The meeting with the designer went well. I was able to walk with her through the entire house and get some great ideas....although they probably won't all happen right away. I've also been working on an inspiration board for the Living room. As you can see, I am still having trouble deciding on side and coffee tables. I love the look of a rustic wood coffee table with the sleek couch but I think ottomans might be easier with a toddler. Then, if I do ottomans, maybe I should bring in the rustic wood with a side table....although I also like the look of a brightly colored one and a sleek metal one. So the final decisions have not yet been made. But I really like how the colors and patterns look together so I am getting excited about how the room will end up looking.
Here's the other challenge- I have a budget of $2000 to decorate the Living and Dining rooms. The sofa will end up costing about $800 dollars with tax so that is a big chunk. I have been scouring garage sales and Craigslist to try and find some super cheap side tables. No luck so far, though I did find a great chair that, according to the seller, is about 100 years old. For $11, I'd say that was a good find. That will be for the dining room. I also found this great idea on Pinterest for a side table:
It's a trash can! Isn't that genius? It looks so much like the black metal side table on my inspiration board. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for a great trash can. I will need plenty of creative ideas like this if I hope to create a beautiful Living room on such a small budget. If you have any, please send them my way. =)