Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 Home Goals

My favorite decorator, The Nester, is hosting a linky party today about our 2011 Home Goals.  This is a funny topic for me because my #1 Home Goal this year is to SELL IT; but regardless, I find it hard to pass up a good linky party...

My goals for my home this year follow two main themes:

1.) Minimalize (since we plan to downsize from our house and get rid of unnecessary "stuff)

2.) Work with White Walls & (cringe) Carpet (since we will more than likely be living in an apartment or some other form of rental)

So, here's a look at what I've got up my sleeve for 2011...

- Create the perfect nursery. 

(I have plenty of time, but right now Erin's bright and happy baby room is my inspiration (notice the room even has carpet).  I LOVE the simplicity, the colors, and that dresser - swoon!)  I'm hoping - boy or girl - to use shades of yellow and gray in the room with birds (for a girl) or elephants (for a boy).  This will, for sure, be my favorite project this year.  I can't WAIT to get started (and share all my ideas, of course).

- Cover this blasted chair.

This chair is the bain of my (domestic) existence.  It is the most comfortable, wonderful thing in the world (and, for the record, we haven't been able to find anything like it anywhere) - but it is so darn hideous.  Twenty- eleven WILL be the year I finally get it covered, and it regains its dignity.

I'm thinking something bold like this from

- Introduce window treatments into my life.
In our current house we have HUGE, beautiful windows.  Honestly, I haven't really felt the need for window treatments of any sort (not to mention that it would be difficult to find rods etc. that would fit) because the windows kind-of speak for themselves.  BUT, as we consider moving into an apartment, I think long flowly curtains in awesome prints and designs would be a great way to snazz up our place and make it feel more like home.  Plus, I kind-of think investing in "window treatments" is a like a rite of passage into adulthood.  No?
This is a pattern I'm loving for a little girl's room to go with the gray and yellow theme above.  (Also from

- Finally complete some of my wall-art projects.
I've literally had a pile of empty frames sitting in my basement since the summer to take-on this project.  (I found this on a design blog a while back, but I can't remember where.  I'm sorry!)  I'm also wanting to make a big gallery wall of framed photos and artwork in our next home.

- Invest in a nice rug (or two).
Like this from Anthropologie

- Purchase a duvet cover I love. (And stop letting Addy sleep in our bed.)
Like this from West Elm.
I think that should keep me pretty busy - and broke.  What are your Home Goals for 2011?  Head over to The Nesting Place to link up and share!


  1. Love your nursery inspiration pics...what a sweet and fun space! Good luck with your goals for the year! I'm vising from the Nester. :)

    Mandy @ This Girl's Life

  2. I love you're style-and that you're not afraid to stray from the cliché pink or blue for a nursery. I think that picture of the staircase with the empty frame grouping might actually be from The Nesting Place...haha!

  3. I adore all of your decorating plans, and that nursery! So fabulous. I don't even have a little one (or one en route) and I want that room in my house :) I can't wait to see what you end up doing!

  4. i LOVE that nursery! And i like your taste! Love all of these pics!! :)

    We have an ugly comfy chair like that, too, haha! I found a slipcover that fits it perfectly for the time being - jc penney's & target has some great ones that are stretchy & don't hang off all wierd...

  5. cute, cute, cute! love the elephant idea and LOVE that yellow dresser (happen to have an in-law hand-me-down in my attic with those same lines/shape). might be wrong, put pretty sure the unnamed photo is from the nester's house. maybe she can confirm. :)

  6. Glad that you like the nursery and thanks for featuring it in your post! Good luck in creating the perfect is a lot of fun to do, but certainly a labor of love! Congrats on your impending little one!

    - e

  7. I love the nursery inspiration. I can see elephants cut out of really fun bright fabrics starched onto the white walls for a bit of whimsy and removable color. I love your fabric choices, too. How fun!

  8. Okay- I accidentally commented on the wrong post. Please see post from yesterday's blog... K

  9. I am going to do yellow and gray for our nursery too! this makes me happy because 1. i know this color combo is cool if you are doing it too and 2. you can give me design ideas
    love you!

  10. Great goals...we too have thought about selling our house. I hope that all works out for you..Thanks for sharing over at the Nesting Place!!!

  11. I love your style! And I love your nursery inspiration!

  12. the chair's redemption is jeff draped across it in orange and maroon.

  13. great blog. love your goals! I just did a post with a design board using that same duvet from West Elm, but had to change it bc they are sold out in twin. So scoop it up today while they have some left!
    loving your inspiration!

  14. I was browsing this sweet website and came across this page that reminded me of your nursery ideas! Happy daydreaming!

  15. Looks like you've got some fun projects lined up! And great inspiration pics!


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