Principles of design: Balance: This could at first appear to be symmetrical, but when you look at all the elements, such as the drawers on the left & the ottomans on the right, it makes it broken up more so it's not in such tight symmetry. Harmony: The shelf above the t.v. is repetitive by having the books, but then the room gets more variety by adding in the plant by the t.v. and the yellow ottomans.
Inspiration. Rainy days call for a cup of tea, a comfy chair and a textile book. You can learn so much and be inspired by everything that has been done before. And hope to somehow contribute something new to the world. And Ikea hack: spray painted shelving