the year in retrospect

Well, since I haven't been blogging for the entire year of 2010, I'm not sure I can say the "year" in review....maybe the last 6 months in review?

As I mentioned in one of the very first posts for this blog, I started doing this as a way to get the creative juices flowing- partly as a way to connect with other creative folk, and as a hope to start a home based creative business.  I love decorating, and also hoped I could share a few projects along the way.

We've been in our house since May of 2008.  It's been a slow build of adding in furniture, painting, decorating, projects, and the like.  We did our projects probably like most of America- here and there along the way, and then before a major holiday, hit the gas on getting that room done.

But since I've started blogging, it's kinda like having company always coming over to see your projects, and the new things I've been up to! 
I can honestly say that I've gotten more done in the last six months at a steady pace than the first two months we lived here (when you're in that honeymoon phase of no mortgage payment!)

All that to say, I am feeling very accomplished when I look around at all of the things that have gotten done this year!

One of the most anticipated projects for me this year was the transformation of our mantel:
From this:

to this:

The other project that I could hardly wait to get done was finishing the major painting project for our main living area downstairs.  As you can see from this picture, part of the Pistachio Tint was done, and the higher, harder to reach areas were not.  Hiring the work out was high on my list of things to get done in 2010!
Before (and the beginning of the gallery wall of photos):

Today- a fresher, brighter color and more pictures to be added over the coming months!

Those were the two major projects for this year. 
Since then, we've added a porch swing out front, a bird feeder to our backyard, built a nook bench (the Amish way!), added curtains to the family room, a master bedroom makeover, started the tween bedroom transformation (more to come there), repainted our nook table, replaced our family room coffee table, and slowly added in little accessories and rearrangement of furniture in various rooms.

I'm so excited for the projects for 2011- my list is long, and the reality is that everything I hope to get done won't- but we plan on being here for awhile, so we'll take it in stride.
There are already more projects in the works, some that I've already hinted at in previous posts, others that are in the planning stages, and other that have yet to be dreamed up.
I really feel like this has just been the warm up stage, and the best is yet to come!
I'm excited to get down to business- literally- with some fun projects that I hope will afford me the money to keep doing creative projects on my own dime.

And let's not forget the transformation of my blog / business logo!

From this:
 To the current look!  SOOOO much better!
Thanks again to Megan at Red Pearl Designs!!

A big thank you to so many of you who have inspired, encouraged and become friends along the way.
I got my Pottery Barn gift card today from the giveaway that Val hosted over at ValSoCal a couple weeks ago- yippee!
Can't wait to spend it on somethin' fun!

 I'm looking forward to connecting and meeting more of you over the coming year!

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  1. I just love all your redos, renews and add-ons Denise! I am so excited to see more, your home is just beautiful! I have some projects as well up my sleeve and cannot wait to get started on! The first one is to CLEAN out everything! I am really aiming to de-clutter my home before I start anything big! Have fun and have a wonderful week!!

  2. I'm so glad to have met you through this bloggy world :) Your house and projects are so inspiring! I'm looking forward to new projects in the new year too! I'm piggybacking off what Michelle said, the name of the game is organization for 2011!

    xo- Carmel

  3. So many great projects. Glad you started blogging this year to share them all : ) I enjoy following along. Happy Holidays!

  4. I love your logo redesign. It came out super! I agree that blogging helps you get fired up to do house projects and it is a great place to find inspiration as well.

  5. Denise, I love your blog and every post. Blogging, is my therapy = ) You have done an amazing job in 6 months.

  6. I've loved seeing all your projects! I am so glad I met you, too. I am excited to see what you have in store next year. Happy New Year!

  7. Nice site. Thanks for sharing.


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