My insane 2014 as seen through Instagrams

We traveled to South Africa!
"Yes it is as exciting as you think to be 10ft from 1/2 dozen lions on the hunt.  Most thrilling day of my life. #kingofthejungle #kostersafari #nofilter #nozoom"

We leased a car!
"Today ends the streak of 8 carless years! Jeep and trees, this is our new life."

Traveled to Amsterdam and Paris for work.
"Av revoir, #paris. emoji"

Crossed skydiving off my bucket list!
"We're alive!  And that was awesome!! #skydiving" 

Left the city behind and adapted to our new surroundings.
"Maggie, look like an explorer. #maggiemay"

Hosted a fun housewarming party with great friends who came up from the city.
"A good night.  Thanks for coming out, friends."

We made a big big BIG announcement about a new addition coming in 2015!
"Extra! Extra!  Big news!  The baby Koster bun is in the oven! #ifyoudontknownowyouknow  Read more on #undeclaredpanache"

I started an even planning company!  Don't forget to visit me at I Love Love Events!
"Friends, I have another big announcement! I've started an events planning business!  Read more about it on #undeclaredpanache and follow me over @iloveloveevents for all the updates and the prettiness.  Thank you for all your support and thank you, @kathydaviesphotography for the beautiful photos!!"

We took a babymoon to London!
"This town really does the holidays justice!  #londonbabymoon"

2014 was great and 2015 is going to be epic too!  keep following me at @undeclared_panache and @iloveloveevents for the realtime updates.
Happy New Year, y'all!!

My DIY year in Review

This was the year of the DIY around here.  Moving from a teeny apartment to a big house gave me lots and lots of reasons to spend time in my studio and with my power tools.  First up the before and afters.  I gave our

upstairs half bathroom a modern makeover

by painting the walls black and adding some bohemian elements.  Next up, I dressed up my

studio closet

with some hot pink stripes and lots of organization.  Finally, the biggie, a

total kitchen overall

for $500.

Two lighting projects,

bentwood pendent


simple sconce makeover


I made a goal to sew one garment a month for the year, and I came close, closing out the year with ten new handmade pieces.  Click


to see more.

One of my favorite DIY makeovers, turned a mid-century dresser, thriftstore find into a

modern media cabinet.

Two tassel projects, a darling Ikea hack,

striped throw


oversized leather tassels

as a curtain tieback in the baby room.

and a few other miscellaneous projects, a

leather American flag

, a

felt mobile

for my new nephew, a

macrame wall hanging

and an

oversized inspiration board