2-Second Tip: Hide the TV

I know that designers like to hide televisions… there are countless techniques to hide the “ugly black rectangle” on the wall. Here’s something that might come as a shocker–the back of a TV is even more unsightly than the front! 

The way my apartment is currently arranged does not have the TV up against the wall… which means I had a big plastic black hole staring at me! I used a few accessories to camouflage it.

Back of TV

Here’s the shot from the entryway I shared yesterday. Had you noticed the TV until I pointed it out today?

Living and Dining Area

Not a groundbreaking idea, but it helps. Much like the title of this monthly series, this little spruce took seriously took two seconds.

Make sure to check out some more 2-second tips for beautifying your space.


You know how they say you should never put a TV in the bedroom? Well, when we got the new TV for the living room around Christmas time, we put the old one in the bedroom. Then promptly never used it. Okay, never isn’t the right word. We watched a few episodes of Growing Pains on DVD the first day.  Of course we want to watch movies, etc on our new big TV! Duh! Why use the little one? Of course the idea was to watch TV before going to bed but as the remote didn’t work, neither of us wanted to get up and turn it off, so we just didn’t watch it in the first place.

My coworker had mentioned a few times how she didn’t have a TV. I assumed it was by choice, I know of lots of people who forgo TV in favor of reading or other activities, we don’t have cable on ours, and some people don’t have at TV at all. After a little investigation, it was revealed that hers simply didn’t work, so she got rid of it (I think). I figured, we didn’t use the bedroom TV, why not just offer it to her.

Long story short:

I bought a few flowers (actually, I asked the florist for some older ones I could get for cheap, and she obliged) to liven up the empty space. Loving the fact that the big black square is gone!

“Anyone who has two [TVs] should share with the one
who has none” –Doug, paraphrasing Luke 3:11

Hooray for Internet TV!

Being the cable-less family that we are, I don’t have access to HGTV the way I used to when I was living with my parents. So, I was really sad when I couldn’t see the Secrets From A Stylist premiere last Saturday, but thanks to the magic of the internet, I got to watch it this afternoon (instead of working on my picture hanging project in the dining room)!

Photo schlooped (yeah, it’s a new word) from Emily Henderson’s Blog and taken by Laure Joliet.

I absolutely love this blue and yellow color combo. It’s perfectly vintage and comfortable looking, without screaming “I got all my furniture at goodwill!” (I think that at times, regardless of how hard I try, my living room screams that statement. Working on it.

Unfortunately, it took me like an hour to watch a 30 minute show due to HGTV’s bad buffering (I’m blaming it on their site because Hulu doesn’t seem to have as bad of a problem).

I love Emily’s quirky personality and dedication to using vintage pieces. What better way to help the planet than to avoid buying newly manufactured goods? Anyway, she makes me totally jealous that going to the Rose Bowl flea market is part of her job description. Gotta find me some good vintage furniture stores around these parts.

What did you think of the premiere?