Month to Month Blog Review of 2011

After putting together the post on Your Favorites of 2011, I thought it would be fun to create a month-to-month review of my posts from the entire year.  I often think, I need to do so much more, but in reality, I have done ALOT.

O, and before we begin,  I decided to have a Facebook Link Party featuring other ” Best of 2011″ posts.  If you haven’t shared your post yet, click {here}


Let’s take a look back on the past year…



After the Christmas decor was packed away and the house was back to normal in early January, the first project of the year was to embellish the kitchen window with a simple valance, but that wasn’t the best project I created during the first month of the year.  After a close look at the many projects in January, I think my pick is the fireplace that I retiled and transformed from blue / green ceramic tile to a neutral-colored tile.  It was a great update and makes a beautiful focal point for my burnt orange wall!

Fireplace Surround Transformation


I had a busy February (which I hadn’t realized).  After adding the Valentine decor to my mantel and creating a burlap Valentine wreath, I was busy creating a bow holder for my daughter, skateboard shelves for my son, and a chalkboard wall for the both of them.   I also made a chalkboard platter for myself and hung wallpaper for the first time, but the best project was my New Craft Area / Mom Cave that I created to house all my crafty supplies and “stuff”.

Craft Area / Mom Cave


March was an exciting month because I moved my website from Blogger to WordPress, which was a great move.  During the midst of the move, I had quite alot of anxiety, but it really was worth it!  The process was grueling, but the result has been fantastic.

After being inspired by my fireplace transformation, I wrote a 5 day series on fireplaces which included information on the history of the fireplace, the frenemies of the fireplace and television, amazingly designed fireplaces, fireplace makeovers,  and beautiful mantels.  After that successful series, I worked on a few other DIY projects, but my favorite was definitely the chevron rug creation using an old Ikea sisal rug.

Sisal Chevron Rug


Spring had finally sprung after a long Winter, and to bring some cheer into my home I made a beautiful new Spring wreath and started a new hobby, which resulting in making this.  But the “best” project from April was the transformation of my kids bathroom.  It’s an often messy space, but also a fun spot that they enjoy while taking bubble baths and brushing their teeth.

Blah to Beautiful: Bathroom on a Budget


Finally the days were here to break out the t-shirts and start work outdoors.  After making some landscape changes around mi casa and writing a series on painting, I had some fun with my sewing machine and created a stenciled pillow and a gorgeous drop cloth table runner.

Drop Cloth Table Runner


From my cabinet makeover with a glazed overlay to making faux roman shades for my dining room to my summer mantel filled with frappe accents, June was filled with many good DIY creations.  My favorite though has to be the foyer that I stenciled using a tone-on-tone color!

Stenciled Foyer Wall


An exciting summer month! July was the month that my kitchen makeover was quickly underway (which seems like forever ago).  I took on NO other projects and instead devoted all my time by focusing on painting the laminate countertops, painting the cabinets, and tiling the backsplash.  I still LOVE the result of this kitchen makeover!


After many months of behind-the-scenes creation, SAS Interiors got a makeover.  Working with Katie from DreamUp Studios, SAS Interiors received a much-needed update!  After spending an enjoyable summer with my kids, I started preparing for the upcoming school year and my son starting kindergarten by creating a personalized dry-erase calendar for our family’s central command center.

Central Command Center


The month SAS Interiors turned ONE! Blogging for a year, really??  September was an exciting month because my design business really started to take off and I was busy with alot of personal DIY projects.  In the beginning of the month, I made a new Fall wreath for my door, revamped a lamp for my desk, and scored FREE shutters that I made into a photo display.  My most favorite project of the month though was my Ballard Design knock-off coffee sack ottoman.

Coffee Sack Ottoman


Looking back throughout the year, October was filled with my favorite projects of the year.  It was very difficult to decide what was best…  After much thought, my favorite project was the play kitchen that I made for my kids.  After my project-fail-turned-success lampshade, my two-toned retro side table was transformed, I certainly got my groove back and even gave some design insight into how to decorate a mantel.

Kids Play Kitchen

And how could I resist sharing the Top Post of the year, my 5 minute Log Centerpiece

Log Centerpiece


Definitely an exciting month with my TV debut, being asked to review some Martha Stewart products, and starting my bedroom makeover with new window panels and orange accents. And of course, I couldn’t forget the preparation of Thanksgiving!  But my favorite post was about the right (and wrong) way to hang drapery window panels.

The right (and wrong) way to hang drapery window panels


Even though it’s technically still December, this month has been filled with lots of Holiday inspiration and fun DIY creations. From decorating my mantel for Christmas to being inspired by other Holiday interiors to making my first Christmas stockings, this month has been filled with scentsational seasonal decor. My favorite project for the month was the monogrammed fabric coasters that I created.  They were easy to make, would be a great gift, and have an added personalized touch!

Monogrammed Fabric Coasters

So there you have it…  A month to month review of the past year on my blog.  I wonder what’s in store for 2012.

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  1. says

    I love the month by month review of the past year! Great projects every month and don’t you feel really accomplished? Thanks for posting it, love it all! My favorite is your kitchen, it turned out beautifully!

    • Jenna says

      You are too sweet, thanks Erin! I cant wait to see what I have in store for next year too, lol… gotta start thinking about it! Happy New Year. xo Jenna