Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 to do list...

Hi everyone, thank you for hanging in here with me and my irregular, hit-or-miss blog
 posts over the holidays. We got in one last ski day yesterday and as of today
school is back in session, and life is back on track - woo hoo!!!
Our kiddos were scheduled off for 19 1/2 days, that's crazy, two weeks would be perfect!

Here are a few things I have planned for the first part of the year, I'm
 hoping breaking it down into smaller chunks will help with my focusing issues. Ha!

Kitchen Update
This was on my list last year and never made it to the top, but a few updates
to give it a more modern feel, our remodel was seven years ago and it just needs a refresh!
This will be first...
Make new Bar Stool Slipcovers
I made mine two years ago and am so over the fabric. A tutorial is way overdue, it was one
 of my first diys and when I tried to put it together realized how many steps I'd left out.
I haven't found the perfect fabric yet, but something with a little pizazz ...

Paint, a fun ceiling treatment and diy flush mount light.
I found this inspiration on Pinterest and to my surprise it turned out to be that of
Erin @ Design Crisis, she was in the One Room Challenge with the amazing
turquoise dining room. I'm a tad behind the times, she did this in 2009!

Erin @ Design Crisis

Living Room Gallery Wall
Do you remember the collection of frames I found at Goodwill months ago?
They've been on my wall - empty for almost two months!
I'm still debating (story of my life) between a black and white collection

or something fun and colorful like this collection Jennifer @ The Pink Pagoda posted.

Upholstered Bench
So, in my Christmas Tour behind the bar cart was one of my favorite Ikea pieces I hadn't told
 you about yet, the Songe mirror! :) I love the bar cart for entertaining during the holidays but
 it's not practical for us the rest of the year, an upholstered bench where we can drop
our bags and backpacks is, and a large bold pattern is on my radar.

A June Wedding
If any of you noticed a few wedding pins you may have wondered what was up, my
 nephew is getting married in June and I'm excited to be helping with the decor, of course
 we'll be going for stylish and inexpensive!

Landscaping - The Boxwood Project
We added a lot of boxwoods to the landscape last spring and this winter
replanted some of those that were in pots on our deck to give us a look similar to the
photo below. We still have a ways to go to get this classic look I'm going for.

Black Paint
I'm smitten with black paint, and not yet sure where it will end up but these ideas on my
Black Paint Pinterest Board have me itching to do something, so it's only a matter of time!!

I'm so fortunate to have a line up of wonderful clients that patiently waited until the new year
to start on some projects, and also a few that waited until after the holidays to complete rooms
 we had in the works ~ I can't wait to show you the fun before and afters.
 Fingers crossed a couple within the next 2-3 weeks.

I have a huge list of simple diys I'm anxious to share with you,
 one on the schedule for next week in fact!


Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Yay! You're back and filled with fabulous ideas for the new year!! I can't wait to see all these unfold! I am actually on the hunt for a fabric to recover my upholstered bench with, and I love that photo you shared - it almost looks like a rug ? or suzani ? I am also super excited to see your bar stools, and what you choose for your frames!!!! Cheers to a wonderful year of DIYs and creativity ahead. So glad you're back in "town" :)

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

I want black paint in my house too.

And love the ceiling treatment. I did something like that for my sister-in-law a couple of years ago and she just told me this weekend that the ceiling is ruined because she has a water leak. Ugh! It was so much work…the room is huge!

Unknown said...

Lots of great stuff on your "docket" Pam and as usual I can't wait to see all of the creative goodness that results. And what fun to be helping with your nephew's wedding!

Kim said...

Love the to do list ... lots of fun in store ... and a wedding, how lucky are they to have you!! xo

Cassie Bustamante said...

i think we are all pulling out the black paint somewhere this year! drama!
and i have never seen that entry before and LOVE it! just started reading her blog! and the bench- YES! i have been considering going that way for our living room.... BUT my kids would mess it up and we use it too often, so it would prob drive me batty. ;)

cindy hattersley design said...

Your list has inspired me to write a similar post. By the way Target has a great bench that I used in a photo shoot that could easily be slipcovered I have kicked myself for not keeping it myself for the very same purpose!.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Whoa, you do have a lot in store! I LOVE that ceiling! And of course will look forward to seeing all of your projects fall in to place this year! said...

It all sounds great Pam! I am really interested to see what you do in your kitchen :) xo Kristin

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Great projects! And it will be so much fun to help with your nephew's wedding planning - what a treat!

Leslie said...

Hi Pam! You are so organized:) This all sounds great and I can't wait to see what happens in the kitchen! xxL

Vel Criste said...

I'm so excited to see all of this unfold Pam! As always, you've got your plate full and I bet in between these, there'll be other wonderful projects popping around!!! I NEED that reupholstering tutorial for the bar stools! I need to do one for the chair in my kitchen office. Right now, I have one that actually belongs in the basement, so once your ready, I'll try to do mine too. Good luck, looking forward to following along!

Unknown said...

So many wonderful plans that I can't wait to see. I checked my list from last year and fell short of a few projects so hopefully I can get around to more in my own home, too. I LOVE that boxwood inspiration photo and would love to do more of those around my home. I add some every year and it is never enough. The snow and ice is reeking havoc on my big boxwoods this winter. Have a great year ahead and looking forward to joining you! xo Nancy

Unknown said...

So glad to see you're back - wow! that was quite a break for the kiddos, wasn't it? Can't wait to see how all your projects unfold. You are an inspiration for sure!! xo

Dana Frieling said...

I can't believe your barstools were 2 years ago! Seems like just yesterday. Will we get a diy version of the kitchen updates or will there be some hiring out going on? I'm scared to tackle my first!

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

Wow, what an inspiring list! Makes my resolution to eat less carbs seem mild in comparison! hahaha Get it gurrrl! Can't wait to see your progress!

Peace. Love. LOL!

Haute Khuuture Blog

Sew a Fine Seam said...

following along with you this year is gonna be fun!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I'm exhausted just reading your list. That is very ambitious of you, no surprise. I can't wait to see how your boxwood survived the winter.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

What a great list! I need to make one...but mine will be wayyyyy longer. I love the ceiling treatment and I love that you have a wedding to plan. SO FUN!! I look forward to reading along!

Simply Modern Home said...

Your nephew is a lucky guy! Can't wait to see more of your work in 2014!

decordelirium said...

You are going to be a busy bee this year Pam! That is exciting about your nephew's wedding. So fun to help plan that sort of event!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You sure do have a year packed full of beautiful ideas, projects, and inspiration for us all…I am anxious to see the direction of your gallery wall…and love the classic look of that home's facade…Happy New Year…may it be the best!

Tiffany said...

Wow, I can't wait to see all of your plans unfold. Especially the diy's. You had me at simple;)

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