The Best of Maison de Pax 2014

Is it really almost 2015?  I can’t believe it…  This little project of mine has grown exponentially in this last year, and I have YOU ALL to thank.  I can’t believe how much encouragement and sharing has gone on, and I am humbled.  In case you are a recent addition to the family or you simply missed something this past year, I’ve collected all my top posts from 2014.  All in one place.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

In January, I shared updates to my office, including tips for choosing the right paint color and how to update a bookcase with DIY decorative molding.  I also shared my favorite and easiest seasonal decorating tip and a killer blackberry cobbler – just 7 ingredients you likely already have on hand and the option to put them in mason jars for individual servings?  Yes, please.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

In Feburary, I got in touch with my inner Valentine with my Anthro-inspired XO pillows and my “love note” throw (which makes a great Valentine’s Day present, by the way).  Your favorite projects, though, were my paint tutorials: how to get the chippy look using chalk-based paint and how to give wood a painted, aged look (using an Ikea stool).

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

In March, my biggest project was our planked attic renovation, and my tutorial on how to whitewash wood was one of my all-time reader favorites.  We also finished the facelift on our guest/kid’s bathroom.

Fabulous step-by-step tutorial at

boys bath triplet

April was a flurry of a month – opening my Etsy shop and getting ready for baby #3.  We finished the major work in the attic with our stairwell bookcase made from reclaimed wood and my simple bedside table makeover.  Your favorites that month, though, were two chalk-based paint tutorials: how to paint mason jars and my PB crib knock off.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

In May, my baby girl was born!  But since she was almost two weeks late, I was able to finish her nursery (which might be my favorite room in the house – so peaceful and serene) and share how I gave her clock a chippy white finish, made her blackout curtains and refinished an antique farmhouse dresser for her changing table.  The most popular post, though, was another all-time reader favorite: monogrammed chalk slates.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

June was mostly spent snuggling with my new baby girl, but I did manage to celebrate my 10th anniversary with a handmade sign and share my summer home tour.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

July was celebrated with this amazing DIY planked American flag and more summer fun with my paint-washed terra cotta pots.  The favorite of the month, though, was our before-and-after home tour.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

In August, my chalk and milk paint tutorials took the cake again with how to create green patina and how to faux plank a desk top.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

Fall kicked off with our home tour in September.  You all seemed to love my homemade foccaccia (and I know why… just a few ingredients and fool-proof, delicious homemade bread!).  My favorite, though, was probably our industrial spool turned patio table.

Focaccia (sign)

October brought more fall home tours and one of my favorites for the year: this gorgeous DIY eucalyptus wreath.

Create your own gorgeous eucalyptus wreath for a FRACTION of the cost of buying one! via #wreath #green #fall #floral

November started with some Christmas projects, including my DIY marquee lights and thrift store sweaters turned stockings.  But my favorite post of the month was probably the post on defining thankfulness.

So many fabulous diy projects and ideas! best of 2014

And here we are: December.  Wow.  This month naturally brought a Christmas home tour, full of clever DIYs like a curtain rod stocking hanger, burlap wrapped rosemary trees, book page bunting for the tree, and more.  But the most special project for me this year was the French-influenced Christmas decor, which inspired my French dining set makeover and my rustic and chic library.  Now if only I could leave all these decorations up all year…

gorgeous inspiration and tons of ways to incorporate French decor into your holiday home via

I also hope you caught my special night time Christmas tour.  If you love the twinkling glow of Christmas lights as much as I do and need one more fix before everything gets packed away until next year, be sure to take a look.

gorgeous, twinkling, holiday inspiration - beautiful Christmas lights at night via

And now, here’s to 2015!  May you find peace, joy, and hope in this upcoming year.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

But wait, there’s more!

Some of my favorite friends are sharing their years in review today too, and believe me, you will find TONS of incredible inspiration! You won’t want to miss out on their best posts, so be sure to hop around and check them out!

The Best of 2014

Rachel- Maison de Pax | Jamie- So Much Better with Age | Jenna- Rain on a Tin Roof | Chelsea- Making Home Base | Abby- Just a Girl and Her Blog

Jen- Migonis Home | Nina- Everyday Enchanting | April- House by Hoff | Krista- The Happy Housie | Sarah- Life on Virginia Street

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  1. So many beautiful projects in 2014 and looking forward to yours in 2015!

  2. Thank you for posting this Rachel, since I missed the earlier part of the year I can get caught up.

  3. I remember loving so many of these throughout the year. You are so incredibly talented, Rachel. Hope you have a wonderful 2015!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You’re the best, Lauren! By the way, many congratulations on your fabulous feature over at Remodelaholic… that fireplace is STUNNING!! xoxo

  4. Wow- what a year full of beautiful and amazing projects Rachel- the most beautiful of which is your darling baby girl. I can’t believe all that you managed to do and share at the same time as managing your growing family. It was amazing to have the opportunity to meet you this year:) I look forward to following along in 2015!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      2014 was quite a year! And Juliet is pretty wonderful… though I’m not quite sure how I managed it all either! 😉 Hope your 2015 is wonderful! xoxo

  5. A. Seriously great post. I adore how much amazing stuff you squeezed into it.
    B. I’m realizing how much I’ve missed since I’ve been so caught up just trying to manage my own blog. Maybe I should just quit blogging and read Maison de Pax from now on. :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Ha! I always feel the same way, Jen… I NEVER have time to read other blogs like I’d like! But so glad to have gotten to “know” you more this year… Happy New Year! (Oh, and don’t stop – we’d all miss out if you did!!)

  6. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I am so glad i found your blog and have truly enjoyed it and am looking forward to 2015. Have a Happy New Year.

  7. I am beyond amazed at how much you’ve accomplished this year! Your projects are stunning {especially little Juliet}. I’m so glad we got to meet this year and can’t wait until I see you again! Happy New Year friend. xoxo.

  8. So many amazing posts, Rachel! I’m off to read and pin some of these!! 😉

  9. Rachel, your blog and projects are so pretty. Great stuff this year. Best Wishes for an even better 2015. Happy new Year.

  10. You’ve had a great year, Rachel! I always love all of your projects.
    Hugs, Jamie

  11. Rachel, I’ve loved getting to know you and your blog this year. I love everything you do + your photos are always so inspiring and stunning! I can’t wait to see everything you share in 2015!


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