Favorite Projects of 2012

As we get ready to head into 2013, I thought I would take today to highlight my favorite projects from 2012.

We’ve had a very busy year, especially once our house was finished and we could start moving in.

In no particular order, below is a recap of my very favorite projects from 2012.

We love our painted stripes. They totally transformed our entryway!

Entry Stripes

Our painted secretary– such a great transformation!

Painted Secretary

I also did my first big sewing project with our Breakfast Nook Curtains.  Although, they’re about to make an appearance in a different room.

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And I loved the outcome of my painted sewing machine table.

Paintec Sewing Machine Table

One of my favorite free projects was easily the burlap and stick welcome banner. It’s still hanging up! 🙂

Burlap & Stick Welcome Banner

Possibly the most exciting “big” project we accomplished this year was the breakfast nook bench. It’s amazing how much it has changed the space and I absolutely can’t wait to finish the room in 2013!

Breakfast Nook Bench

The living room sign was also an awesome project.

There's No Place Like Home

You all know how excited I was for our kitchen shelves!

Kitchen Shelves

Our breakfast nook also received another update when I transformed the current dresser into a two toned beauty. See how I did it here.

Two Toned Dresser

And finally, I loved showing you our Christmas house tour, which has links to all my favorite Christmas projects from 2012.

Christmas House Tour

Well, there you have it, all of my favorites from 2012. I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring. We already have a whole list of projects waiting to be completed throughout the year. I’ll show you the list soon.

To all my readers, old and new, I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am to have you as followers. Your comments mean more than you will ever know!

Don’t forget- starting January 1st, my new site will go live and The Wood Grain Cottage will come to life! I’ll see you there!

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My Blogging Adventure & An Announcement

When I started my blogging adventure a year ago I never thought that I would enjoy it so much! It has truly brought an outlet for the creativity I kept bottled inside. To know that I have a place to share my ideas, designs and thoughts is absolutely wonderful. It’s almost like I found a part of myself that’s been missing.

Throughout this blogging adventure I have discovered several things about myself.

1. I’ve found that I’m not scared to go into thrift stores or The Salvation Army. Before, it was something that didn’t even cross my mind. Can you imagine all the things I’ve missed over the years?

2. I rather love bringing old and forgotten things back to life.

3. I love painting furniture and seeing the amazing transformation that paint brings time and time again.

4. I have a serious infatuation with our home and I love including meaningful items throughout our house.

5. I love creating a home that expresses not only my personality, but also my husband’s.

Number 5 holds a special place in my heart. Even though we just built our home and everything’s brand new, we will always have projects and ideas that will make this house feel more like our home.  We’ve both enjoy doing projects together and watching our combined ideas come to life.

With that, we have decided to change things here at Brightly Inspired. Beginning January 1st we will no longer be known as Brightly Inspired, but instead, The Wood Grain Cottage.

After what has seemed like months, I finally decided that switching our blogging name wouldn’t be catastrophic  to what we’ve already created. By re-naming our little blog that could, we will have a name that represents what this home really is to us. We will be joining the self hosted blog world and we have several new ideas up our sleeve.

You see, Brightly Inspired was perfect while we were designing and building our home. We were, as the title described, Inspired. But since we’ve moved in, our name didn’t fit as well as we’d hoped.

Bottom line is, I have a husband that loves wood grain. He has since I’ve met him.  That’s not going to change. And I love cottage style. It’s the perfect combination. With that, The Wood Grain Cottage was born.

Starting January 1st, Brightly Inspired will be transferred over to the new site, which I’m having all sorts of fun designing!

Nothing will change for you, my lovely readers. If anything, the new site will be more user friendly- for you and me both- and we’ll have a new name that describes this home loving couple much better. I’ll still be doing the same type of projects that you’ve all enjoyed and hopefully a bit more!

I hope you’ll continue to follow along! I greatly value each and every one of you!

And here’s a sneak peek  of something on our new site:

The Wood Grain Cottage

Have a terrific weekend!

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Christmas Home Tour

Well, it’s time to give your our Christmas tour. I’ve already shown you a few areas of our home, but there are a few new rooms and pictures sprinkled in there too. If there were ever too many pictures in one post, this could be that post. 🙂


Front Porch:

I almost thought this poor little area wasn’t going to make it through the snow and heavy wind beating a couple of days ago. I may have had to search the yard for several of the items, but here it is!

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Porch 7

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Porch 4

Porch 6

Living Room:

I already showed you our tree,  but this time we have presents under it .

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Living Room 1


Dining Room:

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Dining 1

Dining 2

Dining 3

Dining 5

Dining 6

Dining 7


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Here are our Christmas Shelves:


And my favorite little DIY trees:


And our fluffy cotton ball wreath:


Breakfast Nook:

With the adorable Christmas Countdown.





There it is! We’re all ready for Christmas, well, minus a few last minute Christmas gifts that are set to arrive any day. 🙂

Merry Christmas

Stay tuned tomorrow for a bit of exciting news!

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