Back in the Living Room

I haven’t been in my living room since May 2nd; that’s 6 months.

We've been squeezing past this pile for months now and adding items like an unused rug pad just to make it more infuriating.
We’ve been squeezing past this pile for months now and adding items like an unused rug pad just to make it more infuriating.

More to the point I haven’t been able to get into the living room because it has been blocked with piles of 16-foot-long trim lumber.

With the diminished pile of trim restacked I was able to pull the blue chairs out and dust the tables.
With the diminished pile of trim restacked I was able to pull the blue chairs out and dust the tables.

Finally enough of it has been dispersed so I can put the chairs back in place.

The window seat covers need to be finished as do the living room curtains.
The window seat covers need to be finished as do the living room curtains.

I’m still storing the shades and cushions from the dining room in plain sight in the living room.  I can’t return them until the papering and painting is finished in the dining room.

After 6 months I think I'll even vacuum the sofa and chairs.
After 6 months I think I’ll even vacuum the sofa and chairs.

Naturally everything needs a good dusting and vacuuming since it’s been sitting unused and unattended.  I even removed the dolphins and shells from the mantel.  It’s time for some seasonal nostalgia.

A free five-foot tall Christmas tree ready for indoor or covered outdoor use.
A free five-foot tall Christmas tree ready for indoor or covered outdoor use.

And I have made a propitious find since I decided this year to have multiple small Christmas trees.  On the “free” table at church someone had left a fully decorated, snow-covered tree in an urn.  I grabbed it up and plan to put it on the side porch.

The limbs are squished from being in a box but we can reshape them when it's time to decorate the porch.
The limbs are squished from being in a box but we can adjust them when it’s time to decorate the porch.

I may change the balls from traditional red to something more sparkly but the lights work and it only needs a bit of reshaping.

Do you make plans and then find (or don’t find) things to make them happen?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “Back in the Living Room”

  1. We still haven’t really started on our musical living room phase, but we did meet our contractor yesterday and I like the way he thinks. It seems we’re going to start working from the outside-in, so the living room will not be the first place to tear apart after all!!

  2. Hmm … I detect a pattern in your posts: It seems the dining room wallpaper job is key to getting a lot of other interior things done. I think you’d feel lots better if you just concentrated on finishing the wallpaper. You have so many projects going at once! But you know that already, right? 🙂
    That tree is perfect for the porch! Can’t believe it’s time to think about holidays already.

    1. Thanks, D’Arcy. We are pushing hard to get the exterior painting done before the temperatures turn frigid. The dining room wallpaper is only holding us up cosmetically which is why it’s on the back burner for now. We’ve just had another stomach punch to our scheduling which I’ll post tomorrow. Sigh!!! Jo

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