Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pigs Have Flown

Well, I never thought I'd see the day but I seem to have exhausted what I believed was the unlimited patience of Mr. Henhurst Interiors.

It is just like me that within days of having the house professionally photographed I was seized by the unshakable urge to rearrange the furniture. Now, this did not come out of nowhere - it was rooted in the larger plan to reconceive the living room as less formal, more comfortable. But a certain someone thinks I went too far, too fast.

Here's what I did...the dining room before, (The cupboard in the corner is in the living room now.)

And after. (This will look less naked when I hang some pictures!!!) The largest of the three green bookcases is on the opposite wall where the cupboard was. And I will have my nicer chairs recovered to work here - but I have to do something else first.

The living room before,

And after.

OK, so I didn't just move furniture, I moved the curtains. Reconfiguring the living room aside, these bookcases started it. Their petite proportions made them seem a little lost in the living room so I thought the small dining room was a better place for them. Also, confined in that space their fetid green color seems deliberate and less....surprising. (Yes, they are a family heirloom so I do have to keep them.)

I think the larger unspoken complaint is that the same certain someone doesn't like this painting my mother gave us that was also moved into the dining room. I know a mirror would be better here. Loi Thai, do you have something for me at Tone on Tone? Because this might be a good time for me to take that road trip to the DC area. I want something vertical; I think that would work better than the horizontal mirror that was here before and is now in my daughter's room.

So, something that might soothe someone's frazzled nerves right now...making some progress on that more comfortable living room, starting with the addition of a television.

I know it's shocking - and it has certainly raised eyebrows among some of our friends - but we do not have a television on Church Street. Trust me, this is not an intellectual or philosophical position, but only because while we were moving in five years ago I really did not know where to put one and as time went on a television fell farther and farther down the list of priorities as we uncovered the joys of old-house ownership.

I don't like to see a TV, and I did not want a built-in cabinet, so I have, until now, been unsuccessfully looking for a piece of furniture that could conceal the TV and fit my aesthetic. Here is what I have come up with.

This is, in my opinion, perfect. The Viktoria TV cabinet from The Gustavian Room.

I like that is has a lift mechanism and will actually hide the television when not in use.

And all the other components can be stored inside. It can accommodate a 42" screen.

But if he wants a bigger TV, and he can have whatever he wants right now, we will go with this option from Cupboards and Roses that can be custom sized to client specifications

It is a replica of a Gustavian three drawer chest with a remote controlled lift for the television concealed behind the drawers.

 The three drawers are deep enough to hold DVDs and other accessories.

Alright, feedback please! Did I make a mistake shuffling everything around because, as someone says, 'it was perfect before'? Or does it work? Because as I say, "There isn't only one perfect."


  1. Well, I don't know. If Mr. Henhurst wants a big ole flat-screened TV, maybe you can find one of those awesome glass stands (Italian) with 3 shelves so it can fit all the necessary elements perfectly. I had to do this because my Mr. is football mad. And, now I love it. It's sleek, contemporary and looks happening. Come enter my giveaway, and forgive the candor. :)'s

  2. I love the new room arrangement!
    It is so much more inviting and of course, always elegant!
    I love the furniture pieces you are considering for the tv as well...uber cool!
    We used this type mechanism in a show home a few years ago and I still think it's amazing!
    Have a wonderful rest of the day!

    1. Thanks, Donna! I'll be sharing this with you-know-who!

  3. Oh my goodness! It must be in the air because I rearranged my living and dining space! All of your pieces are beautiful, so really they look great before and after. However, I do love the changes:) I wished that I had thought of your solution for tv. I hung ours on a wall and painted it black(the wall;)) so it seems to blend nicely. I had the wiring hid behind the drywall when we were renovating. Great post, love your blog!

    1. Thank you, Brenda, and likewise! Happy we found each other's blogs!!

  4. I like the changes you made. I liked it before too but seeing the after I prefer your new arrangements. The drapes added a nice softness to the room. I like the picture from your Mom and the splash of green too. The cabinet would be a beautiful addition. I always thought that would be a great way to conceal a tv. I never checked into it because I figured the price would break the bank.

    1. Thanks, Kathleen, and no kidding on the television cabinet! Taking it slowly here!!

    2. Of course, compared to the cost of a built-in which you can't take with you if you move, you'll come out ahead. At least that's the argument I am using with Mr. H!

  5. Hey Phyllis - Of course I have a mirror for you! Come down, and I'll give you the blog friend special, ha ha ;-)

    I love the new placement of the console table in the living room with the bench under. Was that on the left side of the sofa before? I think I have the sofa version of your 2 chairs. That sofa is in our family room with, unfortunately, the TV. I leave it on for the dogs....I know....they watch way too much TV!!

    BTW, the Roman shades look great in dining room....makes the dining room feel bigger. And, the fuller curtains look lovely in the larger living room.

    All brilliant!! Ciao....Loi

    1. Yes, the dining room does look bigger! Not saying 'I told you so' to anyone here, but shared your comments with the fam. I am angling for an escape - I will be in touch!

    2. Take the mirror from Loi:-) The first thing I noticed was the change in window treatments. The new arrangement opens up the dining room! The panels in the living room fill the space better. They were meant to be there. BTW, the first Gustavian TV piece is gorgeous! I hung a TV in my living room and within a week, took it down, moved it to the garage and put a big painting over the hole and wires! Haha. Have a great weekend! xo, Kathleen

  6. PS - Love your color scheme. But where are we gonna put that Nordic fur? L

    1. I know, right? I think I can pull it off in the kitchen where I have a Lee sofa nearly identical to the living room chairs. I'll try anything once!

  7. We have a tiny little TV, much to my families disgust, because it can be hidden inside a cupboard. I also hate to see a TV, but I think I'm going to have to buckle under the pressure living with a husband and 4 sons who love sport! I like the changes you've made and I think your family heirloom cupboards are lovely! x Sharon

  8. I love how you've shuffled things around. The curtains look wonderful in the living room. I've also exhausted my husband's patience on multiple occasions...luckily it always returns.

    Re: the image on my blog. Always feel free to take any pics! Michele

  9. Oh I adore the changes you have made; you have some beautiful pieces!!

    Phyllis the TV Cabinets are actually quite nice!

    I hope you will enter my Giveaway from Tina of the Enchanted Home!

    Art by Karena

    1. Thank you, Karenna! And I have just been to your site!

  10. You have a wonderful home! Lovely ideas! Swedish style is the best in my opinion! Huge Blessings! Meranda

  11. What a gorgeous idea to bring in the TV-screen into the cabinet!
    Thank you for sharing Phyllis!
    Have a wonderful day!
    PS And thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my blog!


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