With an open kitchen & living room floor plan, especially in a small home, people are able to watch the news or visit with family or friends while cooking.
Here’s a slideshow that will illustrate what I mean – there are 18 examples of great combination living/dining designs:
One of my favorite slides is #11 (I think) with the purple couch and the pumpkin colored chair. The next slide with the sassy green tiles is a close second.
But I love them all…just depends on the basic layout of your small space.