Random thoughts on an almost summer sunny Saturday morning:

1. When did Czechoslovakia become the Czech Republic? How did I miss that? My son told me that Czechoslovakia is so 1990.

Just like me.

2. They’ve finally released the Downton Abbey trailer. I kept seeing trailers for the trailer. But now? It’s official September 20, the Downton Abbey movie will be coming to a theater near you. I’m going to be there opening night.

3. It was a good week on the blog. We talked about life lessons from Steel Magnolias and these amazing budget home decor finds and talked about tips for growing hydrangeas and discussed the correct way to say PEONY.

4. And lastly, as we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, I want to honor all of our incredible men and women in uniform for their service and the families of those members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is because of you that we live in a country full of promise and possibility.

I can never thank you enough.


And now?

Let’s take a look at some fun stuff I collected for you on my travels around the internet this week.

Love this post on budget decorating.

Here are 10 tips to decorate on a dime.

See the post here.

This house tour stopped me in my tracks.

It’s perfect for summer.

See the lake house tour here.

And just in time for summer?

This sea glass wreath.

See the DIY here.

And these French country canisters.

I’ve never seen canisters like this before.

See this entire mantel here and ideas for decorating with canisters here.


And in random news this week:

This tip for getting scale right

How to get perfect throw pillows

I have to make this DIY

Love this decorating idea for the kitchen

This backyard makeover

This truth

This before and after foyer

This kitchen makeover

This attic nook

And this.

This office reveal is so much bolder than I could ever hope to be.

And I love it.

And I made this fun video for one of my favorite posts.

It’s all about faux cleaning your house in 14 minutes when you have guests about to show up.

You can see the entire post here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Yvette Yvette

    Thank you for your random thoughts on this holiday weekend. Hope you and your family enjoy it. 🇺🇸💙❤️


    Love the weekly round up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are good at pulling out the gems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have a great Memorial weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Image for Jill Brewster Jill Brewster

    Hi Karianne, I have followed your blog for several years, and although we have never met, I am a fellow Texan. I live about a half hour West of Fort Worth. Looking at your lovely living room I notice (how could you not notice) that you are a collector of milk glass. Fifty one years ago I was gifted a lovely fluted piece (wedding gift). It is the only piece I have, and it has never fit in with my decorating so usually sits behind closed doors in a small hutch. I would love to gift it to you if you would like to have it. I've included a picture of the piece. If you would like the piece please email me back and I will ship it off to you. Sincerely Jill Brewster I sent you an email with the picture, but it wouldn't let me download the picture here. :(

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