March 26, 2012

✥ Reader Feature: AWEsome Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover ✥

I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend! I went to my nephew's play, the movies and also a pedicure party, I made some new friends and hung out with some old ones! Now I'm back to the daily grind- but the good news, it's also time for our feature! Yay!! I look forward to these so much and I am constantly amazed {and thankful} for the talented gals who read my blog!

I have gotten to know Karianne from Thistlewood Farm- and man is she a sweetheart! I asked her to share a before/after with us today, so she chose her delightful bathroom makeover. She wasn't blogging when they got her house- so she's short on "before" pics. But her "after" pics speak for themselves!
Karianne could have chosen any room in her house to share- no joke! Each is more fabulous than the last. Basically, she could be our feature each week for like the next two months as we check out her home room by room! It's that great. Not to mention her writing skills put me to shame! She's got a great sense of humor and I think her posts have a poetic feel to them.
You'll see...


I should have taken more before pictures.
You see, a marketing genius and I were talking recently and she told me I need “before pictures”.
Why oh why didn’t I take more?
Before I lifted a paint brush or a roller or a sander, I should have lifted my camera.

I have a few pictures.  They don’t really do the guest bathroom justice.
Why didn’t I zoom in on that shell toilet seat?
Why didn’t I know that I would have a blog and that before pictures were essential?
I mean you barely see the wallpaper….and the sink….and the faux brass towel rings.  This is not an accurate representation.
I feel like I have let us all down.
Why didn’t I take more time with the before?

Maybe because I was too focused on the after.

I wanted clean and light and bright.
So instead of photographing terrible before shots, I painted the walls.

Instead of photographing the process and journey….I hunted high and low for the perfect baskets on clearance and filled them with tea-stained flowers.
Instead of creating tutorials and step-by-step instructions, I just painted signs.

Next time I will know.
Next time I won’t be so unbelievably careless.

You can count on me.

NOTE TO SELF:  When starting a project…..

Take a plenty of before pictures of this….

…..before it turns into this.
If you want to see more before and after click here.
Thank goodness for next time!

Don't you just Karianne and her home? Now, do yourself a favor and check out Karianne's home tour. You will not regret it. As a little bonus,  two of my favorite rooms are:
Her rustic glam farmhouse kitchen, look at those glass-front cabinets - they're up to the ceiling!! Love.
 Her children's playroom- which I think looks totally Ralph Lauren-esque {and I want those chairs}!
Have a happy Monday you guys! I hope you enjoyed Karianne's home as much as I do.


  1. Don't you just love kariannes home and thanks to her i have found you again! Your awesome gallery wall was one of the first blog posts i read when i started searching for decorating ideas for my home and then i lost you. So happy to find you again and now that i'm blogging i will be following!

  2. Great feature. I love Karianne, too. And, I am so glad she pointed the way here for me to meet you.

  3. Hi Becca, It's so nice to meet you. Coming over from Thistlewood. I was lucky to know Karianne and her sis from early blogging. She's a doll and her home so totally magazine worthy. Love your blog and am now a tag along. Have a super great week. ~ Miles of Smiles ~ Lynn

  4. You two make a great pair..both wonderfully creative and talented...You are both truly inspiring and makes you want to go out and create; however, this challenged DIY'er has trouble trying not to glue my fingers together!...

  5. Oh boy! Do I have to spend more time at her blog when I have a bigger screen to view it on! I'm really curious about the cushion on the chair in the bathroom... What is the blue texture on it? Fabric? Paint? Lace? I know, I know, go take a closer look later! ;)
    Thanks for pointing her out. And Happy Monday to you too!

  6. What a beautiful makeover! I love how fresh it feels, I would LOVE to get ready in that bathroom. :)

  7. So fun to see karianne over here today. I have been stalking you from afar Becca and your guest post at Thistlewood reminded me I needed to come see your latest. You have such great style and so much eye candy here, those eye charts really are awesome!!
    Have a great week!

  8. karianne's house is pretty much amazing... i love it all!

  9. I just love Karianne's farm home! I found you through her today! I'm glad I did! I love what I see! I'll be following along and look forward to more inspiring ideas!

  10. Becca,
    I love reading her blog.Thank you for sharing.I too am not good about the before photos.I guess I want to change things as soon as possible and I don't want to look back.

  11. Becca,

    Thank you so much for the shout out! Your blog is one of my all-time favorites EVER! I think you are really talented and I love every project!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day.


  12. I love Karianne's decor, it's so beautiful and elegant, although it is farmhouse, you still think elegant when you see it, I think.
    Thanks for having her over today!
    Hugs, Cindy

  13. Wow! I love it all! Thanks for the beautiful eye candy!


  14. Ok - gonna get a little mushy here:

    I love Karianne - I love you! Great feature on of my favorite bloggers from one of my favorite bloggers!

  15. Yes, you have featured one of my favorite all-time bloggers and people...She is gracious, kind and talented...There may not be many before pictures, but I think I can speak for all us that just seeing the "afters" is good enough for they are so beautiful!

  16. Yes, yes I did enjoy it... Thistle is such an amazing writer and decorator. I'm crazy nuts about her.

  17. Beautiful bathroom. I also love her kitchen! Beautiful!

  18. Karianne is the best! And now I must look around some more and check out your lovely blog and home Becca ...



  19. Well I popped over from Thistlewood Farm and wanted to say what a cool guest post form such a talented lady. I also thought your post over at her blog was awesome and amazing and wonderful think I liked

  20. I just adore her home! I came over from her place to see how uber talented YOU are! I'm off to poke around now :o)

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

  21. I love Karianne too! Both of you are awesome! I need a marketing genius.

  22. I agree Becca , Karianne's writing is like ready poetry. Not to mention her home is beautiful. Lovely feature!

  23. Visiting (and now following) from Karianne's! So looking forward to catching up with you!

  24. WOW what a beautiful transformation! I love the signs in the bathroom. I wanted to let you know that we are passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to you - Stop by Our Pinteresting Family to learn more about the award.


  25. Karianne really is a sweetheart and I am in love with her house also. That playroom is AWESOME!!! So glad to have found your blog.

  26. Hi Becca! I love Karianne's home too!! Her kitchen is so gorgeous - its like out of an Elle Decor magazine! Her whole house is just so fantastic - she put an incredible amount of work into it!
    Have a super week!
    Heather @


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