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Old 09-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #16
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I would do the hallway in the same wood. I think I'm a little late
with my advise, but I would have liked the entire floor in wood
without the ceramic tile in the living room.

Wood floors are very durable if treated properly.
Our daughter has wood flooring in her foyer (with three kids
and a big dog) and they're beautiful. She has a round
oriental rug in front of the door.

I have a small wool oriental rug in front of our door and we
really use the heck out of it. I know you are going for the cottage
look, however, I suggested a wool throw rug cause they don't
soil easily, and clean up beautifully. I'm sure you can find a wool cottage-ey
look rug.
You can easily do a half wall room divider later on.

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Huh, we never considered not doing the tile, but I agree that the wood flooring would be fine in the entry instead of the tile. I'd bring it up to the husband because I'm sure he ordered enough to cover the tiled space, but I'm not sure about adding a rug there. Our dogs are pups and love all.things.rugs. If it isn't nailed down to the floor or has furniture on it keeping it in place, it will end up chewed up in their room. Just like all our bathroom and kitchen rugs that I have yet to replace.
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Huh, we never considered not doing the tile, but I agree that the wood flooring would be fine in the entry instead of the tile. I'd bring it up to the husband because I'm sure he ordered enough to cover the tiled space, but I'm not sure about adding a rug there. Our dogs are pups and love all.things.rugs. If it isn't nailed down to the floor or has furniture on it keeping it in place, it will end up chewed up in their room. Just like all our bathroom and kitchen rugs that I have yet to replace.
I meant a rug for wiping your feet, not for decorative use.
Is that your main entrance, or do you come in through a mud room, or kitchen?

We come in through our front door, that's why I have a throw rug.
From spring through fall we have a little one,
(about 15" x 20" maybe smaller?) In the winter we have a bigger one.
In our house we have a Living Room about the same size as your LR.
We tiled the small foyer and kitchen and bathroom in the
same cream color ceramic. The rest of the house is hardwood.
Although it looks nice, I'm thinking of ripping
out the ceramic in the foyer and putting down hardwood. It would definately
make the LR look bigger, as it would in your case as well.

I just like the same floors throughout. With your home I would definately
go with the wood in front of the door.

How old are these pups? They chew for at least a year. I've had my fair
share of chewed up rugs! Dogs are a PITA, but we can't live without them
can we?
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Our pups are 2.5 years old LOL. I think we will forever call them "the pups" because they are littermates and we adopted them together. They go through stages where they don't chew anything, then I'll find evidence that they still are - like chewed up door casings. We just painted the outside of our house this year and replaced some of the wood siding they chewed, and yesterday I found two places where they've chewed it up again. I hope they'll be out of this stage once and for all...they've ruined tables, chairs, walls, trim, rugs, pillows...etc. But I wouldn't give them up for anything.

If we put down any type of rug near the door, the pups will chew it up. I've gone through several of them - even using the carpet tape didn't help. We have a gate that will close them off from the living room because I have built-in cabinets going in and there is no way in hell I'm going to let the pups chew on those! We could possibly put a rug there but DH really wants the tile, so we are going to go ahead and sticking with that. We use our front door as the main point of entry. When we eventually do our kitchen we are going to move the door to the laundry room so that we can create a mud room. We had our driveway extended this summer and now it goes up the side yard to the back fence and makes the side door more accessible. But a kitchen renovation is a long way away.
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The tile is down and grouted. Floors going in today. The couch cover was also delivered today and I'm going to pick up a TV stand after work. The built-ins will be installed on Thursday or Friday so I hope to get everything in place before then. My DD and her friends are here for the weekend so I need to get it together so they can use the guest room - which is now a hot mess of furniture and boxes.

I'll post pictures later - the tile is gorgeous and I'm sure the floors will be too. Getting closer!
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Well, good luck with everything. The floors are going to make a dramatic difference.
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We were so busy last week! Tile is done and the floors were installed on Wednesday - took the installers only 5 hours to get it all done and most of the time was spent on the doorway transitions in the hall and kitchen.

Built-ins were installed on Thursday morning then we had to clean everything up since DD and her friends were in town for the weekend. Baseboards are up but still need to be caulked/painted. I'll probably get to it next weekend.

The couch cover I ordered was the wrong one and the new one will be delivered tomorrow...so that side of the room isn't done yet. But I at least have the curtains up.



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I went back and looked at the 'before' pictures and, wow!, what a difference. It looks great! Your brother did a beautiful job on the built-ins. The floor looks wonderful too.

I'm glad you're posting pictures of your progress. So many times we get threads where the OP doesn't show their final work.

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Thank you! I can't help but show it off. This has been the only room in the house where I've actually planned every detail...and I'm so excited that it's coming together the way I had it pictured in my head.

My brother has been doing custom cabinetry for a long time and just recently went out on his own. His work is amazing and I'm proud to show it off. He might get quite a few calls from our friends and neighbors after seeing this.
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It looks gorgeous, I bet you're anxious to fill it up.

congrats to your brother.
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The shelves are already filled It didn't take long and I had a lot more things to put on them than I thought I did. We are looking to get a new coffee table for the den so I can use the one we have in the living room. I still need to caulk and touch up paint the baseboards but we were about 4' too short so I'm going to wait until we get that little piece up before doing all that (no sense in doing it twice). I hope to have it all done over the weekend.
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Well then, how about showing some pic's of the decorated cabinet...
I'm interested in seeing it.
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I will post some pictures tonight. The couch cover came in yesterday (finally) so that is all set up too.
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I haven't had time to organize it much...I basically threw everything up there in some resemblance of order but I need to pare it down some so it doesn't look too crowded. The pink ceramic at the top of the middle unit is going to be painted a different color, I just haven't done it yet.


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The right cover for the couch came in so it's put together and ready (should have ironed the slipcover but I didn't...maybe the wrinkles will work themselves out). I got the IKEA Ektorp in white - I've been coveting it for months now and I'm so happy it's finally in our room!



Just broke down all the boxes and got the room cleared. DIY rug is down but the pictures aren't hung yet. When we go to the box store to get the remaining baseboard (only place that sells it by the LF that is close by) we are going to pick up a couple tropical plants. I'll post pictures as the finishing touches are done. Still need to make throw pillows for the couch and a padded cover for the entry bench.

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