Friday, September 18, 2009

Thank You Windsor Smith!

So after reading this on Apartment Therapy quite some time ago, I got 1. very defensive and 2. a little bit angry. So many people knock the whole TV over the fireplace thing and I happen to have (GASP) a TV over my fireplace in our living room. I was very excited when our TV was put up over our fireplace. Our living room is very oddly set up (in terms of walls, openings, and windows) and over the fireplace was really the only place in the room we could put the TV without it being very awkward or having to position the furniture away from the fireplace which i really want to do. We are lucky enough to have a fireplace where the mantle is not very high and therefore you don't have to strain your neck or stare towards the ceiling to see the tv. Also, we only have one large living room, we don't have a separate family room or another room where we could have a large sofa and the TV. Hopefully someday, but not quite yet. Even with all of these very good reasons, I was still a little peeved about all the negative comments on the Apartment Therapy post. I don't know why it bothered me, I guess because I felt like I was breaking some major design rule. So when I received my House Beautiful this month with images of Windsor Smith's home it made me feel oh so much better about our TV being placed over the fireplace. So thank you Windsor Smith, for proving all those naysayers wrong!

So for all of you rule breakers out there with a TV over your fireplace here are some very lovely images of just that.

The first image is from the aforementioned article in October's House Beautiful.

The next images show one of my favorite ideas that I hope to incorporate some day - framing the TV

These last images show some other unique ways people have used to refine the wall mounted TV look.

And finally, drumroll please..........

The first images of our home on this blog. These are only of the Living Room. Images of the rest of the home will come in later posts. But I want you to see our Living Room and the layout and our own TV over our fireplace. Some are a little blurry. I desperately need a new camera. Especially because the one I have now no longer even takes photos but is permanently in the record mode.

The first image is of the back wall of our living room. This is the only floor to ceiling wall that does not have windows or the fireplace. It is also directly across from the fireplace. Therefore if we put our TV here the sofa would have its back to the fireplace. We could have also put the furniture perpendicular to the TV but it would have really cut off our space due to the size of the sofa.
This image is of one of our side tables which has now found a new home between our two slipper chairs. Please ignore the guitar hero guitars in the background.

This is the wall that is to the left of the sofa. As you can see it's all windows. It also contains the little wall that juts out that I despise. I believe it's load bearing, we're going to have someone check it out to be sure though because it makes designing this space and the layout somewhat difficult.

Our TV over the fireplace! To the left of the TV is a cabinet for glasses/liquor/table linens etc. To the left of that is our front door.

So as you can see we still have a lot to do in here. I want to eventually have built in shelving on both sides of the fireplace (As you can see our cable box and DVD player currently reside on a large storage bin - the shelving will solve this problem). The wires need to be routed through the wall so that they are not visible. The fireplace needs new tile. The room needs to be painted. The speakers need to go and need to be replaced by ones that are much less ugly and noticeable and they will definitely be removed completely from the fireplace mantle. And in the long run the floors will be replaced or refinished. You cannot tell here, but they are in bad bad shape.

So there it is your first view of our home. Fireplace, TV, and all.


  1. Hello fellow decorpad member!!!! Great post! I also read that Apartment Therapy post and was a tad offended by some peoples pet peeves. There are just some things one can't help/work best for our a tv over a fireplace or having a garage out front etc!! As I read through all the peeves I realised how many "design rules" I had broken lol.
    I actually really like the tv over the fireplace and Im SO jealous of anyone who is lucky enough to have a house this is a requirement :) And I so plan on framing my tv with an ornate frame like Mrs.Limestone did!!! Thanks for all the inspiration photos you posted!

  2. I almost forgot to say that your living room is so the coffee table, couches and the pretty flowers!

  3. I agree! Sometimes you just have to place the TV over the fireplace. There is no other solution and if done right, looks fantastic.

    Love your living room too! :)

  4. Quite late here but obviously I think a tv over the fireplace is a perfectly logical place to put it.

    I have plenty of pet peeves I could drone on about but it ultimately boils down to what is reasonable. Short of ripping out a fireplace so you dont place the tv too high (or gasp, not watching tv at all) - what do these high and mightly designers suggest you do with it?

  5. Found you through decorpad! Glad to see another blog to grab a little inspiration from! Question about your slipper chairs....where are they from? They look larger (and more comfy) than most.

    Your house is beautiful....can't wait to see all you have planned!


  6. Jennlynn,

    So sorry for taking so long to get back to you. The chairs are actually from a place called Johnathon. Here is there website

    And yes the seat is actually quite large and they are very comfy!