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Best of 2016 – My Favorite Posts

Can you even believe that Christmas is over and we are moving into a new year – 2017!  I don’t know about you, but I always get excited for a new year!  It’s like a challenge to see what I can accomplish in the coming year!  As I’ve been thinking about things I want to do in the new year, I’ve also taken time to look back at what I did accomplish in 2016.  So, here’s a little walk down the Hymns and Verses 2016 memory lane!  Here’s the Best of 2016!

Best of 2016 - Hymns and Verses


“Pray Big” Chalkboard Printable

Pray Big Chalkboard Printable

Wow – did you like this printable!  It is one of my favorites too and a good reminder!  I also shared how to enlarge the print, frame it, and make it look even more like a real chalkboard.  I’m working on a new printable for the New Year and hopefully you’ll love it as much as you did the “Pray Big” chalkboard printable!


Wood Plank Wall

DIY Wood Plank Wall


In February, after many Fixer Upper episodes, I convinced my hubs that we “needed” a faux shiplap wall!  I didn’t go all crazy, because who knows if this is  just a trend, but one feature wall really brightened up my living room and added a layer of texture that I absolutely love!  I’m so glad we did it!


Spring Home Tour

Willow Branches Spring Home Tour

This rusty galvanized bucket with willow branches is one of my favorite images from my 2016 Spring Home Tour.  You can see the whole tour by clicking the link above.


Lavendar Topiaries

Hymns & Verses - lavender topiaries


In April I shared where I found these amazing lavender topiaries at my local Costco! Aren’t they just gorgeous!  I hate to admit that I failed to keep them alive longer than a month or so.  My friend got one too and she planted her’s outdoors and it lived all through summer and into fall!  So, in April, I’ll be looking for these beauties again at Costco and this time I’ll move them outdoors where they’ll get some sunshine!


Vintage Bottles

Repurposed bottle vases

In May you can find my out looking for treasures at yard sales, barn sales, and markets.  On one of these outings, I found these vintage torpedo soda bottles.  I brought them home, cleaned them up a bit, and created hanging vases for my kitchen window – perfect for spring blooms!


Knock Off Pottery Barn Flag Art

2016 Summer Home Tour

This was one of my most successful DIY projects.  I do have to admit that my husband gets most of the credit.  I showed him the picture of the Pottery Barn Hermosa Flag from the catalog and asked him if he could remake it using the PB dimensions given.  He figured out all the measurements. cuts, and assembly.  I did do the staining and painting!  You will be seeing this over the coming years because I just love how it turned out!

And, here’s another favorite from the month of June!

2016 Summer Screen Porch

2016 Hymns and Verses Screened Porch

You know I love to decorate my screen porch.  I had so much fun incorporating more vintage finds into the porch decor!  It was perfect for July 4th and all summer long!


Black & White Tile Wallpaper – Powder Room Makeover

Black and White Tile Wallpaper

This room is small, but boy was it a doozy of an update!  This room really got prettied up thanks to the black and white tile wallpaper!  It has a texture to it and I love the look!   You can read all the details for this tiny space update by clicking the link above the photo!


DIY Corn Husk Wreath

Real Corn Husk Wreath

This was a super easy DIY and my post includes my first ever video tutorial.  That is something that is on my “to-do” list for 2017 – more video tutorials!

October & November

Ikea Rast Dresser Hack – Building Plans

Ikea Rast Dresser Hack – Painting

Ikea Rast Hack Maison Blanche Silver Mink


2016 Christmas Home Tour

And, finally – my Christmas Home Tour.  Wow – what a year!  I really did accomplish a few things!  We also got new flooring in our first and second floors!  You can see that change by comparing this photo to one of the earlier month’s above.   Thank you for following along with me in 2016!

I’m so looking forward to 2017!  There will be lots of fun room updates, DIY projects, and decorating ideas to share with you in the coming year!

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Friday 20th of January 2017

Doreen, where did you get your curtain rods for the black and white buffalo check curtains? So great....

Doreen Cagno

Thursday 26th of January 2017

Hi, Melissa. I have had them for so long, that I don't remember. They are wood. Maybe check at Home Depot or Lowes. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Diane @ An Extraordinary Day

Wednesday 28th of December 2016

Doreen, I had a hard choosing a favorite. Everything you put your hand to is always beautiful. But, I have to say that your porch is so inviting, I just want to step through the screen and have a nice sit there.

All the best for a blessed New Year!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Tuesday 27th of December 2016

Love your home, Doreen! I love that black and white wallpaper projects, just gorgeous and your porch too, so cute and happy. thanks for joining the party today and Happy New Year to you, sweet lady!

Doreen Cagno

Sunday 1st of January 2017

Thanks so much, Rhoda. If you ever need another blogger for your Friday Home series, I'd love to share my home with your readers! I'm so looking forward to Haven this year. I had to miss last year and was so sad! Happy New Year!


Tuesday 27th of December 2016

What a beautiful year you had in 2016!! I always love your projects and appreciate you sharing with us! I love your style of decorating and always look forward to your posts! Wishing you a wonderful 2017 and am excited to see what you share! Happy New Year!!!:)


Tuesday 27th of December 2016

My family has been sick for weeks with the same virus, even the small children were sick on Christmas. I have enjoyed receiving each one of these posts during the year....and your living room looked so pretty for Christmas! May God bless you in the New Year, Doreen.