Feb '15: Starting Our Living Room Remodel!

February 2, 2015
We moved into our "forever" home in South Florida about 9 months ago. Love the space, love the area. We are in love with the house, but every thing needs to be redone. We are enjoying the process and taking our time, doing a lot of the work ourselves. So far, we have finished our kids' bedroom, and we're almost done with our closet, and we have just begun this living room.
This is the room you see when you enter the house from the front door, which is the door everybody uses. We decided we want it to feel like it's almost a continuation of our outdoor patio and pool area - very inviting for people to come in and out here and enjoy both spaces. SO, we decided on patio furniture! We just got the sectional, coffee table, rug, and also the teal cabinet, which will soon hold all of our liquor. Also just bought the silver lanterns.
We're not planning on changing the tile, maybe ever, so we're learning to love it. Although we may redo the "baseboards" some day. Our current plan of attack: repair ceiling and walls (nothing major, but a lot of minor damage); paint ceiling flat white; new moulding for slider door and upper window in eggshell white; remove track lighting under catwalk; replace ceiling fan with tall chandelier, possibly capiz shell; add wall-mounted fans to catwalk wall; wispy white curtains for slider; paint walls maybe light beige/cream/gray.
A lot of what's in the photos are placeholders. We're thinking a cool chair in place of the patio chair; maybe new stools where the current barstools are next to the cabinet; tall tropical plants where the two fake plants are on either side of the slider, a narrow little end table where the TV stand is, and another small end table between the new chair and sectional. Some accent pillows for the sectional, something cool for the coffee table/end tables. The only part of the wall decor I do like is having some sort of mirror on that wall to reflect the outdoor view. We are considering having a local artist (Barbara Weingardt http://www.robbies.com/barbara-weingardt.htm) create a large painting for the other wall, above the cabinet. And above the slider, probably a larger clock.
In general, we are very laid back people, and function is more important to us than style. We know nothing about decorating. But I sure do love perusing the photos here and getting ideas! So I thought it would be fun to document our remodel here, and perhaps get some advice in the process.

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