Who really uses their formal dining or formal living room? Make it a game room/theme party room instead...close to the kitchen for snacks...can always do a switcharoo for dinner or theme parties (check out the pool table/dinner table combo on the board) Use furniture sliding pads to easily move it to the side for a buffet table.
Are your Accessories Dated? I love this blog from Maria Killam about refreshing your decorating! I'm on the hunt for these glass candle lanterns. I've ordered the dice. My grandfather made these great game boards that I'll also incorporate into our family room. Psyched.