2020 House Goals And Resolutions

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As evidenced by my lack of progress in the last 6 months, I’ve been a real slacker in the home improvement department. I had grand plans for all that I wanted to accomplish in the world of makeovers last year, but for some reason, I stalled in May.

I’m rectifying that as of right now though!  With that promise made to myself, here’s my list of what I’m planning for this coming year.  It’s a pretty long list and budget will determine how quickly much of it gets done.


On May 3, 2019, I published my mood board and grand plans that I have for my master bedroom makeover.  On June 6, 2019, I published an update and that’s it – nothing since then.

I am beyond ready to finish this puppy up already!  I hope that I’ll have another update ready to share with you sometime next week.

design board for master bedroomPin


I’m sharing real-time updates in my Instagram stories and talking about why I’m making my design decisions in my Instagram stories, if you’d like to follow along.


This is where I left off on my to-do list:

  • Purchase new dresser and chest of drawers and change hardware.
  • Purchase new chairs.
  • Purchase new bed and bedding.
  • Purchase new bench for foot of the bed.
  • Hang wallpaper.
  • Replace and hang mirror above dresser.
  • Paint nightstands and change hardware.
  • Makeover or replace lamps on nightstands.
  • Add artwork above bed and above chest of drawers.
  • Add window treatments.
  • Replace ceiling fan.
  • Replace lamp in bay window area.
  • Purchase accent pillows.


I want to move to our master bathroom immediately following the completion of the master bedroom.

When we moved into this house, 5 years ago, we gave the bathroom a total remodel, but I never have come back to put the finishing touches on this room.  We need to do things like finish our vanities, finish caulking, paint the mirror frames and general decorating in the room.

These photos are what the bathroom looked like when we purchased the house and BEFORE we did any remodeling at all.  Let’s just say that things already look entirely different. 😀




During the remodel of our entire house, we didn’t do a major remodel in this bathroom.  We removed wallpaper, painted the walls and replaced the flooring and toilet and stopped there.  We knew we’d eventually come back around to finish the room up.


This year, we plan to paint the vanity and replace the hardware, frame out the huge mirror, replace the lighting and faucet and have our tub refinished, which will include getting rid of the glass doors.  I’ve never taken a single picture in here, hence the horrible pictures that I snapped with my phone last night.



There are several rooms in the house where the remodel and decorating was completed, but after 5 years, some of them are ready for a refresh.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how the foyer turned out, but I’ve never been happy with the gallery wall that I created going up our steps.  We won’t even talk about the huge hole I made in the wall that’s hidden behind one of the pictures.  Oops.

I’m ready to change it out, but the biggest challenge will be figuring out what in the world I want to do!  I may also change the rug and make some other small tweaks.

Stairway gallery wall idea #stairwayideas #stairwaygallerywall #gallerywall #artideas #farmhouseideasPin


Our family room underwent a pretty large refresh last spring and was given a much brighter look, but there are still a couple of things left to do – namely, replace the draperies and get a new area rug.  I also need to replace at least one of the side tables, possibly two.Ideas for decorating with neutral colorsPin

The only thing major about the next refresh is what the cost of a new area rug will be!

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After the house remodel, I actually completed decorating the dining room in August 2016.  Good grief – has it really been that long ago???



I’m ready to let go of some the farmhouse vibe in this room and give it more of an updated traditional appearance, which I plan to do with new artwork, a new area rug and possibly repainting or replacing my sideboard.

Wood tones warm up a room and bring it to life! || Worthing CourtPin


The decorating of the office was completed almost exactly two years ago.  This is another room where I’m ready to update and get rid of the farmhouse vibe.

I’ve already removed the sliding barn door, that we made for the bookcase, and have removed a lot of the art, but there’s still more to go.

An antique mail sorter becomes large scale "art" in a farmhouse style home office . #bookcases #barndoor #slidingdoor #farmhousePin

I plan to replace the two side chairs, get rid of the huge antique cubby hanging behind the desk, replace all of the artwork and possibly replace the desk.

Grey arm chairs flank a lateral file cabinet in a farmhouse style home office || Worthing CourtPin

So….that’s my ambitious house resolutions list for 2020, which doesn’t include all of the seasonal and holiday decorating that I’ll be doing along the way!  How about you – have you made any home resolutions this year?

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  1. Kathleen Rafferty says:

    Love what you are doing! We are in the same position of having to update the house. We plan on updating the powder room, and the downstairs will be painted Revere pewter next month. My question is what can I do with the furniture we can’t afford to replace? We have a plaid sofa in the living room that I would love to replace, but it isn’t in the budget. How can I make it less the elephant in the room!

    1. If reupholstering your sofa is in your budget, I would consider doing that. I know that can still be costly though, so if the sofa will stay as-is, you could add a few solid color pillows to it and a solid color throw blanket to cover some of the plaid. Another is to simply embrace it and use the colors in the plaid as the kicking off point for refreshing/redecorating the rest of the room. Doing that will help the plaid look “intentional”, if you know what I mean.

      As far as the other furniture, I say paint it or strip it (you can restain it or leave it natural if the wood is pretty). I’ve painted my entire dining room set, my entire set of guest bedroom furniture, my office desk, my huge entertainment center and several small side tables and chests. In fact, I’m getting ready to paint the nightstands as part of my master bedroom makeover. 😀

  2. Thanks so much for this post. I love to see other people’s homes (that appear to have the perfect home) are still a work in progress too. Your checklists are inspiring me to do the same for each room I’m working on.

    1. So glad you found some inspiration today!

  3. Donna Milazzo says:

    Good luck with your plans! For what it’s worth, I would not get rid of that desk! I think it’s beautiful, would be easy to change the color if that’s what you are tired of! I’ve been looking for a used desk and yours is quite unique with beautiful detail!

    1. Thank you for saying that!

  4. Lesley Iuso says:

    HI, I love your desk and the color!!! I wouldn’t get rid of it………..do you happen to know the color of the paint you used on it, I simple love it.

  5. I ADORE the hat rack in your dining room over the buffet. Wish I lived close to you so that I could purchase some of your farmhouse that you will be getting rid of.

    Your home is beautiful !! I look forward to seeing the progress.

    1. Thank you so much, Betsy. Wish you lived closer too!

  6. PLEASE–don’t lose the desk!! It is one of the best pieces in your home-imo. 🙂 Quick questions-why are you trying to get rid of the farmhouse vibe? Just bored or some other reason? Is it a trend that is on the way out? If so, where do you think this new decade is headed?? Thanks in advance for you reply! 🙂

    1. Let me preface this by saying, I truly believe that you should decorate your home in a way that you love and not feel pressured to keep up with the trends, which are always, always changing and evolving. To answer your question though, I think that farmhouse style is still very popular, but like with all trends, I see the original version of it (when it first hit the home decor scene several years ago), slowly losing momentum. What I’ve been seeing is a cleaner, more modern farmhouse style with less chippiness. I’m also seeing the return to updated traditional, which I’m really happy about because that’s more me. 😀

  7. Oh… I will miss your epic barn-door bookshelf, but I understand. You have lots to do this year! I have some home improvement projects… smaller ones than you, and some furniture makeovers I have planned, plus lots of storage projects! Here’s hoping we get all our goals accomplished, my friend!

    1. Amen to that, my friend! Can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing this year!

  8. I’m with the others – that desk is beautiful! I would just give
    it a refresh too, but don’t replace it. Suzy, I’ve loved everything you’ve done with your home and I know it will look great after you make some updates, even though I like it just as it is right now!

    1. I’m very on the fence with the desk. I still love the piece and won’t get rid of it until I’m positive that I’m ready to let it go. 😀 With everything else that I want to do, it’ll be a while before I get around to that room, so I’ll just see how the refresh comes together then.

  9. Oh how I wish I lived closer so I could buy up your cast offs! But, I am excited to see what you do with your house. I also would like a more traditional vibe and am s-l-o-w-l-y turning down the volume on the farmhouse. Of course, we have to finish painting everything first! We are going with Accessible Beige – just like your house! Looking forward to see how everything turns out. 🙂

    1. Hope you love Accessible Beige as much as I do! Happy painting!

  10. Suzy,
    So glad to read your blog post today. I always enjoy your posts!!!!! Will you be slip-covering your chairs in your office. That would be a cost-saving idea if you plan on keeping them. I would repaint some of my furniture (desk included) just the bottom and legs. I love the wooden top. I can hardly wait to see what all you will do. I know it will be BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Thanks for sharing what you do in your home. Thanks so much

    1. Hi Jean. The chairs in my office are cheap-o’s and aren’t sturdy, so I don’t think they’re worth the cost and effort of slip-covering. The day after I wrote this post, my husband actually found some chairs that we’ll be adding to our master bedroom and the chairs that are currently in there will move to the office. 😀

  11. Judy Hubbard says:

    Your home is beautiful but I understand the need to refresh! Good luck with your plans; looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

    1. Thank you! Hopefully, I can get it all done this year! 😀