2013 Year In Review. It Was The Best One Yet!

Hi guys! I’ve missed you all, but have thoroughly enjoyed my Christmas break and holiday. When I was getting this post ready and going through all of 2013’s blog posts/projects, man, it was a good year! We accomplished quite a LOT I think. Ask me how and I can’t tell you that, but all I know is that we did it. :)

Here are my top 13 projects and posts from 2013, and reader favorites. And besides getting some room makeovers done and other projects, 2013 was kind of the year to makeover myself as well.

1. Baby Weight loss

After having Ellie, my 2nd daughter, I packed on the pounds. 75 to be exact.

Weight Loss 75 Pounds | www.decorchick.com

I need to write another update and will soon, but I lost them all healthily, and have since lost more. So I think I’ve lost a total of about 85 pounds or so.

2. New Porcelain Veneers

So after losing all of the weight, it was time to makeover something else that has made me insecure for most of my adulthood. My teeth.

New Porcelain Veneers | www.decorchick.com

We saved up a while to get this done, and it was by far the best thing I’ve ever done and I’m so grateful for new teeth! (and you can see the before with my “old” teeth in that post too.)

3. Our White Kitchen Makeover

White Kitchen Makeover | www.decorchick.com

I can’t believe it but we finally have a white kitchen! And I am still very in love with it 1 year later. I will also do a follow up post in 2014 about the painted cabinets and how they have held up.

4. DIY Heart Mason Jar

Valentine Mason Jar

Such a simple Valentine’s Day craft!

5. Navy and Coral Bedroom Makeover 

Navy Bedroom | www.decorchick.com

Yes, another master bedroom makeover! Will another one happen in 2014? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned for that.

6. DIY Painted Coral Vanity

Painted Coral Vanity | www.decorchick.com

With the coral in our Bedroom, our bathroom needed a little coral love too. :)

7. Our white kitchen was PUBLISHED in a real Better Homes & Gardens magazine!!

Better Homes and Gardens Publication

Still can’t believe that one.

8. I finally finished baby girl’s pink and gold vintage nursery.

Pink and Grey Nursery | www.decorchick.com

Still love this room so much.

9. I painted a few of our interior doors like the pantry, front door, and back door a dark charcoal and love the results.

Painted Pantry Door | www.decorchick.com

I still have several more to do too.

10. I created a little mudroom under $100!

Mudroom Makeover on a Budget | www.decorchick.com

That was once a very un-utilized hallway, and now I don’t know how we used to live without it! We use it many times a day.

11. I talked to Genevieve Gorder. On.The.Phone!

Genevieve Gorder

You can read the little interview I did with her. We’re BFF’s.

12. I added a new seating area in the living room. 

Seating Area in Living Room | www.decorchick.com

It’s so nice having an extra space and chair in the living room now.

13. And the last major project we completed was the garage makeover. 

Flowwall Garage System | www.decorchick.com

It was a big one. If you haven’t seen the before yet, you must go visit that post.

So all in all, it was an awesome year.

Top 13 Projects and Makeovers at Decorchick! | www.decorchick.com

I think that was quite an accomplished year don’t you think? I worked with some amazing sponsors and companies, and had opportunities come my way that never in my wildest dreams I thought would happen. I am so so grateful for each and every one.

I’m really looking forward to 2014 with fresh new ideas and new projects. Because don’t you worry…there’s plenty more to come! Thanks for sticking around here, and if you haven’t taken a tour of our home you can do that here, and be sure and visit the project gallery tab too for many more past projects! Sharing this post at Southern Hospitality’s Best of DIY party for 2013.



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  1. Wow what a busy year you have had and such transformations both personally and in your home- good on you! You should be really proud of yourself. Wishing you all the best for 2014 and looking forward to following your blog.

    All things nice…

  2. You look beautiful! AND so does everything else in your home. My favorite are the coral cabinets in the bathroom. Great job. ~Sonya

  3. Emily! What an amazing year you’ve had! You look incredible, as does your gorgeous home! I look forward to seeing what’s to come for you in 2014!

    ~Abby =)

  4. What an amazing year you’ve had, Emily! I’m so inspired by your weight loss and aim for 2014 to be my year to lose some pounds that have been creeping up since I retired. And your coral cabinets are incredible! I’m sure that took courage to paint them that color but it was such a great choice!

  5. Not a bad year at all I must say. You had some pretty big changes and I bet 2014 is going to be an even better year.

  6. Hi Emily,

    What a great year it was for you! Congrats on all your projects. Best wishes for a very happy, healty and successful 2014 for you and your family!

  7. You inspired me all year long to complete a bunch of DIY projects. Still working on the master bathroom but contractor coming on the 13th to finish. I want to make a bold statement on the vanity, just do not know what color as yet.

    Thanks for the motivation. Thanks for the pics of the kiddos. Most of all thanks for your blog and sense of humor.

    • Hi Dee thank you so much for your comment! You are the one of the sweetest readers and I look forward to hearing from you in the comments. :) I know you will choose the perfect color for your vanity–just wait for the inspiration to strike. :) Happy new year!

  8. what a great year!!! Pinning for later ideas!!

  9. Fabulous projects! There’s no way that I could pick a favorite, although I do love your kitchen, but I love them all! Do I seem indecisive? LOL I can’t wait to see what you have in mind for 2014 and I’ll happily be following along! Have a wonderful New Year! Hugs, Leena

  10. All of your projects looks great! I love the new seating area in your living room. I am trying to figure out what to do with my home’s living room this year! (It only has a piano in it so far.) Congrats on your weight loss — that’s on my to-do list, too … and it’s already the second day this year I haven’t exercised yet!

  11. You are an inspiration Emily, when we paint our interior I want to try darker doors (at least one). And I love vanity color, it’s really time for my tiny master bath to get a refresher :) I’m super excited because a new Home Goods is coming only a few miles from my house, let the inspiration begin!!

  12. I LOVE all your projects! You have such a great sense of style. I can’t wait to see what new projects the new year brings! I am so happy I found you:-) Andy

  13. Wow! You made a lot of beautiful changes to your home. I am hoping to finally furnish and design my home’s living room this year. (I have my eye on a West Elm couch.) I am hoping I wil get the room complete this year! I have my design all set, now I just have to get my hubby to agree to it! ;)