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Lynda Brandly (at Gates of Crystal)
Follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Grandma, Blogger, Writer, Decorator
Follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Grandma, Blogger, Writer, Decorator

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Be-YOU-tiful in 2017
As the new year approaches, I find that God is giving me a new goal. It's a simple goal really, and something I've worked on my whole life, but I feel like in this season God is telling me, and you, that it's very important that we get this one right this t...

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A Christmas Buffet and a New Back Splash
My husband and son and I were hanging around after dinner last night when we heard a beeping from the basement. My husband went downstairs to see what it was and our carbon monoxide detector was beeping. After determining the batteries were good in both the...

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Beating the Holiday Blues
The holidays can be a lot of fun or they can be very stressful and painful. If you're missing loved ones, like we are, it seems to be even worse at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I want to tell you first of all, that you are not alone. God knows our...

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Our Home in the January 2017 Issue of Romantic Homes!
The January 2017 issue of Romantic Homes is out and our home is featured in this special 30th anniversary issue! There are eight page of photos and a wonderful article telling all about our home. My husband is particularly pleased about how many times he wa...

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A Christmas Tablescape
We've always had Christmas and Thanksgiving at our house, but since our daughter and her family have moved back to Big Rapids, we've split the holidays. She has hosted Thanksgiving, and I have continued hosting Christmas. We usually eat brunch as we're open...

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Christmas in our Master Bedroom
We are in the middle of a blizzard here in Michigan. Church was canceled today and if the snow continues like expected, schools will be closed tomorrow. So it was a perfect day to take some pictures of our master bedroom and post them. This skinny tree is p...

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Lynda Brandly (at Gates of Crystal) commented on a post on Blogger.
HI Rita!
I love red plaid at Christmas and you do it so beautifully! It doesn't flow with my decor right now or I would definitely be copying you! I love the sparkle of the formal table but both are so lovely. I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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Our Christmas Entry
For the last several years, I have put our nativity on the 'island' that separates our whole main floor. This year, I thought I'd let it be the first thing you see when you enter our house. I love this nativity. I got it at Hobby Lobby several years ago and...

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Christmas in the Living Room
Our living room and dining room are really all one room. I kept things simple in here this year since you can see both trees from this room. I got a new rug this summer at HomeGoods. I originally got it for the family room but didn't like it in there. When ...

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Joyeux Noel Bleu
It's the most wonderful time of the year! There's something so magical about Christmas decor! Our house goes from 'normal' to sparkling, with twinkle lights, blingy trees and piles of beautiful gifts! I have had a Christmas Pinterest board for several years...
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