My crafty area is in one corner of our large family room. My boys (hubby and two teenage boys) typically watch guy stuff on tv and I sit at my desk and scrapbook/create. I can still watch shows with them, and chit chat. I have had my craft area in other rooms at times and I hate it. Much prefer being in the middle of everything
I like the ideas for rolling carts to take into the same room as the family!