Thanks again everyone.
Re: Desire to Inspire. I check every day, if not, every other day. If I sent pics to them I'm sure they'd recognize every last thing in my house; most if not all inspiration has come from there or some type of link/reference from there.
The floors are a cheapish LAMINATE
from a local flooring store. There's a story behind them....I bought dark plank style and we laid them throughout the main floor (except FR), within a couple of weeks they blistered from some minor moisture. We freaked, had a small battle with the owner, he had this one in stock, offered it to us, we took it and he let us keep the dark flooring (we have LOTS, sold some to my sister; the rest will eventually go in the basement). We had to rip out the entire floor, PITA for certain but it was a blessing in disguise - I love these ones and am so glad we don't have the dark. I've posted about laminate before - I am a HUGE fan...so many positives. You do have to be "selective" with choosing the right colour/grain/finish. Not all are created equal in looks.
When did this start? About a year and a half ago - we are WAY behind! I'd anticipated having much more done by now, we've really stalled out.
Next big jobs are master bdrm (and we literally have NOTHING to work with and that includes space). Its a long (and very small) narrow room; we've removed closets and what we'll be doing is on one end will be bed & night tables the other end will be a U-shaped Ikea wardrobe system thingey which will take up half the room - thats it - bed, closets and a TV - no luxuries.
Next will be downstairs bathroom which will be gutted, all plumbing will be moved, stand-up shower, even entrance door will be changed.
And then upstairs bathroom, then all mouldings and trim, incl. fireplace - I'm changing everything to an absolute flat front PLAIN, no detail trim...you can see some of it in the kitchen & LR.
Thennnnnnnn, I'd like to resurface the ENTIRE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE!!!
As far as the garden - we've done a lot this summer, like really a lot. All grass is gone, new plants, new covered dining area, covered BBQ area (we used the same pine planks as the FR), small arbour thingey, bit of patio stone. The original garden area was full and I mean FULL of boulders the size of watermelons and under those was more rock and under that was small rock and every time I dug a spade in to plant/move something all I heard was "PIIIINNNNGGG" - spade hitting rock. Pure hell. Sometimes I felt like crying, sometimes I gave up, then I started just heaving those rocks. Can't tell you how many landed in the pool and the damage that could have caused to the liner.
I've got 2 - 3 large shrubs to remove and I don't know how I'm getting them out of there. Blah blah blah - it will take years for this yard (what we've done) to mature, the amount of money I've sunk into even plants is not anywhere near noticeable.
What I will say is that indoor renovations are noticeable but the amount of work/sweat/time you put into outdoors never seems to show like inside.
Yes, I'll work for booze
Yes, I've read some of those books.
No, not Burlington but close.
My gawdddd, do I like to yap.
Yes, its a polar bear; I found a picture my daughter took:
Why is it blue in there? My husband put this tarp stuff around the covered dining area and all our patio stuff is in there dry and clean. NO, they are not my outdoor curtains, and no he couldn't have picked a stupider colour for this tarp thing. All winter it gives a vibrant ultra blue colour to my rooms