My dining/ living room space decorating confusion consumes most of my mind when I ponder my apartment. The rest of the space is coming along well, with only minor adjustments needed to start seeing big improvements. But my dining/ living room is a toughie. Similar to the photo above, you enter the joined space from the side (right in the middle) and it's the first thing you see when you enter my apartment. Directly across from the entrance are three cathedral-esque, iron-paned windows (which I love). At one end of the room is a fireplace with built-in bookshelves on both sides of it. At the far end opposite the fireplace is a blank wall with a view over the half-wall into my kitchen. Are you visualizing this? Anyways, my struggle comes in part to the furniture pieces I already have (a lovely antique square table that used to be my grandmothers (although I kind of wish I had a round table instead - easier to work with), a yummy rich-brown leather tufted chesterfield, a rectangular ivory-coloured shag carpet that's not big enough to fill the space, a soft blue tufted chair on wooden legs and a few random side tables that currently hold my tv, blankets, computer and overflow kitchen dishes). There is definitely potential, but given my tight budget, I'm trying to do as much to improve the space as I can without spending a penny - okay, well, limited pennies. If a splurge is in order, I would purchase an identical shag rug and sew the two together to make a larger, more space-fitting rug and a much-needed coffee table (preferably of a modern rustic natural wood variety but I flip flop on coffee table preferances all the time). But really, I needn't worry about any of that because my limited budget has been put aside for an upcoming east coast roadtrip, so furniture reorientation and already-owned or future paintings by moi will have to suffice. For now. (I realize that my space might not sound that difficult to work with but the real tough bit is that it's challenging to create a 'living' space encircling the fireplace because the entrance to the room cuts right into the middle of potential said-space...okay, okay, I'll post photos soon to make better sense of this)...but all of that to say that I am gobbling up ideas wherever I can find them on dining/ living room layout ideas and am stoked with all the yummy visuals that domino magazine has to offer - my favorite of which you see here. And before I go, definitely worth noting is sfgirlbybay's super inspiring living room transformation.