When Jon and I moved into our new house, we acquired an extra living room. At first, being ever so frugal, I tried to convince Jon how great the open space was in an effort to avoid furnishing it. I dubbed it the “Art Gallery” and started random games of kick ball with cat toys in the open space to show him how great having an enormous room with nothing it it was. He wasn't buying it.
My first thought was to hit craigslist to furnish the room, but we had just received an unexpected check for $1,400.00. I caved and said we could furnish the sitting room with that. Thanks to Ikea's great prices, It was an easy budget for the whole room.
Here's the result: