Home Decor

New Year, New Projects

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe it’s already 2019.  What happened to 2018?  It went by so quickly!  I love the beginning of each new year.  It’s a time to hit the re-start button, refresh, and set new goals.  I am guilty of making the same resolutions year after year…lose weight, start working out more, finish the long list of projects in our home.  You get the picture.  Well this year I’m approaching things a little differently and I want to share some of my decor resolutions with you along with what to consider when setting decor goals.

A few things to think about when making your decor resolutions, or goals if you prefer, are the following:

1) They should be specific and attainable.  I’ve made a very specific list of the projects that NEED to be done and the ones that I WANT to do.  There is a difference.

2) They should be budget friendly.  I was hoping to renovate our laundry room last year, but seeing as we’re in “the worst drought in living memory” that project has been put on hold for the time being.

3) They should be prioritized.  For me the home maintenance projects are the ones that I will tackle first.  Then I’ll move onto the more fun projects.

4) The time line for completing your projects should be realistic.  And hey if you don’t finish or even get started on some, it’s not the end of the world.  So don’t be too hard on yourself.

My home maintenance projects (the longest part of my list!) include re-sanding and re-varnishing all of our exterior doors and a few windows.  Portions of the side of the house need to have the paint touched up from repairs made due to a falling tree.  The ceiling of the front porch, the threshold and the support beam under the balcony need repainting (the beam was just replaced).  These aren’t fun, glamorous jobs, but a home needs to be in good repair before you can do the fun stuff!


I do have some more interesting projects planned for this year.  My sweet daughter lives in Sydney now  and her bedroom is in need of an update.  She actually wants me to make it into a craft room, but we still want it to be her bedroom when she comes home to visit.  So I’m in the process of planning what I can do to make the room dual purpose.  I’ll keep you posted!


The.Bar.Floor.  We have been planning to do something with the floor (it’s currently concrete) for the past 19 years!  Last year I did get around to deciding to paint it and even got as far as buying the paint!  But it’s been in the “too hard” basket ever since.  Soooo, that is one goal that I will meet this year!


Want to make decor goals but don’t know where to start?  I suggest choosing a room or area in your home that you would like to change.  This could be anything from a total renovation to a simple refresh.  Even the smallest change can make an impact.  Whether it be changing the paint color, re-arranging the furniture, changing the decor pieces or moving your wall hangings.  It will make a difference.  I love the expression “shop your home”.  We hear it all the time.  But it’s great advice and doesn’t cost anything!


So take a tour of your home with a semi-critical, creative eye.  Then make a list of ideas and go from there!  Most importantly…have fun!






  • Terrie

    I love your project list. I have to make one as well. Not that I get it all checked off but it gives me some sort of control. Your home is very pretty. Happy New Year!

    • leighsevil

      Thank you so much Terrie for your lovely comments! I love ticking off my list, but I’m like you…it doesn’t always happen. Happy New Year!

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