Some jobs require MILES of Garland!


to my Seasonal Home

My name is Eileen and I am a Wife, Mom of 4, Author, DVD Producer, Public Speaker, Owner of a small Publishing Company and Commercial Holiday Design Firm, which only proves that your passion can turn into a career! (LOL)

Time to place the STAR on top of a 30-foot tree!

I thoroughly enjoy “the ART of decorating around the JOY of celebrating ~ the Holidays, Seasons & Special Times of our lives“™… but on a budget!  As you check out my blog posts, I’m sure you’ll begin to notice that I’m passionate about FAMILY, the SEASONS and HOLIDAYS and that I love to share my creativity, so I hope it inspires you.  🙂
Recently, I wrote & photographed my first book (available in my SHOP).  I also had the help of a brilliant graphic artist and printed it locally, so it’s entirely AMERICAN MADE.  It combines my love of seasonal & holiday design with my own personal, creative, road-tested traditions for celebrating: Holidays, Birthdays, Seasons & EverydayIn today’s hectic and insecure world, I’m a firm believer that it’s a good thing to create fun & happiness for yourself, your loved ones and friends… whenever possible, and in whatever amount suits your style.
I made it my mission to create traditions, seasonal fun & holiday magic for my boys while they were growing up because I knew that would provide them with wonderful memories.  What I didn’t know (at the time) is that it would also grow “ROOTS” of pride, self worth and the value of togetherness.  So often, my grown boys still tell me that they have incredible childhood memories, which continues to be my inspiration to create new traditions, only much more “grown-up” versions like our annual “Family Fun Day” (example below):

CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW if you’d like to see just one of the holiday traditions (from my BOOK) come to life….. turn up your speakers!

Other creative projects….

I’m currently working on a very comprehensive Christmas “How To” book, so, please check back for updates on that.  It will  be the most unusual Christmas book you’ve ever seen and will finally de-mystify the art of holiday design for you.
And I just completed my 1st, full-length DVD, titled “Secrets of the Pros… How to Decorate a Christmas Tree”.  It will walk you through the entire process as well as tons of BONUS ideas too.  Here’s some feedback…
I just wanted to let you know that I received the DVD today.  I’ve watched it once already and will watch it again later tonight as I start to get out my decorations.  I love, love, love your ideas!  You are easy to follow and very thorough in explaining the whys and hows of your decorations.  I can’t wait to try out your ideas over the next couple of weeks.  I’m a clod when it comes to decorating but love to do it anyway, and I know I’m going to have a huge improvement this year because of your DVD.  I hope you sell hundreds of these DVDs!  I hope you also consider making more.   Thanks again, best of luck to you, and a wonderful holiday season to you and your family as well!      Sincerely, Melissa
So, that’s my story!  Thanks for stopping by and if you have a moment, please check out my hundreds of blog posts and my little SHOP too

Enjoy the Creativity!


P.S. The following is some of my professional work.  I hope my passion, for also making my client’s holidays extra special, shows through!

[click on any photo on this page – most have a LARGER view]

City Hall Client (Yes! I sewed those wreath banners too… lol)

Simple & Elegant Exterior (Residential Client)

Roses with Lime Green (Residential Client)

Hallmark Store Display

Southern Magnolia Elegance (Residential Client)


The whimsy of Santa!   (Residential Client)

A Peacock Theme, also using Gold, Crystal, Ruby, Jade and Plum-colored accents (City Hall Client)

The Richness of Red (Residential Client)

Kid’s Playroom (Residential Client)

Red & Gold Dining Room (Residential Client)

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wendy M.
    May 13, 2009 @ 19:52:18

    I love your blog! You’re so talented and creative, it’s just amazing!


  2. Robin Wells
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 16:25:05

    Hi Eileen

    Thanks for sending the link to your blog – the site looks terrific. Great seeing you last evening. Thanks for all the great ideas. Robin


  3. Peggy
    Aug 07, 2010 @ 14:05:53

    WOW! This is the first time I have read about the author. After seeing these pictures, I am in awe of your talent.


  4. Susan
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 19:53:01

    Hi sister in Spirit!! Love the new look and love what you have done!! I am just chomping at the bit to get my fall pretties out and hope to put some of your ideas to use!! Love you!


  5. Jenny Hamilton
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 00:37:17

    Hi Eileen,

    You might not remember me but I helped you(or tried to :() ) with your converter(BHN remember???). I just checked out your Spooky Dinner vid on You Tube and it was GREAT! I passed it on to my sister-in-law and she loved it too! She also liked the Thanksgiving Tablecloth. It’s not something I say to customers often but I’m really glad you were having trouble with your box, otherwise I would never have had the pleasure of “meeting” you. You must have been a wonderful mother! Bravo!


  6. Becky Davis
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 19:29:14

    Hi Eileen, really enjoyed looking around your site. The pictures are great.

    Your Firend,
    Becky @ Northside Crafters Mall
    Albemarle, NC


    • seasonalhome
      Nov 12, 2010 @ 20:46:33

      Hello Becky. I’m so glad you found a moment to check out my blog. Thank you! I hope you are doing well. 🙂


  7. Evan Harkrider
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 01:01:26

    Hello Eileen
    My name is Evan im am 15 years old and i think that you are such a talented
    decorator and holiday designer.You have inspired me to make videos of my house and make our decorations just a little better.When im older i want to have my house decorated like your for all of the holidays.My goal in life is to become the manager/designer for ALL the holiday decorations at Disney World.Thanks and keep up the FANTASTIC work. 😀


    • seasonalhome
      Jun 26, 2011 @ 20:07:16

      Thank you very much Evan! 🙂 I am so happy to hear that my work is inspiring you AND a potential career… that is SO great! Disney is a great goal. [P.S. They supplement a lot of their holiday decoration at the same wholesaler I use, so we may meet there someday… lol] Either way, something tells me you will absolutely achieve your career goal someday and staying on track is the best advice I can give you to accomplish that. If you saw my very first holiday design (ugh), you would understand that experience, learning from others and trying new things will be your key to success and in developing your holiday style. I wish you all the luck in the world… enjoy the journey!


  8. Evan Harkrider
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 22:23:21

    Thanks for the Wonderful reply. Your such a nice lady i wish that you were my Neighbor. I have videos coming out this October of the Halloween Decorations I will inform you when they are ready. Happy Summer
    Thanks again,
    Evan 🙂


  9. Jeannie Nelson
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 12:07:38

    I would also love to know how you got started working professionally as a Holiday Decorator………

    Love your designs and work!!!


    • seasonalhome
      Sep 07, 2011 @ 23:01:32

      Thanks Jeannie! Many years ago, I was hired, as an Apprentice seasonal helper by a large, local company. As my skills improved and I learned the art of holiday design, I eventually became a head designer. It was fun and challenging and I had the opportunity to create holiday designs for many of their largest clients, like our local NBA team. After several years, I felt as though I wanted to continue but scale back, so I started my own company. Now, I choose who and how many clients I design for, so it’s perfect!


  10. Debbie Hess
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 01:17:14

    Love your blog and this is the only place to contact you with my email. Lol 🙂


  11. Jennie
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 20:19:50

    Eileen, I’ve been through it all & find it to be breath-taking. Remember when
    we used to be able to tour your house at Christmas? That was such fun & my friends and I were always amazed. I am just so happy to have such a talented friend and former neighbor.
    Love you,


  12. betty
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 21:06:19

    Following you on pininterest.


  13. Tammy Santos
    May 31, 2012 @ 14:54:11

    This is a great website! You have such a great eye for beauty and your home reflects it! i am so glad Karen sent me this website! Tammy


  14. Susan
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 02:33:57

    Holiday Greetings to you and yours!! Once again you have outdone yourself!
    What an adorable puppy.

    Could you tell me where you found the toy soldiers/nutcrackers used in your outdoor decorations? I believe the photo’s may have been in 2010.


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