Happy New Year

New Year's Eve always makes me feel a little sentimental about how fast time goes by, but also extremely grateful for God's blessings of the last year. Speaking of blessings, this sweet addition to our family in February is at the top of my list for 2009.

I make the same New Year's resolutions every year: to stand up straighter and to have more fun. I figure those are pretty attainable goals and can only make life better, right? I think this year I will also add to my list to work hard on growing my blog and design business.

I also resolve to enjoy life's simple, every day moments, and not get so wrapped up in things like this . . . .

So that I don't miss times like this. . . .

Here's to a fun-filled, blessed 2010!

New Year

Great New Years ideas from Martha

Make your own party blowers here.

I also love these Resolution Coasters from Etsy.

A Great New Year's Giveaway

This is the first giveaway I've posted about on my blog but I think it's one worth mentioning. Stephanie at A Brooklyn Limestone is giving away some of her beautiful photographs. Her's is one of the first design blogs I ever read, and she is talented in so many areas.

This is one of my favorite photographs she's taken. I'm dreaming about this behind the desk in my office.

The Year in Review

This has been such a fun year of blogging, and I'm so thankful for each of the new readers I've gained over the last twelve months.  Since many of you weren't reading this a year ago, I thought it would be fun to highlight my favorite post from each month of 2010.  Enjoy!

Okay, so I'm choosing this post more because I met Jason Castro and less because of my wonderful spread on bookcases, but it was a fun way to start the year nonetheless.

image from Carlee's bedroom of Deliciously Organized

I'm actually choosing a series of posts from February 2010.  These were the first guest bloggers I had, and I was more than thrilled that they would take time to share their bedrooms on my newbie blog.  Thanks to Erin, Stefanie, Carlee, Alaina, Marianne and Janell for helping this girl out.  I loved getting an inside look at their spaces.

One thing blogging (and reading design blogs) has encouraged me to do is to look for things around my house that I could use in other ways.  That's just what I did with this antique mirror that I converted into a chalkboard for our back entry.


I was thrilled to find these bookcases on Craigslist for $20 each and even more excited once they were updated with new paint and accessories.

Another post promoting the power of elbow grease. . . .   I gave these chairs a good sanding, a couple of coats of spray paint and new fabric.  I ended up with some pretty, "new" dining chairs for less than $23 a piece.

I always like sharing the result of my decorating projects--especially when they turn out like this one.  Caycee is one of my online clients and did a fantastic job of pulling her guest room together based on ideas from the inspiration board I created for her.

In July, we devoted an entire Saturday learning to paint horizontal stripes in our breakfast area.  I documented all of the drama and my best lessons learned in this post.

It was a long process, but I was delighted to finally reveal our home office makeover in August. 

My impromptu trip to a taping of the Nate Berkus Show for his design blogger audience day was definitely a highlight for me.  Even better?  Meeting my fellow bloggers in person!

I love making something out of nothing, which is basically what I did when it came to creating a fall look for our mantle this year. 

I suppose I have to give credit where credit is due.  Although I had my doubts when he wanted to blog on our anniversary, my husband turned out to be quite the hit (much to his delight). 

A couple of weeks ago, I shared pictures of a project I have in the works.  This post makes me appreciate how my business and blog have grown in the past year and makes me look forward to what's to come in 2011.

Happy New Year!

Just Looking

I saw the coolest ottomans at Target.  I couldn't find them online but I like these too.

My To-Do List for 2010: Project #1

Although I'm still out of town for Christmas vacation, my mind is already racing with things I want to work on when I get back. Don't you love January? It always makes me want to work on making our house feel a little more like home. I also usually have big ideas on getting organized, but somehow those never quite pan out.

Anywho, one of my first projects when I get back is to paint this room a rich, caramel brown:

It's been on my to-do list for a while, but now I have a new ladder and no excuses. (And, I thought if I posted it on my blog, it would give me some motivation to you show the "after" pictures.) I don't have my paint swatches with me but I think I've narrowed it down to a color called "Mississippi Mud." Pretty name, huh?

Gray may be the new brown but I still have a deep affection for chocolate walls.

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