The Big 02!

Thursday, September 24, 2009 | Category: Events, Website News

Can you believe it?  It’s growing up way too fast. It seems like only yesterday our blog was two months old and now it’s a full two years.

I remember when it took its first steps…in creating a blog name, when it said its first words…on the initial blog post, when it celebrated its one year birthday…virtually.


Ahh memories…

If only we had a scrapbook to mark our blog milestones (well, that might be going a little far).  But there are too many unforgettable moments from the past year, that we couldn’t help but take a trip down memory lane.

Swank Lighting Contest- November 08

We had so many great, creative entries.  This contest was such a blast and we couldn’t wait to reveal the winners  to everyone!


Flashback 2008 Trends- New Years Post

We looked back on the trends in fashion and home decor throughout 2008.  It’s fun to look back and see which ones were still around this year and which ones flew the coop!


Bloggers’ Homes- Unveiled!

We asked our blogger friends to send in photos of their own homes.  And just as we had expected, their homes were as wonderful as their blogs!  We got a great response to this post and hope to do another Bloggers’ Homes post in the future.


Design Challenges- we solved readers’ room problems each month through a design advice giveaway-

Paint challenge, space planning challenge, accessories challenge, bathroom challenge!


To Chop or Not to Chop? The pillow debate lives on!


Julia/Chicago went shopping with Eddie Ross! I was very jealous to say the least!


Our Interview with Nate Berkus– what a cutie!  I wonder if he’d consider being a Material Guy?


Our Interview with Vicente– such an accomplished designer- we could all learn so much from him!


Everyone seemed to have an opinion on the post- Gwyneth Paltrow- designer?


Lauren’s Classy or Trashy posts (especially the Z Gallerie Zebra rug one), always got interesting responses from readers!


During Top Design Season 2, readers had lots to say about Jill’s post on judge/ Fashionista Kelly W’s off the wall hairstyles!


We also hosted some fun giveaways throughout the past year-

Vinyl Silhouettes


Merida Meridian


The things you can find on Craigs List!  Well, the things Hilary can find on Craigslist!  Amazing chairs...and design students.  Who knew? NY Craigslist’s hidden gems!



We got a new Twitter name a few months ago!  New name- @materialgirls


Julia, our Chi town blogger, was featured in Beautiful Homes magazine.   What a beautiful spread!


The beginning of Lauren’s beloved  “Furniture Friday” posts


Can this outfit be turned into a room? Jill showed crossovers between interiors and fashion.



Are You Over It or Over the Moon For it? We STILL want to know!


MG was incredibly flattered and honored to be named as one of House Beautiful’s “Sites We Love”.


A Bygone Design Aesthetic- The Restoration Hardware debate…


And other MG posts, that brought very unfortunate news-

The closing of Expo stores


The end of Domino


The shut down of Southern Accents


Here’s to year three of blogging!

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7 Comments to 'The Big 02!'

Dan and Deanna 25 Sep 09 at 12:56 am

What a wonderful year it has been sharing it with you. We enjoy your fun and beautiful posts. Thank you for all the good information that you share with us. All the photos that inspire us. Great ideas to help us make our homes look wonderful. We expect to see you for many years to come.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

Lauren 25 Sep 09 at 10:12 am

Thanks Dan and Deanna for your kind words!

I’m so excited for our 2 yr anni! We’ve come so far! Blogging has become such a huge influential part of my life – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Down Pillow 25 Sep 09 at 2:11 pm

I love, love, love your blog :) Happy anniversary!!!

Julia-Chicago 25 Sep 09 at 5:56 pm

I love this blog!!!

Sally 25 Sep 09 at 8:17 pm

Congratulations to one of my very favorite blogs!!! You girls are GREAT!!!!

MaterialGirls 25 Sep 09 at 11:04 pm

Dan and Deanna, Down Pillow, and Sally (and of course Lauren and Julia!) Thanks so much for your sweet words.

I can’t imagine a life without blogging! You all make it all worth it! :)

Happy Friday!

spark! (Ada-Marie) 27 Sep 09 at 9:30 am

Happy blog-iversary. Your blog was one of the first blogs that I followed. I love all of your forward thinking. I feel like I know all of you! :) Cheers to an amazing year three!

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