One of the reasons we love living at our Tanglewood House is we get to make it our own and that means projects! I love love love home projects! Big small and in between. Here’s a look at what we are planning for our home in 2021.

Today I’m partnering with a couple of my favorite bloggers to share upcoming plans in and around our homes.

Make sure you visit their blogs. Links are at the bottom of this post.

If you missed YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED IN 2020 you might want to check out all the projects we tackled this year.

When it comes to 2021 our to-do list is extensive, expansive, and not very realistic. I often have a short memory problem when it comes to remembering how long most projects take.

I may be a bit short-sighted when it comes to the time projects take but I’m a savant when it comes to guessing how much a project will cost.

So I always have a running tab in my head for each project.

This coming year I have two must-do projects, well maybe three on my list this year. Bobby has added another project to his list for 2021.

The first thing I want to do is to get retractable roman shades that are remotely controlled for all of our windows.

And we have lots of windows at this house!

Our sunroom has windows on three sides of the room which gives us such pretty views our our country golf course.

We have really nice custom blinds in the house and when I moved in I was thrilled with them.

However, I would love to look out our windows without having to hoist the blinds up every day. They are heavy!!! And I’m not a fan of looking through the slats.

I’m thinking about Roman shades but that’s only a guess. I’ll really have to get busy and find some that work with our style and color palette.

There are so many great sales on Roman shades right now I want to take advantage of them.

I feel the next bigger project for 2021 is the “elephant” in the room. Our stairs!

They really are beautiful. A full double set of stairs is impressive. And our loft/ living room upstairs is a great size but all those balusters (spindles) are driving me crazy!!!

They are so visually annoying I really can’t enjoy the pretty loft!

This area is a lovely part of living in an open concept home. HOWEVER…

There are just too many spindles!!!!!

I don’t have it all figured out just yet, but I’m thinking about a very soft gray, plain, wrought iron spindle (no embellishment) with a limed wood newel post and cap.

I am wild about the little french table sitting next to our sofa. The color and gentle liming are fetching.

So I’m thinking about that same wood with the same treatment for the newel post, newel cap, handrails.

And I’ll be looking for a fabulous low pile runner up the stairs. When our little ones come the stairs are very noisy!

Once the stairs are done I am going to get busy decorating the loft/upstairs living area. I have so many plans for our loft.

Because we can see the loft from our great room I think the furnishings need to be simple but ample as a second living area for overnight guests or for our grandkids when they get a bit older.

I’m trying not to drag my feet too much on this project. We lived with lots of workmen in our home at the end of 2019 when we moved in and a good deal of 2020. It’s nice not to have a house with other people in and out of it. At least for a little bit.

The next project on our list is the sunroom ceiling. I would like to plank our ceiling with whitewashed boards. And get a new fan.

This was a project I wanted done last year, but we just could not fit it in.

This room is a smaller space with such nice architectural features. And I think a planked ceiling in here would draw the eye up and out the windows.

Our next project is small and we can easily do it ourselves in a weekend or two. It’s our main floor powder room. This room like the rest of our home has high ceilings. The pedestal sink is really pretty but I would like a new faucet.

I’m keeping a silver/nickel look for all the hardware in this bathroom to work with the door handles.

Also I would love new lighting and a new mirror!

I love this mirror!

It’s tall and narrow and would look rather dramatic in the powder room.

This chandelier caught my eye too.

And I have almost decided on wallpaper for this bathroom.

These are the four wallpapers I’ve narrowed my search down to…

I’ve ordered one roll of each right before Christmas to see what we like best.

The next plan for our home is in a very early stage. However, we would like to start this next project in the fall of 2021.

Bobby and I have been talking about adding a kitchenette/eating area/ bathroom and another living space that is big enough to hold our pool table, sectionals, chairs etc. in the basement.

We also would like to add a fourth bedroom that would be a bunkhouse for our grandchildren to grow into.

Because our basement is the full footprint of our home and has French doors out to a covered patio it would be the perfect area for entertaining lots of family and friends.

Bobby would like all this to be in our basement.

My plan is a little different than Bobby’s.

I would like to turn the storage over the garage, which we do not use for any storage, into another bedroom (bunkhouse) and bathroom. Then all the bedrooms would be upstairs and open to the upstairs loft. Then the basement could be a man cave (bar, kitchenette, and game room) with a bathroom.

I somewhat feel that creating more living space defeats the move from StoneGable a bit. Our Tanglewood House has lots of room but as our family grows I can see it could be a bit tight when we are all together with extended family.

I’m sure this project will take us into 2022.

There is still lots of decorating to do here at Tanglewood. You really need to live in a house for a solid year to get a real feel of how to decorate it. I think I’ll be doing some decorating in every room in our home.

One thing I know for certain this year, just like every other year, is that our homes change and there is always something to do. And there is no such thing as being done! Ever!

I hope you will come along with me as I share how we are creating a second forever home at the Tanglewood House.

I would love to hear what you might be doing in 2021 at your home!

Now please visit my friends and see what they are sharing…

end of year plans for 2021

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  1. Katherine Shirley says:

    Can you tell me more about your French table beside the sofa?

    1. Hi Katherine, I found it at Hayneedle years ago. It is called the 4 HANDS ROUND TABLE. I checked on Hayneedle and like most things that have been ordered a few years ago it is no longer in stock. Sorry!

  2. I am looking forward to seeing what you and Bobby accomplish at Tanglewood in 2021!

  3. Laurene Shewan says:

    The spindles are spaced according to the law, but I agree with you, they are visually distracting. Although not my decorating style, I’ve seen them use sheets of plexiglass between spindles.

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Yvonne, Love to read all your plans forTanglewood. Our plans for our home are far less but we have a few years on us. Most of the projects involve painting and some new appliances in the kitchen. Also some new flooring in our hallway and bedrooms. Always starting to plan new gardening projects in January and I got a very nice gift certificate to my favorite garden center. Time to read the catalogs and dream about spring.

      1. Cecilia from Georgia says:

        You put the P in plan! I’m still wanting to paint my fireplace and paint my cabinets! Maybe this is the year for doing it! Can’t wait to see how you accomplish each project! Happy New Year ??

      2. I forgot about garden plans! One of the biggest things I miss about StoneGable is my big garden. Oh I loved growing veggies and cuttible flowers. We are also planning on the container gardening I am doing on our patio. Enjoy planning that garden!

    2. I’ll keep the number of spindles, there is nothing I can do about that, but I can make them less ornate and noticeable. Plexiglass is not my style either. It’s just too modern.

  4. Marilyn S. says:

    I never tire of seeing the rooms in your house -I always leave feeling so inspired to do a little something in my own house. Its just beautiful.

    1. Thank you Marilyn, you are so right. Just do something little! That is a wonderful start!

  5. Dear Yvonne,

    Your home is so BEAUTIFUL and I love getting your posts! 2020 was the year to redo homes and I believe 2021 will be the same lol. On planking the ceiling, we did our vault this year and please rethink the whitewashing instead of just white paint. If you whitewash, all you see is ceiling when you walk into the room. The ceiling fights with the views. We decided to repaint ours white and so happy we did. You still have the lines in between the boards that give you a visual interest. It’s just not so in your face as the whitewashed boards are. Just a thought. Happy Nesting! Sandy

  6. I have the same stair rail. We have painted the spindles white and stained the top, but they are dated and there’s so many that you see first thing coming in the door. Can’t wait to see what you do with the stairs and the rest of your house.

  7. Looking forward to seeing your plans for the upcoming year. One project that we have planned at our house is a new maintenance free deck. We already put the planning stage in motion last fall so it is ready to be started this spring. I can’t wait! Decorating the new deck will be fun and then of course of all the landscaping projects related to that.

    1. What a great project Barb! You will be so happy to have a deck that looks good and is ready to be enjoyed for years!

  8. June E. Gerstner says:

    Yvonne, have you ever considered Hunter Douglas Silhouettes for your windows. I too live on a golf course and love to look out the windows all day. However I don’t want to live in a fishbowl. Silhouettes allow me to see what’s outside without people outside seeing me unless I’m standing next to lighting that’s turned on. They’re perfect and I love them!

    1. Yes, I just signed up for a decorator to come and give me a consultation. So thankful for the great lead, June!

  9. The to do list for your home is a long one and very ambitious.I hope to do a bit of interior painting and maybe have the exterior of our home painted a pale gray,our neighborhood is a sea of beige.Looking forward to seeing how your home progresses.Happy New Year to you and your family.

    1. HAPPY NEW YEAR, Doreen. Gray sounds lovely. Especially in a sea of beige.

  10. Having the loft area for kid play is a wonderful idea. Our ‘gallery’ the enclosed upstairs porch, is a favorite place for our grands to pull books off low shelves to read and recently play marbles.

    1. LOVE your home, Linda. No wonder they enjoy being on the upstairs porch. Blessings to you in 2021

  11. Carol Tyler says:

    Check out Hunter Douglas Vignettes. Best roman style shades on the market. Controlled folds that never wrinkle. When up, are totally hidden in the headrail. Remote controlled. No cords. When down still look good from the outside as there are no cords, just a soft white lining. Lots of colors and textures to pick from. They would look good in your sunroom, and you can get room darkening for the bedrooms. I love them and I think you would too!

    1. Wow, these look amazing! I just signed up for a decorator to give me a call. Thank you!

  12. Love the changes you made and your plans for the future…fun! We moved/downsized to an apartment with LOTS of BIG windows and I did not want any drapery. We chose a tan/beige very muted grass pattern shades. And we splurged on the Hunter Douglas PowerView….all controlled from a remote. One at a time, all at once, or we have a “favorite” setting. LOVE THEM! So clean, when they are up all you see is the clean header. Got them from a small business in Willow Street – and the customer service has been amazing. 3 years in we needed to change the batteries, had a problem, and no worries, someone came and helped us. Email me if you need the name! Happy New Year !

  13. Yvonne, I love watching your lovely home evolve! The plans sound wonderful!! We, too, wound up with more living space than we expected when we moved to our townhouse but love having the extra space. The basement adds so much. Can’t wait to see what you do… 🙂

    1. Lory, your home is so lovely and well appointed! I’m pretty sure we will remodel out basement but I really don’t want more space to care for,

  14. Love your ideas….you’re home is always a “work in progress”! Would you mind providing the site you found the chandelier I cannot pull up that information. I will look forward to all your updates….have a wonderful 2021! ?

  15. Ooh I love all these ideas Yvonne! I l think the planked ceiling would look amazing in the sunroom and can’t wait to see the new spindles too! You always have such great taste – I know whatever you do will be beautiful!

    Happy New Year!


  16. Our downstairs has a full kitchen, bathroom and a room set up as a bedroom. There is a full fireplace and large living area, but we rarely use this area. I would never spend the money on doing this. The bottom line is that it is a lot of wasted space and upkeep for such limited use. As much as the kids do enjoy this private space when they’re here, it is far too seldom and as years go on, they visits are less frequent even though we live on a lake. Your idea of doing another bedroom upstairs instead is a winner in my book. It will be fun to see your updates this year since we adopt so many of your ideas.

  17. I do love your blog especially the things you have done to Tanglewood. It looking just like should for you too. Can I say I think your idea od above the garage for the extra large bedroom, etc. Sorry Bobby, but I’m sure you will adore your big man cave!!

    My plans for 2021, which by the way if you write it twenty, twenty-one it moving forward doesn’t it? That’s my theory anyway so I am moving forward and recreating a delightful garden from my mostly weed patch. Even my neighbor said that I was very good at growing weeds! I also have get rid of all the stuff in the house that I don’t need and then repaint and lay new carpets, clean the roof and gutterings…………

  18. Susan Garner says:

    I love your blog, that you share your faith and encourage us in ours, your decorating style is my favorite, and as I look, I am inspired to do more…. we recently moved to a brick colonial. I/we’ve painted the door one two many times and can NOT get it right…then I logged in and saw your door. That’s it! My mind said! Can you possibly tell me the color?

  19. Yvonne, you are very ambitious! We titled last year Extreme Makeover 2020 here at our home in WV. We are actually working on our basement how your husband wants to do to yours. Exercise area, wet bar, eat-in area, bathroom, pool table and a cave man size tv. Check with your zoning on the bedroom. Even though we have French doors to the outside we were not permitted to have a bedroom in this area. After our final inspection, I will figure out just how to incorporate a bedroom using a day bed or futon. Looking forward to seeing what you do!

  20. I read your emails regularly. I love your ideas and pictures! We built our house 7 years ago and it has dark cabinets that I don’t really want to change just yet. How can I convert my decorations and fixtures (lights, handles, etc.) to slowly incorporate the lighter colors that you have? My style is coastal more than farmhouse because I live near the water in Florida. Thank you!

  21. Marilyn Holland says:

    I’m very anxious to see your ideas for the upstairs loft. I recently had my baby grand piano removed from my loft after 15 years and I’m having a hard time deciding how to decorate it. I think I need a wow feature. Looking forward to seeing what great ideas you have.