Year in Review: What 2020 Really Looked Like at SC&D

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As always around December, I start to get nostalgic. Now, I probably wouldn’t go back and relive this year all over again (would you?), but looking back on the year feels like a rite of passage, doesn’t it? And boy, what a year…

When we’re buried in the daily details, it can be difficult to see the big picture, and I think that’s especially true of 2020!

For us… business as usual looked a little different. We had social distancing slowing down projects… we saw higher-demand and slower production causing items to go on backorder… and on a more personal note, having my 3 kids “learning from home” just down the hall from my office, well… I love my babies, but kids in the office does not a productive day make!

Now, I don’t say all this to complain about this year at all. In fact, it’s these little differences in our daily work and lives that have made me realize, yet again, how very GRATEFUL I am. 

In normal times, we create spaces for couples and families to feel at home. This year, we created homes where our clients feel safe, comfortable, and supported in a chaotic world. 

In normal times, a finished project takes energy, time, and is worthy of celebration. This year, our finished projects have been harder-earned and feel like true victories! My team has stepped up to the plate, shown such heart, and been a true gift to everyone they meet. (Thank you, ladies, you are my rock!!) 

2020 has been a year for the books, and I want to THANK Y’ALL for sticking with us, too!! Seriously, y’all are amazing readers, and I sincerely hope you’ve gotten something helpful, inspiring, or just plain lighthearted and fun from us this year. We love you!

To officially wrap up the year, the rest of this post is going to summarize what we’ve tackled in 2020…

  • Advice we’ve shared
  • Projects we’ve revealed
  • Trends we’ve forecasted
  • And some exciting news!
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Advice We’ve Shared

What to Expect during the Renovation & Design Process

In this post, I shared a look at our design process, along with what to expect before, during, and after a home renovation. It’s definitely worth a read (or re-read) before starting a project in the New Year!

General Contractor vs. Interior Designer: Who Does What?

I still get this question quite a bit, and many people ask me whether you just need one or both roles on your team. This post outlines the responsibilities of each, what to look for, and whom you should call first!

9 Decorating Updates You Can Make Right Now

Not every home needs renovating — sometimes a little refresh is all you need to fall in love with your home all over again. In this post, I shared 9 decorating updates that are simply to implement but big in impact.

How to Select the Right Color for Your Space

Color is going to be big in 2021 (it’s part of creating a home that makes you feel good!), so it’s important to get right. In this post, I shared some tips for selecting color options and testing them out in your space. My favorite paint colors are in this post, too!

How to Choose the Best Appliances for Your Kitchen

Whenever we renovate a kitchen, it never fails that I get asked for appliance recommendations. This blog post walks you through my process for selecting the right ones, some of my tried-and-trusted product lines, and more.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Built-ins

Built-ins are big in homes right now (especially if you’re a voracious reader, like I am!) and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your home. Under-the-stairs library. Built-in nook or banquette. Floor-to-ceiling shelving and storage. This post shares it all…

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Projects We’ve Revealed

Design & Renovations

Kitchen Remodel with a Twist

This kitchen is white, classic, and fresh, but with a twist that keeps things interesting: a live-edge walnut-topped island. If you haven’t seen this one yet, the Before photos will surprise you!

Sunroom & Pergola

We redesigned and furnished this stunning and spacious sunroom (with home office space) and custom-built a pergola in the backyard. This project finished just in time for this family to enjoy it during the lockdown!

Scruggs Bathroom Remodel

That’s right — we completed our own remodel this year! The Scruggs bathroom was formerly a relic of the 90s/early 2000s, complete with jacuzzi tub, Tuscan-style tiles, outdated lighting. The updated version is fresh as a BREEZE!! I still love it all these months later. 

New Builds

The Lake House, Part I and Part 2

Our biggest project of 2020 (technically started in 2019 though), this lake house is STUNNING. It’s open and spacious. Accented with relaxing and restorative colors like greens and blues. And has one heck of a view. This project was also one of our most popular on social media this year!

Decorating

Living Room Decorating Project in Lebanon, TN

This was a decorating project we completed for a previous client turned new neighbor. She was struggling with an odd layout (hello, corner fireplace) and furnishings that didn’t feel right for them. The finished result is fresh, functional, timeless, and welcoming!

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Trends We’ve Forecasted

Kitchen & Bathroom Design Trends for 2020

Five years ago Back in January, we were in Las Vegas for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. I shared several new and exciting innovations entering the scene — and they are just as relevant in kitchen and bathroom design 11 months later! 

Design Trends for 2021

This blog post followed my recent trip to High Point Market, and it was fascinating to see how design is shifting with all that we’ve experienced this year. What do most of us want from our homes in 2021? Take a peek and see if it’s true for you, too!

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News We’ve Shared

I Turned 50! And This is What I’ve Learned

Okay, this one is personal news. LOL. But it’s a big milestone, dontcha think?! I shared 50 things I’ve learned at 50, and I stand by each and every one of those. I have a feeling I’ll feel the same way at 60, but who can say for sure. I’ll let you know when I get that far. 😉

SC&D Launched an Amazon Shop!

Y’all, I was SO excited about this!! I know it seems like everyone and their mother are launching online shops these days, but it felt right. I get asked about products all the time, and I LOVE picking out things I know y’all will enjoy — so, hey, match made in Heaven, right??

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Looking Ahead to 2021

So, I have to ask… what would you love to see from us in 2021? Is there a design dilemma that’s making you pull your hair out? Are you eager to design a certain room but have no idea where to start?

As much as I love writing, this blog is for YOU at the end of the day, so please do tell!

In the meantime, I hope y’all have happy and blessed holidays, stay safe, and spread kindness near and far!

Much love,

E

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