It seems that a lot of rooms are going away in homes these days.
For example, the formal living room has disappeared or become a home office/study, leaving the family room as a gathering place. Also, formal dining rooms have gone away leaving eat-in kitchens as the dining option.
DH and I are looking at a home that has a formal dining room, but it is fairly small and could easily become an office space. This would leave the eat-in kitchen area for dining. It has sufficiant space for a table that seats 6-8 with a bay window. With the way the cabinets and counters are positioned, the dining area is separate from the appliances and food-prep space.
I'd have to decorate it with lighting, an area rug, window and chair fabric, and artwork that could bridge both my informal and formal place settings.
Would you consider making a formal dining space into an office and only leaving your eat-in kitchen to act as both your informal and formal (as the occasion arose) dining option? If you have done this, do you have any tips to share?