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Best of 2014: A year in review


With just two days left of this year, I can’t help but look back and reflect on how much has changed in our home. We’ve been busier and accomplished more in the past 363 days than all our prior days of home ownership combined. There have been so many ups and downs on this roller coaster ride, but going into 2015 we both feel more confident and ready to take on bigger and better challenges.

Let’s start with a recap of our Room Makeover Reveals…

April: Foyer

April: Kitchen

May: Home Theater Room

May: Studio

August: Master Bedroom

October: Backyard Deck

October: Living Room

Whew… that was a lot of work for one year! Now let’s move on to my personal favorite DIY projects. It was difficult to narrow these down as each project came with its own set of pros and cons, but I’d do any of these ones again in a heartbeat.

1. Building this living room cabinet:

 2. Transforming this Ikea floor mirror:

 3. Creating this paneled wall:

 4. This entire wardrobe vanity:

Bonus: Favorite post in general award goes to our Christmas home tour...

And most exciting news of the year would have to be our BHG features!

And finally, here are your favorites from the year based on views:

1. DIY plain to paneled door (this also has to be in my top 5 favorite projects)

2. Kitchen Source List & Budget Breakdown

3. DIY Salvaged Door

4. Ikea Pax Pantry (one of my favorite features of our kitchen)

Some of you have been on this ride with us since our Florida home and remember these posts, while others have recently joined and will discover some new content—either way, we truly appreciate everyone’s support and thank you for checking in to follow our progress this year!

So what’s in store for 2015? Some of you sleuths who follow me on Pinterest already figured it out after I posted this on instagram a few days ago…

It’s laundry room makeover! And not just a makeover—we’re completely creating a new laundry room from scratch. Relocating our current washer and dryer from an upstairs pass through to an empty room downstairs. We’ve been planning for a couple weeks and I have a fairly good idea of colors, layout and materials but if you have any dedicated laundry boards on Pinterest, please link to them in the comments below! I need all the inspiration I can get as we lock down our sources over the next few weeks.

I have so much to share but will have to save it for a dedicated post next week, so don’t go anywhere! I hope you all have a happy and safe NYE and a virtual Cheers to 2015… see you next year!


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15 thoughts on “Best of 2014: A year in review

  1. Thank you for sharing your DIY projects with your readers and welcoming us to your home. Such a beautiful and cozy place. I am looking forward to your upcoming projects. I wish you a happy and healthy 2015!

  2. I just wanted you to know that IKEA Sektion cabinets arrive in Feb. 2015 for a modular miracle to any laundry room. The new cabinets are going to be similar to their european “Metod” line. Check out the IKEA Great Britain website for various door styles & inserts. And, IKEA currently has all their Pax & Besta storage solutions 15% off with their “IKEA Family Member” card until the end of January 2015. I plan on “hacking” the hell out of my unfortunate kitchen laundry center in the new year! Happy planning…..

  3. I just wanted you to know that IKEA Sektion cabinets arrive in Feb. 2015 for a modular miracle to any laundry room. The new cabinets are going to be similar to their european “Metod” line. Check out the IKEA Great Britain website for various door styles & inserts. And, IKEA currently has all their Pax & Besta storage solutions 15% off with their “IKEA Family Member” card until the end of January 2015. I plan on “hacking” the hell out of my unfortunate kitchen laundry center in the new year! Happy planning…..

  4. I've been on Ikea's website for hours trying to see if I can make something work… and I saw the Pax sale which I hope to use for storage so thank you for the heads up!

  5. When you first moved from Florida back to California, I was sad to read that you were moving into a family rental until you could buy a house. I was so excited once you learned that you would be able to buy a house sooner than later. I am amazed and inspired by all of the updates you've made to your home so far. I'm looking forward to see what you two have in store for 2015. Happy New Year!

  6. I just found your beautiful blog through Jennifer at Town & Country – what a gorgeous home!! I will definitely be following along as you fix up your home. xo

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