Monday, June 29, 2020

Hiding the Television and HomeGoods Score

Japanese Silver Leaf Folding Screen

Yesterday was a great day. I swung by the new house to make sure my garden is being attended to and everything looked wonderful. I decided to stop by HomeGoods on the way home and snagged a signed Mary McDonald for Chaddock Home black wood and brass end table for my study. The retail price - $5,100.00. At HomeGoods $129.00. I have now purchased three such pieces at HG adding up to a retail value of over $20,000.00 for under $500.00. Am I a lucky girl or what???? It will look amazing next to the blush pink velvet sofa.

I just found a picture online of the red leather MM campaign chair I snagged at HG last week. Look at that detailing.


Now to the issue of televisions.........
I'm sure you have noticed that in shelter magazines, we rarely see a TV, unless it is a home theater. Big black boxes are not great aesthetically.

I am debating where I want TVs in my new house. I decided not to have one in the master bedroom here, because in my previous home in Alexandria, Golf Guy would eat popcorn, chips, ice cream, and drink various beverages in bed creating a complete mess. And fall asleep doing a crossword puzzle and drop a black felt tip pen onto my pristine white and very high thread count sheets. Complete and total nightmare. But I would like a TV in my master bedroom in my new home I think. I do not eat in bed.

I would also like a TV in my study where there will be a sofa and chairs.

One idea in the bedroom is to hide the TV when not in use behind my antique Japanese screen that is silver leaf on one side and gold leaf on the other. For those of you who remember Pamela Harriman, she had a very expensive and beautiful home in Georgetown in DC. She had an artificial Christmas tree fully decorated on a dolly hidden behind a massive antique Chinese Coromandel screen that was rolled out for the holidays. So why not hide a wall mounted TV behind a screen? And my screen is very lightweight.

But now I have fallen in love with the Samsung Frame TV and am debating getting one of those for the great room. I have never ever had a TV in the living room, but they are so gorgeous I could be convinced. These TVs are hiding in plain sight. Reviews call it the most beautiful television in the world.



For those unfamiliar, you choose a frame in various colors, and it sits up flush against the wall, less than 2 inches thick, and there is an art mode when the TV is not in use for your favorite art (from galleries and museums) or your own photos or art.

I would have Asian art or modern art. As you can see, it looks like a piece of art on the wall.




I would love to hear if any of you have a Samsung Frame TV and do you love it? I enjoy watching news, sports (if they ever return), and movies. In the great room, the TV could be seen from the dining area, living area, and breakfast bar. Then I would use the TV and console I already own in the study, and a smaller TV I have mounted on the wall in the master bedroom, hidden by my lovely antique screen. It was one of my first purchases after graduating law school. Perhaps the Samsung Frame TV will be on a Fourth of July sale for me. My luck has been good of late.

19 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous of your fabulous Home Goods store! All I ever find in the one around here is chipped ceramic vases and suction cup soap holders. (Just kidding. I'm thrilled for your great finds. It's like I'm shopping vicariously through you.)

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    1. I have always loved my HomeGoods stores in Northern Virginia and found wonderful things. But this one is over the top. These Chaddock House pieces are made in the USA and are some of the most beautifully crafted furniture I have ever seen or owned. I am beyond thrilled at these finds. And thank you - glad you are having fun.

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  2. Your home is going to be incredible. I am so enjoying watching all this as it unfolds from the listing pictures to the finished home, and all the steps along the way. I have always loved your blog, but never as much as right now.

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you. I'm so glad you are enjoying this.

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  3. I am in awe of your Homegoods! Ours here in Ocala has been somewhat empty lately.
    Great finds for your new home!
    Michelle

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    1. Yes, it would be heaven if it were not for coronavirus. But it is my only frivolous excursion of the week. Mine was empty when it first reopened, but not now.

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  4. Just wondering, when you turn off the power to the Samsung Frame TV, what do you see?

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    1. With the power off, it looks like any other TV off, but it has an Art mode that uses very little power that you can choose instead of powering it off, and that is the art you choose as a "screensaver." You can choose many, and have it change the art very two hours if you prefer. It is quite stunning in person.

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    2. I think there is also an Ambient mode where the screen mimics the wall is it on.

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    3. Wow - what cool technology!

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  5. That TV is a wonderful idea and I think you will regret it if you don't treat yourself to one. Here's hoping you stumble onto a fantastic July 4th sale! I am really excited for you and this new adventure. And that Home Goods find: off the charts!

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    1. I agree on the TV and there is a surround sound system installed as well. Can't wait to see what I find next at HomeGoods.

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  6. Friends of mine have that Samsung television and I have to admit I was hypnotized by it. I would choose my own images, singerie monkies, hand painted Chinese wallpaper, a favorite painting. I love that you shop at Home Goods and share your discoveries. You are really teaching people about good taste and recognizing value. And your screen is devine!

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    1. I love your comments. Would you share something about yourself? One thing would be fine - Where are you located? What is your background? Dying of curiosity........

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  7. You are very kind to ask. I was raised in San Francisco, still one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen.

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    1. I agree completely and might help explain your love of Chinoiserie as well.

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  8. What do the reviews say about the technological aspects of the Samsung TV? I'm behind the curve with technology. It seems to advance exponentially every six months! I'm envious that you have such a great Homegoods store close to you. Mine is rather disappointing.

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  9. I saw that tv review on Young House Love in the upstairs family room post. I would luuuuuv to have a hidden fully decorated Christmas tree to roll out each year! I saw one blogger does that and hers rolls into the closet under the staircase. Pamela

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    1. That would be great. I spend sooooooooo much time decorating my tree.

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