Friday, July 26, 2013

Show Off & Inspire-Talk Of The House Home Tour

I have to thank everyone that stopped by for my Home Tour yesterday.  I love company and it was such a thrill to have you.  The tour is still open, so if you havn't stopped by, I hope you will.

Now for a very special treat I get to Show Off and Brag about Kelly from Talk of the House.  I adore her and her blog.  My daughter's name is Kelly and they are so much alike it is almost scary.  Same precious personality and same stunning style.  I could just take her home and claim her as mine and you would never know that she wasn't.  I know you will love her tour and her cute personality and charm to go with it.

Hey all you wonderful readers!  I'm Kelly from Talk of the House, and I am so honored that Marty thinks enough of me and our family's home to feature it here today.  I have only been blogging for a little over a year now, and I am sooooo low on the tech scale it is scary!  But I do love houses and have for a very long time.  That is how I came into this wonderful world of blogging.   I don't have the talent for crafting like Marty and so many of you, but I do like to accessorize a room.  So let me show you around our home.  (Marty told me if I didn't talk a lot I could use more photos, and I really like photos, so I will try to be quiet.)  Shhhh...

Oh, but you need to know this.  We started the blueprints for our home here in Georgia from a Southern Living plan called Lakeside Cottage, but we revamped the inside considerably to meet the needs of our busy family (2 sons and a daughter.) My husband is an engineer, so he was able to draw up new plans from our wish list and the old Southern Living plan.  Come on in the front door.

Now step into the foyer.  (It is very small.)  You'll see where my husband used the backside of bead board to cover the walls in there. (Why are those boards and pictures looking curved here?  My camera must be doing that.  I promise you they are straight.)  Alright I will be quiet now.

Then walk on into our family room where we do most of our hanging out.  (Did you know it is very hard to be quiet when you are giving a home tour?!)

On the other side of the family room is a room we call the game room. All the kids' video games are in there. (Good name for the room, right?)  Man, I need to tell you about the organization system in there, but that would require talking.  I'm not supposed to be talking a lot.

I love to do lettering (wedding invitations, chalkboards,etc.) so this chalkboard has new things written on it


Now let's go in the dining room.  Well, it's not really a room by itself...just part of the kitchen.  At one time, it was a room by itself, but then one 4th of July my husband finally knocked down the wall between it and the kitchen like I had been asking him to do for years, and became part of the kitchen!

See?  There's the kitchen.  The cabinets started out white, but then I painted them taupe.  But then I got tired of the darkness, so I painted them white again after a couple of years.  I like to paint.  (Can you tell?)  My husband built all the counter tops and the island cabinet.

Now if you will walk out the kitchen door, you will be on the porch. Sorry these are leftover photos from the 4th of July.  I thought you might like seeing how the porch looked all dressed up for a holiday.  Okay...I will be quiet now (but I did make it through four photos without talking!)

I made it through four whole photographs again without saying a word! (And there was a lot to tell about everything on the porch, but I was being quiet.)  Let's look at the bedrooms now.  This one belongs to our sons, but it is currently in a BIG mess while I figure out what I want to do in there. (It is taking me a long time to figure it out.) It did look like this a couple of months ago.

That desk is the one and only thing I have ever purchased at the one and only yard sale I have been to. It is very old and was a bargain.  I used up all my beginner's luck on it so I haven't been to another yard sale since then. (You needed to know all that, right?)

I just redid our daughter's room this spring.  It all started because I had to move that checked chair out of the boys' room.  It wandered down the hall and found it's way into there.

See..there it is.  Oh and that desk was an armoire in the playroom in another life, but we just added a board for a desk top. It can be removed if we need to close those doors to hide all her stuff.

Anyone need to stop for a restroom break? This is in the kids' bath.  I forgot to show you the little half bath over in the other part of the house.


 perhaps you would like the master bathroom better.  This cabinet in there is one of my favorite antiques in

the house.  

And I looove soaking in that clawfoot tub.

Now here we are at our last stop on the tour...the master bedroom.  I went a little crazy with all the plaids in there.

Goodness it was hard to not talk a lot through this! (My blog isn't called Talk of the House for nothing! :))  Thank you all for visiting my home over here at Marty's wonderful place, and thank you wonderful Marty for inviting me to do this.  It was a lot of fun!  I hope you will come to visit me at my place soon.  We talk about  houses, travel, foods, entertaining, and a lot of other things, too.  (And newbie girl here loves to get new readers!)
Hope to see you soon...
p.s.  (Marty, did I do okay?)
p.p.s.  I forgot to tell you all that I am a school teacher in real life.  You needed to know that, right? :)

You did a fabulous job Kelly, I loved every minute of it.

So what did I tell you, isn't she just the most adorable person in the world, and I think her home is gorgeous.  Now if you don't already, then I know you absolutely have to rush on over and follow her.  She is just so much fun, and you will always have a great time.  Talk of the House.

If you would like to be featured on Show Off and Inspire, just send me an email.

Don't forget, today is the finale of the Summer Showcase of Homes.  26 of your favorite bloggers have opened their doors to welcome you this week.  If you missed any of them, you really need to go back and check them out.

 Atta Girl Says - The Happier Homemaker - Rain on a Tin Roof - Better With AgeTop This Top That
Mom 4 Real - Cedar Hill Ranch- Practically Functional - While Wearing Heels - French Country Cottage
The Lily Pad Cottage - Marty's Musings - Confessions of a Plate Addict - Town and Country Living - 
Adventures in Decorating
Good Life of Design - A Stroll Thru Life - Worthing Court - Back Porch Musings - The Rustic Pig
Our Southern Home - StoneGable - The Everyday Home - Recreate and Decorate - Sophia's -
Vignette Design

  I am linking to the following parties:

Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Jennifer at Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday
Karen at Redoux Interiors Friday Party
Aimee at It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat.

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  1. Kelly is one of my most favorite bloggers! Thanks for showing off her and her home! I enjoyed the tour even though I feel a little deja vu-ish. ;)

  2. She truly is wonderful! Thank you for the introduction. I am following her now! :)

  3. Great choice today -- I love Kelly's blog and house! Enjoyed your tour yesterday - your house is always beautiful, and it was fun seeing it all in one post. Sally

  4. I like her decor themes/style that you could pick up on from room to room. Very pretty indeed.

  5. I love Kelly's home and was thrilled to find it a few months ago. She and I have so much in common in our decorating. So good to see someone else in this world with white kitchen appliances!

  6. I am so glad you featured her, Marty!!! She IS adorable and her home is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! I will run over to follow her now! I love all the chalkboards and the messages on them. I wish I had thought of that when my children were young. LOVE all the plaids too. XO, Pinky

  7. Every aspect of your home is gorgeous Kelly! Well-thought of, comfortable and pretty!!! Thanks for sharing your home!

  8. Kelly has a lovely home! So many words come to mind looking at her pictures ~ cozy, welcoming, happy, inviting, homey, family, comfortable. She's done a great job decorating and I love her vignettes and that great bookcase full of books!

  9. Marty - Thank you thank you thank you for featuring me here! You are so very gracious to do so, and your readers are so very kind in their comments. I am glad everyone likes the rooms. Please come visit anytime you like. :)

  10. This was a wonderful feature Marty, thanks so much for introducing me to such a talented, sweet blogger.

  11. Kelly your house is beautiful and so unique. I love that you did wood countertops, although I love granite I love to see someone not do what is expected. We had a wood countertop in our house growing up, and it had a beautiful aged patina to it and I always loved it. I also love that you have books everywhere, and your large bookcases. You home looks very welcoming and I know you all must really enjoy it. Thank you for the tour.
    Thanks, Patty

  12. marty, yes- she is adorable and her house is wonderful. It's so saavy and cute, yet comfy and "all her own." It is such an inviting place to dwell - and I love the exterior, it is AWESOME too!

  13. Such a warm and inviting home. Love the black accents. Can't wait to visit her blog.

  14. Very warm and loving home, she loves her checks and plaids! The daughter's room is so cute in red and white and I love all the chalkboard messages, fun!

  15. I absolutely ADORE Kelly and she did a wonderful job on her home. It is a great family-loved place with lots of special little touches. xo Diana

  16. Marty thank you for introducing Kelly and her ADORABLE home to me. Anyone that decorates with black and white checks is great with me. I loved her home, beautifully decorated with a fun and charming style, perfect cottage style, every single inch!

  17. Marty,
    Kelly's Home Tour was delightful, dear friend!!!
    I love all the photos throughout her home of her children!!!
    Thank you for sharing Kelly and her blog with us!!!

  18. I love home tours and this was was just delightful! From beginning to end. Kelly and Marty have a rather similar style. Both just a joy to look at.

  19. I so love Kelly and her blog...Kelly is so very talented and love seeing her gorgeous home and projects and her posts on travel in which I have truly benefitted from....have a wonderful weekend Marty!

  20. What a charming home! I need to go over and visit Kelly's blog. thank you for introducing me to her! And thanks for sharing at TTF.

  21. I'm so glad you shared this. I am going to go to Talk of the House right now and add it to my bloglovin list! Everything is so beautiful.

  22. Such a cute home! Love the light in that kitchen.

  23. Love, this home will feature today at Home Sweet Home!

  24. I love Kelly and her home!
    She is so perfect...if we were neighbors, I don't think I could let her see my home!

  25. I adore your home!!!! I noticed you have tons of black and white photos all around your home, scattered about and all in the same type of frames!!! What a excellent way to display family photos!! Where did you find all those frames??? Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  26. HI, Could you please tell me what type of siding you used for your home? Do you remember the company you purchased it from or the brand name? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! :-)

  27. HI, Could you please tell me what type of siding you used for your home? Do you remember the company you purchased it from or the brand name? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! :-)

  28. Beautiful! Can you tell me the exterior paint color please we are repainting our lake house and we the board and batten siding with white Windows and trim and I think the siding color you have would look perfect!!! Thank you!

  29. Could you tell me the exterior paint color I love it!