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28 December, 2010

My Favorite Projects of 2010

IMG_3134 I have to admit that in looking over this year’s projects I have been really surprised at all that I have accomplished! My favorite, however, has to be my  master bedroom! I wanted a departure from my more traditional Provencal French country style of decorating to a more feminine frenchy look. Hmmm...the paint color is looking a little off in the night light.

IMG_3132 I used what I love as the anchor…toile and plates…what else? lol  I do think it has a softer edge, though. I stayed in a pastel color palate with pinks and greens and brought in more white in an attempt to lighten up the room.

IMG_2506 Have you ever noticed that sometimes all it takes is finding one right piece to get you started? Well…this lamp was it! It just screams Paris to me! Then I found the toile fabric to make the drapery panels  and the rest of the room created itself!

page3 I also found two wonderful frenchy chairs that I recovered and even painted one of them. The hunt for accessories lead me to some fabulous Victorian silver plate pieces hidden in the dusty corner of a thrift store…a sugar spooner doubling as a vase and a wonderful old calling card holder! I also shabbied up a couple of frenchy candlesticks to complete the look

IMG_3141 And I even learned how to make piping for the throw pillows! Woo hoo! I love my new bedroom! It finally looks like me!

IMG_0650 I also gave the guest room a re-do and finally finished that black and cream toile bedroom that I had been dreaming of for years! It was trial and error finding the right shade of green!

page The room has gone through a few changes in accessories and even more that I haven’t shown you. But I am happy to finally to have a place for my guests to stay!

IMG_4419 However, I will have to say that my Christmas mantel was the most fun! I made almost everything on it this year and had to start well in advance. The sheet music wreath was my inspiration…and a labor of love! I started with a healthy portion of mercury glass, then I added the sheet music candles

IMG_4404 …and the little snow birds…another easy and inexpensive project!

IMG_4415 The finishing touch was the homemade burlap stockings! I still haven’t taken it down!

IMG_3891 But by far the most versatile, surprisingly enough, has been the burlap table runner that has been on my table since October and has managed to look good no matter how I set the table…through Thanksgiving and Christmas and even now as I have the table set for New Years…something I’ll show you later!
There were many more small projects that I enjoyed, most of which have links on my sidebar. All in all, I think I have accomplished a lot! Now my question is…what will I do next year. Hmmmm…I am looking around the house even as we speak, thinking about what I want to change! What about you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite projects from this year!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Top Projects 2010
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Layla at The Lettered Cottage for Room Re-do's 2010
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Your bedrooms are truly did the best job! I love all the fabric combos and all of your great finds. The pillows are fabulous, really makes me want to learn to sew in 2011! And need I say I love your runner?!!

    Here's wishing you a Happy New Year and many more projects to come!


  2. It was fun seeing your projects again. I have yet to make a burlap table runner, but I intend to from your inspiration. Thanks. Sally

  3. You did some amazing things this year. Love the bedrooms, but the ruffled runner takes the cake!

    - The Tablescaper

  4. Congratulations on all you accomplished in 2010. Here's to a fun and fruitful 2011! La

  5. Beautiful redo's of both rooms. I loved the mantel, but must say I love the burlap runner and it might be because thanks to you I have one also!! hugs, Linda

  6. Hi Debbie, you have really accomplished a lot!! It all looks wonderful and just right.Looks like you changed the plates in the toile bedroom! I agree about the burlap runner - one of my favs, too. Linda

  7. What doth my eyes behold? TWO lovely rooms. I guess when you become a stranger to the bloggy world, you miss things and I definitely missed your BEAUTIFUL Master Bedroom, my friend. I thought your guest room (I remember that tray! Such memories!) was heart stopping, but you nailed it on your master. I love it Deb! I am still planning that trip to Georgia in the Spring. Can I stay in your black and white room? Love ya!

  8. Debbie, I've watched with amazement all year as you've done one project after another. You are one talented lady! Both bedrooms are gorgeous. I love the master with the green and pink combo and the wonderful family desk. You should be beaming with all that you accomplished. The holiday projects alone make me envious of your ambition. The mantel is stunning. I need to start planning now to get a plan for my mantel next year. That's always the most difficult for me.
    And the table runner has served you well. Any chance that you are taking orders? I'd place an order asap!
    I'm eager to see your tablesetting for New Year's Eve. I need some inspiration!
    Happy New Year to you, dear friend. ~ Sarah

  9. Debbie, such beautiful projects that you worked on this year. The mantel with those burlap stockings looks like a magazine shot for sure. My fav is your gorgeous bedroom. I could look at that all day. Thanks for sharing these!

  10. What a talent you are. I loved everything you did and am sending a link to your blog to a dear friend who will love this as much as I do.

  11. Debbie,
    I adore your bedroom. . .we have the same color palette! The guest room isn't booked fully for 2011, now is it? ? ? Who wouldn't love staying there. That shade of green is perfecto! Your use of music sheets in your Christmas decor was truly inspiring! I am so "at home" with the French Country look (minus the roosters)that I was smitten with it all! My overall favorites are "the hare" photos in your guest room. I think you'll understand more fully come Spring On Crooked Creek!

  12. Debbie, I love the changes in the master bedroom and the toile drapery fabric is a favorite. I have the same black and white sheets and toile comforter in my guest room. I love the candles and all the special touches you have added. Happy New Year!

  13. Beautiful...I felt like a guest in your lovely guest room.
    Mary Ann

  14. You really did accomplish a lot in 2011. My favorite has to be your pink and green bedroom update. I loved every single change that you made in there!

  15. I was going to try to choose a favorite among your many projects but I couldnt.. They are Fabulous~!
    congrats on transforming your home in such a great way...

    Happy New Year

  16. Debbie - All of your projects are beautiful, but I have to say my absolute favorite was your Christmas mantel!

  17. Your photos are stunning. Lovely home. Happy New Year.

  18. Debbie your 2010 projects are fabulous! You are inspiring me to plan a few changes around our house.

  19. Deb Wow!! You really did accomplish a lot in 2010. It is hard for me to pick a favorite since I love all that you do. You seem to have a wonderful ability to see what needs to be done and do it affordably for your time and monies, now that is talent my dear friend, Love you,Kathysue

  20. Wow, you really did a lot of makeovers and they all look terrific. Happy New Year!

  21. Oh, Debbie, you are truly an inspiration - your makeovers are all just heavenly! I love those bedrooms and yes, they look like you! Now the only thing missing is a fuzzy face lying on the bed! :)
    Be a sweetie and Happy New Year,
    Shelia ;)

  22. It is fun to look back. I always think I haven't done much and I'm always surprised every year :)

    I love all your makeovers but your mantel is really my favorite! It's so sparkly gorgeous!


  23. Debbie, your bedrooms are beautiful, love the lighter one a lot, very romantic. Thanks for joining the party!

    Your Christmas mantel is magical!

  24. Debbie,

    I just loved your Christmas mantel... the sheet music theme was gorgeous. Could you do a tutorial on the sheet music wreath sometime? I also loved the burlap stockings with your staff's intials. Love, love, love your blog!

  25. Your rooms are soo beautiful! Thanx for sharing! I love all the toile.

  26. I think ALL your projects have been fabulous this year and I'm looking forward to seeing your talent and creativity again in 2011! Have a very happy and a healthy New Year!

  27. Wow Wow, Your bedrooms look fabulous Debbie. Might I say the guestroom is my favorite, so beautiful and special. Your bedroom colours are gorgeous too. Love it all. And your decorations, all made by you, winderful.
    Happy NewYear my friend

  28. I remember your bedroom redo. It is so beautiful. I know that you are enjoying it. Your mantle looks great as well. Everything is so well done. Happy New year. Ginger

  29. Every single detail is beautiful!

  30. Debbie you've been one busy lady! Your master bedroom is my favorite! The soft colors and toile just do it for me. Isn't it funny how one item (like your lamp) can grab a hold of your heart and set the tone for the whole room?...And possibly the whole house? All your projects are beautiful though *winks* Vanna

  31. I love the burlap stockings and runner! The letters on the stockings are also such a beautiful touch!

  32. The bedrooms are just divine!! Love the plates on the wall. :) :) You have great style!

  33. I just love this so very much Debbie!
    You are truly a master at decorating and always an inspiration!
    I am in awe of your talents!
    Many Hugs and Happy New Year too!

  34. I love it all...every bit.
    My favorite...the black and white bedroom.:))

  35. What great makeovers! You've been busy this year. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  36. Your runner is GORGEOUS and I love your master bedroom as well!

  37. I dearly loved all your Christmas projects! I think your bedroom looks much softer and serene.

  38. What a busy and productive year you have had, beautifying all the corners of your world.
    Best wishes for the New Year!

  39. Hi Debbie, this is my first visit to your blog, my what a beautiful home you you remember what brand and color that wall paint is, I love it!

  40. I've never seen your black and green bedroom, but I love it! Both of your rooms are very pretty. That white chair you did....I have one either identical or very similiar in my attic that I'm going to repaint soon for my bedroom. So you know I like yours. :)

  41. such beautiful room! love the colours and the setting! so comfy!

  42. All of these rooms were so beautiful...enjoy them and thanks for showing them to us all!!! Have a wonderful New Year!!!

  43. Oh goodness- everything is beautiful~ I love your guest rooms and the sheet music wreath and candles, mantle it's all just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday - Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  44. What gorgeous bedrooms! I can't pick a favorite. And I love the table runner. hugs tami

  45. What a lovely blog! I am your newest follower and look forward to seeing what you are up to in 2011. Happy New Year!


  46. I love your redo's and your photos are fantastic. I'm looking forward to a better year for 2011 and will be moving to my own place soon and look forward to fixing it up in my style.
    Happy New Year!!!

  47. Debbie, now that you have finished so much re-doing in your home, please come do it in my home. (Of course, you'd have to shop your GW store first) Everything you've done is absolutely fabulous! Both bedrooms look incredible, and I LOVE your Christmas mantel and the stockings! Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. Wishing you a wonderful 2011! laurie

  48. Stunning bedrooms but I have to admit, I'm hopelessly in love with the toile one! The hit of black is gorgeous against that tone of green. You've totally nailed it. And I'd leave those stockings up all year long if I made them too. They're fabulous! :)


  49. Very beautiful! I'm speechless of the beauty, especially those plates. Thanks for sharing.

  50. Toile + plates = Perfection! Jane

  51. I love your beautiful bedrooms! You did such a good job redecorating them both!! You have wonderful eye for color!

  52. So many wonderful ideas packed into one post! I love the color of your green bedroom. 2010 looks like it was a very good year for you!

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  53. Your Home is so beautiful! And I love your kitty pictures, I have four cats too! I would love it if you would come and link up to my new link party,
    Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up, I hope you can join the party!
    Happy New Year!

  54. Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you'll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

  55. Everything you've done is so beautiful!!! :)

    I have found myself using plates more and more in my decorating...they make great fillers of wall space. :)


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie