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Needing advice for these to areas

Sassy By Design
last month

I'm trying to dress up these areas. Husband insists on keeping carpet and oak wood finishes. This is an entry which is small and the second is a short hallway to 2 bedroom a bathroom and a laundry . Need advice because if up to me, I'd get rid of the carpet and oak. And besides I have way too many ideas running through head.