A House Update: Why We Took a Break, Project Plans for 2020 + Where I Look for Inspiration

I’ve been brainstorming a lot the past week about what I want to see more of and share here in the coming year. And, not surprisingly the number one topic that kept nagging at me was house-related content. It used to be such a big part of this blog, and then it kind of fell off the radar. Well, there’s a reason for that! I figure before I can start sharing that type of content again – which, by the way I’m so excited to do! – that I need to share an update on why we took a break along with our house project plans for 2020. Settle in for a lengthy one!

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Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal

First things first –

Why did we take a break from working on our house?

Well, why does anybody take a break from anything? We were TIRED. If you’ve followed along from the beginning of our homeowner years, then you know that we hit the ground running on projects/renovations. Working on the house basically consumed our lives and our bank account. It was time to step back and experience/enjoy other activities for a while.

We’ve also kind of been living in limbo.

We never went into this house thinking it was our forever home. Not because we don’t love it or everything we’ve done to it, but mainly it’s not in the city/town/location that we hope to be in long-term. We came here for Ryan’s work, and that is still about the only thing keeping us where we are. Pretty sure the only other way we’ve established roots here is our doctors! We’re far away from family, there’s no friends close by, and there’s simply nothing going.

Late last summer and into early fall, we started to get serious about moving sooner than later. We didn’t want to go heavy on projects and spending unnecessary money if we were just going to say goodbye. BUT after a lot of thought and conversation throughout the last few months, we opted for a change in attitude (I touched on this in my intentions for 2020). We have so much for two people our age and just in general, and we need to enjoy that! We’re not not looking, but we’re also not itching for a move either. Basically the perfect house in the perfect location needs to come along to change our minds at this point.

That gave us the mindful green light to get back to treating our house as our home and not just some temporary dwelling on our way to the next best thing. Plus, all our projects will hopefully only better our house and our financial situation when we are ready to sell and move!

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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal – I can’t believe this was FOUR YEARS AGO!

Our house project plans for 2020

I fully admit that when I made this list, I was a bit excited. It has been so long since we’ve worked on the house that I forgot just how much I enjoy the process and the creative outlet that it provides! So, will all these projects make the cut in 2020? Only time will tell, but might as well dream big!

+ Refresh the front living room and family room. Some new furniture and decor and (maybe) fresh paint. The front living room space already is a work in progress that I’ll be sharing in the next couple weeks!

+ Paint the stair banister and treads.

+ Paint the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. Already have the paint picked out, and the first coat is up in the guest room!

+ Design the guest room. New bed and/or headboard, nightstand(s) and decor.

+ Create and set up a designated office space. Our current “office space” isn’t what I want the room to be long-term, so moving spaces now will save time and heavy-lifting in the future.

+ Update our master bedroom. Upgrade to a king size bed, new nightstands and fresh paint.

+ Bathrooms renovations. Last on the list because this is a big question mark. The hallway guest bathroom is probably more realistic since that’s mainly cosmetic work we can do ourselves. We might do the same in our master bathroom just to give it a slightly updated look without paying thousands to have the bathtub ripped out and shower redone. We’ll see!

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Dining Room Reveal

3 current go-to sources for inspiration

These days, I’m more drawn to transitional design that’s essentially the best of both the traditional and modern worlds. I’ll always love farmhouse style, but I want more of a modern take on it. These ladies each offer inspiration that I can pull from and combine for my perfect look.

+ Thrifty Decor Chick. I’ve followed Sarah for years, but her style really hit home for me once they moved into their new house. That family room is what my dreams are made of!

+ Almafied. Alma’s decor style leans more bohemian, but I love how she mixes textures for a fun, but still cozy vibe.

+ Lauren Loves. Lauren’s spaces just always look cool. A great balance of modern and classic/traditional.

What are some house/apartment projects that you have planned for 2020?

If you’re taking advantage of cold, snowy weather to get some house painting done, you might like this post!

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  1. 1.22.20
    Brittany said:

    Ah, house projects! Seriously such an undertaking, but always worth it in the end. Sounds like a great list for 2020! Can’t wait to see the updates!

    Brittany | http://www.pointed-north.com

  2. 1.15.20
    Anna said:

    It’s fun to see what others do with their homes. There’s always projects!

    We just bought a new house so have a long project list – some immediate, some longer term but there will definitely be a lot of work right away! Our current house was very much a defined short term home ( living in limbo as well), so we did some updates to make it work for us but didn’t get into decorating or anything.

    Luckily the new house has a remodeled kitchen and bath, but we want to convert two rooms into a master suite and then we’ll have a lot of furnishing/decorating to do as it’s twice the size of our current house and a very different style.

    • 1.18.20
      Karly said:

      I agree that the definition of home ownership is never-ending projects. Ha! Best of luck with all of yours.

  3. 1.15.20
    Kristy S. said:

    It’s the perfect time of year for projects at home! Decor refresh, anyone??? 🙂

  4. 1.15.20
    Debbie said:

    Sounds like some exciting plans for your home, and, as always, I’m sure everything will turn out beautiful!

    • 1.18.20
      Karly said:

      It has been fun to get back into!

  5. 1.15.20
    Biana said:

    I love all your house projects and think you have such a great eye for it! Glad to see it’s one of the things you’ll be working on in 2020! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 1.18.20
      Karly said:

      Awe, thank you! Means so much!

  6. 1.15.20
    Cara said:

    So exciting!! I’ve always loved your home posts- you have a great eye with design! I can definitely relate to what you were saying about living in limbo- that has been our family for awhile now because we know our current home isn’t forever. That said my husband and I both realized that it’s silly to not fully enjoy life here just because it isn’t a permanent place. Hope all the renovations go smoothly and can’t wait to see the end results!

    • 1.18.20
      Karly said:

      Thanks, girlie! It can be so hard to adjust your mindset when you know you won’t be living in the current place forever. BUT, it is our home right now so we might as well enjoy and treat it as such, right?!