My Favorites of 2015

In my last post, I counted down my top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015.  Each year, I also like to give you a list of my favorite posts of the year.  I started doing this back when I, (being such a computer expert), couldn’t figure out how to find my most popular posts of the year.  I have improved a bit with my skills since then but I still enjoy looking back and showing you what I liked.

These favorites of mine are in no particular order.  I just like them for different reasons.  Let’s get started so you have time to get dressed for New Years’ Eve!

After a very long renovation, I couldn’t wait to decorate my new kitchen for Christmas this year…

Simple Christmas Decor in Kitchen

Christmas Kitchen

I kept the decor subtle because I am still enjoying the newness of the space but it was still one of my favorites of the year!

Even though we live close to New York, I never get tired of attending Broadway shows…

Favorites of 2015 - Broadway

Finding Neverland on Broadway

Not only did I have a fun filled day out with friends, but we were able to meet some of the cast!

This Halloween, I enjoyed making my younger son’s dream of being Henry Danger a reality.  The stores didn’t carry the costume yet, but we managed to make our own…

Favorites of 2015 - Henry Danger Costume

The Henry Danger Halloween Costume

We had so much fun pulling this costume together and my son was pleasantly surprised with how much he looked like his favorite ‘superhero’s sidekick’!

I am always up for a good road trip, especially when shopping is involved.

Favorites of 2015 - Ballard Store

My Road Trip to the New Ballard Store

Nothing like stepping into the pages of one of my favorite catalogs!

I loved sharing my renovation progress with you…

Favorites of 2015 - Rustic Stone Mantel

Rustic Stone Mantel

And the complete transformation of my fireplace ended up being one of my favorite projects.

I always enjoy writing about funny things…

Sightseeing in Charleston

Where Did You Get Your Sense of Humor

I liked this post because it gives you a good idea of my sense of humor…and the silly shenanigans that go on in my life.

Speaking of humor, it wouldn’t be a favorite list if I didn’t include a post about my favorite doggie…

Favorites of 2015 - National Dog Week

Happy National Dog Week

I loved this post because Rosie “wrote it” and these are the things I really imagine her thinking in her ever entertaining dog world.

Just a handful of posts, but a few fun ones that stood out for me this year.  I spent a good chunk of the year planning and living through a renovation of our kitchen and downstairs.  Many of my posts dealt with decisions and renovation progress reports.  It’s all a blur now but I am happy we survived the mess!

You can view my most popular posts of 2015 (according to Google Analytics) – HERE.

I want to take this time to thank all of you for stopping by to read my little blog this year!  I love sharing my projects and adventures with you and I love hearing your opinions when I have my decorating dilemmas!

I feel so lucky to have gotten to know so many wonderful people through this blog; people who share similar interests and are truly kind, wonderful people who I would be friends with in the real world if we lived closer.  Those of you with blogs have inspired me with your amazing talents and ideas.  I usually start my day with a cup of tea and blog reading to get me motivated for the day!

I will end the year like we always do, spending the evening with our kids and neighbors – (watching Times Square on TV instead of being there!)  Not as exciting as when we were younger, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

My Favorites of 2015 - Calypso in the Country Blog

Linking to:

blueistyle – The Creative Circle

French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday

A Glimpse Inside – Handmade Hangout

Pieced Pastimes – Saturday Sparks

Shabby Fu Fu – Share it One More Time

Inspiration for Moms – Inspiration Monday Party

DIY Showoff – That DIY Party

The Kim Six Fix – You’re Gonna Love it January

Coastal Charm – Show and Share

Sand and Sisal – Inspire Me Monday

A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday

Cedar Hill – The Scoop

Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays

Elizabeth & Co – Be Inspired

The Melrose Family – Whimsy Wednesday

DIY by Design – Winter Blues Wednesday

The Happy Housie – Work it Wednesday

Imparting Grace – Grace at Home

Craftberry Bush – Inspiration Gallery



  1. therelishedroost
    January 2, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family!

  2. Lori @ Dining Delight
    January 2, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Enjoyed seeing your kitchen reno and your trip to Ballards – visiting from Pieced Pastimes. Happy New Year!

  3. designchic
    January 3, 2016 / 2:19 am

    So much inspiration this year, Shelley! Wishing you all the best in the new year!!

  4. Karena Albert
    January 3, 2016 / 5:37 am

    Shelley I love all of your favorites! Wishing we had a Ballard's her in Kansas City! Happy New Year and all the best in 2016!!xoxoKarenaThe Arts by Karena

  5. Anonymous
    January 5, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Looks like you have had an amazing year! You are creative and talented! I hope you have a great week!Smiles!Terry

  6. My Kentucky Living
    January 6, 2016 / 12:25 am

    I like your favorites…but my applause goes to your golden! We love goldens and they are usually the star of the show. Sheila

  7. Sandra Lee
    January 6, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    You had an awesome year, wishing you the best in 2016!

  8. Sheila Irwin
    January 7, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Shelley,I never saw your "before" kitchen, but you did a beautiful job as far as I can see – it's gorgeous! And I never commented before, but your little costume you did for your son was truly adorable! Very "Martha" of you!! I'm impressed:)

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