Martin and I spent almost 2 hours choosing paint colors. The first hump was choosing the ceiling/closet/hallway color--WHITE. There are true whites, cooler whites and warm whites. 56 "white" paint chips in all to compare and contrast, in the sunlight and roomlight. I chose a warmer white called "Creamy" in a flat finish. I ruled out the other 10 finish choices...matte, satin, low sheen, eggshell, low sheen eggshell, low lustre, semi-gloss, medium lustre, gloss, and high gloss. The trim will be bright white...semi gloss. Keep it simple, people! The wall colors fell into place quickly, as I had wallpaper samples and fabric swatches.
Martin left, then the carpet lady came from Empire Today. The upstairs carpeting looked "clean" when the house was furnished...but when it was empty I could see 7 years of wear and tear, spills and stains. In NYC, I vacuumed religiously and had the carpets (age 3-10 years old) steam cleaned every year...and I was shocked at how grubby they looked once my furniture was moved out! Gritty city.
Once the parade ended, I walked around and figured out what all the switches and knobs were, and took an inventory of a heck of a lot of electrical outlets, phone jacks and cable jacks. I drew out each room's potential furniture placement, and put post-it notes on the wall outlets and jacks that could be removed and/or patched over. I sent a text to Martin to let him know that there were 10. I scheduled the cable company to come after the electrician puts a cable and phone jack in the small bedroom that will be my office.
Enough choreography for one day, Day One!