Our house started out with an unattached dining room in which we never dined. Over the years we turned the room into a playroom. That was nice having a place to "send" the kids, but let's face it -- I was never disciplined enough to enforce the kids' keeping it straight, and you could see into the room as soon as you entered my front door. So every time someone came over, I imagined the following dialog in my guests' heads:
"Oh, hi Emily. I'm glad to be here. Wow, your kids have some major crap on display here in this room."
Then came our little bundle of surprise and we needed another bedroom in this quaint little house of ours. Hmm...how about reassigning this random front room once again?
The room has probably a 10' ceiling with a gorgeous light fixture. By the way, I took my "before" pictures after all of the toys were cleared out. I wanted to spare you the shock and awe of the experience.
Below: another view of the room from the little alcove.
Below: a view of the large window in the room. This shot was taken after the wall was knocked down.
Now, about that dining room light...it was replaced by a ceiling fan which my brother-in-law Jason helped Bobby hang.