Trying to pick the best from a whole year of articles is tough – is it best in terms of lots of information, creative inspiration, well written instructions, fun to write? But that’s what Cindy and I are here to do, pick our favorites ….. if you’re new to YDH or maybe just want to join us on our walk down memory lane, here’s our take on the ”best” from 2010.
Terrie’s Top 5 Articles
Color Terminology Explained - Color is an always challenging topic and we started off last year with a series of 9 articles covering color in all its glory. This first one is a beginning primer for the terms we all need to know but then the series moves on to cover characteristics, pairings and uses for each of the main colors.
Spring Mantel How-To - One of my favorite types of writing is to try to teach a home decorating technique or principle. The best way is by illustrating with photos and best of all is by showing you in my own home how I work through a design issue. This post shows 3 different mantel treatments for spring.
A Reader Question: Use Gray and Brown Together? – Since the purpose of this site is to help our readers, we occasionally share some reader questions and our responses. This particular question continues to be one of the most visited posts of 2010 – I guess a lot of you are wondering how to mix your older brown pieces with the new grays.
Series – I love when we publish a series on a topic. It allows us to cover the information in more detail and give you lots of information. A couple of my favorite series are: Window Coverings, Home Decor Style, and Redesign. These links go to the first article in each series – we hope you’ll explore further if it’s a topic of interest to you. (Technically this isn’t one article I guess, but it’s my list so I figured I could cheat a little and I think our series are outstanding!)
A Reader’s Success: Window Treatment - A favorite reader success story is April’s window dilemma. She shared her dilemma with us, took our advice and sent photos of her finished project. The change is dramatic and she is thrilled with the results. I absolutely love a happy reader!
Cindy’s Top 5 Articles
How to Hang Art at the Right Height - One of my pet peeves is art that is hung too high…and not just in residential decor! My favorite Chinese restaurant has lovely art but it’s hung way too high. Luckily the food on the table provides a wonderful distraction, making it easier to ignore the decorating faux pas! Wish the owners would read this post.
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down : Recliners – Terrie and I write Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down posts in order to stimulate reader’s opinions and generate feedback. This post was the first Up / Down of 2010 and I loved the comments that people wrote in response to the article. Readers definitely have an opinion on recliners and the feedback we received indicated it’s the men who pick recliners while the women take on the challenge of somehow incorporating them into their decorating.
Inspiring Outdoor Rooms - I love outdoor living when the weather is nice. This post features a great selection of wonderful outdoor rooms that are chock full of great visual tips for creating a beautiful, comfortable, welcoming and practical outdoor living space.
TV – Flash It or Stash It? - TV is a fact of life today and how you include it in your home depends on whether you consider it a distraction or a decorating element. This post provides great decorating ideas no matter whether you want to showcase or hide a television.
Reader’s Master Bedroom Remodel and Reader’s Master Bedroom Decorating - I love it when readers share their projects and accomplishments. In these two posts a reader writes about her master bedroom remodel and also shares her redecorating results. Her remodel and decorating result in a fabulous bedroom that will inspire you.
Do You Have a Favorite?
You’ll notice a trend in the picks that Cindy and I made – many of them revolve around interaction with our readers – questions and comments from you. That remains the driving force behind YDH and we hope to be able to help even more of you this year.
Did one particular article stand out for you? Did something we say inspire you, instruct you, help you resolve a dilemma? We’d love to know about it. Also, be sure and let us know what your particular concerns are so we can continue to offer timely, helpful articles.