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HAPPY NEW YEAR! & Highlights From Twenty Eighteen

Welcome to a bright and shiny new year my friends!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! I just love the calm after the (happy but completely chaotic) storm of Christmas, don’t you? This past year was a doozy for my family, but there were many joys too. Taking a moment to look back on some of the positives always fills my heart with gratitude. We are blessed with friends and family who have buoyed us in hard times, and here on the blog I feel so lucky to have some of the kindest readers out there! I love your enthusiasm for all the big and little things we chat about here and it’s always fun to look through my blog statistics and see what really hit home with you!

Here are a few popular posts from the past year (click on the pink titles to take you to those posts)…..


Fireplace Makeover Start To Finish

With the addition of cabinet doors our fireplace makeover is finally finito after 2.5 years! It evolved from this…….

An 80s era fireplace gets a dramatic makeover

….to this. My makeovers are not always quick but in the end I’m happy with the final result!


Organizing Ideas Room By Room

What is it about January that gets us all so fired up to get our homes and our lives organized?! For those of you who are craving some order in your home, join me for a new weekly series on organizing all through the year, here and on the Shine Your Light Facebook page!


Home Basics I Can’t Live Without

We are seriously obsessed with our bed pillows (the sleeping kind, not the decorative), they are at the top of this list amongst other tried and true items that I love and recommend.

Ikea pillow covers are a great place to save in a decorating budget.


Water Marbling With Spray Paint

If you’re in the mood to get your craft on, try this fun and easy way to change up your old glass votive holders or vases.

Gold marbled votive holders have a finish that is achieved by misting spray paint onto water and dipping the piece.


Spring Tablescape Tour

A colorful and cheery table for spring that lends well to Easter (that tablecloth is actually a shower curtain from Target!)


Large Affordable Area Rugs

I was on a mission to find a comfy, big and budget-friendly rug for our family room makeover, and I ended up with too many to choose from! Apparently many of you are on the same hunt because this post saw a lot of traffic this year.

Large area rugs that are less than $300


Biggest Bangs For The Buck

A popular post from the My Five Favorite series – some high impact home improvement projects and design ideas for short money!


Family Room Makeover

I partnered with Raymour & Flanigan for the One Room Challenge, which turned out to be both a reader favorite and a family favorite as well!! Installing the floor-to-ceiling battens and crown moulding added so much character to this space, and we couldn’t love the comfortable new furniture more, especially the velvet chesterfield of my dreams!! It was so fun to share this makeover week to week with you – I’m definitely doing another One Room Challenge this year!


My personal favorites this year…..

Bloggers Heart HabitatAmos House

Through blogging I’ve met some awesome people and had the opportunity to work on some volunteer projects that have been so meaningful. This year’s Bloggers Heart Habitat house was the third one I’ve done with Charlotte of At Charlotte’s House and other talented New England bloggers. I met Carli of Made By Carli on one of those houses and she pulled together a group to design and install apartments at Providence, Rhode Island’s Amos House, funded entirely by Raymour & Flanigan.

Stay tuned for a couple space reveals that have been long overdue, plus the status on our floors and kitchen!! I have so much to share with you in 2019 and can’t wait to dive into this new year!!

THANK YOU for following Shine Your Light and making this such a happy little part of the blogosphere!

Wishing you a year ahead filled with adventure, good health and laughter!

Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lots of love,


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Sunday 6th of January 2019

Lisa! You’ve had an amazing year! I now need the pillow you talked about, I am pinning your fireplace makeover for a future project (gasp! What a transformation!), your family room makeover was simply stunning—-and I’m just so happy I had the opportunity to collaborate with you twice this past year! Looking forward to see what you have in store for 2019!


Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Carli our collabs were definitely the highlight of my year! To be able to take what we blog about and make a difference for someone else has been amazing and I LOVE working alongside you! XO


Tuesday 1st of January 2019

Happy New Year, Lisa! These are all awesome projects... The built-ins around the fireplace and the family room makeover are my favorites, but that rug guide and the Habitat project are great posts too! Can't wait to see how your kitchen evolves, I know it's going to be beautiful.


Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Thanks so much for your kind words as always Cristina! Looking forward to seeing your projects this year!