I've come to see the wisdom of "live with it for awhile" in regards to renovating a room--specifically our kitchen. It's the largest room in the house (a whopping 14' x 15') and has great potential, so we certainly want to do it right. Since this is not the house that we'll live in for the next 30 years, we also have to be sure that we'll recoup the cost of the upgrades when we sell the house--so nothing too fancy. Think chemical peel, a makeover and a new hairdo instead of plastic surgery (the lighting upgrades would be the hairdo if that makes any sense).
Here are some of the kitchens that have inspired me so far:
Of course, there's a part of me that wants to try something a little more outside my blue/white/yellow comfort zone: