Feature Friday: Thistlewood Farm

Sometimes a blogger’s home comes along that just makes me drool and get a little bit jealous…today is one of those days and if the blogger wasn’t so fun, witty, and darling, I might just dislike her a tiny bit too.   But Kari, of Thistlewood Farm, is so adorably cute and funny that you can’t help but love her.  If you haven’t seen her beautiful Kentucky farmhouse yet, you’re in for a big treat today.

I actually met Kari and her sister back when I first started blogging (online, that is).  They are very creative and we all started blogging about the same time.  Kari started her new blog last year and it was a delight to meet her at Haven this year.

Not only is the house beautiful, historic and stately, Kari is a wonderful vintage decorator. A collector of old things and beautiful stuff and she knows how to put it all together in a completely pleasing way.

kari house

Her beautiful farmhouse, named Thistlewood Farm.  Kari and her family had dreamed of moving from the hustle and bustle of city life to a peaceful house in the country and this 1918 beauty caught their eye.  Yes, I can see why, can’t you?!  They have been here for 4 years and it was completely renovated from top to bottom, including a new roof.

Wait til you see inside!


Kari has a wonderful eye for design and has made this house so special and beautiful.  The living room/family room is so cozy and comfortable.


Those toile drapes are beautiful and Kari collects signs and vintage items to display.



kari kitchen

The kitchen, oh the kitchen is magnificent.  Big, beautiful and spaciously perfect.

buffet kitchen

This huge buffet is on one wall displaying her beautiful ironstone.  That is stunning!

dining room

The dining room is equally gorgeous and spacious.  Kari knows her way around decorating, doesn’t she?  This is such a pretty house.


Smocked burlap drapes, be still my heart.

hutch dr

Another beautifully displayed buffet cabinet that I’m sure she painted this luscious shade of gray.


A butler’s pantry, who gets to have a butler’s pantry?  Kari does and it is unreal!

Family room

Family room is comfy and all the fabrics are beautiful.

girls room

Her daughter’s room is colorful and playful.

guest bath

Another complete renovation job, you should see the before pics of this guest bath.  What a beauty now!


Who wouldn’t want to perch in this guestroom for a few days?  OK, Kari I’m coming for a visit!


Guests wouldn’t want to leave here.


The master bedroom is equally gorgeous.  Kari, girl you have a wonderful eye.


The house is big enough for a playroom for her 4 kiddos.

art house

And an art house out back. How fun is that?


Don’t even get me started on Kari’s porch.  Wow, oh wow, is this beautiful.  I wouldn’t get anything done with this outside.

So, that’s a wonderful tour of Kari at Thistlewood Farm’s beautiful historic home.  I know you enjoyed seeing these rooms as much as I did.  Hop over and say hello to Kari, she is a doll and would love to meet you!

NOTE:  On my Feature Friday series, please pin images from the original source and not from my blog!  Thank you!

- Rhoda


  1. Judy Stone says:

    Hey Rhoda, I’m jealous too! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. It was a great way to start my Friday. I so enjoy your blog! Hugs from McDonough, GA

  2. Gina in S FL says:

    You and Kari- my two favorites! —gina

  3. Lisa Conley says:

    Thanks for sharing…. I’m going to visit now.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

  4. Rhoda,

    Thank you so much for sharing my house tour! You are truly wonderful and such an inspiration for so many!

    Stop by anytime for sweet tea on the back porch!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  5. Hi Rhoda! Oh, my goodness…what a glorious home. Yep, this girl has the decorating gene for sure. Thanks for sharing her lovely home.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. Kari! Your home is beautiful. Good ‘ole Kentucky charm!!

  7. Yes, Kari is a superstar! And you nailed it – not only is she an amazing, vintage loving decorator but she’s one of the funniest gals I know!
    I think I’ll plan a visit myself (she doesn’t know I’m coming – think she’ll let me in when I show up on her front porch with my suitcase)?

  8. Karianne! Not only do I love her beautiful inspiring home (so talented!), I just love her fun spirit! So nice to see her here for FF, Rhoda!

    Enjoy the weekend, ladies!

  9. Rhoda this is why I love checking your blog. You always feature the most beautiful homes. You too have the decorating gene my friend. I think my favorite part of this home is the butlers pantry. I would love to have one of these. Blessings, Kristy

  10. Gorgeous home! I love those smocked burlap drapes!!

  11. Love every bit of Thistlewood Farm. Kari is a treasure too!

  12. Rhoda,
    I discovered Thistlewood Farm at one of your link parties and became a regular reader. Kari has a beautiful home and is a natural in design and DIY projects. Wonderful post {as always}.
    Your Friend,

  13. Be still my heart is RIGHT! The first time I laid eyes on Kari’s house I about fell out of my chair. Isn’t it just stunning?

    And this girl is so bubbly and happy and vivacious in person, I just adored her at Haven!

    I’m working on a feature of her house for my blog, too, and you totally beat me to it! I’m too slow! Dang it! LOL! Oh well, she deserves your feature and my feature and all the features she can get because this girl is a blogging and decorating ROCKSTAR!

  14. Wow! She certainly does have a wonderful eye for decorating. This a BEAUTIFUL home. Inspiring!

  15. What a wonderful choice for a feature! Kari has amazing taste , a wonderful sense of humor and a heart as big as a summer moon! Congrats and “high-fives” all around! xo, Kimberly

  16. Thank you for sharing this breathtaking house… What a talented decorated! Really such an art. I’m in love!!!
    -Mary 🙂

  17. Celeste says:

    Love LOVE those smocked drapes.

  18. I’m in love with her house, so pretty and livable.

  19. Oh, just beautiful! I love how it’s all so warm and welcoming. I hope I can find a fun nest for our family when we move to Kentucky soon!

  20. Melanie says:

    Beautiful home!!

  21. Kari’s home is just stunning. I, too, am seriously jealous. But her amazing personality that pours through her writing is enough to turn my green eyes back to their natural blue. I look forward to reading Kari every day …



  22. You could not have picked a more lovely home and even more so person to feature! It was fun to see all of Kari’s beautiful room in one post. Thank you for sharing her farm with us Rhoda! I’m with you, if I didn’t love her so very much…I would be just a wee bit jealous. 😉


  23. Simply beautiful! Thanks for shring!

  24. Oh how I would heart a large farmhouse to toy with and display such beautiful decor. Kari and I could dumpster dive by day and create eclectic decor with it all come evening. 🙂

  25. Be still my heart, indeed! That is just beauty defined. I’m in love. Or maybe lust. We almost bought a foreclosed farmhouse about a year ago and I still dream about it. It was white with a big front porch. But we decided it had too many structural issues. And I’m happy with our craftsman that we ended up in – but still the farmhouse is a dream.

    Kari is quite the decorator! I’m going to share on Facebook. 🙂

  26. Love her home! And to think she only cooks mac and cheese in that gorgeous kitchen:) Kari, is a real sweet heart with a gorgeous home and gorgeous heart!

  27. Rhoda, I was impressed with Kari’s decorating skills, but more impressed with her warm, bubbly personality when I met her at Haven. She is so talented in so many ways.

  28. Thie is a gorgeously decorated home. I love all the little touches and the toile curtains. Thecurb appeal to the front door is stunning.


  29. I found her website recently and just loved her decorating style!

  30. Rhoda..KariAnne is a very special person and her home reflects her beautiful personality and charm….never get enough of seeing that gorgeous home! Great feature!!

  31. Jaye @ Just Tryin' to Make Cents of it All says:

    Thanks for featuring Thistlewood Farms on your blog! It was so beautiful to read through! I went over to Kari’s blog and pinned a few things that I just couldn’t let pass!

  32. This is one of the most drool-worthy homes I’ve seen in a while. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Rhoda, you are right. Kari has the touch! I recently discovered her when her butler’s pantry was shared on another blog. She is a delight. Thanks for sharing her home today, too.
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  34. Love Love Love her house!!! And love her too! She’s precious and obviously very talented with such a beautiful touch!!! Enjoy NYC!!

  35. Kari is such a sweetheart and i love every bit of Thistlewood Farm. I had never seen that first shot, the landscaping is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing her with your readers. XO, Pinky

  36. Hi Rhoda!!

    Thank you so much for sharing Kerri’s house!! I was surprised to see the white blanket on the guest bedroom bed. Why you ask? I also have the same blanket!! I live so far from you and through your blog I feel like I’m a new neighbor.

    It’s so great visiting!!
    Have a great week!!


  37. Love Kari! A gal with wit AND style and heart as big as the state of Kentucky. 🙂 Great choice for FF, Rhoda!
    xo Heidi


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