After my wife and I had been dating for two years her extended family in Taiwan won the American Green Card lottery and we bought a house with four bedrooms to house her parents and three siblings. Once we'd gotten the family, all except her youngest brother, out on their own we turned a room into a dedicated tea/meditation/study/guqin practice space. The realization of the space is always evolving but it is easily the room our family spends the most waking time within. The closet is for tea storage and for teaware and also has more books on a small bookshelf. I do have a small laptop in the space for research and to play music. The seating for the laptop and the tea table is on the floor (This also minimize furniture). We change the tea settings at the table relatively often or if we are using the space to pour tea with a friend.
There is a Bonavita kettle alongside the main tea pourer's zabuton and a small woven box for containing tea tools and for storing tea snacks to bring out for a tea guest at the appropriate time. Underneath the table I keep 3 different tea trays and a tea tasting set, which is out in these photos because a friend had recently come to sit for tea.
For us, we prefer the space to have as "empty" and clean an aesthetic as possible and prefer a chan/zen/kong type of space in line with the aesthetics we are accustomed to from Taiwanese Chayi/茶藝。We find that the simplicity of the space and its objects lends a comfortable depth and settling to our encounters in the tea room. We did as well lay out the whole space in line with principles of Feng Shui. As such, the space acts somewhat like a Mandala with its various sections serving to remind us of the differing energies in our life.
The instrument on the wall is my guqin/古琴。The calligraphy on the wall is a poem and was given to me from my father-in-law's collection and serves to remind us of the spirit of the room. It reads:
詩好笛客吟 (shi1 hao3 di2 ke4 yin2)
茶香情更濃 (cha2 xiang1 qing2 geng4 nong2)
We do also have a tea deck in the backyard that changes with the seasons for pouring tea with friends. It currently has a small, natural stone tea table but we have other small tea tables that we switch to from time to time:
3. (Early Spring)