Welcome to Thistlewood Farms Holiday Home Tour – The Grand Finale!

Today is the culmination of an excellent week of Holiday Home Tours, and I’m ECSTATIC to get to the photos for this one. But first let me introduce this lady to you. I first met Karianne from Thistlewood Farms at Haven, where her personality bubbled out of her beautiful little self and made me feel as if I had known her since the first grade. It’s rare in life that you meet someone that you instantly feel connected to, but that is how I feel with sweet Kari. She has such a gracious and fun-loving personality. The icing on the cake is that she also has amazing style and a 1918 farmhouse is her masterpiece. AND she is so, so funny. Her stories about fried chicken at photo shoots and Lee press-on nails and Kentucky yard sales have me rolling. Oh, and did I mention she was also just named the 2012 Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger of the Year? Some of y’all are already familiar with Kari’s blog and her AMAZING decorating skills. Just in case you haven’t heard, though, let me be the first to take you down to Paradise City, where the magnolia is green and the decorations are pretty….

Betcha didn’t expect me to bust out the old school GNR lyrics for this home tour did you?

Christmas Tour


Hi Unskinny Boppy readers….I’m KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm and I’m the finale house.


Did they know who they were asking?

Did anyone see the other amazing house tours? Like this one? Or this one?

Have you ever walked down aisle 4 at Wal-mart and someone starts smiling and waving at you and you don’t think that you know them….but they do look a lot like the lady from two soccer seasons ago and so you tentatively raise your hand in a half-hearted wave because the lady seems so friendly. And she keeps smiling and waving exhuberantly. And then you start really waving because you are sure that you know her and then she walks right by you and you realize that the whole time she was waving……

…..at the person behind you next to the Fruit Roll-ups.


That’s a little how I feel today.

I’m excited and overwhelmed and overjoyed to be here…..but let’s hurry and get this house thing started before Beth changes her mind and invites the lady in the Wal-Mart snack aisle. πŸ™‚

Let’s start in the kitchen.

The house was built in 1918 and this is the heart of the home.

It’s also home to my $20 dollar yard sale English trestle table.

And plenty of silver and white holiday cheer.


Bookpage flowers

I think I read some where that house tours are better wordless.

As in without words.

You know….just Christmas pictures of a kitchen….and more pictures….and a few more pictures…..

…..and not too much talking.

Umm…..have they met me before?



I’ll try.

I’ll try really hard.

I’ll try not to talk too much….or tell you that this is the butler’s pantry decorated with a few fresh greens for Christmas.

But I’m not making any promises. πŸ™‚


Oh….and one more word before I start the whole wordless thing.

This is the family room.

With an incredible antique iron fireplace surround.

All decked out in creams and browns for Christmas.


Stockings on chalkboard


For the next step on our almost wordless tour….here’s the guest bath.

Calm and white and ready for Christmas with grays and creams and scrabble tile ornaments.

With a claw foot bathtub and a few trees made from “springs.”


And the upstairs guest room.

Blue and white with touches of red.

And a shutter wall with handmade vintage stockings.


Christmas Bedroom

And to finish off the tour…..

….here’s the master bedroom.

It’s all decorated in neutrals with pops of red.

And an advent calendar mantel.


Bedroom Christmas

Christmas desk


We made it.

Almost wordless and all.

I know you’re busy.

I know you have to run.

You’ve got your own Christmas to get ready for.

But I’m so happy that you stopped by today and took a moment to visit Christmas at Thistlewood.

I’ve got to run now……

…..I want to introduce myself to the lady over on aisle 4. πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas!

Ahhhhhhhhhh. Can you believe how unbelievably gorgeous Kari’s home is? If one day I find myself holding a key to a mansion in heaven, I want to ask Kari to come over and decorate it for me. She’s already got so much experience creating a little slice of heaven right here on earth. You are so talented my friend. I’m honored that you shared your home on my blog today. Thank you so very much. I just adore you and your Walmart anecdotes.

If you see any photos here that you’d like to pin, please consider clicking over to Kari’s blog and link to the original source.

So with just four days left until Christmas, that wraps up our Holiday Home Tours! In case you want to visit all the previous homes on the Holiday Home Tour this week, please click over to check them out! I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

Karianne at Thistlewood Farms
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
Kristin Salazar at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tara Lowery at Between You and Me
Cynthia Weber at A Button Tufted Life
and Roeshel from The DIY Showoff!
Thank you so much to all of these ladies for allowing my readers into their homes this past week.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, just in case I don’t get around this way much next week! –Beth


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Speak Your Mind



  1. It is gorgeous! Thanks Beth and thanks KariAnne – you two inspire me!

  2. Stunning! Stunning! Stunning!!!! I really want to move in! Can Karianne adopt me? I cook! πŸ˜€

  3. Seriously? I can’t barely throw a couple poinsettias on my fireplace hearth and Kari Anne’s entire home is something straight out of a magazine! … AND she has young children!! I 100% agree, if I ever get that mansion in the sky, I’m having her over to decorate! Merry Christmas to both of you girls. I can’t thank you enough for all the inspiration you’ve given me this past year. Hope to see you both at Haven 2013!

  4. Such a dreamy and calm home! I could really live there and be so content!

  5. How about we have an auction? We auction off Kari to come to the highest bidders home for a week and whip it into decorative shape? Or lets auction off you. Or any of the other 50 bloggers I can think of that I would have come redo my home. And honestly…. I would completely expect GNR tunes coming out of you.

    Magazines are you listening….. auction off someone to come decorate, I want to win that.


  6. Just.so.beautiful! Every little detail is so perfect! Thanks for allowing us in, ladies!

  7. Hello Ladies….I was blown away by the decor in each home! THANK YOU for the tours and will say TALENT is abound in each and every home (thank you for not making me choose a favorite)! This was better than House Hunters and I thought HGTV was hard to beat. Merry Christmas to all; you are dolls to share and the inspiration from each a blessing.

    • No way could I ever ask you to choose a favorite when I have a hard time with that myself. This whole week has been spectacular! I am to thankful to all these ladies for allowing us into their homes! And thanks so much to you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to your family as well!

  8. Sweet Beth…..you are the sister I always wish I had! Thank you so much for featuring the house today and for being generally wonderful!

    Merry Christmas my wonderful friend!


    • Awww I bet you say that to all the people who get bussed into your house to take the tour…


      Seriously though, your friendship has been such a great thing for me this year. I appreciate you so much Karianne! thanks you for letting us into your gorgeous home today on my blog, and thanks for making me laugh with your stories. :hug

  9. Okay, first off, BETH! Congrats to you for organizing this AMAZING set of holiday home tours, and I love the GNR reference. One more reason to add to my list of ‘Reasons Beth is the Best’. And second, Kari Anne, this truly is your MASTERPIECE! Every detail is perfection. True creativity and spirit shines through this entire tour. Your personality is truly one of a kind. I loved having the chance to see your beautiful home! A GORGEOUS finale!!! Thanks ladies!! ~ Virginia

    • LOL! Well if I knew that was all it was gonna take to get to the top of your list I’da been singing some Axel to you sooner you sweet child o’ mine!

      Merry Christmas! Hope it’s not as cold as November Rain where you are.

  10. Totally Dreamy. Karianne has that Farmhouse style down pat! A real Christmas treat πŸ™‚

  11. I never tire of seeing Kari’s beautiful home…so beautifully decorated for Christmas!…Thanks Beth for presenting sweet Kari’s home!….What a grand finale!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  12. Lovely home Karianne has, stopping by from her link! I will have to see the others too.

  13. Oh. My. Goodness. I love every. single. photo!!!!!!! KariAnne, you are a master stylist, designer, crafter, revisioner, and visionary. Your home screams peace and joy and beauty. Well…actually, maybe it whispers….cause screaming would be very peaceful, would it? πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing your home on Beth’s blog. {hugs} It is spectacular!
    And Beth…you put together the most amazing and creative group of ladies’ homes to visit. I have been previously smitten with Jennifer and KariAnne….and now I have ever more lovelies to follow. Thank you for this fabulous tour.
    Wishing you the most extraordinary New Year!!

  14. I love that giant recipe wall art! What a fabulous home.



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