The Best DIY Projects and Decorating Tips of 2016

As I said on January 1 when I shared my favorite cozy blankets this season to enjoy this winter, I cannot believe a new year is upon us again.  Before we blaze ahead to 2017, though, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the top 10 posts of 2016, and I’m so glad to be joining a group of other amazing DIY and home decor bloggers to do the same.  If you want to find THE BEST of THE BEST diy projects and decorating tips, we’ve rounded it all up in one spot for you.

So many fabulous diy projects, decorating ideas, and home decor! best of 2016

Because I like to save the best for last, I’m going to start with #10 and work my way down to #1.  So without further ado…

diy NO SEW throw blanket: how to make a gorgeous, cozy throw for less than $10!

#10. DIY Cozy No-Sew Throw Blanket
This is SO easy!  You can make it yourself in mere minutes, and it will add infinite coziness to your space until spring.

Gorgeous diy chunky knit blanket in a soft gray wool |

#9. Chunky Gray Knit Blanket
Apparently blankets are a thing! 😉  Hence my sharing those gorgeous throw blankets a few days ago… But this one is a fun one and a great opportunity to learn a new skill.

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple decorating ideas

#8. Summer Home Tour
Last summer, I opted for light, breezy, simple decorating ideas… And readers loved it! Check it out and pin your favorites for next summer.

Oh Happy Day | Free spring printable available in 5 colors from

#7. Free Spring Printable
This was the first year I experimented with offering free printables (and – by the way – I have a full free printable library available only to my email subscribers… you can subscribe here!), and they’ve been wildly popular.

Thrill of Hope: Free Christmas Printable - looking for budget Christmas decorating ideas? Download this free watercolor printable!

#6. Free Christmas Printable
Pin it for next year, and remember that you can get access to all my printables here.

Love the simple eucalyptus in a green glass demijohn! What a beautiful home with light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer |

#5. Spring Home Tour
When you live in central Texas, spring and summer are a LOT longer than fall and winter, so you’ve got to make it good. 😉

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

#4. Fall Succulent Planters
These were SO easy and such a favorite online and whenever friends came over to our house.

How to Plank a Wall: excellent tutorial on getting that diy shiplap look!

#3. How to Plank a Wall (DIY Shiplap)
Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions to achieve that farmhouse feel.

these are awesome! DIY real wood curtain rods with a Restoration Hardware look for a fraction of the price |

#2. DIY Wood Curtain Rods
Inspired by Restoration Hardware, these curtain rods are easy, affordable, and so beautiful.

#1……. [insert drumroll]……….

A color scheme for a whole house! See paint colors in real spaces in this home tour full of lovely, nature-inspired neutrals with touches of blues and greens |

Paint Color Home Tour
This is especially fun for me because it is a full tour of some of my favorite paint colors in real spaces – used all throughout our last home.

And that’s it: top 10 of 2016!  There were also many oldies that have stayed favorites:

Tips for Designing Small Bathrooms
How to Whitewash Wood
Budgeting Tips for Kitchen Renovations
and Decluttering Tips
Just to name a few…

I hope you enjoyed 2016 as much as I did.  To my regular readers, thank you for all your support.  To new friends visiting today, I hope you enjoyed it and will stick around!  Which was your favorite from this past year?!

Now be sure to visit the other talented bloggers below who are also sharing their top 10 today.  And happy happy New Year to you all.  xx

The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Instant DIY Pure Vanilla Extract by TIDBITS | Farmhouse Breakfast Nook Reveal by Nina Hendrick Design Co | Real World Organizing: How to Keep Your House Tidy by The Happy Housie | How To Clean Your Home In 30 Minutes A Day by StoneGable | Modern Farmhouse Paint Colors by A Burst of Beautiful | Summer Tour of my New House by So Much Better With Age


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Before and After at our House by Zevy Joy | How to Build Industrial Shelves by Beneath My Heart | Is the Family Room Your Shining Star? by Decor Gold Designs | My Fresh New Blue Kitchen Reveal by The Wicker House | How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror by Cherished Bliss | Dramatic Kitchen Renovation without Removing Cabinets by Designthusiasm


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Why Won’t My Hydrangeas Bloom by Kelly Elko | Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe – Color of the Year 2017 by Setting for Four | How To Make A Farmhouse Mason Jar Chandelier by Shabbyfufu | U-Pick Apples Free Printable by Paint Me Pink | Christmas Home Tour 2016 by Town and Country Living | How to Organize Every Space in Your House by Just a Girl and Her Blog


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Paint Color Home Tour by Maison de Pax | My Home Tour by Nesting with Grace | DIY Sign for Fall by House by Hoff | Floral Printable Birthday Gift Tags by Live Laugh Rowe | How to Build a No Sew Teepee by Julie Blanner | How To Design A Room You Love by Life On Virginia Street


The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

How To Get A Beautifully Organized Closet On A Budget by Fox Hollow Cottage | Entryway Essentials by Lindsay Hill Interiors | Summer Home Tour by Migonis Home | 13 things to do before you list your home by Style House Interiors



The Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016

Decorated Office/Craft Room by Sunny Side Up | Summer Home Tour 2016 by Finding Silver Pennies | How to make a tufted headboard by Place of My Taste | Tips and Tricks for an Organized Pantry by Not Just a Housewife | Back To School In Style by She Leaves a Little Sparkle


32 Bloggers share their Top Home and DIY Posts from 2016. Study trends and plan ahead for 2017.

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  1. What a great year you had! I am definitely going to try the chunky knit blanket and the wooden curtain rod – such fun DIY projects!

  2. I still can’t believe it’s 2017! LOVED your recap. xx

  3. That curtain rod is interesting to me, too. I’ve only had shades in the bay window in my living room but have been considering some drapes and I think the rustic rod and brackets might look good. I also love the colors you show. I like the subdued tones and the subtle shades. I am dying to paint some rooms in my house but have serious clutter issues to resolve first! Yuk!

    Enjoyed your posts for the past year and look forward to more in the 2017!

  4. Your DIY projects are great and I like your decorating ideas. Personally, I bought my furniture online from Furnishr, they have nice designs and stylish furniture. After reading your article, I might try DIY somedays tho.

  5. What a great year you had, my friend! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2017!
    Hugs, Jamie

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