bamboo floors and decor decisions

Al finished up our new floors on Saturday. There are a couple projects left like caulking and gluing down the trim around the fireplace as well as cutting the doors in the hallway so they’ll close but for now he’s taking a much needed break! Nothing like finishing 6 hours of physical work only to run 16 miles in training the next day.

Let’s ooh and aah over his work, shall we? You can take a look back at this post to see how the floors used to be.

Here they are now.

So much nicer! I now don’t feel the need to walk on my tippy toes when I’m down here in the lower level of the house. The old linoleum used to gross me out for some reason.

I found this runner for $50 at Capel’s on Broad Street. I check there often for sales and finally lucked out. It’s a baby blue which wasn’t one of the colors I planned on buying but at that price for such a good quality I decided I’d, as Tim says, ‘Make it work!’. I figure I have a lot of pastel colors in the house so it’ll match somehow.

The flooring is a floating bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. It’s got a great texture and variety in color.

With the floors done, I had a big urge this morning to play with the space.

A couple of decor items have changed since I last took progress photos of the room. The main big item is the new couch! It’s the ‘Cameron‘ from Crate and Barrel. We went ahead and splurged since the last couch we bought for cheap barely lasted 2 years. We wanted one that would last for a long, long time.Β The other change is the rainbow reversible rug that my MIL bought us when she visited in July. I love me some bright color and just had to have it.

But after taking the initial photo above, I thought the back of the rug which is a toned down version of the bright side might look better so I flipped it over.

I was right or so I think! It still shows all the colorful thread but it didn’t seem to compete with the green walls as much.

On to the next item of business.

We originally bought the ottoman to match the old couch. It contrasted the light tan fabric of the piece but now it competes with the dark grey of the new couch so I did another switch.

Our little entry bench that holds our shoes and doggy bags is actually a coffee table. Another improvement! Not as bulky and a different texture than the couch.

By this time in the process I was sweating and laughing at myself… I had another idea. The pale yellow carpet from the upstairs living room might look even better down in the den! I rolled up the two carpets and made the switch.Β Oh and I changed the lampshade to white thinking I’d probably have to change the pillow colors as well if I were to keep the yellow carpet. Sheesh.

For now, I’ve got the yellow carpet and the ottoman in the space. We’ll have to find a new bench to hold our shoes before I officially make the switch.

As for the carpet situation, we need to cover more of our new floors so the dogs don’t slip and slide. I was thinking of buying a couple of sisal rugs (like this one) and laying them side by side to form one giant rug. I’ve seen it done a couple times on decor blogs lately.

Knowing that, all that rug moving was probably useless but it was fun to see! Keeping my camera in the same spot while changing out the items really helped me visualize the differences. I could easily flip back and forth between ideas.

At least I decided on one thing. That I want to use the coffee table instead of the ottoman! Phew.

Feel free to send Al lots of compliments on the floors. I’ll forward them to him so he gets embarrassed. Right Al? πŸ™‚

Do you ever have that itch to start rearranging? I’ve moved our entire (very heavy!) bedroom set by myself before because I just knew a different way would work and surprisingly it did.

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16 comments on “bamboo floors and decor decisions

  1. Erica says:

    The floors look beautiful! Definitely worth all the hard work.

    I really need to get some bike mounts like you have. Right now I have a bike in my dining room (attractive, no?!!) and one taking up the entire laundry room. Getting them on the wall will get them out of the way and turn them into functional art.

    • Adrienne says:

      Thank you! Yes you should! I love how they look. I got the mounts from Lowe’s.

      • Erica says:

        Lowes. Good to know. I’ll have to check out those mounts. πŸ™‚

        P.S. I’m so excited to learn you are a knitter!! I hope you share the sweater that you are working on. I’ve really got to pick up knitting one of these days. I’ve always been a crochet girl. Did you teach yourself to knit?

      • Adrienne says:

        Yes I did!! I just went to YouTube if I didn’t understand the tutorials on the Lion Brand website.

  2. Floors look really nice! I do not have an eye for design/decorating so once something is in its place, it pretty much stays there!

  3. bgddyjim says:

    Dig the bikes on the wall!!! I gotta try that one on the wife. Awesome!

  4. Mom says:

    Those floors look great, you did a wonderful job. Not many husbands have the patience(or back) to do that. With the house decorating I think you have a new career!

  5. Alana says:

    Floors look wonderful. You have a good eye for decorating.

  6. The floors look awesome!!!! Tell Al he did a fantastic job πŸ˜‰

  7. Lindsay says:

    someday i want my house (that i dont own yet) to look like that
    Also what kind of bike racks are ur bikes on??
    i am on the hunt for some for my TINY apartment!

  8. Lindsay was telling me about all the updates you’ve been making!! It looks so great! πŸ™‚

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