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. says

    Congratulations on being featured and having your photagraphy featured. Normally, I don’t get in the Holiday mood so early but this year I am really excited about. I think it might be coold to DIY some new ornaments for our tree. I can’t wait to see how you decorate your house this year.

  2. says

    Layla, I saw the pictures when I picked up the copy of Better Homes Christmas about a month ago and was so excited about it. Your home looked beautiful in the pictures! Congrats!

  3. Sandra says

    Layla and Kevin,
    You guys did a great job as usual with the BHG spread. I went out a few weeks ago and bought it. I am still thumbing through it to get ideas for how I would like to decorate this Christmas. I have been doing red and gold for the last 10-12 years and would like to switch it up a bit. I really like how you incorporated the natural materials in your design. (rope, burlap ribbon, etc.) I think I might throw that in my decor this year.
    Can I ask where you got all the numbers and letters for your dining room wall? I am located in Prattville, so if there is a store close by, please let me know. :) I have been looking for a while at the local thrift markets with no success.
    I would love for you two to sign my magazine as well if possible. I live in the same town and we have yet to cross paths.
    I can’t wait to see your next project in C&B. Let us know when it is available.

  4. says

    So exciting about your feature! The dining room looks great. I’ll have to hunt for it!

    And the photos you took – Kelly’s home is gorgeous! I spy some great inspiration!

    Have a wonderful weekend! So glad Kit-Cat is ‘home’!

  5. Shannon says

    Coming in late on this b/c I’m just now catching up on blogs for the week but I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of the BH&G Christmas issue just the other day at Barnes and Noble. Is by chance the offer to autograph a copy still open? I’d be glad to send it on to you both if so…Thanks so much and I can’t express enough how much I love your blog and yours and Kevin’s style. :)

  6. says

    Kelly should definitely start a blog. Love the pics of your home and you did a stellar job on the photo shoot. Now I’m really getting pumped up about the holidays!

  7. says

    Congrats on the magazine articles..I saw the BH and G one a few weeks ago and was so excited to see you guys in it!! I’ll have to look for the Cottages and Bungalows one when I grocery shop. You guys rock! I have a friend who has a darling house but a bit traditional so not a cottage and bungalow can I get her house in a magazine…because it should be in the is that darn beauriful…thanks..

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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?! :)

  11. Arleen says

    Love your site, love that you do what you do, and love that you love each other!

  12. 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!!

  13. Bev says

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

  14. 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!