Farmhouse Kitchen Desk

One of these days I’m going to write a stream of consciousness post.

Remember those from high school literature junior year?

The author of the piece would just write down whatever they were thinking.  It was kind of like chasing rabbits with a literary accent.  Sometimes it made sense and sometimes it didn’t.  At the time I thought it was ridiculous.

Now me and my much wiser self think it’s brilliant.

Farmhouse Kitchen

For example, I’m supposed to be talking about the great change-up….the second verse.

You can read the details….here.

See the floor plan….here.

And see the living room that became the study area/dining/puzzle room….here.

I know….it’s a lot of homework.  I understand.  It’s just like you’re back in junior English class with all that assigned reading.

Mason Jar Holder

Farmhouse Kitchen Gray Leaves

So that’s what we should be discussing.

The great change up….the kitchen edition.

I should be telling you that I moved the table in the other room and now we have two chairs and an ottoman from the old library now in here and now we can have your breakfast and coffee on tufted chairs with silver nail heads.

But all I want to say is….look at these amazing galvanized metal leaves that I bought at Joanna Gaines’ sale.

Can you even believe them?

And that I think dried-on Cocoa Puffs…..

…..just might be the hardest surface known to man.

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Have you tried to wash out a bowl that someone left on the kitchen island with milk and Cocoa Puffs?

They look deceptively easy to wash off.

Then you scrub and scrub and scrub with extra elbow grease and your fancy scrubber and just when you think you have them all un-scrubbed….you discover one or two of those puffs have the staying power of a filibuster.

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

And this is the point in the whole process where you think to yourself….good enough….the dishwasher will get the rest.


Don’t do it.

Don’t even think the dishwasher is your friend.

That cereal will cling even more tightly to the bowl….

…..and you’ll be right back where you started.

Farmhouse Kitchen Neutrals

Farmhouse Kitchen Eat-in Area


But me and my stream of consciousness self digress.

This is the new arrangement for the kitchen.  It’s a little more relaxed and welcoming and the perfect place to kick off your shoes for a conversation.  I’ve even tucked a blanket in the basket next to the chair for chilly mornings and added magazines and books and an over-sized ottoman.

And chairs that go perfectly with coffee.

Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Just for some perspective, here’s the view into the new homework/dining/puzzle area from the kitchen island.


It’s a beautiful thing.

See…I’m off on another tangent.

So if you need me….

….I’ll be chasing rabbits. 🙂

PS  For everyone who asked what I bought at Joanna Gaines’ sale….you can see some of the items in these pictures.

I bought the galvanized metal folding tray, the mason jar cup rack, the galvanized leaves, the wooden pedestals on the island and the metal pedestal under the bee skep on the counter.

And that’s just for starters. 🙂

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  1. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Great room...loving those leaves! Dried on Cheerios will give you a run for your money as well...just saying! ;)

  2. Image for Ter'e Ter'e

    I am not a jealous sortof person...........but, I am totally JELLY over everything you bought at JoAnna's. Things we have seen and anything we have not. I don't even care. I love it all. I love Chip and JoJo..........darling couple. Love their farmhouse, the kids........everything. Makes ME want to move to TX.........and I live in FL!!!! And then, there is your house. Total LUST...........such fun to read about and to see. You folks are just terrific.

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    I have found that pretty much any kind of cereal/oatmeal and milk remnants left in the bottom of the sink are baaad news. Soaking them is your friend ... you are right, the dishwasher will make the problem worse ... not that I've had personal experience with this, or anything ... Everything is so pretty! As always! :)

  4. Image for Valerie Sisco Valerie Sisco

    Hi KariAnne, Everything looks so lovely! I just love the chandelier and I'm guessing it's from Joss & Main? I'll hop over and see if I see it there -- but it looks gorgeous!

  5. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Lookin good, Chicka! I'd have had no, zero, nada restraint at her sale. Sales are one of the few places in life where caution and restraint are supposed to be tossed out the farmhouse window! Cha-ching and then bling! Love it all!

  6. Image for Patti Patti

    Would you mind me asking where your two chairs came from and also did you paint the tall standing cabinet? If so, what brand and color......thank you. Love your blog, it is one I try to read everyday.,...and that says alot in this busy world.

  7. Image for Stacey Stacey

    Yes, I am in agreement about the cereal/milk. I say you could build a house with it. Forget about cement, mud, mortar or whatever else they use to hold those bricks together. Cereal and Milk. Done! Love everything you bought at Joanna's store. I'm so jealouse!

  8. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I know I already posted, but once I saw the photo with your sink and pass through in it...I've been searching your blog for more photos of your kitchen... trying to figure out the layout and where the sink is, in relation to the stove etc - which lead me to your whole pot roast story (so funny!). We are thinking of putting in a pass through in our kitchen, and I would love to see more photos of the whole layout of your kitchen.

  9. Image for Rita Rita

    Thanks for the lovely get-a-way!!! In the middle of preparing my home for new windows and new AC/Heat unit next week (our little 55' brick beauty coughed up a hair ball of redo) I took a Thistle.... break...ahhhhh, just lovely. Now I feel inspired again, so off I go...

  10. Image for Becky Becky

    Your new arrangement is beautiful. All the rooms you've done look just as beautiful in the befores AND the afters. Amazing. Now those galvanized leaves are going to be the envy of many, including me, and I've already looked at those plate stands three times. Good job at Joanna's sale! We are not cocoa puff eaters at my house but the dried residue left in a bowl from the cinnamon and sugar from cinnamon toast crunch could be used as fine grade sand paper in a pinch. Have a great day.

  11. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Oatmeal and nacho cheese are tough too. Dearly love Mason jars and had never seen a racks hanks for sharing! Love your new format but are the discussion boards gone? Have a wonderful and wild weekend like it is at my house! Cats are playing you know!! Go big blue!!!

  12. Image for Patty Patty

    DROOLING over everything I see! I get so excited when I see mail from you as I know I am going to just fall in love with it all.....and then try to copy it! Thank you for being you and for sharing that with us.

  13. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    Love the wood cake stands but also love the peek at the bird pillows on the counter stools. Oh my gosh I miss you when your away and not in my inbox! Glad you had a grand time but glad your back.

  14. Image for Jenny Jenny

    Hi KariAnne, As always you do such a clever job with decorating! Love, Love, Love everything! Can I ask where you bought the rocking horse that is on top of your white shelf with the white dishes? I look forward to your articles and oohh the pictures :).

  15. Image for Beverly Beverly

    So awesome! I'd love to come sit in that beautiful space and sip tea (or coffee) and chat about Fixer Upper, dried Cocoa puffs, those fabulous chairs and great sales. Thanks for inviting us in KariAnne!

  16. Image for Kellie Kellie

    Can I bother you for the name/brand of your wall color? In some photos it appears more in the brown family, perhaps a tan, in others, I see more yellow, like a butter cream. What ever it is, its lovely and I have been living with sheetrock for going on 2 years because I can't find a color for my kitchen and dining room.

  17. Image for Char Char

    Love the items you bought (I'm so jealous that you got to go to the store) but what I'd really like to know about are your white dishes. Are they old? l love the look and feel but I'm looking for an everyday set that can go in the microwave and dishwasher 'cause I often get "help" in the kitchen.

  18. Image for Donna Smith Donna Smith

    Will you go nuts if you hear love one more time! It was great before but loverly now a house should grow with a family! you did it perfectly! My enemy is rice krispies left in bowl! Your kitchen now has the perfect sitting room!

  19. Image for Bliss Bliss

    I don't care where you move your rooms I'll have tea with you in any formation. But I think it's cherios.... Dropped to the floor by a toddler with just a bit of milk as glue.

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