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!

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

The Inspired Room Christmas

Merry Christmas friends! I know by this point everyone is nestled in after all the celebrations and hopefully still enjoying friends, families or peace on earth! But I didn’t want this Christmas to go by without an official Merry Christmas from our house to yours. We count you among our friends and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for following along with our adventures in creating a home and life. It means more to us than you know, so thank you.

While these are all just random snapshots from our phone and Instagrams, we thought we would share a few snippets of the day and evening with you.

The Inspired Room Christmas - Seattle Ferry

Our little family is spending a quiet Christmas this year, all cozied up in our home. It’s been wonderful! Our kids took the ferry from Seattle to our neck of the woods. It does my heart good to see all three of my kids and our son-in-law back together again laughing and having fun.

The Inspired Room Christmas - Jack Lily Bella Labradoodles and Goldendoodles

The dogs are all together too, having a blast running around, grabbing animals from the tree, knocking more garland down, finding presents to open, basically causing all sorts of puppy mischief. Jack is the oldest at 3 and a half years old, so we have a lot of fluffy youngsters in our house. It’s awesome. :)

The Inspired Room Christmas - Pups

Santa always visits, but this year we actually caught him in the act, so now there is no doubt who fills our stockings (catch your Santa here).

Winter Cider Sangria - The Inspired Room Christmas

We had a fun family White Elephant exchange that involved all of us going to the mall each with $25 and 45 minutes to find a surprise gift to exchange. We’ve also been enjoying making and eating delicious meals and drinking festive drinks like our Winter Cider Sangria.

The Inspired Room Christmas - Ornaments

All of our animal ornaments are now gathered together toward the top of the tree, feeling safe and protected against the dogs who would like to bring them down to play. We did have one other near casualty since The Unraveling, with a sweet bunny ornament that was rescued from the clutches of puppy jaws of death. Look at the top picture and you’ll see that bunny on the dish cabinet, quietly recovering. His tail was nearly detached, but he is ALIVE!

Gingerbread Cookies- The Inspired Room Christmas

We are decorating gingerbread cookies today, just enjoying being together and making memories.

The Inspired Room Christmas - Coffee

We love brewing the coffee and hanging out on the couch, it’s wonderful to not be in a hurry to go anywhere or do anything fancy.

Bella - Labradoodle - The Inspired Room Christmas

Bella is very excited about her first Christmas. She’s having the time of her life with Jack and Lily!

The Inspired Room - Christmas

We love to have Christmas tunes playing on our iPad, but our favorite is to listen to them live on the guitar. Courtney got a guitar for her birthday this year, she is a beautiful singer and my husband is a musician so we are blessed by their talents.

The Inspired Room Christmas - Cookbooks

We keep gifts simple, but this year both of my girls got started on their own cookbook collections, these are two beautiful ones (Sunday Suppers and Plenty, and not pictured, another favorite The Forest Feast)! My oldest daughter Kylee is an amazing cook, she makes the most wonderful meals for us. I’m not sure how she got that talent. It was not from me heheheh.

The Inspired Room Christmas - Red Letter Words

Tonight we will gather around the dinner table, eat something yummy together and read the Christmas story from the Bible, each taking a part.

Then after our tummies and hearts are full, we’ll curl up on the big couch to watch Father of the Bride. Even though we’ve seen it dozens of times it never fails to make us laugh and cry. It’s our favorite.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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