I have to be honest, I am sick and tired of seeing flat screen TV’s hanging on the wall. Worse yet, the one that is hung over the fireplace like it is some sort of work of art. Most often, the fireplace mantle is far too high to watch the Television properly anyway. To me, it looks silly and it’s a trend that I am looking forward to leaving buried in the past.
I am obsessed with the idea that our “country home” be just that. A country home. No wires or modern elements sitting out and exposed for all to see. Is that nuts? Do we live in an age where wires and components are just a sign of the times? When I saw this article about media consoles on House Beautiful’s website, it got me thinking.
In the last year or so Ethan Allen has been working hard to change their image with the idea that they’ll appeal to the younger, hipper “Crate and Barrel” and “West Elm” set. They’ve also recently extended “perks” to interior designers, so I figured it was worth a look-see. I went to the store in suburban Detroit, and interestingly enough there are some pieces that I took a liking to.
Funny thing, they’ve got a Style Quiz on the website which was a complete hoot to take. The quiz takes you through a series of photos where you must decide which of the two photos you like better. For me, many of the images were like “Which of the photos do you hate the least?” They may need to work on styling their photos, but all-in-all there are some interesting pieces to be found at Ethan Allen.
If I get my way, our TV is going to be “built-in” once we get settled. I can just envision a dark wood paneled study with a gorgeous flat screen hidden behind two big wood doors. Only to be exposed when TV viewing is in process, of course!
How do you feel about TV’s hanging on the wall? Is it just me, or are you over this trend as well?