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Thursday, December 30, 2010

One Year Later...

It occurred to me last night I just passed my one year blog anniversary! I've been taking some time off to be with family and friends, do a little sale shopping, take in a few movies and in general just re-charge by not doing anything "work" related! It truly is hard for me to believe it's been one year since I sat down to type my first post. And now 123 posts, 32 Tuesday Tips later...I'm still having fun with this thing called a design blog!

 A necklace made from an antique leather 1906 postcard on a carpet sample.
    It perfectly combines my love of books, design, antiques & blogging.
 It was an Etsy purchase from here and every time I wear it, I smile!
I am amazed how many wonderful and talented people I have encountered in "blogworld" over the past year.  It's been rewarding forging relationships both on the computer and in person. This has been the biggest surprise of blogging. I must confess the first email I ever received from a blogger that wasn't a specific question, I did not respond. I thought it was weird. It just didn't occur to me you made "friends" blogging. Fortunately, I got over it!

I want to thank each and every one of you who ever took a moment to leave a comment or send me an email...I never tire of reading what you all have to say whether you agree with me or not. I rather like the varying opinions, it keeps it fresh and interesting! One thing I am positive of each and everyday is there is no one right way to design any space. We all have a perspective.

Current wallpaper obsession.

So what will next year look like? I'm not exactly sure but I will likely start out talking about one of my favorite subjects...organization! One thing that won't change is talking about living beautiful everyday! There were over 20 posts dedicated to LBE and it's my favorite category. I do think a blog face-lift is in order! Should the brown background stay? Do I add sponsors? Do you want Tuesday Tips to continue? Any suggestions or opinions...about anything!?

My laundry supplies.

In the coming weeks,  I promise to answer many reader questions from "what color/brand is the paint in your dining room?" to why didn't I give the sources in my holiday dining room post..."because you usually do" to "what dryer sheets do you use?" Readers and bloggers are an inquisitive bunch and I will do my best to deliver some answers to emails and comments!

In the meantime, here are the links to your top 10 favorite posts since May 2010 based on number of page views.

#10 Garage Makeover
#  9 Birthday Blues
#  8 Basement Storage Room Makeover
#  7 Branch Out With Your Holiday Decorating
#  6 Gold & White & Candlelight
#  5 Tuesday Tip
#  4 Outdoor Room: Budget Version
#  3 Tuesday Tip
#  2 Drapery Rods: What's In Style?

This post is #1 based on page views, google hits and comments!
#  1 Restoration Hardware, Ohh Nooo!!!

 The Gerard Butler and Dunhill Chair posts from earlier in the year were favorites based on comments and google hits.

Best Wishes For A Happy New Year!!!


  1. Well I can certainly understand how the garage makeover was #1 - what an inspiring post that was!! So congratulations - I know I will be looking forward to what you have to share in the upcoming year - & btw - love your little book necklace!

  2. R~
    I am proud to call you one of my fave bloggy friends....congratulations on an outstanding first year. I love Tues Tips and all that you share. I'll be up to DC I just know it and know too you have a place to put your head in ATL!
    ~R xo

  3. Happy anniversary, ans Happy New Year!
    xo xo

  4. I love Tuesday Tips! Keep it up! You are one of the first blogs I started reading so of course A&A is one of my favorites. Congrats on your first year.

    Judy :)

  5. I love the way you write and your topics are always fun and interesting, just keep doing what you do oh so well. Love your style and it has been a great pleasure to read your blog and even get to know you a little better. Looking forward to more post and emails, xo Kathysue

  6. Your laundry supplies look so sweet, I could eat them!

  7. Thanks so much for a great year of reading. I love reading your posts. Happy New Year to you and look forward to continuing reading your 2011 blog posts.

  8. Congrats on your blog anniversary ;) Very interesting design content, I really like the series of Tuesday Tips. All the best for you and your family on 2011!

  9. I enjoy each visit here at Acanthus and Acorn! Do enjoy your time "off"- you'll feel energized when you return.

    One problem, though. Your laundry supplies are way too pretty!

    Oh- if you are considering a blog makeover, visit Shari at She just re-did mine and I love it! She was a doll to work with and it turned out to be a fun experience.

    Happy New Year!

  10. I've been late to the game of realizing the amazing friends you make online as I haven't been blog surfing as much as I should in the year I've had a blog. The last couple of months I started visiting around more, and I 100% feel the best part of blogging is the wonderful women (and a few men) you meet!! The biggest surprise with this for sure.
    Happy New Year& Hope you have a great 2011!!

  11. Congratulations on your first anniversary!
    Here's to many more!!

    Happy New Year!

  12. Congratulations on your first anniversary. I'm coming up on mine and am amazed how fast the time has gone. Pretty scary , actually. I love all your posts and how genuine you always are. I laughed out loud at your comment on your first E-mail. I felt the same way and still feel a little funny if I get the urge to E-mail someone for the first time, but i cannot tell you how thankful I am for you and all of my new blogger friends. Happy New Year. Mona

  13. I've enjoyed the year reading your blog and have it on my favorite links list. Continue the Tuesday Tips... I'll keep following... stop by my site and leave a comment... Fay

  14. Its been a great year! Here's to 2011 and Happy Anniversary to A and A!

  15. Please keep Tuesday Tips! They are my lttle addiction. And definately keep talking about LBE!!! I will never forget in one of these posts you talked about using "special" things everyday and there was a reference something along the lines of "your grandmother would not want you to wait until death was imminent to use an heirloom tablecloth" sorry if I'm not quoting exactly, and even though it made me laugh, it was as if you were talking about me. I WAS one of those people saving my stuff for something special! I use my things now and things have been stained and the best part-I didn't freak out!

    As for changes to your blog, none needed but if you do I'm sure it will look great.

  16. Congratulations on your one-year anniversary and may you have many more! Wishing you the best for the coming New Year…enjoy!

  17. Warm congratulations on your anniversary!
    And all the best wishes for a magnificent new year!

  18. Two Happy's to celebrate!! Here's to another wonderful year of blogging genius and also, to the next year that lies before all of wishes for both!
    xo Jessica~

  19. Happy New Year and year of blogging! I love the Restoration Hardware post and I was thinking of doing a blog post on my own blog when I recently walked through one of their stores and came out the other end of the store in complete dismay at their direction. Thanks again for your lovely blog!

  20. One of the treats of 2010 was finding A & A! Congratulations on passing the 1 year mark. Here's to many more wonderful posts in 2011. Love the LBE categorey....keep it coming!

    Happy New Year!

  21. Hello R, Happy New Year!!
    I was down and out the last
    10 days but am ready to take
    on the blogging world, once
    more : ) I have enjoyed all
    of your posts because I love
    your humor and point of view.
    Please stay true to YOU and
    bring us MORE. I hope you
    had a lovely break and were
    able to recharge. Here's to
    2011, dear friend!
    xx Suzanne

  22. Happy Blog Anniversary R!!! I'm getting caught up on my blog reading and am so happy to see that you've reached such an important milestone! I love your chocolate background and blue lettering, your Tuesday Tips, and everything else you put on your blog, it makes my day!

    I hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you, and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful posts!

    Kat :)

  23. Excellent blog, thank you for the inspiration.



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