Family Friendly Living and Dining Room

I am incredibly grateful to have the chance to help so many of you with your design projects.  Thank you for inviting me into your homes, for emailing me with your questions, and for reaching out even across state lines.  I love being able to watch a room transform with a little paint and a few accessories or see the difference that new lighting can bring to a space.  If you are interested in a custom design plan for your room, please contact me for pricing details.  I would love to help you too!

Last month I had the privilege of working on a living room/dining room combo for a beautiful, young family in Denver.  They bought a 1978 split-level home a few years back when they moved out to Colorado, but because of the busyness of life, they haven’t updated much yet.  They contacted me to get design help with the long, rectangle shaped room that serves as both their main living room and formal dining room right off the kitchen.  It has always been a challenge for them to figure out how to separate the two rooms while still making them cohesive.

The homeowners sent me several pictures of the space and the measurements of the room, and they completed a design questionnaire that I sent them to help me get a feel for what they were hoping to accomplish.  I was excited to see that the room had beautiful wood beams on the ceiling, white trim on the baseboards, windows and doors, and lots of natural light – it was basically a blank slate!  The goal in this project was to deliver a fresh, stylish design that met the needs of their every day family life and also allowed for them to comfortably entertain large crowds for family holidays.


  • Long, open room that needed to function as two separate spaces without leaving too much awkward space in between.
  • Mismatching furniture collected over the years
  • Original paint color on the walls that felt drab
Here is the custom design plan I created for them…(*All product sources listed at the bottom of this post).



Benjamin-Moore-Revere-Pewter-300x300This is the wall color I’ve chosen for your space.  Revere Pewter is a beautiful combination of gray and brown that goes with nearly everything.


Here is a true to scale floorpan that includes everything I included in your design board. {After further discussion with the homeowner, we opted to reserve the space across from the piano for a free-standing china cabinet/liquor cabinet.}

targetrugI think it would help balance your room to place a rug under your dining room table.  I specifically chose a gray rug to hopefully hide the majority of spills that may happen over time.

TableI placed this dining table on your design board because the quality is excellent and it extends with a leaf to seat 10 easily.  I chose a black finish, but you could easily go with the mahogany brown set as well.


Consider upgrading your flush mount fixture above the table to this one or something similar in an oil rubbed bronze finish.  This will make a huge impact in your room.

I placed your wood credenza inside the living room arrangement for extra lighting.  I think it would look beautiful painted white with 2 chunky lamps on top.  Consider using the mirror you own but hung low between the lamps.
As always, I tell my clients that they can use their custom design plan and purchase items straight from the links, or they can use it as a shopping guide as they slowly redo their room over time.
If you’re interested in an affordable custom design plan for your room, now is the time to make your reservation!

Product sources:

Rug, Table, Chairs, Chairs, Lighting, Lamp, Pillow, Pillow, Artificial Plant, Coffee Table Tray

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