Happy 2016 and a Review of My 2015 Favorites

Happy 2016!! I hope you all had a most wonderful New Year’s Eve

welcoming in the New Year.

I have no resolutions this year.


Maybe it is because my goal for this year is to enjoy each day, each moment

one day at a time, one moment at a time.

The “Que Sera, Sera” attitude . . . to be happy that I woke up and saw the sun

and ended the day with a goodnight kiss.

For today, I will reflect back on my favorite projects of 2015.

Because this project was for my “sweetie”, it was my favorite.

Graylyn’s Room Makeover

Graylyn's Room - Housepitality Designs

Truly a labor of love project.

In 2015, my goal was to add more shades of blue to the house.

Added many blue accents to the great room,

especially the combination of blue and white.

As seen in the Fall Mantel post.

Great Room - Housepitality Designs

More blue and white added to the kitchen and dining room.

I added these antique French enamelware canisters to the kitchen

that I purchased from my friend Mary Alice.

French Enamelware Canisters - Housepitality Designs

Pops of blue here and there in the dining room.

In the hutch, I replaced the china for the ironstone collection that I acquired these past couple of years.

Dining Room/Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Dining Room Hutch/Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Did you notice the magazines in the bowl on the hutch?

That was another highlight for me in 2015!!!

Our home was in French Country Style magazine…..it certainly was a thrill for me!

French Country Style Magazine - Housepitality Designs

The cover is not my home, but the home of our dear friends

who live on St. Simons Island, Georgia in a gorgeous French Country home.

Talk about two old friends squealing over the phone when she got the cover.

2015 was a year of antiquing and estate sales.

This was the view at one of the estate sales . . . pretty incredible, right?

Estate Sale, Youngsville, NC - Housepitality Designs

My hubby had the van, so I loaded up my convertible.

Where there’s a will, there is a way!!

Estate saleing - Housepitality Designs

I found one of my favorite ironstone pieces, for a great, great deal

at another estate sale this year.

This wonderful ironstone foot bath.

Antique Ironstone footbath - Housepitality Designs

It is proudly displayed on my French antique buffet.

I created a few tablescapes this past year.

The summer tablescape of lemons and daisies is probably my favorite.

Summer tablescape of Lemons and Daisies - Housepitality Designs

I also coordinated the tablescape with the sunroom of citrus and blues.


Sunroom dressed for Summer - Housepitality Designs

Another one of my favorite makeovers in 2015 is the Guest Room Makeover.

Guest Room Makeover 2015 - Housepitality Designs

Guest Room Hutch - Housepitality Designs

Since the makeover reveal, I have made a few changes,

like changing out the blanket chest for this vintage chippy bench.

Antique bench - Housepitality Designs

One of my very favorite decorating things to do is to create

a vignette. I must create a new one at least once a week.

I especially loved how the vintage fall vignette turned out this year.

Gathering many different vintage items and adding great textures and colors

made this truly one of my favorites.

Vintage Fall Vignette - Housepitality Designs

Another one of my favorites was my Winter Vignette of Soft glows for the coffee table.

Using lighted pine trees in ironstone footed tureens, luminara candles,

and my treasured partridges.

Winter vignette of ironstone and lighted trees - Housepitality Designs

Oh, and then there are the vignettes in the Country Christmas Sunroom.

Sunroom for Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

I know I mentioned that I have no resolutions or very specific projects in mind

for this year. My “Que Sera Sera” attitude.

However, I do have a couple of definite things that are on my list.

One of them is to really make an effort to de-clutter and organize.

Paying much attention to a book that I have been reading,

“The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up” . . . but I do have a resident “tidy upper”

and organizer.

Storage Solutiions - Housepitalty Designs

His garage organization has always been my number one visited post . . . go figure!

And plan to spend more time with family and friends which include my fun fellow bloggers.

To coordinate more get togethers, like this Bloggers Brunch.

Bloggers Luncheon

So here’s to another great year filled with lots of activities, projects, travel

and being with precious family and friends near and far.



 I also want to thank my wonderful readers for your support.

I so appreciate your friendship!!!

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  1. I can see why these were your faves! 2015 was such a fun year, can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!!


  2. Happy New Year Shirley! Love your home.

  3. All my life was a paper
    Once plain pure and white
    Till you moved with your pen
    Changing moods now and then
    Till the balance was right
    Then you added some music
    Every note was in place
    And you DECORATED my life where dreams are a part
    By painting your love all over my heart

    Stoled this from Kenny Rogers song….Happy New Year
    So proud of all the effort you put into your blog
    Love your new bit moji…….You Hubby

  4. Happy New Year, Shirley! You were a busy blogger in 2015 and I look forward to reading along in 2016… blessings!
    xo Heidi

  5. I love the daisy and lemons tablescape too. Yellow is such a happy color! My son-in-law had a huge crop of lemons on his small tree this year. The lemons were as large as oranges. I so wished there was a way to preserve their beauty forever. I enjoyed looking back at your 2015. I look forward to following you in 2016 too.

  6. How SWEET that Tom left such a dear comment!!! My hubby has never even looked at my blog, I don’t think. And I do believe that the reason his garage post is your number 1 is because EVERY woman wishes SOOOOO much that their garages looked like yours! I have enjoyed, no loved, every post from you and hope so much we get to see each other more in 2016! THAT is one of my wishes for the new year. Keep doing what you’re doing, Shirley. It is always beautiful. XO

  7. Donna Marie B.G. says

    Love your beautiful home, Shirley! Happy and healthy new year!

  8. Happy New Year, Shirley! What a wonderful way to begin your new year with a “Que Sera Sera” attitude! You were very busy in 2015, Your projects and post were fabulous! I love your Sweetie’s room; I know she’s proud of it! You have added blue and white beautifully to your home. The French enamel pieces and your ironstone collections are wonderful and lovely additions to your beautiful home! Sending many blessing for the new year your way!

  9. Your blog is my favorite, I never visit it without getting some kind of inspiration from you. I just wanted to let you know that. You are one lucky lady with your husband and your granddaughter…I think you know that! Here’s to another year, yes, let’s all enjoy each day and be grateful for our blessings~

  10. What the garage organization is number one? That blows my mind, lol. I love your house and the first photo of the bedroom is one of my favorites. I so love the linens in that space.

  11. Happy New Year, Shirley! I had lots of fun getting to know you through your blog:) You have such a beautiful home, and I was soooo happy for you when you were featured in French Country Home! I look forward to spending many more years on your blog, and wish you and your family the best for 2016!

    • Cindy….I want to wish you and your family a most Happy and Healthy New Year!…I admire your love and sacrifices that you have made this year for your beloved Grandmother, Audrey. You get the best granddaughter award…and my sweetie gets the award for her age group! 🙂

  12. Happy New Year my friend. I always love seeing your beautiful home. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure to visit your lovely home when we were out in NC. It is more gorgeous in person. My wish for you is many fun filled moments in your beautiful home and lots of wonderful unexpected blessings in the new year. Thank you Shirley for sharing your sweet and loving heart with me through friendship.

  13. Shirley, I loved revisiting your beautiful posts. I look forward to your blog in my inbox! I am so thankful for your friendship and look forward to all your creativity and inspiration in 2016! Blessings, my friend!

  14. It was fun looking back at your 2015! I don’t make resolutions either, but I do pick a word each year and this year my word is HAPPY. Looks like we have the same idea! Happy 2016!

  15. You had a busy year and I’m looking forward to more! Happy New Year!!!

  16. Love all your favorites – all of your post a terrific.

    You mentioned that the Rose Bowl was on your bucket list. I was lucky to be able to go about 12 years ago when I was a Meeting Planner. That was when Kodiak was the sponsor of the Rose Bowl. I was invited by the Renaissance Hotel. I went to the Queens Luncheon and all the living Queens were in attendance – beautiful women. Then we had VIP , parking, & seats at the parade where it turns to go down Colorado Blvd. Five rows up from the street. After the parade we went back down the hill where all Kodiak VIP were invited to a Tail Gate party in a big tent. Wonderful food and drinks, plus we had tickets to the Rose Bowl football game. This was one terrific day and I will remember it always.

    So when you go please get VIP seats, you will love it. Hopefully, you can go in a few years. Your Sweetie would love it. The flowers are unbelievable. The day after the parade you can go and see all the floats in the warehouse, which it great.

    Enjoy your day.

  17. Just Lovely ! Love your decor and your New Years attitude!! I agree! It will be what it will be!!!!

  18. I love your que sera sera attitude. Making the most of every day is at the top of my list! That, and appreciating what we already have…realizing just how blessed we are! Just wanted you to know I so enjoy reading your blog! Happy New
    Year! 😉

  19. linda ramsey says

    Happy New Year Shirley, I look forward to reading your 2016 blogs. You know what else I’m looking forward to right? Getting into my new home and getting all my goodies out of my 9, yes 9 storage units. Oh yea, maybe a visit from you and Tommy if you make it to Texas. Many blessing, Linda

  20. What a great year in review. I loved everything you posted, Shirley. Your home is just beautiful and we can’t forget that beautiful outside also…..My wish is to meet you this year. We live close to each other it is just finding time. My wish for you and your family is a Healthy, Happy, and Prosperous 2016.

  21. Absolutely beautiful rooms, lovely projects and stunning photography. It is always a treat to read your posts. Best of all to you and your family in 2016!

  22. Dear Shirley, Happy New Year and All the Best in 2016! I am adopting your attitude this year as well and cherishing every single day. I love seeing your recap and still think that your guest room is the best makeover ever!! Of course everything you create turns out beautifully!!

    New Years Thoughts!

  23. What a wonderful 2015 it was, Shirley, and good for you to not have a single resolution other than to just be in the moment. Thanks for including me in one of your favorite moments (trust me, it was one of mine, too). Looking forward to seeing lots of you in the new year, my friend! XO, Christy

  24. I’m soooooo behind Shirley, but I finally got a decent internet connection and am trying to catch up (we are finally settled in Naples). I love this post, but I love your hubby’s comment even more! What a sweetie he is,

    The garage post is my personal favorite. That’s truly magazine worthy…but wait. Every post you do is!

  25. Happy New Year, Shirlie… I certainly enjoyed every bit of your blog… Keep it coming…

  26. Happy, Happy!! That footbath 🙂 A big highlight of 2015 was meeting you, Shirley! Hope we can see each other again. Thanks for all the inspiration. xoxo

  27. Happy New Year Shirley, I love your look back and round up for 2015! I have a hard time picking a favorite post but I have to say your guest room is one of my favorite rooms in your home with the tranquil blue walls, tole trays and wonderful hutch!

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