Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Fireplace Too Far

This Once-Cozy Fireplace Became...A Theater Screen?

This just make me want to cry: Old Fireplace Transforms into 105" Screen Wall.

Don't get me wrong. I like watching movies as much as the next guy. I also wouldn't mind having a home theater...assuming I had the kind of bucks it would take to put one in. But no matter how much I might enjoy watching Caddy Shack or Blade Runner on the big screen, in the comfort of my own home, and no matter how much cash Santa leaves me in my stocking this year, there is absolutely no way I would brick off a fireplace just to put in a projection screen.

I know people who put flat screens above the hearth in place of a traditional mantel, and while that's not my thing, I can see the appeal. It's a modern update on traditional values and aesthetics. I get it. But ditching the entire fireplace in favor of a giant television? Well, to me, that's just sad.

But then, hey, I'm just an old-fashioned log burner with a thing for a good crackler, and I put my TV clear at the other end of the room. So what in the world do I know about modern design?

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