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Media Stand Styling

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The flat screen TV is part of our lifestyle and out in the open in most households. Many homes and apartments lack a built-in entertainment center, so the console or media stand is the next best thing for supporting the TV and housing media equipment.

Several years ago I shared 9 ways to design around a TV but today the focus is on one of the most popular solutions: the media stand. No wonder so many retailers sell several versions, they’re in high demand! Styling a media stand or console can prove a challenge, I prefer simplicity myself but there are many different ways to pull off a stylish display of your own.

simple media stand tv arrangement

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 simple console arrangement

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One of my favorite looks is a symmetrical art display around the TV, I did this recently for the shelter family room. Art or photographs that share commonality combined with matching frames is a no fail way to style a wall around television.

symmetrical art around tv

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symmetrical art around television

 rain on a tin roof

symmetrical art arrangement

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Shelter Family Room: The Plan

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Today I’m excited to be sharing another space I’m working on this month, it’s a family media room for an emergency shelter in my hometown. Longtime readers know each year I donate my time to my local Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a non-profit that provides services to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness for children, families, and single adults. This shelter I’m working with right now is known as the COTS Family Center, it has 11 rooms and serves homeless families with children.

Last year for COTS I helped pull together a work clothes closet, the year before we painted a shelter exterior, the year before we remodeled two kitchens, this one and this one, the list goes on, find all of the posts and projects from the past here.

This year I offered my design services to create a family/media room for the emergency shelter Family Center, each room is shared by a family in crisis. The length of stay at the shelter ranges from three to six months, depending on the difficulty families have finding housing. 

I reached out to World Market as a sponsor for this project and being such a generous brand, they agreed to provide the all of the furnishings for the space !! THANK YOU WORLD MARKET! This will be the family room that all families share, but the purpose is a relaxing space for the parents since the children have a separate play area. Children are allowed of course but the room is mainly to serve the adults.

Here’s a picture of the space taken two months ago, since then the flooring and baseboards have been installed and the room has been painted. As you can see it’s a blank canvas so I’m excited to create a cozy welcoming space!

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I sketched a space plan to give you an idea of layout, it’s a long narrow room so I’ve broken it into two zones, a reading/laptop zone with a table at the back (I found a pedestal at a thrift store and I’m refinishing it) then pairing it with two World Market wingback chairs. In the center will be the sectional sofa/rug/media stand combo and I’ll decorate around the pieces shown below.


cots shelter family room


I wanted this space to appeal to all so the pieces are neutral, comfortable, and practical, but included among the basics are a combination of texture, color, and patterned accessories. Below are the main pieces I’m planning on including, I’ll surprise you with the smaller accessories when I photograph the completed room.

world market shelter family room

Triton High Back Chair x 2 / Shadow Flower Curtains x 2 /  Sapphire Harbin Accent Table / Large Scale Zoey Map ArtHarrow Media Stand / Charcoal Abbot Sofa / Ball Drapery Rod / Tonal Hooked Rug 6 x 9 / Bamboo Floor Lamp

I’m pulling it together this month and will have a full room reveal in a few weeks, stay tuned!