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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing all a............

From Arbor House Lane.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Litte Pink in My Office

Christmas in the Office.

This year I decided to change the look of the office tree.
It was white, black and silver.

I went PINK.
It all started with some pretty little pink ornaments I found at TJMax.
They inspired me to try a new look.
I used my all time favorite hat is the tree topper.
I also borrowed a few of my daughter's vintage pink ornaments.

The tree sits in the corner and you can see it out one of the front windows.
It glows.

I found a couple of paper card ornaments months ago.
I was not sure where they would go.
Now I think they fit in perfectly.

I mixed in some silver ornaments with velvet ribbon.
Paper clock faces.
Button and paper garland. 

I just love this vintage ornament.

I think my pink tree turned out so cute this year.
I am glad I tried something new.

It is getting close to Christmas.
I am hoping for a good snow storm for the kids to play in during the holiday break.

And you, are you ready for Christmas?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do You Write a Christmas Wish List?

I was working on my Christmas wish list for Mr. M.
He likes to wait til the last minute to shop.

Every year I write Santa a letter.
I thank him for everything he brought me the year before.
I also tell him how grateful I am for my family, home, job,
 and everything in my life.

I also let Santa know what might be on my list for this year.
I provide visuals that might help with his shopping trip.

I picked out some outfits on Pinterest or Polyvore.
 I copy the pictures onto my Santa list.

For example:

Fall Outfits With Brown Riding Boots Polyvore #BeModish #fashion #outfits

"Untitled #30" by casuality on Polyvore - (not so sure I could walk in those shoes though)

love the scarf_ Black jeans, black converse, white shirt, chevron scarf, jean jacket, silver jewelry

"Early Winter" by katiejeanne ❤ liked on Polyvore

Cute for Winter....cranberry is such a pretty color.

These pictures give him an idea of the clothes I like.

Electric Carpet Stapler for 3/16 in. Crown, 20 Gauge Staples

Throw in a good upholstery tool.

Mia Faceted-Crystal Pendant

A certain chandelier I might have my eye on at Pottery Barn.

A beautiful fur throw from Amazon.

We are lucky to have a wonderful Outlet Mall, so finding a cute Coach purse should not be hard.


He knows I have had my eye on a new couch from IKEA.
I would love a trip to IKEA to window shop.

Most of all though I am always happy with anything I get from Mr. M. 
for Christmas.

Even if it is SOCKS!

And you, do you help your man with his Christmas list?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas in the Dining Room

Let's peek into the dining room.

I have it all set and ready for dinner.

The stockings are hung from the mantel, no fireplace in site.

Silver is the main color in this room.

I have added a little aqua to the tree for some extra color.
There are a few wrapped presents under the tree.
I caught my youngest son checking out the presents.
I told him it was OK to look, but not to open.

There are small and medium disco balls hanging from the chandelier.
The room looks almost like it is snowing inside when the sun shines in.
Little lights everywhere.

A simple center piece for the dining room table.

The kids love to eat dinner by Christmas tree light.

I had to move one of my slip covered wing back chairs in here from the living room,
to make room for the tree.

School will be finished this week and I can get some of my extra time back.
I can't wait to relax next week and spend time with the family.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas.
I know I am.

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

It is getting festive.

I have started to decorate.
I have a few trees done.

Maybe more than a few.

I will be able to share more later in the week after my final test.

I hope everyone is enjoying the season to be MERRY!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Little Fall in the Mud Room

FALL is here.

I have been very busy with all the homework.
Helping the kids.
Doing my own!

I am not always the best with time management.
For me, creative does not equal organization.
So far from it!

However, I did manage to pack away most of my summer decor.

I only have just started decorating for Fall.
It is kind of squeezed in for a week or so before,

I swapped out the footstool for a small slipcovered chair.
I still need some artwork or plates on the wall.
I have not found any yet.
The hunt is the best part.
Now that the kids are back to school,
 I have more free time to go antiquing.

I like how the blue looks with the orange.

New pillow and table cloth are from TJMaxx.
I am debating whether to use the table cloth as a throw or
slipcover the little footstool that was in this room previously.

A pretty plate also from TJMaxx.

Any you, have you finished decorating for Fall?
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tree House Progress

Work has finally begun on the tree house.
It may not be the one I had planned in my head.

To see my original post about the tree house go here.
The kids are excited.
I am excited.

They have all helped in one way or another.

The tree house is bigger than I was going to go with,
but Mr. M. got involved.
He would rather go big than have to cut and waste.
The decks are very sturdy, built to handle a bunch of kids.

The lower deck is 10 x 12.

This is the view of the back yard from the lower deck.
We had to trim some tree branches.

The upper deck is 12 x 12.
Mr. M. was out til 8:00 last night nailing in the last deck board.
As you can see there is plenty of space between each deck.
We wanted to make sure there was plenty of head room.
My 12 year old has surpassed me in height,
there seems no end to his growing. 

This is the view from the upper deck.
You can see into the fields, on the left in that patch of weeds is the kids pond.

You can also see into the trees from the other sides of the deck.
The tree house is tucked into the treetops hidden.

This weekend we will be making the playhouse at the top.
Railings for the sides.


I am hoping to incorporate a slide,
two swings,


 rope ladder,


a zip line,

Textured Rock Holds Set of 12, Blue with SSS logo Sticker

 and rock climbing wall.

I found some great inspiration photos on Google.


Now I just have to find the perfect little tree to decorate for Christmas.
Did you think otherwise?
My daughter put it perfectly, it is just another room!