The living room is actually larger than it looks in these pictures (about 19 x 18), particularly since the ceiling goes on and on, up to the ridgepole of the unit up in the loft.
The brown thing against the wall in the foyer is the wonderful, deeply on sale Little Giant ladder that was my Christmas present to myself. It arrived the day the pictures were taken. That foyer is one step up from the living room (the living area is "sunken" by that one step, just six inches lower than the foyer, bathroom, sewing room and dining room - you need to watch your step when you are in a hurry).
The door in the background is the first floor bathroom. Note the exceptionally low ceiling - only for that three foot square section of the condo. I have no clue...
On the far right of the picture, you catch a glimpse of the fireplace hearth. The wall on which the fireplace sits sticks out six inches form the window wall, if you follow me. That fireplace wall - and only that portion of the wall - will be an accent color, to help break up the gigantic expanse of the walls in the room.
The patio door and window curtains will stay; at this point I'm not sure with what to replace them. Still pinch pleated semi-sheers, but until I live with the new wall color for a while, I don't want to invest in new drapes. I've a sneaking feeling the white will "work" just fine. Once expense I can put off for a while.
The carpet, however, will make me crazy. It's pretty much white, and shows everything. I had it cleaned before I moved in, and have spot cleaned the traffic areas at least three times thus far. I give up. The plan is to put down laminate; that, however, is something that will take both extra saving and more planning. The sewing room will get laminate before this room...I think I've decided I'm not crazy enough to try to do both at once, as originally planned.
The small chair against the wall is a little armchair my grandfather, an upholsterer/furniture maker, made for me for my first birthday. After we moved to the new house when I was five, it went to live in the attic. A dry attic and no mice means it's still in great shape. The color has faded significantly; if you lift up the skirt, you can see it was originally a particularly bright shade of coral.
That's it for the living room. I'd better get back to moving out the breakables. Actually, the living room is mostly done, it's just the studio that needs some attention...