Our living and dining rooms are attached. To give you an idea of our house layout, the living room/dining room and family room take up the same space as the upstairs master bedroom and ensuite. I loved the layout as soon as we saw the home. The dining room can only seat 8 people, so for larger parties people are scattered amongst the kitchen table, dining table and kitchen island. We are a family of avid readers so the bookshelves are a perfect place to store our huge collection of books. I got the idea of a French door cabinet from a House Beautiful magazine. I liked how the books feel somewhat organized due to the French doors, yet you can see inside through the glass to keep it feeling open.