Random thoughts on a cold almost spring morning with a hint of sunshine:

1. Have you ever heard the song from Ben Rector called “Extraordinary Magic”?

The words y’all. The words.

You can see the song here.

2. We are filming some videos today for the twins’ new book that releases this week. I can’t WAIT for you to see it. If you haven’t ordered it yet—you can get it here.

3. Have any of y’all ordered anything from Marks and Spencer? It’s a clothing brand from the UK and it’s incredible. It’s such a good value so many fun options for spring. Someone else recommended it to me and my order just got here. I was a little worried because I think it ships from the UK—but the shipping was free and it got here within four days. I’m actually wearing one of the tops I ordered right now to an Upward basketball game right now.

4. It was a fun week on the blog. We talked about before and after master bedrooms and how to choose a lamp shade and why rewritten endings are even better and made DIY dropcloth carrots.

And now?

Are you ready?

Are you set?

Here are some of my favorite ideas and inspiration I found around the internet this week.

We are working on the closet in Westleigh’s room and this closet totally inspired me.

It’s made from an existing IKEA Billy bookcases.

You can see all the details and how they built it in here.

One of the most challenging things for me about home tours when I look at houses online is figuring out how one room flows into the other.

This house tour is called a “house flow” tour so you can see how one room flows into the other.

See the house tour here.

I know that this planter looks like concrete or stone.

But it’s not. It’s a special painting technique.

You can see the entire DIY here.

And this post on decorating with blue and white.

Here are 21 ideas for decorating with blue and white.

You can see them here.


And in random news this week:

These tips for decorating a small bathroom

This designer

This St. Patrick’s Day DIY

This New York apartment

Three easy hairstyles using a scarf

This spring DIY

Tips to declutter your countertops

These painted floors

This pretty spring entryway

This peel and stick wallpaper

This simple DIY

This Easter table

And if you need a little happy spring in your life?

Here’s the cutest FREE printable for you.

And one more for the road.

You can make this simple spring wreath in 30 minutes.

See the DIY here.

And in super fun news?

I had SO MANY of you ask for a DIY for this project—-so I’m sharing it on Monday.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Leslie Saeta Leslie Saeta

    I have actually been in Marks and Spencer in London many years ago. I remember it vividly because there was a bomb scare when we were there. Yikes. And thank you for the shout out about my paper flowers. You are the best. Leslie

  2. Image for Donna Donna

    Liked today's Thistlekeeping but ugh for that New York apartment. That seems like a Karianne Don't. Anyway, keep inspiring us. . . . .it makes for a fun start to Saturday, esp when there aren't estate sale.

  3. Image for Karen Karen

    Share with us some of your purchases from Marks and Spencer’s please. I love a good fashion show!!!!! LOL for you to share what you liked and why is so helpful full for some of us who are not the perfect size 0-4....PLEASE!!!!

  4. Image for Jo Wyrosdick Jo Wyrosdick

    I so enjoy looking at your pictures. And love your ideas. I just ordered 4 dresses from Marks and Spenser. Have a great weekend.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    What a beautiful lineup this week, KariAnne! It reminded me of an old Victoria magazine. I like the variety of styles you show (yes, even including the NY apartment!).

  6. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Always love Saturday's Thistlekeeping! So fun! And I loooooooove the wreath! So pretty. Somehow I missed it. I've been sick and my noggin has been very fuzzy. Thanks for all you ideas and sharing! ❤

  7. Image for Nicky Mackie Nicky Mackie

    Hi, I love love love your blog and look forward to all your posts. I am so glad you discovered Marks and Spencers and that you enjoyed Downtown Abbey plus Poldark. I live in England and it's great to share a little bit of our country. I love your part of the world and my husband created our road trip across America around my desire to visit Magnolia Market (bestest time ever) 😊 You always make me smile Karianne with your infectious laugh. Thank you lovely lady

  8. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    AWESOME Thistlekeeping - everything looks so fresh and springy and festive and fun. Sure do love this weekly you do - thanks for this inspiration!!!!

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