Master Bedroom


Some people talk to their plants.  Some people talk to their pets.  Some people even talk to themselves.

Not me.

I talk to my house.


And first thing in the morning, when all the house is silent….

….before four children need lunch money or hair bows tied or permission slips signed or family fun night forms filled out or great discussions on why Abraham Lincoln was such a great president or that president is spelled  p_r_e_s_i_d_e_n_t   not   p_r_e_c_e_d_e_n_t.

Before chaos reigns.

When all is still.


And it’s just me and the house and a really good cup of coffee.

I wake it up.



I tiptoe quietly from room to room….

…..and turn on one lamp, then another.

Silently encouraging the house to be the best house it could possibly ever be.

Fluffing and refluffing and placing and poofing.

And maybe even picking up a backpack or homework or tiny piece of paper or cheerio or a toothbrush or….

……a stinky sock or two.


Burlap Ribbon Project


Sometimes….if the house and I are feeling extra adventurous, I open the french doors and let the morning right in.

And say, “Welcome to the world little house.”

But that’s only on special days.

That’s only when we are feeling really crazy.


My house and I.




But I’m not the only one.

Did you know there is a whole community of home talkers?

People who inspire with rooms like this and this.

And projects like this and this.

People who form a community of over 100,000 homeowners, home bloggers, renters and home improvement professionals….

…..people just like you and me.

People like this blogger who just posted her breakfast room and got  7, 106 views.


That’s 7106 home talkers.


People like this homeowner who wanted to know if vinegar would really get rid of weeds and she needed some answers.

And she got them.

58 answers to her question.

Home talker answers.


People like this expert (one of my favorites)  who listens and answers questions and gives really good advice on super exciting topics like how to use an electric sander and home security and how to lay paving slabs and what tools to buy and how to hit a nail without hitting your fingers.

Important things like that.

Things only home talkers can understand.


And the best thing about Hometalk?  


You can ask questions and share your projects and be inspired….all in one place….but the best thing about Hometalk….the thing makes me smile and wiggle my eyebrows and whistle the Cheers theme song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”……what keeps me coming back to visit again and again and again….

…..are the conversations.

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So let’s start talking.

Join Hometalk today.


Here’s a great post on how to get started.


And then….

Join Hometalk today by clicking here.

You can also follow along with the Hometalk Facebook page here.

And follow Hometalk on Pinterest here.

I can’t wait to hear your questions and see your projects and your rooms and your inspiration…..and be a part of all the conversations we are going to have.

Just you and me…..

…..and an occasional random comment from a farmhouse in Kentucky 🙂


PS  I am part of the Hometalk Ambassador team, but the opinions I have expressed here are 100% my own.  Please see my  disclosure policy for more information.

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  1. Image for Peggy Peggy

    OH my word, I feel like such a heathen!! I completely and totally forgot I had a HomeTalk account!! How does a person do that? The poor thing has been so neglected!! I am such a bad mother.... speaking of being a bad mother to my house the poor thing desperately needs my attention before hoards of young teenage boys descend upon it. Yes, a day of swimming and cavorting in 100 degree temperatures with not a single tree in sight... well they are in sight, its just that they happen to be clear on the other side of the neighbor's pastures, oh 1/2 a mile or so away. So think of my as I get back to work.... cleaning, tidying, folding laundry, and trying to come up with decor ideas (STILL) for our lovely little living room, miniscule boy's bathroom, and the family room. bare walls are tormenting currently, taunting me at my every turn... in pretty much the entire house. Its so sad, 2 years and I still can't seem to figure it out. So maybe a little HomeTalk will inspire me... more so than pinterest because honestly it overwhelms me. Can you tell I'm procrastinating??? Ha ha! Have a wonderful day my dear friend!!

  2. Image for Bliss Bliss

    Wow that's a lot of views. So that lady that sent me an email asking for a post on cement counter tops was real huh, I should pay attention I guess. ~Bliss~

  3. Image for Kim Kim

    I have been a member for a long time, but haven't used it that much. I see they are really pushing the site now. I have to learn how to find people and follow.

  4. Image for Pat@BPM Pat@BPM

    I am a home talker or Home Talker.:-) I suppose I have been a home talker since I was around 6 or 7 years old. That is when it all began for me.

  5. Image for Beth at Unskinny Boppy Beth at Unskinny Boppy

    I love Hometalk! Y'all find me and let's be Homies. :) K- I cannot think of a single blog that has more beautiful home pictures than yours. I'm blown away every time I visit. I wanna snuggle up with your mantel, mmkay?

  6. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    OK are the reason behind my sunroom getting those 7,000 plus hits...!!!...You told me to "jump" into it with both feet...Now i am hooked...I just love seeing so many wonderful inspirations in one place...i love this venue so much better than others....a great forum!...And yes, your house is so alive and happy...happy that you greet it every morning with that contagious smile and laughter of is happy that you chose it, made it feel happy and then in turn it envelopes your family with love and warmth!...

  7. Image for Gee Singh Newbanks Gee Singh Newbanks

    Hmmm... Just found this , thanx to KariAnne's blog post. I really need to get on the stick here. Have to get a blog started :-o and get on house talk.

  8. Image for Danielle Danielle

    I love the mornings that are all mine and I do the same thing...I hug my home and it hugs me back. Thanks for the link to the site...I really like it.

  9. Image for katie goldsworthy katie goldsworthy

    I like HomeTalk too. I WISH I could wake my home up in the morning....but I'd have to get up earlier, because chaos reigns here before I get up! I will just wait for the day when these kids become teenagers and I have to drag them out of bed. For now....they all wake the house up in less peaceful ways then you do. lol --Katie Hope you had a great 4th!

  10. Image for Stephanie Durdan Stephanie Durdan

    I, too, talk to my house. I grew up in this house. My mother bought it when I was almost 9, my brother was 6, my sisters were 12 and 14. It was the eyesore of the neighborhood. We begged her not to buy it. She asked us to have faith and she would make it a home for us. And she did. A beautiful home that was no longer the ugly ducking but became, and still is, the cutest house on the block. I bought it from my mom when I was 24. I think the memories of all of us growing up are embedded in the walls. Each family puts its own stamp on a house and it forever remains there. One of my favorite signs I have reads, "This Old House Forever You'll Be, The Home That Has Loved Our Family." It's sweet that you are a home talker. I'm sure your home loves you waking it up each morning. She probably stands a little taller, and shines a little brighter because of the attention you give her. So sweet. :-)

  11. Image for Michele Michele

    I just talked to your house too. I told it to trade places with mine and it said yes. So NOW what do we do????? Columbus is only a few hours drive. My house is all packed now and ready for the big switcheroo. Thanks for making it possible, Karianne. Giggle snort, Michele Seriously though? I am going to check out Hometalk but so far haven't revealed my home yet so bits and pieces of my stuff. Thanks for the post.

  12. Image for Claudine Claudine

    I loved the pictures of your house, never tire to see your amazing taste! I liked Home Talk on my Facebook, will explore ore later! I never thought of talking to y house like this, but I do talk on occasion... I just love it. Yesterday my mom and my friend left to Brazil after staying here 20 days... in front of the house they yelled: Goodbye, house!!! We loved you!!! Awww....

  13. Image for Rita@thissortaoldlife Rita@thissortaoldlife

    All right, between you and Karah, I finally posted some things. I think this just might replace Pinterest for me...because there's only so much looking and marking and dreaming a person can do. Have to actually DO some of it! :-)

  14. Image for Kelly Kelly

    I've heard of this, but haven't looked at it yet. Seems like there are a zillion ways to get people to notice you now. Blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, RMS, and now Home Talk. So many choices, yet so little time for it all. Decisions, decisions. I'll go check it out!

  15. Image for Pat Pat

    You temptress! :) I joined and now I know I'll spend even more time on the computer. Oh well, in this heat, I think it's a good thing! xo Pat

  16. Image for judi judi

    ok i'm in trouble...if pinterest and pic monkey weren't enough now its hometalk! already checked it out and found many more blogs and ideas to inspire me. going to go and make me a wood doormat today..maybe two. AND maybe even post it on my neglected blog! i can always count on you karianne for more inspired reading material! you da bomb (do they even say that anymore?!)

  17. Image for stacey stacey

    Oh, It's wonderful, but I don't know if i can keep up with it all, hellocotton, pinterest, hometalk, ......I'll have to redo my schedule to fit in my projects! LOL

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    I gotta be honest, I am so scared that I won't have any time left to live life if I fall down another worm hole on the internet. ;-) Ok, so I WILL check it out...sounds like everyone really loves it. If you don't hear from me again for a day or two, you need to come in after me! Haha! I agree with Anne. You ARE the Vanna White of Home Talk. (I'm picturing you with your Lee press on nails.) ;-) xo-Lisa

  19. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Oh my. This was so beautiful! What a poetic tribute to your home, but more than the lives that are lived there! Thank you so much for sharing this...oh, and your pictures have me wanting to move in. I'll be there in five...but no worries, I'll bring wine and my own toothbrush!

  20. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    no way jose.....not on your time whatsoever......absolutely not...........get outta here.......I just can't!........just no more time in the day for another place to visit......................I need more sleep.......just can't do it..................................................................welllll................................ Maybe I'll take just a little peek.................hmmmmmm......................oh no.....I'm hooked!

  21. Image for Karen Karen

    Hi KariAnne, I was invited to join hometalk and finally got around to joining. The power outage here put a serious delay in getting started. I'm so excited to see you, one of my favorite bloggers as an ambassador. I'm following you at hometalk now. I hope you don't get tired of me following you all over the place LOL.

  22. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    I'm still trying figure out the whole HomeTalk thing! I can't figure out how to find people and so forth... but I'm suffering from beach withdrawl since I had to come home today. So maybe once that fog clears and I pack my youngest off with the grandparents on Sunday then I can join the conversation some more! xo Heidi PS-- love that you wake your house up, but I bet you have to be a super early bird to do so!! xoxo

  23. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    Goodness. I've seen those little (big?) Hometalk icons and wondered what they were all about. I can't believe that I know nothing about this. Then again...I can't say that any more!! You've got me hooked and I haven't even clicked over yet. LOL Wishing you and your house (home) An Extraordinary Day!!!

  24. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    Sounds like a place I'd like to visit........will check it out, thanks Ambassador............and YES vinegar really does work on WEEDS !!! All the best, Kathy :)

  25. Image for Anna Anna

    Why is everything in your house SO beautiful!?! Will you please come decorate my house!!! I need help. After looking at your pictures I want to "kick my walls", as my mother-in-law always says. :) Anna (aka Askaanna)

  26. Image for Inspire Me Heather Inspire Me Heather

    Hello KariAnne, great post and I loved, loved, loved your pretty photos too! I have this linked to my Hometalk post as well today - for the bloggers perspective on this fabulous online community! See you on Hometalk!

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