A TV In the Bedroom ~ Or Not

Master without tv

I do not have a TV in my master bedroom anymore and it seems to be a major point of contention for a lot of people, most of whom don’t even live here.

Growing up I desperately wanted a TV in my room, but it was not allowed. My parents had one in their master and I remember how much fun it was to curl up in their bed on a Friday night to watch Donnie and Marie. There was nothing like watching TV in bed. I can vividly recall a time when I had the chicken pox and my mom moved the small black and white TV from the kitchen into my room. Being able to watch The Brady Bunch and The Monkees, while I was all snug, made that incessant itch almost worth it. Almost.

Of course, once I was well, bedroom television privileges were revoked and that sucker was promptly returned to its countertop perch.

Fast forward to my first house as a wedded wife, I couldn’t wait to get a TV in the master (if you can call such a tiny space that), we watched it regularly. That box was always on, whether we were falling asleep to it, waking up to it or listening to it while getting ready or dusting. I was addicted. It came in pretty handy when the babies were little, too. Barney episodes, Baby Mozart, Blue’s Clues and the like provided the perfect company for early morning risers, while mommy and daddy squeezed in another thirty minutes of sleep on a weekend morning. That TV kept everyone in bed, at least until the sun came up!

Then we moved. Of course, we put the TV in the master again. The kids, now preschoolers, were sleeping in on their own and with a new teaching position, I didn’t have time to watch TV while I was getting ready or cleaning up. I was all business. As time went on, the kids started staying up later and we would watch the tube together, in the family room.

Cottage Style Family Room

There was no reason to retreat to bed, and frankly with a house full of children, there was no opportunity! When we finally did tumble into the bliss of bed, the noise and light would keep my husband awake, so I started reading books again instead.

The TV screen was remained dark. The box was unused for months at a time. Eventually, I put the remote in the drawer. I think the batteries actually died.

Then one day, I looked over at that ugly, dusty eyesore and decided it was time for it to go. I was paying for a cable box that was never used and let’s face it, TVs are not a decorator’s dream. It offended me. My room was so perfect and even though the unit was petite and white, it always looked out of place. The bedroom was supposed to be our country cottage sanctuary, our pretty escape from the rest of the world.

If you Google the topic of bedroom TVs, debate abounds. I really don’t care about scientific findings and sociological or marital studies. I just know what works for us and that, most importantly, it offended my sense of aesthetics greatly. The end.

It was not an item we loved or needed, so we disconnected it and put it in the basement. It’s be gone for almost a year and I don’t miss it a bit.

I love the room now.

Master Suite without tv

Apparently, my husband and I are the only ones though. The kids used to love to flop on my bed and watch their shows and will occasionally bemoan its absence. Surprisingly, however, it’s our guests, friends and family, people that don’t even live here, who find it most unsettling that we don’t have a TV in our room. It’s like a giant character flaw. Where is it? Where do you watch TV? What do you do when you get into bed? How do you keep up with your shows? It’s 2015, life revolves around TV, where is yours?

Ok, truth time…are you ready? I don’t really like TV. I don’t watch HGTV anymore, I am House Huntered out. I have never seen Downton Abbey (insert your gasp here) and I get my news online. Occasionally, I watch something alongside my husband or kids, but it’s rare and never in the bedroom. So why is it necessary and moreover, why do people care? I guess it’s human nature.

I guess it all goes back to one of my earliest pieces, decorate for yourself. I live in the house and it should work well for me, look pleasing for me and function well for me. Now it does.

Um, and reality check, if I needed to watch something in my bed, I can always pull it up on my phone or tablet and then tuck the technology away, where it can’t be seen!

Ahhh. Perfect. Now I can sleep!

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Valentine Triple Wreath

Valentine Triple Wreath

I am not a fan of a naked front door. I always have something pretty and seasonal to decorate the outside of my home and welcome guests. During late January and early February, I go for red. By this time of winter, I find myself craving color.

Luckily, with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I have the perfect excuse to whip up something super bright and festive! This year, I decided to add a triple wreath to my bland entryway. I totally fell in love with the one I had on the door for Christmas, I figured why not replicate the style.

I am very happy with the way it turned out. I started with three dollars’ worth of faux flowers and a bit of floral wire to create these mini wreaths.

Dollar store flower crafts

Initially, they were decorating candles in my kitchen, but with the addition of a little rustic twine and some ribbon, I transformed them into a fabulous Valentine triple wreath.

Red Floral Candle Rings

To see the initial mini wreath tutorial click here.

I just looped the pink ribbon around the floral wire, connecting two wreaths and hot glued the ribbon to secure it. I usually tie the ribbons on my triple wreaths, but this wreath was so delicate, I had no where to hide a knot, so glue was the way to go.

Valentine Wreath

I have to say that it looks just as pretty inside my house as it does outside, but like I said, no undressed doors, so it’s out.

Valentine Triple Wreath

I must tell you though, as much as I rant that I do not do faux flowers, I miss them in my kitchen…suddenly my candles look naked and that’s not good either.

Looks like I’m off to the dollar store again.

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Easy DIY: Candle Floral Rings

Red Floral Candle Rings

I am generally not a fan of artificial flowers. I believe that I have stated this before, but let’s face it, as lovely as real blooms are, you just can’t craft with them. If I am putting flowers in a vase, I always go for real, but when I want to make a wreath for my front door or a garland or virtually anything that involves a glue gun and requires long term staying power, I go for faux.

Dollar store roses

Whenever I am looking for flowers, I always start at the dollar store. They usually have a good selection and you can’t beat the price. I got lucky this time, I was able to grab three stems of red roses for $1 each, exactly what I needed, exactly what I wanted to pay. Perfect.

Dollar Store flower craft

To create these candle floral rings, I started by removing the flowers from the stems. I just popped the heads right off and then glued the petals together to form a ring with about 5 – 6 flowers.

Dollar store flower crafts

I ended up with three floppy flower rings. They needed something behind them to give them a little bit of stiffness, a little bit of shape and support. I could’ve mounted them to a wire or twig wreath frame or an oaktag circle, but I decided to use floral wire. I had it on hand so it was free and it is so thin and stealthy you’ll never see it, which is what I wanted. I have used the wire before to create headpiece garlands and it is super strong.

I just measured out my wire and made three circles in the size of the wreaths.

Dollar Store Floral Wire craft

Next, to attach the floral wreaths to the wire, I hot glued the wire in between the flower and the plastic stem.

Dollar Store wreath

When flipped over to the right side, the wire is virtually invisible, yet the wreath is very stable.

Dollar Store Floral Ring

When all done, I placed them on my three candles. They add a bright pop to my kitchen for Valentine’s Day, Christmas or anytime I want a little floral drama.

Floral Candle Rings

Now, while I love the way these pretty candle wreaths look, these dollar store roses did not end up here. Actually, they didn’t even remain on any candles! If you would like to see where they found a permanent home, check back later in the week…or sign up for email and I’ll bring my craftiness straight to you!

Pedestal Roses Candle Craft

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