Top DIY & Home Posts of 2021

The top most popular DIY tutorials, home decor articles, organizing ideas and printables from this year on The Happy Housie.

I shared a lot of details about our life in 2021 last week when I shared my annual free printable family planner organizing calendar. It was definitely a year for the books in many ways, between finishing our new build, moving, losing our pup, and settling into our new home (and not even mentioning the constant changes in our lives due to the pandemic). I didn’t post anywhere near my typical level of home decor articles and DIY tutorials as I have in previous years, but now that things are more settled all of that is about to change.

I’m excited about several new projects that are on the horizon in our house and looking forward to customizing it further step-by-step. I also have several past DIYs and projects that I plan to share the details about that I didn’t manage to get to sharing in 2021. In addition to sharing content related to our home, I continue to work towards earning an Associate Degree in Interior Decorating through Yorkville University. I’ve learned a lot and have all kinds things I want to share with you over the coming months! We’ve also decided that the time is ripe to tackle the Ten Week Organizing Challenge again in this house, and I’ll be walking through that process over the next couple of months.

Today I’ve joined some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their top posts from 2021. If you’ve hopped over from Leslie at Deeply Southern Home, then welcome! Next up after me on today’s hop is Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse. Be sure to visit the links to everyone’s top posts at the bottom of today’s article.

A collage image featuring pictures of popular blog posts and articles from 2021

And now for my top DIY and home decor articles, organizing ideas and printables from this year, in order of popularity. I’m counting them down, Letterman style…


After installing Golden Select Vinyl Plank in the basement of our previous house, both directly over tile as well as  over concrete we became pretty fond of this product. We decided to do almost our entire new build house in vinyl plank for several reasons, which I shared in this post…

Why we chose vinyl plank flooring for our new build graphic.

Why We Chose Vinyl Plank Flooring for our New Build


My 2021 Printable Calendar and Family Planner/Organizing Calendar was another popular post with readers and followers, and I recently shared my updated 2022 version in this article. I love using this calendar each year, and order the large size to be printed at my local Staples. Pop over here to learn how to download your own copy!

Free printable family planner calendar.

Free Printable 2021 Calendar and Family Planner Organizing Calendar


When it came time for a spring home tour this year we were smack dab in the middle of finishing our new build and moving, so I wasn’t able to share a brand new spring tour. Instead I shared my favourite ideas from seasons past for simple spring decor ideas that are easy and budget friendly. 

Spring decorating ideas in a living room, kitchen, and front porch

Simple Spring Decor Ideas on a Budget


The first big decor project that I tackled in our new build was installing grasscloth wallpaper and decorating our primary bedroom. We started with a beautiful new rug that I shared about in this post and built the bedroom color and decor scheme from there.

Image of modern coastal hotel style primary bedroom decor with green grasscloth wallpaper

Modern Coastal Hotel Style Master Bedroom Decor


Having this front porch to decorate has been one of my favourite parts of our new build house, and our Modern Farmhouse fall front porch decor was a very popular post this past season…

Modern farmhouse front porch decorated for fall

Modern Farmhouse Fall Front Porch Decor


I also shared all of the details about our exterior door hardware and tips for choosing the right style of door hardware for your front door in this post. We partnered with Schlage on the hardware for both our interior and exterior doors and I couldn’t be happier with it. I actually shared a mini home tour featuring all of our interior hardware here on Instagram.

Beautiful front door featuring schlage matte black exterior door hardware

How to Choose the Perfect Exterior Door Hardware


Free printables are always a hit on my blog, and I love creating and sharing them with my email subscribers! This year I shared two new Christmas decor printables (and one set of printable gift tags) in this article where I featured all of the free holiday printables that I have shared in year’s past!

Collage image featuring free printables for Christmas including art, banners, and gift tags

Free Christmas Printables for Thrifty Holiday Decorating


Probably my favourite little easy DIY of the year is the makeover that I gave some thrift store vases with homemade baking soda paint. I can see these beauties being featured on our mantel for months to come, and want to try this again with some different colors of homemade baking soda paint. Get the full tutorial in this post.

Three vases that have been painted with DIY texture paint using baking soda; thrift store vases updated

DIY Textured Vases with Paint and Baking Soda


In our new build we worked with a talented local kitchen company to design a 3-tone modern farmhouse style kitchen with both colour and the warmth of wood. We love how it turned out and I shared all the details about it in this article.

A modern farmhouse kitchen with three tones of white and coloured cabinetry as well as wood cabinet accents

Our New Build 3-Tone Modern Farmhouse Style Kitchen


One of my favourite posts to write, perhaps ever, was this review of our entire Forest house pre and post renovation. After a very messy 18 months of renovating this home, it was wonderful to look back and see all of the amazing changes that took place. As lovely as living in a new build can be, I kind of miss the satisfaction of a renovation! I’m not sure I’m done with renos just yet…

Before and after home renovation pictures graphic.

Full Before and After Home Renovation Tour of Our Forest House


Creating a paint color scheme that flows comfortably and naturally from room to room is definitely one way to create a feeling of calm and cohesion in your decor. I shared our whole home paint color scheme featuring Benjamin Moore Paint Colors in this post featuring the colors we used in our Forest House.

Benjamin Moore paint colors featured throughout a home in a whole home paint color scheme

Our Whole Home Benjamin Moore Paint Colour Scheme (Forest House)


And… always a hot topic on my blog, is the fabulous Ikea Pax system. I love Pax and have used it extensively in all of our homes. I am looking forward to sharing how we used it in our new build walk-through closet. My most popular post published in 2021 was how we replaced our reach-in closet with an Ikea Pax built in closet system. It was such an awesome use of space!

Basic reach-in closet being changed over to an Ikea Pax closet system

Replacing our Reach-in Closet with an Ikea Pax Closet System

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Top DIY and decor posts of 2021.

The Top Posts of 2021

As I mentioned, today some of my talented blogging friends and I are sharing our Top Posts of 2021!

You can visit their articles and see the year’s most popular content by using the links below the images.

a collage image with a Pax closet, kitchen organization, and a aqua and white kitchen design

The Happy Housie

Dans le Lakehouse

Clean & Scentsible

colorful wall decor, a delicious strawberry spinach salad and a patterned tile vintage bathroom

tatertots and jello

Satori Design for Living

Casa Watkins Living

best posts of 2021

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Sincerely, Marie Designs

She Gave it a Go

best outdoor posts of 2021

So Much Better With Age

Maison de Cinq

The Tattered Pew

Deeply Southern Home


You can also see my Top Posts from 2020 here…

top home decor posts of 2020 poster.

And my Top Articles from 2019 here…

top posts of 2019



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  1. So many beautiful projects Krista! I have loved watching as you settle and decorate your new home and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2022! Happy New Year my friend! xo

  2. What an amazing and busy year you’ve had, Krista! Can’t wait to see more in 2022! Thanks for organizing another great tour.
    Hugs, Jamie

  3. Love your new home, previous one, and everything in between! Can’t wait to see what this year brings for you! Wishing you the best, friend 🙂

  4. So many great posts Krista! I think the thing I like most about these roundups is that I can check out some fabulous posts from friends that I missed! (I’ll be checking out that closet system ASAP and that vase DIY!!)

    Happy New Year to you!


    P.S. Your master bedroom looks so good!!

  5. Krista,
    Wow! You shared so much goodness with us in 2021. I love seeing all your projects and amazing home inspiration my friend.

    So very thankful for you, and cannot wait for another great year in 2022.


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