May 19, 2014

Belated Blogiversary {First Year}

Hello there!  I apologize for the long break I have taken.  I have no great big reason...just life.  Spring break and family and house projects that I hope to share soon.  The days just keep chugging along and I haven't found myself taking the time to sit at the computer.

My anniversary of one year of blogging recently passed.  I did keep a personal blog for years, but no one really read it...not even my mom :).  Sharing our bathroom changed all of that last Spring and I am so grateful for all of you who have become frequent visitors around here.  At the request of one of my kids, I have removed a lot of the older, more personal posts from previous years.  I have come to learn that blogging is such a balance of finding what my whole family is comfortable with sharing.  I have been a blog reader for way longer than I have been a blog writer.  My absolute favorite bloggers are those who share their lives as well as posts about whatever their niche is (cooking, diy, fashion).  I am going to keep working at finding that balance.

In looking back at what this blog has brought to us this year, I thought I would look back at some of the posts that have gotten the most views.

Our bathroom started it all.  I am happy to report that it is still white and we have managed to keep it clean for an entire year!!  I am also happy to report that it still gets comments on how it needs more color and that it will  be impossible to keep year later.  Sharing this project taught me that bloggers need to have very thick skin.  I still love it just the way it is.

Master Bathroom

We completed our Ikea Hack Kitchen Island project long before I ever even heard the term "Ikea Hack".  This is (by far) the most popular project on the blog thanks to Pinterest.  I wish I had taken pictures of the process so I could write a better tutorial.
{Ikea Hack} Bookshelf Kitchen Island
Our mudroom, also an Ikea Hack, also gets a lot of attention.  We completed that project 3 years ago. Obviously, I heart Ikea.  I think this may be the best piece of utilized space in our house.

On a more personal level, it was thrilling to work with a couple of fabulous magazines.  However, I think the biggest highlight was when the writer, Beth Hoffman, left a comment when I posted about how much I enjoyed her books.  Her comment made my whole summer because it was completely unexpected.  I never in a million years expected a best selling author to find and read my post.  This blog has brought some exciting moments to my life and I am grateful for them.

Summer Reading with Beth Hoffman comment

I have learned so very much this past year from this little blog.  I am continuing to work on my photography skills and would love to make a career out of photographing interiors, a career I never even considered a year ago.  I would like to close be saying Thank You to all of you who read these posts.  Thank you to those who comment and those who don't.  I started writing to give back for all the inspiration I found, and continue to find, on other blogs.  Thank you for taking the time to e-mail me when I take an unannounced break... because it means you care.  I never imagined what experiences would come back to me.  And one last thank you, to the amazing community of bloggers who not only share their amazing talent, but are so very supportive in sharing the work of others.  


  1. Hi Courtney, So glad to see you are back! Wow, what a year you have had! I can totally relate to the craziness of life. Sometimes the blog just has to wait. I also understand the need to find balance between personal posts and decorating posts. I always enjoy reading about others people's families but I am not very comfortable writing too much about my own! Happy blog anniversary and I look forward to following along with more of your projects. You really have a knack for decorating and for photography. I always enjoy hopping over to see what you are up to.
    Cheers! - Shelley

  2. HAPPY Blogiversary! I'm so glad to see you back--I've missed your posts! I've gotten some great ideas from you and your projects, and learned a lot in the process. Hoping you'll be celebrating many more blog anniversaries to come!

  3. Happy Happy one year blog anniversary!!!! Yours is one of my very favorite blogs. I love visiting here because you seem to make your home you.....not too trendy! I love your bathroom and you inspired me on our recent bath redo! Cant wait to see more! Thank you For the inspiration!

  4. Happy Blogiversary Courtney! I found your blog because your so-perfect-and-gorgeous-I-want-to-marry-it bathroom was featured on House of Turquoise (seriously, I could *live* in that bathroom!), and I'm so glad I wandered over to read about it and am now following you. Your bathroom is #1 on my personal list of favorites for how I want the bathroom in my house (*fingers crossed one day I'll actually own a house!*) to look. I will keep dreaming and hoping, and occasionally stopping by to drool over yours!



  5. happy blog anniversary !
    what brought me here is your kitchen island from ikea hackers, it was around spring last year I think. I started watching the rest and then I was hooked and suscribed, I love your taste, it's country and elegant. and I'm impressed by all you and your husband manage to do yourselves.

    have a nice day (or night !!)


  6. I really love your design I am gonna try them for sure, nice, color-full and creative one.

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