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Downsizing to Smaller Homes Is the New Trend

The less-is-more philosophy has come to the family home, with square footage taking a back seat to quality, functionality, charm and character. Lis King’s story for the Tallahassee Magazine last fall is a great reminder of a trend many designers are seeing in their businesses. Here are some of the points she shares with her readers.

  • People are more interested in reconnecting with family and friends in deeper ways than in show-off houses, and the result is a trend towards smaller, smarter homes.
  • The formal dining room has become a flex room. It can be a home office, a library, a downstairs bedroom. Also, the downstairs powder room is now becoming a full bath, so with the flex room you now have a first-floor master suite, very desirable today. With assisted living costs sky high, aging parents move in with their children.
  • The new smaller home also emphasizes outdoor living spaces like never before.
  • Simpler is better. TVLiftCabinet CEO Rob Buehl says that many people who are downsizing still want what they want – including large concord_6313_3flatscreen televisions. “They don’t have the wall space to mount the television they had in their larger home,” said Buehl. “They also need to maximize the spaces in each room, so some of our customers are purchasing TVLiftCabinets for their living rooms and bedrooms. By day, it’s a beautiful, Amish hand-crafted cabinet that provides plenty of storage (out of sight). At night, it’s a functional entertainment vehicle, for watching television, gaming or whatever the homeowners’ desire.”

Style and function in one unit is perfect when you’re downsizing. King offers some other suggestions if you’re considering going down the downsizing route. It’s worth a read.

Join the Minimalism Movement – it’s easier than you think

Minimalism is considered by some people to be one of the crowning architectural achievements of the 20th century. In a culture that has been taught that more is more, it’s becoming more common for many people to begin to purge the past and embrace a clutter-free lifestyle.

William Morris’ once said, “Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” With less clutter to plow through, you can enjoy the unique beauty of each piece of furniture or art in your home.

The trick is to take it room by room. Clear all clutter and don’t add anything back until you’re down to the flooring. Separate things into three piles: Things to donate, things to keep and things to throw away. Keep in mind that many things can be recycled. Your keep pile should be the smallest.

TVLift Cabinet – Moderna with Espresso Finish

Then, start with larger furniture. What do you absolutely need to be comfortable in your living space? A couch. A chair. A table. A TVLiftCabinet for the television and storage that keeps the TV invisible when not being used and all electronic gadgets out of site. Minimalism styles are very clean and streamlined. There might be one picture on the wall or a sculpture in the corner. If it’s not useful or beautiful, it’s time to move it out. CEO Rob Buehl says that people who prefer a minimalist look often select white and espresso finishes, as well as cabinetry with sleek lines. “The most popular styles for people who prefer a minimalist look are Concord, Prism and Moderna.”

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.

Spring Cleaning? Time to make room for family in your living room.

Spring is the perfect time to remove clutter and excess from your home.  De-cluttering is THE buzzword this year when it comes to spring cleaning – though it should be common sense if you want to breathe easier every time you concord_6313_3
walk in one of the most important rooms in your home. Clearing the clutter lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and home! It’s a great time to rediscover the hidden gems that are contained within your home and redistribute them accordingly. Or better yet – discover ways to reduce clutter and continue to live the way your family wants to live.

One area of the living room that’s a constant source of clutter is the entertainment area. Cords everywhere. Video game clutter. DVDs and CDs stacked precariously in a basket. And everywhere you look there’s dust. One way to take your family  room back and clear the clutter is to invest in a TV Lift Cabinet.  For many families, the television area is a focal point in the room, so it’s the place the eye typically goes to when you step into the area. A TVLiftCabinet is the perfect solution for hiding all those cords, video game items, DVDs and CDs out of site, available when you need them, and keeping your living room clutter-free. One of the most popular units for people with families is the Concord. It not only solves your clutter problem, but it is a beautiful hand-crafted cabinet that will be a perfect addition to your home.

Once you reduce your clutter, you’ll rediscover why you fell in love with your family room in the first place.

Plus – there’s more room for friends and family. And that’s always a good thing.



And the Winner Is….

Congratulations to Bradford Martin!


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But you know what game we’re talking about, right?

The one on February 1, 2015!

You could win a TV Lift Cabinet and 42″ Flat Screen TV from

Starting December 5, please post in the comments below your favorite memory of watching the Big Game with family and friends.

Fun recipes, surprises, half-time flag football…anything that makes you smile. When you post your comment below before January 10, 2015, you will automatically receive five contest entries. You can receive more entries by liking our Facebook page, or linking to this page from your blog or website.

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  • You must live in the Continental United States to play.
  •  The winner will be randomly chosen on January 11 and contacted by TV Lift Cabinet.
  • Shipping will occur immediately after the winner is announced and contacted.
  • Contest winner is responsible for accepting the shipment when it arrives, and installation of the cabinet in their home.
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Creating the perfect family oasis at home

I don’t know about you, but as fall turns to winter every year, I have one goal: to make our nest as cozy as possible. So, in addition to fall cleaning and clearing out the clutter, I want to make sure our family areas are as warm and comforting as they can be.

Knowing that the biggest holidays and family get-togethers will be happening in the next few months, each room needs to be in tip-top form. Every type of seating gets a soft throw blanket – we live in Wisconsin, and getting the outdoor chill just comes with the territory. There’s always a side table nearby for beverages and snacks. We bring in extra lighting for the family areas to keep things bright and cheerful. And there’s always a candle or two glowing in the background.

The Banyan Creek TV Lift Cabinet is perfect for your family room!


One of the things our family likes to do is watch Packer games together, so the television in our family room is a major focal point, especially this time of the year. When I saw the TVLiftCabinets for the first time, I thought, “What a beautiful way to pull a room together.” CEO Rob Buehl says one of the most popular units for family rooms is the Banyan Creek model. “The rich brown undertones of the unit are stunning. Plus, it’s a great way to display your television while disguising your entertainment system. It has plenty of storage for all of the audiovisual equipment in your home.”

Like all TVLiftCabinets, Banyan Creek is handcrafted by dedicated artisans and comes with standard features such as no-mark feet, interior cord storage, wide-open doors for easy equipment access, and near-silent lift system. It seems like the perfect addition to make our home cozy and warm on these cold winter days.

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.


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.


Cozy up your home this winter with a TV Lift Cabinet/Fireplace combo.

It’s that time of the year again when the cold winds start to blow and leaves turn all shades of gold. There’s apple cider on the stove, beef stew in the crock pot. It’s dark when you wake up in the morning and get home from work, and every weekend is filled with football parties, holiday get-togethers and time with people you love.


The Huntington instantly warms up a room on frosty nights.

Whether it’s watching a family movie or a favorite play-off game, many of these gatherings with family and friends happen around the television set. Recently the Stylish Nest home furnishing blog featured a TVLiftCabinet with a built-in electric fireplace – referencing how much warmth it added to the room. In addition to a stylish, Amish hand-crafted cabinet, the fireplace has a gorgeous warm glow combined with a toasty heater. No need to worry about the television – the fireplace is separated from the TV and audiovisual equipment through a partition wall.

So this year, when it’s time to pop the popcorn and watch a favorite film, turn on your fireplace and enjoy the show.

The Perfect Gift For The Guy Who Has Everything!

Every year I struggle to come up with ideas for holiday gifts for my husband. We’ve done the whole jewelry thing (watch, ring and St. Christopher medal). Golf getaways. Check. Football tickets to favorite teams. Done that too. And yes – last year, at long last, his favorite gift to date – a large, flat screen television for watching all his favorite sporting events (far away from me).

So what to do this year? I’ve Googled, Binged and Yahoo’d top gifts for guys this holiday season and up pops everything from personal exercise electronics (never gonna happen), to chef’s gear (hahaha) and gardening tools (not for my guy). I decided to focus on his man cave. He’s already got his favorite recliner, pointed directly at the television screen. Then – I noticed that the television is actually lower than his recliner and bingo: I bet he’d love a TVLiftCabinet. He can adapt the location of the screen to his perfect level. The beautiful Amish hand-crafted style will look great and the cabinet provides much-needed storage for all the electronic clutter that accompanies man-cave necessities. Better yet – when the grandchildren come to visit, we don’t have to worry about little fingers messing around with the television settings.


Banyan Creek XL is a popular style for man caves everywhere.

Apparently the Banyan Creek XL style is one of the most popular units for man caves everywhere. I checked in with CEO Rob Buehl to see if there are any special promotions leading into the holidays and he said they’re taking $150 off all cabinets. There’s still plenty of time to get the order in and have it delivered before the holidays, so if you’re facing the same dilemma I do each year, get ready to score some major points with your guy with the perfect gift for the guy who has everything.

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