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De­sign­ers May Cringe, but More Peo­ple Are Putting Flat-Screens Right Out There

The Washington Post - - Home - By An­nie Groer Wash­ing­ton Post Staff Writer

Sherry Davis knew ex­actly where she would put her new 50-inch flat-screen television: in the liv­ing room, above that other in­dis­putable fo­cal point, the fire­place.

Never mind that many dec­o­ra­tors (her own in­cluded) cringe at the sight of ex­posed sets in liv­ing rooms, es­pe­cially those promi­nently dis­played. That opin­ion is so widely held among de­sign­ers that some don’t even like see­ing TVs in plain sight in more ca­sual fam­ily rooms.

But slim, sleek, flat-panel screens are chang­ing our in­te­rior land­scapes. This is par­tic­u­larly true for young peo­ple, says de­signer Jus­tine San­cho of Bethesda. “They are very elec­tronic in their thought pro­cesses, so we’ve had to de­sign a main room where the fo­cus is on a TV,” she says. Call it tech-toy pride. Putting the set front and cen­ter works for Davis and the “ra­bid sports fans” in her life — two grown chil­dren, their spouses and her ex-hus­band — who rou­tinely gather at her Bethesda condo for big games, in­clud­ing Sun­day’s Su­per Bowl.

“I have a pen­t­house that is soft, mod­ern and sleek. The fire­place isn’t fussy. And the TV is so con­tem­po­rary, it’s al­most like an­other piece of art,” says Davis, a real es­tate bro­ker.

Caro­line Hall of Up­per Marl­boro ex­ults in the “glo­ri­ous” 40-inch flat-screen television that ar­rived be­fore Christ­mas


Bethesda’s Sherry Davis, top right, says her 50-inch flat-screen is “like an­other piece of art.”

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