Home Decorating Changes from 2019 and What’s to Come!

Today I’m joining a group of bloggers to review home decorating changes from 2019 and what we plan to do in the New Year. My style shifted from cool shabby chic farmhouse (is there such a thing?) to a warmer modern country look.

Downtown Paint for Dining Room Color


Let’s start with January when I found a new rug for my sitting room. I love the warmth it adds!

Country Neutral Sitting Room with New Rug


A big change came to my dining room in February when I painted the walls above our board and batten in Downtown by Benjamin Moore. The color fluctuates between light brown/gray and earthy green depending on the time of day.

Dining Room Paint Color - Downtown by Benjamin Moore


I must’ve been somewhat restless during the month of February because that’s also when I got bold and painted the family room a gorgeous, dark shade of gray – better known as Mole’s Breath by Farrow and Ball.

Modern Country Family Room in Mole's Breath Paint Color


One thing always leads to another when it comes to home decorating. So once I painted the family room, I wanted a new sectional sofa. I bought the used white shabby chic sectional (below) four years ago, so I figure I deserved a new one.

White Sectional in Farmhouse Family Room


Plus I was having a heckuva time keeping the white one clean and kept it covered most of the time. And that was a struggle because I was always having to tidy up the makeshift slipcovers.

I love the new sectional with its ease of care and timeless appeal. I featured it in my spring home tour back in March, and you’ll note I removed the drapes to keep the room from looking too heavy.

Country Style Family Room in Gray and Neutral Tones


March was also the month when I painted my vintage mantel in Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. I had lots of paint left over so I started painting interior doors the same color to break up all the white trim. I also swapped out the gray painted mirror for a larger round mirror above the mantel, but that was later in July.

Round Brass Mirror above Vintage Mantel


I took a break in April and didn’t make any home decorating changes. But in May, I turned my eye outside and we added our gravel patio by the pond, along with a new outdoor dining set.

Outdoor Summer Dining on Rustic Patio


And speaking of the garden pond, I added new plants and landscaping and it was looking like a mini-paradise in July! All the plants have faded now but I have some fun pond plans for winter!

Backyard Koi Pond by Aquascape


In September I parted with my beloved script chairs in the sitting room (the cats were naughty and had clawed them a bit too much) and chose a pair of rattan beauties that the kitties can’t destroy.

Nature Inspired Fall Home Tour - Sitting Room


The pair of rattan chairs have found a new home in the entryway, which I showed during my Christmas home tour earlier this month.

Christmas Decorating in Country Home Entryway


As for 2020, I have a list of what I’d like to do, but money and time will determine what is actually accomplished. Here’s my wish list:

  • Paint the dining room board and batten a cream color
  • Paint the adjoining sitting room a new color (to be determined)
  • Paint the upstairs bathroom and get a new rug – preferably braided
  • Get new flooring in the downstairs bathroom
  • Refinish both claw foot tubs
  • Add more trees and bushes to finish creating a natural fence around the yard (we started it earlier this year)
  • I would love to paint the kitchen and possibly replace the open shelves. But I also want to replace the cabinets and counter tops and it’s probably best to do it all at once. So we’ll see.

Do you have any home decorating plans for 2020? I’d love to hear your ideas!


Visit my friends below to see their projects from 2019 and their plans for 2020. I’d like to give a special thanks to Lory at Designthusiasm for organizing today’s fun event!


Home Decor Updates from 2020

Designthusiasm | On Sutton Place | Maison de Cinq


Home Decor Updates from 2020

French Country Cottage | Thistlewood Farms | Town & Country Living


Home Decor Updates from 2020

Cherished Bliss | My 100 Year Old Home | Rooms for Rent



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  1. Happy New Year Jennifer! Like you, my “farmhouse style” is evolving. You have inspired me in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your successes and failures when it come to decor. Wishing you happiness and good health in 2020!

    1. Happy New Year, Laura! Thanks for your kind words and encouragement! Decorating is a journey – sometimes it’s fun, sometimes not so much. LOL. It’s a great way to express creativity though. 🙂

  2. You did many changes during the year…good changes…. Our place ,mostly, looks the same. I do plan to make some changes in the yard this spring. River rock was put in this year around the front of the house. We will use the same rock for the sides of the walk way to the city side walk. Low shrubs will be added this year to both arears . I’m anxious to get started.

  3. Happy New Year Jennifer! Thank you for blogging and sharing in 2019. I will still be an avid reader in 2020. Your home is so lovely, I could move right in and not change a thing.

  4. Everything looks charming, but I especially love how you worked with the flowers and plants around your pond to create such a lovely natural setting. You’ve sparked some ideas for my little water feature. Thanks!

  5. Happy new year! Your home is beautiful! My goal for the year is to find a small apron sink and a great vanity for my laundry room. Got new flooring in November, and we’ve been without a sink ever since. . . I’d also like to convert my wood burning fireplace to gas, but I’m sort of on the fence about that. . . And MAYBE I’ll get new stools for the kitchen. Hope at least one of these plans happens!

  6. Like you exhibit your style. I too like cow art and your art work is my style also. It is refined to a couple of eye catching pieces. May I ask where you bought the large pastoral one. Your living room is much improved. Attractive lady to match her attractive home.