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The Best of 2016

December 31, 2016

Each year seems to go by faster than the last, but 2016 was one to remember – lots of wonderful memorable moments – though of course there were dips as well. It was such a great year both personally and professionally that I find it necessary to focus on the good and leave the bad in the past (because let’s be honest, there is always a touch of the unwanted in a year – it’s not all perfect).

Days before the start of 2016, The Mr. proposed and 2016 started off with a bang. Between traveling, a home tour on The Everygirl, the purchase of our first home together in San Francisco, and our wedding in mid-Septemeber, it was a bit of a wonderful whirlwind. Our house is slowly coming together. While we are holding off on a remodel, it doesn’t mean I can keep myself from adjusting everything to our liking for the time being.

I have been blessed to have worked for myself for almost 9 years, and I honestly can’t believe 9 years have gone by so quickly. When I started Julia Goodwin Design — previously, Eye For Design — I was nervous but excited.  JGD has grown and I along with it; with countless design projects throughout the bay area, and, of course, photo shoots that go along with them. Though, JGD is not the only part of the company that has grown.  Here, on My Manicured Life, the blog is expanding day by day with new collaborations and exciting opportunities ahead in 2017. Of course, I will still focus on design tips, home tours, design obsessions, and current JGD projects.

Travel has definitely been a part of our year. Multiple trips to Texas to visit Brad’s side of the family, a bachelorette in Portland {see epic friend pic below}, a honeymoon in Hawaii, quickly followed by a trip to England to visit with my side, as well as introduce Brad to everyone which was, of course, memorable. Luckily, living in San Francisco, we have so many opportunities for quick trips that make for fun weekends, such as the wine country – see Healdsburg trip here – or visits to the family lake house.

As one year comes to a close, it is always fun to look back through photos.  Here are some highlights that I will continue to hold close. See more on Instagram.

Our Home Tour prior to the purchase of our new home.

Move in day, to our first home!

A DIY project {decopage Easter Eggs} with some love from Better Homes and Gardens, in the spring.

Completing a sweet nursery for a close client #LosGatosRemodel

Finding our venue in Lake Tahoe at a private estate

Photoshoot at the #SFMissionProject

Our Engagement shoot in SF with my girl, Elena Graham { The Vespa was not a prop.  So many people didn’t realize this is actually what we used to get around the city on weekends }

SF moments that make you stop and stare {way too many of these to share them all as highlights, so see more on Instagram.}

A bachelorette to remember with my girls in Portland, OR.

Exploring Capitola {see travel guide here}

Bridal Gown Shopping at Lovely Bride in SF

A warm day Healdsburg {see travel guide here}

Finishing up the #SFtreehouseproject

Our wedding day on September 17th, 2016.

Our honeymoon in Hawaii.

Headed back to England to see the family.

My fireplace makeover featured on Martha Stewart.

A collaboration with The Shade Store {love our new window treatments} – stay tuned to see the other rooms!

Decorating our new home for the holidays {was a beyond excited for this}.

What are your design goals for the new year? Don’t hesitate to ask your design questions from your own home – I would love to hear from you!

A huge thank you for your support; I’m excited for what 2017 will bring!

Happy New Year; hope it’s a manicured one!

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