Home Goals 2012

Courtesy of Nesting Place

One of the things I love about blogging is how it keeps me motivated and accountable.

The Nester has motivated me to make some goals for our home this year.  Like the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

We have lived in our home for about two and a half years.

Remember the post about my kitchen last year?  Here’s my inspiration kitchen again:

Kitchen Inspiration Photo

My Kitchen Inspiration Photo {scanned}

Do you see how the glaze only goes into the crevices of the bead board and trim of the cabinet doors?  I love that look!  Our painter wanted to charge and arm and a leg to do it. {He already over charged us, in my estimation for painting our house}  So I decided I could do it myself.  I found a very good YouTube video {which I will have to locate and share with you in a future post} and with the help of a friend, we did the cabinet doors.  It’s not too difficult, just time consuming.  I began on the bead board, but never did finish. 🙁  Thus, one of my goals is to finish glazing my kitchen.

  1. You can see above, I didn’t even complete this section.  Way to go Shan!  So first thing I will finish glazing this section.
  2. Glaze this bead board.
  3. Glaze the top cabinet bead board and the bottom section bead board.

4. Next up, is to truly ORGANIZE my pantry.  I have attempted to do this, but I usually give up about half way through.  I am ashamed of the current state so much that I could not take a photo to show you.  Instead you can see the door.  I would absolutely LOVE for it to look like this:

Courtesy of The House of Smiths

Remember, I am more of a surface clean person.  This means, open any drawer, cabinet and closet and it is a nightmare!  Which leads to my next goal…

5. Work on internally organizing my house…dread!  This means I will be going through every cabinet, every drawer, every closet and creating order.  Thank goodness for the calendar I have to help with this endeavor.

6. Paint the china cabinet.  I was blessed to have this beautiful china cabinet handed down from my parents.  I absolutely LOVE it, but want to give it a makeover with my handy dandy chalk paint.  I’m thinking of using my Annie Sloan’s Old White color.

7. Repaint my dining room.  I’m not really liking this sage green color I chose for the dining room.

8. Decorating overhaul of the dining room.  I spent a lot of time on an awesome wall gallery which was on both sides of the china cabinet.  Well, on the other side of this wall is the garage.  Every time we would turn on our cars, it made the wall vibrate…so much so that many of the frames fell and the glass broke. 🙁  I have to figure out another way to decorate that wall.  It may be time to change the rug as well.  We’ll see.  The dining room has been the only room in my house I have not been very happy with.  It’s time to change that.  It’s one of the first rooms you see when you come into the house.

I really can’t say enough good things about Nesting Place.  The Nester never ceases to inspire and help me in my home. I am forever appreciative of how she has changed my perspective about my home. It has been so positive and yes, sort of life changing.  Here are some suggestions she shares about goal setting for your home:

Click on photo to see this Nesting Place post

Excellent questions from The Nester

Happy to link up to:

Nester & I at Blissdom 2011

I was so excited to meet The Nester last year at Blissdom blog conference.  She is as genuine and lovely as she is on her blog.  I am forever grateful because otherwise I might have been a little starstruck.  Right after we moved into our home I e-mailed her about my octagonal shaped living room.  I was struggling with how to arrange the furniture, etc.  I know she receives many e-mails a day and she states that she can’t answer them all.  I added a few photos to my e-mail in hopes to hear back from her.  She wrote me back and helped me tremendously.  So when I met her at Blissdom I asked her if she remembered my octagonal living room.  She did and was very gracious.  A little kindness to a stranger goes a long way. 😀

Make your home goals today,

My Living Room {Roomspiration}

We have an octagon shaped living room.  Above is our ceiling.

Below is what it looks like when you walk into the living room from the entry way. The middle photo in this collage is what it looks like when you look to the left of the living room.  Bottom photo is what it looks like when you look to the right.

Okay, I’m still trying figure out if I like the drapes I made before making another one.  That is why you only see one drape hanging.  {Feel free to put your two cents in about them ;)}

The Nester from the Nesting Place {who I met at Blissdom in January!} was gracious enough to suggest placing a circular rug underneath the ottoman to help tie the room together.  I found this one at Target.

Gallery Wall ~ Thinking about painting all the frames, keys & W white…what do you think?

I was ecstatic to find this leather sectional.  It fits perfectly into our Octagonal shaped room!

We needed another end table to go between the very comfortable reclining lounger and the sofa.  I found this trunk I had bought at Hobby Lobby a few years back, added the books and viola, it’s at lamp level!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE denim!  I love to wear it, but I also like to decorate with it.  I used some old jeans of my Son’s to cover this cork board {used hot glue gun.}  Then I was able to use all those photo buttons to pin in a circular fashion.

I also tore strips from the very same pair of jeans to weave through this old shelf off a laundry sorter we don’t use anymore.  I cut strips of burlap fabric and weaved them through as well.  I am so glad I saved that shelf.  I knew I could find something to make out of it. 😀

See those circles in the back, well those are some of my place mats.  Yep!

Above left: We had our builder build our entertainment center.  The cube/shelf can come out if need be.  This way we can get to all the cords.  I also love how we can slide the doors into the cabinet when we are using our remote controls while watching TV.  When company comes over, I shut the doors.  Above right: we had the builder build a small ledge to hide our cords from showing.  It just sits on top of the cabinet so we can remove it entirely.

Several years ago we went on a cruise and I brought back some of the sand from the beaches.  I have enjoyed displaying these little bottles of sand all over my home.  The beach is my most favorite place to be!

Can you tell I love baskets?!  And one more of our ceiling.  And yes, I like lots of LIGHT, both natural and electric.

One last photo of the ceiling.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting our living room today.  Please hop on over to View Along the Way and link your living room up today! {It doesn’t have to be done today, it can be a post you have already featured in the past.}


Also linking up here:

Let’s party,

I Heart Gallery Walls {can you tell}

Grateful for our Family Vacations

One of my favorite blogs, The Inspired Room, is hosting a Gallery Wall Party.  I decided I would join in the fun and share some of the galleries in my home today.  The one above are photos taken on various vacations we have been on together over the years.  {The blue mats were cut specifically for the photos at Hobby Lobby}.  I pulled out all the photos professional photographers had taken while at Disney World, Lego Land, Grand Canyon, Cruise and NYC.  Our vacations together are precious memories never to be forgotten.  This one is near our kitchen so we can see them every day.  I chose to put the word ‘gratitude’ in the gallery because it is a value we want to reinforce in our home.

Empty Frame Gallery

This one was inspired by another one of my favorite bloggers {as most of you already know}, the Nester.  I have wrote a post about this one a long time ago.  You can read more about this by going here.  Most visitors ask me why I don’t have anything in the frames.  Guess they don’t see the art in the collection.  Oh well, I do it for me. 🙂

Craft Room Gallery

Stay tuned for more photos of my craft room very soon.  I bought the line and clips at IKEA.


Keeping Calm in Mudroom

You can read more about this gallery here.  It is remarkably easy and affordable.

If you are interested in seeing more ideas head over to The Inspired Room for Melissa’s Gallery Wall Party {tell her I sent you ;)}.  There are over a hundred to choose from.  I love seeing what everyone else is doing.  It is fun to showcase what matters to you and your family in your home.  Don’t let those photos stay in boxes or albums.

Party On,

Easter Decorated Mantel


I love how the white POPS

Out of all the rooms in our house, we are in the living room the most.  I enjoy changing the mantel for the seasons.  Everything I used I already had in my home somewhere.  Thanks to the Nester, I have learned to shop at home.  The newest item is the white votive tree.  I won it at a silent auction last month at a school fundraiser.  I decided to put eggs in mine.

Spring has Sprung


Partial left side

Reason for the season

I cut a piece of burlap to make the bow for my chalkboard.  I used a frilly plate {I got at my swap party} to add to the candle holder to make a pedestal of sorts for the Jesus & Children figurine{I made that at church many years ago, was in my playroom}.

Book Paper Egg Wreath

I fell in love with decorating with book paper last year.  I found Erin at Lemon Tree Creations who inspired me to make my own book page egg wreath.  I began mine last year before Easter, but ran out of the size of eggs I was using.  I had to wait until Easter rolled around again to find the smaller size eggs to finish my project.  Finally finished it.  After looking at Erin’s again, I think I need to add more eggs to mine.  I like the fuller look.  The dollar store didn’t have the foam wreaths in stock when I decided to make mine.  All they had were small willow wreaths, so I used it.  I just decoupaged it with book paper before hot gluing the eggs. Guess what book I used pages from?

Right Side with Kids Portrait {taken several years ago}

My kids are much older now, but I really like the pastel blues used in this photo. {Who says you can’t have out-dated photos displayed? rhetorical question}  I love seeing the innocence in this shot.

I would love to see your Spring or Easter Mantel.  If you have a post featuring yours share it here by linking below.  Thanks for coming by!

Home Brings Joy,

A Purposeful Woman

The following is a quote from an interview with one of my favorite bloggers. I am inspired by her words and can say she has made a believer out of me.

“I also find a great sense of satisfaction knowing that women are being encouraged and finding contentment in their home. I believe that every woman can love the home she is in right now. I want women to love coming home, and love having people over. Our homes are there to serve us, they are the backdrop to our lives. You can easily surround yourself with meaningful beauty in your home with just a little trial and error and creativity. Oh and with Nesting Place and the Nester there to guide you.” The Nester from Nesting Place.

My reply to this quote…Thank you so much for helping me see a more realistic and healthy view of what my home should be like. I have been greatly encouraged by her advice & photos.

FYI: I am not a network blogger. I blog for my own enjoyment & for my family & friends. Therefore, I am not being compensated for promoting her website. I am merely grateful for her contribution for women like me who have benefited greatly from her help.

From my backdrop to yours,

Thanks Nesting Place!

My wall 

The Nester’s Wall, My Inspiration Photo 

I’m finally posting one of the projects I’ve been working on. Thanks to Nesting Place I have been inspired to do some more beautifying of my home. I LOVE her blog! She has made me look at things in a very different way. Plus she is frugal like me! I now “shop at home” and plan to do some window “mistreatments.” If you want to know what those terms mean you will just have to go to her very cute blog and check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

All of the frames used in my photo above were not being used & now they are! All I needed to buy was a can of spray paint! Gotta love that!

Paint on,