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Looking Forward & Back

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas last week, for us that week of doing a lot of nothing went by extremely fast and here we are facing a new year in a few days. Matt and I do much of our best planning for the future while we talk on long road trips and on vacay up to Lake Tahoe and back we set goals and made projections for 2014. bring on 2014

We’ve held off on investing in real estate for a few years but at last we’re gearing up to purchase so we can do what we love most which is remodeling homes and spaces – that said we’ve got our eye on a few fixers in the local area, so 2014 will bring a lot of home improvement posts your way and as always I’ll share it all as it happens.

I’m working on several more fabric designs and planning on a release of more patterns in several colorways in January, look forward to that! There are a few partnerships and collaborations in the works, all of it related to this continuing conversation on interior design that is both pretty and practical, so I’m very excited to jump into 2014.

It’s tradition to look back this time of year and highlight favorite projects, so without further ado, I’ve narrowed down the 12 most popular DIY projects and space makeovers of 2013: 

best of 2013 diy

tiling a bathroom backsplash / Ikea hack: a textured dresser makeover / how to paint bathroom cabinets / diy mosaic tile mirror

best of 2013 projects

besta + billy bookcases with lights / lego meets lack play table / how to spray paint furniture/ criss cross outdoor planters

best of 2013 space makeovers

guest room upgrades / outdoor room makeover / lavender & blue girl’s room / rustic refined dining room

I’m linking up to Rhoda’s Top Posts of 2013 link party and you can find the most popular DIY projects from the blog to date right here. Find me over at Rambling Renovators today talking about my two favorite posts from 2013.

I’m taking a few more days off to finish up extremely exciting non blog worthy things like end of the year paperwork, photo organization, and packing up Christmas.  

I’ll be back on Thursday January 2nd to kick start the new year. 

Cheers and Happy New Year to all of you, bring on 2014 !

 

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Best of September + Weekend Reading

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I have really enjoyed this week so much, between the fall sprucing and the beautiful weather, it’s been lovely hanging around the house. This weekend is shaping up to be both relaxing and busy in a good way, we’re wrapping up the soccer season, working on the shelter home that’s recently been painted, I’ll be trimming a window and painting a front door and sharing more details soon. And of course Sunday brings another round of great football watching!

Here’s the roundup of the not to miss posts from September: best of sept 1

Autumn arrived in the living room with a few seasonal touches; I tackled two more colors in the Color Series, decorating with black and decorating with orange. Also DIY fabric coasters.

best of sept 2

Did you see the before on this cabinet makeover? Take a tour of the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, and here are a few Etsy artists I like (plus more reader favorites in comments). After a trip to NYC, I wrote up an inexpert fall fashion report and some images of the High Line and Chelsea. I published a list of 75+ favorite retailers for home decor and accessories.

More links I enjoyed this week …

Domino Mag relaunches – expect great things.

George Clooney and Cindy Crawford are neighbors, tour their stunning Mexican villas.

He said She said – building a home together.

That smell of the first fall rain we all love? It has a name. (thanks Sherry!)

Five tips for starting a business by Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty.

Thoughts on the new Etsy guidelines.

A great company starts with a great idea.

Facebook is building its own housing.

Sagrada Familia to be completed in 2026 but finished here in 60 seconds.

I’ve been humming this song all week long.

 

And a few more of my articles from around the web:

brighten bed bhg

wood stairs bhg

Five Ways to Brighten Your Bed at BH&G

Five Ways to Dress Wood Stairs at BH&G

global textiles

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Global Patterns & Textiles in Home Decor at Lamps Plus

Tips on Choosing Grey Paint Colors at My Colortopia

 

Enjoy the article and links and have a fab fall weekend!

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Best of July & August

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I failed to roundup the best of July earlier this summer so I’m including both today, here are the not to miss posts from August and July on the blog!

best of august and july 1

The guest room got a few upgrades; I was inspired by the tiled staircases of Santa Barbara; many of you agreed with the reasons to choose laminate kitchen countertops; a dresser got a new look with blue paint.

best of july and august 2

I styled a rustic & refined dining room for World Market and began a color series exploring the following: red / yellow / purple / green / coral. More colors to follow including tomorrow’s look at orange (‘tis the season!)

best of july and august 3

I posted my favorite black & white films and many of you chimed in too (great comments!); I featured some tips for growing and caring for lavender. Thanks for your input on hardwood vs. lookalike tile; some DIY personalized notecards you can make; mixing wood tones; and the completion of the painted bathroom cabinets with a step-by-step.

I’m so grateful you all continue to come back, thank you so much for reading!

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