It’s almost 2020 friends! It’s a great time to look back over the last year and then look forward to the New Year! It’s been a wild year of personal and unexpected changes for me and as I settle into them I look forward to 2020 and the promise this new year brings!
Today and tomorrow my blogging friends and I are talking about all the changes and accomplishments we’ve experienced over the last year and what is to come for us and our blogs in the new year!
Lory at Designthusiam is THE BEST when it comes to organizing these amazing blog tours! And she is a wonderful friend of mine too! Thank you, Lory, for all your hard work and gorgeous content!
Make sure to visit the bloggers posted below and come back tomorrow to see more!
To say that 2019 was a year of change is quite an understatement! But I’ve been so used to life changes in the last few years!
2019 was full of surprises! Whoever would have thought that we would sell our beloved StoneGable! Memorial Day 2019 is like a big dividing line of BEFORE and AFTER in our lives!
On a whim last Memorial Day we looked at a home on a nearby golf course I had always admired.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve had a feeling that we really had outgrown our home. Maybe I should have said our home had outgrown us.
We raised our children at StoneGable and then lived as empty nesters. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms and a large house and property, our house was no longer practical for just Bobby and me. And no matter how much I LOVED our home and wanted to stay that nagging feeling would not go away.
After looking at the Tanglewood house on Memorial day of 2019 we knew it would be perfect for us and would still accommodate our family when they came to visit.
So, the summer was spent getting our beloved StoneGable ready to sell. To say it was an emotional summer was again a big understatement. I actually dubbed this time THE GREAT MOURNING! You can read about it HERE. I literally cried until I had no more tears in me!
And you can see HOW WE CAME TO LIVE AT TANGLEWOOD HERE.
Before we moved into our new home in October, the entire house was repainted. Tanglewood was a caramel tan. Not a color I would have chosen!
So we repainted everything! Walls, trim and everything but the kitchen cabinets.
I chose Benjamin Moore Simply White for the house because of its open-concept and high ceilings.
The new carpet in the bedrooms and loft was replaced with hardwood flooring too.
We moved in and immediately decorated our new home for fall. Nothing, not even a big move slows down decorating for the blog!
And by the end of October Tanglewood was decorated for Christmas! What a frenzy!
I must admit. I’m looking forward to de-decorating and enjoying Tanglewood’s great open spaces and pretty “bones”.
Moving from StoneGable into Tanglewood was not the only big change for us in 2019. During the same time we were selling our home our daughter, son-in-law and our two babies moved from Capitol Hill in Washington DC to San Diego! I was heartbroken!
Jonathan got a job offer he just could not refuse! I don’t think this is a permanent move thank goodness.
So, for now, we have become transcontinental travelers! We are making the most of the San Diego beach community my daughter and her family live in as we watch our little grandsons grow amidst the sun and surf of California.
Although there has been a wave of personal changes for me my blog has been a much needed constant in my life! I still get up every morning and can’t wait to go to work. And wonder how something I love to do so much can be called work! What a blessing!
This year has made me realize that EVERYTHING changes. I’m embracing the change and being thankful for each new day!
Now, let’s talk about 2020!
I’m looking forward to settling into a new routine and life here at Tanglewood now that frenetic fall and chaotic Christmas is behind me.
And I want to take you with me on the journey of making this house on a golf course a home!
You can look forward to lots and lots of home projects on the blog in 2020! We have already built a new fireplace. I can’t wait to show you how it was done! I know many of you would probably like to refresh your fireplace too and I’ll show you how!
Also, my office got a wall of built-in cabinets and french doors. Another project that many of you might like to see!
And we’ve tackled a few lighting projects I’ll be sharing too!
Here are a few other projects we hope to work on in 2020…
- kitchen makeover (so so excited about this one, see our kitchen above)
- banquette in the kitchen
- planking the small cathedral ceiling in the sunroom
- new sectional and other furniture in the sunroom
- a mini guest room makeover
- an “outdoor room” patio
- learning to container garden ( a big change from our gardens at StoneGable)
- powder room makeover
- maybe hardwood flooring in our 22-foot long foyer
- maybe a makeover for the stairs and banisters etc.
Yes, this is an ambitious list! But I am very determined to whip Tanglewood into shape and infuse it with lots of StoneGable style!
Right now I’m working on what will be posted on the blog in 2020! Here’s what you will see…
- lots of decorating posts
- interior design lessons broken down for everyday decorators like you and me
- easy decorating projects and DIY’S
- 20-minute decorating ideas
- pretty monthly tablescapes and table ideas and inspiration
- a weekly menu plan
- HOME STYLE SATURDAY series
- EASY ELEGANT WEDNESDAY series
- a Sunday lesson
- monthly PRACTICALLY SPEAKING post
- posts with more sources to see and/or purchase items on StoneGable
- seasonal decor and DIY’S
- house tours
- decorating videos
- new, easy to navigate StoneGable blog look
- and more!
I have high hopes and lots of plans for the new year! And they are all with YOU in mind!
As we close out 2019 I want to THANK YOU again for being a part of our StoneGable family! We have the nicest community of readers! Thank you for showing up and reading and commenting and supporting StoneGable and me!
YOU are THE BEST!!!! I think of you a hundred times and day and dearly love you!
If there are things you would like to see on StoneGable in the coming year, please let me know in the comments below!
May you be greatly blessed in 2020, friend!
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Now, let’s see what some of my blogging friends have to say about their year and future plans!