2012: Year in Review

I was inspired by Kristin from Bliss to post a year-end review! When I started this blog it was to document our cross-country move & I never thought I’d meet so many lovely people!  It has also inspired me to (try to) create a beautiful home, even if its just a temporary apartment.

Here are the top 5 posts from this year.

1. Our bright and bold guestroom

Guest Room @ ournextgreatadventure

2. Shoe closet organization with chalk board labels

Chalk Board Label Organization - Shoe Boxes After

3. Our Universe-Donated Dresser turned TV stand (still one of our proudest projects!)Dresser TV Stand After

4. Christmas Joy on a Pillow

Christmas DIY Felt Applique Pillow Cover Pic

and last but not least,

5. Over-sized engineering prints to add some art to our living room

Living Room with Engineering Prints 1

Thanks for all the love from around the blogosphere!


Merry Christmas

Hope you had a wonderful day, filled with love, laughter, and good food! Here’s a quick peek of what we’ve been up to this week.

Merry Christmas Collage


Check back in on Monday for a Top 5 of 2012 retrospective.

A Blog Signature

Christmas House


I’ve added quite a few Christmas decorations around the house.  Some of them you’ve seen, like our modern Christmas tree, our stockings, our festive dining room, my JOY, deer, and MERRY pillows, and my DIY chalkboard chargers.  I’ve also shared some “Christmas corners” around the house, in the living room, on the wall, and on the desk.

Christmas 2012 Modern Green Christmas Tree Christmas Table 2012 Close-up Christmas Table 2012Christmas DIY Pillows

Christmas Blue and Green and Gnomes Reverse Applique Pillow Cropped

Christmas Stockings Reverse Applique

In the spirit of linking up with the Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes, I thought I’d share some more festive details from around the house.

I added some Martha Stewart Christmas ornament window clings to the slider.
Christmas House - Window Clings

Santa sent some presents via USPS this year, and the little ones have been added to the top of our glasses cabinet, along with some snowmen and angels.

Christmas House - Little Presents

These African dolls are helping to make the cable box more festive in their bright colors.  I picked these up in South Africa a few years ago.Christmas House - African Ladies

The elephant got into the Christmas spirit with some mini Christmas crackers.
Christmas House - Elephant and Mini-crackers.jpg

This snowman choir are actually Salt and Pepper shakers (from Marshalls forever ago).Christmas House - Snowman Choir

We also have a pile of presents next to the TV cabinet.  I am sad to say that the wrapping creativity has significantly decreased on recent wrapping jobs.  At least all of the colors match!Christmas House - Present Pile

Since we don’t have a ton of space for ornaments on the tree, I added some might magnets to these angles and helped our fridge be a little more festive!Christmas House - Angel Magnets on the Fridge

Our cards are displayed on fun ribbon added to the horizontal mirrors in the entry way (that I still need to blog about)!Christmas House - Cards on the Mirror

I added a simple gingerbread men garland to our front door.  (Think ribbon & some foam cutouts from Target’s dollar spot).Christmas House - Gingerbread Men on the Door

Our gnome ornament (from the D.C. Spy Museum) covertly hangs out on the clock next to my desk.Christmas House - Spy Gnome I also added this gorgeous Merry Christmas banner (from Target this year) to the bulk head above our slider.Christmas House - Bulkhead Banner

You should have a look around all the other awesome homes linked on the Nester!  There is some amazing inspiration for next year (or you can still do some decorating – Christmas’s not until TUESDAY!)

Christmas Corner: Framed Lyrics

Christmas Corner - Chalkboard Prints 1


I love Christmas music & have been known to start listening to it well before Thanksgiving.  Don’t worry, I don’t subject others to it!  I had been wanting to print and frame some Christmas-related song lyrics, but I had two constraints; 1. I wanted to spend as little as possible, and 2. I wanted it to work in horizontal frames.

I loved Landee See, Landee Do’s Christmas printables (available on her website in a variety of sizes) but they wouldn’t work in my frames. (Maybe next year?)


Then I found Nest of Posies‘ 5 free chalkboard printables & immediately downloaded all of them.  Aren’t they darling?


I printed out two of my favorites and played around with framing them, using some white and red stripe wrapping paper as the backdrop.  I loved the look, but now I needed to find something to put in the other frame.

Christmas Corner - Chalkboard Prints 2

So I did what any self-respecting blogger would do, I searched “chalkboard printable” on Pinterest and found Second Chance to Dream‘s Silent Night printable done in the same style as Nest of Posies’ print!


I went back to my other printables and picked another favorite – all with Christmas song lyrics on them & framed my two new printable in the same way as the other two.  Ta da!  Instant Christmas corner art for pennies!Christmas Corner - Chalkboard Prints 3What do you think?  I love the black, white and red color scheme & I love that after Christmas I can easily change the pictures out for something else.

Favorite Finds: Faux Bois

I’m loving the faux bois trend.  It’s been around for a while, but I’ve definitely noticed a recent uptick in faux bois items.  I’m seriously in love with the silver chargers (#1 below, from Target at just $1.99 each!). Favorite Finds Faux Bois


  1. Target silver wood grain charger
  2. Birch Organic Fabric in Fois Bois Gray
  3. Wood grain coasters
  4. Land of Nod faux bois pillow
  5. Wood grain note cards from Target
  6. Vintage wood grain planter
  7. Faux bois wrapping paper form Paper Source

Have you added any faux bois to your home?