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My 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2019

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1/01/20

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Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2020?! WTH?! I feel like we were all just bracing for Y2K … and that was TWENTY years ago!

Anyhoo, I’m super excited about 2020. It’s going to be a great year and I can’t wait to see what it holds … but first, let’s look back at my most popular blog posts in 2019.

These are consistently my TOP READ posts every single day on Caroline on Design. Chances are that if other peeps find these posts helpful, you will too!

My 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2019 Caroline on Design

If you’re new to my site, this post will not only let you see what others are reading, but you’ll also get more of an idea of the content I offer on my blog (from building a home to choosing design finishes to decorating your home).

MY 10 MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS IN 2019

Here we go! I’ll start with the MOST popular post (number one) and head down the list until we reach the tenth most popular post :).

1. HOW TO CHOOSE AND LAY A STAIR RUNNER: AN OVERVIEW

If you’re on the fence about adding a stair runner or are unsure where to even start, this post is for you. If you’re looking for a tutorial on How to Install a Stair Runner, you’ll have to keep looking … I am NOT a DIYer!

In this post, I provide an overview of how to choose and lay a stair runner. That is … what carpet works well on stairs, installation methods available, special considerations, and of course some carpet pattern recommendations.  READ POST

Patterned stair runner in blue and cream on wood tread stairs with white risers.

2. HOW TO HANG PENDANT LIGHTING OVER KITCHEN ISLAND

Curious how high to hang your kitchen island pendants or how far to space them apart? Unsure how many pendants you need for your size of island?

I answer all of these questions in this post so you will feel CONFIDENT in your ability to tell your electrician exactly how you want your pendants to hang over your kitchen island!  READ POST

3. 10 WHITE HOME EXTERIORS YOU’LL SWOON OVER

Are you in LOVE with the white home exterior as much as I am?! Do you want to build a white house, but you worry it’s just a trend and will be out of style before you even finish building your house?!

If YOU are on the fence, read this post and I’ll let you know what I think about the longevity of the all-white house exterior at the end … but first, we look at some gorgeous houses that will surely make your jaw drop!  READ POST

4. 9 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE BUILDING A HOUSE

If you’re building a home, chances are you are worried about the typical things … budget, making the right decisions, trying to pick finishes from (ridiculously) small samples, etc.  All of these are valid concerns … but there’s more!

There are MANY other things you won’t even realize you NEED to think about until you are in the building process or just beyond. Don’t worry …  I’m sharing 9 things I WISH I had known before building a house. Some of these are a *little* odd! READ POST

5. SERENA & LILY LOOK FOR LESS: FAMILY ROOM REDO

A low decor budget does NOT mean your style has to suffer! You can decorate beautifully on any budget. Simply find an inspiration room design and redo it based on what you can afford … like I’ve done below.

I love (LOVE) the look of this calming neutral family room, but it’s just a little out of my price range (ok, a lot out of my price range)! The good news … I created a similar Serena & Lily look for less than half the cost. READ POST

Serena & Lily neutral family room with lower cost options to get the look for less.

6. HOW TO CLEAN ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORS: MY METHOD

I share my tools and methods for how I clean engineered wood floors in my OWN home. I have two FAV tools and one FAV cleaning product; all three are completely safe for both engineered and solid wood floors … including the ONE and ONLY product I will spray on my wood floors! READ POST

7. HOW TO FILL SPACE BETWEEN CABINETS AND CEILINGS

Cabinets are one of the most expensive things you’ll purchase when building or renovating your home. Obviously, the MORE cabinets you have, the GREATER the cost.

So … if you have taller ceilings and want to avoid the cost of taking cabinets to your ceiling (you can’t reach these cabinets easily anyway), you do have some options. READ POST

8. 20 GREAT PLACES TO SHOP FOR MID-PRICED HOME DECOR ONLINE

I LOVE beautiful furniture and accents but I DON’T love crazy high prices! If you prefer to shop at mid-range price home décor retailers, then this post is for you. I share a list (with my honest opinions) of 20 great places to shop for home décor online. READ POST

9. 8 TOP EXTERIOR SIDING OPTIONS: PROS & CONS

Choosing your home exterior material is a BIG deal. Not only is it one of the most expensive line items when building a home, but your exterior is also everyone’s first impression of your home … and I know you want to make a traffic-stopping great first impression! If you are confused about your exterior siding options and pricing … or unsure where to even start in choosing materials for your home exterior, this post is for YOU.

Included is an overview of eight of the most popular types of siding (as well as the pros and cons of each) so you can confidently make a decision for your own home build.  READ POST

10. HOW TO REPLICATE MY GREY CRAFTSMAN STYLE HOUSE EXTERIOR

I share how I created my own gray craftsman style house exterior because the number ONE question I get asked on Instagram is, “What color did you paint your home exterior?” I think you’ll be very surprised at the answer.  READ POST

Grey shake shingle two story home with board and batten and stone.

BONUS: MY MOST POPULAR WEBSITE PAGES IN 2019

CAROLINE ON DESIGN HOME EXTERIOR

CAROLINE ON DESIGN FLOOR PLAN

CAROLINE ON DESIGN KITCHEN

CONCLUSION

There you have it … my 10 most popular blog posts in 2019. Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below which post(s) you found the most helpful :).

Please share this post with others who may need this info for their own home decorating or building project!

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