thanks for the suggestions,
the budget is for speakers only.
I can hide the sub but the speakers are most likely going to sit on tables and shelves around the room. I won't be mounting it to the wall or anything like that, although I did think of placing a couple of speakers behind curtains but was afraid it may muffle the sound. She won't have a problem seeing the speakers. I just can't have a huge ass speaker on the table or shelf overpowering everything. I think something around an 8"w x 10"h or smaller max size would be ok.
Also, got any ideas on ways to hide the wires around the base boards in the room. the floor doesn't have a crawl space and three of the room walls are exterior walls with insulation and if I come out of the attic, she will see the wires coming down the wall. any suggestions on a wireless setup for the rear speakers?