Blogs You Should Read: Thistlewood Farm

Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer

Hello everyone! I’m back today with another installment of “Blogs You Should Read”. And today in the spotlight is Thistlewood Farm!

Kari’s talent for decorating and her eye for detail is evident in her gorgeous home. The photos of her home look like something right out of a magazine. Want proof? Take a look at this beautiful kitchen…


Yeah. Amazing.

And speaking of “eye for detail”, check out this detail in her dining room. I’ve seen burlap curtains before. Heck, I’ve made burlap curtains myself! But these are far and above any burlap curtains that I’ve seen before.


Yes, those are smocked curtainsburlap smocked curtains!! If those aren’t exclamation-point-worthy, then nothing is!

We all love a good before and after, right? Of course we do! And it doesn’t get much better than this dramatic master bedroom before and after. Here’s the busy before…


And the beautiful and relaxing after…


There’s so much more to see at Thistlewood Farm. Not only is Kari’s home absolutely gorgeous, but her writing is witty and humorous. The perfect combination!

**Psst…Do you have or know of a home/decorating/DIY-related blog that you think I and the readers of A2D would enjoy? Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] and tell me all about it!

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    March 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    One of my never miss blogs…Thistle is so incredibly gifted…

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    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    March 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Love Kari and her fabulous blog! Great spotlight!!

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    Shannon Fox
    March 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Yes, her home is gorgeous and her writting style is so enjoyable. What a lovely spotlight =) I never tire of looking at that kitchen… perfection. Have a wonderful day!

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    Debbie refresh restyle
    March 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I agree! I love Kari Ann and her blog! She decorates beautifully!

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    March 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I agree! I love Kari Ann and her blog! She decorates beautifully!

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    [email protected]
    March 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my goodness. That kitchen is amazing and I LOVE those curtains! Thanks for sharing her. I’m heading over now to snoop around 🙂

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    Heather @At The Picket Fence
    March 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Couldn’t have featured a more wonderful blog AND blogger! We love Kari! She’s talented, funny and oh so creative. Thank you for featuring her Kristi!


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    Linda @ it all started with paint
    March 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm


    So excited to see you featuring my friend Kari here! She’s not only an amazing blogger but, in the short time that we’ve forged a friendship, a truly amazing woman! So full of personality and positivity and authenticity …



    (And thanks again for showcasing my painted sink last week; your loyal readers came over in droves!)

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    March 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm


    I just pinned this quote, “Isn’t it amazing how one person can make your worst day feel incredibly perfect.”

    That is exactly how I feel.

    I started my day with water dripping from my ceiling and ended with this fabulous feature. How blessed am I. And it is all thanks to you.

    I hope your day is as incredible as you have made mine 🙂


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    Laura Ingalls Gunn
    March 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Oh my a lovely blog indeed. I rushed right over because I wanted to learn how to make the drop cloth smocked curtains and was SO disappointed when I learned that she purchased the burlap smocked curtains here:

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      March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Oh, well…smocking isn’t difficult at all. Time-consuming, but not difficult. Perhaps I should add that to my list of tutorials to share! 🙂

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    March 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Heading over there next! Keep seeing her name come up, for good reason! This is a wonderful series you are doing. I am loving your recommendations. PS Smocked Burlap curtains??? Holy Smokes that girl is talented!

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    Whitney @ The Rooster and The Hen
    March 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Love Kari’s blog and her pics are gorgeous! She has a real eye for design and some incredible talent! Thanks for sharing Kristi!

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    Jill Wilhelm
    March 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Your rooms are absolutely Amazing, I think that I told you before but if not, I sure wish we were neighbors so you could come over and decorate my house! You do an unbelievable job. And those curtains are fantastic! I love me some dropcloths, but you went above and beyond 🙂


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    Paula Spoo
    April 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    What an amazing kitchen. Thank you for finding and talking about this wonderful blog. Now, I need to check it out.


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    May 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Wonderful curtains! I fell in love with them at a little shop near Santa Cruz, CA and took note of the manufacturer. For those of you interested in them the maker was “The Chandler Collection” and as I remember they were approx $185 for two panels! I decided to make my own as this seemed rather high. Here is their website
    You can find a retailer near you from this site, too.