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Hi Jenny,
We (me and my husband) have booked a two-storey home in a community in Atlanta. We are planning to move into the house towards the end of january. We loved the model house and I am giving you the link to the website which would show you 3-D views of various areas in our home.[http://www.obeo.com/Public/Viewer/Default.aspx?ID=288481&refurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww].
Our problem area is the living room. The living room would be 10 ft X 10 ft.It has the fireplace on one side, huge windows on one side and the staircase on one side. The fourth side would house the sofa since I feel we would be taking advantage of the fireplace in that case[The sofa being opposite to the fireplace]. We were confused regarding the TV set and the entertainment system. We have plans to buy a huge LCD TV next month. The only place to put the TV set would be on the fireplace mantle which would destroy all the beauty of the fireplace. I need some advice regarding the entertainment system(a set of cabinets having the DVD/VCD system,speakers etc) as well.Please help me!!!

Thanks
Aarthi

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Thanks for your question, and for the link.  If I were considering the purchase of a large television for that room, I would lay out the furniture like the model and across from the sofa put an entertainment cabinet that the television can sit on.  These units are becoming more and more popular with the newer flat screen tv's, and are available at several price points.  Purchase the unit that will best coordinate in wood tone with your existing furniture, and make sure that you have a large enough unit to "hide" all the equipment and wires.  

This would mean that you are going to have basically two focal points in the room - the fireplace and the television.  

The only other thing you can do is to hang the television over the fireplace mantle, thus having your two focal points on the same wall.  

Regards,
Jenny

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