Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Hey, Friends! Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a joyous holiday filled with friends, family, and lots of love.

I had every intention of blogging through the holidays, but then I realized there were Law & Order SVU marathons to watch and cookies to eat, so the computer work didn’t happen.

I can’t say that I particularly “needed” a break, but it sure was nice to take time off.

While I’m just about ready to get this new year started, I thought it was only appropriate to take a quick (or rather lengthy) look back at 2015. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, 2015 was not my year. There were some struggles in my personal life (which I tried to keep off the pages of IBC) that got me down. Basically it was a hot mess. Bring on 2016!

However, many really wonderful things did happen in 2015. In part, I created this post as a way to focus on all of the awesomeness that 2015 brought and all of the beautiful experiences that came about because of this blog. One thing I learned from last year is that it’s important to focus on the positives. Putting together a post such as this seemed like a fitting way to begin 2016.

This post also serves as a recap of what happened on IBC throughout the year (broken up by month), highlighting some of my favorite posts. So, for those who are new or those who just want to walk down memory lane, this post is for you.

Let’s do this!

January

Like most years, 2015 started off slowly here on IBC. (As you’ve probably noticed, after the holidays it takes me a while to get back into the groove.) However, I did share some of my favorite recipes, including a childhood favorite – Cinnamon Sour Cream Bread and a new recipe for Chili Beef Wraps.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

I also launched my new “A Year of …” Series. In 2015, I tackled A Year of the Skillet. I kicked things off with this Skillet Cookie Cake. Note to self: Make that again ASAP. You can find all of A Year of Skillet recipes here.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

On the DIY / interiors front, I finally shared an update on my master bedroom, and I added a little functional bling to my entryway (which I’ve painted twice since.)

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

February

February was a crazy month as we celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday. In typical “Michael fashion,” I completely stressed out about it and made it much more involved than needed. However, it did make for some beautiful blog content including this DIY tassel garland and two delicious recipes: Parmesan Garlic Shimp and White Chicken Chili. (If you have yet to attempt the Chicken Chili recipe, you must give it a try. I’ve made it several times since the party. It is so-o-o good!)

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

http://inspiredbycharm.com/2015/03/white-chicken-chili.html

Beyond the big bash for my mom, February was a long, cold, rough month. It usually is. That’s about the point I’m sick of the snow and ready for warmer days.

March

I was so happy to see March arrive as it brought a lot of excitement.

First, the new Inspired by Charm launched. The blog got a new look with improved functionality. Plus, the IBC logo got a makeover. I’m still in love with the changes. We’ve come a long way, baby!

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Secondly, I spent a little over a week in California. I enjoyed the break from the bitter Pennsylvania cold so much that I extended my work trip into a mini-vacation. After spending a weekend in LA, I rented a convertible and drove up the coast to San Francisco. It was something I’d dreamed of doing, and it was a blissful experience.

Thanks for the fabulous adventure San Francisco! See you on the flip side! ✌️#deuces #IBCinCA #IBCinSF A photo posted by Michael Wurm, Jr (@inspiredbycharm) on

That getaway didn’t stop me from blogging though. I shared two skillet recipes,including these Mini Berry Cobblers and this Cinnamon Roll Bread. Plus, I made some birch hooks for my bedroom closet.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

April

The cold weather finally broke in April, and signs of spring were everywhere. That inspired lots of “green”-related posts, such as a recipe for My Go-To Green Smoothie, tips for propagating succulents, and Key Lime Cactus Cookies.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

I also did two home tours. First, was my Spring Home Tour; then I gave you a look around the exterior of my house and talked a bit about several upcoming outdoor projects.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

May

In May, I was finally able to get outside and start working on those projects. I planned a little deck project and had the roofs replaced on my porches and garage. We also drank margaritas, installed another gallery wall, and made cupcakes.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

In addition, I took a trip with my friends down to Wildwood, NJ. We didn’t have the weather you expect at the beach, but it was still a wonderful place to get away and start the summer.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

June

Unfortunately, June was a mixed bag. The month started off great. As part of my work with Carnival Cruise Lines, I began the month by hopping on a boat headed towards the Caribbean.

Having a terrible time. ?? #IBCinCARIB #carnivalpartner

A photo posted by Michael Wurm, Jr (@inspiredbycharm) on

Sadly, a couple days into the trip I received word that my grandfather (Pop) had passed away. Thankfully, I was able to get off the boat the next day and fly home. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com After lots of time spent with family remembering Pop, I got back to work. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com I had a new deck installed on the back of my house, did some more thrifting, and worked on a few DIY projects, such as these Gold-Leafed Citronella Candles. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com I also shared my Summer Home Tour. Of course, there were recipes. A Year of the Skillet continued with Mini Blueberry Pies, and we celebrated the summer with Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Margaritas and White Sangria. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

July

With summer in full swing, I decided to start making over one of my guest bedrooms. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by all of the fresh berries of the season, I created a couple delicious recipes: Strawberry Rhubarb Mason Jar Cobblers and Berry Banana Smoothie Bowls. We also partied in paradise. berry-cobbler-mason-jar pink-party-decor-683x1024 I also had the opportunity to travel down to Baltimore. It was my first visit to the city, and it was a fun experience. I had one of my best-ever meals there at a place called Woodberry Kitchen. If you’re ever in the city, don’t miss it. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

August

I welcomed August with two exciting events. First, I turned 32. Secondly, on that same day, I went to Chicago to take part in the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com I traveled from Ohio to Georgia with a group of bloggers to shop the World’s Longest Yard Sale. We were looking for items to decorate a Habitat for Humanity house. I decorated the little boy’s room. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com It was definitely one of the most memorable moments of my blogging career. Once that room was complete, I got back to work at home on my guest bedroom makeover by hanging a light and painting the space. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com At the end of the month, I traveled to Maine with another group of bloggers for Camp Gathering and experienced another one of my best-ever meals at a place called Earth at Hidden Pond. (I also shared a recipe for Zucchini Bread Blueberry Crisp, which was inspired by that meal.) Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com And, we can’t forget a few more recipes from August, which happen to be two of my favorites: Mason Jar Blueberry Pies and Emily’s Cheerio Treat Bars. Yum! Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

September

September was another crazy month. I kicked off the month with the announcement that I would be teaming up with Lowe’s to provide an IBC reader with a fall room makeover. I spent much of the month designing, planning, (and stressing) about this project. Toward the end of the month, I traveled to the winner’s home in Ohio and executed the makeover. While I didn’t share the finished room until October, it was announced and completed within a month. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com You can see the makeover here. This was definitely a new experience for me, but one I’m so very proud to have accomplished. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Between my travels, I hosted my Fall Home Tour on IBC. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com I also shared some fall-inspired recipes, including Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie, Glazed Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins, and Chocolate Pumpkin Tiramisu. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

October

The jet-setting continued in October. First, I headed to Boston for Wayfair’s Heart Home Conference. Even though I’ve been to a few conferences, this one was extra exciting because I was asked to teach a session. Jen from City Farmhouse and I taught a class on how to make custom napkins. My DIY Gold-Leaf Napkin tutorial is here. Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com A few days after that trip, I took my annual Friendcation. Eight of us hopped on a ship and cruised through the Caribbean for some R&R. After a hectic fall, it was just what I needed.

Friendcation 2015!!! Let the fun begin!! ???? A photo posted by Michael Wurm, Jr (@inspiredbycharm) on

Shortly after returning, I kicked off the 4th Annual Fall Cookie Week on IBC and shared seven seasonal cookie recipes. (All the recipe can be found here.)

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

During October, I also showed you how to make Mulled Wine and these adorable Fall “Apple” Cheese Balls.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

November

Before things got too festive or hectic with the holidays, I shared a weekend bathroom remodel. In addition, I showed a few other updates around my home, including the progress on my guest bedroom makeover and the new rug in my dining room.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

November also brought one of my favorite DIYs of 2015. This colorful wrapped wheat was a big hit and made the perfect embellishment for my Thanksgiving table.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

On the recipe side of things, there were Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels and a Frozen Pumpkin Pie Martini.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Another exciting November happening was finding out that a Christmas Tree I created a few years back was featured in Romantic Homes magazine!

December

December proved to be one of busiest months on IBC. During the 12 Days of Christmas series, there were lots of festive posts and holiday giveaways. Two of those posts were my 2015 Adele-inspired Christmas Tree and my Holiday Home Tour.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

The 12 Days of Christmas also inspired me to create another one of my favorite (maybe all-time favorite) DIYs: Wood Stockings.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

(On a personal note, this month was particularly challenging for me from a design / confidence standpoint. Behind-the-scenes, I struggled with the concept for my holiday decor. I know that might sound odd, but there were sleepless nights. However, once the decorating was done, I was so pleased with how it all came together. The icing on the cake was when I got a little love on Instagram from the girls at A Beautiful Mess and House Beautiful Magazine. They both were inspired by my spaces. Even more exciting, Nate Berkus featured my dining room on his website. I suppose the stress paid off.)

Still not over @inspiredbycharm’s holiday home decor. #happiestholidays ❤ (Regram: @inspiredbycharm)

A photo posted by housebeautiful (@housebeautiful) on

Other highlights of the month included my DIY Cookie Cutter Wreath and my bacon-inspired holiday recipes.

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

I also need to mention my Jingle Juice Holiday Punch. This turned out to be the most viewed page on IBC for the month of December. It’s well deserved, too; that stuff is delicious!

Inspired by Charm 2015 in Review | inspiredbycharm.com

And with that, 2015 is a wrap!

What was your favorite part about 2015 on IBC? What do you hope to see in 2016?

Now as I’m eagerly waiting to see what 2016 will bring, I’m even more excited to have the opportunity to share it all with you. Thank you so much for your support of IBC through the years. Wishing you all a happy, blessed, love-filled new year.

Comments

  • Ginger at

    Thank you for your 2015 post!!! I am happy I found your inspired by charm site!!!
    Best to you in 2016!

    Ginger

  • Patty at

    Michael – Michael – Michael I made your pepper jelly for a party we had in December and people went wild for it. The biggest surprise was my husband who absolutely LOVED it with the cream cheese. Truthfully he was a little bummed out when it was gone but very happy to see I actually made 4 jars of it and had another cream cheese brick in the fridge. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Your recipes have always been great but this one was spectacular!!!!! Happy New Year Michael!

  • Elle at

    I’m looking forward to another fabulous year on IBC!

  • Chloe | Boxwood Avenue at

    What a great year in review! I love this because I’m somewhat of a new reader, so it was great to see last year in summary! I love those gold foil napkins, and your mom’s birthday looked amazing! Going to have to try that chili recipe out! Looking forward to 2016! Cheers!

  • Linda at

    What an awesome review. I need to get inspired for some re-dos in my house.

    Wishes for tasty dishes in 2016,
    Linda

  • Cindy at

    I loved hearing about your year, since I just found you in November or December! I was also very busy in December, so the holiday home tour email slipped through the cracks and I didn’t see your home until now. Love the colors. Congratulations on your feature and attention!

  • Ardith at

    Michael, in spite of the painful aspects of 2015, I’d say you had a pretty brilliant year. Kudos to you, in spades. Cheers, Ardith

  • Gina at

    Love this post! Cannot wait to read it again and check out recipes and earlier posts. Only recently starting following you so I missed a lot. I did make your mother’s artichoke bites last month and they were a huge hit! Looking forward to trying your skillet recipes! Happy 2016….keep up the great work!

  • Julie at

    You were very busy and very successful in 2015! I’m glad I finally discovered your blog and look forward to following you faithfully now 🙂 My 2015 was pretty rocky, so I’m with you about moving on to a new year…yay!

  • Karen at

    I am a new reader but I love your blog and although I had made the peanut butter cookies filled with a Reese cup in the past, I would have never thought of using the sprinkles. So not one, but two batches later, I had a lovely and festive last minute extra Christmas treat to share with those special people. I can’t say 2015 was my favorite year either, but life is a live and learn proposition and gives perspective to future challenges. Hope 2016 is good for you and in case you want to do a 60th do over, I will turn 60 in February. Your mom is one lucky lady!

  • susan at

    I love how you did the year month by month! So many beautiful posts!

  • Patricia at

    Great recipes! I made the bacon wrapped water chestnuts for an appetizer at our Christmas Eve dinner. Huge hit! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  • loly at

    So glad to see you back and reminisce about all the yummy recipes I learned from you this year. Can always count on your blog for a recipie, idea or inspiring photo when im stuck. Love your style, your vision and your realness (is that a word?). May this year be filled with all the wonderful things you deserve, the confidence to accept them and the peace and fulfillment that comes with it.

  • Jen at

    So happy I stumbled upon your blog and Instagram a few months ago! Everything you post is beyond charming and inspirational!
    ( P.S re-decorate my sad apartment please! )

  • Laura at

    WOW, what a great recap. I love your style!! I love your blog! Great job and cheers to the new year!

  • Tara at

    Just catching up with this and I have to say reviewing your yr was such a pleasure. You put so much effort and care in to all u do and it is appreciated!

Post a comment (Need an avatar?)

* required fields