I wanted the living room to be used as the TV, reading and game room, so I grouped the furniture to create separate areas for each activity. I unearthed a wonderful backgammon table in an out of the way West Palm Beach antique store called Wilhelm's Rattan. This is a really cool store, where I also discovered my dining server and chairs.
I fought and won online auctions for the game chairs, armoire, wicker chair, coffee table and end tables; all on ebay. The trick was finding cheap shipping. I picked up a lot of large pieces at the Greyhound bus terminal.
Two walls in the room were already clad in pine v-groove paneling, so I had more wood applied over the other two walls and painted it all white to lighten and unify the space. While we were at it I had the carpenters replace all the window and door clamshell casings with simple 1 X 4 boards.
The floor was covered in a dirty gold shag carpet, artistically matted down, that I happily ripped up to reveal an old Dade County pine floor that only needed to be sanded and sealed to be restored to its past beauty.