2022 Plans and Goals + Reader Survey

2022 Plans and Goals + Reader Survey

Now that we’ve reviewed our biggest before+after projects in 2021, let’s dive into our plans and goals for 2022 and what you can expect to see on the blog!

Let’s all collectively glide over the fact that it’s already February, and I’m only now sharing this list with you.

As I mentioned in December, we got a lot done in 2021, although not necessarily off our original to-do list. We originally planned to focus on the Greenfield Remodel but one month into 2021, we purchased the Greystone House. Then in April, we bought the Fairmont Flip, which we sold in September. In August, we purchased the Mapleleaf Rental. Then in November, we bought the Bennett Rental.

Did you follow all that? 2021 was a busy year, to say the least.

Needless to say, our focus and priorities shifted multiple times throughout 2021, and although we only finished 11 of the 20 projects from our original to-do list, we also completed or made significant progress on many more projects that weren’t on that initial list.

So, where does that leave us for 2022?

The Greystone House should be wrapping up in the next month or two. We sold the Fairmont Flip last year, and converted the Mapleleaf and Bennett into long-term rentals. That leaves us with…not much, as far as projects are concerned.

Honestly, I’m OK with a bit of a break.

But you know us – we don’t sit around twiddling our thumbs for too long. I’m sure either a rental property or a remodel will turn up in due time. If not, we’re always on the lookout for land where we can begin brainstorming a more long-term dwelling for ourselves. I tell you, all this moving and living in the midst of construction is taking its toll. Sure, we’re all used to it – but that doesn’t mean we enjoy it.

I’d also love to explore the idea of a short-term rental, possibly further in the mountains, or near a beach. Florida, anyone? We sure drive down there often enough!

Short-term rentals present a really unique design challenge, because you’re not designing with mass appeal in mind. On the contrary, you design as unique of accommodations as possible. I think I’d enjoy something like that for a change.

Last year we put in an offer on a really cute A-frame cabin on the river, but we ended up not getting it. We had a dream of converting it into an AirBnb. In retrospect, I’m glad the deal fell through; there was significant black mold damage in the basement.

But I’m still obsessed with the idea of a short-term rental. Then last week, we almost bought another small cabin – this time up in the mountains with incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ah, I still regret not fighting harder for it… The situation was far too complex — but that didn’t stop me from completely renovating the cabin in my head.

All that to say, we are open to exploring all sorts of opportunities in 2022. We also know that what is meant for us will not pass us by. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)

So, what can you expect to see on the blog in 2022?

First and foremost, I’ll be sharing all of the 2021 project reveals (the first of which, the Greenfield master bathroom, I shared last week). Then, you can expect to read about the following projects:

Greystone House Kitchen

Introducing the Greystone House + My Preliminary Plans For It

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know this kitchen is almost finished. This week they’ll measure for countertops. After that is installed, we have light fixtures, cabinet hardware, beadboard backsplash, plumbing fixtures, appliance garage, and floating shelves with gallery railing.

I’ve yet to share the full plan on the blog, so stay tuned for that. The first photo of this post is a massive sneak peek. Can you even believe it’s the same space?!

Greystone House Bathrooms (three!)

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I’ve also shared quite a bit of the Greystone bathroom remodels on Instagram. The master bathroom, in particular, just may be my favorite project yet. I’ll be sharing the moodboard for that soon.

You can catch up with my plans for the Greystone downstairs bathroom and the guest bathroom.

Greystone House Bedrooms (four!)

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It’s been years since I shared a bedroom reveal here on the blog, mostly because it’s typically not a room that gets a massive remodel like kitchens and bathrooms do. The fact of the matter is that when we renovate houses to sell, bedrooms rarely get more than new flooring and new paint – because most of the budget goes towards the kitchen and bathrooms.

Another downside of sharing investment properties that we intend to sell is that they rarely get styled, so there’s really not much to show. We’ll see with this one, though; we’re still debating whether we want to live in the Greystone House a bit before listing it.

Greystone House Living and Dining Room

Introducing the Greystone House + My Preliminary Plans For ItIntroducing the Greystone House + My Preliminary Plans For It

If you recall, the Greystone has a huge open-concept living area that includes the entryway, staircase, kitchen, living and dining rooms. It’s going to look amazing once it’s all finished, but just like with the bedrooms, I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to share the reveal if we don’t stage the house.

Greystone House Backyard

Introducing the Greystone House + My Preliminary Plans For It

We have grand plans for this backyard – possibly even more grand than anything happening inside. The Greystone House stands on a hill, so its backyard is sloping downwards towards the forrest. We plan to do quite a bit of work here – leveling the area and putting up several retaining walls to create a multi-layer backyard oasis. In my mind I imagine one of the layers housing a kids’ playground, another dedicated entirely to raised garden beds, and the third with a fire pit and seating area.

But those are just my musings for now. The reality is that this’ll be quite a large project and may not even get done in 2022.

Greystone House Laundry Room | Mudroom

Introducing the Greystone House + My Preliminary Plans For It

The Greystone House combined laundry and mudroom will be epic. If you’ve been following along with the progress on Instagram, you know it’s nearly finished. I’ll be sharing my design plans and moodboard and all the renovating decisions in a post soon.

Greystone House Family Room | Playroom

Introducing the Greystone House + My Preliminary Plans For It

If we do end up living in the Greystone House, I have quite the plans for this family room + playroom in the basement. I’d love to hang a project screen for movie knights, have some indoor swings for the girls, along with one outdoors since there’s a little patio directly to the right of the photo above. I imagine a large sectional sofa here, along with a crafting area in the corner where this photo is being taken.

Fairmont Flip Exterior

The Fairmont Flip is a house we bought, made cosmetic updates to, and sold last year. I don’t plan on sharing much about the interior, but I do want to show you the exterior remodel because it was epic.

Bennett House Bathrooms (two!)

The Bennett House is one of our rental properties; we recently finished remodeling it. Again, I don’t intend to share much about it, save for the two bathrooms.

The master bathroom got quite the facelift, and the guest bathroom got a mini makeover. I like being able to share projects of different difficulty levels – because not everyone is renovating full houses; some people are more interested in smaller-scale updates – and the Bennet House was exactly that.

We also have lots of personal plans and goals for 2022. More than anything else, I hope that 2022 will be about personal, emotional and spiritual growth. Last year we experienced a huge shift from a go-go-go mentality to valuing more family time and rest. Although I mostly share only our property investing adventures and design projects here on the blog, I’m sure you understand it is a small part of our life. I’m hoping to find a good way to share more than just design.

In 2022, we fully intend to continue traveling as often as possible, hosting gatherings and play dates as often as possible, and dedicating even more time towards more worthwhile endeavors like youth ministry. Come join me on Instagram for more of our day-to-day. Oh, and be sure to sign up for the FOXY OXIE newsletter to be the first notified when new articles are published.

Now, I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2022? What do you want to see from this blog next year and beyond?

Please take a few minutes to tell me your thoughts below (it’s completely anonymous). As always, I appreciate your support, which allows me to continue creating and sharing with you.


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