Random thoughts on a brilliantly sunny crisp fall morning:

1. There is no better weather than crisp fall.  When you walk out your door and the sun is shining and there’s a chill in the air and the morning is crisp and you run back into the house to get a sweater on.

It’s the weather when cold is still fun.

2. It’s official.  All Christmas all the time on the Hallmark channel.  I just heard someone singing Hark the Herald Angels Sing in the other room.

3. I went to the BEST yard sale yesterday.  The kind where your pile of things you are buying starts at the front door.  I found a GIANT 48″ piece of beautiful needlepoint art in fall colors.  Details to come.

4. Last night was our homecoming here in town.  In sad news, we lost in double overtime.  In what in the world news, I saw people I went to high school with.  They looked so much older than I think I look.  How is that possible when still think I look so young?

Has anyone else noticed this?

Am I the only one?

And now?

Let’s see what the internet has been up to this week.

November is literally knocking at the door.

If you are like me and you need to get your Thanksgiving on here’s a little help.

With these creative Thanksgiving tablescapes.

Every single time I visit this blog I’m inspired.

And this week was no exception.

Here are three ways to style white plates.

(total aside:  I may or may not have enough white plates to set up a table for a small country.)

I love parties.  But picking up after them?

Not so much.

Here are 10 tips to help keep your house clean after a party.

(total aside:  my favorite is the dishpan rule.)

And can we still be friends if I tell you nothing makes me happier than a messy house tour?

There’s just something real about it.

Here’s one of my favorites.


And in random news this week:

This beautiful FREE holiday planner

Five tips for styling shelves

This light and airy living room

This castle

Make your own thankful tree

Cutest pumpkin diy ever

How to figure out the name of a font

I wish I would have gone to this

This New York barn

And this.

This brilliant furniture makeover

I love this so much I’m making it myself.


Absolutely brilliant.

And one more for the road.

My mother cannot thank you enough for all the sweet comments on this post about this room.

I had dozens and dozens and DOZENS of e-mails about the stuff in the room.

I need to get better about sharing sources so I’m starting today.

Here are the links for the products in the room (please be aware that a few of these are affiliate links).

Let me know if I missed any. 🙂

Paint color:  SW Coral Reef

Furry throw—Target

Brass lamp—IKEA

Table clock—IKEA (they don’t sell it online so I found this one similar here)

White curtains—RITVA from IKEA (I cut off the tabs)


Dotted canvas bins–(similar) All Modern

Paintings–Hobby Lobby

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  1. Image for Gina Gina

    Yes! There's a pretty famous woman running for congress in my state. She sent a campaign postcard to our home with a lg photo of her face. I counldn't believe how old she looked and we are the same age! It was not a flattering picture at all. Must be all the political stress. I, too, LOVE messy home tours. Cleaning inspiration!

  2. Image for Linda Linda

    Love the fall also!!! You did miss a fun time at the Silobration 2018. My husband and I drove down from MN and enjoyed our time in Waco and the state of Texas. Although we could have skipped the downpour the Friday night of our concert tickets. Chip and Joanna are so entertaining and Magnolia Market and the Silos are so amazing. Along with other stores like the Findery just down the block from Magnolia. Cupcakes were delicious from the Silo Bakery. It is true also about some people looking so much older. I guess a harder life shows on some more than others,

  3. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    I did not go to my High School reunion, but one person posted pictures on Facebook. I thought do i look like them. Naturally I said NO! I love the color of your mother's room. I agree there is nothing like fall crisp,cool air. Marilyn

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    My husband rocks for many reasons, but one of those is because he regularly tells me how much younger I look than other women who are my age. :) And I'm sure the same is true for you!

  5. Image for Tanja Tanja

    The dresser makeover to a vintage looking apothecary one from "Maison De Pax" is nice but I think she was learned by watching it from the DIY dresser makeovers post from "The Painted Hive". And by comparison that one looks really great!

  6. Image for Kathy Kathy

    My parents are 85 and 86. They went to a high school class reunion not long ago and as they were driving home decided not to attend another one. Everyone there looked and acted older than them.

  7. Image for Peg Peg

    Those glittered leaves in the first shot give me heart eyes!! Does hairspray help keep the glitter from getting everywhere?!? Love me some Thistlekeeping!!! xoxoxo

  8. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, this past weekend I had my 50th high school reunion. How can that be when I do not feel any different than when I was 40? Anytime I felt a bit insecure, I thought, "What would KariAnne do?" So I put on my rose colored lipstick, because red does not suit me, smiled, and moved on. What a fun weekend it was!

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