The End of the Dining Room?

It seems that every time I am invited to lunch or dinner these days, anyone with the space serves the meal in the kitchen. Everyone else is either knocking down a wall to create an open kitchen (une cuisine américaine, they are called in France) or has a combined living/dining space. A few weeks ago in Krakow, I was invited to dinner at the house of some people I'd just met, and we ate our lovely three-course meal in the kitchen. By design or necessity, has the era of the formal dining room come to an end?

The wine cellar turned eat-in kitchen in the opening photo is just one of the dreamy kitchens featured in a slideshow from the online version of French magazine Cote Maison. Even this little kitchen has room for two.

Where do you serve dinner?

More eat-in kitchens from Cote Maison.

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com