Design Solution

Kirkland’s Media Center + Giveaway

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

I just returned from a four day trip to Las Vegas where I had my Lasik eye surgery and worked on a few spaces in the fixer house. One of the projects was creating a media center in partnership with Kirkland’s Storage and Organization Event

We needed a media center between the fireplace wall and kitchen; we thought about hanging a flat screen above the fireplace but later decided a media stand on this wall directly in front of the sectional sofa would be better. The trouble was finding one that was small enough to fit but thankfully we did, the Townsend Media Stand is 42” wide but large enough for a good size flat screen to sit on top (Matt’s request, ha! Why do the men always want the biggest TV?)

media stand art above

We still need to add both tile and a floating wood mantel above the fireplace to the left, the kitchen is just to the right. The space for a media stand was only 5 feet wide so we needed something skinny and with storage capability. We’re pleased with this media stand from Kirkland’s since it has the perfect proportions for the space and adds beautiful contrast with its warm wood against the white painted walls.

We keep the kid movies on the left and grown up DVDs on the right, I also swapped the basic knobs for larger bone and brass hardware from Anthropologie (the Callisto knob) playing off the layered blue tones we’ve been adding to this home.

callisto knob kid movies

To balance the weight of the piece and fill the empty wall space above the TV, I added a few art prints in a mini gallery. The artwork came from two favorite sources, the waves print on the far left I ordered from Minted last year, the other three are from The Handmade Home book collection. Adding artwork above a flat screen is one of many ways to design around a television.

art above tv

I hung the artwork above while watching a favorite movie, appropriate for the town, can you name it?

media stand tv on

Right now Kirkland’s has dozens of storage furniture pieces on sale, be sure to check them out and perhaps you’ll find one for your organizational needs. Also Kirkland’s is offering one lucky winner a $100 gift card to shop their stores or online, click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! (Leave comments at Rafflecopter – see widget option, not here on this post).

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*This post in partnership with Kirkland’s, all opinions are my own!

Pretty Plantation Shutters + Giveaway

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

*This post is a partnership with Smith & Noble window treatments.

I’m headed home to California today after a long work weekend, whew! We had the kitchen floor tile patched in preparation for kitchen cabinets and I’m almost finished with the master bedroom. I’ll share more about those in progress spaces in a few weeks.

One of the most exciting upgrades that happened over the weekend was the installation of the plantation shutters in two rooms. I’d planned on using them in the home but was putting it off until next year but then Smith and Noble contacted me with an offer I couldn’t refuse… the opportunity to work with their Holiday Guarantee window treatment campaign. I ordered custom sheer roman shades for our entry many years ago from Smith and Noble so I was excited to work with their products again. “Let’s do this!” I replied and some shutter samples arrived in the mail a few days later.

 samples

There were size, color, and material options, my final choice was the 2 ½” Durawood in White so I measured my windows and sent along this image of the space from last month to their Inside Design Consultant. No window is ever straight (of course) but to solve that problem Smith and Noble uses a trim kit with shims so the shutters will fit precisely.

 window measurements for shutters

This is the first room you see when you walk in the front door, but one thing we hated about it was the “view” from the front door of the pool equipment and air conditioner from the window. Really?  Don’t get me started on whoever decided to put it there blocking the view of the pool in the backyard instead of placing the equipment on the side of the house. We debated moving it all and got a quote from a few specialists but ugh it was so expensive so it had to stay put.

palm tree pool equipment.

Plantation shutters were the perfect solution for this living room because they block that unsightly pool equipment and A/C unit, plus the filtered natural light is sooooo nice in this space.

smith and noble plantation shutters

Simple and elegant, they make such a great first impression. I LOVE the simplicity of the clean lines and classic style of white shutters. (Find the details on the furnishings from yesterday’s post).

navy gray white living room front door view

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