Welcome February

February 1, 2020



Hello my dear friend!  Can you believe that the first month of the year is already over?


So much emphasis is put on January being a fresh start and the changes that should be made, but I think a good part of the month is just spent trying to get back on our feet after the holidays.  My friend Michael said a few days ago that he has "decided to look at January as a trial  month for 2020," and maybe we should all think along those lines.....unless of course, you had a super-successful and productive month.  In that case, kudos to you and I'm a little jealous!







A LOOK BACK AT JANUARY


Although I didn't hit most of my blogging or personal goals I had set for the month, I am starting February off pretty proud of what I did accomplish.


  • I was finally able to cross one room off of the reno list at the MacTavish House.  The living room reveal will be live sometime tomorrow and I am over-the-moon excited to share it with you.  It is a perfect mixture of all the things I love and basically came together exactly as I had envisioned.  It would have happened before the end of the month as I had planned, except there was a small issue with none of the pillows I had bought working with the rest of the room.  A last minute order to Target kept me from being able to shoot the final pictures until yesterday.  

  • After a pretty quiet 2019 on the blog, it felt so good to finally be back in the blogging world full time.  It is taking some time to get myself back into the habits of photo shoots and editing, recipe testing, project creation, and writing, but I'm getting there.  And your thoughtful comments and emails here and on Instagram/Facebook really help.  I may not always get an opportunity to craft a message back to each and every one, but they do touch my heart and I am thankful.

  • I posted quite a few times, so here is a little recap at the end of today's post in case you missed anything.  My email newsletter has been going out on Sunday mornings with a highlight of everything that has been posted each week, but if you aren't a subscriber there may have been posts you didn't see.

  • Because it gets dark so early and the weather isn't always great, I was finding I had to force myself to go back down to the house to work for a few more hours each day after dinner.  I made a small habit change and now spend an additional hour there after I get off of work before going home to get something to eat.  Such a small change, but I feel like I get more done in that hour than I was in two later in the evening.






WHAT'S IN STORE FOR FEBRUARY?


A few things I had planned for the month have been pushed into February because quite frankly, I was overly optimistic about what I could get posted this month.


  • One post you'll be seeing soon is the first in my Styling Recipes series, which many of you seemed excited about when I shared the idea in January.  In case you missed that post, I plan on taking you step by step in creating vignettes using whatever decor you already have.  For this month, I'll be showing you the framework for a basic vignette that is perfect for your mantel, buffet, or entryway console table as well as some ways to take it beyond the basic.

  • Also this month, I've got a few really awesome transformations of decor and furniture that I already had, but they just needed a little love to make them fit into my current home.  You'll see both in my reveal tomorrow, but you have to see the before to fully appreciate the after.  I'm hoping these posts will allow you to look at your own unloved pieces to see that they can still be perfect for your home with a little creativity.

  • Now that the living room is complete, I am moving on to the "breakfast nook" which connects the living room to the kitchen.  I'm crossing my fingers that I can get this space done by the end of March.  The hardest part is probably going to be the floor. I'm hoping I can get the original hardwood up from the entryway and bathroom to reuse in this room.  Since this was once the porch, it doesn't have flooring like the rest of the rooms and I didn't really want the hardwood in the entry and bathroom where water can damage it.  If you've ever been able to remove old hardwood in one piece, I'd love to hear from you.






  • I've got recipes for two desserts and two appetizers coming your way throughout the month, too, for those of you who enjoy finding new recipes as well as some more DIYs for the breakfast nook and a few helpful posts to organize your paint and more.

  • And of course, the biggest post of the month will be happening tomorrow when I finally reveal the living room design!  Do you get the sense that I'm really happy this is finally happening?!?!



LOOKING FURTHER INTO THE FUTURE


It is a little early to begin discussing this, but I am excited to share that for the first time ever, I plan on participating in the One Room Challenge in April which makes me both scared to death and excited beyond belief.  In case you've never heard of it, the ORC involves a community of bloggers each joining together to completely redo one room start to finish in their home over the course of six weeks.  While I had given some thought to doing this sometime in the future, I took it as a sign on Wednesday when I clicked to read someone's full post in my Instagram feed and she mentioned that it was the first day to sign up.

I plan on doing the entryway for this series, which is why I'm hoping the breakfast nook can be completed before then.  Looking at the entry now, I question if I've gotten myself into too much, but maybe the added pressure of a six-week timeline is what I need!






I plan on doing a post like this at the beginning of each month both for your sake as well as my own.  It is helpful to force myself to look back over what has happened and plan for what is to come. I'm hoping that putting my goals out there for you will drive me to accomplish them.  And I personally love to hear what my favorite bloggers are up to, so I hope that you do, too.



Please share with me your thoughts on what I've posted here and if there is anything specific you'd like to see me do in the upcoming months in addition to what I've said.



JANUARY 2020 POSTS


DESIGN + RENOVATION


TRANSITION OF MY DATED LIVING ROOM -  Your best look at my room before the final reveal tomorrow!

HOW I DESIGNED AND BUILT A FAKE FIREPLACE for my living room

MY HOUSE HAS A NAME

A SIMPLE UPDATE FOR YOUR DATED OR UNLOVED SOFA for less than $30!

MODERN FARMHOUSE FIREPLACE INSPIRATION

ADDING LIFE TO YOUR HOME WITH POTTED PLANTS AND TREES - Over 24 realistic versions you can buy for yourself!


DIY PROJECTS FOR YOUR HOME


FRAMED PLASTER MEDALLION WALL ART DIY

DIY PICTURE LEDGE SHELVES - A building project for any skill level


RECIPES


MOST FLAVORFUL HAM + POTATO SOUP

CROCK POT COCKTAIL HOT DOG APPETIZER in a delicious grape jelly and ketchup sauce

OATMEAL APPLESAUCE COOKIES


ORGANIZING


Simple tips for ORGANIZING YOUR OLD FAMILY PHOTOS


FREE PRINTABLES


BLACK + WHITE FREE PRINTABLE 2020 CALENDAR


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