January 2, 2013

how did i do - 2012 goal review

Happy New Year to you! I hope you enjoyed a great holiday with family, friends or the remote. I enjoyed all of the above and truly had a relaxing and enjoyable time off. But the Christmas decorations are put away and the tree is at the curb, so its time to get to work.

Before I share my goals for 2013 I thought I'd see how I did with my 2012 goals.

1. Redo the master bedroom. Woop Woop. Check this sucker off. The big bedroom reveal was back in May but I've kept making updates as recently as last week (more on that later). I'm happy with the room but you know it's gonna keep evolving.

2. Repair and redo deck and stairs. I'm on a roll. This one was wrapped up in June and talk about a pandora's box of crazy. It was dirty, sweaty and a hell of a lot longer than planned, but we are digging it now and use it more than we ever did.

3. Plant a herb garden. Big fat goose egg on this one. I must have been drunk when I thought of this because the idea that my children would give me enough time to dedicate to a herb garden is laughable. We barely are able to get raking and mowing done. Maybe in a few years. Until then I'll just continue to watch Barefoot Contessa and pretend that's my herb garden.

4. Lighting. Well...sort of. I did get a new chandelier for the dining room, (which will be moving again soon - stay tuned) but I never got around to the hallway light and the deck got candle sconces rather than electric ones. So maybe 75% complete? I completed the 'light' but not the 'ing'.

5. Reupholster couch. It wasn't quick, and often not a pretty process, but I'm giving myself a gold star on this one. And on top of it all I discovered a new talent that led me to tackle this and this.

So there you have it. 4 out of 5. I gotta say, this is the best I've ever done sticking to a list. Will I be able to do as well this year? I'll post the list tomorrow and let you be the judge.

How about you? Do you make any goals? Have any new year traditions?


  1. Girl, that's a home run in my book. I like the idea of a vegetable garden. Maybe this spring?

  2. Um, just WOW! Sounds like you were incredibly productive in 2012, and that makes me so excited to see what you've got planned for 2013.

  3. You got a lot done in 2012!! Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2013!!

    (formerly Simply Lowcountry)

  4. Those are some pretty impressive projects under your belt. Can't wait to see what you pull off next!

  5. I love this. These are impressive projects but sometimes it's hard not to take these things for granted when the year is over. I'm glad you gave yourself a pat on the back.

  6. I'm impressed! You already got a lot done, love the couch.

    your newest follower :)


  7. you have had an amazing year and your home is so full of style and so authentic! i love it and look forward to more in 2013!

  8. So impressed! You did good! That sofa is amazing and you have got some serious skills. Can't wait to see your new list...

    Happy New Year!


  9. Good for you! I don't make goals for the coming year since I never follow them :-( I have "plans" for 2013, but not sure where to start - from the fireplace to my boys bathroom, too much to do, so little time like always. And of course, life happens, so I guess I'll start of the year with my little ones Dr. Seuss Birthday party this January.

  10. Love all your projects this year but the sofa and chairs are definite favourites! Yumminess. Although I'm totes jealous of your gorgeous decking (one of the projects we weren't able to complete ourselves)!

    I just did a similar rundown on my blog, great minds baby ;) Happy New Year my lovely one and so looking forward to what you pull out of the bag in the new year!! xxx

  11. nice! Love the color in your home...happy 2013 :)

  12. Talk about a high success rate on following through with the goals! Love the patio!

  13. So good! Totally jealous of your upholstery job...Can't wait to see the master updates...and everything else you have in store this year!

  14. I'm impressed with all you have accomplished! Here's to another great year of decor/diy posts! Happy New Year!


  15. Great Elizabeth Great! ...and I was in on seeing most of the them. When I read "herb garden" I thought "huh?" and then I read "big fat goose egg" then I thought "ok, I didn't miss that one."


    Great job, girlfriend!

  16. Christina @ Floridays MomJanuary 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Looks like an amazing year if you ask me. I could revisit your reupholstered couch every year. Its still one of my most favorite transformations.

  17. I'm just about to post my final check in with my 2012 to do list. I wasn't nearly as successful as you but have high hopes for 2013! Thank you for the blogiversary wishes!

  18. 4 out of 5 is much better than I think I did {I actually didn't keep track}. Perhaps you can make an herb window box that doesn't need digging? There's nothing better than being "forced" to make a ton of pesto because you have too much basil. :)

  19. Oooo, I just love all your red and blue.


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