an alternative to an "entertainment center"

given any room's odd configurations of walls and openings, furniture arrangements can be a bit difficult in older buildings and newer ones, too.   in chicago, one long living room wall perfectly fit five ikea modular cube shelving units (now discontinued) which held all the electronics, records, cds and dvds.

sometimes i pine after this particular chicago apartment.  i do miss the city's nice stock of vintage buildings.
similar to the logan square apartment, it makes sense for one wall of our durham apartment to hold all the same equipment within the ikea cubes.  the flexibility of these pieces has served me well as i've moved hither and thither.

in durham, three of the shelving modules fit.  the remaining two serve as a buffet near the dining table.
i dislike the black void of the tv and have tried to distract the eye away from it with the papier-mâché zebra head and other interesting objects.

i like the up-and-down visual rhythm of the pieces that hang on the wall.
 the latest addition to the wall's collection is the "turkey work" embroidery piece just above the lamp.  some sort of odd children's tale illustrated?  a bear and lamb eating cake?  a dog and a goat eating cheese?  who knows exactly, but i love its whimsical charm.

animals are becoming a theme at home.
though we may not stay in this apartment past the end of our lease next summer, a week off from work gives me the urge to nest and make this place as cozy as possible, even if only for another six months.


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