These old houses are difficult to decorate what with all our modern STUFF. I wanted a television in here but didn't have the room.
The previous owner had removed the door and part of the wall into the dining room. There's also the arch into the adjacent parlor (to the right in the above picture). These two rooms comprise a double parlor. The first room you enter from the front entrance on the side would be considered the formal parlor in which to entertain guests, and on the other side of the arch would be the informal parlor where the family spent its time. Yes, it might be nice to remove the arch and have one large room, but I really don't want to change the house that much. The rooms are charming even if they're small. I talked about this here.