Best of 2012

By Kate Riley December 27, 2012

Only a few days left till we turn the calendar and start another year…and time for that end of the year roundup.  It’s interesting to look back on the year and see just how much changed in our world, we kept busy!  I posted a Top Ten at the end of every month and then narrowed it down to my four most favorite projects/posts by month. 


best of jan 2012

lacquer lookalikes; painted nightstand; stamped tea towels; lavender sea salt scrub 



best of feb 2012

four dollar side tables; polishing and faking brass hardware; tufted sofa fairy tale; kelly green campaign desk



best of march 2012

how to paint a kitchen table; painted built ins; diy pet bowl stand; clay petal vase



best of april 2012

organized paints;  diy makeup brush holder; wood shim planter box; gold leaf desk chair



best of may 2012

alma project playroom and project details; the rocky bucket planter; mosaic tile planter; tiered lettuce garden 



best of june 2012

our blue balcony; the dog eared pages solution;  we built a window seat; build a high heel shoe rack 



best of july 2012

alma project kitchen remodel; building the X base table; IKEA Vittsjo shelving hack; white + wood chest



best of august 2012

computer armoire makeover; organizing the junk drawerrugs in our home; two weeks to a greener lawn.



best of sept 2012

fall mantel; painted piano; navy + coral bedroom; throw a wine tasting party



best of oct 2012

shelter kitchen remodel; favorite gray paint colors; window seat cushion cover; making digital abstract art



best of nov 2012

French linen console; ogee edge wood countertops; ring top panels; painted herringbone pattern



best of dec 2012

Merry and bright mantel; blue and white Christmas tree;  clay ornaments + craft link party; holiday home tour.

You can catch up on each month’s Top Ten here:  January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August / September / October / November 

Linking up to Rhoda’s “Best of” party. 

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, be back on January 2nd! 


  1. What a beautiful round-up of amazing projects! Kate you always amaze me with your work, I love your style and everything looks so classy and expensive. I think my two favorite months from above are February and July. What a great year at Censtational Girl, looking forward to what you have in store for 2013!

  2. Hello! I just have to compliment you on your fabulous taste. I love reading your blog! I had a quick question regarding your holiday home tour. I was wondering where you got the “golden state” artwork hung near the pink and blue Christmas tree. I was also curious about the abstract art in the picture with the brass scale. If you wouldnt mind sharing, Id really appreciate it. Looking forward to seeing your projects in the New Year!

  3. Hey Kate! Where did you get all the beautiful xmas decor on your bookshelves in the family room? I ADORE the arrangment you did.

    Thanks, and happy new year!

  4. Wow, Kate! So impressive- I don’t know how you accomplish so much. It’s not just the sheer volume, but the fact that it is all so beautiful! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites.

  5. You are such an inspiration! And you have such sticky blog posts – I find myself going from post to post and an hour or two goes by of me admiring all your projects. I absolutely love the guidance you provide to help others, including the less experienced like myself, try to mimic your cool makeovers.

    Thanks for sharing and please never stop :) Happy New Year!

    Judy (AKA CleaningJunkie)

  6. Well done Kate! I am really impressed by your classic projects. The pictures are amazing certainly because the things inside them are classy and attractive. Nice work, keep it up!

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