My Favorites of 2021 – A Look Back

At the beginning of each new year, I like to share some of my favorite blog posts from the previous year.  Even though my favorites weren’t necessarily the most popular posts of the year, they’re a handful of ones I liked for one reason or another.  (You can find the most popular recap here – 10 Most Popular Posts of 2021).  So, if you’re looking for some ideas or projects to start off the new year, hopefully some of my favorites of 2021 will inspire you!

Here are some of my favorites of 2021…

Favorites of 2021

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My Favorite Table Setting of 2021:

Blue and white outdoor table setting - favorites of 2021

Outdoor Mother’s Day Table Setting

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I love decorating tables.  In 2021, we spent so much time outdoors so it made sense to decorate the patio table when Mother’s Day came around.  Since our table overlooks the pool, I used that as inspiration.  I pulled out a bunch of blue and white accessories and mixed in some greens and natural textures.  My table ended up with a British Colonial vibe and made us feel like we were on vacation in the Caribbean.  After all, we haven’t been able to travel in a while, so why not escape to the patio?!

My Favorite Vignette for 2021:

Round bar cart styled for summer - favorites of 2021

Bar Cart Styling Tips – Make Every Day Feel Like Vacation!

Obviously, I’m missing our trips in the Caribbean because my vacation inspired bar cart styling tips were another of my favorites of 2021.  With all the time we’re spending at home these days, it was fun to create escape right in my living room.  And yes, I used a few of the same colors and accessories from my patio table setting.  It’s always fun to repurpose items isn’t it?

My Favorite DIY of 2021:

Cane vase with blue and white porcelain

How to Make a Cane Wrapped Vase (An Easy DIY)

To continue with the British Colonial theme, I chose my cane wrapped vase project as my favorite DIY of 2021.  I picked this one for my favorite list because it was so easy and it also fit right in with my decorating style!

My Favorite Seasonal Decorating Tips for 2021:

Cranberries and candle in glass hurricane with mini trees

7 Easy Vase Filler Ideas for Christmas

For quick and easy Christmas decorating, you can’t go wrong filling a few glass hurricanes with seasonal items.  During the crazy holiday season, I think we’re all looking for easy ways to be festive at home.

My Favorite “Saturday Spotlight” Blog Post:

Pink Cherry Blossoms in White Pitcher - Favorites of 2021

Pretty Pink Home Decor Ideas – Saturday Spotlight

In 2021, I started a new series on my blog called “Saturday Spotlight”.  Each week, I would highlight a different theme with decorating inspiration to go along with it.  Though it was hard to pick a favorite, I chose my pink home decor ideas because I’m already craving spring! 

Is it just me or do you want to jump to spring as soon as Christmas ends?

Hopefully, taking a look at my favorites of 2021 will give you some inspiration for the new year!

And since it’s always fun to reminisce, here are some links to my favorite posts from previous years!

Even though these are my favorites, I’d love to hear what YOU would like to see more of in 2022.  Please feel free to share any ideas in the comments below!

As always, I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to visit my blog!  Thank you for your support and virtual friendship!  Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!

Did you have any favorite projects for 2021?


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  1. I enjoy your Saturday Spotlight, and, even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I did enjoy your seasonal decorating tips! Just keep doing what you’re doing, in my opinion!

  2. So many great posts Shelley! I especially loved your ideas for Christmas vase fillers. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy New Year to you!

  3. We’re on the same page … all these are my favorites too. The Mother’s Day table and bar car are at the tippy top of the list! xo

    1. Thanks so much, Jayne! I never really “needed” a bar cart but I always have the best time decorating it!

  4. You had some great blog posts this year Shelley! I love the bar cart vignette. Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade at LifeasaLEOWife.com. I’ve started a new link party to replace Traffic Jam Weekend called Crafty Creators, and I’d love to have you share there as well. It’s open Thursdays thru Mondays. Hope to see you there!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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