Monday, January 6, 2014

2013 was a busy year for our home!

Hello!  Firstly, I wanted to tell you Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday, and is perhaps still enjoying these last few days before kids are back in school and daily routine once again takes over. I both love and hate it-we had such a lovely time over the holidays, sleeping in, eating (too much), lounging and relaxing, but I think we're all at least just a tad ready for routine once again.

I can't believe that I only did one post over Christmas! ugh!! Usually Nov/Dec are heavy blogging times for me as I have so much to share over my favorite holiday.

I have found myself without any time to spare. I'm behind on blog reading and wayyyyy behind on blog writing.

I've decided to not pressure myself with this-it's not all or nothing for me. I can write when I am able, and if not, I'll just wait until I can. I have been at the gym 5 days a week, trying to get into shape, and my 3 girls just keep me so busy. I also have been doing a lot of work in the sewing room, and hope to one day open a little online shop related to that-details to come at some point in the future =)

Anyhow, let's get on with this project review!!

2013 was a good year for our home; it was the year our house became our home. We added our personal touch to many of the spaces, and re-did the one room that was completely disliked: the kitchen. Our home now really reflects us and our style.

Here's a run-down of what we accomplished last year:

The Mudroom:

In this room, we added a board and batten wall with hooks and a display shelf, painted, and I sewed a seat cushion for the window bench.

I still have a simple window treatment to sew, but otherwise this space looks just the same as when we re-did it last year.

The Laundry Room:

In here we painted, added wainscotting, a new shelf and new decor.

The Hallway:

I love the impact that a simple hallway can make, once we added the board and batten and antique map etchings. We are just now working on the stairway which will continue with this idea.

The Living Room:

For the living room, dining room, and kitchen, I worked with Holly Mathis to redecorate these spaces. Best decision ever. She's a miracle worker.

The Dining Room:

New drapes, new table and chairs and new lighting totally changed this space. I'm working on some new art in here, but otherwise, it's remained the same.

The Kitchen:

We completely gutted and re-did this kitchen. I adore, adore, adore it. By far, my favorite change we made in this house!

Phew! We also did many outdoor projects during the summer months. Count me pooped!

Next I'll show you what our plans are for this upcoming year-we've already gotten started!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Welcome to our home this Christmas, 2013! I had so much fun decorating these spaces, since they were renovated and redecorated during this past year (see my living room reveal here, dining room reveal here and kitchen reveal here). I didn't end up buying any new Christmas decor, other than greenery and ribbons, but having a 'new' space made all my 'old' decor seem fresh and different. Besides, I can't imagine using completely new decorations each year; my Christmas decor has been collected over the past many years, and it's a collection I cherish, and I'm sure to continue to add to year after year.

This post is already very long, and picture heavy, so I will let you enjoy the pictures, and keep my commentary to a minimum.

The Living Room:

Ahem, I didn't realize that ladder was there in the hall-evidence of our continued projects around here!

The stairway is a work in progress. Here you can see the start of our board and batten that will extend down the staircase, and a partially completed gallery wall. We are also painting the newel posts and baby gate, and adding a stair runner. Look for a reveal post in the near future!

The Kitchen:

The Dining Room:

We plan on adding a frame to the horse canvas. I was originally wanting to leave it as a stretched canvas, frameless, however, once it was up on the wall, it just seemed to need a frame.

The Sunroom:

Thank you for taking this tour of our holiday home!

Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!

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