pergola project

Good morning sunshine.

I’m back.  I’ve flown across the country and saw my reflection in the snow covered hills and glimpsed the moon over Nashville and last night at 12:17am I pulled into my driveway and opened the door and smelled the honeysuckle and saw the stars twinkling overhead.

It’s good to be home.

And it’s the perfect day for a traveling summer home tour organized by my incredibly talented friend Julie Blanner.  If you are visiting from Finding Home Farms, it’s an honor to meet you.

Now let’s get this tour started.

urn filled with flowers

Let’s start outside.

This is the side patio with its stone paver patio project.

The patio is the home to all things honeysuckle and hydrangea and peony and graham crackers full of marshmallow.

spring front door

If you take a left and bring the marshmallows with you, come up the front steps and knock.

Here’s the front door decorated with rose topiaries and boxwood spheres.

I added urns and black metal spheres.

front door spring

spring flower planters

Quick farmhouse decorating tip:

When you have a planter that’s full of dirt and the plastic bucket from the home improvement store, why not cover it with moss spheres or boxwood spheres.

Simply add them to the top of the planter for a farmhouse look.

front hallway spring

Front Hallway Letter

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Wire Baskets

Here’s what’s on the other side of that door.

This is the front entry with wood floors and a seagrass rug and striped walls.

Here’s a quick farmhouse project.  Add baskets to a piece of wood to organize your life by the front door.

You can see the entire DIY here.

front hallway into living room

flowers in the living room

living room spring tour

If you turn to the left once you go inside the front door, you’ll come into the living room.

I filled twig vases with fresh flowers from the yard.

Farmhouse decorating tip:  stretch your $5 bundle of flowers from the grocery store with twigs and leaves from your yard.

The coffee table in the living room is an easy project.

You can see the blue and white painted DIY here.

dining room garden centerpiece

garden arrangement

garden flowers

Directly across from the front hallway is the dining room.

Quick farmhouse tip for a centerpiece:  start with an old tool box and fill with mason jars and flowers.

Every time I open the front door, it smells amazing.

industrial farmhouse cutting board

Industrial farmhouse kitchen

kitchen-and-butlers-pantry picture

kitchen organization utensils

If you go through the front hallway, turn left and you’ll be in the kitchen.

Here’s a few farmhouse projects from the kitchen.

Complete instructions for the recipe wall are found here.

DIY for the industrial farmhouse cutting board are found here.

Easy farmhouse plate rack instructions are found here.

family room farmhouse style

farmhouse clock

herbs and clock

spring farmhouse decorating with nests

If you go straight through the hallway, you’ll end up in the family room full of sunlight and rosemary and bird’s nests.

And matching love seats.

That look totally tour ready because of this easy tip.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and I’ll leave you with one final tip.

welcome home

When you arrive home at midnight and smell the honeysuckle and see the twinkling stars and your tired legs walk up the front sidewalk….

….nothing looks as well-decorated as this. 🙂

PS  Happy summer tour day and be sure and visit the next stop on the journey over at House 214 Design.


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  1. Image for Design Chic Design Chic

    I could move right in, KariAnne. It is so warm and inviting and love remembering posts done on items in each room! Hope you have time for a little relaxation this morning and "welcome home"! xoxo

  2. Image for Jeanne @I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Welcome home KariAnne, You are SO right...nothing feels as nice as walking into your own home after a long trip. I hope your quilt fabric shopping trip was successful...maybe I should say your quilt fabric promoting trip?.. Anyway, the tour you just gave us made it feel like we truly did just walk in with you. Your home is so very lovely and I'm sure you make people so welcome when they visit in person! I love every room you shared with us... Take time for some rest deserve it. Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Image for Pinky Pinky

    Welcome home friend! Glad you had a great trip! LOOOOVE your house and every post. What do you use on your wood floors to get them so beautifully shiny? Please share!

  4. Image for Pam Pam

    I love your home and your decorating. I am glad I discovered you on Talk of the Town, Nashville!!! I am searching for seagrass rugs. Where did you get your good looking rugs with the light colored edge?

  5. Image for Linda Linda

    Reflections of love in each room- so delightful to start my Monday morning with a feast for the eyes. Blessings!

  6. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Welcome home, my friend!! Love those Thistles! They are the best. But not by the way they creatively care for you. You taught them well. Happy Monday!!

  7. Image for Peggy Peggy

    There is no place like home. I hope you got to sleep in this morning, but I bet your family could not wait to catch you up. Your home is perfection and exactly what my 114 year old house wants to be when it grows up. Your tours always make me think of sunshine and summer breezes.

  8. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Ahhhh, welcome home Miz karianne! Love the message you were greeted'll always have that memory as well as the photo. Great kids. And of course, your home is so welcoming and friendly. I still think you should adopt me.... Beautiful day to you!

  9. Image for Susan Susan

    Sigh**** Your home is just as beautiful , warm and amazing as you are ! :) Thank you so much for inspiring me to think out side the box when decorating ,it has helped me on many occasions! Welcome home.

  10. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    KariAnne!!! How on Earth did I miss that gorgeous cut-out galvanized clock??? SURELY it's new, or I'd have drooled over it before...

  11. Image for Susan Susan

    Your home is gorgeous as always, KariAnne...not only that, but you can tell that love lives of home, love of is such a joy to witness always! You've have shaped this old farmhouse into something young, exciting, and vibrant...your home is just so crisp, clean, warm, and welcoming...a real knockout, just like YOU! I always look forward to your house I am inspired to get off my duff and go for it...I hope I don't lose this momentum! It would certainly help if I, too, could come home to such a sweet message on my sidewalk! :)

  12. Image for Peg Peg

    Home Sweet Home!! Here's to the most beautiful farmhouse ever!! And the woman who has created it with love is just as beautiful!!!


    Karianne, what a gorgeous "country" home you have! It's absolutely beautiful! You can see the love that you have put into your home -- and you can just feel the love that you and your family have for one another and for the lovely home you all enjoy together! I am new to your blog and I am really enjoying it! I get myself a cup of coffee and read it! I am so glad I found you! You are such an inspiration to everyone who reads your blog. I just love the curtains that you have in your dining room. Would you please let me know where I could purchase some? Thanks, so much, Karianne! I, too, love "country"! Hope you are able to relax a bit today in your lovely home! Bless you for being so special!

  14. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    Loved the "Welcome Home Walkway"! Your girls are so sweet. They must take after their mother. Always enjoy seeing your inviting home. I have visited via photos so often, I feel like I have actually been there. De Ju Vue!! All that I've missed is the sweet tea with lime.

  15. Image for Donna Donna

    Oh I LOVE your kitchen. It makes me want to cook. I haven't felt that way in years. I want to just step into my computer and live there. Gorgeous house so inviting!

  16. Image for Greca Greca

    Thank you for the fantastic tour...only problem is you forgot to show me the guest bedroom I'll be staying in...I was thinking of staying absolutely not more than three weeks... no problem, right? ;-)

  17. Image for Mary W Ferguson Mary W Ferguson

    What can I say - your home is stunning and I love everything that you have done. I am sure you are happy to be home. Enjoy the rest of your week. Happy Memorial Day Celebrations....... Mary

  18. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    KariAnne, what beautiful photos. I must say, your kitchen is my favorite room in your house. I love to see that space from different angles. Not sure how you keep everything so lovely with four "youngins" running around but you do a great job with that. That outdoor space with the squares is gorgeous too and a pretty area for lunch.

  19. Image for Terri Terri

    Absolutely beautiful... every square inch of Farmhouse Gorgeousness!!!!!!!! As always... those amazing floors get me every single time!!!!! :)

  20. Image for Amy Griffin Amy Griffin

    No matter how many times I look at these pictures I love them more and more each time! You home is basically my dream home. I am so inspired I am going to incorporate these ideas into my next decorating projects. Thanks for sharing! :D

  21. Image for cindy cindy

    Your house always looks so adorable, Karianne:) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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