Dear Country Living,


Thank you so much for this nomination.

I am excited.

And overwhelmed.

And thrilled…..


Muddy Laundry Room


That this is what was you saw on my blog the day the nominations came out.


Country living at its finest.

A little “during” in a world that is filled with “befores” and “afters.”


Desk with English chairs


Couldn’t you have stopped by the day I featured this?


Railroad Sign Chalkboard


Or this.


Maybe it’s for the best.

Because that’s really life in a farmhouse in the middle of the country.

A whole lot of mud next to a ruffled shower curtain.

 Laundry Room Muc


So while my farmhouse and I thank you for the opportunity.

I just wanted to tell you “It was an honor just to be nominated.”  🙂



Thistlewood Farm


PS  If you have ever had mud in your laundry room…..can you show a little support and vote over here.

Us muddy laundry roomers have to stick together 🙂

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  1. Image for wendy wendy

    Laundry room! Try everywhere! most days I'm scared someone is going to come over for a visit...and see the state my house is in. I 'm going to blame it on a land mine going off :O) I think if you really live in a house you're going to have a little mud. I don't think I would want a house where no one felt comfortable enough to bring a little mud in. And as always, your house is beautiful!

  2. Image for Gina Gina

    Kari, Just voted for Thislewood Farm....again. Now if the just had a category for best writing! Maybe next year! -gina

  3. Image for Michele Michele

    CONGRATS! You soooooooooooooooooooooooooo deserve this nomination and I voted! Mud, flies and all. You have a gloriously awesome FAVVIE FAV kinda blog!

  4. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    Karianne, I was delighted to cast a vote for you today! Everyday I look forward to hopping on my laptop and clicking over to Thistlewood Farm - your pictures always have me ooohing and aaahing as I read through your cleverly written blog posts! Congratulations!!!

  5. Image for katie goldsworthy katie goldsworthy

    Yea Karianne! That is awesome! Even if the "dirty clothes" pic was on the day after, you have such beautiful spaces and pictures, I know everyone who was visiting was still in love with you blog! Congrats :) --Katie

  6. Image for Marian Marian

    I think it can only help you to have mud in your post that day. Because that is a great photo. And if you can take a great pic of muddy clothes, you can take a great photo of anything. Just wait till they scroll down to the cheesecake in a jar pics. They'll be hooked. And I hope you win! You blog is exquisite.

  7. Image for Zolane Zolane

    I've bookmarked the page so I can vote for you every day :) Congratulations, Karianne; I am SO excited and you are so deserving!!! Have you considered my suggestion, and probably countless others, to write a decorating book...PLEASE :) Thankful for you and your blog! Hugs

  8. Image for Susan Susan

    Karianne, I can't tell how excited I am for you, congratulations! I just voted for you, and I will again and again. Nobody has super terrific muddy laundry like you. Good Luck! Susan

  9. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Wow.... so glad Country Living listened when they were asking for nominations a few months ago. You are by far one of my favorite blogs. I just voted. Good Luck!!!

  10. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Karianne I'm so excited for you! I saw that you had been selected yesterday and voted. But I'll be back to vote every day until you WIN!! How's that for a muddy buddy??

  11. Image for Beth@UnskinnyBoppy Beth@UnskinnyBoppy

    I'm SO excited for you Karianne! This is HUGE!! Congratulations my friend. Well deserved, by far! Your post cracked me up! This is how I felt (on an admittedly miniscule level) about having a wreath made of toilet paper rolls posted on my blog when I went to Haven! I couldn't believe I had left that ugliness up on my blog as the first thing people from the conference would see! Hahaha! I think your project gallery speaks for itself about how beautiful your style is!

  12. Image for Cathy Cathy

    I LOVE your I'm voting everyday!! It will be great when you win!!! I need to know where you go the Kentucky map in the pic with the trunk and English chairs?? I would love to have one for my wall here in California. My other home is in Somerset.....see it on your map?? GOOD LUCK!!

  13. Image for Kristen Kristen

    I'm so incredibly happy for you! Your blog is so incredibly gorgeous and even though I don't comment near as much as I should, I'm always here droolin'. I already voted for you too...and I seriously cannot wait to meet you at the SBC in Raleigh! Kristen

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

    Wowwie Zowwie! This is sooooooo exciting!! I'm over-the-top thrilled for you!!! I voted...and will be back to keep voting...and shared it on FB as well. Best wishes!!!! P.S. God's bigger than a muddy laundry room. And....Sometimes we shine best when everything isn't so perfect. {hugs}

  15. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Been away from the computer this weekend...just read this!!....CONGRATULATIONS....OH MY GOODNESS...I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!...TURNING CARTWHEELS CROSS THE FLOOR!!....I voted and I posted it on both of my Facebook pages!!!....YOU SO DESERVE IT!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

  16. Image for Maury @ Life on Mars Maury @ Life on Mars

    So excited for you! I'm splitting my daily votes between you and Cassie, but you are both awesome. I think it's cruel that they put you in the same category... I mean, can't they have a furniture makeover category????

  17. Image for Becky Becky

    I meant to comment the other day and totally forgot--CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved nomination! Also, so impressed about how you handled barely mentioned that we can all vote for you! I just love reading someone's blog that truly loves what she writes about and doesn't do it for the recognition. Now, that being said, I've been voting everyday!! Best of luck!!

  18. Image for Pam @ Simple Details Pam @ Simple Details

    Congrats, cute Kari!! This is like high-school and both of your friends are up for prom queen, and you'd really like them to break tradition, have a tie and choose two this year. Actually, you really wish you were up for prom queen, but.... :) Good luck!

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