Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's a good thing--Mellon style

When plasma TVs first came out, I was so excited. Finally, you could hang the contraption on the wall so that you didn't need to have an entire piece of furniture taking up precious floor space just to hold the squawk box. Even though I know that most aesthetically leaning ladies detest TVs above fireplaces, I was actually quite happy to have it placed above mine. Now, I could watch my favorite show and a roaring fire at the same time--perfect!

Well perfect until I realized the decorating dilemma that formed: what to put on the mantle under the black rectangle? It had to be something low, but still appropriate for the scale of the room. It was a conundrum that plagued me for the 2.5 years we've lived here, but it may have at last been solved. Behold:
And do you know what the best part is? This entire display cost less than $7.00. Seriously. I found the four frames at a thrift store for $.59 each and then made the monograms from scrapbook supplies I had on hand. The votive holders were part of the Martha line sold at Macy's but I found them untouched in their box at another thrift store for $4.50. Quandary solved for a bargain price--that's what I call a good thing.

Now if I could just find a way to hide that blasted speaker the man thinks he needs to have...


  1. Anonymous8:03 PM

    I LOVE it Mom

  2. I thought you might. :-)

  3. Hahahaha
    Squawk box!

    As for the speaker... it looks like it is on a short enough wall to hang a small curtain underneath... possibly a darker color, from the bottom of the tv to the mantle as a backdrop for the new decorations?
    I dunno. That's all I could come up with! hahaha

  4. I made the mistake of trying to cover a wall speaker that was next to a window with a curtain in my old house. For the next 6 months, all I heard from Drew was a stream of ranting nonsense that included the words: acoustics, muffled, surround sound, kill you in your sleep, don't mess with my toys.

    Not sure this particular speaker bothers me enough to endure that again. :-)

  5. This is great! Where are your DVD/DVR and other gizmos and the wires to them, though? Behind the wall/in the next room? Is there some kind of transmitter? I'm not up-to-date.

  6. Cynthia,
    Before we moved in, Andy had wiring done so that all of that mess is kept in the coat closet next to the family room. He had to add a large vent in the wall next to the subwoofer for some reason I'm not a 100% clear on, but overall it was a decent compromise. We have a super powerful remote that works through the door even when it's shut. It might even change the channels at the neighbor's house. lol