just a Space divider and ghost chairs. Another one where they put the long table up against the wall. Instead of chairs, have wall-hugging storage benches in an L-shape, with chairs on the 'living room' side and on the end for a big party.
This trio of ikea TRONES boxes provides a place to stash shoes and hats and gloves, without taking up too much space. This low grouping (with a shelf on top) functions like a really narrow landing strip.
This won't work in our current space, but I love this sort of entry transition. Add a vestibule. If your front door opens directly into your living space, consider building a small vestibule. A petite glassed-in version,.