Best of 2011


I hope you are enjoying the holidays and getting some rest before the new year kicks into gear.  I have been sleeping in, but also taking advantage of some down time and getting a head start on some new projects!

In the meantime, I wanted to do a recap of some of my favorite projects of 2011.  It’s nice to see that I have documented proof that I did actually accomplish some things this year!

My biggest accomplishment, by far, is the painting of the kitchen cabinets.  It has truly transformed my kitchen into a brighter, happier space, and I absolutely love it.   You can see the full evolution here, and see it as a work in progress here and here.  (I know I owe you a tutorial, and I promise, it will come).

Prior to tackling the kitchen cabinets, I got my feet wet by painting the kitchen island.

Another low budget, high impact project from this year is my all-faux-no-sew roman shades I made from a Target tablecloth.  Love these.  Love the price, love the look.  Love that I can change them out without guilt too.

My mom cave continues to be a work in progress, but I spruced it up quite a bit this year.  Most recently, I added a fun stencil.

My love of stencils continues to overflow, and I did a hand painted one in my powder room as part of that makeover.

I also spiced it up with a thrift store lamp that got a second life with some hot pink spray paint and pom pom fringe.

But before I tackled any of this, my mom cave got some life of it’s own with the power of paint.  Oh, how I will never tire of the wonders paint can do!

Board and batten has made its way into my home this year.  It began with my hallway leading in from the garage.  

It grew from there, and I added it to my laundry room and the bar area in our basement.

Oh, if only the laundry room always looked like this…  You know, free of dirty laundry.

We added a gallery wall to this space as well.

My love of board and batten extended to my daughter’s room in the shape of a paneled headboard and a tutorial.

And then there was the never-ending painting of the great room (and adjoining breakfast room, hallways, etc..).  I thought I was going to hire this out, but ended up tackling it myself (and had an extension ladder in my great room for longer than I care to admit).

WHEW!!!  I’m tired just writing about it!  But, like I said before, I can look back at 2011 and say that I accomplished a lot!

Looking forward to tackling more projects and sharing them with you in 2012!

Linking up to:
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
Southern Hospitality
Home Stories A to Z – 2011 Link Party


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    December 28, 2011 at 3:06 am

    You have been a busy lady! I love all your board and batten projects and I think you deserve a huge pat on the back for tackling that kitchen project! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve in 2012.

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    December 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    good morning Jenny…It's all gorgeous…love visiting your blog…busy, busy lady you are and sooo talented!!…come on over and check out our kitchen post…completely finished about a week before Christmas!!…hope you are enjoying your beautiful kitchen…imagine what we can do with the year ahead…hehe…Mariaelena

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    December 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Wow! What a productive year! I'm sure it's exciting to look back and remember all that you've accomplished. Your home looks just great. Happy New Year!

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    December 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Your home is gorgeous! Such a great year.

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    December 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great job! Yes on the cainet painting tutorial, please!

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    Linda @ It All Started with Paint
    December 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Just love your home and your projects! So beautiful!

    I'm crazy for B&B too and plan to install much, much more of it in my home in 2012. I truly adore the B&B headboard in your daughter's room. I stumbled across it months ago and it's one of my early B&B inspiration photos!

    Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your beautiful home!

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    Daffodil Hill
    December 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    So beautiful! You have such great taste!

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    Calypso In The Country
    December 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    First of all, you have accomplished SO much this year! Second of all, I could stare at your house all day! I love all your projects and I can't wait to see what you do in 2012! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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    Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
    December 29, 2011 at 5:03 am

    hi, Jennie! I love, love your projects this year. You've got some great style going on. Thanks for linking up!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    December 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Wow Jenny! You've made so many huge changes to your house this year! Your board and batten projects totally inspired me to tackle that, so thanks for the courage! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. xoLisa

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    Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy
    December 30, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Incredible powder room stencil!!! Love it!

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    Jean @ Flower Hill
    January 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Your home is lovely! I'm your newest follower! Looking foward to you 2012 projects!

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