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2016 Year in Review & Best of

Last year around this time I posted a round up of my top 6 posts and some 2016 goals.

These were the goals.

1. Home tours: I want to start doing home tours of other people’s homes. If you live in the Chicagoland area send me an email!

I actually did this one! Woo! Check out Sam’s Dallas Apartment and Christie & Josef’s Evanston Condo

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2. Finishing the extra bedroom/office/guest room: Right now there’s a hole in the ceiling. It has to do with the radiators. It’s getting fixed soon but the room still needs to come together a bit.

Ha. Well, the ceiling doesn’t have a hole anymore so that’s something. I didn’t do much with that room but I did upgrade my bedroom and I absolutely love it, so I’ll offer this post as tribute.

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3. Posting more: Eek. Lofty goal. I’m thinking once a week or once every two weeks. We’ll see how this goes…

Hahahahahahahahahahaha. NOPE. But, I have excuses for this:

  1. I traveled this year, a lot. For work and for fun. I’ll probably do another post with a 2016 travel recap.
  2. I got a new job. Woo!
  3. I coached a lot of hockey

Lesson learned. I won’t resolve to post more this year.

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2016 Year in Review

Enough with resolutions. They are silly anyway. This year, I want to drink black coffee. Real goals. On to my 2016 in review. First, a couple fun facts (big surprise, I like numbers):

  • My blog had 85,474 views from 59,261 visitors. This is a 97% increase over 2015 (43,389 views)
  • 60,029 of those views were from the U.S., the remaining 25K+ were from other countries
  • Top referrers to my blog:
    • Pinterest: 24,910
    • Search: 13,188
    • Apartment Therapy: 1,611
    • Facebook: 1,059

Alright, on to my top posts. By the way, according to this, I should be a toddler DIY blogger. Not gonna happen.

Best of 2016…

#1: IKEA DUKTIG Play Kitchen Hack

Olivia’s play kitchen took the number one spot with 11,397 views.

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#2: DIY First Birthday Cake Smash

See above toddler blogger comment. Olivia’s cake smash took the number two spot with 9,775 views in 2016.

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If you’re curious, this is what Olivia looks like now.


#3: Hiding an Ugly Air Conditioner Wall Unit

To answer the most common concerns of Internet commenters on this one… 1. No, I don’t hit my head on it when it’s open. It’s not in the middle of the room. 2. Yes, I could have put a screen on it instead of doors. But I didn’t want a big screen. I wanted doors.

Here’s the post. It racked in 5,092 views in 2016.

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#4: Color Inspiration: Navy, Aqua and Gold

This post is from December 2013. That’s THREE years ago. Holy crapola. Still popular though with 4,785 views in 2016.

#5: Anthro Hack: DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Floor Mirror

I have to confess something with this one… I ended up getting rid of this mirror. I decided to be cheap and bought two thin wood boards. They beveled. The mirror beveled. It basically looks like a carnival mirror and makes everyone in it look about 30 pounds heavier than real life. That’s no fun. But, had I used a good board, none of this would have happened, so I still love the idea and the post 🙂 This one took the fifth spot with 4,518 views.

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#6: Painted IKEA VITTSJO Bookcase

Easy project. A ton of other people have done this one too. This post had 3,980 views in 2016.

#7: Choosing a Bedroom Paint Color

I’m glad this one is popular because I love love love the paint color I chose: Benjamin Moore Galapagos Turquoise. This took the seventh spot with 3,577 views.

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#8: Mid Century Modern Dining Room

The mid-century modern dining room mood board made the top ten list with 3,372 views.

#9: Color Obsession: Copper and Pink

I didn’t even realize this one was popular until recently when I checked my Pinterest analytics. It makes the top ten list with 2,518 views.


#10: Nautical Bathroom Inspiration

This is another old one (April 2014) but clinched the last spot on the top ten list with 2,138 views.

Now, if I had to pick my favorite posts of the year, they would be:

  1. Bedroom reveal
  2. SF, Monterey, Big Sur trip
  3. My National Parks road trip:
  4. Christie & Josef’s Evanston Condo
  5. Sam’s Dallas Apartment

#bringon2017

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  • Reply Vikash

    Thanks a lot for share this post..

    February 8, 2017 at 1:17 am
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