Okay, here’s the scoop.  I do fine design for my interior design clients here in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon through Cheryl von Tress Interiors +.  Most of my clients have successful careers or businesses and have discretionary income to spend on building, remodeling or redecorating.

But wait!  What about the single person, young couple, recently widowed person that wants to create style on a tighter budget?  An all-in total that could be paid off at $50 a month for 20 months (oops, plus interest might add a month).  Dedicate a single credit card to this room and ask the issuer to apply a credit limit of $2,000.

I gave myself this challenge and wondered what I could pull together from internet shopping for under $2,000.   This blog post might reach you at just the right time to get your living room pulled together for the upcoming holiday season.

For this room challenge, I decided to build from the floor up.  Not always my direction, but I found a cute rug and thought that would be my jumping off point.  I’m envisioning a living room of about 10 x 13.  [Click images below to shop the sites.]

The Rug:  100% wool. rugsusa.com.  5×8 $669 — 70% off coupon = $209!

Moroccan theme trellis pattern rug.
Moroccan theme trellis pattern rug.

The Sofa:  Polyester fabric (easy care, removable, washable cover).  78″ wide.  IKEA store and online.  $699

English arm sofa from IKEA.
English arm sofa from IKEA.  Assembly required.

Primary Arm Chair:  Polyester (my guess, the site didn’t state).  Approx 32″ w x 40″ h (narrow profile, seat width 19″)  IKEA store and online $299

Sunny yellow, high-back contemporary wing chair -- fun twist on a classic.
Sunny yellow, high-back contemporary wing chair — fun twist on a classic.  Assembly required.

Accent Chairs:  overstock.com  $176.39 set of two!  I’m at $1,383.39 so far.

NeoMidcentury scoop chairs. Easy to move into dining area or outdoors.
NeoMidcentury scoop chairs. Easy to move into dining area or outdoors.

Coffee Table:  overstock.com  $154.79

Modern white coffee table with walnut legs, storage drawer and display shelf. Glass top adds shimmer and reflection of candlelight. Assembly required.
Modern white coffee table with walnut legs; easy clean; okay for resting feet. Assembly required.

End Table:  overstock.com  $71.99

A metal element. Place between red sofa and white scoop chair across to pull yellow arm chair color across the space.
A metal element. Place between red sofa and white scoop chair across to pull yellow arm chair color across the space.

End Tables:  home decorators.com  $164 (with shipping); set of two!  I’m at $1,774.17

Nod to Moroccan style white wood tables. One between sofa and yellow chair; small one between or beside scoops chairs. Easily moved in the space or to outdoors for entertaining.
Nod to Moroccan style white wood tables. One between sofa and yellow chair; small one between or beside scoop chairs. Easily moved in the space or to outdoors for entertaining.

Pendant Light (plug-in, not hard-wired):  lamps plus.com  (only one left so this might just be an inspiration;  search words:  Hawaiian Vine 15″ Wide Swag Style Drum Shade Chandelier)  $119.98

Patterned drum shade pendant light pulls colors together; adds visual interest over an end table; easy installation; keeps table top clear to retain space.
Patterned drum shade pendant light pulls colors together; adds visual interest over an end table; easy installation; keeps table top clear to retain space. No URL link on this image.

Curtains & Hardware:  overstock.com  $69.98 for two pairs!  Rods:  48-86″ width $33.94 for two!

Medallion print 84" curtains for visual interest; draw the blue from rug onto wall areas.
Medallion print curtains for visual interest; draw the blue from rug onto wall areas.
White telescoping metal curtain rods with nice finial. Windows up to 78-80" to allow fabric to drape over side frames.
White telescoping metal curtain rods with nice finial. Windows up to 78-80″ to allow fabric to drape over side frames. Lower price for more narrow windows.

How did I do?  The total is $1,998.07 (spare change for a candy bar)!  I have:  seating for seven people; easy care fabrics for pets, children and generally messy people;  lots of table space for drinks, plates and books.  There are lightweight pieces that do double duty indoors and outdoors.  Plus, theres even cute lighting.  If your TV is in this space, then you’ll have that additional expense, plus a few patterned pillows, vases, photos, wall art to add your personality.  A pop of red on the yellow chair!  Multi-color patterned pillows on the red sofa.  This is a put your feet up without worries space.  Spray paint does wonders to transform existing vases, lamp bases, frames and white canvas into fabulous accessories in your new design scheme.  I prefer Krylon brand.

I would anticipate the fabrics and foam cushions of yellow chair and red sofa might last well with normal use for at least four years.  Buy this vignette or be inspired.

It’s your space … mix it up, Cheryl