Top Projects of 2014

Can’t believe that 2014 has come and soon to be gone so quickly.

I am making a list of my 2015 project and reflecting on 2014.

Changes to several rooms and several areas happened this year.

I can’t really say which one is my favorite . . .

~ ~ but most of them have to do with fabric . . . lots of fabric.

Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

Added valances to the dining room to add more texture and pattern to the room.

After the addition of the valances to the dining room I was on a roll.

Bought more of the same fabric and this is what happened:

Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

The cushions in the sunroom were recovered to match the fabric in the dining room.

I wanted a lighter look to the room and this fabric and pattern fit the bill.

You know the how things start to snowball when you are decorating a space . . .

~ ~ the domino effect!

Off to the fabric store with Linda (my Fabric Fairy Godmother) to find more fabric

for another project.

Slipcovered Ottomans-Housepitality Designs

Linda made slipcovers for my ottomans that are tucked under my sofa table.

Love how it added more red and pattern to the room.

In another room . . . my craft room, a piece of furniture was moved into another room to

make room for bedroom furniture so that my granddaughter could have a space of her own.

This also led to new bedding to coordinate with the color of the sofa.

Master Bedroom Sitting Area-Housepitality Designs

Master Bedroom-Housepitality Designs

The sofa that was in my craft room sitting area was shuffled to this area

in the master bedroom . . and the furniture arrangement was totally changed

as the bed was situated in front of the bay windows. Thus a total master bedroom makeover.

So what happened to the space that the sofa was in?

I turned it into an area my granddaughter could call her own.

Granddaughter's Room-Housepitality Designs

Added a “flower garden” to the wall . . .

Flower Plate  Wall Garden-Housepitality Designs

This “flower garden” is under construction now…adding more things to the wall

and changing the position of the flowers a bit.

I just could not leave it alone!!

This sweet little girl’s room is yet to be completed . . . she wants more pink too!

I did another project in the dining room . . . I was always on the lookout for something

different on each side of the bay windows and Mary Alice found the perfect things for me!

Dining Room Antique Shutters -Housepitality Designs

Dining Room Antique Shutters-Housepitality Designs

Just love these antique shutters in the dining room. . .

and they could not have fit more perfectly and the colors were perfect too!

And moving on to the outdoors:

We did a few things outdoors and plan to have more outdoor projects in 2015.

On our way home from a D.C. trip, we took the road less traveled and stumbled upon

a few antique shops . . . where I found my rusty, crusty Schwinn.

Vintage Schwinn Bicycle-Housepitality Designs

It came with a large basket too . . . perfect for flowers!

Vintage Schwinn Bicycle-Housepitality Designs

The fence to the left of the bike was also a project done this past Spring . . .

to keep the deer out of my hydrangeas . . . however my hydrangeas never bloomed this year!

My potting bench got a facelift this past Spring.

Potting Bench-Housepitality Designs

New fabric for the skirt to freshen up the space to ready for Spring planting.

And while it was not a “project” of sorts, the most exciting thing that happened to me

this year (as far as my home goes) . . . is a photo shoot of my home.

I had the best team in my home, from the fabulous stylist (Sunday Hendickson) to the

wonderful photographers . . .

Photo  Shoot-Housepitality Designs

Here you will see one of the photographers approving the last shot of the day.

He was showing my granddaughter the photo . . . then he said “push this button and say . . .

it’s a wrap!!!” . . . . and she did! . . .

Flowers in the Master Bedroom-Housepitality Designs

Yes, it’s a wrap for 2014!….I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2015!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Refresh Restyle for Top Projects of 2014

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Southern Hospitality for Top Projects of 2014


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  1. That was fun! Such a beautiful home, can’t wait to see what you do in 2015!

  2. Shirley, you had a busy year! Your home is beautiful and I always enjoy seeing your projects. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

  3. Francie Scott says

    Love the window pane fabricc. Thinking of doing it in blue. Can you tell me a good place to find some. Thanks!

  4. You completed so many wonderful projects this year! I love the plate flower garden and all of your beautiful fabric projects. I know what a thrill it was to have the photo shoot! I can’t wait to see both your and my home in that magazine! Wishing you a fabulous 2015!

  5. A wonderful look back at your projects Shirley. I have to say that for some reason you’re slipcovered ottomans really caught my eye. Love the fresh bright fabric! Would you share the color name and brand of your dining room paint. Such a pretty yellow/gold. happy New Year!

  6. Correction to above ….your slipcovered ottomans. I think my iPad changed my word! 🙂

  7. Your sofa table is one of the nicest (and largest) I’ve ever seen, and it’s quite an unusual shape! Very, very cool.

    Aside from your beautiful and tasteful furnishings, one of my favorite things about your home are the ceilings. They add so much character and a sense of space.

    You had a busy and productive year, but I bet 2015 will be just as busy! 😉

  8. Hi Shirley, this past year your blog has been such a blessing to me each time I sit with a cup of coffee and read what you’re sharing. You make us feel as though we’re right there with you, you draw us in and make us feel so welcome. Your inspirational posts have helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I pray this next year I can forge head onto a “lot” of projects I would love to tackle around here. Some cosmetic others a little deeper. With the Lord’s hand in all of it guiding my steps it will come when it’s suppose to . God Bless your family in the up and coming year. Fondly ~ Lynne~

  9. what a great way to wrap up your wonderful year. you are a gem!! Happy New Year.

  10. What a great year for you Shirley in 2014. Wishing you a great year for 2015 filled with love, beauty and lots of inspiration.
    Happy New Year.

  11. And a great “wrap” it was for 2014, Shirley! Looking forward to seeing what you do along the way in 2015. I also can’t wait to see what else you do in your granddaughter’s room.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Your home is so beautiful, warm and welcoming! You completed a lot of projects and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Sorry I haven’t been around much…hoping this next year will be peaceful and healing.

    Your granddaughter is adorable! Treasure every moment with her.


  13. Everything is beautiful, Shirley! Especially enjoyed seeing the photographer’s assistant.

  14. It’s fun looking back to see what we accomplished. You did do a lot of fabric makeovers and I love them all especially your bedroom. Looking forward to 2015!

  15. Busy year! Your home looks so beautiful. Have a happy new year Shirley!!


  16. You have been a busy lady!!! I am sure the fun and creativity will continue in 2015!!! Can’t wait to see what you do. I love, LOVE your sofa table. Wish I could find one like it!!!

  17. Shirley, I have to agree with many of the other comments. Your sofa table is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen, too, especially with those awesome ottomans underneath! It always amazes me how much you get accomplished even though you do quite a bit of traveling. You are amazing, my friend! Best wishes for 2015!

  18. You have such a beautiful home Shirley and everything you do is very lovely. Looking forward to seeing your 2015 projects.
    Have a wonderful Happy New Year.
    Your pictures of your sweetie are priceless – she is a very pretty young lady.

  19. Happy New Year 2015

  20. I’m looking forward to the magazine spread! LOVE pretty changes and updates.

  21. It’s always fun to see what you are up to! I look forward to next year! Happy New Year! 😉

  22. Loved all of the fabulous projects you did this past year Shirley and I thank you for introducing me to Linda!! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2015!!

  23. You had some amazing projects Shirley! My favorite is the flower plate wall. SOOOO darling. Happy, Healthy New year to you and your family. XO I look forward to your projects in 2015.

  24. Lovely fabrics and the colors are very appealing…

  25. Shirley…What an amazing sofa table you have. The ottoman covers are super cute and I love the bicycle in the garden. Eye candy!

  26. Love your look back at all your projects and fabric updates Shirley! The slipcovers for your ottomans are my favorite addition! Wishing you all the best and decorating bliss in 2015! ♥

  27. I love all of your projects Shirley, but my favorite are those antique shutters and how they fit and look so perfect in your dining room. Wishing a very Happy New Year to the sweetest blogger, YOU!

  28. Hi Shirley, I loved your dining room before you added the old shutters. You said you loved them and I wonder if you would consider the idea of adding white plates to the shutters? Better yet, I think if you could find soft gray and white toile plates, that would be ideal. Just a suggestion. Your home is lovely. I am a very retired interior designer, but never tire of looking a pretty rooms.

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