Over the winter, we changed a lot in our living room and entry way. We wanted a space that was functional for playing, reading, and visiting, peaceful, fun for kids, and looked nice, all without spending too much money. We kept it to $200.
Most of the changes we made were just moving around furniture we already had, changing wall art, and painting the walls. With minor purchases, we were able to make big changes to our space to make it more beautiful and functional. While looking for ideas for our space, it seemed most of the online examples were of really large spaces that weren't practical for a home with young children. Many spaces also seemed impersonal and trendy. I hope that there's something useful here for a few people.
I don't know about you, but when I start a project, it's not generally a cleanly-planned-carried-neatly-out-all-at-once type of event. With me, it's more of "I know we're already late going to bed, but can you please help me move some furniture?" type of thing. Andrew, the wonderful documenter that he is, often asks if we can pause for pictures, but when I get going I can't stop. So, sorry for the lack of normal looking "before" pictures. (My wide angle lens is sick in bed, so we'll just have to make due.)
The small side table houses Evelyn's toys in the basket, magformers in the drawer, and puzzles down below. It's very functional!
One awkward thing about our living room space was that there was no real entry way, so the minute you opened the door, you were kind of in our living room. We moved our hide-a-bed there, put a shoe bench and rug to create a legitimate entry way.
|Before (when the house was for sale)|
|All children's books, with the basket containing library books.|