The big reveal–Not!

One of my favorite parts of home/design blogs are the big reveals–the posts where bloggers reveal a newly renovated/redecorated room.  I love these posts:  I love the dramatic transformations from a (usually) horrible before to the completely re-done after.  (If you want a regular fix of the before/after high, check out Better After, a blog that’s nothing but before and after shots of all kinds of home projects.)

Unfortunately, Cane and I are realizing we probably aren’t going to have a whole lot of big reveals here.  Maybe none. They make for great blog copy, but the process they require will not make (for us) a great life.  We’re realizing we aren’t the kind of people who remake a room all at once.

When we moved into our new house last August, we made a pretty big change right away, stripping out carpets for cork floors (which you can read about here and here).  And then we just lived here through most of the fall, not doing a whole lot of anything to the house.

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Cork floors going into the living room. Although this was a big change, it's one we made after a lot of thought.

It wasn’t that we don’t have a whole long list of things we’d like to do (’cause we do).  It’s more that we didn’t have a whole lot of time. (3 kids and 2 day jobs take up most of our waking hours.)  Somewhere in mid-November, sitting in our still minty-green/muddy-green living room, talking about how big a project it will be to repaint it, genius struck: More →