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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 2010 Projects

Welcome to the Décor To Adore Top 10 Decorating Projects of the year. I have participated in Rhoda’s annual best of the best  for three years now and it is such a fun trip down the diy memory lane. As always I started out thinking “I don’t think I accomplished all that much”.  As I traveled back to the January posts and finished with December I soon remembered all of the projects found on the DTA blog in the past year. Here are just a few…

A side of the road find coupled with spray paint and upholstery webbing resulted in this February classic.

10. Luggage holder

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9. Anthro Inspired Dish Towels

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After creating a great guest bedroom for under $500 I set out to revamp the closet into a DIY’ers dream for just $15.00 back in June.

8. Craft Closet

Back in March, after five years, I finally got rid of the dated oak finish on my bathroom cabinets.

7. Bathroom Cabinets

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One of my spur of the moment, dollar store transformations was a tiny project that garnered the grand attention of the Martha Stewart craft department and Jenny Doh of Crescendoh and Somerset fame back in March. 

6. Paper Doily Garland

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The doilies were used as part of the décor for yet another one of our fabulously fun themed parties held in April~

5. The Almost Famous 70’s Soiree

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Taking an inexpensive painters drop cloth and a bit of paint I created something to jazz up our flea market booth. It received a “like” from Brooke at Velvet and Linen back in October.

4. Painted Floor cloth

My office wingchairs slipcovered in antique ticking and grain sacks took me only eight months to finish, but they were well worth the wait. They made their debut on Sept. 3rd.

3. Wingchairs Slipcovered in Ticking

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The runner up was my most popular furniture makeover of the year from May 24th.

2. Craigslist disaster turned French Beauty

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In past years it has been very hard to select which project should receive the title of #1. This year, however, I knew EXACTLY which post would receive the coveted slot. This post continues to be read and provide inspiration to others on a daily basis. Which is what I had hoped when I originally wrote it back on May 15th. Drumroll please….

1. The Ultimate DIY. (A project that took 23 years to finish.)

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In looking back over the past year it is interesting to see the twists and turns that life had to offer. So often when in the midst of this journey I think “Why is this happening?” Over the years I have learned that time always reveals His plan. Soon after writing the DIY post I met Andrea who had read about it on Cote de Texas (Thank you Joni!).  We found that we were kindred spirits who adored simple, fine French living which led to our partnership in the opening of Metis Linens.  We are gearing up for our next showing at the Long Beach flea market on January 16th. Our inspiration for the spring collection is a collection of confectionary colors. Lucky for us, Pantone just named our signature spring shade as its color of the year.

I am excited at all 2011 will offer. Here on the DTA blog I will begin two new features~ Makeover Mondays and Royal Wedding Wednesdays.  Over on the Metis blog we will begin Fabulous French Fridays.

May you have a very Happy New Year!


Linking to:

The DIY Showoff


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeeeeee your top projects from this year!! Can't wait to see what 2011 brings!!! Ohhhhhh and I sent you an email from my work yesterday, hoping you got it??? :) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Rene said...

So many fantastic projects! You have inspired me to try and recreate a few on my own.

Happy New Year!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

LOVE the wing chair! The doilies are adorable too.

BTW, the bedroom in your blog pic is dreamy, beautiful! Is that you bedroom?

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Such great projects. My favorite is the ticking chairs! Would love for you to share these at my party, too.

Happy New Year!

The French Bear said...

Your talents are amazing, love them all!!!
Looking forward to seeing many more!
Happy New Year!
Margaret B

Pat said...

Fabulous projects Laura! I love your ticking wing chair. Wonderful!

I an on the lookout for a luggage stand. Maybe I will find one along the side of the road.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks so much, Laura for sharing your talent at the party!

the cape on the corner said...

i love your ultimate diy, my favorite of yours to date. can't wait to see what 2011 brings!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Some fantastic projects! I definitely need to find a Craiglist disaster like yours! Yours turned out great! Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your chairs and hutch were my favorites, too, Laura! Although the luggage rack is also up there. It is fun to look back; I think sometimes we forget just how much we do over the course of a year!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I loved seeing your projects from this year! You are so talented and everything is wonderful! Here's to a very blessed new year! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Laura, you have had a fun year! Excited for you on your new adventure & wish you the best.

Love the ticking chair, that is a beauty, you've done so many fun projects this year.

Debra@Common Ground said...

The ticking chair is one of my all time faves!!! Sounds like you have a lot of wonderful things happening in 2011!
hugs and blessings,

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a wonderful job on all of your projects! How talented you are. Wishing you many more in 2011!


Paula said...

Congratulations on finishing your degree! What an accomplishment! Good luck with your new business adventure.

I loved seeing your top 2010 projects. Your Anthropology inspired towels are too cute. I think I have a dress very similar to one shown for your 70's party. It was my mom's going away dress for her wedding!

Lisa said...

I love your craft closet! It's so great that you can hide your mess in the closet if you have company too : ) The lazy susan is a wonderful idea too!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Ya know, Laura, I think I've been here through all of your 2010 projects (except #1). What a lot of progress and changes you've made.

Manuela@TPOH said...

So many great projects! I love the Anthro inspired dish towels - those are so cute!


The Primitique said...

How much fun was that? You are quite the diy'er! I was reminded of your Oprah audition tape when I saw the cabinet. Good times! ~Mindy

Janet said...

I agree with your choices. Love so many of them. I wanted to tell you also, your pic of the purple table setting inspired me to buy a bunch of purple, silver, and white ornaments on clearance. And a purple sequinned tree skirt!

GARAGE SALE GAL said... were very busy last year! So many great projects! The china cabinet looks awesome and looks like it was ALOT of work.
Happy New Year!!
Deb :)

Thelma-Art said...

So talented!! Great!! Happy New Year!!

French said...

This list only scratches the surface of all the beautiful pieces you have created and all the lovely bits you have repurposed in 2010. Wait til your readers see what is in store for 2011!

Karena said...

Laura what a special and inspiring year. From small to large projects you accomplished so much!

So thrilled to be a small part of it!

All the best in the New Year!
Art by Karena

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I just read your ultimate DIY story and I was so touched! Your story is a true inspiration :-)
Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

Sailing Simply said...

Wow! You have been quite busy this year! I like the closet makeover the most, every woman needs a space all of their own like that. But the chair and china cabinet are close seconds. Thanks for visting my blog too! said...

it is all so adorable :-) cute swim pool pics and all very inspiring

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

I adore your craft closet- what a creative little nook! Happy New Year!