Perhaps a desk like this for the front room, so it won't look like an office? Sometimes it's just necessary to have multi-purpose rooms. Here are 4 Ways that I Create a Stylish Home Office in the Living Room.
Warm and inviting foyer. In case anyone wants to know why there are curtains at the door - I had them in Italy, for the cold months the drapes would be closed to keep drafts out when opening the door.and they worked very well.