2012 in Review

 So glad to have shared 2012 with each of you, and I'm certainly looking forward to all the musings of 2013.  Yesterday, I pondered the year past.  It seemed to fly by for me.  I can't believe 2012 will be over today.  While it was a busy year for me with interior design work,  I have loved every single minute of it.  I do think there is something to the idea of finding work you love.  It just does not feel like work to me.  I have to make myself stop at the end of the day and never did I feel like that when I was practicing law.

Also, I just adore the clients I've gotten to know.  They are truly some of the most interesting people I've ever met.  What makes my work so interesting is with every new job, there is a new challenge - from combining cherished family pieces of different styles/eras in a fresh new way to creating the perfect furniture layout for an architecturally awkward space.

Believe it or not, I have found there is one common thread for all my clients.  They want to love their spaces.  I know this may not sound like a huge revelation, but it's true.  We want to look forward to what we are coming home to at the end of the day.  Regardless of the budget, each yearn to have a wonderful space welcoming them home at the end of the day.  A space they are proud to invite family and friends into when entertaining.  I feel so honored to be a part of that process for so many of you.

So, a small toast to 2012!  Here are a few projects, that I checked off the list at my own home last year. Of course, the list goes on as there are always fun things to improve on!  But these were two biggies for me.  I encourage each of you to think about putting a few home/interior design items on your list this year.  The projects below have changed how our family lives in our space and have brought us so much joy.  So, without further ado . . . 

Our Media Area 

We kicked off the year with a project to transform the media wall in our family room - Project in Progress - My House.  This was a Christmas present from my sweet hubby last year.  As you can see, I had thought about this project for quite some before he agreed to pull the trigger!

After a month of dust and a few set backs, the change was complete.  I have to say this small change has totally transformed how we live in this space.  As an aside, we added Apple TV to our entertainment set up and things totally changed in this space.  With this tiny device, we are able to play all our music and pictures from the computer on the TV screen.  We started buying more movies through iTunes.  Now we can watch something wholesome as a family in this new space.  The number of family movie/game nights we have had this year are too many to count!  And, to think, I was opposed to having the TV over the fireplace.  One of the best compromises ever!

Here are all the details on the "after" - Project in Progress Media Area - Before and After

Then, in the Spring, we focused on my kitchen.  It went from this . . . 

To this . . . 
With the addition of paint and new hardware for my cabinets, it feels completely new.  We have loved the change, and when I look at the "before" pictures, it's hard for me to believe that was my kitchen.  This proves you can transform a space on a budget!  As an aside, I'm getting ready to add some lighting over my island. I'll be sharing all the details on this with you in the next month!  So, the process continues . . . 

 Happy New Year!  I hope 2013 is a wonderful one for you. M.


  1. Love how the kitchen has evolved...fabulous looking! Wishing you the very best in 2013!!

  2. Such fab B&As! Happy New Year to you, Luv!!

  3. Your before and afters are just stunning! Can't wait to see the lighting over the island!


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