When I look at pictures of the most beautiful living rooms, one big difference I always notice between mine and those truly designed spaces (among many many differences, of course) is that those ones have no TV. I see the benefit of this, design-wise. But, I must admit, Matt and I really love to watch TV. It is a pretty essential piece of living room furniture for us, and not one we've made any attempts to hide.
Our big TV sits in a great big entertainment unit that we purchased many years ago in our living room. I have had a bit of a love-hate relationship with this piece, but for the foreseeable future we're keeping it. The piece provides tons of storage, which our little condo really needs. We're thinking of painting it white and replacing the hardware one day though, which might help a lot.
Here it is (ignore the snacks set out on the coffee table -- this was just before a party earlier this week).
We have a few little shelves above the TV in our entertainment unit, and I like to move around what's up there all the time. It is fun to change out the decorations with the seasons (or the weeks...I like to move things around a lot). Here is how it is looking right now.
The top shelf:
You've seen these reindeer candlesticks before, in my china cabinet.
On the second shelf are these cute teacup pictures, a gift from my Aunt Catherine.
And we keep lots of our barware in the glass cupboard on the right. I've shown you some of it before here.
And this is the little cubby under the closed cupboard on the left.
And that is where we keep the TV here on Simcoe Street. Not the prettiest thing in the world, but a very functional storage space that we like to have fun with.