The open shelving on either side of my fireplace has always given me problems when decorating. The shelves aren't symmetrical, they're very deep, they seem to detract from the fireplace, etc., etc. I'm just never able to come up with a solution for them, it seems.
At some point, we decided to build shuttered doors to cover them up (except for the TV), so that's been in the planning stage for quite a while. So, with that in mind, I kind of decided not to worry about them until that was done. Above you see the way they've looked for the last year or so- mostly just storage for photo albums and games, but not very pretty.
But, I guess I've realized that the shuttered doors probably aren't going to happen anytime real soon, since there always seems to be a more important project waiting. So I finally decided it was time to do some re-decorating in these problem shelves!
And here's the result! Yeah, there's still a big, black TV sitting there and a whole shelf-full of games, but at least the rest if it looks a little prettier now!
Lots and lots of games...
My husband insists on the long, black speaker on that second shelf, but at least the frames on top of it detract a bit from it! And you know I love those black cords hanging down there....!
And here it is again. It makes me happy when I look at it. Maybe it will actually stay this way for a while!