2014. Um, WHERE DID IT GO? With small children running amok time can get away from me. I mean last year at this point Louisa was still swaddled and sleeping 22 hours a day and now she’s RUNNING after her siblings! Eleanor will sit for hours drawing and writing. WRITING. With letters. And sounds. And words! Oliver can write is name and hasn’t had a bloody nose ALL WEEK. For a boy, that’s big news. Martha happily gets herself dressed every morning and pssst… is potty trained. That alone should be my blog post. One more down!
As for the blog… I am SO proud and excited of all the projects I’ve accomplished this year… some photographed and shared with you all and others more behind the scenes on the business side of things. There’s always a moment when I check my analytics to see what the top posts of the year were… I mean, numbers can’t lie, but… the top READ posts aren’t always my FAVORITE posts! So I’m going to cheat. To play fair, I’ll share Google’s top ones… but THEN, I’ll let you in on my faves!
According to Google… these were my top five posts:
Aside from corralling every piece of paper that comes into this house…the command center has been the perfect place to keep pens out of the clutches of my eldest daughter and the magnet board holds lunch menus and notes I can’t forget. Read: I wouldn’t do anything differently!
Pretty sure I got myself into this dirty iron predicament when I removed the veneer from my new repainted bureau… regardless… turns out cleaning gunk off an iron isn’t nearly as complicated as I thought!
This downstairs powder room was a project with a capital P. I did everything but replace the sink, but that’s only because of this miracle solution. I wasn’t sure that painting the sink would look legit, but it totally does. You can tell the sink’s been painted… but not in a bad way. I will DEFinitely do this again if faced with an aqua blue sink in the future!
We’re already getting ready for #SILIH3 (SwapItLikeItsHot 3), but this post was one of the year’s most popular. The concept is hilarious to me… send someone a few ‘choice’ items from the thrift store and see what magic they can work. But the most fun is getting a chance to collaborate and chat with so many of my blogging pals as we all prepare!
These were some of my FIRST big projects… (Confession, 12″ of double welt piping is STILL not finished on one of them…) I LOVE the drama and the color and the fun of them. It might be time to change them up since the chevron horse has left the barn, but… the spirit of the red and chevron will remain!
This beauty was the pinnacle of my ombre obsession. I never thought I’d be someone with lavender in any room of the house, but… I love it. This bad boy is also going to be featured this winter in BETTER HOMES & GARDENS so, yeah… that’s cool, right?!
One of the hardest things about decorating for me is always having to make one piece of furniture fit into existing colors or design. It’s rare that I have an entire room to decorate at once. Until our new guest room… This room came together with flea market and Craigslist finds (in other words, on a budget) and I love how eclectic it is. One day I’ll tweek it to fit one of the kid’s personalities a bit more, but for now Louisa’s totally fine with it and it doubles as a guest room.
This post might not seem like much from a reader perspective but from a Holy Shnikes Batman That Made the Room a Bazillion Times Better perspective, this one’s the winner. This simple Habitat ReStore set of base cabinets was freshened up to replace a 2 story 70s relic and the ENTIRE room is open and bright and fresh!
This project was made for Home Depot’s blog, The Apron and their plywood challenge. I LOVE building, but haven’t had a reason to build too many things beyond the odd picture frame or table legs. This plywood reading nook came together as I’d imagined (a slight miracle), and the kids still use it (a major miracle).
Finally, this last project marks a road trip to an Ikea on Long Island when Louisa was a couple of months old… so I could get a handful of their super inexpensive throw rugs. End to end, they’ve made the perfect runner for our stairs. Quieter, safer, and… so much prettier!! I have extras too so if I ever need to replace a section, I’m all set!
Stay tuned for a hint of what’s in store for 2015 later this week! And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all your kind words and comments and encouragement this year!!! I love my readers and am so touched and appreciative every day that you take the time to join me on this crazy little DIY/ Parenting game of bumper cars!
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