Fitting a daybed, the study can serve as an extra guest room in a pinch. Tip: "Skirted tables are great for storage, but organize the stuff so it's easy to get to. Pin a discreet little list on or near the table to remind you what's under there,"
Jim Howard on ceilings: There is a thing called using the ratio. The more a room widens and lengthens, the more the ceiling should push up mathematically and proportionately. This is always true, so trends don’t really apply.