Open House Sundays #20 - Thistlewood Farms

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour through a different blogger's home each week.  This next extra special tour is the last house tour in this series.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all my blog friends for generously sharing their house tours in this series.  You can find all the tours HERE.   The Open House Sundays series will return in October!

To end this season on a high note, I have a very special blogger home to share.  This week's tour is courtesy of KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.  KariAnne is an exceptionally talented decorator and so creative the rest of us are usually scrambling to catch up!  She lives the life many people dream of - leaving the hustle-and-bustle of city life for the idyllic slower pace of living in the country.  Her gorgeous farmhouse is a testament to creativity, use of repurposed items and a whole lotta elbow grease in creating a beautiful, gracious home.  After reading her story and seeing her home, I guarantee you'll fall in love with her.

If you've never heard of this blog, you are in for a huge treat (and you've clearly been living under a rock)!


My name is KariAnne and I am so happy to meet you!
Thistlewood Farm is so much more than the story of a farmhouse.
It’s about family and tortoises and burlap and shutters and twirly whirly skirts and pancakes and Lee Press-On-Nails and little pieces of paper.


This is the story of our dream.

You see….we lived in the world of the big city with all the lights and fanfare that a sprawling urban area 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 everything they had or were trying to get.

And my husband was on the fast-track in a tall skyscraper in the middle of that metroplex with all of its fast-paced allure and overwhelming responsibilities.  And although we were happy with our life and our family….we were so busy.

Maybe too busy.

Maybe too busy for each other.
home tour front entry
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 noise and the clamor……could end in a screeching stand-still.
A place where you could see the stars.
home tour family room
home tour library
home tour kitchen

 Life was becoming one giant blur, sailing by at lightning fast speed.

And we felt like we spent all of our time and energy just trying to keep up.

Then one day in church, the pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Just Jump.”  He spoke of listening to your heart and the Lord and if you felt like there was an insurmountable dream….you shouldn't be afraid….you should jump.

And we heard his words and they spoke to the very center of our hearts.

And we wanted to jump as far and as fast as we could.

home tour dining room
home tour back porch
But we were afraid.
We were so scared.
We couldn’t just jump off the merry-go-round.
Or could we? 
home tour guest bathroom

The doubts were swirling around and around in our heads.

But there it was…..a still small voice saying…..“jump.”

Not “jump” in all caps, but “jump” in tiny, small, timid, little letters.

And so we did……

…..jump, that is.

We jumped from the clamor and noise and busy to a still, quiet, beautiful countryside with acres and acres of land to run and play and….


home tour master bedroom
home tour laundry room
home tour guest bedroom
home tour boys bedroom
home tour upstairs bathroom
home tour bedroom
It has been five years since that first jump and our family continues to grow and thrive.  The move has had its challenges and blessings.  Sometimes I miss the noise.  I miss the convenience of a drive-thru diet coke.  And sometimes it’s a little hard when everyone knows your name (and all your business).
Truthfully, sometimes I miss the busy.
Not too often.
Not too much.
Especially when I walk outside on a crisp, clear night….take a deep breath….
…..and I see the stars. :)
home tour back porch sitting area


and I have to throw in one more photo of Kari's beautiful home - the bedroom where she installed hundreds of shutters all over one wall.  It's my fave of all her projects (I am addicted to shutters...)

Click HERE for more details on this project

Well, was I right?  Did you love the story?  Did you love the tour?  Do you want more??  Be sure to visit Kari over at Thistlewood Farms  every post you read will make you smile!  and I hope her story gives you the courage to jump into your own dreams.

Have a fabulous week!

With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!

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  1. Love her home and her story! THanks Anne. This has been such a wonderful tour series!!


  2. Oh- I know her blog well. She is amazing and it is a wonderful tour!!!! xo Diana

  3. I have been reading KariAnne's blog for awhile now. She has such lovely design style and she writes so wonderfully. (We also "jumped" and have been enjoying the slower pace.)

  4. I have been a reader of KariAnne's blog. Not only do I love her blog, her decorating skills, and her beautiful furniture makeovers but I love her writing style. She draws us in, like a good book or movie and captures her readers. Thanks Anne for sharing her beautiful home with us today and I commend her for taking "the jump" - it's one I've been wanting to take for over a decade and haven't had the courage. Hope you're staying warm there in the Kootenays!

  5. Thanks for sharing Karianne's lovely home with us! I catch her blog posts occasionally and love them (not only what she creates but how she writes about it) but it is so wonderful to see her home in its entirety in one blog post. It's that great how she made it easy for us to go to another blog post if we wanted to see more details about the room?

  6. Anne,

    Thank you so much! I truly appreciate you and all your inspiring creativity!

    Happy day friend!

  7. Like Karianne, we jumped and it was the best leap ever.

    I love her home, her style and her way with words.

  8. Karianne is amazing I have enjoyed her blog for several years now. Thank you for spotlighting her. Jo

  9. Great score to have Karianne. Love her blog, her style and her home is gorgeous, bright and soooo cozy.
    She makes me smile with her wonderful sense of humor and her take on life in general. She is the sweetest thanks for the feature Anne. Have a great Sunday.

  10. Wow! This is an amazing house... And I totally get that seeing the stars at night is worth going away from some convenience... I make a point at noticing the stars every night when I go to bed.

  11. I'm familiar with Karianne's home and blog. Both lovely. I made the jump years ago. Never looked back. Nice feature, Anne and Karianne. xxx ~ Nancy

  12. Kari's blog and her home are like a really great book that you don't want to put down or a magazine with the most beautiful pictures, you can't stop looking at them. I'm so happy for her and her family that they were able to break free from the bustle of city life, something I can only dream of.

  13. It is always such a treat to see Kari's beautiful home filled with so many creative projects and gorgeous rooms!...and I think that shutter project is one of my favs too Anne!!!

  14. Wow it's beautiful so good to follow that dream! Sarah x

  15. Beautiful spaces. I had to pin a few of my favourites!


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