Okay friends, I need a little favor.
Every single one of you who actually come to my house, I need you to enter my dining room, recoil in horror, pause, look thoughtful, and say something along the lines of "have you ever considered removing that wall?"
I think you can do that, don't you?
There is a wall that divides the kitchen and dining room that has become the bane of my existence. I have a vision of opening it up so the dining room and kitchen flow together nicely. Bonus points for losing a wholly stupid 11" deep closet in the dining room.
Mr. Wonderful, however, will blather on about load bearing wall, enormous brick wall embedded within, etc. etc.
Ignore him. He doesn't always see my vision. At first.