Top Projects of 2015 Party!

Welcome!  As we are all gearing up for a new year in 2016, it’s fun to look back at the previous year and see it in the rear view mirror.

I’ve been doing this party for a few years now and it’s always a fun one.  Time to look back at the year in review and take a look at all the projects that were accomplished around here.  This year wasn’t a big year for projects since I’ve been in my house for 3 years now, but nonetheless I managed to get a few more things completed at my house.  That’s always a rewarding feeling!

In March, new windows went in the den.  Let’s go all the way back and look at the true Before on this one.

front of house before

The day I got the house, it looked like this, in dire need of some TLC.   Thankfully, I had a vision for what it could be.


Adding windows on the lower level was always on my list of improvements.


After adding the front porch and painting the entire house, it was looking better, but those new windows really kicked the curb appeal up several notches.

exterior after windows

And  here it is today!  Such a huge difference.

house exterior front yard lawn

The curb appeal now is such a massive improvement over the first time looking at the house!  The changes  are a new front porch, the whole house painted, windows added on the left lower level, all new landscaping in the front yard.

In May, I got a new patio installed and furnished on the back of my house.

screened porch before

First looking at the house, this is what it looked like.  Sad and pitiful back porch.

exterior back of house

After we finished the inside of the porch and dad built those nice steps, it looked like this.   I had always envisioned a pretty patio out back, connecting the back door from the laundry room to the screened porch.

paver patio project030_20150507

And that’s what happened in April of this year.

patio sectional and planters

Another dream come true to this fixer-upper house.

decorated patio2

This patio makes such a nice addition to the backyard and I know next year, I’ll be using it even more.


The den finally got it’s final touches, with new windows earlier this year and new floral drapes on all the windows.  It went from the above, original dark and dated look….

Den new drapes

To this, after the new windows went in.  What a difference in lighting in this room, its flooded with natural light now.

china cabinet

I love my floral drapes too, they add so much color and life to the room.

Late in the year, I finally got around to repairing and painting the ugly block wall at the end of my driveway.

It went from this…..

block wall before

To this….

concrete wall painting028_20150920

Those are the main improvements to this house during the year 2015.  Not nearly as much as the previous years, but much needed improvements,  nonetheless.  It’s been fun making this house over and creating a beautiful home for myself and I’m grateful for all of it.

I’m so glad you all stopped by today to join the party!  Please link up your top projects of 2015 post and we’ll all be checking your posts out too.  It’s fun to look back at the year in review and see just what was accomplished.  Now, I need a new project house to work on, so we’ll see what next year holds!

Please link up your posts below.  I would prefer one post per person and not just linking back to a bunch of your old posts.  It’s best to write up a year in review post for this party! Thanks!

- Rhoda


  1. Oh, my! I hadn’t seen your den redo before, it’s gorgeous! That’s what I love about this party – I get to see all the stuff I might have missed this year! Thanks for hosting the party 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing all your projects Rhoda and hosting the party! I hope you had a nice Christmas!! Happy New Year. Susan

  3. Wow Rhoda, you’ve been busy this year! Love your new patio and the windows in your den made such a huge difference (such a pretty room). Thanks so much for sharing and for hosting a top projects party. Happy New Year to you! Kristi

  4. Thank you for hosting this fun party, Rhoda. Happy New Year! Oh and I agree – you need a new project house!

  5. Rhoda, I believe those all to be MAJOR projects in your year!

  6. Rhoda, You had a very busy year! Your house looks lovely with the improvements you made, especially the windows. Love all the light they added. I’m also loving your back patio and outdoor area as well. Thanks for hosting and wishing you lots of success and happiness in 2016!

  7. Love all you have tackled this year! Adding the windows was such a smart move, nothing like lots of light in a room! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2016!

  8. Hello dear Rhoda! I look forward to this party every year. Thank you so very much for hosting. May you and your wonderful family have a very healthy and happy new year!

  9. Hi Rhoda,
    Your 2015 improvements are amazing! Love all of them, but the windows really made your den rock. Thanks so much for hosting.

  10. Your house is truly amazing. When I look back at what it used to look like and then look at what it is now it’s hard to believe it’s the same house. Anyone of us would be proud to live in such a lovely home. You and your Dad should be very proud of yourselves.

  11. 2015 was a busy year for sure!! Thanks so much for hosting and best wishes for a fabulous 2016! 🙂

  12. I remember when you put the windows in your den and am still amazed at the difference they made on your home’s exterior. Your fixer upper is definitely fixed up! Thanks for hosting…Happy New Year!

  13. Such a beautiful home you’ve created! I love the upgrades you’ve done to the exterior, and I am sure that’ll pay off majorly if you ever decide to sell. You’ve definitely increased the equity. Thanks for hosting this link party- I added mine. 🙂

  14. Thanks for sharing your projects and for your wonderful linky party! You accomplished so many beautiful projects in 2015. Love the new windows and patio! Here’s wishing you a fun and happy New Year!

  15. It’s been so fun following you on your journey Rhoda!

    thanks for such a fun end of the year party!


  16. Rhoda, thanks for always inspiring us! Happy to be linking up with you today. 🙂

  17. Thanks so much for hosting this party, your house looks great! I found you on Blogtalk. Hope you had a great holiday!

  18. Thanks for hosting the year end link party, Rhoda (my first year joining). It’s awesome to be able to see the best of 2015 all in one place! And I love your patio. I have been wanting to try an outdoor rug on my deck but wasn’t sure how it would work out…now that I see how great yours looks, I’ll have to get one for sure! Hope you have a happy new year!

  19. I love the home you’ve created and enjoy watching the progress. I always look forward to this party. Thank you for hosting it each year.

  20. Your home looks just incredible, Rhoda! It certainly doesn’t look like a fixer upper! Thank you so much for hosting the linkup each year!

    I will always be grateful that you featured my little home on your Friday tours long before anyone else would give me the time of day. Your encouragement meant so much to someone who was still learning the basics. For me, blogging is about telling my story and sharing our DIY projects is just one way I do that. So thank you for for being an inspiration!

  21. Dear Rhoda, it’s still amazing how much you have accomplished in your house! It’s absolutely stunning.

    Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and blessed 2016! I hope to see you at Haven again. I don’t have my Top post written yet — I better get to it 🙂

  22. Wow, what a year! You were very busy, and your home looks amazing!!! Love your screened porch and patio! Adding our screened porch a couple of years ago was the best decision ever! Thanks so much for hosting! Happy New year!

  23. It’s been so fun watching you make all the changes you have to your home. I love all the outdoor additions as much as I do the ones you make inside. The patio is wonderful. That is a favorite!!

  24. The windows make your house look twice as big. We expanded our patio and built a cover a couple years ago and it transformed the backyard. Last year I put new windows on my 60 y.o. house and it was an improvement as well. Next hopefully I can get it painted….some other color than beige.

  25. What a great year for you as far as getting things done. I love the floral curtains, they make the room so very cheerful! I am going to take some time and enjoy through everyone’s favorites. It inspired me to do my own post and what fun to look back over the year to narrow down 10 picks!

  26. Wow, just wow! Those windows made such a huge difference – inside AND out! Makes you wonder what the designer of the original house was thinking to have those lower roos without large windows, right? 🙂 Have loved seeing your house evolve through the years!!

  27. Your home updates from 2015 are all wonderful. The windows really made such a huge difference! Love it! Thanks for hosting this fun party. It’s fun to look back and see what we accomplished throughout the year.
    Happy New Year!
    Pieced Pastimes

  28. It’s so fun to see how far your house has come! Thanks for taking us all along on the fantastic journey of fixing it up. That wouldn’t be a hint at the end of your post, would it? 😉

    Thanks so much for the wonderful end-of-the-year party! I look forward to it every year!

    • HI, Mimi, I’m not planning on moving anytime soon, but definitely would like to do another house one day. For now, I’ll be helping my friend here in Marietta with updating her 1950’s house next year, so that will be fun for me too.

  29. margaret ogle says:

    You had a great vision and the house is now beautiful….
    Keep the projects coming! You are an encouragement to
    others to make their house the best that it can be.

  30. Looks amazing! Great job!

  31. Hi Rhoda, thank you so much for hosting the link-up! Your home is beautiful and I am glad that you did this recap, because I had missed some of the posts that you shared. Happy New Year!


  32. What a year you’ve had, Rhoda! I am in love with that patio – what a lot of work that must have been, but it really paid off! Thanks for hosting this yearly recap party for us to share our best of 2015!

  33. Thank you so much for hosting and letting us share! What a beautiful transformation on your house! It looks AMAZING. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

  34. Your home is so beautiful and I love looking back over the accomplishments of the past year! Thanks for hosting and best wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Cheers! Shelley

  35. Thank you for hosting! Your home is so beautiful and you have made so fantastic improvements to it. Happy New Year!

  36. The house is looking so great, Rhoda!! As always, thanks for throwing a great party ♥

  37. Diane in Wis says:

    Gosh Rhoda, it was so fun revisiting all the big changes in your house in 2015. I remember each and every one of them and have enjoyed seeing your super changes so much. Thanks for bringing me along for the ride. I look forward to the new year! I also loved your outside landscaping changes…although I think they may have been in 2014? Anyway, it’s all looking just great! Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family!

  38. Rhoda, thank you so much for hosting this party! Your house is beautiful, I love how you arranged your garden! Lovely!

  39. Wow! Your home is so beautiful. You have beautiful style, and amazing vision. I also love your new red sweater! Happy New Year to you and yours, Rhoda! Thanks for letting us link up here!!

  40. Rhonda,
    You have made so many wonderful improvements to your home! The curb appeal is absolutely stunning and inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing, and for giving us a chance to share our work, as well. Happy New Year 5


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