I have slowly been changing my home to follow your advice as money and time allows. I recently followed your advice in this post (http://www.christinefife.com/design-with-christine/2008/3/21/trust-me-it-will-look-great.html) and painted my interior doors Benjamin Moore Dragon's Breath (left the wimpy moldings white). I've attached a new after photo of the doors from the same little corner of my living room you addressed in "The Offputting Offset" a few years ago so you could see the impact your advice has made. The moldings are new since the before picture, sadly wimpy was all I could afford--but better than the nonexistent moldings I started with!
The Christine-ifying the windows is on my summer project list--lining the curtains & adding a bamboo blind layer. Next year I plan to repaint the walls lighter & replace the recliner with a nice desk/chair/lamp.
Thank you for saving my home from my lack of design sense!
Thanks for writing in Rachel! And thank you for setting those pictures staight!