A Sneak Peek and a Fun Announcement

A Sneak Peek and a Fun Announcement



This is me….

….being dark and mysterious.

Because you know me and how mysterious I am.


Super mysterious.

And me and my super mysterious self have been waiting to tell you some exciting news.

For two whole months I have kept my mouth shut without saying a word.

Okay….maybe the occasional word to my mom and my sister-in-law and my best friend…..

….and a couple of random people at Wal-Mart.

But other than that it’s been mum’s the word.


But today….it’s official and I can tell all the people who truly count…..

….like you.

I was one of the bloggers selected to complete a room make-over to help Sherwin-Williams celebrate National Painting Week.

Next week….each day will showcase different color room make-overs.

There’s blue and green and purple and pink.…and….oh wait…..


Yes….I said red.

And yes…..yes……if you are wondering…..I painted an entire room….bookcases and all…..





It’s not like any room I’ve ever done before.

Just between us….I was a little nervous.

Because after all….let’s be honest….red can be a little overwhelming.

But I paired it with neutrals and antique wood and coffee crates and stripes and tin clocks and burnished gold…..

….and actual books in a bookshelf. 🙂


And I’m showing it all to you next week for Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week.

I can’t wait for you to see it.


Next week…..same time….same place….

….meet me here for coffee and a red, red room.

PS  I know you are thinking it.  And the answer is yes….

…I matched the color to my lipstick. 🙂

disclosure:  This post is part of a two-part series sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.  

All opinions on paint and red rooms that match a lipstick color are completely my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.

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  1. Penelope Groff :

    I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!

  2. Hahaha, you matched it to your lipstick! YAY! So exciting!!!

  3. I can hardly wait to see! Love that clock!!

  4. How excitiing!!! I can’t wait to see, I’m sure it’s all going to be fabulous!!! I’ll be there and ready for a cup of coffee and some great talk, while my eyes feast on the beauty of your new colors!

  5. I knew there was red lurking within. Can’t wait.

  6. leslie heatley :

    Question….Do you design your posts at 4am or just post it then?

  7. It has to be a Chanel red — that color of lipstick is soooo very gorgeous and it would look fabulous on you!! And that was going to be my first question 🙂 I mean red ? and KariAnne? isn’t that synonymous? And I simply love the dark photos!! I am going to have to learn that technique when I want to be Mata Haraish. You simply rock! I can’t wait to see what you’re up to next. Big Hugs and congrats you are queen in blogdom — or should I be non–sexist and say king? But you are IT!

  8. You are the perfect person for the job! Can’t wait to see the finished room.

  9. SO AWESOME!! Can’t wait.

  10. Shut the front door! Can’t wait to see!!

  11. So exciting! Looking forward to seeing the room! I love Sherwin Williams paint its the best, so of course they would choose you to represent them!

  12. You have my attention, oh lady of mystery! 🙂

  13. Stop it! I can’t believe it…..but then again yes I can. And I KNOW I cannot wait to see it! I know it will be spectacular. Kudo’s on keeping it to yourself. That must’ve been pretty tough to take! Looking forward to see your latest creation!!!!

  14. Red is my favorite color, so of course it will be awesome!!

  15. KariAnne, your energy and ideas are always fabulous ! Love the lipstick red walls and looking forward to the big reveal next week 🙂

  16. Wow! Red I cannot wait to see this room. Woooo Hoooo you go girl.

  17. Wow. Red’s a big step for a neutrals girl like you. How fun to do something so different. It must be Opposite Day. I just painted my family room white. My husband felt to see if I had a temperature when I told him my color choice. But I needed the room to be brighter. And the combination of white walls and orange Venetian plaster made me feel like I was home in Phoenix, rather than here in northern VA. Shocking change can do your heart such good.
    The Other Marian

  18. A red room! I can’t wait to see it! I know it will be FABULOUS! Life to the full! Melissa

  19. Oh my goodness, l have always known you had a wild side to you !!!!!!!! l cant wait to see it….you are so brave and we are so lucky to have you for inspiration, because l for one am a chicken when it comes to being bold!!!!!!! I am working on it though……GOOD JOB GIRL…..oh hey, and way to go on keeping a secret, l would have failed miserably lol

  20. Love it! I once had a berry red bathroom with white woodwork, and I never tired of the color.

  21. I am sooooo excited!!! Red is STILL my all-time favorite color to decorate with!!!!!!

  22. I cannot wait to see it! I am sure it will be nothing less than amazing 🙂 And here I am fussing over changing my butter yellow living room to East Coast Blue!!

  23. How exciting and I love that you are doing red. If I ever design a lipstick red fabric…. I shall call it… Kari. Done deal.

  24. I am so excited! Can’t wait to see it! I know Sherwin Williams picked the right girl!

    Have an amazing day!

  25. Oooooh I can not wait!!!!!

  26. Congrats Karianne! I have had a small 1/2 bathroom painted red for years and decided to paint it off white. It’s in the process at this moment. You actually inspired me to go with white after looking at all of the lovely pics of your home. I’m a little nervous about it, but hopefully once my vanity and everything is in place it won’t look so stark. Today I’m sharing why I’m not a DIY Diva, but DIY Diva’s like you inspire me.

  27. Wow, congratulations! I think I’m going to love seeing that red room!

  28. Wow, red?! Can´t wait to see what you come up with. I have always loved your taste and I bet I will love the red red room that matches your lipstick.
    I love the clock

  29. Sounds and looks exciting! Big gulp- red to match your lipstick! I love anything you do! I can’t wait!

  30. Regena Fickes :

    This is why Thistlewood is one of my “must see to start my day” blogs! My Ma would call you a scamp and I will too.
    I never know what to expect except that it will be worth my time. Can’t wait!

  31. The second I saw the word red, I knew it had to be lipstick red! YAY!

  32. Tina Matteson :

    I can’t wait to see it!!! So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Do you have a red named after you yet?? We grew up with a Chinese red living room..Liked it then..It’s was a little dark as I remember..Congrats on the “job”..Can’t wait to see it..

  34. Fantastic! Can’t wait to see it! I’ll bet you really rocked it! 😉

  35. “I brake for…actual BOOKS in a bookshelf!”

  36. Yay!!!! A red room with BOOKS??????? I can not WAIT!!! Two of my all-time favorite things – OK, three, counting YOU! 🙂 Congratulations!!

  37. Woo-hoo! Congratulations! Waiting with baited breath…:D

  38. Can’t wait to see it. I just know it is going to be very wonderful, as of all your projects.

  39. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done. So nice to see you being selected!

  40. I love red. I am sure you did it all justice. I will be back to see how fabulous it turned out!

  41. Waiting . . . . . 🙂

  42. How exciting! I cant’t wait!

  43. I am thrilled for you and am totally excited to see it all! I know it will be killer and enviable and pin able and to die for.

  44. Karianne,
    I was craving red once…and had my hubby paint one room all red. I used gold accents. My fancy chandelier, my large ornate picture frame on the wall. Sofa had some gold in it. I loved it and everyone said they loved it. One friend said they would lay on the sofa and eat bon bons in there. ha! But then…one day I just couldnt take all the red. But it was fun while it lasted. I think it was Martha Stewart’s ‘ladybug’ red. Now its pale, blue with gold accents and lots of white. I can NOT wait to see your room as I know it wil be super gorgeous!

  45. OMG!! You are too much! I have got to go out and get red lipstick today!! There could be an army of us all in red lipstick and just think how much more beautiful the world would look!! I can’t wait to see the room. You are so brave and I love that your word today was “inspire” because you inspire so many of us!!

  46. How exciting! If anyone can pull it off, you and your lipstick can. 🙂 ♥

  47. How exciting, KariAnne. I had a red kitchen and adjoining family room for several years. We have white shutters and wainscoting and it looked great. It always made me feel happy and energized. I can’t wait to see yours. Congratulations!

  48. Well if there is anyone who can pull off red it is you, lady! Can’t wait to see it 🙂

  49. Peggy Zortman :

    You always make me smile! Can’t wait to see your gorgeous “RED” room!

  50. Oh, how I ADORE red! Can’t wait to see what you’ve done….it will be FABULOUS, I’m sure! I’m all excited for next week now!

  51. I figured you would work your lipstick in there some how! Can’t wait to see the room!

  52. miz karianne, I LOVE red…can’t wait to see what all you did!

  53. if anyone can pull off a room painted red — its YOU.

  54. Wow…red…would not have thought of that color but I am thinking it is going to be fabulous!! Cannot wait to see it.

  55. I.can’t.wait! Hurry 🙂

  56. How excited I am for you! Can’t wait to see it!

  57. Yvonne Ester :

    I can’t wait to see your beautiful red room!!!!!

  58. YEEAAHH!! I can’t wait!! I know they will be fantastic!

    Huggs, Nancy

  59. Red? the all room red? Wuau…but if there is a person that can pull it off and will look amazing….. is you, I know it. It will fantastic and we will love it !!….you go girl or…you go RED !! 🙂

  60. My 15 year old granddaughter picked out red for her bedroom last week. I haven’t opened the can yet, it will be a surprise. We both will wait to see your surprise first. I know it will be a show stopper.

  61. Fun! Can’t wait to see!! XO

  62. Yipppeeeee! And congrats, Mystery Lady!!!!

  63. That’s exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing the room.

  64. How exciting! I can’t wait!!!

  65. My living room and dining room are red and I love it. Been that way for 10 yrs now and even tho’ I’d like a change, my husband loves, loves, loves it and so therefore, it’s going to stick around for a couple more years. Can’t wait to see your red room!

  66. Super excited!

  67. Oh my! I painted a small laundry room RED and it took three coats to cover it (I would have liked to have done a fourth). I can’t imagine how long it took you to paint and entire room, including bookcases! Can’t wait for the reveal.

  68. How fun! Can’t wait to see it!

  69. Like we’d be anywhere else but here….waiting….sipping tea….waiting….breathless….waiting! Karianne and red….that’s a combination that’s GOTTA be good! Can’t wait!

  70. OMG!!!! Do I really have to wait? you know I’m not good with that……waiting stuff………oh, all right! If I must……but I’m not happy about it!…….waiting is just not in my DNA!…….especially when it involves the color RED! and a room makeover….by you!
    Oh, heck, now I have to go paint something red…… will be back bright and early next week!


  71. Ooooh, how exciting….and dramatic 🙂 Cannot wait to see the ‘red room’! And congrats on being so amazing girl!! You continue to rock our socks off!!

  72. Congrats Kari….now go out and paint the town red!!!

  73. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. I WAS so thinking about your red room and your red lipstick. Am so looking forward to seeing the room.

  75. Oh, I am so excited to see the red room. If you have ever been to any of my posts I am sure you have seen my red couch – and I love it. I have red in almost every room of my house and I wear only red lipstick and always have to have a pair of red shoes. I have always been that way since I was a little girl. LOL Crazy aren’t I.
    Congratulations on being selected by Sherwin Williams. Looking forward to future posts.
    Have a terrific week.

  76. Wait a minute – I thought I was your best friend….and I haven’t heard a peep about this! Congratulations, Sweetie! As you know, my kitchen is red and it still makes me happy. I got to paint FIVE coats of paint for coverage ; how many coats did you get to paint? Love you!