I guess I’m gonna hit the ground running with this brand spankin’ new blog of mine! So, here goes nothing! I’ve had the urge to freshen up the living room for awhile now and I’m kicking it off with the TV wall. I’ve never really liked it much. Something about it has always felt just a little bit off. First of all, our living room is really big and the front door opens up into it.
There are only three walls, with the two smaller ones being taken up by doors and windows. The largest wall is split in two by the hallway that goes to the rest of the house. The side to the right of the hall serves as a landing pad because it’s right next to the front door. It wouldn’t be practical to walk right into the TV when you enter the house anyway, so that was never really a consideration. So, the only real option was to put the TV to the left of the hallway. And you guys, I can’t stress how important the layout of your furniture is to the look and feel of the room.
When we first moved in, I set up the living area around that TV wall, but in doing so, I wasn’t using almost half of the room. And it looked a little strange with the overhead light being in the center of the room and no furniture underneath it. However, when I repositioned the sideboard I was using as a credenza up to that point, I had an a-ha moment.
I realized that not only did the TV not have to be centered on that wall with the furniture in a small grouping around it, but also that the TV was hung way too high. By default, it had to be because the sideboard was quite tall. Since I have been liking more of a modern vibe as I’ve homed in on my décor style, I also realized that the antique sideboard just wasn’t working anymore. So, I rearranged the furniture closer to the center of the room and started wishing for a new credenza.
That eventually led us to decide to build our own credenza based on SemiHandmade’s fauxdenza plan using IKEA Sektion cabinets. I’ll post more about that later for those who are interested! I knew I wanted the credenza to be modern, yet sort of glam, and a mix of black, white, wood, and gold – my fave combo. I also knew that it needed to be way shorter than what the sideboard was because I wanted the placement of the TV to be much lower. The sideboard was almost 40 inches tall, whereas the new credenza is only 28 inches, so we were able to lower the TV considerably, which was a major plus. It also had to look great sitting next to my rattan peacock chair. I’ve had that baby forever and I’ve just been looking for the perfect spot to put it to use! I topped it off with a blush velvet pillow and voila! Pure magic in my eyes!
As for artwork, I’ve also slowly come to the realization that not every inch of every wall needs to be covered. I used to be a big gallery wall fan and while I still love a good gallery wall, I’ve been craving something a tad more minimal. The brass wall hanging is the perfect little accent to the TV wall, but the biggie completing the vignette is the Delaroche print in my new Art To Frames picture frame. This painting, the Young Martyr, which I saw for the first time at the Louvre in Paris, is by far my favorite work of art.
The sense of longing it gives me when I look at it is totally unexplainable, yet satisfying in a weird way. Not to mention that it’s incredibly beautiful! So when I was contemplating artwork for this space, I knew I wanted this to be the focal point and the Art To Frames white picture frame and mat just make it pop like crazy! I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!
I finished off the space by styling it with some greenery, books, and pottery. I think I can confidently say that I won’t be changing up this space any time in the near future. However, there will be more exciting changes coming to the rest of the living area soon and I can’t wait to share them with you! Stay tuned y’all!
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