Never let it be said that my readers lack opinions. Sometimes all the opinions make me twitch, but in this case, you guys have been amazing.
Here's a rundown of your many and varied thoughts:
There is a general consensus that the green and red lamp is the best thing in the room. Agreed.
Also, the general sentiment is that there is too much clutter. Agreed as well, but living in a 900-square-foot apartment does present challenges, especially when you have a child who insists on throwing his Legos hither and yon. But we'll work on it, okay? GEEZ.
And now, a brief rundown of the predominant sentiments:
Wall behind couch should be painted:
Taupe/mushroom [ha ha, Mom. My beige-loving mom, folks!]
PAINT ALL THE WALLS BRIGHT WHITE
WHITE IS HORRIBLE, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, YOU JERKS. [People who hate white are angry!
In brown [now you're just messing with me]
Exposed brick wall:
Do not paint brick
Paint brick even though landlord would murder me in my sleep
Paint crappy Ikea basket filled with blocks
Remove clutter from mantel
Throw pillows in teal
Red and white!
Patterns! IKEA patterns!
Bolster pillow made of solid gold
Set it all on fire
Other decorative accents:
Enormous bowl with fruit on coffee table [Okay, really? Does anyone really do that? Because we use our coffee table for homework-doing and art-making and snack-enjoying, and maybe we could put a bowl on there when it's time to take a picture, but we wouldn't live with it on there. On the dining room table, okay. But the coffee-table fruit bowl idea is, in my opinion, silly.]
Vase with flowers [sure]
Basket with cherry blossom twigs in fireplace [cat would eat that, dog would pee on it]
NO CURTAINS. LET THE WORLD SEE YOUR SHAME.
Throw out valuable mid-century table under window [no thanks]
Spraypaint vintage Jens Risom chair [savages!]
[There's one option none of you mentioned, which frankly disappoints me: reupholstering that chair, which desperately needs sprucing up. Sigh.]
Pare them down [no]
Get rid of some of those books [sure, but we'll only do that and add more later. Books: I like them.]
Organize books by color (I did that in our previous home, and loved it. People made fun of me. And now I'll probably do it again)
Put some books in bins.
DON'T PAINT THEM!
Set them on fire
Get a giant picture above couch [working on it,been working for about a year]
Have Henry paint canvas [possibly an excellent idea, but would he crack under the artistic pressure?]
Mirror above fireplace [hmm]
The lazy option:
Hire a virtual decorator [intriguing, and might save us money in the long run. Plus look how cute they are! LOOKIT!]
This has all been quite educational. I shall mull things over, and let you know how it progresses. Thank you, everyone! Even the crazy people!