Why I'm More Than Happy Keeping My TV on Display

Spacious living room with plants and TV mounted on the wall.

Design: Cathie Hong Interiors; Photo: Christy Q Photography

I spend an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest each week, swooning over spaces that inspire me and feature design elements that I hope to implement in my own home. However, as someone who lives in a fairly small apartment, it can be frustrating to come across picture-perfect rooms that, while lovely, just don’t seem super livable. 

Of course, rooms should always be both practical and aesthetically pleasing, but I’ll admit that past me—who spent significantly less time at home—didn’t place as high an emphasis on functionality as I should have.

As a design-obsessed individual who always wants my space to look Instagram-ready, it’s been a major practice in letting go.

Now, as someone who lives alone and spends much more of my leisure time inside my apartment than I have in years past, I’ve found myself tossing some of the Pinterest rules out the door and doing what’s right for me lifestyle-wise instead. This isn’t a groundbreaking concept by any means, but as a design-obsessed individual who always wants my space to look Instagram-ready, it’s been a major practice in letting go.

Binge-watching all six seasons of The Mindy Project, for example, brought me so much joy last March and April that I honestly stopped caring about the fact that my TV is a large black flat screen that’s probably more appropriate for a man cave than a chic living room.

Would I love for my living room to be a sophisticated sitting area solely styled for entertaining? Sure, but that’s not my reality—nor is it the case for most people. 

I’ve accepted that truthfully, a lot of the gorgeous living spaces I’ve come across on Pinterest are within homes that also feature family rooms and other TV-watching locales, but as an apartment dweller, my own living room will have to serve multiple purposes. Would I love for my living room to be a sophisticated sitting area solely styled for entertaining? Sure, but that’s not my reality—nor is it the case for most people. 

As we continue to spend more time at home, arranging our spaces to best suit our individual lifestyles will prove extra key. I’ll always swoon over a perfect Parisian parlour, but ultimately, I appreciate my apartment for what it is and the comfort it’s provided me, especially over the past year. 

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