Guest Bedroom Christmas

I love happy endings.


They are my absolute favorite.

There is nothing better.

Well….except an entire Thanksgiving weekend with the Hallmark channel and the happily-ever-after marathon.


Stockings Christmas


You know…..the happily-ever-after Christmas movies…..where the girl is a rich spoiled brat and then she reads the letter to Santa that just happens to drift to her feet and she ends up working in a soup kitchen because this really cute guy…..who is a snow plower by night and the mastermind behind the soup kitchen by day…..just happens to be the father of the little girl who wrote the letter.

And then….the rich spoiled brat falls in love with the snow plower….and realizes that she doesn’t want to be rich or spoiled or fashion forward any more…..but to her great chagrin….he happens to have a really stuck-up rather annoying girlfriend.

Then at the last minute….the snow-plower realizes that love was right beneath his nose the entire time.


And the formerly rich spoiled brat and the snow plower and the little letter writer…..all live happily ever after.

Those kind of movies.


Christmas Skates


This was Christmas decorating weekend.

And there is nothing better to keep a Christmas decorator company…..than a happily-ever-after-marathon.

After the stockings were hung and the trees were decorated and the twinkling lights were brought out from the recesses of the 31st Christmas box….somewhere around the 17th movie……

 … of the twins turned to me and whispered with a voice of great authority, “I know how this is going to end.”

Christmas Pillows


Really?” I whispered.  “You do?

Yep,” she replied earnestly.

I’ve seen this before.  There’s always three people….like two boys and a girl or two girls and a boy.  And one of the extra people is always bad.

Guest Bedroom Chair


She paused for great emphasis and continued.

Mom…..and then the person always figures out that the bad person isn’t very nice and the two good people get together.  And all the movies are like that….except sometimes they are in a city and sometimes they are riding motorcycles or sometimes they can even be Hawaiian.”

And with that dramatic pronouncement….she turned back to the movie….just in time to see the spoiled rich girl turn over a new leaf and save the homeless shelter.


Armoire Guest Bedroom


I went and hung the wreath on the front door and smiled.

And realized how thankful I was for Christmas movies.

And stockings and ornaments and tinsel and magnolias and glitter and stars and reindeer.

And happily-ever-afters.

And for an American education system that had provided my ten-year-old daughter with enough discernment to figure out a Hallmark movie.


Christmas Guest Bedroom


May your day be merry and bright and full of happily-ever-afters.

And be sure to check your local listings tomorrow night….

 …..I heard there’s a rebroadcast of the tumultuous drama at the soup kitchen 🙂

PS  Partying over at Between Naps On A Porch and at Kim’s today.

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  1. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    It's a running joke around here that my big, strong, carpenter husband's favorite movies are Full Metal Jacket, all Clint Eastwoods, and Lifetime movies. It drives me crazy because, like your darling daughter, I hate it when I can figure out the entire movie literally in the first 3 minutes! Merry Christmas! love the blue and white

  2. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    KariAnne, my hubby loves those sappy Christmas movies! After all these years together, I still think this is the funniest!!!! Is your guest room ready for me... it sure looks like it! It is beautiful!

  3. Image for Sillyrabt Sillyrabt

    i love your christmas decorating! i have some old skates like that -- i may try to do something similar with them. but most of all, i love those blues. they're absolutely beautiful. i love blues. good job.

  4. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I'll be right there. The guest room looks beautiful - ready and waiting. I love happily ever after movies. We'll back lots of cookies and drink hot chocolate.♥

  5. Image for Sillyrabt Sillyrabt

    KariAnne, did you make the "rise and shine and give god the glory" circular thing? if so, did you make a posting? i want that, lol. or if you bought it, do you remember where?

  6. Image for Sally Sally

    I finally figured out why I love you and your blog so much. There is the PERFECT mix of beauty and a sense of humor. LOVE that about you KA! Hugs on this Monday morning! ~Sally

  7. Image for betty betty

    Beautiful. I love It's a Wonderful Life quotes...and the movie. Thankful for my one sentimental son that watches and enjoyes it with me every year. The other son says........nooooo, not that again!!!

  8. Image for tara tara

    It's hard to say that I have a favorite room in your house because I really think EVERY room in your house is my favorite. BUT, this one is high up on the list. I know I've seen it before, with it's gorgeous shutter wall, but have you told us if it's a guest room or a kids room or what? It's BEAUTIMOUS, whoever it serves. :) I decorated the house with Lydia this past weekend...the boys went to the GA/GA TECH game together...they could have cared less about decorating for Christmas, which was a very FIRST for us as a family. boo--hoo---boo---hoo. This mama is experiencing too many changes in one year!!!!!! Anywho, the girl and I had a blast...we listened to a Christmas playlist that I made....when Elvis came on to sing "Blue Christmas"....she was DONE and insisted on her playlist. :)

  9. Image for Kelly@lilypadcottage Kelly@lilypadcottage

    Your home is just gorgeous, love everything from the ice skates to the "Rise and Shine..." sign, so thoughtful and warm. And I'm just seeing your amazing shutter wall for the first time?!? I guess I haven't been following long enough, poor me :) Looks amazing!

  10. Image for Kim Kim

    Oh, Kari, I want to come stay in this room. Love, love, love. I am jealous because I haven't even started yet. Had family till yesterday and then I had to clean the house and do laundry. Hopefully I can start dragging out all the bins soon.

  11. Image for Susan @ Afford Your Passions Susan @ Afford Your Passions

    Love your Christmas decorating - I especially love all those blue stockings! My living room is an explosion of blue and white, so if I added a series of blue stockings, I fear that my husband will explode, so I will just live vicariously through you. I love sappy movies, but I don't think I've ever watched the Hallmark channel - it sounds like my education is seriously lacking. Have a wonderful day!

  12. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Hi Karianne, I didn't get the decorating done but I did watch that movie and I loved it and now I'm so happy to know I was watching it with you and your family too. Did you notice it was very much like an old movie? Did you watch the modern version of the "Little Women"? I loved that one too. Enjoy the moments. Linda

  13. Image for Tracie Tracie

    Just shared:) I watched no less than 6 Hallmark/ABC family/ Lifetime movies.....the hubs had no choice to watch with me....and yes, we both cried at least once. Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade....good stuff. xoxo Trac

  14. Image for Laura @ Our Prairie Home Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    How beautiful! I absolutely love the "Rise and Shine"! I definitely have to do this for my daughter's room. Gorgeous, gorgeous room!

  15. Image for Vee Vee

    So glad that your daughter has it all figured out! ☺ Beautiful decor with wonderful use of color. I never knew that blue could be such a delightful Christmas color.

  16. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Even if we all know how movies are going to end...they are still fun to watch! I was decorating to football...but I got so caught up in the plays, I didn't get all that much done! Your home looks gorgeous...more pics please! Is that your guest room?? Lovely! ;)

  17. Image for tiffani tiffani

    The room is beautiful!! I love the Hallmark movies and have seen several of them many a happy ending too!! Have a beautiful day Karianne.

  18. Image for Sonya @ Beyond the Screen Door Sonya @ Beyond the Screen Door

    Hi, Karianne! I've love seeing your beautiful home all decked out in her Christmas glory. And I have to admit I'm a "happily everafter" Hallmark movie junkie, too. Can't seem to get enough of them. And I'm excited about the new ones! Even though, like your daughter, I can probably tell you the plot and how it's going to end now. But that's ok. Still love 'em.

  19. Image for Melanie Melanie

    I have always loved the "shutters" wall in this is simply stunning! Even more so now! You have done a wonderful job once again...absolutely beautiful!

  20. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    wow- What a great looking room. It is just gorgeous-simple lines and serene colors. You did a great job! Love all the movies, too, this time of year. We are doing a It's A Wonderful Life party here next week! xo Diana

  21. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Oh I love it. I remember seeing the room before and lovin the shutter wall! I love the blue. I am so enjoying stockings this year and can't wait to make some new ones! Thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful week, Sherry

  22. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    :-) I love Christmas movies, too -- for the same reason. There's just something so magical about how everything always works out. I love the pictures -- what a gorgeous color palette! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

  23. Image for Anne Anne

    I had the same marathon idea going on over here - except for Ghandi (don't know why I put that one on, must have been a weak moment!!) Happy decorating!!!

  24. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Hey....I watched that movie too!...I either have Christmas movies on or the Christmas CD's going while I decorate....keeps me inspired to keep moving on...up and down the ladder...up and down the stairs....Your guest room is so beautiful....definitely 5 stars!!!

  25. Image for Kelli Kelli

    I the clean lines of your Christmas decor. Too much overwelms this girl. You have an amazing balance. Good job. I also love the way that you "fluffed your nest" and treasured the simple, blessed moments at the same time. An inspiration!

  26. Image for Jane Jane

    I saw this movie last year and loved it! Isn't the scene with the cake batter hysterical?! You daughter is VERY smart! Maybe this is why we love these movies so much! Loved seeing some of your Christmas decorations...very simple and sweet! xo, jANE

  27. Image for Claudine Claudine

    Adorable room, Karianne!!! Did you make the round sign above the bed?? I just thought perhaps I could do something like that with my old silver trays... I am behind you in the decorating, plan to do it this weekend! ASide from Christmas movies, my tradition is a big box of nice chocolates... LOL! Thank you for the inspiration! Claudine from Restory

  28. Image for Lisa Huff Kroll Lisa Huff Kroll

    Hi, I just found your blog a week ago and am loving it!! It's like a cup of warm comfort after a long day!! You are an inspiration and truly enjoying the beautiful pics of your home and your decor. Happy Holidays! Lisa

  29. Image for Cynthia Toone Riley Cynthia Toone Riley

    Officially, you are my favorite blog.....between your written postings and beautiful photos, I look forward to seeing Thistlewood Farms show up in my inbox each day!

  30. Image for Regina Regina

    Unfortunately, my husband rolls his eyes when I pause on a Hallmark Christmas movie . .. sigh . . . but I did create in him an obsession for Downton Abbey this weekend! LOL He's such an Anglophile . . . ;) I love the stockings on the shutter wall! And the "Rise and Shine" sign? I NEED ONE OF THOSE!! You do realize, however, that I'm going to have the song "Arky, Arky" in my head all day, now? We decorated this weekend, too. Friday is the "husband and girls are all home and can carry everything up from the basement" day. That's our tradition. I wanted to do something "different" with my mantle, but they convinced me that you can not improve on the rustic angel presiding over the nativity scene with the two trees on either side. And that's OK. Now to start the shopping . . . .

  31. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Your house is absolutely beautiful. The pictures are so inspiring. My family watched the Hallmark channel all weekend too. I love the sappy Christmas movies...they get us all in the Christmas spirit.

  32. Image for Atta Girl Amy Atta Girl Amy

    You should have watched the Bridezillas marathon like I did. In those, the spoiled brats do no change or have an epiphany. They just get bleeped, get their way and get married to some hapless, half-witted guy who doesn't know what he's in for. But boy is it entertaining! :)

  33. Image for Rita May Rita May

    Your room is beautiful in blue and white for Christmas. i love the shutter wall. What a unique idea! I've pinned it.

  34. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Your spare room looks beautiful! I love the red, white and blue with the greenery! I love the greenery, I can't find any like that, no pine to be found here, only fir and cedar. Hugs, Cindy

  35. Image for Andrea Andrea

    Your home is definately on the top of my bloggy-friends-can't-wait-to-see-it-all-decorated-list =) No pressure hehe. Love the guest room and the colours-blue! gorgeous! ps we had to watch Elf, oh about 6 times this weekend. My kids love it (and so do I). Now, I'm off to make snow angels, and toll house cookies, and snuggle =)

  36. Image for Becca Becca

    Yup, I'm a sucker for a "happily ever after" Hallmark movie, too! Your guest room looks beautiful decked out for the holiday season ... so crisp and inviting ... love the gorgeous pops of blue! Happy Holidays!

  37. Image for Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue

    I was hoping to get a few moments of the holiday drama in myself, but low and behold, football prevailed :) I'm working on my decorating this week - did you know that it is, in fact, impossible to open one Christmas box, let alone a garage full, in the presence of 30 Thanksgiving stragglers that are still hanging around? Love them, but company and decorating do not mix. I need quite time to ponder and plan! Love your blue. I'm always jealous of those of you who incorporate blue into the holiday. I guess I'm too traditional. LOL.

  38. Image for debra debra

    HOW your post reminds me of when I was younger raising sons.... WERE we to have a heartwarming sort of movie on the some point one of them would lift their head off the floor or beanbag sort of thing, look up at me on the couch and say " You are going to cry now, Mom? " I learned over time that boys do NOT have the same emotions as girls / women....not in the intensity that we might...but they can recognize the 'cue' that will set us off...

  39. Image for NanaDoll NanaDoll

    I SAW THAT MOVIE!!! I was at my parents' house and my mother adores all the Hallmark funny. I love the Christmas movies too, but honestly...they need to read a blog or two to get some new ideas. Like...there was this city slicker who moved to the country and started making a home out of junk and stuff could be a great story! ;)

  40. Image for Jan G. Jan G.

    Someone has figured out what sometimes takes a lifetime to figure out... what she doesn't know is what she's done to make me smile throughout the post... innocence... bottle it, lock it up forever Mom. Thanks oh so much for sharing.

  41. Image for Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

    Oh KariAnne! The room looks beautiful!! Who knew that red, white and blue could look so Christmas-y! It's GORGEOUS!! I've been watching the Hallmark movie marathon all weekend too!! I'm a sucker for those sweet & sappy flicks :-) Thanks for sharing your stunning decorations!

  42. Image for tiffini tiffini

    hello friend:) the is splendid..i can see myself staying here..recuperating.. it is fresh and light..clean..happy pure sweetness did well:) i have been watching gads of hallmark holiday movies...thank God for them and I am always and forever a happily ever after girl...mine is written in heaven;) much xoxo

  43. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    I'm a sucker for those movies too .. even if they set unrealistic expectations and things end up being so black and white while in reality life is much more, well, grey ... But your guest room holiday decor is just lovely -- like so many before me have exclaimed! :)

  44. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    It's looking mighty cheery over there ;) We (meaning me) are getting all Christmasy over at the hollow too! My 16 year old son isn't into helping. Darn. I need me a little elf.

  45. Image for bj bj

    Your decorating is sooo pretty and sooo classy. I adore the round sign above the bed. Did you or your sis make it? It's adorable. I also am totally in luv with the shutter wall...did I miss that post.? Better go back and see. xo bj

  46. Image for Debi @ Adorned From Above Debi @ Adorned From Above

    This is beautiful. I would love to have you share this with this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. The link to the party is I hope to see you there. Have a great week. Debi @ Adorned From Above

  47. Image for The Tablescaper The Tablescaper

    Love, love, love your home. So neat that with a white background you can make it pop with changing the colors. I haven't had a moment to look at any of these movies, but I think I need to find the time! - The Tablescaper

  48. Image for Tardevil Tardevil

    Even though this post is a year old, I just saw that sappy movie for the first time (and loved it). I'm glad you re-linked this post up this year because I don't remember you using red, white & blue last Christmas, in other words, I must have missed this post. It all looks great!

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