Guys, great news — we made it through the holidays!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmastime, but can we all take a minute and admit that it is utterly and totally exhausting for us moms?? From buying and wrapping gifts to baking cookies for your kid’s school holiday party to remembering to move that freakin’ elf around every night, there is so much to do in such a short period of time, and much of those to-dos fall to us.

So when the end of December rolls around, I like to look in the mirror and give myself a giant pat on the back. And a glass of wine.

You should do the same.

Now that I’m back home after a week of traveling to visit family, I’ve had an opportunity to reflect on this year, and how far my blog and business have come in 2017. I’m certainly not the biggest or most popular blog out there — not even close! — but when I started Kate Decorates in the fall of 2016, I wasn’t exactly sure where it would take me. And here I am typing this post today, writing to all of YOU, my awesome tribe of readers. And I could not be more grateful for your support, your feedback and for just showing up to read my posts and following me on social media.

Thank you, a million times over. Thank you for being awesome.

I also want to take this opportunity to find out about what YOU want to hear more about in 2018. What are your decorating goals? What are those challenges around the home that you’re struggling with? Leave me a comment at the end of this post, or shoot me a note and tell me about what YOU want to see on the blog: hi [at] katedecorates.co.

All right, now let’s take a quick look at the top five posts that YOU loved from the blog this past year! Here’s a roundup of the five posts you loved the most. And if you missed one of the posts below, now’s a great time to take another look.

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IKEA KALLAX HACK: TURN YOUR SHELF INTO A BENCH WITH THIS EASY DIY NO-SEW CUSHION

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This IKEA Kallax hack is by far the most popular post on the blog! And with good reason: No one wants to pay $200+ for a custom Kallax cushion to turn their shelf into a bench, and I can’t say I blame them. The best part of this DIY? It requires zero sewing. Yep, I said zero. And the Kallax shelf turned bench looks awesome in our basement playroom, and is one of my daughter’s favorite spots in our house for reading. #winning

10 COLORFUL PLAYROOM IDEAS THAT YOU’LL LOVE

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Photo credit + amazing playroom design by Emily Henderson in collaboration with Target 

Let’s be honest: Creating a great playroom that will grow with your kids is tough. And finding kid-friendly decor that’s stylish enough to blend seamlessly into the rest of your home is a challenge in itself. So it’s no surprise that you all loved this post where I rounded up 10 colorful playroom ideas from some of my favorite designers and bloggers, complete with storage suggestions, furniture recommendations, and a few decorative accessory ideas for good measure.

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE USING PEEL-AND-STICK FLOOR TILE

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Have you ever started a DIY project that you thought would be a piece of cake, only to later think to yourself, “Gosh, why didn’t someone tell me [fill in the blank] before I started?!” Well, that’s what happened when I gave our laundry room flooring a makeover with vinyl peel-and-stick tile, so I spilled all the secrets that the hardware stores won’t tell you about working with peel-and-stick in my blog post. If you’re considering using this to refresh a space in your own home, I highly recommend reading this post. At the very least, you’ll have a better idea what to expect during the process!

THIS IKEA HENRIKSDAL HACK MAKES YOUR AFFORDABLE DINING CHAIRS LOOK CUSTOM

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If you’re tired of your IKEA seating being #basic, then take a look at this post! Thanks to an amazing Etsy shop, I was able to make our IKEA Henriksdal chairs look custom for a fraction of the price. This Etsy shop is one of my go-to sources for any and all IKEA slipcover needs: Michelle makes covers for the Henriksdal, the Poang, and more, and also offers rocking chair cushions and pillow covers. Seriously, she’s a total gem among Etsy sellers, so if you have IKEA furniture that needs a refresh, you need to go check her out!

DECLUTTERING IDEAS FOR KIDS’ ROOMS: 39 THINGS TO PURGE NOW + A FREE DOWNLOADABLE CHECKLIST

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Last but not least, one of your favorite posts was all about decluttering your kids’ rooms and playroom. This is a constant source of stress for so many of us — we feel like we are always picking up toys, throwing stuff away or putting it in a pile to donate, and dreaming up better ways to organize whatever is left over. In this post, I offer tips for decluttering kids’ stuff, along with a FREE printable checklist of 39 things to throw away right now. Go ahead and print that list to jump start your efforts! I promise you’ll be breathing a little easier in no time.

There ya have it — your five favorite posts from 2017. Thank you again for showing up here again and again and being part of my tribe.

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and tell me what’s on your list to tackle in 2018. Are you refreshing a certain room in your home? Ready to swap the nursery for a big kid space? Trying to figure out how to best organize certain types of toys, or toys for kids of varying ages?

Whatever you want to tackle in 2018, I want to hear from you!

 

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