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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?


  1. Fantastic projects! The fireplace is amazing!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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

  5. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  6. looking forward to an amazing 2014 and more awesome projects! :)

  7. 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! :)

  8. 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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