So here I sit 3 days before Christmas with still plenty to do…..however I have workmen in the house and until they leave, here I shall remain! I am using? this unexpected window of time to finish wrapping up gifts (finally up to speed), finished setting my Christmas dinner table and now decided it was the perfect time to write this post or at least begin it. And here I am a few days later finishing it up! Was 2014 a good year for you? I hope so….for me it was a year of many changes, lots of wonderful things happening and I am very ready to see what 2015 has in store. This past weekend was bittersweet for me, I officially became a bonafide emptynester. My middle son moved to the city, it was exciting because he was so ready to go and thankfully my college aged son is still? home on break however when he leaves later in January, it will really hit me. So 2015 will be my first year as am empty nester…….interesting to see what awaits! By the time you read this I will be on a plane headed somewhere warm and tropical… for a much needed vacation. I am so looking forward to basking in the warm sun and having no agenda!! I am going with a few books some mags, my sunblock and little else I will be back on Jan. 6th so this post is it until then. It’s a little of bit of everything,? a look back through pictures on 2014 and then I share some posts from way back that I enjoyed/you might have missed. So join me for a little recap of 2014 through pictures……. January woke up to a major blizzard….. That if you can believe it is my patio furniture!! But got to escape to sunny Cali! So excited to finally get in my long awaited tole/chinoiserie line! And the following month to beautiful Peurto Rico…. Got in beautiful orignial artwork from Jeanne of I Dream Of And soon started visting my local farm stands…. Headed to my Hamptons rental for the summer which is always a major highlight….. Met up with a favorite group of blogging friends, the first of what I hope will be many more meetings! Hosted a few birthday luncheons for dear friends Had Gotham filmed in our home…. Loved seeing Teddy dressed up as a ruferree for Halloween! And was so excited to choose the chinoiserie for my foyer….at last! Had fun making the candy sushi for my sons schools fair…. And so enjoyed hosting blogging friends in my home for a luncheon…. Got my house dressed in white for the fall….. And flowers were a huge part of things around here in 2014 Hosted a beautiful midsummer party for 50 close friends….. And finally got out long awaited mantles!! Made another pilgrimage to Brimfield (but decided I will not be back) Hung my new vertical leaf belljars in my hallway And put finishing touches on the library…. Got away for a most fun girls weekend at the beautiful Mayflower Spa… Loved expanding on my chinoiserie/tole line…. And this was one of my favorite pictures i took with my iPhone this year! Gotham came back in the fall! Put the finishing touches (still somewhat in progress) on a NYC apt design job I have been working on… My sons graduation dinner party in June…. Bittersweet day taking my “baby” to college…… Loving the nonstop feast of heirloom tomatos from teh summer… And created countless platters… The first “crop” from my little garden:) An alfresco table set for four A birthday luncheon tablescape Setting my table for Thanksgiving… Nothing quite like Christmas in NYC, traffic snarls and all:) A beautiful birthday luncheon thrown in my honor And capped the year with a wonderful Christmas spent with those I love That was such fun seeing 2014 through pictures……lots of good memories and so much of that had to do with being able to share it with you. I also am including some favorite old posts, some of which you might not have seen so until I am back, hope you will enjoy……. GOODBYE FALL I WILL MISS YOU…… THINGS I AM LOVING THURSDAYS AND HOUSE UPDATE! A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD CLASSIC…BUTLERS PANTRIES! PRETTY POSTS TO PONDER…. DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: TIMOTHY CORRIGAN MAD FOR PLAID AND IT’S NOT JUST A FAD (AND HOUSE UPDATES)! BLACK MAGIC AND IT’S POWERS TO TRANSFORM A ROOM! BEACH HOUSE CHIC A VINTAGE? COUNTRY CHRISTMAS…. MONOGRAM MANIA PART 2 WHY THE BEAUTY OF? FALL SOMETIMES MAKES ME CRY (not sure what happened but all of the comments got erased from that post and there were so many that felt the same way, I really enjoyed reading them). A NYC DESIGN PROJECT PARTYING UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN Wow I had a ball putting this together and walking down memory lane and reliving a little of all of these wonderful highlights from 2014.? How about you? What were your best memories from 2014? Any big dreams for 2015? I want to thank each and every one of of you for supporting and following along with me…..you make what I do an absolute blast:) I wish for everyone a new year of peace, happiness, too much laughter and all the sparkle and magic that we can only hope a new year will bring. Happy 2015! Until next week……..