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If you chose not to have a TV, or not to make it a main part of your life, what becomes the central piece in your living room?<br>
We only have a small TV that we watch movies on, but it really sucks because the hookup on the back to connect it to the VCR/DVD is broken. When we buy a house DH would like a bigger one "to fit in a bigger room".<br>
Me, I just want to be able to watch movies in color.<br>
I get what he's saying though. Everyone's living room has the bigscreen TV with the couch in front of it. I really don't know how else to arrange a living room. If you aren't making it the central part of your life, what else do you use to fill all that empty space in the biggest room in the house??
 

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We have a tv in our living room, but it isn't the central piece for sure. Usually, I try to keep a scarf over it to hide it, lol! My parents, however, do not have a tv in their living room, so I grew up with that as the norm.<br><br>
For me, the ideal is a grouping of seating arranged in a way that facilitates conversation. If you have a fireplace (I do not), that would be an ideal central piece. Otherwise, a nice rug in the middle of the seating? A beautifully arranged coffeetable?
 

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We have a TV (several, actually) and there's no plan to get rid of it. But, if I did not have a TV, I would think a nice conversational grouping of furniture would be great. If you are looking for a "focal point" how about a nice bookshelf filled with great reads and a few games or photos?
 

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Woodstove! Our living room is arranged around our heat source. When the outside temp is below about 50, it becomes the focal point of our very lives. The tv is used only for movies and lives in another room that is currently the repository for things going in a yard sale next week.
 

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We had our TV in a really beautiful armoire that wasn't designed to hold a TV. So, we just keep it closed and it's still our "focal" point. Inside of it, is our computer. The computer uses a wireless keyboard and mouse, so I can use it from the couch. It's very nice since I can nurse DS and surf the web while DD is napping. We can also still watch DVDs if we want (VERY rarely), and pandora.com usually serves as our "radio."
 

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My living room is for living. We have bookshelves with books and pretty vases (sometimes with flowers, even<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). We have a sofa and chair. DD has a toy box. We have a stereo.
 

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We have a TV. It is in the corner inside an armoire. The doors close when we are not watching. It is a large piece of furniture but you don't see it when you walk in the door. On top of that I have family pictures, candles, and plants. We have a lot of artwork on the walls. The furniture is arranged for comfortable viewing of the TV but also comfortable conversation. The sofa is on one wall- facing perpendicular to the TV wall. There is a coffee table in front of that. Near one corner of the sofa is a chair. Directly across from the sofa is another chair. That chair is closest to the TV. It swivels so it can face anywhere in the room.<br><br>
The exercise bike in the room is probably a lot more noticeable and ugly than the TV. I plan to remove that and bring our aquarium into the living room. Dh has talked about getting an old style phonograph and some records and we would put that in the living room too.<br><br>
We actually spend more time upstairs with our computers, books or hobbies than watching TV or hanging out in our living room.
 

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Which brings me to another point. Right now both computers are in the living room, and that is where we spend most of our relaxing time. I personally like the TV in our bedroom because I like to watch from bed. DH wants to put the computers in the spare bedroom (when my sister moves out and/or we get a house). We would probably spend lots of time with the computers as we do now, but also we would walk through the living room constantly and mess it up too. I see myself having to clean TWO rooms instead of just one. I can't get him to see this point though.
 

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We do not have a tv. As a focal point we use our fireplace, we group the chairs and sofa to make good conversation ariund that. If you have a nice window/view I think that might work nice as well.<br><br>
Our computers are upstairs in the 'adult relaxation room/office'. I don't really see your point about why you would mess up two rooms either. Maybe it is because we have been tv free for so long. I find that a 5 minute pick-up at nap time OR bedtime (some days both if she had friends over) keeps our living room just about spotless. And if all you saw was my living room, which is all most guests see anyways in my house, you would think my whole house was this way.<br><br>
Let me see if I have any pictures. Here is the one side with the main seating area <a href="http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d68/v_gehring/IMG_2118.jpg" target="_blank">http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...g/IMG_2118.jpg</a> and here is standing next to the little rocking chair next to the window taking a picture of the other side that goes into the dining room <a href="http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d68/v_gehring/IMG_2119.jpg" target="_blank">http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d6...g/IMG_2119.jpg</a>
 

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Oh, how I wish I had a woodstove! But I am in FL, so it would be a colossal waste of space.<br><br>
Next house (hopefully not in FL) will either have a fireplace or a woodstove as the central piece of the LR <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">:
 

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I thought I was the only one who covered up my TV with a scarf or nice peice of fabric. Everyone that comes in comment on how weird that is! I hate having a glaring black box in the middle of the room!
 

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I have been wondering about this very same thing as we are seriously contemplating getting rid of our 32" tv. We are on day four of tv turnoff week and so far things are going great! We would be completely tv free if we got rid of it. I just don't know how to set up our living area. It's small, but ideally I would like it to have at least one bookcase, a place for dh's guitar and an area for dd, who's five. I am so not a decorator.
 

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To me, it feels as if it is sucking all the energy out of the room.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Which brings me to another point. Right now both computers are in the living room, and that is where we spend most of our relaxing time. I personally like the TV in our bedroom because I like to watch from bed. DH wants to put the computers in the spare bedroom (when my sister moves out and/or we get a house). We would probably spend lots of time with the computers as we do now, but also we would walk through the living room constantly and mess it up too. I see myself having to clean TWO rooms instead of just one. I can't get him to see this point though.</div>
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The advantage to having a lot of activities out of the living room is that even though we walk through the living room and use it somewhat it is still fairly presentable. The armoire we have for the TV houses all the components, remotes, DVD's, videos and game system behind closed doors. Dd is bringing less toys into that space because she tends to hang out where we are. Less books and papers are being accumulated in the living room. I still have to clean the living room and the bedrooms no matter where we do stuff. I go through the living room cleaning faster though and no one sees the other areas so if someone drops by it isn't going to look as bad.<br>
It might not work out that way for everyone I suppose.
 

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I really like our current setup.<br><br>
The living room furniture is grouped around the coffee table and the 3-seat sofa is facing a couple chairs. On the back wall is a large bookshelf.<br><br>
In a small spare room, we have the tv and a very small couch as well as the computers. It's small enough that the tv is on one wall, the couch is on the opposite wall and the computers are on the back wall.
 

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A fish tank. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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OOOOOooooooh I used to have several 10gal's but a huge one in the center of the room would be awesome! I've seen them on tv and places, and even at some guy's apartment...Thanks for reminding me
 

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Our "focal point" right now is the seven bookcases we have in the living room. Until this week, we slept on a mattress on the floor in the dead center of the living room, but our obnoxious neighbors have forced us to sleep in the bedroom again after thouroughly enjoying sleeping in the living room for the past year (party poopers!)<br><br>
Right now, the LR is couches & bookshelves, the "bedroom" is dressers & desks (but we never use the computer in there since we have a laptop), and the 2nd bedroom is full of crap and also our matress where we sleep. However, when we move in June (from a 2br to a 1 br) we are totally going to rearrange everything.<br><br>
We love having our sleeping and living area combined and close to the kitchen, so we are getting a roll-up mattress and a futon couch and getting rid of the secondhand couches we have now. We will put the new couch in the "bedroom" with a few end tables and a bunch of pillows and roll out the mattress to sleep in there at night. This will be our entertaining/hanging out place. The bookshelves, desks, sewing machine and all that will fill up the living/dining space. Our only real table is a low coffee table that folds up, so we can just move that from room to room as needed (in the lounge room for cards, dining area for meals, stash in the closet when we need more space).<br><br>
As far as tvs, my plan is to store them in a closet. Right now, they are both in the desks/dressers room and we drag the big one from room to room if we want to watch something.<br><br>
(sorry so long, but HTH!)
 

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dh "has to have a tv in the living room" so I told him it was fine as long as we got a pretty armoire, so that's where ours is. It's off center from our furniture so it's not the focal point, but it's a nice piece of furniture too!
 
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