2011 Before & After Tour

Hello hello! I hope all of you are having a fabulous, relaxing holiday week! Unfortunately it's a crazy busy time for me at work. But it's ok, I'm saving a little eggnog and a few cake pops so that I can enjoy them next week ; ) Meanwhile, I thought it'd be fun to take a recent tour through the Ten June casa... some of the rooms changed a great deal this year! Here's what a few of the rooms looked like in the beginning of 2011 and what they look like today!

LIVING ROOM BEFORE


LIVING ROOM AFTER





DINING ROOM BEFORE

 
DINING ROOM AFTER





In 2011, my dining room saw a few changes, including painting the dining room walls navy blue, painting the chair rail and plantation shutters a bright white, changing out the light fixture, crafting the silver sunburst mirror and painting the built-in wine rack.

Nothing much has changed in the kitchen this year since 2010 was the year for making over this room.

  


I did add a new house plant + herb garden wall and a mini mudroom space in the breakfast nook!



2011 didn't bring any major changes in either of the guest bedrooms or in our master bedroom.




Oh except that minor change we made in the master bedroom... that minor change otherwise known as our master bathroom renovation!!

MASTER BATHROOM BEFORE



MASTER BATHROOM AFTER





OFFICE BEFORE


OFFICE AFTER


This room saw a funky new gallery wall. And apparently I learned how to take a not-so-crooked picture! Thank goodness for the "rotate" tool in Picnik, right?!

BASEMENT BEFORE

 
BASEMENT AFTER






Phew! All of that makes me tired just looking at it : )

Let me pull the cheese card for a hot minute... I have you guys to thank for a lot of this hard work and the fun results! No joke! While I'd certainly still be decorating and renovating without a blog, you guys give me soooo much inspiration from your lovely homes and ideas. And ya'll are also big cheerleaders for me as well! Like, remember that one time our bathroom reno went over-schedule by about ten months? Mhmmm, yeah. You guys rocked in giving me sweet words about that. And telling me that sawdust in my bed was not a big deal. At all.

So I just wanted to say thank you so much for being rock stars and reading this little blog every day. Truth be told, I have the DIY itch right now and I'm ready to get started on my million page to-do list for 2012. I've got some fun projects up my sleeve... I hope you'll be along for the ride!



Pssst! I'm so excited to be part of Jen's fabulous "Great 2011 Reads" series over on her blog, Rambling Renovators. She has picked some fabbbbulous blogs to feature, so needless to say, I'm honored! It's so fun seeing my favorite familiar blog faces and also learning about so many new blogs as well! Head on over here to check out the series!

I'm sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch and the updated kitchen photos with Sarah over at Thrifty Decor Chick.
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Advertising on Ten June


 Check it. 2012 is just around the corner.

And I'm excited. So many fun things to look forward to this year, right?!

If you've got a business or website that you'd like to promote, let's team up. I've got advertising spots available on Ten June beginning January 1st and I'd love to have YOU on board. 

I've heard amazing things from my current sponsors- apparently all of my fabulous readers are a loyal bunch who really like to buy! I'd be more than happy to share my Google Analytics stats if you're interested. And if you'd like to learn about the kinds of places you can find Ten June on the WWW, check out my "as seen in page" here. If you'd like to join the team, shoot me an email for rates: tenjuneblog@gmail.com.

All advertising spots include a 150x150 ad on my sidebar and an introductory post.
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Top Projects of 2011

Believe it or not, the new year is only a few short days away. So before we pop the cork on the champagne bottles and gear up for 2012, I thought it'd be fun to say goodbye to the world of blogging in 2011 by counting down my top twelve favorite DIY projects from my house this year! 

Click on the title of each project for more info on each.



 (and all of my dining room updates)

 





 




my DIY paper mache deer head (duh, had to throw that in)




(and my entire living room makeover for that matter!)




And of course, my top favorite project from the Ten June household this year???


 

Did you see your favorite projects from my house this year? What are some of your favorite projects from your house this year? Leave a link to your best project (just one!) in the comments so I can check it out!

Later this week, I'll have a fun tour through my house of the 2010 version vs. the 2011 version of each room. My how things have changed in just one short year! : )

Sharing this post with: Rhoda at Southern Hospitality
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For Some Reason I've Decided to Embarrass Myself....

Merry day after Christmas!

Here's hoping all of you are feeling as fat, full, blessed and happy as I am today! I had a fabulous weekend celebrating little baby Jesus, playing board games with the fam and loving on my fabulous new brown leather JCrew tote (thanks Santa!).

Even though Christmas is behind us, I thought I'd just give all of you one more gift today. Just a little something something to put under the tree from me to you. Or actually from Megan to you. See, my gal Megan (remember this little expat from her fabulous/hilarious Ten June guest post here?) asked me to share one of my favorite "firsts" in life. 

I carefully considered all of my "firsts" options... first kiss with David? The first house we lived in together? The first time I closed a bad@$# deal as a lawyer? But then I thought... no, Michelle. Think about the important things in life.

Like your first rap concert.

In all it's (really embarrassing) glory. 

You know I'm no stranger to telling all of you what an idiot I can be (remember that one time I thought I found a dead gopher in our yard? yeah I can't forget it either... little dead gophers still haunt me!), so I am all about sharing my stupidity known as my first rap concert with all of you. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em right? Or something like that.... You can read all about my little rendezvous right here on Megan's blog, Across the Pond. Go ahead, I know you're laughing at me, not with me. Right?

me being ridiculous, circa September 2011
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The Stockings Were Hung By the Chimney With Care....


I truly hope that all of you out there in blog land have a very merry Christmas! Here's to the next few days filled with sweet friends and family, amazing food and, above all, remembering the reason for the season. 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

M e r r y    C h r i s t m a s ! 

 Psst! I've updated the Mikarose giveaway post with the winner!
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Our 2011 Christmas Card

I mailed out our Christmas cards to family and friends last week, so I thought it was high time that I share it with all of you today! You know I would have sent the card to all of you via snail mail because I love ya'll so much... minus the fact that postage would have been very expensive and that you probably would have thought that I was creepy if I asked for your address.

So a virtual vision of our 2011 Christmas card will have to do! : )



 Yes, I blurred out our names. Tucker and Maggie asked if I would stop exposing them on the blog so much. Something about how bright it is in the spotlight. Their lives are so ruff.

I got our sweet little postcard from the fabulous Tiny Prints. I had decided not to do Christmas cards this year, but then my guilt got the best of me and I felt like a Scrooge... so I literally ordered the cards last Sunday online, they showed up at my front door Tuesday and I had them in the mail last Wednesday! Can't beat it. Merry Christmas to all of you!!

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I'll be back tomorrow with the winner of the $50 Mikarose clothing gift certificate giveaway. You've got until midnight tonight to enter, so head over here to sign up!

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coral cafe

Today you can also find me over at Drew's adorable blog, Coral Cafe. Besides being all kinds of fabulous and being kick-butt in the graphic design field, Drew was recently named as a new contributing writer over at Made By Girl! I'm sharing what I'd like for Santa to bring me this weekend! Are you listening Santa?
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