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.  

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. 🙂






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…’s a few more for the road.




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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-bit wordless thing…..

…..just between us. 🙂

Now don’t stop here!  

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

At the Picket Fence!


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  1. Image for Sarah@20 State Sarah@20 State

    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.

  2. Image for Colleen Colleen

    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

  3. Image for tara tara

    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. :) Merry Christmas....

  4. Image for Baileywife Baileywife

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

  5. Image for Anna Starner Anna Starner

    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.

  6. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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!

  7. Image for Barb @ Grits and Glamour Barb @ Grits and Glamour

    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

  8. Image for talia talia

    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!

  9. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    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! ;-)

  10. Image for Andrea Andrea

    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.

  11. Image for Lorraine Lorraine

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

  12. Image for Anne Anne

    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!

  13. Image for Amy @ the Avery House Amy @ the Avery House

    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!

  14. Image for Dear Lillie Dear Lillie

    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!

  15. Image for Lesley Lesley

    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

  16. Image for Claudine Claudine

    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! Hugs!

  17. Image for Kim Kim

    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.

  18. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    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) :) B

  19. Image for Regina Regina

    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? ;) My 2 faves - "NOEL" letters, and the fabric flowers . . . and I love everything else, too! Happy Monday!

  20. Image for Tardevil Tardevil

    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)

  21. Image for Elizabeth Powers Elizabeth Powers

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

  22. Image for JuneA** JuneA**

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

  23. Image for Becca Becca

    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!

  24. Image for J9 J9

    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

  25. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

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

  26. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    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................

  27. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    Hi Kari, I thoroughly enjoyed the "wordless" ;) 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.) Hugs, Denise

  28. Image for fresh fresh

    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 :) Debbie

  29. Image for HRH Sarah HRH Sarah

    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. :)

  30. Image for CAS CAS

    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!

  31. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    You really make me smile. Really, truly : ) Anyone who puts up Christmas plates on the wall is a Holiday goddess, in my book! Looks amazing! xo Suzanne

  32. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    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. xo jeanne

  33. Image for Cindy Cindy

    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! Cindy

  34. Image for Tammie Tammie

    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.

  35. Image for Karen Chaudoin Karen Chaudoin

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

  36. Image for Deneen Deneen

    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!

  37. Image for Lucy Lucy

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

  38. Image for Sally Sally

    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

  39. Image for Athena at Minerva's Garden Athena at Minerva's Garden

    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!

  40. Image for Luci @ Bungalow At Home Luci @ Bungalow At Home

    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..

  41. Image for Karen Karen

    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, Karen

  42. Image for Kim @ Sand & Sisal Kim @ Sand & Sisal

    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? ;)

  43. Image for Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    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!!

  44. Image for Nancy N. Nancy N.

    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

  45. Image for Karol I. Karol I.

    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.

  46. Image for Stacey Stacey

    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

  47. Image for Sherry Sherry

    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! Sherry

  48. Image for Pat Pat

    Karianne, WoW!!! 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!!! Fondly, Pat

  49. Image for Jeannie-JB Jeannie-JB

    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!

  50. Image for Pinky Pinky

    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

  51. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    It is like a walk through a magazine...loved every "word" and picture....fabulous Kari...just fabulous!!

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