The Best of 2017


Let me start by saying Happy 2018! Already one week in, I hope this new year is treating you well and that lots of love and light are coming your way.

Today, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some of the best moments of 2017. I put this list together based on analytics from the blog (which posts garnered the most views) as well as personal favorites I thought were worth revisiting.

However, before we get to the recap, I want to thank you for your patience with my recent absence. To be honest, I would have liked to take an entire month off, but since this is my job, I’m not able to do that. Not only was 2017 a crazy-busy, emotional rollercoaster, but I’m feeling a little lost and undecided in how to proceed with the blog. (More on that soon, but don’t worry. IBC is alive and well.) For now, I’m proceeding with the attitude of “just start” and hoping that things will fall into place as I continue to work on creating a happy place.

Also, I promise to give you a little life-update soon since some of you have been asking about that. I hope to get that post up later this week or early next week. Stay tuned.

Now, let’s take a look back at 2017. To keep this post from being overly long and unwieldy, I’m recapping things in sections. Some sections highlight several posts; others include just one. Many of these memorable moments seem like they happened years ago, while others feel like I posted them yesterday. Whether you’re new to Inspired by Charm this year or have been following since 2009, I hope you enjoy looking back at the past year.

My Move to Pittsburgh
In early June I officially moved from my big house in St. Marys to a loft-style apartment in Pittsburgh. (It all started here with sun-dried tomatoes.) Because of that move, there were many posts about how I decorated my new home including my living room, dining room, office, and bedroom. You can expect more posts on my decor after I finally pack away the remnants of Christmas.

Pittsburgh Apartment Decor: The Best of 2017

Celebrating Easter
Before my big move, 2017 brought a great deal of Easter content which I hadn’t previously done much of here on the blog. To my surprise, some of these Easter-inspired posts proved to be the most popular of the past year. Your favorites included my Cottontail Martini, Easter Kabobs, Coconut Macaroon Nests, Soft Peanut Butter Cookies, and my Easter Tablescape.

Easter Dessert Kabobs: The Best of 2017

That Time I Helped Design a Tiny House
One of my biggest professional accomplishments of 2017 was working with Nestea on the design of a Tiny House which was showcased in the middle of New York City. It was such a fun experience and a place I was proud to put my stamp on.

Tiny House Design: The Best of 2017

Another Really Good Pasta Salad Recipe
So many of you seem to love pasta salad recipes. I understand. I love them, too. In years past, I shared my Really Good Macaroni Salad and Ramen Noodle Salad recipes with you. Both continue to be immensely popular. In 2017, I added my Really Good Pasta Salad recipe to the collection, and it quickly rose to the popularity of the previous two. (Oh, and if you’re looking for a warm pasta recipe, this One-Pan Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Parmesan Pasta is a must!)

Really Good Pasta Salad Recipe: The Best of 2017

These Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars
Speaking of food, I had to give some love to these Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars. This recipe surprised me. While it was one of my personal favorite recipes of 2017, it didn’t seem to resonate as much with IBC readers. That’s why I decided to give it a little more attention in this recap post. I promise you won’t be disappointed. However, if peanut butter and jelly isn’t your “jam” (pun intended), check out any one of these popular dessert recipes from last year: Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip, Really Good Blueberry Muffins, The Ultimate Coconut Cupcakes, and the cookies from this year’s Fall Cookie Week.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars: The Best of 2017

The Cheeseballs that Broke the Internet
2017 proved to be a winning year for cheeseballs. I made two this year that were off the charts. First, there was my pumpkin-shaped Everything Bagel Cheese ball. This guy even gained some notable attention by being featured on Country Living’s Instagram feed.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball: The Best of 2017

More recently, I made a tree-shaped cheeseball for Christmas. Dozens of you recreated both recipes over the past few months and sent photos or shared them via social media. For me, this is the ultimate reward as a blogger. To see you creating and enjoying something you found here on IBC. Please continue to share your IBC-inspired creations with me.

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball : The Best of 2017

A Year of Recipe Cards
As I did in 2016, I created a year of printable recipe cards to share with all of you. While the cards are inspired by the four seasons, this year I include two extras (one for Halloween and one for Christmas). In case you missed any, I’ve linked all of them here. They are my gift to you, available as a free download.

Recipe Card Printables: The Best of 2017

A Very Merry Christmas
Christmas continues to be the most popular time of year on Inspired by Charm. Like last year, IBC received over 1 million page views in a 30-day period. While it’s not “about the numbers,” that’s huge for me. It fills me with so much pride and excitement to know that folks are enjoying what I’m sharing. It goes without saying that hitting that number wouldn’t be possible without each of you.

Christmas on Inspired by Charm: The Best of 2017

Some of the most popular posts from this Christmas were my Apartment Holiday Home Tour (along with Christmas In My Bedroom), How to Add Ribbon to Your Christmas Tree, the recipe for my Cream Horn Cookies, and these free printable gift tags.

Cover Boy
Last, but certainly not least, 2017 brought a “pinch-me moment” that I’ll probably never forget. Back in January, a crew from Better Homes and Gardens visited my St. Marys home to do a holiday photo shoot for their Christmas Ideas Magazine. To my amazement, my Christmas tree adorned the cover of that issue (along with a 10-page spread of my home inside). While I’ve been blessed to have features in magazines before, making the cover was the cream in my coffee!

Cover Boy: Best of 2017

This short recap only scratches the surface of content I shared in the past year here on Inspired by Charm. You can always access the IBC archives for a full list of posts from 2017.

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Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know how much I have appreciated your support over the past nine years. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Here’s to many more years together.

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  • Shelley Renee Sapyta. at

    I can’t wait for your next post! Glad you are back!

  • Linda Kringen at

    Where can I purchase a flower “vase” like the one heading today’s post? Love it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      No the most helpful answer, but the vase is from a shop in Curaçao. I picked it up when visiting there on a cruise.

      xo Michael

    • Reenie at

      I was going to ask the same thing. I love it. 🙂

  • Holly at

    Love your blog and style. I can’t tell you how many screenshots of your blog I have saved as inspiration! Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2018. Happy New Year, Michael! — holly


  • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna at

    Overwhelmingly incredible. ALL of it. I don’t even know where to start. I’ve missed your beautiful posts in my feed!

    I can also relate to your pulls in different directions. Not that I have any answers… however I am a believer in following your heart. I’m anxious to see where yours ultimately takes you! Supporting you on, M…

  • Talia at

    Love your style! Makes me want to move right in! 🙂

  • Kim R at

    I understand the desire for a month off and too am struggling with how to begin this year. Just starting is as good as anything I have for now!
    I so enjoy your posts here and following you on social media. You know we don’t read magazines like we used to (although I still subscribe to BH&G) but checking in with you every few days is my replacement. You are fun and fresh but yet familiar. Thank you for the beauty you add to my life.
    Happy New Year Michael!

  • Nancy Heab at

    Can’t get enough of your decorating and cooking skills. So creative. Any, yes, where did you get
    that flower vase from. Love it all, Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! The vase is from a shop in Curaçao. I picked it up when visiting there on a cruise.

      xo Michael

  • Robin R. at

    First, so glad you are back. I missed your posts trememdously.
    Proceeding with the attitude of “just start” and hoping that things will fall into place – is always a good idea. I think whenever we just proceed – we do so from our heart.
    Thank you for a wonderful blog Michael. I appreciate you !

  • Sue at

    Hey Michael,Happy New Year. Love your blog and always feel like you’re really glad we stopped by to see what’s up.

  • Mikael H at

    Hey there from rainy Seattle… I suppose I could have just said Seattle, the rainy part is redundant 🙂 Happy New Year to you as well. I have fallen in love with your blog & am excited to put some of the ideas to practice and gain some inspiration for our move later this yr. I am looking forward to all your offerings to come!

  • Patricia at

    Thanks for the inspiration to make my own cheese ball. I had lots of crumbled blue cheese so mine was blue cheese with chopped cranberries and rolled in chopped walnuts. Delish! And surprisingly easy.
    Best wishes for a stellar 2018.

  • Julie Aspen at

    So glad you are back Michael! I first started following you on Pinterest, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful recipes you have posted – and we have enjoyed immensely!! Continue to follow your heart and I look forward to seeing and hearing more!

  • Diane + Dean DIY at

    These are amazing, Michael! Great job! Happy NEW YEAR TO YOU!

  • Raquel at

    Looking forward to all you will share with us in 2018, Michael! I so enjoy your design and decor!

  • Kristy Wicks at

    Michael – I have to say.. how are you so talented?! Just give me your secrets please! I love to come here for recipes, home decor, and just amazing content. You are so amazing and I hope you had a nice time away full of relaxation. People don’t realize how stressful blogging can be, especially when they do it to the caliber you do. I just want to say thank you
    for all the inspo in 2017 and let’s have a great 2018! Cheers.

  • Christy at

    So glad you are back! I’ve missed reading you lately. Wishing you a great 2018!

  • Linda at

    You are VERY talented, and I’m so glad you share those talents here. You should feel proud when you see so many of your ideas recreated. My own daughter made the Christmas cheese ball and everyone loved it. Perhaps that is your calling – bringing joy through your gifts.

  • Kimberly at

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had a rough year. I don’t know if this will be helpful to you but my niece recently moved to Nashville and was very lonely. Someone directed her to the meetup app. You go through and list activities that you’re interested (everything from hiking, writing poetry, wine tasting, etc) and then you’ll get notifications when something is going on and you go and “meet up” with people and do it together. She’s made a ton of friends that way and is also dating someone that she met at one of the activities. It’s a great way to get out of the house and to do something that you love while meeting other people. May help you feel a little less lonely.
    You do an incredible job of bringing happiness and joy to others and you deserve to have some for yourself. I love your enthusiasm for everything that you post and read your blog daily.

  • sabrina at

    you have a very creative touch that I’ve appreciated on this site and will hope that you continue! Love this recap for things I may have missed, keep up the good work!

  • Brenna@Domestic Charm at

    Michael, I admire you so much! You have such amazing creativity and I know that 2018 is going to be the best year yet! I look forward to seeing what else you come up with in the kitchen, for entertaining and with decor!

  • JeanWright at

    I really love reading your blog; you are so creative with great style. I wish you the best with finding your “dream home” and hope you find/ and discover what might be missing from your life.

    My son lives in Squirrel Hill…which seems to be a nice neighborhood.

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