Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Home Goals and Projects

The Nester is hosting a link up this week on your 2012 Home Goals and Projects and I thought this was a wonderful idea for me to put all of my home 'to-do' lists out there to keep me motivated and hold me accountable. this year. I will be very curious to see which items on this list get crossed off in the midst of another baby being added to our home in only a few short weeks!!! Right now I have been going nuts thinking of all the little projects I want to get done around the house before our little boy arrives! I know full well once he does, this list is going to come to a screeching halt!!! Target is going to LOVE me here in the next few weeks since a lot of my projects involve shopping at my favorite happy place!

{Baby Boy Nursery}

We are in the process of turning the Guest Bedroom into the little man's nursery.  Even though our little man continues to remain nameless, his nursery is starting to come together. If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably been seeing several nursery inspiration pictures and baby boy bedding 'pin's' coming through on your 'Following' stream with my name on it. 

Color scheme inspiration as of now:

Source: via Karen At Home on Pinterest

I have not found the ideal gray chevron bedding yet, so I decided to go with a Chevron pattern as accents instead.  I did find an Etsy seller who will make baby bedding sheets in a gray chevron pattern so I am also considering this as an option.  The blue-green-gray paint color is just about finalized, I made several trips to Sherwin Williams this weekend trying to narrow down the perfect color without looking too girlie for Jeff!

Here is the bedding via Pottery Barn Kids. I felt this gray and white bedding would look perfect with the blue/green and chevron color scheme I am going with. Instead of the gray polka dot sheet, picture a gray chevron sheeting set.

1. Finish the nursery before baby boy arrives! Hopefully that is achievable, ha!
2. Find perfect blue-green-gray paint color which doesn't look "too" girly.
3. Find Chevron pattern scrap book paper in gray to frame and hang on the wall.
4. Find the perfect gray faux silk curtains.
5. The window needs a blind!
6. Find and Order the furniture.

{Great Room Wall}


As you can see, the blank wall in our Great Room has stumped me for awhile now.  I think the main thing throwing me off is the thermostat smack dab in the middle.  What an eyesore!!!  Not quite sure what our builder was thinking with this one and I somehow managed to miss it during the walk through as well.  So now I am stuck with it and I am sure Jeff doesn't want to take the time of the money to move it so I must work with it some how.  You can imagine my joy when I can across this inspirational picture on Pinterest. 

These poor people have the same thermostat issue that we have and have chosen to embrace it and not hide it!!! 

I have recently ordered this black cabinet from for this wall which will double as storage for all of Jillian's coloring books and puzzles.  I was so excited that it arrived this weekend for Jeff to put it together, however, the top loooked like this:

So we had to take it back to Walmart and order another one.  Grrr!!!

I am also in the works of designing a photo wall for above the cabinet which will hopefully "hide" the thermostat.  I am also possibly thinking to finding a frame with the glass removed to put around the thermostat to really hide it. 

{Master Bath}
My friend Jenna over at Hamlett's Daily Dose provided me with this inspiration for what to do over our Master Bathroom Toilet.  For awhile now, the master bathroom has been a blank slate ever since we painted it 3 years ago.  I wanted to do more to make it more of a spa like retreat to go with the spa like paint color.


1. Add chocolate colored faux silk valances to both windows. 
2. I bought the cherry wood floating shelves to go over the toilet at Target this week, need to install.
3. Buy more hand towels to be used as decor on the floating shelves.
4. Buy a basket and other accessories for the floating shelves.
5. Buy more bath towels to match new decor.
6. Buy a better basket for my side of the bathroom.
7. Organize under the cabinets and the linen closets!!! 
8. Toss old toiletries and organize medicine.

I have so many more ideas floating around in my head but these are the biggest projects that stick out and are most likely the most achievable in 2012.  I would LOVE a new dining room set, however, I just don't feel that is going to get done this year.  More of a 2013 goal to work towards.........

Have you set goals for your home in 2012?  Make sure you stop by The Nester to see other 2012 Home Goals and Projects!

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  1. Karen,
    If you can't find the scrapbook paper that you like in the right color let me know. I have a friend who designs paper and stuff for digital scrapbooking, so I'm sure this is something she'd be able to help you with. I did notice that there are several companies coming out with chevron designed scrapbook pages at CHA this month (Craft and Hobby Association).

  2. Can't wait to see the nursery finished!!!

  3. Anonymous7:01 PM

    I love all of your plans! We are setting goals for home projects as well, and are having fun so far getting our bathroom renovated. I LOVE the color scheme you chose for the nursery, I can't wait to see it!

  4. I LOVE the colors you're using in the babies room. Sooo pretty & I don't think girlie at all. I've got a list. Most is organizing but I do need a bigger piece of furniture for the foyer & I have to do something else with the "big" wall in the living room. Then there's the MBR. As usual it's the after thought since we're the only ones that see it.

  5. love that gray pottery barn bedding! we almost went with the light blue and white pique.

  6. Hi Karen! Congrats - I haven't stopped by your blog in awhile and I didn't realize you were expecting a baby boy. So exciting. Anyway - now following you so I can keep up : )


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