A Little Southern Hospitality

I shared design trends and paint colors from HGTV’s Smart Home 2014 that I toured a few weeks ago, and today I am sharing the dinner party I hosted for the southern bloggers who came to Nashville for the exclusive blogger tour.

hgtv smart home blogger dinner table setting

To say, “I hosted the dinner” makes me sound a bit more generous than I deserve!  In reality, Forest Home Media, who represent Carbine & Associates (builders of the HGTV Smart Home 2014 in Nashville) had the dinner catered.  Let me tell you – having a dinner catered in your own home is all kinds of awesome!

catered dinner

catering by Simply Epicurean’s Cydney Osborn


It was great to get to know all these amazing bloggers.  Most of these ladies make a nice full-time living from blogging and have a mind-blowing number of readers and followers.  Only a couple of us blog secondary to our primary business.  **News Alert** I do NOT make a living from blogging, but it does help grow and expand my business!

blogger dinner

Beth of Unskinny Boppy, Dana Tucker of Forest Home Media, Heather of At the Picket Fence, Karianne of Thistlewood Farm, me, Kate of Southern Belle Simple, Rhoda of Southern Hospitality, Brandy Adams of Make + Model (photo by Nancy McNulty of Forest Home Media)



What an unbelievable think-tank I had gathered in my home!  And we had a lot of fun, too. 

southern bloggers



One of these women entrepreneurs is Rhoda of Southern Hospitality, one of the front-runners in the world of home bloggers.  Such a lovely and gracious lady, Rhoda took a bazillion photos of my home and featured it last Friday on her wildly-popular blog.  Please hop over and see the pics on her blog!

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality and Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

with Rhoda from Southern Hospitality


I also got to spend more time with the owner of one of my latest obsessions.  Brandy Adams of Make + Model curates vintage decor for her business and hosts Pop-Up Sales in Nashville several times a year.  Her next one is this Sunday, May 4th, so check it out if you live in the area or visit her online store here.

dana tucker and brandy adams

Dana Tucker and Brandy Adams



I’m looking forward to our Front Door Friday – Spring Edition this week!  


Front Door Friday – Spring Edition


Looks like I’ll have a full day (or more likely, two) of front doors to transform for readers all across the country.  We can probably fit in one or two more, so if you need a facelift for your front door this spring secure your spot before we’re booked solid by contacting my assistant at [email protected] today!


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Dana Tucker
6 years ago

You were so gracious to open your home to us. What a night!!! I had a blast!!! Thanks so much Kristie. xoxoxo

6 years ago

I’ve been following Rhoda’s blog for a long time so it is fun to see y’all together. Yours, hers, and Dixie Delights are hands-down my 3 favorite blogs! Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us:)

Brandy Adams
6 years ago

Thank you so much for hosting such a lovely evening. Your home is amazing and I enjoyed getting to know you better. Thanks for the mention of MAKE + MODEL and the next sale. I hope to see you there! – xo Brandy

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pamela adams
6 years ago
Reply to  Brandy Adams

Dear Brandy,
I just saw the 2014 “Best of Flea Market Style’ article on you. Love your style. Can you tell me where you got the cowhide rugs with the black dots shown under your dining table?
I’ve been using cowhide rugs in several rooms but I’ve never seen any like those.
Thanks for your help.

6 years ago

Safety reminder: never leave the handle of a pot or pan hanging over the edge of a stove. It is a good habit to get into as children can easily hurt themselves by pulling hot pots down.

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