Video Home Tour: Family Room, Kitchen, & More

The back portion of our house is definitely the heart of our home, it is where most of the cooking is cooked, crafting is crafted, and chatting is chatted.  🙂  Memories are made here that will be cherished forever.  In this the 3rd installment of my home tour, I take you through the family room, kitchen, powder room, and laundry room.  I show you what I’ve created in each space and give you some details of how we came to make some of the choices that we made while building this home.  My hubby is mentioned *a lot* in this little film, he has done some very spiffy things–he is a jack of all trades as you will see.  I laugh at myself as well because I now know what words I use more than any others…”Love it” & “ANYway” are two phrases/words that come to mind…hahaha. 😉   I will not ramble along further here in the body of this blog post because, trust me, I chatter along enough in this video.  😉  I will leave you with links though just in case you want to check them out after you’ve watched my little tour.

~  The Pip Berry Barn – Where I get all things pip berries…

~  Paper Mart – Where I got the burlap and berry ribbon that you see in the family room. (Scroll down the linked page a bit to find my specific ribbon)

~ Kitchen Cabinet Kings – Where we got our Laundry Room cabinets

~ Kraftmaid Venetian Bronze Cabinet Pull – The handles that we have on our kitchen cabinets

~ Lighting Direct – Where we got all of our light fixtures for over the kitchen and dining room table, for in the living room, and also the foyer

Okie dokie, here’s that link…Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

~Arlynn ❤

**Here is a link to the next installment**:

Video Home Tour: Mud Room, Garage, and Backyard Patio

The Ever Changing Kitchen Window Decor

Hi Everyone!

I think we are having a monsoon here in the South, it has been raining for days and it is predicted to rain for many more days to come.  I am one of those people who really likes to see the sun shining, so all of this rain has me clambering to do something productive inside; I will definitely get to that productive project soon (maybe..haha), but in the meantime, I thought I’d show y’all how I decorate my kitchen windows throughout the year.  I love my kitchen windows, they open by using a crank so that design lends itself to me being able to place decor on the wide window sills.

I have tried really hard not to over-decorate this new house, in the past at our previous home, I *might* have been known for decorating every available wall and surface and admittedly, it got to be a little overwhelming.  So when we moved here, I’ve tried to minimize my decor yet still put a touch of *somethin’-somethin’* on most available spaces; this house has a very open design so there really isn’t a lot of wall space to utilize and I don’t have a ton of tables just sitting around to be used solely for decorating upon, so these windows are a pretty place to pull some seasonal accents into the kitchen.

So here we go, this is how I had them decorated in the Fall of 2014:

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I placed plates at either end to anchor the look, in this case I used very cost friendly plastic chargers–I think I paid $1.99 for each at our local Michaels. I also have 2 tin ‘boxes’ for lack of a better word, and I change out the flowers/pip berries to match whatever decor feel I’m trying to capture.  The lanterns on the two end window sills stayed there for a while, but honestly, I removed them when I decorated for Fall this year because the complete look was getting too busy (I’ll show you a picture of this Fall’s window decor at the end of this entry).  In addition, the country vase and candle holders are always there and I change out the candles and the vase contents as I go through the year.

Next was Christmas, as you see, I changed out the chargers for Christmassy ones; still plastic and bought at Michaels as well.  I changed out the flower/pip berry arrangements in the tin boxes and the vase and just added a few little snowmen wooden plaques and ceramic snowmen ornaments:

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After Christmas was over I wanted to create a look that would carry me through the winter months. I found those two awesome wooden plates at a local craft store, so I placed them to anchor the look, and then I just changed out the arrangements in the tin boxes and vase for something a bit more generic, added stars and some wooden words and called it done.  (I did take the lanterns away for this look, they were blocking too much of the windows)

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Now it was time to decorate for our family reunion/spring/summer (haha…I really did leave the same stuff up there from May-September).  By now, y’all know that my theme for the family reunion (see link for all of that decor) was red and white gingham, red and white gerber daisies and mason jars.  I made new arrangements in the tin boxes and the vase utilizing burlap and silk gerber daisies and pip berries, and I added a resin cream color gerber daisy (found at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off) in front of/beside each tin box. Yep, those lanterns showed back up for this grouping…;)

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Last but not least, I just decorated for Fall and I’ve changed out a few things.  I found 2 wooden Fall themed plates at a local country store and bit the bullet and purchased them (they were about $15 a piece, I rarely spend that much on a Seasonal decor accent, but I couldn’t resist and I will reuse these every year moving forward). I, again, changed out the flower/pip berry arrangements in the tin boxes and vase, changed out the candles, and added a few scarecrows and fabric pumpkins here and there.  I’ve removed those lanterns for good now, I’ve found that I like it much better without them.

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I’ll be decorating for Christmas next, so I’m on the lookout for a couple of wooden plates with which to replace those Fall themed ones. And who knows what else I’ll come up with once I get started designing; I try not to look back on past design pictures, instead I start each new project by gathering everything that I want to use for any certain grouping and let the creative juices flow…I love the process and will tweak and tweak until I love the end design. 🙂

Well now, there we go, I did do something productive inside…I wrote a blog entry…Each one of these is a little project in and of itself. 😉 🙂

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

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