Top Ten Reader Favorites from 2014

Top Ten Reader Favorites from 2014


2014 was amazing.


Like I can’t believe it’s over and I’m still pinching myself and how in the world did I ever get lucky enough to write a blog like this and get to drink coffee and create projects with all of you everyday amazing.

But the best part?

I know that 2015 is going to be even better.

There’s so many incredible things in the works that I can’t wait to share with all of you.  Fun collaborations and videos and projects and trips and shows and conferences and room makeovers and…and…and…and….

…and I need to buckle my seat belt because we are off and running.

But for today I wanted to take a look back at the year that was.

Here’s the top 10 reader favorites from 2014 according to Google analytics.

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Sometimes You Find a Reindeer

Sometimes You Find a Reindeer


Every year on the day after Christmas my sisters and mother and I  have a tradition that we never miss.

We shop the after Christmas sales.

Because hope always springs eternal and you never know what you can find on a 75% off rack.

Like the time I scored all the glitter reindeer a tree could ever wish for marked down from $6.99 to .19.

Now the glitter has faded and turned a strange shade of pewter and the reindeer have lost an antler or two and several of the reindeer decided the weather was too warm and left for the north pole….

…..but does any of that really matter?

For .19 I think I got my money’s worth. :)

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The Great Change-Up

The Great Change-Up


This is a sponsored post is brought to you by CREE LED light bulbs.

Right now I’m in the middle of a project.

Actually right now I’m typing this post in a house full of the sounds of the song YMCA blasting on the video game Rock Band for the 256 time since December 25.

And I wish I were exaggerating.


Have you ever tried to write a post before when all you can think about is…..

“Young man there’s no need to feel down.

I said….young man pick yourself off the ground.

I said,….young man ’cause you’re in a new town.

There’s no need to be un–ha–ppy.” 

But I digress.

The project?  What is 2015 is bringing to the table (literally)?

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Happy random Saturday to you.

And now for today’s Fashion Public Service Announcement:  Have you seen the new sweaters that everyone is wearing that have the lace at the bottom?

You know.

The amazing ones.

Did you know you can buy a shirt with lace at the bottom and layer it?  I saw them yesterday when we were shopping and had a fashion light bulb moment.


And if you are a fashionista just humor me….

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Tales From a Sixth Grade Life Coach

Tales From a Sixth Grade Life Coach



I hope your Christmas was everything you hoped for.

We had a day full to the brim and spilling over with joy and I wish I had a snapshot of every minute.

It would make a best seller.

And the best chapter?

Tales from a Sixth Grade Life Coach.




Last week the twins came rushing through the door bursting with excitement.

I heard them long before they rounded the corner.

“Mom…..Mom…..MOM. You won’t believe what happened!” they said in unison.

This is a common conversation starter around our house.

Let’s be real.  When you are twelve and in sixth grade you can never believe what happened.

Like never.



I closed the computer and sat upright in the chair.  I knew this was a discussion that would require my complete and undivided attention.

“Tell me,” I said.  “Tell me everything.”

One of the twins rolled her eyes, “Mom.  This is serious.  Someone wrote a poem for her.”

“Really?” I said.  A poem for your sister?  That sounds exciting.” crossing my fingers that this was the appropriate response for a declaration of such magnitude.


The other twin blushed and shrugged her shoulders.

“Mom,” she said softly.  “It was a beautiful poem.  He wrote it on a note and had one of his friends hand it to me.  He wrote it just for me.  Can you believe it?  A poem written just for me.”

My heart cracked just a little at the sweetness of it.

“Oh sweetheart,” I sighed.  “That’s wonderful.  How special.  Can you read it to me?”


“Oh I don’t have to read it.  I have it memorized,” she said with a smile.

And then….in a soft sweet voice she recited:

“Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

There’s no one 

As beautiful as you.” 

And as she finished, a worried look came over her face.

“But Mom….after I got the poem….he didn’t talk to me any more after that.  And now everyone knows.  What should I say?”

Before I could say anything, her sister spoke up.  She looked at her twin with all the wisdom of a sixth grade life coach.

“Don’t worry about him.  Don’t worry about any of them.  I know he said he wrote it….but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that poem before.”

Then she paused and smiled at her sister and blurted out the most reassuring thing she could think of…..“And who cares about him anyway?

….He probably just got it off the internet.” 

PS  The only thing better than having a twin sister….

… knowing she always has your back. :)

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas


Joy to the world, the Lord is come.

Let earth receive her king.

Let every heart prepare him room.

And heaven and nature sing.

And heaven and nature sing.

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The Post I Was Never Going To Write

The Post I Was Never Going To Write


Hi, my name is KariAnne.

And this is the post I was never going to write.

I’m still not sure I’m going to hit send.

You see….this is a decorating blog.  I’m talking paint colors and DIY projects and smocked burlap curtains and Christmas decorating and how to paint a plywood sub-floor and remodeling a beach house.

And stories with happily ever afters.

I write and you read and we laugh and giggle and drink coffee together….

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Random thoughts on a cold Monday morning:

1.  Santa Claus is coming to town.

2.  I adore you.


If you read this blog you have officially made my year.

3.  As part of a fundraiser, I picked up trash after the basketball game last night.  It was disgusting.  If I never see another plate of nachos smeared into the gym floor it will be too soon.

4.  We are renewing our vows at the end of the month.  As exciting as that is….even better is the pair of shoes I found to walk down the aisle.

Carrie Bradshaw would be proud. :)Continue reading