The big change started in the dining room. We got a gorgeous 1960's room divider from Jerome's grandmother. Our original plan was to use it to seperate the living and dining room like the old bookcases used to, but it was too big so we put it where the dining hutch was. We built it backwards (oops!) so all the pieces aren't where they should be but it was so hard that we don't want to take it apart.
I was nervous I wouldn't like the openess between the two rooms but it's actually great.