Wasn’t that fun? There’s nothing that makes me happier than a room makeover—except maybe a room makeover with friends. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for celebrating. Thank you for the encouragement and the comments and the e-mails and the questions.

You know how much I love a really good question. We actually have an unlimited question policy here at Thistlewood.

So today I wanted to answer all the questions and give you all my sources and where I got everything (and some similar items for things I found at the thrift store or have been discontinued in case you wanted to create a similar look for a space in your home.

And if I don’t answer a question you had about the room?

Just drop it in the comments and I’ll add it to the post.

Also, today is the first day of fall and it’s cold outside here in Texas (relatively speaking) and my coffee is hot and there are questions to be answered.

Life is GOOD.

Let’s GO.

Q: Where did you get the rug?

So many questions about this rug.:)

It’s so affordable and comes in tons of sizes.

You can see the rug here.

Q: How do the twins feel about their rooms not being the same when they come home from college?

I wanted to answer this question first. It wasn’t the most asked question, but it was brought up by several people.

Can I start with how much I love you for asking this?

It shows how much you care about my family and those sweet daughters.

I think we were all ready for a change. The room was so empty and they took so many of the things they loved from the space and it was a shell without a lot of life. I was going to surprise them when they came home, but in full disclosure they saw it on social media and Westleigh called me yesterday to tell me how much she loved it.

There’s an entire bulletin board behind the door to the room full of high school memories that I didn’t show on the post. Also, I didn’t show the closet makeover we finished for her where we added a desk and put a rolling cart and organized all her cards and letters and other things that are special to her.

I also told her she could make any changes that she wants when she comes home.

Maybe. 🙂

Q: Where did you get the bench in the space?

I had this bench in another part of the house. It’s been at the end of my bed and in the hallway and in the middle room and on the upstairs landing.

And now it’s in Westleigh’s room.

It’s the perfect bench that goes anywhere.

This particular bench has been discontinued.

But I found some similar options here and here and here.

Q: Where did you get the gold butterflies from?

This was one of my favorite finds.

I think I’m going to do an entire post on how to do this, but it was SO EASY.

I ordered the butterflies off of Amazon and they came with self-adhesive stickers that you can just peel and stick.

A package is under $10 and has three different sizes and the butterfly wings are bendable so you can make them “fly” any way you want.

Q: Where did you get the bedding from?

Okay. This one is a little tricky to answer because I kind of made it myself.

I knew the look that I wanted and I couldn’t find it for a reasonable price, so I just made everything from sheets and curtains.

Has that ever happened to you? You know what you want, but you can’t find it? And then if you are lucky enough to find something similar it costs way too much?

The duvet cover at the end of the bed is actually a set of curtains.

It is the PRETTIEST floral. I just sewed two curtains together to make the duvet cover.

Then I found these sheets and these sheets and used them for the bedding and pillowcases. I also thought these sheets would be perfect, but I ended up returning them because I had too many sheets.

Q: Where did you get the stencil you used for the wall?

I ordered the stencil that we used for this wall here.

It is one of the prettiest stencils I’ve ever seen. There are bunnies and flowers and leaves and butterflies.

I’m going to do an entire post on how we did it, but the main reason we needed to do something different on this wall is that there isn’t any shiplap. The shiplap in the room is original to the house. They used shiplap walls and put wallpaper on top. This closet was added later (they didn’t have any closets when the house was built) and these walls have drywall on them.

Stay tuned for an entire tutorial on this wall.

Spoiler alert. It was so much easier than putting up wallpaper.


Q: How do you make curtains out of sheets?

This is my go-to window treatment.

Ever since my first home, I’ve been making inexpensive curtains out of sheets and drop cloths.

I even use sheets to line my other curtains.

I ordered these curtain rods and these curtain rings (LOVE BOTH OF THESE SO MUCH). I’ve ordered them for clients and the twins’ dorm rooms and other projects and this rod and ring set is ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. It’s super affordable and looks very high end for the price.


I ordered these twin sheets.

Open them up and clip them on the clips and hang them at the window.

I did steam them with my favorite portable steamer and then they were ready to go.

Q: What were the paint colors you used in the space?

On the walls we used the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year.

Evergreen Fog SW 9130.

The closet doors and that area of the wall are painted Shoji White SW 7042.

Then we stenciled the entire area with this amazing woodland creature stencil and stenciled the entire base in Sandbar SW 7547.

Then I went back and hand painted in the butterflies with Haute Pink SW 6570 and the leaves with Evergreen Fog SW 9130.


That was a lot of additional information.

I hope I answered all the questions.

If not?

Just let me know how I can help.

And now?

Go take on the first day of fall and let it be as amazing as you are.

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  1. Image for Jayne McLeod Jayne McLeod

    WOW ... this room has turned out so lovely and so very welcoming ... I'm sure the gurls will just love it, I know I do !! Enjoy yourself a super duper day, Jayne

  2. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Hi there! Unless I missed something, you didn’t mention the chandelier, which I absolutely love! The room turned out amazing, but I am really attracted to the light fixture…You are pure love and delight! Thank you for following your heart and being a light in so many lives, like mine. Hugs!

  3. Image for Jan Jan

    Hi Karianne: Happy Fall! I hope you're recovering well from your surgery and taking things easy. Wish it was cooling off here in Florida, maybe in December. Love that you repeated all the information from the twins bedroom make over. So helpful and I love the Evergreen Fog color of the year, it's calming and unique. I'm trying to think of where in my house I could use it. I asked a paint question the other day about my long, narrow laundry room. I need a paint color on one blank wall to make the room look wider than it is. Should I go dark or light? Will the twins be home for Thanksgiving break, I'm sure it will be a wonderful family time for all. God bless you, and stay well, Jan

  4. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Sorry for veering off course, Karianne, but can you tell me where you got your patio set (the one in this post for SW color of the year 2019: https://thistlewoodfarms.com/backyard-makeover-with-2019-sherwin-williams-color-of-the-year/). I realize it's an old post, and you were painting the set, so it likely wasn't new at the time, but I'm looking for something exactly like it! Thanks!

  5. Image for Jessica Reichard-Lardinais Jessica Reichard-Lardinais

    I just KNEW that was SW color of the year the second I opened the post. I was like, "oh! She used Evergreen Fog!" It's such a pretty color and I am glad to see it in a real-life setting...Bravo! Also, I'm dying over the stencil that looks like expensive wallpaper especially the way you did it as an accent...feeling inspired, girl!

  6. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Beeeeeautiful room! Love everything- and those butterflies, wow great idea. Love the stencil, just adorable but all together designer classy room. Like your girls- growing up!

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    It is a beautiful room, thanks for all the information. Hope you didn't work too much and that your feeling better everyday.

  8. Image for Linda Johnston Linda Johnston

    Thanks for sharing details and sources. We still have 2 of those awkward closets added to the bedrooms decades ago.Loce the ides of stencils. We can't actually use wall paper over the lumpy bumpy walls. We just flat out didn't have the money for new walls when we moved in so paint and stencils to the rescue! PS. I am no longer allowed to make any changes to my girls' rooms for a couple of years now. L Evidently I raised strong creative girls!

  9. Image for Rose Rose

    Omg didn’t know that was stenciled. I thought it was wallpaper. I was wondering how you found wallpaper to match everything in the room. 😊

  10. Image for Barbara Stange Barbara Stange

    I love your style. Always so peaceful. My quesion is how do I show off things I love without cluttering a room. You have old and new and it looks peaceful. I tend to make things look cluttered and busy. In the last few years we have inherited alot of eclectic pieces from Vicorian ~~Farmhouse (actual old farmhouse) ~~ Primitive ~~ and other 'stuff'. Our house was built in the 80s so it has a more modern feel. We kept the things we love, but it is still so much stuff and also so much varies stuff. And then I also like the new looks so I buy things that I like. I am not sure how you do it. Your house is very peaceful. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

  11. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Love this room and the stencil is so pretty. Looking forward to seeing the details of the wall. I hope you're healing and feeling stronger. How often do you get to see the twins?

  12. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Karianne, about my earlier query re: the patio set. I found it at Home Depot! Online anyway. Much prettier painted in the clay color, so maybe. . . Thanks!

  13. Image for francis c moore francis c moore

    I noticed that when you answered the questions, you always use the pronoun WE. Who helps you with your projects at home? I really don't expect to get an answer since I have asked questions in the past with no answer.

  14. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

    Francis, I’m sorry if your other questions didn’t get answered! The “we” is my husband and myself! He helps me with all my projects! happy day, karianne

    1. Image for Maria W. Maria W.

      You are so kind KariAnne. Tho I am old enough to be your mother, you are still a wonderful role model. And I am taking notes 😊

  15. Image for Janis Hill Janis Hill

    I found a link for the curtain panels you made your duvet cover from: https://www.overstock.com/Baby/Nursery-Window-Treatments/3192/cat.html?featuredproduct=30368944&featuredoption=54407587&ci_sku=35231265-000-000&cnc=US&cid=248929&type=pla&targetid=pla-334428206103&track=pspla&gclid=Cj0KCQjwqKuKBhCxARIsACf4XuGZLDOURO2k7u3i3WbwjshKt-9qHdx43YklTar3sW-I8vbWRcj3EHMaAoc_EALw_wcB

  16. Image for Diana Simsic Diana Simsic

    KariAnne, Just a shout-out to wish you a speedy recovery and to tell you how much I enjoy your posts! I check your site daily and learn something new each time. Although I am not in a position to redo much in my house at the moment I enjoy getting ideas from you and especially LOVE your joyful personality! The dog poop story was hysterical, keeping it "real"! I recently retired early from a long career in oncology to take care of my mother with Alzheimer's (I thought oncology was tough!) and your posts bring a much needed smile to my heart. Thank you!

  17. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I just got caught up on your blog posts…bad reader! The room is lovely…what a calm and beautiful color you used. I want to live in that room! Happy to hear Westleigh likes it. Hope you and your hip are doing well! Enjoy your day! ;)

  18. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Read you often, might be first time I have left a comment. The room is gorgeous and I particularly love how you used curtains for the bedcover and sheets for the window cover. I love your blog because what you do is so clever. Helps me think outside of the box when I cannot find just what I am looking for.

  19. Image for Reta Reta

    You have been my inspiration for years. Have introduced many to your site so others to enjoy. Pray for perfect healing.

  20. Image for Misty Misty

    Agree, a room transformation is SO MUCH FUN. It's gorgeous, the new SW color is amazing in Westleigh's room. Also-- the fact that you use sheets for curtains makes me love you even more! :)

  21. Image for Nicole Giron Nicole Giron

    I love the walls both the color and the wall treatment. Is this shiplap, something original or something you did? I would love a similar look on my wall.

  22. Image for Nina Wolfe Nina Wolfe

    I absolutely love all of your choices for your room and have decided to paint a bedroom with this color. My question is regarding your beautiful rug. Where did you buy it and do you have a link for this particular rug?I absolutely love the rug color paired with the paint color. Thank you so much Nina

  23. Image for Amy Amy

    I've got a question! Where is that beautiful art hanging over the bed from? I love it! Well, I love the entire room!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Amy, I got those at Hobby Lobby! I actually painted over them with the colors I used in the bedroom to make them match! Hope this helps! happy day! KariAnne

  24. Image for Nina Wolfe Nina Wolfe

    Good morning! I love the bed frame in the before and after. I see the link for the headboard yet as I look the headboard , It looks as though it is connected to a frame of the same material. Was the frame purchased separately and then attached to the headboard? also.... Will you be doing a tutorial on the stencil. Thank you so much. You have been so inspiring!! Nina

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