Happy Blogiversary Party!

The Lovely Residence is one year old today. Can you even believe it? It has been a great year.
Although we aren't doing a big party (unless there is a surprise party happening later...fingers crossed), we are excited about how much we have accomplished in the past year. I started this blog while actively searching for a house and y'all know the outcome of that. The arrival of our sweet boy, which is why we were house hunting in the first place and so so many projects..I will give you a brief run down in category form...
Paint: 3 rooms, 2 dressers, 2 chairs, a chair mat, and too many spray painted chachkis to count
Furniture Inherited/Gifts: 3 bed frames, crib, 2 dressers, rocking chair and kitchen table
Furniture Purchased (at bargain basement prices): couch, 2 chaises, church pew, two night stands, club chair, and 2 mattress sets
Furniture Found in the Trash: 2 kitchen chairs and a dresser
Plumbing: 3 new faucets and garbage disposal removed
Art: 12 frames for the living room, stairway gallery, free Internet art for the kitchen, homemade art for Oscar's room and master bedroom design coming soon!
Baking: 4 cupcake themes, a cake design, a granola bar recipe and s'mores in a jar!
Light Fixtures: 4 new fixtures and lots of swapping around
Decals: Numbers for stairway and artwork, birds and the kitchen back splash
Exterior: Light post, Apple Tree and the Water Feature!

Of course, there is more, but I don't want to brag:) 

Here are some quick blog fast facts, in bullet form...
  • 42,408 page views
  • Most Viewed: You're a Star, 7323 page views
  • Most comments: Big Back Splash, 28 comments
  • Entry most stumbled upon: Shrunken Light Head, people google 'Beetlejuice Shrunken Head' and they are sent to my blog. Funny, huh?
  • Top 3 visiting countries outside the USA...England, Australia, Canada

There you have it, The Lovely Residence's year in review. 

Wait, don't forget your party favor. Yes, this Blogiversary Party has a Party Favor!! Whoop whoop!

Leave a comment with your email address, or just your email address in the comment section, and I will be in touch for your address to send you your very own...
You're a Star Crafting Kit! 

Stop by the party anytime before Sunday. I like to celebrate everything for at least a couple of days.

You can expect to receive:

6 pieces of double sided decorative paper
 Ribbon for Hanging Your Star
 Detailed Instructions

Tell your friends. The more the merrier!

I appreciate all the feedback, encouragement and positive energy! Cheers to a happy year!


  1. Happy Blogiversary!! I have love love loved The Lovely Residence (and its author). Keep on keepin' on!

  2. Happy Blogaversary! I quite enjoy your blog and your creations! :-)

    jennifer{dot}connor1 at verizon{dot}net

  3. Congratulations Nikki! Can't wait till your magazine comes out :)

  4. Happy Blogiversary Babe! Stella, Oscar and I are all very proud of you. We owe our fame to you...

    Love your family

  5. Happy blogiversery! Love your creativity!

  6. Happy Blogiversary!! I absolutely LOVE your blog. Your crafts, recipes, humor and Oscar updates keep me coming back for more!

    I will make cup cakes tomorrow to celebrate!

    Sandra ;o)

  7. Love the blog...I started following on the Star one! Oscar is so handsome! Truly a Lovely Family! Joanne Keith joanne384@live.com

  8. Oh how I miss my NIRSA buddy. I do enjoy your blog and hope someday to be as creative as you! When can you come decorate my house for me??

  9. Your blog is growing up so fast. ;) Congrats on a super successful first year! You have a lot to celebrate.

  10. Happy Blogiversary!! Your s'mores in a jar was my favorite, but the star is a close second. :)If we lived closer, Sami would love to rake all those leaves into a pile and jump in them.
    Happy Fall!!

  11. Love the paper star! Simple and brilliant! Would love to receive your star crafting kit.


  12. I absolutely impress to watch your blog. Your crafts, recipes, humor and Oscar updates keep me coming back for more! Your shared paper star is best for this Christmas. Can 't wait to make one for myself.

  13. Love. Love. Love. this star! It was the first thing I pinned on pintrest and I can't wait to make one for the holidays. Sooooo pretty.