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. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks, Kerry! Oh goodness, I have no idea. I don’t think Target does. Etsy shops typically ship in just the US and Canada, but sometimes you can private message the sellers to see if they would be willing to ship overseas.

  1. HI! I just discovered your blog and am enjoying reading all the posts! Can you share a photo of how you re-arranged the sofas to watch the tv in it’s current location? We are also thinking of switching our large tv from a large wall to the short end wall in the living room, but I can’t decide how to arrange the couches to do so.

    Thanks!

  2. You’re so talented! We live in your area outside of Charlotte in a new construction town home, so I love all the personal touches you did with your home! (Loving the Lake Wylie sign too) Would love to know your favorite thrift stores in the area? One of my favorite hobbies πŸ™‚

    1. If I told you, I’d have to kill you. Haha! J/k I just hop around some of the Goodwill stores in the Rock Hill / Pineville areas. And I keep an eye out on local Facebook buy/sell/trade groups. Ballantyne has a really good one.

  3. Thank you! I’m always looking for the easiest ways to make these signs and yours look pretty simple! I just love all the signs~I’m planning on making one with the coordinates of where we live πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much!!

    1. Yay! That would be cute! Glad to help, Candy! I’ve tried out several different methods and the stencil one and tracing one are the easiest to me. πŸ™‚

  4. Hello, may I please get paint color you used for kitchen, family room, gallery going towards stairs and your daughters room and trim color as well PLEASE!

    P.S. I know it goes without saying but you are extremely talented. I really enjoyed your blog and appreciate your projects explanation being detailed.

    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! I’m so glad it helps! The paint color for those areas are Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige. I’m not totally positive about the trim because our builder painted that, but it is very close to the Sherwin Williams Pure White color we have on our fireplace.

  5. Hey from the land of Dixie! Luv luv luv your blog- everything you do is so inviting & feels comfy! Quick question – would you mind sharing your fan info. I adore the double fan with the light! I’ve seen double fans – bit not with a light. Thanks – Tiffany

  6. Hi Lauren. The tv wall looks great! I need your advice on my tv walls.. Yes 2. We have a corner tv stand and nothing I try looks right. Help!

  7. Good afternoon Lauren! A couple of things…..I can’t get either of the links for the Lake Wylie signs to work (source list or the added link in the above comment reply) and I’m wondering if you have a link for the bible verse printable. That’s one of my favorite verses as well and I’d love to hang it when I redo our master bedroom. On a separate note I set up the ebate and honey thing the other day and just did my first online order with JCPenneys a bit ago and got a couple of dollars from ebates. That’ll buy me a big ole sweet tea at Sonic πŸ™‚

    1. Hi, Rebecca! I’m so sorry the links gave you trouble. I’m not sure what happened with that, but I just fixed them and tested them, so hopefully they’re good to go now. Let me know if those still don’t work for you. I found the Bible verse sign at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t find it on their site or I would have linked that as well. I got it on sale at 50% off for $12 I believe. So glad to hear Ebates and Honey worked for you! Sometimes it’s hit or miss and I only end up saving a couple of bucks, but then other times, I’ll end up saving 50-75% off. It just depends on the store for their cash back rate and what coupon codes they have that day. Hope it helps in the future. πŸ™‚

      1. I really don’t know what the problem could be with the link for the Lake Wylie sign. All of the other links work with out any problem but when I click on it I still get the same message that says ” Uh oh! There’s something not quite right in the URL. Please check for any errors in the address bar and try again.” If you want why don’t you just give me the etsy details and I can search for it on etsy myself that way I don’t have to bother you again. I already had Hobby Lobby on my errands list so guess what else is going in my cart when I’m there πŸ™‚

        1. Darn! I don’t know what’s going on with it. So sorry, Rebecca. You can search LiztonSignShop on Etsy and it’s the one in that shop called Personalized Location Directional Arrow Mileage Destination Sign. Hope you can find it that way!

  8. Wow! This is actually one of the (very) few gallery walls that I like. πŸ™‚

    Maybe an arrow in that space you mentioned?

    Have a blessed day!

    1. Thank you, Linda! You read my mind! I just found a metal arrow that I ordered yesterday to go in that space in the top. I’m hoping it works out. πŸ™‚

  9. I like how you placed your television. This actually matches your color scheme–black–and everyone likes to watch TV. I still have a 32″ –it’s not broken and fits in this bookcase size hole next to the fireplace. Lucky for us we’ve found the perfect cabinet from pottery barn that fits. Fifteen years ago this was a big deal as it’s wired for cable there. Times change. My husband put a shelf above the TV and finally I like it with some salvage pieces that are just unique and match my decor. We can’t figure out what they are though!!! I think you’ve done a great job with everything you do. I’m impressed how much you get done!!!! Lovely.

    1. Thank you so much, Gwen! That sounds like a great setup. I wish our TV was small enough to fit into a cabinet. This thing is a MONSTER! It’s the one thing that my husband really wanted though, so can’t really argue with that. He’s the one who makes a lot of what I do possible. πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Lauren!!! great job!!! we all have at least one huge television we try to distract from and believe me, we have one as well!! ours was placed diagonally in the corner to the left our fireplace, which thankfully is hardly noticeable, by prettying up the space around our fireplace no one really notices our t.v. I really love how you’ve done your space, looking at your photos my eyes immediately gazed to your feature wall of your family memories, gotta love that!!! p.s. I used duct tape lolol!!! on the back of the television, to hide our cords, works beautifully!!!

    1. Hey duct tape fixes everything! At least that’s how it is here in the South. πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for the love, Pat! I know what you mean. The TV situation is a doozy for a lot of people.

  11. Every time I see the media cabinet that you and your husband “redid”, I fall in love!!!! Such a great DIY!

  12. Love the Lake Wylie sign! My son’s name is Wylie and I just heard about the lake last week. Such a kawinky-dink to see it again in your post this week! The link to the etsy store is broken though and I tried searching on etsy but the sign didn’t come up. Can you please tell me the etsy sellers name? Thanks from Traci in South Florida!

    1. Oh so sorry! Thanks for letting me know. The link is all fixed in the post now. Here’s where I got it: http://rstyle.me/n/brzbywb5ky7 You can personalize it to whatever location you’d like. πŸ™‚ I just picked Lake Wylie because it’s the area where I grew up. That is a kawinky-dink! It’s a fun little lake.

  13. 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!?

  14. 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!) πŸ™‚ 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!!! πŸ™‚

    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: https://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/3481/14458 It’s been so fulfilling having this creative outlet for the past couple of years. πŸ™‚ 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: http://amzn.to/1UmJ1kn

      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! πŸ™‚

        1. Great! Hope it helps πŸ™‚ 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.

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

  16. 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.

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