You won’t typically flip through a fancy design magazine and find TVs in every room, or in any room, actually. True, they aren’t the loveliest things to look upon. But unless you are an avid fireplace watcher, you probably have some sort of boxy entertainment device taking up space somewhere.

Jen worked her TV into what used to be a clunky-cornered waste-of-space living room with new built-ins that provide hearty amounts of storage and style. It really brightens up the whole space too. Everybody wins, even the fireplace watchers! Take a tour on her blog Frugal Jen.



  1. January 20, 2011 / 1:09 AM

    I like it. It is so neat looking. We have a place over our fireplace with doors on it so that it can be closed in the great room for a tv, which is no longer used, and an armoire with a tv in the other room. Yours looks great, and I am a fireplace lover so I like where you have it also.

  2. January 20, 2011 / 1:26 AM

    This is a gorgeous chunk of built in-LOVE it!!-Claire

  3. January 20, 2011 / 1:38 AM

    hahaaaa you’re hilarious. i love reading what you have to say as much as i love the many amazing before/after photos.
    this is a great transformation. the space looks so much lighter and less dungeon-ey

  4. January 20, 2011 / 3:07 AM

    This looks so nice!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  5. January 20, 2011 / 3:09 AM

    I like built ins and have a wall that would be great for them but since this isn’t our forever home I don’t think they will happen here.

  6. January 20, 2011 / 3:40 AM

    Great use of space. I like it!

  7. January 20, 2011 / 12:44 PM

    Now she just needs to paint the fireplace white so it doesn’t look so disjointed in the middle of those classy built-ins!

  8. January 20, 2011 / 1:05 PM

    That is awesome! Wish I could build one of those!

  9. January 20, 2011 / 4:10 PM

    I like the contrasting color of the fireplace with the built-ins. The new shelves really brightened up the space and look wonderful.

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