Best of 2013


I hope you are having a fantastic holiday.  Ours has been busy, and I finally undecked my halls yesterday, so I’m feeling a little more in control of my house again. 😉  I’m itching to get back to business around here, and even have a gallon of paint ready to paint my son’s scary teen bedroom.

I started off the year with some organizing goodness, when the urge to organize is at its peak.  I tackled my office and shared my craft closet.  I’m happy to say, it’s still organized!  I’m finding that if I go through the organizing process in a methodical way (ala A Bowl Full of Lemons), it seems to stick.

Along the way, I discovered the 1971 JCPenney catalog my grandmother gave me and took a hilarious trip back in time.

My organizing kick stuck around and I tackled my laundry room, and master closet.  

I tackled my husband’s office (wallpaper included), finding the perfect shade of gray, some thrifty new office chairs, and adding gallery wall and a new rug.  I still have some things to do in here, but it’s definitely a big improvement from where it began.

I quit my job this year (best. decision. ever.) and started taking on client projects.  My friend’s builder grade kitchen redo is one of my faves.

I tackled my pantry this year too – I swear, organized spaces make me feel lighter.

I stained my front doors as part of my Stain Without Pain mission.  Talk about a huge bang for your buck!  Love them!

And then there is my biggest (and longest) DIY project ever – our stone fireplace.  An epic journey, but totally worth it now that it’s finally done.

I love that blogging gives me a record of actually getting some things done around here.  Sometimes it definitely doesn’t feel that way!

Did you have a productive year this year?  What are you going to tackle in 2014?


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    Simply LKJ
    December 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Fantastic projects! The fireplace is amazing!!

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    Cyndy Aldred
    December 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Wow!! Jenny you have moved mountains this year!! I have loved all of your projects and that fireplace is just fabulous! Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2014! Cheers friend!

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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    December 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Great projects, I totally love your closet makeover and love the fireplace too. Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store. Hugs, Marty

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    December 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    You've had a great year of home projects, Jenny! Thanks for sharing and inspiring along the way!

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    December 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    looking forward to an amazing 2014 and more awesome projects! 🙂

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    pam {simple details}
    December 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    What an awesome year of projects, Jenny! You already know I LOVE that fireplace, and all your organized spaces are inspiring me to do a big purge! Can't wait to see your teen room, good luck! 🙂

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    January 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    You had some pretty amazing projects in 2013 but that fireplace takes the cake! I don't know that I would have been brave enough to tackle it. Looking forward to seeing all that you do in 2014!!

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