We switched the dining room with the media room. So now the dining room is one room away from the kitchen. This set up is SO MUCH better! I am not being paid to say any of the following: The table is from Ikea, the carpet is West Elm (and I HATE IT. Do not buy anything that is described as 'hand tufted'). The art is by a local guy and the light fixture is the ubiquitous George Nelson bubble lamp by Modernica.
The media room is now a nice cozy spot with morning sunlight. The wall color is Gardenia by Sherwin-Williams.