A Year in Review: The Best of 2010

What a year it’s been!  I started this blog in May of this year and it has been SO much fun.  I never expected to enjoy it this much, but it sure keeps me on my toes to get things done around here. :)  So in case you are new here, or if you just want to revisit a few of the projects I’ve done, here is a little recap of my top 10.  Most of these are some of my most popular posts to date. :)

#1 – The Master Bedroom Makeover (this is still my #1 top viewed post, but I have a close 2nd which I’ll show you later)



And ironically, this room is in the process of getting another mini makeover. :)

#2 – Hutch and Buffet Redo – This was a buffet table my husband had when we married, and the hutch I scored at Goodwill.



I still love it.  And it was all painted with several cans of spray paint. :)  Oh, and we do not have the red walls anymore, hallelujah.  That transform will be further down this post as well.

#3 – How to: Fake Wainscoting



All I did was paint it out all white in a semi-gloss paint.  Why didn’t I do that in the first place? :)

#4 – Dollar Store Hurricanes.  Those were a big hit.

That post has been updated with the newer flared hurricane vases that I love even more.

#5 – Old Drawer Candle Holder

#6 – Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

#7 – My Fake Mantel – This wasn’t a DIY project, but this is the Pottery Barn ledge that I bought at the PB outlet and it’s one of my favorite purchases of the year.  I love having a mantel to decorate. :)

#8 – The Pantry Makeover (This is my 2nd most viewed post to date)

BEFORE: A hot mess.


Couldn’t have done that project without my Dad who designed those shelves.  They are the best!  And yep, the pantry still looks nice and organized like that!

#9 – Dining Room Turned Office – One of my favorite transformations.



That was one of the best decisions we made was to ditch the dining room for a room that we would actually use.  I love it!

#10 – The Staircase Makeover



That was another project I couldn’t have done without my Dad. He’s the best!

Wow, it’s pretty cool to take a look back to see what all has been accomplished around our home in just a short amount of time. It’s also amazing to see how much my style has changed!  I think that is something that will always be changing though.

2010 was a great year.  2011 will be even better, and I have a lot of fun projects planned already that I can’t wait to share with all of you.  You all are the best, and I truly appreciate all of your support and love you pour out.  You keep me going that’s for sure.  :)

I’ll be sharing this post at Rhoda’s Top Projects Party and Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party.

Much love,


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  1. Great projects. I love the mantle. And the mason jar. And the candle drawer.

  2. Can your Dad come stay with me? Every project is better than the last. Happy New Year – can’t wait to see what you two cook up next.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you do!!!! I REEEEALLLLLY love the Dining Room Turned Office post! It is gorgeous. Can I borrow you to come decorate my 3600 sq ft very plain and boring home? ?

  4. P.S. You are so very blessed to have your dad to help you!

  5. Seeing it all layed out like this makes me wish you could spend 2011 fixing up my home!! Great Great job!!

  6. You have had one busy year!! I love every single one of the projects you (and your dad – can I borrow him? LOL) tackled!! :)

  7. Congratulations on a year! The pantry might be my favorite.

  8. you were a busy girl this year! All of your projects turned out great!

    I need to get my post up (eventhough I’m suppose to be on break)!

  9. Love all your projects! Now I have a set of new projects for this upcoming year. I was wondering what color do you have on your wall with project #3? I just love the warmness of it.

  10. What a great recap. I’m with you, that dining room makeover into an office is brilliant. I have enjoyed your blog these past 6 months and look forward to more fun posts in 2011. I hope you enjoy my blog as well.

  11. Great Job! I really like ALL your makeovers! The colors in your home are beautiful. Wishing you Happy New Year :)

  12. I simply love the fake wainscoting! Going to show the hubby your pics and see if I can talk him into helping me…wish me luck!

  13. I don’t even know what is my favorite! But I’m featuring your pantry tomorrow on my blog:)

  14. Wow, what a great 8 mos. you’ve had. I can’t believe that you’ve only been at it one month longer than me. I thought you were old hat at this. Well, I guess in Bloggerland 6 mos. is a long time ;-).

    Those projects are really wonderful. I love them all, but especially your pantry and stairway. Can I borrow your Dad someday?


  15. So many fantastic projects! I am inspired to try and recreate a few on my own.

    Thank you so very much for sharing.

    Have a very Happy New Year!

  16. Hey Emily, great projects! So many wonderful things you got done this year. I love your staircase molding and changing the DR to an office was brilliant. So glad I got to know you this year, you’re a sweetheart!

  17. Hey, Emily, for some strange reason, all your comments to me go in my Spam folder, so that’s why you don’t see them. I have no idea why it happens, you put in the right stuff, just a quirk I guess. I approve them though!

  18. You have some fabulous projects. I can’t wait to see what you will be doing in the coming year!

  19. LOVE your staircase transformation! Great job! I’m always so inspired by these link parties. Have a Happy New Year!

  20. Your office is fantastic! And are those lazy susans in the corner of your pantry? Genius!!!

  21. OMG! I friends just shared your blog with me- and noted this make-over section… LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I am so inspired! My husband and I purchased a disasterous foreclosure 3 years ago- and have been working on it every since. We love what we’ve done- but I am always looking for new ideas! I did the glass jars with “stuff” in them on my fireplace mantle a few months ago- and I TOO have the pottery barn hour glass!! Had fun searching for item to go in the glass- old bingo balls, scrabble pieces, corks, dried flowers, black stones, etc…. GREAT MINDS!!! I am following you now so I won’t miss anything else FABULOUS! Will prolly be sharing some of your ideas on my facebook (discover fabulous) & twitter (discoverfab) & blog (www.discoverfabulous.com) from time to time!! Thanks again!! YOU ROCK!!

  22. Great projects!!! My favorite is turning your dining room into an office. Love the new look. But I do love all the molding you have added to your house & fake wainscoting. I need to do that in my house. But that takes money. Sigh!

  23. Wow! What wonderful projects you’ve accomplished this year! Can’t wait to see what you do next year.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  24. I never saw your master before. It’s beautiful!

  25. Looks like 2010 was a busy year for you; congratulations on all of the great projects!

  26. Love all of your projects! You have been a very busy lady! :)
    Look forward to blogging with you in 2011!

  27. So many amazing transformations! You are definatly inspiring!

  28. You’ve had a great year! Love all of your projects, but especially the one where you turned your dining room into a study. Well done!

  29. What wonderful projects! I am so excited for all these best of posts! I am searching for ideas and inspiration for our new home…you have a wonderful blog and I am a new follower! I’ll be back frequently for ideas!

  30. I love all the great ideas on decorating you have here. But like so many other decorating blogs, its always about decorating spaces that have white trim everywhere. I live in a 1930 Craftsman style, with smaller rooms. All our woodwork, baseboards and trim, was just redone before we bought this house. I don’t have the heart to paint it. I would really love to see decorating ideas that would compliment natural wood trim . It’s a challenge to not make it look too heavy with too much “stuff”. And anything too light colored can make the rooms look even smaller, due to all the contrast. Any ideas? Thank you!

  31. Nice projects! I am practicing the ‘fake’ wainscoatting stuff myself. It rocks. I have textured walls though in 85% of my house so it makes it challenging.

  32. Well I can’t make up my mind which one I like the best…your dinning room turned office, the stairway or the panty…hmmm Isn’t blogging the best ;) Enjoyed your recap and found you via Southern Hospitatlities link party. I’ve been blogging for three years and this is the first re-cap post that I’ve completed and it really makes you appreciate all that you accomplish in a year. Best wishes for the New Year. Fondly, Roberta

  33. Wonderful projects this year! I was stunned by your office. It looks lovely!

  34. Ok, all of these are beautiful! I’ve actually never heard of your blog and now that I’ve seen this I have NO clue why not. I am now going to look through your whole blog! Thanks for the pretty pictures!

  35. Love those projects! Wow your stairs look gorgeous. You make me want to give moulding a try, maybe soon. Adding you to my blogroll. :)

  36. Mustangkayla says:

    Wow…what great make-evers! Just beautiful work!

  37. Love the stairway transformation!! Wow! I’ll have to decorate my stairway now :)

  38. Anonymous says:

    Wow…. that dining room turned office is BRILLIANT! Nothing worst than wasted space that we don’t use. You have me thinking now:) Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!!