We’re still in the first week of January so totally appropriate for a little backward glance at 2016, right? The year had plenty of ups and downs but overall it was pretty amazing mostly because I vacationed the heck out of it. I should probably be embarrassed about the amount of vacation I took but I’m not – I am just happy to have found a better work-life balance and to have focused on spending really fun, valuable time with family and good friends. A particular highlight was a (much-needed) three month sabbatical from work to travel with family including a five week trip to Europe with the kids. It was their first international trip and it was magical. All that vacation plus a heavy workload in the first half of the year left not much time for house projects, but I did squeeze in a few. Last year most of the projects involved just refreshing various rooms but next year there will be a lot more power tools involved. I’m excited. So here are my four favorite projects of 2016 (plus a bonus one at the end).
Probably my favorite was our master bedroom.
We’ve never really done anything to our master bedroom so it was fun (and a lot of work) to finally take time and make it work for us. I painted the floors, walls, trim, and doors and the rest was really just an excessive amount of time online shopping for new furniture, art, and textiles. Now it’s my favorite spot to escape (because let’s get real, life in a fun/rowdy house calls for some escape every once in a while).
Another favorite was painting the walls in our upstairs bathroom black (here).
It was one of the quickest projects I did with a big impact (although difficult to photograph so trust me when I say it is more awesome in person). With so much white in the room the black isn’t overwhelming in the slightest. And because I still have a nearly gallon full of that black paint left, I’m plotting what will be painted black next…
I also redid the guest room, which is a favorite more for having turned our old storage/construction room into a usable space rather than really loving the design of it (although I do like it).
We had used that room to store all our construction materials for the main floor remodel including flooring, tools, lumber, hardware, and more, so just cleaning it all out felt great. And adding to that making it usable and look a-okay? Huge win.
Finally, last spring I refreshed our entry.
The entry was one of the first rooms we tackled in our house so it had been a while and needed some updating. I added a board and batten treatment on the wall under the stairs, replaced the light fixture, and switched a traditional center table for a more modern one against the wall. The space really feels so much more open and welcoming now, it really is a great space to walk into every day.
And one bonus favorite for you: I loved joining in the A Night In series and sharing how our family does kitchen-time at night.
So that’s it. My four favorites plus a bonus. And there were plenty more small projects along the way that I didn’t blog about but just showed on Instagram like painting our upstairs hallway floors, refreshing our guest bathroom, constant window seat built-in restyling, working on our basement bathroom – you get the idea. So 2016, you were just fine but 2017 will be an even bigger/better year for our house. Safety goggles on. Can’t wait.