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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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I really can’t believe 2010 is almost over! As I get older, I find myself saying “wow, where did the time go?!” more and more. This year is no exception. From selling our first house, to living with my parents to moving into our new house and accomplishing several huge renovation projects…this year absolutely FLEW by! (Click each picture below to read the previous posts)

2010 started with a massive snow storm while we were living in our old house. I loved the days we were snowed in, with nothing to do but just relax! The one thing missing? A fireplace. This was the final nudge that convinced me it was time to say good-bye to our first house and get on board with Conner to find a new house to call home. 83 days and 81 showings later, we sold our house! You may not consider this a real project but I promise that putting your house on the market, dealing with strangers in your home and staying semi-sane during the whole thing is one of the biggest projects you can accomplish!

The next project on our list? Moving in with my parents and commuting to OKC each day. Again, you may not say this is a real project but have you lived on your own for four years and then moved back in with your parents…with your spouse…and dogs…and then commuted to work each day…an hour each way…in the same car as said spouse? Yeah…

June 25, 2010 – we moved in! The first weekend we accomplished our first project in the new house – the front yard renovation. We removed the Bradford Pear, hedges lining the walkway and the juniper bush on the side of the garage. We replaced the hedges with gorgeous plants of all kinds and a double knock-out rose bush on the side of the garage. I love the after!

The next project on the to-do list? Get our second living room in shape! This room was used as the previous owners’ dining room so we replaced the light fixture, painted the walls grey and the ceiling was painted white. We took down their window treatments and put up our own OSU-inspired curtains! Having two living rooms in this house is the best thing ever since Conner and I have different opinions on ‘good’ and ‘quality’ television programs. Real Housewives of every city in America, anyone?

Once we conquered the living room and had a room inside the house complete, it was time to move on to the kitchen! This was a labor of love, especially when re-hanging the 40 cabinet doors. Four nights in a row we were up working past midnight to get these guys all put up again…I don’t want to go back there for a very, very long time! I love the new lights, the open feeling and the bright white cabinets. Our goal was light and bright and we definitely achieved that! On the list for 2011: new backsplash and new countertops.

The living room makeover is still in the works (I can’t find curtain fabric anywhere!) but making over the fireplace in the main living room is one of my favorite projects in this house! It was supposed to be easy, but after several mishaps with running the cable cords behind the brick, from the TV to the cable box, it took about three weeks and several hundred dollars more than we expected…typical renovation project! 🙂 The white bricks and larger mantel make me so happy!

We made over two pieces of furniture in our living room – the La-Z-Boy chair/ottoman I’ve had since middle school and the storage ottoman that Conner’s parents gave us. We currently use it as our coffee table and love it! We are still looking for new feet for the chair/ottoman since we took off the skirts. Another finishing touch we hope to complete in 2011!

One of the easiest and quickest projects in this house is our entryway buffet that I just love! Is it wrong to love something you did this much? If it is, I don’t want to be right because I am so proud of this piece! 🙂 A $100 Salvation Army buffet that was ‘blah’ is now a fabulous and welcoming ‘wow’ in our house. It was accomplished with some paint and glaze and took only two hours (including drying time)! I am definitely using this piece as inspiration for several new projects in 2011.

Thanks for looking back at the year in projects with me! Today I am linking up to Rhoda’s Top Projects in 2010 party. Come check out everyone’s favorite projects of the year. I hope to find some great ideas for projects in 2011!

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