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December 29, 2016

My Favorites of 2016

Each year I like to share a list of my favorite posts.  Although, these posts weren't necessarily the most popular posts of the year, they are a handful of ones I liked for one reason or another.  (You can find the most popular recap here - 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016).

Here are some of my favorites for the year...
(click the title below each photo to see the full post)

My Favorite Tablesetting of 2016
Summer Inspired Kitchen Table Setting - One of My Favorites of 2016
Although, I designed several table settings this year, this casual, coastal one was my favorite.  Plus, there is just something about blue and white!

My Favorite Vignette of 2016
Blue and White with Sunflowers Vignette - One of My Favorites of 2016
Like I said, there is just something about blue and white...Throw in some sunflowers and you end up with a cheerful and welcoming display.  I loved having this vignette in my foyer for a period of time but since I make seasonal changes to this table, nothing lasts long here.  I can definitely see a variation of this popping up again this spring, though!

My Favorite Tip Post of 2016
Kitchen Measurements - One of My Favorites of 2016
Since I receive so many questions about various measurements in my kitchen, I decided to do a whole post on measurements.  I always love when bloggers provide this information because sometimes it's hard to judge distances from a photo.  I hope I was able to help some people!

My Favorite Before and After of 2016
Before and After Plantation Shutters - One of My Favorites of 2016
Adding plantation shutters made such a huge difference in this room.  It was one of those, "Why didn't I do this years ago" kind of feeling when we had them installed.  I also had fun looking back at what the room looked like with carpet and the old fireplace.  The room is still a work in progress so plan to see more updates in 2017!

My Favorite Inexpensive Purchase of 2016
Counter Stools Purchase - One of My Favorites of 2016
Okay, so I don't think I ever obsessed more about a purchase!  It took me over a year to decide on these and ironically I spent way less than I thought I would...that's a first!  From all my options, I think these worked best with the style of my kitchen and our family's lifestyle too!

My Favorite Travel Post of 2016
LA Trip - One of My Favorites of 2016
I know I listed both LA posts for this one but the whole trip was such a wonderful family experience that I couldn't choose my favorite part!  We also traveled to VermontBoston and the Jersey Shore with the kids this year...so it really was hard to choose a favorite!


And since it's always fun to take a look back, here are some links to my favorite posts from previous years!

My Favorites of 2015
My 10 Favorite Posts of 2014
My 10 Favorites of 2013
Some of My Favorites for 2012
My 10 Favorite Posts of 2011

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by.  I have met some of the nicest people through this blog; both in person and through comments and emails.  I feel so thankful to be part of such a wonderful community.  You have all added so much to this blogging experience and I appreciate your friendship and support!

Wishing you all a 
Happy and Healthy New Year!

Cheers!
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4 comments

  1. You had a great year, I loved following along. The changes you made to your home are stunning, I always drool when I see the pics. Happy New Year

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  2. I love the blue and white in the foyer--so cheerful and inviting. I found you on the Saturday Sharefest. Happy new year!

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  3. That foyer is so bright and cheery with the blue and white! Love it! Looks like you had a wonderful year. Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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  4. Some of your favorites were definitely some of mine too! But I have to say, I really loved the post on kitchen measurements. So very helpful, and like you, I always love getting info and details from other bloggers.

    The other thing I've loved this year is your new Travel Link Party. Though I have yet to link to it (I will! I promise!) I so enjoy seeing all the interesting places people go!

    This year was special in so many ways, and you were part of that. Going to Haven was so much more fun because of you. I'm so happy to call you not only a "blogger" friend, but a real friend too!

    Sheila
    xo

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