Monday, 30 December 2013

Christmas 2013

Hey hey, how was your Christmas this year? The past week has been a complete whirlwind. I started my meager Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve (about a day after getting all caught up on photography work), then of course celebrated with family on Christmas day, and the day after Christmas we finally, FINALLY closed on our house, and have been moving in ever since! (follow along on Instagram for updates in real time!) More on that later, because right now I just want to take a time out to look back on Christmas this year. 

To be honest, I almost feel like we skipped the whole Christmas season because I didn't have much time to enjoy it and because so much of what makes me feel in the spirit of things centers around my own home... which, obviously, we weren't in yet during the entire season. However, it was certainly an unforgettable holiday spend with people we love, and that's something to be grateful for.

Some in my family were hurting this year - it was my mom's first Christmas without her mom, my sweet Grandma, and my Grandpa's first Christmas without his sweetheart in over 60 years. The holidays have a way of bringing out the most blissful happiness but also the deepest despair at times, don't they? They tend to remind you both of what you have and what you miss. A strange jumble of emotions.

I can't tell you how excited I am, though, about the coming year ahead. I cannot wait to have my home and office all set up and ready to show you, and I can't wait for the work that will be done there, both professionally and personally.

Enjoy your day and week ahead, my friends!

morning at my mom's...

and evening at Matt's parents'....

Best of 6th Street 2013

I always love rounding up my favorite posts from the past year. It's incredible to me to see all that I've been able to share and do in one little year. 2013 was a year of exploration and discovery for me. With the birth of my little Jane I felt the need to cut back on either my blog or my business and I originally decided to cut back on the business. The decision felt right to me but as the months went by I started rethinking my decision. I eventually decided to refocus on the business but make some big changes to the way I ran things. So far I'm very happy with my decision and as always appreciate all the support from my readers! I hope you are able to spend some time clicking through some of my most favorite posts. 
I rounded up a list of my favorite places to buy home accessories

I shared Jane's birth pictures and shared tips on photographing labor and delivery. 

I revealed some of my favorite items I've ever purchased for my home in this post

I attended Alt at the end of the month and shared my experience. 

February wouldn't be complete without a little Valentine DIY!

Jett attended a fun wild animal party that I blogged about. 

I made a little headband for Jane and then put together a DIY tutorial

I helped my cousin pull together a new living room look with a few small changes.

One of my favorite e-design projects was revealed on my blog.

In honor of Spring I put together a little butterfly terrarium DIY.

I loved sharing tips on using window treatments with plantation shutters

This post is a roundup of some of my favorite unconventional art ideas. 

I put together a living room mood board with sources! 

I answered one of my most frequently asked questions, what to put above kitchen cabinets

In May I kicked off my Good Deign with Kids in Mind series and gave tips on decorating a shared boys and girls room

Our playroom reveal was blogged about at the start of June. 

I shared tips on building a new home on a tight budget.

I also shared tips on decorating a rental.

The Utah County Parade of Homes was one of my favorite things to blog about. 

I threw my sister an easy bridal shower

I put together a DIY tutorial for a clay chalkboard

I dedicated a post to tips for lightening up a dark kitchen

I loved browsing through the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and sharing my favorite rooms. 

I put together a mood board with sources for a Beach House Retreat

My little Jane celebrated her first birthday

My friends and I surprised one of our good friends with a room makeover

I put together a hunting room design for a client of mine. 

The Better Homes and Garden workshop was a blast in NYC! 

I loved sharing a little fall DIY that was super easy! 

I loved putting together this fun safari nursery for a client. 

One of my favorite projects was this room surprise we did for a lucky reader. 

I paired up with my design partner Erin to design a living room and dining room

I co-hosted an amazing holiday party sponsored by the Land of Nod. 

One of my favorite posts ever was revealing how my design style has changed over the years

I paired up with Minted to design our Christmas cards. 

I put together a nautical nursery design board with sources. 

I revealed a fun safari themed room that I helped design. 

I loved designing this little girl's room with my partner Erin. 

This serene Nursery was one of my favorite reveals. 

I am really excited for 2014. I have lots of fun projects that I'll be working on and I hope to create inspiring blog posts that help you make your home a more beautiful and happy place!! 

 Make sure you check out Best of 6th Street 2010 and Best of 6th Street 2011 and Best of 6th Street 2012