Make a shutter wall

Did you ever wonder what happened to those shutters?

I mean….really.  It was kind of like a cliffhanger.

I was all about those shutters.


I talked about the shutters and the watermelon and the car hood.  And then I went on and on about how I wanted you to be there and how I was so excited when I found them and we were all talking about shutter projects and what we would do with shutters if we ever found them.


And then…..nothing.

Not even a peep.

There was a lot of talk about cheesecake in a jar and burlap vases and monogrammed glasses.

None of which even remotely involve shutters.


And all the while the shutters were busy.

Those lonely, single shutters came together.

They started having children and grandchildren and hosting potlucks and setting up PTO meetings and supper clubs and tupperware parties and “meet and greets” for all the new shutters that kept arriving.


It became a shutter dynasty.


And the dynasty ended up here.

Hung on the guest bedroom wall….tucked away on the top floor.

Layer upon layer.  Trimmed and fitted and joined to live together in perfect harmony.

A shutter high-rise retirement community in the sky.


I’ve been on a five month long shutter hunt for those lonely abandoned shutters.

And each one on the wall tells a story.

One came from an abandoned warehouse.

Another came from a thrift store near the ocean.

Another one was propped up against an old bathtub between the vintage tupperware and a set of antlers.


I can still remember the look on the sales lady’s face at the bath tub/antler/tupperware thrift store as I stood there in line clutching my one lonely shutter.

She quirked her eyebrow at me with an expression said, “One shutter?  Really?  What in the world can a person do with one shutter?”

And she was right.

A shutter by itself is a little sad.

Something to be overlooked and underappreciated.




But when all the lonely shutters of the world come together and unite.

And learn how to throw a really great “meet and greet.”

Together they build something truly beautiful 🙂


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  1. Image for Marian/pink princess in Thailand Marian/pink princess in Thailand

    I love shutters, would love to have them lol...maybe one day. Also love the blue decor. Greetings from hot Thailand

  2. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Well shut the shutter door...that wall is fantastic....I saw that done somewhere??...I think???....maybe in a yours are VERY DREAMY...your guests will love being in that gorgeous room....Kari, you have done such a magnificent job....I so love them!!!!....Hmm..shutter project?...Oh, the antique shutters over my mantel was the latest...Have a wonderful weekend of fun with your family!!!

  3. Image for Vee Vee

    It looks great. How do you clean it? ( You can not imagine how many times I have asked this indelicate question in Blogdom.)

  4. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Well, I'll be dinged danged. You have completely and utterly outdone yourself on this one, KariAnne. I am mega-impressed. Totally awesome. Really!!!

  5. Image for Bliss Bliss

    I was gonna say what Shirley said, she stole my awesome line sort of, but I'm gonna say it too.....Well shut the guest room shutter! You are too cool for school Ms. Thistle, and this is so beautiful it's getting pinned. ~Bliss~

  6. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Oh my - why did I ever question!!! - Can't wait to see the wall in person - I bet what this wall has to say is pretty impressive - yes I believe that walls do talk.

  7. Image for jeanette from everton terrace jeanette from everton terrace

    Those crazy shutters, they're like rabbits :) I really like this, especially that they vary in color a bit. It would be fun if there were little notes or images behind some of them so when you open them you discover a surprise. Wait, do they open? Another job so well done and, as usual, has given me a few ideas :)

  8. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Oh Karianne, its beautiful! Its so cozy, and comfy, and I simply can NOT come up with the words to describe them! All I know is I keep looking at the whole room.... the linens, the shutters, the pops of color in your flowers, the serenity of the shutters, the peaceful atmosphere, the shutters.... WOW! So when do you open your B&B?! Because that is what the whole room reminds me of.... a restful retreat at a simply elegant B&B. A haven.... Honey, you did good!!! Can I ask you a question???? How do you do it? Day after day, week after week? Seriously girl, you come up with the most incredible ideas! All of your rooms are incredible!!! Take care now and have a wonderful weekend!!

  9. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Just the most creative wall I have ever seen! I love this blue and white room!!! Inviting, fresh and a room any guest would have a hard time leaving! How do you do it, KarriAnne! Please stop by TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS (link goes live Wednesday at 8:00pm) and share this!!!! You are soooooo inspiring!

  10. Image for Gee Gee

    Niiiceee!!!! No really! This is awesome, spectacular.... Just when I thought you couldn't one up yourself, you did! :-) Cheers, Gee

  11. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Good Morning Karianne, I just love your stories and your projects too. I'm a bit tired this morning as I visit your guest room post. The wall of shutters is wonderful (tell me it's easy to dust please) oh, never mind that. The room looks so inviting and peaceful I want to come over and snuggle into that cozy bed and take a nap. Have a wonderful day! Joyous Wishes, Linda

  12. Image for SheilaG SheilaG

    You always have the most beautiful, amazing projects! I'm wondering how on earth you managed get shutters to fit together so well. Yeah, I'm not so good at the whole jigsaw puzzle thing.

  13. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Beautiful! I hope you will do a tutorial on "how to" . Did you paint them or leave them as you found them? What did you do along corners if it did not fit exactly? Would love to know details!! LOVE IT!!

  14. Image for Melaine Melaine

    Will you stop it already! You are killin me with your projects! I'm so super jealous! I want to do every one of your projects, but you gotta slow it down, there aren't that many hours in the day! :) xoxo

  15. Image for Scribbler Scribbler

    This may be my favorite of all your projects. A while back, Southern Living (or some magazine) featured a shutter wall with shades of mostly pale green and blue, and I was inspired to start finding shutters, too. So far they are collecting dust in the garage. I think I like yours better in shades of white! You have possibly given me the impetus to get going.

  16. Image for Anne Anne

    Seriously! I am going to have to stop reading your blog if you don't start posting a few failed projects!!! Wow KariAnne, you are amazing... Wish I had your vision. xox

  17. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    I love this! I have seen this idea once before and I really think I need to incorporate this in a room somewhere - I have 2 bedrooms that need makeovers - might have to use this idea!

  18. Image for Doreen Doreen

    That wall is stunning! You must submit the photos of this room to a magazine! Women everywhere will be out looking for shutters to fill a wall! Blessings, Doreen

  19. Image for Gwen Gwen

    That poor sales lady is working in the wrong store. A true thrift-store-worker would know that a zillion other shutters were just waiting for their missing piece...

  20. Image for Rita@thissortaoldlife Rita@thissortaoldlife

    This is seriously one of the most awesome projects I've seen. So stunned I can't come up with a clever, pithy shutter pun not already taken by someone else. LOVE it. Now I don't need to go on a shutter hunt because I could never top this! :-)

  21. Image for Tori @ Recycled Life Interiors Tori @ Recycled Life Interiors

    Karianne, You have outdone yourself on this one. This room is BEAUTIFUL!!! I would snuggle into that beautiful bed, under that shutter wall, with a good book, and not come out for days. : ) I absolutely love the shutters, the whole room really. My daughter was oohing and ahhhing over it too, and asked if I could find out the name/manufacturer of that fabulous fabric on your windows. If you don't mind sharing that, we would sure appreciate it. If we are ever up your way, you can bet we will call for a tour/visit with your talented self. So enjoyed meeting you at Haven and finding your delightful blog. I don't know how you do it all, but you do it all well! Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

  22. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    KariAnne - how do you do it???? After so many of your projects, I think, "She can't top this", but then you come up with this heavenly blue and white guest room, with perfect details and the most amazing shutter wall that gives the room all kinds of interest and dimension, and I sit here shaking my head thinking, "She can't top this".

  23. Image for Emily Emily

    I kinda Hate you because you are sooooo good, and everything you do is sooo perfect. ha ha. LOVE This look. So neat. You truley are so talented. I just love to see what you do next!

  24. Image for megan megan

    Your house is just so beautiful. I love this idea. I actually have some shutters hanging around here that I was thinking of getting rid of but now I'm inspired to thing of something creative to do with them :). Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Image for Linda Linda

    I just wanted to tell you that I have been reading your blog for a little while now and it is so fun! Your home is gorgeous and I enjoy your posts and humor! Thanks:)

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

    Well dear lady - I am at a loss for words. I thought your kitchen left me speechless enough, but this makes me shutter, i mean stutter. I can't imagine the math work involved in making all of this come together right. It blows my mind to think about it. And how many eye lash battings did this involve to get your hubby to complete this project? (One day we are gonna discover "batting your lashes" was code talk for something else. *wink) I am so in love with all the different fabrics. And that cute little upholstered chair is just to die for. LOVE it. xxoo

  27. Image for Lorrie Lorrie

    A shutter party! So beautiful. But you'd better watch out - what might those shutters be up to next? You get a bunch of shutters together and pow-ee, look what happens! I love the blue draperies. Such a great print. Perfect for a guest room. Or for someone like me who has some blue in every single room in her house.

  28. Image for tara tara

    you are a genius on many different levels. I hope to totally "copy cat" you in the near future..well, however long it takes for me to collect 47 million shutters.

  29. Image for Patty Patty

    WAM! Ok - I am now picking myself up off the floor. Your wall is awesome!!! Really awesome. Really. Wow - just wow. If all those fab magazines don't snap you up for an article on this they are dunces. Patty/BC

  30. Image for Carollynn Carollynn

    JUST AMAZING!!! Yes, I was yelling using all caps. Cos it was just so inspired. I'm thinking of something a little less grand or fabulous for a small brick wall on my deck.

  31. Image for Jenn Jenn

    The shutter wall is fabulous and I am absolutely in love with everything else in that room!!! I came across this shutter table today and thought of you!

  32. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Somehow I am not surprised, Karianne! You are amazing, do you know that?!?! Your creativity never ends, that's shy I voted for you over at the place you directed us to...can't remember where it was, but I did vote for you! The shutter wall looks great and I love the colours and fabrics that you used in that room. I really need you to come to my house and help me now. Love and hugs, Cindy

  33. Image for Kelly Kelly

    That is such an interesting idea to put shutters all over one wall like that! I've never seen that done before, but think you may have started a trend now! That is such a pretty bedroom. Looks like it should be in a magazine.

  34. Image for Jen Migonis Jen Migonis

    Amazing looking! It says "guest cozy cottage" all over it! I saw a wall like that in Anthropologie once and fell in love with it... I love that you made it come to life in your own home.

  35. Image for Zolane Zolane

    I have no idea how you can continually come up with these beautiful and unique ideas...really. Absolutely wonderful!

  36. Image for laurie laurie

    I can only imagine all of the stories that they're sharing with each other, Karianne! lol! I LUV LUV LUV this wall!!!!!! It's creative and incredible and just plain beautiful! The texture adds so much to that room!!!!! You....are.....a.....GENIUS, girl!!!! ♥ xoxo laurie

  37. Image for Erin @ His & Hers Erin @ His & Hers

    I was collecting shutters for this exact project before I learned what direction my house's style would go in AND I realized I'd never want to dust them. :P Your wall looks lovely, though! Another home run for Karianne! :)

  38. Image for Amy Amy

    You are freakin' amazing!!! Everyday I come to your site and you always have something new. You must be none stop working on projects. I completely admire you. Beautiful Room and beautiful house. I just love you and your great personality.

  39. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    So. When are you going to be telling us about that magazine feature? I know they have got to be lining up at your door. Another stunning project. It's gorgeous Karianne.

  40. Image for Lisa Lisa

    That is so creative! I love that rescued all the poor, lonely shutters from all over the place and brought them together into one big happy rambunctious family all doing Twister on your wall!! That is just serious awesomeness. I want to stay in that room.

  41. Image for Anne Anne

    Karianne, I want to get into your brain and see where you are coming up with these amazing ideas!!!! WOW love this! Your guest room looks amazing!!! xx Anne

  42. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Are you KIDDING me?????? This is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I just love it. AND, I am amazed because I have planned my guest room in the new house, that is "tucked away upstairs" to be done in.....wait for it......BLUE AND WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ADORE all your pillows and the drapes. Can you share some resources, PLEASE??? Love that wall. Like I said, genius. XO, pinky

  43. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I would love to be a guest at your house. Your shutter wall is fantastic and your guest room is so inviting . I could just kick myself or i mean my husband. I could kick him for getting rid of a bunch of old wood shutters I found laying along side the road. Can you even imagine throwing something like that away. I saved them and because they didn't find a home in our house quick enough they were in the trash again. That was over six years ago and I still wish I made something out of them. If the opportunity arises again at least I'll know what to do with them.

  44. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    Insanely gorgeous! Do you have a tutorial up on this? I love it!!! Shared all over the land for SNS 152. :)

  45. Image for PamB PamB

    Oh thank you!!! I've been collecting shutters for years, and now I FINALLY know what I'm going to do with them!! Thank you so much for sharing your picture and your adventure!!

  46. Image for Lynn Lynn

    You have done it again! Come up with something completely original and amazingly wonderful!! I can't imagine the puzzle it was to put it all together.

  47. Image for ange ange

    Love your beautiful guest room with the shuttered wall! It does not make me shutter at all. Hey that rhymes. Anyways, it truly is gorgeous and I LOVE it!

  48. Image for Pat Pat

    You stood judged for one lone shutter. I've got three ...of a somewhat kind... you've given me hope for my three derelict shutters. Thank you. 'you shutterly ROCKED the LOUVERS off this project! .... via, I LOVE THAT JUNK...because I love all the same junk as Donna! ~ ~Pat

  49. Image for Fran Baker Fran Baker

    I've tried to reset below so that I don't get all the follow up comments, but they keep showing up in my email. What do I need to do?

  50. Image for HRH Sarah HRH Sarah

    Holy Cannoli! That's amazing. I'm not kidding, there are not words. I had a similar (though less ambitious) project in mind using old windows. You know, the chippy, smudgy kind you find laying around, unloved and ignored? Yeah, well, I have a grand total of TWO and they're leaning against a wall.... Nothing yet. But your project gives me hope. So, I'll hold onto those two windows until I'm ready. My husband thanks you ;)

  51. Image for Alisha Alisha

    This is gorgeous!! Great job. Stopping by from Funky Junk Interiors linky party. Here is what I shared this week:

  52. Image for Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    Kari, girl you are just amazing!! I love,love it, perfect in your beautiful guestroom. I've seen this done before in a magazine & their's were all different colors, but this white on white is so serene and beautiful. Clever, you are!! Can't wait to hang out with you and really spend some time.

  53. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    You hit a home run again! I love your shutter wall! It's so unique ans was worth every look when you were collecting shutters!

  54. Image for Tazas y Cuentos Tazas y Cuentos

    Amazing! This wall is just amazing! And I enjoy reading your posts a lot, and while I read I always remember what your mother told you about your text not matching with photos...haha. Your are so creative! Congratulations. Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  55. Image for Jeannie-JB Jeannie-JB

    Oh my - I think I'm in love. I love love love what you did with your shutters. Guess what - I have a guest room and shutters I found on the side of the road . . . .

  56. Image for Karen Karen

    Followed a link from Kim's blog and WOW... am I glad I did. That is just genius! I love the different shades of white and the way it all fits together like a big puzzle. What a unique and beautiful wall treatment.

  57. Image for Barbara Bussey Barbara Bussey

    Hi there! Kim sent me over and I love your shutter dynasty! I've got a hoard of shutters that need some something. Better than the shutters though, are the beutiful drapes. LOVE that material!!! Cheers!, Barbara And if you haven't already, I hope you'll join the Blog Sisters! (

  58. Image for Tracey Tracey

    I squealed when I saw this wall on pinterest! I am inspired, planning a beachy/shabby room & this would make a great accent wall! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  59. Image for Elaine in Laguna Elaine in Laguna

    Hi, First time visitor and commenter. Visiting from Southern Hospitality....So amazing. So beautiful. I love it!! I'm bookmarking and will be taking a blog tour of your site! Now I'll be on the shutter hunt in Southern California! Congratulations on this creative and awesome project!

  60. Image for jeanne jeanne

    What a lovely room! I am in love with the blue and white fabric you chose for the drapes. I am looking for something like that. Could you please tell me the manufacturer and pattern name. Thank you so much.

  61. Image for Jocelyn Jocelyn

    I sent you an email regarding the fabric source for these beautiful curtains. I wanted to let you know you do not need to reply as I was able to find the source (pindler and pindler nebula sapphire). I really love your room and all of your home. Thank you! Jg

  62. Image for Becky Becky

    Wow...another gorgeous do you find the time to do all of these amazing projects!? I could not love this more, so beautiful! (I also love the rise and shine quote in the circle frame...lovely!)

  63. Image for Jessica deFord Jessica deFord

    Where did the fabric for the curtains come from?? Or did you buy them already made? They are amazing!!!!!

  64. Image for sandy sandy

    You know what, I love your shutter wall.. Really! And the blue and white makes this room simply wonderful! Great Job finding all those shutters, and they fit! Sandy

  65. Image for Cindy Murray Cindy Murray

    I love your shutters too! I especially love the blue drapes! Girl you did yourself proud! Thanks for sharing! Will be looking forward to more great inspiration from you! Later!!

  66. Image for Amy Amy

    I have been in love , yes IN love with your shutter wall since the first time I saw it....I can't remember if it was on Pinterest...or your blog...It had to be your blog, Since I am more of a Hometalk kinda girl than a Pinterest kinda girl..and really I never..Never read blogs..Until I found yours...REALLY...your blog caught my attention from the first time and now I get to read it every day right in my email..How cool is that...and yours is still the only one :) .....Maybe one day I will broaden my horizon....Didn't somebody famous say that?

  67. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Love the idea of hanging all those shutter on the wall! I adore shutters. I have shutters in the garden, a shutter on my bedroom wall, and soon plantation shutters in my living room! I even have shutter doors on my entertainment center. I love the way each of yours has a special story of where you found them. Shutters will always hold a dear place in my heart and yours look amazing!

  68. Image for Dawna Dawna

    What a beautiful home you have! and filled with such great ideas! A shutter wall...Shut up!! who thinks of those things :) Love your sense of humor and this blog was a fun one to read.

  69. Image for jessica jessica

    where did you buy these curtains?? The look of this whole room is awesome. I have a similar color scheme, but need some pretty curtains to finish it off!

  70. Image for ellen ellen

    love your creative idea, but no one mentioned how beautiful the window treatment is. the fabric is fab. can you tell me the name of the fab ie manufactuer.

  71. Image for Joyce Joyce

    This room is lovely. Very nice work. Would you be able to tell where the blue and white drapes are from. Or where you purchased the fabric? Thanks and Regards, Joyce

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