So yesterday this happened.


Standing in Kirkland’s in front of dozens of people talking about decorating and bookcases and sharing my story and laughing and wearing leopard print shoes and my favorite dress and taking pictures with people.


Never.  Never ever ever ever in the history of ever did I imagine such a thing could ever happen.

When I was writing about treeless skirts and pancake love stories and new old houses and all of the times I slid down a hill in front of a crowd of people, I never visualized.

I never dreamed.

I never imagined.

My leopard shoes would ever walk so far.

So today is book launch day.

I wrote this book for anyone who gets a little overwhelmed standing in front of the paint chip display at the paint store.  I wrote it for all the curtain choices and the floor choices and what to put on my bookcase choices and how high do I hang my chandelier choices and all the other decisions and choices and dilemmas in between.

I hope that it inspires you.

I hope that it walks along aside you in all the decorating valleys and celebrates with you when you finish and stand on top of the decorating mountain.

In front of a space and a home that you love.

And in exciting news.

Because having your face on a display in Kirkland’s just wasn’t enough.

The book is number one in its category on Amazon.

I’m so lucky to get to partner with Kirkland’s.

The company is amazing.

The people who work for it are amazing.

And the new lines that they just brought into the store?  I seriously can’t even.  There are deconstructed chairs and poufs and an entire garden line of florals and brilliantly colored artwork and distressed pitchers and on and on and on.

I cannot thank you enough.

Thank you for cheering and lifting me up and making my leopard print shoes dance for joy.

All of this.

This display.  This planner.  This day.  This journey.

This smile on my face and this joy in my heart.

I owe it all to you.

If you’d like your very own copy, you can order it here.

If you’d like to me and my face and my book, I’ll be at the Houston Kirkland’s on Thursday.  More details here.

If you’ve already bought the planner and you have a moment to leave a review on Amazon here, I’ll click my leopard print shoes together with joy.

PS  Don’t think I wasn’t shopping either.

I couldn’t help it.

There were people to shop with and coupons.

Look at these adorable white vases I bought for the kitchen counter.

I just wanted a little something to remind me of all that joy. 🙂

PPS  Here’s a Facebook video I took yesterday at the store.  Please ignore all the noise around the first minute where I knocked the display over. #soclose

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I'm giving you a standing ovation this morning! You were amazing and beautiful just like your book. XOXO Lisa

  2. Image for Basia Basia

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoes! I bought your planner and am looking forward to starting this journey. You have amazing taste and it matches my style and makes me crave more from you! Keep up this amazing work!!!

  3. Image for Carrie Carrie

    YOU did it!! Congratulations!! Yahoo!! So proud of you, your leopard shoes, beautiful dress, perfect curls and red lipstick. You've always been #1 in my book, and now #Amazon #statistics are backing me!! Truly a rock star. That's you. Sweet, generous, adorable you. Thank you for inviting me in for the ride. #dreamon :)

  4. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    You are so cute!!!! I loved hearing you in action. What a joy filled day for you. I so wish I lived closer to come and meet you and do all those fun things you mentioned!!! I'm looking for my book in the mail! Enjoy every single minute at each of your events. Great shoes and you could hardly notice the display toppling over. It's just what I would do too! 😊

  5. Image for Barbara Barbara

    How wonderful! Love Kirklands:) AND I love your shoes....and best of all your beautiful happy smile!!!!:):) Enjoy!

  6. Image for david david

    Congratulations!!I'm so happy for you (and proud of you). Keep knocking down walls and knocking over displays! It's all awesome! (I had to edit my over exclamation-pointing to not look like a crazy person but they are all implied. I'm very exclamation pointed for you) !

  7. Image for CathyAnn CathyAnn

    U R A ROCK STAR! This morning when I opened the Kirkland email blast who's face was there staring back at me?? KariAnne!!! YES! You have arrived, girl!

  8. Image for Terri Terri

    Love ... love this post !!! I saw you on FB yesterday .. getting prepared !!!! Outfit is tooooo cute !! My only complaint .... you are not headed our way this time !!!! :(.... I left a review .... and can I just say... EVERY SINGLE TIME.. you mention the "Hill" thing.... I bust out laughing ...... ( glad you were ok.. but the way you tell this story cracks me up every single time !!!!) CONGRATS KariAnne

  9. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    Love love your writing style -- lifts my mood when I read what you share. Congrats on such an awesome journey -- well earned !

  10. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Drumroll!! You have made it to today!! And this launch of this amazing book!!! So very proud of you—this book—these signings!! You are a rockstar. In case you need a reality check. It’s really happening. And when you click those cute leopard shoes, it won’t be a dream. Soak it all in!! Can’t wait to join you in Nashville! I’ll be cheering and smiling and shopping. But, I’ll probably have tissues in my purse because I know I will be overwhelmed with tears of joy for you. Because it’s already happening. Until then, happy signing, sweet friend!

  11. Image for Charity Kiser Charity Kiser

    How fun and exciting! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait until my book comes and btw I love the videos! I started watching them last night. I had to make myself stop and go to bed! Ha

  12. Image for Gina Gina

    Live the dream! I'm going to my Kirkland's right now just so I can tell somebody, a complete stranger, that you are my friend as point to your picture!!!

  13. Image for Katherine Katherine

    Congratulations!!! The reason I look forward to your posts is because you are real. Your family, your pets and all the antics that go with them crack me up and make me feel like I can do this too. Your house is lovely, but it is your attitude that is truly beautiful.

  14. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I am beyond thrilled for and your leopard print shoes, your read lipstick...and your dangling earrings! Congrats Karianne! ;)

  15. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Congratulations KariAnne!! I am so thrilled for you and cant wait to pop into Kirklands and pick up a copy of your new book. I also will be looking for some Spring/Easter décor inspiration. Hope you will be adding more Kirkland tours and book signings in the mid-Atlantic area.

  16. Image for Lilly Lilly

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations. I know of no one more deserving. Keep those keyboard keys tapping! I know you have more to share:-)

  17. Image for Jan Robins Jan Robins

    You look beautiful and loving the shoes. Sorry I missed your event last night. I know it was filled with lots of get tips and fun. Have my book, loving it. Enjoy your book tour

  18. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Congratulations 🎈. I saw your shining face in my email from Kirkland’s this morning! Super excited for you !

  19. Image for Cindy@countyroad407 Cindy@countyroad407

    I had so much fun and your night was amazing. You did such a great job and oh my golly - YOUR BOOK IS IN KIRKLAND'S!!! That is an incredible accomplishment. I'm so glad to know you. Just being around you makes me a better person - inside and out (hashtag, you've got great hair). Big hugs

  20. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Oh, Miz karianne......never ever did I have a doubt that you would someday find yourself in this place. You are amazing, and I'm so glad I've been along for the ride! Congratulations on the Amazon achievement too.

  21. Image for Dee Dee Dee Dee

    What a fun night at Kirklands with Karianne last night! I encourage anyone in an area where she has a book signing to go and see her! The book is awesome too!

  22. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    Congratulations Karrianne on all your due diligence paying off! And on the #1 spot in your category on Amazon, because Amazon is pretty BIG! So happy for you!

  23. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    KariAnne! It's so wonderful to see this! You deserve every bit of the success you have achieved now ... and ahead ... in your certainly *STELLAR* future! We love being here to watch ~ and applaud ~ these awesome milestones!

  24. Image for Sandi Sandi

    Dear Sweet Karianne! Today because of you I visited my first Kirklands and had a blast shopping. I'm only going to be able to shop on line until next year visiting FL because I'm a Yankee! So much fun and wouldn't even look at your book because it's waiting for me when I get home in a few days! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  25. Image for karen karen

    Happy Dance!!! So Happy for you sweet lady....enjoy it all!! Thank You so much for letting me be a part of all have no idea how much it has meant to me!!

  26. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    I'm so happy for you! Bummed I couldn't be there. Coming down with something so kept my germy self home but I was with you in spirit. It's an awesome book! And you my friend are incredible. Happy, happy for you!

  27. Image for Rosemary and Lavender Rosemary and Lavender

    I am so super excited for you! But even more for me because I saw your book was the number one release on Amazon! Way to go! I can't wait to decorate!

  28. Image for Rowena Rowena

    Congratulations. You look so pretty in that dress and those shoes rock. I love when you have the saying make your home one of a kind. So many fads are out there and you spend so much on being what is hip that you end up not liking it later and selling and starting over.

  29. Image for Stephanie Wethington Stephanie Wethington

    You are amazing and I cannot even express how happy and excited I am for you!!! Your book is amazing and is number one on Amazon! YAY!!! Enjoy every bit of deserve it sweet lady!!! xo

  30. Image for Richella Parham Richella Parham

    KariAnne, you're just the best! I am so very, very proud of you. I pre-ordered your book--So Close to Amazing was great, so I knew this home planner would be awesome! I hosted a bridal shower on Saturday and gave a copy of the home planner to the bride-to-be. She was thrilled! And I loved it when her mom said, "This isn't just good for brides. . . I want one of those!" :) Cheering for you all the way from North Carolina!

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