The cats are loving the open wall. They see the horizontal braces as the ideal perch to survey the house. I keep trying to knock them off so they won't get into more trouble, but they are persistent.
Because when Dale is home I can't even bang things around since he needs his sleep, I ran out to check out a tile shop in Orange County. I am wanting to do a black and white checkered floor in the kitchen, but I don't want it to look all country, I'd like it to be a little more elegant. I love this picture of a tile floor:
(from my Pinterest board on house ideas)
I love the black and white checkerboard on the diagonal, and the bands of borders around the side. But I want it to be in a richer finish, so I went out to check out some marble. I picked up some 12 x 12 tiles of carrara and nero marble for the field, and a couple of marble mosaic borders. I laid them out and love the way they look. So now I have to map out the floor and plan the design. I am hoping to hit another shop this week to look at kitchen cabinets -- we are likely going with IKEA cabinets, but I'd like to see what other options we might explore before we commit.