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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

Best-sellers keep them coming back every time

While it’s always fun to see the latest, greatest home furnishings, sometimes it pays to take a look at products that have longevity. People continually select them over other items because they have classic lines, styles and finishes.

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One of the most popular TVLiftCabinets is the Crystal Pointe Swivel unit. It adds style, function and beauty to your home.

“At TVLiftCabinet, many customers keep coming back to Banyan Creek, Crystal Pointe, Carousel and Prism,” says CEO Rob Buehl. “One of our most popular styles is the Crystal Point Swivel. Our customers love these classic styles. They’ve been our best sellers for years. We love the feedback we get because it tells us that we’re providing styles our customers love.”

Joanne L, from Woodbridge, CT shared, “My husband and I had been searching at length for a TV cabinet to suit our needs. After purchasing the Crystal Pointe from your website, we received one that far exceeded our expectations. Not only were we thrilled with the cabinet, the customer support was equally exemplary. Thank you for a great product!”

And Dr. Claudine T from Durham, NC reported, “I just wanted to send you a note that I am very pleased with the Banyan Creek TV Lift. It is much better than it looked in your pictures & extremely well built. As you said, the TV was easy to mount. Thank you again!”

It’s never been easier to add classic style to your home. “We’re humbled by our customers’ feedback,” continues Rob. “It’s an honor to provide them with a product they’ll love for generations.”

Football season = Time to decorate the man cave

According to The Official Man Cave Site, the correct definition is, “A room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.”  (Yes there is an Official Man Cave Site.)

One “must have” item in the mancave (besides a refrigerator), is a large flat screen television. In fact, to be really worthy of your man cave, the flat screen television should have all the latest technology, including Internet access, 3-D and high definition. It should also be able to swivel to make sure that it’s always perfectly positioned for the big games.

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Every year, TVLiftCabinet sees a huge spike in sales of Grandover models with electric fireplaces to add that certain something extra to mancaves all over the country.

 

Now, it’s time to add your personal touch. Time to think outside the cave walls. How about adding a fireplace to your cave? Not practical? Not anymore. It’s easy.

Check out the Grandover model by TVLiftCabinet. The electric fireplace will warm up any damp basement in a heartbeat and the TVLift Cabinet ascends with your perfect flat screen television – on your command. Your television is kept completely separate from the fireplace and you just need a simple wall outlet to plug in your unit. Easy.
So, if you’re thinking of sprucing up your man cave for the long winter ahead, don’t forget to add that special something that will keep all your buddies (and their spouses, by invitation only), coming back for the fun.

TVLift Cabinets and a roaring fire make for perfect ambiance every time

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The Huntington TVLiftCabinet with electric fireplace is the most popular model – simply stunning.

Every year when the temperature starts to cool, I remember how cozy it is when a fire is roaring in the fireplace. For my husband, cooler temperatures spur visions of football games for the next four months. When I saw the TVLift Cabinets with electric fireplaces built in, it seemed like the perfect way to spend time together, enjoying the fire and a beverage or two instead of spending four months in separate parts of the house.

Brilliant!

The Huntington TV Lift Cabinet is gorgeous. It’s handcrafted from solid maple by Amish craftsmen and fits beautifully in our home with its warm brown stain. All you need is a standard wall outlet. At all times, the fireplace remains separated from your television – and audiovisual equipment through a partition wall. The television keeps cool and well-ventilated while we remain cozy and warm.

The Sky’s the Limit for Customizing Your TVLift Cabinets

Some furniture companies give you a few options to consider when you customize certain pieces, but when it comes to TVLiftCabinet.com, custom isn’t complicated at all. You can truly customize furniture that perfectly fits your space and style.

Homestead is a popular style that many customers choose to customize for their personal home styles.

Homestead is a popular style that many customers choose to customize for their personal home styles.

I know what you’re thinking – you have one-of-a-kind style and no one seems to understand. No problem. Our artisans will help you bring your personal design to life.

A good place to start would be to give one of the Cabinet Specialists a call at 877-377-5435. Or simply browse through some of the in stock items for inspiration before you make the call. You can also check out customization options here.

The Cabinet Specialists will walk you through the process, sharing ideas or options you may not have

considered. If you’re considering a custom cabinet, the TVLift Cabinet architects will draw the cabinet, color render it and send it directly to you for approval. No surprises.

If you decide you really just want a custom finish, send us a finish swatch or choose from the in-stockcolors, and we’ll take it from there. Each custom cabinet is made to order, so you can expect your personalized furniture in just 4-10 weeks, shipped FREE via the White Glove Delivery within the continental United States.

That’s it. The sky’s the limit for the cabinet of your dreams.

Urban Camouflage Is Moving to a Suburb Near You

A design trend that has been popular in many urban settings is now moving to the suburbs and rural areas of the country. Urban Camouflage. Now for some people, that means choosing military styles and colors to your wardrobe. But for those who embrace this new design trend, it’s more about selecting finishes and colors that blend in with the surroundings, hiding functional items when not in use and losing the clutter.

Just Google the term “Urban Camouflage.” You’ll find Pinterest boards, clothing, color palettes, furnishing and more.  One of our favorite sites, Houzz, has some great ideas to add a little Urban Camouflage style to your home. Most people who choose this style are usually trying to maximize smaller spaces for ultimate comfort.

According to Rob Buehl, CEO of TVLiftCabinet.com, one of the best furnishings you can select for this type of design style is a TV Lift Cabinet. “Many people are asking us how we can help them achieve their design dreams. Urban Camouflage design is very similar to contemporary styles that are streamlined and clutter-free.”

One of the most popular styles for Urban Camouflage is the Concord model.

One of the most popular styles for
Urban Camouflage is the Concord model.

He says that four of his cabinets are most popular with people who are furnishing their homes in this style. “The most popular styles are Concord and Addison, but many are also looking at Prism and Moderna cabinets. These beautiful furnishings not only hide large, flat-screen televisions when not in use, they are great cabinets to store select items,” said Buehl.

So if you’re considering a new look for your living spaces, check out some Urban Camouflage style.

Condo time, and the living is easy.

According to the U.S. Census, more than 20% of the population (roughly 80 million people) choose a condo lifestyle in the United States. I’ve often wondered what the appeal of moving from a private single-family home to a condo might be, but after returning from a recent vacation to a Florida condo in The Keys, I completely understand. Sure, you give up some space, but the benefits of enjoying all the little luxuries that make a home a home were all there, plus a few new ones we hadn’t seen before.

First – cleaning is a breeze. The flooring, cabinets, furnishings and décor were designed for quick clean-ups. No need to lug around a large vacuum cleaner or spend hours polishing furniture. A quick dusting is all it took to keep things sparkling clean and fresh.

Second – no outdoor chores. Someone was always trimming trees and shrubs, mowing, cleaning pools, washing windows and more. All I can say is, “where do I sign up?”

Maximizing space in a condo is easy with smart furnishings.

Maximizing space in a condo is easy with smart furnishings.

And finally – the owner had great ideas to maximize space. The microwave/stove combo were perfectly situated in the kitchen, directly across from the refrigerator. Not an inch of wasted space, yet it looked clutter-free and clean. He also installed TVLiftCabinets in the living room and master bedroom. During the day, all electronics were neatly stored beneath great-looking cabinets that matched the beachy décor perfectly. In the evening, after a beautiful sunset walk along the beach, a push of the button was all it took to enjoy a good movie or the latest news. Rob Buehl, CEO of TVLiftCabinet.com, says he sees many people are seeking TVLiftCabinets to maximize small spaces. He says that the most popular styles for small spaces are Moderna and Prism.

It just makes sense that people seeking to simplify lifestyles and décor would be smart about how they could maximize every square foot to create the perfect oasis, no matter what stage of life they find themselves.

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.

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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.

 
 
 
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