Entries in media (13)
Ever since the flat screen- the "entertainment center" look has been entirely different. People don't want a unit that doesn't show off how thin their new screen is- and yet- on what frequently is the focal point wall- having just a flat screen there is also not always the best design solution. This is especially the case in a more traditional interior. The modern look is perfect with a simple screen. As a designer- I am always keeping an eye out for units that I like. Today I came across this unit from Grange. I liked it. What do you think? Have you seen any entertainment centers lately that you liked?
I recently started reading your blog and it made me realize how in over my head I am! (but I love it)
My husband and I bought a new house that is almost done being built. It was an inventory home so we didn't get to choose the finishes - but everything is brand new. Since we're moving across Canada (over 3000 kms!) we're not bringing any furniture (and it's student furniture anyways so we won't miss it - bad memories). We're starting from scratch and I'm feeling very overwhelmed. Where do I start?? Start by reading this post. :)
The family room has hardwood called "chocolate" which wasn't installed when I took the pics. There are 2 large windows on either side of the fireplace and it's open to the kitchen. I can't think of anywhere to put the TV except for above the mantle - to have a single focal point. Can I still do that even though it has that recessed space? Yes- this is where you will want to put the TV. It might look awkward- requiring some drywall work. Check out this post- where Dawna had the exact same issue. Since the room is small, I feel like the only option is to push furniture out to the walls. You keep saying that's a no-no but I don't know what other options there are in this case. Yes- you are right that in smaller rooms- you don't always have the option. I would put a large sectional along the walls and then a generous chair in the area that meets the kitchen. The chair at least doesn't have to be against the wall. Then get a big ottoman or coffee table in the center. I also don't know how to choose colours for the family room that will look ok with the kitchen colours. I know if I choose things it will end up being all neutral and no colour (which is not what I mean to do - it just happens). Let me address the color issue in a second post...
I attached the floorplan - but it's a mirror image of what we have.
- Replace some of the large wall of cabinetry with open shelves.
- I did like your idea of replacing some with glass- or you could use a number of different materials- like - for instance the chicken wire below. If your cabinets are not a high enough quality- you will not be able to simply take out the raised panel and add glass- it will mean total door replacement...
- Below is another look- with the doors on the middle and uppers going to an interesting glass panel.
- You can remove a section entirely- add a counter and make a beverage bar.
New houses have so many advantages- I am sure you will be able to overcome these little obstacles and love your new place- it really will be beautiful. 3000 kms is a big move! Check back and I will post later on your color.
You are an absolute riot! You totally crack me up. I am so lucky to have found your blog. I wish we could do this in person! Love your style. I noticed you have become increasingly popular so I am sending this real quick before you become the next Candice Olson and are way too busy for lil' ol' me! I wanted to wait until the house was in perfect order and all clean but the fairies never came to magically make that happen for me. Darn them!!
Thanks so so much in advance! Enjoy the holiday season. Oh yeah!! That reminds me! WHERE THE HECK SHOULD I PUT MY CHRISTMAS TREE TOMORROW?? (I'm sure I'll have it before you reply but I'll move it if you say to!!)
- Functionality. You need the TV to stay pretty close to where it currently is.
- Scale. We need the wall decor on this wall to have better scale in relationship to the wall itself.
My solution? Start with a very long media cabinet. The one above is 86 inches long- from Global Views. I liked this one not only for the length- (I don't have your measurements- but you might want one even longer) but also for the colors in the teak. They would be perfect in your place. The TV would be hung on the wall- on the left. To the right- go with your idea of floating shelves. Keep in mind that- now that you have a piece of furniture on the wall- the relationship we are concerned about primarily is the wall decor to the furniture. We actually have two relationships here- the furniture to the wall and the wall decor to the furniture. Got it?