Happy birthday to us! It’s hard to believe, but we launched The Brick Nests one whole year ago, and we wanted to take a moment to reflect and thank you all! We are truly grateful for our readers and all of the friends and family who have helped us on this journey. We already knew that it takes a village to raise children, but this year we’ve learned it also takes a village to start a blog!
We want to extend our thanks to our talented friend Stephanie, who worked with us to design our beautiful logo, and was endlessly patient with our clueless-about-graphic-design questions! Also, thank you to our lawyer friend Mike for looking out for us by thoroughly tackling our Policies page. And we have to give a huge thanks to Jillian’s cousin Mariah, who helped us so much last summer with the tech side of setting up the blog–without her there would be no actual functioning blog. And great news–she just bought a beautiful house that we at The Brick Nests are helping to decorate (stay tuned for more on that project)!
But Mariah is not the first one to ask us for our decorating help. One of the most fulfilling things to have come from blog is that many of our reader friends have trusted us enough to ask for help decorating their homes! These opportunities led to the expansion of The Brick Nests from simply a blog offering thoughts and ideas on style and décor into The Brick Nests’ Décor Coaching service, offering real life application of those thoughts and ideas. In the coming weeks we hope to have more to share with you on our Décor Coaching. In the meantime, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our families and little ones also deserve a shout out for being patient in adjusting to their mommies working, as well as for being behind-the-scenes photographers, fabric shoppers, and room makeover guinea pigs. Lastly, thanks to our brilliant, supportive, and hard-working husbands, who provide us the freedom to pursue our passions. Sending love to all you guys!
Now we’d like to take a moment to reflect back on the year and highlight four of our favorite posts.
I have to admit that being able to transform two rooms in my nest and document the progress with you all has been a blast. It is a super motivating way to complete a room, that is for sure. There is only one problem now, and that is that I am running out of rooms in need of makeovers for the One Room Challenge. Fear not though–I have one up my sleeve for the fall. Last fall was the guest bedroom makeover below, with the bold chalk-painted dresser as a major focal point. I loved transforming this dated, paisley room into a fun, fresh, and bold guest bedroom.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I was able to take the baby nursery and transform it into an awesome blush little girl bedroom.
It’s so hard to choose which posts I most enjoyed writing. I had a great time pulling together several Nests’ Nifty Nine posts (you can find them all on our Shop page), and telling you about all sorts of things I love or have my eye on. Also, being a lover of fashion, it was a blast working on some style posts (check out a few of them here, here, and here). But I also really enjoy passing on tips on smaller projects and seasonal ideas for the home. Maybe it’s because I have fall on the brain with the kids’ recent return to school and the cooler weather, but I remember being quite pleased with how my autumn planters turned out last year.
Also, Thanksgiving is in the not-too-distant future, and I loved sharing how my vibrant, rustic, and relaxed Thanksgiving feast table setting came together.
We have so much planned for the blog and our Décor Coaching moving forward, so check back often, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly emails, as well as follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Friends and family who read every post and offer feedback, thank you! Your kind words have been so meaningful to us! And, as always, please feel free to reach out to let us know what you want to hear about. Here’s to another great year ahead!
- My nest is not a museum, it is a comfortable, charming, unique, fabulous home with young children. I have high-end custom pieces, vintage tag sale finds, authentic antiques, colorful prints, and basic box store staple furniture. There are many ways to add functional style to your home and I can't wait to share my ideas and inspirations with you!
- Jillian's Nest2017.10.18Art, Art, Art–The Brick Nests Office HQ Makeover (One Room Challenge Week 3)
- Jillian's Nest2017.10.11Major Painted Paneling Progress in The Brick Nests HQ (One Room Challenge Week 2)
- Jillian's Nest2017.10.04The Brick Nests HQ Office Makeover (One Room Challenge Week 1)
- Jillian's Nest2017.09.14End of Summer Hawaiian Luau Party