Home Decorating Goals for 2016

Hi everyone!  Since it is the start of a new year, I thought I would share some of my decorating goals for 2016 with you.  Yes, some may set personal or career goals, but me, I set decorating goals.

This year in particular I do this because we just purchased our dream home, and while it has excellent “bones” as they say, it needs a little TLC.  We have already remodeled a bathroom mostly in part because the former owners paid for that as part of the sale  Long story.  You can read about it here and I plan to have a post with beautiful photos as soon as the custom art and window treatments I have ordered arrive.

First off, the entire interior is going to be painted.  The exterior will be next, but is a lesser priority.  I have thought long and hard over what palette I want and I can’t believe how indecisive I am being!!  I am pretty sure, however, that the colors will include some bold color choices.  However, every time I think I am sold on a bold color, I see images of a beautiful neutral room and I second guess myself.  I think I am going to trust my gut and go bold.  After all, it is just paint, right?

Paint Colors For Sonoma Way

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Next up is the hardwood floors.  Our 1920’s home is blessed with an entire home of hardwood floors. However, they desperately need to be refinished.  They are a light-toned honey colored wood and I think they will stay that way.  I want the entire space to feel light and airy.

Hardwood FLoors for Sonoma

Design Chic

Third, we are going to have a larger opening cut out for a new refrigerator.  I wrote all about it before, but basically our home currently has the smallest fridge EVER!  It is seriously a small step above a college mini fridge.  It is ugly and not functional at all for our family of four.  You can read about how I attempted to glam it up with gold duct tape here.  It upgraded it a bit, but I am ready for a real upgrade!! I think this is one home improvement that will definitely improve the quality and efficiency of our lives.

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Finally, like many older homes, many rooms in our home do not have  lighting wired.  Many of the bedrooms rely solely on table and floor lamps and they simply do not provide enough light.  We have a bid from our contractor to wire the rooms and it will be one of our first projects.  The fun part is going to be picking out new lighting!!  It can get really expensive, so it will probably happen space by space as our budget allows.  I hate those things- budgets!!

Lighting for Sonoma Way

Design Indulgence

Do you set “home” goals as well?  Please tell me I am not the only one!!!  Keep checking back as I will update and show you how each goal is coming along (project “money pit.”)

Contractor is set to come out on Monday to remove the “mini fridge” and create a new opening.  Happy Dance!!!

Until next time . . .


Our New Home!!

Hi lovely readers!  I have exciting news to share.  I have been hinting around recently about an exciting development for our family.  I am tickled pink to announce that we have purchased a new home!!

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We have been renting this house for 3 years and the owners decided they wanted to sell it.  I could not imagine moving and there was so little on the market where we wanted to be, I was praying we could swing it to buy the house.  After much nagging and selective suggesting, I convinced my husband we could do it.

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My little ladies were pretty happy about it too!  My oldest’s best friend lives next door, so she made the decision that we were NOT moving.


The photos are terrible and are either cell phone pics or old MLS photos, so forgive me.  The home was built in 1927 and while it needs tons of work, it has “good bones” as they say. Hardwood floors, molding, built-ins, swoon!  It is in a wonderful neighborhood that is full of old homes with character and the bonus is it is very close to all of our parents.

New House 2

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New House 3

The kitchen and master bath are my least favorite, but it could be worse.  The best news is that the home inspection revealed that there was dry rot coming from the hideous 1990’s ice block window, so the homeowners agreed to re-do the bathroom.  This was all outside of our purchase price.

So, I am basically getting a re-model for free!!

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Here is what it looks like now.  Eeek!!  I am in the process of picking out tile and fixtures and it is oh so fun!

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I am so excited to finally own this home that I have put my heart and soul into decorating!  I have SOOOO many projects and very little budget to do them.  Don’t tell my husband!!  So, the good news is there are going to be a ton of DIY and renovation reveals coming on the blog.

Follow along as you see how our new home progresses.  I also plan to do a bunch of live posts on Periscope, so make sure you follow me.  You can read all about Periscope here.

Now I am off to see about selling our other home!  Never a dull day.