Monday, January 9, 2012

Home Goals for 2012

Ohhh, the excitement is in the air! All over both blog land, and in stores, I see so many projects on organization, reno's and projects for the home (and body, but that's a whole 'nother story!). I have quite a few projects to jam into a short amount of time! You see, I'd really like to be done many of these before baby comes in mid-March. Once babe is here, I want all focus to be on her and our other two girls, without distraction of 1/2 completed projects!

Anyhow, without further ado, here are (some of) our homes 2012 project list (I have many more ideas in my head, but I'll start with these =):

1. Girls Rooms:

-paint, board and batten in both rooms-in progress, as you can see from our mess!
-incorporate the nursery into one of their rooms (they will now be sharing rooms)
-(sniff, sniff) taking away the 'little girl fairy theme' in my older daughters room, and turn it into a bedroom a 7.5 year old would love (think horses, as this is her utter obsession).

2. Mudroom:

-I am searching for a durable (possibly outdoor?) fabric to make into a cushion for the built in bench.

-we have a great foundation, but I want to make the room really special (and more functional) with board and batten (on the wall above), a fabulous stencil, and some decor.
-I ordered this stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils:

-the background colour will be a blue/grey (Horizon Grey by Benjamin Moore) and the top (stencil) portion will be a 1/4 tint of this colour. The stencil will be on the top portion of the wall with the board and batten.
-think B/B with pretty wrought iron hooks, and fancy corbels holding up a shelf which can display pretties. Very roughly, it will be similar to this:

(Image: Pinterest)

3. Laundry Room:

-goodbye mustard yellow.  goodbye ugly wire rack (new shelf is on the counter, waiting to be installed)
-paint, beadboard wainscotting, and accessories to be added.

4. Hall and stairway:

-paint (Horizon Grey as is the rest of the main floor) and accessorize. Any ideas for this huge wall?  A gallery wall may be cool, but I was thinking more with mirrors or clocks rather than pictures.  I also need something for the shelf where the clock is sitting.  Maybe a funky, vintage piece?
-stain baby gate (an unfortunate design element, but a necessity when you have youngins)

Phew! Not sure that we'll be able to tackle it all, especially seeing as how I'm WAY more limited in what I can do, now that I'm close to 8 months pregnant! Let's just say that any form of bending just isn't my forte at the moment =)

Of course I'll be showing you each step of our 'reno's'!

We have just completed a mini-redo of our daughters bathroom (which also serves as the guest bathroom), and will show you just as soon as I pick up their new shower curtain at PB tomorrow.  I love how it's turned out! 

Linking to my Favorite Parties!

Nester's Home Goals Party!


Vintage Home said...[Reply to comment] your mud room...indoor outdoor fabric is a great idea! Our daughter (20) has a horse so we are familiar with that look ...we have a den dedicated to it! You will have such fun!
Your laundry room is ambitious befor the babe!..good for you!
Excited to follow the work!

designchic said...[Reply to comment]

You are a busy all the wonderful progress and the laundry room is looking fabulous!!

Jenny said...[Reply to comment]

Love how your rooms are coming together and can't wait to see the stencil since I'm contemplating one for my Horizon Gray dining room. Love the board and batten room too! What color is that in there? So fresh against the crisp white!

I did some of my best nesting late in my pregnancies, and it looks like you're well on your way! :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, I love the board and batten in the girls room and it will look wonderful in the mud room. I have been looking at the same stencil so I am anxious to see how your wall turns out and how hard a project it is.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

You do have a lot going on especially also being very pregnant. I have seen in stores in the past a huge clock face on planked wood that would look really cool on that wall. I have always wanted one, but have no wall for it. It does not work. Looks only. I wish I could find one on line to show you.

Kelly said...[Reply to comment]

I think all of those projects are going to make a big difference in your home. I love the ideas you want to incorporate. Wish I had a mudroom and nice laundry room like you!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...[Reply to comment]

Love all your goals for your pretty home. The idea of a wall of clocks or a wall of mirrors either one sounds nice on that big wall.
Do you know the gender of the baby yet or is it going to be a surprise?

Jennifer~My Vintage Bliss said...[Reply to comment]

Love your home.. can't wait to see the rooms when they are finished!!

LilPeach (aka Laura) said...[Reply to comment]

I had a similar mud room in a house I used to live in. I cushioned the bench seat with rag scatter rugs that I trimmed the fringe from and attached with velcro so I could wash them when my kids would inevitably climb on them with their muddy/snowy boots.

I love the colors you've been using in that gorgeous house!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...[Reply to comment]

All of those spaces are such great projects. I love the stencil you picked out! A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!

{northern cottage} said...[Reply to comment]

wow what gorgeous 'bones' you've got to work with - can't wait to see it all come together!

May said...[Reply to comment]

Just did a damask stencil in our living room. Two words....plumb line! Take your time and keep it absolutely straight. It is a great look.

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...[Reply to comment]

I'm your newest follower. You have one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen. Please don't paint the fabulous wood you have everywhere!

Theresa said...[Reply to comment]

your home is gorgeous!

Cheyenne said...[Reply to comment]

Oh my! I found your blog and have been pouring over it this morning. Your home is absolutely stunning & I just love your nursery. Canadian bloggers feel like I`m happy to have found your blog! :)