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The CHD Posts from 2021 that you Found Most Interesting

Let’s hope 2022 will be the year that Covid takes a hike.  Thank you so much for your support this past year. I am so grateful for this journey we have had together. When I launched this blog. I didn’t have any purpose or strategy other than to share my love of interior design and my personal collected style. At the time I didn’t realize there was a large community of like-minded women who wanted both a beautiful home and garden and to be stylish at 50 and beyond. You ladies encouraged me to try and combine the two by providing content we all would find interesting. Last year fashion seemed to be what everyone was interested in, I was worried that design would eventually be forced to take a back seat. I wanted to find common threads to connect the two so I wouldn’t lose either group. I am happy to say I think we accomplished that this year. Your favorite posts were exactly split down the middle, half fashion, and beauty-related and the other half design-oriented. I think we are all learning together that our personal style tells the world who we are. A collected look allows us to show our personalities and define who we are. Collecting, decorative objects, jewelry, vintage items, and treasures create a sense of where we have been and where we are going. The mixing and matching are what make our personal style interesting and unique. Your ability to share your ideas, suggestions, and thoughts is what makes this blog interesting for all of us. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this all possible. Let’s take a look at The CHD Posts from 2021 that you Found Most Interesting.

The CHD Posts from 2021 that you Found Most Interesting

The CHD Posts from 2021 that you Found Most Interesting

#10 How to Wear All Black Over 50

This post is one from the monthly Fashion Edit that I do with Jennifer of a Well Styled Life. I am not surprised that it was one of the favorites. Let’s face it many of us have a closet full of black and it is a comfortable color for many of us to fall back on.


#9 2021 Design Trends What’s In and What’s Out.

This topic has perennially been a favorite. This years version is coming up on the 13th. We have a fabulous line up of guest bloggers lined up.

2021 Design Trends by Six Top Design Bloggers

#8 How to Elevate Your at Home Style

This post was during the height of the pandemic. I think we all were craving some sort of fashion inspiration, even if it meant sweats!

How to elevate your at -home style with Cindy Hattersley

#7 Before and After Backyard Transformation

This post has all the details and the before and afters. We transformed our backyard from a broken concrete patio to a pretty backyard oasis.

backyard transformation before and after


The collaboration that I do with Annie @mostloveythings and Mary Ann @classiccasualhome on Sunday is always popular with our readers. We share little tidbits that we found interesting throughout the week.I think this was a popular post because many of you were wondering if you could make premade linen curtains look okay. The answer is yes! I used them in almost every room in this house.

pottery barn curtains in cindy hattersley's fixer upper

#5 Twelve Essential Makeup Tips for Women Over 50

As you all know I am no makeup aficionado. I revert to the experts. This post is filled with helpful advice.

12 Essential Makeup Tips for Women over 50

#4 Five Simple Steps to Style Your Kitchen Like a Pro

I used my former kitchen as my lab and shared my tips for styling it.


#3 Fixer Upper Living Room Reveal

This post has all the deets on what we did to make our Spanish Revival Living Room more practical while retaining its charm.

Fixer Upper Living Room Before and After

#2 How to Look Stylish in Black and White

This post was another post from Jennifer from a Well Styled Life and (moi’s) monthly fashion edit. Again, we all have black and white in our wardrobe so this one clicked the boxes as well.

how to look stylish in black and white

#1 Wide Leg Pants for Women over 50

This one did surprise me a bit. From what I understand I did this post at just the right time. It was #1 on Google (that never happens to me). Apparently, it was just one of those lucky times when the time is right and google loves you.

cindy hattersley in wide leg pants

Thank you for reading The CHD Posts from 2021 that you Found Most Interesting. If you are new here and want to find out more about why I am so passionate about collected Style. You might enjoy: Owning Your Own Style After 50, and How to Develop Your Own Sense of Style and The Collected Look, How to Get It.

You might also enjoy Mary Ann’s Year-End Favorites Here. I think she had a few that surprised her as well.

I would love for you to fill out my year end survey here. It is so helpful for me to plan my content for the upcoming year. It is your chance to vent anonymously and tell me what you would like to red more of. It is quick, anonymous, and simple.

Reader Interactions


  1. Karen B. says

    You have seamlessly blended topics I’m most interested in. Your blog (and Mary Ann, and Annie’s) always covers topics for our age group where fashion, makeup, and style are concerned. Fortunately, you have continued to inspire me with your decor ideas for indoors and out. Thank you so much. It’s a little treasure that makes my day happy.
    Karen B.

  2. Judy says

    Thank you Cindy. You were a source of fun and interest this year. I do look forward to reading and learning from you this coming year.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Judy

      Thank you so much for reading and following along. You are much appreciated!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Elizabeth

      I do enjoy gardening and next year I have some surprises in store!

  3. Beverly Marshall says

    Cindy…You are THE BEST! I look forward to every one of your emails…no one else’s can compare! Thanks so much for keeping us all up to date on the latest trends in design, fashion, make up and food. And I want to commend you for continuing your blog even through your downsizing move. I know it was an effort to keep all of the balls in the air! Having been through numerous moves in my lifetime, up and down the financial ladder, at 71 I have come to know that less is more. Congratulations on making your rental house a home…I’m so proud of you and your talents and for sharing your story with us! I’m looking forward to more email blogs from you this coming year!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Beverly

      Wow, thank you so much you are very kind.Stay tuned there are changes coming soon!

  4. Karen says

    I am so thrilled to of found You, and so look forward to following ya. Ya Blog/ Posts are
    Exceptional, Beautiful, Detailed.

    Thank you,
    Love Love each and everyone of these from Fashion, Interior and Exterior Designs.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Karen

      I am so glad you found me as well. I so enjoy your cheerful supportive comments!

  5. Nan of TN says

    Happy New Year, Cindy! You helped me transition to grey hair and updated my wardrobe as I turned 67 at pandemic outset. Your artful posts made this arduous period for everyone SO much BETTER. Thank you for your generosity and talent!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Nan

      We must be exactly the same age as well! How did we get to be this age so quickly anyhow? I wouldn’t want to go back!

  6. Heidi says

    Hi Cindy,
    Your posts always inspire me and I find it no surprise that these were the top posts of the year. I read them all! I find myself hunting down things you’ve featured or looking at things in a different way after seeing something you’ve posted.
    Thank you for the thoughtful and interesting reading!
    XO Heidi

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  8. holly says

    Happy New Year Cindy! Love looking back at these terrific posts and looking forward to those to come in 2022. You are a constant source of inspiration for décor, fashion, and self-care. Here’s to the great New Year and all it’s shiny possibilities.

  9. Sharon G says

    Cindy, Happy 2022!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your top posts of the year again. Your blog is one of my favorites. As a women in my mid-60’s who loves fashion (especially your kind of fashion) and enjoys having a warm and inviting home, your blog has given me more ideas than I can count. Keep up the great sharing you do each week. I’m a fan for life.

  10. Wren says

    If one thing good came from being locked down, it was finding you. And then the further serendipity of being able to call you friend (pal!). Thanks for the time and creativity you put into every single post, Cindy. I’m staying tuned for what’s next!

  11. Gray Maher says

    Happy New Year Cindy! So glad I found you. You are an inspiration for my new blog and I will be linking to yours frequently! You are one of my “Fab 50 Inspirations!”

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