Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Plans

It's the moment of truth... time to compare what we accomplished this year with the list I made last January!  We only completed about 1/2 of what I hoped to, but we also did some other things that weren't on the list.
The biggest things on the list that we completed were the deck, the family room and the garden.  We still have a long way to go on the master bedroom and the guest room.  Regarding the foyer, I keep going back and forth on whether I want to hire someone to do it or try to do it ourselves (we would need scaffolding since it's a two-story foyer).  We did do some landscaping this past year (we planted 3 trees and about a dozen shrubs/bushes), but there is still a lot more I'd like to do.

Besides the things on this list, I also got the powder room about 90% complete, created a "drop zone" area just inside the garage entrance to the house (I keep forgetting to post a picture of it) and painted a back-splash in the kitchen.

After living in the house for a year and seeing which areas we use the most (and learning how much time projects realistically take to complete), I am switching gears on a few things for 2014's goals.  Here's what I hope to accomplish is 2014:

Here's little more detail on each item:
1. Kitchen lighting: I already installed the under-cabinet lighting (pictures to come!).  I also want to install a pendant above the sink and another fixture above the island.  I also want to make or buy some window treatments for the morning room, but I cannot decide what kind to do.  
2. Study: I want to paint, install hardwood floors, build a built-in desk and bookshelves on the one wall, buy a freestanding desk for the middle of the room, re-finish an old filing cabinet, install crown molding, decorate.
3. Guest room: Paint, install board and batten trim, possibly build a headboard, build a mini-bookshelf, build/buy nightstands, install window treatments, decorate.
4. Paint and install decorative moulding in foyer... hopefully we get to it this year. 
5. Install trim in the first floor doorways.  I want to do something like this in the bigger doorways and like this in the smaller ones.
6. Paint the master bathroom.  I already have the paint bought, I just need to get taping!
7. Build landscape retaining wall out front... this is something I was really hoping to get to this year, but it just didn't happen.  I want to do something like this or this in the front of the house.
8. Plant more trees/shrubs... I think this is going to be an ongoing project every year!

Anyone else have any big plans for 2014?


  1. Colette, I love your ideas and the way you organize and lay out plans. We have a ton of things I would like to do but I broke the budget of getting items from HomeGoods, Pier One and the like, so we'll have to price game reset probably for later in 2014 or realistically in 2015. Happy New Year, I can't to see/read about your projects.


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