My kitchen and living room are technically connected. It is a slightly open floor concept. There is just a half wall in the kitchen that partially blocks the view. My husband and I have been working on that area to make it nice. I started out in the kitchen updating everything. It used to be laminate floors, pressboard cupboards, laminate countertops and old appliances. I now have porcelain tile floors, a giant window, all wood cupboards, quartz countertops and modern appliances. It looks so much better. I splurged to get recessed lighting and hand blown glass pendant lights. I even added radiant flooring heating underneath the proceling for some added help. I recently bought a custom made wood table from a guy in Lowell, Massachusetts to really spruce up the dining area. I have all the wooden kitchen chairs coming to my house this week. The living room has gotten new tile and lights set up too. We also removed the old wood stove heater that was in the center of it. It sat on a brick pad and took up a lot of room. It made our house look kind of like a farmhouse which is bad for a Lowell home. It also wasn’t a useful heater at all. The brick pad had to go and we had to redo all the flooring. The tile in the kitchen gradually pours into the living room and changes to rug. The heated flooring is stretched throughout the whole space. I just now need to replace the windows in the living room and get a new couch. Then that area will be completely brand new.