An elegant yellow rug, warm lamps and clean-lined chair and sofa revive this space.
"We wasted no time ripping out that odd divider the day we moved in," says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. "We switched out the old lace curtains for bamboo blinds and floor length white curtains to achieve a much more current look. Then we pulled up that square of linoleum by the door to discover that the hardwood flooring ran right underneath it. We later refinished the wood in a rich mocha tone."