For a few years, we’ve had a black corner unit for the TV in our living room. I haven’t been overly keen on it, mainly because it’s completely open, which means you can see all the electronic equipment and cables, so it looks a little messy, and it also means that everything gets dusty and it’s a pain trying to keep it looking completely clean at all times.
We also used to have an almond feature wall. We first painted the whole living room almond, but we found that it made the room feel too dark for our liking, so we painted the room white and kept one wall as the feature wall. You can read about my living room makeover progress from when we first moved into our home here. We’ve made several changes to the room in addition to the white walls and new TV unit, so I’ll have to do a full room tour at some point.
I always seem to have a million blog posts I want to write and put out there. Maybe one day I will catch up?
I used to like traditional, classic décor, but over the last couple of years, I’ve found I much prefer the modern look, and we liked the white walls so much that we decided to paint the feature wall white too. It makes the room more modern and bright and I’m so pleased we did it.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to find a TV unit that keeps everything out of sight, for a much more streamlined and minimal look. Because we’ve been hoping to move home, I’ve put off purchasing something because we wanted to get something that would fit perfectly in the new house. However, after finding out that we can’t move for a number of months, we decided to just take the plunge and get what we want.
I had previously thought about getting a cheap corner unit to LIY (Luxe It Yourself). However, I decided that I didn’t want a wooden unit – I had got a new vision for my living room and that involved a super sleek, black and glossy TV unit to provide a modern and luxe look.
It took a long time of searching before I finally found the ideal piece. I found several that I liked the look of, but they all had bad reviews, with many people criticising the poor quality, which worried me. I also saw that many of them wouldn’t allow for remote controls to work with the doors shut. I didn’t want to have to open up doors of a unit every time we want to use the TV/Xbox etc. I would much rather spend the extra money and invest in something that is really good quality and will last a long time that I love, rather than buying something cheap that I’m not completely happy with.
I think it’s often a good idea to make do with something until you find a replacement you truly love that you can invest in.
We chose the Alphason Element Series Cabinet and the size is for TVs up to 60 inches. One thing I loved about this piece of furniture is that you can attach another cabinet seamlessly onto it, so we can make it much longer if we like in the future, which makes it a flexible option for when we do eventually move house. I would quite like to have it as a long unit going across one wall with the TV attached to the wall above it, but we will see if that is a possibility when we move house.
It arrived flat packed in two huge boxes. It took Dan and I quite some time to assemble it but the instructions, unlike many we have used in the past, were very detailed and clear. Every part of the unit and every pack of screws etc were labelled with a letter, so you knew exactly what went where. The only issue we had when putting it together was there were 2 screws missing from one pack, but other than that, we had no problems.
I’m so pleased with how it looks. It fits really well in the living room, not taking up too much room depth-wise and providing plenty of storage. The unit has three sections – the middle section has a DVD holder inside which you can take out if you don’t want to use it, but I kept it in. The right-hand side and left-hand side sections have glass shelves, which we made use of on one side to store both our TV box and Xbox console. We left the glass shelf out on the other side so that our router and storage device could be stored in there, alongside cables and gaming headsets etc. It matches our gas fire really well too, which I didn’t event think about when I ordered it.
All of our equipment and cables are now out of sight, which looks so much better. It will all remain dust-free too and anything that saves time on cleaning is a win for me!
I’m so pleased with the quality. You can tell it’s very well made and it looks expensive. I’m really glad I decided to spend the extra money; it was definitely worth it. I bought the Parlane gold candle holder a few weeks ago when I spotted it on sale at a local garden centre, and it looks super glam sitting on top of the unit. I’ve been slowly introducing a black and white theme into the room with touches of light brown and I would like to add a little more gold too. We would like to replace the white storage unit and have that in another room, but because we are short on space at this house, it will stay there for now. I also want to put our wedding photos into bigger frames or maybe find some bigger artwork to put over the TV.
I always seem to have a to-do and to-buy list for our home that’s as long as my arm, but I think it takes time to figure out what your style truly is and when you’re starting completely from scratch in your first home, I believe it’s a good idea to gradually invest in items for your home that you truly love and that are great quality.
Now I know that modern, luxe and glam is the style for me, it’s full steam ahead!