Decorating Around a TV

We have a love/hate frienemy situation going on with our TV. After our latest project, I think we’re at least on speaking terms with it though. Which is good news since… we do still sorta love our New Girl and Parks and Rec marathons.

Last time y’all had a glimpse of our TV, it was perched on (nay, hogging) our faux fireplace mantel.

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But then Robert one night mid-Netflixathon turned to me and said, “Hey, let’s move the TV to this other wall.” Um… yes please!

And so after stumbling upon the perfect sized media cabinet on Craigslist, our DIY printers cabinet was born. We had bigger plans for it than to just let it sit on this wall though.

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So we finally moved our ginormous 60 inch (yes, 60 inch… can you guess who in our house picked out this ginormous screen?), and I got to decorate a pretty TV-free mantel for the first time ever with this $10 mirror I picked up from the thrift store and madeover.

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Now, the printers cabinet is TV-watching central, complete with tons of great DVD storage in those doors and drawers.

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This spot was really challenging to decorate around since the screen was so massive and I also wanted to carry the gallery wall from our stairway over to the wall behind our TV.

Our gallery wall was one of my first decorating attempts ever, and it’s still one of my favorite places in our house with so many of our best memories collected here. (By the way, you can see my tips for easy gallery wall hanging here.)

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For above the TV, I added a little more to the sentimentality with this Lake Wylie sign, which is where I grew up, and this North Main Street sign, which is where Robert’s childhood home is.

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I hung up a favorite Bible verse and framed sheet music of my and Robert’s “song” by Jack Johnson called “Better Together”.

And I added more current pictures because that’s a must-do when you get all gussied up once in a blue moon for photos, right?

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There’s a little space in the upper left corner that I’m still deciding if it needs something added or not.

It has a lot going on. But the frames and signs seem to distract from the giant black box a little bit. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Hey, I tried.

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Since we no longer have the log firebox front though, I feel like I can get away with the eclectic look a little better.

You can’t really see in these pictures, but I was standing right behind one of our sofas to get this shot. It’s so nice not having to crane our necks to watch a movie on a tall mantel anymore.

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If you want to know about any of our gallery wall sources, most of them are thrifted, but I’ve dug up some look-a-likes here:  (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

And if you want to know how I painted and distressed the thrift store frames you can find the tutorial here.

Have you come up with a great solution for decorating around your TV? Or feel up to a Netflix marathon party at our house? I’ll pop the popcorn. 😉


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  1. Your ingenuity paid off. It looks terrific,well thought out,and symmetrical ( important to an OCD).
    You and your hubby make a great DIY team!
    We love following you and your pretty home as it evolves.
    Thanks for sharing it with us!?

  2. Hi Lauren!
    Love your blog and read it everyday! I have always wanted to start a blog and so many friends of mine have encouraged me as well, but I have to say, you have given me some inspiration on starting one. I am in the process of working on that now that school is out (I am a teacher too) and have more time. I am nervous but excited! So love what yall have done with the house! It’s amazing and I get so many tips and inspiration from you! Keep up the good work!

    My question to you here on this post is…What did you do about the cords? Hiding them, etc.? I don’t see any in the pics and that is an issue with us and our ginormous TV as well! Not to mention my kiddos and their Xbox which I am so wanting to remove from the family room and toss it in the trash (I mean, somewhere else!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to know how you handled the cord situation here.

    Thanks for all you do and for the time and effort you give to your blog! It is a joy to read!
    Hugs!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Aw thank you so much, Kim! You can definitely start a blog! Abby Lawson’s eBook Building a Framework is really great if you need a step in the right direction. Here’s a link to it: It’s been so fulfilling having this creative outlet for the past couple of years. ๐Ÿ™‚ For the cord situation, we luckily only have a digital antenna and a Playstation 4 to deal with. I placed the Playstation 4 and digital antenna in a tray in the center of the console table. Our remote can still get a signal to it that way. And we hid the cords with these molding strips:

      1. Ah thanks for the info Lauren! Will look into Abby’s eBook, sounds great! Very clever in hiding the cords and such, will have to come up with something similar. Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Great! Hope it helps ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I’d had it when I first started out. It would have answered a lot of questions for me when I felt lost.

  3. Our tv is above the mantel and I hate it! And, I’m sure it’s not going anywhere else anytime soon!?

  4. It looks great Lauren! Our TV is hung on a 2 story wall above a cabinet. It’s such a challenge to think of how I’m going to make it look less “floaty” and more deliberate! I love how the half wall helps divide the space and gives you a set area to work with!

    1. That is a tough one. “Floaty” is definitely the right word. Haha! I couldn’t figure out any other solution other than just to start hanging stuff around it and hoping it would blend in with everything.