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Happy New Year!

Happy 2012!! I hope your new year is starting off fabulously! I was sick for two days and of course now that I feel better – Conner is sick. I guess that means our year can only get better from here!

I found these New Year’s resolutions on Pinterest. Whitney English is from Oklahoma City and owns a fabulous stationery company! (Check her out, here) I think these resolutions are perfect for me this year. I want to do monthly resolutions instead of large, year-long goals that I might not meet. So this month, I resolve to:

**Let things roll off of my back. There is no need to take everything personally and hold a grudge – it only hurts me and not the other person.

**Get back on an exercise routine. Working out makes me feel better and happier, I owe it to myself to make time to do this at least 5 times a week.

**Keep my house cleaner. I used to be very rigorous about keeping a neat and clean home, now I have just gotten lazy. Time to take back our house and make it mine again.

**Cook more. I love to cook but find myself stressed or just plain lazy and not doing this as much anymore. I love cooking for Conner and he loves trying new food!

Here’s a new and even better year! Happy New Year!

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I know everyone says it, but I really really can’t believe it is almost the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012! I still write 2010…time to get with the program, Laura! The end of the year means it is time for reflection, including my favorite (and sometimes, most popular) posts from the year. So…in no other order except for chronological, here are my top 10 posts…

My wine cork covered mirror that I hung in our kitchen…I still love talking about this one to people who come over to our house!

Ballard Design’s Mr. & Mrs. pillows were a huge hit this year. I took my try at it and love the results of my DIY pillows! They currently adorn the sides of my fireplace on our hearth.

This continues to be one of my most popular posts! The DIY Subway Art I made for Conner for our anniversary of our wedding song was pinned on Pinterest by someone I didn’t know and keeps getting people interested in this blog and in this post! It is definitely one of my most favorite of the year since it was so personal and I took so much pride in making it for my groom.

This was the easiest project of the year! I took a bunch of old vases and spray painted them all the same color to add some interest and cheap decor to our bedroom. I love these spray painted vases.

While this may not have been as popular on the Internet, it was definitely a very popular post among people I know in real life! I got a lot of emails, calls and texts after this published – whoops! It made some mad and some confused…either way, I hope I helped everyone’s house look better and less faux-ivy free.

The cedar chest that now sits at the foot of our master bed is much better than when we got it from my grandma! Crazy to think that not only was this same chest around when my dad was a little kid, his friend’s parents wanted to throw it away! Conner and I gave it some good-ol’ fashioned TLC to help bring it back to life. It fits perfectly in our bedroom.

I found some super cheap garden stools at Garden Ridge this summer and transformed them into white expensive-looking stools!

This year, I finally realized the power of Craigslist. This chair was a great deal and I had a blast making it over!

This fall, I took a wall that was bothering me and made it into something I love and can constantly change! My DIY gallery wall is exactly what I wanted and definitely a work in progress that I will constantly change.

Our home at Christmas constantly changes and evolves but one thing remains the same – our love for our OSU Cowboys! This year, I made a burlap, ruffled tree skirt and it makes me so happy to see it, even after Christmas is over. So easy and so fun – the perfect DIY project!

Thanks for checking out my top 2011 posts. I hope 2012 can bring even more creative and fun-filled posts for you and me! If you have any questions or want to discuss these posts, please feel free to email me: laurasteen {at} sbcglobal {dot} net. Happy New Year!

Linking up to:

Southern Hospitality’s Top Projects

It’s Overflowing Creative Party

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Happy New Year!! We had a blast at the Thunder game last night! Hope you all had a good night as well. Have you made your resolutions for 2011 yet? Most of the time, I stick with your boring basics but this year’s resolution is something new: I want to get our master bedroom completely finished!

I love to have a peaceful and restful room to relax in at the end of the day. I wish more people would pay attention to their bedrooms instead of leaving it for last or maybe even never! We all need our own special spaces to get a wonderful night’s rest. I have so many ideas and projects I want to do for our room. I hope that they can all be accomplished in 2011!

The first thing we did in our room was paint the walls a dark grey (Gray Area by Behr). Our attached master bath was painted navy (December Eve by Behr). I LOVE the combination. I hope in 2011 we can get the ceilings, baseboards and crown molding painted white.

The second thing we did was get our bedding. I found the black and white version of the Waverly Garden Lattice at a local store but they couldn’t order the navy. Thanks to the world wide web, I found the navy version and my mom made us a duvet and matching shams! The large Euro shams have been used in three bedrooms running. They were first hot pink and lime green for my college apartment, then they were dark brown for our chocolate and light blue bedroom in the last house and now navy for our grey and navy bedroom! Mom just keeps adding fabric and keeping the stuffing ‘fluffed.’ Love them!

Next on the list for our bed is a headboard. I want an over-sized, tufted headboard in a creamy-linen fabric. I don’t want to pay a fortune either so I can’t wait to attempt to make my own! This will once again be a project that when I say “I”, I really mean Conner, my mom, her compressor nail gun and I will be attempting to do this ourselves using this DIY tutorial.

Last year’s attempt to get my great-great-grandparent’s fainting couch from my aunt in Kansas was ruined with a weekend of the flu. Hopefully soon we can get my very first family heirloom into our house to rest at the end of our bed!

The 105-year-old leather is in need of some serious TLC. I would love to recover it in some fun, yellow fabric. I love the look of the fabric above from Fabric.com. I want to try something new, go out on a limb a little, and mix and match several different patterns in our bedroom. I need to order a swatch to see if this one is ‘too much’ up against our bed.

Directly across from the bed is this armoire. Three years ago, we found it at a garage sale for $75! I painted it white, distressed it and it was perfect for our bedroom TV. We switched to AT&T’s U-Verse when we moved so an additional $7/month for a receiver in our bedroom, when we really only watched TV in here for about 30 minutes a day, seemed wasteful. Instead, this now houses our t-shirt collection in the top and shorts and sweatpants in the bottom cabinets.

I want to get out of my comfort zone a little, and away from painted white bedroom furniture, so I am planning on painting the armoire a soft yellow and hopefully painting the inside crevices white, ala a Dorothy Draper chest. I would like to replace the handles as well, but I’m not sure the circle pulls will work for this piece. So I might go with a steel bar pull instead.

Currently, our windows only have the mini-blinds that came with the house. I have been on the hunt from some curtains or fabric for curtains and absolutely love this Dwell Studio fabric! I think it is a perfect pattern to blend with the bedding and the color will look great against the grey walls! I have this over-sized chrome rod in our kitchen and would like to use the same window hardware in this room – I love the sleek and modern design to it.

When you walk into the bedroom, the wall on the left is currently empty. Last week, I purchased a new floor lamp from Target. (I love Christmas gift cards!) It is chrome with acrylic spheres on it. I love the combo of white, chrome and acrylic! I am picturing a very large and over-sized floor mirror behind it.

This one is from Horchow and is gorgeous! The mirrored frame on top of the mirror is so lovely. I can just see it in our room…except for the price. It is $390 plus $150 for shipping and handling. Holy moly!

This one is from West Elm and I love the tiled mirrors on top of the mirror! It is so unique and gorgeous! The price is better ($359 with only $35 for shipping) but still nowhere close to what I want to spend. This means it has great DIY project potential! I made several mirrors with frames in high school so I’m excited to see if I am able to accomplish this one as well.

Right now, we have a very ugly and very brown ceiling fan in our bedroom. It has to go! I want something unique and luxurious instead. This one is from Horchow and is absolutely amazing! I love the tiered look and all of the circle mirrors on it.

Then I started thinking that we might want something shorter so you’re not overwhelmed with lighting when you walk in the room. This one is also from Horchow and is so funky and fun! I like that it would also bring another pattern in the room but not color-specific. I love lighting so this decision will be a fun one to make!

Hopefully we get started on these projects soon! I’ll be sure to post updates as we make progress on the room. Here’s to 2011 and all of our new resolutions!

P.S. I’m linking up to The Nester’s Home Goals party!

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It is so weird to say, but 2011 is almost here! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays with friends and family. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

We have a busy week ahead – day-after Christmas shopping, trivia night with friends, OSU’s bowl game (Go Pokes!), a going away party for a friend and New Year’s Eve! I am looking forward to the go, go, go pace and enjoying this time with loved ones since the first couple of months of a new year can be kind of blah and boring. I want to soak up this time with some of my favorite people so I hope you all enjoy the last few days of 2010 – see you in 2011!!

Thanks for reading and loving my blog. It means the world to me!

xoxo,
Laura

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