Sep 132008
 

We’ve been spending time on and off over the last several years trying to transform our front room into something nice. It’s an awkward little space with traffic flow problems, lack of natural light, odd architectural relationships, etc. Over the last several weeks we’ve really been trying hard to nail down some decisions, and we’ve done pretty well. We’ve chosen some furniture: the chair and ottamans are visible in the picture, the new couch has been ordered, and wall color is final (the patch closest to the leather chair – 50% tint of Miller Devine Filbert). Color selection has been particularly painful due to the lack of natural light, the very red floors, and our limited choices for couch fabric and area rug colors. After several iterations, it’s been finalized and we’re just waiting for things to arrive. In the meantime, we have some work still to do. But today I installed some can lights (got them from usalight.com for a great price). The can lights rank up there along with the 180 degree bi-fold door hardware for highest bang-for-our-buck. Now that it’s evening, I can see they are definitely going to need a dimmer! Installation wasn’t bad, about 5 hours total, including prep and cleanup. Total cost… under $100.

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