No new photos yet. We’ve been working on the office, but there’s still a few more things that we have to get around to doing before I can post the before and after pics.
In the mean time, we’ve been doing some kitchen-related research. We had a contractor over the other night and got an estimate for the work we want done, which was of course more than we had planned on. It’s not that we don’t have the money, it’s just that, much like weddings, saying the actual amount out loud is incredibly scary. I like my money much better when it’s all safe and snug in my bank account, not when it’s written down on a check to be cashed. Spending this kind of money sort of feels like sending your kids off to college: you spend years working for it, and just when you finally get to a point where you are getting used to having it around, and being comfortable with the amount on your monthly bank statement, you have to say goodbye. And even though you know that you’re sending it out there so that it will do good things, it’s still a little sad. Maybe the best thing to do is just close your eyes and do it, and don’t think about it too much. It’ll come back some day, right?
I swear I’m not really that materialistic, but in the past year or so I’ve been having to get used to having large amounts of money change hands, and it’s still a bit strange. Anyway, we have a few more people lined up to come take a look, so hopefully we’ll decide in the next week or so, and then I can stop stressing about it and just get it over with so I can cook a proper meal.
Also, I found a fabulous idea for the dining room. I’ve been wanting to hang picture rail in the living room to avoid putting too many holes in the plaster, but we couldn’t quite decide what to do for the dining room. I considered painting a simple mural, which is still a possibility, but I also saw this today on Apartment Therapy. This is the wallpaper we originally wanted to hang in the dining room, but the price tag is a bit on the obscene side. But this would be the perfect marriage of picture rail so we can hang things and fancy wallpaper to add interest: