I LOVE not having a wall here! For big gatherings, we put the couch in the bay window and have lots of room to set up a second table or extra seating. The photo on the wall in the living room was from a Fossil display in an optical shop--they were throwing it out, so my hubby--knowing how much I love vintage artwork--brought it home for me.
Only my sofa is new (Room and Board). Everything else was either slipcovered or painted. My big tweed covered ottoman was once my coffee table--for $15 in fabric,$4.00 in silver upholstery tacks, and $40 in upholstery fees, I now have a place to put up your feet or enough room for 3-4 people to sit around. The hutch houses my computer and office supplies. My mom, who had passed away 8 months earlier, use to pull my boys around in the wagon on top of the hutch--it's a nice reminder of her each time I look at it.
The dining room brick got a sandblasted look--I really wanted a Manhattan loft look. I got the large table to seat eight for a steal at Cost Plus World Market--a floor model marked down to $200. The end chairs are "Oh" from Karim Rashid for Umbra, and the x-back chairs are from an unfinished wood warehouse ($50 each--I painted them white. The bench was free from my sister-in-law, also painted by me. Total cost for my dining room furniture $420). The Dick and Jane artwork is from a calendar I had. Aaron Brothers cut the mats for me, and then I bought the frames. Great practice for my little ones learning to read! My "prize find" in this room is the chandelir. Bombay Company wanted something like $499 for it, and I stalked it until it was on clearance for $75. I love to put leaves in it for fall and garland in it for Christmas.