6) Dining areas can tend to feel like they are telling one style story all year round--update your table with new, fresh chairs. Details like button tufting and nail head trim are a great way to really update the room.
7) One of the easiest ways to change the mood of a room is with textiles. No bolder way to do that than with a rug.
9) I love cubes. They are so versatile. Group a few together, add a tray and you have a coffee table. A couple around a low coffee table, and they becomes easily moveable extra seating when entertaining. They can fit at the foot of a bed, under an entry table in a hallway, OR as the perfect foot rest with your favorite chair.