Lessons Learned: My Favorite Projects {December 30th}

So since it’s the last weekend of 2011 and I normally feature my favorite projects of the week on Fridays, I decided to do something a little different to celebrate a fantastic and inspiring year!

Here are my Top 5 favorite projects of 2011 from around the Blogosphere!

1. Board & Batten from Centsational Girl – This project actually inspired me to go “live” with my blog after I used Kate’s project as inspiration for my laundry room. Loved the hook idea and just had to implement it in my own home!

2. Dining Room Table from The 36th Avenue – I remember just being in AWE when I first saw this stained dining room table from Desirée. Love the technique she used and her step-by-step tutorial is fabulous!!

3. Family Room Makeover from Addicted 2 Decorating – There are no words for how I feel about this family room makeover! You MUST see the before and after because it’s just that good. Kristi’s blog is extremely inspiring and with transformations like this it’s easy to see why! LOVE the color combo and mixing of furniture. BRAVO!

4. Dressing Room Makeover from Maple & Magnolia – There’s so many things I just LOVE about this room. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint furniture, the dress form, the pennant banner and the old picket fence. Everything works so well together and the colors are fabulous! Yep, any girl’s dream dressing room!

5. Tween Boy Bedroom from Just A Girl – And finally we have this AMAZING wall made out of FREE pallet wood. Chris also painted her son’s bedroom furniture. This makeover is just perfection! I sometimes wish for a boy just so I can do this someday to his bedroom!

Well, that’s it from the Best of the Blogosphere for 2011. It’s been an amazing year. I went “live” with this little blog back in May and I can’t believe where it has taken me. If I don’t get any more followers, at least I’ll keep doing this for myself as an online journal for my creative outlets. Plus it seems to make me finish projects since I need projects to blog about, right? HA, sad but true!!

Thanks again for all the love and support in 2011. Can’t wait to share more with you next year! Have a fun and SAFE holiday weekend!

The Best of 2011

WOW, what a year! I went “live” with this little blog back on May 23rd as a way to record my DIY projects while my hubby was off working nights and weekends. I could have never dreamed that 7 months later I would have over 700 Facebook followers and a daily average of about 5,000 page views.

So to celebrate a WONDERFUL maiden year I thought I would show you some of the Best of 2011 (in my eyes at least!) from How to Nest for Less.

First up is the damask stenciled wall for my daughter’s bedroom. This room went from a bright pink Disney Princess themed room to something a little more polished and poised. It was also my first attempt using a Cutting Edge Stencil and I’m still in LOVE with the room makeover.

I found this console from Goodwill back in May and thought it would be the perfect piece in my foyer. The accent décor has changed quite a bit since the boring old picture frames, but the slick black and metallic hardware is still one of my absolute favorites!

I created a lot of wreaths this year, but my favorite was the fabric scrap wreath for my daughter’s bedroom door. Totally diggin’ the pop of color and the personalized touch.

Next up is my mini kitchen makeover with a new backsplash and cabinet crown molding. I couldn’t afford to swap out my existing cabinets or countertops without breaking the bank so I found a couple of cheap ways to update my current look for less.

I actually revamped this accent chair twice this year, but this red damask fabric against the black lines definitely steals the show on this makeover!

Back to my daughter’s bedroom…yeah, I did A LOT of updating to her room this year! Since she started preschool in the Fall, I decided she needed a new desk and matching chair.

LOVED these easy & inexpensive iPhone covers using scrapbook paper and a clear iPhone case! DUH, why didn’t I think of this before?!

How about my new craft room/home office? While it’s still a work in progress with many great updates coming down the pike (including these organizational shelves), I’m still in LOVE with these bright yellow walls and stark white stencil.

Another centerpiece to my Great Room is this personalized accent table that I created with vinyl lettering, a flea market find and a bit of paint. Yep, this one is a favorite of my hubby’s, too!

OK, last little project from my daughter’s bedroom! This lamp shade makeover (inspired from Anthropologie) was a cheap and easy craft that only took minutes to create. Gotta love that!

And last but not least is this bedroom furniture makeover I completed for my brother and sister-in-law! You have to see the before shots on this one! Sometimes it’s hard to believe what a coat of paint and some new hardware can do for ratty old furniture!

Well that’s it for my 2011 round up! I truly am thankful for all of your support throughout these past 7 months.