Bookshelves Begone–A New TV Wall!

Can we just get a round of applause here for Chris?  I go to the beach for a week and come home to this:

Remember how we watched TV when we moved in?  Telly was in the closet behind these two doors…surrounded by stuff and not enough of it.

Then we eliminated one door and put the TV on the back of the shelves.  But, still, the stuff–and not enough of it–remains.

Bookshelf lovers, rejoice!  We still have two on the side–just the right amount for our stuff (which I’ve now edited).  I’m not a fan of those black speakers sitting on the ledge, but that is the best we could do for now.  Nonetheless, that new blank wall is pure heaven to me.  Breathe…ahhhh.  And, what about that hidden door to the media closet?  Way to go, Chris!

And, you know, we’re about to start calling him Uncle Chris because he is here all the time.  Door bell rings, and the kids run to the door excited and then shrug, “Oh, it’s Chris.”  Maybe he should start bringing candies or something to increase their enthusiasm.  Anyway, did you notice the big triangle there?  One day when Chris was working on the kitchen I showed him these ottomans I spotted by Richard Shapiro in the May 2012 Architectural Digest.

“You could do this, right?!  I mean, will you?”  I swear, one project ends and another begins.  Uncle Chris.

Sherry and I are still playing around with fabric in the family room, but I’m liking this one to slipcover the ottoman.  I’ve also considered using an old rug.  But learn from a novice like me, don’t forget to account for the padding on the ottoman when you build the frame.  This frame is 24″ width and 18″ height.  I’ll have to go thin on the padding so it doesn’t dwarf the chair.

Also, not sure about the rug here from West Elm–it seems a little matchy.  But Sherry’s good advice remains:  don’t throw anything out until it is all done and in the room.  Case in point:  the chandelier in the kitchen has morphed into something I like in the space as all the other elements are coming together.  Patience is key, people!  I’m learning.

This mother’s day gift almost beats my first ever mother’s day gift 9 years ago:  a trip to see Madonna at Madison Square Garden in NYC.  Hard to top that one!  And, way to set a precedent, Sweetie!  (You know you like Madonna, too…don’t lie.)

Now I’m awaiting the arrival of 4 Panton chairs and a classic brass floor lamp for the bookshelf corner–yippee!  Bit by bit this house is finally coming together.


  1. Peggy says:

    Looking sweet! I like the before and after.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Gorgeous as always! And if you throw out the rug…throw it towards East Texas…it would be perfect at the lake house! 😉

  3. Hmm…those triangles…hmm… Side tables for my living room….put them together to make a coffee table when we have cocktail parties…hmm…something to go with my circles and stripes and rectangles…hmm…IN ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!! YES. THANK YOU!!!!!

  4. sheila says:

    Love the new wall, it looks fabulous!

  5. wow – bravo to the hubby! now is he accepting new clients? id like to put him in touch with my hubby 🙂

  6. Wowee, what a transformation! Love the lack of clutter.


  7. Kristin says:

    So clean and awesome!!!

  8. Looks amazing! Love that horizontal board and the new doorway.

  9. I LOVE the wall! So simple but such impact.

  10. angela | the painted house says:

    Thank you, everyone, for the encouraging comments! I love how easy on the eyes that wall is now.

  11. Natalie says:

    Okay, I can’t resist…. I don’t miss 30A THAT much. Love you friend.

  12. Seeing it in pictures is wonderful…and seeing it in person was overwhelming! What a difference.

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