Happy New Year to you! I hope your day and year are off to a great start.Both of our sons flew to Seattle on Wednesday, and we took our daughter to an out of town wedding yesterday. She will be staying in Atlanta over the weekend, so our New Year’s Eve was a quiet one with just me and my husband here.
I woke up sick this morning with a sore throat, lots of sneezing, and a low grade fever….and our washing machine decided to overflow. I hope this is not a sign of how our new year is going to be! Regardless, we still enjoyed a traditional New Year’s Day lunch…hopefully full of vitamins that will help me get well quickly.
Our menu was: Ambrosia, (with vitamin C – yay!) Hoppin John, (a traditional Southern dish for New Year’s Day) turnip greens, (collards are more traditional, but I like turnips better) and cornbread (for my husband to soak up all the pot likker from the greens.)
I picked up the small Happy New Year plates at Homegoods back in November. They finished off this holiday season’s black and red color scheme perfectly. We ate in the family room so that we could watch football during the meal. Isn’t that what you are supposed to do on New Year’s Day?…and yes, the Christmas tree is still up.
To wrap up 2015, I thought it would be good to look at a review of the posts from the year…just in case you missed any. I know I am supposed to run the data and write about what were your favorite posts from the year, but I am not feeling well today. Sooo…let’s just do a quick run-through of some of the posts, and then I will share with you my personal favorite from each month. (Yes, I am taking advantage of being sick!)
Among the posts in January we looked at the Vera Bradley Inn in Seaside, Florida and some rooms by the talented Cathy Kincaid, and we had a sneak peek at my workroom progress. We had our photoshoot with Better Homes and Gardens that month, so my favorite post for January was the Behind the Scenes of the photoshoot one.
February brought a lot of Valentine related posts…like this house by Patrick Ahearn, and our home decorated with red for the holiday here, here, and here! We also had our fill of eye candy from some rooms done by John B. Murray. A BIG birthday for my husband was celebrated that month, so my favorite February post was the Weekend Birthday Party celebration complete with a sports theme.
Our daughter was working in Disney World during the first semester of 2015, and in March our family all met up there for a fun visit. Needless to say, Disney was the topic of several posts that month…like The Yacht and Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom. The house was decorated with green for St. Patrick’s Day. There were several other posts that month, but my favorite was the one in which we finally finished the workroom, and I could show it to you.
We decorated with red and yellow for Easter in April here and here, and we traveled back to Florida to visit our daughter. On that trip we stayed in Celebration, and we looked at the hotel, the town, and the houses there in three different posts. My father and sister both have April birthdays, so my favorite post for that month was about a double birthday party we hosted for them. (A Disney celebration of course!)
The month of May began with a beach house in Seaside, Florida. Both of our sons came home to visit that month, and we celebrated their visit with “welcome home” parties here and here. Mother’s Day brought lemon inspiration, a lemon cake, (that didn’t look very good) and a garden tour. We hosted a graduation party for our daughter’s boyfriend as he graduated from college, and we had more eye candy when we took a tour of a beautiful inn located in Rhode Island. May ended with a post on my retirement from teaching – my favorite of the month.
With summer in full swing in June, we studied some rooms and a Nantucket Inn decorated by Trudy Dujardin. I jumped on the summer bandwagon with a summer home tour broken into part 1, part 2, and part 3. We found some inspiration for our 4th of July with a post on tables for that holiday, but my favorite of the month was the post on having Holly Mathis and her friend, Cindy over for lunch one afternoon.
(In case you haven’t heard, they have opened a wonderful shop in Chappell Hill, Texas called True Blue Home. The photos of everything are enough to make me want to chunk all my red and go with blue blue blue!)
A little more inspiration for the 4th started our month of July. Then we dealt with the summer heat by enjoying some pretty pools and outdoor showers and an armchair vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in 3 posts here, here, and here. We took a real vacation to St. Simons Island, and I shared that with you in part 1 and part 2. While we were there, we also ventured over to the nearby Jekyll Island, and I wrote about it here. My favorite July post was this Talk of the Weekend one because I just loved the houses in it!
To celebrate my birthday near the beginning of August, I did a post on one of my favorites: gingham! That month I also shared with you our local New Perry Hotel, a Disney birthday party for our daughter, farm to table decorating and dinner, (complete with a delicious dessert!) and our road trip to New England began with two posts on Charlottesville’s Oakhurst Inn. My favorite from the month though, was a post on decorating our daughter’s apartment (quite a departure from my typical style here.)
In September I shared Jan Karon’s new book with you, and the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine with our feature came out (much earlier than I was expecting!) I wrote 8 posts about our road trip beginning with The Study at Yale (the hotel at which we stayed) followed by Perkins Cove, Maine, L.L. Bean and Freeport, Maine, Whitehall (the inn we stayed at in Maine), Bar Harbor and Camden, Maine, Edson Hill (the inn where we stayed in Vermont), Stowe, Vermont, the campus at Yale, and I ended September with my favorite of the road trip posts that month – decorating our son’s apartment (because it took the entire road trip to furnish it!)
The road trip posts came to a conclusion in October with 3 posts on the Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, Virginia and Pippin Hill – a wonderful vineyard there. Then began all things fall starting with a love letter to the season as I decorated the foyer and family room. That was followed by decorating in the kitchen and dining room, decorating the workroom and playroom, (with some help from Charlie Brown!) decorating the front porch and decorating the back porch for a Halloween party (which was my favorite of the month.)
November had 3 Thanksgiving tour posts starting here followed by a redecorated room over the garage. You saw some of the Christmas decorations that didn’t get included in the BHG feature, and my favorite post of the month was about a party for our friend who completed a Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail.
And that brings us to December – the month of Christmas everywhere. We made peppermint cheesecake dip and stocking letters, and decorated the kitchen, the dining room, the back porch, and outdoors. We had a bridal shower, and we celebrated Christmas. My final favorite post of the year was my first December post on decorating the workroom and making an Advent calendar.
And that was 2015 at Talk of the House. I did take a look at the numbers to see which one post was viewed the most this year. It was this one on the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine.
We have certainly done our share of traveling, celebrating, and decorating this year. Thank you for following along with us. I hope that you will keep reading here with us as we see what 2016 brings. I’m looking forward to it! Now after 27 sneezes and 14 Kleenex tissues through this post, I will leave you with a couple of question on this first day of the year:
Do you have a favorite post from 2015?
If so, which one was it?
We’d love to know.