Hi friends! Today just wanted to share some of my goals with you for the new year, specifically related to renovations and my work for this blog. 2017 was a great year for me, I felt the most fulfilled in my work that I ever had and worked so hard. It was a lot of fun and it feels so good to look back and see all my hard work in the form of our bnb home (which is 90% completed) and our own home (which is 100% completed, even though as any homeowner knows, you are never really finished).
Here are some projects I am looking to check off in 2018!
First, a few goals for my own home:
-Add a deck to our backyard and landscaping.
In the past two years, we have completed our interior renovations, but we haven’t done much to the outside besides having it painted white, adding the flowerbeds and building two playhouses (this is one, we haven’t blogged the second one yet). In 2018, we would like to add a deck and complete the landscaping in our yard.
-Tweak our kitchen for our new lifestyle.
Since bringing Nova home, we are eating (quick) meals at home constantly. This is a big change for us as we used to eat out a lot and when we cooked it was more leisurely before. Now I want to reorganize and completely redo our small pantry. I feel like this will really help me keep up with the daily tasks of food prep and the constant rotation of doing the same dishes over and over.
-Maximize our closet space.
We love our closets, but ever since we built out Nova’s closet custom I have been dreaming of how I could rework our closets to better fit what we have. I am planning to make a few small tweaks this year.
-Tweak Nova’s nursery for her toddler years.
Since we designed the nursery before we were matched, I always knew we’d need to do a round of tweaks once we came home with our child. For the record, I do not regret fully completing it before meeting Nova. It gave me something positive to do during one of the most difficult seasons of my life and it’s MUCH easier to tweak it now than it would be to design it from scratch. And since we plan to adopt another child in the future, anything Nova doesn’t use can be stored for them.
I’ll leave the full list of modifications for the post (I’ll be done by next month; already working on it now), but I’m so excited to keep using this room for her all throughout her childhood. I feel like it can definitely grow with her!
I still need to photograph our den, the hallway bathroom (also known as the “kids” bathroom or Nova’s bathroom for now), our master bedroom and my office.
-Film a before/after home tour.
When we first got the keys to this home, the first thing we did was film a “before” tour. I am SO looking forward to taking new footage of all the rooms and cutting it together with the BEFORE footage. I think that will be so satisfying after (coming up on) three years of hard work!
-Finish these bookshelves.
Working on this right now! I am really looking forward to completing this project. It’s one of my favorite projects of all time.
And next, a couple of goals for my bnb home:
-Tour the laundry room and living room.
I only have two tours left in this home before it’s completely done. Should I do a video tour for this one too?
-Landscape the exterior.
I am still deciding what to do in the backyard. It has a nice, big yard. I’m thinking of adding a playset and a willow tree to start with! And I still haven’t decided whether to paint the brick exterior. I know a lot of people are against painting brick, but a lot of the nicer homes that have been remodeled in this area are painted. I’m still on the fence.
Other goals for the blog in 2018 …
-A decor product line.
For years it’s been a goal of mine to do a product line in the decor category, but it has always fallen through or not felt right. I think this will finally be our year. I’m hopeful!
-Invest in a new property.
Not sure what kind, but I had such a great experience working on the bnb this past year that I’d like to invest in another property (and we’re definitely not moving, at least for a while!). I love the idea of doing a tiny home or a cabin. Right now, I’m just looking at options and dreaming.
Well, that’s all for my goals! Since becoming a mom I definitely have less time to run in infinite directions, so I am planning to pour all that I have into ABM, A Color Story (which will be launching a sister app in early 2018) and Oui Fresh. Here on the blog, I plan to mainly focus on my decor content, but I will still share other things I am passionate about like green beauty and occasional snapshots from my personal life.
If you have requests for anything you’d like to see on ABM (be it from me or one of the other writers), we’d love to hear it.
I can honestly say that after 10 years of blogging I am loving it more than ever … maybe even a lot more than ever. And I believe that the secret to our staying power is continuing to change and evolve each year and follow our passions.
I hope your 2018 is off to a great start! Love, Elsie
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography by Elsie Larson and Amber Ulmer.
Brilliant Idea.Love reading your posts.
I LIke your idea… Thanks
Brilliant ideas to make any home look modern and according to present day standards.
I am a lover of baby furniture..from bassinet to toddler beds. After I have seen that awesome crib, I can comfortably say that you have a great taste. Bravo and continue with the great job.
These are great objectives! This post was extremely propelling. good luck!
I love this blog and amazing pictures in the post. Good Job
Well done Elsie, this is a great post with some great goals. I love the images you have.
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Hi Elsie! I wondered if there was somewhere I can find out a little bit more about your exterior paint. I did a quick blog search and couldn’t find a post about it. I wondered about your paint color, if you went with a certain brand of paint that is better for Southern living, we live in Texas. Thank you!
I love this post and your return to the blog! It’s been such a delight to follow along your family adventures with the incredible Nova on instagram. If you ever have any desire to add watercolor animals to your home decor line (about which I am ridiculously excited), I would love to collaborate (or even just send something over to you- perhaps an animal alphabet poster?? – for Nova’s room)!
Don’t forget to show us your gorgeous bookshelves and desk that you painted white! I’m a sucker for shelfies ????
I don’t comment very often but I do love to follow your blog. I always find it so inspiring and beautiful.
I have a toddler at home (and another on the way) and I think this is the post you mention that you are thinking about changing up your kitchen to meet your new lifestyle needs. My apartment has changed so much since having a child and I imagine it will continue to evolve as our needs change. My daughter just turned 2 and these are a few things that have helped our kitchen work for us: 1. A toddler tower. We bought one that some grandparents made locally so I don’t have a good recommendation but I’m sure you can find something similar. I have a clear counter space that is away from any knives etc. that my daughter can stand at the counter and help me cook (think pouring in ingredients, stirring, putting toppings on pizza, ripping up lettuce). She loves to be involved and while it is more work, it means we can make cooking an activity and I love that she is learning about food all the time. 2. A spiralizer. Maybe you have one already. A fun way to incorporate more veggies as noodles into meals as your daughter might get pickier. 3. A special drawer for your daughter. I have a bunch of the lower drawers child locked (and the oven) but I have a big bottom drawer that isn’t locked. I keep all the kiddo plates and cutlery as well as basic snacks in it. This way my daughter helps to set the table (toddlers LOVE helping) and when baby comes she can help me by getting her snack and bringing it to me (crackers, apple chips etc). 4. An instant pot. It’s not the most glamorous way to cook but I have found it really helpful to be able to cook things quick without a lot of hands on work like making pulled chicken or doing yams or spaghetti squash.
Hope some of that is helpful to you. I look forward to seeing how you adapt your space as your daughter grows.
Would you try your hand at renovating a caravan/airstream trailer or something like that?
Also, to kind of fit in with the Curated Closet theme, I recently revamped my own wardrobe through thrifting classics like some linen pants, which I took in to fit me, and dying some of my old dresses which were getting a little tired looking. I love my “new” wardrobe and it cost me so little! Could you do a thrifted closet/revamped closet or something along those lines? Ad hoc clothing alterations are fun, but I struggle with curating outfits, so any help in this direction – at low cost (I never buy new clothes, I must say) would be interesting to the likes of me!
P.S. You have totally inspired me to adopt. Thank you so much for sharing your story so openly and honestly!
I love this idea Tully. One of my personal goals for the year is to start wearing more vintage.
Also- I am so happy you’re feeling inspired to adopt!
Your blog is so inspiring and beautiful!
All good things!
I see you have a picture of “Shelly”on your bulletin board, Twin Peaks fan?
Congrats! You are always so inspiring & I look forward to all the amazing things you WILL conquer this year! Can’t wait to see what’s next!
As tempting as it maybe, DON’T paint the brick unless it is deteriorating to the point that paint will stabilize the exterior. Painting never painted brick will always be a maintenance nightmare!
Wow, I absolutely love your white kitchen with green range! If my kitchen were that pretty, I would spend all day in there. I’m looking forward to see what you have planned in the new year.
Something I seriously need to do is maximise my closet space! Cannot wait to see the before and after video, I absolutely adore your posts and your writing style, you make me want to imporve my blog in every post! xx
These are awesome goals! This post was very motivating, good luck!
A decor line would be amazing!!!!!
One post series I really miss is the every day/around the office one. Although with everyone working in a different city I’m sure its close to impossible to do now.
Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings you ladies and your blog!