A Year in Review: Favorite House Projects From 2013

How was your first weekend of 2014? We are home now after celebrating a busy wedding and New Year’s week in Arizona (where Kevin’s family is from). The wedding was set in a beautiful rustic barn in the middle of the dessert. The inside was lit from head to toe in twinkle lights, the guests were encouraged to wear cowboy boots, the weather was perfect. Can’t wait to share more photos, but here are two quick instagram snap shots.


I hope you’re enjoying these ‘year in review’ posts as much as I am! It’s nostalgic to take a glance back at 2013 (and hopefully helpful to find new projects/recipes/posts/events that you haven’t seen before). Friday I shared my favorite crafty projects from 2013 and before that a roundup of favorite family moments and recipes.

Today’s roundup of house-related projects has a bit of crossover with Friday’s craft/diy post, but most of the projects we end up working are for a certain room, house fix-it need or the girls, so I suppose it makes sense.

Let’s go room by room to make it easy to mentally organize the 2013 updates…

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

In our kitchen, I built a breakfast spot out of two cabinets, Ikea legs, foam + favorite yellow fabric (that I tufted), a Craigslist table, consignment store chair and giant diy chalkboard frame (a temporary solution that’s covering up a need-to-be-replaced window). We finally added molding to the end cap on our kitchen island and added a wood pallet pantry for storage on the other side of the room.

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

In the far corner, a new tiled corkboard space dedicated to family happenings (like wedding invites or birth announcements) and Liv’s artwork.

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

One of my favorite new additions to the kitchen might be Liv’s play kitchen, a gift that my dad and I made for her 2nd birthday back in January of ’13.

Favorite House Projects 2013 | PepperDesignBlog.com

In the living room, we’ve updated the rug, added a few new throw pillows, a shiny gold side table, and new watercolor heart art to the bookcase.

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Kevin and I built a wooden sunburst mirror for the mantel and a faux wood stack facade for our currently out of commission fireplace.

Favorite House Projects 2013 | PepperDesignBlog.com

It went viral a couple of months after posting and landed on Apartment Therapy, Curbly, even in This Old House magazine.

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

In the dining room, a new giant piece of pink art to help lighten the space!

New Dining Room Artwork : PepperDesignBlog.com

And in my office, a new floating shelf set to help me stay organized as well as a reupholstered velvet office chair (I chose a navy blue) and a few new decorative/storage additions.

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

The nursery/girls’ room has by far received the BIGGEST makeover in 2013. In preparation for baby girl #2, we added a new built in bookshelf/window seat for extra storage, added new gold sconces to said bookshelves, created an acrylic showcase for Liv’s growing library and learned to wallpaper (for the opposite wall) in a design that I made myself over at Spoonflower.

New Nursery Bookshelf Lighting | Swing Arm Wall Sconce | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite House Projects | Year in Review, 2013 | Girls' Room Updates | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

I added a few pieces of diy art, including a framed card from Liv’s 1st birthday and an alphabet print that matches the colors in her room. You can download it here. More to come on this room!

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our bedroom just began its update towards the end of 2013 with the start of a gallery wall.

Wall Gallery In Progress | PepperDesignBlog.com

The outside of our house made big progress towards the end of 2012 with a new wraparound deck, but in 2013 we added kid-friendly features and an awesome 10 person dining table to eat under the stars.

Favorite House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

We also added outdoor landscape lighting to the front, side and back of our house.

Uplighting Project - Complete! : PepperDesignBlog.com

And new windows! It was great to have all of our windows refurbished (and saved us a bundle in purchasing new ones).

Year in Review: 2013 House Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

I summed up my favorite quick tips for making an older home feel newer (part 1 and part 2) and also shared the ultimate painting cheat sheet that I created in collaboration with the pros Olympic paints.

Favorite House Projects | Year in Review, 2013 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Whew. Am I missing anything? 2013 you were a busier year than I remember. Here’s a link to our crafty/diy projects from last year and one with favorite family moments and recipes.

Hope you’re having a beautiful start to your week! Now back to unpacking and repacking for a work trip. Oh busy, busy life – I wouldn’t have you any other way.

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  1. says

    LOVE so many things about your home! But those cute pictures of you and your family are the best! Congratulations on such a great family, and I truly don’t get how you manage to do so many things!!!!!!!

  2. says

    You have been busy! I don’t know how you do it all, but you do it well. Your vision for making a small home work for your family is way beyond anything I could ever envision. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the new year. :)

  3. says

    Such adorable Instagram pictures! You really did have a super busy year…and with a newborn too! I still love looking at your photos. It really makes me wish we got more natural light in our home. Can’t wait to see what’s up for the new year…it’s gonna be hard to top 2013!

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