Before I ever wrote this blog…..I was a blog reader.

Every morning.

I would sip a cup of cinnamon coffee with hazelnut creamer and read……and dream.

This was a world filled with pages and pages of chevron rugs and burlap and locker baskets and down pillows with the number seven and bingo cards and nailhead trim.

It was perfection.

It was amazing.

Full of endless creativity and a world of possibilities.


I read so many blogs….more than I could ever count.

But one was my favorite.

The best of the best.

One I admired from afar.


Melaine from My Sweet Savannah.


She didn’t know that I was her BFF.

She never even heard of me.

She had no idea who I was.

But I was her biggest cheerleader….her biggest fan.


I loved her kitchen before.

Doesn’t it look amazing.

Don’t you love those words around the skylight.

And this was before.

Before she stained her floors dark and painted her cabinets.

PicMonkey Collage My Sweet Savannah

Before it looked even more amazing.

I cheered her on silently ever step of the way.

She was fearless.

She was my hero.

She was always painting numbers or letters on fabric or walls or baskets or linen…..way before Pinterest or painting numbers was even cool.

I was in awe.

master bath before

 She took her master bath from this….


… this…..

PicMonkey Collage Master Bath

.….and this.

I never missed a post.

I can remember reading about her new pillows in her living room when I was in the middle of the house renovation…..knee-deep in dust and wallpaper scraps and washing dishes in my bathroom sink.

She inspired me.

She lifted my spirits and made me smile and believe that one day I could sit in a living room with pillows and curtains and artwork and watch the sunbeams dance across the wood floors.



So thank you to the wonderful, incredible, inspirational Melaine.

I count my blessings that you write your blog.

I count my blessings that you and I have had coffee together for more mornings than I can count.

And I that I can call you friend.  🙂


PS  Melaine is having a Joss & Main Sale on March 3!  I know you won’t want to miss it!


  1. Image for Lynn in Florida Lynn in Florida

    Karianne- the minute I have my decaf with French vanilla creamer made, and I've read my daily devotional, (okay, sometimes even before that), I curl up with an afghan, and go straight to your blog to start my day with inspiration, smiles, and laughter. I adore your decorating style, but most of all, I adore your sunny, sweet outlook on life, and your immense talent at writing about what really matters...the people we love, the beauty surrounding us each day, and finding joy in the simplist of things. So I hope it brings joy to your heart to know you are my Melaine! And I LOVE having coffee with you each morning! Thanks for being my BFF, and making me feel that I'm yours too! You are delightful!

  2. Image for baileywife baileywife

    You are the first one that posts each morning...and with my coffee cup and Kindle in hand, I sit by my fireplace alongside my handsome Baileyhusband, with still sleepy make me laugh out loud....interrupting the quietness of our home! Thanks for being YOU! ( coffee is made locally, whatever flavor floats our boat..with original Coffee Mate) ~Kim

  3. Image for summer summer

    You put beautifully into words what I feel every morning when I read through my favorite blogs. You are such an inspiration and I enjoy your blog so much!

  4. Image for Rachel Rachel

    I love Melanie's style as well. Her blog led me to my newest favorite, Thistlewood Farms! I have only been peeking in over the last week, and I already LOVE it! You crack me up. Keep being awesome! ;) And I will keep checking in while sipping my morning brew.

  5. Image for Kristina Kristina

    Oh now...see what you've done? You've contributed to MY addiction with YOUR blog by sharing Melaine with me! Will I ever sleep again waiting for morning to arrive so that I can read BOTH of your posts? Will I accomplish anything during my waking hours other than drool over your beautiful homes; bask in each of your creative genius; laugh at your cute sharings? Shame on you both for being so darn generous and wonderful! Kristina

  6. Image for Shelley @ Calypso in the Country Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

    I love this post! I can totally relate to you because that is how I feel about several blogs - including yours! I used to buy so many magazines but now (in addition to them) I love the endless inspiration I can find online! As soon as the kids leave for school, I grab my tea and breakfast and start my day with beautiful images and ideas. Even if I only have a few minutes sometimes, it is the perfect way to begin the day! -Shelley

  7. Image for Joyce Joyce

    Your blog, is always blooming with inspiration-your words are kind, beautiful, and enthusiastic! You share with us the lovely aspects of life and fill our hearts, lives and homes with a gentle beauty! Jemma

  8. Image for Gee Gee

    Just so you know... before I started blogging... you were that for me. I would read.. and giggle.. and soak up the inspiration. And comment and giggle some more. Thank for begin that for me! Hugs, Gee

  9. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    It is no wonder that her blog is one of your favs...a gorgeous home of such wonderful style and creativity...I can just imagine you at the breakfast table...reading her blog...waving your arms with excitement of a project of hers...loved thi post!

  10. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Good morning, sweet friend. You prove the words we've all heard of the importance of sharing a smile. I love to smile, and thinking of you and your red lipsticked smile always makes me happy. (I love Melanie's blog, too.)

  11. Image for Angela Angela

    Well, girl, you know how I feel about you and your blog! You are my Melanie! Thanks for producing a beautiful blog and bringing joy to people's lives everyday! I'm off for my second cup-a-Joe and to explore Melanie's blog as well! Have a blessed day!

  12. Image for Barb @ The Everyday Home Barb @ The Everyday Home

    Kari I could not agree more. She was one of my early on blogs too and the first time I truly fell in love with large words painted on walls. In fact, would you believe I have that very same shot in my inspiration files to do in my own kitchen. Unlike Melaine, my word are still in my files and not on the walls. Lol. I live every square inch of her house and also follow her blog. Maybe we don't have coffee together, but I do love her style. :) Have a good day! (Ps - found some Bingo cards while thrifting and thought of you)

  13. Image for tara tara

    she's one of my favorites, too. her home is so amazing...and i've enjoyed getting to know her heart a little through blogging. you did a great job featuring her, KariAnne.

  14. Image for Patty O Patty O

    Karianne - once again you are giving credit where credit is due...and what a wonderful trait - to share your limelight with someone else! Thank you for sharing your "friend's" blog and inspiration. I will definitely add her to my list! You, as I've said before are my inspiration and I know I am not alone when I say - my best friend! :) Thanks for having coffee with me every morning!

  15. Image for nantucketdaffodil nantucketdaffodil

    Well can I tell you...YOU are my Melanie! I have been home for 8 weeks, and with my little cup of coffee with Bailey's creamer and slice of toast (usually with a pug on my lap)...I dream as I look over your latest post. You know I am having blog/home/Karianne envy when I call 14 year old son over to admire the changes you have made. I know...I have a problem. Thanks for being my problem.

  16. Image for Doreen Doreen

    That is what is so amazing about the blog world - there is inspiration everywhere! So much talent and friends to connect with over the internet!

  17. Image for Ashley Sparks Ashley Sparks

    I agree with everyone! You are that inspiration to us! And it's so fun to hear that you dreamed to be like someone one day and you actually did it! You go girl!!! Ashley Rane Sparks

  18. Image for shirl' anderson shirl' anderson

    What an awesome birhtday present today! Two of my favorite bloggers in one post! I love you both for your unique styles. You KariAnne make me laugh when I don't even feel like it. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  19. Image for Kelli Kelli

    Lol....I'm so glad to know that it's okay to be someone's BFF and them not know it. lol! Isn't it amazing how you just seem to "click" with certain blogs? It's such an amazing, big world out there...with lots of wonderful people with beautiful homes. Wonderful post! k.

  20. Image for Heather Heather

    My thoughts exactly about you-except I'm sipping hot sweet tea every morning. You are my inspiration as I try to renovate this 1870 home of ours-as you can tell by requests to you for your paint colors! Thank you and please keep blogging and inspiring all of us!

  21. Image for Kristine Kristine

    Karianne, I was so excited to write my comment to you this morning, but as I read through all the other wonderful words that were written, I just knodded my head yes and smiled. Those written words were exactly what I was feeling......THANK-YOU for being you and an inspiration to me! K

  22. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I semi recently discovered her blog and it was soon to be blog love. You know, I betcha there are many blog readers out there who feel the same way about your blog. In fact, I can guarantee there's one in Canada who anxiously awaits your every post :)

  23. Image for Judy Judy

    i remember melaine's gorgeous home from way back in the Rate My Space days! Her daughter's old room was the inspiration for the re-do of my granddaughter's bedroom a couple of years ago....I love every single thing she does! Of course, I feel the same way about you and your blog....what awesome talent you two ladies have!

  24. Image for gina gina

    Cheerleader on the sidelines here (coffee w/ amaretto creamer today)! Your prose + Melaine's pics = winning team!

  25. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Gorgeous inspiration! Thanks for sharing Melanie's blog with us. I feel the same way about your blog as I visit and linger often. Have a wonderful weekend!

  26. Image for Regina Regina

    You do realize that between YOU and The Pioneer Woman, my life is complete? :) And now you introduce me to ANOTHER? I need to find her so that I can see the NOW of her kitchen! BTW, I love the b/w photos framed . . . I've got some really neat ones of my grandmother working her WPA job with a UK archaeologist!

  27. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Ditto to all the preceding readers' comments. You epitomize the creative writer. I am heading over to Melanie's blog.

  28. Image for Melaine Melaine

    Wow KariAnne! You know I just love you to pieces! Thank you for featuring me! I just read through ALL the comments and you've got to be feeling pretty good about yourself right now! I have to say, I agree with everyone, you are my Melaine :) Melaine

  29. Image for Sarah Sarah

    I do the same most mornings.......decaf expresso roast, black and all my favorite blogs. You are a favorite! '-) I follow along with Melanie too. Thanks for spotlighting her.

  30. Image for Jan Jan

    What a lovely post Karianne! I love your blog!! And you're right, Melanie does have a great blog too!! Thanks for visiting me and leaving your comments about the B&B featured (Part 3 is up today). Jan ♥

  31. Image for Rosie Rosie

    This is my first time in the comment screen. I related to you with the coffee,( mine is French Roast and cream with a lite shot of sweetner) and reading other peoples blogs. The reason for my post is to say Thank you, your kind words for this other person was nice, but I like the way you write, short and too the point. Keep up the good words, and love love the a kid reading a book, the pics are the best...

  32. Image for vicarious-vicarious vicarious-vicarious

    It's good to hear from other My Sweet Savannah fans!!! I shared my little "fan"-damonium about her on my current post "Garage Sale Scores." I love your write up on her and my goodness your blog is quite wonderful too! Cheers!!!

  33. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    Aww...this is how I feel about Thistlewood Farm!!! I would feel like I was cheating on you if I started to love her too! :) Y'all are both amazing and inspirational. To celebrate you, Im painting a piece of furniture tonight, and before I leave school, Im heading to the die cut machine with an awesome piece of scrapbook paper to cut out my sweet state of Georgia...then Im going to do something awesome with it. Just love this wonderful world of blogs...there are so many talented people out there! Thanks for being MY inspiration, friend!

  34. Image for Anna Starner Anna Starner

    KariAnne..............I love reading your blog. No way will I skip yours. Days when I have no time to read blogs, or even drink my tea, I still sneak onto my laptop and find you. Our homes are very different but very similar. That is where inspiration comes in. You see things done and take them and make them your own. Nothing is ever carbon copied but many things are done with a twist. Never a white wall or curtainless window in my home. I love them for others but I am jewel tones and fabric. That's what makes our homes ours. Hope I get to meet you sometime soon. I feel like I know you and love you.

  35. Image for Mary-Anne Bunda Mary-Anne Bunda

    Your post describes exactly where I'm at right now and hope maybe one day that I can take that leap of faith and start a blog; but in the meantime I remain one of your biggest fans and will continue to be filled up with inspiration and hope. Thanks so much for sharing your life... you are making a difference!

  36. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Her home is gorgeous, no wonder you had coffee with her every morning. And you have certainly found your spot in blog world...your home is sensational as well! And your writing...well that is incredible! I'm so glad you took the leap and started your own blog. I love coming to yours every day. Thank you!!! Debbie :)

  37. Image for Teri Teri

    I'm sure you've heard this in the countless comments above, but that's exactly how I feel about your blog. When i read your blog, I feel like we're just having a chat over coffee. I love the way you write. Thanks for sharing, today and every day. Keep up the good work.

  38. Image for Michelle Michelle

    That is exactly how I feel about your blog! I have only been reading blogs for a year and yours is one of the first that I started following. I use to start my day with my coffee and your blog. Now that I'm working and start way early I like to read your blog when I'm done with work and my little guy is still at school. I love the way you write and your house is amazing. Reading your blog always makes my day.

  39. Image for Susan Susan

    OMG...I used to think I was so weird! I love your blog and all the blogs I read. I am obsessed. I have become a 'blog-on-ista' to the nth degree. I don't even have a blog of my own. I need an intervention.... :)

  40. Image for Anne Anne

    Yes I can see why she inspired you!Her home is beautiful and so is YOUR home! YOU inspire ME! So thank you from the bottom of my heart! xx Anne

  41. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I swear I used to follow her, I don't know what happened. I am going to RUN over there and start following again. However, I have to say, this is how I feel about YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  42. Image for Kim K Kim K

    Your words are always so real & so true. I too have loved to start my mornings with my favorite coffee & then straight to My Sweet Savannah. I would also feel that we were "friends", especially once I realized we live within a couple of hours of each other! I love everything about her home & all of her amazing decorating ideas. And then one day......I found another blog that I instantly loved & found another BFF. Now what to do? Which should I visit first today??? I'd like to thank you for unknowingly becoming another BFF! You are amazing & I love your home & ideas & fun way of putting thoughts on paper (or screen!!). Beginning my day with beautiful images & ideas makes even the gray winter mornings here in Washington seem full of sunshine! You're awesome--thanks for all you do !!

  43. Image for Jessica M. Jessica M.

    That is how I feel about you. I do not write a blog. I just read them and your are one of my absolute favorites :)

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