When you're photographing a room (or entire home) for your blog, a magazine, Instagram, or whatever medium, it's easy to take things you don't want in the photos out of the room by the armful. It's easy, it helps to create that "beyond-perfect" space we're used to seeing, and I think it's misleading. There are parts of the home that are just always going to not look photo ready, right? I am right, aren't I?
As Mr. B and I float around drywall limbo, I'm getting other bits of the family room taken care of or at least planned. One thing I am always stuck on is the television, movie, and game collections. I mean, what do you do with these? You don't flip though Midwest Living to find someone's giant dvd collection neatly displayed next to a modern fireplace. It just doesn't happen. But most of us have a television, and most of us have dvds (or blu-rays if you're fancy) and video games that need somewhere to live.
When Mr. B and I got married I bought a few packs of jewel cases (possibly the only person to buy jewel cases in years), and swapped out all of our DVD cases for them. Of course, there's some special editions that we'd like to keep the packaging to, and anything we've acquired over the last year is still in it's original case. It saved us a ton of room, we can now fit almost all of our movies into two baskets that I keep on the bottom shelf of our entertainment center (also commonly omitted from magazines).
In the last year, we have purchased much, much fewer movies, but I'm sure there will always be additions. There will always be some necessary decorating evils in the home, I think. We don't have the space for a sleek media center like the above room featuring Ikea pieces. What are some of your solutions to storing games, movies, etc?