Put things where you'll use them.
Last year Tim bought a record player. He put it up in his office, but because his office was in an isolated corner of the house he hardly used it. So he hardly used his record player. It was so sad, because he was super excited to buy it.
Now, we have the record player front and center in our living room, hooked up to our vintage radio. We use it all the time and it makes us SO happy!
Just a thought... try designing your home based on how you want to use your things, not just where you want to put them. Who cares if your home looks right when it doesn't feel right? Mushy but true :)
good design + a useful spot = a happy home