Random thoughts on a HOT Texas summer Saturday morning:

1. We are making over the house. I can’t WAIT to show you. We are getting a new roof and a new paint color and new shutters and the cutest gutters.

I never thought I’d be so excited about gutters.

2. Just shared another edition of What I Bought Wednesday with the cutest way to add summer glow and a fun patriotic sweatshirt.

You can see it here.

3. I went back to the beginning and started watching Call The Midwife again. I had forgotten how sweet some of the earlier episodes were.

I’m trying to pace myself, but it is SO good.

4. The blue and white striped chairs that we all love are restocked!!!! I told y’all I would let you know. They are going fast, though. Right now there are just a few left.

I’ll link them here.

5. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about:

6. I know it sounds early, but I’m working on fall crafts right now. Is there anything you’d like to make together?

7. And I just accidentally tweezed a hole in the middle of my eyebrow.


There are days when I am amazing. And days when I’m SO CLOSE.

And now?

Let’s see all the incredible stuff I found for us this week.

Isn’t this the cleverest idea?

It’s a clock made out of vintage garden finds.

You can see the DIY here.

This home tour is one of my favorites.

There’s an idea in every room.

See the entire tour here.

These oatmeal applesauce cookies.

Yummy yummy yummy.

You can see the recipe here.

I’ve seen painted books before, but I’ve never tried it.

Have you ever tried it before?

If not, here’s the DIY.


And in random news:

this home tour is so beautiful

these blackberry ice cream sandwiches

how to create a cottage container garden

these summer decorating ideas for a staycation

this clever furniture makeover

how to reupholster your bed frame (and a no-sew option too)

64 books to read this summer

these bandana bowl covers

did you know eating lunch at your desk is banned in France

this fun summer drink

this DIY flip flop welcome sign

And one more for the road

It’s so easy to turn a bookcase into a built-in.

See the DIY here.

these bracelets

this purse

this foundation

this hair removal wand

this plug-in diffuser

this plastic bag organizer

these storage bags

this under-eye concealer

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  1. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I know about excitement with gutters..just added black ones with new white siding and I am in love! Can’t wait to the new look! Still trying to figure out roof options. Happy Saturday!

  2. Image for Kim | Shiplap and Shells Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    Can't wait to see the new look KariAnne! I remember how excited I was to get new gutters. Love all your incredible inspiration here this weekend. Stay cool. We are still in the 60s with rain here in the PNW. So different from the rest of the country.

  3. Image for Diana Diana

    I can't wait to see the new updates. I love the idea of a color change for the house. I wonder if blue is in your future?

  4. Image for Kim Kim

    That wedding should be in Brides magazine. The bride and groom are one of the most beatiful couples I have ever seen (except for my kids) lol. Your girls looked amazing and you and your husband were stunning. I love your garage sale finds. Good thing I wasnt there, we might of had a knockout brawl. I had1 more positive comment but I cant think what it is right now. I will get back to you on that one. XOXO

  5. Image for Carrie Carrie

    KariAnne- please post a warning about your funny comments- I literally choked from laughing when I read you made a hole in your eyebrow from tweezing!! (Things go down the wrong “pipe” and I shouldn’t drink and read funny things at the same time!! ) HAHAHAHA PS- glad we will both survive the extra tweezing ;) XOXOXO

  6. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Boy, you sure have been busy wedding, Thistlekeeping and now changing your home. That seems tiring to me but, so glad I am the recipient of it all. anxious to see how it will look. Have fun and don't work too hard.

  7. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    I did the same thing to one eyebrow this week! You are not alone. I look forward to your posts and love the content and you. Blessings

  8. Image for CoCo CoCo

    Thank you so much for sharing our summer reading list! I swear those lazy days at the beach or the cabin spent relaxing and reading always feel like such a gift this time of year. I can't wait to see all the upcoming changes you have planned for the house and I've really been enjoying your makeup and style posts too. They're super helpful! Hope your summer season is off to a great start. Big hugs, CoCo

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