With January half way over it feels a little late for reflections on 2015, especially as I’m writing this surrounded by construction noise and dust from what will be our big project of 2016. In 2015 I think I came to understand for the first time that decorating means a deeper level of engagement than just putting things I love, or at least like, in a room. In other words, I learned that if you want your house to look decorated, you have to decorate it. Duh.
Take for example our breakfast nook. This was added as part of our big kitchen remodel in 2009, and we always loved it and used it constantly, yet I never decorated it. Here is what it looked like before:
And here is what it looked like after my 2015 revelation. Nothing extraordinary or dramatic necessarily, but it’s definitely a much more pleasing space (see more here):
I also tackled Opal’s room, and our living room. Here is the closest thing I have to a before shot of the living room (more details here):
And here is what it looks like in more recent days. Again, no huge dramatic changes (although the rug is definitely dramatic), but with the help of some more appropriately scaled furniture and less clutter, it feels much more put together:
Opal’s room is a similar story — the changes are just paint and textiles, but I think it made a big difference:
And last but not least, the playroom, which, with the addition of wallpaper and the DIY hinged chalkboard playhouse, was definitely my biggest project of 2015. Here is a super flattering before pic:
And here is what it looks like now:
I plan to share more details about how we made the playhouse soon.
The big project of 2016 will be our new master bedroom! We are turning what has been our guest room into our bedroom, with the addition of a closet that will *hopefully* hold both of our clothes. The room is tiny, with a steeply pitched roofline and barely enough space for a queen bed. It’s not without challenges, but I think it’s going to work!
I came up with two plans for the room, and I’ve since scrapped both of them. Here is what the room looks like as of yesterday:
Super promising, right? But really, I think the end result is going to be beautiful!
What are your house goals for 2016? Any big projects in the works?
In case you missed it, Katie’s house tour was on Design*Sponge last week!
The breakfast nook is so inviting and that playroom transformation always wows me!
I have faith that whatever you do in your master bedroom will be amazing. I realized sloped walls can be a hassle (and I don’t have them, so maybe I shouldn’t talk), but I think that can add a really interesting dimension and element to a room. Look forward to seeing your master bedroom when it makes it to the other side!
Thank you! You’re right about sloped ceilings–they are hard to work around, but I think the character they add is worth it. Loved seeing your house tour on D*S too! 🙂
I love how Wolsey claims that spot. I tried to sit there once, and he wasn’t too happy. Good luck with the remodel! Remodeling is always disruptive, but usually worth it. Will be looking forward to befores and afters.
Thanks, dear Carol! We are definitely feeling the remodel pain right now, but I think it will be worth it in the end!
I love all the decorative touches you’ve added. It really does make a huge difference! One of our house goals is to actually purchase our first home, so hopefully some exciting things ahead!
Congratulations Whitney, that’s the biggest house goal of all! 🙂