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Home Goals 2012

Normally I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants home project attempter. This year I thought it’d be fun to attempt a list of home goals – if for no other reason than to give myself something to procrastinate over. We have lots of tangible goals listed below, but beyond this list, I have one major house goal this year:

Be grateful for my home, for shelter, for comforts. Even if it’s not perfect, even if it’ll never be in a magazine, even if it’s covered in tiny grubby fingerprints. Especially then.

Here’s what else we’re hoping to accomplish in 2012:

1. The office

The last time I showed it to you, it looked like this:

We’ve already made lots of progress which I can’t wait to share with you soon. Here’s what we’re hoping to accomplish:

  • Finish built-ins
  • Build a custom desk
  • Paint everything
  • Make window treatments

2. The nursery

Weston is officially getting kicked out of his room as soon as the office is finished (for a new, swankier baby-bachelor pad), and the nursery will become all things girly. Right now it looks like this:
green baby boy nursery with dark wood cribgallery wall and owl mural in boy nursery
By the time the lil one storms the place, we hope to:

  • Repaint – something that reads a little happier than the green we have now
  • New window treatments
  • New art and fun stuff
  • Magically score a beautiful upholstered glider on craigslist for almost nothing

3. The bonus room

No photos of this room exist – on this blog, or in the entire world. Because it’s pretty much a giant room that collects stuff with no other home. We’ll be changing that and making it Weston’s room.

4. The master bedroom

It looks like this right now:

The plan:

  • Finish and hang curtains
  • New nightstands and lamps
  • New dresser(s)
  • Um, beautify. Just everything.

5. The living room

The chinese chippendale chairs don’t actually get to live there for real – just for photos – so we need new seating and a few other things. Here’s the plan:

  • Find new seating
  • New rug and lighting, eventually
  • Fix the sofa table so it fits behind the sofa
  • DIY a new ottoman.

This seems like SO much stuff! The sad part? If we do every single thing on this list, our house will not be “complete,” not by a long shot. How does this stuff seem to snowball so quickly?

But hopefully we’ll make some progress in 2012, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what happens. What are your home goals for 2012? Are you taking the plan-it-out approach, or the just-do-what-we-can approach?

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  1. I wrote an entire post about goals for 2012 more for me than anyone else. I’m hoping I can get it all done! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store this year!

  2. I love goals!! #1 on my list is redo my trunk before I move Feb 1. Yikes! Do you have a slipcover on your couch? I either need a slipcover or a new couch (my current one clashes really bad with my new chairs) but I can’t decide which to do. Your couch looks fantastic! Happy 2012!

    • Thanks! Yes I got an Ikea Ektorp slipcover couch. I love it so far! I actually bought it used off craigslist for something like $150 and just replaced the slipcover with a new $50 one from Ikea, and it looks like brand new. I just don’t know what anyone did before craigslist 🙂 Happy 2012!

  3. i can’t wait to see the nursery especially- so fun! and i love the rest of the rooms that are so close to finished! you have great style- looking forward to it all!

  4. Window treatments are my numero uno thing to tackle in every room of my house. I just can never decide what I want.

  5. Isn’t it funny… your house looks absolutely perfect and gorgeous to me, but I totally understand being on the inside and making a list as long as your arm to re-do. Excited to see what you come up with!

  6. I’m so glad your list seems to be as long as ours! =) Funny how it is never ending, but I think that is what makes it fun. Hopefully I’ll get my new year’s post up soon!

  7. Kelly I love your living room color scheme! So pretty and bright!! And your bedroom already rocks with that headboard that I adore!

  8. 1. I love your overall goal – I find it odd that you struggle with the same thing that I do (contentment with the state of your home), even though your house is WAY more gorgeous than mine.
    2. You’re going to paint over that beautiful owl in Weston’s room!?!? If only y’all could’ve painted it on a canvas so you could’ve kept it forever or something…

  9. Oh that headboard…still swooning. My main goal for 2012 (house-wise) is to decide on a paint color for the living/dining and see it through. Geez. I’ve had swatches on my wall for (gasp) 6-7 months.

  10. I have an ever-growing list of stuff to accomplish around the house for 2012 too but every time I tick something off, I add something else! Is a house every really “complete”? NOPE! I am looking forward to your big office reveal! And I need to know what you got planned for that DIY ottoman!?

  11. Kelly,

    I can’t wait to see all the changes! Your blog is so pretty! I love the way your headers are so clear! Absolutely wonderful!

  12. So first of all, your #1 goal is just perfect and the rest is gravy.
    Still, I’m looking forward to watching you complete all the gravy 🙂

  13. What Carrie said.

  14. Looks like you have accomplished a lot and look forward to seeing whatever else you may do. Many house goals and work goals, too. The house is never done particularly when kids are growing and need updated spaces and so on.

  15. What Michelle said to what Carrie said. 🙂

  16. LOVE your bedroom thus far! I can’t wait to see everything you have lined up for 2012!

  17. Amy @ All In A Day says:

    Your home is beautiful! Looks like you have some great goals set! I just love, love, love the bed in your master bedroom!!! May I ask where you got it? We are looking for something similar! xoxo

    • Thanks! The bed is actually a DIY project we tackled recently. If you’re looking for something similar, definitely consider building it yourself! I have a full tutorial (probably more exhaustive than you’d ever hope for) up here: (follow the links for the full tute!). Good luck!

      • Amy @ All In A Day says:

        Yay! I literally just came back to your blog to tell you “scratch that” because I found your amazingly wonderful tutorial and realized it was DIY (which makes it about 1046x more awesome)! Thanks so much for sharing and we’ll see if I can bat my eyelashes just right to get the hubs on board with this one! 😉

  18. Whew – lots of goals but what you’ve done already is amazing!

    Would love for you to join our multi blog link party Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge on Jan 31.

    My challenge is organizing and purging 16 years worth of “stuff” in my basement (scary)!

    Hope to see you there


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