Hello, wonderful readers and friends!
This 2 week holiday break was so wonderful! I definitely think the holiday blog vacation is going to become a thing. I feel happy, balanced, and refreshed– ready to take on 2015!
Sayonara 2014! I mean that in the most loving interpretation possible, of course! It was a busy, unexpected, at times stressful, but AMAZING YEAR! This is one of those posts that you sit down to write and then realize there are so many things you could recap and share. It could get INSANELY long-winded. To save you the epic novel this could become, I went to great pains…(not really) to create these awesome graphics to help condense 2014 into a clear post. Here’s my 2014 Year in Review…
Let me just say, that being published on a national level was definitely a highlight of 2014 for me. Much thanks to the editors and creatives that made that happen. Also, having what I do featured prominently in our local newspapers was pretty darn awesome too. A big, warm thank you to USA Today Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, The Argus, and The Quad-City Times.
I was invited to travel a bit and enjoyed some blogger events. Many thanks to Delta Faucet Company, the BHG Stylemaker Event, and Kohler for the amazing experiences.
My contestant experience on Creating with the Stars was unique and very valuable on so many levels. Collaborating with Kristin was such a perk and even though I did not make it past Round 1, I have a mighty fine piece of furniture to show for it! Still, one of my favorite projects of the year. Thanks to everyone, again, for all your kind comments and emails after CWTS. I feel like the most awesome loser ever after all those!
WORLDS AWAY ANNA BAR CABINET KNOCKOFF FOR CWTS
On the home front, I chipped away at our home remodel. I can happily say our living room, at the least the bones, is completely finished! The missing piece to that puzzle I am going to be sharing with you soon!
Little guy’s room also got knocked out and he is happy to play in his teepee all the live-long day, lion costume and all.
LITTLE GUY’S ROOM
Our entry way got a refresh and the flow of the house is coming together.
ENTRY WAY REFRESH
Much got delayed with our unexpected 3 months in Connecticut, but that was a trip of a lifetime! No regrets being beach bums and travel happy all summer. I also made our rental feel like home.
OUR EAST COAST APARTMENT
I had some really cool collaborations with brands this year which allowed me to flex some styling skills too. Being a participant in the Home Depot Style Challenges this year was a blast. You can see my Harvest Style Challenge and my Holiday Style Challenge on the Home Depot Apron Blog.
I could get crazy up in here and share every project I did last year, but here’s the ones I loved the most. In my book, they are the best for personal reasons.
DIY Bar Cabinet | DIY Border Curtains | DIY Mondrian-inspired Art | Living Room Makeover | DIY Gold Leaf Agate Coasters | Entry Way Refresh
And just because I really, really love the holidays at our home here are some of my favorite shots from our holiday posts.
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
DIY HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP
HOLIDAY IN THE KITCHEN
DIY CONFETTI ORNAMENTS
HOLIDAY ENTRY WAY
You can see my PROJECT GALLERY and HOLIDAY GALLERY for all the projects from 2014.
WHAT WILL 2015 HOLD???
If you saw my little graphic at the beginning of this post, you see that another magazine collaboration will be out. I’ll get to share more on that soon.
You also see that the bathroom I have talked about ALL LAST YEAR (pathetic, I know!) will have its big reveal very soon. It’s beyond what I originally dreamed for it, so it is worth the wait! I am calling it my gold and marble goddess.This will be the first big design reveal of 2015.
There are also 3 collaborations in the works that I am really excited to show you guys that will be happening in the first quarter of 2015. They involve a bedroom upgrade, a sofa, and some wallpaper.
And, at the beginning of every year, I like to see the remodel list dwindle, so here’s what’s left at the Cadwallader casa. And whenever this list looks like we’ve done nothing…I have to remind myself that we have pretty much finished: our bedroom, the living room, the hallway, the entryway, and little guy’s room. That’s like almost half of the house…
My blog goals…so here’s the thing. I love to blog, I love to share my design work and what inspires me. Last year, I purchased my big girl camera, as I call it, and I have been in love. Like it is hard for me not to want to become a photo ninja. Everytime I get behind that camera I am learning more and more. Styling a shoot and getting THE SHOT is quickly becoming a thing.
I assessed my blogging pattern last year. I am good about revealing projects and collaborating with brands, but I tend to skim over the design process. I really want to focus on sharing more of what inspires me and my work. Also, more in-process ideas and tips. So, you are going to go a bit deeper with me on each of my design projects.
I also want to keep focusing on collaborating with amazing brands. It’s great to work with someone that allows me to be creative and allows me the chance to share something you really want to see. I love a chance to do something new and push myself. So, I am open to new ventures and unchartered territory. I enjoy it so much. Which brings me to Target. I am just putting it out in the universe. How cool would it be if Target and I were pals in doing awesome designy things?! In my head it is pretty darn fantastic.
Ok, this one…might need an explanation. If you are a blogger you may understand. So, I post in the AM and my routine fell apart last year. I could feel my arse growing into my office chair. Before you know it, after doing blog things…it was like 10am. Not cool, Kristin, not cool. So, I am going to discipline myself to gym, wash, dress EVERY SINGLE MORNING before work time starts. Plus, I am just a happier me when I follow that discipline. That last one maybe TMI, so sorry!
I have to thank ALL OF YOU for making this blogging journey so worthwhile! I promise to keep on creating and sharing with you. It was an exciting 2014 and I hope 2015 has some amazing things in store! It’s starting off on the right track so let’s keep the design happiness going!