Credenza? TV Stand? Sideboard?

After moving into my very own (rented), place, I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted in regards to design and decor. This was both wonderful and equally challenging. I've really been looking forward to making a place my own. Living in NYC, paying loans, having roommates, moving around constantly... There really was no rhyme or reason for me to pay and take the time to truly decorate each apartment. My bedrooms on the other hand, were always fun to play with and I did the best I could with what I had. Aside from "designing" my closet-sized bedrooms, I didn't get to work with the other spaces in a home, such as a living room. I never even had a television... Until now. It took me the longest time to find and make a decision on how I wanted to display my shiny and new TV.

I tend to have a good idea of what I'm looking for but I find I'm most inspired by bloggers I admire and follow, and of course, Pinterest. It helps me discover how people are applying and utilizing this kind of space.

Liz Bachman Instagram @greyandscout

Liz Bachman Instagram @greyandscout

Kelli Lamb Instagram @kellilamb_

Kelli Lamb Instagram @kellilamb_

Taylor Kitto Instagram @awildpoppy

Taylor Kitto Instagram @awildpoppy

Jessica Doll Instagram @hejdoll

Jessica Doll Instagram @hejdoll

After looking around, I decided to go with the standard TV "stand." Since I rent an apartment, I thought it best not to mount the TV directly to the wall... Though I love the clean and polished look. 

I searched for weeks on many, many websites; constantly looking on Wayfair, West Elm, Dot&Bo, Craigslist, The Finnish Shop... You name it, I was looking to see if I could find something reasonably priced, not so cheap looking, and just the right color and style. I knew I wanted something white with light wood incorporated in it. A good month after searching I had had enough and decided to buy a Target Threshold console. It was pure fake SUPER heavy plywood. It arrived at my apartment, I could barely pick it up, and decided I didn't even want to open the box. The next night after work I decided to make the drive down to IKEA (which mind you, I've been trying SO hard to stay away from, due to fact that it's manufactured; everyone has "IT"). I was so pleasantly surprised to discover the BESTÅ system. I could completely create the TV stand I wanted on the computer at the store. It has white doors, a light faux grey wood base and shelving, with a small dose of glass... It was pretty much exactly what I was picturing and I saved about half the cost getting it at IKEA than at BluDot, or something of the like. 

Once my picture wall above my television actually has photos in them... I'll post my beloved TV stand.

Alexandra x