home resolutions – 2013

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I’ve been putting together my list of things I hope to get accomplished around the house this year.  As of today (because if you’re anything like me you’ll end up adding to the list not because you have time to do it all but because you easily get distracted by pretty things and have a bad case of Wantitis) this is it.

Poor thing was on last year’s list of home resolutions and was neglected.  Neglected like a pair of my husband’s socks he left in the garage after mowing that are just so nasty from grass and sweat that they don’t ever make it into the wash because they’re just too gross to deal with.  You get me?

I thought that I wouldn’t do anything with it until I could talk my husband into letting go of his matchy, matchy bachelor furniture.  Here we are a year later, he’s still not convinced to let it go.  I’m tired of waiting so I’m going to make the best of what’s already here.

  • paint (gray tone of some sort)
  • update bedding
  • new curtains (I’m thinking simple, plain white drapes)
  • add art above nightstands
  • replace or cover lights on ceiling fan (I’d love a chandy, but this chick needs a fan on at night)
  • add settee in front of window (it’s already pretty cramped in here, so might not work)
  • talk husband into at least switching out the bed (I’m thinking a tufted wingback headboard with nail head trim)
Here’s what has me inspired:





If I don’t get around to doing anything in here, I’ll be ok with it.  If it happens, awesome.
  • switch out pillows (I’m not even sure what I want)
  • move my secretary desk out of the master to the living room and turn into bar (I blame this one on Jessamie’s recent post – I can’t stop thinking about it and it’s all your fault Jessamie!)
  • do something fun above the tv (you’ve never seen this wall because it’s booorrrring)




 A lot of progress was made in here last year.  It’s just needs to be completed.
  • add crown molding
  • make white slipcovers for side chair seats (because bleach is a beautiful thing)
  • refinish table top (Our dog scratched it to pieces not long after it was first refinished 7 years ago.  Man, time flies!)

Since this photo was taken the kitchen has been repainted the same Revere Pewter as the living room and dining room.

  • switch out island fixture for pendants
  • switch out table chandy
  • replace iron desk chair for a stool that will tuck away
  • switch out island stools
  • get rid of the FAMILY sign above the cabinets (I’m actually on that right now.  I forgot it was up there until I saw this photo.)




I still like the idea of stripes, but they no longer match the main living area’s paint color.  Things need tweaked in here.  You’re looking at the potty seat aren’t you?
  • paint
  • new mirror
  • new light fixture
  • add shelves above toilet





Bare bones in here.  But, I wish I had a photo of this bath to show you guys what it looked like when we first moved in.  The walls were a deep yellow gold and had a crazy, what the hell were they thinking texture.  Imagine pointy spikes of spackle junk sticking out 1/4 inch all over the walls.  The floors were a yellowing vinyl, oak vanity, dated faucets, and builder’s grade mirror.  Since the major fixes have already been taken care of, I just need to work on making it look finished.
  • switch out towel rod for hooks
  • add art and accessories




Ok, so there was totally more I planned on adding to my list, but I’m pooped just putting it together so I think that’s a pretty good sign I should stop now.

I’m getting started on my bedroom this week.  I’m determined to get somewhere with it this year.  Maybe once I feel better about it I’ll actually make the bed everyday.  Yes, I’m that person 😉


  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    i am looking forward to seeing it all! you have such great style and i love your inspiration pictures!

  2. Jacqueline Avatar

    We haven't finished our master bedroom either..mainly because its just messy now. I can't wait to see what you do and I love the inspirational photos!

  3. Jessamie {Bird and Branch Redesign} Avatar

    Ok, three points to discuss:
    #1- Thanks to death for the shout out! I'm so glad I can place my wants upon other's, haha!
    #2- I'm with you 110% on not touching those nasty-ass socks of theirs.
    #3- I love that you called yourself out on the potty seat. I'm pretty sure G's made it's blog debut a while back too!
    But seriously, I can't wait to see all the changes. Slow and steady!

  4. {Hi Sugarplum!} Avatar

    That is a doozy of a list — and I can't wait to see it all!!!

  5. Judy K Avatar

    Can't wait to see you tackle these projects. I need to make my list soon. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

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