Every so often, I like to change up our living space. Rather than moving out and starting out fresh (not really possible with how pricey San Francisco housing is), we switch rooms, get rid of things, shop for more things, etc. This time around, the living room was my target - here’s what was done and how much it cost:


The biggest (and least expensive) change in the living room is that we took one wall’s contents and switched them with the contents of the other wall. We kinda eyeballed the lengths so thankfully everything fits in the space. In doing so, we also had to move our seating to face the television’s new home. Rather than being lined up along the window, the couch now sits perpendicular to it. Because our couch came in three pieces and was much too wide to fit in this new direction as all three pieces, it’s now two pieces with one piece hanging out in our storage area until further notice. Moving the couch cleared up space for the planters by the window, so that’s a plus.

Living Room Refresh

Cost: $0

Plants & Plant Stands

I’ve been wanting to add greenery and a little more oxygen in the house. After a little bit of research and great advice from some plant-loving friends on which plants are brown-thumb friendly, pet-friendly and both, I ordered:

Because the chance that all three plants wouldn’t make it was rather high (Hello, brown thumb here!), we decided to hedge our bets and buy a handful more. We made an Ikea run to see what plants and stands they had and found that their selection fit our immediate needs. We picked up:


  • Pachira Aquatica (Money Tree)
  • Fittonia (Nerve Plant or Mosaic Plant)
  • Peperomia

Toxic to Animals (kept out of pets’ reach)

  • Dracaena Marginata (Dragon Tree)
  • Dracaena Braunii (Lucky Bamboo)
  • Dracaena Warnekii

These are the two Ikea plant stands that we brought home, along with a few pots for our new plant family. The one on the left was one I’d seen at the sister’s house, so I was definitely copying her great idea.

Ikea Planters

Some other “easier” plants were also gifted to us from a friend who saw that I was building up a small plant family. So far, Fernie Sanders is the only one not doing so great, and occasionally our Fittonia will faint from lack of hydration.

Cost: $185

Sheep Ottoman

Another great idea from the sister’s house was this Sheep Ottoman.

Ikea Planters

Yes, we now have one of these in our house. Ryan had a great time bringing it home from work on the bus. Fresca was suspicious of it at first, but we think she’s now accepted that it’s an inanimate object in the house.

Cost: $60

In total, we spent around $225 for this round of changes. Could we have done it cheaper? Absolutely! In our past refreshes of living spaces, we’ve scoured the Buy Nothing Facebook groups for freebies (some of our decor) or bought used (hello purple couch!).

How often do you redecorate your home, and what’s your preferred way of doing so?