Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our First Tough Decision As Homeowners

Well, we only owned the house for one day when we began unleashing our wrath upon the cute stone abode.

What was once referred to as "move-in condition" can now be described instead as "filthy, dusty, sticky, and full of holes." A series of unfortunate events led to the near decapitation of Andrew's father (use caution with broken mirrors!) and several more major projects for the father-son duo to undertake before we can move in on Sunday.

I'm doing my part of course--pleading for permission to remove the god-awful backsplash and promptly taking the hammer to it before the men had time to change their minds. "Oh, what's that? You weren't planning on doing much renovation in the kitchen? Haha! Suckers!"

(Side note: manual labor is hard work! I woke up on Sunday feeling like my arms were jelly fish. Or gummy bears. And then my bones fell out!)

Anywhoodle, at this point we have our paint colors picked out and a general game plan for each room. There's just one problem. Our living room is laid out in such a way that we have limited options for where to put the TV. We can either:

1. Put TV to the left or right of the fireplace (asymmetry makes me cringe)
2. Mount TV above wood-burning fireplace (fireplace is currently inoperable but can be fixed & mantle is considerably low so viewing height would not be too uncomfortable--but where will the wires go!?)

Give me your thoughts! Is there an option I'm forgetting? Does anyone know how I can harness the power of magic to solve this issue?

15 comments:

Hillary said...

I will send Shawn to fix your problem. He designs audio video systems for homes. There are no wires at my house! Clearly he uses magic.

Maxie said...

I think when you mount it you put all the wires back there or something. I leave these things to men. I know it's cliche, but I'm lazy.

DJ Drew said...

Above the fire place, wires are for walls and cleverly!

katie scarlett said...

i wish i could help you paint. i <3 it. i did my bedroom walls with a hand brush.

Arlynn said...

Definitely use Hillary's contact : - )

My vote is for above the fireplace, perhaps with a lovely frame around it so that it feels more like a piece of art.

AND, most new TVs will allow you to play a slideshow - perfect for parties (and a great use for those engagement pics!). Good luck!

instatick said...

I had the same problem in my house, except our fireplace is WAY too high for a TV. We're getting a built-in built in the corner.

I would totally recommend putting it above the fireplace though, because the asymmetry would just drive you crazy. As for the wires...there's got to be some way to hide them....

stealthnerd said...

Do you happen to have any friends who are architects? When I moved into my sr. year apt. there were NO options! Then my architecture buddy waltzes in and the next thing you know my whole living room is totally arranged!

Mermanda said...

Hillary,

What time does Shawn's flight get in to Pittsburgh?

Tam said...

asymmetry makes me cringe too - but OH GOD the WIRES! I am not help at all but I will go to therapy with you.

I LOL'ed at the part when your bones fell off.

Fung SHA-WAY those bones back together why don't ya?

p.s. I think the Magic idea is a good one.

leni said...

we'd all love to see photos of your new place!!!!

Sarah said...

Can you post pictures so we can see the entire space?

I'm also confused as to why hanging a TV above the fireplace means you can't use the fireplace...Does it raise a safety issue? I am really not sure, but there must be, right?

Anyway, I guess I'd be more for the asymmetry on this one, as I like to hide things like TVs as much as possible, but if you can't live with that, then there's your answer!

Andrew said...

Have you ever noticed the line on my business cards right under my name that says "Audio Visual Specialist?" I think I have this covered, boneless.

Katelin said...

i would mount the TV, i'm all for TVs up top. good luck!

Hillary said...

Mermanda,
Shawn said he'd come to Pittsburgh but only if Andrew takes him to a Stanley Cup final game.
Love Hills

PS: honestly though, email me with deets about your fireplace situation and I'll ask him what he suggests.

Mel Heth said...

I feel like I've probably seen a solution for this on the Home and Gardens channel...but it's escaping me. Definitely post a picture when you decide!