Single mother's home filled with hand-me-downs

  • Bree Hagestedt of Schaumburg says her couch is broken from years of use and abuse. It was handed down not once, but twice, she says.

    Bree Hagestedt of Schaumburg says her couch is broken from years of use and abuse. It was handed down not once, but twice, she says.

  • The Smith 5222 Collection includes a sofa and an oversized chair with ottoman.

    The Smith 5222 Collection includes a sofa and an oversized chair with ottoman. Photos Courtesy of O'Reilly's Furniture

  • A Greenfield side table will complement the new sofa.

    A Greenfield side table will complement the new sofa.

  • The Legends Electric Fireplace TV cabinet adds warmth to any living room.

    The Legends Electric Fireplace TV cabinet adds warmth to any living room.

 
By Bree Hagestedt of Schaumburg
Posted10/27/2019 6:00 AM

I'm a 26-year-old single mother. The struggle is real! I have not been able to get out of this hand-me-down furniture stage. The couch has actually been handed down twice -- from my grandmother to my mother, now to me!

Thanks to the kids, it has also been a trampoline and is broken. Even my entertainment center has been handed down. My 7-year-old daughter and I would love to have furniture to call our own. I would love to have a cozy space and have it not look like a resale shop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

I have a simple rectangular shaped layout. I have an ugly wall air conditioner. I'd like to cover it when not in use. I definitely need help decorating.

Design by O'Reilly's Furniture

Expert designer: Mike Walsh, 1151 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, oreillysfurniture.com.

Budget: $5,500

The goal for this mom and daughter is to create an inviting, cozy space this family can truly call their own.

Suggestions:

• For this family, we are looking to create a room that will give them a place to relax and enjoy their time together, while providing ample seating to host guests. Smith Brothers of Berne Inc. has numerous collections from which to choose.

• The Smith 5222 Collection provides a sofa that can seat up to three people along with an oversized chair with ottoman -- big enough to seat two. The navy blue fabric with complimentary pillows will add warmth to this space.

• Adding a couple of Greenfield side tables by the chair and sofa finish the space.

• But just to make sure this family room is warm, we also suggest our 60-inch Legends Electric Fireplace TV cabinet to replace the old entertainment center. This transitional-styled piece is made from quality hardwood with rubbed bronze hardware. It provides storage as well as function.

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