Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 In Review

2016 turned out to be one of the busiest and the year with the most changes.  Wow, you never know what all can happen in one year until you look back and see all the changes.

January 2016

2016 Goals & Getting Real With A Budget

I tried to lay out my plans for the year and create a budget so I could accomplish everything on my wish list.  Mostly it worked out pretty good.  I am still using this budget with only a few minor changes. 

February 2016
Refresh Your Room - Space & Editing Tips

Editing furniture and accessories, plus keeping the colors monochromatic made all the difference in the feel of this room.

March 2016
Backyard Progress - The Pool Is Finished

Wow, this was a big month.  The pool and  the back yard were finished.  This project went viral and was written up in several magazines.  This was our favorite place to be during the hot summer.  What a fun addition to the yard.
March also showcased My Spring Home Tour

May 2016
Kitchen Progress
  Painting and purging was the beginning of the makeover.
June 2016
2016 Summer Home Tours - My Home

July 2016
Living Room Reveal - New Floors
July was all about the new floors in the living room and family room. 
August 2016
New Home Search
We started thinking about moving closer to family, so a new home search started.  The area we wanted had skyrocketed in price and the homes were 20+ yrs. old.  Some needed tons of updates and some were not my style at all.  I shared a few that the area had for sale.
September 2016
2016 Fall Home Tour - My Home
October 2016
The Home Search Continues - How Would I Update
If you are looking at a 20 yr. old home, then you definitely need a few updates.  I shared my thoughts on updating a couple of the possibilities that we saw.
November 2016
This was a really busy month.  
My $9.99 Louis Chairs Makeover 

Stripping, staining and doing my first upholstery project on a couple of Goodwill chairs.  I love the cowhide fabric, it just makes the chairs.  I shared my step by step.

Also in November 

The House Hunt Sage - We Made An Offer
We found "The Builder Basic" and made an offer.  We loved the area and the price was right so we could afford to do all the upgrades needed.  We put our house on the market and it sold in 6 days, so moving was a definite GO.
December 2016
Merry Christmas From Our New House

We moved in the week before Christmas.  We managed to arrange one room and put up a small tree in time for Christmas.  Truly a Blessing to be closer and to enjoy the holidays with our family.
I never imagined last January that so many changes would take place.  We are thrilled to be moved and starting a new adventure closer to family and in our wonderful "Builder Basic."
Was your year full of adventures and changes too?

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  1. It has been quite a year for you hasn't it! So happy for you about the new house. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  2. Great year for you! I know that 2017 will hold lots of fun projects in your new home ... look forward to seeing all that you do!

  3. You were busy this year! I was in the same boat as you. We sold our home, but we moved into a temporary rental and we are building a new house this coming year! I look forward to seeing you settle into your new home.

  4. You did have a very busy year didn't you Marty? I am sitting here now reflecting on 2016. That was my FOCUS word for the year...Reflect-reflection. Crazy at how fast time has flown this year. Happy New Year to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I just can't wait to see what you do with your new builder basic home, Marty! What an adventure you've been on this year!! Happy new year to you! xo

  6. That was like a whirlwind. See what happens when you write things down ?
    I have question: In the last photo of the new house, what is that thing up in the corner? This was my only used house purchase and I have one that is not part of the security system and has a mind of it's own as to when it alarms.
    Wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year while we wait for all of the updates.

  7. Hi Marty! What a busy year you've had! I'm just amaze your home sold in 6 days! What a blessing and now on with your new home! I'm so happy for you. Happy new year and here is to another year of blogging with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. It was a great year for you!....Looking forward to the beautiful things that you will be doing in your new home!! Happy New Year to you and your family Marty!

  9. You had a very busy and productive year! I look forward to all your progress with the new house. Happy New Year! xoxo

  10. You rocked this past year, Marty. Looking forward to so much more. :)

  11. What a great year Marty! I am looking forward to all the new and inspiring posts from your new home. Cheers to 2017!

  12. What a wonderful year and now on to the next where a new and exciting voyage will take you!
    Happy New Year!

  13. I am amazed that you moved so close to Christmas and still managed to put up a tree. My parents moved two days after Christmas and it was a push! Looking forward to your new home reveals. Wishing you good health and happiness in 2017 Marty!