My client wished for a light and open room with an elegant look, she also wished to keep the dining-room's furniture where possible.
We quickly agreed on inverting the living-room with the dining-room as the TV had to stay on the same spot. The furniture in the dining-room has a sentimental value to my client, and furthermore it seemed like a waste to get rid of such handcrafted furniture, so we decided to make it work.
We chose a neutral colour for the couch, that way it is easy to add accessories and pillows in different hues when in need for a change of colour.
Since the dining-room needed very little, I just sent a mood board for the living-room:
We asked a carpenter to open up the cupboard on the right side of the fireplace and close an awkward niche underneath this cupboard.
New patterned curtains and a light rug add brightness and a warm layer to the space.
On the opposite side, where the living-room once was, is the dining-room.
Two simple actions made a huge difference: we replaced the farm's chairs with more modern, more comfy and lighter chairs and we removed the upper cupboards from the huge and visually heavy cabinet. That way, the dining-room feels updated and sophisticated.