2013 Year in Review + Link Up

Hello! Happy almost 2014. I’m super excited to show you my 2013 Year in Review today because it was an awesome year for me as a blogger and it’s so fun to see all the progress I made on projects around the house, and how I celebrated the seasons. Do you love looking back? I hope so, because this is going to be a long post! Grab yourself a favorite snack and get ready.

Blog 2013 Year in Review

Before you go, don’t forget to link up your 2013 Year in Review post {if you have one} at the end and make sure to visit some of the other links to find the best of the best all in one place. I’m co-hosting this link up with Carrie at Making Lemonade, Jenna at SAS Interiors and Beth at Unskinny Bobby. We thought it would be so fun to see all the highlights from around the blogosphere in one place and give you a chance to share your year with everyone too!

2013 Year in Review Link Up

If you want to see what adventures I had here at home, here they are!


January featured a lot of indoor projects, specifically about curtains. I showed you:

I also presented my first Habitat for Humanity Workshop, and created one of my favorite everyday mantels. February was when we started demolition on our basement bathroom renovation {and it’s still going on, eeek!}.

Blogger Year in Review

While we were doing demo downstairs, I was giving the upstairs bathroom a mini makeover as well. That space has several projects with it, including:


Once the weather got warmer I continued progress on the bathrooms. Upstairs and downstairs we saw:

But there was also the start of outdoor projects too. That being the front porch makeover plan.

Blogger Year in Review

Craft and furniture makeover projects included

Year in Review

June was a HUGE month for DecorAdventures.com, as I finally had a professional blog redesign and switched to WordPress, which makes all of this that I present to you a TON easier.

And you got to finally see my full living room!

Living Room Tour


In July we got to see underneath our 113-year old house when the porch got sanded, primed and painted by the pros. And I did some easy outdoor projects for the space including a rug with a painted border and I used oil paint on outdoor chairs. See the full porch makeover here.

2013 Year in Review

Since the weather is so warm, I took advantage and painted our outside door and screen door, plus showed you How to Keep a Duvet in Place and made a DIY Growth Chart for my new nephew.

And July was when I joined Instagram! Find me here.

Decor Adventures on Instagram

Each summer for the last two I’ve had a blast at the Haven Conference. Read all about my trip there this year here.

Haven Friends


And then there was fall! Which is always a busy time for projects with the holidays and everything. Each year I think I get a little better at decorating my place and being creative around the house.

Some of my favorite projects from the later part of the year include:

Year in Review

We also made a master renovation to do list for the basement bathroom and accomplished the following in there:

September was my first opportunity to participate in a virtual home tour, so I got to show you all of the festive and warm decorations around here this fall.

Fall Home Tour

This fall was also pretty amazing because I started contributing at not only one, but TWO amazing blogs I love. First, you can see me each month at Pretty Handy Girl, where I showcase DIY projects on the first Wednesday of each month and at Redhead Can Decorate on the third Wednesday of the month where I’m the DIY and Decor contributor. I’m so lucky to be able to partner with both Brittany and Julie and have so much fun doing so.

But those are not the only places you can find me. I also started monthly Product Picks at Houzz this November and select 20 amazing items each month for you. Find me at Houzz here.

And I can’t forget all the fun I had creating holiday crafts and decorating my house. See my holiday home tour here.

Old House Holiday Decorations

Other holiday projects included:

Most Popular Projects

Curious to see what my most popular posts written this year are? Here they are, numbers 1-5 for this year:

  1. How to Clean Hardwood Floors
  2. Holiday Home Tour
  3. Two Color Painted Furniture Ideas
  4. How to Sew a Fake Roman Shade
  5. Fall Home Tour

Lastly I wanted to say a special thank you to all of the partners I have worked with this year including Blue Sky Design Supply, Cutting Edge Stencils, Fish Window Foam, GoldenAgeUSA, HomeRight, Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Kirklands, Minted, Modern Masters, Moen, RYOBI Power Tools, and Wallpaper for Windows. Many of these projects you’ve seen, but some you’ll get to see next year {did someone say giveaways!?}, so stay tuned!

Now since you’ve seen all I’ve done this year, let me know what you’ve been up to! If you have a blog post round up of 2013, link it below. I’m co-hosting this link up with Carrie at Making Lemonade, Jenna at SAS Interiors and Beth at Unskinny Boppy, so please visit their blogs to see their yearly highlights also.

Sharing this with Heather and the link up at Setting for Four , and Best DIY Projects of 2013 at Southern Hospitality

Best wishes for a very successful 2014!

Do you have any new year’s resolutions you want to share?


  1. Great looking projects, Jessica. Thank you and all the other ladies for hosting the review.

  2. Woo Hoo! Thanks for the party, love looking back on everything you’ve accomplished this year!

  3. What an awesome year you’ve had, Miss Jessica! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished! Thanks so much for hosting a fun link up too!

    ~Abby =)

  4. What a fun year! You have a beautiful home — love that staircase!

  5. Jessica, you have had a very productive year! I’m going to come back to read about some of your projects when I have a little more time! Pinned them so I could find them easily! Here’s to an equally successful 2014!

  6. you’ve had a busy year. Thank you for the linkup. Happy 2014! laurie

  7. Wow Jessica, you were busy this year! I missed several of these awesome projects of yours. I look forward to catching up. Thanks too for hosting this fun party! xoxo

  8. Jessicq, what a great linky party! Thanks so much! YOu have been a very busy girl in 2013. Here’s to a great 2014… with lots of new projects!

  9. You had a great year! thanks for hosting this fun party.

  10. Holy moly…you are one busy girl. I have no idea how you do it all, Jessica! Thank you for hanging out with me in 2013, and look forward to maybe meeting in person this year! Happy New Year~

  11. It looks like you had a great year!! Hope you have a great 2014! Thanks for hosting the link party!

  12. You have a lovely home! I love the white garland on you stairway in the Christmas photo – where did you get that?! thanks for co-hosting the link up!

  13. Hey I see me in a picture up there from Haven Conference! What a fun surprise! Happy New Year. You clearly rocked 2013!

  14. Thanks for the party, Jessica! You certainly were quite busy this year. (Loved meeting you at Haven, too!)


  1. […] up to: Southern Hospitality Savvy Southern Style Decor Adventures Filed Under: 2013, Annie Sloan, Bedrooms, Chalk Paint, Dining Room, Kids Room, Master Bedroom, My […]

  2. […] to: Southern Hospitality; Decor Adventures Happy New […]

  3. […] to see some more Best of 2013 Projects?  I’m linking up to Southern Hospitality, Décor Adventures, Making Lemonade & Unskinny Boppy, Yellow Bliss Road, so come on over for boat loads of great […]

  4. […] Decor Adventures […]

  5. […] know I am. After reading through my 2013 Year in Review, I realized I accomplished a lot! Just when I think I barely get anything done, I see dozens of […]



Speak Your Mind