We are under contract on a 10 year old log home in Ohio. I have a blog about our log home buying adventures with all the pics: http://wereohiobound.blogspot.com
Katherine - I checked out your blog and your house is fabulous! And big! Congratulations on getting the house. I think you made the right choice - house over stuff! We as humans seem to be too attached to stuff. I am working hard to set my stuff free too. Is the little alcove in your pics your tech room? It seems to work well - can you add a door or curtain to hide it (although I don't think you need to).
In my regular house - I had the cat bowls under the kitchen sink and we had always intended to cut a cat shaped hole in the doors - but instead spent years with one door off. Now that the cat is no longer with us - we finally have two doors on the cabinet. We did the same in the bathroom for the litter box - but never put the door on. So our intentions never came to pass - but the idea worked well. I can't say that I would want to cut a hole in my new cabinets though. (smile)
Shoes are always an issue for us - as they are always on the floor no matter what I put for storage in the entry. I still plan to make a home for them in my shed/mud room. So I keep fighting this battle. I too like modern furniture - and am wondering how to add this into my log home. I have just decided to make my main bathroom a zen-type spa bath. Still looking for design ideas. I am also looking at furniture pieces for storage - as I am not having closets. And have decided to give up one guest bedroom for a bigger bathroom. But your issues are different as you live in your home all the time.
My CA home has no storage either and I have tried to keep each room "self contained" - towels, extra toiletries, and respective cleaning supplies store in that bathroom; each bedroom stores its own sheets, blankets, etc; the kitchen stores those cleaning supplies and dish towels. I finally got a small (and I mean small) closet in the laundry room when we redid the kitchen and store the vac, light bulbs, ironing board etc. in there. I don't have room for a lot of extra stuff. We store the off season clothes in those vac storage bags in the garage. Each person has to store their coats in their own closet. Games etc are in a cabinet in the living room.
I can't help you with toys - our kids are gown. But I do need ideas for DVDs as I don't like them showing on the book shelves (they make things look too busy). I am an avid book collector and am concerned about book shelves in the log house - as I am not planning to put too many there. We'll see what happens - thank heavens for my Kindle!