You guys know I'm no stranger to the stripe. Painting stripes on the wall is my favorite (not to mention easy and cheap) way to add life and personality to a room. When I spotted Michelle's striped office, I knew we were fated to be friends. And now I've fallen in love with the rest of her house...and I'll admit, her too. I know you'll be just as smitten!
Hi friends! It's Michelle from Ten June. I was just thrilled when my girl, Cassie, asked me to come guest post over here at Hi Sugarplum! As all of you know, Cassie is insanely creative (knock-off burlap vases better than the originals? gorgeous magnolia wreaths? the best little boys room in the world?!), so I am honored to be a part of her blog! (Cassie butting in: I'm totally blushing! And strutting a bit too!)
Cassie has asked us to wrap up our blogging year for you. Actually, over at Ten June, it's been my FIRST year blogging! After being inspired for almost a year by amazing blogs like Young House Love and Centsational Girl, I took the plunge and started Ten June in July.
With that said, my favorite post from this year is actually a post that I didn't write! The post Hoo-Ray, Stripes! was written by the one and only famous guest blogger- my husband! As we all know, home design blogging is pretty much a woman's world, so it cracked me up when he asked if he could take a stab at writing a post on the stripes we painted on our office walls. At that point, he had barely ever read a blog before, much less written one! And he did great! Sure, he was a total guy and made a beer reference or two, but it was really a fabulous post! He did a great job explaining how to paint horizontal stripes on a wall, which can be a pretty tricky task. The post was actually very popular and was featured on a few other blogs! Don't worry, he bragged about that one for awhile.... :) And, by the way, I totally love the stripes in our office, so that makes the post that much better!
The post that I was the most surprised by its popularity was a post I did about The Power of Paint, Kitchen Makeover a makeover in our kitchen. This has been, by far, my most popular post. Interestingly enough, there was only one step to the makeover: paint! We did not change out any of the counter tops, cabinets, fixtures, appliances, etc. but the hubby and I painted just about every surface in the room! We painted the cabinets, trim, bead board and windows from beige to a bright white and we painted the walls from a coral to a soothing neutral gray. It was a lot of painting, but totally worth it. To tell you the truth, I'm in LOVE with our new kitchen, but I was (happily!) surprised at how much love the kitchen has received in the blog world. It truly was an inexpensive (a few buckets of paint? less than $200) and relatively simple project that makes a world of difference in our home. And I feel so happy and blessed to be able to share it with all of you!!
So that's what we've got over at Ten June! Cassie- thanks so much for having me!!
Thank you, Michelle! I've really enjoyed getting to know you this year, and can't wait to see what projects you whip up in 2011! And even though my time off work is coming to an end, the Best of the Best Series continues on! I was overwhelmed by my favorite bloggers who wanted to participate...including tomorrow's guest, Emily...the Decorchick herself!
Check out the previous Best of the Best Bloggers!
Emily A. Clark
Isabella & Max Rooms
A Thoughtful Place
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Primitive & Proper
Danielle Oakey Interiors
Honey We're Home