This project is for a living room in a 1930s house I'm in the process of updating in a university town. I'm a single male middle-aged university science & education faculty member who is an outdoor enthusiast (camping and adventure sports rather than hunting/fishing), looking for a space that accommodates just me on a pleasant evening by the fireplace, a small group of friends for an evening, or an occasional larger group of colleagues and students. The space should be homey, comfortable, and a bit fun.
The moderately dark wood wall on the north side is admittedly odd, but I'd prefer not to paint over it; it suggests to me a cabin motif with outdoor/outdoorsman elements for the room. I'm ethnically Irish (mostly) and German (Austrian/Munich Alps), and a bit of related Irish (preferred) or Bavarian accents might be nice.
Fireplace is active and used throughout the winter, and when home alone I like to be able to sit near and facing the fire with a drink and a book. I'm strongly considering this mount for a television over the fireplace (https://www.dynamicmounting.com); in any event the room should accommodate a video viewing space for a small to medium sized group. Me sitting for a TV show occasionally is possible, though often with a laptop doing a bit of work. I'm very tech and home-automation savvy, but prefer such things to be subtle and hidden.
The wall with two windows is south-facing and gets good light ; the wall with one window is west facing and looks on the (shaded) front porch of the house. The windows may be replaced as I continue upgrades, but will stay the same size if not the same style. The double-door entryway has windowed doors, but actually I'd just as soon get rid of them; they are left open always. The room has no built-in lighting.