As with the kitchen, where the finishing steps all happened at the last possible moment before Labour Day, the decorating touches are all going to happen right before our first dinner party. But we did get a taste of progress over the past week.
The carpet for my stairs arrived. I’ve added it to the risers only, in order to avoid scuff marks and to add some pizzazz! I generally prefer carpet runners on wooden stairs, but not here. Because these steps go directly from our entrance, down to the basement or up to the main floor, we do not carpet them. That way, we don’t have to worry about dirty shoes.
The new carpet for our front porch also arrived. Why carpet on the porch? Because the concrete is ugly, and at least with carpet I can add pattern. Just think of it as a really big door mat!
I love the way the 3 carpets coordinate on the porch, entry, and stair risers. Are decorators the only ones who obsess about this stuff?!
We’ve finally crossed off most of the after-renovation jobs off our list. Now we can focus on tidying up the renovation aftermath that has accumulated in our utility room. Remember how the kitchen stairs used to cut into this space? With those gone, we have a full height space for storage. It has also gotten much warmer without an exterior door in that far wall. (The downside is that we can no longer store onions and potatoes in here!)
It ain’t pretty right now, but this space will become my office in the next round of renovations. For now, we’re trying to organize it and get rid of stuff we don’t need or don’t recognize.
I’m a neat freak, so being able to fit all our leftover paint supplies and other chemicals into this cupboard is a treat. We removed the doors so we can see what’s there. There is definitely a trip to the hazardous waste centre in our future — I’ve been storing 16 years’ worth of leftover paint! Now, if it’s not currently on our walls, it’s not in this cupboard.
We’ve also been trying to figure out a little glitch with our waste pullout (which we love!) Those bins at the rear can’t be removed without removing the drawer above. We’ve checked the drawer glides, and they seem to be extending properly, but why would anyone design a system with removable bins, but not allow for the bins to come out? That’s a puzzle for the kitchen company, I think. Either that, or we need a manual to learn how to use this thing!
The countdown is on to Thanksgiving. In the coming week, we are expecting our area rug, drapery and pillows for the living room, as well as striped valances for the kitchen windows.
Drapery, cushion and kitchen fabrics will pull all of our colours together, and add a layer of warmth to our rooms.
So far, we love the way everything has turned out. Hopefully, we’ll still feel that way when the fabrics and area rug are installed! It could be a little embarrassing to screw up on the decorating — the part I’m supposed to be good at.