It's amazing how quickly you get used to living in a space as-is. The grand plans are still there, reassuringly hovering in the imagination, but in the meantime you just go about the daily routine. And it's not that you're making do, resentfully eyeing your unfinished space. No, quite the opposite - your eyes just grow accustomed to what is in front of them and the surface thoughts of your brain are undisturbed by what is now familiar.
All of which is to say, I finally put up the art! After a careful selection process, in which we basically decided to weed out everything that was a reproduction and keep only the originals, I spent a day laying the arrangement out on the floor, carefully measuring the whole thing, and slowly putting them up gallery-style in our dining room.
The dining room before - yellow, with green toile curtains and a very heavy dark wood curtain rod:
One of the best parts? Somehow the art makes the room feel much bigger - maybe because it somehow gives that wall a sense of dimension?
At the same time, I finally created a display place for the kids' art around their little table in the living room. This time around I went with the pants-hanger approach - easy to swap pieces out, but still looks very clean and tailored, which is a good thing for this public-ish space.
The living room before - the column was the same yellow as the dining room, and
there was a very heavy dark wood border under the stairs:
Next on the project list? The bathroom remodel is going splendidly and should be finished Friday, and after that we'll tackle the office!