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Remember to leave a comment on today’s post before 8pm Pacific (for those of you new to blog reading, the comments are located at the bottom right side of today’s article, right after the ads), and you’ll have a chance to win either a handpainted name sign or a linen pillow cover. If you want to visit the ETSY stores of the contributors to see more options, click HERE for the pillow or HERE for the sign. Check tomorrow’s post to see if you are one of the lucky winners!
Travel: to go from one place to another; take a trip; journey.
My journey started 8 months ago when I decided to start a home decorating blog using my design skills to offer free decorating advice to people who wanted a little help. A whole new experience, but one I really wanted to explore. Along the way my best friend, Cindy, decided to join me on the trip and has added another layer of fun for me and a different voice to the blog. Along the way we’ve overcome a few roadblocks, blazed some new trails and passed a “milepost” or two. Now we’re celebrating 200 posts!
The best trips are ones you take with friends and/or family. They’re exciting, fun and relaxing as you enjoy spending time in a new environment but with familiar people. That’s what we try to offer through Your Decorating Hotline every day: a little excitement, some fun and chuckles and some time introducing a new environment, all shared with some familiar and lots of new folks.
Terrie’s Favorite Posts
Wednesdays are our shared day – we usually offer personal opinions and or share a Top 10 favorite – and today is no different. We’re each sharing five of our favorite blog trips (topics), a reflective reminder of our journey thus far.
One of the most popular posts continues to be COLOR FORECASTING AND TRENDS FOR 2010. If you’re thinking of making some changes, read this for some trendy ideas.
I was a florist on one of my former “journeys” and I love to share how easy it is to enjoy fresh flowers in your home. I’ve written several how-to articles and this is a fave: HOW TO MAKE A BASIC FLORAL ARRANGMENT
We’ve had so many great opportunities to answer questions and offer assistance that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I helped Jason with his entry, hall and dining room; advised Jessica, Janet and Sue and others with color issues; Cindy helped with a challenging room arrangement, given kitchen advice and gave great suggestions on a childrens’ room. If you’d like to read about these and more, click the “Reader Question” category in the sidebar. Because gray is the “hot” new neutral and lots of us are working with brown things we still own, I’m going to choose one of the posts that shows how those colors can work: GRAY AND BROWN
I think my favorite “how-to article” is by Cindy. She came up with such a clever idea to cover that unsightly fuse box cover that we all hate. Read her great idea here: ART OF CAMOUFLAGE
Accessorizing is a topic close to my heart. I firmly believe it’s something that can be taught and learned. I love sharing tips and suggestions to help you create that special look in your homes. Those pesky potshelves / ledges are always a challenge and one of my favorite posts is full of ideas on how to dress them up: DECORATE LEDGES LIKE A PRO
Cindy’s Favorite Posts
Picking 5 out of 200 posts took a bit of consideration but I kept going back and rereading the following posts, so I finally decided they’re my favorites!
I’m crazy about Christmas and so one of my favorites just had to include this holiday. I really appreciated all the time and effort Terrie took to illustrate a variety of great ideas and instructions in MANTEL DECOR STEP BY STEP.
One of my favorites is actually two posts – I’m slipping them both in because they ran two consecutive days and both discuss hanging art in your home. Check out HOW TO HANG ART AT THE RIGHT HEIGHT and TIPS FOR HANGING ART IN YOUR HOME.
Perhaps REINVENT, REFURBISH AND REUSE OLD FURNITURE is a favorite post because I’m so pleased with the results of my efforts updating a piece of furniture that’s more than 25 years old so it works in our new home.
Color is an important element in decorating and I think Terrie’s post titled COLOR FOR HOME DECOR EXPLAINED does a great job of explaining color terms and importance to readers.
One of my favorite posts resulted because of a reader’s great remodeling efforts and willingness to share her story with us. KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER chronicals the update of an old kitchen and provides inspiration for all of us regarding “sweat equity” and making a house your own.
We hope you’ve enjoyed joining us on this trip down memory lane and will stick with us as we forge ahead with new ideas to share, new advice to help make your home perfect for you and new inspiration and projects. A few things we have planned are tips for decorating small rooms, a series on decorating styles, a series on pattern and how to use it effectively, what to do with your mantel, and how to accessorize a bookcase like a pro. Travel with us as we explore these topics and more.
Your Favorite Posts?
So now we’ve shared some of our favorites and we’d love to hear from you. What posts caught your attention? What did you find helpful? Did we address a favorite topic or solve a problem for you? Was there something that was informative, inspiring or made you chuckle? What would you like to see more of in future posts? We’ll use your input to shape the next 200 posts – so put your two cents in! Remember too, leaving a comment makes you eligible for today’s great prize giveaaways!