Christmas Cottages

Well, now that Halloween is over…

…I thought I’d blog about a couple of Christmas-y magazines we’re excited about this year! The first one is Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine…

We actually snagged a couple of copies of it at Books-A-Million way back in September (man they start the season early, don’t they?!), but we did see that they still had some there (and at Lowes!) just the other day. The folks at Better Homes came out and photographed our house for a feature in it last February, and we’re pleased as punch with the article. Here’s a sneak peek at our dining room which appears on pages 120 and 121…

Of course some of the rooms in the article look completely different now than they did when BH&G came out to photograph the place…but it’s fun to have photos of the “old rooms” saved all in one printed-out place, too!

(PS- Our friends Jennifer and Kate were also featured in the Christmas Ideas mag, and you can find their homes on pages 34-40 and 92-99!)

And the other magazine we’re excited about (that’s due to hit newsstands any day now) is the December issue of Cottages & Bungalows…

Kev and I styled and shot the photos for an article called “Christmas Bounty” that appears on pages 48-55. The home is located in Perry, Georgia, and here are a few sneak peeks of some pics we took that did (and didn’t!) make it into the mag…

Kelly (the homeowner) had a brown Kraft paper runner on her dining room table, so I had fun doodling on it before we snapped this shot…

She tied a black marker to everyone’s napkin so they could get creative, too…

What a fun, inexpensive and interactive way to spruce up your holiday table! Love that!

Kelly’s thinking about starting a blog in the near future, so I’ll keep you posted on when she has it up and running!

(There. Now it’s in writing, which means you have to do it, Kelly!)


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  1. Stacey says

    wow, everything looks fantastic! i stumbled on this from pinterest while looking for a diy snowball tutorial. did you make yours or buy it? i want several for holiday decor, can you tell me where you bought it or how to make? :)

    • kelly in georgia says

      Stacey, I made it using a styrofoam ball, Elmer’s glue, and a bag of artificial snow. It is a messy process but works. First, I pushed in some “thumbprints” randomly all over the ball since real snowballs are not perfect spheres. (It looks more handmade that way.)Then I squirted the glue on the ball, spread it all over it, and finally rolled it in the artificial snow. Let it dry, and you have a “fake snowball”. Hope this helps!

  2. Tammy says

    I love the bedroom. I have been trying to acheive this exact look and I have been looking for this exact bed. Do you know where it came from or where to find an affordable one like it? I have been headboard/foortboard-less for well over 10 years. Thanks!

  3. ValrieM says

    Love your house, Kelly! May I ask what your kitchen color is?
    I have a white kitchen, as well. Thanks!

    • kelly in georgia says

      Thank you Valrie. So glad you like it. My kitchen is a Benjamin Moore paint – Brandon Beige. I started with an all white kitchen, changed it many times, even had the cabinets painted that beige at one time, but really love the white the best for the cabinets now…but who knows for the future?! :)

  4. Christine from Canada says

    I just picked up the Cottages and Bungalows issue and simply LOVE Kelly’s house. I would love to know when her blog is up and running so that I can become a follower. Layla-your blog is always inspirational!! Keep up the fabulous posts!!

  5. Bev says

    Totally gone to do the brown paper runner…….. having informal brunch with kids this year. Love it !

  6. Jodi says

    I have this house saved in my favorites. It is so beautiful. I can’t believe no one has asked about the exterior color of Kelly’s house! Could someone tell me please. Congrats on the BH&G!

    • kelly in georgia says

      Jodi, thank you for the sweet compliment. It is Pelham Gray from Martin Senour (my spelling is probably awful on that!). Layla and Kevin liked the color so much when they were here they decided to use if for the outside of their house in Alabama. It is called a gray color, but it is not really gray…must have been a color blind person that named it!

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