The big reveal...our new tile floors! I'm really pleased with the result. They are beautiful, and a much better fit than the former VCT. They flow nicely from the wood floors into this 'dog area' and is a much more permanent finish.
(and note to other first time tilers out there...steel wool. It's the trick to tiling cleanup. We learned that on day #2)
And as an update to this blog post ....photos of our fall decor. I'm particularly pleased with the stuffed, dressed turkey pilgrim.