Top 10 Projects of 2015

Wow… here we are in 2016! Jeremy and I had a fun, quiet New Year’s Eve with some friends of ours, and now I’m snuggled up in bed catching up on TV, laundry and sleep. I can’t help but think about the last year and reflect on all the things that happened in 2015…

  • We escaped Indiana’s cold winter and took the boys to Disney last January.
  • Jeremy and I started a major decorating overhaul on our living and dining room, which is still a work in progress today. We painted, added board and batten, built new furniture and completely redecorated.
  • I finally sold my 11 year old Buick and pulled the trigger on my dream Jeep.
  • I celebrated the 3rd birthday of Love Grows Wild.
  • We had a successful planting and harvest season on the farm.
  • I continued to update our little farmhouse and focused on the master bedroom, bathroom and my office.
  • My baby started kindergarten, and I spent many nights and weekends watching the boys play their sports. There is nothing I love more than being a football and wrestling mom!
  • I was honored to work with some amazing brands this year and had a chance to do some really exciting things… I filmed my first video series with the American Dairy Association Mideast… I partnered with Bath Fitter for an amazing transformation of our bathroom… and I visited the Red Gold Tomato factories and met the families and growers behind the brand. I am beyond grateful for these brand relationships that help me continue doing what I love to do.
  • And last, but certainly not least, I was contacted by a book publisher and offered my first book deal. I still feel like I need someone to pinch me when I say that! After a few months of meetings and negotiations, I gladly accepted their offer and have been working feverishly on the book ever since. My book deadlines are coming up in early spring, and the book will be available for purchase just before the holidays!

I’ve learned so many things over the last year, but probably the most significant change I made was allowing myself to let go of any fear and just GO for it. I quit making excuses for why our house couldn’t look a certain way or why I couldn’t do this or that with my business. Anyone can have big dreams, but it takes a whole lot of hustle and hard work to make them come to life. I took risks, trusted my instincts, and grew my business by leaps and bounds this year. Of course, there were many times that I doubted myself and cried tears of worry. I questioned my decisions and jealously compared my journey with other bloggers’. But this year I woke up every day knowing that my goals and dreams would only happen if I MADE them happen. 2015 was a big step towards those goals, and I cannot wait to see where Love Grows Wild is by the end of 2016!

Of course, Love Grows Wild would mean nothing without you guys, and I am so very grateful that you choose to follow me on this journey. As I always tell my babies, I love you to the moon and back! I shared the 10 most popular recipes from 2015 here the other day, and today we’re counting down the top 10 projects from the year. Which one was YOUR favorite?

#1
DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Learn how to build this rustic wood farmhouse coffee table at LoveGrowsWild.com! Click for more photos, supply list, and tutorial!

#2

DIY Farmhouse Table

This large farmhouse table seats 8+ and adds great rustic charm to your dining room. See more photos and project details at LoveGrowsWild.com

#3
DIY Farmhouse Benches

Learn how to build an easy DIY Farmhouse Bench - perfect for saving space in a small dining room! Details at LoveGrowsWild.com

#4
Faux Wood Beam and Lace Curtains

Learn how to bulk up the trim around your windows for a beautiful farmhouse look! Such an easy and inexpensive upgrade! | LoveGrowsWild.com

#5
DIY Painted Ikat Art

DIY Painted Ikat Art - Creating your own custom artwork is easy! Just follow these step-by-step instructions at LoveGrowsWild.com

#6
Office Makeover Reveal

A must-see makeover! Check out the transformation of this gorgeous home office decorated with vintage finds and tons of farmhouse charm at LoveGrowsWild.com

#7
DIY Wood Box Centerpiece

This rustic Wood Box Centerpiece is perfect for displaying flowers and other decorative items on your table. Get the easy step-by-step tutorial for making your own box at LoveGrowsWild.com

#8
Board and Batten Tutorial

The complete guide to adding board and batten to your home! Click for full tutorial, supply list, and our best tips at LoveGrowsWild.com

#9
How to Make Wood Photography Boards

Learn how to make your own beautiful backdrops for photography with this easy tutorial! Perfect for photographing food, newborns, products, and more! | LoveGrowsWild.com

#10
How to Hide Desk Cords

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

Best Projects of 2015! | LoveGrowsWild.com

xoxo Liz


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Comments

  1. Congrats on such a successful 2015, Liz! I’m so excited to have discovered your blog and look forward to following along in 2016! I would love to try the faux beam and curtain project in our upstairs guest bedroom! So lovely! 🙂

  2. I loved all of these projects , especially Making Wood Photography Boards ! Hubby and I made one ( he cut , I painted ! ) I painted one side with white chalk paint and used dark wax on the other . It’s been so useful ! Thank you !

  3. Liz, it’s been a while.. but I wanted to say that it has been absolutely amazing watching your blog, your home and most importantly, YOU grow. This has definitely been your year. I don’t blog much myself or hardly read other blogs anymore (my blog has provided me some opportunities in some agriculture organizations that keep me pretty busy) but I still check in on LGW every now and then to see what you’re up to!! I love showing your blog to my farm wife friends in the area because it helps inspire them when it comes to making their farm house a home. Everything you touch turns to gold! Congratulations on your book and I hope to get my fingers on a copy someday! I am just so ecstatic for you and your family. 🙂 Here’s to an even more amazing year!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hey Kelly!! So good to hear from you, sweet friend! I’m thrilled to hear that you’ve found some new opportunities within agriculture… it’s funny how one thing can lead to another, isn’t it? Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello, and I really appreciate your support! Best of luck to you in 2016! 🙂

  4. The curtains in the master are one of my favorites and in fact is on our list of to do’s for our master thanks to your post. They’re just so romantic and I can’t wait to get it done.

  5. Excellent news on all fronts! I loved all of your projects but preferred the coffee table, farmhouse table, and benches. I would also like to know how to find the stylish furniture to refinish. Thanks for Sharing!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you so much for the feedback, Amy! I will have to plan a post soon about finding cute furniture to refinish… great suggestion!

  6. cyn Benson says:

    Liz, all your 2015 projects were really nice, but your bedroom was spectacular!
    Happy New Year!
    Cyn

  7. Beautiful wooden furniture! Carpentry like that has always pleased me with its warm and calming luminance. For what my humble handyman opinion, your diy projects are quite impressive! My personal favorite is the #3 – the wooden bench. A handyman is jealous

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