It’s Fall at Thistlewood Farm–Come On In!

by hookedonhouses on October 24, 2012

Welcome to Thistlewood Farm in Kentucky, all decked out for fall. I met KariAnne at the Haven blogging conference over the summer and have been stalking her blog ever since. She graciously agreed to let me show you how she’s decorating for the season, so come on in!

I’ll let KariAnne tell the story about their decision to move to the country about five years ago:

“We lived in the hustle bustle world of a big city with all the lights and fanfare that a big city has to offer. There were restaurants and shops and movies and plays and museums and malls and lots and lots and lots of stuff. And everywhere you looked, there were people pushing and shoving and climbing to the top, arms overflowing with all their stuff.

And my husband was on the fast-track in a tall skyscraper in the middle of that very very big city with all of its fast-paced allure and overwhelming responsibilities. And although we were happy with our four children in our hustle bustle house with our hustle bustle lifestyle…we were so busy.

“But amidst all of that busy was a dream. A dream of a place where life was simpler. A place where our children could run and breathe and grow without all of the constraints of an overwhelmingly fast-paced lifestyle.

A place where the all of the busy and the hustle and bustle and the noise and the clamor could end in a screeching stand-still.

A place where you could see the stars.”

“We jumped from the hustle and bustle and busy to a still, quiet, beautiful countryside with acres and acres of land to run and play and breathe.”

Kerry, who writes the (highly entertaining) blog House TalkN, is the one first told me about KariAnne and her blog and introduced us at Haven. She said, “I want to move into her Butler’s Pantry and live there. It’s amazing. You have to see it!” Kerry was right. It’s pretty darn fabulous:

I love her fall mantel that started with some old boards and a garden gate:

The house was built in 1918 and they’ve done a lot of work renovating it.

I nearly fell off my chair when I saw this photo of her bedroom. Gasp. So pretty:

Here’s the road leading to Thistlewood, which is also decked out for fall–doesn’t it make you want to drive over there?

Now that you’ve been introduced to KariAnne and her beautiful old farm house, head over to her blog Thistlewood Farm to see more and take the house tour. If you’re like me, you’ll get sucked in by her photos and stories and never want to leave!

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MissCaron October 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

Oh Wow. Pictures like that last one make me sad that I live in Florida sometimes. Although, right now we have a high of 78 and it is gorgeous out so I really can’t complain.

Mark October 24, 2012 at 7:01 am


Loved the post! Went to the site to take the “house tour”…..the “Guest Bath” was awesome!!! Did you see the floor tile in the “Upstairs Bathroom”…she ain’t got nothin’ on you!!! :)

( LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!!!!)

hookedonhouses October 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

Yes! She has my tile! But she was smart enough to use a gray grout instead of the black that gave me so much trouble. Love how hers turned out!

Shelia October 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

What a gorgeous house tour! I’m drooling here.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉

Monique October 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

Beautiful!Great taste..Love it all.

Amanda @ Serenity Now October 24, 2012 at 7:26 am

Love KariAnne! Her home is just flat-out gorgeous. I could drool over every room. But even more importantly, she is a beautiful person, inside and out. She was one of the nicest ladies I met at Haven! So glad you’re featuring her, Julia!! :)

hookedonhouses October 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

She really is! I was so glad I got to meet her (and you, Amanda!) at Haven. :-)

Linda@limeinthe coconut October 24, 2012 at 7:46 am


Becky @ Farmgirl Paints October 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

it’s just gorgeous. love that tree on her mantle with the leaves blowing off. so very creative.

Alie B October 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

Love it. Shabby chic at its best!

Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel October 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

Dang, you are right. What a great home and I will head over to the blog for sure. Actually that butler’s pantry is AMAZING. **sigh** No house envy, love the house you are in. :)

House Crazy Sarah October 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

what a gorgeous old house – I am heading over to her blog to check out more pics!
Thanks for sharing Julia!

Luciane at October 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

Good morning, Julia!!!

Hey, it’s soooo good to be back around here!!! :-) I can’t tell you how busy I’m lately, but I feel blessed for that too. :-)

I love this post.. every image is stunning and full of inspiration.

Wishing you a very blessed day, my friend.


Luciane at

laney October 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

…even the name is perfect…blessings laney

Dean October 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

Love that fireplace front in blacks and brown and decayed with the dried flowers in the urns. Perfect for Halloween.

Emily A. Clark October 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

I just learned about her blog and that she’s from a small town very close to where I’m originally from :)

Jessica H. October 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

Oh wow, I think I also audibly gasped when I saw the bedroom. When can I move in?!

Cyndi October 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’ve been following her blog for some time and have to agree her house is stunning. Do you think those four kids and husband are ever allowed in the house? Cause the house is too pretty and clean! Maybe they live in the barn? LOL! Just kidding!

Pamela October 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

I already follow her blog and so enjoy her weird sense of humor and funny stories. I just can’t figure out how she keeps all of that “white” so clean! Must not have pets…

Stephanie @ The Hardscrabble Home October 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I LOVE Karianne and am an avid follower of her blog. She is not only talented but EXTREMELY funny. Her home is gorgeous!

MelanieL October 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wow, she has a gorgeous home! Thank you for highlighting her blog, I’ll be sure to check in on it now!

Faun October 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

As a minimalist, that many gee-gaws makes me really appreciate my clutter-free home.

Kerry Rossow October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I swoon every time I see KariAnne’s lovely home! The best part is that her lovely home is a total reflection of how fantastic she is!
I am so grateful that I had the chance to meet both of you at Haven!
Kerry at HouseTalkN

Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads October 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Julia, I was delighted to meet you, Karianne, and Kerry at Haven. Her home demonstrates her incredible talent, but her personality is her drawing card!

hookedonhouses October 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I agree! And it was great getting to meet you, too. :-)

Baileywife October 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Well, I stalk YOUR BLOG, and actually wrote a little love letter to you on my blog today!

Thanks Julia! ~Kim

hookedonhouses October 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Well, how nice is that? Thanks, Kim!! :-)

Kelly @ Talk of the House October 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Beautiful home, and I love all the touches of fall. I dream of a fireplace in my bedroom…one day (and one on the porch too!)

CottageGirl October 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I love that the house is a tiny bit quirky and so original in a white/creamy kind of way. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
I want her to decorate my house!

Destiny October 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! THIS is my favorite (so far) of all of the houses you’ve shared.

Kim October 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

What a stunning home! I love everything about it. This home deserves be put in a magazine.

hookedonhouses October 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

I agree!

Kelly P October 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

There are lovely things on every surface. So beautiful and relaxing to look at. I love KariAnne’s home. It has integrity. I was so drawn to the natural beauty in every room. So clever how the timber and other natural tones are accented by the flowers arranged in vibrant blocks of colour.
It’s a delight to read your posts Julia!

Missi at October 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

Absolutely stunning … I can’t pick my chin off the floor. Wow! This girl has some serious talent! Thanks for the beautiful pics!

Christina from Dallas October 25, 2012 at 6:17 am

Lovely home. I’m headed over to her blog to drool some more!

Julie @ Knot All That I Seam October 25, 2012 at 7:24 am

Julia, I don’t think I could be more in love with your home if I tried. It is so beautiful! You truly are blessed. x Julie @

Michael October 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

It is beautiful.

And now I want to go make one of those chalk-board calendars.

International decor October 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

its fantastic, thanks about this post
this is my first visit for your blog but i will follow it :)

Heather @At The Picket Fence October 26, 2012 at 9:05 am


couldn’t be more happy that you featured my darling, funny, dearest friend KariAnne’s gorgeous, fabulous and very lived in 😉 Kentucky Farmhouse! She is one talented gal and even more importantly one beautiful soul! Her talent needs to be shared! Hope you’re doing well!


PS-I saw your “kitchen call” I’ll send mine in, it came out in the November Better Homes and Gardens, which just hit newsstands, so exciting and surreal!

Linda @ it all started with paint October 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

She really does suck you in … and I would truly envy her with all my green eyed glory … but that is impossible because she is just so darn funny and nice!



Becky October 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

Loved everything! The road leading there, the last picture, BEAUTIFUL. Reminds me of my home state, Indiana. Indy is gorgeous in late fall. The winding, hilly back roads…. Really liked the chalkboard! THAT I may incorporate in my own home. Thanks Julia. You always find the greatest homes, and allow us a peak in!

Frances Schultz October 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Loved this post, Julia! The gate and the board on the mantle – great!

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