We arrived home from Italy yesterday at noon and I couldn’t stay up past 4:00 pm and then I slept 12 hours!
San Gimignano, Italy
I’m so happy to be home after being away an entire month! The trip was fabulous, and it was even more amazing to be able to share it with my Mom who arrived for the last 12 days! She has never been to Italy and was enchanted with all of it. I’ll write a post to tell you all about it soon!
This is a guest post by, KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms. KariAnne is the kind of person who instantly makes you feel good just by being around her. Her energy is infectious, she is genuinely enthusiastic about most things and finds joy everywhere!
When you read her blog, her writing is so warm and friendly, you just want to drive right over and sit in her living room with a cup of tea.
I’m so excited to be here I feel like I should start with a cartwheel.
My name is KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and I’m guest posting this week. If I’ve never been lucky enough to meet you before—here’s a little bit of my story and my house tour and my favorite yard sale find on the planet. I love red lipstick and curly hair and flip flops that sparkle and painting mis-matched furniture and thunderstorms and sweet tea with lime and the 90% off clearance sale aisle.
And this is what my living room looked like before I ever met Maria.
I know, right?
Not really ready to sit at the popular table for lunch.
Here’s my first decorating attempt. This is me trying to introduce a little neutral. Better than where we started. I liked it.
The room was fine. But in my heart?
I wanted a little color.
I met Maria.
We had a consultation online and from the moment I met her, I knew that I knew that I KNEW. She was special. She talked to me about color and showed me that color was there for the taking and that all I had to do was be a little bolder with my design choices.
And that color would meet me halfway.
So I added a blue rug.
I felt bold.
I felt amazing.
I felt all about myself and my new color choices.
And so I went bolder. I added these blue and white striped chairs. I changed out the pillows. I took down the burlap curtains. I added new love seats. I could feel the room laughing and breathing and smiling.
But something still wasn’t right.
I couldn’t figure it out.
And then I attended one of Maria’s live color workshops.
I have never learned so much about color in my entire life. I learned about cool colors and dirty colors and which trim color went with which paint and why sometimes pink beige isn’t your friend. I learned about how to choose a paint color that worked with what I already had. When I walked into the living room after the seminar I saw it with new eyes. I knew what was wrong.
When I switched and added all that blue, the light gray paint color had turned PURPLE.
I know, right?
It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but in real life, I was sitting in a living room with blue and white chairs and a blue and white rug and blue and white pillows with PURPLE walls.
So I repainted the room. And now? It looks like this.
SW Alabaster 7008 (This colour is also available in Maria’s curated large sample boards)
CAN YOU EVEN?
This room MAKES ME SO HAPPY.
It is even prettier in person.
Here’s one more look at the before and after.
Thank you my wonderful, creative, amazing friend Maria.
Thank you for giving me a new perspective on color.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your vision with so many.
Thank you for your friendship.
And thank you for helping me create a space that I love.
PS If you haven’t signed up for one of Maria’s Live Colour Workshops yet—you can sign up here.
And if you have a room that needs colour inspiration, I can help, with my Get Me Started eDesign package here.
In addition to decorating living rooms, I’m an author in my spare time.
Here’s my latest book called the DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Planner. It’s full of sassy decorating advice and DIY’s and tips for creating the home that you love.
It’s been wonderful to meet you.
Happy day friends.