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Fireplaces Are Good For Your Health (and Soul)

What’s better than sitting in front of a glowing fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa and your favorite person in the world? Pretty much nothing (in my humble opinion).

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The Huntington TV Lift Cabinet with fireplace

But now researchers from the University of Alabama say that gazing at fire may actually good for our health. The researchers, led by anthropologist Christopher Lynn, asked 226 adults to watch a video of a fireplace, and took their blood pressure before and after watching the video. They also asked participants to report on their experiences of the fire. The researchers found an average of a five percent decrease in blood pressure among participants who watched the fire with sound. The longer they watched the fire, the more relaxed they became. Among control groups who watched the fire with no sound and who viewed an upside-down picture of fire, blood pressure increased. The researchers hypothesized that when we’re sitting fireside, all of our senses become absorbed in the experience.

But what if you don’t have a fireplace and yearn for that soulful experience? No worries. TVLiftCabinet has the perfect answer – the Huntington. An electric fireplace in the front emits a gorgeous warm glow combined with a toasty heater. It operates off a standard wall outlet. At all times, the fireplace remains separated from your television and AV equipment through a partition wall – keeping your television cool and well-ventilated, while you remain cozy and warm.

So this year, you can enjoy all the health and warmth benefits of that glowing fireplace, without any hassle. It’s the perfect addition to your home.

The Chatham TVLiftCabinet offers beauty, flexibility and function

I absolutely love adding pieces to my home that make a statement. The Chatham TVLiftCabinet is not only beautiful, it gives me great options for furniture placement in my family room.

Chatham Black TV Lift Cabinet

Chatham Black TV Lift Cabinet

The 360-degree electric swivel TV Lift provides the best possible way for more people to get the best views of all the sporting events that are so important to my family. Plus, since this cabinet is identical in the front and back, we can place it against a wall or free standing – whatever makes the most sense to get the best flow in my room.

I appreciate that the Chatham has built-in infrared to protect the TV and electronic components from the curious fingers of my grandchildren (who love to push buttons of all kinds.) Plus it’s much safer than wall-mounted televisions – another important perk for homes with children, grandchildren and pets. Yes – I have them all, so they’re always in the back of my mind whenever I add a new furnishing to my home.

I’m especially impressed with the craftsmanship of all TV Lift Cabinet units. For over thirty years, artisans have designed and built each unit with pride. The workmanship is stunning. But don’t take my word for it – check them out for yourself.

Planning Your Summer Vacation? Consider Joining the RVers and Hit the Road in Style

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association recently conducted research through the University of Michigan on the state of the industry. There are now 8.9 million households that own recreational vehicles (RVs), up from 7.9 million in 2005.

The reason: More and more people learn how RVing is a cost-effective and fun way to spend time with family and friends. The RV industry is addressing consumer needs by “right-sizing” RVs to offer the mix of amenities and price that consumers want. Some of the recent trends to get the RVs road-ready include:

  • Greater use of light-weight construction materials to cut fuel consumption and make RVs more budget-friendly.
  • Adoption of green construction strategies to minimize energy consumption, including more efficient thermal barriers, improved solar panels, tinted windows and installation of Energy Star appliances.
  • Up-sizing kitchens and bathrooms to accommodate full-size appliances, full-size tub/showers and dual sinks.rv_lift_banner
  • Use of picture and panoramic windows to improve interior lighting and bring the outdoors in.
  • Increased use of vertical space and specialized built-ins (knife safes, door caddies, accordion-style pantries, entertainment systems) to maximize storage space.

TVLiftCabinet CEO Rob Buehl said he’s seen an uptick in the number of customers that want to include customized TVLiftCabinets in their RVs. “Every inch counts in an RV, but people don’t want to compromise on their large flatscreen televisions when they’re on the road for weeks at a time. Because these cabinets also provide excellent storage space, it’s a perfect addition for today’s recreational vehicles.

And the Winner Is….

Congratulations to Bradford Martin!

 

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What’s trending in home furnishings for 2015?

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close.

I had coffee with a good friend yesterday and we started talking about our home projects for next spring. Guess it’s never to soon to dream. Her focus: gardening. My focus: getting my house in order to sell in a couple of years as we prepare to retire someplace that doesn’t EVER get to -30 degrees in the winter.

As I started looking at various interior design websites on the latest design trends, it’s nice to know that my personal style fits right in with the trends for 2015. First up: reinventing classic luxury. What does that mean? Well for me it means using surprising textures, refreshing colors to more modern hues and making sure that the artistic details of furnishings are front and center. I wondered about which TVLiftCabinets would align with some of the new design trends the designers are seeing for 2015.

I checked in with Rob Buehl, CEO of TVLiftCabinet and asked for some ideas to share with readers. He pointed out that for people who prefer a more retro style for their home, the most popular units are the Concord and Dynasty Red.

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Dynasty Red is the perfect style for someone with an exotic flair.For home décor stylists with an exotic flair,

For home décor stylists with an exotic flair, Dynasty Red is the first on the list. He also noted that another important trend that he’s hearing from his customers: cabinets need to offer versatile functionality. One trend that’s really catching on is choosing a TVLiftCabinet with an electric fireplace. It instantly warms up a room, provides great cabinets for storing items near your television and provides a beautiful way to display your television – whenever you want it. Buehl reminded me that they also custom design a unit to perfectly match someone’s personal style. Good to know.

 

 
 
 
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