One thing I'm pretty sure we can do (again, in terms of funds) is get new shades for our main "family room" (or "den" for southerners). We currently have
But there are so many other things I'd like to do that I know we just can't right now (or ever, for some).
1) Get new couches for the family room.
I'd say we need new couches - but that's using "need" somewhat loosely (as in, we have couches now that are decent). The sort of hard part about committing to new couches is thinking about the old couches. We certainly wouldn't have room to store them in our house elsewhere. But if we move to a bigger house at some point in the next couple years, what if we have a playroom or a finished attic/basement - it would probably be nice to put these old couches up there. Also, if/when we move to a bigger house, who knows what we'll "need" in terms of our new family room.
2) Remodel the kitchen.
Ha - this won't happen ever. But I have this great vision for our little house that would make it so so cool! It involves tearing down walls & moving appliances & new counters/cabinets. I think it would make the house a lot more livable for a family who wanted it to be their "forever house." We just think our "forever house" will be a bit bigger than where we are now.
3) Do some painting.
I guess this isn't really inhibited by lack of funds, but maybe more by lack of inspiration. In theory, I think it'd be cool to have an "accent wall" in our family room - but again, I don't have a ton of inspiration because of the whole couch issue. And sort of strangely, I really like white walls; I think they look clean & give the rooms the illusion of space. I guess I'd maybe like to lighten up the office (which is a manly, hunter green) because I think the room would look huge if it were painted lighter, but I think that green is going to be a monster of priming & painting to cover up.
4) Do the dining room. Sort of.
So currently in our dining room we have a baby grand piano, a book shelf, and all the nice serving pieces/platters/pottery/vases/pitchers we got for our wedding sitting on the floor & on the book shelf. My grandmother's dining room set is in St. Louis & we are welcome to bring it down to Memphis whenever we want. It won't be a problem, really, to do that - but the issue is then one of space. We have a ton of furniture in our formal living room (which is an open space into the dining room). If there was a table & buffet in the dining room, the piano would need to be in the living room. Then some piece(s) of furniture in there now would need to go to storage - as they're all really nice pieces of furniture. It sounds like a little bit of a logistical nightmare. But on the other hand, if we plan to be in the house a few more years, it doesn't seem ok to just leave that room in limbo. And there's a really ugly chandelier in there - I want a new one.
5) Get a new tv for the family room.
Our current tv is enormous (both the screen & the unit itself). It probably takes up a 5'x4' space. It would be really nice to have one mounted on the wall. The room would feel a lot bigger. But then there would also be the issue of all the tv accoutrements (wii, blu ray player, cable box, speakers) and we'd probably need to get some kind of chest-type thing to store them in.
Whatever. It seems like I can't really do any of these things. But sometimes I look at design blogs and get hungry to redecorate my own house. In due time...