Behind The Scenes – Best Decorating and DIY Posts 2016

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I’ve been doing nothing but words that begin with the letter “R” for the past couple of weeks…corny, I know. Relaxing, resting, rewarding, reflecting just to name a few and rethinking what I have planned for my blog and life in 2017. I’m not one to think much about the past and I tend to live in the moment and plan for the future both short term and long, but in this case the REFLECTING blog wise has shown me what to focus on for 2017 that you (dear readers:-) seem to enjoy the most! And in looking back at my TOP TEN BLOG POSTS for 2016 the picture is clear. Are you the slightest bit curious?…

Top Ten Posts For 2016


My very top post is something that I have in my kitchen, something that I’m planning on changing out in 2017, something that I’ve made and sold by the hundreds over the last few years and a little something something that I’ve shared a DIY tutorial on how to make for yourself. I’ve linked all of these posts both in the photos and with a text link if you’d like to skip around and look!
If you love a farmhouse look, you can make something like one of these MASON JAR CHANDELIERS in any color, use a new frame or a vintage one and I’ll show you how above.
How To Make Oil Lantern Candles

I was actually surprised at how many of you enjoy the DIY posts and that THOSE were the top read! I’ll be sharing more of those with a few things in the works and some remodeling projects in the planning. The HOW TO MAKE OIL LANTERN CANDLES post is so versatile and fun to create for entertaining in any season. You probably have most of the supplies on hand and the wicks to purchase are under $2 and linked above. Personally I love oil candles because you can use them outdoors and they tend to stay lit despite the wind that often brews up unexpectedly.
Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack

This year I decluttered my studio and remodeled it into my home office and shared several popular posts along the way. A plain IKEA BILLY BOOKCASE now fits in well with my French style home office and was a super easy project that you can apply to any bookcase in your home. All of the instructions for that are in the post above.
How To Make A Dessert Stand

If you’ve been following me for awhile then you know that I’m not only a photographer and stylist, but a former art teacher and long time crafter. As a fiddler with lighting parts I have drawers full and shared the post above on HOW TO MAKE A DESSERT STAND and you can find the parts at just about any thrift or junk shop to create your own. So…fiddle around and see what YOU can come up with!
How To Sew A Pillow With One Piece Of Fabric

Although I’d love to be able to tell you that I’m an expert sewer, that would be far from the truth and not authentic! I found a way to use just ONE PIECE OF FABRIC to MAKE A PILLOW, and it’s fast and easy no matter the level of your sewing skills.
French Modern Home Office – Reveal

Talking about my office…I’m so happy to work in here and it’s been all about doing the room on a budget. It sure would have been much easier to go out and buy everything new, but I’m more about decorating and curating slowly and mixing vintage with new for a high end look. I revealed my FRENCH MODERN HOME OFFICE in the post above and have a few sources and tips within that post.
How To Paint and Upholster A Sofa

This FRENCH SOFA was a total SCORE and I stripped it down to bare bones and show you how to PAINT and UPHOLSTER in the post above. I’m not an expert and learned lots along the way and am happy to share what I learned just in case you find something that you might fear tackling.

Fall Home Tour – Beach House Master Bedroom

In our beach home we are doing some decorating and remodeling and I’m so excited for what we plan in the year ahead! My husband was totally on board with updating the master bedroom and in the HOME TOUR above you’ll see before and after. I’m loving the less fru fru more updated look and as always combine the new with the old.

Winter In The Master Bedroom – Decorating

At home in Miami I talked about HOW TO DECORATE FOR WINTER once Christmas comes down and it’s really so easy to do with just a few key elements such as linens. I love white in decor (if you haven’t guessed that by now:-) and it’s easy to change out the bed linens to refresh and renew for a new year.
Winter Decorating Ideas – Not For Christmas

Winter is definitely here and if you want some fabulous ideas to create an AFTER CHRISTMAS look, I’ve rounded up 20 BLOGGERS in the post above that share their ideas that will INSPIRE!I’m also sharing with 32 of my blog friends who are sharing their TOP BLOG POSTS OF 2016 below!

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Instant DIY Pure Vanilla Extract by TIDBITS | Farmhouse Breakfast Nook Reveal by Nina Hendrick Design Co | Real World Organizing: How to Keep Your House Tidy by The Happy Housie | How To Clean Your Home In 30 Minutes A Day by StoneGable | Modern Farmhouse Paint Colors by A Burst of Beautiful | Summer Tour of my New House by So Much Better With

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Before and After at our House by Zevy Joy | How to Build Industrial Shelves by Beneath My Heart | Is the Family Room Your Shining Star? by Decor Gold Designs | My Fresh New Blue Kitchen Reveal by The Wicker House | How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror by Cherished Bliss | Dramatic Kitchen Renovation without Removing Cabinets by Designthusiasm


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Why Won’t My Hydrangeas Bloom by Kelly Elko | Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe – Color of the Year 2017 by Setting for Four | How To Make A Farmhouse Mason Jar Chandelier by Shabbyfufu | U-Pick Apples Free Printable by Paint Me Pink | Christmas Home Tour 2016 by Town and Country Living | How to Organize Every Space in Your House by Just a Girl and Her
The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016
Paint Color Home Tour by Maison de Pax | My Home Tour by Nesting with Grace | DIY Sign for Fall by House by Hoff | Floral Printable Birthday Gift Tags by Live Laugh Rowe | How to Build a No Sew Teepee by Julie Blanner | How To Design A Room You Love by Life On Virginia Street


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

How To Get A Beautifully Organized Closet On A Budget by Fox Hollow Cottage | Entryway Essentials by Lindsay Hill Interiors | Summer Home Tour by Migonis Home | 13 things to do before you list your home by Style House Interiors


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Decorated Office/Craft Room by Sunny Side Up | Summer Home Tour 2016 by Finding Silver Pennies | How to make a tufted headboard by Place of My Taste | Tips and Tricks for an Organized Pantry by Not Just a Housewife | Back To School In Style by She Leaves a Little Sparkle


32 Bloggers share their Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016. Study trends and plan ahead for 2017.

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