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Is your home game-ready?

What time is it? It’s time for some football. Whether it’s college, NFL or high school, it’s one of the most anticipated seasons of the year for millions of Americans. And for those who can’t attend the big games in person, there are a million ways to enjoy the game in the comfort of your own backyard. Some people turn their garages into football havens, complete with half barrels, specialty grills and huge flatscreen televisions. Others turn their dens into their own personal tailgate entertaining space. It’s true, your home is your castle and you can tailgate any way you want.

Here are a few things that will help you prep your tailgate space in style.

  • Do you have a space where the television is the focal point in the room? A place where all your guests can see the screen once the game starts? If space is limited, consider adding a TV Lift System Cabinet to your room with a 360-degree swivel, allowing you to adjust the television for the ultimate viewing experience. Choose a model that’s finished on all four sides, like Adagio or Azura, and you can place it anywhere in a room.
  • Where will you put the beverages? Is there space for a small refrigerator or cooler on wheels? It’s always a good idea to have your beverages accessible and cold. There are many inexpensive options to give your guests their favorite cold drink.
  • What about snacks? It’s a good idea to place snacks throughout the tailgate space for the grab and go experience. If you’re offering hot foods, place them in an area that’s out-of-the-way to keep them in a safe zone. And if you have pets, remember to keep things out-of-reach.
  • What about parking? Are there any requirements for your neighborhood that you need to share with your guests? Is there a parking lot nearby where you can provide a shuttle (in your SUV or van) to and from your home? Thinking ahead will lead to fewer problems once the game starts.

 

So, there you have it – a few tips to help you prepare for the perfect tailgate at home. Enjoy.

This year, send your college student off in style

It’s that time of year again. The countdown is underway for packing up your new college freshman and moving them into a dorm room or small apartment that will be home for the next year (or four).  It’s an exciting (and hectic) time for the whole family.

As you hone your college-ready checklists, here are a few favorites to consider as you help them move on to the next chapter of their lives.

  • Memory-foam mattress topper. Most dorm (and some apartment) beds are less than comfortable. This is a purchase that will help those sleep-deprived students get some much-needed R&R when it’s time to hit the sack. Plus, it lasts for a long time, so your child can use it for their first post-college apartment.
  • Tool-kit. Yup, a tool kit. Complete with hammer, screwdriver, wrenches and duct tape. We gave one to our daughter and she used it many, many times during her time in the dorms.
  • Dual-purpose furniture. Space is a premium. Look for chairs that turn in to beds (extra space for those late-night study sessions). Or, how about a mirror that also serves as a flatscreen television. TV Mirrors don’t take up any valuable floor space and become a fully, functioning smart television at the push of a button. Easy and smart.
  • A closet organizer, including an extra-large duffel bag for laundry. If you can create a space for everything, it’s less likely to get lost in the rubble that sometimes happens in a dorm closet.

These are just a few things that will help make that transition easier for the new college student to prepare for wherever the journey leads.

 

 

Is Mid-century modern becoming the pumpkin spice latte for home furnishings?

Some interior designers are pointing to a resurgence of mid-century modern furnishings around the country. In fact, an article from Fast Co.Design said, “How Mid-century Modern Became the Pumpkin Spice Latte of Interior Design.”

Others say that mid-century modern style has never gone out of style. And there’s a simple reason for its popularity: people like it.  For some, nostalgia for the good old days is surging. For others, it’s a sign of our changing times. The style is great for small spaces (which are becoming more popular every day). It has classic shapes and finishes. Plus, it goes with everything in your home.

If you’re like me, you probably have a mix of different styles and shapes in your home, reflecting your personal interests and tastes. A little bit of mid-century modern in the den, some traditional comfort in the living room and old-fashioned country charm in the kitchen. It’s not like we don’t want to commit to a specific style, it’s just that we want what we want in our own homes.

One way to help fill a space that has mid-century furnishings, the trick is to select one furniture piece to act as a showstopper in the room. A Carousel TVLiftCabinet might be just the right piece to give your room that special something. It’s a piece that is as functional as it is beautiful. With hidden castors that swivel in any direction, it can be placed anywhere in the room. The craftsmanship fits well with virtually any style. And, at the push of a button, you have a great flatscreen television for all your home entertainment needs.

So, whether your style is mid-century modern or retro 1970s (of anything in between), it’s easy to find ways for you to make it perfectly your own home.

Want a smart kitchen, but have a small space? TV Mirrors have you covered.

Everywhere you turn, things are getting smarter. That goes double for smart features in your kitchen. High-end refrigerators that give you recipes for items inside, wireless meat thermometers that tell you when your meat is the perfect temperature, crock-pots you can adjust with an app and so much more.

Yes, kitchens are getting smarter all the time. But what if you don’t have the space for all those smart tools or the budget to replace appliances that work perfectly fine, but don’t have all the cool, new features? My kitchen appliances are all around 15 years old. The refrigerator keeps things cold. The stove works well and the dishwasher gets things clean. Plus, my kitchen happens to be about the average size of kitchens in condos and apartments (around 150 sq. ft.), so it doesn’t give me much space to store cool new gadgets.

Right now, I use my tablet when trying out new recipes or accessing various applications, but it’s frustrating because it’s so small. Plus, there’s just not a good spot on my counter that protects it from splashes (or grandchildren).

That’s why I was thrilled to learn about TVMirrors– the perfect solution to add smart features to your kitchen without taking up valuable counter space. When the TV is on, it’s a fully functional smart TV. You can access all your apps, blogs, recipes and how-to-videos whenever you need them. Because it’s mounted on the wall, there’s no need to worry about spills or little fingers touching something they shouldn’t. And when it’s off, it’s a beautiful, decorative framed wall mirror that blends effortlessly into the room.

Now, that’s a smart idea!

Time for a change? Think Black Flame!

White and beige walls may be timeless, but if you’re tired of bland colors, it might be time to add some drama to your interior. Savvy interior designers have embraced this trend because it’s a sophisticated look that can add a lot of depth to a room.

Dark walls fit into any decorating scheme, depending on how they are complemented with furniture, rugs, ornaments and so on. Some designers prefer deep colors that are drawn from nature, like hunter green, chocolate grown or dark grey. Others look to deep reds and burgundies and burnt orange. One of the top paint colors for 2018 is called Black Flame (a blend of navy and black) that puts the spotlight on décor.

Furnishings for these room should be allowed to shine. Choose a few well-placed pieces in the room for the most impact. For instance, TVLiftCabinet recommends Enclave in either Grey or White. Elegantly simple and very modern, the Enclave TV lift system sets a clean-cut, urban tone that’s perfect for rooms with darker walls.

Ideally, rooms with dark walls need lots of natural light. For instance, soft lighting can give the perception that walls are a little more distant. Chandeliers and recessed lighting are good choices for the dark-walled room, even if there’s good natural illumination.

The dark wall trend isn’t going anywhere. Just check out some of the results on Pinterest and let your imagination soar.

 

 

 
 
 
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