The recent blogging tradition of taking a look back at the prior year's accomplishments had me intrigued, so I decided to take a look back at the past year here at Opulent Cottage. Come along for the ride while I reminisce about some fun projects from 2011.
We kicked off 2011 with a couple of small projects that gave us a big impact. In January, we installed some thrift store shelving on a formerly bare wall and gained a new display area in our kitchen nook.
After years of loathing the builder-grade mirror in our tiny bathroom, I finally took Rhoda's advice and trimmed in out with moulding and square medallions from Home Depot. What a dramatic change!
In February we said goobye to the formerly dark walls in our dining room, and embraced the neutral style that so many other bloggers had inspired me with. The room seems lighter and brighter, and I love having a neutral palette as a background for seasonal decorating!
With spring right around the corner, in March I featured our red toile bedroom. We have loved this room for years, and never more so than when the sun is shining in and the vibrant colors come to life.
April brought a small addition to our foyer, some sweet tole trays that inspired me to update this tiny room.
In May I must have sensed the long, hot and dry summer that was to come, and I simply perked up our patio pots with found items, forgoing the planting of fresh flowers. What a blessing that turned out to be!
And indeed the summer was kind of miserable for us here in Texas! We kicked it off with a citrus-themed birthday party for our daughter,
Spent a good amount of time here,
And canned and preserved summer's bounty for the first time! And yes, we are still enjoying the wonderful roasted tomatoes, and will never let a summer go by without doing this again.
Before we knew it, along came fall, where we were distracted by football games and all the activities that came along with our daughter's senior year in high school. I did manage to create a cheerful fall tablescape,
Bring out the kitty collection,
And decorate for our Halloween party.
November arrived with its lovely cooler weather, and we welcomed the chance to be outside again. On a walk one day I found this amazing vintage screen grate. I promptly brought it home, cleaned it up, and gave it a place of honor with a pretty wreath for fall.
Another found object was this potting bench, plucked from side of the road. Such a lucky find!
It hardly seemed possible that December was upon us. Along with all the usual holiday decorating, I was honored to have two of my handcrafted projects featured. These plates were included in a Dallas Morning News article on handmade gifts, written by my friend Jamie Knodel.
Now when I ask myself, what did I do last year, I have proof that I accomplished at least a few things! There are so, so many more projects on the to-do list here at Opulent Cottage, and my hope is that we will tackle quite a few more of them in 2012. Many thanks to all of you who have visited, and encouraged me throughout this last year. I look forward to another year of being inspired by your projects and improvements also!
Many wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!
With love to you all,
I'm joining these blog parties:
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry's Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey's Potpourri Friday at 2805
Alison's Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Cindy's Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Susan's Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Table Top Tuesday at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life
Recap Party at DIY Showoff