farmhouse bedroom

I’ve developed this really random habit lately.  I’m not even sure where it came from, but it happens everywhere.

In the middle of aisle seven at Wal-Mart.

Mid-conversation at the baseball field.

During phone discussions and cheerleader practice and at the park and in the dining room and at Cracker Barrel.

Anywhere and everywhere.

I’m bamming.

master bedroom summer

Are you wondering what a BAM is?

It’s kind of like mike drop’s long lost cousin.

When I get really excited or I’m telling a story with a really good ending or telling something funny that makes me laugh, I get this random twist of my face and nod of my head and I lift my hand high in the air and close my fist and open it wide with my fingers kind of wiggling and I say BAM.

And it feels wonderful.

Kind of like an exclamation point.

master bedroom armoire

At first I just bammed every now and then.

It was just for special occasions.

But there were so many exclamation point moments in stories and it just emphasized the point so perfectly that bamming started working its way into every conversation.

ivy plant

And all of a sudden I was owning the BAM.

Making it my own.

My own personal visual signature.

farmhouse bedding

Sometimes people would roll their eyes.

Sometimes they would laugh.

Sometimes they even started bamming back.

buttons and ticking

So when I found this bedding at IKEA in the bins at the end of the aisle when they have special sales with super inexpensive prices like $12.99 and the set included all the shams and the cutest buttons you have ever seen and it called my name and explained that it was perfect for a farmhouse bedroom and it told me to take it home….

….it was a BAM opportunity.

Standing there alone simply staring at the bedding, all of a sudden my head bobbed and I raised my hand and looked at the bedding and let a BAM rip across the aisles of IKEA.

master bedroom sunshine

And then because one BAM isn’t good enough.

I bammed again.

And in my excitement I added one more BAM at the top of my lungs for good measure.

stripes and florals

And mid-BAM, I looked around and realized I was inadvertently entertaining all the occupants of the textile department of IKEA.


Good times.

I ducked my head and smiled sheepishly at the people around me and told my $12.99 bedding to hold its head high as we left the building.

And I as I walked away, I knew.

I knew that I knew that I knew my BAM and I had made it…..

 ….into dinner conversations all across Texas. 🙂

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  1. Image for Joan Joan

    Well, BAM for a fun and happy post. Is this your house, because I don't recognize any of the pics? Did you buy these goodies in Texas? Or am I confused in just imagining you live in Kentucky? Don't mind me, I have just come in from mowing the grass early this morning and it is HOT out there already. Supposed to be close to 100 you know what that does to a person's cognitive abilities? At least it was cooling and refreshing to look at your lovely photos. Have a great weekend.

  2. Image for Judy Judy

    Oh my, you need to know I am smiling ear to ear. I totally understand the BAM (mine is "Brilliant"). My wish for you today is many, many BAM moments. Thank you for the smile !

  3. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Ha, cute! Although I don't do a BAM, I do grab a deal quickly before anybody else realizes it:) Have a great weekend!

  4. Image for Pam Pam

    I have that same duvet cover and I did NOT get it for $12.99. So NO BAM here. Could say another word that rhymes with BAM but I won't. :-) But I will say, "Dad gum it!". But ya know, I didn't pay a lot to start off with, so I'll be happy that you got a "BAM" good deal. :-)

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

    I need this on a video -- could you please provide? I could then see it going viral -- oops I had to correct my spelling, I wrote virile. Well, I guess a BAM could be virile and potent!! Anyway, please let me know when you record this. I could see a periscope moment coming and could you please provide your periscope address so I don't miss it. You see I had your address but then my other IPhone gave up the fight and I got another on and I lost lots of information :-( Tell Mr. Woods "Happy Fathers Day". Have a great weekend. xoxo

  6. Image for Susan Susan

    haha...I'll often insert a "BAM" into my written conversations for emphasis...and you are feels good! Love that sweet little duvet truly did deserve a triple BAM, especially at that price! BAM on, my friend...BAM on! ;)

  7. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    Ahhh...Ikea....there is NOT ONE IN THIS STATE...HELP! KariAnne, maybe you have some PULL???! New Mexico needs an IKEA. I love the Blue/White bedding and for $'re killing me here(!) What a beautiful summer room it will be...

  8. Image for Becky Becky

    Thanks for my smile of the day! I could just picture the whole thing happening right in the store. Enjoy your beautiful bedding.

  9. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Emeril Lagasse used to "BAM" whenever he kicked up the seasoning a notch. Seems perfectly appropriate to use it to spice up a conversation.

  10. Image for Cheryl Autrey Cheryl Autrey

    Karie Anne, you are always putting a Big Smile on my face! Love your BAM story!!! You are Just Adorable!!!

  11. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    You keep right on bamming. It is good to have excitement, too little of it today! Please give me the details of the curtains around the canopy. Also the brand and paint color in that room? The walls and curtains look so attractive together! Thank you. Always waiting for your next post!

  12. Image for Mary Mary

    Hi there ~ would you tell me about the natural rug in your master bedroom? It looks so fresh and clean. Where did you find it? Thanks.

  13. Image for ananda ananda

    every photo here is so dreamy and beautiful!! i wish my home looks so stunning like this, everyday! please share your secret, kariann! i have a feeling even when your home is messy, it is an elegant and stylish mess, unlike mine!! =) have a fabulous trip this week! xoxo

  14. Image for Marijean Jenson Marijean Jenson

    I have that same duvet and shams. I didn't pay 12.99, but it was still a deal ! I love it. I have it in the room that my grandkids sleep in when they come over. I love the floral you have it paired with. BAM !

  15. Image for Karina Karina

    I have the bedding with the flowers and I love it! How I wish we had an Ikea nearby. Right now we have to drive to Atlanta. We will soon be getting one in Memphis but we need one in Nashville. Love me some Ikea! Lot's of good BAM! stuff there!!!!

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