So you'll see in the first picture that we didn't in fact HAVE a working dining room. Alec had a home office right there in the middle of our living space and I did not like that. It was kinda ugly, and looked a little dorm-like. I was also tired of sitting on the floor to eat my dinner so I wanted a table. Here is the room before the remodel:
Here is the new improved room for actual dining:
I don't love the curtain, but inspiration hasn't struck me on a better solution for that yet.