I wish you could come over today for sweet tea.


Last week was incredible and amazing and awe-inspiring and a pinch-me-is-this-really-happening kind of experience.  I spent all week working on a project with a brand at my house.  There were days when we started at 7:00 in the morning and days when we finished at 10:45 at night.

Working together.

Laughing together.

Creating and imagining and hoping and dreaming and making this world a better place together.

I can’t go into details yet, but I can give you a hint.  It’s something you can hold in your hands.  It’s something that will inspire you.  And the best part?  It’s something I’m going to be able to give away to a few lucky readers.

And if that isn’t even exciting enough—there are so many other fun things just around the corner that I can’t wait to tell you about.

See what I mean about the sweet tea.

But for today, let’s celebrate summer.  And house tours.  And what the house looks like in the middle of summer camp and sunscreen.  This post was supposed to go up Friday, but it got lost in the technological shuffle that sometimes happens online.  It’s part of an amazing summer home tour put on by my friend Marty.  I have been friends with her for years and she is creative and supportive and writes a wonderful blog called A Stroll Through Life. If you are visiting here for the home tour from Decorating Delirium, it’s nice to meet you.

Are you ready for the tour?

Oh, good.

The house is too.

This house is and always will be a backdoor house.

It’s all business in the front and a party in the back.

I wish I could tell you all the hairstyles and stirrup pants that have walked through this back door.

There’s a butler’s pantry with the cutest little barn door near the back door.

Here’s where all the coffee begins.

And all the appliances hang out and wait for conversation.

On the other side of the room is the washer and dryer.

We had them built-in after we bought the house because the floor isn’t level.

1908 I’m looking at you.

When you exit the butler’s pantry this is the view of the kitchen.

I’ve added a little blue and white to the space.

This runner is new and I LOVE IT.

Here’s the view out of the kitchen into the hallway.

I’ve added this dresser from my husband’s grandfather.

And in shocking news—I don’t think I’m going to repaint it.

Instead, I’m going to take it and have it refinished.

Here’s the view going into the office off the stairs.

And here’s the office downstairs.

The curtains are dropcloth and I’m so happy with them.

I’m thinking about adding woven shades or roman shades to the windows.

I added this gray runner to the stairs.

And these pillows and roman shades to the window seat.

And these typewriter patents to the staircase wall.

I love the progression of patents up the wall.

You can order them in my Painted Fox shop.

At the end of the stairs is the front room.

I just added curtains to this room (which you all helped me choose).

This is the first room you see when you enter the front door and it will make you smile.

I can’t wait to show you more of the house this week.

The built-ins are done and the family room just got a little blue and white and there’s an amazing story I’m going to share about one of the first owners of this house.

It’s going to be an AMAZING week.

I’m so happy you are here.

I’m so happy you took the tour.

I’m so happy we are friends.

You make my world smile. 🙂

PS  If you are looking for any of the sources for things in the house you can find them on my Shop At Home page here.

And now.

For a little more summer touring, be sure and check out the next stop on the tour, Thrifty and Chic.

She has some amazing summer decorating ideas (like this brilliant mirror tutorial).

See all her ideas here.

And here are the rest of the homes on the tour:

Monday – June 11


Tuesday – June 12


Wednesday – June 13

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I can't wait to hear all the secrets from last week! As always everything looks fresh and fantastical! Have a happy day friend. Lisa

  2. Image for Renae Renae

    Everything is so light and lovely...beautiful! Now I need to know more about the runner situation. We have a need for one...can you share the deets? Thanks!!

  3. Image for Beth Beth

    Love your home, don’t we all. I have a question about the light fixture over the island in the kitchen—where did you find it? Thanks.

  4. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    It all looks so fresh and bright! Love the bits of blue you've added. Buddy is looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Is he feeling better? I really have a hard time choosing which room I like the best...there's so much to love in each area. That dresser is amazing, btw! Glad you aren't painting it as the wood tone just adds so much to the space! Beautiful tour. Thanks for sharing! hugs, Cecilia

  5. Image for Debi Reyes Debi Reyes

    Love the blue so much!! Ordering the rug for our entry way. Where Did you get the blue and white striped vase from?

  6. Image for Celeste Celeste

    Good to see you back. I missed your posts last week. Two things: I love a dutch door and we're looking to move in a year or two and I am on the look-out for a home I can add a dutch door in back. Secondly, I love the navy paint in the shelves that set off your collection of milk glass. It is stunning. There is so much inspiration throughout your home.

  7. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    I loved the tour! It makes me happy because it's such a beautiful home and you have made it so special! Also, I really appreciate all your resources, thank you so much for sharing them with us!

  8. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Now, I did love this post; but, I have a question. I notice the books in the bookcase have the leaves out instead of the spine. I am just wondering when this happened as I always remember displaying books with the spine out. Is it for continunity for the room instead of seeing all the different color spines? Thanks for always making me feel happier after reading your post!!

  9. Image for David David

    Looks amazing! Such a welcoming and beautiful place. And I'm all for painting furniture but I think you're right, that chest in the hall looks great just as it is.. I have to tell you that when you said "working with a brand at my house" I couldn't help picturing you sitting there having heady discussions with a giant can of Coke and/or burning your initials into everything that crossed your path.

  10. Image for Marty Oravetz Marty Oravetz

    Oh I love this house so much and I am so thrilled for all your good news, you so deserve everything you have worked so hard for. I am absolutely delighted that your tour was found in the vast space of the internet and got posted. Your home has so much inspiration for all to see and copy. Thanks tons for being such a great friend and supporting everyone on the tour. You make my day.

  11. Image for Linda Linda

    I simply love the changes in the living room. I'm gradually adding blue to my dining kitchen area and love it. Your sofas in the living room! Do you share the source? By chance are they from Ballard's? And if so are you happy with the quality?

  12. Image for Sherry Myers Sherry Myers

    Inspirational! Motivational! Eye candy everywhere! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and your ingenuity. Love it, love it! Have a wonderful awe inspiring week!

  13. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Oh, I LOVE the new touches of blue in the front room and that kitchen runner is a winner! It was a true delight to be on Marty's home tour with you. Everyone has gone crazy for The DIY Home Planner bathroom reveal. It was featured at several parties these past two weeks and was a highlight on the DTA summer home tour. Come by when you can to see how you inspired me.

  14. Image for Sue Sue

    KariAnne, you are so blessed in so many ways, I cannot even imagine. Thank you for being so generous in so many ways! Hugs

  15. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Um...where to start! Wow, the house is beautiful!! It feels like you just moved in yesterday but, of course, I know that's not the case :-) I loved seeing it all and how magnificently it came together BUT the display of milk glass...WOW. So gorgeous, but then you know how much I love milk glass. Sorry I've been so scarce lately but I've had a whirlwind of family and friends visiting this year. And more to come...family reunion at the end of this month and half of July! Yay!! It will be on a mountain in a cabin on 35 acres, no less. My grands will get the full Colorado experience. So excited! Oh, and before I forget...congrats on the new book!! Keep on writing my wordsmith friend :-) I've loved both your other two books and happily anticipate reading this one too.

  16. Image for Brenda Brenda

    KariAnne, I wasn't born anywhere near 1908 and I'M a little unbalanced! ;) It is so full of character! Your home looks marvelous! Awesome job!

  17. Image for Peg Peg

    There is a quote that says home is not a place, it's a feeling...and I get all the feels from your absolutely gorgeous home!! Love, love!!! xoxo

  18. Image for Anna Anna

    Every time you post I'm just eaten up with Thistlewood envy. Everything's so CLEAN! It is such a gorgeous but comfortable home!.

  19. Image for Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    Karianne, I was worried about you when your post didn't pop up last week so I'm so glad to see you here today! Your house is truly stunning! You've done such a great job and I can't wait to see more. :)

  20. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    It’s beautiful! Your dog matches the woodwork throughout and I love the woodwork mixed with the paint colors. And those shades in the windows in the upstairs landing along with your stairs are so pretty! And all the blues and textures in your living area, and the navy nook with the milkglass, I just want to come over! It’s simply, elegantly, relaxingly beautiful!

  21. Image for Heidi @cloverlycottage Heidi @cloverlycottage

    The arched built-in with the collection is a feast for the eyes!!! Would you please share the source for the stairway runner? I looked at the link to “shop” your home, but I didn’t see it. Thank you.

  22. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    As always, beautiful, KariAnne! Did you ever think you would see so much blue in your home? I LOVE it! Still looks so light and airy and cozy! I'm LOOKing forward to your surprise! Exciting stuff, friend!

  23. Image for Donna Gaddis Donna Gaddis

    Hey from Kentucky! Your brilliant fix for the washer and dryer because of the floor that is not level looks great. The house issue with the beautiful floor not being level makes me think that is what keeps the amazing energy 'rolling and moving' about between its walls. That energy is what makes its heart beat. I know it loves having y'all back.

  24. Image for beth f. beth f.

    Lovely home tour! I do have a question about the drop cloth curtains. Did you make them and if so, could you share instructions? thanks! beth

  25. Image for Amber Ferguson Amber Ferguson

    This. Tour. EEEEEEK!!! Love it all! The office door shot is my fave, crushing extra hard on that mirror! If you take my tour you will see (some of) my collection of antique and vintage mirrors that I used to create a gallery wall up my staircase. I can never pass up old mirrors! Your home has so much charm and character. Mine was built in 1921 so I know all about those uneven floors too,,, but I love it! I really enjoyed you taking us in through the back door. I could "feel" the house in the pictures. It's really awesome when that happens. Most of the time it is only with blog tours of older homes or those that have been infused with lots of interesting vintage pieces. Maybe it is just my love of old houses and the connection I seem to have with them. So glad to have joined you for the summer home tours. I hope you will link up this post at TFT tomorrow too! Have a great summer ahead!

  26. Image for Julia@Cuckoo4Design Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    So so beautiful. As always I loved taking in all the details of your beautiful home and I can't get enough of all of your blue accents.

  27. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    KariAnne, I've actually been in the hospital for quite a few days, and today I just felt like I needed a little lift from my friend and what a blessing to hear about the need activities that have been going on with your sweet family, and then I could take a home to her again and just enjoy all the beautiful spaces that you have created so lovingly. What a day brightener! Thank you sweet friend for reminding me that I'm amazing because he's amazing in me.

  28. Image for Penny Penny

    Just beautiful Karianne! Love that blue is back in your home decor. We are relocating ourselves to NC soon to be near family. Our new to us home has a large kitchen island similar to yours. I’m on the hunt for chairs and your white ones look perfect! Please share your source. As always, thank you for the inspiration!

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