Posts Tagged ‘best of 2013’

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: 

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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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June Roundup + Sponsor Spotlight

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

I swear, summer makes me so forgetful. Must be all the extra sunshine and lazy days… I forgot to post a June roundup, so here goes, the top ten posts from June!

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I beefed up a set of Billy bookcases in the bedroom and shared a tour of one of our favorite wine tasting spots: the Alexander Valley! A bench got a mod makeover, and the spotlight was on dine-in libraries.

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I shared my two favorite sets of slipcovered furniture and how they’ve held up all these years, and also a tour of my childhood home. I have an incurable obsession with virtual makeovers, and the summer mantel got a little glitzy gold restyling. We hosted a sangria party and I shared the best mixed berry preserves recipe.


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Sending out a huge thank you to long time sponsor Shades of Light for their support, hop on over to see all the new arrivals from mirrors to rugs to decor!

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Don’t miss some of the newest fabrics added to the fantastic collections available at Tonic Living, one of my favorite sources for modern fabrics for your furniture, windows, and home accessories!

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Upgrade your ordinary bathroom mirror with a custom frame by MirrorMate, so quick to assemble and install (I’ve done it!), you’ll love the difference it makes!

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Visit Home from India for exotic textiles, pillows, and a selection of hardware for your ktichen, bath, or furniture makeover!

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If you’d like to be a sponsor of Centsational Girl, there’s a summer special going on right now for all 125 px ads, 15% off with the code CGSUMMER (click on ‘your ad here’ in the sidebar).

And thanks so so much to all of you who left such thoughtful comments on yesterday’s hardwood v. lookalike tile post, you gave me (and others who are considering the product) so much information, I’m so very grateful! The 100+ comments are a must read if you’ve ever considered tile that looks like wood!


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Best of February

Friday, March 1st, 2013

I’m in an exceptionally good mood today, perhaps because it’s Friday or perhaps because there are blooms beginning to appear on the trees or perhaps it’s because I plan to spend my Saturday painting something this color but mostly I think it’s because spring is finally on its way. Can you feel it yet?

It’s time for that end of the month roundup, here are the top ten not to miss posts from February.

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We installed a new backsplash and mirror in the hall bathroom; my daughter’s dresser got an upgrade with some overlays and new pulls; there’s a new weathered gray stained bench out in the garden; and the marvelous Annie Selke shared some of her savvy business tips for entrepreneurs.

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I finally figured out how to organize the Legos in the house and make it fun for my boy with the help of IKEA, win win! Also tips on pillow styling on a sofa; there are a few new terrariums around the house; you all shared your thoughts on bunk beds and helped us make a decision, thank you!  The Centsational Girl blog turned four this month (yay!) and I learned more about who you are from the informative survey; finally, don’t miss the Downton Abbey Season 3 recap – the comments are fantastic (but beware there are *spoilers* if you’re not caught up)

A special thank you to three great contributors this month, the first post by Courtney on using recliners in interior design, the second by Shannon who discussed six ways to dress a kitchen window, and the third by Jennifer who shared eight spring fashion essentials. Thanks so much for your contributions this month!

I’ve got some painting to do today and tomorrow and we’re hoping for a day trip somewhere on Sunday with a sunny sky forecast.

Have a lovely weekend!

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