I'm venturing in Italian territory this week to suggest a few little redesign options for a more recently built condo (and the only place available for under a million in the neighborhood). The outside of the building in North Beach has hints of Tuscan villa charm with the warm paint and clay tile roofing.
The 2 BD/2BA has a private, darling patio that fits along nicely with the modern take on old world Italian style.
But the interior. Oh the sad, flavorless interior.
It's the exact opposite of what an inviting, warm feeling you should have after entering the space. Without altering the flooring (which would be a huge, but worthwhile investment), I think a few quick cosmetic changes could give a face lift that would tide you over until you saved your pennies for a more extensive renovation. I'm thinking something more along these lines:
To achieve this look I think these items, appropriately scaled, would really put you in the mood for a big bowl of spicy chorizo pasta (rather than the rubbery plain chicken the current scheme suggests!):
Clockwise from Top L:
Pottery Barn - Pillar Lantern
Overstock - Italian Olive Wood Mixing Spoon
West Elm - Turned Pedestal Bistro Table in Mango Wood
The Shutter Store - Wood Louvered Shutters
Williams-Sonoma - Vine Floral Boutis Table Runner
Overstock -Safavieh Deco Bacall Ivory Slip Cover Side Chair