You Won’t Believe What Showed Up On the Doorstep

You Won’t Believe What Showed Up On the Doorstep

tobacco wood ceiling showhouse

Remember this incredible, wonderful, amazing ceiling?

I know….right?

It’s made completely out of reclaimed tobacco wood sticks from an old Tennessee barn.

Are you sighing and gazing up at your ceiling and wishing that you could blink twice and tobacco wood would simply appear up there?

Me, too.

master bedroom ceiling

master bedroom ceiling ideas

It wasn’t the only amazing ceiling created in the show house.

There was this one.

Reclaimed wood that looks like it came over with the pilgrims on the Mayflower.

(total aside….and SERIOUSLY….that light fixture).

dining room ceiling

ceiling ideas

And then there was this ceiling created by a mathematical genius.

All these ceilings were brought to you by Lauren and Kara from Refresh Home.

I met them in December when I had the absolute honor of photographing this incredible house.  It was a day of joy and laughter and creative inspiration and tobacco wood ceiling.

And when I walked under those ceilings I would look up and wish I had a tobacco barn in Tennessee.

Thistlewood Farms Painting

And then yesterday this showed up on my doorstep.

Tobacco sticks.

And not just any tobacco sticks.

Thistlewood Farms Tobacco Stick Painting

These are the tobacco sticks from the ceiling.

And Lauren and Kara painted them with a picture of the farm.

I couldn’t believe it.

It’s perfect.

Thistlewood Painting

It’s a gift I will treasure forever.

Forever and ever, amen.

A little piece of tobacco stick joy for my very own.

And if I hang it overhead and squint….

….it makes the perfect ceiling. 🙂

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  1. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Awwwww!! What a wonderful surprise!! Boy, I sure am glad that I didn’t go with you to tour those homes. Well, you know that painting The Scream? I guess someone could have painted me as The gape. My mouth would have been perpetually open – well it is anyway cuz I’m usually talking – but this would have been different. I probably couldn’t have uttered a word other than oooooooh!!Have a wonderful day. Big Hugs!!

  3. Those ceilings- swoon!!! Such a thoughtful gift! What a wonderful surprise!

  4. Roberta Sutton :

    What an amazing gift…some people really blow you away by going above and beyond…totally restoring our faith in humanity! Also wanted to mention that when I saw you standing in the Magnolia Shop I knew I loved you even more than I imagined…I am so obsessed with Fixer Upper and YOU…and to have you both together in one installment was more than I could stand!! For a minute I was so jealous I couldn’t see straight…but once I calmed down I knew it was more like kismet…the blending of two of the most incredibly talented and lovely people I admire from afar. If I can’t get there…I am sooo happy you did…can’t wait to see what you did with all your treasures from Waco and as always…Thanks for being one of the best parts of my existence…love ya!!!

  5. L.O.V.E.

  6. Oh how so beautiful and such an incredible gift…yes, that you will treasure forever!!….and thanks for bringing us some great wood plank inspiration….loved seeing those amazing photos again!…

  7. I love the ceilings too. That was sweet of them to make that for you. And personalized it for your very own treasure. Now if they will just load up the rest of the wood and come to your house and redo your ceilings in that tobacco wood. A happy girl you will be. 🙂

  8. This is so amazing!!!! I love all you girls!!

  9. Don’t you just love thoughtful people?

  10. what a thoughtful gift,life gives you surprises, God gives you blessings……

  11. We love you!!! Thank you for being one of the most amazing, down to earth, hilarious, talented, and inspiring women we’ve had the privilege of meeting !

  12. What a Beautiful Sign, from Beautiful and Kind people…to one Beautiful Girl and her Beautiful Family!
    It just doesn’t get better than this!! <3 <3 <3

  13. Gorgeous!! What a thoughtful gift.

  14. What a lovely gift to cherish. It’s beautiful.

  15. Amazing gift! And the ceilings are unbelievable! Can you tell this land-locked Texas girl a little bit about “tobacco sticks”? Never heard of them before this and I can tell I’ve missed out on a great thing!!!

  16. How sweet! My grandparents had a tobacco farm so I have an attraction to tobacco sticks. I am not sure I would want a ceiling of them but I enjoyed the post and I love, love, love your gift. Don’t you just love thoughtful people! Do you know designer, Shannon Berrey? I taught her children and she gave me a very thoughtful gift. It was a plate on which that she painted the cover of the Charlotte’s Web’s book. I had a happy face that would have rivaled your happy face when I opened that gift .

  17. Made me smile. What a treasure to receive on your doorstep!

  18. Lynn in Florida :

    What a lovely surprise to find on your doorstep! When my hubby and I sold our beautiful home of ten years, which we designed and built, in order to relocate and downsize, our realtor surprised us with a tree ornament, handpainted with an image of our home. Each year, when I hang it on our Christmas tree, it brings me joy, and beautiful memories of that home. As a result of your post, Karianne, I just decided that next Christmas, I will keep the ornament out, and display it year round, (perhaps on one of those little stands with a hook, designed for teacups and such?). Such thoughtful gifts deserve NOT to be brought out just once a year, right? Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. So beautiful and thoughtful! And those ceilings………

  20. Oh my I love!!! Do they sell these? Or was it just a special gift it is that for sure! Enjoy
    Your sweet surprise!! Have a great day!!!

  21. What a joy!! I bet you want to carry that from room to room with you so you can keep enjoying it!! Have a blessed day!!

  22. My grandfather was a tobacco farmer in TN 🙂 I am personally against tobacco use, but the sticks and the barns and the smoke curling out of the barns curing the tobacco is very nostalgic.

  23. Charlotte Snodgrass :

    Those ceilings are beautiful! And that light fixture in the bedroom……well, I don’t know what to say, it’s gorgeous!
    That was so thoughtful for them to send you your own piece of tobacco wood, I love it! Thanks for sharing this beautiful home with us!

  24. Absofreakinglutelypositivelygeorgeous! It’s so nice when you make a great first impression which I’m sure you do a lot! Loved the ceilings and all the old wood!

  25. What a sweet and thoughtful gift! And a wonderful reminder of a lovely day!

  26. I would have cried. Honestly. I would have blubbered. What a beautiful act. Of course, you know we all love you and you totally deserved the gift. Recognize this gift as representation of what they must think of you.

  27. These are very thoughtful and sweet people! I love it! No doubt your enthusiasm melted their hearts!!

    Jane xx

  28. What a sweet thoughtful thing to do. Now you will always have a reminder of your love for Tennessee and tobacco sticks. By the way I just loved the fainting couch (if that’s what it’s called) at the foot of the bed. I think we all need to rethink our ceilings and dress then up a little.

  29. As you said, KariAnne – PERFECT!

  30. I agree with everyone…thoughtful, perfect, sweet
    Just like you!

  31. What a great gift!

  32. You are so fortunate to have such nice friends. Did the sticks retain any of the aroma of the tobacco that was dried on them? If so, would it impart the tobacco fragrance to a room? Tobacco fragrance is often found in perfumes (Tom Ford has a wonderful one). It is when it is smoked that it becomes unpleasant.

  33. I can totally picture you laying on your bed and holding that way over you head and squinting you eyes to imagine it’s the whole ceiling. Surely there must be some Great wood grain wallpaper that you could use to give the illusion of a planked ceiling.

    My husband is aghast. I am thinking of putting wallpaper up in our upstairs landing. This, to be exact: . Wouldn’t it be cool to wake up and walk into a hallway that looked like the forest in winter?
    The Other Marian

  34. Very cute sign! I love Cindy’s comment above…”don’t you just love thoughtful people?” Yes, they make the world go round and handmade gifts are the best gifts of all 🙂

  35. What a heartwarming gift.

  36. You are one lucky girl! So beautiful, enjoy!!

  37. Omg, im in love. That is a amazing treasure/gift. What absolutely wonderful people to do that. I have skills but i dont have skills like that. Its a krrpsake for a lifetime. Very lucky.

  38. Such a thoughtful and unique gift for you to treasure! I’m so glad I got to see those ceilings in person…. And to meet you!

  39. AHHH-MAZING! It IS a treasure, Karrianne!
    And what a delight to see all the rooms and ceilings in this house!!!

  40. Wow! Absolutely amazing.

  41. What a beautiful gift! This was made from the heart! I also adore the stunning ceilings!!!!

  42. What an absolutely wonderful and heartfelt gift!

  43. What a sweet gift! Such a thoughtful present!

  44. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift! It certainly is something you will treasure forever! Gifts of thought, kindness and love are priceless! Enjoy in good health for an entire lifetime!

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