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Sepia sounds good, but I imagine that upholstery is nicely coloured. Even faded colour would be attractive.
We can all make suggestions on how to 'improve' an image, but another thing with candids is that you often only get one chance to capture the moment. I could say 'take plenty of shots' so you get a cleaner framing of the person, but her actions and expressions may then not be as good.
Sometimes it's hard to get people to smile especially if they feel self conscious in front of the camera.
An overcast day is so often not good for landscapes, but you have to take conditions as they are.
Welcome from me too.
I agree with what John and Moira have said. The rotation and crop have produced a stronger image.
I like the fact you set yourself a task and worked through it. That's a good way to concentrate on your photography.
Willie's mod of the colour balance has definitely improved this image, as warmer tones are what most of us find very appealing.
Sometimes the sun is in the 'wrong' place but we have to manage with it. You may have wanted something different than you have here, but i wouldn't say the sun was 'wrong'.
This is very well shot.