Monday, January 4, 2010


Honestly, this time of year can get a little depressing in New England; the extra chilly weather is just setting in, the scale is tipping in the wrong direction, my house is usually a post holiday disaster!!
Thank goodness for New Year's resolutions, they motivate and feel like a fresh start, and when they actually come to fruition it's quite satisfying....
I'm feeling great about 2010 and am of course very excited to meet our new baby bundle arriving this month!!
So onto my 2010 resolutions.....

ONE. to focus on saving to purchase a pretty home close to the beach!

Image: Martha Stewart, Backen Gillam Architects
TWO. To travel to Paris with my husband for my birthday. {In October}. I've been to France but never to the city of lights....

Image: Print available through Etsy
THREE. I read Julie and Julia in 2008 but saw the movie just last night. Julia Child's story is very inspiring. I've always loved to cook but haven't been very motivated in the kitchen lately. I hope to refine my cooking skills, entertain more and try some new techniques and recipes in 2010. {all while sipping new wine selections}

Images: Andrea Wyner
FOUR. Is to purge and organize my "stuff" and life!

How great is this closet? It belongs to Nicole from the amazing blog "Making it Lovely" The cabinet is available here through IKEA.
To have a small dresser just for jewelry, belts and scarfs would be a dream wouldn't it?
{owww I just had a thought-I'll keep you posted}
FIVE. To set aside more time to exercise and whip this body into shape after my "little one" arrives.

SIX. To contiune to be inspired by and explore more cultural endeavors {something I rarely have time for since having a family}. This will include reading more novels {including a few classics}, seeing more movies {including vintage flicks}, and attending more art shows and museum exhibits.

Image: Tom Palumbo, Martha Stewart Blog, CecilyLowe

SEVEN. To continue to grow and develop SHELTER - The Blog and The Design Firm!!{I can't wait to share my new website - it's set to launch at the end of the month}

EIGHT. To lose the "grass is always greener" syndrome and live for the here and now!

Peace and Happy New Year wishes to you!

Cheers to your best year yet!



Ivy Lane said...

All wonderful resolutions! Cheers to a great 2010!

Brandi said...

I'm so with you on numbers Two and Four. I was never one of those girls who longed to go to Paris...until I started baking, that is. And now that I have a friend who lives in Paris (well, when he's not with me in San Diego at school), I don't think I'll be able to put off a trip for too much longer.

SogniSorrisi said...

You've got some great resolutions!

I have some practical ones (try to keep reading at least a book a week, try two new recipes a month, procrastinate less, etc.) but I found a quote which really speaks to the bigger things I aspire to this year:

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

A book a week, that's pretty impressive. I'll have to check out the quote. Thanks for your comment.


Kelly Green said...

Well can i add my name to your resolutions please? i think we have exactly the same ones......(although I am not having a baby!) good luck with them all! KG

Erin Gates said...

I second all of these!!!! :) xoxo

Porchlight Interiors said...

Great resolutions Julie...good luck with all of them! Tracey xx


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