Tales From The Ipe!

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Date: May 1, 2017

Embarking on our latest home project – renovating our living room

We’ve been in this house for slightly under three years, and we consider the living room a minor eye sore. We have the previous owner paint colors, worn-out window treatments, and original carpeting. We’ve got still-comfortable furniture purchased back in 2003, but it’s been twice slip-covered. We’ve got tables that we picked up second-hand. Two old table lamps light the room. The kids primarily use the room for reading, and we celebrate Christmas in there annually. It’s more of a “spare” room than a “living” room. I do think the cats spend more time in there than we humans do.

Time for a change.


After a few weeks of discussions, we’ve committed ourselves to making it a real room. We’ve been consulting with an interior designer, and turning it into a library or den where you can also hang out and relax. It’s going to be a few weeks before it’s closer to the future state, but here are some ideas of what we have scheduled, planned, or still considering:

  • Hardwood flooring (Purchased! Measuring and installation to be scheduled)
  • Area rug (We have something in mind.)
  • Paint (Color selected)
  • Built-in bookshelves (To store our favorite books to curl up and read)
  • Furniture (Still deciding, but looking at one loveseat, two comfy chairs, an ottoman / table, a built-in window bench, and maybe a bar)
  • New window treatments
  • New artwork
  • Recessed lighting (and a new ceiling mount/box for when we eventually find a really cool light fixture)

It’s all exciting and expensive, but long overdue. And I’m glad we’re not waiting 10 more years to get it done.

Tonight’s theme is “Fire!”

I worked from home Monday, which gave an opportunity for some free time (which I usually have to spend commuting.) The kids and I had some initial difficulty but we eventually got the fire pit going. It took three Ipes to start a fire!



Next we prepared ribeye steaks and sides for dinner.

Lastly, for dessert, we broke out the graham crackers, Hershey milk chocolate, and marshmallows.  Delicious!


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