Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What a Year!

Like all of you, I love a "Year in Review", "Best DIY Projects" or "Favorites" post, but when thinking back over this last year I didn't feel like I'd been very creative or productive. This last year has been one of the hardest, most demanding of my life. A year ago, we made the decision after much prayer, to begin the process of what I thought would be a major downsizing. We leased a small house and moved out of our larger home of 11 years, taking only what we had room for...the essentials. Then spent the next 6 months, selling, purging, giving away, packing, moving, and renovating. We then put our home, having had a wonderful "facelift", on the market, all the time praying for God's direction. 

Temporary lease house, was God's real blessing.

I had to "re-imagine" and repurpose many pieces of furniture

And buying new furniture that would actually fit.

Enjoying a favorite post from last year;

Then, at the end of June we found our new home, 
which is only 2 miles from our previous home.

Kitchen mini renovation, and interior painting,
 carpets, and clean up took about 2 months.

We had lot's of work to do to make it "ours",

 the house is starting to feel like it's new.

Painting a Chandelier from our previous home made a huge difference.

 Choosing rugs to enhance our light hardwoods...

Coming up with a new color 

We moved in on Halloween...

and I've loved having back some things
 that had spent several months in storage.

Thanks so much for sharing this last year with me. I'm feeling hopeful that 2015 will be an easier least I pray that it will.  I'm thanking God for taking care of us during this last year in transition, and I'm looking forward to some fun new things here on the blog... and I hope you'll stay with me as it all comes together.

Joining in on these favorite parties:

Sending You Blessings and Love 
for the Best New Year!



  1. I so admire your journey this past year - far above any DIY or creative project post. What you did is so real and so smart - something many of us should think about doing before it's too hard or too late. Bravo to 2014 and cheers to 2015 - you are home again!
    Rita C

  2. Debra,
    I adore that you opened your heart and your home to all of us, dear friend.
    I doubt you will ever see or know the impact you may have made on many
    who faced similar conditions and circumstances or may in the year ahead!
    Love your new home. . .the kitchen renovation is exquisite!!!
    Keep those projects coming!!!
    Looking forward to your continued friendship in 2015!!!

  3. Everything looks lovely. I would love to downsize. It all just seems so overwhelming. Congratulations on getting through it all. happy New Year!

  4. Everything is,beautiful! So glad to know you are settled in your new home. Wishing you a blesses and healthy New Year!. If I downsized I'd be living in a garage :-{

  5. Such a big year for you Debra. Finding a great doctor and better health and also your pretty house. Wishing you a great 2015 for health, happiness and lots of inspiration and fun projects. Happy New Year.

  6. Hi Debra,
    Yes, 2015 has been a challenging year. I am thankful for friends near, here at home, and far away in blogland.
    Your now home is really beautiful with your magical touch.
    All the best of health and happiness to you and yours in the new year ahead,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  7. It had to be so hard to leave a beautiful, big home! Your smaller home is just as beautiful though and it has to feel so good to make it your own and be done! Happy New Year and may many blessings come your way this year!

  8. what a year! (you must be exhausted) --happy new year, debra!

  9. I loved seeing all the projects to make your new home you. Can't wait to see more. I wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  10. I know that this year has been both challenging and rewarding for you...but to me, it did not seem that you missed a beat with presenting so many wonderful creative decor ideas and projects....I am so happy that you are now settling in your new home and look forward to the beauty that you will have in store for us in 2015...Happy New Year!!!

  11. Beautiful look back Debra! You did have a very eventful year. Love your new home and your painted cupboards are gorgeous! Would love to do that to mine. Don't think hubby would go for it quite yet. You have made your new home yours and it is as cozy and beautiful as your previous one! Wishing you a year of happiness, health, and lots of blessings!

  12. Happy New Year Debra!! I'm sure 2015 will be a wonderful year for you in your beautiful new home.


  13. We never know when we may find ourselves in a similar situation...You have been such an inspiration to me during the last year, and my prayer for you is that 2015 will be full of good health and many blessings! Your new nest is just as welcoming and pleasant as the last one was.

  14. Blessings to you and yours for the New Year. You are an inspiration.

  15. I think of you often and wish you a Happy, Healthy New Year!

  16. Love your new home! I went on a similar journey of selling my home and buying a smaller home, all the down sizing is hard, we become so attached to our "things"!

    Happy New Year!


  17. You've had quite a year, Debra! I hope that this new year will be much easier on you. You've done a fantastic job in your new home already, making it your own. I will look forward to seeing more of it!

    Happy New Year!

  18. Wishing you a wonderful new year, Debra. xo Laura

  19. Well, happy, happy new year. It HAS been quite a year for you...looked more than difficult at first with your health...though so happy that things have gone better than expected. I hope for an easier, more relaxing, more fun year ahead for you. Looking forward to the seasonal changes at your new home. Have a blessed and happy 2015! ; )
    ~hugs, Michele

  20. What a year you have had. It is always nice to look back and see God's hand in our lives. Happy New Year!


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