Monday, December 31, 2012

My Favorite Posts of 2012

I cannot believe it is already nearly 2013!!
It seems like just the other day we were starting out 2012 and dreaming
about the possibilities the new year  held.
 2012 was incredibly blessed and filled with so many new experiences & opportunities
and it was also filled with lots of blogging and projects!!
We tackled some hefty renovation projects this year and some new projects too
  After taking a break from those big projects for a bit
 I really enjoyed getting back into the mix of swinging a hammer and transforming something.

I thought I would share some of my favorite posts from 2012
as we are getting ready to welcome in 2013
( I will share more about my goals for the coming year and reflections on 2012 soon) 

I chose just 12 favorites
 though I have to admit there were a couple more.

Back in January~
 I started off the New Year with a new look for a vintage table.
This vintage beauty had a broken glass top~ so we made a new one with planks of wood.

In February~ 
I shared the little cottage bathroom makeover that I did with Lowes
as part of their Creative Ideas Blogger team.

This library cupboard started out as a vintage china cabinet that my grandmother gave me
It didn't fit my home as it was but a little paint later- it became a beautiful bookcase
and was perfect.

We did some outdoor projects this year too ~ we made over
one of our patio areas and created an English Cottage sitting area.

we built muscles (and wore my leg muscles out)
climbing up and down the ladder with 
while building a vintage inspired rock fireplace in the backyard

The dining room got double the bling with a couple new crystal covered chandeliers.
Double bling is always a good thing in my book

In August~ such a huge dream of mine~  my home and style was published in Europe
It was the first time I was doing photo styling specifically for a project
and working with a professional photographer
 (even now I cannot believe the dining room made the cover)

We did a kitchen remodel with Lowes out in the guest cottage in August.
Love how this came out and that we could use that old antique cupboard and make it work
with the brand new cabinets

In September
I shared a few favorite flea finds~
 like these gorgeous Spode teacups and saucers

In October~ 
We had a beautiful warm Fall and so 
 a fantasy table in the woods was on my mind

I also loved decorating the fireplace in my bedroom
 using pinks and browns for Autumn~ totally a favorite look.

In December~ 
I started sharing  silver and gold inspirations
for Christmas and my rooms dressed for the Holidays

Which brings us to New Years
and a little New Years Eve inspiration and giveaway coming your way this afternoon

These are just a few of my favorite posts from 2012~ 
Did I pick any of your favorites?
Thank you so much for reading this year~ looking forward to 2013!

Speaking of something exciting to start the new year off~
I am SUPER  excited to share that my home is featured in the Spring issue of
Romantic Country Magazine!

A HUGE thank you to Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman for making this happen!!
It is absolute dream come true and surreal to walk into a store and find
a magazine with your home inside!
I'll share more when I get my copy

Happy Sunday everyone!!

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  1. I enjoyed reflecting back with you on the past year! You have done lots of great projects and I have enjoyed seeing your reveals.Congratulations on your accomplishments! I look forward to seeing what you have to share in the coming year!Best wishes to you and your family in 2013!

  2. Wow! I'm one of your newer followers so this was the first time I've seen some of these pictures. You have an amazing house and it truly is magazine-worthy! Loving following you :) Patti

  3. I enjoyed the look back. Your posts are always styled to perfection. Best wishes for 2013! xo

  4. You do an amazing blog :) Thanks for sharing and being a insperation to all of us new bloggers !!

  5. I am absolutely blown away by the makeovers that my blogging friends have accomplished! Yours are so lovely and romantic hat it makes me want to try and o something but I'm not sure what or how! I'll just have to live vicariously rough ours! joan

  6. Love the dinignroom and the cottage,right up my alley...congratsulations on the 3 home you have...suek

  7. Courtney- You have done such a beautiful job on everything you have turned your hand is just wonderful. Your makesovers are wonderful and I am not at all surprised that you have been featured multiple times. Blessings to you and your family in the upcoming year- xo Diana

  8. Dear Courtney,
    Your home and your blog are just lovely!!Congratulations on your accomplishments!
    Wishing you peace, joy and happiness in the New Year.

  9. Oh to take another peek at your awesome year, wow - so awesome. I love your tastes and your amazing photography and it is a true pleasure to visit you each new post.

    I cannot WAIT to see what you are up to in 2013- butthis year will be difficult to top- it's been a GREAT and BEAUTIFUL year. Thank you for the eye candy and inspiration all year, Courtney!!!!

  10. I love the look back, so much inspiration. Best wishes in 2013!

  11. Courtney your style is so lovely - it has been so fun to follow along with your projects! Looking forward to seeing all that you accomplish in 2013

  12. What an eye you have for styling everything beautiful! So enjoyed your look back at 2012. I'm sure I will be seeing your work in many more magazines. All the best, Melinda

  13. Beautiful photos of your home and projects. I am inspired again with the library cabinet and have pinned it so I don't forget to keep an eye out for a lovely hutch. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful 2013!

  14. Always love to read your new posts and see your inspiring photos. You achieved so many wonderful projects in 2012. Looking forward to read your 2013 posts. Wishing you a Very Happy New Year.

  15. Love everything you did in 2012 and looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the New Year. Hope it's a good one for you and your family!


  16. All of your posts are favorites, Courtney! : ) The photographs of your home and projects are favorites just on their own. Loved seeing all you did and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do in 2013! Happy New Year!

  17. A good year indeed Courtney. Your home is gorgeous, and your sense of style impeccable!

  18. Hi Courtney,
    Love all of your favorite posts of 2012! Your home is beautiful! Thanks for hosting. Wishing all the best in the New Year!

  19. My Dearest Courtney!!

    I thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas and sharing your beautiful house
    inside and out. I love your guest cottage and how you constantly use beautiful
    flowers in decorating.

    I can't wait to see what the new year is going to be with all your talent.


  20. It is all wonderful. My favorites are the green table and the giant chalkboard. I did a look back at my projects, but they pale beside yours.

    Happy New Year

  21. Courtney,
    I think I loved ALL your posts from 2012, how can I pick a favorite?! I love your chandeliers, where do you find them, I have been looking and haven't found any yet that I like! I will just have to keep looking until I find the right ones! Thanks so much for your inspiration...I have begun to work on my projects because your blog has inspired me and helped me see that I can do this furniture makeover stuff! I will let you know how it goes!
    Happy 2012, and I can't wait to love all your posts from this year as well!
    Heart hugs to you,

  22. Your style is pure bliss... and every post magazine worthy! Happy New Year

  23. Whoa! Can you believe you got all that accomplished in one year!!? I can't even pick a favorite, they were all my favorites! Love the look of your dining room too... it's no surprise that you were featured on the cover of the magazine, the room looks amazing! I'm looking forward to all the inspiration i'm gonna get from you in 2013!


  24. So many gorgeous projects this year, Courtney! I have to say I am partial to the chippy vintage table and the painted library cupboard--love those both. Happy New Year to you!

  25. All so very beautiful Courtney! I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2013! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  26. What a beautiful year in review!!! Looking forward to your posts of next year!

  27. Beautiful walk down memory lane...can't wait to tag along on your journey in 2013!

  28. What a great post, getting to see so many of your beautiful designs in one place. Such romance, elegance and creativity!