Before, the room was heavy and dark. The walls were closing in on you, and the red crushed velvet sectional, placed on a dirt-stained shag rug over carpet, managed to overshadow the entire room.
After, upon entering our family room, I felt that instant relaxation I was aiming for, like I had just dipped into a lavender infused bubble bath.
It is not finished. To name a few more updates: my next purchase would have been an end table next to the chair and sofa, and I would have painted the gold trim on the fireplace black so as to camouflage the 80's style paneling. C'est la vie.
Renovation list: added window and door casings, woven wood blinds, flooring (throughout the entire first floor), paint, baseboards, removed the slate from the fireplace, replaced hardware, and added limestone, and of course, added furniture and accessories.