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It’s Easy to Fall into the Holidays with a little Planning

I checked my Facebook feed this morning and everyone is sending best wishes for a beautiful fall. Ironically, the ads on Facebook are starting to look a lot like Christmas, and the 2016 holiday extravaganzas to come. So much for fall. But – the realities of the family gatherings to come in the next few months is hitting home, so I started looking around my home to see if there are things I need to do to get ready for guests.

The first place I check every year is my family room. Is it ready for prime time? After all, I consider our family room the heart of my home. The comfort zone. I found a great checklist to help me get it ready for guests: The Organized Home. Here are a few quick tips that really helped me get organized.

  • Take everything down off the walls, take down curtains etc. Wash, vacuum or dry clean as needed.
  • Sweep ceiling corners and other nooks in the room – tops of doorways, windows, arches, bookcases, etc.
  • Wash inside of windows and sills. Polish and touch-up stain on wood
  • Take cushions off furniture, vacuum thoroughly. Vacuum cushions, checking for wear and turning as needed. Spot treat any stains or shampoo furniture as needed.
  • Wooden furniture and anything with drawers: Empty, sort, and throw away what you don’t really need. Put the rest where it really belongs. Dust/Polish thetvl-banner piece you’re finished with, repeat as necessary. Do shelves the same way.
  • If you don’t have enough storage space to hide the clutter of everyday life, consider adding furnishings that add both style and function. TVLiftCabinets are perfect additions to your family room because they hide all the electronic paraphernalia that accompanies the entertainment center of my home, but they also hide the television when you’re trying to visit with your family and friends.
  • Clean the TV screen. Dig out and sort all the accumulated electronic equipment–games, tapes, camera parts, wires, connectors, etc. Put everything where it belongs and get rid of the rest.
  • Vacuum the entire room. Use a whisk broom to get into those hard to reach areas and around the baseboards if your vacuum doesn’t clean close enough. Yes, get help and move the furniture. There may be a wealth of lost treasures hiding under the sofa right now!

These are just a few of the tips to help you get your family room ready for the 2016 holidays, and still give you time to enjoy Indian summer.

 

Top hotel amenities you’d love to have at home…and can!

It’s official. Peak vacation season is here, and many people will be heading to airports or packing up the van for the annual family vacation. For families staying in hotels along the way, many want to make sure they have a “home” experience wherever they lay their heads each night.

No worries. These days, hotels redecorate often – sometimes every three years. Many are creating a more contemporary style to traditional settings, making them more comfortable than ever for today’s discriminating consumers. And each year, many hotel trends and amenities find their way into home décor.

One of the top amenities in top hotels continues to be luxurious bedding. Many hotels, like the Westin, are branding linens so families can be wrapped in softness every day. Feels so good.

Prism Swivel TV Lift Cabinet

Prism is one of the most popular
models used in boutique hotels.

 

Other amenities you’ll find are flat screen televisions and TV Lifts. Hotels are getting rid of huge lots of old bulky televisions and the massive armoires that held them. Clean and contemporary furnishings are the new normal. Rob Buehl, CEO of TVLiftCabinet.com, says that his TVLiftCabinets are in hundreds of boutique hotels. “The hotels are looking for durable furnishings that can withstand the wear and tear of a continual stream of visitors. Our cabinets use a clear finish called Catalyzed Varnish that is extremely scratch resistant. Some of the most popular models you’ll find in hotels are Prism and Crystal Pointe. But one of the most interesting things is when we get calls from people who visit those hotels and want a TVLiftCabinet just like the one they had in their room for their flat screens.”

So even though you can’t take home some of the other favorite amenities like free WiFi, room service, continental breakfasts or your personal concierge, it’s nice to know you can enjoy some of the latest amenities in the comfort of your own home. It’s almost like taking your vacation home with you.

New Product Focus – Willowcraft TV Lift Cabinet

Check out our Willowcraft TV lift cabinet!  The Willowcraft TV lift cabinet is made of a rich blend of alder and cherry hardwoods. With its intricate in-door cabinet inlays and side column molding, it is truly a luxurious traditional center piece for any room.  The cabinet features a built-in infrared relay system and remote that lets you easily operate up to four electronics while having the electronics out of sight behind closed cabinet doors.  The three doors also come with interchangeable speaker panels, which is perfect for surround sound enthusiasts.

New Product Focus – Willowcraft TV Lift Cabinet

Check out our Willowcraft TV lift cabinet!  The Willowcraft TV lift cabinet is made of a rich blend of alder and cherry hardwoods. With its intricate in-door cabinet inlays and side column molding, it is truly a luxurious traditional center piece for any room.  The cabinet features a built-in infrared relay system and remote that lets you easily operate up to four electronics while having the electronics out of sight behind closed cabinet doors.  The three doors also come with interchangeable speaker panels, which is perfect for surround sound enthusiasts.

 
 
 
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