I wish I could take credit for the design of this bathroom.


It’s fancy and not fancy and laid out perfectly and has beautiful finishes and things that sparkle and shine and it’s easy to clean and full of light.

But I didn’t have much to do with it.

It came with the house.

I simply tweaked it a little and added a few new things and wiped down this faucet and farmhoused it up a bit.

Just to make it my own.

Here’s the view into the bathroom.

Originally the room had two doors.  There was the door you see at the front of the picture.

(total aside:  please tell me you love that crystal knob as much as I do.)

And then?

Back where the left side of the sink is now, there was another door that led to a closet.  The sink was smaller and NOT CUTE at all and super square and filled up the right side of the bathroom.

The family that bought it from my mother covered up the entrance to the closet (there’s still an entrance to that closet in the master bedroom) and put in this amazing vanity.

I love the storage.

There are two cabinets on each side and two drawers and two sinks.

My only addition is the two baskets under the sink.

The baskets are from IKEA years ago.

They are the ones from the old butler’s pantry turned around.

I added these labels I got at Pottery Barn years ago.

Super vintage farmhousy looking.

I just found this natural fiber rug at Hobby Lobby for the floor (if you use your 40% off coupon it will be around $20).

I was going to go with white—but I love the contrast against the white tile.

And the bathroom needed a little farmhouse on the floor.

When I was growing up, the floor in here was linoleum.

And not cute.

The tile is such a better choice.

There were towel bars on the side of the room, but we took them off and added the hooks and an apothecary sign above them.

I cannot tell you how happy these hooks make me.

I spent so much time trying to fold the towel and hang it correctly over the towel bar and make it look cute and it never, ever, ever really did.

With the hooks, you just toss the towel up there and go.

All those towel-folding minutes can be spent somewhere else.  Like watching the Winter Hallmark movie countdown.

(total aside:  When the Valentine countdown came on the other day, my husband rolled his eyes and asked if it ever ended.  I hope not.)

The mirrors came with the house.

I couldn’t have picked out any that were cuter.

And the best part?

They angle down.

Perfect when you are height challenged and live in a world of mirrors designed for tall people.

And they reflect the light, too.

The bathroom has marble countertops.

And places to put these containers that were on my dressing table in the farmhouse.

I forget where they came from, but I just saw the cutest containers at WalMart.

So here it is.

The bathroom.

It was all ready to go and just needed a little farmhouse to make it feel like mine.

It reminds me of Kentucky every time I walk in.

Which only goes to prove.

You can take the girl out of the farmhouse….

….but you never really take the farmhouse out of the girl. 🙂

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  1. Image for Brocanteuserose Brocanteuserose

    Awww I'm so glad there is some of the farmhouse here! Although I think the farmhouse is in all of our hearts in a way, so its world wide. :)

  2. Image for Karen Karen

    I'm so excited that you got to purchase your childhood home and its gorgeous, but I have to say my heart sunk when you told me you were selling Thistlewood. That honestly was the home of my dreams. I just glad there are so many posts that I can go back and look at when I need a fix. Oh, and the doorknob is perfectly perfect

  3. Image for Joanna Joanna

    What a great farmhouse bathroom! Beautiful! I really like your addition of the hooks for the towels. How did you make this? I also have a horrible time of folding the towel just right. The hooks would be the perfect solution. I can’t wait to learn how you made the hooks.😃

  4. Image for Teresa G Teresa G

    Love all your farmhouse touches! Is that color Sea Salt? I just painted my hallway and foyer that color. And I am just as addicted to the Hallmark movies as you are. I still have 3-4 recorded from the Christmas marathon that I'm watching. Since I'm in S FL and the a/c is running right now, I have to get a little Winter however I can!

  5. Image for Cathy Cahill Cathy Cahill

    Do you know where the vanity came from? It looks like the Newport one from PB? If so would you recommend the vanity? We are redoing our guest bath and I'm looking at the PB vanity but you can't see it at our store and no reviews. Love that look aiming for that look in our bath redo. Keep up the great work on your new / old home.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Cathy, I think you are right! It looks super similar! I LOVE IT. Seriously. The drawers are nice and big and they have that soft close. Under the sink is a little plumbing, but still enough room to store baskets. You could store towels underneath and that would work on the bottom instead of the baskets I have. There's a linen closet right next to the bath, so that's where I keep our towels. Happy day! karianne

  6. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I love this bathroom. Every detail. I had knobs like that in the house where I grew up and loved them. The paint color?? So wonderful. So glad it reminds you of Kentucky. Makes this Kentucky heart happy.

  7. Image for Carol@BlueskyatHome Carol@BlueskyatHome

    KariAnne , the bathroom looks wonderful. I love how bright it is - great natural light for putting on red lipstick. I totally agree about the towels and trying to make them look nice all the time. We have towel rings for our hand towels and they are a pain. I think I’ll switch them out. I love hooks. Thanks for the push.

  8. Image for Gail Gail

    Just wondering where the shower or tub is. I’m assuming it’s a full bath since you have the big towels in there. Love it all!

  9. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    It's just perfect, and I adore that floor tile! Will you add a shower door at some point? Simply Ah-mazing, Miz karianne.

  10. Image for CathyAnn CathyAnn

    Dontcha just love it when you can re-purpose what you already have, moving something from one room to another, and it works perfectly?! Such a gorgeous, bright, classic bathroom! And about those Hallmark movies, men don't get it. They only know westerns and war movies.

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      No, no, in my house they also know sports and LOTR. Although, to be fair, I also love Lord of the Rings. Oh, and don't forget Star Wars. Although I suppose they can all be summed up as war movies. Me, I want to live as a happy hobbit in a cozy house with a little round door. ;)

  11. Image for Stephanie Wethington Stephanie Wethington

    It is beautiful and it certainly is you!!! Love that added farmhouse look!!! I would like to have one just like it....

  12. Image for Ricki Jill Treleaven Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Very pretty, and I like the paint color, too....it seems like it's a warmer gray on my computer. Your touches make it, though. The textures are a nice touch, and YES! I love the glass doorknob. I'm painting a series of them at the moment. ;P

  13. Image for Kyra Kyra

    I grew up in a home with glass door knobs but didn't appreciate them. As an adult, I purchased a pair and used them in my daughter's bedroom as curtain tiebacks.

  14. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I love the farmhouse touches and that it reminds you of your old Kentucky home. What a sweet bathroom and so nice you didn't have to do too much to make it your own. I found a leafy gold cup and plate holder years ago to hold the towels in my bathroom when we had the ranch. Loved that I didn't have to walk in there and find towels on the floor or hanging haphazard on the racks (as kids and husbands will do). Not to mention, they dry much quicker when hung separately so it just seems more sanitary. My sister liked my cup holder towel rack so much she found one for her own but painted it creamy white and distressed it for her ranch bathroom. (I think she still has hers.)

  15. Image for Linda Miller Linda Miller

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh. I have bathroom envy now. My big bath needs a total redo. You have given me much inspiration. And how about that wonderful big window that lets in so much light!? Happy Friday!

  16. Image for Connie Connie

    Love the bathroom and that vanity. Would you mind telling me the width of the vanity? One of these days, could your draw just a rough outline of your home so we could see out how/where your rooms are located? I wanted to see the outline of your old house in Kentucky since we owned a 150 year old home in Knightstown, Indiana. I cried when I left that one but had to downsize due to health issues. Love your house and style of décor. Bought your first book for my DD for Christmas gift and want to get your new one.

  17. Image for Tami Tami

    I love this bathroom! I am planning a redo for my own master bath and I want it to look JUST like yours! Would love to know the color on the wall. Also, I have the same containers on my counter. Mine are from Southern Living at Home/Willow House way back when. I so enjoy all your sweet stories.

  18. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Next Paducah run? HOBBY LOBBY. Love your bathroom, and love your farmhouse touch. But you know what? I miss knowing that YOU are a county away!

  19. Image for Terese Russell Terese Russell

    Super simple remodel, understated elegance mixed in with farmhouse. Beautiful job. Can you tell me what paint, color and brand you used on the walls? Excellent choice there as well. Thanks!

  20. Image for Jill Jill

    I know many of us feel the same way...if we knew each other we would be friends and have a lot of fun together! I love all you did in here...and since we are almost friend I will remind you that I am always brutally honest and hope you understand...hate the rug shape, just wrong for the space...but do like the rug material. Still, I always support us all doing what we love!

  21. Image for Marjorie Marjorie

    I love those mirrors! Your bathroom looks so nice. Great idea for hooks instead of towel rod. I hang, pull and pull to get two towels on the rod to be the same width and length. Probably I’m the only one that notices but it bugs me. I could be doing fun things if I had hooks!!

  22. Image for Kris Kris

    The first thing I noticed, KariAnne, was the doorknob. I'm only a teensy bit jealous that you inherited such a fabulous bathroom. It's perfect in every way. And yes to hooks instead of towel bars. Wish I had done it--I love my towel bars but it would provide more places for towels when we have guests in our little home.

  23. Image for Pat Pat

    Oh it is all so pretty, and crystal doorknobs are lovely! Love the shine on the faucet, please share what you use to get that mirror finish. Pat

  24. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    Just lovely, like YOU! I love the ALL white. No color towels. Will you add any art? Is there a chanelelier (see I can't spell it BUT I WANT ONE) to be added to this room also? I think with all the questions on towel hooks (which I don't see any hooks. You better update this post with a source list. I see pegs with towels hanging. What am I missing? HELP! Yes, I need your help. Did the pegs come on the b a c k board? How far apart are the pegs spaced? Come on! give us all the sources to shop!

  25. Image for Beth Kiel Beth Kiel

    I love your bathroom:) It is so crisp and clean. And I LOVE the door knob! My grandparents had door knobs just like that in the house they lived in when I was a little girl and I remember thinking they were just so lovely. I am getting ready to redo a jack and jill bathroom. I have been looking at tile, faucets, mirrors, etc. Wish me luck!

  26. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    That bathroom is so "farmhousey". I love the changes you've made and yes, I love the crystal door knob. I wanted one on the door in my bathroom that just got remodeled. I searched far and wide (including on the internet) and found some in a couple of styles at the Home Depot and they were super reasonable. My new crystal doorknob helps my newly remodeled bathroom to look "farmhousey" too I think!

  27. Image for Michele (Finch Rest) Michele (Finch Rest)

    I ADORE that bathroom - seriously , it's so so like my Dream Bathroom. Love it - and love it was one thing you didn't have to fuss about - you needed a break. ;- )

  28. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    So clean looking...love it. (I have similar mirrors and just love that they angle down...I am only 4'11"). And, I think I will ditch my towel bars!!

  29. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    By the way...when I move to my Hallmark village to live happily ever after...I want you to decorate my charmingly beautiful home...

    1. Image for susan b susan b

      Oh - I REALLY wish there was one......I'd move there too! Imagine a place with all those fall, spring and Christmas festivals - where every one was nice and had barn parties and had a corporate giant buy out their little cottage business!

  30. Image for susan b susan b

    Those previous owners had good taste - I really like the vanity and mirrors and how you've brought it all together. My hubs is right this minute finishing up our down bath remodel. I switched from a cupboard vanity (which holds tons of junk I didn't really need) to a pedestal. I can't believe how much more room I have. I told him "no towel bars" - so he whipped by up a few distressed boards for some black hooks I ordered! My daughter just bought her first house - I'm saving LOTS of your great designs for inspiration for her!!!

  31. Image for Susan Susan

    I too love a beautiful crystal doorknob! I bought several at an antique store and plan to make a towel holder out of them (mounted on a wooden board). I love your bathroom and the Karianne touches you added are quite special. Enjoy it!

  32. Image for Jolene Jolene

    What a beautiful bathroom. I'm thinking of sprucing up our master bath. I was all set to get new towel bars, but now you have me considering hooks instead. It makes a lot of since. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Image for Jenny Jenny

    Love the paint color ... is that Sea Salt? We just remodeled a bathroom a few months ago with a very similar "vintage" vibe and I used Sea Salt on the walls and it turned out so gorgeous.

  34. Image for Jennifer Williams Jennifer Williams

    I love everything about this bathroom! I am getting ready to re-do one of our upstairs bathrooms, and now I have some great ideas! :-)

  35. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    Cute bathroom! It's like the previous owners new you were coming back ;) Speaking of Hallmark movies, I've been watching all of the winter ones and am now recording some of the upcoming Valentine's Day movies too...it's seriously an addiction and we may need to form a support group, lol.

  36. Image for Sandi Magle Sandi Magle

    How lovely and beautiful this post is. As clean and pristine as your beautiful bathroom. I think your skills and open heart---have a chance to shine here, and only good things can come of that. And, I mean that whole-heartedly! Sandi

  37. Image for April J Harris April J Harris

    I am so taken by how you bought the house you grew up in - it's fantastic! Love this bathroom - and the crystal knob is gorgeous. I really don't like the modern lever handles we have on so many of our doors! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful room with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Karianne! Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today (circa 5pm EST)..

  38. Image for Jan Jan

    SO many neat little touches that really make that bathroom stand out! I love those mirrors! I would love for you to share over at the new Let's Party! https://themarkandjanshow.com/2018/01/31/lets-party-6/ ... we look forward to seeing you there!

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