2011 in Review

Gasp! Just five days left before the calendar ticks into 2012. I can hardly believe it. Luckily for me, I have a blog that lets me have a look back on what I kept busy with this year. Since I'm a big fan of year end wrap up posts, I thought it fitting to do a little reflecting with you. What do you say?

The year started in an organizing bang as I kicked off the Junk Drawer Overhaul series along with little group of amazing guests. It only took 3 years but I also managed to finally putting some finishing touches on the parlor bathroom in January.

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By February I was spending some free time at our shore place painting the crusty countertops before we took two short trips –the first Costa Rica followed by Barcelona.


In March it was back to the paint brushes to finish off this Worldy Sofa Table I had been working on for a while. Then back to the shore to hang a ginormous gallery wall, install my gorgeous new custom light fixture.

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With Spring in the air, I was back home adding a whimsical shade to my little room before we flew to the other side of the world to explore Melbourne, Hamilton Island and Sydney, Australia. And then a last minute trip to gorge myself on waffles in Belgium. Oh yea, I started a new job.

In May, we hosted a Royal Wedding watching party, wondered what to do with my awesome new to me card catalog (still not decided), rode the Cyclone in Coney Island and hacked up some No Sew Grommet Drapes.

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Summer was finally here and back we went to the shore to hang drapes and wonder what to do with the sad state of the bedroom. A red and blue party photo shoot I co-styled was finally revealed, I ate a pretty cake, shared one of my favorite spots in NYC.
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The dog days of summer were kind of busy. I gave out some inexpert advice on how to plan a trip and take better travel photos before traveling to the Middle East for the first time and experience the beauty of Jordan (1,2) . I finished up the coffee themed invitations and seating chart for a dear friends bridal shower before watching the final NASA shuttle launch with tears in my eyes.
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I got my hands dirty with two small DIY projects – a decoupaged glass tray and a key catch all plate before welcoming a new fishy addition to our place. Once my favorite season had arrived, I was overjoyed to share my Halloweens past had been featured in a national magazine, while working on this years festivities including invitations, exterior and the party itself. Also Halloween related, I shared a freebie download, a project on how to make your own dinnerware and a Edgar Allan Poe inspired dinner party theme.

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I also managed to squeeze in a few non Halloween activities like my very first trip to Brimfields Antique Market and finishing the little room. Do you think I could go an entire season without a trip? Nope. Off we went to India and had the most amazing time seeing Delhi and Agra (and I haven’t even gotten around to sharing the rest of the trip!). On the house front it was time to go below ground and start to tackle the mystery of the Man Cave. Finally the most wonderful time of the year was upon us which meant lots of little projects like a free naughty or nice gift tags, a DIY gift wrap organizer, a handmade sparkly tree topper and this years merrymints Christmas mail. Phew! What a year! And I left out a ton of stuff. I can go really go on and on if you let me.

Here is to hoping 2012 is as full of as many lovely surprises and adventures as 2011.


  1. Your world travels and adventures around the house have been such an inspiration. Cheers to 2012! xo! Kathleen

  2. What an amazing, inspiring year!  Kudos to you, Stefanie, and here's to an amazing 2012!  I look forward to being along for the journey.  xo! 

  3. Callie Grayson12:28 PM

    Great round up of your year, nice for me since this is the first time to your blog. You have inspired me to follow suit in a year round up!
    I look forward to following you through 2012

  4. This year you need to get a Halloween inspired book deal! Go Mrs. Limestone!!!

  5. cassie {hi sugarplum}8:14 PM

    What a great list -- 2011 was an amazing year for you! We're brainstorming for our trip in the Spring...can't wait to see where you go next year!

  6. You've been a busy gal! One of my favorites has to be that colossal gallery wall in the shore house. Seriously beautiful!!

  7. Love your shots - and these recaps are great! So many things to add to my list of things to do and places to go :)


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