Remember a Little Industrial Farmhouse?

Remember a Little Industrial Farmhouse?


living room design ideas

Remember this room?

Remember all that industrial farmhouse glory?

I designed it over a year ago and it’s still one of my favorites.


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Same Song Second Verse

Same Song Second Verse


Farmhouse Kitchen Desk

One of these days I’m going to write a stream of consciousness post.

Remember those from high school literature junior year?

The author of the piece would just write down whatever they were thinking.  It was kind of like chasing rabbits with a literary accent.  Sometimes it made sense and sometimes it didn’t.  At the time I thought it was ridiculous.

Now me and my much wiser self think it’s brilliant.Continue reading

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom


blue and yellow guest bedroom

Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?

I know you will be totally surprised at this….

….but there’s a story. 

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?

You knew it….right?

Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time. :)Continue reading

Industrial Farmhouse Decorating

Industrial Farmhouse Decorating


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A long time ago in a land far away….

….remember when I decorated a room for La-z-boy?

I called it industrial farmhouse decorating….which is a cross between the vintage style of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse and the simple industrial lines of an old warehouse.

And besides….it sounds fancy and extra official…..

….as if I thought the whole concept out in advance.

Exactly. :)

The whole experience was fun and exhilarating and wonderful and challenging…..

…and the room looked a little something like this.Continue reading





Hello friend.

It’s Saturday….and it’s cold.


Need a little summer?

Check out this house tour from Cedar Hill Farmhouse.

It made me feel like sunshine and green grass was just a glass of sweet tea away.Continue reading

So You Think You Might Like to Blog?

So You Think You Might Like to Blog?


You know what’s funny?

I write a blog.  I take pictures for a blog.  I tell stories and create projects and decorate rooms for a blog……

….but I never really talk about blogging.

So when Ursula from Made by Carmona contacted me to see if I wanted to be part of a series with bloggers sharing their advice on what they have learned from blogging….

…..I wasn’t sure.

I wondered if any of you were interested in learning about blogging?

Or if you have ever thought about starting your own blog?

Or maybe you’ve started a blog and you are looking for a little inspiration?

If not….I’m distracting you with pictures from around the farmhouse.

If so….

.…this blogging story is for you.Continue reading

Living Room Design Ideas (And a Chance to Win $10,000)

Living Room Design Ideas (And a Chance to Win $10,000)



It all started with this sofa.

(Don’t you just love stories that start like that).

Me, too.

Well…actually….it started with this sofa and a blank room and a design challenge that looked a little something like this:Continue reading

I Dance With Cinderella

I Dance With Cinderella


The other day….I almost had a bad day.


I was this close.

I had flat-ironed my hair in the wrong direction and someone knocked the giant chalkboard off the wall and it broke and then the sprayer nozzle on the sink fell apart and an entire colony of ladybugs scaled the dining room ceiling.

Everywhere I went….I opened my mouth…..

….and inserted my foot.


I wanted to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my randomly flat-ironed hair…..

…..and start over.Continue reading