Built-in bookcases complete with crown molding
Far end of family room as seen from kitchen. We have a new TV! (My mom has our old one in her room.) We decided to have it mounted so as to save space AND be able to point it in any direction easily. The mount slides left and right, tilts horizontally and vertically, and even allows the TV to come out 12 inches from the wall. We first toyed with mounting the TV over the fireplace but settled on this arrangement, which allows it to be seen from the kitchen (great for parties) and also preserves valuable bookshelf space. If we had mounted it over the fireplace I would have lost shelf space to various electronic devices. By the way, the metal cabinet that is right now standing in the middle of the room is not going to stay there. It just doesn't have a home yet.
Here's a close-up of the piece I found to store all our movies & games and such in. It was purchased secondhand at a local antique & used furniture shop. A few scrapes and dings and one stubborn drawer, but cheaper than all the much less roomy new units I spent a few weeks looking at. I'm not sure what this originally was--maybe a buffet?
A shot of the opposite corner of the family room. I'm not crazy about the seating arrangement. Eventually I would like to get a L-shaped sectional sofa to replace what you see here. But that will have to wait a while.
A few close-ups of the desk you see in the above shot. It was my father-in-law's.
A few more shots of the room from different angles. Overall we are very pleased. The ceiling was repaired and painted as part of this project so now, of course, I want to paint the walls. Probably a pale shade of green. But that and the fireplace will have to wait a bit longer. For now, at least we can finally enjoy our family room!