Here are the "befores" and "afters":
Really all I did in this room was paint, clean and move in! Unfortunately, we ran out of the reno budget sooner than we thought thanks to some unplanned expenses (might I suggest, to anyone renovating an old home, a fairly large contingency fund...) and were not able to refinish the floors. I've justified it by telling myself we have young children and a large dog, so why bother? They'll just rescratch them. That worked for about a week. It's back to driving me crazy.
cluttered English-country-cottage-cozy decorating for the window seats under each window flanking the fireplace until I can afford built-in glass door bookcases (or figure out how to build them myself).
This house is an exercise in patience and decorating in stages. Not being a patient person, I'm finding it incredibly challenging.... Built-in bookcases are stage 2, or 3. Translation - we're out of money and it's going to be awhile:(