State of the Blog + Best of 2015

Happy New Year friends!

I know that we are a week in already, and I haven’t posted yet but that is in large part due to the fact that I have a whole new outlook on how I want to spend 2016.

And that is a bit more simply.

2016 is going to be the year I say no to hectic, and yes to making things simple.

What that means for the blog is that I may be a week late to say Happy New Year because I’m busy with my family or I’m working on content that will help you in your quest to make your home beautiful and functional for your entire family and I’m not going to let myself get distracted by every little idea that pops into this brain of mine.


Instead, I’m going to block off some time to brain dump and from there focus only on scheduling the best stuff first.

Stuff that will inspire you to move forward in your quest to create a home that you love, that functions well, and that reflects who you are beautifully.

Of course there will be smaller stuff sprinkled in still too (cause there has to be room for the occasional cocktail post,) but you have let me know through emails and comments that there are some things that have you stumped when it comes to decorating your home, and the posts that are helping you leap over those hurdles are the ones that you are most thankful for.

So count on more of those kinds of posts for sure.


I definitely stepped into this “hobby-job” as I like to call it by total accident and I definitely don’t have all of the answers, but what I’ve realized is that what comes more naturally to me (love of decorating) is the gift I get to share. And you letting me know your real design and decorating struggles pushes me to come up with a way to explain it that will make sense and gift you some confidence when it comes to making your own decorating decisions.

My plan is to get back to taking you on the real journey that is creating a home that my family loves, that works for us, and that reflects our style. And that real journey includes projects that take twice as long to complete because we have soccer games to watch, or opted to have friends over for a bbq instead of projecting our way through every weekend.

This is the kind of journey I know you can learn from the most because it is real. It is attainable. And it has the right priorities set in place.

I seriously can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store because every year seems to just get better and better as I sort and learn my way through this world of being a blogger.

And if 2015 is any indication of where I’m headed then I’m one happy lady!

I seriously can’t thank each and every one of you enough for helping make my day dream come to life.

Every comment, like, share, pin, poke (so wish those were still a thing) and virtual high-five does not go unnoticed and it has been so much fun having you along for the ride!

If I could hug you, I would – and I’m not even much of a hugger! Just ask my friend Melanie 🙂 (Hi Melanie!)

So many amazing things happened in 2015.

The biggest change was definitely changing my blog name from TinySidekick to Hey There, Home just a few months ago and it has been the best decision I’ve made!

Yep, I’m still feeling like this!

I feel like going into the new year with my new name is getting me closer and closer to a super clear focus. I’d love for it to happen over night, but it’s definitely a process. And one that keeps me growing in the right direction.


I will say that the highlight of the year was having my work published in Better Homes and Gardens, June 2015. Sorta like the ultimate pat on the back and just so much fun to see what goes into a photo shoot of that kind.


It absolutely blows my mind to think that over 3 million people visited this site last year!

The top 3 posts of 2015 were…

5 Awesome Places to Buy Fabric Online

online sources for fabric

How to choose the right neutral paint for your home

The trick to choosing the right paint color for your home.

and 5 tips for choosing bathroom tile

5 tips for selecting bathroom tile


Over on Instagram, my most popular post was this shot of my mom’s living room. It is a beautiful room and this photo is just so pretty if I do say so myself.

And although Facebook is not typically my friend, for some strange reason (that I wish I could bottle and sell) so many people clicked through from there to see my mom’s living room reveal as well.

Looking back it makes me realize just how thankful I am to have you here. Every time you take time out of your day to read my posts, leave comments, share them with your friends through pins, and social posts and send me photos of how something you read here has inspired you to create a home you love it puts a smile on my face and keeps me going.

So thank you so very much for an awesome year! And cheers to an even more amazing 2016 friends!


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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

3 thoughts on “State of the Blog + Best of 2015

  1. Barbara Keller says:

    I found your blog a few months ago, ordered your E book, and loved the choosing the correct paint colors. I took pictures of my living room “before” and then cleared it out just like you suggested. I had big plans to paint, put in new flooring and make a wonderful sewing area. My partner Ed painted one wall gray and planned to paint the others a lighter shade. Then on Christmas morning he had a stroke and suddenly everything is on hold. The room is practically empty and I do my computer work on a card table. The new blinds are here, still in boxes so I have brown paper covering the windows now. I will leave everything as it is and work with the doctors to make him well.

    I so enjoy your blogs and will save them for later. Thank you for your up-beat personality, your artistic visions and your ability to teach others via a blog.

  2. colleen says:

    I can’t remember now how I came across your blog, probably something on Pinterest, and I have only made the connection between you & that issue of Better Homes & Gardens because of this post! But I remember thinking then that the patio curtains were a brilliant idea! Congratulations on being published. Happy 2016!!

    1. Ha. Too funny Colleen. Yep. That was me, so crazy to have that checked off my bucket list!

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