Today I feel like the mail man.

You know.

The one who delivers the rain come sleet or snow or hail or high water.

Trying to post this post today has been like climbing Mount Everest.  As I was driving to a remote location in search of internet and coffee in the middle of nowhere, I was trying with every fiber of who I am to count my blessings and remember why living in the country is so wonderful.

I had plenty of time.

Driving five miles an hour on a winding country road with the defrost on at full blast because of all the frost on the ground behind an international harvester will give you new perspective on things.

So today, from a frost-covered-no-internet-gas-station-coffee-still-trying-to-count-my-blessings-corner-of-the-world, I thought it fun to take a moment to visit some house tours I’ve shared on the blog before.

Hope you enjoy the tours as much as I’m enjoying my gas station coffee. 🙂


Ceilings are the new walls.

At least that’s what this house told me.

Take a tour of a house that has more ideas than the leaves falling at the farmhouse.



Welcome to Cape Cod.

I know it’s fall and there are pumpkins and cornstalks and haybales everywhere.

But if you want a little bit of summer this Cape Cod Beach house tour brings the sunshine.


This beautiful home has an extra dose of southern charm.

Just add the sweet tea.

Take the tour of this Southern Country House Tour here.


I remember sighing when I first saw this room.

I found it at the corner of cottage and beach.

Take a tour of this color full cottage style beach home here. 


This was one of my favorite houses ever.

I needed a little bit of sunshine today and this house delivers.

Take the tour of a house decorated with sunshine here.


Here’s to remembering the internet doesn’t rule the world.

Here’s to a winding country road.

Here’s to taking a moment to remember what is truly important and counting blessings.

And here’s wishing you a wonderful day in your corner of the world. 🙂

PS  I’m posting some fun ideas on how to transition from fall to winter decorating over on the Lamps Plus blog today!

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  1. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    Oh my, yes, I can empathize with your state of mind in that less than fruitful search in the country for coffee and Internet! Good thinking to decide at that moment to count your blessings and share some past home tours. That being said and call me crazy, but I can't wait to wake up to a whole mountainside of frosted pines and blue spruce - coffee and Internet to boot would just be icing on the proverbial cake!

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    There is a quote that says life is really simple, but that we, ourselves, create the circumstances that complicate it! Here's to a simple life! : )

  3. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    From a city girl Your drive for coffee sounds like heaven to me! Enjoy. At least when you are doing that, you can't be working so hard. Relax, it is good for you.

  4. Image for Susan Susan

    Thank you for always reminding us to count our blessings. Sometimes, you can't use your fingers or toes because they are SO cold but we are thankful nonetheless. Living in Maine really makes you appreciate nature. The fall foliage is gorgeous and some higher elevations got snow. I can wait a bit for that. Yesterday, my Muffins (grandkids) and I were cheering for Hubby in a 70 mile bike ride for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing and even though it was only in the 30's, we cheered as loud as we could for the bikers. Let's just say it warmed up a little when Patrick stopped right next door and said "hi". Ahh, that's one blessing! :-)

  5. Image for Lanita Lanita

    Hey Karianne..... I always so enjoy your blog posts....just the thing to brighten my day, especially on a Monday! Loved all of the pictures, but especially the ceiling in the master bedroom! We have so much to be thankful for and so many blessings to enjoy..... Have a wonderful day, friend! Lanita

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

    Oh my heavens -- I do sympathize -- gas station coffee ---I am shuttering. The last time I bought some was several years ago -- ended up throwing it away. I would rather have my nails pulled than be forced to drink that sludge. We are still south so our weather is beautiful warm and breezy. I'm really not trying to rub it in -- we will be in the midst of the cold on Sunday. I am relishing every day in warmth. In the meantime I will take my cup of coffee and do the virtual house tours, staying warm the whole time. Thank you for the tours -- I love snooping. Have a great day!!!

  7. Image for Gail Gail

    Love what you show us. Today I am trying something new. I am putting a paper picture onto a canvas as large as the one you are showing. I am hoping that it works.. I will let you know. If it does, what fun for the holidays esp. but all year round also. Have a great week.

  8. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    ....and here's to you for always bringing us such warmth and sunshine no matter we and our laptops or phones are!! Wishing you a Super Great Fall Day!

  9. Image for Rebecca Turner Rebecca Turner

    Thank you for being our mail carrier today, Karianne! I love your play on words, “One Good Tour Deserves Another”! If you’ve had your coffee now, and you're oohing and awing over undisputedly fabulous ceilings, or waxing poetic over a warm country house, or dancing a jig in an indigo inspired beach house…well, who can blame you? Your enthusiasm is contagious! Out here in blogland we’re oohing and awing too, and we haven’t even seen the treasures in person—only through the crisp eye of your lens, and your keen (and often humorous) observations. Um, I think I’ll have to add a few Magnolia leaves and a glitter pillow to my Christmas décor now…and tomorrow I’ll be looking at these pictures all over again! Thanks again.

  10. Image for Leslie Leslie

    You the end of that long country road is another road that leads to my house with a fresh pot of coffee, a screened in back porch, woods with deer grazing and a heart ready to share lots of giggles and internet with my sweet friend! I loved your post this morning! and the tours were all amazing...I sighed with every wonderful photo and story...Happy Monday, Karianne!!

  11. Image for Mary Mary

    WOW !! Don't know which one I liked the best! Be-Utiful places. And guess what... today I too had gas station coffee... It wasn't so bad. :)

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