Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Almost There

Half of the room is nearly set up, the TV end of things. I spent way too much time this morning getting the surround sound system installed. When I opened the box, it was a mess of wires on top and I knew then it was going to be slow going. But I got it all hooked back up properly and we now have thundering sound booming at us from all corners of the room. (I can look forward to doing it all again when we get that flat panel screen DH has been hinting at.)

I'm still thinking about this particular furniture arrangement. We used to have it so that the large sofa faced the TV/wall unit. But I kind of like the sofas facing each other. It seems friendlier and not so TV-centric (which the guys don't quite understand the problem with!).

The perspective is off in these pics. The wall unit is centered on what used to be the fireplace wall, but because I'm standing off to the side in the kitchen doorway taking these, it looks lopsided. It's also dark because we're still missing the overhead lighting (and it's after midnight). If you're trying to work out the scale on this room, the wall unit is pretty darn huge and each of the full floor planks is 4 feet long. I'm still surprised at how much room we have in here.

Still to do is my office side. Most of my furniture is in the dining room and what's here is standing about 2 feet away from the wall with DH's computer in residence. It will be about a week before I make the final and complete actual switch since we have to do some paying work first and so can't really spare the computer down time yet. It's coming soon though and I can hardly wait.

Also on the to-do list is to unpack and hang the wall art, unpack and place more useless decorative knick-knacks, and buy and install lights (or fans, or something — we haven't decided yet) from the ceiling. It will be nice to be finally rid of the bare wires.

DH commented earlier that it feels like moving day all over again. He's right. We have boxes strewn all about as I unpack and try to find new homes for the things I've forgotten I had. As well as feeling like moving day, it feels a bit like Christmas too as I rediscover those little treasures. Things like all of the family photos we always have out but which were packed away as soon as we listed our other house for sale. It's been almost 2 years since I've seen some of these things.

After all of the unpacking and box moving today, I can actually walk around in the dining room (a/k/a temporary storage) again. I'm starting to eye it in earnest as that's our next project. We have family coming in for DS#1's graduation in May and I really want us to be able to sit and eat in the dining room. My short term goal for that is to at least get the floor in and the table set up. Anything else beyond that will be gravy.


  1. You have put a lot of work into this room and it's looking great! When it's finished, I suggest a bottle of champagne (or sparkling cider for those under 21) to celebrate. This project certainly deserves some sort of celebration!

  2. Looking good, Debbie. I think it's interesting to note that your color choice in furniture matches your color choice in clothing (that is, the aqua/teal furniture and pillows.) Did you notice that? I'm sure you did. I do the same thing. :) Shades of pink, green, and purple everywhere in my house (but doesn't look like Candyland.)


  4. Claire, It's funny you mention that because I was thinking about that but just the opposite, because the colors are really navy blue ... which isn't a color I wear at all.

  5. Well done. I agree that the sofas are nicer facing each other, but it does make tv viewing difficult :(

  6. I am amazed at the work you and your family have done with this house. It is a lot of time consuming stuff (away from your sewing) but in the end it will be worth it.
    Donna Wicks
    Edmonton, Alberta


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