Happy Friday to you! (And you!) It’s time for another month in review here at TDC, just to catch you up on any projects you may have missed this month. This is the part where I always say I can’t believe how fast the year is going by…sooooo, holy canoly, I cannot even believe how fast the year is going by!! ;)

I finished up the massive built ins last month, so I kicked off November by sharing how an old accessory got a quick redo with chalk paint for the bookcases:

Redo with CeCe Caldwell paint

That little set of drawers has been hidden away for years, I love it now!

We announced our annual Holiday Home linky parties here:

Holiday_Home_2012_banner

I’ve been working on my mantel to share next Tuesday! Can’t wait to see you at Layla’s!

I shared about our holidays, debt free, in this post:

Thrifty Decor Chick Dave Ramsey

Yeah, that’s me and Dave. I was stupid giddy about that. :) I haven’t gotten to all the Financial Peace winners yet – some, but not all. The not-so-tiny mouse problem we had this month has taken more time than I thought, but you’ll hear from me this weekend for sure if you are a winner!

I explained more about the accessories I used on the bookcases and the methods I used to decorate them here:

how to decorate bookshelves

Accessorizing is way harder than it looks – I struggle with it every time!

I’ve been thinking about Christmas for months weeks already, so I shared a few of my favorite advent calendars in this post:

matchbox advent calendar jar

I love this one especially! So cute and no small toys – bonus. ;)

We did some switching around and got rid of a couple things so that I could turn our loft into my “new” craft room:

blue green craft room

I’ve already used it that craft table more in the past couple of weeks than I have since I built it months ago! I love this bright spot!

The safety stuff in our homes isn’t glamorous, but we need to think about it. I shared what we do in our home here:

carbon monoxide detectors

It’s the stuff that puts my mind at ease, at least a little!

I shared a personal story in this post about why home is so important to me and your responses were just lovely, thank you so much. They really meant so much to me.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I finished up my tried and true outdoor decor:

greenery around door

Can I just say that outdoor timers are worth their weight in gold? Even more when it snows. :)

I shared a couple tips to finish up the month – how to make a rug that’s too big work for your space:

buffet in foyer

And how you can get a HUGE rug for a fraction of the cost. :)

I showed you how I planned out the floor plan for the new basement furniture here:

microfiber sectional basement

It’s so nice to have a place to sit down there. :)

You all shared more than 140 beautiful foyers and mud rooms in this month’s Show Us Your House party here. So much inspiration for tiny to big entryways! 

And of course there were TONS of amazing projects linked up at the Before and After Party! You can see all 400+ of them in this post.

Don’t forget to link up again this Monday morning for the last Before and After linky of the year! Here’s the code for the button if you’d like to get it added to your post now:

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On a different note, I’ve been trying to get back to questions I get in comments on each post on a timely basis. TRYING. :) So if you’ve asked a question about a project in the comments I plan to have them answered by the end of each week (if not sooner). If you if have an email attached to your account I can just respond when you comment, but I know others may want to know the answer too.



Have a lovely weekend!! My goal is to get the rest of the Christmas decor up by the end of day December 1st. Well, at least 90 percent of it. I always say this, and it never happens. But I’m saying it again…maybe this time it will work. ;)



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