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November 5, 2013
When you've taken the time and given so much thought to the design and aesthetic of your home it's almost a shame to have to incorporate a television, and yet we just can't pry ourselves away from the latest episode of that one show we all love. Here, six homeowners and one expert demonstrate how to fit a TV into your home and still retain a beautiful interior design.
Media wall area with pop-out storage closets

ALL TOGETHER NOW

Since the main living space in this 620-square-foot home has to function as both a bedroom and a family room, the family make do without a couch. When they watch TV or read, they cozy up on the bed or sit on the built-in bench. On the opposite side of the hallway, the storage wall bumps out to accommodate the television and entertainment systems.

Photo by David Allee.

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Weijnen's office adjoins the living room, an open area furnished with a 1950s television cabinet (housing a new TV), a battered armchair found on the street, a Fellice Rosso leather sofa, and a Koot Licht floor lamp.

SHIP SHAPE

Pieter Weijnen’s office adjoins the living room, an open area furnished with a 1950s television cabinet (housing a new TV), a battered armchair found on the street, a Fellice Rosso leather sofa, and a Koot Licht floor lamp.

Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.

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RICK PRELINGER EVALUATES MODERN MEDIA STORAGE

Though the contents of every cassette, LP, and VHS tape you've ever owned can now fit inside a gadget the size of a tie clip, your plasma TV and subwoofer still need a resting place. Film archivist Rick Prelinger helps us evaluate modern media storage.

Originally appeared in Rick Prelinger Evaluates Modern Media Storage
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SMALL AMIDST SPRAWL

A ladder leads up to the bedroom, which is tucked under the curve of the vaulted roof. The Sunburst clock is by George Nelson; the flat-screen TV is by Philips.

Photo by Misty Keasler.

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A ceiling-hung projection TV, aimed at a white wall, frees up floor space in the living room, where David Carmel’s modern pieces mix with Kirsten’s more traditional choices, including the wing chair and leather “fainting couch.”

UNIVERSAL APPEAL

The Carmels live in a Chelsea apartment that’s designed in part to make it easy for David to get around in a wheelchair. A ceiling-hung projection TV, aimed at a white wall, frees up floor space in the living room, where David Carmel’s modern pieces mix with Kirsten’s more traditional choices, including the wing chair and leather “fainting couch.”

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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The couple had a big flat-screen TV but didn't want it to be the focus of the living room. Placed on the wall behind one of the red couches, it hangs quietly without drawing attention to itself but is in perfect position for TV-watching from the second co

THE SHIPPING MUSE

The couple had a big flat-screen TV but didn't want it to be the focus of the living room. Placed on the wall behind one of the red couches, it hangs quietly without drawing attention to itself but is in perfect position for TV-watching from the second couch (not pictured). Below the television is a console that Feldmann's mother picked up at a thrift store for $50. Feldmann had her reservations about the piece at first but after they took off its original base and lifted it on two-by-fours for an elevated look, she was sold.

Photo by Jack Thompson.

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Small space open kitchen and living room

TRUE VALUE

The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava. When it comes to media storage in a small space, consider making the most of your nooks and crannies. The shelving at right here is smartly recessed into a cavity next to the window.

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Media wall area with pop-out storage closets

ALL TOGETHER NOW

Since the main living space in this 620-square-foot home has to function as both a bedroom and a family room, the family make do without a couch. When they watch TV or read, they cozy up on the bed or sit on the built-in bench. On the opposite side of the hallway, the storage wall bumps out to accommodate the television and entertainment systems.

Photo by David Allee.

Photo by David Allee.

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