IDEAL V. REAL: THE TV

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Oh, how I would love this.  Let’s look at it from another angle.  See below.  Yes, that still looks beautiful.  The entire apartment is quite beautiful actually, if you follow the link.  There really is no end to good taste and what it can do for you.  
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Now, here’s a touchy question that I sometimes struggle with…is this practical?
  
Because in reality, I don’t have overwhelming large pieces of art that I can display, and I’m not sure that I would want a TV that low to the ground.  
Here is the larger problem: I’m addicted to aesthetics.  I follow interior design sites the way some people follow porn: In the dark.  Late at night. Alone.  I’m checking things out. 
Aesthetically speaking, a TV at eye level (where you can watch it easily and use it for its intended purpose) looks fairly unattractive.  Most TV stands I’ve found are 1) overpriced and 2) unattractive.  So it’s like being screwed at two entirely different angles. 
Below, I included the most practical, easily accessible, commercially available, and least ugly solution from West Elm.  It’s not the same as the ideal, but it’s not hideous.  
In my own abode, of course, I have an bleh thing from IKEA.
West Elm

I’m not going to include a picture of my bleh.  Because it’s bleh. 
I suppose this second option could look okay depending on what you put around it. My preference is to minimize clutter, to not have too much stuff, you know?  
Just the proper amount.  (See above)
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