I've included an oversize mudroom in the plans for my new farmhouse. I love the dutch doors, beadboard on the walls and ceiling, Vermont slate tile flooring, schoolhouse lights and a sturdy bench for taking off one's boots in the back entrance of this New England farmhouse.
Forget carpet! Draw inspiration form Italian villas by using tile in your dining room. More decorating ideas: http://www.bhg.com/rooms/dining-room/themes/sleek-modern-dining-rooms/?socsrc=bhgpin091813orangechairs