Each January, Kurtis and I sit down and write out our goals for the year. We tackle personal goals, goals for our businesses, and our home goals! Now that we’re almost into February, I figured I had better get our 2022 home goals published! As much as we love our home, I also love a good project and we have a lot to tackle this year.
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2021 Home Goals Check-In
Before we jump into our 2022 home goals, let’s see how we did on our 2021 home goals. If you want more details on each, I’d hop over to that post for the specifics. I’ll update the status of each below. Since 2020 was essentially the year of lost projects, we had to pull double duty in 2021, and we got quite a bit checked off the list!
- Guest Bathroom Renovations. FINALLY! We crossed these off our list! Can you believe these have been on our lists since 2014 and then other projects (or a pandemic) kept bumping them? We are thrilled with how both our Jack & Jill bathroom and small guest bathroom turned out! These essentially started the first week of the new year in 2021, so it almost feels like they have been done a lot longer than they have!
- Finish King Guest Bedroom. This one made a little progress, but it’s back on the list. Sharing more details in the next section.
- Spray Paint Fireplace. Guys, I don’t how on earth we didn’t manage to get this one done. Adding it back to the list for this year, and hoping it gets done sooner rather than later!
- Living Room Chairs. We finally replaced our old bobbin chairs in our living room with these leather beauties! They made their first appearance in my 2021 summer home tour. If you’re on the hunt for armchairs, be sure to check out my post on my favorite modern coastal living room chairs!
- Our Home Office. Clearly not done, but we’re slowly taking steps. Adding it back to the list!
- Update the Wi-Fi Station. Partially started. I’ll share more below, since I’ve added it back to the list this year. Again!
- Figure Out the Upstairs Flooring. Done! After realizing hardwood floors weren’t in the budget with all the other projects we had going on, we finally had our carpet replaced! It essentially needed to be done nine years ago when we moved in, but we hadn’t wanted to deal with it. We included it in our pool house budget/flooring bid after a big storm that caused a roof leak and soaked the carpet in multiple areas, and we’re so happy they’re finally done. We love the carpet we chose!
- Add More Hydrangeas. With all the construction in our yard, we actually lost one of my Incrediball Hydrangeas, but we gained five more on the west side of the pool house. They were planted late fall, so I’m excited to see the color they add next summer!
- Our Garage. We were thrilled to finally get our garage whipped into shape this past year. It involved a lot of purging as well as a new garage floor coating and new garage storage units from Hello Garage. So happy with the end results!
- Pool House Addition. It was one of our personal five-year goals in 2016 back when we finished the pool, and in 2021 we were so excited to add a pool house addition! Despite the fact we haven’t been able to use it in “summer mode” yet, we already have gotten so much use out of it, and are so happy we decided to make the addition. And even more excited to have a dedicated space to entertain in the summer months!
2022 Home Goals
We’ve made a lot of changes to our home in the last nine years! When we bought the house, we already had a laundry list of projects we immediately knew we wanted to tackle. But, as is the case once you live somewhere for a few years, more seem to pop up each year! You can see our nine year before and after home tour for all the progress we’ve made to date. Following are some of the projects we hope to tackle in 2022! We find that by jointly discussing them and writing them out, we’re much more likely to hold ourselves accountable for completing them.
Finish the Mud Room
We’ve made a lot of progress in our mud room since we moved in nearly nine years ago. One of our very first projects when we moved in was adding shiplap to our mud room wall. A few years later it finally all got painted. The only issue is, we never painted the thermofoil cabinets that are just off to the right of this picture.
Here’s how the before-before looked shortly after we moved in so you can see the cabinet setup. The only thing different on the cabinets is that we added a box and crown molding to the top to extend them about a foot higher in the air so they didn’t look so squatty. The cabinet frames have also been painted and are no longer this almond color. But the drawers and doors are. I painted the thermofoil cabinets in our powder bath and they’ve held up really well, but I don’t think I have it in me to paint these! So, it dawned on me that I could search for new cabinet faces online to get a color and style I prefer. I haven’t actually started that search yet, so it may be a pipe dream, but that would be an easy way to quickly wrap up this project and have it done once and for all!
Finish King Guest Bedroom
This room has also been on my project list for a few years, but we definitely made some progress over the past year. We sold the junk collecting bookcase, and added this dresser and mirror early last year (you can see a peek of them in our Christmas home tour). I also would love to do a striped board and batten wall treatment behind the bed, as I shared three or so years ago but still haven’t gotten around to (or convinced Kurtis to help me with). Lastly, I plan to replace the arched mirrors with a pair of stacked gallery frames over each nightstand. I actually bought the frames last year but never hung them, so that will be a quick project!
GUEST BEDROOM SOURCES: Upholstered Bed | Striped Comforter Set | Euro Pillows | Bead Chandelier | Striped Rug | Raffia Nightstands | White Ceramic Lamps (come as a set of two) | Abstract Beach Art | Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (this is the 5’4″ size) | Mirrors | Similar Drapes | Cane Chair | Striped Pillow
Spray Paint Fireplace
The second the weather cooperates, we have got to get this stupid project done. Over time, the black paint has started to fall off, likely because we use our fireplace a lot in the fall and winter. You can see in last year’s summer home tour photo below, the amount that has fallen off is rather aggressive! We even bought a sanding block and high-heat primer and spray paint last year to fix it, and never did. This one is a top priority this spring!
LIVING ROOM SOURCES: Linen Sofas (read my review here) | Buckle-Back Leather Chairs | Raffia Coffee Table | Woven Stools | Colorblock Vase | Faux Viburnum Stems | Similar Wood Chain Object | Indigo Ombre Canvas Art | Similar Black Cabinet | Lamps | Wood Dough Bowl | Water Effect Pillow Covers | Clipped Stripe Tassel Pillows | Similar Block Print Pillows | Frame TV
Update The Wi-Fi Station
This is one of those items that has been on my goals list for as long as I can remember. As I shared in last year’s post, we had been using a cabinet from our last house in this spot to house our wi-fi components. It was probably almost 12 years old and definitely not our style any longer. Although this spot wasn’t truly updated over the past year, I did make some progress when I sold the cabinet during the great “new carpet purge”. When Kurtis and I had to empty our entire upstairs last fall to have our carpet replaced, I took it as an opportunity to not bring things back in that we didn’t want. Here’s how the space has looked since last October. Oops! It’s basically a dumping ground for other items we need to sell and donate. But I’m determined to get a cabinet back here ASAP! The fact we have nothing now should hopefully motivate me into action.
Finish the Den
This is a super quick one to wrap up. After we had to have a few windows replaced last year, most of the window coverings no longer fit in those spaces. By switching window brands, the exterior opening is still the same, but now the interior openings are much larger. In the den, I already purchased curtains last summer, so I just need to get them hung up! I’d also love to swap out the light fixture eventually, but really my goal for now is HANG THE DANG CURTAINS!
FALL DEN SOURCES: Linen Sectional (see my review here) | Coffee Table | Blue Pumpkin Art | Roman Shades | Striped Ottoman Bench | Faux Oak Leaves | Vase | Plaid Pillow Cover | Corduroy Pillow Cover | Linen & Suede Stripe Pillow Cover | Linen Throw Blanket | Tripod Lamp | Scallop Light Fixture
Find A Console For the Living Room
As was the case with the wi-fi station, I also got rid of the old cabinet that was behind my sofa in the living room. It was another piece that we had purchased for our last home, and it was way too large for our currently living room. You basically couldn’t walk behind the sofa, and getting the doors open on the cabinet was a challenge. It was one of those things we always knew needed to go, but it was so dang heavy we never wanted to deal with. Until the carpet got replaced and we had to move it regardless! So, I’ve slowly been on the hunt for something that is nearly as long, but much less deep. I’ll plan to share some options once I do a little more research! But we definitely need a replacement in order to hold our lamps and store our throw blankets. The space behind the sofa and under those frames is where the table would go.
FALL LIVING ROOM SOURCES: SOURCES: Sofas (read my review here) | Paisley Pillow | Velvet Pillow | Swiss Cross Pillow | Striped Throw Blanket | Leather & Wood Chairs | Coffee Table | Small Wood Link Chain | Similar Large Wood Link Chain | Wood Lanterns | Black Vase | Faux Olive Stems | Gallery Wall Frames (look for less here)
Find A Dining Room Rug
After our dining room table arrived in early 2021, I knew rather quickly I’d likely be searching for a new rug. Then we had all the construction with the pool house and a lot of foot traffic, and I knew it needed to be done. We had the sliding door replaced going out to the pool house, and there were wood splinters and drywall dust and more that got tracked into it despite it being covered. It now has an almost fuzzy finish after being vacuumed so many times. Aesthetically, I also would like something with a little more color since our hutch is so imposing and so brown! I’ve almost ordered this rug many times now, but I always have such indecision when it comes to purchasing a rug. I’m hoping this will be a quick project to wrap up this spring or early summer!
DINING ROOM SOURCES: Cane Dining Chairs (look for less here) | Stone Dining Table | Linear Chandelier (look for less here) | Hutch | Striped Rug (gray version – my color is no longer available) | Abstract Art | Vase | Faux Greenery Stems (similar here)
Finish the Master Closet
As part of the pool house addition, we built out a larger closet upstairs in our bedroom. The prior closet was tiny, and if we ever wanted to add on, it had to be done at the time of the pool house addition since it impacted the roofline. So, we had the space built out and finished. Kurtis is essentially taking the old closet, and the plan was for me is to take the new one. Turns out cool closet systems are crazy expensive and there are way more decisions that we realized. We were already facing so many decisions in the pool house (and budget additions) that we ultimately decided to pause my side of the closet. So, we’re actually sharing the old closet now (which is even smaller at this point), and I have a lot of my clothes on a six foot folding table in the new space. In full disclosure, we mostly added on to the closet for resale purposes down the road since it was a now-or-never scenario. We were managing just fine with the smaller closet, so getting this space updated isn’t a major priority. But we know the old one would have been a deal breaker for a lot of people if we left it as is. I’m glad we built out the space, but pumped the brakes on an actual closet system last fall so we can really figure out exactly what we want, and not feel rushed to order something just to be done with it. Besides, that six foot table is actually working out pretty well 😉 But, just to wrap things up, I think we’d both like to have a decision made and something installed by the end of the year.
The Home Office(s)
With all the chaos of the past two years, and not knowing what Kurtis’ work situation would look like, we flip flopped on this one a lot. Now that we have a bit more clarity about his ability to work from home, we need to move forward with setting up more permanent situations for both of us. To avoid redundancy, I won’t rehash our wish lists but this post on home office ideas shares what we’re each hoping for. This is the year we need to find a solution for both!
HOME OFFICE SOURCES: Cane Cabinet | Wood Desks | Linen Chairs | Striped Pillows | Striped Curtains | Bookcases | White Wood Bead Chandelier | Similar Desk Lamps | Faux Fern Pots | Abstract Art | Marble Chain | White Bamboo Lamp – HomeGoods (old)
Plant ALL the Flowers
Last year was a bit of loss in terms of my planters all around the yard. With all the construction, we didn’t have irrigation for several months, and we had tractors parked in our yard for several more, blocking hose access. Needless to say, my flowers were a bit of a sad story. This year, I’m determined to bring them back in full force and add a few in strategic planters around our pool house. I’m already looking so forward to it! Colorful flowers bring me so much joy!
Florida Home Updates
This section probably deserves a post of its own! But, Kurtis and I have big plans for our Florida house. Our spring rental calendar is almost full, but we’re trying to squeeze in some time to do a few updates before the busy summer season starts! What we can’t wrap up then, we’ll likely do in the fall. But our top priority is the main living area and adding a little Life on Virginia Street vibes and color to the already beautiful foundation! I’m planning to swap out light fixtures, the armchairs, and possibly the dining seating. We also have a tentative DIY project planned to see if we can jazz up that range hood! I’ll share more soon. In the meantime, if you want to see more photos or check out rental availability, go here.
That about wraps up our home goals for the year!
Prior Home Goals Lists
If you’re curious, I’m sharing prior years’ home goals below. Click on any of the post titles to go directly to the post.
- 2021 Home Goals
- 2020 Home Goals
- 2019 Home Goals
- 2018 Home Goals
- 2017 Home Goals
- 2016 Home Goals
- 2015 Home Goals
- 2014 Home Goals
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