20 Ways to Elegantly Decorate Around and Disguise Your TV

When we moved into our current apartment, we decided to mount our TV on the wall. Mainly, this was because our cats liked to stand in front of it, but we also just liked the look! Now, it's over a year later and there's nothing on that wall except a TV, which is the eyesore of the room. I'm a BIG TV fan, but I don't like the look of a giant black screen singled out on my wall. Continue Reading

Curbly’s Wall Art Shopping Guide: 20 Design-y Prints for Film and TV Buffs

created at: 05/29/2012

As a lover of film and TV, this might be my favorite wall art shopping guide so far! It was also really, really, really hard to narrow it down to a mere 20 prints. My suggestion?? Hit up your favorite online marketplace (Etsy, Society6, Cargoh, Supermarket, etc.) and do a search for the shows you love the most. It’ll blow your mind. Meanwhile, here are my picks for awesome movie- and TV-inspired prints!    Continue Reading

Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

created at: 10/08/2010

Still haven’t checked out our Ask a Question forum? What are you waiting for?! It’s the perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

Building a ladder bookcase (how?)

Jellico’s wondering how to build a ladder book case, but doesn’t know how to get started. Continue Reading

Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

created at: 10/08/2010

If you’ve never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now’s the time to start. It’s a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

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The Philco PC: Tech Art

created at: 2010/01/25

Yes, please! Who wouldn’t want this technological delight waiting for them every morning? Inspired by the 1954 Philco Predicata television, an antique typewriter keyboard and a state of the art Windows 7 operating system, Schultzeworks‘ designed this citrus-y beauty titled ‘Philco PC’ for a recent design competiton sponsored by AGSVIS, makers of V-ray for Rhino. Lead designer Dave Schultze explains

“The result is a design aesthetic that blends multiple elements of the familiar, but with some surprisingly fresh styling that just so happens to house a state-of-the-art Windows 7 PC.”

created at: 2010/01/25

Images: Schultzeworks.com

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DIYable TV Easel?

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I love the look of wall-mounted televisions, but every time I see one I can’t but help think that the homeowner who chose to do such a mount is stuck with it. That’s why I’m really groovin’ on this tv easel from Restoration Hardware. You get the minimal intrusion of a wall mount but with the movability of a traditional tv cabinet. Plus, it has a great steampunk quality about it. Its $995 price tag started me thinking about a DIY easel alternative. Continue Reading

Converting an Old TV into a Chair.

From Apartment Therapy Unplugged:

“We’ve seen vintage TVs turned into storage units and even aquariums to house our scaly friends, but we’ve never seen such a shag-a-licious chair like this before! It’s an image from the 1986 architecture book “Freestyle: The New Architecture and Design from Los Angeles” by Tim Street-Porter

I guess the how-to goes like this: remove the screen, remove the guts, applied shag, and sit!

Bathroom TV/Mirror


This weekend I was shopping for drawer pulls in an upscale local shop, when I spotted a bathroom mirror like the one shown above. A mirror with tv in it? I knew a visit with the google was in my future. Hidden Television seems to be the premier purveyor of these tv mirror disguises. (I’m using an appearance on Oprah as my qualifier.) Their products aren’t inexpensive, as you can imagine. Prices range from 240 bucks for a 24″ by 36″ mirror to 960 for a 48″ x 65″ model. Continue Reading

How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

You spend all that time researching your new tv…then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.

This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.

Options include:

  • Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy’s Geek Squad) do the work, but for a significant price
  • Reducing the amount of light
  • Finding a THX optimizer on a DVD (such as the Incredibles or Toy Story…I also remember the anniversary edition of Eraserhead offering a light/dark contrast set up tool)
  • Use a calibration software DVD (around $30)

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Simpsons Cupcakes.

Everyone’s favorite animated family get a fondant facelift. Veronica writes, “My niece Yana is celebrating her fourth, not fifth birthday (She’s a
giant!) on April 6, and as a present, I made some Simpsons cupcakes! I
have never tried making traditional fondant before and was honestly
intimidated by it. After ‘bugging’ Gel Colet with questions on
gumpaste, royal icing and fondant (Thanks and sorry Gel!), I decided to
not do any of the aforementioned and went with MMF or marshmallow
fondant instead. Continue Reading