Man, this is a pretty big change too, even though the walls are the same colour. First of all, the large bookcase I liked has been moved to what I think is the front entrance hallway. You can just see the end of it. I was rather concerned on the first viewing that it didn't come back into the room. Not that Hildi isn't already enjoying a first-class seat on the shit list, but still. The area where the two cabinets had been has been built in at the end with a short wall, and three deep, thickly edged shelves have been installed. There are small framed pictures leaning at the back of each one, and tchotchkes and short horizontal stacks of books are arranged in front of them. It would be nice to have some subtle undershelf lighting in there. The shelves are designed so that the two ottomans tuck neatly underneath them, which I think is great. There was just too much furniture in the way before, but now, if those are needed -- especially for extra seating at a party -- they can easily be pulled out. There are a couple of colourful paintings hung on the outside of the new end wall. On the wall where the bookcase had been is nothing but a single large abstract painting in neutral tones and light blue, framed in silver. It's one of Brent's dad's, and you can see the influence of Fernand Léger, under whom Brent's father studied. The TV is still in the corner, but now it has a little tailored skirt with a slit in the front over the stand. Their loveseat and the club chair have been placed on the right-hand wall, with the white thrift-store end table between them. The aforementioned group of three paintings is centred above the seating. The white coffee table is in front of those pieces of furniture, with a large glass vase full of red flowers on it, and the three-seater sofa is placed opposite them. It has a soft white throw draped over one end. There's a large, beigey-neutral, nubby area rug underneath all the seating pieces. There are new white floor-to-ceiling drapes on the sliding doors, covered at the top by a narrow white valance. The piano is in its original spot, with what looks like the same lamp and bunch of family photos on it. On the wall behind it is another abstract painting. The floor is now covered with light-coloured parquet tile. I think they stopped it at the point where the hallway along the back of the room leads to the rest of the house. I presume they put some kind of metal threshold over the place where it meets the carpet.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B+ | 572 USERS: B-
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