That said, the living room and kitchen are finally in a place where I'm happy to share the updates. These are the places we spend most of our time, so I'm happy to have these pretty close to finished. If you missed the before pictures, you can see them here.
Kitchen and dining area
The living room is not the first room on my "to decorate" list, but I'm really thinking about the ways to decorate the two story wall above the fire place and the wall that mirrors it behind the love seat. I don't mind the walls being bare, but am thinking of possible design ideas to not have them bare. I think this is going to take lots of trial and error with drawings in MS Paint before I actually ever hang anything (or buy anything) for the walls. Until then, our college pictures on the mantle will suffice.
Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks to come. The master bedroom and bath are coming next (and that's the first room on the list for decorating).