The step stool is holding our Blue Ray player and cable box. So that means no functioning fireplace for the time being. And that's the only heat we've got in the house at the moment. Double womp womp. Clearly this is an issue that needs to get cleared up... and soon.
Here's my design dilemma. We were originally going to put the cable boxes directly underneath the TV, but once we hung it, we realized that it wouldn't leave much room for the mantle that my step father is building us. And, I don't want cable boxes sitting on top of the mantle. I want to be able to style it without working out the logistics of putting stuff around the super ugly boxes.
(PS- for anyone interested in the mantle he's building us, I've pinterested it on my "for the home" board. He's modeling it loosely off of this one from House of Fifty. And the current plan is that the brick is going to be painted a dark grey.)
So, once the "below the TV" idea was out, my next idea is to put the boxes ABOVE the TV. But, the husband has vetoed this idea, and rightfully so. We don't want to have to get onto a ladder every time we want to watch a movie. That's just plain silly.
Here are my current crazy ideas. (Of course, all of them involve bringing someone in to put the wires through the walls and studs of our house.) The first one is to build some kind of shelving like this on the short side of the wall to the right of the fireplace that holds said cable boxes:
There's also a giant open area to the left of the fireplace where nothing lives right now. Should I do something in there instead? Build some kind of freestanding somethin'? And, if so, what do you guys suggest? I'm seriously stumped.
I'm also contemplating framing the TV, depending on what we decide to do with the media boxes. I don't want it to look too busy, but I also don't want the first thing people say when they walk into our living room to be "Woa! TV!" I would build something like this or this if I decide to go for it. What do you guys think?
Anyway, clearly I'm not loving any of my ideas right now or else I'd be in the garage building up a storm. If it were your house, what would you do? Anyone out there have a similar predicament that found a great solution? Or any amazingly creative designers have any ideas for me?