Tutorial: Blending tastes in the living room

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This time of year, it’s hard to relate to my friends and family back home in Louisiana who are enjoying the first blooms of spring and 75-degree weather.

I’m on the tail-end of a five-month winter, give or take a few days of teasing warm temperatures. And today, it’s snowing again. Despite the wintery weather, spring fever has got a hold on me.

Since the weather (and the frozen, volcanic soil) isn’t inviting me to work on the outside of my house, I’m working on the inside.

I've heard Monticello has European mounts.

I’ve heard Monticello has European mounts.

Decorating a home shared with my Michigander-outdoorsman husband is a balancing act.

He likes raw earth-given materials and he is naturally attracted to more masculine décor (i.e. the bull elk European mount hanging in our living room).

I like French Country.

This entertainment center, handcrafted for us by our friend, was a special addition to our living room. When people make you furniture by hand, it’s a big deal. I’m fond of it and its meaning goes beyond words, but aesthetically, it favors my husband’s taste.

This cabinet/shelf combo was made out of various conifer lumber.

(Click for full size image) This cabinet/shelf combo was made out of various conifer lumber.

Although it’s become a centerpiece, its main purpose is function. That big TV has a huge amount of unsightly accouterment.

The task at hand is to hide the ugly technical mess and infuse my personal taste.

First, the speakers need to go. If I use the word “camouflage” when explaining this arrangement to my husband, he will be totally on board.

TIP: Wrangle all visible cords. You’ll be amazed at how tidy anything looks after taming haywire power cords. I recommend using twist ties and masking tape (no duct tape – it will ruin your furniture).

I’m “camouflaging” the right speaker with this pewter, vintage-style frame with a watercolor painted by my dear Aunt Mary Ceil. The shed antler brings interest and dimension.

The art was actually a birthday card my aunt painted for my mom.

The picture was actually a birthday card my aunt painted for my mom.

The left speaker is hidden with a short cube-shaped vase holding silk hydrangeas ($3.99 on the floral aisle at WalMart).

Yes, the speaker is really behind there.

Yes, the speaker is really behind there.

I have seen ideas on Pinterest about gutting books and placing the empty hard covers around wifi routers and modems. I can’t bring myself to deface any of my own books, so I’m hiding the Internet gear behind them.

I take every opportunity to infuse equestrian décor into my living space.

I take every opportunity to infuse equestrian décor into my living space.

Lastly, I’m adding a fleur de lis candle crib to balance out the empty bottom left shelf.

Candle crib

Candle crib

I don’t know if “candle crib” is a real term, but I think it describes the object more eloquently than “holder.” So, I’m going with it. Get on board at the ground level and start using the phrase with me.

A little character goes a long way.

(Click for full size image) A little character goes a long way.

And that my friends, is how you blend the style of a manly Northern hunter-fisher-gatherer and a Southern girl.

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7 thoughts on “Tutorial: Blending tastes in the living room

  1. OMG, Lauren, this is a hoot. Best line: “If I use the word “camouflage” when explaining this arrangement to my husband, he will be totally on board.” Enjoyed immensely. You will be sydicated soon.

  2. OMG, this is hilarious! Best line: “If I use the word “camouflage” when explaining this arrangement to my husband, he will be totally on board.” Enjoyed this so much. You will be syndicated soon.

  3. Love, love your ability to get your hubby on board – and I totally support you in the new phrase, “candle crib” – you go girly!

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