My 2012 Home Project Roundup

My 2012 Home Project Roundup
Happy almost end of 2012 to you all! What a year it has been! I thought I’d put together a little round up of some of the projects I worked on around our house in 2012. After looking through the entire year of blog posts, I am a bit SHOCKED by how much I was able to do this year. I guess I feel that way every year, but this year probably takes the cake for the most projects attempted. HAHA. I probably didn’t even include everything all in this post, but I tried to put in most of my favorites from the year.

The biggest project of 2012 (next to all the new hardwood floors) was my kitchen makeover. It was in process for over six months of this year. I shared many posts of the kitchen makeover along the way for readers to follow along with the process, but the final reveal (and the after of the pantry makeover, too!) will be coming up! I’m so excited to show you how it turned out!
My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Kids’ Bathroom Makeover

The kids’ bathroom makeover was actually in 2011 but the reveal wasn’t until 2012 so I think it deserves to be included in the project round up. I’ll allow it. Heheheh. I also shared a tutorial for the Tin Ceiling Tile Backsplash.

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Baskets hanging on wall

Some of my favorite projects are always the most simple updates around the house. I will have LOTS more of these kinds of projects in 2013 since we are winding up the big remodel type stuff (for the most part) and will be focusing more on simple updates that are quick and affordable (including decorating, homemaking and organization posts.)

Early in January (which is really only a few days away!) I will be sharing my yearly Home Dreams / Goals for 2013 and reflecting back on my goals for 2012 to see how I did! 

Meanwhile, here is a round up of many of the projects, improvements and progress we made around our house! Towards the end of 2012 we started to finish up a lot of projects, such as new wood floors, painting the kitchen and family room updates so in 2013, we’ll see more of the finished rooms as final details come together.

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Striped wall {completed end of 2011, featured in 2012}

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Driftwood Curtain Rod 

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Lighten up back of bookcase with maps

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

5 Five Minute Gardens {Terrariums}

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Pallet Garden Remix

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

My Home Office Makeover

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Kitchen Makeover Begins

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Spray Painting a Goodwill Find

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

 Staircase Makeover {New Wood Floors}

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Freshened up white chairs

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Adding Visual Flow & Paint Colors Between Connecting Rooms

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

New Dish Cabinet {Excuse the Dirty Glass heheh}

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Eclectic Gallery Wall

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Filling in Awkward Space Above Cabinets

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Updates to the new “Gathering/Living Room”

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Dining Room Makeover {Updates}

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

New Subway Tile & Quartz in Kitchen {Makeover Progress}

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

DIY Peacock Wreath

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Front Door Makeover

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Embellish a Chandelier

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

New Sectional & Media Room Progress

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Adding Character with Plank Walls

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Fireplace Makeover

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

My 2012 Home Project Roundup

Hickory Hardwood Floors: Kitchen & Family Room Makeover

And, now I think I might need a few more days of vacation after reliving all that was accomplished in 2012. PHEW! HA HA! 

2012 was a wonderful year not only for getting house projects underway or finished, but for The Inspired Room too! The Inspired Room officially became The Inspired Room, LLC, I became a “Pinterest pinner” for Better Homes & Gardens, I was featured in a House Beautiful spread on color, I formed an exciting video partnership with Scripps Network (think HGTV!), helped Jack (the Goldendoodle) start his own blog, traveled this spring to NYC  and this fall to the Ballard Designs headquarters, was invited to be a part of Martha’s Circle (a group of blogs handpicked by Martha Stewart’s editors) and so many other exciting milestones and opportunities!

I’m so blessed to get to share my home, projects, thoughts and life with you here on this blog. Every day is really a dream come true for me. I’m very grateful. Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement in 2012. I’m REALLY excited for 2013!!


shared with Rhoda’s Top Project 2012 Party! and Jen’s Tatertots & Jello  Favorite Project party!


  1. Wow! What an awesome job you have done with your house makeover! I love your kitchen makeover with the subway tiles and quartz countertops. I will admit that my favorite photos are those in which your adorable dog is in. The one where his reflection is captured in the cabinet is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recap of your home projects. Your home is amazing as well as very inspirational!

  2. You did an amazing job!!! A lot accomplished. You should be proud!

  3. Wow! I’m just glad you didn’t ask your readers to pick a favorite because I wouldn’t be able to come up with an answer. Congratulations on so many beautifully completed projects. Thanks for sharing them and providing us with so much inspiration.

  4. Congratulations, sweet friend – your hard work and precious spirit led you to where you are and I am so proud of you!! You deserve it!!!

    Love you…Miss you more! I needed my Melissa fix this year and didn’t get it. :)

  5. Melissa….I have been a follower but not a commenter. I absolutely love the new floors. I have looked on Mohawks website for the flooring and I believe to said it was Hickory Natural, can you please elaborate on the style name. I can’t seem to find it. I have found berry hill, pembroke, somerville and warrenton. Can you please share which line this is?

  6. hello! where did you find the body pillow cover (or is it a lumbar pillow) pillow cover that is on our bed? the beige and one blue stripe one? thanks! :) love checking your blog weekly!

  7. Wow!!! What an amazing year you have had! :D Aren’t you glad you perservered through the many challenges the past how many years and keep your eyes on God and your goals? You have been a inspiration to so many….including me. :D Truly living up to your name. Congratulations are in order for all your recognitions and achievements!!
    Yay Melissa! Yay God!

  8. everything looks so lovely! can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year!

  9. I know you waited a long time to get a lot of this to your liking! Rejoicing with you!!!

  10. Hi Melissa – Your home looks beautiful! Can you post your paint colors by room? I love the flow. Thank you!

  11. Kathleen Solomi says

    A credit to you . Very inspiring

  12. What an amaing year of projects! I love your floors, and everything you have done, just gorgeous :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  13. Amazing. Its hard to pick a favorite … floors, planked walls, kitchen re-do …

    As for the simple and inspiring … I’d say the baskets on the wall are so eye-catching.

    happy new year!

  14. First time ever commenting. Love all your ideas. Was wondering what brands of paint you recommend? I have Oak kitchen cabinets that I want to paint an off white. Not whitewashed. I also have some furniture that is a laminate that I would also like to paint and give it a modern look with new handles. Not sure how to do all this with a clear coat on it so that nothing stains it if the kids were to leave a cup of water on it. Your suggestions are appreciated. Happy New Year!

  15. Your home is beautiful and you have really added some lovely architectural interest. I am most inspired by the striped wall and the planks, both of which I am in the middle of adding to our home. Thanks for all the inspiration and the lovely posts I have enjoyed all year. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in 2013!

  16. A Wonderful and Creative Year!
    I’m new around so I missed some of those fabulous projects… and now I’m almost sorry it is too late (9 pm here ;)) to start something ahahah
    Cheers to a wonderful, inspiring and creative New Year!!!

  17. You’ve done such an amazing job! I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes with the new hardwood stairs. We’re redoing ours right now and it makes me so excited to see it finished.

  18. Congratulations on your accomplishments.. you certainly deserve all the recognition… I have been inspired by all of your work and look forward to the future… thank you for sharing your passion… here’s to great New Year!

  19. I was enjoying your pictures again, but had to laugh when I got to the Fireplace Makeover. Did you notice that Jack is wearing a yarmulke? :-)

    Happy New Year!

  20. Your home is looking so beautiful! I know it is so valuable to look back and see how far we have come… it helps us face the HUGE list ahead! Us crazies are always adding new things to the list :)

  21. You did an amazing job!! I can’t wait to see more and more! It’s fun to watch the process. I really like the paint and trim. The stairs and floors are beautiful. I could happily live in that space myself!

  22. The fireplace makeover was my favorite although you had MANY transformational projects in 2012. I am really impressed! I have enjoyed your blog very much this year after finding it and will look forward to what the new year brings in your little neck of the blog-o-sphere!

  23. You’ve been a busy bee in 2012! Your home is absolutely beautiful:)

  24. Your home is gorgeous! Hugs and high fives for the hard work you did to make it happen! Best of luck in 2013!

  25. Your home is gorgeous! Hugs and high fives for the hard work you did to make it happen! Best of luck in 2013!

  26. Just started following, your decorating skills are exactly what I strive for mine to be! I’m so excited to be able to gain inspiration from your blog, in fact I am moving into a new place in Seattle in two weeks so perfect timing to find a great interior design blog!

  27. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color choices and the wood flooring. Guess, I love it all. But, the color is amazing!

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