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2014 Year in Review… a look back

I feel like I say this way too often, but seriously, Where does the time go?

As another year comes to an end, I love taking a few minutes to reflect + reminisce on all that I’ve worked on & accomplished over the past 12 months.  And it has been quite a year, for sure.

From being featured in 6 national magazines ( > see them all here), to revamping 4 spaces ( > boys bedroom + master + patio + bathroom), to completing 3 client kitchens ( > see one of them here), to having a NEW BABY (my biggest + best accomplishment of 2014), it has been an incredibly busy, but joyously & rewarding year.

Take a look back on all the highlights of 2014 with a year in review!

As always, it’s fun and a bit bittersweet to take a stroll down memory lane.  Let’s see what exciting + crazy adventures I got myself into to over the last 365 days

Central Command Center revamp (again) - creating a central "spot" that works for your family!

January started out with a bang when I was finally able to sing from the treetops that my kids and I were featured in the I Did It section of Better Homes & Gardens.  Third times a charm, right, and the year began with me sharing our revamped (again) Central Command Center.  As our family needs changed, the CCC was updated to follow suit.  Even today, it looks a bit different than it did a year ago.  As the first month of the year continued, I made some updates in the kitchen to add some color + openness – an update that I am still enjoying today.

The biggest post of the month was the announcement that our family was expanding.  After a rough 3 months prior, it was exciting to finally spill the news.  After that, I shared ideas for our kids sharing a room (even though they ended up not).  A few days later I shared even more inspiration for shared kids bedroom spaces, which then started the process of making over my son’s bedroom.

But before that, the master…

Master Bedroom Makeover with many DIY projects


Valentine Wreath using Paint Chips

As February rolled around, I shared my Valentine wreath (still my favorite to date) and started the room makeover #2 for the year, my master bedroom. After choosing a darker color for the bed wall, I painted a desk using my own chalk finish formula, jazzed up store-bought curtain panels by adding a leading edge fabric, and made a light fixture with a capiz shell pendant.  A little rearranging of the walls to create a large picture gallery wall to conceal the TV completed the makeover and the master bedroom refresh was finished!

Then back to my boys bedroom…

Rolling Cart toy storage

A kitchen I designed on the cover of KBMO

Then March rolled around and I was back to room makeover #1, my son’s bedroom.  The plan was for my 2 older kids to share a bedroom, but when we found out Baby #3 was a girl, that plan went out the window.  Since his room was already in the midst of a revamp, we just continued with it…  I started with painting the walls a lighter hue, hanging a fun wallpaper, and adding much-needed storage for toys!  March also was an exciting month when I shared the ‘after’ of a client kitchen I had worked on and the feature of another client kitchen which was on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers.

Hexagon Shelves

Frame Turned Tray

April was welcomed with a mix of projects and creations…  From creating 2 DIY colored Easter eggs (using crayons and food coloring), to sprucing up the foyer for Spring, to making a jewelry holder, it was a month of transition to the warmer months to come.  And of course, I continued to work on my son’s room and created my favorite DIY project of the year, the wood honeycomb shelves.

Outdoor Deck

May, the month we were finally able to spread our wings and spend more time outdoors than in.  Throughout the month I worked a little here and a little there… I continued working on my son’s bedroom makeover by painting his closet door with a pop of color and creating instagram art for the walls.  Additionally I collaborated with Lowe’s in May on an “Ugly Bathroom” campaign and shared 5 ways to update a bathroom on a budget + design solutions for an ‘ugly bathroom’. Have a bathroom in need of a makeover, then this post is a must-read. Finally by the end of the month, the Spring weather was incredible so I spruced up our outdoor deck and created a plan for our patio makeover.


As June rolled around, I was getting bigger by the minute and slowing down fast.  BUT, we managed to finish the patio makeover (which came out dreamy) and I also shared a peek at the new nursery nook that was created for baby #3.  I also had a little downtime strawberry picking with my girl and shared 15 must-try strawberry recipes (you will definitely WANT these for Spring!).  The month also brought the start of Year 2 of the Creating a Meaningful Home blog series.  My friend, the incredibly talented Melissa of The Inspired Room, started out the series with some beautiful thoughts + words about what fills a home with meaning.

By month’s end, our best DIY + biggest accomplishment of 2014 arrived

and she’s now 6 months old.

Here are my clan of 5 just a few days ago on Christmas…

My clan of 5

Where has the time gone?!

Boy Bedroom Reveal

July was quiet.  You probably don’t need me to tell you why…  But action on the blog didn’t stop.  More of my great friends – Carrie, Jennifer, Jaime, Jenna, Carmel, + many more – filled the days with posts on how they’ve made their homes meaningful.  July also brought the reveal of my son’s bedroom makeover.  I, of course, finished it before the baby arrived, but hadn’t had a chance to share it.  The result was pretty spectacular!

My chat with David BromstadAugust was just as crazy + hectic at our homestead, but on the blog even more friends opened their beautiful homes for the Creating a Meaningful Home blog series.  Additionally, I shared my announcement of being featured 3x in one national magazine, had a chat on the phone (for real) with celeb-designer + HGTV star David Bromstad, and got an incredible new mattress (the best ever & I am still sleeping like a baby)!

Reupholstering a bench


By September, I started getting my s**t together a bit more.  The kids were back in school, my little baby was 2 months old, and I actually started to shower again (ha, some days).  I also started getting my DIY groove back and tackled a few new projects like reupholstering the dining bench, making a window valance, and starting the china cabinet makeover that I found on Craiglist.  This month, I also shared inspiration on making DIY window treatments, gorgeous Fall spaces, and EVERYTHING FALL – all my seasonal posts in one place.  The month didn’t end without a huge highlight… my home on the cover of STORAGE magazine. {squeal + two pinches to make sure this is reality}.

Craigslist China Cabinet Makeover

Fall Tablescape

October rolled around and I was in full-on DIY mode with my latest + greatest makeover, the china cabinet!  From prepping + sanding, to priming, to painting this cabinet got a major transformation.  The result was pretty fabulous!  October also brought a beautiful Fall tablescape creation & the start of #4 room makeover, the bathroom.

Bathroom Makeover

November was filled with a mix of the bathroom makeover + Christmas prep (with a nature-inspired theme).The bathroom makeover was hands-down my biggest & toughest DIY makeover to date.  With it not being the typical paint + fabrics, but instead demo, tiling (big time), plumbing, wallpapering, and more, this was a full-on challenge.  But I am always up for a challenge and we (the Mister + I) pushed through!  psst… final reveal coming next week.

Christmas Home Tour 2014

And lastly, but certainly not least… The last month of the year, December.  I always find this month bittersweet.  There is so much excitement leading up to Christmas and then when it’s over and the stillness + quietness set in and time allows for reflection, it’s brought with smiles + a few tears.  Smiles for all the good and tears for it going all too fast…  This month has been a great one starting off with my Christmas Home Tour which was apart of the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk for the 2nd year.  After that I shared more details on my mantel, progress of the bathroom makeover,  and a look ahead at the new color of the year, Marsala.

New Site -

December also brought the exciting change / upgrade of my website.  As I head into Year 5 of my business + blog (yes I started this whole thing in 2010), I felt my site no longer reflected what I was feeling.  In 5 years, my design style has grown + evolved, and I wanted my site to evoke that simpler, cleaner, but eye-popping aesthetic.  That being said, my mission to inspire & live with meaning will always be at the forefront of my blog and business!

So raise your glasses (or your cup of Joe) and Cheers to a wonderful year that is winding down & an even better year to come!

As I did last year, I am hooking up with a few of my blogging besties, Jessica of Decor Adventure & Carrie of Making Lemonade, to host a link up party for fellow bloggers who have also created a “Best of 2014” or a “Year In Review” post. These posts are always a fun + fantastic recap highlighting the biggest accomplishments throughout the year.

Year in Review Link Up!

After you link up your post, head on over to Carrie and Jessica’s blogs where they are sharing their recaps + your “Best of 2013″ posts will be seen on their blogs too.

The only party guidelines: Visit the co-hosts and if you link up, perhaps publicize the party on Facebook or Twitter so others can find out about it as well. The more the merrier!

2013 Year in Review + {Link Up}

What a year it’s been.  I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s gone by in a blink of an eye.  Seriously.  I don’t think a year has ever gone by so fast.  Anyway, the past year has been filled with many unexpected and rewarding opportunities – I can’t be more thankful.  As always, it’s fun to look back on all the DIY creations and projects that have been accomplished around the ole’ homestead.  Let’s head down memory lane for 2013…

Year in Review

January started out with revamping my central command center with a new chalkboard wall behind.  Who knew at the time that it would be chosen to be featured in a national magazine, Better Homes and Gardens (on stands now).  Crazy.  This 30″ spot in our home is incredibly functional and truly keeps our family on track so we know where we’re going when.

I will mention, since a year ago, this spot has changed once again (as our needs have changed) and it’s one of the first projects I’ll be sharing with you in 2014.

Central Command Center

Along with this fun + functional wall, January was also filled with inspiration on starting a blog, fixing unaligned furniture, and turning trash into treasure (lamp to vase).

As we headed into February, the focus was on designing my new office / family room and all the new details that went into creating it like the striped window treatments using paint, the modern to industrial-style coffee table, and the creation of my GIANT inspiration board.  The backstory of how the room evolved over the years is quite interesting…

Newly design home office + family room

What a busy month!

March was another busy month around my neck of the woods, along with a few client projects.  The MEGA craft room with bright + vibrant colors that I had finished was finally ready to be revealed…

Craft Room Reveal

…as well as a newly renovated client kitchen. Both were such rewarding projects (and both were photographed for BHG and will be featured later this year). Pinch me again.

Kitchen Makeover

April was another exciting month with the start of my powder room makeover. And still to this day, I just LOVE it.  The renovation started with removing the existing toilet and sink, then the following month I moved on to wallpapering the space, and installing the new toilet, sink, and accessories.

Also in April, I shared inspiring Spring porches + entryways, ideas for infusing color into the home, and superb Spring mantels.  So much INSPIRATION to go around.  The biggest project in April though was definitely the creation of the Vertical Garden Pallet for my front porch.

Vertical Pallet Garden

Spring was one of my favorite seasons on the blog because I hosted a beautiful blog series about Creating a Meaningful Home.  Many of my blog friends contributed and opened up their homes to share how they’ve created a meaningful home.  If you want to see the entire series, this link will take you there.

Creating a Meaningful Home blog series

On the DIY front, May was a big month because we finally tackled the staining of our exterior wood deck.  Looking back at the before picture makes me simply shake my head.  I can’t believe how desperate it needed some TLC.  It was a big project to tackle, but so worth it in the end!

How to Stain a Wood Deck

In June, the Creating a Meaningful Home blog series continued, but it was also a month filled with making cute mason jar terrariums with the kids, sharing inspiration on 5 upgrades for a killer kitchen, and my new entry drop space.  The entry upgrade has made the foyer space so much more user-friendly and even though it’s not a huge area, extra room for coats and bags has been wonderful.

Simple Foyer Entry Upgrade

As the summer rolled around, the powder room kept me busy throughout the month of July.  Once it was finally finished near the end of the month, I was able to share the big reveal. What a CHANGE!

Powder Room Reveal

During the Summer, I was also asked to become apart of the team as a Brand Ambassador.  Through my partnership with I have been able to share ideas + inspiration about living in an apartment and/or a small space.  We’re all looking for strategic ways to maximize our space and often with a little planning and outside-of-the-box thinking, a better use of space is possible. As a Brand Ambassador for, over the past few months I have shared many easy-to-create DIY projects, like these rope wrapped vases and glasses.

August was a slow month on the DIY homefront, but it was a busy month in general because my family and I hit the road for the biggest roadtrip we’ve ever taken.  We headed to Atlanta for the Haven Conference in a 2300+ total mile trip.  The trip truly changed my life.  I finally got to meet so many friends that I had only known thus far through the computer.  It’s amazing how blogging has made such an impact on my life.

Haven Conference in Atlanta 2013

Once I returned from Haven, I was still a busy DIY girl!  I kept myself occupied with revamping my bookcase backs, sharing inspiration on ideas for open kitchen shelving, and my latest DIY creation – a new pallet gardening table.

DIY: Vertical Garden Table

Also in late Summer, I became a covergirl by having a space I designed featured on the cover.  I had worked with a local magazine called, Saratoga Mama, and their Fall magazine featured a Kids Corner Craft area that I designed.  It was such a fun project to be apart of!

Saratoga Mama magazine Fall 2013

As Fall rolled around, and we welcomed September + my 3 year blog anniversary, ideas for a foyer revamp started to fill my head.  And when I set my mind to something, I usually can’t let it go. The best part of the foyer makeover was definitely the addition of wide horizontal stripes.  Of course, I shared a few tips + tricks I learned to achieve the most perfect stripes

Creating Perfect horizontal stripes

A few other favorite projects + posts in September were how I created drop cloth curtain panels with a leading edge (one of my most favorite projects to date), my unique Fall wreath with plums + peacock, and ideas + solutions for the wall BEHIND the TV.

In October, I tackled quite a few fun and easy DIY projects like the creation of the stained yellow coffee table with dipped legs, the chevron patterned pillow, and how to bring the outdoors in with Fern Art

How to Make Fern Art

October was also an exciting month because I got to share the final foyer reveal with you.  The space has had quite the evolution of styles over the years!

Foyer Remodel

November brought the start of the Christmas decorating season.  We started early this year!  But before I began showing you all things Christmas around the house, I opened up a secret door in the house.  One that is often not revealed to anyone.  What am I talking about??  The inside of the kitchen cabinets, of course.  But I was okay with opening them up because I reorganized them and they looked fab.

Kitchen cabinet organization

As December rolled on in, the house transformed into a seasonal wonderland.  I was honored to be apart of the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk Tour and opened my home for Christmas Tour.  I was blessed to be apart of this well-known blogland tour and had a great time showing you around my holiday decorated home.

Christmas Home Tour

And to round out this blessed year, my kids and I are currently featured in the I Did It section of the Better Homes and Gardens January issue – which is on stands now.  I shared all about the behind the scenes of the day just a few weeks ago.

@Jenna_Burger featured in the I Did It section of Better Homes and Gardens January 2014

What a year it’s been.  To be honest, not until putting this post together did I realize how much we’ve tackled and accomplished this past year.  Like I’ve said so many times, it’s been an incredibly surprising and rewarding year.  I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings…

A few of my friends and I are hosting a link up for you to share your “Best of 2013” or “Year in Review” posts.  These types of posts are great because they give a fantastic recap into the biggest accomplishments throughout the year.

2013 Year in Review

After you’ve linked up, head on over to Beth, Carrie, and Jessica’s blog where they are sharing their recaps + your “Best of 2013” posts will be seen on their blogs too.

Beth, Unskinny Boppy

Carrie, Making Lemonade

Jessica, Decor Adventures

The only party guidelines: Visit the co-hosts and if you link up, perhaps publicize the party on Facebook or Twitter so others can find out about it as well.  The more the merrier!

Your Favorite Top Posts of 2011

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday filled with many blessings.  I had a beautiful Christmas and was so thankful to spend it with family!  With the weeks of anticipation leading up to the big day, it’s kind of sad to see it end.  At the same time though, it is exciting to think about what the year ahead has to offer.

I can not believe 2011 is just about over.  Can you?  I’m always asking myself, where has the year gone!  It seems like it was January, just two days ago.  Do you feel that way?  As a wrap up of 2011, I decided to walk down memory lane to see what posts were favorites of my SAS readers.  Some of them, I was quite surprised about, and others I knew you really enjoyed.

Let’s take a look by counting down from 10 to 1

10. DIY: How to Make Simple Lined Window Drapery Panels

Funny that this post is in the top 10…  My lined window treatments for the master bedroom that I still have yet to complete – ha!  I was a bit nervous to make these window treatment panels since I had never made something like them before, but using drop cloth as the lining material and a fun geometric fabric, I was quite surprised how easy and luxe they turned out!  I hope to finish up this space soon…that’s on my 2012 list of To-Do’s.

9. DIY: Personalized Dry Erase Calendar

This is the post I’ve probably received the most comments / questions about!  It was definitely a favorite of mine to create and something that I use EVERYDAY…  my personalized dry-erase calendar that I made for my central command center .  Upon being inspired by Beth’s, I made one for my family to keep us on track so we know where to go and when!  Yes, you can use a dry-erase marker directly on glass and if you’re looking for the calendar printables, click {here}.

8. 5 Ideas to Accessorizing Your Coffee Table Decor

It’s the center of most living / family rooms, yet it’s often forgotten about or is cluttered with magazines, papers, and remotes. Even though in my home most of the coffee table decor is thrown on the ground and instead my 2 & 5 year old sit or jump on the coffee table (a.k.a. large leather ottoman), here are some 5 easy tips for accessorizing your coffee table.

7.  Faux Animal Heads For Your Interiors

I’ve realized for a while that this has been a popular post by y’all, but of the many that I’ve written, it surprises me.  I know faux animal heads /antlers were hot-hot-hot this year, but it’s interesting to me how many views this post received.  I have to admit, some of these interior spaces are gorgeous!

6. Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets

Another decorating post that was really popular – How to decorate above the kitchen cabinets!  I felt alittle bad after publishing this post with what I said about ditching the faux vines…  Sorry if I hurt your feelings, it’s just my opinion.   Above the cabinets, is often a bare space of unchartered territory that you may have thought to add some decor, but just didn’t know what to display or how to pull it all together. Am I right?  By having a focal point, adding layers and varying heights, this “real estate” in the home can become Oh-So-Stylish!

5. DIY: Child’s Play Kitchen

The kids play kitchen was probably my favorite diy project of the year.  I’m not sure if it’s because it’s outside of the typical realm of my everyday “interiors” life or simply because my kids get so much enjoyment out of it, but this was a great project to imagine and then create.

4. 15 Creative Ways to Display Christmas Cards

I only write this post three weeks ago, but it has received an unbelieveable amount of interest and views.  I guess many of you needed ideas on how to display your Holiday cards (I did – that’s why I wrote the post and created this). I’m glad you enjoyed!

3. 15 Inspiring Autumn Wreaths

Some of the most enjoyment I receive when putting together posts are researching and being inspiring by others creations.  Autumn is my favorite time of year and I was so excited to create this post of Inspiring Autumn Wreaths.  There were SO many amazing wreaths to choose from and the ones I showcased were just a few of my favorites.

2. Creating a Photo Wall Display

Creating a montage of photos can be a bit tricky (and intimidating) to figure out where to start and then how to balance the sizes and layout. In this very popular post, I shared room examples and actual layout ideas to help make displaying those beautiful family photos alittle easier.



1. 5 Minute Autumn Centerpiece

With over 20,000 views, my Autumn log centerpiece blew every other post away by a landslide.  This was the easiest and most beautiful DIY creation that I have ever made, and it literally took my 5 minutes!  The response from this post alone has been crazy.  My daily pageviews since this was published has gone up 3x – I truly never thought this simple project would get such great attention.

And this is how I transformed it for the Holidays.

I never know what will make a good post.  Some things that you love surprise me and other things that I thought would be very interesting to read, no one really cares about.  That’s what makes everyone different!  Thanks for taking a trip with me down memory lane to peak at your favorite projects and posts from the 2011.  Later this week, I’m going to share a month by month review of what I’ve accomplished and then in a few weeks after the New Year, I plan on sharing a post about my goals for 2012…  I’ve got to give some more thought to that.