I’ll be perfectly honest, my style has evolved over time. With my second home, I can tell you the best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to buy great staples and layer in your treasures for a more lived in vibe. Invest in a great couch, a statement piece, and furniture you use everyday (dining chairs, dining table) and then layer in things like curtains, lamps that you can swap depending on the season, or in my case, the direction the wind blows.
We’re really lucky in upstate NY that our Craigslist selection is AMAZING. Literally, you can find Henderon dressers, Lane furniture, and tons of antiques at crazy prices. If your Craigslist selection isn’t as stellar, there are a lot of different places online with interior design quality pieces. Onekingslane, JossandMain, and Chairish are all great sources.
But investing in those more expensive, well-made pieces will save you money in the long run. They are made to last, and take the hits that any family dishes out. Ikea furniture can only last so long.
Check out an example:
I would definitely consider adding a rug to the space. You could add a classic jute with fringe:
Or some unexpected options from Chairish:
The space would definitely be more balanced with something masculine.