Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It's Going to be a Busy Year!

Our Home from Scratch inspired me to make a "House To-Do List" for 2013... which got me to thinking about my own personal goals for 2013. Of course I always set a goal to work out more and eat healthier. Unfortunately I not very successful with that last year. I would also like to learn to sew. I would love to be able to make curtains and pillows and stuff on my own to save a bit of money.  My final personal goal for 2013 is to SAY NO. I have a terrible habit of committing to too many things/people and wearing myself out. I'm always afraid of missing something or letting someone down. I am at a place where I would truly rather stay home and work on the house or just hang out with Greg than go out partying. I need to make an effort to do what is best for me and my family and not worry so much about making it to everything single thing we are invited to. I am going to try to learn to relax!

So, there you have my personal goals for 2013... now onto my house goals. I had a hard time narrowing it down to 10 things, but I'm trying to be reasonable here:

1. We have the hard part of the deck finished so we should be able to bang out the rest in a couple of weekends.

2. I want to build a headboard and bench, paint, put up window treatments, buy matching nightstands (Greg is currently using a step stool as his nightstand) and get a new dresser-type thing for the wall opposite our bed.

3. Our home need some color!  We spend most of our time in the kitchen and family room so I figure it's best to start there.

4. Family room: Buy new couches, chairs and coffee/end tables; paint; window treatments; area rug; gallery wall; fake mantle (we don't have a fireplace).

5. Trees please! I also want to install some lighting outside. 

6. We plan to make the "sitting room" in our master bedroom into a vanity/dressing area. I don't have any concrete plans for this yet.

7. Haven't decided whether we will hire someone to do the foyer (it's very high) or do it ourselves.  I want to do something similar to the Courtland Gate model home... see the last picture in this post.

8. Our basement is in serious need of organization!!! Nothing pretty, just some shelves to put all of our boxes, bins and tools in some sort of organized fashion.

9. Guestroom: Build a headboard, refinish dresser(s), install window treatments, paint.

10. My wonderful hubby has quite the green thumb. He loves gardening (he actually just started an indoor herb garden over the holiday) and I love fresh produce! We started composting when we first moved in (I forgot to do a post about that) so I hope it will be ready for use by the summer or fall.
Anyone else have any big projects in store for the new year?


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  2. I need to make a list like this so I can prioritize all of the stuff I want to do to our house too. Of course for us, first up is actually moving into the new house! =)

    Do you have a plan in mind for the fake mantel? We don't have a mantel either so I have been trying to come up with ideas for how I want to do a fake mantel for our family room.

    1. No I don't have any actual ideas for the mantle yet. I can't decide if I want to do one above the TV or on the other wall. I will definitely keep you posted though!

  3. *colette* and M, they have some beautiful fake mantel's online that you can google from so many sources but I did not write them down. We want to put one in our master bedroom to create that feeling of warmth. They have traditional, modern, contemporary you name it.

    *colette* I love your 2013 goals list. I usually create a vision board for each year. Have you considered putting those ten items in a collage and hanging on the wall or inside your closet etc. It is so much fun. I have been doing vision boards for years and I love it!

    1. Here is a sight for some creative ideas for the fake mantel:

    2. Thanks Nadase! I love the bookshelf idea. I actually like the chalkboard idea too. I have been looking for a way to incorporate chalkboard paint somewhere.


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