I adore my brother.

I wish you could meet him.

He’s funny and quirky and sweet and smart with eyes that twinkle and he has a way of talking to you that makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room.

And he makes the most amazing tables.

But the best thing about him….is that he was smart enough…..

….to marry my sister-in-law.



Remember that girl from the after-school-special who was super cute and sweet and friends with everyone and then one day she decided that she wanted to learn to play soccer even though she had never played before in her whole life….but of course she discovered that she had super soccer talents and so with relatively little practice she was able to completely lead her team to win the state championship…..and as you were watching the movie you thought to yourself….

….of course she did.


That’s my sister-in-law.

When I’m around her….I always think….”of course she did.”

I can’t help it.

It’s what makes her so special.

She somehow knows what you are thinking…..or what you need….or what would make you smile….

….before you even know yourself.


She listened to every story I’ve ever told more than once….and laughed every time.

Of course she did.

She made homemade Christmas presents every year….that looked just like Pottery Barn.

Of course she did.

She always baked birthday cakes and rice crispy treats and banana bread….that taste just like home.

Of course she did.


And she is always doing everything for everyone else.

All the time.

So I wanted to surprise her.

When she left for the afternoon….I did a little shopping and a little painting and a little fluffing and shopped her house….


And changed her dining room from this……


….to this.

And when she came home….I jumped out and yelled surprise and started dancing around and oddly trying to do the lawnmower.

She didn’t say anything at first.

She just stood there.

And then she turned to look at me with tears welling up in her eyes….and hugged me and cried a little and hugged me some more…..and made me feel like I wanted to decorate 27 more rooms in her house.

And I thought to myself…..

….of course she did. 🙂


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  1. Image for Linda Gregory Linda Gregory

    Of course you did. I also think she was smart enough to marry a good looking guy who had a fantastic sister who can decorate anything and make it look fabulous . What a wonderful surprise for her. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Image for nantucketdaffodil nantucketdaffodil

    The funny thing was KariAnne, the whole time I was reading it I was saying...yep that's KariAnne....yep....that's her! Then I read what you did for your special sister-in-law! And now I'm SHOUTING it! Of course you did KariAnne. You are so special.

  3. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Beautiful makeover! You're lucky to have such good people in your life, and they're lucky to have you. By the way.... what did you do with the light switch and thermostat?

  4. Image for Janet Janet

    You're all about your family and it shows! Lovely post - and a lovely thing you did for your brother, sister-in-law and their family. Well done... However, I must ask... What did you do with the thermostate/lightswitch? that was on the wall before the redo? Inquiring minds need to know! I too have a thermostat in the middle of a wall I'd like to make disappear. xo

  5. Image for gina gina

    Love the quote on he wall! A favorite. And did you actually paint the chandelier? Oh, Karianne. Of course, you did!

  6. Image for Judy Judy

    I couldn't agree more about your awesome brother and amazing sister-in-law! Not to mention the most precious nephews and niece!! Love the whole family! What a wonderful surprise from you to that amazing sister-in-law! By the way, I would put you in the awesome category, too! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Image for janita janita

    How do you make a heart on this computer????? It's amazing what a little love can do to a space! I just kept going back and forth on the pictures to see the changes you made. I love it.... It looks wonderful! Can you come too my house next :) my rooms could use a little sparkle. Love to "shop the house". Sometimes rearranging from another's perspective is amazing in results! Thanks for sharing the love. Janita

  8. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Geez, had I known you make house-calls, I would have turned you loose on our kitchen. We recently went from wallpaper + wallpaper + wallpaper to paint + tile + lovely. It is AMAZING what the right color of paint can do for a room. Well, that and the absence of outdated wallpaper. Just sayin'. Nice job on the dining room makeover. Dang.

  9. Image for Angela Angela

    What a precious story! You are truly blessed to have such wonderful relationships! I have a feeling your sister-in-law describes you in the same way! Of course you did! Have a great day!!~~Angela

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

    What a touching story! I love the changes you made to her dining room! You have one talented family, Karianne! The table is fabulous!

  11. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Kari..that was so nice of you!..She sounds like such a wonderful person and happy to see a picture of your brother and his beautiful family...You did a fantastic job.."of course you did"...When I had my re-design and staging business, the best part of my work was the clients coming home and seeing their faces with what you can do with things they already had...such a rewarding experience..I can envision you running around happily redesigning that beautiful room.....Now on to the other 27 rooms Kari!!

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

    If I say my middle name is "of course she did" (truly, its on my birth certificate) will you come surprise me with a room makeover too? :) What a sweet surprise, and you know what? While I was reading this, I kept saying to myself...whenever I read your great posts and see your great projects...I find myself saying the EXACT same thing about YOU... of course she did. xxoo

  13. Image for Zolane Zolane

    You and your sister-in-law sound like two of a kind. Aren't those the best kinds of surprises? Just makes one's heart sing :) Beautiful transformation and a beautiful family. You're the best, KariAnne, and I'd love to be in your family...or your neighbor...or your gas station pizza attendant :)

  14. Image for Bliss Bliss

    As sweet as your sister in law is, I'll just bet she thinks the same of you. I mean, come on.... not just ANYONE even attempts to do the lawnmower. My family has mastered the sprinkler, unfortunately for everyone around us. Bliss

  15. Image for Eileen Eileen

    That is amazing!!! What a great surprise to come home to! I keep looking at the before and afters, trying to catch all of the little things that add up to such a WOW result! I did notice that her light switch and thermostat went away--hope she doesn't miss those!!! :)

  16. Image for Regina Regina

    Absolutely gorgeous! You can come and "shop" my house any time! ;) Don't you just love when it's just moving things around that make such a difference?

  17. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    This is a great story and such a great surprise for your sister-in-law and the change you made is wonderful! Glad to see pictures of your family. Cynthia

  18. Image for Andrea Andrea

    When I saw the first picture, I thought perhaps it was the gatehouse? Could it be a room in your own home that we hadn't seen? The room is certainly beautiful, but to find out it is your sister in laws and that you transformed it for her and her family, well, that makes it so much more special. Special room, from a special person :)

  19. Image for cindy cindy

    hey what did you do with the thermostat and light switch? I am quite sure she says the exact same thing about your myriad of talents!

  20. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    KariAnne, you are blessed to have a sister-in-law like that, and she is too. That says alot about your husband as well. Your makeover is lovely, what a nice surprise. Jeannie

  21. Image for Norma Jean Norma Jean

    KarieAnne, it looks amazing! You ae still the same sweet, fun gal I remember. What a nice surprise for your sister-in-law. You can tell me, 'cause I won't tell anyone else. . .did you photo shop the thermostat and dimmer switch out of the picture?

  22. Image for Judy Judy

    Karianne, what a nice thing to do for your sister-in-law. I'm going to bookmark this post as I have a sister who I will be doing something for soon and, although it won't turn out as beautiful as this one, I will do my best (of course I will). It is gorgeous and I bet she was very happy. You are a good sister, of course you are!..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  23. Image for Heather Heather

    What a beautiful room, & SUCH a sweet surprise! I love that you used your talents to bless someone who is fervently working to bless others! :) So sweet!

  24. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    Well now I just love you even more my friend!!! You are so amazing and I'm sure your beautiful sister-in-law feels just as blessed to have YOU in HER life...I know I feel blessed to have you in mine...of course I do! :-) Vanessa

  25. Image for Kimm at Reinvented Kimm at Reinvented

    Of course YOU did. :) What a beautiful family. And lucky too. To have you in their family. I LOVE the pops of yellow, and I can tell that the room fits them perfectly.

  26. Image for penny penny

    You are an inspiration...You have to have confidence to do something like this...I love hearing your voice in my head as I read your story. A SIL like you is a treasure, and I am blessed to have one in my SIL Elazabeth! Great job! Love, Penny

  27. Image for martha martha

    What a fun surprise! I feel the same way about my sister-in-law. Did you paint the Frost poem? If you did I'd love to see it better.....I want to make one. Amazing how a few changes and some color can make such a dramatic difference. You have such a good eye. I am looking for ward to seeing what you do to the gatehouse.

    1. Image for Tori Tori

      I want to know how to do the Frost poem also! Next tutorial, Karianne! :) Love all the touches you added to the space. I bet they couldn't wait to get in there and use it.

  28. Image for Pinky Pinky

    OF COURSE YOU DID!!!!!!!!!!!!! How so very sweet and generous of you. You are a ROCK STAR:):):) XO,Pinky LOVED seeing the picture of your brother and his family!

  29. Image for Laura Laura

    Wow! That was a very sweet surprise and you did a Wonderful job! I'm surprise not many others have asked this, but how in the world did you make the thermostat and light switch disappear? All in one afternoon?! Please do share! PS. Love the pop of yellow! Looks so fresh!

  30. Image for Doré Burlap Luxe Doré Burlap Luxe

    Thank you for gracing your beauty over at my place where you added joy to my day. Your brother not only has that sparkle in his eyes he has that sparkle that radiates in his style. What a beautiful family you are blessed with. You table is amazing and your family talent is such a blessing. Love that you can mix and match so many design style seating with your brothers creative designing in the table, I am looking for a planked style table do you want to share your brother does he have room for another sister :)) Thank you dearly for taking the time to post from your heart the love you have for your brother and family it is so touching and reminds us all what life here is all about. Keep inspiring your beauty, have a perfectly soulful weekend. Xx Doré

  31. Image for Jessica Jessica

    Love this! Little things can make such a difference! I love the splashes of yellow. What a sweet gesture for your family, it turned out great! You can come to my house anytime and do the same thing by the way....

  32. Image for Diane Diane

    Awww, so sweet! Your brother must have had some good examples in his life to pick the right one, of course he did, so she did too, lol! Thanks for sharing, the room looks gorgeous! ~Diane

  33. Image for Sharon Sharon

    What a wonderful surprise. And the room turned out so beautifully. I'm glad she loved it. And now, I'm inspired to be an "of course, she did" kind of lady. XO

  34. Image for JoEllen JoEllen

    Love this room!! I love the grey and yellow. It's amazing how a few small changes make such a huge difference! How lucky the two of you are to have each other as friends!!

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