Happy New Year!!

2015 was amazing!

I enjoyed growing as a designer and my blog grew more than ever.

I’ve learned so much about myself, the design industry, and the online world, which has all helped me excel this year.

Here’s my year in review:

January 2015 / February

Added new pillows to my shop and became more active on social media

These two months were pretty uneventful, but I did make a commitment to become more active on social media for my blog and design business. I even launched a lot of new pillows in my pillow shop.

black and brown striped pillow

taupe faux leather pillow and white faux fur pillow

white linen blogging bad*** pillow

March 2015

I revealed my small, galley kitchen

This was the first room in my apartment that I actually decorated, which is kind of funny, because I spend the least amount of time in there. LOL. I painted my back walls black and added storage over my sink. I’m actually about to make some changes in the kitchen again.

decor of small, galley apartment kitchen - before

decor of small, galley apartment kitchen - after

decor of small, galley apartment kitchen - after

April 2015

I participated in Home Depot’s Patio Style Challenge

Since I don’t have a private outdoor space at my apartment, Home Depot allowed me to transform my mom’s backyard. I seriously had a blast! OMG, you gotta see the before and after. The difference is NIGHT & DAY.

backyard transformation - before

backyard transformation - after

backyard transformation - after

backyard transformation - after

May 2015

I revealed my living room

You guys must have really loved my living room tour, because I’ve gotten lots of views and shares of the reveal post. I made some changes that a lot of people wouldn’t normally do in a rented apartment, like add a really large rug, install wall sconces, and buy extra panels to make my curtains a custom length.

eclectic, living room

eclectic, living room

eclectic, living room

June 2015

I participated in Home Depot’s DIY challenge

I was so excited to be asked to participate in another Home depot challenge – the DIY challenge. I had to create a DIY project by using concrete. I was so intimidated to use it (I’ve always though cement was hard to work with), but took on the project and created a concrete shelf for my bathroom. I seriously LOVE this shelf.

diy concrete bathroom shelf

diy concrete shelf for bathroom

Apartment Therapy featured my living room on their site

My apartment was featured on Apartment Therapy!! I can’t even express how excited I was to see my living room up. This is a really big deal to me, guys!

living room feature on apartment therapy

July 2015

I created the 10 Days to an Organized Home challenge, aka #10DaysOH

Over 60 people signed up to the challenge to declutter and organize every part of their home. We mostly met in my private FB group, but you can also find posts on Instagram under the #10DaysOH hashtag. I created a new blog post for each day of the challenge to help you guys declutter and organize.

organization for the 10 days of an organized home challenge

September 2015

I revealed my small dining room turned home office

Being the serial entrepreneur that I am (LOL), I have a lot of stuff. I have lots of different stuff for sewing, blogging, designing, and random business tasks, and at one point had this stuff all over the place in my dining room. So, I partnered with Organized Living to do some space planning and designed a custom shelving system (that you usually see in bedroom, closets, and pantries) in my dining room. They sent me the product and I transformed it into a dedicated home office. It’s so much more functional now. Plus, I have a large surface for eating!

before dining room turned home office

after dining room turned home office after dining room turned home office

I started up my DIY challenges

I started the monthly DIY challenges back in 2014, but took a break in most of 2015. In September, I started them back up and had loads of fun creating DIY projects with other challenge participants. Check out the last few DIY challenges and make sure you sign up if you want to be in on the next one.

diy challenge - diy wreath diy challenge - diy centerpiece

October 2015

I was featured on Black Southern Belle

I’m not sure what month I found Black Southern Belle on Instagram, but when they asked me to be featured on their site, I couldn’t contain my excitement! The interview gave a lot of insight into how I got into the design field, so go check that out!

black southern belle feature

I created an online decorating workshop that starts January 4th

This was not planned. I would have never imagined that people would actually pay me to show them what I know about decorating homes, especially not this early in my career. But, I get so many emails for tips and people often ask if I ever do online workshops. So, I created a 4-week one. It starts soon and I’m so excited to help you guys transform your homes. If you aren’t already signed up to the workshop, click here to sign up or get more information.

love your home - decorating workshop

November 2015

I was featured on Apartment Therapy – again!

My dining room-turned-home office was featured on Apartment Therapy and had quite a bit of opposing opinions of what people thought I should have done in the space – LOL. I saw the extra traffic to my site and couldn’t believe that another one of my spaces was chosen to be featured again. The high of that feature has lasted the rest of the year and I’m still excited when I get a comment on my post from someone that saw it on Apartment Therapy.

home office featured on apartment therapy

I completed a client’s master bedroom/bathroom project

I completed one of my favorite projects to date, working with one of my favorite clients to date. This master bedroom and bathroom transformation is definitely a head-turner. While I don’t have the professional pics, yet, here are the better photos I was able to take with my cell phone.

black, eclectic bedroom - before black, eclectic bedroom - before black, eclectic bedroom - after black, eclectic bedroom - after eclectic, black and white master bathroom - before eclectic, black and white master bathroom - before eclectic, black and white master bathroom - after eclectic, black and white master bathroom - after

December 2015

I revealed a client’s bathroom before and after

A lot of my design projects are WIP, so I don’t get to share reveals very often. I did, however, work on a quick guest bathroom project that came out great! I was able to totally transform my client’s bathroom with paint, a library cart, and decorative accessories.

before and after; blue, eclectic guest bathroom

I created an apartment decorating eBook, the Easy Guide to Decorating Your Rental Apartment

This is my baby, ya’ll!! I used my experience in renting and decorating homes to compile lots of tips to decorate your rental. If you rent and want to turn your boring apartment into a functional, beautiful one (without spending all your money or losing your rental deposit), then you need to get this guide today! Right now you can pre-order it for just $8.99!

blue, eclectic guest bathroom

So, that’s my year. What happened in 2015 that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!

Till next time,

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12 Comments on Looking Back at 2015 – a Year in Review

  1. nik
    January 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Your 2015 had alot of highlights. Congrats! Its a dream of mine to be featured on Apartment Therapy one day. In 2015, I started my own interior design/home blog. So far, I’m happy with it.
    p.s. I’m pretty sure I’m one of those people who also found you on Apartment Therapy. lol.

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    • Whitney
      January 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Nik! Thanks for dropping by! And, yes, I’ve definitely been blessed this year!

      Reply
    • Whitney
      January 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much! I’m so excited to see what I can manifest in 2016!

      Reply
  2. Mary Etta
    January 7, 2016 at 1:47 am (1 year ago)

    Whitney you are so talented. My fave was the master bedroom and bath in black, white and tan.

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    • Whitney
      January 7, 2016 at 1:59 am (1 year ago)

      Awwww, thanks so much, Mary!

      Reply
  3. Alonzo
    January 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Yessssss I absolutely love your website and your features in Apartment Therephy! I just love your ambition. Love you Cousin.,, Xoxoxo

    Reply
    • Whitney
      January 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Awww, you don’t know how much you made my day by visiting! Love you too!

      Reply
  4. erin@liveprettyonapenny
    January 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm (1 year ago)

    You had an amazing year Whitney!! I look forward to what this year holds for you.

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  5. erin
    January 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm (1 year ago)

    You had an amazing year Whitney. I look forward to see what you have going on this year!

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    • Whitney
      January 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Erin! I hope this year will be just as exciting!

      Reply

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