Happy New Year, tribe! I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family over Christmas and the New Year…and for so many of you that didn’t, if it was really tough, I’m sending you my love and hugs. I’ve taken the last few weeks off of writing content and blogging and have also taken a week to unplug from social media – and gosh, was it good for my soul! I’m hoping to take consistent breaks throughout the year and I would recommend it to everyone else too – be present with your people, halt the intake of content into your mind, and rest.
Reflecting on 2018
I can’t wait to share with you the projects we have planned for this year, but I think it’s very important to reflect on 2018 first. It was a big year for us – marking our first year of marriage, first year of home ownership, and the launch of Redeeming Hampton in May. We’ve shared our life, our home, and our process with you and we just love the community that has come from it. Thank you for being here and for sharing this space with us!
Top 6 Readers’ Favorite Posts of 2018
These are the most loved posts and projects by you: our readers. Click on the highlighted titles to check out the post, more photos, and sources!
Our most viewed post a.k.a. the project that took the absolute longest: The Garage Entryway Project!! Gosh, I’ll never forget the amount of time it took me to paint that cinderblock corner. This out-of-the-box transformation has added an additional “room” without adding any walls and has served Mike and I so well. I’m still obsessed with the color scheme (that door!) and love my DIY prints!
Decorating for holidays can certainly feel like a project in itself! Our Christmas House Tour was so fun to put together because y’all, we loved all the twinkly lights and cozy feel! Actually, we asked each other multiple times if we could just leave it all up. To quote Mike, “This is my favorite our house has ever looked!”
The family room is certainly where we spend most of our time! The transformation of this space has definitely been a process – as with many of the spaces in our home – full of DIYs and hand-me-downs, but oh so loved! Instead of “after,” it should really be called “before” & “current” because our family room already looks different now! (It’s always a process).
The story of our home and Redeeming Hampton: the fact that this is in my top 4 posts of 2018 tells me that you love more than just house projects. A house is just a structure, but a home has soul – made up of the relationships shared within.
These details made a huge difference without taking down any walls, replacing any cabinets, or making it bigger. It’s small and narrow, but we love it even still!
Raise your hand if you have any pieces of furniture or decor that are hand-me-downs – or maybe you’ve purchased them, but they don’t fit into your style anymore. Anyone? Me too! In this three-part series, I’ll be talking about what is a hand-me-down, what to do with them, and how to make your space feel cohesive.
Thanks for strolling down memory lane with me! We have some exciting things planned for 2019 and I can’t wait to share them with you! If you’d like to follow along with more of my home decor, DIY, lifestyle, hospitality, and gift guides, I’d love to have you follow me: