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Best of Maison de Pax for 2021

Find out the top 10 DIY projects and decorating tips of 2021: the best of Maison de Pax. Get a head start on popular trends for 2022!

best diy and decorating projects of 2021

Well, 2021 proved to be another year unlike any other… in so many ways. But one thing is still true: there are certain decorating posts and diy projects each year that rise to the top as reader favorites.

As usual, I wanted to start the year by sharing with you the most popular DIY projects, decorating ideas, and design inspiration of these past 12 months so you can get a head start on ideas for this new year!

So without further ado, here is a little top 10 countdown…

Best of Maison de Pax 2021

10. Lightroom Mobile Editing Tips

best way to edit photos in lightroom mobile app
Lightroom Mobile Editing Tips

In case you didn’t know, all the photography you see on Maison de Pax is done my little ol’ moi. Photography is basically my other hobby and art form… And these Lightroom mobile editing tips are the ones I use on all my phone photos for everything from interior shots for social media to in-the-moment shots of my kiddos for their grandparents.

9. How to Restore Teak Furniture

golden teak outdoor dining set with black umbrella

We found a beautiful (but tired!) teak dining set on Facebook Marketplace this year, and I did all the research and work to show you how you can restore teak furniture to its original beauty. Whether you already have a set or want to search for an affordable used one, you’ll need this post!

8. Oak Bookcase Makeover

black and light wood bookcase styling | Maison de Pax

I’ve been slowly working on a home office for myself, and some bookshelves for storage were a must. Fortunately, I found this huge oak bookcase on Craigslist for a steal. You won’t believe what it looked like before!

7. Marble Bathroom Tile Combos and Ideas

marble bathroom tile combinations

Ever since sharing our master bath remodel in early 2020, I’ve received endless questions about using marble tile in a bathroom. In this post, I spilled all the details: pros, cons, care tips, etc., plus I shared some beautiful marble tile combos. If you’re considering a bathroom refresh this year, you won’t want to miss this post.

6. DIY Aged Black Pottery

DIY aged black pottery | Maison de Pax

Looking for an easy DIY you can do in a single afternoon? Find out how to turn basic terracotta vases and pots into beautiful aged black pottery.

5. How to Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig Clippings

how to propagate fiddle leaf fig trees

Want something to put in those gorgeous new black pots you just made? 😉 See how easy it is to propagate new fiddle leaf fig trees with these simple steps.

4. The Best White Paint Colors

Maison de Pax's favorite white paint colors | Maison de Pax

White paint is a classic, but it can be hard to choose the right one! Find out our favorite white paints, see them in real spaces, and learn what to consider when choosing white paint for your own space.

3. Sherwin Williams Snowbound in Real Spaces

SW 7004 Snowbound in real spaces

Speaking of white paint, this in-depth look at SW Snowbound (one of our all-time favorite white paints) was super popular this year. Coming in at number 3 for this year even though it wasn’t published until mid August! Don’t miss this close up look at a beautiful color and more. on the thought process behind choosing the best white paint for your space.

2. The Best Grout Colors for Subway Tile or Marble

Coming in at number 2 we have another marble tile post! We love using marble tile, and white subway tile is always a classic. This post explores our favorite grout colors for those two classic tile choices.

And now, coming in at number 1……………

1. #ClientMomAndDad’s New Kitchen

white and wood kitchen with black and gold island pendant lights | Maison de Pax

I’m not surprised. Actually, I wrote two posts on this kitchen: part 1 was all about the cabinets, and part 2 covered the other details.

white oak wood floors with natural wood cabinets | Maison de Pax

Those two posts both were huge fan favorites, and I couldn’t be more pleased. You see, my parents retired and moved (close to our ranch house!), and I had the privilege of designing their renovation. We basically took the home to the studs and started over to create this beautiful space; you won’t believe what it used to look like!

DIY and Decorating Trends for 2022

Every year I can see the popular trends with repeat related posts, and this year was no exception: marble bathrooms came in twice. Add the consistent win of a gorgeous kitchen, and you’ve got an all-round beautiful, elegant combination.

But if big budget renovations aren’t in the cards for you in 2022, you aren’t alone. White paints were #2 and #3, and a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable makeovers for your home. Even better, I love that in a world of high-end, full-scale renovations, furniture flips from cheap thrifted finds are still in the top 10.

In short, I truly believe there is something for all of us, and I’m looking forward to what 2022 will bring. What are you planning for this year?

best diy and decorating projects of 2021

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