I don't know why it has taken us this long (24 years) to finally realize that our house is not meeting our needs. One entire side of our house (front to back) consists of a hardly used living room/ dining room. I have longed for an art space and my husband wanted a place to display his guitars, play and listen to music. It took an unbiased critic to declare my living room decor as very "dated" and added, " Why do you want to put money into a space you never use?" Voila! An idea was born. We are now in the process of a reno to change the function of the living/dining rooms to a music room and an art studio. Here is a picture of the before dining room. I will keep you posted as we go along. So exciting!