As promised, here is a picture of the family room after our New Year's weekend painting project.
We also solved out dilemma with the sectional. The corner piece was relegated to the basement, so now we have a veerrryyyy long couch. By moving the television the entire room is being used.
Next project will likely involve eliminating the rail in the foreground, and painting over the hideous wall paper you can see. This is in our kitchen. A complete renovation of the kitchen/breakfast room, as well as replacing floors will probably be accomplished in 2 or 3 years.
As our temporary resident visas expire in September, we'll have to just wait and see.