As we near Christmas and the end of another year, I enjoy looking back to reflect. It’s my annual tradition to recap the top 10 blog posts of each year (aka- YOUR favorites), along with some milestones, events, my personal favorite projects, and achievements. Click through for a look at Room for Tuesday in 2020. So much happened this year and I owe each and every one of you a big thank you for showing up, offering encouragement, and sharing your friendship with me this year. 2020 has certainly been a year full of ups & downs, but there have many many bright spots and accomplishments as well!
YOUR FAVORITE POSTS…
Let’s count them down from ten…
#10 // Color Matching Our Kitchen Cabinets
This is my most asked question, “What color are your kitchen cabinets?!” It was only fitting that I decided to create a blog post to suggest similar colors. I’m not surprised this one has been super popular this year. I still love our beautiful, dark cabinetry… and I’m glad you do, too!
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#9 // Office Kitchenette Makeover
Emmett and I laughed that we couldn’t even go a year without a kitchen makeover- even if it’s just a tiny kitchenette, we’re still counting it. This space has been making us very happy lately, now that we’re spending so many hours at the office!
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#8 // How to Install Panel Moulding
This was a much-requested tutorial. Panel moulding and millwork make such a big difference and adds a ton of architectural interest. I’m happy this post has been a helpful resource for many of you!
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#7 // The Shed Reveal
I did not expect building a shed to be on our to-do list this year, but here we are. We have a beautiful storage shed that has come in very handy these past few months. I love the way it turned out, and I’m glad we tackled this project!
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#6 // Tuesday Made Launch
This is by far the most exciting thing that has happened for us this year, and it has truly reignited my love for styling and design. Launching Tuesday Made was such a special and momentous occasion that I shared earlier this month, and I’m truly appreciative and grateful for your support and excitement surrounding the announcement blog post!
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#5 // Our Kitchen One Year Later
It’s hard to believe we’ve lived in our beautifully renovated kitchen for over a year! It was fun looking back and sharing things we love, and even a few things we’d do differently.
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#4 // Our Patio This Year
We spent a LOT of time enjoying our outdoor areas this year, and I was more thankful than ever for our patio. It was fun to rephotograph the space and share it with you once again!
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#3 // Basement Bathroom Reveal
This was one of our larger renovation projects this year and it’s a space we’ve really been loving! Our basement bathroom is my favorite- especially all that marble and those heated floors.
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#2 // A-Frame Cabin Deck Makeover
We surprised our neighbors with a deck makeover, and totally transformed their outdoor area. It was one of my favorite projects of the year! I’m really happy you liked this one, too.
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#1 // Formal Living Room Reveal
Last January, we finally finished our living room. It was very past due for the One Room Challenge, but I’m really glad we ended up doing things our own way and taking our time. It turned out exactly as I had envisioned and we use this room every single day. It’s beautiful and functional!
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I always share our renovation milestones in a timeline format. Despite the interesting year, it was still very busy over here. I always feel super accomplished after compiling this list! We usually end up doing much more than I think.
- January // We finished the formal living room.
- February // We installed heated flooring in the basement bathroom.
- February // I made some design updates to our basement media room.
- March // I shared Emmett’s workplace offices I designed. There are two parts: one and two!
- March // We finished the basement bathroom renovation.
- April // I set up a little herb garden in our backyard.
- April // I gave our powder room a tiny makeover.
- May // We painted our neighbor’s deck.
- May // We swapped our entryway chandelier.
- June // We finished our vintage dining set makeover.
- June // We surprised our neighbors with a deck makeover.
- July // I tackled a patio chair makeover.
- August // We celebrated one year living with our beautiful kitchen.
- August // We finished our shed build.
- October // We had our security system and smart home items installed.
- October // I gave our office bathroom a much needed makeover.
- November // We renovated our office kitchenette.
- December // We decorated our home for the holidays! See the evening tour here.
I still have one room left to share with you that we finished this year… our guest bedroom! I’ll be photographing that space and sharing it after Christmas, here on the blog.
Aside from a few safe, social distancing trips- like camping remotely and road tripping to the Oregon coast, we primarily stayed home, worked a lot, and tried to embrace this interesting year. We had some high highs and low lows this year, but despite the roller coaster that was 2020, I’m thankful for so many things.
One thing that took up a majority of our time and creativity this year was launching our shop, Tuesday Made. It has been such a joy, passion project, and pleasure to curate beautiful decor, home furnishings, and work with makers, artists, and small businesses around the world. I’ve loved connecting with you and creators in this new way. I’m truly grateful and excited for what’s to come as we are just beginning our journey with the store.
MY FAVORITE POSTS…
For the sake of time (and scrolling), I’m going to line item MY top 15 favorite posts of 2020 below (not in any specific order)…
- 10 Tips for Shelf Styling with Lots of Books
- The Living Room Reveal
- Side Yard Garden DIY
- Basement Media Room Updates + Movie Night
- Cabin Deck Makeover
- How to Stylishly Incorporate Tech Into Your Home
- Basement Bathroom Reveal
- The Truth About Natural Stone
- Refrigerator Organization
- Our Patio This Year
- Office Kitchenette Makeover
- Patio Chair Makeover
- Our Shed Reveal
- Date Night : Neighborhood Cruising
- DIY Upholstered Bed
It would mean so much to me if you have time to click through and read some of those (if you missed them the first time around). I worked really hard, spend an insane amount of hours on posts, and am very proud of everything I share here on the blog! These 15 were the most fun for me to style, photograph, create, design, write about, and share.
Lastly, I’d like to close the yearly recap with a giant THANK YOU. Thanks for following along, offering encouragement, engaging, taking the time to like or comment, for showing up, and for just being here. I couldn’t do what I love if it weren’t for you. Emmett and I are both so grateful for the part you play in our journey. I sincerely mean that. I loved “meeting” and chatting with each and every one of you this year. So big hugs and THANK YOU to the brand new and longtime followers & friends, alike… you all are the greatest. Sending lots of love and happy wishes for the holiday season and year ahead. I’m working on our goals and ideas for 2021, as we speak. I’m excited for a new chapter and more fun here on Room for Tuesday! Cheers, friends.
PeggiDecember 21, 2020 at 5:24 am
Happy Solstice Monday! (and Great Conjunction!) You timed your goal-setting and reflection perfectly. I am constantly amazed at all that you accomplish. Choosing favorite posts from such a broad array would be challenging, but I definitely enjoy the discussion or opinion-sharing posts (10 Pins, controversial topics, designer eye training). I learn about you and other blog friends while I contemplate my own perspective. Of course, an awesome reveal is tough to beat! I do love your basement bathroom and that adorable office kitchenette! Etsy roundups, monthly moodboards…the list is endless! Always presented with professional writing, impeccable photography and a kind heart. And you still found time to start a whole new venture! Phew. Congratulations on a wonderful year and many heartfelt thanks for all of the inspiration, education and friendship! I wish you continued fabulousness!💜
SarahDecember 21, 2020 at 9:12 am
Yesss!! I’m so excited for that- I can’t wait to search the sky tonight :) It really is the best time to goal-set, reflect, and look toward a new chapter. I’m optimistic! I love that you enjoy those three series, especially. They’re my favorites as well and I can’t wait to share more of them in the year ahead. I truly appreciate your support, encouragement, and friendship, Peggi! It has been a fun year learning more about you, chatting design, and dogs. I hope you’re having a happy December with those cute fur babies of yours. Side note: a friend gifted me a subscription to Cheryl Strayed’s new email column (she resurrected the “Dear Sugar” series)… anyway- as I’m reading her incredible pieces, I always think… Peggi would be AMAZING at this. Maybe you need your own column or blog! I’m sure you have enough on your plate already, but reading your comments and writing is always the best. Just wanted to share. Have a great week! xo
KarenDecember 21, 2020 at 5:52 am
Well thanks to YOU for creating such incredible content! I’m a daily visitor and IG follower, and always enjoy what you’re sharing. Your posts are informative, thoughtful, creative, and interesting – all around awesome! And thank you for taking the extra time to engage with your readers, that’s going the extra mile for sure. You’ve accomplished a lot this year, wow! I knew this new home for you was gonna be chock full of amazing reader content possibilities, haha. Anyways, I too am so ready to jump into 2021, and that’s not just because it means we’re peeling out and burning up that dreadful parts of 2020…..but we should do that, for sure – massive bonfire / gasoline / stay back 15′ style. :)
SarahDecember 21, 2020 at 9:03 am
Thank you so much, Karen! That means the world to me. I have really enjoyed chatting with you this year, here on the blog :) I’m looking forward to some big house projects in 2021. Bring on a new year, a new chapter, and that BIG bonfire. I think you have the right idea, haha! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. Thank you again!! xo
LaurenDecember 21, 2020 at 8:17 am
These year in review posts are my favorite here on the blog! It’s inspiring how much you can accomplish as the days blend one into the other, and it’s always exciting to see which blog posts were the most loved. I find myself amazed every time when you post the timeline-how is it that the formal living room was only in January this year?? It feels like that was so long ago! There have been many accomplishments for you and Emmett this year, but I think Tuesday Made takes the cake, and I’m so happy for both of you still!
In a year that has challenged me in many ways personally, one of the things I have appreciated is the ability to come here each day for inspiration, discussion, and friendship; not just from you, but from this little family of blog friends. Chatting with you all every morning has benefited me in ways none of you really know, and it has been nice to have an external sense of “home” and belonging to ground me this year. Sarah thank you for your artful eye, your passion, and the endless inspiration you pour into us via your home. Your blog is impeccable, your style is timeless, and your heart shines through in all you do!! I’m excited to move into a new year and can’t wait to see what projects make the cut for 2021. I have been looking around our house and prioritizing what I’d like to accomplish this year, and hopefully it will be a productive year for the Lotus house. I know I’ll be starting the day here for constant fresh inspiration! Cheers Sarah! Cheers friends! This year would have been more difficult without all of you. I hope you all have a wonderful week as we look ahead to Christmas and a new year!
SarahDecember 21, 2020 at 9:01 am
I love these, too! It’s always fun to look back. I feel like the timing this year has been nuts. On one hand, the year went so slow. On the other hand, things went so quickly… how is it already Christmas?! While a strange year, I was surprised to see we had tackled so many projects. It felt like the living room was our big one, and that was it. Haha! Probably because that project took SO long and we ran into so many issues. Anyway, you’re right- it feels like a lifetime ago. We’re looking forward to growing Tuesday Made in the coming year- that has been a lot of fun for me. I appreciate your support, Lauren! That means so much. I can’t tell you how much your sentence means to me, “In a year that has challenged me in many ways personally, one of the things I have appreciated is the ability to come here each day for inspiration, discussion, and friendship; not just from you, but from this little family of blog friends.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m so thankful for our community here! Cheers to another year packed with inspiration, projects, and friendship. I know you’ll get lots accomplished to enjoy at Lotus house :) Happy holidays, my friend! xox
ColleenDecember 21, 2020 at 8:31 am
What a crazy year 2020 has been! But my gosh what a wonderfully productive year it’s been for you two 👍 Absolutely amazing! I’m totally in awe of all your projects and major accomplishments this year. I thoroughly enjoyed following along and am always incredibly inspired by your blog Sarah! You have much to be proud of and I look forward to what you dream up for next year 🤩 Congrats and cheers 🍾🎊🎉 to a very productive 2020 and for whats to come in 2021 🥂 💥
SarahDecember 21, 2020 at 8:57 am
Thank you so much, Colleen! I hope you had a productive year as well, with lots of happy moments sprinkled in! I know you were able to enjoy your beautiful backyard with your family and now you have your exciting cabin project :) I truly appreciate your encouragement, support, and friendship. It has been fun chatting this year. Happy holidays!! xox