How was Christmas?
Here? The handmade Christmas WAS NEXT LEVEL. I think I have seven posts to share with you on what my brothers and sisters created (even my mother made handmade gifts for us). She also gave me the most beautiful carving set I’ve ever seen from my grandmother’s silver that we used on Christmas Day to carve the turkey. I think this year was so full of poignant moments because we came so close to losing my brother this year and it brought home the reminder to all of us that family is so important so we all tried so hard to make it extra special. I cried and laughed and celebrated and I can’t wait to share all of it with you.
But I Christmas digress.
This is the start of the week where I share all my top 10s from 2023. Kind of a way of looking back—of celebrating the year that was. So today? I’m joining two of my friends this week, Leslie from My-100-Year-Old Home and Jeanine from Happy Happy Nester to share the best of 2023 starting with the top 10 decor items that you all loved this year.
Here are the top 10 readers’ favorite things of 2023.
The things you asked me about.
The things that made you smile.
The things you we talked about and shared and celebrated together.
Here’s the complete list of all the favorite things from 2023.
10. Family room rug
Coming in number 10 is this rug from my family room.
It is SO PRETTY in real life. Every time I post the family room I get so many questions about this rug.
The top layer is cream and textured and looks hand-hooked.
The border is geometric with tiny squares and it’s the perfect contrast for the circles and geometric pattern in the center of the rug. I did a little research on different prices from different places and I found it for the best price here.
One last rug side note.
It also comes in blue, too.
It’s super similar to the rug (except the blue and white is reversed) from the post where I showed how to maximize your rug budget at the farmhouse.
I layered this blue and white rug with a sisal rug.
9. These blue and white striped chairs
Rolling in at number nine are these blue and white striped chairs.
The CUTEST farmhouse legs. Check.
No back or bottom cushion so they always look neat. Check.
Good size and good value. Check. It goes in and out of stock so often, but I just checked and its in stock on Walmart.
These same chairs come in four different colors including this set that I have in khaki in this picture from the office several years ago.
I’ve moved them all over the house from room to room.
They used to be in the office downstairs before I moved them up to our bedroom.
8. This spindle table
I get asked questions about this table all the time when I share the living room.
Where to buy them? Is it sturdy? Is it constructed well?
I actually wrote an entire post just on this table.
Yes. This spindle table is a pretty, affordable, beautiful option and holds up so much better than some of my other higher-end tables and apparently you all agreed because it made its way into the top 10.
7. This set of blue and white planters
This set of blue and white planters was number seven on your list.
As well they should be.
They are seriously the cutest and I use them all the time with everything from fresh flowers to topiaries.
The set comes in three different sizes and has a drainage hole at the bottom of each one if you want to plant real flowers in them.
6. This boxwood wreath
Just in time for the front door?
You all loved this wreath and I completely understand. It’s under $30 (which is so affordable for boxwood) and it’s 20″ wide so it’s the perfect size for a standard door. This is NOT preserved boxwood. The leaves look real, but they are actually made from a kind of plastic so it’s perfect for outdoors.
5. This dining room rug
So many of you (just like me) love rugs. They can make such a difference in a space without spending too much money.
The dining room rug is number five.
It really is the prettiest rug and comes in tons of different colorways.
4. These candles
These candles were one of my FAVORITE new finds this year. I have used them over and over and over again.
They feel like real wax come in a set of six and operate on AA batteries and have a remote and a timer.
And when the flame flickers they look so real (you can adjust the flicker, too).
3. These embroidered pillows
This set of pillow covers was one of my favorite home decor finds of the year and I’m so happy y’all loved them too.
These pillows come in so many different patterns and colors (these were just two of my favorites).
They look so high-end and so fancy and the crewel work is beautiful (and you won’t believe the price).
2. This blue and white rug
Way back at the beginning of 2023, I asked you which of two different rugs did you all like better in the living room?
We decided we liked the original rug better, but I loved this blue and white rug so much that I decided to keep it and put it in the office.
The pattern is more subtle than my original blue and white rug and I love them both.
It’s such an affordable option and it comes in tons of sizes.
You can see it here.
1. This blue and white rug
Please act surprised.
This rug has been number one THREE YEARS IN A ROW. It’s not even close between this rug and the rest of the favorites.
I fell in love with it the first time I saw it and I’ve ordered it for tons of clients and friends’ houses and it never disappoints. It’s hard to find a true navy and white rug and this one is the perfect color. It even has hints of gray to give the navy more depth.
So what did you think of the list? Agree? Disagree?
Was there something that you liked that didn’t make the top 10?
And seriously? Thank you SO MUCH.
For sharing fun finds with me. For shopping with me. For making life just generally a little more fun.
Life is so much better with friends.
Just. Like. You.
Here are some more favorites from some of my favorite people
Check out what everyone’s loving in home decor this year! We’ve got everything from cozy patio pieces for those chill outdoor vibes, to sleek dining room essentials that are total must-haves.
As we near the end of the year, I am sharing the most loved top ten home decor items for 2023. These are your favorites and mine too! And it’s no surprise most of them are from our newly remodeled beach house!
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