This weekend I sat on this couch under a fuzzy black and white blanket surrounded by down pillows and watched the temperature drop and listened to the snow predictions for Tuesday….

….and did absolutely nothing.

It was the best.

Well….okay…..maybe not exactly nothing.

Does watching the entire first season of The Forsytes from PBS’s Masterpiece Theater on Netflix count in the something category?


Have you seen it?

It is such a Downton Abbey starter kit.

And if you’ve seen season 2….don’t say anything.

I haven’t started it yet. 🙂


I had big plans for the weekend that involved bringing the 39 boxes of Christmas decorations down from the attic and making a burlap banner with the 12 Days of Christmas written on it and sewing stockings with ruffles and glitter trees.

But Soames was chasing Irene and I had to see if he married her and if Winifred ended up figuring out that Dartie was totally after her money…..

….and if June and the architect lived happily ever after.

Spoiler alert.

They didn’t.


And so my list went unfinished.

And the couch was so warm.

And the down pillows were so cozy.

And I actually started feeling sorry for Soames.


The temperature dropped another 10 degrees.

It was getting colder and colder and the Forsytes were scandalizing their way through the 1920’s.

And I really should have felt guilty about not doing anything.


But I didn’t.


You should see my to-do list.  And Christmas is a month away.  And I’m getting ready for actually cooking Thanksgiving dinner {gulp}.  And I have dishes to do and towels to be folded and floors to be swept.






I was so over all those ands.

There are 25 more days of busy ahead of me.

Incredible, wonderful, joyful, hectic, overwhelming busy.


But not today.

Today I sat…..

….and just was.

And enjoyed every. single. minute.

Without an “and” in sight.


PS  Just in case this is your first time here.

And you’re thinking……

…..does she ever do anything but watch Masterpiece Theater?

Here’s the Gatehouse living room as it transformed from….




….to after.

So much better for Masterpiece Theater watching.

I’ll be back tomorrow with fabric details.

To see the before and after of the front of the gatehouse….click here.

To see the before and after of the kitchen at the gatehouse….click here.

To see the before and after of the craft room at the gatehouse….click here.

To see the before and after of the office at the gatehouse….click here.


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  1. Image for gina gina

    I was happy to know you recharged, but when one realizes how much "before and after" you've recently done...I got tired!

    1. Image for ColleenwithJustPaintIt ColleenwithJustPaintIt

      Just finished watching "the Paradise"! I didn't think I could love anything as much as Downton. And what a cliffhanger! Aack! I just love hi-jacking blog posts to talk about PBS obsessions. (But Kari started it!) :)

  2. Image for Susan M. Susan M.

    As expected, it is fabulous! Question: did you remove the window (left corner of back wall in your before picture) and where are the doors (left wall of before picture) in the new and so very much improved version?

  3. Image for Beverly Beverly

    A day of rest in your new room is well deserved. It is incredible, my friend. Pink can be fun, can't it?! Love Masterpiece. Be sure to check out Paradise. It is another winner. Thanksgiving in full gear today. My TG Sunday to do list is completed, and now on to TG Monday. Dang, it is cold. Brrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Good for you, Miz karianne! We all need to recharge our batteries at some point or another. I've never heard of, let alone watched, any of those shows....well, I have heard of Downton Abbey, but I've never watched it, either.........and no, I don't live under a rock! LOL I can hardly wait to see the ruffled stockings, when you get around to it.....! ;^)

  5. Image for Dawna Dawna

    So glad you sat!! The gatehouse is so pretty and would be a wonderful place to relax and catch up on your favorite shows...I am so glad to hear that you did just that. 38 Christmas boxes ! Yikes!! Can't wait to see what you unpack and WOW us with for the holidays!

  6. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    There's always a list of "ands"!! It never stops...glad you did! Your Gatehouse is something special! I'm going to nothing today too....it's snowing ...and drifting....a good day to do nothing, but watch the snow fly! ;)

  7. Image for dawn@joyfulscribblings dawn@joyfulscribblings

    Good for you! It's so important to take time for yourself and do nothing. I'll have to check out the Forsytes. I love Downton Abbey! I can't wait for the new season. I've heard the Selfridges is another good series, but I haven't watched it yet.

  8. Image for Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger

    I haven't heard of that! I need to look it up because I'm having a Downton Abbey withdrawal. And I did almost the same thing as you this weekend. Added a little cleaning and baking in but the couch and I were good friends for sure! ~Cheryl https://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/

    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Airyckah, I ordered the rug online from Rugs USA! Super affordable! I think it was only $200 for an 8 x 10! It does shed though! karianne

  9. Image for Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life...

    Dear Gatehouse Gorgeous... Why do I have a feeling that even when you are sitting "Doing Nothing" your beautiful brain is flitting around as fast as the wings of a Hummingbird... darting from one brilliant idea to the next with lightning speed! Can't wait for tomorrows post! xo Cynthia

  10. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Just keeps getting better and better, Karianne. I love, love, love it all. Can't wait for the 'how I going to use the gatehouse' post. I have my suspicions…. Barb

  11. Image for angela@spinachtiger angela@spinachtiger

    You are so talented and we have such similar aesthetics. I used to be a professional faux finisher, now turned professional food blogger. This room knocks me out and down. LOVE those drapes too.

  12. Image for Zolane Zolane

    I love days like that and would love it in THAT room! So cozy and fun. Enjoy and have a blessed Thanksgiving, KariAnne!

  13. Image for Regina Regina

    I want a nothing day, but unfortunately I had too many of them when battling walking pneumonia! Now I'm playing catch-up! Can I say, out loud, that I'm hoping for a massive January snow? ;) Your Gatehouse has turned out beautifully!! I love the pink splashes! :)

  14. Image for Karen Karen

    You did an amazing job KarriAnne, it's just gorgeous. I've been doing way to much PBS and BBC watching the last few days too. Netflix is too much fun. I'm going to check out the Forsytes, it sounds really good.

  15. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Aren't you our hero of red lipstick? What you have accomplished in months is amazing. Oh my you deserve a break to enjoy the fruits of your creative eye and say as God said when He was done creating each day, and it was good. You must thank Him for His gift to you and stop and just shout PRAISE You for the blessing of my creativity. It is from You O Lord! And how I enjoyed Your blessing of coziness. And rest. Ill bet you did not even worry if you had red lipstick on your teeth !!! I soooo wanted to go to Hobby Lobby (but ours is new, in our old Mervyns store) and I just don't think ours are as good as yours--I mean I went in asking for Chevron Frog Tape and the guy was clueless!!!! But back to now, I'd reeeeeally like to back my corner shelves of my '80's partial pieces bookcase that y'all (do you say that for I say you would) have Annie Sloan painted but its finally 29 years later gotten darker and it came distressed with this lighter painting technique in the grooves and dentin and half sunrises and this one knothole is so adorable now, I just don't feel I can cover her up...but I reeeely want to double-side tape those corner shelf backs that are triangular...but after your sign I'm just sure there was a run on that paper at our very huge but not well stocked HL but well...I never went shopping! I put on red lipstick and we drove to the wine country mid state to see my sis and met up with family and Sunday I watched church and stayed in pjs and wanted to nap but ministered to a sweet 19 year old and arranged flowers together from my yard. A day of joy but pure tiredness. I have high hopes for later on. Ill put lipstick on and that always helps me to feel better (?) and get more done on my list. For now?!! I'm taking a nap!! All this talk of lists has me tired ~~

  16. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    I say it's about time you took some time off and just enjoyed the fruits of your labor!!! so gorgeous!!! Linda

  17. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I was going to pull out the Christmas boxes this past weekend too... but instead stayed in pj's under a cozy blanket while the temperatures dropped all to a backdrop of gray skies and the pitter patter of rain. The perfect weekend! I'm so glad you didn't feel guilty. LOVE the room. It is so YOU....pretty, fun, and full of personality.

  18. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    Oh gosh!!! I need to plan some "do nothing" days so I can get caught up on all of his Masterpiece fabulousness! Have I been under a rock? Don't answer that! ;-) Your gatehouse living room looks AMAZING my friend! Vanessa

  19. Image for Kris Kris

    I'm not exactly doing nothing--but sometimes it feels good to be home alone puttering around, making soup and bread, especially when it is blustery and snowy outside! Good for you for taking a time-out. I need to take a lesson in that!

  20. Image for Colleen P Colleen P

    Good for you! Taking time to just "be" is important for us crafty girls that have to be going non-stop all the time! The Gate House is really great! I had a crafting day with my good friend this weekend and did some more crafting yesterday...I was tired~but a good tired, which I know you understand. My blog got a mid-life crisis facelift, haha...come see me!

  21. Image for Jenna Jenna

    If I had a perfect black and white getaway with a hot pink desk I would definitely sneak away to TV land, but I would have to take down that Grocery sign! That would make me think I needed to jump up and run to the grocery store! It is so adorable, but I don't believe for a moment that you did nothing all day!

  22. Image for Marian@ Gathering Branches Marian@ Gathering Branches

    I am aching to get to that day. When the room I am in is clean enough to not talk to me. It's coming. I think I'll make it back to "sanitary, but cluttered" by the end of next week. But nothing else has called loud enough to take me away from shutting down the barn sale for the year. There's just too much that needed doing. But it's done now. So maybe Jane Austine will call to me this week. And maybe I can get to vacuuming my family room carpet tonight. I put the ironing board away the day before yesterday. So I'm hoping... The Other Marian

  23. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    It's absolutely stunning. I love the gatehouse! You do a great job and I love your writing, too. I'm always on the edge of my seat.

  24. Image for Beverly Beverly

    No one would ever think that you do nothing but watch Masterpiece Theatre!! It's about time you take some "do nothing" time if the rest of us have any hopes of ever catching up to you!!!

  25. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    This place even has a living room? Dang girl, I'd hide down there for days... I'd pound and bang once and awhile so they'd think I was busy, and totally watch a whole season of something. Probably Real Housewives of Somewhere... maybe Hoarders, that always makes me feel like a clean freak! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving my sweet sweet friend. xoxo

    1. Image for Christa Christa

      My thoughs exactly!!! My family would have to drag my screaming and yelling out of the lovely sanctuary. Lucky for them I don't have a hideaway, but I can dream of a beautiful place that's free of hundreds of shoes lying out, snack crumbs, dog toys....

  26. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Are you sure you really took a day off and did nothing? I don't know how. Because I am thinking you must have a super sonic speed button you push to get all the work you do finished...... you do so very much. I am tired just seeing all you have finish ALREADY! I have a sneaky feeling you did stuff while watching TV and doing nothing.

  27. Image for Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door

    I need a do nothing day! I soooo need one! :) Maybe this weekend. I loved the Forsythe's. I watched it on Netflix several months ago. I have this thing for historical dramas. Have you watched North & South yet? Not the Civil War one, though that IS good but the English one. It's on Netflix too. Or Cranford? See what I mean? Off to see more of your before and afters. Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Image for Carol Sandretto-Unsinger Carol Sandretto-Unsinger

    This is just gorgeous!! I think I'm totally in LOVE with your media buffet!! I'm on Season 2 of the Forsyte Saga… very addicting!! (London Hospital was excellent, too!)

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