The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2018


2018 year in review of the blog Keys to Inspiration

Another year has flown by! I can’t believe that we are already at the end of 2018. But, to be honest, I’m really excited for 2019!  

2018 was somewhat of a crazy year for this blog. I started off at a normal pace, slowed down a little during the summer, and then went full speed ahead in the last three months of the year.

It’s fun to look back each year and see the progress that we have made in our home. We did a lot of projects this year to finish some rooms. I am loving how our home is growing into a space that we truly love!

It’s also fun to see just how many different posts I’ve shared here on the blog. My blog is just over 3 years old now. It’s fun to look back and see how it has grown!

Today I thought that we could take a little trip down memory lane and look back at the highlights of 2018 – my third year blogging!

The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2018

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


In January, I was on a New Year’s organizing kick and decided to tackle organization in our kitchen. I didn’t completely organize the space perfectly, but I made significant progress that helped make working in the kitchen a whole lot easier.

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How to Get Organized When You are Overwhelmed

How to Plan a Kitchen Organization Overhaul in 3 Easy Steps

7 Things You Need to Get Rid of When Organizing Your Kitchen


In February, I finished up organizing our kitchen by cleaning up the cabinet under our sink. And as a reward for getting the kitchen a lot more organized, I got a new faucet for our kitchen sink.

How to organize under the kitchen sink. Get rid of all the clutter and create a functional and beautiful organized cabinet. Learn exactly what organizing products to buy.

How to Organize Under the Kitchen Sink

5 Affordable Faucets for Your Kitchen


In March, we worked a lot on our Master Bedroom makeover. There were lots of details and decorations to add to the space that really tied everything together. One of my most popular posts is all about installing easy craftsman window trim. There’s even a free workbook you can download if you are doing this project in your own home!

How to install easy craftsman window trim. Full tutorial for adding beautiful trim to the windows in your home. Also, get a free workbook guide to walk you through everything step-by-step.

How to Install Easy Craftsman Window Trim {Free Workbook!}

How to Style Bookshelves


In April, we started the spring season and I shared a fun home tour of our simple and bright spring living room. I loved decorating with a light and fresh approach for the spring season! I also shared one of my favorite money-saving hacks for decorating — how to custom frame your own photos.

Come take a tour of our home decorated for spring! I’m excited to share a simple and bright spring living room tour. Pastel colors and natural elements make this room feel fresh for spring.

Simple and Bright Spring Living Room Tour

How to Custom Frame Your Own Photos


In May, I actually took a break from blogging for a little while. I had lots of projects behind the scenes and didn’t share any blog posts. I did work on a fun spring decorating project and blog post as a guest poster for another blog. It was such a fun project and I love how it turned out!

close up of gold terrarium with florals inside

Easy DIY Floral Terrarium


In June, I shared the full reveal of our master bedroom! But right before that, I also shared how we built one of the bigger projects from that space – the modern barn door. The master bedroom is one of my favorite room reveals here on the blog! I hope you love it as much as I do.

I’m so excited to give you a tour of our modern classic master bedroom! We tried to make it really relaxing and beautiful at the same time, with a mix of DIY projects, a few new pieces, and some decorative accents. Come on in and take the grand tour!

Modern Classic Master Bedroom Reveal

How to Build a Modern Barn Door


In July, I started sharing a new set of freebies on the blog – planning printables! I’ve seen so many of these all over Pinterest and decided to create my own, branded versions of my favorite planning printables. You can download them out in my resource library for free if you are an email subscriber. And if you aren’t a subscriber yet, you can sign up here!

2019 year at a glance calendar printable on a clipboard

Free Printable Year at a Glance Calendar

Free Printable Calendar


In August, I continued adding fun free planning printables to the collection. One of the biggest posts that I shared was actually a full update to one of my most popular posts from the past. It’s a new free meal planning and grocery shopping printable. This has by far been the most popular printable on my site. You can still get it for free in my resource library.

printable meal planner with text on a desk

How I Organize My Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping {with Free Printable!}

Free Printable To-Do List


In September, our home went into full fall mode! Fall is my favorite season, and also my favorite time to decorate because of all the coziness. I also shared a quick and easy way to make a beautiful autumn sign for your home.

fall floral arrangement in white vase with couch and throw pillows neutral

Fall Home Tour 2018 | Living Room

DIY Easy Autumn Wooden Sign


In October, I participated in my very first One Room Challenge. I decided to makeover our basement room and turn it into my home office. For the One Room Challenge, I totally transformed the nook area of the basement to turn it into a built-in desk. This was my most ambitious home project to date, but it was worth it!

PS: Don’t forget to read all of my ORC blog posts. They are linked at the end of all the weekly posts. I shared a LOT in October.

modern and bright creative home office design plan one room challenge week 1

Planning a Modern and Bright Creative Home Office {One Room Challenge Week 1}


In November, I finished my first One Room Challenge by sharing the full reveal of my Modern and Bright Creative Home Office! It was such a great experience and I love my new office!

At the end of the month, I continued my end of the year momentum and started my next biggest project — which you can read all about in the December recap next.

home office built-in desk navy and white with bookshelves and chair with pink pillow

Modern and Bright Creative Home Office Reveal {One Room Challenge Week 6}


In December, I decided to challenge myself and create a huge Christmas series focused on the Cricut! I kicked off the series at the very end of November and then I shared a new project every single day in December until Christmas! It was SO much work, but it was also a ton of fun! I am so proud of this series and how much I created and was capable of. I hope that you loved it too!

You can see a full overview of the series here.

PS: I also fit in a nighttime Christmas home tour!

black wooden sign with white vinyl Merry Christmas design Cricut

white advent calendar and colorful mini ornaments on flocked Christmas tree

Have Yourself A Very Cricut Christmas: 25 Days of Homemade Holiday Crafts

Merry & Bright Christmas Lights Home Tour

Looking back on this year, I’m so grateful for all of the amazing things I’ve gotten to do because of this blog. 2018 was a little crazy, and it flew by. The end of the year was VERY intense and I did so many things in just the last quarter of the year. It was exciting, exhausting, but also rewarding.   

I’m very excited about what 2019 will bring! Thanks for being here with me along the way. You truly are my friends!


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  1. I love all of these and your home — I double checked with my husband and he said it’s okay if I come to live with you 😉 Just kidding (but seriously, love your home). I can’t wait to see all the great stuff that you will share in the new year! Hugs.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks Marissa! You are sweet 🙂

      >> Christene

  2. Christene, you have an amazing style and a beautiful home. I enjoyed exploring your projects and can’t wait to see what you do next! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you Michelle! I’m excited for the new year

      >> Christene

  3. So beautiful, Christene! I loved seeing your highlights and all you accomplished in 2018. Much to be proud of here!

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks Crissy! It’s always fun to look back and see how much you do in just a year!

      >> Christene

  4. The house looks so beautiful, what a fun and inspiring decorating year. What is up for this year?

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thanks Susan! We will probably have more home projects coming up this year. I need to create a better entry area, so that’s probably first on the list.

      >> Christene

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Thank you Julie! It was a fun year and I’m looking forward to 2019.

      >> Christene

  5. I just found your blog through your comments over at Julie’s blog, Love your home office makeover, so bright and cheerful! And that cricut series looks amazing (and so like you put so much time and effort in to it!) Happy New Year!

    1. Christene Holder says:

      Hi Tiffany! So glad to have you here from Julie’s blog 🙂
      Thank you so much! I love how my home office turned out. It’s my new favorite spot. The Cricut series was so much fun too! Lots of work, but totally worth it.

      Thanks and Happy New Year to you too!
      >> Christene

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