When I expressed these concerns to my one and only, he explained why that appeals to him: it's a clean slate. We can do whatever we feel like with the space. Rather than having to deal with the poorly placed bookshelves that are so old they can't hold more than five books anymore, we can design our own.
And so, I started designing.
This is the tiny upstairs office. I was inspired by a built in desk I saw on one of Oliver's gigs.
This is the living room with a window seat looking out to the front porch. (Do you like my clouds?)
This one is the living room with a second wall (about 8-10 inches deep) to hold the TV, DVDs, etc.
Let me know what you think!