2013 moments: a life-changing year
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by {darlene}

This year was life changing for me. I can barely wrap my mind around it. But, what good therapy it is to look back over a year… and breathe deeply at God’s good work in my life.


What a way to start the year! This was one of the most thrilling things that has happened to me… a dream came true that I had not even dared to dream: FHD interiors were showcased as the feature design article in the January 2013 Issue of Better Homes and Gardens:


You all had a blast, and I did too, joining in on creating a Signature Style Board, which was then featured on our Pinterest Board, “Your Signature Style Boards.” If you did not get a chance to do this, I really encourage you to do so. It is a very helpful exercise on honing in on your own personal style loves!



We dove headfirst into our Library and School Room Project, and you all helped me pick cabinet colors and give me inspiration!



You were all so amazingly gracious to me regarding this fun transformation that I did in a local client’s home, and since then, I have really enjoyed “joining you in your homes,” via my Skype Consultation services:



You all shared in the very exciting news as I anxiously awaited meeting my sweet baby … It’s a Girl!! That was SUCH a fun post!


One of the major highlights of my entire year was a tank-filling dreamy Girl’s Retreat in the mountains with my friends:



We kicked off our fun Summer series, Ditto DIY , and I just loved all of your entries


I also kicked off the Bebe Bebe Bebe Nursery series which was FILLED with gorgeous Girl Nursery designs, especially created for my girly-girl, by tons of talented designers:



I shared my Design Board for my baby girl. I was already falling in love!


I collaborated with some wildly talented Interior Designers to give you our top-recommended Designer White Paint Colors:



My heart started slowly shifting toward preparations for a new family member. My mobile started tipping:



I shared the almost-done progress on our Project Library. Not much has been done to this room since… just being real, folks:


You got to witness me and my blubbery pregnancy tears, as I shared the nursery design from my friend Angela:



The world came to a beautiful and gigantic pause as we welcomed Georgia Luisa into our family. This picture still takes my breath away.



The November Issue of Better Homes and Gardens came out, and guess who was on page 40?



I shared a very personal post about my ‘decision’ to have a third child. Your comments on this post meant the WORLD to me. Many of my ‘fears’ are indeed coming true… I have had to let go of much of my own dreams for the time being. But that is SO temporary. What I am gaining is MUCH, much more. I love you, Georgia Luisa.



My family and I took a very special, very relaxing vacation that truly helped us to reconnect after the big change of adding a baby to our family. And while I was there, I visited some friends that are simply a PURE TREASURE to me! And, as true friends do, they taught me a thing or two:


And, full circle to my year, I ended 2013 with a very special visit to a very special home… Edie’s. To see my own designs, in person, for the first time was a truly joyous experience:


This year truly was life changing for me. My moments swung me from humbling, national recognition in Better Homes and Gardens, to precious, quiet, unrecognized moments caring for a small infant. I will never forget this year, and all that was birthed.

I would be remiss if I did not mention one of the most special things in my life: YOU. The community here at Fieldstone Hill Design blesses me daily. Thank you for joining me in this journey of Living with Beauty. I am SO VERY thankful for you.

Happy New Year!!!







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  • what an amazing 2013!!! and 2014 will only be better!

  • What a beautiful year. I am blessed to have been able to share in these wonderful stories from you this past year. Happy New Year, Darlene and family! Sharon

  • What a year it has been for you. Thank you for sharing your life with us and helping to inspire us. Cheers to 2014.

  • Oh, I missed so much! Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL baby Georgia. I am so happy for you. Oh, little girls, baby girls…I had three, now 10, 8, 7 – and it is daily such a comfort to my soul to watch what it is like to grow up a girl without abuse. I hope your baby comforts you in unknown ways far into the future.

  • Just had my second baby back in November myself and had all my own ‘fears’ about being able to keep pursuing my career, getting the house in order, spending time with the firstborn…

    And babies do rearrange your life, but they also change perspective. For me, at least, I was able to re-evaluate all the stuff I thought was so dang important. Often it isn’t. :)

    Wishing you an even happier year ahead!

  • What a full, blessed year! You put out good and you get good. :)

    Here is wishing my sweet friend Dar another wonderful year, just as you need it to be, just as God has it planned for you.

    (And I’m so happy I made it in the line up! It is an honor to be a part of your life!)

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