This is what our living/dining rooms looked like a few days ago. The picture really doesn’t do justice to the rooms. The picture actually makes them look elegant and nice. In reality the rugs were full of dust, the velvet seat coverings lacking in comfort and the dark wood, rugs and curtains somewhat oppressive. So, in a cleaning fit on Saturday, we took up the rugs and took down the curtains. The living room is now rearranged and we’re looking for fabric to recover the cushions. We bought two new lamps and they keep the room from being gloomy after dark (and it gets dark around six o’clock). Even just being able to see the tan tile gives the room a more open feel. It’s nice. I’ll post another picture of the room when we have things more settled.