Dear wonderful, incredible, hilarious Laura,

You and your home are amazing.


You had me at the winding gravel country road.


I can see you right now…..shaking your head and rolling your eyes at me and trying to point out some place where you forgot to paint a tiny spot or where you want to get new chairs or a different fabric or transplant flowers.


It won’t work.

You can point out anything you want.

You and your amazing self will never change my mind.


Because I’m not listening to you trying to convince me you are not amazing.

I’m staring in awe at your winding hallway and your arched doorways and your stacks of white dishes lining the hutch.

And your ceiling molding that is six inches wide.


And then I’m wondering where you got that lampshade and is it fabric or printed and why didn’t I think of mixing a clock with silver frames?

And could I make a lampshade like that?

And would it look as cute as yours?

And why did I never really think of the whole gray/purple/silver combination?


I’m wondering what the color of stain is that you used on the floors.

And how incredible to have a door that leads to the back porch.

And that slip covered furniture truly makes a room.


The thing is my creative friend…I know you are not even trying to be amazing.

You can’t help it.

It just comes naturally.

You are simply being….you.

Wonderful.  Incredible.  Creative.  Visionary.  You.


You are creating a home for your family.

An oasis.

A place full of love and laughter and joy.

Where books are read and scrabble games are played and the donkeys roam the pasture and homemade ice cream is always served.


Where on a soft summer’s night you can catch fire flies and walk barefoot through the grass and listen to the chirping of the crickets.

Where family and friends gather to celebrate.

Where the low hum of conversation sprinkles across the hills and over the pond…and when you look up into the night sky….

….you can count the stars.


Thank you, Laura.

Thank you for the lunch.

Thank you for nodding yes when I opened the front door and took one look and ran for my camera and tripod.

Thank you for allowing me to photograph the oasis you created at the end of a winding country road.

But most of all….thank you for creating a home that is full of joy and wonder and serenity….

….and a whole lot of amazing. 🙂

PS  Sorry I was late….but thanks for saving the chicken salad just for me. 🙂


    1. Image for Kris Kris

      BECAUSE you mentioned your wonky umbrella, I had to scroll back and look. If ya don't mention it ... most of us will never notice ... and if we DO notice, we will like you even more because pretty much everybody has something wonky in their home. :) Yours, by the way, is indeed gorgeous.

    2. Image for wendy wendy

      Laura, your house is AMAZING (except that wonky umbrella) ha ha kidding, like Kris, I had to scroll back up to look as my jaw was firmly dropped at all the beautiful pictures of your beautiful home. Thank you Laura for letting Karianne show us a peek inside this inspiring and beautiful oasis! Wendy

  1. Image for Beverly Beverly

    KariAnne, I can see why you were taken with Laura's beautiful home. And, you must have thrilled her soul with these stunning photos and incredible post.

  2. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Not only did I miss a delicious lunch... and meeting my favorite bloggers.... I missed a GORGEOUS home!!!! Thanks, KariAnne for sharing Laura's home. Meeting you was one of the brightest memories of Haven! As you say... YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR... and the nicest one I know!

  3. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Thanks for taking us to lunch with you. Gorgeous home...sparkling conversation I'm sure...and chicken salad....lucky gal! ;)

  4. Image for Bliss Bliss

    I'm a little disappointed. When ever Laura gives her own home tour we get to see her ass. (Your other readers need to stop at Laura's to see her ass. She's got a donkey ya'll, a real live one}. Smart-Ass Bliss

  5. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I had the joy and pleasure of visiting Laura's gorgeous is all that you say it is...full of warmth, love, and so much creativity...Laura is truly a warm and loving person...and her personality shows throughout her home and not to mention beautiful gardens!!!!...

  6. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Yowza! That's a beautiful home. I love all the windows. And the white. And the patio/deck. And even the wonky green umbrella. Wonky is good, don't you know? It adds CHARACTER to a home. Our house is wonderful, don't get me wrong. My wife and I love it. But it's SO DARK sometimes. All that real wood. Stained dark. And no windows that face east or west. But this isn't about me, is it? : - ) Thanks for sharing! Beautiful home. Beautiful photos. All the best, Michael

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    You had me at that lampshade! I'm depending on you, Karianne, to pass on whatever you learned about that! Laura, your house is beautiful. Truly an oasis!!

  8. Image for Linda Marsh Linda Marsh

    Hi KariAnne Love your blog!! Do you know the color grey she used on her walls' I am looking for a pale grey like that for mine. Blessings Linda Marsh

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    Laura your home is sooo very lovely! I am happy for you to have such a beautiful haven to enjoy with your family. I am wildly jealous though...that you had Karianne over for lunch!! Karianne, let it be known you have a standing invitation to come to my house, eat lunch, sip diet coke, laugh, pet Emmett, meet my family and more...any time ANY time!! Ok, just so you know! Laura you are certainly welcome too! Have a wonderful day ladies!

  10. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Kari Ann, thanks so much for sharing this fabulous, gorgeous home! You 2 are like 2 peas in a pod: beautiful, creative, inspiring, talented.....I could go on and on! I love everything she has done. I wish so much I had been at that lunch, talk about star struck!!! You BOTH rock!!!!!!!! XO

  11. Image for Angela Angela

    What a beautiful home tour of a lovely lady by a lovely lady! You two rock my world, let me tell ya! Always inspirational and just down right, true blue, lovely women...inside and out! What a blessing to have one showcase the other! Blessings to you both!~~Ang

  12. Image for Dianne @ Winnow & Spruce Dianne @ Winnow & Spruce

    What a lovely home! I can't believe on my "visit" to leave a note for Karianne that I gained insight into not one but two incredible women. Karianne, you were fabulous at Haven. And thank you both for so graciously sharing your homes and hearts.

  13. Image for Kim @ Sand & Sisal Kim @ Sand & Sisal

    Haha!!! When you told me weeks ago that you had Laura in your Bullseye, I KNEW you were right on track! She has been hiding under a rock, a proverbial diamond in the rough, too humble to show the world her awesome design accomplishments in her own home! (We knew you were hiding something Ms. Laura!! wink). Gorgeous, just simply gorgeous. To be honest, I'm a tad jealous that Thistlewood was able to sip sweet tea & eat chicken salad without me! (I think a trip back down is in order very soon!!!)

  14. Image for Gwen Gwen BOTH have gorgeous homes and I love how you both have similar tastes yet different homes!! I love the burlap at the bottom of those tall drapes and the entry and how clutter free it all is. Does she wear red lipstick too???

  15. Image for Christine Christine

    I'm a little confusaed ha! (so whats new?) Isnt she now moving? Or am I getting her mixed up wih another blogger?

  16. Image for tara tara

    I'm so glad that I got to meet Laura at the beginning of the summer! She's the real deal, and her house is, indeed, GORGEOUS. so glad that you guys have formed a friendship through's crazy how it happens, right?

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