My Goals for 2013
I’m not one for making resolutions.
Last year I made a “resolution” to stop running 5 minutes late.
I now run roughly ten minutes late everywhere I go. Well, maybe not everywhere, but the problem was definitely not resolved, and after being tremendously disappointed with myself, I’ve decided to just accept who I am… tardiness and all.
That being said, I DO have some goals for 2013. Goals for the house, that is.
As you know, I have “The List” which is full of home projects that I’d like to accomplish at some point in time (like, maybe before we move in a few years?). I’ve bumped a few up to priority status, in hopes of completing them before the end of 2013.
1. NEW LIGHTING
Our sweet home is the victim of standard builder-grade lighting. As a designer, this drives me nuts! I always tell clients that the quickest way to upgrade a space is through lighting. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken the time to follow my own advice. This year I’m hoping to finally get off my rear end, and replace the fixtures in our entry (which I already have ideas about), hall, dining room, living room, and kitchen. I’d love to find an awesome vintage pendant for over our kitchen sink.
2. UPDATE THE KITCHEN BACKSPLASH
Since we’re on the subject of the kitchen, I’m itching to change out our backsplash. The neutral color is okay, but the whole thing isn’t really our style. R and I are hoping to upgrade with something a little sleeker and more modern. Maybe a stainless steel subway tile… hmmmm…
3-a. RECOVER DINING CHAIRS
I found these chairs on Craigslist and paid only $175 for all four chairs. I love the shape, and they are very comfortable. The only problem is the color. Now, don’t get me wrong, the green velvet is very pretty, but just doesn’t work in our interior. My intention was always to recover them in a fabulous navy fabric and pair them around a beautiful, white Saarinen table (with Carrera marble top, of course), and the Jonathan Adler chandelier that I love! Here’s to hoping that completing one goal (recovering the chairs) will create a snowball effect, and I’ll finally have a completed dining room!
3-b. FINISH OUT THE DINING ROOM
Our dining room is strange. Really. And I’ve been purposely avoiding it. Really. It’s a transitional space, meaning that you walk from the front living room through the dining room to get to the kitchen and family room. It’s really an oversized hallway with a chandelier. I’ve been going back and forth about what to do with the space for a while. Do I keep it as a dining room, or create an extension of our living room with a secondary seating area, office, bowling alley… I’m all for breaking the rules, and not conforming to what a space is “supposed” to be, but after much debate, we’ve decided that we DO, in fact, want a dining space… even if it IS in a major line of traffic.
I know what I’m going to do with the actual dining space (table, chairs, chandelier), but we have a small alcove that’s been really neglected. I keep changing my mind on how to finish it out? Hopefully, I’ll settle on one option, and finally pull the trigger on the design. This poor space has been neglected long enough!
4. PUT TOGETHER NIGHTSTANDS
I’ve been talking about this one for a while. I purchased the Ikea Rast nightstands that I’m going to “hack” into beautiful Campaign chests. I even purchased the stain! The problem is that they’re still sitting in the boxes. It’s time for another DIY project!
5. VARIOUS DIY PROJECTS
There are a few DIY projects that I’ve seen over the past few months that I’m dying to try. Including this super cute navy jewel box by Kristin at Bliss.
What goals do YOU have for 2013?