If you read the blog….you might have seen this room before.

Umm….maybe 1000 times.


Are you ever like….I mean….we really like you and your sign and your milk container and your chairs and your tan couches and your basket on the coffee table with those random weights holding down those decorating magazines….

….but can you show us something new?

Why yes, rock star.

As a matter of fact…..I can. 🙂


I’m joining up with six other incredible bloggers next week and we are all taking one room and decorating it three different ways.

Here was the challenge:

(1)  Shop the house

(2)  Do not spend over $100

(3) Completely transform the room three different ways.


I seriously wish we had a time machine and it was next Tuesday.

I can’t WAIT until you see all three rooms.


As in giant dice used as a coffee table.

And a bird chandelier.

And hot pink scrapbook paper.

After all here at Thistlewood…..

….it’s go big….or go home. 🙂


PS  All of my rooms and I can’t wait to see  you next week….June 25-27th.

PPS  If a giant dice coffee table isn’t your thing…..just check out these unusual coffee table ideas I put together over at the Lamps Plus Blog today!

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  1. Image for Sarah (20 State) Sarah (20 State)

    Ohh, I love house shopping! I'm in the middle of a living room makeover so this probably wouldn't be a stretch for me, I love foofing about. Could I just add and take away cushions three times...I love me some cushions!

  2. Image for Heather Heather

    Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog last week while looking for painted floor inspiration. I just wanted to let you know that I have really been enjoying your posts. Thank you for sharing your home.

  3. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    What a FUN challenge!! Geez -- I can barely get my rooms decorated ONCE, let alone 3 times/3 ways! But seriously? What a great way to stretch your creativity... can't wait to see what you come up with! xo Heidi

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I love shopping the's so affordable! Great ideas over at Lamps the birch log table! I'm anxious to see your room made over...should be quite a change! ;)

  5. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    I can't wait to see what you come up with! It's hard to improve on perfection! I love your home and the rooms are already spectacular! On my way to Lamps Plus!

  6. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    KariAnne.....I absolutely adore reading anything you write! You are, without a doubt, the sharpest tack in the box..., the brightest bulb in the package..., the shiniest gem in the jewelry box...., okay I'll stop now. LOL...seriously, what I wouldn't give to be your friend and neighbor! Is there anything you can't do? Love your home and decorating style, and I'm sure you won't disappoint us with your room changes. I have no doubt yours will be the best.....

  7. Image for Marty Walden Marty Walden

    Can't wait to see the changes! And guess what? I'm going to Haven! No more excuses from me so I'm already implementing your suggestions. I'll be the girl hiding in the corner. In case you want to find me :) Love you, girl!

  8. Image for Regina Regina

    Can't wait! Sometimes I think that's the neatest thing about moving to a new house . . . you get to put all your old stuff in new places, and they look totally different! Looking forward to seeing what you've come up with!

  9. Image for Beth Beth

    I've just recently discovered your blog. I love it! You are such a talented writer and storyteller. I'm trying to finish my final paper for my Master's program. I keep thinking I wish you were my friend so you could tell me how to end it! Anyway, thank you for your wonderful posts. I truly enjoy them!

  10. Image for Erin Erin

    Karianne, I can't wait but I need to tell you that I never get tired of looking a pic of your house. It is absolutely what I would want if I could snap my fingers and transport myself. Actually pull up the house tour often. Not that I'm stalking you, just to get more ideas for when I finally have the time/money/energy to copy some of the ideas. BTW was listening to the radio coming home today and "Walking on Sunshine" came on and when it talk about...."I can't wait til you write and tell me your comin around" I thought of you and your hubby when he was doing the military thing and you with your press on nails.

  11. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    This challenge sounds wonderful....looking foward to seeing what beauty you come up with!

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