It's not technically a great before picture. It was taken after I got rid of a 10 X 10 70's sectional couch to prep for the arrival of my much talked about Chesterfield, now in front of the fireplace in the next room. But it shows the original floor...
and now the After!
The antlers are a particularly brilliant innovation on my part (not the use of antlers -- an old trope certainly -- but how I managed to hang them). They have their skulls still attached (sorry if you are eating breakfast. "Skulls" in the plural I realize is a bit too much to deal with with a mouth full of oatmeal). I got them for $70 each, a great price. But I couldn't figure out how to mount them or even hang them from the ceiling -- the balance was off, and my efforts to thread picture wire through various sockets and holes was both gruesome and fruitless. So I searched flea markets until I found the right size wooden boxes ($5 each!), attached the boxes to the wall with screws and anchors (and a level, and a boyfriend) and plunked in the antlers. Ta daa! You can see in the next picture that there is another set of antlers directly across the house in the living room. I like symmetry.
observe the $5 "pashminas" draped across the back. My house is old and drafty, and my friends have poor constitutions, so each chair gets it own and everyone has to stop complaining about the heat.
But it's $4,000. That's a whole trip to Paris for 2.
I'm growing paperwhites in the old pickle jar which I found in an antiques store for $20. I had originally thought to make it a lantern for over the table... it may yet become that.