Random thoughts on a Monday morning:

1. The Oscars.  Oh nooooooooooo.  I felt so sorry for Warren Beatty.

2.  Thistlekeeping missed Saturday because I spent the weekend in Kansas.  You haven’t lived until you’ve driven through cornfields with the sun shining.

3.  I just found the coolest attachment for the top of a tripod.  It takes pictures from every angle you can imagine.  I think I’m ordering one this week.

4.  I cannot thank you enough for all the amazing recommendations for shows from last week.  If you are looking for a show with a British accent, check out all the recommendations in the comments here.

5.  Am I the only one all about Fixer Upper this season?  Just when I think they’ve thought of everything….

…I see an office like this one.

Mondays after a good weekend make me happy just to be alive. 🙂

One of the mysteries of life.

How to fold a fitted sheet.

My linen closet is smiling now.

The day a kitchen went from before to after.

And brought along some amazing bar stools for the ride.

Kitchen makeover found here.

Adding a little spring to your space.

Especially when it’s as pretty as these flowers.

Spring decor found here.

I’m all about roasting my vegetables lately.

Broccoli check.  Cauliflower check.

Here are some easy tips for yummy roasted asparagus.

And in random news this week:

These spring ideas

The tile in this bathroom

These food photography tips

Classic idea for your home

My favorite new blog

This inspiration

These spring cleaning tips

This ceiling

These super cute labels

Ideas to search Craigslist

And this….

….this home tour will make Monday seem even brighter. 🙂

And one more for the road.

Just in case your couch cushions sagged over the winter.

Here’s an easy tip to fix them.

Happy Monday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for mary beth at MBZ interiors mary beth at MBZ interiors

    it wasn't Beatty's fault, some Admin's in big trouble I think :) I was paging through This Old House magazines for a client's inspiration and I saw your office (with the beehive designed wall) on an ad for frog paint. Sure enough, fine print said Thistlewood. Fun!

  2. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Oh Fixer Upper! It always amazes me what they do to transform a house. Love that office but the reading nook? I want one! Been enjoying Victoria- so sad the season is almost over. Waiting for The Crown. Love British shows! I hate folding fitted sheets. Going to try to do it this way and see if I can make it look as good. Thanks for putting Thistlekeeping out. I missed it Saturday. :)

  3. Image for Ellen Ellen

    I really missed Thistlekeeping this weekend and am delighted to find it on this Monday morning!! Everyone needs a weekend off, hope yours was fun and relaxing. Saggy cushions are an hourly occurrence at my house, my two Persians are always on top of them. Roasted vegetables are the best. We love roasted sweet potatoes, carrots and any other potato too. Cauliflower is my favorite, try it with Trader Joe's Toasted Sesame Oil - fantastic. Now, excuse me please - I must continue perusing Thistlekeeping on this Monday morning. THANK-YOU!!!

  4. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    You are NOT the only one who is all about Fixer Upper! I received "The Magnolia Story" as a Christmas gift, and read it in a hot minute! lol! It made me watch the show differently, loving it that much more!! Oh, and I so did the couch cushion thing! It worked better on one side than the other, but I think I was just tired from doing the first one. Next time I'll start on the left instead of the right . . . LOL!!! PS - My book goes on pre-order NEXT MONDAY!!!!!!! I can't believe it!!

  5. Image for Yvonne Schultz Yvonne Schultz

    I love the wooden chairs with the cane seating in your photos - where did you find them? I am trying to find two more chairs to complete my dining room and those would work perfectly. Love your blog!

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Yes the finale for the Oscars was very confusing for everyone! I felt for Warren Beatty too. Thanks for all the links and info. Glad you enjoyed Kansas!

  7. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I ran away from home once. Or you might say I was given the opportunity to run away from home. I was 42. But still... I had been non-stop caring for an aging parent and grandparent and my teenagers were a teensy bit out of control. I was overwhelmed. So my sweet hubby hired help and sent me out in my little pink car for a three-week road trip. I visited family and friends from New Mexico to Colorado, then on to Chicago and Pennsylvania and, finally, back home through the Southern States. It's a good thing I love to drive. It was relaxing, refreshing, heart-warming and enlightening. One of my favorite parts of the drive was through what seemed miles and miles of sunflowers in Kansas. Beautiful! Welcome home, Karianne, and Happy Monday!

  8. Image for Debby Daniels Debby Daniels

    If you need a British accent fix, watch Victoria on PBS or the first season of The Crown on Netflix. Both are terrific.

  9. Image for Julie B. Julie B.

    Thanks, KariAnne... Always appreciate your posts. And, yes, I'm all about Fixer Upper this season, and every other season, as well! ;-)

  10. Image for annh1791 annh1791

    It wasn't Warren Beatty who announced it. It was Faye Dunaway. He opened it and new something was wrong, so he paused to show it to her and instead, she blurted it out. He seems to be the one catching it on social media since he was the one to open the envelope. Poor guy!

  11. Image for PJ PJ

    Karianne, I, too, am enjoying roast vegetables of all kinds. If you have not tried roasted cabbage yet, I recommend it. Love Modern Mrs. Darcy as I am always looking for reading inspiration. I am trying her 2017 reading challenge.

  12. Image for Terri Terri

    Fixer Upper??? There are not enough words !!! Just can't get over the inspiration there !!!! A houseboat?? Really?? And ohhhhh that bakery !!! Yummmmm....... and gorgeous !! Can't wait for the next episode of Victoria !!! What a love story .... :) (btw... roasted cabbage ... YUMMMM )

  13. Image for Annie Annie

    KariAnne oh my goodness thank you again, I can't tell you what an honor it is to be included here! I truly appreciate it, you are such an inspiration to me -xo. p.s. - I am always looking for a good show so I will be trying out Larkrise to Candleford!

  14. Image for Charley Charley

    On the folded sheed information. After a set is folded, I tuck the entire stack into a pillowcase and it fits more neatly into my linen closet.

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