House Goals 2018

With Christmas behind us and the new year upon us, it's time to start thinking about goals for 2018. I'm personally kind of a goal lover. Like a true goal freak. If anything ever consistently makes me cry--it's seeing someone meet her goals. I'm always working on at least a few goals at any one time. But, at this time of year, more than any, I love to set a few goals. 

House Goals 2018 

So, I thought I'd take a minute and write down my House Goals for 2018. I used capital letters there so you know it's a pretty big deal. I'm usually determined as all get-out--when I set a goal, I stop at no costs to make sure I meet it. House projects aren't really that way for me though. I get so distracted so easily--and my goals seem to change every 3 minutes. But, not this year. 2018--I'm coming for you! 

Part of the problem is that I've always seem to be a bit split in my design choices. I love glitz and glam and all things modern farmhouse--two styles that don't really mesh well together. And committing to expensive design choices can be tough enough as-is, much less when you're split between two design styles that seem so opposite of each other.

But in December, I finally added board and batten to my kitchen hallway, and it just solidified my love for modern farmhouse style. This, of course, should come as no surprise to me--I'm always a little behind the times when it comes to anything. Once everyone is finally over something, that's when I begin liking it. So of course now that modern farmhouse has been around for a few years, I'm finally ready to jump full-on to the bandwagon. Here's hoping it's here to stay a while longer--and I don't fall head over heels for something else. (But, knowing me, I'm sure I will. Mid-mod has certainly caught my eye lately!)

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Ok, so on to the goals already! Here are my top five house goals--what I'm realistically hoping to accomplish--in 2018.


Our downstairs powder bath gets a lot of action, y'all. And it is truly horrific. It's covered in the ugliest wall paper I've ever seen, with a dark and drab framed mirror and vanity. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself!

Powder Bath Before
Powder Bathroom Before Makeover 

Those are the only ugly pictures I'm going to show. I'm sorry if your eyes are bleeding. Ok, now that that's behind us, I have big plans for this space. Starting with shiplapping the walls, painting the vanity, and replacing the mirror and light fixture. Eventually I want to do something about these floors. I *may* paint the tile as a temporary fix before I can replace the flooring--that's not gonna happen in 2018, though. I know my limits!! The shiplap alone will GREATLY improve this space, and I can't wait to get started!! Here's some inspiration I've been eyeing:

Ikea Modern Farmhouse Bathroom 

Via Ikea

Modern Farmhouse Powder Bath via Kate Marker Interiors
Powder Bath via Studio McGee

Via Studio McGee


So, I have painted one interior door in my living room, and y'all, I freaking love it. I think it adds so much character to a builder grade home, and it's a relatively quick and easy project! (especially when your awesome hubs does it for you!!) The interior door in the living room is simply spray painted in a black satin using a can of spray paint I picked up at Home Depot. But, I want to paint all the interior doors on the main floor with Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal--including the pantry double doors, the dining room double doors, the laundry room door, and the bathroom door. That's 6 doors that will all get a cute facelift! To see why I chose Kendall Charcoal, just check out these gorgeous painted interior doors:

Kendall Charcoal Door via Cynthia Harper 
Kendall Charcoal Door via The Inspired Room 
Kendall Charcoal Door via Pine and Prospect Home

Via Pine and Prospect Home


See Goal #1, above. But, if for some reason, we fail miserably in goal #1, I want to add shiplap somewhere--anywhere in this house! Obviously, the downstairs bath is my first choice. And choice #2 is the master bedroom. I know I don't need to tell you guys how dreamy shiplap is!!

Shiplap via Oakstone Homes
Shiplap Bedroom via Liz Marie Blog 
Shiplap via Melanie Turner Interiors

Via Melanie Turner Interiors


I have seen the MOST adorable cutting board storage solutions all over Instagram and Pinterest. And, when I was brainstorming ways I could add some farmhouse charm to this builder grade in 2018, this was definitely one of the projects I wanted to complete. I have an empty cabinet wall spanning from floor to ceiling in the kitchen and I think a rack to corral all my cutting boards would be perfect for this space!

Cutting Board Rack via Rooms for Rent 
Cutting Board Storage via Pine and Prospect Home
Cutting Board Rack via Nina Hendrick 

Via Nina Hendrick


My living room could definitely use some character and there is lots I'd like to do to finalize the space. It might seem silly to "re-do" the walls in the living room, since we painted the whole living room right after we moved in. Covering up 2/3 of that in board and batten makes painting the whole living room feel wasted. But, the space feels empty and lacking, and I know board and batten will give it just the facelift it needs. Plus, we spend 99.9% of our time in this room, which opens up to the kitchen. So why not get it looking good?

Board and Batten via Decor Pad 
Board and Batten via Life with Katie Blythe
Board and Batten via Rogue Engineer

Via Rogue Engineer

And there it is, friends. One year, five (hopefully attainable) goals. Have you ever attempted any of these projects? What have you done? And what are you planning for 2018? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

XOXO, Jules