Need help planning a living room around awkward fireplace. small budget, cannot afford to remove fireplace!
our living room has a fireplace that juts out. the ledge around it is not meant for seating (too shallow and high), but probably meant for vases, etc. we have a baby that will be walking within the month, so keeping it baby-proof is important. we also live off of one income, so we have a limited budget. we just moved into this house less than a year ago, and then had a baby, but we're finally able to fix the house up. we will be painting/replacing oldcarpet with carpet and laminate throughout the house.
we like our sectional couch, as it makes it comfortable for lounging (we are homebodies these days mostly bc of the baby.)
any ideas on how to arrange furniture? it feels like the room is so off-kilter, and it drives me crazy. we have a budget of under $800 for fixing up the dining/living room, as we're spending thousands on the painting/flooring, and we've already had to buy some bigger furniture pieces. thanks if you have suggestions!
note: the tree, and the baby's pack and play, are obviously, not permanent room pieces. :)