Painting that red accent wall the same creamy, peachy yellow as the rest of the kitchen dramatically lightens everything up and makes the existing hand-blown glass pendants shine.
Getting the dated, dark fabric off the banquette (plus steaming and re-wrapping the foam) makes the seating nook so much more inviting. (And of course I love a good banquette with ticking stripe and a mix of fabrics!)
And off-white faux-ostrich vinyl makes some ho-hum craigslist chairs and barstools very stylish indeed.
These were the fabric stories for this kitchen--I think my client done good with her choice!
It just goes to show, you CAN work with what you've got.