First and foremost, let me say THANK YOU for all the sweet comments yesterday on the Blogiversary. It’s such a treat to hear from so many of you amazing readers from far and wide. Gotta love the ol’ world wide web! Take a peek to your right to Like Ciburbanity on Facebook or sign up to get posts via email. (All the cool kids are doing it…)
In honor of one year under the blogging belts, grab your hair spray and your crimping iron because we’re looking back, yearbook style. Whenever I think of yearbooks, I think of handmade collages and doodles and quotes from Winnie the Pooh; oh, and the superlative page! So sip a Mr. Pib, peg your jeans a little tighter and enjoy!
Most Controversial: Herringbone Dresser
This dresser has been featured on both Apartment Therapy and Curbly… the reviews were mixed at best and passionate at most. There are some who feel that I destroyed an amazing mid century piece of furniture with psychedelic color and pattern where others think it’s a great element of fun for a kids’ room. Admittedly, I took this dresser a little further on the design scale than I originally planned, but no way to know what’s too far until I go, well… too far!
Most Rookie Post: DIY Third Floor Curtains
These are a disaster. A complete and utter DIY fail. And the blog post is equally horrendous. I had the flash pointed in the wrong direction, I forgot to document half the steps, and… I sewed them wrong anyways! In hindsight this would have been the best opportunity to admit defeat, and throw these in the garbage… but I stubbornly hung them until a replacement came along a year later!
Most Popular Month: February 2013
I had a double whammy with Apartment Therapy when they posted not only my chevron chairs Before/ After, but also our living room. I actually love getting feedback from readers, so this was a great chance to see what an unbiased eye might make of these makeovers.
Most viewed: House Tour
I’m so pleased I took the time to shoot a house tour for the blog. It’s not perfect and I’ve already made so many changes, but it at least conveys a little sense of my style and the way all of the rooms look. I hope to add a floor plan one day as that’s always hard to describe. And I need to keep updating the photos of each room to reflect the tweeks and changes that are always taking place.
Most Personal: Girls Will be Girls
As a mom to two daughters, I’m struck by what a different world these girls live in… Growing up, I always had an underlying sense of insecurity because I wasn’t skinny enough or funny enough or stylish enough… and I can’t stand the idea that Eleanor and Martha might have those same insecurities. Here’s hoping I can raise powerful, strong and confident young women!
Ahhh, the chevron chairs. Who knows whether chevron is on its way out, but I still love the risk I took by painting the chairs a bright vibrant red and pairing it with the beautiful aqua chevron I’d been coveting. Maybe I’ll get sick of it all, but the take away lesson was to go hard or to go home! I came, I chevroned, I conquered.
Most Shared: Some Days…
Reading Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day one night to the kids, I got the idea for a blogging parady based on the usual litany of controversy and disasters we go through in any given day. Thankfully my kids provide plenty of ‘inspiration…’
Prom Queen: Eleanor and Her Accessories
Eleanor’s traded her wild accessories for wild outfits, so she still manages to stand out in a crowd.
Dancing King: Oliver
Still a dancer at heart, Oliver has perfected his moves and incorporated a pirouette thanks to his sister’s obsession with Angelina the Ballerina. He’s also discovered the drums which is a stage we’re encouraging him to move on from.
There aren’t many moments during the day when Martha isn’t smiling, and on lots of occasions she’s my saving grace when her two older siblings are one step shy of a preschool sleep away camp.
He’s amazing with the kids, so I can’t be too harsh, but this freakin’ dog will bark at a pigeon coming in for a landing around the corner. Neighbors getting into their car? Bark worthy. Someone walking their dog across the street? Bark worthy. Kids opening their door upstairs? Bark worthy.
Most random: Inspiraciok
One day I noticed a spike in my page views that were attributed to this Hungarian shout out. In the blogging world, you just never know who’s popping in for a peek! Yet another reason why this has been a heckuva fun ride on the blogging train.
Most Honest: On Failure
My intent with this blog isn’t to present a glossy photoshopped version of motherhood or design or life with kids… BUT I also hesitate to air dirty laundry or to really vent on the blog. I don’t think that’s ever fun to read and it’s certainly not fair to my family if every little hurdle goes into the permanent record of the world wide web. That said, we all as parents and moms struggle with the self doubt of ‘are we good enough,’ ‘are we doing enough,’ and ‘are we doing it right.’ I’m NO exception despite the edited (and staged!) photos or the impression that might come across in print. Promise!
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