12 Most Popular Posts of 2018

Would you be so kind as to keep me company on a walk down memory lane? We’ll reflect upon stories created last year (um…there were HUNDREDS!). You will? YAY! I’m so stoked to have the best company here! What a year of blessing and beauty blogging in 2018 was for HELLO LOVELY! Get ready for my 12 Most Popular Posts of 2018 and for me to ‘spill the tea’ (my favorite slang of 2018!) on a few secrets behind the blog.

12 Most popular Hello Lovely posts in 2018! Come be inspired by what readers found most helpful on this decor blog!
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Secrets? I’ll clue you in on the good, the bad, and the ugly behind the stories about paint and pretty decor in 2018.

Beautiful white historic farmhouse exterior. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhouse #houseexterior #wraparoundporch
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

What was GOOD professionally speaking was how I managed to crank out a post every single day.

Serene modern farmhouse bedroom in a restored 1875 farmhouse. Hello Lovely Studio. #bedroom. #farmhouse #interiordesign
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

As a writer, to get better, you need practice!

Modern farmhouse exterior - a beautiful white restored country house! Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

Also GOOD? We were able to sell the fixer upper we made over in Arizona for a great profit. Here’s a secret. I have been missing that labor of love and the creativity it inspired, but there will be another!

What goodness and blessing have come from new friendships with readers and kindred spirits who joined this journey in 2018.

Thank you for pinning and sharing my content! Since I’m a one woman show and without means to promote this site beyond daily sharing to Pinterest and Facebook, it’s a genuine blessing when YOU do the pinning! Keep it up!

It’s music to my ears when the emails roll in of the flavor ‘thanks for that post, Jesus freak, it’s helping us with our renovation!’

Breathtaking industrial farmhouse kitchen with stainless island, white Shaker cabinets, and pistachio painted lower cabinets. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousekitchen #industrial
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

MORE GOOD…it was a hoot to get that nomination for best written blog and attend the ceremony in London with my buddies even if I didn’t win…thank you for landing me on the shortlist!

Metal roof on a modern farmhouse. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

The BAD. 2018 had its challenges including health problems (what a rollercoaster before the gb finally came out), unsavory family stuff (lordhavemercy, the summer was a doooooozy!), and professional obstacles as I transitioned from hobby blogger to business blogger (demands far more than just thick skin in case you were wondering).

Beautiful handmade rustic plank headboard inscribed with AWAKE MY SOUL. A modern farmhouse bedroom with romantic white bedding. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

If I wasn’t passionate about timeless and tranquil interior design inspiration, I highly doubt I would have blogged at all since blog earnings are thus far not on par with those from my prior work in education (um…not Kardashiancash, kids).

Restored 1875 modern farmhouse in Barrington, Illinois. Hello Lovely studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

Blogging, social influencers, and the whole insta-world are every bit as complicated and competitive as you might imagine. Blogs and brands work so hard for traffic and influence these days, and ‘real’ is relative. Trolls, extortion, and internet hate were alive and well in 2018. If you don’t catch my drift, GOOD FOR YOU, LOVELY SOUL, ’cause reality isn’t always a lovely picture.

Industrial farmhouse style kitchen with stainless work island and professional range. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. The restored 1875 modern farmhouse of friends. Read about it HERE.

The UGLY? Well, just imagine all those unlovely rooms and cluttered spaces transformed with the help of interior designers, inspiration, and decor sanctuaries like this one. In fact, I shared the before/after of a bathroom we created in our basement entirely DIY style!

Here’s a secret for ya. A year ago, my studio (a guest bedroom in our home) was still an ugly storage room collecting random overflow. I mostly avoided the space except to play the piano. In July, we installed a new floor (which set us back all of $120, doncha know), and after I finish the statement wall, we’ll be able to stick a fork in that room. I hope to have time to create a before/after story about it because it’s turning into a pretty, Paris-inspired space!

12 Most popular Hello Lovely posts in 2018! Come be inspired by what readers found most helpful on this decor blog!
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12 Most Popular Posts of 2018

Now about those most popular posts of 2018! Please do visit them and give them love!

No. 1: Best Calm Paint Colors

Thank goodness my designer friends helped me out with this post since it is helped so many folks! I hope you’ll pin it so others can benefit.

Serene white vintage style bathroom with antique clawfoot tub and Louis tufted chair. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. 12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed!

No. 2: Choosing White Paint Colors

I am often the self-deprecating type, but when it comes to picking paint colors for myself and others (and I have been doing it forever!), I’m sort of a color queen!

My serene and neutral European country kitchen with window seat and breakfast nook. Hello Lovely Studio.
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No. 3: French Farmhouse Decor Inspiration {Part 1}

It’s my favorite style of decor, so it’s gratifying to notice it’s yours too!

French farmhouse photos and design inspiration. Rustic decor, weathered stone and doors, European antiques, and French country decorating inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #rusticdecor #frenchcountry #interiordesign #frenchinspiration #frenchhomes #frenchdecor #europeanfarmhouse
Farm sink at a window in a kitchen near Bordeaux. French farmhouse interior design inspiration. Design/Photo: Vivi et Margot.
12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed! .

No. 4: 31 Beautiful French Farmhouse Style Moments

As long as you’re not tiring of French inspired romantic inspiration…who am I kidding? I’d still post about it because I love it!

Charming weathered green door! French farmhouse design inspiration, house tour, French homewares and market baskets from Vivi et Margot. Photos by Charlotte Reiss. Come be inspired on Hello Lovely and learn the paint colors used in these beautiful authentic French country interiors. #frenchfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #designinspiration #interiordesign #housetour #vivietmargot #rusticdecor #frenchhome #authentic #frenchmarket #summerliving #bordeaux #westernfrance #europeanfarmhouse
French Farmhouse Design Inspiration. Photo: Vivi et Margot.
12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed!

No. 5: How to Choose the Right Quartz

This was big in 2017 too! I agonized over choosing the right color with so many choices so I was determined to help others and ease their pain.

White classic kitchen with Shaker cabinets, marble subway tile, Viatera quartz countertop in Minuet, farm sink, and stainless bridge faucet. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #farmsink #modernfarmhouse
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No. 6: Choosing Perfect Quartz Color

Apparently, more posts about quartz countertops are in order!

A beautiful Frasier fir wreath, Swedish candelabra, and white fairy lights over my modern farmhouse sink for the holidays. #modernfarmhouse #farmsink #farmhousedecor #Christmaswreath #SwedishChristmas
Hello Lovely Studio.
12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed!

No. 7: 50 Decorating Ideas Inspired by Sarah Richardson

We love Sarah Richardson in Lovelyland!

No. 8: 33 European Farmhouse Style Interiors

What’s prettier than a French inspired room? One with influences from Italy, Belgium, and beyond!

French farmhouse photos and design inspiration. Rustic decor, weathered stone and doors, European antiques, and French country decorating inspiration. #frenchfarmhouse #rusticdecor #frenchcountry #interiordesign #frenchinspiration #frenchhomes #frenchdecor #europeanfarmhouse
Reclaimed French limestone and European antiques in a stunning Houston kitchen. French farmhouse interior design inspiration. Photo, Courtesy of Chateau Domingue.
12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed!

No. 9: Modern Farmhouse Renovation in Malibu

Who can blame you for crushing on the Giannettis’ patina style?

image result for kitchen white oak Malibu Mediterranean Modern Farmhouse Giannetti Home
Design & Photo: Giannetti Home. Construction: Jones Builders Group

No. 10: Gorgeous Light Blue-Grey Paint Colors

So many blue-grey tones out there, but where to start when you want the most tranquil, timeless, and non-trendy one?

Farrow and Ball Blue Gray 91... perfectly complements the tones in the slate. #farrowandballbluegray
Paint color on door: FAROW & BALL Blue Gray 88. Photo: Tone on Tone.
12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed!

No. 11: My Home

It’s gratifying to see that many readers click to see more of our humble home in spite of the fact I blog about far more inspiring interiors.

White oak flooring and #Belgianlinen furnishings in rustic elegant cottage with open floorplan - Hello Lovely
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No. 12: Magnolia Table Restaurant

What a treat to visit Magnolia Market, Waco, and Magnolia Table before it had officially opened!

Magnolia Table restaurant coffee bar with Elite Cafe sign and long marble bar with vintage style lighting. #fixerupper #magnoliatable #restaurant #bar #EliteCafe
Hello Lovely Studio.
12 Most Popular Posts of 2018…certainly lovely indeed!

Thank you for another year of lovely and for embarking upon this, the 10th year of Hello Lovely!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chairs
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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2 Comments

  1. January 16, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Hey Michele, great round-up. I agree sticking to one-post-a-day discipline is a tough one; so, congrats on that! I especially like the post about choosing the right quartz countertops. I look forward to more and hope you have a more fulfilling year ahead!

    • michele
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      January 16, 2019 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you. Thanks for checking out my 2018 fan favorites. 🙂

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chairs
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing