For a complete lounging-in-the-living-room experience, of course you need a nice entertainment system, and I'm not just talking about the appliances. Sure, you have a 46" TV and state-of-the-art sound system, but you must see to it that the area doesn't look like an appliance store. In short, you need to treat the space as a whole--the shelves and what you put on it matters, too. Again, to relate it to fashion... having a designer bag is useless if you're pairing it with a ratty duster and flip flops.
Since we're on a budget, we can't afford a kick ass TV, so I made sure to prettify the area with my cool finds. And because I'm a sucker for sales and promos, these are the stuff that we purchased:
Random home decor. Yes, I tend to hoard. Don't judge.
Contents of the box.
Birdcage from Metro Dept Store in Market! Market!
and another plant from Miura
Then we asked our contractor to repaint the wall, fix the shelves, and add knobs on the cabinet doors. Want to see the final product? That's coming up next! :)