We are in a new to us house, and I am so design challenged! I can look at pictures and love things, but as far as putting it together on my own, I'm lost. I'm also on a tight budget which makes it hard. When you first walk into my house, the first room you see to the right is this living room which the previous owner used as an office. The bookshelves are not original to the house, but he had them custom built to fit the space. On the one hand, I like having the storage, but on the other hand, I don't know how to decorate around all these shelves since it takes up the entire wall. I'm torn between leaving them or taking them out altogether. The other idea I had was to paint them to match the trim to make them blend in more, but I don't know how involved or hard it is to paint them. We are using this room for the computer right now, but obviously we need a better dedicated space for that. You can see I just have the laptop plopped on the little chest and the printer under the chest. So do I make this room an office or a formal living area?? I would like it to be pretty since it is the first room you see off the foyer and at night with the lights on, you can see in this room.
The other small wall in the room is used for the piano which has to stay there. Please excuse the mess on the shelves and elsewhere! I have four kids ranging from 11 years to 15 months, so it's been a challenge trying to move in, decorate, clean, and keep up with our busy life.
This living room opens to the dining room which also needs design help. The picture over the buffet belongs to my mom who is in the middle of a move, so it won't be staying there. I'd like a mirror and lamps for that space. I also know I need window treatments and maybe a new paint color to tie in with the rug. I'm not very good at accessories. I never know which pictures to hang or which fabrics go with my rugs, etc. I always feel like I will make mistakes, so I just end up buying nothing.
Thanks for any and all ideas or advice you can give me.