The Victorian House

A Look Back at 2017

I’ve missed you! I took my longest break after Christmas ever, but behind the scenes I have been planning and planning, and I’ll have a 2018 project list for you bright and early Monday morning. First though, a look back at some of what this past year held!

Starting with my office. You guys! It’s so nice to have this space done. I took a break for the holidays, but I’m back up here at work again and it’s such a nice feeling to walk into a room that looks and functions exactly as I’d hoped.

Making it Lovely's Home Office with Center Marble Dining Table | One Room Challenge

The wallpapered closet is my favorite. It’s only the second space I’ve added wallpaper to in this house, and I am eager for more. Wallpaper all the things!

The Rainbow Room, Wallpapered in Milton & King Ornithology Print | Making it Lovely, One Room Challenge

Finished Attic Home Office, Wallpapered Closet / Storage Room | Making it Lovely, One Room Challenge

The office is on the third floor, and I also worked on two other rooms up there. The guest room was made cute on a budget, and then even cuter with pink paint and a few tweaks.

Making it Lovely's Guest Room

Awesome Boho Fringe and Tassel Bed Pillow

Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig

Green Parsons Desk, Pink Guest Bedroom | Making it Lovely

I also finished the third floor bathroom with its hand-painted tumbling blocks floor.

Bathroom Before and After | Making it Lovely

Hand-Painted Tumbling Blocks Bathroom Floor | Making it Lovely

I revitalized the front yard into something I hope will grow and fill in to suit the house, and continued to tend the garden.

The Lovely Victorian

Front Yard, Looking Down from the Porch

Queen Anne Victorian House, Front Garden

Free Bullfighting Show!

The garden needs a ton of upkeep to stay looking relatively nice, and I slack on it sometimes, but for the most part I find I enjoy it. I’m thinking of making some changes to the back this year too. We’ve got our new outdoor dining furniture and I want the surroundings to be elevated a bit!

Stori Modern Table and Chairs, and a Peacock

Back inside, the library came together a bit more, first with seating around the table and later with matching rugs between the double parlors.

Home Library with Pink Chairs | Making it Lovely

Making it Lovely's Living Room

I started in on ‘The Snug,’ though I will tell you that an antique daybed was a terrible choice for a sofa. I’ll need to remedy that at some point.

Storage Bookcases and Cabbage Rose Wallpaper

My son’s room got a makeover! Kids’ rooms are so fun to do. I wanted the toys to be accessible, but not crazy messy, and I wanted to bring in August’s likes and personality. I think we got it! He loves it for sure.

Kid's Room - Dutch Boy "Frosted Olive" Paint Color | Making it Lovely

Boba Fett Stands Guard in a Kid's Room | Making it Lovely

Bookshelves, Star Wars Framed Prints | Making it Lovely

And one of the last changes for the year was a small change, but the new chairs for the dining room are a much better fit. I’ve realized with the change of furniture in there how far the room is from my vision for it, but it is much-improved for now.

Holiday Tabletop with Ballard Designs | Making it Lovely

Politically, professionally, and personally (we miss our pup, Murray so much), 2017 was a mixed bag. Big things are in the works for this upcoming year, and above all, I’ve decided that I want 2018 to be a DELIGHT. So it will be! (That’s how things work, right? Will them into being?) Come on back this Monday for a look at what’s to come.

Happy new year!

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  • Judy
    January 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    So good to see you back! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the new year. :)

  • Jamie Lockard
    January 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Such an absolutely gorgeous house. LOVE the office!!!

  • Jeanne
    January 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    You are such an inspiration. With three children you manage to get so much done. Your house is beautiful!

  • Mary
    January 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Happy New Years! I’m excited to see what’s next for you & your family.

  • Julie Saldana
    January 7, 2018 at 12:36 am

    It is a long time since I read your blog, today i come in here and I feel excited. And your house is so beautiful like the castle in fairy tales.

  • Heidi L.
    January 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I absolutely love those prints in August’s room – and the way they’re suspended from the picture rail. What type of hooks and cord did you use for them?

    Thanks! Love reading your blog :)