Top Ten Projects for 2007
The very talented (and sweet) Manuela from The Feathered Nest has posted her Top Ten Projects For the Past Year, and she has invited us all to follow suit. What a great idea and a great way to welcome new readers! Here are mine: 1. Hazelnut Toffee Brownies I know this isn't strictly a "home" project, but I invented this recipe when I was invited to share a recipe for Holly Holderman's Dazzling Dozen Delicious Dessert series. So I'm very proud of them. Plus, seriously, they are goooooood. 2. Halloween Boo Garland with Free Clip-Art Letters Again, not strictly a home project, but this was my first attempt at paper crafting. I kept seeing these adorable paper medallion banner letters everywhere and thought I would try making some myself. They were so cute and it was so easy that I decided to share them in a format you could all use! 3. Creative Storage Containers The moment I turned this crummy old silverware tray into a thread rack for my studio was one of total revelation: I, too, could come up with new and inventive ways to use containers! Since I'm not naturally gifted, this was a proud moment for me. 4. Plates for Master Bedroom I loved finding these thrifted plates to hang over the bed in the master bedroom. Somehow, they made the bed make sense, and they made me feel like a princess! 5. New Studio Shelves Putting up these shelves in my new studio, and creating a wall of color and inspiration to see while I work really helped me feel at home in my new house. 6. English Cottage Garden I love this garden. I think this is one of the prettiest gardens I've ever designed, and I did it at the last minute before putting the house on the market, which, as you know, means I have had to leave this garden behind, but I am looking forward to replicating it (in feel, at least), in the newly planned cottage garden at the new house. 7. Crisp Autumn Bedroom Like so many of the projects in the English-style cottage, this one was done at the last minute. But it involved painting a pine bed from natural wood to black and I though I was unsure at first, it look so sharp, now I can't imagine it any other way. 8. Living Dining Complete Another staging project from the English-style cottage, the living and dining room were put together on a shoestring and designed to be warm and welcoming yet urban and upscale. With clearance and discount-house items and some resourceful tricks (cheap canvas slipcovers on beat-up dining room chairs), I'm, frankly, surprised this room came together at all. But I am proud of how it turned out. 9. Clean Cottage Kitchen Of course, when recapping the projects from the English-style cottage, we can't forget the cottage-style kitchen makeover. Aside from the cottage-style garden, this is the project that had the most impact on the functionality and feel of the old house, and also the project I most regret not doing sooner. If I have learned anything from this experience, it's to do the projects early so you can enjoy them! 10A. The New House And finally, the best of all projects of 2007 is the one we've just begun. The conversion of a lackluster 1950's house.... 10B. The New Garden ....and lackluster 1950's garden into the cottage-style home and garden in my dreams. It's not going to be easy, but I know I can do it. I hope!
What about you? What were your Top Ten for 2007?