Disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post.  But all collections and opinions are 100% mine.


It all started with the rug.

When I first saw it…..the kitchen finally made sense.

Before the rug….I had the white cabinets and the white shelving and the gray counter tops and the white walls and the gray and white flooring.

Can you tell?  I like neutral and simple and classic.

We are all friends.


And then….one day….I saw the rug….

…and it all clicked.

Has that ever happened to you?

You started designing a room and you had it all planned and you had picked out furnishings and painted walls and designed it all….

….and you kind of liked it.

It was okay.

It was fine.

It was sufficient.


But okay and fine and sufficient were not what I was going for.

I wanted wow.

I wanted amazing.

I wanted to dance the cotton-eyed joe and twirl around in celebration.


And then I saw the rug….and….well….you know the rest of the story.

But what I didn’t tell you about…..

….was the hesitation.



The direction and path and journey that the rug would take me on would require more work and a little more money and taking things back to the store and reworking some other things….and changing my plans.

And wasn’t it fine already?

And so I paused…..

….even though the rug was perfect.


In the end….I bought the rug and changed directions and added orange to my pink and pillows to my chairs and polka dots to my lampshades and stripes to my cabinets.

And put together a collection for my inspiration for the room  (including the amazing rug) in case you want to recreate the look.


And the additional work?

The extra effort?

The change of plans?

The reworking and redoing and stripe painting and quote writing…..

…..worth every single minute. 🙂


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  1. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    I so get it. I call it the Eureka moment!! And I must say, that before I clicked on the additional info on the post -- when I just saw color in the kitchen -- I knew that it'd be red. How did I know? Because you are a red lipstick kind of girl :-) Aren't I intuitive? But you are so right about going in the direction that you heart and mind leads. I'm decorating our house and gardens but I am going in a totally different direction than when we first bought the house. Perhaps the map that I had set out for the house was the wrong one. That's why I kinda just sat around unenthused about what I was doing. Now . . . I can't wait to get going. Big Hugs to you and all our inspiring concepts!! You rock!!

    1. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

      Exactly what I thought! Our gal is a red lipstick girl and it will be red with polka dots!!! We. Are. So. Intuitive. I have learned to go with a basic color flow from one room to another, usually very neutral, then add THE piece when I find it. Once whatever that piece is found, be it a rug, piece of art or even a piece of furniture that I rehab, the rest of the room seems to fall into place! As always Karianne hits it out of the park!

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    What I like about decorating the "big" areas in neutrals (white kitchen cabinets, khaki sofa ... ) is that you can then go SO many different ways with accessories. If you get bored after a few years, it's a relatively inexpensive fix to throw in different pillows or rugs or what-have-you. So you can have your fun red in your kitchen knowing that if you tire of it, you can change it out quickly!

  3. Image for Gloria Gloria

    That 1st comment is so random - this one is too. Still voting the brackets at bhg.com can't wait to see how it all ends! You go get 'em.

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Karianne, You hit it out of the park on this one. I am a white and neutral girl but this kitchen just made me smile. A kitchen should be cheerful and a happy place and you got it in this kitchen. Love that rug. Beautiful. Kris

  5. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    I love red kitchens! I so love neutrals too so you can change out colors depending on seasons or attitudes. I am trying to get brave with colors as well.. loving for summer turquoise and yellow. Man that is no me.. maybe you are rubbing off on me! I sure do hope so.. thanks for sharing something so cheery on a dreary looking day!

  6. Image for Carrie Welborn Carrie Welborn

    I love the kitchen!. I try to add blues, teals, and browns, but after Christmas I love my reds, greens, and whites and I miss them. Sooner or later the red creeps back in. When you are a "Red Girl" don't fight it. You go Red Girl!

  7. Image for Maggie Maggie

    Love white therefore I love all your house and I like to see how you add a little color in the rooms. I'm not surprise either that you choose red. Also,I love the display or buildings and houses that you have by the sink. Did you made that too? or you get at one of the stores?. Love your kitchen!!

  8. Image for Cindy Lyon Cindy Lyon

    Those pops of color really bring the room to life! I am still working on my gray, white, and black kitchen. I currently use towels and accessories to add color but plan to add glass doors to a few cabinets and paint the inside blue. :)

  9. Image for Julie Julie

    Ahhhhh, you have made the kitchen of my dreams! It's perfect - all of it! I had a similar thing when we did our teeny tiny bathroom up. Everything is white and my hubbie was very unsure about creating just a white box. I added lime green accessories and it does look pretty lovely, though I do say so myself! I was tempted to go for red bits and pieces (but red is my favourite colour so it already features quite heavily throughout the house!)

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