Saturday, January 2, 2010

You Know What You Like...

First, let me say...


Can you believe that it is 2010?

A new year brings the chance for a fresh start - new perspective, new goals and new resolutions.

Will and I have been tossing around ideas for projects that we would like to accomplish in this new year...

some big...

some really big...

and some small -
easy projects that in the grand scheme of things will be a piece of cake to accomplish.

We're going to make a list of 12 projects - one for each month in this new year. Not to bind us to getting them done in that exact order or time frame, but to continually motivate us and keep our creative juices flowing!

Our list is looking pretty good and definitely do-able, but until we're ready to share with you our final draft, I thought it would be fun to look back on our projects from 2009 that you were clearly fans of.

When I say "You know what you like", I mean it!

Here's what we know for sure based on your comments over the past 12 months:

You love a good head-to-toe makeover. If it involves carpentry, it's a clear winner!

Add in a couple of recipes and some DIY crafting modeled after expensive decor, and you've given us our...

Top 12 Posts of 2009

Let's start from the top:

(click on the month or the photo to be taken to the original post)


We transformed our ho-hum family room into a space filled with character and light when we created our own easy DIY version of historic Board and Batten.


Our outdated 1990's mauve tile fireplace had to go! So we did what we do best...a DIY transformation that required a bit of creativity, carpentry and good old fashioned sweat equity.


Ellison's pink and green scalloped bedroom was time consuming, for sure...but the result was definitely worth the effort.


A one-of-a-kind FREE STUFF headboard found on the side of the road was transformed into a bench that seats all five of us. Taking something old and making it new is one of my favorite things to do!


A series of events twisted what we had originally intended for this little house, and turned it into a cute and cozy Playhouse for our kids.


Who doesn't love a good yard sale find?

In this post, I found two great items that I could not pass up!


What started as simply changing up the look a bit, turned into a full-fledged makeover and went down in history as my first time ever using the compound miter saw on my own!


We were in wedding planning mode during the month of August and, with your help, I decided on several lemonade recipes to make a fresh lemonade stand at my sister-in-laws bridal shower.


A remodel of our dining room is what made it possible for this storage unit to come to life and it couldn't have come at a better time...just as the kids were getting into the swing of the new school year!


After two years of living with a Master Bedroom that functioned poorly for us, we finally made the changes necessary to make it a space we love to be in. All it took was a little creativity and a lot of thinking outside of the box!


To celebrate the boys' getting their own bedrooms, we built loft beds for them, which created a significant amount of usable space that didn't exist before. I continually strive to make the kids' rooms easy for them to live in - a refuge for them and a space they want to be in!


A little JOY for the holiday season!

Decorating our 3 month old entryway storage turned into a craft project that I wasn't expecting using paint, glitter and Christmas ornaments...I loved the result!

We've accomplished quite a bit this past year...
and as always, our main goal for 2010 is to continue to make the space we have work the very best for us.

I'm ready for a good project!

How about you?

P.S. I am posting this at:

Southern Hospitality's Top Projects of 2009


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

You DID accomplish quite a lot! I loved looking back at your photos. I don't think I was "around" when you did your fireplace...will have to check that out AFTER I go finish taking the Christmas decorations down. ;)

Treasia Stepp said...

What beautiful redo's. Especially the fireplace. Gorgeous.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Love all your incredible projects, Karla. You and hubby make an awesome reno team!

Thanks for inspiring us for an entire year. :)


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

All of your projects have been just wonderful. I can't wait to see what you do next. I hope your new year is Blessed and Happy. Hugs, Marty

Melanie said...

Just moving into a new house, I have a lot of projects that are on my list. I will be blogging about them in the upcoming weeks.

I loved your cubbies that you did in the mudroom and your boys beds. Those were my favorite things of the year.

Can't wait to see what you have in store for us. Happy New Year.

Nancy said...

You and your husband are very talented! I can imagine the sense of accomplishment you feel after successfully finishing a project. All were fun to see! Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read the post. Thanx for it. I like such topics and everything connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

Megan said...

Such fabulous projects! What a way to celebrate all that was accomplished in 2009!

Blessings as we welcome in the new year!

Samantha2818 said...

I love everything you've done. Your house looks fantastic!
Have a happy (and creative) new year!

LuLu said...

Wow you sure accomplished great things in 2009 I can't wait to see what you do this year.
Happy new Year!!!

kanishk said...

Love all your incredible projects, Karla. You and hubby make an awesome reno team!

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Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

You did so many great things last year. Loved your recap!

Palmer Family said...

Wow! I love pretty much everything you do, but I especially LOVE the master bedroom. We bought our house 2.5 years ago and I have redone most of the rooms. I haven't touched our bedroom though. It is a really weird shape and I just haven't known what to do with it. You have inspired me! I can't wait to put my creative juices to work and see what I can come up with.

Anna said...

So glad I tumbled into your blogland. It's lovely!

p.suttle said...

Hi, my name is Patti and I LOVE your house...everything about it...your home is my dream home!! My dh and I have lived in the middle of the Mojave Desert for over 30 years...not much in the way of stores here and no real inspiration in decorating! Just this summer I convinced my dh that its time to move to the beach and he got excited and we did it!! We bought a house that needs a lot of updating, remodeling. The problem is that I am not creative!! I know what I like and I LOVE your style..its my style exactly!! I LOVE your family room, the paint, the fireplace, the hutch, the board and batten and the longitute and latitude, etc....everything!!
I am wondering if you do any design help for others?
I just signed up for a blog and it will be fun but I need help other than helping others! ha! let me know if you do help others with their rooms...I am so needing help! Thanks for any information!

CasaCullen said...

love your blog...just stumbled upon it and am drooling at some of the old make new projects you've tackled in 2009...cheers to 2010 and creative bloggers doing great things!

Joyce said...

I have just gone and peeked at your top posts, wow I am so jealous, your home is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your projects, they are very inspiring

Emma said...

what a fab blog you have!
Your house is pure inspiration xx

Emma said...

Wow what a lovely and inspiring blog you have. So pleased to find it as you have made my mind race with new ideas. Em xxx

Vintage Christmas Decorations said...

What a fantastic look back over the year. Can you believe it has been another year again already? I'm looking forward to you posting the highlights of 2010.