This reader sent in this picture of her front room.  She has no idea what to do with it.  She already has a family room, office, and media room in the home and with two small children a formal living room isn't needed.  In addition, she is on a very tight budget. 

Wardell before


Wardell library after

1.  I suggest she make it into a library

2.  Paint the walls a warm carmel to cozy the space.  I would suggest Ben Moore Historic Color 34 Wilmington Tan.

3.  Get the Billy Bookcase from Ikea.  It has a corner unit and is very reasonably priced.

4.  Consider reupholstering the chairs and existing ottoman in an inexpensive cotton duck.  If that is too costly get some light neutral slip covers to freshen them up.

5.  Add a round table, table lamp,  and rug to delineate the seating area.  If you have a Home Goods or Pier 1 in your area this would be a great place to find those items.

6.  Add a bench or long ottoman on the angled half  height wall.

7.  Lastly, purchasing stock drapery from JCPenney or Target with some coordinating pillows will add the finishing touches.