2016 in Review

Happy (slightly belated) New Year!

2016 was the first full year for six years, that we haven’t moved house. We stayed put the entire year. That, on it’s own, makes me very happy indeed. It meant I was able to invest a lot more time and energy into making our little London abode our own.

I completed two room makeovers, both for the One Room Challenge. The first, our shared kids room, has had the most hits of all the posts I published in 2016. It’s a bright, happy room, and I still love it.

Shared Kids Room Reveal

The DIY projects that went into it – the wall decals, the peg board weaponry/space-saving study area, and the upholstered beds – are all still holding up well, despite one of the beds breaking mid-makeover.

Kids Room Reveal Wall Boy Side

This room was actually featured on Wayfair last month, among a host of very talented blogger’s kids room, which was very exciting.

My second One Room Challenge makeover was our master bedroom.

Neutral Layered Light Master Bedroom One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-31

My favourite part – where I’m sitting right now as I type – is my new office area and that desk. I worked from the living room before, in a spot that’s kinda dark and gets really cold in the winter. It’s much brighter and cozier up here, and now I have a pretty view.

Waney Live Edge Desk How To Tutorial-13

The painted nightstands in this room turned out super cute…

Refinished Midcentury Nightstand with Blanket…and the eucalyptus wall hanging is still a favourite.

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Our living/dining room, while still not finished, got some love, and will definitely be getting some more this year.

Cesca Chairs John Lewis Asha Anthropologie Lanterns Ikea PaxLondon Living Room Before 2Love Your Home Chesterfield Sofa Bed Clementine Review Living Pretty-9

I had the opportunity to work with some lovely people through e-Design, and hope to do a lot more of that this year. My most popular of these on the blog was this traditional, Art Deco-inspired living room.

Art Deco Living Room Design Board

While these three – a vintage-inspired boys’ room, a country cottage living room, and a transitional family room – felt the love on Instagram.

Boys Room Moodboard.1 with key

Mood Board v.1 Cromie Living RoomeDesign Family TV RoomI have to include two more design boards as well – a neutral masculine living room and a moody bar area – both fantasy rooms which I would not be mad about owning!

Mood Board - Neutral Masculine Living RoomChairish Girl Cave Bar Mood Board

I was lucky to work with a few awesome brands last year, including The HighBoy, whose gorgeous antiques inspired another design board – this time for a mid-century office

Mid Century Office The High Boy Living Pretty Blog…then there was PosterLounge, who I teamed up with for this super simple DIY poster frame

Simple Poster Frame DIY Complete 1…and, of course, Love Your Home, makers of my gorgeous Chesterfield.

We spent ten days in Marrakech, Morocco. I wrote about navigating the souk and about the stunning villas where we stayed. I want to go back and buy more rugs!

Morocco Souk Rug StallTrip Report Marrakech with Kids Villas Fawakay-33-2The top three posts that got the most views last year weren’t actually from 2016, though. There are a few from way back that still get a lot of love. My first rodeo with upholstering a bed:

Boy Room Bed 3 Living PrettyMy little Ikea coffee table hack, which still gets a ton of views, over five years on. I think that’s mainly thanks to being featured on Apartment Therapy and Addicted To Decorating.

Wallpapered Ikea Lack Coffee Table Makeover Pretty City Things

Glider Reupholstery Progress 4-2

Sheesh, this post ended up being longer than I anticipated! But that’s definitely a good thing, because it means I got a lot done! Thank you so much for sticking around and reading along – I appreciate you all so very much. 🙂

I’ll wrap up with my second-most-liked photo from Instagram (behind this one from our master bedroom reveal), because who doesn’t love a good #shelfie?

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  1. January 11, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    What a great year for you interior-wise, Lizzie! I’m still completely in love with your kids’ gorgeous colourful room and your lovely and serene bedroom. That desk is beyond words – totally worth all the headache! I love your style! xx

    • January 12, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Thanks so much Meera! I love your style too! 🙂

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