These are pictures of the living room now (take a look here to see what the living room looked like when we first bought the house):
This picture is of the wall opposite, also next to the window. That is my rubber plant peeking out from the window. I planted one stalk from our bigger tree one year ago and it has already grown into a tall tree.
Because of all the work going on in the kitchen the house is not in picture-taking state. I will post more pictures of the living room when things get a little more organized. For now you can see that the mantle, is up. It is being used as a bookcase. The picture below is a close up of the mantel and books.