2017 design resolutions {Tricia}

 

Happy New Year’s to all – hope you all enjoyed your holidays! “What?!?” you say  “the holidays are like so last year!” I know, I know, I’m late to the game – blame it on the kids. Our school district likes to torture parents by giving the kids an extra long winter break. Our kids only went back to school yesterday! I couldn’t move on to embracing the fresh start of 2017 while trying to keep 3 kids entertained and trying to keep the clutter even partially contained so I’m just now checking in with my 2017 design resolutions!

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Erin & I took a break from the blog to enjoy all that downtime with our families. Mr. Man & I went for low key this year: going nowhere & spending lots of time together and with the kids, a little time on the slopes, a few fun parties with friends. many, many movies, a lot too many cookies and even more wine, champagne and cocktails. It was all in an effort to make sure the New Year’s diet was really worth the effort. From the tire now encircling my mid-section it looks like I succeeded. The pride I feel in myself for this accomplishment is overwhelming. I should be singing this song.

But 2016 wasn’t just about overindulging I also managed to get sh*t done. As we like to do each January let’s check back on the resolutions I made a year ago.

1. Shiplap

Outcome: Nope shiplap like this did not happen.

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But, on the other hand I did take on a wall treatment that I love, love, love, love – moulding. My plan had been to do a shiplap treatment on my family room walls but by the fall I was beginning to doubt my love affair with shiplap. Was it a love that would last or would I be bored with my amour in short order and find myself longing for a new more exciting beau? Plus would shiplap get along with the rest of my house?  I wasn’t so sure. Then the One Room Challenge came along and with it the opportunity to work with Metrie.

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I couldn’t be happier with how the interior finishings changed up and brought a new yet classic look to my family room and breakfast nook.

2. White Paint

Outcome: DONE!  This was a slow process. When I wrote down this goal last year I’d already covered the family room, breakfast nook, kitchen, dining room and living room in a coat of white. It was just the upstairs hallway and the two story entryway that were eluding me.

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I did manage to get all that painted except for the top inch or two in the entryway. Somehow it never seemed wise to climb to the tippy top of an extension ladder with my husband away (he works in a different state). And so we lived with the yellow tipped walls for most of a year. I liked to think of it as an ombre treatment.

We finally got a wild hair on New Year’s Day and tackled the project. And I discovered that crazily enough I’m actually afraid of being at the top of a shaky very extended extension ladder. We debated over who was more expendable and although I drew the short straw on that one we also decided that every once in a while Mr. Man has to show his manliness and prove that he did actually earn his Army Ranger tabs albeit long, long ago.

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And now our walls are white from top to bottom and that 2016 resolution is happily checked off the list. Yes!

3. Mini Living Room Makeover

Outcome: DONE. I completely forgot this was one of my resolutions so it’s exciting all over again that I actually knocked this off my list! It wasn’t a huge makeover but the space definitely feels fresher.

The before:

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The after:

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And things have changed up even more in there since this summer.

4. Porch Update

Outcome: Nope. Absolutely nothing happened here. The outside of our home was sadly neglected this year.

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This is a resolution I need to carry over to 2017. It’s desperately needed.

5. The One Room Challenge

Outcome: BIG WINNER! I participated in both rounds of the One Room Challenge this year and Erin and I were asked to be participants in the fall. I’m still in shock that that happened!

For the Spring round I took on my bedroom. This was the before

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And this was the after

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I’m still so happy with the transformation and love lying in my bed looking up at that pretty ceiling.

For the fall, and as an invited participant I couldn’t decide on one room so I went for three: the family room, the kitchen and the breakfast nook. To put it mildly it was a lot to take on in just 6 weeks. The transformation has made our home so much more inviting. As I came downstairs this morning and caught the first glimpse of the breakfast nook in the morning light I had to pause and smile at how much I love our new space.

The before:

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The after:

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Image by Kelli Kroneberger

2017 design resolutions Suburban Bee's

Image by Kelli Kroneberger

2017 design resolutions Suburban Bee's

Image by Kelli Kroneberger

You can find all the sources and details here.

6. Finish up the kids’ rooms

Outcome: Nope. This is going back on this year’s list. I bit off a lot last year so I’m not too disappointed that I didn’t get to these but they are definitely at the top of my list.

7. The Barn Door

Outcome: Nope. I’m not sure I have anywhere to put this in my home anymore. If you know of anyone in Northern Colorado that’s would be interested, I’m selling it for $100. I also have the extra long hardware that was custom made (it’s a wide door) that I’m selling for $250.

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The track record for this year doesn’t seem that great. But it was more than unexpected projects came up that left little time for original intentions. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. We completely redid four rooms in the house, bought and redid an entire rental house so all in all it was a very productive year even if several of my resolutions didn’t quite get checked off.

2017 Design Resolutions

Let’s see how this year goes with resolutions! This is what I’ve got on my mind:

1. Kids’ rooms

Actually get these rooms updated this year. I really need to install a closet system in my daughter’s room too so she has somewhere to put here things. There’s very little storage space in her room which of course adds to the daily disaster in here. Here it is on a good day.

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2. Porch update

This needs to happen before this summer so my neighbors don’t kick me out of the ‘hood.

3.  Powder bath update

I haven’t done anything in here in about 4 years.

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Image by Kelli Kroneberger

I’ve never loved the tile, I hate the sheen of the paint I chose and I don’t love the lighting. I’d like to do this room on a tight budget but as it’s literally 5′ x 5′ even the most expensive tile isn’t going to break the bank here.

4. Dining room update 

Yet another room that I’ve never really done much with in the six and a half years we’ve been in the house.

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I’m envisioning a pretty shibori wallpaper, a new dining table & chairs (time to start scouring Craigslist) and possibly new lighting too.

5. Office update 

This poor room has been sadly neglected since the day we moved in. It’s the first room you see when you walk in the door and there’s really nothing about it that exudes any sort of style. It’s an miss mash of mismatched furniture and hand-me downs. It is time to give this space some style.

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I’m not quite sure what direction to head in here as it’s not a particularly large room and we need serious storage in here. It time to get the gerbil wheel in my brain spinning on this project though!

I’m keep my projects minimal this year as I’ve got my eye on travel instead. Plus after the big design year I had in 2016 there’s not really that much more I want to change around the house (there is my neglected master bath but I think it’s going to remain neglected for another year).

Do you have big goals for the year? I’d love to hear what your 2017 design resolutions are!

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5 Responses to 2017 design resolutions {Tricia}

  1. it’s gonna be a good and exciting year! i am thrilled to see the kids rooms and dining room redone!

  2. You’ve had such a good year – still swooning over your ORC rooms! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2017 🙂

  3. Joann says:

    We installed a HUGE barn door and love it….maybe you could incorporate that barn door into some kind of storage for the office? Love all you do and can’t wait to see what’s to come!