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A BEAUTIFUL BOOK! My Soulful Home A Year In Flowers

Kelly’s beautiful book came in the mail yesterday. And I could not wait to open it and pour over every word and image. You see, Kelly has been sharing some images from her book as she took them and I have been smitten. For those of you who didn’t know, my dear, dear friend Kelly from My Soulful Home has written the most beautiful book called My Soulful Home A Year In Flowers. Filled with floral tips and stories and just the most beautiful flower arrangements for each month of the year! And today she’s sponsoring a flower inspired giveaway for StoneGable readers!

I’m giving you a sneak peek into this delightful book. And you can even see Emmet of Decorating Tips And Tricks fame at the bottom of the post!

 

 

BUT FRIST… let’s get to know Kelly a little better

In addition to writing this book, Kelly authors the blog My Soulful Home is co-creator of the app bHome and is producer/co-host of the popular podcast Decorating Tips & Tricks.  She is currently renovating an 1886 Victorian farmhouse.  She shares this historic work in progress with her husband, two girls & dog Emmett. 

 

My Soulful Home: A Year In Flowers is full of inspiration that will bring joy to your life.  Each chapter overflows with information, advice, tips & tutorials.  Practical advice is woven together with vivid stories in a tone that embraces the novice to experienced floral designer.
 
 
This is May’s floral arrangement. Isn’t it stunning! And Kelly will walk you through the process from choosing the right container to adding the last flower! 
 
 
Kelly’s 12 tutorials, coinciding with the month’s of the year, can be re-created petal by petal or use them as a spring board to your own designs.  You will have more than enough knowledge about flowers, floral care & design after reading the book to create just about anything with flowers.
 
June’s arrangement. So sweet! And just think you CAN do this! Kelly will show you how!
 
 
December’s red and white floral arrangement. Don’t you love it in the tarnished silver! Sigh!
 
 
Each page empowers you, not only with knowledge on the how & why of floral design but also shares simple ways to elevate your everyday. And I know you, like me, love to elevate the everyday in our lives!
 
 
 
As Kelly says… “Don’t spend your life waiting for someone to send you flowers.  Make your own arrangements”.   With her book, you can do just that!
 
 
Now for the… GIVEAWAY!
 
 
 
 
To celebrate the launch of her book, Kelly is giving away a beautiful blue & white vintage tureen, a pair of her favorite floral shears and a supply of flower food. The tureen is very old and bears the chippy goodness we love. To enter all you need to do is pop over to Kelly’s blog HERE, have a look at the collage image of arrangements. Then come back here and tell me which one you liked best. The photo collage image start with January & ends with December. Leave a comment with your favorite here & you are entered. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. The give away runs 7/19 – 7/26. The winner will be notified by email on 7/28.
 
You can get a copy of My Soulful Home A Year In Flowers HERE or at your local bookstore. I’m getting a copy for each of my girls as a Christmas gift. They will love it!
 
Kelly, I am so proud of you!!!!!  You are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside! Kind, thoughtful, hard working and wickedly funny… and I’m so happy to call you my friend! 
 
You are truly a flower lover and gifted at coaxing the very best out of each bloom you arrange. Thank you so much for letting me share this gem-of-a-book with my readers and the kind giveaway!
 
 
You can order Kelly’s beautiful book HERE.
 
A BEAUTIFUL BOOK! My Soulful Home A Year In Flowers
 
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179 Comments

  1. What an accomplishment for Kelly! Her floral designs are so pretty. The one that I like best is the August arrangement in the sap bucket.

  2. All are beautiful and almost impossible to pick a favorite. I love June with August as a close second. Love them all.

  3. Congratulations to Kelly! Thanks for sharing.
    All the arrangements are gorgeous but to pick a favorite it would be May with June right up there with it.
    Blessings

  4. The flower arrangements are all so beautiful so it’s difficult to choose just one. If I have to, however, I’d choose June. I look forward to reading your book.

  5. May I vote for THREE???!!! I love April (daffodil topiary); June (teacup arrangement); December (roses in silver containers). If I can only choose one, I will opt for June’s teacup bouquet. I collect teacups and my birthday is in June! All are lovely, and since I listen to the podcast, I feel as though I know Kelly. I am very proud of her and happy about this wonderful accomplishment!

  6. I love the teacup arrangement. I want to order this book. Want to share it with my garden club. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I have to say July’s arrangement is my favorite. So hard to choose as they all are so beautiful. Congratulations to Kelly on her book launch!

  8. My favorite is the June photo – I love everything tea and collect tea cups so the June arrangement is my favorite – also love purple flowers! My congratulations on the beautiful book and can’t wait to have a copy for me and all my flower loving friends.

  9. They are all so pretty! My favorites are April and December. I love Spring daffodils. I get so excited when I see them start to bloom. It means Spring is here!

  10. I love the May arrangement the best although they are all beautiful. The reason I’m drawn to that is of the peachy pink flowers included. That color was my mamma’s favorite. The dress she was married in was that color. And to top that off, it’s May and Mother’s Day is in that month.

  11. I would love this book! I like august best because I love anything in the blue bowl!
    Phyllis Veal

  12. Just gorgeous all of them but I have to go with April’s daffodils , they are so simple and are always my sign that spring is here.

  13. My favorite us the daffodil topiary! So bright and simple! They all are beautiful! So hard to pick just one!!! Ordered book from Amazon-can’t wait for it to arrive!!!

  14. Oh my goodness all of them are gorgeous. It was so hard to chose just one but August is it for me. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day.

  15. My favorite is July. It looks so cute in the metal bucket. The bright pink flowers are so cheerful. Looks like a great book!

  16. This book will make wonderful Christmas presents, wedding shower and birthday gifts. My favorite arrangement is August, the colors are so warm and inviting and they look smashing with the blue and white bowl.

  17. Love anything orange so the August arrangement caught my attention right away. That stunning arrangement woul Wor August thru November. Beautiful book! Very inspiring! Will be ordering a copy for myself and one for each of my beautiful daughters-in-law.

  18. My favorite one is the September flowers. September is my favorite month of the year . . . these flowers would be a lovely addition!!

  19. So lovely! You are correct, the book would make a wonderful gift! Flowers make a room pop and Kelly’s arrangements are beautiful❤️

  20. I would really love this book. My father’s family owned a floral shop and I played in the greenhouse. I love beautiful floral arrangements, but I do not do them as often as I should. This book would give me so much inspiration! I love the different seasons, I think the Christmas one for December is my favorite, although it’s hard to choose a favorite! I also love love love Fall floral arrangements because the colors are my absolute favorite in the fall…oranges, reds, deep greens, yellows. Thank you for sharing this book, what a beautiful lady Kelly is.

  21. Hands down…the December bouquet!!! I will celebrate my 30th anniversary in December and this arrangement reminds me of the flowers from our wedding!! Love them all but this one makes my heart sing! Congrats on the lovely book! I know what my sister-in-law is getting for her birthday.?

  22. My love of flowers began as a little girl when my grandmother gave me an old spoon, a dented “Wheeling Steel” bucket full of water and a handful of little seeds and led me to her garden where I would spend hours digging, planting and watering those small seeds. It was th greatest day when I saw the teeny sprouts pushing their way to the sun.
    Sixty five years later the excitement of a garden, from start to finish, still remains.
    Arranging the flowers seems to be the culmination of it all and honestly, the most difficult. This book looks like the answer to every frustrated flower arranger.
    Thanks for letting me reminisce and good luck with the book.

  23. Yvonne thank you for sharing this wonderful post. The book and the floral arrangements are just beautiful. My favorite is May because I adore peonies. I agree completely with Kelly that flowers always brighten our days and we should try to enjoy them as often as possible.

  24. Yvonne – I woke up this morning like a child on Christmas. Full of anticipation and excitement ( and unlike a child, nerves! ) 5:11 PST I jumped out of bed and what I found was better than gifts under the tree. All these beautiful comments and your words. Our friendship means so much to me. Thank you for it, your support & encouragement with the book & life in general. Thank you too, for sharing me with your lovely readers!! I am settling in to read each comment. Thank you! xx

  25. Such a beautiful book. My favorite is May. I absolutely love the shades of pink and the softness of the arrangement.

  26. I’d have to say I like the August arrangement the most. I’ve been trying to grow a Cutting Garden & one of my favorites are the snapdragons. (The English Roses my #1 favorite!)

  27. What a treasure of a book! Already in love with it and thinking of the many others in my life who will be getting a copy for Christmas!

  28. I love the December arrangement! Christmas just makes me so happy!!! What a gorgeous book! That is when I’m most happy, when I’m outside taking care of my plants. My grandfather, I feel, had a hand in that. He was a horticulturalist in Valdosta, Georgia and his entire backyard were roses that were taller than me!! he had a greenhouse and even began to teach us how to graft flowers. He passed away when I was only 7, but I still vividly remember some of the lessons he taught me. Flowers are such memory makers! Thanks Kelly and congratulations!!
    Thanks for sharing Yvonne!

  29. Beautiful flowers. I especially love the April arrangement. Such a unique way to show off the yellow daffodils. It is like 2 arrangements in one.

  30. I love the peonies in the May pic. Definitely need to get this book – for myself and friends.

  31. I love anything white so I’m going to choose September! (I hope that’s the correct Month). I always have fresh flowers in my home so truthfully they all are beautiful to me!

  32. December has my heart! The red and white with silver is just stunning! Fresh flowers in my home every day? Yes, please!

  33. September is my favorite arrangement……white is such a peaceful, calming color…….. I love it!

  34. Although I love them all being a fellow flower lover – I am most drawn to the May arrangement for I love those colors the most.

  35. Every month is beautiful and I find that my response flip flops… no sooner than I make a decision! Right now I’m sticking with May, which would make a beautiful table centerpiece for Mother’s Day brunch! You are so right…these will make beautiful gifts!

  36. They are all beautiful! My vote would be for June’s teacup arrangement. I have some of my great grandmother’s tea sets and this would be a lovely use for them.
    Blessings to Kelly with this book. This is the perfect gift for a friend that needs some uplifting.

  37. So excited to get a copy! I have so enjoyed you girls on your podcast! My favorite is December.

  38. I love May’s arrangement. The softness and ease just looks so romantic. I would put this one front and center in my home. The book looks amazing, Congrats! It’s neat to see someone fulfill their dreams and not be afraid to “go for it”.

  39. My favorite is the June arrangement with the beautiful purple and cute tea cup. My birthday month. Friends are treasures and I feel like I have three new wonderful friends to laugh with and enjoy their friendships, as I listen to the podcasts each day. Thank you from my heart.

  40. All of the arrangements are beautiful; however, June is my favorite. I love small arrangements and the cup is small and precious.

  41. What an amazing book!! I love the June flowers for two reasons. I love how the sweet bouquet is arranged in a vintage tea cup and purple is my favorite color.

  42. This does look like a beautiful book and I would love to win the giveaway of the blue container…..I love blue and white vintage dishes!

  43. I love the pink and white of May! It’s my favorite, but I also love the variety shown in each month.

  44. My favorite is the one in the tea cup, I think it is June. I love anything in tea cups as it reminds me of my mother’s collection of beautiful tea cups. She so loved her collection and now I have them to enjoy and pass on to my granddaughter.

  45. I love them all but the December arrangement is my favorite. Love the colors and the tarnished silver. Great book!

  46. My favorite would be September with the lovely white flowers and a touch of blue. They all are very pretty.

  47. My belief is that the world can never have too much beauty but this book would be important in our area because we are blessed with six months of snow, slush, freezing rain, hail, sudden death frosts, etc. Oh, yes, being about an hour and a half from the nearest florist and no greenhouse, YET. Bwahahha, now it is understandable why this book is going to make my fellow Canadians up here in the north very happy, lol. Each tutorial will take us that much closer to summer. Thanks for letting us try for a copy. Many sites are USA only. Enjoy summer once everything is up and running smoothly for you and your clan.

  48. My belief is that the world can never have too much beauty but this book would be important in our area because we are blessed with six months of snow, slush, freezing rain, hail, sudden death frosts, etc. Oh, yes, being about an hour and a half from the nearest florist and no greenhouse, YET. Bwahahha, now it is understandable why this book is going to make my fellow Canadians up here in the north very happy, lol. Each tutorial will take us that much closer to summer. Thanks for letting us try for a copy. Many sites are USA only. Enjoy summer once everything is up and running smoothly for you and your clan. Almost forgot, November is my favourite and I told you friend the reason is because it is a new arrangement depending upon the position in the room we are in.

  49. Wow! Stunning photography and inspiring arrangements! I was looking for a girlfriend gift and THIS IS IT! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!
    I especially like OCTOBER’s arrangement. They’re colors and textures I wouldn’t ever have thought of putting together and I love how it appears to be arranged in a miniature hay bale!
    I always feel my arrangements just “aren’t quite right” so I’m glad to have such a valuable resource!
    Cheers!!

  50. They are all lovely.. but favorite is July… it’s the one that caught my eye first! Book looks really nice… can’t wait to see it in person.

    Thanks for giveaway!

  51. I completely forgot to say that my favourite was November!!! I blame that on all the prettiness going through my mind!!

  52. I really like June’s arrangement (the teacup). Besides the beautiful petite arrangement, it brings wonderful memories back to me. For as long as I can remember, every Mother’s Day my siblings and I would give my mom a teacup with a floral arrangement in it. It started off as finding a cute little teacup with flowers at our local florist… one that we all could afford when we were younger. Then, as years passed, and we could afford more, it became a challenge for us to get the nicest teacup (whether it was an antique cup while thrifting, or a new cup at the china department in a nicer department store (Lenox, etc.)) Then we would have a custom arrangement done. She has a wall in her home with two beautiful china cup racks that display all the cups given to her throughout the years. ? Thanks for the memories!

    Hoping to get the book soon!

  53. The arrangements are all so pretty, but I am partial to the pink and white peonies.
    I love flowers, this book looks beautiful.

  54. Just love the June arrangement! It has all of my favorite things, purple tulips, teacups and my birthday and wedding anniversary month!

  55. Every arrangement is beautiful in its own way, but I pick April as my favorite. Congrats to Kelly on such a wonderful accomplishment. I ordered a copy today as a gift for my sister. She will love it.

  56. Very difficult to choose – every flower is beautiful !! But I think I have to say “May” is my favourite.

  57. I like them all but think November was my favorite. Wish I could’ve seen more of it but liked the wooden container and the soft colors of the flowers she used.

  58. Love the pansies in the hay bale. It’s very rustic and casual. Just my style. All are beautiful; can’t wait to get my copy of her book

  59. Without a doubt, they are all stunningly beautiful, but I like May’s arrangement best. Maybe that’s because May is my birthday month. Good luck to Kelly on this exciting book release! There’s nothing quite like seeing your creative work on the bookstore shelve.

  60. It was hard to pick, but I think I like April. The formality of the arrangement of daffodils is fresh and unexpected.

  61. I’d pick August — the orange flowers with the blue container. That arrangement would fit so nicely in my den. December’s a lovely one too and I should pick it because that’s my birthday month, but I kept going back to August. Thank you for the opportunity in the drawing.

  62. I cant wait to hold her book and absorb each page! I love all the arrangements, but the teacup has to be my favorite followed by September, my birth month.

  63. I love the new book and since i love Christmas decorating the December flower arrangement has to be my favorite. I would love to win it so i can enjoy viewing the beautiful flower arrangenents and tips. Love your blog too Yvonne. Thanks.

  64. Such a gorgeous book! I really do love each and every arrangement, but October is my most favorite. Fall in North Carolina is my favorite time of year, but as each season comes around, I’m ready for new beginnings!

  65. June!! I LOVE the June arrangement in a tea cup because I love tea cups and tea parties with my grandchildren!! In fact, I’m heading outside now to pick some flowers and arrange them in a tea cup!!That will cheer me up as I recover from shingles!!
    Blessings!!

  66. Kelly’s book looks fabulous! It is extremely hard to narrow down, but May is my favorite. Beautiful colors and sweet pitcher!

  67. I love the October arrangement in the moss lined basket. That is a perfect design for the fall. I can’t wait to get her book. I think I may buy a few for friends as well.

  68. What a beautiful book. Every month is special. I have to pick the Fall months and December.
    Good Luck with the book.
    Marilyn

  69. Love the March arrangement. Looks do bright and sun-filled!!
    Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book!!!?

  70. This definitely looks like a must-read book full of beautiful inspiration. Each photo looks exquisite, but I am drawn to the pink blooms of the May arrangement. Thank you for sharing her talent with us!

  71. They are all so beautiful, I like the simplicity of the daffodils and moss in April and the blue and white tureen in August with the orange flowers. Loveliness!

  72. It was difficult to choose as they’re all gorgeous but I’ll choose May because I love peonies.
    Looks like a wonderful book…I’m ordering several.

  73. Its difficult to choose…but I think perhaps December….or maybe May. I’m a Gemini, so one twin likes one thing and the other likes another.☺. I love tureens….and I collect them. How I’d love to have that blue one! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway.

  74. Love them all. September, with all the white, is my favorite today. Probably will pick another one later. Must get this book for my daughter who has a certificate in Floral Design from Longwood Garden. She will add it to her floral library.

  75. I look forward to ordering this book! My favorite is August. Love the bright colors. Thank you for sharing.

  76. Looks like it is a beautiful book for sure! It’s a toss up for me between May and October…love them both, but will say the May arrangement is my favorite. LOVE the colors and the vintage feel of this arrangement.

  77. They are all beautiful arrangements, I’m going to pick May. The flowers are stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  78. I think my favorite is May. The peonies for sure! I was a subscriber to Kelly’s blog long before I ever heard of you Yvonne! You both have exquisite taste.

  79. Love the December one using the vintage silver as the vase. I have a number of vintage silver pieces, so it was inspirational… except I don’t use red for Christmas, but blue and silver… but that is what a book like Kelly’s is for- to inspire and act as a springboard for one’s own designs!

  80. This is a very difficult decision, but I will select May! I love how the pink peony, zinnia, and purple tulip combination complement the antique featured vase. GORGEOUS… such a statement of perfection!

  81. Thanks for sharing Yvonne! Gorgeous arrangements, especially love May and June. Seriously contemplating getting the book. Only problem that I unfortunately have with flower arrangements is that I have a very inquisitive female Siamese who doesn’t hesitate to get into anything new. She even ate all the leaves off of my lucky bamboo that was placed well up in a bookcase.

  82. I love all the pictures and can’t wait to get the book. I have always loved flower arranging. It is so much fun to get new ideas from others. My favorite arrangement is April, but they all would make me happy to make.

  83. I choose August! I love the orange and blue together. How pretty would it be as a centerpiece on a table set with Blue Willow? So, so pretty!!

  84. Oh my goodness; that book is a must have for sure! If I have to pick just one arrangement as a favorite it would be June’s because of the teacup. They’re all beautiful though.

  85. Wow! I’m a little behind but the months in flowers by Kelly are beautiful! It’s hard to pick a favorite! I think because of the rustic home I have I like February flowers in the old metal container! But the are all awesome!

  86. I love May with the stunning peonies! The colors are so romantic and the gorgeous lemonade pitcher makes a lovely vase!!!

  87. I love the August arrangement. The orange flowers against the blue container just pop and the bright color is such a good example of the hot days of August here in the south. Kelly, Thanks for sharing your gifts in a beautiful book. Look forward to my copy.

  88. It was very hard to choose a favorite but I love the stunning contrast of August’s orange snapdragons in that beautiful blue bowl! Besides that, it’s my birthday month!

  89. All are lovely. My favorite is October’s!! Would sooo love to win. The tureen reminds me of one my grandmother had.

  90. Love the book…would be a great gift for my gardening friend! Love the September arrangement…just lovely!

    Thank you for the opportunity of a give-away!

  91. Congratulations Kelly and thank you for sharing a preview of this wonderful book. You can tell it chocked full of ideas and ways to get the unique results for arrangements. My favorite would be December using the trio of tarnished pieces ( something I have lately developed an appreciation of). Thanks and Love the podcast-it’s on my car radio all the time.

  92. Wow! What a stunning book. I’ve ALWAYS wanted someone to teach me about all things flowers. My favorite arrangement has to be ‘August’ – you just can’t beat the juxtaposition of orange & blue. And the height is stunning! Thank you for this giveaway! LOVE you girls!

  93. I love August!!! I am so excited about this giveaway, I love the Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast. All of you are so talented and informative. Congratulations to Kelly!

  94. They are all gorgeous but I like the red and white together and the silver pitcher. Book sounds great need tips to extend life of arrangements.

  95. Yvonne, as usual I can count on your posts to inspire me, and today’s post was no exception. Thank you for high lighting Kelli’s book and for introducing her to us. My favorite photo is the December one, which showcases the red and white flowers in the “old mirror” finish.

  96. I love pink so I choose the May arrangement, although I’d welcome any of them into my home. Truly lovely! I just ordered her book too.

  97. I love all of the arrangements, but I think November is my favorite. I love the container and the casualness of the beautiful flowers. I also ?Love? the colors!

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