A Look Back At 2017 (and some plans for the new year)

2017 Year In Review

Happy (belated) New Years!  I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas and ushered in the new year in style.  I had plans to blog over the Christmas holiday but just couldn’t find the motivation to sit down and write.  Instead I choose to enjoy Christmas with my family and to be honest, I really needed and treasured the break.

2017 was a busy year, both personally and professionally. The photos above show some of the highlights I experienced during the year.

The year started off with a bang (literally) when my brand new car was side-swiped by a tow truck.  Thankfully I had just gotten out the car so I walked away unharmed. It took almost 3 months for my car to be repaired and as expected we are still having some minor issues with the repairs.  I’m just blessed I wasn’t hurt and that the driver of the tow truck had good insurance.

Once 2017 got rolling, the fun started happening. The hubby and I road-tripped to Texas so I could go to the Round Top Antiques market.  My friend Marsha planned the trip which included a stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Salado, Texas.  Fingers crossed I’ll be able to attend Round Top again this year.

Blogging in 2017 was a little erratic.  I created some beautiful tablescapes throughout the year and started a new blog series called Product + Inspiration. My tablescape and Product + Inspiration posts were some of the top posts in 2017 so you’ll see more of that in 2018.


You all know I love to gift wrap and it was fun sharing wrapping ideas throughout the year.  I  won’t be sharing gift wrap ideas monthly but instead will be doing seasonal gift wrap posts with tips, inspiration and resource guides.

One of the highlights of my year was partnering with Steve and Jill McKenzie’s and conducting design workshops in their beautiful store.  I love doing workshops where I can inspire others with ideas for decorating, gift wrapping and living a stylish life.  I’m hoping to host more workshops around Atlanta in 2018.


In August I found out I was nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award.  It was a great honor to be recognized.  I also enjoyed partnering with Amara on a couple of blog projects during the year.  They are one of my favorite companies and I hope to work with them again this year. 

One of the most exciting things that happened in 2017 was the purchase of our new house.  We closed in July, had some renovations done and moved in the last week of August.  I still have lots of decorating to do and will be sharing the progress throughout the year.  First up is completing my office space.

In September we sailed away on a Caribbean cruise.  We traveled with a three other couples that we actually met last year on a cruise.  It’s funny how people come into your lives and how friendships are born.  We’re all planning to cruise again this year.

And before I knew it, Christmas was here and it was time to decorate.  It was so fun to decorate with my favorite colors this year and I love how it all came together.

2017 was also my final year serving as Board President for a local non-profit agency called the Community Assistance Center (CAC).  I have been on the board for 7 years and the agency is near and dear to my heart.  If you don’t already, I encourage all of you to find a way to service others and give back in 2018–it’s so fulfilling.

It’s already looking like 2018 its going to be a busy year with projects in the works, trips planned and new adventures ahead.

I’m still working on outlining my goals but have chosen CLARITY as my word of the year.   My goal is to stay laser focused on achieving and accomplishing all that I want to in 2018.

I’ll be back next week to share my 2018 blog plans so stay tune.  For now I just want to say thank you for joining me each and every day here on the bog.  Your support means the world and I hope to continue to inspire you in the new year.

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