When my husband and I moved into our house a little over three years ago, we had all of these plans to turn our den (pictured to the left prior to moving in) into an office/library where I could write and he could work from home when needed.
Our den is a massive room with a lot of open space. We were going to repaint, put down big rugs, add comfy furniture, install bookshelves and french doors to keep the minions out, and make it extra cozy so I could write in comfort.
He fell ill not long after we moved in, and the plan got put on hold. When I fractured my hip not long after he recovered, the plan got put on hold again. Fast-forward to now and the plan for the room still hasn't come to fruition.
So it's still this giant, mostly unused room. We have a couch in there and a big-screen television...and that's it. Seriously. There's nothing else in there (except for the shy cat who hides in there when company comes over). We've been so busy with our careers since we both bounced back, we just haven't found the time to finish the room.
Instead, I find myself writing at work a lot. Since I'm there 12 hours a night on nights we're scheduled, I find that I have to do a little writing at work or I'd never get it finished! But a 911 Center is never quiet. Phones are ringing. Deputies are talking on the radio. People are trickling in and out. We're chatting with each other or listening to the news/television. There are a lot of distractions! That makes it hard to concentrate and get a lot done, especially on nights when absolute chaos descends on us in the form of major accidents, shootings, bad weather, etc. I can't put an emergency on hold to finish a scene!
As a result, I will often spend my days off curled up in the living room, playing catch up on all the writing and editing I didn't get to finish. We have this crazy comfy couch so all the minions can snuggle up with me. I can also catch up on all the shows waiting on my DVR, or hubby can hang out and play video games while I work. Our living room is the center of the Morgen household. We're in there so much, the dogs actually have their own sofa. But there are plenty of distractions to be found there, too! With three dogs, two cats, and a husband...you can just imagine. :)
So my goal for this year is to actually renovate the den into a room where I can work without quite so many distractions.
My dream space will have a ton of shelves for books, storage for all of my writing things (like swag, my author banners, etc), a comfy chaise, lots of lighting, and ample floor space for me to pile up pillows to write. I like to be comfortable and have room to spread out to write, so being able to curl up on a sofa or on a pile of pillows in the floor is mandatory! As are doors to keep hubby's cat out, as she likes to tear up paper.
Something like the room below (from Home DecoMastery) is my goal, only with thick rugs over our porcelain tile instead of hardwood floors. :)
Now I just have to decide what to do with the other half of the den...