Hi friends! It’s the end of 2020 (cue cheers!!!!) and wow, this year did NOT go as planned. What a ride! First and foremost, we want to say we’re so proud of you for the struggles you’ve faced this year. We have heard from so many of you who have experienced job loss, losing loved ones, and any of 100 other pandemic-related struggles. On top of that, 2020 was challenging for non-pandemic-related reasons for so many as well. At this point, I feel like I can’t really begin any conversation without at least acknowledging this and offering a (pretend and very safe) group hug. We love you.
We’re grateful to be alive and we’re looking forward to 2021 with a lot of hope. Here are our most popular posts of 2020, as well as a report on the renovation goals I set at the beginning of the year (which is very strongly a “you win some, you lose some” situation).
Most popular blog posts of 2020
Still, after all these years we love blogging. Consistently, writing and sharing blog posts is our favorite part of our workweek! Here are the top posts as far as click and popularity and I’ll share some of our personal favorites in the honorable mentions as well!
And some personal faves:
-Laura’s Front Room Refresh
–The Best Paint For Kitchen Cabinets
–Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
–Elsie’s Living Room Reveal
–How We Prepped Our Home To Sell
–Elsie’s Main Bedroom Tour
–Striped Porch Floor DIY
–Elsie’s Coffee Station Tour
Most popular podcasts of 2020:
We’ve been podcasting for over a year now, which is fun to say! We put a lot in at the beginning for close to no income and we just recently started picking up sponsors and traction. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting us by listening and sharing. Because of you, we’ll be able to continue on as it becomes a legitimate part of our business and more than just a hobby. 🙂 Here are our most-streamed episodes of the year!
4. So Fresh and So Clean (Decluttering + Organization)
Note: We recently added transcripts to every single episode in our archives.
So … about my “2020 Project List”:
Last January, I published this post full of projects I wanted to complete in 2020.
-It included selling our home, which we did complete early in the year. I recapped that in this podcast episode. We actually ended up selling a lot more than that, but we’ll get to that below.
-The next goal completing our Disney bnb in Florida, which Collin and I had ironically scheduled to travel there and do at the end of March. We kept pushing that back, of course. After months of our home in Florida sitting empty, then the realization that it could easily be more than a year before we would feel safe to travel there, we decided to sell the house. It was sad MAINLY because I really wanted to decorate the Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story inspired rooms. I was really, really excited for those decor and DIY projects. But in my gut I knew it was the right choice to sell the home and move on. No regrets. The stars were just not aligned.
-Another goal I set in that post that I did not complete was to do a room makeover for my friend, who is a single mother. She’s amazing and has been so understand of this delay. And since she has been home full-time with her child almost the whole year, it probably wasn’t the best time to destroy and redo her living room. We will absolutely be moving that project forward. When Collin and I have received both doses of our vaccines we will be restarting this project and, honestly, at this point I think we owe her two rooms if she wants it. Haha! Stay tuned for that.
-Otherwise my whole 2020 list was about remodeling the home we had just bought. We completed ALL these projects ahead of schedule because in about April or May Jeremy and I decided not to build on to that home, and instead to sell it and move to a bigger home that didn’t need any construction projects or any immediate remodeling.
Here’s a recap of the projects that we completed before selling the home we only lived in for five months (by the way, I lived in it and I still DO NOT understand how we got so much done so quickly! We truly only did it that fast because we had to sell it to complete our pivot and move).
–Deck Makeover and Tour
–Mini Kitchen Remodel
–Main Bedroom Tour
–Breakfast Nook and Living Room Tour
–Nova’s Retro Floral Bedroom (by FAR the room I was the saddest to leave behind and my favorite tour of 2020!)
–Entry and Living Room Reveal
–My Favorite DIY of the Year
–Dining Room Tour
We’ve now lived in our new-new home for five months. I shared my plans for it here and a video tour of it (empty on the day we closed) here. We hit the ground running with this home, literally ripping down old wallpaper as our movers carried in boxes. So far, I have only shared one completed space, but there are more on the way! Over the past few months, as we focused on sharing holiday content, Collin and I were working ahead and making progress on a lot of spaces. 2021 is sure to be full of room tours and home projects!
Thank you so much for following along and supporting our blog. We’re happy you’re here! Cheers to 2021! xx. Elsie + Emma