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fireplace stylings

Call me a rebel, but I was completely determined NOT to mount our tv over our fireplace. Why, do you ask? Well imagine having to tilt your neck up every time you wanted to watch tv. Who am I kidding? Lots of people reading this post are like, "I do that every day". Sorry guys. It's just an ergonomic and cord management nightmare waiting to happen. Are your tv cords swagging off the side of the mantel, and your television components sitting on the floor, or hanging three inches off said mantle? Fix that immediately. Like now. No, really. 

All joking aside, the tv over the fireplace debate is the toilet paper roll over or under debate of the residential design industry. Different strokes for different folks, am I right? Our place actually came designed with an outlet and cord channel behind the drywall (you can see the exit plate on the bottom left-hand corner) but I just...couldn' it. I even bought a tv mount from work with intentions of trying it (shakes head). Therefore our tv ended up on an IKEA PS tv stand adjacent to the fireplace (against the staircase) and my favorite artwork and accessories ended up on the fireplace mantel - just like God intended. Here's a closeup of a few of the things that call this focal point home.  

Above is my $1 Pothos from Kroger in a hot pink summer snack container from Target.

This gentlemanly pen and ink drawing came from Goodwill. On the left are Missoni by Target candles (that I also found at Goodwill, almost never used) and a Target candle votive from the one spot.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll remember my TJ Maxx skully vase/votive and of course the candle sticks came from Goodwill (as a set of three, but only two are shown here).

Here's another snapshot a few weeks later after I changed out my skully and candle sticks. Notice that the Pothos has gotten longer. :) If you recall, the large abstract painting used to hang over our sofa in our last place

EVERYTHING in this photo came from Goodwill. The painting is my fav. The color combination is funky, but that's what I love about it. I used to think it was an abstract painting until Brandon pointed out the guy with a teal hat, pink hair, and a periwinkle shirt. Now that's all I can see. Can you see it? Yes? Oh, sorry. These candlesticks really are a set of two, and I discovered recently that the little green vase has a hairline crack in it, so sadly no more plants are it's future, but nonetheless it's still quite beautiful.

Oh, and here's the Peace Lily that I've grown to love despite the fact that my MIL forced it off on us as we were leaving her house one day. I remember thinking, "What in the world am I going to do with this?" These things aren't even that pretty... or trendy. No, it's not a Fiddle Leaf Fig, but she's ours, and managed to thrive for many years, so now she's an integral part of the family. Also, Lily is quite pretty when she blooms. When we moved in, it took a while for her to get adjusted to change in light. She's finally feeling comfortable now, so I'm definitely relieved. Lily is sitting on a upside down IKEA Tidig bowl in case you were wondering. I'm hoping to re-pot her as soon as I fall in love with an appropriate vessel. So what do you think about the fireplace styling? Cooler than a television mounted eight feet in the air and a neck adjustment from the Chiropractor? I think so too. :)


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