my family room collage

Mid-Century Modern Record Console

I’m having so much fun posting about multi-million dollar homes that I’ve been neglecting sharing images of my humble abode! So, it’s time to go inside my family room. My 1962 ranch home has two separate living areas. The living room is right off the main entrance and the family room is at the far end of the house and offers a little more privacy. When we first moved in, this room was a great place for the kids to play and watch television. But, a few years ago we found a gorgeous piano at an estate sale and the whole room changed with it. piano corner twoAfter much debate we decided the television must go. This room still sees plenty of electronic use in the form of laptops and iPads. But, without the TV, it’s a great place to relax, read, and play music. Once the piano took over the corner we had to find a use for the media cabinet. Knowing how much we paid for the cabinet about 10-12 years before, I had a hard time walking away from this quality piece of furniture. So, hardcover books went on the shelves and we turned the television area into a liquor cabinet.media cabinet beforeBut, I felt like it was cluttered and heavy in the space across from the piano. Here is another image right after we emptied it and decided it had to go!family room before

I was on the lookout for a Mid-Century modern record console. I felt like the size and scale would work better there. But the ones that I found were ugly, ornate and in bad condition. While they were Mid-Century, they definitely weren’t modern! I was periodically checking the site estatesales.net for finds. Then I found it!

estate sale find 1

About ten miles from my home was a Clairtone record console in pristine condition. I’d never heard of the brand and I didn’t even know if it worked. But, at $250 it was far cheaper than the sideboards or consoles I’d been eyeing from Crate and Barrel or Room and Board. It was mine!

inside record consoleI especially love the woven wood detail that houses the speakers. I felt like this piece of furniture looks like something that would be designed today. The AM/FM radio and speakers work well. But, we have to replace the turntable.

woven wood v2

Now that there was going to be so much wall space, I had an opportunity to frame some art and family pictures. I bought some frames from Pottery Barn and laid them out on the floor to see how they’d look. Once I was happy with the arrangement it was time to put them on the wall.

frames on floor photo collage wallHere is the after with all the photo frames filled and the record console in place. Family room after

close up record consoleHere is another angle that shows it next to our big, old couch from La-Z-Boy. We talk about replacing that. But, it’s so darn comfortable! Soon it will find it’s way to the basement and will be replaced with something a little smaller. family room couch Across from that couch is a newer daybed from Crate and Barrel. Below are two pictures, one with the shades closed and one with them open. You’ll see the daybed is actually the world’s largest dog bed.daybed and piano

dog on daybedThe last picture shows the other end of the room with the wood burning fieldstone fireplace. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section!family room fireplace

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