods aisle.
2. from Pier 1 long long ago
3. wooden ice cream spoons came with the little red striped cup all found at Homegoods, but made by Robert Gordon Australia
4. jars came from either walmart or target..when one was out I went to the other. :)
5. none have a rubber seal…just the plain glass lid. We devour everything in them. In fact, sometimes I have to tell the kids here, “Don’t eat what’s in that jar until I can photograph it.” :) (That is usually within a day.) All the canned drinks in the jars in the playroom and daughter’s room get consumed quickly too. I buy cookies and cereal every week or so. The oreos often get crunched up and put in milkshakes.
Hope that answered all of them!

sarah - June 25, 2014 - 10:43 am

Kelly – I really enjoyed your post today…as it looks like so many others did too. The conversation you had with us …sounded like so many I have had with my friends and family over the years about some of my collections. :-> I have to admit though…seeing you use your jars in decorating over time as helped me start my own collection. They are just so handy and pretty…what’s not to love. :-> Thanks again for opening your home to all of us…it is beautiful and does make me wish I lived near by and could see in person. Have a great day!
Glad you enjoyed it Sarah! Thank you! Oh no…another person who has caught the jar addiction… :) I wish we could all have a big summer party here..complete with ice cream!

Patty in Michigan - June 25, 2014 - 11:04 am

Aren’t you getting witty! Thought it was sounding like a book I once read…. If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Love those books and enjoyed reading Part 3. Love me some jars too! I love how you think outside the box when filling them. Enjoy your day! Patty
Ha ha. :) Thank you Patty. I love all those books as well. Yes, I do think outside the box when it comes to putting things in them. So glad you like them….cause there are sooo many around here!
Have a great Friday!

GinaE - June 25, 2014 - 11:19 am

I love all your jars and the creative ways you use them. I think you house is just about my favorite on the web. I never get tired of looking!
Oh goodness! What a sweet comment Gina! I am glad you don’t tire of seeing the house. By the way, the crockpot boneless ribs on your blog looked delicious!I am so in the mood for some ribs (to go with the ice cream of course! :) )

Vicki - June 25, 2014 - 11:31 am

Love this post. I played the thunderstorm link in the background as I read, and could just imagine curling up in one of those comfy chairs with my gumball or doughnut (being careful not to leave crumbs). I wouldn’t count all your jars-I’d be too busy admiring your ice cream vignette and thinking (in a Homer Simpson way) “mmmm, ice cream….”

Must get more jars. I have 4, and your cute ideas tell me that it’s not enough. :)
You wouldn’t have to worry about the crumbs…my Dyson works great! I think I have started a run on those jars. :) If you have 4, you are already on your way to a collection!
Happy Friday. :)

Sally - June 25, 2014 - 11:52 am

I LOVE your jar collection, Kelly. I admire it every time I stop by. What really boggles my mind is all of the sweets. But… I don’t mean that judgementally. I only think of doing that around our home, and KNOW I could NEVER get away with it. We are the family that WILL POWER forgot!!! LOL Those treats wouldn’t last a morning in our house.

You have purposed all of your jars so well. I wish I had more horizontal space in our home, so that I could scatter some jars around. I’d find SOMEthing to put in them! *wink
Thank you for your compliments on the collection Sally! (Yay! you called it a collection, :) ) Maybe you could try some of those sugar free cookies in the jars…or diet Cokes if you all don’t have any willpower. Good luck with your jars!

Barbara (WA) - June 25, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Hahaha!! And actually, it is YOUR fault I’ve begun to collect jars and have a board on Pinterest all about them :)
Okay, Barbara…guilty as charged! Love your pinterest board on them. :)
Happy Friday!

Kimberly - June 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

I just love your blog. It’s the first email I look for everyday. I’ m sad to say I have no jars. I need jars. I now realize I need jars for everything, everywhere. I need jars today. Oh-no I feel an addiction happening I must go get lots of jars.

Yes, you need jars Kimberly! I hope you can find some soon. :) Thank you so much for your kind comment about the blog. I appreciate that you take the time to read and leave your comments. :)

Peggy - June 25, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Kelly, just found your blog — you had me at jars full of red gumballs, but you put me over the top with red buffalo checked curtains! What a beautiful home! And your blog is a delight!
Aw thanks Peggy! I am addicted to checks..with red buffalo being my all time favorite. I would love to know how you happened to find Talk of the House, and I am so glad you did!
Have a super Friday!

Barbara Hinske - June 25, 2014 - 1:57 pm

The “voice” of this post is absolutely charming! Love it all. Your use of jars to contain ordinary but interesting objects (like the cameras) is so appealing. I’m going to get some jars this weekend to coral some of my husband’s items like that. He can enjoy them and they’ll be organized for me. I ADORED the youtube with the rain. It’s been so dry in Phoenix — no rain for months — would so love a thunderstorm and steady rain! I’ll just have to come back to this post!
Barbara, one of things we assess on the state writing test is, “Does the piece have voice?” (and when a 9 year old’s piece has it, I am impressed!) I knew, as a writer, you would comment on the voice! :) I think putting your husband’s things in jars is a great idea. I am so sorry you all have had no rain. That is terrible! So you just go ahead and listen to that thunderstorm all you want.
Happy Friday!

Jill - June 25, 2014 - 2:04 pm

So you’re not only a genius decorator, but now you’re a comedian too? :D I will GLADLY come and count your jars and chalkboards for you! Just sayin’. I loved the rest of your Summer tour. Now I’m seriously thinking about red for next Summer. Also, every time I leave your blog lately I’m craving ice cream. Thanks for that!
Ha ha! Yes, yes, yes you need red Jill! But I don’t know how in the world you can think that far ahead…I am doing well to think to next week – much less to next year! :)
Now go have a bowl of ice cream (8:30 in the morning is not too early.)

Scribbler - June 25, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Funny! I just love your house — it always looks so cozy and comfy.

Do you have a favorite source for those big jars? I just broke the one I kept my coffee stored in, and I need another.
Thanks Ellen! I usually buy the jars at Target or Walmart (depends on which town I am in.) I need a source for the glass part of our blender…broke it the other day in the sink.
Have a happy Friday! (hope you don’t have any of that grueling PT to go through today.)

Terri - June 25, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Love … love the summer home tour!! Sooo many wonderful ideas…. but best of all……….. I am still laughing at your “Comedy” … I seriously busted out laughing when you made that last remark!!!! lolol….. thank you for sharing your gorgeous and comfortable home!!!!! Happy Summer to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for seeing the humor in the post Terri (my husband still does not understand why everyone thinks it is funny. :( )
Glad you enjoyed the summer home tours.
Have a great Friday!

Susie in MO - June 25, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Fun post! I hope you found and enjoyed the ice cream – thought of you as I was walking in downtown St. Louis today (mapping out a route for tomorrow’s 6 a.m. walk for the conference I’m attending) and came across some Salted Caramel Gelato that was calling my name. It makes quite the tasty breakfast!!
There is no way I could do the gelato for breakfast…MUST have coffee and cheerios…something bland to start the day. But you go right ahead and enjoy it! I liked the ice cream from Target, but it was much better when I topped it with chocolate shell (you know that chocolate syrup that hardens when it hits the cold ice cream.) The flavor reminded me of my beloved Drumstick ice cream.
Have a fun Friday at your conference!

Debra - June 25, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Kelly, we are experiencing your Southern everyday weather of heat, humidity and clouds with impending rain daily though your rain link is cute. I so would have loved going to Target. Truth, I am going there tomorrow and I hope I can behave. I think your adorable signature look of little glass containers of silverware, lidded glass jars, chalkboards, colorful flowers galore and maybe what seems to be everyday treats galore, are so signature Kelly, Like others have expressed here, it was cute how you wrote this post. Thanks for the fun and again your lovely home to inspire us. Smiles your way, Kelly.

It does seem to be a “Southern thing” Debra. I hope you behaved at Target. :) “Signature Kelly” now you have ME laughing. I didn’t know I had a signature anything (other than writing!) Thank you for reading the post(s) and for always leaving your super encouraging and complimentary comments.
Hope your Friday is a good one!

Martha - June 25, 2014 - 7:32 pm

As usual I love it all. Your home is charming and I am really enjoying the tour. I have had an addiction for baskets for many, many years… husband has forbidden me to bring any more home (not really), but I bought two glass jars a few months ago for my kitchen and I feel the need for more……’s all your fault! I hope your lizard is gone, the two my granddaughters took the creek have stayed away.
Oh… I DO know about the basket addiction…had it years ago but I have recovered from that. :) I even had baskets of white flowers tied to the end of the pews in our wedding. Baskets do take up a lot of room. Looks like you are on your way to starting the jar collection now. Lizard seems to be gone…at least I hope so.

Jayne - June 25, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Hey Kelly, I love all your jars. I’m on the look out for just the right ones for my house, so instead of asking you about all your jars, I would ask you: Do you keep your table set all the time? It is always so pretty! How do you come up with the cute center pieces you always have on the table? And would you mind if I totally copied you? Would you mind if I had a tall glass of milk with that doughnut? And when the rain stops and the frogs begin to croak, I would tell you about the time we had two teeny-tiny tree frogs on our sliding deck door and the amazingly loud sound that came from those teeny tiny frogs! Thanks for the tour and the gumball!
1. Yes, I do mostly keep the table set…but only for 4 not for 6. That way if it needs clearing off for computer work or something else, it isn’t such a big deal. Plus keeping that centerpiece on a tray makes it VERY easy to move when needed. 2. My daughter and I were just talking about how do I come up with ideas. I normally start from what color do I want, then lay out a bunch of items that might fit with the mood or theme I want to create, and then I just try them out…it is purely trial and error. You should have seen the back porch table when I was working on it! 3. You may totally copy whatever you would like! 4. And yes, you may have milk. I am the only non-milk drinker around here, and I just don’t understand how all of you folks like the flavor of it. Yuck! 5. It is amazing how loud such small creatures can be!
Thanks for coming on the tour (and asking such great questions!)
Happy Friday Jayne!

Cindy Ross - June 25, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Too, too funny!!! This had me laughing so hard. I loved every bit of it. When I first started reading your blog I noticed the jars and loved them. I ventured to Target and purchased two and two led to two more. I now have a few (hehehe) I use them around the house. They just come in so handy. Haven’t done gum balls but that is a great idea. May I borrow? I saw that ice cream container at Williams and Sonoma the other day and almost picked it up. Wish I had now. Was in Target earlier bought some more pillows for the screened porch and thought love them but where am I going to hide them the closets are over flowing. Hubs will roll his eyes when summer is over. LOL. I would so love to come sit in your kitchen and enjoy a donut with you and talk about decorating ideas. Until your next post be safe and dry. Waiting for the next exciting read. :)
I am so glad you found it funny Cindy! Uh oh…you have the jar addiction. You go right ahead and fill one with gumballs. You need pillow covers not the pillows themselves because storage of all of them is NOT fun. (A lesson I learned late.) I would love to share a donut with you as well…there is only one left right now. Guess we need to get to Krispy Kreme for more!
Happy Friday!

Louvina - June 25, 2014 - 11:30 pm

Read this delightful fun filled post at Sonic’s while having one of their hot fudge sundaes! Remembered you mentioned that was one of your favorite things to do!! earlier I had breakfast with a teacher friend at Cracker Barrel– she lives in Japan and I haven’t seen her in 2 years. She wants me to plan a trip there soon! Oh my–now that is on my bucket list!! Then you offered a “come see you” invite and you may be surprised one day when my daughter and I come up your way with a phone call to say “hi” and would love to see you for lunch nearby!! Wouldn’t that be fun? Really have been enjoying your summer home tour. Sounds like your new room over the garage will soon be ready to tour!! Can’t wait to see what you have done up there! What a wonderful productive summer you are having. Now sit awhile and enjoy a nice cool drink on that cozy porch of yours—I just love it out there!!:)
Love love those hot fudge sundaes! We have had so much ice cream here that I haven’t had a sundae in awhile. A trip to Japan…wow!! That would be much more exciting than visiting out here in the country. But you and your daughter drop on by…just give me a heads up so that I can get out of these sweat pants and t-shirt and look a little more presentable! :) Garage room has to wait a couple of days, but my goal is to BE FINISHED by the end of next week…but life sometimes doesn’t go as planned so I am not holding my breath on it. My husband is using it as it is…undecorated and with only a couple of pieces of furniture in it right now. But at least it has the essential things – a coffee maker and refrigerator! :)

Barb - June 26, 2014 - 8:02 am

Very funny post. “Here, have a gumball”….cracked me up. House looks great and it now officially feels like Summer.
Barb, thank you! It certainly does feel like Summer around here. I have even been contemplating buying one of those little inflatable pools for the deck. :)

Sue - June 26, 2014 - 11:21 am

Hi Kelly!
Looks like everyone is having fun with your post! Your home is delightful and always a pleasure to visit. I can relate to the jar collection – I seem to have many collections, and one of MY collections is gum balls. Lol. I have acquired most of the colors and usually have a jar filled with some combo. Of course it has red white and blue now. ( can’t eat mine tho cuz they’re getting old!)
Some day you need to post on your beautiful bookcase. Always interested in seeing how people organize their books.
Have a great day!
What a cool thing to collect, Sue! I love it! And you can really pull in a bright spot of color with them. (But glory they are hard to chew…those in my jar are huge and you really couldn’t say anything for a little bit when you first bite into them. :) )
Several readers have asked about a post on the bookcase, but it truly is not organized very well. I had plans at one time to alphabetize the books by author’s last night and keep a little catalog list of the books, but that was too much work. Now it is just grouped loosely by subject with one shelf at the bottom for children’s books.
Have a good Friday!

Debie - June 26, 2014 - 12:47 pm

And as soon as I could talk around that gum ball I would say, let’s go to Target. I need more jars. And you would say, well, maybe I could use another one … or two.

Your blog is my absolute, hands-down favorite and this post was the BEST! Thanks, Kelly!!
Oh now I am laughing! Too funny! No I don’t think I need any more jars…oh wait…maybe in the room over the garage. :) Thanks for loving the blog!
Have a great Friday.

Cheryl - June 26, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Hi Kelly , I have just discovered your blog this summer and so enjoying your wit and decor! I do feel a target trip coming on for some more jars I only have 2. And maybe some salted caramel sauce , my target list is longer! Thanks for the
bright spot in my day. It’s my new favorite blog!!

Fondly cheryl Adams
I am so glad you found Talk of the House, Cheryl! And I am super glad that it is your new favorite. :) Target is certainly going to be having a shortage on those jars if you all keep buying them. Then there won’t be any left for me. :( (My husband might be quite happy about that though!)
Have a fun Friday, and I hope you will continue to visit here. :)

Marianne in Mo. - June 26, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Funny post! Loved the tour. And I love your collection of jars. I only have two, but you make me want more! You may have started a “run” on jars, so don’t be surprised if there’s a shortage on them soon! I personally have an addiction for clocks, but only have twelve so far. (Counting alarm clocks here.) I’m trying to fill a 4 -1/2 ft. wide wall with clocks, because it’s an awkward wall to place furniture on, with half carpet and half vinyl flooring. No hurry, I just keep my eyes open!
Thanks for the giggles today!
Yes, I can see it now…shortage at Target! No jars left for me. 12 clocks! Whoa…that IS a collection. I bought a few of them for New Years’ decorating. Clocks can be really beautiful, so I know your wall is pretty.
Have a fun Friday Marianne!

Lynne - June 27, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Everytime I see photos of your wonderful home the green eyed monster comes out in me! I want to throw everything I own out and start over! You put such thought in everything you do! I just love it. I’d love you opinion/help with some of my rooms! I’m on Instagram under lynneslife. Btw- I have a huge jar collection! It’s a bit of a problem! Lol! I actually like yours better- imagine that!;-)
Aw you don’t need to be jealous! There is thought…too much according to my husband! I will try to check out your rooms Lynne when I can get that upstairs room of ours finished. (Man I will be glad when that is finally checked off our list.) Glad to know I am not the only one with a large supply of jars. :)

Renee Cook - June 28, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Very nice!!
Thanks Renee!

Benita - July 7, 2014 - 5:01 pm

I love the jars! I have a clock and camera addiction…oops…I mean collection! :-)
Clocks and cameras make great things to collect! We have a few of each of those around here as well (and they have been known to be inside jars at some point in their time here. :) )
Glad you liked the jars Benita!

Susan - July 10, 2014 - 7:40 pm

I got so busy that I missed part 3, and when I found it today, I had to go back to part 1 and 2, you know, just to maintain order! I love it all – your jars, your clocks, your chalkboards, your flags, your red, white and blue!! Gorgeous!
Yes, you must maintain continuity! Too funny! Glad you enjoyed all of the Summer Home Tour. It will be time for autumn before we know it, won’t it??
Thank you for reading Susan.

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