I'm not saying I knocked it out of the park on my 2011 to do list or anything... A full accounting of that is still to come. But. let's just say that I made enough progress on it to already be dreaming about what will be the biggies of 2012.
Yes, mudroom. The architect friend never did re-materialize. I heard through the grapevine that she decided to keep her current job...and then I had another architect over (for a playdate among our 4 year olds) and she emphatically declared that no bathroom should ever go into that sunroom. Ah. So.
She also forbade me to paint the woodwork in the second floor hall. JWH cackled with delight at all this validation.
But, anyway, the sunroom. She agreed that it could be a mudroom with minor changes: a bench, new windows (so it's not so damned cold) some hooks, and good-god, better tile on that floor. So, I have started moving along in that direction. Slowly of course. I bought some more Flor tiles in Needlepoint Stripe (Laurel) since they were way on sale and I will need more when I, eventually, make the front door runner go up and hang a right into the sunroom/mudroom.
And I started thinking about curtains. Soft, relaxed, linen roman shades. Nothing to block the light, or the view, but something to soften it up. Like these:
So, paint the room, install a bench, re-tile the floor, replace the windows, hang curtains, remove the door, and make the front hall rug lead you inside. Yeah, I got that last bit covered. Now I just need Greg, the builder, to come back to me. Pretty please? Anyway, without Greg I see this as a project that I will chip away at, doing what I can by myself. Maybe I will even tile the floor. I mean, why not? I got skills.
*Oh, and I have offically decided to ignore spell check and use "mudroom" and "sunroom" as legitimate words. Take that.