This photo is a placeholder for my future living room inspiration. Although I intend to have a MUCH larger, all-black mantel put up around the fireplace. In the new place, we have those similar recessed areas around the fireplace, where built-ins were likely there at some point in the house’s history. I intend to put some sort of shelving/cabinetry in there to bring that room back to a place to display cool stuff. 

That said, the boyfriend and I are battling over media concerns in that space — he doesn’t want to hang the TV above the mantel. And I don’t want it blocking the windows. Am I the only one who thinks that TVs ruin the design of a living room?

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