Open floor plan designs are good for many reasons. In offices, they facilitate communication and collaboration, and in homes and apartments they keep things bright and flowing. The only time they are not good option
10 Tips for Creating an Entryway in an Entryway-less Home
Columned room divider with low shelves separates front door from living area in an open, simple way. Would be a good way to create an entryway if I remove the wall there now and especially if the wall turns out to be load-bearing.