Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Best of 2013: Some of Your Favorites

2013 has been quite a year for Mel & Liza.  Between us settling into our home in Louisville (which really just means 12 months of nonstop projects) and Mel and her family moving into a gorgeous, spacious new apartment, we have had plenty to keep us busy and out of trouble.  Here's a look back at some of 2013's highlights and your favorite posts:

An IKEA Hack:  When we desperately needed more clothes storage in our bedroom, we looked to IKEA for an inexpensive, simple chest of drawers with endless possibilities for painting, staining and making it your own.  Check out the brainstorming session here as well as the before and after here.

An All Natural Guest:  Back in February, Melina posted about our friend Andrea and her fabulous, home made hand and lip balm that she cooks up in her kitchen.  More on that here.

Front Door Makeovers:  Great minds think alike! Earlier this year (while still in their old apartment), Mel whipped out her paintbrush and transformed their front door with a few coats of crisp black paint.  Inspired by her look, I followed her lead just a few months later.  Read more here and here.

Sewing a Box Pleated Bedskirt: Our bedroom is small, too small for all of our piles of clothes that don't seem to have a place in the dressers or closet.  So a while back we filled up some under bed storage containers to help solve the overflow problem, and I sewed a custom bedskirt to hide the bins and give the room a finished look.  Check out the tutorial here.

Butler's Pantry:  Mel reworked the butler's pantry in their new apartment, creating the perfect space for her gorgeous flower arranging projects.  It's a beautiful, functional room, and I would kill for a flower station!  More here.

Lindsay's Apartment:  You loved the before and after photos of Lindsay's dining room.  Thanks to a super inexpensive antique store find, her dining room table saved her hundreds of dollars and the freedom to buy the lucite chairs she'd been wanting.  A favorite calendar of scenes of NYC, cut and framed in affordable IKEA frames, and the whole place was transformed!  Read more here.

Birthday Party:  Nobody throws a party like Mel.  Seriously, she has a gift for entertaining that makes anyone of any age feel special and comfortable, and her children's parties really showcase her talents.  This fabulous birthday spread was one of your favorites- and mine, too!  More here.

Linen Closet DIY:  When we were still living in a completely chaotic house under construction, I had to get something organized to stay sane.  The upstairs linen closet got a good cleaning, new shelves and shiny new labels to keep things in their proper place.  And I got to feel like there was some hope for the rest of the house:)  More here.

Mel's Beautiful Kitchen Redo:  We love before & after posts! Don't you?  Melina transformed the kitchen in their new apartment by meticulously sanding, priming and painting her cabinets with a fresh white, instantly brightening up the room.  Check out the post and tutorial here.

The Deck:  This year we tackled the largest, most involved project we've ever attempted and built a deck off of the back of our house.  After weeks of long, hot, dirty work days, countless pieces of lumber and about a million pounds of concrete, we ended up with a party deck that has already become our favorite spot in the house.  And I must admit, I'm pretty darn proud of the two of us:)  Read more about it all here, here, here, herehere, herehere and here.

We have loved getting to share our lives and projects with you all this year! Thank you for being a part of our 2013.  We're looking forward to a great year with you all!



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