This was my living room before the change:
I "had to" circle the wagons because a) there is only one TV hookup, b) there is a corner fireplace, c) the couch only fit on one wall, d) there is also a wall heater to watch out for, and the biggest thing that bugged me, e) I had a fear of awkward space.
Here is my living room after the change...
Basically I switched the sofa and the chair, and slipped my desk from the bedroom behind the couch.
I think it feels much more sophisticated. And we really like watching movies together on the sofa looking straight ahead at the TV now, instead of the angle it used to be at. There are little things I would like to tweak, like eventually getting a less bulky chair and sofa that aren't so matchy-matchy, and making the whole room look more like this living room ;o), but I am happy with the change for now! How refreshing!
But, I want to know what you all think! Do you like the new sophistication? Miss the more open feel of the old layout? Have a new idea? All you non-commenters, now is the time to speak up!