This dining room makes me think of soups and warm bread. I'd love to have a fireplace in the kitchen/dining room. If it was feasible in my own home, I would switch the living and dining spaces for just this reason. I can't help but think that the fireplace would get more use there. It would somehow go from a sort of luxury or extra like it is now to be a more natural part of our fall and winter days. It would begin with morning coffee, welcome the kids when they come home from school to sit by a warm fire to do their homework, and cozy up the kitchen for dinner and evening activities.