Decorate With Hydrangea

Do you ever use the short-cut keys on your keyboard?

You know.

The control-whatever ones that save steps and time and make you feel like you’re a computer programmer.

Like control + B that makes everything bold.

Or control + I that makes everything italic.

Or control + U that underlines everything.

Or control + C for copy and control + V for paste and control + X for cut and control + K if you want to insert a hyperlink and control + home that goes to the beginning of the document and brings you back home.

Or my favorite of all favorites……

…..control + Z.


I use control + Z all the time.

Every. Single. Day.

It’s for when I’m typing an e-mail to someone and I’m trying to be extra funny and clever and I sit and think up amazing things to type and then just when I’m about to click send, I bump the keyboard and the entire funny, clever e-mail disappears and leaves a blinking cursor in its place.

No worries.

I just click control + Z and the e-mail reappears.

Summer Mantel Decorating

Or when I’m typing a blog post and a comment from someone pops up on my screen and I start laughing so hard that little bits of coffee dribble down my chin and I put the coffee cup down right in the middle of the number section on the keyboard….

….and the blog post disappears from the screen.

I don’t panic.

I don’t worry or pull out my hair or sob or cry or pound the keyboard in despair.

I nonchalantly take another sip of coffee and press control + Z.

Decorating With Hydrangea In the Living Room

Control + Z is the best.

It’s like the friend you always wanted to listen to your troubles in times of need and let you cry on their shoulder and with a simple wave of their hand….

…..make everything better.

With a click of the keyboard all is exactly how it used to be.

All is right with the world.

Scrollwork Iron

Yesterday was the first day of school.

There was the normal running around and making sure we had perfectly straight hair with two bobby pins and our shorts were past our fingertips and packing up all the supplies and the standard, “I forgot I needed 2000 number two pencils and a coordinating Vera Bradley pencil container.”

It was rushed and hurried and overwhelming and busy…

…..and within minutes the bus had come and gone.

Hydrangea in Planter

And in the silence I picked up the house and turned on Good Morning America for company.

I put away loads of laundry and towels.

I picked up Gatorade bottles and X-Box controllers from the living room.

I loaded the dishwasher and unloaded it and saved myself 10 minutes and loaded it up again.

Summer mantel

And I cut hydrangea for the mantel in the living room and filled the rustic wooden planters on either side with as many blooms as I could fit.

Then I fluffed and rearranged and added cash boxes and a clock.

When I was finished, I stepped back then buried my nose into the middle of the flowers and took a giant whiff of that last, lingering smell of summer and wished it had never ended.  I wished the house was full and people were asking me to go to the water park and could they play basketball and could we make chicken salad sandwiches with watermelon slices for lunch and have a day where technology left the building.

In the silence of those empty rooms, I wished with all my heart I could push control + Z and it would all be back the way it was.

Or I could close my eyes, wave my hand, click my heels and the keyboard….

…..and press control + home. 🙂

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  1. Image for Renae Renae

    Yep, ctrl+z would have been very useful yesterday. I still have one home until next week so Tuesday will be my desperately needed ctrl+z day...the dog and I will miss them. My work, however, will not. This hasn't been the most productive summer (to say the least) but I'm thinking I'll be super productive from now on. :)

  2. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Thank you KariAnne, you always make me smile! Well, once in a while you make me cry and then sometimes you make me laugh so hard I cry :) You're wonderful.

  3. Image for P. Jean P. Jean

    Dear friend, Searching for color! Nothing against white, and off-white, and cream and brown, and grey and black.......... Your lovely home looks so sterile, I can hardly believe that there are children living there. Only found red in the storage,workshop area. I love purples, and aquas, and colorful prints, and flowers.... Don't you? Red comes in other than lipstick. I really care, and hope you understand.

    1. Image for Catherine McD Catherine McD

      In response to P. Jean, have you seen the gorgeous colors in great abundance in the girls' room, boys' room, studio, craft room, office, and adjacent building?

      1. Image for Barbara Bussey Barbara Bussey

        Sterile? No, not really. Serine? Yes. There are a gazillion blogs, where I'm sure you can find the color you're looking for.

    2. Image for Tammy Tammy

      And nothing against all that color and pattern, but it looks busy and tacky and loud to some people. Viva la difference!

    3. Image for Susan Susan

      Dear Friend, Some people enjoy the calm and sophistication of neutrals and get their colour from the love and laughter which fills their rooms everyday instead. In that respect, KariAnne and family have plenty of colour in their lives. Hope you do, too!

    4. Image for Cheryl Ann Cheryl Ann

      Interesting comment...just thinking in my case...I've already done color...lots & lots of color! So much color I couldn't take it any longer. Too busy! I'm happy now with serene...lots of different shades & textures of white with a little color change for each season. It makes me and my family happy.

  4. Image for Sandra Sandra

    Thank you...I never knew about ctrl+ z! Love your mantle and school starts today for my son (11th grade). Enjoy your last days of summer.

  5. Image for Ann Ann

    Let it be said that you really can teach an old dog new tricks. I had no idea about Control +Z. I remember those first days of school and the quiet. It can rattle you for sure but if anything can help it's hydrangeas. Yours are lovely.

  6. Image for Carol D. Carol D.

    Beautiful post....I actually had no idea control+Z did that! So that's helpful..and even more helpful was the overall message of your post...see...I dropped my youngest at college yesterday for her senior year....control+Z would have been amazing to hop right back to preschool and her sister in elementary to find my own hydrangea's this morning. Love your blog!

  7. Image for Jenni Farnes Jenni Farnes

    so....dang. i wish i could control z this grandboys just left a couple of hours ago with their mama. they just spent 3 weeks with me...beautiful, sweet, funny, magic weeks and it still wasn't enough. just a taste...and then they were gone. they live in california. i live on an island in the pacific northwest and we only see each other maybe twice a year. sometimes only once...which sadly is the norm. i've already cried and cried and cried and the tears keep flowing. man....bless my heart. every year when my children would go back to school, i cried. and when the last two (my twins) left for kindergarten...i cried all morning long. and sniffed pencils. because sniffing pencils reminded me that it was the start of school. now that all six are gone...i sniff pencils every august in memory of buying school supplies and how i wish i still had someone school age to buy pencils for. now i just buy pencils, sniff them and deposit them in the PTSA barrels are the grocery store. whoosh! time flies so quickly dang. wish oh wish i could press control z and start it all over again. i would in a heart beat.

  8. Image for Christine Christine

    Gee, reading this, for a moment I felt that old feeling of how it felt a little lonely when the girls went back to school. But then it was back to normal as soon as they got home!

  9. Image for Patty Soriano Patty Soriano

    Did you know about Control+Shift+T ? If you're like me, you might have 3 or 4 websites open at the same time as I go from blog post to blog post. Sometimes I close down the wrong website .... I wanted to copy something to Pinterest and forgot before I closed it. So, Control +Shift+T will bring back the last tab/website you shut down. You may have known that already, cuz you're smart like that. But thought I'd share it, just in case. This is the one Control-Plus that I use the most around here.

  10. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I am with you. First day of school it seemed that all the life and laughter was sucked out of the house. :-( I loved every single minute of the kids being home. And I have lost everything and didn't even know about control+Z. WOW!! Frankly I didn't know the short cut keys of the other ones you said. Oh, I knew they were out there, somewhere, in cyberspace. But I didn't actually know the commands. I'm always afraid that at my age I have so much trivia and unimportant things in my brain I'm afraid to overload it with information -- I wouldn't want to crash. I will write down the commands, that way I won't have to remember them. Just as long as I don't put them someplace safe and forget the safe place. I am not only entertained by your fantastic blog but it is a learning experience. Thank you, oh mighty Rock Star!! Have a wonderful peaceful day. I know, I prefer the chaos too.

  11. Image for Pat Pat

    Control + Z ! There are so many things I'd love to be able to recall. Perhaps the starting of school when my girls were still attending or just another visit with my Mom! It's so great to wish ~♥

  12. Image for Linda Linda

    Just wondering if control + z took us ahead a few days instead of back. . . would we do anything differently or perhaps soften our words that spilled out of our mouths too rapidly. Sometimes you make me cry and sometimes I laugh so hard I have to look around to see if anyone heard me. Thank you for the joy you bring to this ole red head. I love your home, it's so YOU.

  13. Image for Mary Mary

    Auugh.... "control" doesn't work on my laptop. Phhlllbbtttt. I like larger font cause I'm old and it makes it easier to read. Your post... like all the ones you do is so heartfelt. That's why I love reading you everyday. And the bonus is decorating advice. It's a win / win!! Enjoy your day KariAnne!

  14. Image for Pat Pat

    Thanks for all of the information re: CONTROL, I am really computer illiterate, and so hard to remember every thing if you don't use more often. I also wrote down the info and hope to file in safe place. Have a HAPPY DAY!!

  15. Image for Carol Bray@The Red Painted Cottage Carol Bray@The Red Painted Cottage

    Really, just Control Z! Who knew. I sure didn't. But I get where you're coming from in using control Z to use for getting more of our summer back. I love fall, it's one of my favorite seasons; unfortunately, it also precedes my least favorite, the dreaded winter. Your hydrangeas are beautiful.

  16. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I never knew about all the control pluses except the C and V ones to copy and paste!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! I live with a man who was a computer programmer and in IT for over 40 years and I am SO computer UNsavvy it is pitiful!!! Again, thank you!!!!!! XO

  17. Image for Mom4J Mom4J

    I will be an empty-nester in two days! How I'd love to Control-Z and bring those sweet babies back to the nest, but I know this is what we've been working on since they were born. GO FORTH AND CONQUER THE WORLD, little ones... I can hardly wait to see how they make this world a better place.

  18. Image for Shelley Shelley

    Yet again, another wonderfully reflective post. I love your ability to weave information of all sorts into the tapestry of everyday day life. Your home is beautiful, I feel like I'm a friend coming for a visit overtime I click of your blog. PS I love that you wear only red lipstick. Go bold and confidently : )

  19. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Oh KariAnne this was so good. So good that I forgot to look at the pictures while I was reading it. I had to go back to the top and start over again. Beautiful. I think I will feel this way next week when my 3 year old start 3 Year Old Pre-K. I. just.might.cry. Nancy

  20. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    On the practical side... thank you!!! I did not know about the magic powers of control + Z. And on the pull-at -my -heartstring-side I know exactly how you feel. I felt that for many years. It's so so sweet! KariAnne I just love you!

  21. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    Yes...back at school here too. Their excitement overshadows and helps me forget that I miss them so much during the school day. And the excitement is still bubbling over at washes over us all and gets us through the week. Your post on back to school was lovely...just lovely. (smile).

  22. Image for Lynn Lynn

    The summer goes sooooooo fast. I'm a teacher and it is back to school in one week. Enjoy the last bit of summer. Love your "Peace on Earth" sign, can you shed light on where you found it or did you make it? Thanks.

  23. Image for Dale D. Dale D.

    Reading your post today with coffee in hand and I had to put it behind the times hitting control button and ? Did what? WHAT! I wish I had known all this info with all those pesky mishaps with my computer so... learned something today. I am so behind the times with techy stuff however, can certainly relate missing the kids as they ventured off to the first day of school. A mother never forgets that lonely feeling with the house quiet and the ticking of the wall clock that you never noticed all summer with a troop of kids running through the kitchen. Love the hydrangea and the bonly of sweet blooms. Great post Karianne and soon enough your kids will be home filled with the wonders of school, new teachers, dreaded homework , friends and activities♡

  24. Image for annylory annylory

    Thank you, thank you, a thousand times for your hints about Control +. My husband and I are thrilled to learn about this after all these years on our computer. Love your site. :)

  25. Image for Rosalie Rosalie

    CONTROL+Z. where have you been all my life! Karianne you ARE a rock star for sure! The day has not been wasted... I learned several things about Control +. My home is very quiet today. My loving knight is on his way to Wisconsin with a miniscule part of our house hold goods. I thought I had downsized but I don't think I made it that far. I love your home and enjoy your posts. The flowers are beautiful. Have a super rest of your day Kerianne. I know you are looking forward to when the kids get home from school.

  26. Image for Judy Judy

    How is it possible that I'm on a computer all day at work, that I own a desktop computer, a laptop, an iPad, an iPhone, and an iPod, but I didn't know about Ctrl + Z ????? You are always full of fun and surprises. Thanks, KariAnne!

  27. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Thank you for bringing tears to my eyes. Such lovely words on the first day of school. I have five adult children. Well I remember that wistful feeling as they left. So wise of you to arrange the flowers. Smiles

  28. Image for Michelle Mortensen Michelle Mortensen

    You are a mom after my own heart!!! Yes, a moment or 2 of silence is sometimes, temporarily appreciated. However, in the end we both love the kids and all the crazy noise that goes with them. BTW, I love the serene vignette you displayed. There are times and places for color & pattern. Your vignette has texture and pieces with interest. I adore it. What else do I adore? My new shortcut: Ctrl + Z! I also love the one I use several times a day: Ctrl + 4 which allows me to screenshot some of the beautiful things I see on some of my favorite blogs (for my inspiration file). I screenshot your vignette today. I hope you don't mind! Hugs, Michelle from

  29. Image for Carol Lander Carol Lander

    You are so funny. I love your outlook. It's been years since my youngest had her first day of school ` and her last. Now I ask her how my grandson's first day of school went. Life goes by so quickly when your kids are at home, and then slows down when your life doesn't revolve around a school calendar and soccer games. Anyway, I've had a printout of MS Word Hot Keys for years and it really does help, but I've never known about the CTRL + Z. Looked it up and there it was. Thanks for the heads up. I should share this entire list.

  30. Image for Angie M Angie M

    Well, now I can't thank you enough for the control + z trick! I have emails go missing all the time. That will come in handy!

  31. Image for Margaret Pereira Margaret Pereira

    Wow, I had no idea about the control + Z! You have just saved me tons of stuff goes missing all the time! By the way when I mentioned this to my kids they looked at me as if I was could I not know that! What a lovely story, thanks Karianne!

  32. Image for Cindy Cindy

    LOVE the tip, I didn't know about Control+Z. You can't imagine how many times I couldn't used it. The kids go to school around here after Labor Day. I was out of breakthrough after reading this post Cindy

  33. Image for Delilah Gillio Delilah Gillio

    I love your blog! I love your writing! I love your beautiful pictures! And before today, I didn't even know Control + Z existed!!! And I use lots of control + keys!!! I knew of the "undo" button or the arrow back button but not Control + Z! Crazy! Thanks for sharing that tip!

  34. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Happy First Day of School! I know, I's difficult kind-a to get back into the swing of school and all the quietness it leaves in your house. Life. However, did not know about the control + anything! Felt like the first day of school here at my dining room table reading your post! Thank-you! I'm going to set out, and get creative this evening and search the whole control + process! Also, started a project this afternoon making a burlap cover to go inside my pretty wire basket for my dried Hydrangeas to set in. Made me wish we were next door neighbors. Would love your input! Take care!

  35. Image for gail gail

    Yep! I use ctrl z ALL the time. Only something weird is up with my computer and windows 10--it is willy nilly taking away words and phrases and suddenly ctrl z does NOT bring it all back. what they hay? oh how I miss the days of school starting. I use to have nightmares of forgetting my locker combination and getting lost in the hallways.... and I'm talking about when I was in my 30's and 40's. I would still have those dreams. why??? I think routine is good for all of us, including the kiddos. gail

  36. Image for Marie@The Interior Frugalista Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Where has Ctrl-Z been all my life!!! I never use those control buttons but now that I know I can retrieve stuff instead of my usual expletive shouting, heart racing, start all over again frustration - I can sing ♪ ♫ Hallejuah Control-Z ♪♫

  37. Image for Sue Sue

    I have oft-lamented the absence of Ctrl+Z in real life. You know, for those times when I drop stuff, spill stuff and, most especially, my mouth opens and utter nonsense comes out!

  38. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Ok, I knew about Control+C and Control+V but the others? Uh, no. I'd like to Control+Z to when my kids were home. Where did those days go? Wah. I feel your pain, friend. I feel your pain. Can time slow just a bit? Hugs, Cecilia

  39. Image for Carol W. Carol W.

    Thanks, Karianne for Control Z. If I'm short on time, yours is the only blog I read 'cause you make me happy every time! Your way with words is poetic. I'm a teacher (starting school next week) & I did not know about Ctrl Z. I've arranged with a young whippersnapper teacher to be tutored in all things digital this coming year, so say a prayer for this old dog attempting to learn those new tricks.

  40. Image for Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson

    Well thank you. The information was excellent ( i never could figure out how to underline-not that I need to) love your thoughts on home and family .

  41. Image for Leona Leona

    Who knew about all those keys ? But I would like to add one more.... Control K..........for Karianne............its the function key where I go every day and await a smile, a craft , a story from the beautiful home you have decorated. Love the colors right down to your red lipstick. Need to print this one out...its a keeper.

  42. Image for Jillynn Jillynn

    This is why you are my favorite blogger!!!! But first things first... your site is the ONLY ONE that takes an eternity to load onto my computer and when I push "read more" it makes me rethink whether it was worth pushing that button (AND EVERY TIME IT IS!!!)... Grrrr... Anyways.... you think and write the way I think and WISH I could write;-) All kinds of thoughts roaming in my head and then a kid poops on me and I forget that I wanted to write a blog post on it one day;-) I learned so much computer jargon and tips from this post (because remember I am COMPLETELY TECH ILLITERATE!) (that doesn't look like it is spelled right?!?!?!?) And Hydrangeas!!! I have about 40 bushes and have at least 3 bouquets in every room!!!! A little overkill??!?!?!? I THINK NOT! White is my color and it's so country! So it fits;-) P.S. I am mourning my oldest going to kindergarten in a week and I want time to STOP MOVING!!!! My beating heart just can't handle it! Jillynn

  43. Image for Michelle Michelle

    For Donna Marie and Jenny Farnes - this post DID make me cry and my daughter will be 45 next Tuesday! I however, after two heart attacks and breast cancer, am lucky enough to live with my daughter and her family! They make my days wonderful and each night before I go to sleep, I pray for one more day with them...I have two grandsons who love me sooooo much and a very understanding son-in-law who treasures me and goes out of his way to make my life grand. So I still get to enjoy the best of both worlds - school starting and all that goes with it as well as my !little! all grown up girl? Love the house, the decor and the sentiments! Keep up the great work...

  44. Image for Susan Susan

    *sigh* I know what you mean...I wish I had the power to Ctrl + z, too...but then, I probably would've missed a lot of good stuff if I kept pressing redo on my life. I dearly hope the transition to back-to-school living is a smooth one for all of you! I am taking note of how you style with hydrangeas, KariAnne, because I am inundated with much so, they are taking over my entire northside flowerbed and pushing out all of my other plants and trees! Now they are sending runners out to the flowerbeds at the front of the house, too...literally growing like weeds...I've had to dig out three bushes already this summer. Maybe I should just give up and let them take over? There are worse things than being swallowed up by hydrangeas, after all! :)

  45. Image for Shar Shar

    This back-to-school stuff is hard on us moms. Besides CTRL-Z -ing, we all need to meet & do a "Boo Hoo Breakfast" or coffee hour. I will bring the blueberry scones! ;)

  46. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    Control +Z is new for me too! How could I have worked on a computer for so many years and NOT know that? Thanks, friend! BTW, nothing about your house is sterile, only warm, inviting and gorgeous.

  47. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    I love your stories Karianne.....oh, and your photos are always beautiful! It's always good to take a deep breath, sit back, relax a minute and read your blog. Thanks for sharing your life.

  48. Image for Denise Denise

    What???? There is a Control Z that brings back what you reach out for screaming "nooooooo...." as it's left the universe forever??? (or so I thought!). Thank you for filling us in on this fact. In the meantime, I'd like to hit Control Z on my kids' lives and put them back in 12th, 1oth and 8th grade... I'm in the farmland of Fredon, NJ and my oldest 2 are 10.5 hours away in Wilmore, KY at college!!! Bring them baaaackkkk! I only have "the baby" left at home now and she starts HS as a senior on 9/2. At least my son had an internship in NYC so he got to sleep home every night during the summer and have me drop him off and pick him up from the bus to the city every day while he interned for - a new Christian internet TV station. Even though I miss them, I am blessed every day seeing them grow up and go out on their own as independent and confident young adults pursuing their dreams. If you're ever in NJ, stop by! I have some mindful gray walls thanks to you that will make you feel right at home!

  49. Image for Jenna Burger Design Jenna Burger Design

    Goodness Karianne, you have a way with words. So beautiful! And also, thank you for teaching me something new - amazing. I never knew about Control Z, but I know it's going to change my life. xo Jenna

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