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 ❤

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

Video Home Tour: Living & Dining Rooms

Well, I’ve been a videoing fiend over here in this house of ours. 🙂  I’ve really enjoyed working on this little project.  It is taking me a  while to edit and compile these videos, but, just like my crafting, I love the creative process.  Doing each of my Blog posts whether it be strictly through my words and pictures, or be it, as in this post, mostly with video, I still enjoy going through the creative steps to bring each blog post to life.  So, here is the 2nd installment in my new Video Home Tour series.  In this one I describe the living and dining rooms, these rooms sit on the front of our home and I’ve chosen to use a pretty green color as my main accent color because I adore the color and the way these rooms are situated in our house, they lend themselves quite nicely to a softer look.  I will not ramble on in the body of this blog post as I do enough rambling along in the video…lol…but, I did want to give you a couple of links to two specific things that I show you in this video.

This is the wreath hanger that I use–As I go through my tours you’ll see that I have several of these; they are nice and sturdy and can handle any heavy items you might want to hang upon them.  Here is a link from Grandin Road for my “Adjustable Wreath Hanger”

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Also, I talk about the table pad that I have on the dining room table.  Here is a link for Affordable Table Pads.    IMG_2564.JPG

And that is all I will say here in the body of this post.  I hope you enjoy this tour of two of my favorite rooms in the house. 🙂

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

~Arlynn ❤


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

Video Home Tour:  Kitchen, Family Room, and More



Mud Room, Powder Room, Kitchen Eating Area, & Family Room

Hi All,

One of the reasons that my hubby and I chose this model of home to build was because we loved the open and airy feel of the entire floor plan.  In this little post, I will highlight what you see as you enter our house from the garage.  First, you pass through a mud room and as you enter the main house, you can look past the kitchen table (kitchen is to the left) and on into the family room.  We have 9′ ceilings throughout the entire house, except for the kitchen, it has a cathedral ceiling and the family room’s ceiling soars up to about 18′ (it is completely open up to the second story); the high ceilings really add to the open feeling of the whole house.

Here is the mud room as you enter from the garage:


IMG_2684And if you go to the doorway that leads into the kitchen’s eating area and turn around, this is what you see:


As you enter the kitchen eating area, to the right there is a little hallway with the powder room on one side and a coat closet on the other side and at the end of the hallway you enter the laundry room. You can see the hallway leading to the laundry room to the right in this picture.



I’ll talk about the powder room next.  The builder offered a pedestal sink and an oval mirror with a small light above it as their standard. We knew we wanted a little something more substantial in there as it is a pretty large powder room so after we moved in we decided to purchase a new vanity, wood framed mirror and light (from Home Depot).  Here are a couple of before and after shots for you:




Moving on into the kitchen’s eating area, as I mentioned above, if you stand at the mud room door and look through, you can see straight past the kitchen table into the family room. IMG_8534IMG_1815

We purchased a new kitchen table, chairs, and hutch for this home and I wanted to make sure that the kitchen table didn’t get ruined because invariably, things ‘land’ on that table and it was just a matter of time before something sharp landed and scratched that pretty top.  So we ordered a table pad with leaves included from Affordable Table Pads. This table has 2 leaves and we were able to purchase the table pad with two removable leaves (with magnets on the edges so that the leaves stay in place when on the table).  I love it!



Here is a view from the staircase of the mud room doorway on the left, the kitchen table and the kitchen .


Next, let me tell you about the rugs that are under the kitchen table and on the family room floor. We went to a local carpet store (I’m sure that Lowe’s or Home Depot would do this sort of thing as well) and chose a piece of carpeting that we liked with a subtle pattern and neutral color and we had them cut them to a size (we provided them with the exact measurements) and they the bound the edges.  We found that this was much more cost effective than purchasing large rugs.  Admittedly, we had to choose pretty high-end carpeting because they told us that the binding holds up better on better quality carpeting, made sense to us, so we went with it.  We’ve lived in this house for 2 years now and our rugs still look brand new, I am so happy with how they turned out and the design we chose pairs beautifully with all seasons and with our decor. Here is a picture of the pattern and color we chose for the kitchen/family room rugs (the ones in the living and dining room are a slightly different color, I’ll show you those rugs when I write about those rooms):


The family room is one of my very favorite rooms in the house.  I love the open staircase, that wall of windows, and the height of the ceiling.  The gas fireplace serves as a wonderful focal point, and I have so enjoyed decorating it up as the seasons pass.


And a couple of shots from the other direction:1V4A2887



One of my major concerns when moving into this home was how in the world was I going to make this home look and feel warm with decor. I have worked diligently to *not* over decorate, but, instead to subtly bring Southern warmth and charm into our home with a touch of country but without the cluttered look that I felt I had at my previous home.  I’d love to change the paint color to a warmer color (nothing too wild, just like a sandpiper color or possibly a little darker), but other than that, I’m extremely happy with how things have turned out. 🙂

My hope in showing you these pictures of our home as a whole will help you to ‘see’ my crafts, groupings, and arrangements and how I’ve tried to bring them all together to create one complete decor theme.  By keeping the basic color of the furniture, rugs, flooring, and walls in more of a neutral pallet,  it lends itself to being able to accent with color or design for whatever event or season for which you are decorating.

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

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