So I found a speaker mount that should work and I believe my wife has come to terms with the notion. So I have two options:
1) Side Wall: I can place the speakers on the sides. If you are looking at the couch, you can see the doorway to the right; that leads into our kitchen. However, I can place the speakers as high as possible and angle them down. It would not be terribly high, probably ~8' high or ~7' high at the bottom depending how you look at it, which should be enough to keep them more-or-less out of the way and although not perfect I think it should be functional.
2) Back Wall: This would keep them where they are now, only higher. I can only get approval to move my couch 1-to-2 feet away from the back wall at most, which may or may not be a problem with this setup. The advantage to me is the speakers would be totally out of the way (as opposed to mostly out of the way with the side wall setup). I'm not sure how high to go if I choose this setup, however height-wise I have a lot more wiggle room.
Any thoughts between Option 1 & Option 2? If you choose Option 2, I'd appreciate any height recommendations.