This is the before and after of my sister's living room. Amazing, isn't it? She refinished the hardwood floors, painted the walls a very pale gray/blue, installed white window treatments and a new ceiling light, and filled the room with pieces she loves.
The sofa is Ligne Roset. The painting was done by my sister. The vintage bird bath table was purchased at In Bed with HD Buttercup in Hayes Valley. The chairs are Ikea. The ghost table and oversized pendant light are both from CB2. The rug is probably West Elm.
Wait 'til you see what she did with her Alameda Flea faux fireplace mantel- AKA the "fantel." After the handyman installs it, I'll take a pic.
Color makes a HUGE difference in the feeling of a space doesn't it?