The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2017


The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2017 - year in review of all the best posts of 2017.

Can you believe that it’s 2018 already!? 2017 was definitely a year of growth for this blog. I can’t believe how many projects we worked on for our home and how many blog posts that I wrote!

It’s fun to look back each year and see the progress that we have made. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what things used to look like in our house. But then I look back and think, “I can’t believe that room used to look like that!” So even when I feel like we are slow at doing projects, I look back in posts like this and am reminded of how far we have come.

Also, it’s fun to see this little blog grow. My blog is just over 2 years old now, and it feels like I just started yesterday! This year marked some major milestones with my blog, like traveling to my first ever blogging conference and getting to meet other bloggers in person. This year I actually felt like a “real” blogger — even though my husband reminds me that I AM a real blogger. 🙂

Today I thought that we could take a little trip down memory lane and look back at the highlights of 2017 – my second year blogging!

The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2017

So, what happened this year on Keys to Inspiration? Let’s start in…


In January, we started the very beginning of our master bedroom renovation by getting a new bed. Actually, we overhauled the entire bed system to create our “ultimate bed.” That included a new bed frame, new mattress, new smart mattress cover, and eventually all new bedding.

Build your ultimate bed! Create the bed of your dreams for a budget price. Full review of the Casper mattress on a king size upholstered bed.

Build Your Ultimate Bed — Our New Bed & Casper Mattress

Build Your Ultimate Bed — Our New Eight – the Smart Mattress Cover


In February, we totally changed the look of our living room by building a modern media center using the IKEA BESTA cabinets. We were able to create an amazing storage unit that fits our space exactly. And now, I can’t even imagine the room without it. You can read all about how I designed it in this post and how we choose the modern hardware by reading this post.

How to choose modern hardware for a media center. Get a built-in look on a budget using IKEA BESTA cabinets and affordable hardware from Amazon.

How to Design a Modern Media Center using IKEA BESTA Cabinets

Modern Media Center Hardware


In March, we tackled the powder room makeover on our main floor. When we first moved into our home, the powder room was a boring basic box. Since it’s the only bathroom on the main floor, it’s also the main guest bathroom. We knew that renovating it needed to be a priority, so we got to work designing and building to create a totally updated space. Now that it’s finished, we couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out! And you, my readers, also loved it! It’s been shared all over Pinterest since then. You can see the full reveal of our Fresh & Modern Powder Room here.

Check out this beautiful powder room reveal! This tiny bathroom was transformed from boring to fresh and modern! I love the shiplap and the modern classic decorations.

Fresh & Modern Powder Room Reveal

March Bonus Post: I thought I would sneak in one more highlight from March. I switched topics a little to share a behind the scenes story about how I started my blog. If you are interested in starting a blog yourself, check out this post.

How to start a blog, blogging for beginners, Building a Framework, Blogging ebook, My blogging story - How I Started My Blog

How I Started My Blog


In April, I decided to expand on my popular Cricut Explore series of posts and share a post all about accessories. Specifically, which Cricut Explore accessories you need with your machine, and which ones will help you with the projects that you want to create. This post has been super popular because I go into detail about all the different accessories that you can buy. I also share which ones I recommended and which ones I don’t, depending on the type of creating you like to do with your Cricut Explore. If you are a Cricut fan, this is definitely a post you will want to check out.

Which Cricut Explore accessories do you really need? Check out this post for a full explanation of all the accessories and which ones you will need with your new Cricut Explore.
Which Cricut Explore Accessories do I Need?

Which Cricut Explore Accessories Do I Need?


In May, I jumped right into spring cleaning mode. One of the posts that got the most attention was all about how I organize our French door refrigerator. I shared exactly what zones I have for our food needs and some of my favorite organizing products that you can use in your fridge too.

How to organize a french door refrigerator. Make the most out of all the food storage space and create a system that works for your family.

How to Organize a French Door Refrigerator


In June, I launched my very first product! This was designed and created just for my readers who are big Cricut fans, like me! Banner Builder is an all-in-one project toolkit designed to help you create amazing and beautiful banners — the easy way! You can learn more about it here.

Introducing Banner Builder


In July, I shared one of my favorite home decor craft projects to date — a DIY faux fern arrangement. There was this pretty faux fern that I was eyeing for our master bedroom makeover. The only problem was that the price was totally outside of our budget. Instead of giving up, I decided to create my own version of the faux plant and ended up with something really great!

Create a beautiful DIY faux fern arrangement using supplies from your local craft store. See the full tutorial for this easy home decor project.

DIY Faux Fern Arrangement {for under $25}


In August, we make the biggest change to our master bedroom yet — we added a grid board and batten wall. And you guys, this is my favorite thing in our entire house right now. It turned out even better than I could imagine. You’ve probably seen in a few times in some of my Instagram posts, but you can see exactly how we build it (for under $200) in this post.

How to build a grid board and batten wall. Create a stunning feature wall for under $200! This wall looks like it was professionally built, but it was actually a home DIY project. Create a modern classic for your home.

How to Build a Grid Board and Batten Wall {for under $200}

August Bonus Post: l couldn’t leave out one of the most exciting experiences that I’ve had to date with this whole blogging journey, so here’s another bonus post. At the end of July, I got the change to travel to Atlanta for the Haven Blogging Conference. It was such a fun trip and I got to meet so many of my blogging friends in person. I shared the full recap in this post.

My recap of the Haven Blogging Conference 2017 in Atlanta Georgia

Be Brave — Haven Blogging Conference 2017


In September, our home went into full fall mode. As the weather started to cool down, I started to bring out cozier decorations and warmer textures. Fall is my favorite season of the year! I was so excited to participate in a blogger home tour hop – the Fall Decor and Entertaining hop. I shared my home all decorated for fall along with 27 other bloggers.

Simple and modern fall home tour. Get inspired to decorate your home for the autumn season by touring this fresh and bright home.

Simple and Modern Fall Home Tour 2017


In October, I shared another fun Cricut Explore project – this time, using iron-on vinyl. Sometimes it’s fun to just sit down and create something beautiful for your home. This pillow project was just that kind of project for me. I love how it turned out and it’s one of my favorite decorations for the fall.

How to make a cozy fall pillow using the Cricut Explore. Full tutorial for making a pillow using Craftables heat transfer vinyl and a FREE downloadable cut file!

How to Make a Cozy Fall Pillow using the Cricut Explore


In November, the blog had a really busy month. I posted a ton to finish up the fall and jump into the Christmas season. This was in preparation for taking December off of blogging to focus on resting, recharging, and spending time with family. Right before Thanksgiving, I shared my favorite tablescape to date – a modern classic Thanksgiving table. I had so much fun playing around with different decorations and putting this together. It really was a great way for me to be creative and try new things.

Create a beautiful and sophisticated modern classic Thanksgiving table. Bring in the colors, textures, and patterns of fall using simple and neutral pieces. Use agate slices for a unique place card idea.

Modern Classic Thanksgiving Table


In December, I actually only posted one blog post. I know, it’s kind of crazy, but that’s because this year I decided to take December off. So, my recap posts for December were mostly posted in November. But since they are Christmas related, I thought these posts fit the best in the month of December.

This year I was honored to participate in 4 different blogger Christmas home tour hops! It was so much fun to share my home with you all and to get to virtually tour all of the other blogger’s homes too.

A beautiful traditional fresh Christmas tree. Take a tour of this classic Christmas tree and see a close up of some of the unique ornaments.

Simple Christmas Dining Room Tour

It’s a Wonderful House Christmas Home Tour 2017

Colorful Modern Christmas Master Bedroom

Our Traditional Fresh Christmas Tree

Looking back on this year, I’m so grateful for all of the amazing things I’ve gotten to do because of this blog. I loved 2017 and all of the things we did around the house, but I can’t wait for what 2018 will bring! Thanks for being here with me along the way. You truly are my friends!


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  1. You had a wonderful year! And yes, you are totally a ‘real blogger’ my friend!

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