Amanda is having another Decorating Dilemma Party and boy do I have a dilemma! HELP! I actually have two dilemmas today. I hope that's okay.
Hubby and I got a great deal on a flat screen TV a few months ago. We wanted to put it on the mantle for several reasons so that's where it went. My couch and loveseat are "floating" and facing the fireplace/mantle. I like the room this way, but what I don't like is that when you walk in my front door, you see the back of my loveseat. I HATE the view from the front door. Check it out!
How HORRIBLE is that open blank space with nothing to see, but the back of my loveseat??? YUCK! It's probably over 6 feet of nothing right there. Hubby thinks we need to leave it open - probably because until recently, we had overflow crap just sitting there and he's finally glad it's gone. He says adding furniture there would look to crosded because of the hall tree. I totally DISAGREE! I would love to have a buffet table, sofa table or even an antique church pew like my sister-in-law's. Who's right? What do y'all think this space needs? Is there someway y'all can think of to disguise or at least draw attention away from the back of my loveseat? I thought about putting something directly behind it, but since it's a recliner, I'm not sure. Maybe something directly across from my hall tree there on the left?
#2 PROBLEM: My Mantle
As you can see in the above picture, my TV AND the durn DishNetwork box are on the mantle. I know technically, the TV probably shouldn't be on the mantle, but in this case, it's function over fashion or decorating or whatever. Anyway, any ideas how to disguise that ugly box? I thought about just covering a canvas with some fabric or some painted canvvas or something. any other ideas?
I do realize we still haven't hidden the wires that are dangling from the mantle. I will get to it. I promise. Eventually. One of these days. It's on my Honey Do List!. And please excust the tray table with the computer on it by the back door. I brought it in from the bedroom and had to put it somewhere just for a little while.
Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Run over to Amanda's and post your Decorating Dilemma. Nothing like a little free advice!