Google+ House Revivals: Best of 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010

So many bloggers are doing "best of 2010" posts, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  Although I think I went "live" in late 2009, I didn't really do much until 2010.  Mostly because I was too busy "doing" to even think about recording what I was doing, but also because I didn't really understand what blogging was.  Until last year, I thought blogging was just something done by radio talk show hosts, I guess, and hadn't really read a lot of blogs.  

Then, in 2009, I found out several of my friends had started writing blogs, started following them, decided to start a blog, and then realized there was this whole bloggy world out there. Who knew???!   So, I was a little slow getting started, posting weekly, if I was lucky, and taking the summer off almost completely, but I have managed to come up with a "best of" list.

  • First, the posts that seem to get the most hits and have the most links are from the woven star series.  This was such a fun project that just used vintage book pages and glue! (okay, and glitter and tinsel, too)

  • My personal favorite project was this very quick, very easy wreath, made from vintage book pages.  This is the project I kept for myself.  I love the subtle blend of color and texture....

  • Next,  one of the bigger projects I posted about was this bathroom renovation.  This renovation was for a house that we sold this year, and the house would not have gone under contract for nearly as much (top dollar in a cratered market), nearly as quickly (six days) had we not done this work.

  • The post that got the most laughs was probably this post, where I described how we added a window to an old chicken coop to create a new design studio.  This was another "green" project for two reasons:  First, the window was salvaged from ReSource, and second, the original wall was so leaky, we actually increased the R-Value of the wall by adding a window -- that never happens!

Do you like our retaining walls?  These were recycled pieces
of broken concrete from our old patio and our old garage
floor.  I'm not really sure why I never blogged about them....

  • The post that made me feel the most grateful, was this post, about a Habitat for Humanity Show House that I worked on with a colleague.  We had pretty tough rules -- nothing but white paint, nothing on the walls, unless you could hang it by a push pin, and all the furniture and accessories needed to be sourced from either the ReStore, or another local second-hand source.  Oh, and we had only a few hours to do everything, and builders were still working on the house while we set up.  Fortunately, we had lots of help from local volunteers!

The sweet woman who was purchasing the home was 
so moved when she saw the staging, that she wept. 
It was such an honor to work on this project.

  • The project that nearly killed me was creating what seemed like a million of these flower covered lanterns for my beautiful daughter's summer wedding (the reason I took the summer off from blogging).  I talked about making them in this "What NOT to Do" list.  I was only "allowed" to blog a tiny bit about the wedding preparations, as my daughter wanted the guests to be surprised, but I did manage to post this horrendous picture.

 Pretty sad, right?  I was trying to slip the lantern over this lamp,
so I could send my daughter a picture of how the lantern would look 
when lighted.  Only, the wire armature of the lantern got stuck 
on the CFL coil, and yadda, yadda, yadda....

Ultimately, the flower lanterns turned out beautifully, hanging in great swags from the rafters of an old net shed on the Oregon coast, but I never did blog about that....

This bathroom was styled by decorator to the stars, Nate Berkus. 
Nate Berkus is personable, and fun, and his styling is absolutely beautiful.

  Please click this link to read why interiors styled for a photograph, are not necessarily styled for living.

Wishing you all a safe and beautiful New Year!

The post is being linked to:
Best of Tickled Pink at 504 Main


  1. I have kept that last thought ever since I read it in your post - no one I know will EVER hang an electric chandelier over a tub!
    Happy New Year, and good luck with all the work on your new house!

  2. I wish you all the luck in the new year and many new ideas in your work!

  3. Wow! I would love to see more about how you made those lanterns! They look beautiful, even if they aren't hanging quite right in the picture!

  4. It sure has been an interesting year...Thanks for launching me into the blogosphere! Happy New Year, dear friend.

  5. Beautiful sense of style. Laughed over the chicken house with window. Thanks for posting. CJ

  6. Everything looks great!

    Would love for you to come link up!

  7. Hello... certainly have had an interesting and productive year, my friend! I enjoyed reading about your many projects. I love the beautiful paper stars that you made...totally in awe of the creativity involved in those pretties! Thank you so much for sharing your year with us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  8. I'm your newest follower.

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a nice comment. You have had some amazing projects over the last year! I can't wait to explore your blog more :)


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