Friday, December 17, 2010

Projects Coming Up In 2011!

{I'm linking this post up to the Nester's Linky Party today...lots of great projects in store in blogland!}

With just under two weeks remaining in 2010, I am looking forward to 2011 and the projects that are planned. I also turn 50 this coming summer, shocking for me to even write because I seriously feel like I'm somewhere in my thirties! I hope to launch a small eZine in celebration of this event and what I sense will become a new phase of my life.

One of the projects I am hoping to tackle, as a big birthday present to myself, is to bring some order and beauty to our walk in closet off the master bedroom. Wouldn't that be a dream? I'd love lots of shelving and a few drawers to store various items and my favorite pieces of jewelry. Divine, let's see if this wish can come true!


I also need to finish the Hall Bathroom Redesign. I worked on the room this past summer as part of the list of projects undertaken to write tutorials on for HGTV.com, adding a frame around the plate glass mirror. I also painted, added towel rings, made and hung the chalkboard and brought in accessories. However, part of the design plan was to also add interest on one wall using a stencil.


The stencil below was made based on a design I've used for a few projects, by Whitewall & Company. I can't wait to see what it looks like on the wall behind the chalkboard, seen above.


Another stenciling project, which has me nervous when I think about the amount of work it will require, is to add a trellis pattern to the Master Bathroom WC walls. I used this stencil, from Cutting Edge Stencils, on a tray for another tutorial. The outcome had me so happy I decided the design just had to be added to a wall somewhere in my house. We'll have to see how this progresses!



On these walls? The space also needs a window treatment and light fixture. A little jewel box of a project.


Then the biggest project of the year is creating an office, carving a bit of space out of our very large bonus room to make it happen. (This post shows the floorplan.) Following the construction there will be two fun decorating projects to complete. The first, outfitting a functional work space for myself, with a door!! The second will be designing the bonus/media room for the family. And yes, while the idea of placing an office adjacent to a media room has some drawbacks, no one typically hangs out here during the times I work. And in the end, you got to utilize and work with the space you have!


For future resale the project creates what could also be a new bedroom, with a window and closet. This helps the project make a lot of sense, for now and the future.


Moving the bonus room entry will allow access to the small office/bedroom from the hall, instead of first entering the bonus room and then the new room. This change is important for resale value.


The space will measure approximately 8x10. Small, but large enough for an office and can also accommodate a twin bed, small side table and dresser if it were to be used as a bedroom.

I hope you'll enjoy following these projects over the next several months! But first, we are in the middle of the holiday season...beginning today the kids are off from school for two weeks, with my husband taking the same time off from work. How great is that?!?

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  1. I love that Whitehall stencil that you've used and I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing it, and of course I think the trellis will look awesome in the bathroom. It does sound like a lot of work, but what a statement it will make! I enjoy following all of your projects and am looking forward to seeing them in 2011. It will be nice to have everyone off together for the next two weeks - enjoy it!

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  2. You've got some great projects in mind! These will look fantastic.

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  3. Looks like some great ideas! I can't wait to see how your closet turns out because it looks to be the exact size and layout as mine! Best wishes for the new year!

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  4. Looks like some great ideas! I can't wait to see how your closet turns out because it looks to be the exact size and layout as mine! Best wishes for the new year!

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  5. Sorry - I don't know why my post got copied so many times!

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  6. looking forward to your projects ahead :)

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  7. Can't wait to see how they turn out! Keep us posted!

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  8. You're such an inspiration. My sister turned 50 this year and it's definitely the new 30. She's a lot of fun.

    I look forward to your upcoming projects.

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  9. Looking forward to seeing all of these projects come to life.

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  10. You amaze me, Janell! Just when I think you've completed some major projects that would take the breath out of the best of them, you already have some in the works. I'll look forward to seeing your office come together. I've always wanted a space of my own to be able to keep my sample books and other doo-dads out and at hand. We are looking to down-size next year so nothing will be done in this house, but when we go looking I'll be keeping my eye out for a place with a space for me.

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  11. I had a great year watching all your creativity and and motivation. I look forward to next year to watch your beautiful designs unfold. And here's to a prosperous end year bonus so I can join in the fun and finish up some old projects and start some long awaited ones in the new year!
    Enjoy your Holiday with your family!!
    Maureen

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  12. Janell, all of your future projects sound wonderful. I can't wait to see them all. I know they will be fabulous. Have a wonderful time with the children and hubby home for the Holiday. Hugs, Marty

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  13. I can't get over how organized you are, Janell! I'm just starting to get ready for the holidays and I can't even begin to think about the new year! I'm looking forward to following all of your new projects!

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  14. Hi, Janell, I know you got a lot done this year & sounds like 2011 will be just as productive. Can't wait for the new year.

    I'm having a Top Projects of 2010 party on 12/29 & would love for you to join. I'm doing a post of all my best projects of the year, with before & after pics. Did it last year & it's a lot of fun!

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  15. ooooh, I can't wait to see you bring all this into fruition! my head is buzzing with all I want to do in my home next year too.

    and yay that your entire family is off for two weeks together!!! I take the time off work too, but my hubby is a therapist and is lucky to get christmas eve and day off!

    have a great weekend janell!

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  16. This upcoming year I will take a few pages from your book. You've really been a huge inspiration for me in both my work and personal life. Thanks Janell for being so giving of your time, talent, and showing us your heart.

    Many hugs to you and your family. They are lucky to share a roof with you. I'm sure you would say your feelings about them are mutual.

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  17. looks like you have some great projects ahead! i love the stencil for behind the chalkboard, and i can't wait to see how the new office will turn out! I too am going to tackle my closet this upcoming year....wish me luck! haha

    http://amberandgang.blogspot.com

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  18. Oh, I can't wait to see how you build the new office/future bedroom! That's an excellent idea.

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  19. Phew! Your projects are big ones - good luck! I can't wait to follow along though. Love the stencils, as a renter I would love to try a wall since we can't wallpaper. Just need to find some time and patience!

    Enjoy your holidays with the family. My kids have one more day and then we can sleep in! Maybe we will get some snow here on the "wet" coast?

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  20. You're only as old as you feel and look and I would say you are definitely 30!
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming projects! :)

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  21. You are an inspiration...and an ambitious lady! Can't wait to see all these projects come to fruition! (And I can't believe you will be 50...you seriously don't look a day over 30. Let me in on your beauty secrets...will ya?)

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  22. You are so ambitious, I'm getting exhausted just reading about your projects! Happy Birthday, can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2011

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  23. As you know, I am a huge stencil fan, so go for it! It's only paint and time - if you hate it, then you can always change it quickly. And I am SO excited that you are deciding to move forward with the eZine!

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  24. Quite the list - What impresses me is that you put a (long) list together and then see it through - That is what I really like about following your blog. What I am most excited about how your eZine turns out as well as that entire bonus room project - I really love the callouts in your pictures.

    Best of luck - You know I will be tuning in to see how things go

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  25. I am waiting anxiously to see what becomes of you closet...I, too, need this revamped with storage, etc. and can't wait to see what you do and how you do it! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family =)

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  26. Janell, no surprise you already have 2011 already planned out!! You've read my mind and I hope to do the same...plan out the 2011 projects!!

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  27. Oh we so need to chat. We have a very large bonus room as well . . media/playroom with my desk space. Never thought of walling it off. If you ever get the chance, can you tell me the size of your bonus room. Curious if it's a similar size. Hmmmmm. mama needs a separate work space!!!

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  28. I can't wait to follow you along with all of these projects! I can't wait!

    Have a great weekend Janell!

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  29. No way are you going to be 5-0! What? I think you may have that wrong. . .

    Excited about your projects. I definitely have our master closet on my list, as well. I would just settle for clean--it doesn't have to even be pretty!

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  30. I'll be 50 in 2011 too. I'm looking forward to seeing all the things you create this next year.

    Enjoy your holidays with the family.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

    Katharine

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  31. I am so jealous of how you determinedly move from project to project, enhancing the enjoyment and value of your home with every step. You don't over or underdo, you always get it just right.

    And I had to laugh at the lampshades in your closet... don't we all have our assortment of lampshades that are ladies in waiting for the perfect job? :)

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  32. I'm getting inspired just reading your upcoming projects! We need to do our master closet so terribly. I'm hoping 2011 is the year for that! Have a great weekend, Janell. It'll be fun to have the kids home for a couple weeks and your husband.

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  33. Janell...50 is the new 40 so no worries there! And...it looks like you will be so busy that you won't even notice a little ole birthday :) I had to take everything out of my closet last summer when I had hardwoods installed. So I painted it, changed out all of my hangers and totally re-orgnaized it. For a while I just stood in there staring at it because I could not believe it looked so good! It took 2 days to take it all out and a week to put it all back in!

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  34. Oh! That sounds so exciting. Can't wait to see how the new office space turns out. And thanks for sharing that link to the stencil...I'm in search a fun one to do behind my build in bookshelves in my room!

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  35. Our media room is still being used as a storage 'dump' and I've always had the feeling that it would be a playroom sooner than a media room. We'll see. Your plans look great. So funny that your closet has all those lampshades in there! I could work organizing wonders in there- it's my favorite thing to do:)

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  36. I love the idea of using tape to mark out a new space - it makes it so much easier to envision. I can't wait to see what you do with the new office!

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  37. Such exciting projects--esp the office! Cannot wait to see how they progress...

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  38. You have some great projects ahead of you! I know it will all be wonderful when you are done.
    ~Amanda

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  39. I really like the colors that you have chosen for the stencils pasted onto the storage trays. The grey matches the tray color and the pale yellow complements the entire setup. I think the trays would be good for many areas around the house. They can help organize the toiletries in the bathroom, make up kit for the dressing table, medicine bottles or condiments in the kitchen.

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