I would try and incorporate these simple details. b/c they wouldn't break the bank, but still transform the overall style of our home:
Nice steel, creatively spaced, HOUSE NUMBERS:
Mixing and matching TILES. Not just going for all the same look. This may be my personal taste too, I don't like "matchy matchy" :). (btw, Jolene, you got me looking at backsplash tiles like crazy one day. i can't wait to see your final product! ;).
Overkill with the pillows, I know. But I have always had an affinity for PILLOWS. They're such cheap transformation. And I've recently become more willing to mix colors that I would've never thought of mixing (ie; magenta & navy; purple & yellow; black with jewel tones; orange & I'm not sure exactly---I just love orange lately).
DOORS!!!! Ask Stephen how often he hears me say, "I just think a good door transforms the entire look of house." He's heard me say that, no exaggeration, 15 times at least. (I've said it about 115 in my head). I have yet to take pictures of some homes in our neighborhood with awesome doors (they're are a lot, b/c we live in a part of town where most of the houses were built a long time ago). But here's a very basic idea of what I mean:
HARDWARE on dressers and cabinets and doors (this I would also mix and match):
A unique CHANDELIER, I really like this one from Pottery Barn:
Last, but certainly not least....painting A MURAL on the wall (this would be where my hubby's amazing artistic skillz would come into play).
Or hanging A SOLID COLORED CANVAS or WALLPAPER:
(I love subtle comedy in decorating).
(And I LOVE how they used an unobtrusive filing cabinet as an end table).
So for now, I'll continue to enjoy my charming little duplex and sew pillows, rearrange furniture, and dream of what I'll decorate next...