Welcome 2010 and Favorite Posts of 2009

Happy new year! 2010 is here – can you believe it? In May of 2009, I sat at my computer and wrote my first post {thinking it just might be my last}. I knew very little about blogging and the blogging world. After a few posts and some nice comments from readers, I was hooked. This post will be my 150th.

One area of blogging I have enjoyed {surprisingly} is “meeting” other bloggers that share a similar passion for interior design. It’s a welcoming community, full of very talented people that continue to inspire me daily. Here’s a look back at some of my favorite posts of 2009 by fellow bloggers.

Things That Inspire made me connect the dots between house and garden in the post, Vanishing Threshold. Thoughtfully and beautifully written {as always}. Love this blog.

This tranquil master suite by husband-wife team, Brooke and Steve Giannetti is one of my favorite bedroom designs this year. Brooke {sweet as can be} takes us through the design process on her beautiful blog, Velvet & Linen.

In A Test of Time by Laura Casey Interiors, a talented interior designer and blogger shares her list of furnishings that will stand the test of time. Laura has a great sense of style. Reading her blog is a treat.

I have always been a fan of painting the backs of bookcases. Centsational Girl’s post on Bookcase Style showcases lovely examples of bookshelves decorated with paint or wallpaper. This blog is full of inspiration.

Janell at Isabella & Max Rooms designed this beautiful bedroom for her little girl. Isn’t it gorgeous? Throughout the year Janell shared her design process, several DIY projects and of course the room’s completed look. Worth a visit to her lovely blog.

Talented designer and blogger, Joni at Cote de Texas shares her top ten design elements. Number two {behind linen} is the versatile slipcover. She has me {a mom of two young ones} sold. I prefer the more tailored version as shown in the living room image above.

Wallpaper is back and better than ever! Maria Killam {designer & color expert} of Colour Me Happy wrote a great post on things you need to know before buying wallpaper.

Need some sunshine? Odi et Amo {attorney by day, designer by night and talented writer} takes us on a virtual vacation to Palm Springs and tours the home of Kansas-based designer David Jimenez. Get ready to swoon.

Oh boy! Lauren at Pure Style Home {fellow mom & creative designer} unveils her new toddler’s room. It’s darling. Love the vintage wallpaper lion taking a walk over the chalkboard paint hill!

There are so many other posts I enjoyed reading in 2009. The lovely blogs listed under “buzzing blogs” are my daily reads and current favorites. Please check them out. Definitely worth the time.

If you have areas of design or organization you’d like me to cover in 2010, just drop me an email – simplifiedbee {@} yahoo {dot} com.

Thanks for reading Simplified Bee and happy 2010!!!

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17 Responses to Welcome 2010 and Favorite Posts of 2009

  1. LindsB January 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    What a great list of posts- I love all of these blogs! Happy 2010!

  2. Eileen January 6, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    Beautiful images of 2009! I can't wait to see what's in store for 2010! Is that a fainting couch in “A Test of Time by Laura Casey Interiors”? Because, I swoon over de Gournay wallcoverings! I could cover everything in de Gournay! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lauren January 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Oh Cristin thank you so much for including me with this awesome roundup!! i'M HONORED!!

    I remember reading so many of these & loved them woo. Now I'm off to review again & check out the new ones- thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. pk @ Room Remix January 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these, Cristin! Some I haven't seen before so I'll be checking them out. Happy 2010!

  5. High-Heeled Foot in the door January 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    What a lovely round-up and some of my favorites as well!

  6. Velvet and Linen January 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank you Cristin!!!
    I'm so thrilled to be included with such wonderful bloggers.
    Some of these were favorites of mine as well, while others are going to be so much fun to read. They all look so pretty. I'm not sure where to start!
    This is a great way to start the New Year!


  7. Design Esquire January 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Great post! I completely agree with you about the blog community – it is better than I could have imagined.

  8. Ruthie's Renewed Treasures January 5, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Cristin – I enjoy your blog. I've done the wallpaper behind bookshelves and it adds so much color and texture to a room. Happy New Year to you, blessings for a great year!


  9. Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life January 5, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    I couldn't agree with you more! I didn't expect to enjoy meeting other bloggers so much! We have our own little interior design support group and I love it!

  10. Cote de Texas January 5, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    Thank you so much for including me!!!!
    great roundtop – I feel honored to be included here.


  11. fourwallsandaroof January 5, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    What a great post. I love all these images and will be checking out every post you mention. Great inspiration.

    Happy New Year to you!

  12. annechovie January 5, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    Thank you so much for your kind support, Cristin. I am so happy you started blogging and I wish you all the best in 2010!

  13. Maria Killam January 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    Thanks so much for the mention!! (I just found it on my google alerts)
    I appreciate it!!

  14. thelennoxx January 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Fantastic compillation! I love and read most of these blogs too, and the rest, tanks for the introduction, will check them out now!

  15. Pinecone Camp January 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    gorgeous rooms! Love the daybed with the fab wallpaper.
    All the best in 2010!

  16. Averill January 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Cristin — Thanks so much for including my post in your list of favorites! I totally agree with you that “meeting” other bloggers has been one of the best (and most surprising) benefits of starting up my own blog. Your blog is always one of my daily reads and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2010!

  17. Dallas Shaw January 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    love all of these- off to check them out. any favorite dining rooms?