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post #706 of 2411
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

The only type I accept. If the answer is "yes" it will mean all large wall mirrors used around mantels, focus walls, etc. are horrible, correct? I can also accept that. No answer will impact my eventual decision of either obtaining one or where I place it.

If Matt has a fireplace, I'll go out on a limb and say it likely does not have a mantel.

I can't see too many situations where a mirror would be used in the exact same situation that a TV would be used in.
post #707 of 2411
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

If Matt has a fireplace, I'll go out on a limb and say it likely does not have a mantel.

That's why I tossed in "focus wall." My fireplace currently has a (fugly) mantel and I plan to remove the mantel and change the firebox insert in the next couple of years.
post #708 of 2411
We don't have a mantel, I like it that way. They always end up being a landing spot for tchotchkis.
post #709 of 2411
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

If Matt has a fireplace, I'll go out on a limb and say it likely does not have a mantel.

I can't see too many situations where a mirror would be used in the exact same situation that a TV would be used in.
Ceiling over the bed.
post #710 of 2411
LOL.

Thank you dopey, for your insight.
post #711 of 2411
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

Why do you need them hidden away? Can't you line them up neatly on your coffee table? Maybe even stencil outlines of the remotes on the coffee table (use something that can be changed, like colorforms type vinyl) to serve as remote "docks" or parking spaces. THat will be making a statement about the purposefulness of having your remotes on the table.
Is your TV hidden?

I'm just quoting this so that there will be evidence of its existence after you dot-dot-dot the original post.

Problem is, remotes are ugly and lend to clutter.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My father just bought an 80" TV and had this insanely beautiful bookcase built around it and such. While it looks impressive I have issues when somebody's family room, or living room has a television as the focal point of the room. Mind you my father already has a home theater setup in the basement with theater chairs and all of that nonsense.

Are we really so deep into StyleForum-la-la-land that we are pretending it's plausible to have a living room without television as a central feature? If you have more than one living room (family room plus living room, for example), it can be done. My parents have never had a TV in their living room--but we also did not do much living in there.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I want one of those flatscreens that looks like a large mirror when turned off.

Foo, are wall mirrors ConTrad?

Eww. And not inherently.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My TV sits on this thing and everything is hidden.

http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod1617115&categoryId=cat1850055

Oh fuck no.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Here we go, ConTrad picture of mirror flatscreen.

tv_mirror_on_and_off.jpg?w=300&h=250

Seriously. You two need to go to some sort of re-education camp. I'm normally against that sort of thing, but not in this case.
post #712 of 2411
i want a projector instead of a TV
post #713 of 2411
Where do you guys keep your Real Doll when you have company?
post #714 of 2411
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

. . .
Problem is, remotes are ugly and lend to clutter.
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If you apply this principle to inform your guest list, I will be the only one invited; and I haven't even been invited.
post #715 of 2411
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

If you apply this principle to inform your guest list, I will be the only one invited; and I haven't even been invited.

You're invited, with the caveat that even breathing the air in our apartment would be un-kosher.
post #716 of 2411
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

The only type I accept. If the answer is "yes" it will mean all large wall mirrors used around mantels, focus walls, etc. are horrible, correct? I can also accept that. No answer will impact my eventual decision of either obtaining one or where I place it.

No, it won't mean that. Mirrors can be antique, etched, have special frames etc. We have a mirror with a one off burnt antique frame in the foyer, and I like that while if it functioned as a mirror rather than an exhibition of the frame I would not. So it wouldn't mean that.

That said, I don't like televisions in public areas. I think they signal a lot of what is wrong with our world today. The idea of having a television morph into a mirror is even worse since it is an exhibition of shame, of knowing it shouldn't be there but not being able to help oneself. On top of that, it would likely be a shitty mirror and be in the shape of a TV rather than one conducive to being a mirror. So I would hate, and I would judge, but it wouldn't make me reject a house completely just like I like some houses with TVs in the living room.

FWIW, I have, for my own house, rejected putting anything above a mantle.
post #717 of 2411
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

No, it won't mean that. Mirrors can be antique, etched, have special frames etc. We have a mirror with a one off burnt antique frame in the foyer, and I like that while if it functioned as a mirror rather than an exhibition of the frame I would not. So it wouldn't mean that.

That said, I don't like televisions in public areas. I think they signal a lot of what is wrong with our world today. The idea of having a television morph into a mirror is even worse since it is an exhibition of shame, of knowing it shouldn't be there but not being able to help oneself. On top of that, it would likely be a shitty mirror and be in the shape of a TV rather than one conducive to being a mirror. So I would hate, and I would judge, but it wouldn't make me reject a house completely just like I like some houses with TVs in the living room.

FWIW, I have, for my own house, rejected putting anything above a mantle.
I don't get that. While we don't do it, I don't see what is wrong with a group of friends watching television or movies together. Why does that speak ill of society.


A few months ago, we wanted to show a friend of ours, who doesn't see many movies, the Matrix, plus our daughter had never seen it - I had to bring the large screen LCD from my office into the living room and figure out how to drive it and a set of speakers from my laptop - it was fun, but a PITA and I am sure people who have a permanent AV setup in their livingroom would laugh at me and say "I told you so". (Usually, we just watch TV shows or movies from laptops).
post #718 of 2411
We just move more chairs into the study if we want to watch a movie/TV with people.

Most of the time we just have conversations with guests and turning a TV on seems to kill any sort of interesting conversation that is happening.
post #719 of 2411
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

I don't get that. While we don't do it, I don't see what is wrong with a group of friends watching television or movies together. Why does that speak ill of society.


A few months ago, we wanted to show a friend of ours, who doesn't see many movies, the Matrix, plus our daughter had never seen it - I had to bring the large screen LCD from my office into the living room and figure out how to drive it and a set of speakers from my laptop - it was fun, but a PITA and I am sure people who have a permanent AV setup in their livingroom would laugh at me and say "I told you so".

I understand it is a bother, but far too few people interact in human ways and just sit and veg out in front of the TV. Also, the TV arms race is disconcerting especially when people re-up on a bigger size in lieu of paying their bills. A TV isn't always bad, but I do think its prominence signals what is wrong, it isn't necessarily wrong in itself. I don't mind dragging out my laptop if I need to show somebody something.

/fuumatt
post #720 of 2411
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Seriously. You two need to go to some sort of re-education camp. I'm normally against that sort of thing, but not in this case.

I do not want that particular mirrored TV I just wanted to post a contrad version.

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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

No, it won't mean that. Mirrors can be antique, etched, have special frames etc. We have a mirror with a one off burnt antique frame in the foyer, and I like that while if it functioned as a mirror rather than an exhibition of the frame I would not. So it wouldn't mean that.

That said, I don't like televisions in public areas. I think they signal a lot of what is wrong with our world today. The idea of having a television morph into a mirror is even worse since it is an exhibition of shame, of knowing it shouldn't be there but not being able to help oneself. On top of that, it would likely be a shitty mirror and be in the shape of a TV rather than one conducive to being a mirror. So I would hate, and I would judge, but it wouldn't make me reject a house completely just like I like some houses with TVs in the living room.

FWIW, I have, for my own house, rejected putting anything above a mantle.

Oddly enough I plan to have a large mirror on one wall of our foyer too.

As to the rest I don't really disagree but that does not mean I'm not going to do it. Our public space room is very bright and large with nice outside views; it's a great place to spend time in. A TV of this nature would indeed be an attempt to hide a TV but I cannot see making us spend our TV/movie viewing time in a far smaller room with no view merely to hide the fact we indeed have a TV and actually watch it. I view furnishing homes as a compromise between taste (or in mine lack thereof), cost, and liveability.

Also, we do not turn on the TV when guests are over.
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