Monday, 3 January 2011

Modern Country Style: 2010 Summary

Hooray! You're back! And I'm back too! It's time again to settle into our lovely cosy chairs and have a gorgeous chitchat over a cup of steaming, milky tea and a cranberry and white chocolate cookie...

or three.....

I've missed you.


So....where was I? Aaaaaah, yes, I was over at Vanessa's at Southern In My Heart and I loved the way she shared a recap of the last year. 

{Good thinking, Batman.} 

I thought I'd blatantly copy her post and show my own li'l summary. And I get to show off my new blog trick....just click on a photo that takes your fancy and it'll take you to that particular post (or group of posts). Cool, eh?!


When we moved into our Edwardian house in the Cotswolds, we knew it that each needed a complete renovation. Each room takes a lot of planning to undo all the bleurgh-ness that's been added in the past. 

But do I mind? NO! I love it! I utterly adore planning every single last detail.

So far, I've shared how we've renovated our Family bathroom, Master bedroom and kitchen.

Here's the Master Bedroom's before images from the Estate Agents details:



And, with a flick of the magic paintbrush, here's the after...


The bedroom needed a total structural overhaul. We changed almost every little thing.


It's my haven. My sanctuary.


This is the first and only piece of furniture I've painted. I'm a total novice in that department but I hope to learn from some of my favourite blogs like Shell's Shabby Shack and Signal Hill Interiors this year.


In the kitchen, the units were good quality Shaker-style and in excellent condition but everything else was not remotely to my taste so we essentially did a DIY makeover here.  




I love our family bathroom now. It was fitted by the previous owners shortly before we moved in so we've worked around it. I've kept the tiles and fixtures but changed everything else. 



I've given you glimpses of our cottage-style garden (which is gorgeous...ummm....if you look past the climbing frames and tricycles).




I've shared tutorials for crafts that I've been learning along the way.....remember to click on any photos that take your fancy to be teleported to the tutorial or to see where I put my new craft toy.

There's been cushions....



Framed 1930s postcards....


Vintage-style votive holders...


A Cinnamon and Heart Garland....



Vintage Scrabble Tile Magnets...


And, of course, I had wreaths virtually coming out of my ears after making so many for Modern Country Style Wreath Week....


So, that's just a taster of what I've been up to over the past seven months.
What's to come, you want to know? Oooooh.....you'll have to wait and see....but I can reveal that it'll be chockablock full of Modern Country Style....

 


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68 comments :

High Street Cottage said...

Sarah, what beautiful projects you've completed, such a pretty home. I have never seen your bathroom, being a somewhat newer follower. It's so calming and spa like. Looking forward to 2011, tami

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Yay! Sarah's back! Hope you had a great holiday! I love your recap. Maybe next year I'll do one when I have more than 2 months of stuff to remember.

re:Inspire said...

I just love your makeovers! My favorite is the bedroom! I love everything about it! I want to hideaway in there!
Lisa

It's me said...

Welcome bach Sarah.....beautiful post..i like your kitchen make over the most........lovely week darling.....love Ria....xxx....

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Huzzah! You're back - and on form as always. A cranberry and white chocolate cookie? I don't mind if I do. Enjoyed the review of 2010. Looking forward to more Modern Country delights in 2011. Byeeee. xx

Jenny said...

Happy New Year Sarah, looks like you have had a very busy past seven months and it all looks fabulous. Can't wait to see what you do this year. ;-)

michelle said...

Hi sweetie! I am so glad that you are back, I was feeling very wonky without you! :) I am so glad that you had a wonderful holiday and I loved seeing all your past projects again! You are one talented lady and I look forward to many more inspirational ideas from you my dear!!

Happy New Year!!!

The Moerks said...

Great post. I really enjoyed your makeovers. What a difference a coat of paint makes. I just love the soft colours. A great year of blogging. Deb

Vanessa said...

Hello lovely girl! Well, isn't it fun to see my name on your blog??!! It was only me and a million other bloggers doing a post of high-lights from last year but if you want to give me credit than who am I to argue? :-) I had so much fun looking at your photos because much of it was new to me having only known your sweet soul for a couple of months. Your kitchen is gorgeous, bathroom divine, and I could spend hours in your garden tricycles and all. They add the character right? Thanks for sharing all of this with us and I can't wait to see what projects you have up your sleeve for 2011!
Vanessa

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Yay! I'm so happy you're back. I was thinking that I should write you an email...I was gettin' worried about you.

I loved looking at your photo recap. I had never seen your pretty garden before...how gorgeous. All of your project are so nice. I can't wait to see what you have in store for this year. Best wishes ♥ Tricia

♥ helen said...

I loved to see your makeovers. I wish I had a bedroom like that - very beautiful.

Samantha said...

I had never seen your garden before - no wonder you had such pretties to put in your wreaths. I like all your makeovers, but it was your bedroom that got me hooked on you! Love the calm and peaceful modern country style you have! Can't wait to see what you get up to this year!

Pink Satin Sashes said...

You were a busy girl weren't you? Too busy for cranberry and chocolate cookies with milk!

I look forward to seeing what your up to this new year.

Cheers, my friend!

Melissa

Christine said...

What a great post Sarah! So lovely to see what you've been up to in 2010. I am in love with your kitchen, you've done a beautiful job! In fact you've done an amazing job with every room, well done, gold star for you!!!! I'm really looking forward to lots more inspirational posts from you in 2011! All the best, Christine xx

WobiSobi said...

I just Love your Blog. and I Love what you have done with your house. I can not wait to read more in 2011.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Hellooooo! Missed you Sarah! You've had a wonderful year! Love the recap! Could your pictures get anymore gorgeous?! I don't think I've ever seen your bathroom so that was new to me. I want your bathtub! Jealous :) Oh, I want your kitchen, too. I don't want much, haha! Thanks for the sweet shout out! I had to do a double take because I don't see my blog named that often. Hope you had a great weekend with family! Looking forward to 2011!

{{hugs}} ~ Michelle

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a great year of projects you've had - very impressive. As is your new bloggy trick of having the pictures with links behind them. Are you going to reveal all so we can do the bloggy trick too?

High Street Cottage said...

Sarah, you're so sweet. My anniversary flowers are a mixture of larkspur, roses, lillies and a few others in white. I really have to give them a bit of tlc tomorrow and transfer them into a couple of my pitchers to savor them a while longer. I have missed you, glad you're back, bisou, tami

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Hi you, yes, I'm glad too that you're back. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your projects. You are super talented and creative. Can't wait to see more.
Valerie

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Gorgeous Sarah!!! I love all that you have done to your house, it is so beautiful! It's as lovely as you, and why yes I think I will have some milky tea, thank you very much!
Erinoo

Olive Cooper said...

Happy New Year! Your garden is lovely and I look forward to seeing more of it. ♥O

Rachel Noelle said...

You were sure a busy girl in 2010!;) so glad I found your blog!! Hugs, Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Tina said...

Such a fabulous recap of your year in pictures, Sarah! I love it ALL!! Looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous makeovers and creations in 2011 ~ Tina xx

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I just love everything you share Sarah! Thanks so much for your inspiring ideas!
Blessings,
Marcia

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love what you have shared Sarah! Your bedroom, your kitchen, projects and garden ~ everything is just gorgeous! When we moved to our house, an english cottage garden was what we had in mind~ I wanted something welcoming and warm and friendly... I love what you have done- absolutely beautiful. I've missed your posts~ glad to know all is well with you and yours. Hugs, Courtney

GoldenValley50 said...

Hi Sarah (and welcome back!) - Having only "discovered" you late in 2010 it has been wonderful looking back over your Year in Review. What a year it was! Can't wait to see what you get up to in 2011. (Love those hearts in the kitchen!) ;)Sharyne

MariCrea said...

Dear Sarah
you did a great job
the bedroom was terrible before, now it is relaxing and serene
I did not like even the yellow walls and turquoise tiles in the kitchen
In Italy, no house is sold with the furniture in the kitchen so everyone can put their old furniture or buy new furniture
warm hugs
Mari

Catherine said...

Hey sweet friend

Hoorah! You are back and I can't wait to see what mischief you get up to in 2011 ;-)

I really love a good Before and After...yours are luverly!! What is that paint colour in your kitchen...and bedroom...I really love it!

Anyway sweets, I can't wait to see more of you this year!!

mwah

Cath

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Hi, just found your blog. I love the more modern country style, too. Very nice!

mydesignchic said...

Sarah, you've done such a beautiful job making your house a home...so warm and cozy. Wishing you all the best in 2011!!

Marlis said...

Your home is amazing. I love your make-overs!! Your photos just make me swoon. Love your kitchen! Love your bathroom. I think I am going to try that color in our kitchen. I thought about an offwhite for the walls, but the darker color just makes everything so perfect..

Pink Satin Sashes said...

The reason I have stuff is because I started collecting it about 8 years ago....and did nothing with it. so NOW I have time, to play. My hubby would love to ditch it all on me....

Cindy said...

Your reno projects are beautiful, Sarah, I love your kitchen, it is so warm and inviting looking. I adore the hearts you have hanging from your sweet wooden knobs, I have a couple of hearts that I have made, I think I will copy that idea, thanks! Also, you have done some great crafts, that button cushion is gorgeous!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I shall return! Thanks so much for your compliment on my header, yours is gorgeous! Very unique! I really like your blog.
Hugs, Cindy

poindextr said...

your kitchen renovation is fabulous. I really love the open shelves adjacent to the window, very fresh. The blue tile didn't really add much, did it? Look so classic now. Great job!

Tammy said...

Your home makeover is beautiful! I also really liked your wreath. Happy New year!

{northern cottage} said...

LOVE that kitchen redo...it is simple and classic and yet stunning and cozy all mixed together. Perfect recipe!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Holly said...

I missed your bathroom before. Love it!
Glad you're back :)

Rene said...

That was a nice stroll down memory lane Sarah because I was able to catch up on a few projects. Again, I love your old/new style. That is why we found each other I suppose.

I hope that you are having a great start to the fresh new year!

-Rene

Anne at Bird/Like said...

Sarah my dear,I have awarded you the "Stylish Blogger" award! Details are on my blog.

Brandi said...

Oh my sweet Sarah, how I've missed you. So glad to have you back!! : )

I love all your makeovers and I can't wait to see your future projects!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Beautiful projects, Sarah. I still adore your kitchen:)

Holly said...

I first fell in love with your blog with the bedroom makeover...so dreamy! Can you come fix mine - I always leave the master bedroom until last and it never gets done.

I adore your style and am so happy to have discovered you and your warmth and style!

Susy said...

Very good! have done wonders in that
home seems to be revised.
Congratulations and Happy New Year
SUSY

Normal Daily Chaos said...

wauw you made your place really great, it looks like a dreamhouse!
i'am really curious about your next projects.
greetings and see you!

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

So great to meet you!! I LOVE the changes you've made to you house. LOVE the door in your master bedroom. I just read a blog about a house in the US, and she called it a Queen Anne Victorian. Being American, I totally know what she meant, but now being in the UK, I see how silly that sounds. A house here can't be both! I live in an old Victorian - hopefully your Edwardian is less drafty :) Can't wait to ready more of your posts
XOL

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

aahhh, so many adorable details! and I love the color palette you chose....so serene.Thanks for stopping by the blog & for the kind words! adore ur blog as well!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I'm so happy I found your blog! It is a joy! You certainly have been busy this past year. Your garden is gorgeous and all your projects are fantastic...wow, I can't believe how much you have done.
I wish you all the very best for a
Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing what you have in store of us.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Sarah,

Oh, my... ok... when are you inviting me over??? lol I'm in LOVE with you place! Amazing! Really! Wow!

Thank you so much for your comment yesterday. I meant everything I said on my email.. and I am glad you liked it!

Lots of love to you, my friend.

xo


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Jenni said...

Hello Sarah!

I have to say your master bedroom is drop dead gorgeous! I just love the soothing colors. And that sweet end table is lovely, and you did a wonderful job painting it. I have been looking for something similar in style, only a large dresser, because I love the bin pulls. They are so nostalgic. I tried them on our kitchen "island" last summer, but they weren't right for that piece...

I loved the pictures from your garden as well~ the flowers are beautiful. You must love to spend time out there in the summer. :)

I hope you have a good night~

Blessings,
Jenni

Custom Comforts said...

Love all your makeovers Sarah! Your home looks just lovely. Thank you for the tour and your flowers are so pretty. Makes me long for spring.
Cindy

{northern cottage} said...

hello sweetie - thanks so much for visiting my little blog...I'm loving your classic yet warm photos...definitely fits the name of your blog. You were looking for my folllower button? It is the 2nd item on the left index pane...would love to have you join me!


www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

The Painted Cottage said...

You were busy busy in 2010! Love what you've done to your home! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011! :)

- Lauren

Jena @ Involving Color said...

You were busy! Your home is gorgeous. I love your master bedroom. I'm so glad I came across your blog!

Esther said...

I love before and afters. Ilove your kitchen and the colours in yours bedroom. Just beautiful.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Sarah, you've accomplished so much this year, and done a wonderful job. Everything looks fresh and updated. Love seeing all your re-dos. Thanks for linking up with VIF to share the inspiration!
hugs,
Debra

2littlehooligans said...

beautiful! i love the color choices and im swooning over your bedding:) happy new year!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Sarah,

Your house and garden continue to inspire me! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there Miss Sarah~ Loving all your highlights all over over again!!! Thanks so much for coming by and sharing at Feathered Nest Friday~ Hugs to you my friend!!! :)

Sandy said...

I so love calm colors for a home and your reno looks so soothing.. Love it!
I'm a new follower to your blog and I will come back to see what your up to next.. nice job!
Sandy

the 30 girl said...

oh...I just love how your home has come along! You have great style and I love the colors....beautiful!

FinsFan said...

Hi Sarah! Happy New Year...the warm tones and sweet touches ooze cozy and "home" Blessings in 2011

Christine said...

I love all the makeovers in your home! I really love that little painted side table, great job on it and the whole room!!
Christine
greatoakcircle.com

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Hello lovely lady! Just coming back over to say thanks for linking up this post to my party! I still cannot get over how much you transformed your home and just how calm and serene it all feels. You breathed new life into every space and really made them live up to their full potential! Blessings to you my friend!
Vanessa

Midwest Cottage and Finds! said...

Oh My Gosh!! What a beautiful home!! I am going back to see the rest of your blog right now!!

Meg said...

Look at all those lovely comments! I love your style, Sarah! Such wonderful things in your home. Can't wait to see what happens this year! Thanks for sharing!

Pamela said...

Everything looks just amazing Sarah!!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Sarah - What a wonderful year of projects. The transformations are beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up to The Sunday showcase party - I have featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

freckled laundry said...

You had a great year, Sarah! I remember when we first started. LOVE your home and I apparently missed your family bathroom...WOW! Love it! Thank you so much for linking up to my party, sweetie!

xoxo,
Jami

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