master bedroom armoire

Before I wrote a blog….I was a blog reader.

It was a little intimidating.

Everywhere I looked, every blog I read….featured perfection.  There were perfect rooms with perfect furniture with perfectly styled spaces festooned with throws and pillows and rugs and curtains and even a pair of shoes placed in perfect casualness next to an umbrella that looked like it had never seen a drop of rain.

I was inspired.

And amazed.

And a little in awe.


And so when I started writing this blog, I promised myself that I would show rooms like that.

I would fluff and fold and dust and mop and pick up all the magazines and make the bed and always, always, always karate chop my pillows.

And photo shop out all the dust.

master bedroom makeover

So the room would look like this.

master bedroom

Or this.

Clean and organized and neat and relatively well-behaved.

Without a speck of dust or crumb or piece of Captain Crunch in sight.

master bedroom scrabble tiles

And most of the time this theory works.

Most of the time it looks like I have nothing better to do than sit in a chair and gaze out the window in contemplation while I casually make words with my hand-carved log bowl full of scrabble tiles.

And eat Bon Bons and read War and Peace by the fire and wrap myself in a hand-woven throw I made from the wool of my local sheep herd.

(Thanks Wendy :))

master bedroom basket

But just in case I started feeling all about my Bon Bon, scrabble tile, War and Peace self….

….life has a way of keeping you humble.

Last week, I was picking up the bedroom and putting away a box of Chicken ‘N Biskit crackers (seriously who even eats those any more) and picking up stinky socks and trying to kick a pair of shoes into the closet because my hands were full of coffee cups….

….and I accidentally kicked the pillow off this basket.

(see arrow for clarification)

And look what I found underneath.


Glorious, sparkling orange pumpkins.

And it’s almost May.


I literally laughed out loud.

And almost tripped over the shoes in the process.

And shared it with you.  In case you needed a smile today and a reminder that perfection is never as it seems….

….and into every perfect room a few pumpkins must fall. 🙂

PS  Posting some fun ideas for window treatments over at the blog.

You can check it out….here.

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  1. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I absolutely did need a smile today. And, my dear KariAnne, I thank you for sharing one of yours. You are so good at doing that - always.♥♥♥

  2. Image for June Gerstner June Gerstner

    And just when I was feeling guilty and promised myself that I was going to the basement and not coming up until I finished putting away all those Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations that were still sitting all about. Boy, do I feel better!

  3. Image for Dianne Bell in Michigan Dianne Bell in Michigan

    Thanks! I really needed a smile and you've got me smiling away!! It doesn't really matter if we reach Perfection, whatever that is, but that we do the best we can. Now, if you'll Please overlook my garage, and bathroom counter and... Have a sweet day everyone!

  4. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    Your posts always make me smile or laugh out loud but this one makes me feel more human!! We all have our hidden pumpkins!

  5. Image for Kim L Kim L

    I am sorry but I need the Karate chopped pillows explained to me. I understand what they are, it is the WHY that I don't get. Why do people do that?

  6. Image for Marian L Marian L

    Karianne, You would be SO boring (and bored!) if you sat around and ate bon bons and read War and Peace. Not that bon bons aren't delicious or that W&P isn't a master, but we love your REAL life and the way you share it with us! When I first started reading your blog I was (and still am!) so in love with your home and your delightful DIY instructions BUT, it's the real YOU that keeps me reading! The hilarity, the messes, all the stuff that makes you real and makes those of us who are also intimidated by those perfect bloggers with their perfect homes (who quickly become boring) staying with you, the one who tugs our heart strings and make us laugh at the same time. THANK YOU for being real and always making us smile!

  7. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Toooooo Funny! Thanks for the giggles! I actually think in a serious way that you're keeping up with all of the clothes't they already or are getting ready for all the Fall Fashion Reveals? Well, there you go.... :)

  8. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    You always make me smile even when you make me cry! Does that make sense?? I do stand in awe of you -- I know you always have such great ideas and you seem to get so much done and I sometimes think WOW!! I'm still walking around in a circle and KariAnne has her post done, she has taken care of the four kids AND twinkling brown eyes!! It's nice to know that we all have our little hurdles throughout the day. Big Hugs to You!!

  9. Image for Maria Maria

    That was a good share!! Thanks for keepin' it real! And Chicken 'N Biskit crackers were always my favorite and now I've hooked my boys on them too!!

  10. Image for Kelly Kelly

    I still have tomato cage tree topiaries by my door. It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't have huge, faded mesh bows on top. My daughter drug them out at Christmas (I didn't have time to fool with them) and they were never put back up.

  11. Image for Mercy Mercy

    OMG, Karianne, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you're so down to earth! You're the woman I'd have a cup of coffee with and share stories about kids having diaper blowouts at the grocery store! Keep up the good work! I NEED these laughs!

  12. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    Nice to know I'm not alone...had a box of x-mas decor sitting upstairs (right outside the door where I store it all) for like 3 months after xmas...and kept walking right by it....oh well. We get around to it when we can, right? My hubby still eats Chicken in a Biscuit crackers...

  13. Image for Jeanne Bell Jeanne Bell

    Thanks I needed this today. I had my first cataract surgery Monday and an implant for my stigmatism put in. If I look thru my new good eye my house is a mess and if I look thru the one that still needs done its not too bad. It's all in the way you look at things!. Have a great day! Jeanne

    1. Image for Sheila Sheila

      Bless your heart, Jeanne Bell. When my messy house starts getting me down, I'm going to remember your words and take my contact lenses out! :)

  14. Image for Jan Jan

    Oh my, if it were me finding the pumpkins, I would try to make a mental note for next fall as to where I had left them. Probably didn't find them this past fall so now I have hope for locating them next fall. Getting older is great, everything seems to be a surprise...

  15. Image for CLAUDIA CLAUDIA

    Sooo... are you saying I need to store away the metal rocking reindeer? I was going to decorate him with red, white and blue ribbons for Memorial Day through 4th of July....really, really! You are awesome and funny and perfect in those non-perfect ways! Thank you for a belly laugh!

  16. Image for Bonnie Schulte Bonnie Schulte

    You are a sweetheart, and know how to bring smiles to all who read your blog. Pumpkins in April...kinda like Christmas in July. I like it!

  17. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I want to live in your bedroom. Seriously, I do. It is so gorgeous but I am happy to know that you stash pumpkins in the baskets:):) Thank GOD you are not perfect. I feel so much better now:):)

  18. Image for Karen S. Karen S.

    Thank you for your honesty. It speaks to me.... and my real life laundry room that is a struggle to keep decent ;( there isn't a pillow big enough !!

  19. Image for Libby from Libby's Lifestyle Libby from Libby's Lifestyle

    I had a giggle, not about the pumpkins but about the karate chopped pillows and the perfect, schmerfect blogger homes. I try to keep my home clean and nice, but please don't come to visit today because it sure needs some attention. But that will have to wait till Sunday.

  20. Image for Lynnette Martin Lynnette Martin

    Great story! Mine is just the opposite, the kids are gone from the house & I have a bunch of holiday decorations that are not making it out of the basement. Watiing for life to slow down just a bit & trying to figure out how I did it all when they were home. Whew!

  21. Image for Kim Stearns Kim Stearns

    I am a blog reader. I do not have a blog. You have certainly made me laugh tonight. Thanks for keeping it real. I work full time and it is difficult to keep our house clean. Your blog is one of my favorites.

  22. Image for Linda Linda

    Karianne, you always make me smile! I need all the smiles I can get these days, my Mom of 103 passed away and while we were at the funeral, someone broke in and stole all my jewelry. So your blogs always make me happy, and I thank you. love, Linda

  23. Image for Leslie Leslie

    And then there are those times when just a touch of Christmas or spring just makes you happy...and you let it linger...before it blatantly screams at you like sparkly pumpkins! It's all good!! I file by pile so much that my Christmas magazines that I love linger a L O N G time!! ❤️

  24. Image for Peg Peg

    How do you do it? You expressed exactly how I feel sometimes, being a new blog reader...inspired, amazed and quite a bit in awe! But you, dear, sweet, lovable Kari Anne, always know how to keep it real...and I love you for that! Take good care, friend! : )

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