Use a formal dining area for lounging instead.
HGTV star and Toronto designer Tommy Smythe opted out of a formal dining area in favour of a sitting room off the kitchen: "I think it's just about the truth," he says. "The kitchen is where everyone wants to be in any house, and in this one, the family can cook, eat, watch TV and talk to each other." The red tufted sofa ties in with a red pendant light in the kitchen and a red bentwood chair at the dining table.
See Tommy Smythe's Victorian Makeover for more photos of this home, plus watch Suzanne Dimma tour through the kitchen. Find more inspiration in our photo galleries of Top 10 Eat-In Kitchens and Suzanne Dimma's Favourite Dreamy Retreats.