Monday, June 20, 2011

Tricky TV's: Opinions Needed!!!

Hello Lovelies! How I've missed our chats! I am currently sitting in a RV, approximately 250 sq ft. We have just over a week left until we get possession of our new house, and needless to say, I'm a wee bit excited about this. I may, or may not, do a little drive by the new house on a daily basis. I'm stalking my own house =P

On to the matter at hand. While I am ultimately trying to wait until we get into the house to make a few decorating decisions, there are a few major items that I'm trying to source out now. Recall my ideas for our new Great room, here.

Firstly, this sofa has been ordered:

It is divine. It wasn't much less money for one sofa than what we spent on 2 sofa's in our last home; however, the old sofa's were mediocre quality, not really the fabric I would have liked, and the foam stuffing was warping after only 3 years of minimal use. The buyers for our home requested them in the sale, and I wasn't disappointed by this! The new Restoration Hardware sofa was well worth the extra money: Down-mix fill, beautiful, yet durable fabric (although not the Belgian Linen option that would have been my first choice if children weren't going to be using the sofa too), slip covered and family friendly. Love the traditional roll arm. This is a sofa that will last for many, many years. First piece of the Great Room puzzle is in place.

Yesterday, my husband and I went on a mini-antiquing trip. We found a fantastic store in the city, and I found many gorgeous pieces. I have my eye on a huge wooden trough, from the Baltic. I envision it filled with quilts and throws. I'm loving a mini dog cart, and a handmade wooden pitch fork from Russia (must be seen to be appreciated!) many beauties! This leads me to the reason for our visit to this store: The hunt for a storage solution for our TV. We will be buying a new flatscreen, likely around 42 inches.

How do you deal with your TV???? Hide it in an Armoire? Hung on the wall? On a TV stand??? Do share!!!!

The layout of our new room makes it not possible to hang the TV above the mantle. That leaves an Armoire (which I admittedly love the idea of hiding it when not in use) or on a stand of some sort.

Here's my ideas so far. I would LOVE to hear your opinion on these!

Option 1:

An antique armoire from Quebec, 1860's. GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Expensive!!!! Worth it? Yup, I'm thinking so.

Original paint, hardware, and signed by the makers of the cabinet (from 1860's!!). Maybe a bit dark and more reddish than I would have ideally liked, but the patina is so gorgeous, and there's NO WAY I would paint or modify this treasure if we were to buy it.

Option 2:

This armoire from Restoration Hardware. Keep in mind, that it is the same price as the antique armoire.

Love the tone/patina of the wood.  Gorgeous shape and detailing.

Option 3:

This stand (or something similar) from Restoration Hardware. Only complaint, is seeing the components through the glass, but I otherwise love the glass look. There are similar products with cupboards instead of glass.  This is 2/3 the cost of the above options.

It is actually very long, and would be a nice way to set up a few other displays next to the tv on top of the stand.

What do you think? We won't make a final decision until we move into our new home. I plan on laying out painters tape in the dimensions of each unit to see how it will fill the space. We have a very large room, with vaulted ceilings, so I don't think any of these options will be too large.

I have already bought paint samples, and accessories. I only need the house to be ready to get decorating!

I look forward to hearing your opinions; afterall, bloggers are my favorite source of inspiration!


Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...[Reply to comment]
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Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...[Reply to comment]

HA! We ordered almost the same sofa (we went for Belgian Classic Roll Arm) for our new great room as well! Good pick my dear. ;)

I prefer a TV either incorporated in the deigning on the home or in a cabinet of some sort. Not a fan of it displayed on a stand of some sort, I find it too exposed and brings too much attention to it. And also with 2 little boys they fact that it is exposed just makes them want to touch, lick, and hit it.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...[Reply to comment]

I love the RH armoire and ADORE your sofa!!! So perfect. I'm with Melissa, don't like the idea of a stand- would prefer it on the wall, with some art around it to disguise it a bit.

SavannahGranny said...[Reply to comment]

I am not a professional designer but you home sounds spacious with lots of volume. With the prices being even I would purchase the antique. Besides it is more stately and the top is so very impressive. I don't think you would ever second guess that decision. That advice was worth what you paid for it. LOL. Have a great week. Ginger :)

Chandra Chinnis said...[Reply to comment]

I love the idea of an armoire. Although our tv sits on a stand it is because of my husband. I would rather an armoire or on the wall hidden like a mirror. Have you seen those?

designchic said...[Reply to comment]

Love the antique gorgeous - hiding a tv in a cabinet is always my first choice. Your sofa is great ~

Jenny said...[Reply to comment]

The antique armoire is beautiful and would work since you have a large room. The one thing I like about hanging it on the wall is that it frees up floor space for furniture arrangement. In our old house, we had a lot more options when we decided to mount the tv within our built-in bookshelves. I can't wait to see the room!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...[Reply to comment]

The Restoration Hardware cabinet is really looking like the best option or anything else similar to it. I bought a cabinet called the Faulkner Entertainment Unit. It has small windows on it but our tv is black so you really don't see it in there. I don't think everyone would agree but it solved my problem. Here is the link to what it looks like:

rebecca said...[Reply to comment]

our tv just sits on a modern console table. nothing to hide!

Pamela said...[Reply to comment]

Love the sofa you are getting!!! I would love the same one ...I've been drooling over it for awhile now!
Hard choice with what to choose...I really love the colour of the second armoire but having said this i love the console table too. Just take your time. Maybe wait till you are settled in and adjusting to the house before buying. I am a constant rearranger and I find I need time in a new place to really decide on things.
Your home is going to be stunning when all is said and done Andrea!

Kellie Collis said...[Reply to comment]

They are all beautiful! I cannot wait to see how everything turns out! Enjoy the fabulous day, Kellie xx

A Rosy Note said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, love that sofa, Andrea! Really, what is not to love at Restoration Hardware though?! As for your tv issue, I like the cabinet from RH or if you want things to look a little more modern, I'd go with the long cabinet and hang the tv over it. If you don't like seeing through the glass you could do what I did in my family room. I got a runner from PB that was a woven grass, then I cut it up so that there were a bunch of little pieces, the size of the glass. Then, I sandwiched it between two pieces of glass. Obviously you would need to get more pieces of glass to do this. Does this make any sense? Can't wait to see what you decide to do :)

Deanne said...[Reply to comment]

We have our TV housed in an old wardrobe that my husband converted to hold the TV see here:

I love that visitors to the house often think we don't even own a TV because it is not highly visible!

Ange @ A Cream Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

A tricky decision I know. I bought a stand (similar to the one pictured but in white) that my TV sits on and I just put displays on the ends to take the focus off the TV. I do like the antique cupboards though...Ange

Dear Lillie said...[Reply to comment]

Ohhhh! That's a tough one...I would go with one of the armoires but I am torn over which one! They are both gorgeous!