2012 Christmas Home Tour

2012 Christmas Home Tour



Welcome to the Christmas Home Tour!


Did you know it was me?

I am so happy that you are here for your next stop on the tour.

A big welcome to everyone visiting from Jen Rizzo and Dear Lillie.



Now this is my very first housewalk…..ever. Β 

And I’ve heard that they are supposed to be wordless.

As in without words.

You know….just beautiful pictures….and more pictures….and a few more pictures…..

…..and not too much talking.

Umm…..have they met me before?




I’ll try.

I’ll try really hard.

But I’m not making any promises. πŸ™‚






Oh….and one more word before I start the whole wordless thing.

Jen has 21 amazing, incredible houses on this tour.


Just wait until you see them all.




And this is only house three.

You’re just getting started.




And because there are so many houses and the whole tour could get a little overwhelming…..

….we are each supposed to only show about ten pictures.



And I’m already on picture nine.





And the challenge is…..I’m just getting started.

I’ve just begun to decorate.

You see….we’re all about Christmas here at Thistlewood.

Reindeer and Santa and elves and glitter and stockings and advent and the reason for the season.

It’s a lot to fit into just 10 pictures.


So at the risk of shamefully exceeding my quota…..here’s a few more for the road.




Christmas-Home-tour-desk Β  Christmas-Home-tour-bedroom-hutch

I know you’re busy.

I know you have to run.

You’ve got your own Christmas decorating to do.

But I hope you’ll stop back by later for a few more Christmas ideas and inspiration.

And can we just keep the whole completely not-even-remotely-a-little-bitΒ wordless thing…..

…..just between us. πŸ™‚

Now don’t stop here! Β 

Why not stop by for a visit with the next house on the list:

At the Picket Fence!


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  1. i love surprises like this!! your home looks beautifully decorated for the season.
    PS- loving that front door shot.

  2. Beautiful! I adore your Noel letters and I’m glad to see the blue/white! So pretty–I did a bit of this and refreshing. Thanks for sharing, Kris

  3. Just beauriful!!! Your house looks like its right out of a magazine. Thank you for sharing your very lovely home with us.

  4. I’m glad you stopped at 10+ a few pictures otherwise I would be totally depressed. I’m now officially determined to spend at least one Christmas in a cold climate, trying to decorate in 43 Celsius is just, well, not Christmas.

  5. So many beautiful touches, love all the white in the kitchen … and those stockings on the shutter wall are just perfect!!

  6. Just beautiful, KariAnne! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  7. Oh my! Your home is beautiful! I agree with every comment above. I love it when you don’t follow the rules!! The front door shot is just too cute. I will stop by the other homes later today! Thank you so much for inviting us in! xo

  8. Wonderful, KariAnne. You know I love it all.β™₯

    And, I want to go on this house tour. I’ll have to wait until I get home from work tonight.

  9. Yay!! Love this, Kari ~ your decorating style is perfection. Like a Christmas wonderland! xo Heidi

  10. beautiful pictures, friend.
    Your home is absolutely a reflection of your sweet family, and it just radiates warmth, love, peace, and joy.
    and I’m really glad you didn’t go wordless. πŸ™‚
    Merry Christmas….

  11. Now, be honest….you started decorating last May, right?? I am sooo impressed…..maybe you have lots of little elves to help? Beautiful and so peaceful!

  12. Beyond fabulous! My favorite is the Noel with the topiary “O”! But then, you always knew your way around a topiary!!

    Can’t wait to join you on the house walk tomorrow!


  13. I must tell you I prefer words along with photos. You are finally inspiring me to get decorating my home for Christmas. I was having so much fun just looking at other homes. Better get started with all the ideas I have been putting together. Can’t wait for the house walk. I love home tours, virtual or up close and in person.

  14. that wreath on your front door is amazing!

  15. A Christmas Spectacular!!!…A so in love with that “Noel”….going to have to try that one!!…and glad that the “mites” are still on the Winnebago headed to Florida!

  16. Beautiful!! Are you sure you only have 37 boxes? ! Love it all!

  17. Kerrianne this was a special treat! LOVE your home decorated for Christmas! Your wreath on your door is perfect too!

  18. Amazing KariAnne!

  19. Your holiday decor is beautiful! It blends right in with your style!

  20. Oh my …gorgeous!!! I tried to pick a favorite element, but can’t, it’s all so pretty! πŸ™‚

  21. Awwww, I am sure the pictures are nowhere as good as an actual walk through your home, but this will have to suffice. Wordless? You? bwahahahaha. Well, you did pretty good, so that should count for something right? And 10 pics? Really? Can’t wait o see more details.

    Merry Chrsitmas, Kari. xxoo

  22. i love everything!!! oh my goodness!!
    merry christmas

  23. Your home is stunning! Oh how I wish you lived in my neighborhood. I would totally pick your brain for ideas. Please please share more pictures of your amazing home. So pretty!

  24. beautiful friend…xo

  25. Ok I am green with jealousy over your NOEL sign. I want that N in the worst way! So if it goes missing it may just have found a new home in Ohio!!!

  26. I LOVE this Karianne! Your house is so gorgeous — I just love all of your beautiful, timeless furniture. Your Christmas decor is beautiful and I love the way you styled all of it! Thanks for the inspiration — I’ve got more decorating to do! πŸ˜‰

  27. Oh I love this post. You are just so darn cute, I just want to reach through my computer and give you a great big virtual hug. Oh, and can we discuss your home for a minute? You know I love it, you know I think it’s amazing and want to be your 5th child in my next life, so I can live there too (I’d even settle for being your dog, or cat, or perhaps a house mouse??), but how did you outdo yourself once again with all this Christmas beauty? Good grief, you’re one talented lady.

  28. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!

  29. Simply gorgeous of course….but your bedroom is still my favorite….one morning you’ll wake up and those stunning urns will be GONE…..standing proudly alongside MY fireplace….(cue witchy laughter….)…..
    Blessings always…..

  30. So beautiful, the sled is just great on the island andf the wreath and all the other touches. I just love everything in this post.


  31. Absolute perfection ~ you leave me speechless….wow wow wow

  32. your house looks amazing, karianne!!!
    merry CHRISTmas to you!

  33. Holy Christmas Gorgeous Karianne! I love your home… hope you have a guest room…I am coming!!!!

  34. I finally figured out what it is that I love about all your house photos – fresh, bright, white without being bland… if only I could get that combo working for me!!

    Gorgeous photos. Incidentally, none of the photos on Jen’s post would come up for me except her own.

    Thanks for sharing!

  35. I love all of it, Karianne. Really, I do.

  36. Your home is a real show stopper! Gorgeous! My favorite is your bedroom…with the fireplace! Lovely! πŸ˜‰

  37. Just beautiful, Karianne! I love so many of the touches you’ve added to your already lovely home for Christmas.

  38. Wow! KariAnne! It’s alll so stunning! In a few words to sum up my favs from this post; you at the front door with your beautiful burlap bow festooned door wreath and that “Noel” on the fireplace mantle with the wreath as the “O”! How clever and so you! Yes, I hardly know you as a new visitor to your blog, but I DO know that you are brilliantly clever in your design and decor! Happy Monday!

  39. Beautiful! I recognized your bedroom from a pin on Pinterest and thought…”oh…you are the one with that bedroom!” Just lovely!

  40. Everything looks so lovely KariAnne! I am such a huge fan of your beautiful blog. Your home is so gorgeous and your photography always makes me drool! I was so excited to see that you were the surprise house for today when that first e-mail came out! (And whoops – I guess I didn’t do very good at keeping my post to a minimum of pictures either….yikes!)

    Merry Christmas!

  41. Your words are too funny and exceeding your picture limit was so worth it because they were all AMAZiNG! I love your house and your style. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Holidays! Lesley

  42. Dear Karianne!!! Your house is amazing! I love the Christmas touches and the little punches of colour!!
    I wish you were here, I need some decorating advice!!!!
    I will check some of the other houses, too!
    And yes, I need to run an decorate my house!

  43. oh my! your home is unreal. I love every single picture! Awesome awesome job! Merry Christmas Season.

  44. Ohhhhhhhhh!!!!! Completely wonderful and gorgeous!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas beauty and your home!
    ~ Violet

  45. I knew you would be one of the surprise homes because you are the queen of blog land right now. It is all over the top beautiful.

  46. Love everything, simply beautiful! And I totally would have missed your personality if you went wordless πŸ™‚
    PS The front door photo of you is so gorgeous!

  47. Love, love, love…but so much better since you added words and extra pictures! You were that girl that got sent in the hall for talking in third grade, werent you? (Takes one to know one!) Its all beautiful! I was putting the finishing touches on my house, as my grade level is coming over for our party tonight, I went with the WWKD motto…(What Would Karianne Do)
    πŸ™‚ B

  48. What a fun surprise! You could have added more pics, in my opinion! Your home is beautiful!



  49. Your blog is one of my favorites!

  50. Beautiful!!!! And I couldn’t do a housewalk without explanation, either. I mean, I wouldn’t follow you through your house without talking, now would I? πŸ˜‰

    My 2 faves – “NOEL” letters, and the fabric flowers . . . and I love everything else, too! Happy Monday!

  51. KariAnne…please open a B&B so I can come stay in our beautiful coziness. πŸ™‚

  52. In the south, we can never be wordless, so I’m pretty sure that rule didn’t apply to you. Your home is beautiful. How do you keep it so clean with kids? Love the red Santa house thingie in your bedroom. You must have a really great husband to do 3 trees! ;o)

  53. Elizabeth Powers :

    Beautiful- Do you guys really live there with Children- Do you spend hours keeping everything picture perfect

  54. Your Christmasy home is just beautiful, Karianne!! Thank you for sharing it!

  55. Beyond beautiful! You have done a spectacular job! Everything is just stunning!!!

  56. Amazing. The white trees are so pretty. And the blue and red in the guest room are just so perfect. Thanks for sharing your holiday home pictures and all the inspiring ideas. Happy Holidays.

  57. GORGEOUS!! Seriously….can I move in?! I LOVE those gigantic “NOEL” letters!! Where on earth did you find them?!

  58. Love, love, love your style.

  59. You crack me up. Wow! Your decorations are amazing! I enjoyed the tour so much! I love how you used punches of color in some rooms. The shutter wall room has always been a favorite of mine and I adore what you did in there!
    Cheers! – Shelley

  60. Crazy gorgeous amazing you are! Your home is incredible! I can’t wait to watch this go viral. πŸ™‚

    Your noel made me gasp… WANT!

  61. Talented Gal! Everything is beautiful (as always!) but love the Noel most of all! Your trees are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and caring! HUGS!!!!!

  62. Your home looks just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining in on the tour and making it truly special!

  63. BEAUTIFUL!! Love your home and your decor! The NOEL letters are terrific! Thanks for inviting us into your home! πŸ™‚

  64. Beautiful *wordless* tour, KariAnne. Your home is gorgeous all dressed up for the season! I love the NOEL letters … the mulitple trees in your sitting room … your amazing bedroom and pops of red in your guest room. Thanks for opening your home up to us all!

  65. SO, SO, SO wonderful, KariAnne! This belongs in the magazine! Nice job!

  66. What a beautiful home you have and how wonderfully you’ve decorated for the season. I love every single picture so I’m glad you didn’t just stop at 10! Thanks for sharing! J9 x

  67. It looks beautiful! Way behind in my decorating this year- letting the kids do most of it !!! Should be interesting!

  68. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous, every last detail! Happy holidays to you and thank you for opening up your home to us.

  69. Your home is stunning! It looks like a Christmas Wonderland! Magazine ready! Merry Christmas!

  70. I love love love those plates oh so pretty, I want to get my house decorated today before the day is over and I feel so slack this year……….because it isn’t done yet. Damn even my daughter has done her house and I haven’t got mine done yet…………….

  71. Gorgeous, Kari Anne! I hope you don’t mind I have been busy pinning away.
    Hugs, Sherry

  72. Laura Leseberg :

    I was meant to live like you are living. *sigh* It’s good to have visible dreams.

  73. Hi Kari,

    I thoroughly enjoyed the “wordless” πŸ˜‰ tour of your charming home. I love to read your posts; your funny personality always comes shining through.

    Everything is gorgeous decked out for Christmas; we love Christmas around here, too. I love, love your master bedroom; it’s so spacious, yet still looks cozy and warm. The guest bedroom(?) is darling — those colors are great. And my favorite is the last picture. Those red and white plates over the pine armoire and the red berry wreaths — it’s just perfect!!

    Thanks for showing us your wonderful home (I’m glad we got to see more than ten pictures.)



  74. I think we’d be all worried if you were wordless KariAnne… anyway, a house is more welcoming with a cheerful and chatty hostess.
    Your home looks so gorgeous and festive. Love it!!
    Merry Christmas,

  75. Oh my! That’s what comes to mind…I am astounded!

  76. GASP…I have no words, simply stunning!!!!!! I think i”m pinning everything here.

  77. Your home is stunning with all your wonderful Christmas goodness! Thanks for breaking up all the pictures with some easy to read words! πŸ™‚
    Mary Alice

  78. It’s looking beautiful Karianne. So festive and cheery. Love the touches of Magnolias you’ve used.

  79. This reminds me of the first time I visited your blog and fell in love with Thistlewood last December! I love everything about your home and that cute shot at the front door is perfect!
    Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

  80. Your home is gorgeous, so many beautiful things! I love the wall made out of shutters!

  81. Ach, how could they expect you to be *wordless*??? The house is magnificent, and I’m especially jealous of your bedroom, just sayin’… If you come home one day and find a person who doesn’t even resemble Goldilocks asleep in your bed, it’s me. Don’t be alarmed. I’ve had all my shots, and I don’t eat much. πŸ™‚


  83. So, so beautiful Karianne!!!!!!!!


    πŸ™‚ T

  84. KariAnne, your house is seriously gorgeous! I LOVE all of your Christmas decorations and your house looks like a holiday wonderland! πŸ™‚

  85. I think you could have shared two or three times as many pictures and no one would mind, because it’s all so pretty and I definitely want to see more, more, more!

  86. You really make me smile.
    Really, truly : )

    Anyone who puts up Christmas
    plates on the wall is a Holiday
    goddess, in my book! Looks

    xo Suzanne

  87. Your home is so beautiful! I’m in love with the amazing chandeliers in your kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us.

  88. Hi!
    I just found you through “Dear Lillie” and boy, what a treat! How have i never heard of “Thistlewood”! Your home is amazing. I saw a photo of one of your rooms earlier on Pinterest and was admiring it but never followed the path to your blog, then came here through “Dear Lillie” and there is that gorgeous room! I can’t wait to take some time here and look around!


  89. WoW!!! I am at a loss for words. I just want to come stay for a weekend and live it. AMAZING. I didn’t even mind the words that you decided to add. Thank you for sharing. I will be back to see more.

  90. Karen Chaudoin :

    Amazing decorating! Just know that you are going to be followed for your wonderful ideas and quirkiness. Love it!

  91. You crack me up KariAnne! You have a beautiful house but it is your spirit and creativity that truly makes it your home! I wish I could take pictures like you also. I put words on my mantel too but yours looks awesome….hmmm are you teaching anywhere? I am so glad I met you at Haven. When I read your blog I imagine you saying it with your personality. You are such a joy!

  92. BEAUTIUL!!! I will be back to look again and again.

  93. There really isn’t much more that I can say
    That hasn’t already been said …you set
    Every blogging scale to the highest level and
    I admire you tremendously . When’s the book coming out? πŸ˜‰
    I want to preorder …haha.
    Xoxo Lu

  94. Wow! Your home is just lovely. So beautifully decorated. Thank you for your wonderful tour!

  95. Beautiful, beautiful…the white makes such a perfect background for a pop of color!

  96. What a beautiful home you have..
    I love your style of decorating..
    Have a wonderful Christmas..

  97. Now…you have been one busy gal and it shows. LOVE it all and more:) Thanks for sharing with all of us.


  98. Picture perfect perfection!


  99. I mean really they couldn’t have actually expected you to be wordless?! πŸ˜‰ Your home is decorated so beautifully!

  100. Simply adorable! I want to move in right now! I agree that ten pictures is too few, like the teaser for a great movie, I want more. Very excited now to become a new follower and browse, many thanks for sharing your beautiful rooms with us,Sally x

  101. You home is just amazing and so is your talent! I also love the magnolia wreath in your previous post and wish I could find a magnolia tree to snip!

  102. OMG, KariAnne–you now live in a winter wonderland! Your entire home is so beautiful. I am in love with the paper flowers that fill your lovely white sleigh–so pretty. Your front door is also amazing! Thank you for all your hard work, and for sharing all of this with us–what a treat!

  103. I had such a lovely time at your house. Thank you for opening your beautiful home and showing us all around!

  104. Your home is stunning! You have amazing taste and your home is just perfect! Happy Holidays, Jen

  105. Your home looks stunning KariAnne! I had to scroll back up twice to see it all over again!
    I’m sure you put in a lot of hours creating this perfection so thank you for sharing it!

    I can’t wait to see all the other photos you took..

  106. I guess I’ve been in my own blogging corner and haven’t visited your side before. Boy, have I been missing something! Your home is beautiful and inviting. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the three trees! Love it! After the craziness is over, I’d love to know the color of your plate wall, a light gray of some sort? Thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas,

  107. First of all you are adorable! Your home looks absolutely stunning!

  108. You have a beautiful home. It looks so fresh and bright. Happy holidays.

  109. I’m always in awe at all your photos. Your home is so lovely and each accessory appears to be chosen with such care and purpose. Just beautiful! I could spend all day on your blog… but then the kids would probably starve, and the laundry would pile up. Ok, I’ll use those insomnia hours as Thistlewood time. How about that? πŸ˜‰

  110. wow. so beautiful. really love the noel on the mantle. very cute. lots of wonderful ideas!!

  111. How fun, Kari! Loved your sweet face peeking out the door, excited for all my friends on this tour. Your house looks just magnificent, as I knew it would again this year and I’m sure you have more to share. Gorgeous, girlfriend!!

  112. Your “shutter” wall is absolutely my very favorite thing in all of the house walk. How long did it
    take to accumulate enough? and what a creative idea!
    Merry Christmas

  113. Wow, wow and WOW!!! I love the Noel letters, can you share where you got them. I especially love the N.

  114. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Your house should be in a magazine or as someone suggested — in a book. I’ve subscribed to many blogs but have never gotten a personal email from a blogger. What a sweet surprise!

    Karol I.

  115. So pretty!
    Would love if you stopped by the Holiday Linky Party – mantels – to link it up! The party is happening NOW!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  116. I love it all, but as a color person, my favorite was the vignette with the blue gingham chair.

    Christmas Blessings!

  117. Karianne, I never tire of looking at your lovely home. It’s just perfection! Thanks for sharing your holiday touches with all of us!

  118. You rebel, you…

  119. I love your monochromatic colors. It plays with the Christmas colors really well. Makes monochromatic dramatic when used in such wide open spaces and plays the texture up too, which my eye is always drawn too. Just gorgeous!

  120. Karianne,
    What an amazing Home Tour!!!
    I’ve got to go back now and savor all that I previewed so it will soak in to my being!!!
    This exquisite home is certainly decked for the Season!!!
    Visitng from Susan’s MM!!!

  121. Love Love Love your beautiful wall to wall shelves with white {ironstone?} dishes! And your Bell Jars. And your Noel mantel. Not to mention your gorgeous bedroom. Love it all – so beautiful. God bless you and yours. Merry Christmas & Glory to God in the Highest!

  122. Your home is lovely Karianne, thanks for sharing it with us.

  123. I’m s glad you didn’t go wordless, and didn’t stick to 10 MEASLEY pictures!!!! We would have missed out on SO much beauty! I LOOOVE your house and your amazing talents. XO, Pinky

  124. How beautiful everything is! I’d like to move right in.

  125. They don’t have to be completely without words – haha! πŸ™‚ Your home is lovely. Just popping by from the Nester’s party to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  126. It is like a walk through a magazine…loved every “word” and picture….fabulous Kari…just fabulous!!

  127. Sooooo beautiful!!! I wish I lived next door to you so I could come sit and enjoy your house!! It’s stunning!!!!!

  128. that mantle is KILLING me… and that tree! i wanna unwrap presents THERE

  129. Happy inspiration! So glad I stopped by today. :-)))
    Merry Christmas
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  130. Your home is absolutely AMAZING! Love it all!

  131. Barbara Sawyer :

    I feel right at home there…AMAZING is all I can say. WOW….