Your Favorite Home Projects in 2016

I’m in disbelief that it’s January and that we’re celebrating my sweet Ani’s 5th birthday today. It seems like just a few months ago we made her this teepee for her 3rd birthday. How time flies. This year was no exception, so when Cami of Tidbits asked me to join in sharing my top 10 posts of the year, I was excited to take a trip down memory lane. Last week I shared my popular organization projects and over the weekend your top 10 favorite recipes and today, I’m sharing the best home projects, starting with Ani’s no sew teepee!



I was surprised that our classic kitchen came in at #2! I was hesitant to share because it’s unlike so many of the Pinterest and magazine worthy kitchens you typically see, but it seems I’m not the only one trying to make the most of what we have, maximizing the assests and minimizing less favorable features. If you’re hesitant to paint your cabinets, this post is for you.

A kitchen makeover without paint - making the best of an 80's or 90's kitchen

The rest of you want to paint, the lazy way – without sanding!

Pretty office credenza

Speaking of painting, we share a love for cream paint colors. You can find my favorite cream paint colors here.

simple Christmas decorating ideas | traditional home decor

In our former home, we did a light kitchen remodel painting the cabinets, replacing the countertop and backsplash, updating appliances and finding tricky ways to maximize storage {like a trash chute}. It’s still at #5! 

The easiest way to update a kitchen

One of my favorite projects of the year was installing a stair runner {from an inexpensive outdoor rug that’s soft!} 

how to update stairs on a budget that will also be durable and easy to clean

Who doesn’t love a tour? See our summer home tour here and fall tour here. Both made the top 10 this year!

fresh and beautiful fall decorations

In 2016 our dreams came true and we purchased a lake cottage. I’m reliving my childhood dreams through this bunk bed room I designed for the girls.

pretty and playful bunk bed room ideas

After removing the foyer closet, we needed a convenient place to store throws, season pillow covers and games, so I repurposed my grandmother’s wardrobe  as a linen cabinet, which is the centerpiece of our family room.

How to organize your linens | living room organization ideas

It was so nice to meet you. Let’s connect, shall we? You can find me on…instagram | newsletter | facebook | pinterest 

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Instant DIY Pure Vanilla Extract by TIDBITS | Farmhouse Breakfast Nook Reveal by Nina Hendrick Design Co | Real World Organizing: How to Keep Your House Tidy by The Happy Housie | How To Clean Your Home In 30 Minutes A Day by StoneGable | Modern Farmhouse Paint Colors by A Burst of Beautiful | Summer Tour of my New House by So Much Better With AgeThe Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Before and After at our House by Zevy Joy | How to Build Industrial Shelves by Beneath My Heart | Is the Family Room Your Shining Star? by Decor Gold Designs | My Fresh New Blue Kitchen Reveal by The Wicker House | How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror by Cherished Bliss | Dramatic Kitchen Renovation without Removing Cabinets by Designthusiasm

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Why Won’t My Hydrangeas Bloom by Kelly Elko | Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe – Color of the Year 2017 by Setting for Four | How To Make A Farmhouse Mason Jar Chandelier by Shabbyfufu | U-Pick Apples Free Printable by Paint Me Pink | Christmas Home Tour 2016 by Town and Country Living | How to Organize Every Space in Your House by Just a Girl and Her BlogThe Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Paint Color Home Tour by Maison de Pax | My Home Tour by Nesting with Grace | DIY Sign for Fall by House by Hoff | Floral Printable Birthday Gift Tags by Live Laugh Rowe | How to Build a No Sew Teepee by Julie Blanner | How To Design A Room You Love by Life On Virginia Street

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

How To Get A Beautifully Organized Closet On A Budget by Fox Hollow Cottage | Entryway Essentials by Lindsay Hill Interiors | Summer Home Tour by Migonis Home | 13 things to do before you list your home by Style House Interiors

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Decorated Office/Craft Room by Sunny Side Up | Summer Home Tour 2016 by Finding Silver Pennies | How to make a tufted headboard by Place of My Taste | Tips and Tricks for an Organized Pantry by Not Just a Housewife | Back To School In Style by She Leaves a Little Sparkle


Don’t be a stranger, see you soon!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner





  • lyn stewart says:

    loved it all — both sections. Soooooooo many many ads. Why? Is my computer filled with every bug known to man or is this par for the course for this blog.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Lyn. I apologize for your experience, could you please let us know what type of device & which browser you were using when you experienced the issue so that we can take a look to ensure the ads are rendering properly. My site currently encompasses 1,700 posts free to fans. As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s quite expensive for our family to host such a vast resource so we employ ads from generous sponsors in order to ensure our site remains a free resource for all. Thank you for your understanding and for being a valued member of our online family.

  • Rose Marie says:

    Hello Julie, I’m new to your blog and enjoying it very much. What is the brand and name of the paint that is on the blue dresser in the third photo above?
    Thank you

  • Danielle says:

    Julie, so lovely! IN LOVE with your white kitchen and that stair runner speaks to my coastal loving heart. So enjoyed seeing your top posts of 2016. xx

  • Jamie says:

    I love your top 10 Julie! What a fantastic year, friend.
    Hugs, Jamie

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