5 Things I’m Glad We Did

Hello! I’ve unintentionally been missing in action over the last couple of weeks, but I’m back today to share some of my favorite projects. I’ve noticed several bloggers sharing their ‘home’ regrets recently, which got me thinking about my own.

What do I regret doing in our home? I’m pleased to admit that I don’t regret too many projects or decisions. One of my biggest regrets is the pocket door we installed downstairs. It’s great for saving space, but the cats figured out how to open it, and I don’t like that I can’t hang as much on that wall. Why? Less support to make room for the door. That being said, I’d rather focus on the things I wish I had done sooner.

First up is the trim in the living room. This simple and affordable project has added so much charm to our living room. It also effectively creates the illusion of a separate entry and living space. I absolutely love it. Click here and here for details regarding this project.

Second, I wish I had thought to create a separate space for gift wrapping years ago. Oh my gosh, this setup is amazing! I was actually just downstairs wrapping Ryan’s birthday gifts. I can easily grab what I need to quickly wrap a gift. Elfa from Container Store is a game changer for organizing closets, craft rooms, and other spaces. More Elfa inspiration.

Third, we should have paid for a landscape design years ago. We finally did last year, and our front yard looks so much better. We haven’t completely finished this project, but we are nearing the finish line. I love that the landscaping in the front hides the straight and narrow sidewalk. I’ve always preferred sidewalks with some curvature.

Fourth would be farmhouse style trim around the windows. We actually started this a few years ago, but I wish we would have done it from the start. We just didn’t know what we know now. Trim is one of the easiest ways to add charm to a home. I know I say that all the time.

I’ve saved maybe the most useful project for last, our closet. There was a single door to this closet originally. It was a nightmare to get in and out of. I hated it so much that I kept my clothes in our guest room. We finally got the nerve to expand the opening, and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Ryan and I both utilize this closet and it stays tidy. Why didn’t we do this after we moved in???

You may notice that several of these projects were completed last year. I think we’ve become more confident in our decision making and renovation skills. When we bought our house seven and a half years ago, we had no experience with renovations. We had done DIY projects, but that was it. Now we install tile, remove walls, build stairs, install trim, and more. I say all of this to stress that fact that creating a home takes time. (It also takes money…anybody got extra?) Be patient during the process, because the end result is worth it. You may have some regrets along the way, and that’s okay.

Before I go, I wanted to provide an update on the deck. As of right now, it is scheduled to be installed at the end of April. I can’t wait to share this project with you. Be sure to check back next week for a peek at the newest Keepsake ornament from Hallmark! I can’t wait!

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