Home Goals 2012: Where Are We Now?

So since we only have a couple of short weeks left in this year, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back and see where I am on my list of Home Goals for 2012 that I wrote back on January 11th. Let’s take a look!

1. GREAT ROOM MAKEOVER: OK, yeah… this one is still a work in progress. Way to start off the first goal with a bang, right?

before-great-room (1)Well in 2012 I did paint the walls, hung some new drapes, bought new tables, and gave makeovers to some tables seen herehere and here. I still have my old red chairs in this room that I would like to switch out and need a new area rug, but it’s definitely on the right track to be completed in 2013.

great-room2. DINING ROOM MAKEOVER: Yeah, I know in my Home Goals 2012 I said that I would never get rid of the red wall. Umm… guess I had a change of heart.

dining-room-beforeSeriously, it’s amazing how much my tastes have transformed in the past 12 months. In January I was talking about adding pops of bold blues infused with the red. As you can see… Not. Even. Close.

I replaced the little side table with a piano that my cousin gifted me, painted the red wall the beautiful shade of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, purchased some drapes, and hung some beautiful vintage-inspired portraits of my daughter. Cheap changes that made a big impact.

dining-room-sea-salt-straight3. KITCHEN MAKEOVER: Yep, I painted my kitchen cabinets in 2012! This is definitely my favorite makeover of the year. It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do, isn’t it? And while I didn’t get new flooring like I was wishing for, I’m still 100% happy with the outcome of my mini kitchen makeover on a budget.

before after kitchen makeover4. CRAFT ROOM MAKEOVER: Can you believe that THIS is what my craft room looked like a year ago? It’s hard to believe!

yellow-stencil-home-office-craft-roomWhile I hated to paint over that yellow stenciled wall that I poured my heart into, I was ready for a functional desk and workspace in my new craft room.

craft room makeover5. BACKYARD: OK, this one was a complete failure. I didn’t touch my backyard ONCE this past year. I didn’t even plant anything new in the yard. I was able to give my front porch a mini makeover, but that’s about it for the outdoors. Guess I’ll have to tackle that in 2013 (urgh).

front-porch-full-makeoverSo, how did YOU do with your Home Goals of 2012?
Did you accomplish any big projects? Or just some small ones?

Stay tuned the first week of January when I introduce my Home Goals of 2013!

It’s Official… FOR SALE!

Yep, it’s official… our house is on the market. I know, it’s a crazy time of year to put our house up for sale but we are following our instincts and ready to start the next chapter in our lives.

front-porch-full-makeoverNow we’re not 100% sold on moving (ha, get it?), so f it doesn’t sell fast we won’t be completely heart broken. But we have a great opportunity to build our dream home and want to take advantage of the terrific interest rates and buying when home prices are low.

It’s gonna be tough to say goodbye to this home that we built 7 years ago. I’ve put so much heart into personalizing it this past year and a half since I started blogging. I mean, c’mon. I just finished my kitchen makeover!

kitchen-white-painted-cabinets1And painted my dining room from a dark red to bright seafoam green.

dining-room-sea-salt-straightOne of my favorite rooms that I spruced up this past year was my master bedroom. Remember those “That’s What He/She Said” posters? I still get raving comments on them from anyone that comes in our home!

master bedroom makeoverAnd I love my daughter’s stenciled bedroom wall, but I think both her and I are ready for a change. She’s requesting bunk beds or twin beds in her new bedroom so she can have friends and cousins over to spend the night. And her current bedroom is only 10x10ft so more space for toys would be nice!

Ellie-bedroom-makeoverOur guest bedroom was converted into a craft room/office this past year and is one of my favorite rooms in the house. Luckily when we built the desk from scratch we didn’t attach it to the wall (just in case someday we wanted to sell the place). But luckily most buying prospects that have toured our home so far love it as is. I guess there’s a lot of crafting ladies these days!

craft-room-makeover-final1I haven’t tackled much in my great room, even though it’s the first thing you see when you enter our home. I still have red chairs in there that really don’t go with the rest of the house, but I’m just going to live with them for now.

great room view

great roomAnd of course we have our main floor laundry room makeover from back in September with my stenciled washer and dryer. This is the most trafficked area in our home since it’s right off the garage and leads into the kitchen.

mud-room-makeover-1Yeah, it will be a little sad if we sell this home since we’ve put so much love and work into this place (and of course the memories of bringing home our baby girl here). But we’re excited for the next little journey that lies ahead and can’t wait to build memories in the next place we call home.

I’ll make sure to keep y’all updated on the progress! Hopefully we’ll have some good news after the New Year!

exteriorOH, and if you know of anyone looking for a new home in the St. Charles County area of St. Louis, MO… let me know!