This living room was long and skinny! I divided it into 2 separate areas placing a desk under the widow which could also be used for a bar when entertaining. The original fireplace was faced with river rock and had a large wood mantel. Although somewhat charming, the fireplace overwhelmed the entire space and gave the sense you were in a cabin. The ceilings were rather low. The solution: painting everything a bright white and modernizing the fireplace. Floating shelves on either side enhanced the lighter feeling of the room and added a place to display family treasures. My client is so happy with her room. They hardly used it before.She tells me they now spend lots of time there!