My 2012 Goals Revisited

As we close out 2012 it’s time to take a look back at my 2012 Home Goals and see how I did! I’m actually a little nervous because I haven’t looked at these since I posted them. That’s probably not a good start. But looking back over the year, I feel like we have completed a lot of projects around our home and I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum into 2013!

So are you ready? Here are my Home Goals from 2012 with updates next to the titles :)

DDD Home Goals 2012

100% Complete  1. Finish updates to the family room

It may have taken me a full year to complete, but I did it! The Pallet Media Center was definitely one of the most time intensive projects I have worked on to date, but I love how it turned out. Here is the after picture, you can also view The Family Room Reveal Post for more photos.

 0% Complete 2. Attempt to plant a new garden this spring (after it was destroyed by our adorable Golden Retriever)

This was a total fail. I did nothing to our garden this year, I think I’m still scared our dog will destroy it. At least I’m still able to enjoy my beautiful hydrangeas every year!

Here is how it once looked after we spent some time on it a few years ago. It grew into a beautiful garden and now it looks like it’s been abandoned.

10% Complete 3. DIY Kitchen redo (paint cabinets, install new floors, new window treatments, etc.)

This project took a bit of a back burner this year. While we didn’t exactly start any work, but we did pick out the new flooring and I purchased the white paint for the cabinets! It’s a start!

100% Complete 4. Living Room redo (Paint, rearrange furniture, new window treatments and accessories)

According to my goals from last year, this is 100% Complete. I painted, brought in new furniture and changed out the window treatments but I haven’t actually shown it on the blog yet because there are still projects I would like to work on. It’s been more of a slow, gradual makeover this year. Lots more to come!

100% Complete 5. Create new artwork out of re-purposed wood for dining area

I DID complete the project I had in mind for this space, but it didn’t exactly end up in the dining area. I originally made the Deer Silhouette below for the dining room, but it ended up being too small for the space. Which means, I still need to create something for the last wall in the dining room. SO yes, this goal was completed, but just not in the way I had hoped!

0% Complete 6. Build a mantle around the fireplace

This has been on my ‘to-do’ list for about 5 years. No joke. After every Christmas I say to my husband, “We WILL have a mantel up by next Christmas!” and well, that has never happened. This will now go on the home goals list for the 6th year :)

0% Complete 7. Turn the entry way closet into a ‘mud-closet’

This got no where this year. Absolutely no where. But this year is already shaping up to be a big year of organization so I think we may tackle this one soon!

0% Complete 8. Organize the garage (install new storage system)

I know my husband wished this project was completed this year but sadly it wasn’t. Maybe in 2013?! :)

100% Complete 9. Update the walkway and front porch this spring

This year we gave our porch a mini makeover and it’s been fun to watch it evolve over the seasons. I love it. I wish I would have done more to the walkway, but we did give it a fresh coat of bark to freshen things up! Here is a look at how it has changed over the past few months.

Before Porch

Spring Porch by Design, Dining + Diapers


Fall Porch by Design, Dining + Diapers


50% Complete 10. Paint the white trim on the exterior of our house

We actually did start painting the trim this summer. The whole porch was painted during the makeover above and my husband gave the front of our house a a new coat of white paint, but the back wasn’t so lucky. I say props to us starting it this year!


Even thought I feel like I’m seeing a lot of red up there, I DID complete our Master Bedroom Makeover that wasn’t on the list. So that counts as something right?!

So that’s where we got in 2012! I have a feeling 2013 is going to be even better. We have LOTS in store for ya :)

Stay tuned for my 2013 Home Goals…

You can view more projects that were completed this year here.


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    You did amazing this year Taryn. I love love loved your family room makeover. Just gorgeous – down to every detail! I can’t wait to see your goals for this year. And what a great idea, I think I will publish my goals too – may help me to keep track of them :)

  2. says

    i love your bedroom! i just started reading your blog at the end of last year, so i enjoyed this recap- you have such great style and i can’t wait to follow along this year!

  3. jackie larson says

    id say you had a successful 2012! i completed three of your recipes and 1 DIY projects. My goal for 2013 is to successfully complete four recipes and three DYI! :)


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