The 24 Projects We Got Done in 2020!

December 21, 2020

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At the beginning of the year, we laid out the projects we wanted to get done in 2020 and proclaimed we’d rather not be living through a renovation for 10 years (aka, we were putting the gas on this!). Some we didn’t get to (the kitchen/pantry/mudroom), but everything else we checked off and then some–the exterior wasn’t even on our radar in January of this year! Looking at these before and afters from this year, I’m feeling tired (haha) but also proud of how far we’ve come in one year!

It also excites me for 2021 to see how much farther we can push our home. Below we have photos of each of the projects we tackled this year with photos from January 2020 vs Today, and the relevant projects linked below each! (There’s also a little blurb at the end of the post squashing a rumor I keep hearing about).

1. Our Bedroom:

Painted, Canopy Bed, Lamp Update, Window Shades

DIY Over-Grouted Stone Fireplace

2. Greta’s Room:

DIY Canvas Floater FrameCurtains

3. Office

Dark Beadboard Accent Wall in the Office


4. Arizona Bedroom Makeover with Lowe’s

5. Dining Room

Floors, Update: What’s working and what’s not, Doors, Fauxdenza, Curtains

6. Entry

Updated Stair Railings, Sconces

7. Backyard Firepit

8. Closet

Building the WardrobesFilling Holes & Adding Trim, How to Plank a Ceiling & Install Crown, Shoe ShelvesPainting the Closet, Custom Fronts to IKEA PAXPocket Doors

9. The Garage

10. The Music Room

11. Our Graphite Painted Playset

12. The Playroom

13. The Guest Room

14. The Living Room

Arched Window, lots of rearranging

15. The Pugmire Living Room

16. Girls’ Office

Paint, Layering Stain on the Countertop

17. Basement Family Room Makeover

18. Polly’s Room Part 1

19. Girls’ Bathroom Phase 1

Peel & Stick Tile

20. Exterior

Gas Lanterns, Video Tour, Stone, Roof, Studio McGee’s Design Plan


21. Hallway


22. Faye’s Room (in progress)

23. Our Bathroom (in progress)

Prep Update, Tile, Fixtures


24. The Propertee Warehouse

One of the biggest projects we did this year, almost completely behind the scenes, was bring Propertee in house, get a warehouse, hire a staff and make the warehouse/office space there very cute. We will surely share more about this in 2021, but I couldn’t let this year end without sharing this big sneak peek. It was a huge project and I’m feeling so grateful we’re more settled over there with an amazing team.

Cute smeg fridge, toaster and electric kettle.


I know there are a lot of questions about what we’re going to do when this house is finished and I promise we’ll share our thoughts on that in the new year, but I also want to assure you that we’re not going anywhere. Figuratively or literally. No plans to move and no plans to close up our corner of the internet. PROMISE. 24 projects this year with lots of micro projects within them, although felt overwhelming at times, has us feeling a lot more at home at the end of this year which is exactly what we feel our family needed. We’re so grateful for your support and your encouragement and your excitement along the way. We’re going to take a much needed rest for the next couple weeks and return to  kick it off again in 2021! Be safe and have a happy holiday and we’ll see you back here January 4th!

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  1. Cassie says:

    What a *ridiculous* amount of stuff!!! Everything looks out of this world, but I hope you guys can get SO much rest soon. Just rest and rest and rest every chance you can <3 Love you guys and can't believe how much you crush it!

  2. Anne says:

    Well, this recap makes me feel very unproductive. LOL. But very impressed and thank you for documenting the journey for all of us.

  3. Emily says:

    What a year! I am looking forward to the Propertee reveal. I’ve been looking for a sweet little pendant just like those for over my kitchen sink so I’d love to know the source.

    And even though I’ve had enough pandemic-related content for the rest of my life, I would be interested in a post about your experiences with doing SO MUCH work on your house during the pandemic. Was it difficult/more expensive to get supplies? Any unexpected yet happy pivots you had to make? Thoughts about having contractors in your house? Just thought it’d be interesting to hear what, if anything, changed as a result. Hope your family enjoys the holidays!

  4. Melinda says:

    Wow! So beautiful!! Good work!!!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Is it weird that the garage is one of my favorite projects? I didn’t realize garages could look pretty until you guys redid yours!

  6. Masooma says:

    So much work! And all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us and inspiring me to work magic into my own home!

  7. Nerida says:

    Well done! You’ve accomplished so much even against the backdrop of 2020. While I love everything you’ve done my two favourite spots are your cosy basement – Netflix heaven. And your external Reno is next level.

  8. Oksana says:

    I always enjoy your overview posts at the end of the year, as well as the ones about “what we have on deck for next year.” I know everyone’s saying it, but my goodness how insane that you were able to accomplish this much in just a year… I’m sure it makes the next couple weeks off that much more enjoyable – to know you’ve completed so much of your renovation and so successfully, too! I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the new year, especially that Propertee Warehouse project! We’re in the process of buying (crossing my fingers!) a river-front ranch that we’ll be converting to an AirBnb, so I’ve been on the lookout for moody “modern mountain home”-type aesthetics, and the warehouse project already looks inspiring!

  9. Amanda says:

    I remember my excitement at your new move, thinking *stonnnne! It’s so cottagey* and would have never imagined it needed a full exterior makeover, but now looking at the before pics i’m like *bleugh* because the current exterior is so out of this world dreamy! I’m excited to see what’s to come in 2021!

  10. It is so wild that this was all this year! It feels like you’ve done so much in so little time, but I’m sure while you’re living in it it hasn’t felt so quick- it’s all SO beautiful and I know you’re going to up the ante even more in 2021.

  11. Julie Rossman says:

    There is a lot to be proud of!

  12. Arli says:

    Wow, that’s an incredible amount of work. I’m not sure how you kept your sanity throughout, but the end results are stunning. Thank you for bringing us along, and for giving me something to look forward to and enjoy during this very dark, very long year. All the best to your family for a wonderful holiday.

  13. Kim B says:

    It’s all fabulous . . . but the exterior of your house is just sooooo stunning. It turned out SO great.

    I will always love the jewel box of a music room too. And that’s not to discount the gorgeous living room and dining room too!! I could go on and on, of course . . .

  14. Cici Haus says:

    Wow when you list them all our it’s incredible! That’s two room makeovers per month! Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful home for the holidays.

  15. JL says:

    Congratulations Julia and Chris! What a transformative year for your home and your family. Thanks for sharing it all with us. I can’t wait to see the girls’ rooms (including your plans for Greta’s ceiling) and your bathroom completed. Once done, would love to see a new walk-through video of the second floor. Enjoy your time off and get some rest!

  16. patricia says:

    Down the road I could see you move more office activities to your new warehouse … you’ve grown so much just in the last five years I’ve been reading your blog.
    But you’ve got to stay in that house. It’s so perfect as a venue to marry your girls (I’m thinking waaaaaaaaaaaaay into the future here). Or just to send them off to prom as teenagers. And that will happen way too soon.

  17. Brenda says:

    Good heavens! No wonder you feel tired! You have worked hard, and each and every space you’ve touched is stunning!

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