Reader Q & A

I wish I had a little taped promo for this post like they have on Saturday Night Live.  

Something kind of like this….  Reeeeder questionnnnnns.  Reeeeeeeder questionnnnnns. ReeEEEeeeEEEEr quuuuuuestions.

(so close but no cigar)

Maybe I just need choreography to go along with it. 🙂

Seriously….one of my favorite parts of writing a blog is the reader question.  Usually I e-mail an answer back…but today I thought I’d try something a little different and answer a reader question here on the blog in case any of you had a similar room dilemma.  So here goes. 🙂

A while back I got an e-mail from a reader that went a little something like this:

“I hope you can help me!  I’m really stuck when it comes to my master bedroom project.

We have an older ranch style home that we’ve been working on for years.  Recently we finished our small master bath, and it is time to move on to the master bedroom….but, I am stuck.  🙁  The bathroom features octagonal white floor tiles, a white ruffled shower curtain, a galvanized barn light, a diy concrete countertop and touches of barn wood. The bedroom needs to flow from this room seamlessly.  I love farm house style, but I do not love shabby chic.  I love some cottage elements, but not to the extreme.  I love industrial, rustic, northwest, and french styles, but I can’t even pick a paint color!!  Currently, our room is a blank slate. When I think I have found a paint color, I back off and think I should go with BM Simply White.  (Our bed is made of a dark wood.)  I want a chandelier of some sort above the bed, but what style?  I love white bedding, but would also love to incorporate some gray.  I love layering and natural elements.  I have to work with what I’ve got, which unfortunately includes average height ceilings and beige carpeting, boo!
I dream of this decorating dilemma at night.  I need to make some sort of progress before I drive myself and my husband mad!  🙂

Thank you so much!


Reader bedroom question

So here’s the room….and it’s perfect.

A blank slate.

And the best part?

Gorgeous wood wall

There’s an amazing wood wall on the other side of the room.

I know….right?

It’s the perfect aged accent for a not-shabby-chic-farmhouse-style-with-not-extreme-cottage elements-sprinkled-with-industrial-rustic-northwest-and-french-style.

Reader Question Fabric Selection

Whenever I start planning a room….I always begin with fabric.  And here’s the fabric board I put together for the room.  I chose a pattern for the pillows and a complimentary stripe and chevron for the upholstery.  The bird fabric will be perfect for the curtains.  You can find all these fabric over at onlinefabricstore.

I chose almost an aqua blue and khaki and brown and gray palette.   These fabrics help to marry the dark wood on the existing bed frame and add a lighter pop of color to the room.

Room Project Reader Q & A

Reader question curtains

Here’s a rough sketch of what the bird fabric would look like on the wall across from the wood wall.  I would hang the curtains on individual rods (see the curtain rod project…here) for an inexpensive window treatment option.  Treat the window like it’s full-size and maximize the impact by hanging the curtains as far outside the window as possible.  

Having an accent on each wall helps to balance out the room and wraps it in warmth.  I also added the table under the window to off-set the height of the window.

I love the Sherwin-Williams color SW Wool Skein for the walls.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

You can also paint any accent furniture or pieces with Sherwin Williams SW 7015.

It’s a great complimentary color to the Wool Skein.

It’s a little more gray than it looks like in this picture.

Accessories and furnitureHere’s the accessory and furniture suggestions.

I love the mix of industrial and rustic with a hint of glam on the side tables.

I would also incorporate the reclaimed wood into a large sign on the wall.  You could incorporate a scripture or quote that you love or even the words from a favorite song.

Reader questions- lighting

Here’s a couple of suggestions in the lighting department depending on the direction of the room.

You could also add patterned lampshades in a stripe or simple burlap pattern for more texture.

And (of course) a few more DIY projects for the road:

1.  You could always build your own table under the window if you want a different look.  Find antique pedestals and simply add a top and bottom to create a unique one-of-a-kind table.

2.  You could use fence post finials at the end of the curtain rods if the curtain rods look too a little too cottagy.

3.  Frame architectural pieces on a reclaimed wood background for artwork for the room.

Thanks friends for listening.  I love how it all came together.

It’s timeless.

And current.

And not-shabby-chic-farmhouse-style-with-not-extreme-cottage elements-sprinkled-with-industrial-rustic-northwest-and-french-style.

My new favorite decorating style. 🙂

Hayloft flyer

PS  I can’t wait to meet everyone who e-mailed me at the sale!

And you can buy tickets at the door.  If you don’t have plans for Thursday evening….I’d love to have you join us on our shopping trip. 🙂

Reader question and answer mood boards


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

    Pssst!!!I want to whisper something -- I think you're undercharging for your talk. Yes, really!! I think you are so inspiring and full of ideas -- you could rally a group of sloths!! I can just hear you -- Arms waving -- get up and DANCE!! The bedroom ideas are great and I have to say that your control on the interview was amaaaaazing. You looked and sounded poised a la Grace Kelly and you didn't try to grab the wood and show her how to do it. The more excited I get -- the louder I get. There's a saying -- I'm not yelling I'm Italian :-( Now you're going to have to expand your services to on line decorating advice. Decor by KariAnne -- it certainly rings!!

  2. Image for Lori Ellison Lori Ellison

    The bedroom ideas ROCK! I thought of the clock you chose (as I saw it online recently) but nothing else :) BUT love the accessories, colors and fabrics and it will really brighten up the space and finish it off!! Hope Trina takes the plunge and then lets us all have a little peek! Cheers!

    1. Image for Rhoni T Rhoni T

      Clock, where is this from?? I'm almost afraid to ask, cuz I think I don't want to know the price. I just want that clock!

      1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

        LOL! It's only $69.00 from Wayfair! Here's the listing: Hope this helps! karianne

  3. Image for Lori Ellison Lori Ellison

    BTW If I lived closer (I am not even on the same continent right now) I would happily meet you Thursday night! Know it will be great!

  4. Image for Sylvia Marie Sylvia Marie

    You are amazing, God has gifted you with many talents,go and shine, I vote for your own Show, it would be with integrity and God honoring I'm sure!!!!!!! God Bless you Sweet girl.

  5. Image for Thrift My House Thrift My House

    What a great room to work with...the planked wall!! Your advice is spot on. I love the fabrics and lighting. Pretty paint colors too. It's going to be beautiful. I hope we see the reveal. Have a great day! Sherry xoxo

  6. Image for Margy Margy

    Will you ever be coming up to the Washington D.C. area? I sure hope so! I would cancel everything on my agenda to come see you!!!!!

  7. Image for Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way

    Love your vision for this space and I think perhaps "not-shabby-chic-farmhouse-style-with-not-extreme-cottage elements-sprinkled-with-industrial-rustic-northwest-and-french-style" is the perfect decorating style! Have a great week, my friend! Leslie

  8. Image for Missy Elam Mangum Missy Elam Mangum

    That sphere chandelier is spot on! I love that you really listened to her likes and dislikes and came up with a plan that incorporated what she wanted, offered choices, and didn't "go over the top".

  9. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    I love your ideas for this room. I made drapes out of that very same ird fabric for my living room. And... I wish I could come hear you speak! Please come out to East Texas! xoxo!

  10. Image for Linda Linda

    You are something. There's so much to admire about your blog....your chatty way of writing, your wonderful ideas and how open you seem to be your readers.

  11. Image for Kris Kris

    Ooh, my favorite feature on is their presto-change-o one--I need to see something to understand it--love your ideas. I looked at Trina's bedroom and was ever-so-slightly envious of the gorgeous space she has to work with. Lucky her! :) Which reminds me ... I want a new chandelier for my dining area but nothing with crystals or toooo industrial .... ;)

  12. Image for Trina Trina

    I have to say ... I love the name of your reader. ;) And as usual the style of the design is perfection. That wood plank wall is to die for. I am currently trying to talk my hubby into doing one. I think I am wearing him down! Have an amazing day! Wish I lived near Tennessee to go to your talk.

  13. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    Oh my. That would be definitely worth taking "the last train to Clarksville". Break a leg. best of luck and all that.

  14. Image for Judy MacDonald Judy MacDonald

    I love your ideas for the room, KariAnne. That little pop of aqua is perfect and so soothing for a bedroom. I hope that Trina shares photos of her room when she's done. **hint hint, Trina**

  15. Image for Christine Christine

    Just think if I had 10 clams, and a helicopter, I could see you speak in Tennessee! Sounds so fun! Grammy, Christine

  16. Image for Sara Sara

    Could the reader please share her "after" pictures as a part of payment for your awesome design advice? :). I love a good before and after!

  17. Image for Colleen (Lilac Drive Designs) Colleen (Lilac Drive Designs)

    I love this style board! I also love that you chose what looks like Robert Allen fabric and/or maybe Waverly! I have great fabric that I purchased--Waverly paisley prism in all the blue and brown colors similar to the brown and blue one in the lower left of your picture, to make curtains that will go in my dining room along with my new antique wooded oak floors (yay!). My color scheme is very similar to this style board, with a light beige walls, dark dining table with a big blue colored buffet that I colored using inspiration from the fabric. I really love the blue/brown combination and I think it will look amazing in your reader's room. I can't wait to see what she does with it. Will you do a follow up post so we can all see it?

  18. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Love your ideas and that reclaimed wood wall ... before you showed that photo I was thinking a reclaimed wood wall would be perfect for behind the bed as a feature. Wow! If your wonderful mood boards and accessory suggestions don't put Trina over the top, I'd suggest pinning like crazy until she gets some really solid design direction for the bedroom. I also use "Houzz" for design inspiration. It's what we do now instead of tearing pages out of magazines...

  19. Image for Emily J Emily J

    So I recognize the ZGallerie orb chandelier (mostly bcs I drooled over it but Huz vetoed)... But WHERE is that side table from?!? (And how likely am I to build it instead if I don't like the price point?) Any suggestions on convincing my Huz that a plank wall is Exactly what my master bedroom needs???

    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Emily, It's from Home Decorator's Collection. Here's the link: Hope this helps! karianne

  20. Image for Angela Angela

    YOU ARE A STAR! I have thought this for a while now and I think all of your fans would agree! You should have your own show on HGTV. It would be kinda sad at the same time though because you wouldn't have as much time for us, the people who think you are AMAZING, TALENTED, CHIC, FABULOUS....ETC. Wish I could meet you in person to get some pointers on my decorating dilemmas. I have an old farm house in Michigan, but it hasn't been a farm house since the 1880's. We have been doing non-stop renovations on and off for 12 years now. I would love to incorporate some shabby chic style on a family friendly budget. I should send you some pictures and questions sometime. As always, great post. Thanks so much:)

  21. Image for Julia G. Julia G.

    Love the ideas for Trina's bedroom, hope she shares the after photos. Karianne - have a great time in Clarksville tonight!

  22. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Hi Karianne! I have been looking at a couple of old pieces of pine furniture in my living room that I would like to possibly paint grey. (For waay too long.). Found some pretty greys but then they don't look so great with my wall color. Realized the other day that is where I need to start. Then I just saw this post with walls in wool skein, which is the color of my living and dining rm walls! I am going to try to make my own chalk paint w the repose grey! Going to check out your fabrics for pillow covers also. Hey, THANKS!

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