I have a serious love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I want to see what a certain paint color looks like in a room? Pinterest search. A client wants to communicate her style but has trouble articulating it? Pin board. I have some vague memory of an obscure look that I may have seen two years ago? Pinterest to the rescue!
We desperately needed a painting over the mantle in our living room, and I thought it would be fun to do one myself. And it was pretty fun. But it's also not very good.
I wanted to share it with you because this shit happens all the time. Not every decor choice is a good one, but the process is (should be?) fun and there's usually something to learn from your mistakes. I learned that I should buy more than one canvas when I go to the supply store.
We can't escape it. We have a television. And that television lives in the library. Above the mantel, which is, to put it mildly, not my favorite place for a television. It is, however, the most practical location for us, and I think for many people. It hurts my soul every time I look at it sitting there (and even though Edward was very obliging and bought the smallest speakers he could find, they don't yet make invisible speakers and that hurts my soul too). So we have this heinous piece of equipment, in a pet peeve of a location, and I hate hate hate it until we start watching Brooklyn 99 and I'm like, "Oh right, that's why we have this. Terry Crews is a treasure."
We currently have the television on a blank wall, hoping to just pretend no one can see it. Surprise! It doesn't work.
Funny how looking at a photograph of your home can make you see it in a different way. I knew this wall wasn't working beforehand, but just taking this photo settles it for me.
So, now I'm thinking gallery wall. I've been kind of wanting to work on a really serious gallery wall in the library anyway, but I'm not sure how I feel about a gallery wall around a television.
What do we think? Does it solve the problem? Or does it just point several giant painted canvas arrows at the problem? And do we mount the television on the wall? Isn't it a bit reminiscent of the early days of the flat screen TV, when people would mount them above their mantels and put some Monet reproduction screen saver on it and just be as tacky as humanly possible? Do I need to get over this television snobbery and face facts?
So many questions.
Image Credits: Home Oh My / Remodelista / West Elm
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