We are gearing up for a big kitchen reno, which I’m super excited about, but before we can do that, we had to take care of some less exciting projects, prerequisites if you will. For instance, the stairs to our attic opened up into our kitchen. It really made no sense. Who wants to enter their upstairs via the kitchen… nobody. They were totally in the way of my grand kitchen vision, so we had to move them. It was only the last 3 stairs that needed to be reoriented. Instead of turning left into the kitchen, we needed to turn them right into the living room. I thought it would be an easy project, so we got a few quotes and I went with the least expensive one… but I mis-read the quote. They included labor separately and didn’t add it to the total, which was kind of shady, if you ask me…. but the work had already started by the time I figured it out. So we just moved forward and I bitterly wrote a check for just over $10k! But on the plus side, the stairs look fantastic.
We had the carpet removed, and we put in engineered hardwoods that we are planning on installing all throughout the main level of the house. I hate when floors aren’t consistent, and right now we have 3 different types of wood floors on the main floor. It’s killing me!!
I had to do some rearranging to accommodate the new layout. We swapped out the circular coffee table for a very thin one that I found at Goodwill for $10!! I also had to move the couch back a bit to create a walkway from the front door to the stairs.
In other news, I’m kind of on the fence about the plant bench right now, which is wild. I never thought I’d get tired of it, but it makes the space feel really busy and lately I’ve been craving simplicity. Not sure what I’ll do about that, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about.
I’ve also wondered if I should remove the cassette tape prints from the wall. They are really fun, but are such a statement piece. Am I a statement piece kind of gal? I’m not really sure anymore. Unrelated, but can you spot the duck below? Hint: It’s white, but it has a chip on it’s head and Florence likes to hide it in random places.
Something I’ll never be on the fence about is our Audrey Ficus. This is the best little plant.
Anyways, that’s a whole lot of rambling and I’ll probably end up keeping things exactly the same, but I’d love if you could chip in the comments if you have any thoughts. Should the plant bench stay or go? What about the cassette tape prints? Are things too busy in this room now?