O.k Tam, my only area of expertise here is the floors! duh! lol Anyway, I love the idea of the ceramic on the floors, however this is a very difficult task. If you have to hire someone to come in (other than Keith) it is very costly to have the tile laid. Not to mention the special tools needed to cut the tile. My cousin just built a new house and laid his own laminate flooring and said that it was a breeze. He used BHK locking wood flooring. This is a "floating" floor as it is not secured to the actual floor in any way. This saves the cost and hassle of glue or grout. The floor is litterally held down by the pressure from the walls. I think it looks really nice and is so much easier than ceramic. Just my humble opinion on that subject.
Now for the rest of the decorating.... I have no clue! I am very design impaired as you know, so I will leave that to the rest of the crafters!