In all our past homes I still felt cozy and warm in our living room. It's the central hub of the home, so it has to be cozy! Our first two homes were teeny tiny, but I always felt like our living room was the perfect size. Our limited amount of furniture fit in perfectly, and people always commented that our place felt very "homey" and "cozy". Nobody has said that yet about this place! In fact, most comments are that we need more furniture (which we can't really afford), or we need to rearrange the furniture (which we are also not sure about).
Right now I'm in the midst of adding some special touches to make it more cozy, I''ve taken some "before" pictures, with my re-do plans. Let me know what you think and share with me some ideas (but keep in mind, we are on the strictest of budgets right now!)
So far this just seems like the most reasonable place to put the couch (we have access to the back door, don't worry!) Any other way either blocks something important (like the furnace door), or just doesn't make sense with how the TV has to be situated. Tempted to just get rid of the TV, but...also not.
This couch is on it's last leg, but we can't be buying anything new right now. My plan is to find a very inexpensive way to cover the couch, while also adding lots of brightly coloured cushions for depth, and a pretty and cozy throw blanket. So far this tutorial seems like the best plan.
After Christmas I also plan on moving the play house downstairs and making that wall a play area for Penny. Her Grandparents are buying her the Ikea play kitchen, and I plan on getting her a chair to sit in and read, plus possibly a doll with a bed. That way it will be like her house inside a house, and it won't be ugly like the Play Skool toy!
This is the back corner of the room. Right now it houses all of Penny's toys (I realize she's not as spoiled as I think when all her toys fit into two small baskets). Today my plan is to move all the toys to our spare bedroom (aka: empty bedroom) as a separate play space for Penny. I might keep the small basket up here with just a few of her favourites.
Once Penny's toys are gone this side of the room will look even more lonely than it does now. This week I bought two white lack shelves from Ikea, and I'm going to have them installed here. I think the wall will still look pretty empty, so my plan is to buy another smaller chair from a local consignment shop that has beautiful upholstered chairs for about $50.
So now it's your turn, is there anything you'd recommend? Speak now!