Dinner with Meryll Rose and her Fabulous Library!

Last night I had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The event was a gathering of southern bloggers put together by Forest Home Media and hosted by Nashville’s Talk of the Town host, Meryll Rose.

meryll rose dinner table


Not only is Meryll an amazing host and cook, but she is a wonderful decorator who has created a beautiful home.

the decorologist and meryll rose

Meryll Rose and Kristie Barnett

Bloggers and local media gathered in her beautiful home, where Meryll and her husband prepared an amazing meal for us.

meryll rose blogger dinner

#NashvilleBloggerWkend – photo by Forest Home Media

Much of the meal was straight out of Meryll’s garden.

southern hospitality rhoda

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality choosing fresh veggies from Meryll’s garden

My favorite room is this dramatic library in the center of her home.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green HC-133, and it is DIVINE.

nashville southern bloggers

 southern bloggers Lesley of Chaotically Creative, Heather of At the Picket Fence, Beth of Unskinny Boppy

meryll rose library interiorBenjamin Moore Yorktowne Green HC-133


Southern Living’s garden diva, Carmen Johnston, gave each of us a beautiful container garden to take home at the end of the evening.

the decorologist and Carmen Johnston

 Kristie Barnett and Carmen Johnston

Forest Home Media put together a weekend full of events for the group, like shopping and lying on the furniture at the HGTV Smart Home in Nashville.  That’s a big deal – no one was allowed to sit on the furniture until now.  I had to work yesterday, so I didn’t get to do that!

on the furniture at hgtv smart home

Nancy McNulty, Carmen Johnston, and Dana Tucker on the furniture at HGTV Smart Home

So much fun!  Many of the girls are hitting the Nashville Flea Market and historic Leiper’s Fork today for shopping and site-seeing. I hear there may be some honky-tonking tonight as well.  Can you believe I’ve lived in Nashville my entire life, and I’ve never been honky-tonking???


  1. Laura @ The Turquoise Home

    Aww, so fun! I’ve been following along with my friend Beth, pictured above. 🙂 Looks like so much fun!!

  2. Amber

    That looks like a blast! What a beautiful home she has! My boyfriend is selling at the Nashville Flea Market today–I told him to be on the lookout for you 😉

    • Meryll Rose

      Thank you, Amber! 🙂

  3. Kristie Barnett

    What does your boyfriend sell at the flea?

  4. MaryCC

    So great that you all were able to get out and have a night of fun and a meeting of the minds !! Thanks for sharing again, a glimpse into your life. Meryll’s house is my kind of traditional style that I love. Nice photos again Kristie !

    • Kristie Barnett

      thanks, Mary – sorry about those blurry iphone photos!!

  5. Jamie

    You ladies are just too cute! What’s that salad in the picture with the veggies – looks like cucumbers and tomatoes in some kind of dressing? Looks delicious!

    • Meryll Rose

      Jamie, that salad is cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and red onion in my Mom’s secret dressing – 1/2 c Miracle Whip, 1 t dried dill weed and salt & pepper to taste! Easy and so good!

      • Kristie Barnett

        Thanks for sharing that recipe, Meryll! I LOVED that salad!

  6. lesley

    Kristie, I had such a great time seeing you again you truly are such a sweetheart. Meryll’s house was gorgeous and her food was to die for. I’ve lived in Nashville for 3 years and haven’t been to a Honkey Tonk either. Fun Fun Fun time this weekend!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Great to see you again, too, Lesley – I hate that I missed out on the rest of the fun!!! Did you sit in Larry Gatlin’s lap,too?

  7. kelly

    Looks like so much fun! Good to get together with peers for ideas and support. And I love that library too! Gorgeous.


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