Lookback on 2009

A few years ago, my dearest friend Jenna gave me a very special gift for Christmas. It was a beautiful silk covered pocket journal that was hand delivered with a very important message. This little book, of which she had an identical, would be a place for me to write down my personal goals and desires each year. Anything and everything from more time with family and friends, career aspirations, running a marathon, or buying a new handbag could go in this little book. Along with the message, a promise from Jenna, that every year she would sit with me to make sure I penned something in my book, and that throughout the year we could encourage each other to stay on track. Well, I haven't accomplished all the goals I wanted to this year. Some things were up a little higher on the priority list, and others I realized weren't important at all. But there is one thing I am very proud of, and that is launching Verdigris Vie. I hope that you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing, researching and discovering.
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Here is a look back on some of the highlights on Verdigris Vie this past year. A mix of posts that are some of my favorites, as well as some of yours. Here is to a warm farewell to 2009, and to wishing you peace, happiness and much success in 2010.

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Natural Belgian Beauty. When House Beautiful featured Ina Garten's Country Home back in November 2008, I knew it would be one of my top posts.
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Bringing Paris home This Paris Inspired California home made you weak in the knees. Designed by Betty Burgess, and featured in Veranda Magazine.
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Red, White and New I absolutely loved the use of red in this summer home designed by Marshall Watson. In addition to the amazing colour was a great story about quality furnishings purchased years earlier, that were stripped and restained, and slipcovered and reupholstered.
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Ocean Opulence This ocean front property designed by Sarah Richardson is a breath fresh air. Beautiful light, always great use of floral fabrics, and so balanced.
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Wonderful Whites You definitely are a fan of whites, and when they are perfectly presented to you by Barbara Barry you love them even more! Me too, although I am not convinced I can live in them yet.

A Fine Group One of my very first introductions to art, the always inspiring Group of Seven
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Inspiring Objects I could have titled this one circles and squares, because it was the most beautiful detail that repeated throughout this Manhattan townhouse designed by Steven Gambrel. Definitely one of my favorite posts for brilliant mix of modern and classic.

Barn Beams You guys love your barn conversions and exposed wood beams. This is a recent post that I received so much great feedback on, so I'll keep them coming in 2010.

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That is a wrap up for 2009. Would love to know what some of your personal favorites are as well. Hope you are having a wonderful New Year's Eve, and I am certainly looking forward to some great design experiences in 2010.

9 comments:

  1. Fab post, and continued good things to you and yours in 2010!

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  2. I enjoyed looking back, these were wonderful post and I have enjoyed reading your blog.

    Happy New Year!
    Lee

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  3. All of your entries are beautiful, well edited and carefully written. Great selection!

    Keep the good work and my best wishes for you Verdigirs in 2010.

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  4. You've had an absolute fabulous year launching this site. Here's to planning 2010 in the coming weeks.

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  5. LOVE the townhouse by Steven Gambrel!

    Happy New Year!

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  6. * Each pic is perfection in its OWN right,(and I am a stone & wood lover by nature, so I really like the last pic!), but I MUST say, as a Born n' Bred SO CAL gal, I DID fall in LOVE with the HAPPINESS of the "Red, White and New"!!!

    I've enjoyed your blog SO VERY MUCH, and am TRULY looking forward to many more in 2010!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  7. Lovely post!

    I wish you a very Happy New Year! I cannot wait to see what pretty posts you have in store for us...

    All the best,
    Sarah

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  8. I can't wait to explore some of these posts, which I have not yet read as they must have been before I found your blog!

    You have a wonderful blog, and a generous spirit; I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2010!

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  9. One of my greatest blessings and biggest treats this year has been developing a friendship with you, Vitania! I love your Blogs,your wonderful outlook on life, and your gracious and giving spirit. Wishing us all a wonderful New Year!

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