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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Favorite Blogger’s Rooms {2010}

As much as I love browsing through design magazines looking at beautifully designed spaces, what delights me most is seeing the “real life” rooms that are created by talented folks, whether they are designers or not.  Getting to peek inside someone’s house gives me a secret thrill as I love to see how people live.  I’ve gotten hooked on reading blogs and have been amazed at the rooms that I’ve seen featured along the way. 

I selected just a few (tried to narrow it to about 20- but think I ended up with around 30!) of my favorite blogger’s rooms that I’ve seen in the past year.  It was hard to choose just one favorite room in many of these bloggers’ homes, as I often find myself coveting the entire house!  And although their styles may vary, the creative aspect is alive in each and I’m inspired by all of the beautiful details and unique touches.  I’m also impressed that many of those special details were revamps, hand made, or upcycled. 

We’re going room by room, so let’s go!

Foyer

Made by Girl

Jen is so super stylish and her decor is creative and chic.  Although this foyer is totally sophisticated in black and white, Jen said she plans to add pops of color via fresh flowers.  P.S. Can you believe she MADE that light fixture?!  Such a unique foyer with only a few pieces.

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Living Room

Centsational Girl

One of my earliest blog inspirations, Kate’s classic take on simple, beautiful French decor with a bit of modern mixed in always delights.  I am loving how she used blue-gray, gold and white in the room.  And in true Centsational Girl style, Kate added the wainscoting, repainted the mirror, redid the chair and chandelier, and sewed the sofa cover!  Whew!  Her gallery wall is superb too. 

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Sixty-Fifth Avenue

I’ve said before that Londen’s family room makes me want to come and stay as a houseguest at her place.  Her cozy room is relaxing and exciting at the same time with the patterned rug and warm wooden furniture.  Love it!

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Ten June

I dig how Michelle used that yellow print rug to add visual interest to the room and the stripes in their office peeking through is so cool!  The pop of green on the mantle is fresh too.  And what a gorgeous family! :)

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Bedroom

Rambling Renovators

Oh, I die over that paneling behind the bed!  This is one talented couple- their whole house is amazing!  The drapes they chose are fabulous and the E-bay light fixture is fantastic!

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Name 5 Things

A gorgeous, serene space with that beautiful nailhead trim bed.  I love the wall color Emily chose and how she created those wall paper panels behind the nightstands.  This is one bedroom I would love to wake up in!  Her little dressing table with the bamboo mirror and collection of Penguin classics is perfect.

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Isabella and Max Room

I cannot believe everything Janell did in this amazing room!  I mean, the dramatic headboard alone made quite the statement, but the chandelier, lampshades, drapes, sitting area, gallery wall, duvet, pillows- it’s all superb!   And Janell always provides the best tutorials to accompany her projects- I’ve got more than a few bookmarked!

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Studio Ten/25

As soon as I saw this room with the beautiful wall color, fab mirror and complimentary bed linens and bench, I was in love.  The second shot of the rest of the room put me over the edge.  Abbe sure knows how to use art, color and pattern to infuse interest to a room!

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My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia

What a dreamy space!  The dramatic canopy bed is so nice with the bench Kristin redid and I love how she styled her nightstands.  I would definitely have sweet dreams in this bedroom!

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Mom Cave

A Thoughtful Place 

My girl Courtney’s sitting area off the master bedroom is divine!  Her drapes and nesting tables are awesome.  The silver touches, including the ribbon-lined lamp and chandelier add the perfect bit of glamour. 

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Bathroom

A Brooklyn Limestone in Progress

Stephanie’s stylish, white tiled bath with silver accessories is my dream bathroom.  The scones are gorgeous and the whole room is sleek and clean, but not too minimal.  I love the pop of pink with the orchid too.  This room becomes even more impressive when you’ve seen the “before”! 

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Kid’s Rooms

Aubrey + Lindsay’s Blog

Isn’t this the sweetest nursery?!  And it’s not overdone at all.  It’s just whimsical and natural.  Every little element is so thoughtful, from the drapes, art, giraffe and daybed. Baby Oscar is sleeping in style!

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Hi Sugarplum! 

Cassie never disappoints with her hip and playful design sense.  How freakin’ cool are those orange, brown and white stripes on the wall?!  They totally make the room and I looove how she did them in varying heights.  But her use of the space in the room (see the desk beside the bed and shelves on the wall?) is also fantastic, not to mention the gallery wall. 

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Home to Three Duncan Boys

Lakeitha isn’t even done with her ‘cars’ inspired boys room, but I already love it.  The road on the wall with actual cars is awesome!  I’m sure her sons already love this room!

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Danielle Oakley Interiors

Can you believe she created this entire room for $370, including the amazing, colorful headboard?  I love how she used pink, aqua, and yellow in the room.  So cheery, but not too sugary with the black and white lamps and plate wall.

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Simply LKJ

The room that Lauren created for her daughter is divine!  It’s a perfect room for a high school-aged girl.  The dressers were repainted in a black semi-gloss that stands out against the pretty greyish-blue walls.  I love how she also created a work space and used the Ikea Expedit as a room divider.  And that chalkboard wall?!  Love it!

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Pretty Handy Girl

I could hardly believe that this awesome paneled reading/sleeping nook was once a little closet!  That girl has vision and is so talented how she pulled this off!  It’s such a surprising, delightful space!

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Home Office

Emily A. Clark

I’ve come back to look at Emily’s office 100 times to survey every little detail as it has really inspired my own office.  Emily is one of those talented people who can use color and pattern and still have the space look serene and inviting as opposed to confused or cluttered.   Check out the smokey blue walls and the vivid green dresser paired with those gorgeous drapes.  The sleek white lines of the desk and Ikea Expedit bookshelf are a really clean look. (don’t be surprised when you those something similar in my office! :) I just love how she made this space so functional and pretty!

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Just A Girl

Here’s another wonderful example of a pretty and functional space.  See, they do exist!  Look how Chris added that organizational pegboard above the desk for utility but also framed it  for beauty.  Her craft room also has a reading nook and beautifully painted dresser- love the light blue color she chose.

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6th Street Design School

How cool is Kirsten’s office?  The drapes are a fun addition to the cool white desk with that pop of green. Never seen a desk like that with color before.  I also love her chandy and how she arranged the bookshelf. 

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Kitchen

A Well Dressed Home

A jaw-dropping kitchen for sure- and it’s a renovated kitchen!  I love how Emily painted the cabinets white and the light fixtures she chose.  The drapery panel she made is super cool too.  You gotta check out the “before” on this one- you won’t believe it!

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Pantry

Cre8tive Inc. Designs

A well organized space with a fabric lined wall and labeled containers steals my heart!  How nice to walk into this pantry and be able to see what you have and easily access all your ingredients!  An organizer’s dream!

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Decor Chick

I’m super impressed with what Emily did to her pantry to make it more beautiful and functional.  She added carousel turntables (custom made by her talented Dad) that allow for perfect storage of all those canned goods and packages.  Genius! 

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Laundry Room

Tatertots and Jello

Oh my! A laundry room dream!  Jen did so much to this room I don’t even know where to begin.  The pale green cabinets and chandelier add a lot of charm as well as the paneled wall.  I’m sure she loves doing laundry now!

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Dining Room

Live Creating Yourself

Such a cool room.  I love the white paired with touches of light colors like gray and soft aqua.  Her unique accessories really make this space feel personal. 

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The Painted Hive

This dining room looks fresh out of a country chic magazine!  Simple, inviting, and relaxing- just how causal dining should be!  And isn’t that fan just great?!

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The Fabulous Design File

Isn’t it cool how Carissa’s dining room showcases her style with that ultra chic shiney, patterned wallpaper?  Totally groovy!

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Two Story Cottage

A gorgeous dining room!  Erin’s silk drapes and striped plate wall are just fantastic.  I really like how she paired the dark furniture with the light slipcovered chairs.  And that light blue ceiling?!  Or wait, the shutters and mouldings!!  Oh, my!

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Porch

33 Shades of Green

Talk about a backyard view!  I would seriously love to grab a magazine or book and cozy up on that couch with a cup of tea.  I like the way she infused color into the porch with the rug, pillows, and flowering plants.

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Southern Hospitality

Rhoda’s southern charm shines through in her porch for sure!  I dig the yellow painted shutters, floral pillows, and greek key rug.  Looks like a sweet spot for a little cocktail and conversation!

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There are too many wonderful rooms to include in one blog post!  Thank you, thank you bloggers!  You inspire me daily!  Most of these rooms I’ve had bookmarked for ages, so it’s nice to now have them all in one spot now:)

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Speaking of inspiration, and favorite blogs, I’m guest posting on Hi Sugarplum! today with one of my most popular blog posts of 2010.  Any idea what it was?? :)

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62 comments:

  1. gah!!!! what a perfect round up!!! every single one made my fave list too (even my own, ha!) I'm thrilled to be included with all those lovely spaces! Hopefully I'll get my act together in 2011 and you can add Sloan's room to the list.

    thanks for guest posting too! guess I'd better get it up, huh? oh geez...twss

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  2. Those are all fantastic spaces!! I have several of those bookmarked as well. Thanks so much for including my pantry, you're the sweetest! Can't wait to snuggle. hehe :)

    And I'm thinking your most popular post was either Jimmy's gift antics post, or your rainbow bookshelf? What do I win if I am right? Oh, that's right...a snuggle bunny. :)

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  3. MEGAN, thanks so much for including my foyer, so glad you like it :))))
    woo hoo!

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  4. ohmygosh! what an awesome recap of ALL stunning rooms!

    need to bookmark this asap!

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  5. You have a great list of favs!

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  6. Thank you so much for this post! I loved all of these rooms, and found so many great blogs through it too.

    Definitely bookmarking this post for future inspiration!

    x

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  7. Awww, thanks Megan! I must say, I'm pretty darn proud of our kitchen remodel :)

    I love all of the befores & afters! Thanks for sharing!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home
    awelldressedhome.com

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  8. What a roundup...fun to look at these rooms, some for a second time, others for the first. Thank you for including my master bedroom, I'm really honored!!
    Janell

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  9. Those are all such great rooms! Such talent and creativity and inspiration! I think I'll take a second look more closely at all that you have posted.

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  10. Truly amazed at all the incredible talent & creativity! Still trying to figure out how each one can be my absolute favorite but somehow they all are :) Thanks for the introduction to some new blogs...off to check them out!

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  11. Fantastic post! Amazing spaces! Thanks.

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  12. Thanks for sharing Megan! We have similar taste because I had many of those rooms saved in my inspiration file:) So inspiring what you can do on your own!

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  13. I love all the rooms and am inspired greatly to make my house a home in 2011. You can see my bland now and what I hope to be great afters at www.mysouthernlife.blogspot.com

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  14. Where's that bookmark button?? Such a great roundup Megan! Now you've given a ton more new blogs to explore.

    Thanks so much for including our master bedroom. I'm glad you 'found' us again :)

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  15. great post! such beautiful rooms, i'm definitely inspired!! thanks! :)

    http://creativeindexblog.blogspot.com

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  16. How fun to see my living room with all these fabulous spaces! Thanks Megan!

    Love seeing all this inspriation all in one place, great post!
    Londen

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  17. This was so fun- so many gorgeous spaces. Thanks for sharing and putting this together!!

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  18. Seriously... how sweet are you?! THANK YOU for featuring all of our rooms. We love our living room and so I'm thrilled that you do, as well :) EACH of these are rooms I have oogled over all year, so fabulous job in the round up! So much beautiful inspiration!

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  19. All stunning! I mean how gorgeous are these spaces? WOW!

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  20. Hey! I'm new to your blog and loving it! this is one of my favorites! Every room was amazing! Thanks!

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  21. This was an awesome idea! I have so many windows open with blogs I have never heard of, but now must read! I also love finding inspiration in blogs vs. magazines!

    Oh and is your most popular post about that magnificient closet?!

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  22. What a fantastic tour of homes. Thanks to you for providing this great post, and thanks to the homeowners for allowing us a glimpse into their beautiful rooms. So much inspiration ... so little time!

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  23. Holy goodness that is some fabulous inspiration!!!!!!!!!!! I don't eve know where to start, love them all!

    Paula

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  24. this is such a fun post! i am so flattered that you included me :)

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  25. Great post! Those rooms are all so beautiful. You had picked many I loved already! Now, off to day-dream about redecorating from the office. :)

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  26. WOW Megan, these are some fabulous rooms, all of them! I can see why you had such a hard time picking!
    Thank you for picking my bedroom, I feel so honored!
    I am so glad I found your blog just a few short months ago and look forward to 2011 with you!
    XO
    Kristin

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  27. Thanks so much for picking my dining room!!! I'm totally flattered to be included in this fabulous list!!!

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  28. Thank you my dear! How fun to be included amidst these gorgeous spaces. Great post and so many I had bookmarked as well. I just found the Rambling Renovators blog and bedroom yesterday!

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  29. Thank you so much for including my bedroom in your favorites! I am flattered to be in such fabulous company, what a great list!
    I love your blog, your home and of course your stunning closet!!
    Have a Happy New Year!
    Abbe
    Studio Ten 25

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  30. Megan, these rooms are beyond fabulous!! Great choices!

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  31. Hi Megan -
    Thanks so much for including my porch in your list! Can't wait to take a look at all the other rooms you featured.
    Happy New Year!
    Alissa

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  32. Lovely spaces! There are some blogs I haven't heard of that I need to check out now :)

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  33. UGGGHHHH MEGAN!!! These rooms are amazing & some are from bloggers I didn't know about so now I'm going to have to add them to my list!!! I'm behind as it is!!! Hope you & your family had a Merry Christmas!

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  34. Megan, i absolutely love this round up! so many beautiful spaces... i'm going off to check them out now!!!

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  35. thanks so much for posting this! i haven't seen some of these rooms before and they are spectacular! i am going to need more time to really go through them.

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  36. Great job putting together such an inspiring group of ladies hard work! Fun!!! Can't wait to get going on a new project for the new year!

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  37. What a wonderful collection of great spaces! Thanks so much for including my porch, I sure did enjoy it last summer. You found some super fun rooms to showcase & they are all beautiful. Some new to me blogs too, wish i had more time to read!

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  38. I don't even know what to say! I am so honored you included our "teen bedroom" amongst so many wonderful rooms!! She's mighty proud of that space!! Thanks Megan ;)

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  39. Just about every single room is in my "inspiration" folder! Can't wait to see your office! I love my Expedit bookcases...they are great for organizing, stylish, budget friendly...and you can store anything in them.

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  40. Thank you so much for this post! I will be coming back again later so I can explore each link. There is so much to soak up.

    We start paint tomorrow on our new construction and I hope our neutral colors aren't too dark and boring....oh my!

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  41. Wow! What a nice walk through the world of all those beautiful rooms and spaces.
    Each space has it's very own beauty and elegance.
    The pantries from Cre8tive and Decor Chick really kicked me out of my chair. Now I don't even want look in my own pantry anymore. ;)

    Happy New Year
    Paula Jo

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  42. I love how you did this! Such a great way to capture all the beautiful spaces that we all see in the blog world!

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  43. I love this post! Thanks for sharing all these blogs. I have some new ones to read.

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  44. What a great post! Such beautiful inspiring spaces. I am flattered to be included in the round up! Thanks, friend!

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  45. I loved this post! I would vote your closet the number one blog closet of 2010. LOVE your style!

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  46. This post is just in time for me doing my inspiration plan for the year. Our house is in huge need of love. Check out my most recent post and let me know what you think! I am in some serious need of inspiration...thanks so much for it!

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  47. Lovely - i love them all although my favourite is the design 10/25 bedroom and 33 shades of greens porch too! STUNNING!
    Happy new Year
    Rachie xo

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  48. SO MUCH AMAZING inspiration! Loved this post! Makes me want to jump on some household decorating! ;)

    Happy New Year!

    www.meg-land.blogspot.com
    xo

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  49. What a great post. This is the best way to also discover new blogs. I just wanted to point out that when you click on Made by girl you actually get Just a girl.

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  50. Love it all. Great inspiration and really gets me motivated to start working on projects in my own home! :)

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  51. Megan, I know you purchased the drum shade in your mom cave from Lighting Inc, anyway you have the name or brand? I can't locate it online... it's a must have or i'll die situatiuon :) would you share???

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  52. Thank you for the feature!! I can't wait to read further - I know most of the rooms but there are some new ones too. Fun reading!

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  53. Wow - what a beautiful compilation of rooms!! I am so excited to explore of these blogs!!

    Thank you for including my laundry room! I feel so honored to be included with such beautiful rooms!!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  54. Megan, what a wonderful post! I loved seeing all of these grouped together and am more than flattered that you would include my office. Thank you so much!

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  55. Thank you for this post - it has introduced me to so many beautiful blogs that I am yet to discover.

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  56. Megan this is my first time to your beautiful blog and what an introduction I just had!! Love this post and so many talented bloggers that are new to me.I will have to spend some time visiting them. Thank you for all the work you put into this post, it was great,Happy weekend,Kathysue

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  57. Than you so much for including my dining room in your post! I love the colors in that space, and am thrilled you do, as well!

    Happy New Year!

    Alaina

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  58. Wow, just saw this post, I'm so honored to be included in your list Megan!!
    Janell

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  59. Hello! What a delight to be included in this amazing 'Dream Home' you've created!! Loving all your picks, those are some of my very favorites too! Cheers to another year of great room redos!

    xo
    Kate

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  60. Thank you so much for including my boys room! I can not believe I'm mixed in with some of the greatest bloggers. And that I'm being featured on your blog!

    I really do apreciate this girl. You have certainly made my week!

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  61. I would (gently) knock down my own g'ma to get to either one of those pantries!

    I love your blog and def looking forward to following you for more!

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