Favorites from 2014

Favorites from 2014 - The Inspired Room
Happy almost New Year! Today I wanted to share a round up of some of my favorite posts as I reflect back on 2014. It was an awesome year. Right now I am taking a little break to wind up the holidays, complete a few projects and gear up for an exciting 2015! It’s nearly time for my annual Home Goals review and my new goal list, so stay tuned for that!

I have so many plans for The Inspired Room this year (a few secret plans are already in the works behind-the-scenes!), project ideas I can’t wait to do around my home, helpful posts we are going to feature, fun announcements and really awesome things to share that I know you are going to enjoy. Not to mention the REAL LIVE books I wrote that will be published! AHHHH! So exciting. And scary.

2015 is shaping up to be a productive and inspiring year, and I think it will be one of the best ever for The Inspired Room and all you wonderful kindred spirits out there. I love being here among friends, and can’t wait to get back to our favorite topics and conversations.

A few favorite posts from The Inspired Room in 2014:

Get To Know You The Inspired Room1. Get To Know You: Home Sweet HomeWe loved getting to know you and your homes a bit in this post! We read every single comment and you made our YEAR! We are planning another new “get to know you” post, soon!

2. Secrets to Success and Longevity in BloggingThis post was fun to write and we received so many sweet comments. I’m so glad it was helpful and I plan to write a similar post this year with more thoughts!

The Truth About White Slipcovers - Family Friendly Furniture

3. The Truth About White Slipcovers: Pet Edition

Jack the Goldendoodle - Unraveling Christmas

4. The UnravelingJack and Lily’s ornament incident

A few favorite cookbooks we acquired in 2014:

The Inspired Room - Favorite Cookbooks Acquired in 2014

The Forest Feast

Sunday Suppers

A Boat, A Whale, and a Walrus

The Kinfolk Table

My favorite inspiring design book in 2014:

One Man’s Folly

The Inspired Room - Favorites from 2014

A few favorite home improvements in 2014:

Painting our front door gray

Laundry room refresh (continuing to eliminate all traces of swine!)

Getting organized in the dining room (with entertaining cabinets)

Home office progress and my new rattan bookshelf in the office (I have more to show you soon, I’ve made some more progress)

Master bedroom progress (as seen in my fall house tour)

Updating our son’s room

Creating a reading corner in the gathering room

Our new gray Sunbrella wingback chair

Wicker wingbacks for the front porch

Planting my garden

See my progress report from April here!

2014 House Tours:

Summer House Tour - The Inspired Room copy

Summer House Tour

Fall House Tour - The Inspired Room copy

Fall House Tour

Christmas House Tour - The Inspired Room copy

Christmas House Tour Part One and Part Two

The Inspired Room Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen November 2014

Favorite accomplishments in 2014:

Being voted Reader’s Favorite Decorating Blog by Better HomesGardens (thank you so much for voting!)

My kitchen featured in Better Homes and Gardens

Celebrating my 7th year of blogging and announcing my book contracts 

Hiring my daughter Courtney to work for The Inspired Room full time

Keeping my fiddle leaf fig alive for longer than a week

Bella The Australian Labradoodle-The Inspired Room

A few favorite family memories from 2014:

My oldest daughter buying her first house

Holidays with family

Meeting Bella

Winter Cider Sangria Recipe - The Inspired RoomFavorite recipes featured in 2014:

Pink Juice

Veggie Panini

Fruit Tart

Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

Winter Cider Sangria

I am so grateful that you were a part of my life this year! I can’t wait for all that’s in store for 2015!

A Christmas That Is Memorable

Simple Christmas Decorating - Gray Wingback Chair with Gold Reindeer Pillow

Hello! Hope you all are getting into the Christmas spirit! I am having fun finishing up my Christmas decorating! As always, keeping it pretty simple (remember last year's simple decor?), because that's apparently the only way I enjoy doing it. I had … ** Read more **

The Bloom Workshop

photo by Jenn Anibal

Just popping in to share something fun with you that I am so excited about! Have you heard about The Bloom Workshop? Our sweet contributor Michaela created and hosts these amazing creative workshops in fantastic venues and locations across the … ** Read more **

The Best Yes {and a book update!}

This week I turned in the final chapter of my first book to my editor at my publishing company! The manuscript for Love the Home You Have is complete and has been sent off for edits! I can hardly believe it! It feels like forever ago that I … ** Read more **

7 Year Blogging Anniversary {And a Huge Announcement!}

What If I Fall - What If You Fly - Free Downloadable Print

A few weeks ago, this blog turned seven and I began my eighth year as a blogger. I’m sitting here in awe of how much has happened since that first day I plopped myself down at my computer and said hello to the unknown faces of the internet. Who could … ** Read more **

The Secret Success of Bloggers

The Secrets to Success and Longevity in Blogging

Every so often I share a few tips I've learned along the way in blogging. When I started my blog in 2007, blogging was mostly something people did as a hobby. Our expectations were fairly low, we just wanted comments and conversation. Over the years, … ** Read more **