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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Oh So Difficult Television Set

I haven’t been out taking pictures because I’ve had a bad cold. But staying
inside reading and watching a bit of tv got me to thinking that television sets
certainly have changed in styles over the years...

Hmm, was this the original design for the microwave oven...

Progress, only one "ear" needed...

And now...

I think decorating a room that has a television set is very difficult.  I actually think for
the most part, we decorate "around" the set.  Do you feel that way"?  In what room(s)
do you have a television set?

Do you have your television mounted on the wall or on a table or maybe in an
armoir?  The newer flat screens make our choices a bit easier...

Have you done anything clever to accommodate the televison so it is not the
first thing you notice when you walk into the room?  Maybe you have a picture
or mirror that covers a wall mounted television set...

Kitchens have become a very popular place for watching television...

How about the bathroom?  Good for tub soakers...

I don't know about this one...I don't think I like the idea of mixing electricity
and water....

I think the bedroom is quite a common place for a television set...

I have a friend who made a cover for their bedroom televison so it would not play
such a big part of their bedroom decor.  I think many homes have both old and
newer styles.

Do you decorate "around" the tv or do you decorate and then add the tv to the
room?  I have found that often we want to watch shows but we really don't want to
see the set.  How about you, do you have any wonderful secrets about decorating a
room that has a television set?

When you were a young child what were your favorite television shows to watch?
Did you watch any of these...?

They say that watching television is a form of self hypnosis! They say it puts us in
a light trance that takes the pressure off our own lives for a little while. What shows
do you really enjoy watching ?   We all watch television a little (or a lot) so maybe we
will introduce each other to new shows.  How about you, what shows do you really
look forward to watching?


Love of the Sea said...

Those old tv's are so funny looking. At least with flat screens now - they don't take up so much. room. I am not so much of a tv watcher....and when I do watch it - I usually am watching HGTV, Bravo or the Food Network.

I watched Captain Kangaroo when I was a kid. Now that I am looking at his photo - what's up with his hair?
Have a great day.

Pondside said...

Lots to think about here!
We have a TV in the extra room off the kitchen. It hangs on a wall of built-in bookcases and cupboards. No TV in the kitchen, although I think that would be great for news-watching while I cook dinner. Each of the guest rooms has a TV but I won't have one in our bedroom.
When I was a child we didn't have a TV, but when I visited friends we liked Howdy Doody and Roy Rogers. Later there was Ponderosa and The Ed Sullivan Show.
These days I watch (fall asleep in front of!) more TV than I should, often with knitting or needlework of some kind in my lap. My current favorite shows are Boardwalk Empire and Larkrise to Candleford.

Olive Cooper said...

I am proud to say we watch little TV and our is an older model from a yard sale for ten dollars but it is in a large built in book case and blends well. The flat screens do look better and weigh much less but have increaded the burglary rate I believe because they can be carried out so easily. I loved Captain Kangaroo!

Red Gate Farm said...

Mr Rogers and Captain Kangaroo, of course. My mom didn't let us watch Sesame Street for some reason??

I do think flatscreens have really helped with the TV dilema. We don't have an "extra" room, just our living room so the TV is right there. We bought a flatscreen after we redid a salvage store find to become a long wall cabinet. The TV sits an inch or two above the top of the cabinet... I do think it keeps it from just standing out on the wall. It is not covered in any way, I figure it is what it is.

PS I would never want a bathtub with a TV... I can think of way too many bad scenarios!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Just the den in an armoire and one on the wall in the bedroom. The one in the den is well hidden.

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments, especially the birthday wishes and my cakes. You really made my day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Some of those old tvs look familiar...and so do the actors from the old shows! We don't watch much tv but we watch movies that we've bought or get from the library! Love a good movie! ♥

Privet and Holly said...

I was over the moon
when armoires came
into vogue as hiding
places for TV's.....
Now they aren't so
accommodating, are they?
We have two in cabinets
and one flat screen.
YES, I do remember Captain
K! I loved it when the
ping pong balls dropped
down on the set : ) These
days, I love Mad Men
and Friday Night Lights
as well as Project Runway
and Dancing with the Stars.
Fun post!! Hope you are
feeling better!
xx Suzanne

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Boy, those old tvs look terrible. I have flatscreens, but I still like the option of hiding them away.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

We don't watch too much TV. Mostly the news, some sports and movies that we rent from Netflicks.

I loved Howdie Doody and Captian Kangeroo and Walt Disney Show as a child (I'm showing my age)

I hope you are feeling better today!

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*I still dont own a flatscreen tv!!lol..I should buy one this year!! ;) We have a tv room and each of my sons have their own! I really need to get my hubby his own so we dont bicker about what channel to watch!! ;)Hugs~ Rachel~*

Rene said...

Flat screens are easier to decorate around, but ours resides in an armoire that is really bigger than it needs to be. One day I will search for something smaller. All this to-do and I really don't watch tv often. I do remember all of the shows you shared with us though.


shari @ little blue deer said...

Ha ha! I think it would be so cool to have a retro tv (that actually worked!). XX!

Erin Wallace said...

It is so difficult to design around a tv, especially if you don't have a flat screen. I think the older tv's were much more stylish (the original design), sort of George Jetson-y.

And I watched all of those, and Romper Room, when I was a kid!

xo Erin

Rose West said...

I agree that it is difficult to decorate around a tv... we keep ours in an armoir in the living room. That way, we can just close it up.

Bella said...

Ha I am a total hider!! I keep one in a big armoir in the family room, and try to keep the doors closed!! The other I keep in front of the treadmill, when I am good thats the only place I watch TV:-)) I really wanna give them up completely, but I am scared!!
Hope you are feeling better... I had the bad cold too, it lasted forvever!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Looking at the old sets, our new ones don't seem so obtrusive, do they? Totally agree about the nin-numbing effects of tv watching. As a child I was hooked on the Stooges & Mighty Mouse. My guilty pleasures now are Medium & (don't roll your eyes) The Bold & The Beautiful (as long as Susan Flannery's in it, I'm watching!)

Hope you're over your cold & feeling better :-)

Anonymous said...

How fun to see all of those old TVs and how they've changed over the years. I would say we decorate around the TV in our LR, but not to the point of our LR being ALL about the TV. We do have to be able to watch it comfortably though.
I used to watch a few of the shows you showed... but also Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and the Brady Bunch, of course! :)
Have a great weekend!
Jo :)


I don't mind the tv in the room--they don't look as awful as they used to. Or am I just used to them?