Hello 2023—we’ve made it another year! 2022 was a busy one for our family, mostly focused on our Hacienda Hideaway renovation. Do you remember these highlights?
You can get caught up on all of the Hacienda Hideaway updates, or browse through this year’s DIY tutorials if you missed any of the fun.
Goal setting and planning is my favorite part of the new year, and I always look forward to sharing our plans here on the blog. Last year we didn’t reach our big goal of finishing the Hacienda Hideaway (or other goals like finishing our own laundry room) so I’m lowering the bar this year!
2023 Project Plans
Finishing the Hacienda Hideaway is at the top of our list and our primary focus over the coming months. Here are the spaces that still need to be finished:
This space is close to being done! We just need to hang the TV, build/buy a console table, build/buy a coffee table and DIY/buy a tree. My original plan was to DIY all of these, but of course that would push our timeline back—it’s a tough call.
These bathrooms are actually more than halfway done, but I haven’t posted any of it yet! I’ll share the design plan and progress updates for both real soon, I promise.
We’ve just started on the DIY box beams for both rooms, and plan to have one of the bedrooms finished in February.
Backyard and exterior landscaping
This backyard is undoubtedly the most involved project, and we’ve experienced many setbacks. But progress has been made, and there’s a big update coming to the blog soon! Here’s a current photo:
Dining Room + Entrance
Still working on sourcing products, but I plan/hope to incorporate a couple DIY projects (pendant lights and foyer table). This will probably be one of the last completed spaces.
We ordered the appliances so there’s something! To be honest, this will be a very basic makeover as it’s not a space worth pushing back our timeline for. I haven’t even started to think about the design—it will probably be saved for the very end.
That covers it for the Hacienda Hideaway renovation! Any guesses on when we’ll actually finish? We went through our to-do list and timeline last night, and if there are no more delays/surprises, we should have it up and running in May/June. But I know from experience, these big renovations never go exactly as planned.
Heights House Projects
There are only two rooms in our house that we plan to tackle in 2023—first and most importantly, Esmé’s Big Girl Room:
This one will be pretty involved DIY-wise, and this week I’ve been finalizing the design with Lucas. We plan to start on it next month and hope to get her settled in by baby boy’s arrival. I’m excited to share the plans with you soon!
The other space is our laundry room, which we started last winter but put on the back burner to focus on other projects. We have every intention to finish it after all the other projects mentioned above—really hoping that can finally happen in 2023.
Last year, I made a few personal goals: get back into more creative and hands-on DIY projects, travel and spend more time with family/friends, and prioritize my mental health. I followed through with each one and am happy overall with the balance achieved.
This year will really shake things up with baby boy arriving in just three short months. My main goal is to try and enjoy the rest of this last pregnancy and give myself grace during those challenging newborn months. I’m hoping the transition from 1 to 2 kids will be easier than 0 to 1, but I’ve been mentally preparing myself for what’s to come.
With that said, there will be a lot less travel and social outings this year, and more time spent focused on health and well-being. I need all the energy I can get to tackle house projects and chase two kiddos around!
In addition to finishing the Hacienda, projects at our house and a new baby, we’ll be looking for our next property to renovate as soon as we can catch our breath. Our goal is to have something under contract this summer, after the Hacienda is up and running.
We are beyond grateful for every one of you for following along and supporting us along the way! This year will bring more DIYs and exciting transformations, and I hope you’ll continue to learn and be inspired.
Now I’m curious: what project are you most looking forward to, and what would you like to see more of in 2023? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I would love to see the laundry room. I know you said it would be last and not anything big, but I am struggling in how to do our tiny laundry room/mudroom in our new build (you enter from the garage into our laundry room then to the kitchen so it will be used EVERY DAY several times a day! So I need something great for storage, mudroom, and pretty to look at.
Jenna Sue says
I’m really hoping we can finish it this year, too!
My current project is my fireplace wall at the end of my open concept kitchen and dining area. I would love your input if you don’t mind. I’m struggling because the ceiling is 15.5 feet high but the width of the room is only 14 ft with the length being 26 ft. Scale is everything and you master that so well. Im wanting to add beams like your faux beams. How many beams and at what height do I install them? Thank you for your input. Good luck in the new year with your projects and family. I love following along.
Love your designs but your DIY’s are the best. Enjoy your new baby and family this year, time goes by way to fast!
Ice Cream & Tequila says
Your calendar is so full! At what point would you say, “okay, its time to bring in the pros for this project”?
Jenna Sue says
We hire out as much as we can! Pool, deck, exterior paint, landscaping, pavers, tile work, plumbing, most electrical etc. We mostly just DIY the custom jobs that wouldn’t make sense to hire out (ie beams, microcement/plaster, wall arches, custom doors, surface treatments, finishing touches). Our projects are pretty involved so it takes a village!
Lilly T says
My husband and I are going to be renovating our Master Bathroom. It’s a huge undertaking but we will do it and learn a lot from it.
Then, we will move to renovating the other 2 bathrooms, one which will be a wheelchair remodel.
And if everything goes according to plan, we will replace our flooring… unless we need to modify our kitchen some for wheelchair accessibility. 🙂
Can’t wait to follow your projects and meet your new baby!!!
May everyone have a Happy and Blessed 2023!!
Congratulations on all that you have accomplished Jenna and Luke. I think the Hacienda House is stunning and well worth the time you have put into it. I wish for you both lots of patience and energy for when baby boy arrives and look forward to seeing Esme’s new room. Wishing you all the best for a very fruitful year.
Your daughter’s big girl room. I am sure that it will be beautiful!