To refresh, it used to look like this.
The floor on this side of the room had to be completely replaced due to the dry rot and damage that pulling up all that old linoleum seen above caused. This photo makes it look discolored, but that's just a shadow, in real life its a beautiful pale oak. The old floors look fantastic now too, now that they are no longer a horrific DIY gone bad shade of purple (meant to be cherry or mahogany?). The stools are new, from Industry West. The island is temporary, the new island will be bigger and the stools will fit underneath. That door is new, although the opening is old and was boarded over until this renovation. It leads to the laundry room and the back door. Once there is a dishwasher in place I'll hopefully be able to convince my mom to get rid of that giant dish rack. It was driving me bananas and eating up all of the counter space. I finally had to turn it 90 degrees to at least make it hog a little less counter space.
The contractor did a little work over at my house too. He replaced my kitchen door with a glass paned door, making it even brighter, and he patched the exposed adobe, and did a lot of finish carpentry that I didn't want to do myself because it's tedious and requires better tools.
Meanwhile the rest of my house looks like this. My mom just moved everything that needed to be moved out of the way during construction (from her house and mine) over to my house, so it's become a disaster of a storage unit. I do not look forward to sorting through all of this and putting it (or throwing it) away.
Did you do anything productive over the holidays? Or were yours more fun and relaxation oriented?