Where did 2011 go and why is 2012 already flying by?!? Who decided it is January 4th already?
Many new readers have recently begun following Dans le Townhouse via email, google friend, etc., and I wanted to say “hello”. For new and old friends alike, here is a list of my 11 favorite posts and projects from my 2011 archives (click on the title to see the full post):
As with many of our projects around the townhouse I’d been itching to do this for years but never found the right materials (in this case, two perfectly sized & inexpensive vintage frames) or time (that’s a perennial problem). Recently I found the frames, made the time and produced these:
One of my best ideas because these swinging doors made from abstract paintings are easy to install, practical and hide clutter (yay). Plus, in a tiny home, I always welcome a new and exciting place to hang art (I’m running out of wall space).
A project Handy Hubby & I recently knocked off our mile long to-do list. I still need to fuss with this corner some more but we’re just so giddy to have the desk completed!
An oldie but a goodie. My felted wool Billy Buttons still look this cute and haven’t gotten dusty. Many blog friends tried this project with great success.
After I chickened out of using chalkboard paint on my DIY magnetic board, I used the paint to dress up a really worn out knife block. A weird idea but I love the result.
Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I make and sell these one-of-a-kind ornaments and loved sharing the how-to with blog readers.
Our old, peeling sofa from The Brick drove us insane, so when we spotted this beauty in the classifieds we pounced on it.
The long overdue decorating of a bathroom we renovated in 2009. We only added simple touches but it took us ages to do (mostly because I was paralyzed by indecision – it seems a blank slate was too much of a responsibility).
I waited months for my back-ordered bedding but the white, textured bedding was worth the wait because it lets the welded headboard I designed pop. My talented Mom sewed silk accent pillows and then I painted huge abstracts to add more colour.
Artwork makes the space! A blank wall frustrated me until I decided a pop of yellow was just what the room needed.
This change was monumental because I’d been collecting vintage silhouettes for years and had never hung them up.
Mom’s Pick: New Guest Room Chair
Sometimes it pays to call in the pros. Knowing this vintage teak chair would be tricky to tackle, I had it professionally upholstered after agonizing over fabric swatches for days. The end result is a gorgeously upholstered chair we can treasure forever (and be confident it won’t unravel).
With a basement update looming & thousands of ideas yet to be realized, I hope my 2012 list is even better!
Thanks to everyone for following along. I treasure each and every comment and appreciate that you take the time to stop by and see what’s new in the townhouse.