Where to Put A TV In a Room With A Fireplace

Okay, this is a pretty specific topic, but it's definitely a interior design conundrum and it's been on my mind. As we've been house shopping, I naturally try to picture our things in each space. Every time I see a home with a fireplace my mind immediately thinks, "where will I put the TV?" I am not really a fan of the hanging the TV above the fireplace thing. I love idea of having a mantel to be styled and restyled with the season or when I buy new things. With a TV there, the styling options are drastically reduced. I also think often when hung above the fireplace, the TV is higher than optimal viewing height leaving the family and guests with kinked necks when trying to watch a program. But sometimes above the TV really is the best, or in some cases, the only option. In our old house, we didn't have a fireplace in our living room, so we put the TV on an Ikea hacked "fauxdenza" (see the DIY tutorial here), I loved that thing. But looking at new homes has me considering all the options. Here are a few of my favorite placement ideas if you are faced with this interior design conundrum.


ABOVE THE FIREPLACE 


Sometimes the best option for television placement is above the fireplace. Here are a couple examples where the design is so good, I don't even notice the black box. 

Where should I put my TV?

BUILT INS NEXT TO THE FIREPLACE


This would have to be my favorite option. The fireplace remains the focal point, and the placement of the TV looks completely natural and not forced at all. Plus there are plenty of surfaces to style. 


WALL OPPOSITE THE FIREPLACE


I love the way the designer laid out this living room. The main seating, the sofa is facing the television, but should the fire be on, the focal point can easily turn toward the fireplace. Additionally, the pop of blue in the fireplace mantle draws your eye away from the black box. 


TV THAT LOOKS LIKE ARTWORK


My final option to solve the where to put the tv conundrum is the Samsung Frame TV. While it doesn't solve the problems I stated above about the kinked neck and the styling the mantel, but the Frame TV is super stylish and can be programed to display one of hundreds of images while idle, making the television look like a work of art instead of a black box. 

Where would you or do you hang your TV?

Dream Home 2.0 // Living Room

We've now seen 16 houses here in the Grand Rapids area. There has only been one "that got away," and it feels like we're getting closer to finding a home to raise our kid(s) in. While I'm waiting for said home to come into our possession, I have been virtually laying out plans and shopping for our dream home. In case you missed it, I did an overall post about my dream home, as well as the color palette I plan to carry though out the space to create a cohesive vibe.

Today I'm starting the part in the series where I break down my vision room-by-room. I am starting with what I think is the most important room in the house, the living room. We are TV people, we spend nights unwinding on the sofa and weekends sipping coffee while Ollie plays with toys. I want this room to feel warm and inviting, relaxed but still polished. Sticking to my color palette the base would be white with warm wood tones, the sofa, light neutral with plants, pillows and art to add life and color. My living room wish list, includes tall ceilings, lots of windows and open to the kitchen. Our last house had two living areas, I prefer one big space instead of formal and informal living rooms. I absolutely loved the feel of our old living room, so we will be using that as a jumping off point, getting a new sofa and an updated coffee table. Keep following my insta stories to see the latest on our house hunt. 

Dream Living Room Inspiration

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Dream Living Room

SHOP THE ROOM


Dream Home 2.0 // Color Palette

A few weeks ago I shared some of my favorite images to inspire my dream home. Now I'm breaking it down a step further and talking about color palette. An overall color palette for your home isn't something the lay person might thinking about when embarking on decorating their home, but it's a really important step that can help you out in the end. People generally gravitate toward a look, but honing in on a style and a color palette that is cohesive and compliments the space is integral to a home that flows and has continuity. Plus, and this is the major point of this post, when you stick to a style and color scheme that is cohesive, it's very easy to swap and move things around when you want to refresh a space. If your bedroom and living room are somewhat cohesive you may be able to pull a bedside table to use as a coffee table or move chairs from the reading nook into the family room. Being diligent about this step means that art can be swapped from room to room and accessories can be styled and restyled again and again. Below is the color palette I am using to inspire my home as well as some pieces that support the look. 

Home Color Palette

SHOP MY DREAM HOME PICKS


Dream Home 2.0

Moving, with all it's headaches, is so fun for us designer-types, because it offers a fresh start and a whole new set of projects to tackle. A few years back, when we were still living in New York City, Instagram was just an infant and I was deep in the height of my Pinterest scrolling addiction, I designed my dream home on paper. After that, we moved into a rental house upstate, then bought our first home. Five years later, we moved across the country and are embarking on the journey to buy our (possible) forever home. Looking back on my original dream home post, I think had this home come to fruition, I would still be happy with my choices, but now my style is a little more refined, a little more modern and a little less colorful. 

Modern & Bright Dream Home

See my shopping picks for my dream home. 

Right Now I'm Loving: Platform Sofas

I have been loving these simple platform sofas for a while, I was even planning to attempt to make a version (since been put on the back burner). The juxtaposition of the hard, wood frame with the comfy cozy cushions is both modern and relaxed. This sofa is the equivalent of the effortless cool girl.

Platform Sofa
Platform Sofa
Plywood platform bed
Pop & Scott Platform sofa
Pop & Scott House
Platform Sofa
platform sofa

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Our Home Tour


LIVING ROOM


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KITCHEN


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PLAYROOM


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MASTER BEDROOM


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GARAGE / STUDIO


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RESOURCES


LIVING ROOM: couch - West Elm  / rug - West Elm (similar) / leather chair: West Elm (similar) / coffee table - CB2 / side table - CB2 / hanging chair: vintage (similar) / pillows - Urban Outfitters, DIY / fauxdenza Ikea hack / planter - Target / print - Etsy / lamp / light fixtures - Amazon

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie // glasses - Ikea // letter board - Amazon

ENTRY WAY: entry table - DIY Ikea Hack // round mirror - CB2 // basket - Amazon // rug - Rugs USA // Storage bench - DIY Ikea hack // light fixture - Cedar and Moss // print - Max Wagner 

PLAY ROOM: sofa: craigslist / Mirror: Rejuvenation / rug: Target / pillows: Urban Outfitters / play kitchen: Ikea Hack / shelf: Target 

BATHROOM: wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror -Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target(actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

OFFICE: shelves: Home Depot // table: Home Depot // desk: Ikea // rug: Crate & Barrel // chairs: vintage // prints - Society 6

BEDROOM:  bed - craigslist // bedding - Target // sconces - Urban Outfitters // vanity - DIY Ikea hack // full length mirror - Ikea // round mirror - Urban Outfitters // fiddle fig - Wayfair // print - Urban Outfitters // sheets - Restoration Hardware // curtains - Target

NURSERY: crib // crib sheets // rug //  apple print // bamboo shades // curtains // rocker (Craigslist) recovered with this fabric// VW Bus knit toy // diy quilt // New York blocks // London Bus knit toy// diy name banner//  New York illustration// dresser// lamp// New York photograph// cart// storage bin// brownstone pillow 

GARAGE STUDIO: Storage Wall: Elfa storage system - drawers // wood crates // handled wood box // white tote bins (used as recycling on floor) // large white tote bin (on top shelf) // small white tote bins (on middle shelf) /Hanging organization: Rubermaid Fastrack System // Paint: Walls and ceiling - Behr Polar Bear // Floor - Rust-oleum Rocksolid Marble floor refinishing kit in Mountain White // cabinet paint - Valspar "Swiss Coffee" // Dresser - thrifted (refinished on this post) // work bench - left by previous owner, refinished using Minwax Antique Walnut // Rug - souvenir from Morocco (similar) // paper lantern - Elbow Grease Design

 

Our House 1 Year Later

Last week we hit a milestone, one year of living in our house.  I thought I'd share some snaps of how far we've come in the past year.  We didn't do any major renovations, but we painted the ceiling of the living room, painted the kitchen cabinets and transformed a bathroom with tile paint.  We also did a slew of Ikea hacks to make our home function the way we wanted it to.  We are so happy we we are, but of course have a few projects on the docket, including an overhaul of the basement and a few more mentioned below. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

Our baby turned into a little boy in the past year.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

We painted the front door inside and out, changed out the light fixture, added an Ikea wardrobe and Ikea hacked built in benches for storage. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

In the kitchen, we painted the cabinets, took down one section of uppers and added open shelving.  I hope to eventually add a tile back splash, change the flooring to slate tiles and possible change out the countertops.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

The major change in the living room was to paint the ceiling.  By next year, I want to swap out the lighting. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

This room is still a work in progress, but I'm hoping to add some elements that turn it into a cute, well designed playroom. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

I shared this bathroom makeover a few months back and it really is the room makeover that I am most proud.  We took it from the above photo to the below with under $1000 for everything!!

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

The bedroom has come a long way, but in the next few weeks we will be investing in a king-sized mattress, we already found the bed on Craigslist, and I hope to give it a refresh, a bright white paint and replace the boring light fixture with a modern ceiling fan.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

I put a bold navy blue paint on the upstairs half bath.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

And finally in Ollie's room, I painted the walls from lavender to bright white, and it made such a big difference.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

ENTRY WAY: entry table - DIY Ikea Hack // round mirror - CB2 // basket - Amazon // rug - Rugs USA // Storage bench - DIY Ikea hack // light fixture - Cedar and Moss // print - Max Wagner 

LIVING ROOM: Sofa: West Elm / pillows: Urban Outfitters / Leather Chair: West Elm / Coffee Table: CB2 / Accordion Table: vintage / lucite side table: CB2 / rug: West Elm / pouf: Amazon / fauxdenza: DIY Ikea Hack / hanging chair: Craigslist / desk: DIY Ikea Hack

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie 

PLAYROOM: sofa: Craigslist // rug - Target // side table - thrifted // footed planter - Target // mirror - Target // wall hanging - DIY 

BATHROOM: wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror -Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target(actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

HALL BATHROOM: dresser - DIY Ikea Hack // rug - from Morocco // framed flea market landscape - framebridge // 

BEDROOM: Bed - West Elm (old, similar) // quilt - Anthropologie (old, similar) // sconces - Urban Outfitters // vanity - DIY Ikea hack // full length mirror - Ikea // round mirror - Urban Outfitters // throw - Urban Outfitters // sheets - Restoration Hardware // curtains - Target

NURSERY: crib / crib sheets / rug /  apple print / bamboo shades / curtains / rocker (Craigslist) recovered with this fabricVW Bus knit toy / diy quilt / New York blocks / London Bus knit toydiy name banner/  New York illustrationdresserlamp/ not pictured: New York photographcartstorage binbrownstone pillow 

Ikea Hack // Fauxdenza

I know I know this isn't a unique project, but it's one I've wanted to do for so long!  Many of the other media stations I actually liked were upwards of $1000, and this DIY cost about $300.  I love the clean look of the streamlined entertainment center.  Most of the other tutorials I found don't go the extra step and finish trimming off the bottom of the piece with a wood panel, but I really think it looks much more finished when framed out entirely.  Hope you're inspired to make an Ikea run this weekend!! 

DIY Fauxdenza
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Supplies:

Tools:

Step 1: Assemble the cabinets.

Step 2. cut a hole in the back of the cabinet for the outlet.

Step 3. Hang cabinets.  This step, I actually had help with, my father-in-law lent a hand in following the Ikea directions and installing.

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Step 4. prepare the trim of the fauxdenza. I had them cut the plywood for me at Home Depot.  Four pieces:

  1. Top - the length of the cabinets plus 1 5/8" to cover the side panels, and depth of the cabinets, with doors, plus about 1/4" - (for ours 91 5/8" x 15 3/8")

  2. Bottom - the length of the cabinets plus 1 5/8" to cover the side panels, and depth of the cabinets without the doors, MINUS about 1" to leave room for cords.  Note - the bottom panel cannot be under doors, or you will not be able to open - (for ours 91 5/8" x 14")

  3. Sides, cut 2 - depth of the cabinets with doors plus 1/2" (same as top piece), height of cabinets - (for ours 20" x 15 3/8")

Step 4: Follow the instructions to add the plywood edge tape on three sides for the top and bottom panels and just one long side on each of the side panels.

Step 5. Sand and stain the trim. 

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Step 6. install the trim.  Start with the side panels, use wood glue and the brad nailer to attach to sides of cabinets.  Line up with top and front of cabinet. 

Next install the top panel, and secure in place with wood glue and the brad nailer.  Line up with front of cabinet and edge of side panels.

 Finally grab a partner to hold the bottom panel in place and generously use the brad nailer to secure.  Line up with side panels and cabinet body (not doors).

Step 7. Drill a hole in the top of the cabinet with 1 1/2" bit, for the wires to feed through.  

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Step 8. Style and enjoy!