I’m so happy to be partying and touring with my wonderful friend Marty today.

If you are stopping by from another tourΒ is so nice to meet you. Let’s drink coffee and put on cozy slippers and watch Hallmark movies and eat Christmas cookies and be friends forever.

I am so excited to show you all the twinkling lights that are Christmasing around our house today.

But before we become friends, I have to be completely transparent.

Before you scroll another minute.

Before you look at a single twinkly Christmas light.

Before you wonder if that many trees in one house are even possible.

I need to let you know something.

I think I need a smiley face intervention.

Seriously. Β πŸ™‚

Have you seen the smiley faces on these posts?

I can’t help it. I think the world needs a good smiley face for emphasis every now and then.

I mean have you seen the blue and white Christmas decorations in my living room?

Wouldn’t they make you smile?

Wouldn’t they make you want to add a few of these πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :)?

Maybe I like smiley faces so much because in general I am a smiley person. Β 

Not just a little smiley.

Really, really smiley.

But as much as this super colorful dining room makes me so happy?

Maybe even a really smiley person can overdo it with a plethora of these. Β πŸ™‚

The other day. in a Facebook thread I counted 23 smiley faces.


And that was after I held myself back.

I looked at the messages and there they all were πŸ™‚ grinning at me from cyberspace.Β  Just between us? I thought I needed to take a step back and evaluate. Enough already.

Is every sentence truly worthy of a smiley?

Maybe it’s because I am a writer.

In blog land we live in the world of the written word. Β We write words in e-mail and Facebook and Twitter and on our blogs. Β And the challenge is that it is so easy for the written word to be misunderstood.

Especially when that is all you have.

It’s so easy to read emotions into words that sometimes aren’t even there.


It might seem like the writer is happy or excited.

Or sarcastic or frustrated or overwhelmed or completely full of joy about the twinkly lights on a tree in the family room.

But how do you really know?

That’s why the smiley face is so perfect.

It completely removes all doubt.

When you see a smiley face you don’t have to wonder or guess or pontificate you just know that the writer is smiley πŸ™‚

But truth?

Lately it seems like there has been a little too much of a good thing.

So before I embark on a self-imposed smiley face reduction in 2020 can I just add a few more for the road?

I’m so glad it’s Christmas time. πŸ™‚

I’m so glad you’re here. πŸ™‚

I’m so glad we live in a world where there are Decembers. πŸ™‚

I’m so happy this house is full of twinkling Christmas trees with glitter ornaments and stars and reindeer and snowflakes and seventeen turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree πŸ™‚

My smiley faces and I hope you liked the tour.

And now?

I have to go. We are hosting a get-to-know-you holiday party for the 27 other emoticons πŸ™‚

If you are looking for a little more smiley-faced Christmas inspiration? Here are the rest of the homes on the Christmas tour.

Monday December 9th

Β A Stroll Thru Life Β Remodelando La CasaΒ  Β Cuckoo4Design Β Far Above Rubies Β Southern HospitalityΒ  Β Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday December 10th

House By Hoff Β Duke Manor Farm Β ZDesign At HomeΒ  Β Taryn Whiteaker Β Inspiration For Moms Β Decor To Adore

Wednesday December 11

Cassie Bustamante Β Follow The Yellow BrickHome Β Dixie Delights Β Hymns & Verses Β Modern Glam Β Thrifty & Chic

Thursday December 12

Our Fifth HomeΒ  Β 11 Magnolia LaneΒ  Β Our Southern HomeΒ  Seeking Lavender LaneΒ  Β Setting for Four Β Southern State Of MindΒ 

Friday December 13

Grace In My Space Β White Arrows HomeΒ The Woodgrain Cottage Β Designing Vibes Β Thistlewood Farms Β Life On Cedar Lane

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Missy Missy

    You can never have too many Christmas trees or smiley faces! I love how unique each of your trees are! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  2. Image for Donna Bray Donna Bray

    When I see a new post from you, I can't help it I get all smiley faced and say "Ms Karianne what do you have for me today?" It's like Christmas morning and I ❀️ it. I love your journeys and ideas and all the joy that ooozes through your words. Your heart is huge. πŸ€— Keep shining. Keep smiling. πŸ˜„

  3. Image for Marty Marty

    I am so in love with your decor this year, so much color and such beautiful rooms. Each one filled with tons of inspiration. I do think they are all work about a dozen smiley faces for sure and you too. You make me smile all year. I am so thrilled to call you friend. Thanks so much for joining the tours again this year, your home is always such a delight, just like you.


    There is never enough twinkle lights, smiley faces or exclamation points!!!!!!!!! Sometimes words are not enough to impart emotion. :)

  5. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I just invited my kids to tour your home with me! They were like...is this all in one house??? Are all of those trees real or fake? They liked the colorful dining room. When I asked if they would like to help clean it all up and put it away, I received a resounding "no!" Thank you for doing all the work so we can enjoy it and not have to clean it up!! SMILEY SMILEY SMILEY!!!!

  6. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    Your house is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S this year!!! 😊 I adore all of the different themed Christmas trees!! So much work... So much inspiration!!! ❀️. Thank - you.. πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ˜™πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š (How's that..?.. Lol)

  7. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Your home is enchantingly beautiful this year. I love that you always bring a smile to my heart. Thanks so much.πŸ₯°

  8. Image for Doreen Bednarski Doreen Bednarski

    Karianne, every picture is worthy of a million 😊πŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯° So I won't write another word just 😊πŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯°

  9. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I certainly have a smiley face viewing this post! I adore the dining room tree with its fanciful color. The paper bird is a delight. It's a joy to be on tour with you. I hope you will visit my White Christmas movie-themed tour. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  10. Image for Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown

    The world would be such a better place to live in if we had people filled with the joy you bring us through your blog and the millions of smiles you share with the world. You can never have enough smiles, it's contagious. So Karianne keep sending us your beautiful smiles. We're sending them right back to you.πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜πŸ˜˜β˜ΊπŸ™‚πŸ€©πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  11. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    The lights and trees are all beautiful 😊 Please oh please, don’t ever stop with the smiley faces or exclamation points!!!πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°!!! We need them!!!!!!!!😍😊😍😊😍

  12. Image for Brenda Brenda

    I agree Carolyn!There aren't enough smiley faces around this old world. You just keep adding them in Karianne! Your changing the world one smiley face at a time. P.S. If your tired of smiley faces, use one with teeth! P.S.S Your house looks great! P.S.S.S Merry Christmas! :)

  13. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    Karianne, the more smiles the better! Never stop! Love your Christmas decorations, especially the blue living room! We need color during the long grey winter here in Michigan! I’m treating my home to the same dining chairs you have and making buttons too. You inspire me with every post. Thankful for your smiley faces every day! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  14. Image for Debra Debra

    Stunning and so inviting! What time should I come over? P.S. A coworker is going to pick up that adorable gift wrap for me tomorrow!!!!

  15. Image for Kris Kris

    Once upon a time when microfiche was as advanced as computers got, long before emoticons were a thing, I had a friend who would draw frownie faces on my school notebook. He said that frownie faces made people laugh more than smiley faces. Turns out that it DID make me laugh. Every.single.time.he.drew.one. But I like your smiley faces, too. :)

  16. Image for Meryll Elkins Meryll Elkins

    I think every sentence needs a smiley face πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ - and a bunch of exclamation points too!!!!!!!! xoxo Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  17. Image for Be Be

    At first I was sure the blue was my favorite tree, then I see all the colors in the dining room and then the elegance of the gold tree, just goes on and on. I can't pick a favorite, so would just have to enjoy each of them wherever I park myself. You are sooooooooooo talented and your home is soooooo happy and so you should have all these smiley faces. Enjoy it all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    Wow, KariAnne, I absolutely love your blue and white tree and your porch. I wish my porch looked like that. I live in New Zealand where the weather is hot and unpredictable at this time of year so anything I put outside is likely to get blown away or fried in the hot sun. Your whole house just looks amazing. I'll have to step up my game for next year!

  19. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    I was just wondering the other day if I use the :-) too often, because I really don't see it on other blogs. Thanks for affirming me, sweet friend! LOL!

  20. Image for Mary in VA Mary in VA

    I use LOL at the end of most sentences (even though it's out of style) because I want to make sure people know I'm not mad or upset, no matter what I just said. Ha! Your home looks lovely, I'm desperately searching for inspiration to keep some life and color in my house in January when all the pretty Christmas comes down. Any ideas?

  21. Image for Lyndsey Lyndsey

    Such breathtaking decorating! Could you do a post explaining the science behind those incredible exploding tree toppers???!! How does one go about choosing materials/putting it together? And what physics is behind getting it securely on the top of the tree?! I know one of the steps will be "don't overthink this." Thank goodness! But give us some hints!

  22. Image for Tanja Tanja

    :) :) :) Once you posted a short video where your daughters danced and sang playback and in the background there was your permanent giggling and laughing. And you know what not only your writings are moving but your laughing is sooo contagious, too :) :) :) I could imagine you brighten up every room and person with your mentality :) :) :)

  23. Image for lynne lynne

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful........ plus the photography is outstanding....... could you possibly remember where you got the Merry Christmas ornament with radiating lines just before the house tours?? or did you make it? i would love to buy a few of them, if possible, from a store!!!!! thanks so much!

  24. Image for Melissa Melissa

    I loved all the rooms and trees and smileys! Are the small white sparkly trees in a wood stands in a group of 3 on a cake stand purchased or diy-ed? I love them and would like to purchase or make them for my house!

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Melissa, Thanks so much, friend! Those trees actually our marble. Can you even believe it? I got them at target a couple of years ago. happy day, karianne

Comments are closed.