CDs, Videos & Albums

A little rearranging and some new cabinets made this living room a memorable gathering place.
Living Room Makeover
BEFORE: The old shelving

Things were piling up at Anne and Curt Anderson's Tiburon, California, condominium. Books, magazines, tapes, compact discs, vinyl LP records, and audio/video equipment were taking over the living room. The existing, but sagging, particleboard bookcases couldn't handle the load. And Anne and Curt's furniture faced away from what is probably the room's top feature: sliding glass doors framing a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay.

Anne set out to change all that with a wall of built-ins that corrals the media clutter and angles the TV set in a corner cabinet next to the patio doors. Now when the broadcasts Anne and Curt watch cut to a station break, they can turn their attention to sailboats on the bay.

The media wall's cabinets, shelves, and drawers have a custom look, but they're actually stock units topped with crown molding that matches trim around the rest of the room's perimeter.

AFTER: The storage solution

The standard cabinets were tailored to organize the Andersons' media hardware and software and to display several collectibles. Specialized shelving displays magazines and books. Drawers and cabinets were outfitted to hold tapes, CDs, and Curt's prized collection of record albums.

The Andersons had located their TV in an interior corner of the room, which left them sitting with their backs to the view. The new layout orients them and their shih tzu, Misty, in the right direction.

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