Well, designer Betty Burgess made the great even greater with a few key finishing touches we often discuss here in blogland: paint, lighting, and accessories. It's amazing how several seemingly simple changes can alter the overall look of a space. In this case, the black island adds contrast making the marble counters and surrounding white cabinets pop. The splashes of red accessories and the so-awesome-I-want-one-for-myself-even-though-I-have-no-place-for-it ladder style the room without detracting from the architecture. And finally, the oversized saucer pendants add the much sought-after "wow" factor every room should have.
Amazing, right? I highly encourage you to check out the other great-to-greater transformation photos over at Things That Inspire.