A Look Back at 2016 and a Poll for 2017
I’m a little late to the whole ‘wrap up 2016’ thing but, regardless we like to start the new year assessing what worked and what didn’t in the past to ensure we are putting resources into and creating content that you actually like or find useful. This last year, in addition to the random – ‘whatever-I-want-to-talk-about’ posts, we focused the design content on the following:
Makeover Takeover: Otherwise known as my smartest boss move ever. My team, who work so hard, get showcase their talents, redo their homes (with some blogger perks), while we create original, beautiful content for you all. And guess what? With virtually no designing or writing from me (besides paying their time/photography and the usual advise)!! Not having to be in charge of every single post has been a very good thing for my brain and my family. I’M A GENIUS.
They all looked pretty darn beautiful and I’m so excited to continue this series if you guys are up for it (Brady and Ginny have a few more rooms, Mel and Sara have new places to post about, and Jess is just starting hers, too!).
E-Design: While we are still unsure if E-design is actually profitable once everyone’s time is paid for, we have enjoyed showing you these posts and walking you through the processes. I’m VERY curious if you think these or the ‘design agonies’ are worth continuing.
Check out these others if you are into it: Rustic Modern Living Room | E-Design Winner Presentation | A Neutral and Eclectic Living Area | Master Bedroom Refresh Plan | A Textured Traditional Mid-Century Living Room | A Modern Eclectic Family Room | Moonrise Kingdom Boy’s Bedroom | A Rustic Mid-Century Family Room
Ask the Audience (Emily’s House): I LOVE getting your guys’ opinion in every way and it has often even changed my own mind. It makes me want to ask you about everything, from – ‘do these flares fit or look like i’m trying to hard’ to ‘should we put a head board in front of our bedroom window?’.
These posts are clearly very popular, with some tapping out at 600 comments, and documenting my house is seriously so fun to do. I get free advise, you guys get to see the whole process and its just honestly my favorite way to engage with you all in such a positive way. Rarely are you dicks, and most of the time you enlighten me.
Fashion/Style: While we focus on design and style over here, every now and again I put some of that on my body. You seem to like them if they are infrequent enough so i’m curious if you want them to change. Do you like the more ‘what I wore’ or do you want them to be more editorial, with more curated outfits that I actually try to put together?
More? Less? Better?
Parenting/Personal/political: I’m incapable of not posting about my kids despite wanting their faces less and less out there on social media. Personal posts are how I document my always overwhelming thoughts and feelings on motherhood, marriage, and hell, even on politics and society. I’m curious if you want more or less? Some of you are VERY vocal that you want less, but these posts get good traffic and there are a lot of comments so it seems that enough of you are ok with the frequency of these more personal posts if I keep them relevant and they create dialogue. Thoughts?
For those of you who want to get personal: Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Brian | A Surprise Vow Renewal | How I Got My Baby To Sleep Through the Night | Turning 37… | Travel A Lot. (And Do It Cheap) | Traveling With Kids – Our Successes and Failures | Why I Voted Against Trump and How Your Comments Have Helped | Happy First Birthday, Elliot | The First Four Months with Two Kids
Sponsored Makeovers: We do a lot of design work for clients over here, but they generally take at least 6 months to accomplish (we have one project that is close to a year right now). But if you take away the client component and get a sponsor who gives us a deadline we can make a room over REALLY fast for blog content. We love doing these and of course it’s a good source of revenue that supports all the unsponsored makeovers.
Check out all the rest of our sponsored makeovers (Sylvia’s wasn’t sponsored, but all the product was gifted from Target – and if you haven’t seen it, its my favorite makeover we’ve ever done, for personal reasons). But here are some others: Pillowfort Blogger Challenge – 3 Very Cute Bedrooms | Sylvia’s Surprise Makeover: The Living Room | Sylvia’s Makeover: Dining Room | Sylvia’s Makeover: Master Bedroom | Sylvia’s Makeover: Ricky’s Bedroom | Sylvia’s Makeover: A Quick Bathroom Refresh | The Easiest Guest Room Makeover Ever | How We Transformed Our Studio Windows in One Hour | Scott’s Bedroom Makeover with Leesa | The New Guest Room Bed | Our Studio Refresh with Devine Color | Master Bedroom Refresh with Parachute Home | Brady’s DIY Channel Tufted HeadBoard
Product roundups: They seem boring but man are they useful, even to us. We spend HOURS scouring the internet for the best anything and we try to make them really epic, thorough roundups not just ‘9 side tables that we like’. So hopefully you guys find them as useful as we do (I reference them ALL the time – and even bought my new vanity from one of them).
My Favorite 37 Online Lighting Resources | Affordable Accent Chair Roundup | 30 Accent Tables Under $100 | 72 Affordable Headboards At Every Price Point | The Ultimate Counter & Bar Stool Roundup | The 32 Beds That I Almost Bought For My Bedroom | 48 Budget Friendly Kitchen Hardware Knobs & Pulls | Where to Buy Cement Tiles | Why the Chunky Low Sofa Has Our Attention | Budget Friendly Ready-Made Curtain Roundup | End of Bed Benches | How to Zen Out in Your Kitchen | Why Matte Brass Might Be The New King of Metallics | Shag Rugs Roundup | 33 Ottomans That Can Double Duty as a Coffee Table | My Ultimate Patio Furniture Roundup | Ready-Made Roman, Woven and Roller Shade Roundup | Runner Rugs Under $100 | 30 Sleeper Sofas We Love | 84 Affordable Amazing Sofas Under $1000 | Swing Arm Sconce Roundup | My 63 Favorite Temporary Wallpaper Patterns | 52 Timeless Patterned Rugs | 28 Simple and Budget Friendly Toilets | Best Affordable Vinyl Tile | 68 Ready-Made Bath Vanities | 128 Ready-Made Frames to Get You ‘Gallery Wall Ready’
Power Couples and Combos: These roundups take even more time as it is hard to pair things together in different styles, price-points and make sure they are good scale-wise, but that is exactly why I thought we should do them. I wanted to take our design skills and market knowledge and help you make one or two more confidant decisions (and spend less time doing so). Were these helpful?
7 Affordable Kitchen Designs | 8 Bathroom Accessory Combos to Rescue Your Drab Bathroom | 6 Combo to Instantly Up Your Curb Appeal | Entryway Combos | How to Mix Multiple Rugs in the Same Room | 18 No Fail Pillow Combos | 9 Lovely Dinnerware Combos | 14 Perfect Dining Tables + Chair Combinations
Budget Rooms. These posts were last years ‘Design Mistakes’ (which we don’t want to stop doing but it’s actually hard to consistently find overall, non-negotiable design mistakes like our first 10 so we are in the process of racking our brains for more ways that people disgust us, design-wise, JK). Budget Rooms are so fun because they show how you can take an already really inexpensive room and reduce it to REALLY cheap but still pretty good!!
We should keep doing these, right?
Trends/Color Crush: We started off the year last year with a lot of trend posts which I really liked. These aren’t on the calendar for right now, not because we don’t like them, but more because we have a lot of my house content coming up. But should 2017 trends be on the schedule?
So many more, but those were our favorites, and where we put more of our energy. We also started doing all our style school videos on instagram and FB which I personally LOVE.
But besides knowing what posts you like and what you don’t there is some information that I think would be great to know about you guys to make sure that what we are doing is really in line with who you are. So besides leaving in the comments anything positive or negative you have to say, if you wouldn’t mind filling out this VERY quick poll below I’d be ever so grateful. If you are reading on a mobile device then click through HERE for the poll. Thanks for another great year. Despite people saying that blogs are done, our traffic continues to grow thanks to my amazing team and of course you guys reading and sharing our content. xx