Family-room slide show

A movable panel works like an on-off switch for television viewing

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  • A sliding panel with full-width drawer pull makes it easy to hide the TV when it’s not in use. Columns flanking the screen hold a Libra track and counterbalance mechanism from [XLINK "http://www.hafele.com" "H[SPECIAL_CHAR {228}]fele" "" "_new"] (800/423-3531).

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The TV is mounted at armchair viewing height above a 12-foot-long, 21-inch-high maple cabinet containing a DVD player, stereo, tuner, and CD storage drawers. A 38- by 48-inch sliding panel moves along tracks in the square maple columns that frame the niche.

Perforated metal screening on the back of the sliding panel allows heat from the TV's electronic components to escape.

Design:  Pamela Pennington Studios, Palo Alto, CA (650/813-1797).

Resource: Paint on wall is Treasure Hunt by Kelly-Moore Paints (item KM540-D; 888/562-6567).

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