Open Layout Decorated for Entertaining

When new homeowners realized they had no idea how to decorate an open layout living and dining area, designer Valerie Ruddy stepped in to save the day.

Open Layout for Entertaining

The bench acts as a bridge between this open-plan design and can be used for groups in either or both areas without obstructing views. Plenty of plush furnishings provides comfortable seating for friends and family when entertaining.

Living Room With Blue Accents

A palette of cream and blue sets the mood of this comfortable living space, with the large area rug unifying the style and forming a powerful anchor.

Dining Room With Elegant Chairs

Upholstered dining chairs with high backs are a transitional design element. The look is borrowed from the classic Wing chair but appears more modern and sleek here.

Transitional Decor With Industrial Touch

Quartets of framed mirrors act as art but also help magnify this open-plan living space. An industrial-style console table adds character and charm to the transitional decor.