Navy + Artichoke Garage Entry

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Disclaimer – I was provided product for review courtesy of CSI Wall Panels. Thoughts and opinions are my own. You can see my full disclosure statement here.


New year, new door color! 


During our garage makeover last spring I painted the door leading into the house the same red color as our front door. I love the color on our front door and I liked the red in the garage at first, but it quickly became too much. I think it works so much better on the front door because of the trim color and plants on the porch. In the garage it’s just all white and then a bright red door right in yo’ face. 


Over the weekend I decided to re-paint the door navy. I used leftover paint from
our master bedroom, so this refresh only cost a few dollars for a new roller and tray. The paint color is Parisian Nights by Dunn-Edwards and it’s seriously the perfect navy! I’m not even exaggerating, if you’re looking for the perfect shade of navy, this is it! 


I also added this artichoke wreath from Silk Plants Direct courtesy of CSI Wall Panels. I think this wreath is so unique looking and works for pretty much every season. The quality is great too. The artichoke and leaves look real and not fake-y plastic like some I’ve seen. Anyway, I used a clear Command hook to hang the wreath, so it took less than a minute to hang. I love how it looks and I love seeing it every day when I pull into the garage. The navy and artichoke wreath combination seriously makes me so happy. I know some might think that it seems a little frivolous to decorate the garage, but this is the first space we see when we come home every day. Why wouldn’t we want it to be welcoming?  


The rug (Home Depot) and the hooks (Target) are the same as before, but I just love them so much more with the new door color and wreath. The colors in the rug look so good with the navy door! If we’re being honest, those hooks are usually stuffed with our reusable bags, but I cleaned them up for the pictures. I still want to add a sign or some artwork above the hooks, but I haven’t found the perfect thing yet. We also added a white board on the other side of the door, so Adam can track our cars’ maintenance schedules. 


The rest of the garage is still in work, but we made so much progress over the break. We hung the second light, mounted the pegboard over the workbench, brought shelving units back in the garage and started organizing. We only have a little organizing left before we’re ready to call this project done. I hope to share some final pics and details soon!


2017 Recap + 2018 Goals

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy 2018!

I hope you all had a fun New Years! We went to a Phoenix Suns basketball game and then to a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve game night. I won most of the games, so I started 2018 feeling pretty smug. New Year’s Day we stayed home and cooked filet mignon and lobster tails for dinner. Growing up my mom cooked whatever we wanted for dinner on New Year’s Day (I always picked shrimp scampi). She thought it was a fun way to start the year and I’ve continued the tradition since moving out.



With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to set some goals and create a project list. Before I get into my goals for 2018, I want to take a moment to review my 2017 goals.

Overall I’d say I did OK, but I definitely didn’t achieve what I wanted to last year. Anyway, let’s start on a high note –

One of my goals last year was to blog more consistently and I feel like I achieved that. I wrote 17 more posts in 2017 than in 2016…including 8 posts in December vs. 0 in 2016! I also feel like none of it was filler content like I might have wrote in years past.


I was also successful with my goal to eat less meat. I wanted to plan at least 2 meatless dinners a week and I’m happy to say I did it! I missed a few weeks here and there because of various reasons, but other than that, I really stuck with this goal. We found some great recipes over the past year that we’ll definitely keep in rotation.


Now let’s talk about the half-ass goals and flops. I started strong with my decluttering goal, but totally fell off after a couple months. I cleaned out the master bathroom and closet, but I think that’s as far as I got. This one is going on my 2018 list.


Also, half-assed in 2017 and carrying into 2018 is my goal to read more. Technically I did read more this year because I read 10 books in 2017 and only 7 in 2016, but my goal was 24 books. I think that might have been a little too lofty, but I definitely don’t feel like I read enough this year in general, so I can’t use that as an excuse.


And lastly, I wanted to finish a room in the house and I didn’t do that. I don’t really have an excuse, I just feel like the year got away from me and I wasted a lot of weekends doing nothing productive. Such is life.



OK, let’s move on to my 2018 goals!

1 | Take More Pictures
I only have 12 pictures of Adam and me from last year…and 4 of those were taken around Thanksgiving once I noticed a lack of pictures. With cell phones, I feel like there’s no excuse not to take a lot of pictures. I even bought a new camera last year! So I seriously have no excuse. And it’s not just Adam and me…it’s everyone. We went to Las Vegas for his nephew’s birthday party in March and I only took 3 pictures – none of them are of him and his nephew. So this year, I’m taking more pictures! Friends and family, be prepared!



2 | Read More
As I mentioned above, I’m carrying over this goal from last year because I love to read, but I don’t do it enough. In 2015 I read 53 books, but only read 7 in 2016 and 10 in 2017. My goal for 2018 is to read 18 books. It’s definitely an increase from the past 2 years, but I think it’s manageable. It equals out to a book and a half per month, plus 18 in 2018 just seems fitting.



3 | Clear the Clutter
This one is also a carryover from last year and something I desperately need to do. If you’re a fan of Gretchen Rubin or have listened to the Happier podcast, you’ve probably heard her say “Outer order contributes to inner calm” and for me, that’s 100% accurate. I feel more stressed when the house is mess, so I really just need to purge and clean for my own sanity. The kitchen cabinet with our glasses and coffee mugs is overflowing and every time I open it or try to put something away it stresses me out. And that’s just one example, so for 2018 my goal is to declutter/organize a room every month. I think setting a timeline and manageable goal like that will really help me stay on track.



4 | Be More Active
You can’t have a list of New Year’s goals without one being related to living a healthier life. Instead of the cliché goal to exercise more, I’m just trying to move more in general. I work at a desk all day, so I live more of a sedentary life than I’d like. I can’t change the fact that I work at a desk without completely changing careers, but I can be better about getting up and moving throughout the day. I can easily start using the bathroom or filling up my water bottle on a different floor or just walk a quick lap around the floor. I’m going to start wearing my FitBit again and work on upping my steps.

I also want to drink more water and lose 15 pounds #kiddingnotkidding



5 | Finish Two Rooms
Last year we switched around the extra bed rooms to make space for an exercise bike and treadmill. With that move, both rooms went from being almost finished to disarray. That said, I don’t think it would take that much time/effort/money to get them put together and crossed off my list. I’m also so close to finishing the laundry room, master bedroom, and getting the garage completely organized. So I’m stepping up my game this year and changing the goal from finish one room to finish two. We’ll see how that goes…




What are your New Year’s resolutions?


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