I've been thinking a lot lately about the new house. Obviously. Specifically, a week from today, I'm going to need to know where (approximately) the pieces of furniture will go in the house. This has gotten me thinking about the function of rooms in the house, and the philosophy behind decorating.
Does that sound too deep for a topic that is highlighted in women's magazines and entire television networks? What I'm talking about is, what do I want this room to do? How can I make the room communicate that? How can I add features or arrange the room in such a way that it accomplishes its purpose?
Here's an example: What is my philosophy of entertaining? I want the room I entertain in to be focused on the guests, and for the guests to be comfortable in the space. Practically, this means I won't have a TV in the living room- so the focus is on people, not a screen. I will want an uncluttered area, so guests don't have to step over things or push clutter aside to sit down. I don't want formal, uncomfortable furniture, so guests cannot relax, and children cannot play.
The "game room" I plan will hold our TV, movies, and games. I'll put a coffee table in there that is big enough to accommodate even our largest game boards (which, are pretty large.) The room needs to be very casual, because this is where we'll "play" and relax. The office will have a desk & small filing cabinet, but beyond that, I don't know what to do. It is where we "work"- pay bills, read news, read & send emails. The kitchen will be as functional and practical as possible, and I want to have a plan to set it up so it can be made to host dinners of 10+ people, but under "normal" circumstances, only two of us eat there, so the leaves of the table & the extra chairs need to store elsewhere.
What do you do to arrange your house in such a way as to help each room best achieve its purpose, and your philosophy behind that room? (or, am I thinking about this way too much?!)