Opening up the space

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We opened up a passage between the living and family rooms (previously, the living room had been a dead-end space accessible only from the front hall). Adding the passage made the fireplace opening off-center, which gives it a sculptural quality. A simple mantel made of built-up molding runs the width of the fireplace wall, creating a crisp, contemporary look. The wall and trim colors continue into the adjacent family room, visually connecting the spaces.

The sofa and ottomans give the living room a relaxed look, while the broad coffee table and simple accessories add an almost Japanesque note of elegance.

Furniture: Norwalk. Floor: Tico Bamboo.

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