You all know I have an interesting history with my den. I didn't fall in love with it immediately like other rooms in my house. Slowly, over the three years we've lived here, I've been making strides towards loving it. You can see my progress here and here.
Despite all of my efforts, I still didn't love sitting in the den when I wasn't watching TV. I had suspicions it was because all of the furniture was positioned facing a TV wall instead of the beautiful views out the windows. I do know that I choose where I sit in my house based on view (anyone else?!), so to remedy this, I put a chair in the office/play area facing out the window, thinking I'd sit there, but I still never did.
A few weeks later, on a whim, I moved that chair into the TV area but facing the windows and lo and behold, I began to sit there all the damn time. I think this was because 1) I liked being able to see the entire room PLUS the windows and 2) I could still talk to other people in the den. Finally, I had found the perfect chair position for me!
However, the result left the den feeling lop-sided and weird layout wise. I didn't care though. I was content to leave my chair awkwardly in its position until one day while nursing in my new location, it dawned on me that I should push all of the furniture out! Duh! Not only would this make my perfect chair location make sense, but it would give us more floor space for playing and would make the entire room look bigger!
It took a bit of adjusting and some advice from my favorite home stylist (Ashley Daly), but I'm really really enjoying the new den layout. I think we're another step closer to true love. Now I just need a bigger rug...