2021 Year-in-Review

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Hello friends!  2021 has been quite a year!  September marked our 1 year anniversary in the Hosta House, and I think we’ve made some pretty good progress in a year’s time.  We had skylights installed and I got to share a little about the process on Emily Henderson’s Blog, we underwent a major exterior renovation, I got to be on the Drew Barrymore Show, I was featured in two articles for Yankee Magazine, (Here and Here), as well as two articles for Hey Rhody Magazine (Here, and Here), and honestly the list goes on.  I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to do what I love and share it with you all!

Today, however, I wanted to reflect on my top blog posts written this year, as well as my top performing posts this year– from all time!  So here we are for our 2021 year in review!

#1 Powder Room Reveal

#2 How to Make the Perfectly Cozy Layered Bed

#3 Carli’s 2021 Favorite Things

Carli's Favorite things

#4 Drew Barrymore Show Dresser turned Bar Cabinet

#5 Siding Reveal

One thing I’ve realized is that you guys love hacks!  So the most popular posts this year from all time included quite a few of them:

#1 Bathroom Groutable Vinyl Tile

Bathroom progress:peel and stick groutable floors

#2 DIY Rangehood

#3 DIY Adirondack Chairs

#4 Slip Covered Mantel

#5 DIY Electric Fireplace and built-ins

Here’s a quick little review of some of my favorite posts from the past year:

January: In January I shared how I updated a small room off of our kitchen into The Little Utility Room that Could

February :  In February, I shared all about my Spring repotting process

March: I shared my top 6 Steps to a Cozy Patio or Porch

April:  In April, we revealed my daughter’s Attic Room

May: I shared one of my favorite ways to create an easy hassle-free breakfast for my family

June: In June we finally tackled the overgrown shrubs in front of our home.

July: I made a coat closet work way more functionally for us as an appliance pantry

August: In August, I tackled not one, but two of my boy’s closets.  Cayden’s got a wallpaper makeover, while I transformed a full wall into a “walk-in” closet in  Jyren’s garage room

September:  In September I shared how to make  the cutest little $3 Plant Stands and how I made these awesome DIY Interior Shutters for the bathroom

October: In October I shared how we began transforming our mudroom

November: I shared how I made my family room cozy for the holidays

December: I shared my favorite way to jazz up bottled Sangria for the holidays


Again, I thank you all so much for being here, for pinning my posts, sharing with friends, following along on Instagram, and leaving the kindest comments–it all means so much to me and truly keeps me going!  I’ll be putting together a post soon sharing our goals/plans for this house in the New Year–Can’t wait to share it with you all!

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  1. December 29, 2021 / 9:54 pm

    Carli!!!! What at amazing year you’ve had!! I’m so happy for you to be getting the recognition you deserve and for accomplishing so many great projects at your new house. One of my favorite before and afters is your bathroom, so beautiful! Can’t wait to see what 2022 holds for you, your family and your blog!

    • madebycarli
      January 8, 2022 / 8:11 pm

      Lisa-You are the sweetest! Thank you! Happy New Year!

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