Throughout the week I finished assembling all of the decor for the shelves on either side of the fireplace in the sitting room. The end result ended up looking pretty good with a great blend of greenery, books, and other items.
As soon as the decor went up, it had to come right down. All of the shelves and doors were removed so that they can be painted.
The brick will be painted the same light taupe color as the main walls in the room, and the shelves will be painted to match the accent wall. I think the end result will really complete the look of the room.
Finally, the flooring for the basement was delivered (after some trials and tribulations with the Home Depot), and is waiting for installation to be scheduled in a couple of weeks.