Swap out the TV. In most dens, the television commands the attention. “I wanted to flip that on its head and put something else massive on
the wall,” says Hiemstra. Her pick: a marquee-style art piece in the shape of California.
Swing low. A hammock in the corner is still a great way to signal This room is for relaxing. Hiemstra hung one end higher “so it feels more like a seat,” she says.
Double up on lounge space. “Everyone’s always fighting over the couch,” says Hiemstra. But not with this layout, thanks to a pair of deep sofas placed back to back.
Open up storage. Instead of closed-door built-ins, Hiemstra gave the room architectural interest by creating a wall of staggered cube cutouts to hold books and plants.