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Here we can see how a traditional middle-class Victorian layout has been adapted for modern living. A long, thin entrance hall would have opened to the drawing room on the right, then a separate dining room would have followed by the kitchen at the end. This conversion really opens up the space while still having clear sitting, dining and hall areas. The drawing room would have had a fireplace, but this has been removed and replaced with practical wall units; the dining room fireplace has been kept.
Some Victorian homes had bay windows, typically three sided. As the drawing room was often at the front of the house, it had the benefit of the extra space provided by the bay. As drawing and dining rooms are being opened into much more usable modern spaces, the bay can be put to great use with a circular dining table placed to follow its contours. Or, as you can see here, a desk from which you can see the world pass by works beautifully too.
French doors were not a feature of a modest Victorian drawing room, but introducing them where there is access to a terrace or conservatory can give you additional living space and get more light into your small room.
Here we have another grand home, where it looks like the morning room has been opened up into the drawing room. The morning room would have been the larger of the two and traditionally faced east to make the most of the daylight. Opening the rooms up here has created a wonderful light, dual-purpose space — very practical for modern living.