~A New Me and Kitty Decor~

You might be wondering what has happened to the Southern Lady...well...
It's still me girls! So, why is there a new name up there???? Well, several years ago, my hubby bought me this pillow...he knows I have always loved birds! This pillow has become one of my favorite! Home is my hearts nesting place! There is no place like my nesting place and it is where my heart dwells! I'm sure you all feel the same way about your nests! Now, you know where the new name came from. If you have been on my profile page..then you have seen another blog with this name and url....however that is just a testing blog...I have thought about changing over to it...so that I would have the same url and name...but I was so afraid of loosing all of you, that I just decided to stay here. There is no need for all of you to change the way you have me listed.. the url is still the same. If I ever do change over to the other url...I will let you all know...but that will involve some major time and work, so for now I will be nesting right here.
What do y'all think about my new look? Was I thinking Spring or what when I picked out this kit? A few weeks ago, I entered Beth's Blog Makeover Giveaway, and to my surprise I was one of the winners. I was so excited and couldn't wait to get started on it! Tara is so talented and I love how she pulled this together!!! Tara told me I was her most challenging makeover...I can't imagine why... ;) Tara was so patient with me and understanding of all my questions. I have to also say, that she nailed this make over! When she was finished...she emailed me and told me to let her know if I wanted to make any changes...there was only one change I wanted her to do...I thought this makeover couldn't have gone more perfect! Thank you Beth at Heading Toward My Destiny for such a wonderful giveaway and thank you Tara for the Gorgeous Makeover!!!!! If any of you are thinking about doing a makeover, go by and visit with Tara...she has tons of kits and will work with you to come up with what you want.
I want to add that we are not finished with the links/navigation in the header...those will be filling up in days to come.

~Kitty Decorates with RED~

Kitty Bartholomew, one of Americas best television decorators! She has done some amazing things, and when I say she has done....that's what I mean...she has done them! I remember watching her get into the projects...what ever they were, she got in there and tackled the challenge! I know she is missed on television by many including me! This is not my first post on Kitty, and probably won't be my last! I am always doing research on her...trying to find out what she is up to. I came across a website that I have never seen before KathyPrice.com~ first, I was so excited to find this interview that Kathy had done with Kitty, then I started looking around on Kathy's website and I feel in love with it. Kathy Price-Robinson is an award-winning California-based journalist who specializes in writing stories about homes, design and real remodels. She has toured and written articles about more than 500 remodeled homes in the past 16 years. She also co-authored Kitty's Decorating book with her.

Kitty's cape code cottage in Santa Monica. It was originally all white inside when Kitty bought this Jewel in the rough.

Just look at those floors! Also, check out the fireplace wall~ see all the white around the fireplace.....well, Kitty took care of that! She removed and removed all the white....and what was underneath....Beautiful Wood!!

Look at that fireplace wall now! All Kitty did after she stripped the paint off was use her favorite product ~ Briwax Don't you love how Kitty uses RED!? Kitty loves RED ...so I thought these would be some great pictures to show for RED!



This is Kitty's "Winter time look" but check out the picture below.....

This is the Summer look~ don't you love that blue and yellow toile! She just changes the slip covers...everything else stays the same. Here is a close up of the fireplace. This is a Faux Marble technique she painted to look like marble.

The master bedroom....great shape...just need the Kitty touch! She turned that odd ceiling shape into something gorgeous and perfect for Kitty! She added a dutch door and window to the back wall. She added a fireplace set in between the two windows. That's Kitty and Spot on the bed.

Close up of the ceiling.

Hallways are always a challenge to decorate! I still have one that doesn't have one thing in it.
She added some wall paper, rug and furniture that could function in this hallway. I know this was probably done when wallpaper was big...but doesn't it still look good! Question here~ Is wall paper coming back? I don't think I would ever use it again...except maybe in a small bathroom....what do you all think? I have heard some discussions about this wallpaper thing...In some places it is making a comeback....time will tell!


More white!! Of course she put her touch in this kitchen too!


She tore out the built in stove and cabinets on this side and replace them with a vintage stove and antique hutch....I remember when she featured this kitchen re-design on her show! I remember her taking us around shopping for vintage stoves.

The other side of the kitchen~she removed the cabinet doors~ The colorful dishes help to brighten the kitchen. ~ I love to decorate with color...that's just me! I could never go all white or all neutral. I have seen it around, and I love to look at it, but would never want it.


Oh so cozy!

It's hard to see in this picture, but those are black hard wood floors that came out of another Santa Monica home that was being torn down.




I call this The Perfect Pantry! I would loooove to have my pantry looking like this! Check out those red check walls!


More kitchen storage!

The Dining Room~ Charming, but white Until.......

Kitty got a hold of it! What a difference the shelves, color and fabric made.

What to do with a 1930's bathroom? Kitty knows!

With little budget, Kitty did a fix up to be proud of! Look at what she did, added wallpaper, accessories and furniture! I do wonder if Kitty still lives in this house...and what is going on with her these days.


One of the things I love about Kitty's decorating is that she always says to use what you have! Not only does she say it, but she does it! I love the way she uses color and isn't afraid of using it! She doesn't care what the new coming style is...she has her own style! That's the way I hope to be! Who can even afford to change their decor every time styles change anyway...and I have to tell ya, some of the styles and color combinations that come in...they go out as quickly as they come in! Stay with what you love! Stay with what works for you! You don't have to change colors and styles, just add to what you already have.


I want to add that I did send Kathy a email asking for her permission to use these pictures...as of yet, I have not heard from her...so please know that these pictures did come from her website. KathyPrice.com


~Coming on Monday, I will be showing you some of my REDS in my home~

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We are taking Hoss and Lucy to get baths and nail clippings! They are doing great and growing! I will be around to visit with all you tonight and tomorrow. Thank you all for all the visits! Blessings to you all, Nancy

48 comments

Tara said...

You were only challenging because your sense of style and colors are hard to "live up to". I wasn't sure I could match it and give you something you deserved. However, I am glad you are happy with it and I love how it turned out!!! I couldn't be happier with it, and I am glad I passed the test.

A Hint of Home said...

She has a very pretty house and many interesting ideas. I like how she changed the room with slipcovers and gave it a totally different look. I know you are enjoying your blog and it shows.

Have a happy weekend.

Darlene said...

I LOVE your new look it is so soothing and serene. All the pictures of the beautiful home are so inspirational. With some work you can have whatever you want in a home.♥ Have a great weekend Nancy!

Darlene said...

I LOVE your new look it is so soothing and serene. All the pictures of the beautiful home are so inspirational. With some work you can have whatever you want in a home.♥ Have a great weekend Nancy!

Happy To Be said...

GM Nancy...girl I am loving this new face lift you got..looks like you..now about Miss Kitty House WOW!! does she not work wonders with anything she does??I really loved that kitchen the best so warm and cozy...just said pull up a chair and have a coffee..I am with Kitty Shop your house first..use what you got..Oh Nancy I would love to see Kitty house in person..I wonder if she still lives in Ca...thanks for sharing all of this tady I really enjoyed and and your new look...have a safe and blessed Saturday..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

coco said...

Love your new look...very spring like and serene. I have always been a big Kitty B. fan...do you remember her days on the "Home" show? I thought her HGTV show was one of the best, the good old days!

Dawnie said...

Nancy your blog looks unbeleiveably beautiful..I absolutely LOVE it. I felt such calm when I came here. Great job--and what a gift!

NOW for Kitty's home--OMG...I was dropping my jaw. What she did with her bedroom is a dream. Even that hallway looks 100% different!

My hallway is needing a new look. Its the same beige paint since we moved in. Now the problem is part of the hallway wall is connected to the living room in a small way. So whatever I do to the hallway--has to be done to match that wall in the living room. I should take a picture so you can see what I mean. I'm so happy for your new look!

Becky said...

Hi Nancy;

I LOVE your new look....it is totally you!

Thank you soooo much for this post! I love color and am never afraid to use it. I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us.

Wendy said...

Oh Nancy! I LOVE your new look!!! I also love your sense of style...you are such an inspiration to me!

Debbie said...

I love your makeover of your blog. When I first got on I thought I was somewhere else though. I also loved your post, very informative and I too love Kitty. I was wondering where she went off to. Have a great day. Debbie

Debbie said...

I love your makeover of your blog. When I first got on I thought I was somewhere else though. I also loved your post, very informative and I too love Kitty. I was wondering where she went off to. Have a great day. Debbie

AverettLadyNana said...

OH I love Kitty and miss her so much on TV. I remember her on Gary Collins show and then her own show on HGTV. I have a book of hers. Need check and see if she has another one out as it's been a while since I bought it. I always loved everything she did. Most shows you see a few things you like and a few things you don't but hers...I loved them all!

Deb said...

I love your new look...gorgeous...I just have one question?? Where did you get the pillow..with the cardinals...they are my favorite???

Stacey said...

Nancy, your new look is beautiful! I like the three columns with blue.

I think you, Penny, and I need a Kitty Bartholomew club. Penny posted about her a couple of weeks ago. I carry her book around and stare at the same pictures you showed frequently! Don't you just miss her on HGTV??

Stacey said...

Nancy, another idea...we could link up and show reds in our home. :)

~♥~ Monica S said...

I like your new look! :-)

ANd your friend did a greta job on the make-over at her cottage! :-)

HAve a nice weekend!

Monica

Lynda said...

Nancy, your new 'decor' here looks wonderful! I love the color combination.

I'm a big fan of Kitty Bartholomew, too, and HGTV is not the same since they took so many of these great decorators out of their program line up. Thanks for the link to Kathy Price's website. I'm going to check it out right away!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This was such a great post. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Kitty's house, and your new blog look is SO pretty. laurie

Shelia said...

Oh, Nancy! I thought I was in the wrong place. Look at your new blog dress - it's lovely! Now I do love that Kitty and thank you for showing her talents. I wish she were still on HGTV! We need shows like hers!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Melissa Wertz said...

Nancy love the new look of the blog! And I love Kitty. Thanks for posting!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like your new look!!
I like Kitty B. I wish they would show the reruns - she had a great show. I rarely watch HGTV anymore - all the shows I liked are long gone. As for wallpaper - I have a bathroom and part of the kitchen area that are wallpapered, and can't wait til it is off or covered up.
Glenda

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy! Oh soooo gorgeous! I love the color combo and your header pic! Very very prettty!and happy and easy reading!!!! I too ADORE Kitty and have her book which I look at over and over! I went to her website once too but not much there. I so wish she still had a tv show somewhere!!!lol Looking forward to seeing RED on your posts!!lol Working has been better than I thought and it actually feels good to be out again!(plus that extra decorating money is wonderful!!!lol) Have a great week! Sincerely, Jeannette

Anonymous said...

Hi nancy,

I love the new look of your blog :) I remember the post you did about Kitty so I looked her up on Google...I really loved her show, she and Lynette Jennings were my faves..I got an email from her thanking me for my interest...I deleted it by mistake :(

I too remember her doing her kitchen over, remember the bracelet she always wore ???

Thanks I will check out Kathy's site.

I tried to send you a pic of the rooster tassle but it didn't go through, I will try again...she is very happy in her new home lol

All the best,
Kathy :)

Aunt Spicy said...

Gosh that brought back happy memories of Santa Monica cottages! Thanks for sharing all those pics...and love the new look of your blog, very fun!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your new look is lovely! I just did a post on Kitty about a week ago. I found a table lamp similar to hers and posted about it. Great minds think alike!
Hugs,
Penny

p.s. come over - I am having a mosaic giveaway!!

mishebe said...

I love Kitty too. Miss her on Hgtv. Please come back Kitty WE need you!!! mishelle ps. Loved the pictures you shared. thanks..

Deb said...

I like your new site, it looks great. Loved seeing the decorating of Kitty, I've always enjoyed her.

Beth in NC said...

Wow, I didn't recognize you. lol I do love it though and I'm so glad you're pleased. The colors are peaceful and easy on the eyes.

I'm glad you like it Nancy!

Many blessings to you! (I got your button -- woo hoo!)

kimmcl said...

OMG Nancy! I just LOVE your new site. It's awesome! I will have to go through it a few times just to make sure I don't miss anything and take it all in.
Btw, I got my tassel today, and just like I knew I would I fell in love with it right away. My hubby even commented on it - and he NEVER does that! I gave you props on my blog so don't forget to go check out the pix of it in its new home!
Thanks again Nancy!
Kim

Riet said...

That is a beautiful new site nancy.. I will need to come again and have a longer look. There are so many ideas

kimmcl said...

I just had to add one more thing - I just viewed the photos of your home and I am blown away Nancy. You Southern ladies have such a knack. Did you ever take a course in design or is it just in your blood? I don't think I could ever decorate that nice.

paintergal said...

I love Kitty Bartholomew. Just haven't heard of her in years! A magazine article of her girls' playhouse is one I saved years ago. She did the blue and yellow in there too.

Janera said...

love the new look, and love you, too!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I like the new look! And the new name. It's so true...home is the heart's nesting place. And the photos you posted....total eye candy!!! I just loved looking at them. I hope you have a great weekend, Nancy! -Mandi

Tracey said...

Love your new blog look Nancy!
I absolutley adore Kitty Bartholomew!!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Nancy, Your blog look amazing! It was great before, but this is really nice! I enjoyed your post of Kitty B. I always loved and watched her show faithfully! She has such a keen eye for coordinating color!

Thanks so much for your encouraging comments on my blog last week. Your support and encouragement mean a lot!

Have a great weekend! ~hugs, Rhonda

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

opps...meant blog LOOKS....

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love your new blog look! It's so pretty!

Thanks for sharing Kitty's pictures of her home. I really do love it! I like that she is not afraid to have a lot of "stuff" around. Phooey to those who say that people need to edit their rooms! I love lots of collections and things around. They make me happy!

Kady

Lady Katherine said...

I loved seeing Kitty's home, for it is so much like my style in my craftman bungalow. Thanks for sharing this. It was great.

Bo said...

Hello Nancy...look how pretty your new blog makeover is! I always liked Kitty B's show too...I wish she was back on the air...or if she is, I wish I knew where to find her. Her home transformations look wonderful & do-able. Thanks for this lovely post! ;-) Bo

Shelia said...

Hi Nancy! I adore your new look - it's so beautiful! Thank you for the suggestion about the awards. I think I'll do that too! You're the smartest one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Theresa said...

Love your blog! I do miss Kitty on TV, she always had informative,
practical decorating information for her viewers. I wish HGTV had more programs like this, they seem to be getting away from practical programs and more into entertainment. I learn more from blogs like yours than HGTV. Keep the great blogs coming for all your followers. Thanks for sharing with us.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Nancy, your site looks like Kitty has been there. It is gorgeous as is everything you do. Thanks for the Kitty reminder. I love her and her hallway is beautiful. I am thinking of redoing a hallway and will take some notes on Kitty's. Love your blog redo.

Cynthia

nikkicrumpet said...

Your new look is so BEAUTIFUL! Very happy and springy and so YOU. I love the signature too. She really did an awesome job! I also love Kitty's house. I've seen it before in magazines and love everything about it. I could move right in and not change a thing!

Jessica said...

Your new "dress" is PERFECT! Just lovely. :) Kitty's house is amazing~ such great ideas!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Hugs~ J

Susie said...

Oh my that is some kind of transformation. She is definitely a very talented person.

I love the new look of your blog. It is simply adorable.

Carrie said...

I really enjoyed this post since I used to watch Kitty's show on HGTV all the time!

LisaShaw said...

Your blog makeover is beautiful! Love all the photos you posted as well.

I grabbed your button for my blog to bless others.

Your a sweet sister.