Happy New Years everyone! Thank you for your replies!
I certainly understand the need for pictures, and have taken some (for science!) Please know that anarchist clowns have not invaded my house, I have a million paint samples up (over the hideous wood paneling), and just can't make up my mind (but I'm not going with the purple, so don't worry). Also note: due to other renovation needs, no one lives here currently, so please excuse spider webs, and as for that hanging camping light... well... I live in jabooty and the house thinks it's a lodge.
Now, on to the freak show!:
This photo is looking at the ceiling from the area in front of my kitchen. The ceiling "steps down" in two spots-- one right above where I am taking the picture, and again at the end of the living room.
This picture gives you a closer view of that step-down I mentioned:
...and this one illustrates how they lined part of the upper wall with the upholstered vinyl, as if to punish whomever decided to buy it.
Once you're done trying to scratch out your eyes, let me know what you think
(But don't you diss my paint samples, I'm fragile.)