Christmas 2016: Home Tour-Episode #3 (Thanksgiving too)

I am now officially finished decorating for Christmas–Woohoo! And, I am going to enjoy a couple of days of rest before attacking my Christmas shopping with a fervor. And if truth be told, I am one tuckered out lady at the moment. I feel like I have been working on this for weeks…OH wait, I *have* been working on this for weeks…haha. 😉  BUT, it is a labor of love to be sure–I absolutely love to create and decorate, as I told someone the other day, it is my “wheelhouse” and I’m never more happy when I can see what is in my mind’s-eye come to fruition. 🙂

Before I start with my last home tour in this Series, let me tell you a little bit about our Thanksgiving.  We had a lovely time of it here, both of our girls were here and my Dad was also here.  In addition, we had our daughter’s beau and their pup here as well. Candace (our youngest) cooked us a wonderful dinner one evening, we played trivia games, we trimmed a Christmas tree, we laughed, hugged, and did all of those things that close families do–We are blessed. 🙂 Here are a few pictures of our time together:

Candace and Dustin’s pup Valentino!


Candace cooking up some dinner one night…YUM!!


We all trimmed the big family room Christmas tree together:




And here is the finished tree that evening:





And the pups posed prettily for me…Left to right– Gracie, Samson, & Sophie:IMG_5893.jpg


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And then Thanksgiving morning dawned–Here are a smattering of pictures of our time on that most special of days–I definitely have so much to be thankful for:

Here I am with my handsome hubby Chris:



And these two beauties are our daughters Christin & Candace:


Here are the girls with my sweet Dad Dave…



Here is Candace with her beau Dustin…



It was a ***wonderful*** day!! ❤  Everyone headed home on Thanksgiving evening…So sad to see them go; there is nothing more important than family!

So the day after Thanksgiving dawned, and honestly, I didn’t have a whole lot of energy…lol…BUT, Chris and I were bound and determined to get our outdoor decorating completed.  So we went into attack mode and by the end of the day, we had everything created, hung, blinged out, and in place. 🙂  I will post my YouTube video below that will give you a quick ornament and pine garland tutorial.  I found more of that ornament garland at Walmart and I attached it to the garland that goes around the front door and I put some on the lit wreath that hangs on the front door…

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And here is a link to my YouTube video:


I am completely content and pretty happy with the end result of my decorating efforts this Christmas.  It took me several years to gather all of the parts and pieces together and this year, I feel as if I have one cohesive design happening throughout the house. 🙂

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, as well as good food, tons of hugs and unconditional love–I know that we sure did. 🙂  And I am completely and totally glad that my decorating is totally finished on this day, just two days after Thanksgiving. 🙂

All righty—I will close this one out by saying…

~Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤





Christmas 2016: Home Tour #2

Can you see me doing the “Happy Dance” over here…*wait* on second thought, that might not be too, too entertaining. 😉 lol  Regardless, I’m a happy girl, I am completely finished decorating the inside of our home for Christmas (except for our big 12 foot tree that we will put up in the family room on Thanksgiving evening—a-n-d, we’ll also put up some outside decorations).

I have used light and airy colors in our living and dining rooms again this year.  I figured out last year that bringing these colors to life in my centerpieces and accents definitely warms up the space–I had feared that it might cool it down because whites and silvers tend to be cooler looking colors in my humble opinion…but, when those colors are paired with the soft greens and blues—pfft, the rooms are just as warm and cozy as can be. 🙂

Here are some pictures of the living and dining rooms, these rooms sit on the front of our home and are separated from the back  by our staircase. It provides a nice buffer between the more traditionally decorated family room, kitchen, etc… and these light and softly decorated living and dining rooms.





And our 3 scruffy muffins who will be bathed, brushed, and spiffed up before Thanksgiving. ❤


I feel like I have been one productive lady in the last week or so, and now, I’m really glad that I worked so hard to get all of the indoor decorating completed before Thanksgiving.  Now, I can really enjoy celebrating with my family while they enjoy seeing the house all decked out in its Christmas finery. 🙂

I have created and narrated a YouTube video showing this portion of the house, here is a link:

I hope that all of you have a very, very Happy Thanksgiving, may your day be filled with wonderful family, good times, awesome food, and happy memories!! ❤

Much, much love from my home to yours as we officially enter the Holiday Season. ❤

~Arlynn ❤

Christmas 2016: Home Tour #1

I have officially finished decorating for Christmas in the back portion of our home which includes the family room, kitchen, kitchen eating area, powder room, and all shelves, table tops, nooks, and crannies. 🙂

I have created a video home tour for my YouTube channel and will give you a link for that below.  But, first, here are some pictures of what I’ve completed so far.  I still have the living and dining rooms to do, of course we need to put the Christmas tree’s’ up, and we’ll also be decorating the front of the house and I’ll do the front porch (red wagon decor, etc..) after Thanksgiving.

Here we go with those pictures. 🙂



Here is a link to my YouTube video of me giving and narrating a tour around this part of the house:


I started working on the living and dining rooms today which will be done up in softer tones, still cozy and welcoming though–I hope. 🙂  Here is a sneak peak at the dining room table, I created the lantern centerpiece today:


Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes, just unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤