In these difficult economic times, it's almost impossible to contemplate buying new furniture or accessories that are not dire necessities.
While a new comfortable living room couch would be a godsend, buying one is out of the question at this time. So is purchasing new tables or rug.
The solution is to move around things that are already around here. For example, recently, all the flowered plates on holders came down from the fireplace mantel. They have been replaced with pieces from a cranberry glass collection.
A pink fringed lampshade and crystal lamp got moved to a stand in front of the lace curtained window. It looks nice at night from the outside. A story about the lampshade can be found here http://writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2010/01/and-let-there-be-light.html
An old-fashioned looking Victorian attired doll now stands on a table to the left of the fireplace. Here's her story: http://writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2011/05/crazy-for-dolls.html