So, D and I have rented a little bungalow and moved out of our giant apartment. The idea is to save some money to buy our own place (quite likely a similar thing in a similar area to what we're currently renting). We're mostly moved in (still a few boxes around, but otherwise pretty good). I'm having trouble getting the place set up the way I want. I'll most likely have to buy some furniture, but I don't even really know what I'd want or need right now because I have no idea how to set up the front room and dining area. I'd like to avoid doing stuff like painting, if possible, because we'll only benefit from it for a relatively short time. Here are my issues and would love advice or ideas on any or all of them:
1. The living area is an awkward size, where it's too big to just put things against the walls and too small for me to see a good way to divide it without obstructing the path from the front door to the bedroom and the dining/kitchen.
2. There's no overhead light in the living area, and thanks to a overhang above the porch and the direction of the windows in thee, it's a bit dark.
3. The dining area is cramped. I love the dining table I have, but it doesn't quite work in the dining area.
4. The walls are bare. I have two small pieces I can hang, but want to have some things on the walls.
From the front door:
Looking at front door from in front of dining table:
Looking at the couch wall:
Looking at the wall opposite the couch:
Better look at the cramped dining area: