'30s-Style Cottage Living Room Gets Much-Needed Update

Host Kenneth Brown creates a hip, contemporary space for entertaining and relaxing.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe wall between the dining room and living room was extended to create some separation between the two spaces.
The office door on the far wall is concealed with subtle tone-on-tone wallpaper. A shade of simple gray is used on the other walls. Surrounding the beautiful round table are barrel-shaped, dining chairs upholstered in faux alligator. The real drama in the room comes from the elegant chandelier. Its eye-catching design captures guests' attention the moment they enter the space.

Kenneth's Tip: The bottom of a chandelier should be 36 to 42 inches above the table.