Now You See It, Now You Don't

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Yes, televisions are going increasingly public, but there are clever ways to keep them hidden.

Atlanta art and frame dealer Evelyn Avery sells custom wall cabinets that hide flat-panel TVs. She mounts framed art or photos on doors that swing out for viewing. Her solution is a favorite among designers, many of whom await her annual visits to Washington. She arrives Feb. 27 for five weeks at the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel to sell paintings, prints and frames and take orders for her cabinets, which start at $4,000. 800-817-0749 or The Horchow Collection offers wall cabinets in several styles, from an $815 gilded, floral-painted model to a $2,799 mirrored one. 800-456-7000 or

Those handy with tools might want to craft their own cabinets.

Or pop a specially treated mirror from directly in front of the set. When the TV is off, the glass looks antique and smoky; when the set is on, the picture shines through. A mirror for a 32-inch screen is $650; a 61-incher is $1,179. 866-612-1895.

Sets from Reflectvision have a built-in mirrored screen. Originally made for boats to eliminate the "black hole" look in small spaces, they cost "three times as much" as conventional TVs, says Jake Marantz, president of Wheelhouse Marketing of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 26-inch set is $3,195; a 32-inch model, available by spring, will cost $4,200, Marantz says. 877-310-5443 or

Annie Groer

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