Love this "country hearth" layout with a conversation area in the kitchen. I would love to have an area like this with maybe 6 big chairs, a fireplace, and a tv above the fireplace in the kitchen for people to hang out and talk. LOVE.
Love having the cooking area, the eating area, and the sitting area all right there. If anyone isn't done eating or is going back to get more food ready, they don't have to miss out :) I do, however, like to have a raised dining area and lowered seating area.