The Gatehouse

Dear lonely, over-looked little house at the end of the driveway,

Welcome to the family.

I just wanted you to know how much I have always adored you.

I’ve driven by you for years.  Every time I turned into the driveway……there you sat.

Patiently waiting.


The Living Room

You always looked a little forlorn to me.

I remember when your gutter fell off in the back and kind of hung there…..swinging back and forth.


I ached for you.  Such an uncomfortable situation.

I wanted to march down the driveway with a 10 foot extension ladder and hang it back in place immediately.

But you just kind of shrugged your shoulders and sighed patiently.


The Study

And then there was the whole beauty shop phase.

Your glory days.

When your rooms were full of shampoo and blow dryers and a tanning bed and rollers that smelled like permanents and gossip and giggles.

And plenty of big hair.

Just like a Kentucky Steel Magnolias.


The Dining Room

You had a few other tenants.

But nothing really seemed to work out.

And then you sat.

And sat.

With the occasional half-hearted wave and downcast expression when I turned into the driveway.


The Bathroom

But now….watch out summer of 2013.

Finally… little neglected friend.

This is your year.

Your day in the sun.

Your time to shine.


The Kitchen

Wait until you see the plans I have for you.

I’m just sayin’.

I’m talking vivid and bold and fun and graphic and color.

Hot pink damask.

And zebra.

And turquoise.

And a zinc topped desk.

And giant chalkboards with metal letters.

And light fixtures that look like spaceships.


The Craft Room

And this?

This is going to be the jewel in the crown.  This is going be the craft storage room.

With a built-in desk.

And floor-to-ceiling shelving.  With baskets and zinc tags and sewing machines.

And containers full of material and scrapbook paper and stencils and paint and a wrapping paper station.

And buckets of Mod Podge.


The Back Yard

Here’s the view from your back door.

Sunny and green and bright and full of the promise of a summer’s day.

Just like your future.

So buckle your seat belt, little gatehouse.

2013 is going to be a great year.  🙂

PS  We bought the gatehouse (formerly known as the beauty shop to the stars of the county) on Friday.

I can’t WAIT for you to follow along this summer.  Every project that I have always wanted to do….but never had the perfect place for in the main house….

……has finally found a home.  🙂


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  1. Image for Diane Diane

    Sweetest cheered me up this morning. You actually have me thinking..... I have so many projects to do and if I approach them in the same way you do I think I could succeed! I can't wait to see what you have in store for all of us!

  2. Image for judy judy

    Before and after pictures, especially in your hands, is one of my favorite things. I can't wait to see it's progress and it's final beauty.

  3. Image for Anita Anita

    This will be so much fun for us readers to see the progress you will make as you transform these rooms into something wonderful!

  4. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Congratulations on your new little addition to the Family!! This is going to be one great summer of staying tuned to your channel!!

  5. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    So, questions, questions...what are you going to use it close to your home is it...what are you thinking? I've never known anyone who owned a gatehouse before...this is pretty snazzy! Oh, and congratulations! ;)

  6. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    How exciting! I can't wait to see your ideas come to life! The gatehouse will never be the same! I can't wait to see the reveal!

  7. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Consider this a virtual knuckle-bump, sister. Congratulations on the acquisition of the gatehouse. Looks like a fantastic little place. A story in-the-making, I can't wait to see the creative transformation -- "Karianne style" Let the fun begin!

  8. Image for Lori Lori

    Oh my goodness!!! What AMAZING fun you are going to have getting it all ready!! That is a dream come true!! I can't imagine the fun your children will have in there too creating with mom.... LOVE!!!

  9. Image for Bliss Bliss

    Gotta give you my first thought (besides "is that a trapdoor at the toilets feet"?) because nothing else I can type conveys my thoughts accurately. So..... OHHHMMMMMGEEE! Bliss

  10. Image for RoseMary RoseMary

    What a dream come true for all us! I can't wait to see this unfold. The outside is the skin, the inside will be the soul, We want to see it grow and bloom. We all wish this was our place, so we will live though you. We will follow your dream with you.

  11. Image for Erin Erin

    I think every woman (and a couple guys) should have two houses. One for the beautiful and serene neutrals and the second to go wild with color. One for antiques and farmhouse and one for modern (oh, heck, maybe I need four houses). One style, one set of just doesn't work for me. I love it all. Unfortunately the bank book says that I can only have one (read small) house and still have the kids in Catholic school. Hmmm, maybe the principle will let me deck out her office.....(If you knew this principle you would know how truly funny that it!) Good for you, you lucky girl. I know it will be MARVELOUS.

  12. Image for Jeanette Jeanette

    I want a little building just like that for my sewing/craft room. My own building! I want it black, white and red with splashes of bright yellow. I want to quilt, scrapbook and look at all of my craft magazines and dream of all the projects I can accomplish. Oh my, I am really jealous. You are one lucky woman. Enjoy!

  13. Image for Susie Harris Susie Harris

    I can't wait to see what you come up with. Gosh I wish I would live closer because it would be so much fun to give you a hand. Projects of love are right up my ally :) Now how can I expain to my sweet husband that I need to swing by your state and have my paint clothes ready. I just know you will make it smile!!!!

  14. Image for bernadette bernadette

    Congratulations to you and to the little house!! Love your story and look forward to all the loving improvements you will make!!!

  15. Image for Pam W Pam W

    FRESH GROUND for all your inspiring projects. How exciting! I can't wait to see what this little gem turns out to be. when it grows up.

  16. Image for Barb @ The Everyday Home Barb @ The Everyday Home

    WHAT???? I am not sure if I am more jealous that you are now the owner of a "gatehouse" or you will have the opportunity to decorate in zebra print and turquoise. Color me jealous. I can't wait to see what potients and spells you conjure up. 2013 is gonna be a fun one indeed. xxoo

  17. Image for Danielle Danielle

    I've just discovered your site and I love it! I can't wait to see what you do with this little nook of a place - it looks like a perfect canvas to start! Good luck!

  18. Image for Linda Linda

    Wow!! That is the cutest little house. I am sooooo excited for you and all that is ahead!! Can't wait to see what you do with this little gem....I know it will be just adorable!! What an opportunity for you to spread your wings and fly!! Exciting new....wish I had one of those little cottages in my backyard. ha. Blessings, Linda

  19. Image for Haley Haley

    Oh I'm so excited for you! And I cannot wait to see what you do with this place is is darling!! But it is going to be amazing no doubt!! -Haley

  20. Image for Theresa K Theresa K

    Sounds so exciting... you are such an inspiration and I can't wait to see how you do the craft room... now that you've peaked our interest so looking forward to the updates!

  21. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    As always you are able to see a diamond in the rough - I know it will be amazing and even be better than it's former glory days. A true little cottage that is loved.

  22. Image for Andrea Andrea

    Sooooo exciting! I have often wished you were blogging when you re-did your farmhouse so we could follow along.... Now is our chance!

  23. Image for Emmy Emmy

    I absolutely love the Gatehouse! So beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with it. I love the Craft Room with the beautiful floor.

  24. Image for Regina Regina

    This is so cute! And considering the condition it's already IN, you won't have to do much but put YOUR stamp on it! So exciting!!!!! You'll have your own grown-up Craft House! :) Happy Sunny Monday!! It's GORGEOUS out there!

  25. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    What a fantastic story with a great ending. I can't wait to see what you do and come up with. I am sure it will be great. Looking forward to seeing the transformation. Cynthia

  26. Image for Lynna S. Lynna S.

    I will enjoy watching your progress!! These are the things in life that make my heart sing! Have fun...I know you will.

  27. Image for revi revi

    Well this makes perfect sense! Since your home is perfect now - every inch of it, you needed a new place to work on! How lovely that it's so close to could even be a shop for you! Can't wait to see what you do, K. -Revi

  28. Image for Marcia @Gathering at the Table Marcia @Gathering at the Table

    Oh my...buckets of Mod Podge!!! Fun!!! Somehow I have a hard time wrapping my mind around you not having room at the main house. ;) Looking forward to all the goodies. xoxo's

  29. Image for Jeri Niksich Jeri Niksich

    How cute was that! I love the little story about the little house and you really said it well I can't wait to watch "her" become a beautiful happy place. Please don't miss a progress picture. Can't wait to see the whole process of the new life you breath into her.

  30. Image for Cynthia at her lovely nest Cynthia at her lovely nest

    incredible! and exciting! how lucky that little house is, and how lucky we are to be along for the ride :-)

  31. Image for Connie Connie

    Kari, You are so inspiring! I can picture the beauty you will bestow upon this Kentucky Gatehouse... all I can say is Wow to be able to work on a project like that... You are one lucky girl... Thanks for sharing..

  32. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    How wonderful. I am waiting with baited breath. Are you going to start a little business with it? I kind of think your little house is as big as my only house... lol. Congratulations!

  33. Image for Pinky Pinky

    That patient and lonely gatehouse is going to SING after you get finished with it!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see and follow along with this project! It will be amazing, I know. I am so happy for you!!!!! XO, Pinky

  34. Image for Diane Allen Parks Diane Allen Parks

    I can't wait to see what you do! We are just in the process of restoring a 60+ year old fishing cabin that my Dad built in the late 40's. It has been a weekend getaway for our family, my children, grandchildren and many friends all these years, without much thought to "fixin' up" over the years. I am tackling the daunting job of painting "wormy-oak" paneling, as we speak. (My Dad would not be happy to see this! He was so proud of that paneling!) Not sure where we will go from there, so I'll be a voyeur at your gatehouse this summer! Good luck and looking forward!

  35. Image for Marian Marian

    Aaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!! So exciting! OK. I think I can breathe again. What an unbelieveably magical thing to do. I am all aquiver with anticipation. Marian

  36. Image for Emilou Emilou

    Through your comments, you have already given the "Gatehouse" character, color, life and a future. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  37. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I'm so excited to see what you do with your magic wand (I'm convinced it is magic!). I already know this will be a story with a "happily ever after" ending.

  38. Image for Susan J. Sias, Couture Baker & Chocolatier Susan J. Sias, Couture Baker & Chocolatier

    Oh Karianne! I am so thrilled that you have this space to expand your ever growing art filled world! How fantastic your Summer is going to be! Looking forward to many photos! Enjoy! Sweetly, Susan J. Sias, Couture Baker & Chocolatier.

  39. Image for Sherrie Mock Sherrie Mock

    It is going to be nothing short of fabulous! I am green with envy (of course the green is the perfect shade of celadon). I am so excited and happy for the adorable little gate house!

  40. Image for Michele Michele

    OH MY GOLLY!!!! Wow, what fun news! Gonna be fun and awesome, whoo hooo hooooo - can you hear my shouting happiness all the way from mid Ohio?????????????????

  41. Image for Laurie Collett Laurie Collett

    What a lovely project! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace! Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also: Love in Him, Laurie Collett

  42. Image for Melanie Melanie

    This little house is gonna be gorgeous! Just look at her floors - wow. My question is though, what are you going to do with this house? Will it be a guest house?

  43. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Can't imagine how wonderful this house of the "bouffant hair doos" will be after you work your magic....Looking forward to spaceships and zebras!

  44. Image for anne anne

    Karianne can't wait to see what you do to this! I know it will look amazing! Is this on your property?You need to do an outside photo sometime and share :-) xx Anne

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