Okay, we've been busy overhauling the downstairs.
Before you read this post, please know I am in a chatty mood and plan to include LOTS of unnecessary detail. (Kevin, you might as well just go back to work.)
First job, give away the pub table. Here is Kevin in the back of a pickup truck (where many people fall to their death) along with the table, delivering it to its recipient.
Next job, say goodbye to the choppy living room/formal dining room combo.
And here was our more-utilized "family room":
Here are the rearrangements:
And the new improved dining area:
With the removal of the pub table, we have a giant free space at the bottom of the stairs, flowing out the sliding glass door and between the living room and dining room. I think it's glorious. It also gave us a lot of room to shift the "portable" island.
Before the shift, we had about 30 inches between the oven and the island:
Here is the new island position:
We are LOVING our new configuration. I love it, Kevin loves it, and the kids love it. They were excited to wake up yesterday morning and see all the changes. And I'm excited to enjoy them!