Top 10 Countdown – Favorite Photos of the Year!

In honor of all of the New Year’s Eve countdowns that will take place across the world tonight, I’m doing a different kind of countdown. I thought it would be fun to look back on the year and share my most popular Instagram photos. It seems that people like old houses and pink … lots and lots of pink! The best part about this countdown is that you don’t have to try to hold your eyes open until midnight! Here are my top 10 photos 2019.

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Let the countdown begin …

#10 – I stumbled across this tiny New Orleans house on an even tinier street that was so narrow, it was hard for me to get a good photo! Vibrant shades of pink pop against dramatic black paint and I love that they even have a pink flamingo.

Top 10 Photos 2019 - this stunning black cottage with pink doors and trim is so whimsical kellyelko.com #nola #nolahomes #nolaarchitecture #neworleans #blackhouse #pink #pinkhouse #curbappeal #oldhome #oldhouse #kellyelko

#9 – Speaking of pink, my cherry blossom rivals the ones in Washington, D.C.! We planted this tree 10 years ago when we moved in and it’s rewarded us with this dramatic spectacle every spring. Now I’m craving cotton candy!

Wow - this cherry blossom tree is such a gorgeous pink kellyelko.com #cherryblossom #trees #landscape #landscaping #specimentree #kellyelko

#8 – This is the view out my front door and it’s my favorite house on my street, especially when covered in colorful fall leaves. Click here to tour the inside of this Carpenter Gothic home built in 1900.

Beautiful old home covered in colorful fall foliage kellyelko.com #oldhome #oldhouse #architecture #curbappeal #fall #fallfoliage #fallleaves #kellyelko

#7 – My Shiny Brite tree is my absolute all time favorite and it’s covered in more than 300 vintage ornaments not to mention 1,600 lights!

Fabulous tree covered in hundreds of vintage ornaments kellyelko.com #vintagetree #vintagechristmas #vintageornaments #shinybrites #colorfulchristmas #kellyelko

#6 – I’m not sure which people love more … the Christmas chalkboard or Sushi in her scarf! It’s been so popular that you can buy the Christmas Chalkboard art here (with or without the little ceramic houses).

Cheery Christmas Home Tour - love the chalkboard art of Santa and his reindeer kellyelko.com #christmasdecor #christmasmantel #farmhousechristmas #christmashometour #christmasstockings

#5 – “It looks like the house from Father of the Bride,” is the number one comment I get when I post pics of this house in my town!

Classic old home with a white picket fence kellyelko.com #oldhome #oldhouse #curbappeal #picketfence #architecture #dreamhouse #dreamhome #kellyelko

#4 – I couldn’t bear to pack away all of my vintage Shiny Brites last year so I made this ornament heart.

See more of it and my spring mantel here.

Love this spring mantel with heart art made from Christmas ornaments kellyelko.com #spring #springdecor #springmantel #diyspringdecor #diycrafts #diydecor #shinybrites #christmasornaments #manteldecor #farmhousedecor #bohodecor #kellyelko

#3 – To know me is to know I live for peony season and since that only lasts a few short weeks, I had this photo framed so I can enjoy peonies all year long!

You can download the free peony bouquet printable here.

If you want to plant your own, don’t miss my Peony Growing Tips here.

Peonies! Love this big bouquet kellyelko.com #printable #freeprintable #freeart #peonies #peony #springflowers #bouquet #pinkflowers

#2 -πŸ’™In the 1800s, a dad of the year built this house for his daughter.

Beautiful old Victorian home in blue! Love the architecture and details kellyelko.com #victorian #oldhomes #oldhouses #curbappeal #bluehouse #bluehome #winterhome #letitsnow #kellyelko

Drumroll please …

#1 -πŸ’—This pink house was built by the same dad for his other daughter and they are across the street from each other! Fun fact: this house was in a Kool-Whip commercial.

Beautiful old Victorian home in pink! Love the architecture and details kellyelko.com #victorian #oldhomes #oldhouses #curbappeal #pinkhouse #pinkhome #winterhome #letitsnow #kellyelko

It’s fun to look back on the year in pictures and I’m looking forward to what 2020 brings.

Say it with me … 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Happy New Year! Will you manage to stay awake until the ball drops or will you be in dreamland like me?

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20 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for your pictures and your awesome blog! I love everything you post! You are so classy Kelly!!
    Happy New Year!!πŸ₯³

  2. Thank you Kelly it was a fun year, i will be in my cozy bed i hope!! I will look forward to 2020 to see what you and Sushi are up to, Happy Happy New Year!!

  3. As always love what you do!!! Looking forward to what you do in 2020!! Happy New year to you and your family!!! Which includes sushi!!!

  4. I loved your Christmas chalkboard so much that I was going to copy it on my own vintage chalkboard.
    Well, I got as far as the moon & never finished it. But I got a few laughs by referring to the “full moon tonight”!
    Love your Shiny Bright tree, too!

      1. Kelly, so you share where you live? If so, I suppose I’ve missed seeing it. You live in such an interesting neighborhood with all the lovely homes. I’m in Texas and also love hydrangeas and peonies. We tried one peony bush years ago but didn’t fare well with it. We are in Zone 8.

        1. Ooh! Why can’t we edit our posts? This English major hates typos, especially my own! I meant to type “do you share where you live.”

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