Best of 2011…

I’ve been really enjoying other blogger’s year-end round-ups, so I’m joining in! I only started blogging in April, so this is really a best of the last eight months – hopefully I’ll have more to share next year. So, in order of appearance, here are my favorite projects so far…

Ikea Goes Glam

By far my most viewed post all year! It was a labor of love to turn a very generic $20 Ikea coffee table into something a bit more luxe, but definitely worth the time and effort. I still love that wallpaper and the nail head trim!

The Stripey Master

I think the striped wall in our master bedroom is my personal favorite project from 2011 (see the tutorial here), but the entire space makes me happy too. I might tweak the room just a little bit next year though…we’ll see.

Chalk Board Frame

This simple project – taking a paint brush and some Rub n’ Buff to an Ikea picture frame – has made a huge difference to our household efficiency. Where the Mister used to leave empty food containers on the counter to tell me to buy more, now he can write a neat little list on the chalk board – so much better!

Admin Makeover

I spent a very long time reorganising all our files in August, and it was more time well spent – it’s easier for me and the Mister to find everything we need now, and they’re pretty too – bonus!

Neutral Master Bedroom Design Board

This one’s not really a project, but I wanted to include it because it’s my favorite design board from this year (and the reason I sort of want to tweak our bedroom) – wouldn’t those neutrals create a calming oasis to relax in?

New Office Area

Moving our office area into the living room (from our old guest room/study) had me scared at first, but a little tweaking and it’s certainly not the eyesore I was worried it would be. While I was at it, I reorganised the desk drawers using fishing tackle boxes…

…and implemented a new inbox system, so the whole space works well now. 🙂

Sorting the Spice Drawer

I was obviously on a bit of an organising kick this year! I do like to sort, and the spice drawer did not escape my need to rearrange. I used cheap glass jars and painted the lids with chalkboard paint for an easy-to-update labeling system. I actually have a few other kitchen organisation projects to share – must get on that soon.

Button Art

A new favorite – a simple but cute addition to my Little Man’s big boy room.

Upholstered Bed

Last but not least – the bed I upholstered for the big boy room, which also functions as our guest bedroom when we have visitors.

If you’d like to see more of my projects from this year, head over to my Project Gallery page.



  1. December 30, 2011 / 1:33 am

    Hey there! I'm a Chicago blogger too and am so happy to find your blog! Love your projects and your home …

  2. December 30, 2011 / 1:54 am

    Another New fan from west Chicago burbs!

  3. December 30, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Thanks for stopping by fellow Chicagoans! 🙂
    Linda – I've seen a lot of your projects around – didn't realise they were all yours – you've got great style! Just started following your lovely blog.

  4. December 31, 2011 / 6:53 am

    Thank you for linking up to my party! Wow, you have been busy doing great things this year. I love the IKEA table, it's beautiful. Happy New Year!

  5. December 31, 2011 / 12:47 pm

    Loving the Ikea table and the upholstered bed! So great…you've been very busy this year. Wish I was half as organized. 🙂

  6. January 2, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Wow, love all of your organizational posts! Maybe I need to have you over to help me organize some things around my house! : ) Really love the Ikea hack table too! Happy new year!