Thursday, January 28, 2010

Upgrade!

Jane from The Borrowed Abode made a comment the other day asking to see the rest of the living room. I guess you all have noticed that I've shared pictures of each end of the room (drapes over French doors on one end, Olivia on the other), but I haven't posted about much else.

Well, there's a reason. Up until last week, I had a big, clunky Sony Wega TV sitting on top of the console I bought last summer. I kept telling myself that I would upgrade, but I kept putting it off.

Last weekend, I went into Crutchfield (the electronics company is based in Charlottesville and we have brick and mortar stores here) and found a Samsung HDTV in the outlet section of the store for an amazing price. The Crutchfield outlet is just a section of the store where they put catalog returns. Most of the models in the section are current, but have open boxes, so I guess they can't be sold as new.

I "slept on it" for two days. I measured. I debated. I finally realized that I needed a slightly smaller screen than the one that was in the outlet. What looks great in the 3000 square foot store definitely doesn't translate to a condo!

So I wound up with a 37", which seems like the right size for the space.



I can't believe I waited so long to upgrade.

You might remember that I have a post about letting the TV be exposed a while back. I don't think people need to hide their TVs anymore. I used to tuck mine away in an armoire, but that was when sleek, flat screens weren't around.
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9 comments:

  1. I don't think you need to hide your TV anymore. After we listed our house we tucked ours in a armoire but I love them out in the open. I got my pillow. Thanks so much. I will take a picture soon.

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  2. Nice! I actually like the look of the newer slimmer tv's. I went from hiding mine away to having out as well :).

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  3. Sorry to put you on the spot! I was more teasing than anything :)

    These flat-screen TVs are such a breath of fresh air for living rooms. I don't have a TV because I am not ready to spend money for a flat-screen, and I refuse to have an ugly old one in my living room. I agree, these flat-screens don't need to be hidden. Thank you, technology!

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  4. Nice!

    In the fall we took the flat screen plunge to finally get rid our out gigantic 11 year old Sony TV. I have to say, not only is tv watching way more enjoyable (who knew people had eyeballs on tv? I couldn't see them before)
    But the style of the room looks so much better without the monster taking up about half of it.

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  5. Love how yours looks with those lamps. I have been going back and forth about the "hide it" issue and just finally decided on a TV lift system. I put a deposit on a custom cabinet with a Nexus 21 lift. The cabinet company will do drawings for approval before we finalize the job.

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  6. Oooh looks so good! It took me forever to upgrade too, don't feel bad!

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  7. You won't regret the flat screen although each of the manufacturers that I've had experience with have some quirks. My Samsung started making clicking sounds about a year after purchase each time that I turned it on. Seems that the capacitors are not the correct size for the tv. It went out just after the 1-year warranty and cost about $175 to repair. I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but if I had known, I would have contacted Samsung when the problem first occurred and not after the warranty ran out. Just about all the flat screen tv's have one issue or another; it's not limited to Samsung. Other than that, we have really enjoyed our Samsung and we had a huge Sony too.

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  8. I've always tried to embrace the european thing of openly displaying electronics even in formal, traditional spaces, but it's a whole lot easier when they are as attractive as the new tvs. And I'm not a big tv person, but once you get a flat sreen, it's hard to go back.

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  9. Love the Urn lamps from RH on either side of the tv. I have them in antique brass.

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