Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Home Goals 2011

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Home Goals 2011

Hi there, I hadn't planned on doing a "Home Goals" post but the more I read other peoples lists, the more I realized I needed one. I have an ongoing list in the back of my head but depending on what day you catch me, the list might contain completely different things. Having a project list will help me stay on track. It also may be a source of comedy at the end of the year when I see how lofty my goals were and how many I actually completed. ;)

The pictures below are awful, I feel like I'm airing all my decor dirty laundry... it's kind of embarassing.  I'm hoping everyone has projects and stuff like this in their home... but my list seems so stinking longGeesh!

If this happens to be your first time visiting, please go look at another post for some good stuff!

So here we go, my home project goals in no particular order:

Goal #1:  Paint the boys bathroom. We've lived in our "new" house a year and a half, we've had the paint since the week we moved in, it's never been opened. Nice.

We painted the inside of the entire house when we moved in so needless to say we got a little (or a lot) burned out on painting. No one really sees the boys bathroom so it's not a priority to paint it. But now it's really bugging me. I already have the paint and supplies, no more excuses.


Goal #2:  Fix up my office/mom cave. A while back I did some posts about fixing up my mom cave to win a HomeGoods gift card. Unfortunately for my office (and my bank account), I didn't win. (Did the judges even look at my room to see how bad I needed that gift card?! look at this pic, the room is awful!!) Yeah, I'm not bitter or anything. ;)

Needed for the office: Paint, window treatments, light fixture, accessories, organizational supplies, paint desk, new desk chair.

You can still see the goop left on the wall from the border we removed...yuck.

Goal #3:   Re-do my big boy's room.  Different colored furniture and a poor choice on paint color make for a hodge podge of a room that could (and should) be really cute. 
Needed for re-do:  Paint for walls and furniture (ugh), new bedding.

Goal 4:  Finish crown molding in family room.  This is the hubby's job but it's making my list because I'm sick of looking at it. :)

Goal 5:  Finish trim on island.  When we got our bamboo floors installed the island trim was ruined when it was taken off.  It's about time we put some back on.
Needed:  just a little bit of trim and me to glaze and antique it.

This makes me crazy!  It looks completely unfinished.
Goal 6:  Pretty up the master bath.  Ideally we'd like new tile on the floor and the tub surround (and a new vanity and sinks for that matter) but it's not a necessity and it would be costly.  I am going to work with the white and neutrals and make them work for me.  It seems that white is the "it" color for spring, have you noticed??  :) 
Needed:  Some decorating inspiration, maybe paint (oh my, every goal seems to include paint!) cheap decor and new towels.

I love my damask towels but the dark brown is just too much for the white tile in my opinion.
Goal 7:  Organize my business decorations.   Since starting a decorating and homestaging business I have started keeping some inventory.  Ok, kind of a lot of inventory that has quickly taken over a corner of my basement. 
Needed:  More shelving, large bins, patience.

This is all I'm showing of my little disaster. :)
Goal 8:  Staining the stair banisters to match our floors. 
Needed:  Stain (which we already have)  Time and patience, this could take up to 3 or 4 coats.  We'll also need to do it when it warms up a bit so we can open the windows, will be a stinky job (in more ways than one)

Dreading this one but it will make such a difference!

I could've gone on and on with this list but some things seem too trivial to be a "goal" (and I didn't want to set myself up for failure! ;)

Have you made your 2011 Home Goals list?  C'mon, share your embarassing pictures with me, it will make me feel better about myself.



  1. My goals this year include a lot painting, too. I hate to paint, but I love the difference it makes!!
    It sounds like you have a lot of great things planned for your house this year! :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. I'm sure those finished projects will look wonderful.

  3. Oh! I can't wait to see some of these projects. Paint makes SUCH a difference!

  4. Yep painting is a lot of effort and work ,but the ed result is a fresh bright new room ,wee need to repaint 2 bathrooms,laundry and the lounge dining and we just cannot motivate ourselves ,I think I will bight the bullet on the weekend :)

  5. Ugh...I'm dreading writing my goals down as a post. Thanks for inspiring me, but seriously, yours look 500x better than mine. lol

    It's. so. bad.


  6. I know what you mean, girlie!
    How funny that we show the areas in our home over and over again on our blogs that are completed!
    And hide those spaces that aren't --haven't met but a few people in my lifetime that have everything done.
    It's only done, really, when a home is ready to sell. At least the ones that I get to help with.
    And those don't count because it's a piece of property, then.
    I pray, that this year, you get all the things on your to do list done and more!!
    My props closet will be empty-ish because I'll be using or selling my stash.
    What are you going to do with those brown/white scrolly towels? Would you sell them to me? Do you have any more? Or, where did you get them?
    HUGS, Kate!

  7. I love this post! Shows me that I'm not the only one who needs some motivation to get house stuff done. I did my own version, based on your idea. Check it out if you'd like! thanks!

  8. Good for you showing some of your less than perfect spots. We all have them! Lisa~


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