floating "built-in" shelves in alcoves to either side of fire place; lower cabinets with punch tin fronts to store stereo & speakers; upper cabinets for books & knick-knacks; largest spacing between shelves is
Rather than jamming shelves full of knickknacks, several books stand upright along with tall vases that fill the space without overcrowding it. Add objects of various height and color to give the bookcase personality.
Hiding wires for mounted tv without running through walls. We don't have a mantle but we are planning to mount the tv and I LOVE the idea of "moulding" on the wall to frame it off, this would look amazing.tie in with DIY entertainment center