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The Best of the Nest 2011

January 2, 2012

I thought it would be fun and egotistical to take a look back at my year in blogging and see what all went down around here. Not surprisingly, posting was pretty light between January and the beginning of April because we were planning a wedding. But once that was done, we officially kicked it into high home gear.

January: I bought some greek key trim and did a quick luggage rack makeover. This post landed on the “Freshly Pressed” WordPress homepage and totally made me a giddy blogger. Little did I know it also was the beginning of the Moody Glam room.

February: During my first visit to Savvy Snoot, I picked up a new lamp. For the first time since Dr. Morton’s Physics class, I broke out my electrical knowledge and replaced the switch. (I’ve since added some trim which you can see in the Living Room portion of the Nest Tour.) The same weekend I also revamped a Goodwill lamp, which also eventually made it way into Moody Glaminess.

April: We returned home from our honeymoon to find this in our yard.

And so began the process of the tree stump table! You can see the next steps here and here, and the result here. It even made it onto Apartment Therapy with a shockingly low percentage of “constructively critical” comments.

May: May was a busy month! Friends and I hosted a baby shower for our friend Kiley, complete with onesie-decorating station and a baby carriage made out of a watermelon. (I had nothing to do with those, but I did whip up some paper bunting.)

I also switched over to summer bedding, trading our brown duvet cover for some light, monochromatic sheets and blanket.

And for the most fun, I found these cheapie campaign nightstands at a flea market and painted them bright green.

June: June brought some moodboards and the beginning of the “boho chill” vs. “moody glam” debate, which was about as competitive as one between  a Real Housewife of New Jersey and a Nobel Prize winner.

I also had the opportunity to guest post on the House of Fifty blog. You can read my POV on rattan headboards (kitchy cuteness) and color combos with turquoise doors (more than you think!).

July: I stumbled across these awesome blueprints of famous TV houses. I used to dream I was a Brady. Woulda been awesome, minus the 6 kids + one bathroom part.

I also celebrated my 100th post by holding my first giveaway—a thrift store footstool I made over with some black paint, a J.Crew button and some Amy Butler fabric. It went to a very good home.

August: This month I finally got around to posting tours of our family room and our hall bathroom, both of which made it onto Apartment Therapy. I also got hooked on using a nice camera. Luckily my birthday came around in September…

September: Aside from my birthday (9/18!—by the way, I constantly look at the clock exactly at 9:18, see license plates, phone numbers, etc. with 918 in them. I consider it a sign….of what, I’m not sure…but it must be good! Does anyone else do this?) This month included the fascinating lampshade recovering endeavor and a fun and inexpensive ombre flower arranging experiment.

October: We finally tackled the kitchen island project, which I can honestly say has been one of the most significant in terms of impacting our day-to-day and it also makes a HUGE difference when we entertain. Lots more room for wine glasses.

November: A lot of moving pieces came together this month. The Moody Glam room finally wrapped up (mostly), after finding the right furniture arrangement and end table, tracking down a white horse,  hanging a mirror gallery wall and making greek key roman shades.

I also had a chance to take pictures of Chris and Julie’s new house. They asked me to come up with some design options and then help them decorate their new living and dining room and I had an absolute blast doing it.

December: As they do, the holidays dominated the month. But I did play around with some living room art. I admitted I was wrong and changed a mat BACK to white from gray. And I made my own Massimo Vitali-style artwork for over our sofa.

Phew! But no time to rest. I’m excited about all the projects that are waiting for me in 2012. I feel like January is as busy as December was—we have family visiting the next two weekends and then I’m heading to Alt Summit, which I’m fairly certain will blow my mind completely.

I’ve got a long to-do list for the last day of the “weekend.” Looks like 2012 has no choice but to get started on a productive foot.

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  1. January 2, 2012 11:25 am

    Thanks for pointing me to the best of your blog for the year. There are definitely a few of these I want to click back to, as I didn’t discover you until sometime in October (I think). I really enjoy the mix of your life and your creative projects.

    And just have to say I always wanted a bathroom like the one that joined the two kids’ bedrooms in the Brady house. I thought that was the most amazing idea EVER when I was a kid. And I could make that house work–Mike and Carol actually have their own bathroom, and Alice has one, too. Guess if you’re a guest you just have to hold it, though–don’t see a powder room :-)

    Happy new year to you–

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 2, 2012 11:48 pm

      Thank you, Rita! I’ve really appreciated your comments these past few months. Here’s to 2012!

  2. January 2, 2012 2:09 pm

    Fun recap! Can’t wait to see (and sit at) the new kitchen island.

    And I always look at the clock at 9:11. Like, at least 10-12 times a week. Not sure what this means, but probably nothing good.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 2, 2012 11:49 pm

      Good to know I am not alone. Or that my friends are equally crazy.

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