Hello All!  How was your Christmas?  Ours was wonderful, and I am still seeing the mess, effects, fun of it in my living room.  I don't think I've quite come off of the "Christmas high" quite yet - I need to get back in the swing of things!

It's so hard to believe this is the last day of 2013.  I mean, really, did this year zip by for you?  In honor of all things 2013, I thought I would show you the top posts that have been published this year.  These are the posts you loved the most; that is, this is what WordPress tells me.  Thank you for reading, thank you so much.  (Gold stars to all of you who have read every one of these posts, and if you haven't seen them yet, click the links to check them out!)

1.  Gebhardt Guest Room/Office - I know you guys love love love the reveals of my interior design work and have been wondering where they have been the last several months.  Well, truth be told, they haven't been photographed.  This year has been really great and exciting in many ways, and it has also been full to the brim.  I'll get around to getting the after images of everything, don't worry, but for now, recall the pretty makeover that is the Gebhardt Office and Guest Room.  

Can anyone identify with the battle of the ugly ceiling fans?  I actually have several fans I do not love (Texas summers = ceiling fans, especially upstairs!!), and I have slowly been weeding them out.  But let's face it, with all of the other things you need when putting a home together, replacing a ceiling fan can be last on the list.  I have used this company several times, and I think they have great products with a price tag around $200 for each fan.  But as for me and my library, we have two fans that need to go, so rather than spend $400, we are going to go with what we have for now, with a few, little tweaks to make them look better. And hey, we have a library!  I don't think I have ever mentioned it before, mostly because it has been a storage facility for the last couple of years : ) , and I have been slowly working on it.  It sounds maybe more hoity-toity than it is, but here is some back story...Our home was built in 1921 by a family that immigrated here from Germany.  The gentleman of the house was an avid reader and collector of books, so he built this library as his special room.  You can imagine how important education was to an immigrant in the 1920's, and I'm sure he prided himself in what he accomplished.  (moving here, establishing a successful business, etc.) The family who built this house (and lived here for seventy years!) is really interesting, and I hope to share more about them as time goes on. Anyway, back to the fans...since we weren't going to replace them just yet, I pondered what I could do to make them better.  Ceiling fans are so hard because they are practically necessary, but usually not very pretty to look at.  Granted, the ones in our library are not terrible, but I prefer fans that are less ornate and do not have lights of any kind.  (or shades) Here's what I did to make our fan a little easier on the eyes...