2017 Year In Review

Another year has flown by! Is it just me or do the days seem long but the years so short? I wanted to take a look back at some of the makeovers and DIY’s I completed this past year,  as sort of an inventory. I hope you can find some inspiration for yourself. I am so thankful for those of you that follow along with my little blog and decorating adventures. When you email me or leave a comment that something you found here helped you or inspired you in some way, it means more than you know to me!


One of our first projects of the year was how to install kitchen cabinet lighting. We completed our kitchen makeover in 2016, but it took some time to finish up the details. In fact, there are still a few details we haven’t finished in here.

How to Install Upper and Lower Cabinet Lighting



You guys loved my mini book page wreaths, and I have to say so do I!

How to make mini book page wreaths


I also made nightstands for my daughter’s bedroom in preparation for a makeover I knew I was going to complete in her room, you can see the nightstand card catalog Ikea hack here.

nightstand card catalog




I don’t do much decorating for Valentine’s Day, but I did make these champagne soaked strawberries that my family loved!

Champagne Soaked Strawberries FI


I also shared this character filled house tour,   that was for sale in a beach town about an hour away from where I live. I still think about this house!

House Tour Large Open Foyer with staircase



One of my favorite things is switching up my mantel for the seasons and this  spring mantel  was one of my favorites.

Spring decorating ideas mantel decor


I also made a DIY simple spring wreath  using fresh eucalyptus.

DIY Simple Spring Wreath



In April, I took part in the One Room Challenge again. One of many projects I shared in this space was how to install layered crown molding.

Crown Molding - Installation tips


Another was a quick and easy makeover I gave to this cane back chair that I found at a thrift store.

Thrift store cane back chair makeover FI



In May, I was still working on the bedroom makeover, and this post on  how to install vinyl plank flooring  was another favorite of yours (and mine)!

How to install wood plank vinyl floors easy diy project


Finally, after six busy weeks, the  One Room Challenge bedroom makeover  was complete!

Bedroom decorating ideas, sliding closet doors



In June, I worked a bit on my garden and showed you how to put together this fun upcycled killie pot planter.

Killie basket planter


My friends often come to me with questions about picking paint colors, so I rounded up my DIY and design blogger friends asked them what where their tried-and-true favorite paint colors. You can see their answers in this post called design bloggers favorite paint colors.

best interior paint colors



In July I went for the second time to the design bloggers conference in Georgia called  Haven.  A highlight of that weekend was getting to meet Clint Harp!

meeting clint harp at haven


I also began participating in a Series called Back to Basics. The idea behind this was to share simple, basic decorating ideas and inspiration that anyone can do without any complicated and time-consuming DIY’s. We kicked that off with kitchen home tours.

-Kitchen Makeover After theHoneycombHome



I would have to say my rustic fireplace mantel was my top favorite project of the entire year.

Vintage Mantel DIY THe Honeycomb Home - WM


Paint never fails when it comes to making small changes with big impact, as you can see with my painted front door.

gray painted front door



I was prompted to paint that front door as part of a living room makeover I collaborated on with World Market last summer.

Small Space Living Room Makeover World Market and The Honeycomb Home



Another part of the back to basics series was coffee table styling, this was a simple and fun one!

basic decorating industrial coffee table decorating ideas


Before I knew it, it was home tour season which is popular among us bloggers, you can see my fall home tour here.

Fall decor family room with fall colors fall mantel



My front porch is really small, but small spaces shouldn’t limit you! My 2017 fall front porch was definitely my favorite. A friend gave me that rustic milk can and I’m pretty obsessed with it.

Outdoor fall decorations, fall porch ideas, outdoor halloween decorations


In October I also had the opportunity to take the hard water challenge with Morton Salt. Little did I know, that I would get to meet the Cousins from HGTV as part of this fun event!

Morton Salt Hard water challenge with the Cousins



Another project I had been working on bit by bit all year was my niece’s kitchen. We transformed almost everything in this space with paint including the floors! You can read how to paint linoleum floors here as well as see how we painted the countertops and the appliances!

How to paint linoluem flooring to look like cement tiles, floor paint


Fast forward to Christmastime. I wanted to keep simple decorating ideas as my theme this year. I started with these DIY  Christmas book covers you can also find the free printables in that post to make your own (file that one away for next year).

DIY Christmas Book Covers 1



December was all about home tours again. I was so busy this December that I broke it up into separate posts for my Christmas home tours – first I shared my family room, show below.

Christmas Home Tour 2017 The Honeycomb Home


Then I shared my Christmas decorating in the living room.

Vintage Mantel Christmas Living room decorating ideas 3


I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year ahead! I have some makeovers in the works for 2018, which I’ve already started on. I’d love to hear what you’d like to see more or less of – leave a comment!


  1. I love everything you do. Thank you for sharing your year’s hard work!

    1. Thank you Nancy, Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. You have a beautiful sense of style. So glad to have seen you on the Rachel Ray show this morning! Will be following you going forward!

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