With a dining room that was too small for their entertaining needs, and a living room that was too big, the homeowners of this beautiful Anchorage, KY, home knew they needed a change. A family of five, with a large extended family, they needed more space for entertaining than the home’s traditional layout provided, but wanted to use elements they already had. With the help of Amy Cimba from Bittners, they were able to maximize and modernize their current space.

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Dining Room

The homeowners love to cook and entertain for their large family. Prior to the flip, their dining room table barely fit in the dining room, even without the extra leaves. The living room, however, had plenty of space and swapping these rooms was a perfect solution. With the exception of a pop of green leather on the dining room chairs, the palette was kept neutral, with elements of lucite, linen, sisal, silver and wrought iron.

The homeowners wanted the transformed living room space to have a warmer, cozy feel, so they covered the painted walls with a trompe l’ oeil wallcovering by Andrew Martin. The walls appear to have faux wainscoting with a weathered barnwood look. The homeowner had a huge collection of her mother’s silver and china, which she never displayed all together before. The bookshelves near the fireplace have become a perfect home for all of her beautiful pieces.

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The walls are now covered in trompe l’ oeil wallcovering by Andrew Martin.

Her mother’s chest, which was formerly in the master bedroom, was placed in the dining room, as well. It is a tall English chest, not traditionally placed in a dining room, but it is “one of the prettiest pieces of wood in the house,” according to Amy Cimba, and needed to be showcased. On top of the chest, she placed two fragment lamps with lucite bases. A French sideboard is located on the other wall, with a mirror and crystal lamps on it.

They moved the chandelier from the old dining room to the new dining room. It is rusted wrought iron with crystals, which is an interesting pairing of casual and elegant and keeps the room young and fresh.

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The rusted, wrought iron chandelier with crystals keeps the room young and fresh.

A large, charcoal gray patterned sisal rug complements the gray tones throughout the room. The draperies are linen and have a great texture with no color, which keeps them timeless.

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A traditional space with a welcoming, fresh feel.

This room is clean and modern, with a big “unexpected mix” of elements, like the Country French sideboard, a tall English chest, glass lamps, silver and leather. The end result is a traditional space that has a welcoming, fresh feel.

Living Room

The former dining room was perfectly suited to be a living room, with its smaller, more intimate, setting. Like the dining room, the living room became a color story of neutrals, with pillows, artwork and the ottoman all providing a pop of orange to keep the room vibrant. The artwork on all the walls is from Carlton Ridge, the jeweler who Louisvillians all know and love. 

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Pops of orange play on a neutral background.

A fine grasscloth wallcovering was added to the entire room. Luxurious silk taupe draperies with modern glass rods adorn the windows. A neutral rug adds warmth and texture over the hardwood floors. Seating includes a new loveseat and a pair of Bittners’ custom French chairs in linen with chrome nailheads. With these chairs, Bittners took an old, traditional frame style and made it instantly modern with the fabric and nailheads. The headliner piece is a orange leather nailhead “x” leg ottoman that sits in the center of the room.

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In the corner of the room sits a tall wingchair with an updated frame that is a much softer and younger style.  The chair, next to the taller table with varying elements of height, makes this corner more visually interesting.

Flip your Dining Room and Living Room to Maximize Space

An interesting corner in this now smaller living room.

Because the room is so neutral, visual texture replaces color and pattern here. The eye is drawn to looking, touching and feeling in this room. The color and pattern are all removable decor elements.

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Textures are on display throughout the room.

This room has become calm and inviting. It’s a great place to sit and read the paper or visit with friends.

Flip your Dining Room and Living Room to Maximize Space

In both of these rooms, the neutral, clean palette makes the room easier to change in five or ten years. If the homeowner is tired of the look, color elements can easily be replaced with new, modern ones. Space and design are both maximized this way.

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