Haven and Beyond


Last weekend at the Haven Conference in Atlanta was ridiculous!  I lost count of how many AMAZING DIY/home bloggers I met and I came home feeling so inspired!!  I wasn't actually planning to write a Haven recap until I sat down to write a post and this is what came out.  Before I jump in, please head over to my Facebook page and please fill out my Post Ideas POLL at the top so I can continue to bring you guys the inspiring content that you really want!  

Back to the conference...  I'm not normally very extroverted, so jetting off to my very first conference ever where I really knew no one was a bit of a leaf of faith.  I shoved myself so far out of my comfort zone that I waved goodbye to it as my plane left Boston, but it was totally worth it!  I roomed with someone who I had never actually met before (!)- the awesome Maggie Overby from Maggie Overby Studios, and met some other online friends in person as well as made more than a few new ones.  It was a non-stop weekend that was massively overwhelming and somehow too short at the same time.



Pics from left to right, top to bottom: Roomie pic with Maggie // John and Sherry Petersik giving the closing speach // Katie Bower's demonstration on how to SWIRL the garage paint // AWESOME group of eclectic interiors bloggers: Whimsical Blue, Suburban Bitches, Maggie Overby Studios, Bright Green Door, PMQ for Two, Domicile 37, Pinterest Addict, Our Storied Home, & ME! // My very first Cricut creation in class // Jess from Bright Green Door & me at the Home Depot DIY Hall of Fame // The coolest map ever for all Haven attendees to put their business cards made by Jamie of That's My Letter // My experimentation with a selfie-stick with Maggie and Cassie of Primitive and Proper


I'm still processing through all classes I took, advice I got, and opportunities available, but guys, I'm SOOO excited for where this blog is heading!!!  I took some super informative classes including ones on photography, SEO, affiliate marketing, and working with brands (taught by several rock star bloggers including Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals)- AND a few just-for-fun classes like Bower Power's Rustolium class (Katie Bower is seriously just as fun in person) and a Cricut class where I won a brandy new Cricut Explore Air of my very own!  I'm already using it for a few projects for Dancefit and really just want to make all the things with it now!  I expected to take so many more pictures while I was there, but to be honest, I was so overwhelmed I decided that I just needed to be in the moment.


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Welcome to the new home of Year of Serendipity and Copper Dot Interiors! For those of you who haven't been around since the beginning (basically all of you except my family.....) "Year of Serendipity" started out as a way to push myself out of my comfort zone back in 2010 and was only intended to be a year long project....  As I purchased my first home and my career evolved, so did this blog.  Now, 5 1/2 years later with my design business, Copper Dot Interiors and house flipping, it only made sense to combine it all and start fresh!


I've got some great goodies up my sleeve for you in the next few weeks!

Coming Friday, I have a pretty stellar Crash! Home Tour to share- here's a little teaser and a hint about who's house I crashed:


Also stay tuned on Monday for not only a DIY post, but an awesome give-away with several other talented bloggers!  After a bit of a DIY/project hiatus, the sun is shining, the days are longer and I've rediscovered my DIY mojo.

I have lots of grand plans on posts and topics to share with you guys, but I love your input too!  What would you love to see here to make this new online home even better??  Please comment or e-mail me with any questions or topics you'd like to see.  Don't be shy!

If you live in the Boston area and have a home you'd like me to Crash!, send me some images and a bit about your home's story.

I can't wait to see what this new 'home' has in store!

5 Years, a Pineapple, & a Giveaway!

5 years ago today I wrote this little blog post about how I was going to push myself out of my comfort zone and put myself out there even if I was just talking to myself.  Somehow, along the way, something pretty magical happened and I'm not just talking to myself or my family.  I can't thank you guys enough for coming back week after week, checking out my flips, my projects, and my random tangents! To commemorate 5 Years of Serendipity (pun intended), one of you guys is getting a present!

Everyone needs a pineapple.  Have you noticed they're kind of a thing these days?  Pineapples are the new foxes.

Pineapple bowl before via Year of Serendipity

So when I saw this little gem at the thrift store, I couldn't pass it up!  This petite pineapple bowl is the perfect size for your keys in your entryway, your jewelry on your nightstand, or just a pretty little catch-all.

Pineapple bowl before via Year of Serendipity

Naturally it needed a bit of pizzazz, though.  It was cute to start, but everything could use a pop of color and a bit of shimmer, no?

Pineapple bowl gif via Year of Serendipity

With a little bit of frog tape, spray paint, and liquid gold leaf, now one of you will have a very fancy pineapple.

Fancy Pineapple bowl via Year of Serendipity

Fancy Pineapple bowl via Year of Serendipity

Enter to win this zazzy little guy below!

Fancy Pineapple bowl via Year of Serendipity


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Thanks so much for 5 years of your support and love!  Here's to many more!