As we get close to ringing in the new year, I thought it'd be fun to do an end of the year post with my most popular posts of 2012 (you can view each post by clicking on the highlighted links). By far and away the most popular post was on 20 Rule of Thumb Measurements for Decorating Your Home. If you've ever wondered how high you should hang a picture on the wall or what size light fixture is appropriate for your space or if you've needed help with hanging drapery panels, this post is for you.
Those of you who like to garden enjoyed the post on Galvanized Metal Tubs, Buckets, & Pails as Planters. Not only do galvanized containers have a great look, but they are rust resistant and very reasonably priced, making them a fantastic choice for planters.
Our fireplace/bookcase remodel was my biggest project of 2012 and a popular post. We started out with major ugly:
and after painting the bookcases, adding a new gas fireplace and installing stone veneer over the brick, lining the backs of the bookcases with burlap,
and recently restyling the shelves, it's made a world of difference in the appearance of our family room:
Since we went out of town for Christmas this year, I didn't put up a ton of decorations but I do like to decorate our combination dining/living room since it houses our Christmas tree and is one of the two rooms that are most visible when you enter our home. In addition to decorating the table, I created star anise wreaths to tie to the back of each dining chair and LOVE how their fragrance has filled the downstairs of our home!
With Facebook changing the size for cover photos to a long, horizontal image, making a collage photo with several pictures is a great way to go. After creating one for Driven by Décor's FB page using Picmonkey, I posted a tutorial on how to create a photo collage for the cover photo of your own Facebook page. Picmonkey recently started charging a fee for certain photo editing services, but you can still create a Facebook collage for free on their site.
Finally, readers liked the idea of using nautical rope and vintage ladders in decorating. My posts on creative ways to use nautical rope in your home's décor,
nautical rope lighting fixtures,
and 25 unique ways to decorate using vintage ladders were among the most popular posts of the year.
Have a fun and safe New Year's everyone and I'll see you in 2013!