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Thistlekeeping on a Monday.

Say it isn’t so.

What is this world coming to?

Next thing you know we will all be painting our upholstered furniture and making pillows out of flour sacks and covering our walls with pallets. 🙂

I’ve been traveling and couldn’t get the post out on Saturday, so I thought it might make a Monday a little brighter.

Mondays can be tough.

So here’s a little bit of sunshine for today.

rooms for rent

I never really thought of house goals for my home.

But this post inspired me.

And I’m starting with my master bath.

love of home home tour

Sunshine, check.

Tulips, check.

Farmhouse, check.

This house tour made me smile.  You can see the entire house tour here.


Getting your porch ready for spring?

Sometimes all it takes is a little spray paint.

Here’s some easy tips and ideas.


Love this simple spring decorating.

It doesn’t have to be fancy to be perfect.

See all the ideas for spring here.

And in random news this week:

This house tour.  Seriously?

I’m going to try some of these.

Love the simplicity of this room.

I think I need to read this book.

Amazing houses you can actually rent.

I’m ordering this.

And one of my favoritest before and afters this week.


One more for the road.

Here’s a house full of color I photographed in Nashville.

You can see the entire house here.

PS  Looking for spring planter ideas?  Be sure and check out my post over on!

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  1. Image for Nancy @ slightly Coastal Nancy @ slightly Coastal

    As usual, great Thistlekeeping! I was ooohing and ahhhhing over that Dear Lillie room too! I've been working on my porch so that is great inspiration. Hope you have a very happy Monday karianne. Toasting you with a cup of coffee right now. Nancy

  2. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    What?!! Was my first thought when Thistlekeeping arrived in my inbox this morning!! I am so glad for this post today! It made up for the sadness of not having it on Saturday... Loved every link and photo!! Can't wait for your fabric show here. Happy Monday!! And have a wonderful time in Texas, sweet friend!!

  3. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    I enjoy all your post However, this thistlekeeping is over the T O P!!!!! Keep sharing with us. Waiting for your next blog posting. You wear those curls (how do you get them) and that red lipstick oooooooh, sooooooooooooooo well. You brighten m days.

  4. Image for CG in AZ CG in AZ

    Miss KariAnne, forget all that for one moment......I just saw your room in the ad for Frog Tape! There it is on page 63! I am so proud of you. Congratulations ! Loved that room.

  5. Image for PJ PJ

    Winter has returned to our part of the world! After having a taste of spring last week, today I woke to 6 degrees and a snow covered landscape. Your post was just the bit of sunshine I needed today. Thank you!

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