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TV shopping? Consumer Reports and PC News point you to the right technology


Family Room – Too much Furniture!

As the winter months draw closer, and the daylight savings time ticks down, it’s a good time to take a look and make sure your home is ready for the longer nights to come. One of the things on my list this year is to replace a very old, very heavy, entertainment center and television set that doesn’t appreciate all the new technologies we try to hook into it.

Since we tend to keep our televisions for a couple of decades (seriously, we have one downstairs that allows you to pick 13 channels), I want to make sure we make a wise investment, so the first place I went was Consumer Reports and PC News.

My head is spinning. I had no idea how much the TV market has changed in the past few years. Apparently there are new kinds of screens with organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) panels. Ultra-high definition (UHD or 4K) resolutions are also making waves. And that 50-inch TV that used to cost thousands of dollars is now less than $500. Experts say: time to get a 4K TV!


Plasma TVs were the only flat-panel models available when they were first introduced more than a decade ago. They’re now a dead category, so guess my choices are either LED-TVs or the more expensive OLED ones.


Updated Family Room Ideas – New TV with a TV Lift Cabinet

LED TVs are either edge-lit or backlit. OLED displays are drastically different from LED-backlit televisions. They can be much smaller and thinner than LED-lit panels, and produce some of the best black levels possible. Currently, LG is the only television manufacturer that offers OLED models and they are pretty pricey.

So now that I have a better idea of what technology I should look for in my new TV, I want to make sure that the grandchildren don’t experiment with the buttons

(on the remotes or anywhere near the TV). I’m looking at a new to make this TV last as long (or longer) than the other TVs in my home. I’m looking forward to many winter evenings enjoying my new television to add a little ambiance to our den. What do you think?

Smart television in the bathroom? Yes you can!!

A few weeks ago I vacationed at a beautiful resort that featured some wonderful amenities that made me feel especially pampered. Cushy furnishings. Amazingly soft duvet. And believe it or not – a lovely mirrored television in the en-suite bathroom. I honestly never thought I’d want to have a television in the bathroom, but after experiencing it firsthand, I definitely see the benefits.


TV in a Mirror…perfect for any room in the house!

The thing that made it awesome was that it didn’t look like a television – it was a stunning mirror. I’m not a fan of big televisions becoming the focal point of any room, especially the bathroom. But when you disguise the television as a mirror, it feels right. And when I put on my favorite movie and relaxed in a hot tub, I
became a fan.

So where to find a TV mirror? TVLiftCabinet has several TV mirror options (with or without frames) – and sizes from 32 inches to 65 inches. Want to see them in a home setting? Check out this video.

Still have questions? Just contact the people at TVLiftCabinet at 877-377-5435. They’ll help you find just the right TV Mirror – and in no time at all, you’ll enjoy pampering in the luxury of your very own bathroom.

Turn Your Cabinet into a State-of-the-Art TV Lift

My husband would love to have everything in our home attached to his remote control. Getting up

TV Lift Cabinet

Nick Ferry’s Finished Cabinet

and messing with the television controls just isn’t necessary in a world with automatic cars. Right?

Well, the jury is still out on the auto cars, but if there’s a way to make television viewing easier, I’m all for it (because it makes MY life easier, too). So, if you have a flat screen television and a beautiful entertainment cabinet, you can easily add an electronic lift function to your cabinet with a TV Lift mechanism from TVLiftCabinet.

The company provides uplift motorized TV lift series for furniture companies and individuals who want to convert their cabinets into TVLiftCabinets. The mechanisms are easy to set up. You television snaps into the lift mechanism with two bolts. Check out how woodworker Nick Ferry built his own TV Lift Cabinet using one of these lifts!

Safety is key to the lift mechanisms. Built-in pressure sensors immediately stops movement to protect pinching hands and fingers. No worries about little fingers getting into the wrong place.

Plus the electronics are completely protected. Every lift mechanism comes fully assembles with built-in surge and thermal overload protection. TVLiftCabinet has designed TV lift mechanisms for motor homes, furniture makers, architects, yachts and tiny homes. Now, you can purchase the lift technology that the pros use.

Check it out today.

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.


Getting ready to live the dorm room life!

Dormitory rooms at colleges and universities usually average about 12-by-19 feet. That means students entering their freshman year at universities across the country have, on average, 228 square feet of living space. Talk about tiny living!

You can help your student get creative to maximize every inch so they have a welcoming space to live and study. And the best way to do that is to think vertical – space that is. Here are a few tips:

  • A 32” TV Mirror gives you the best of both worlds. A great mirror and a flatscreen television, perfect for any dorm room.


    TV in a Mirror!

  • Stack those beds to create more floor space. Don’t forget to use the space under the beds for convenient storage.
  • Baskets and containers can help keep things organized in your small closet.
  • Hanging shelves can also add more storage, especially for those items you use every day, like hair dryers, shoes, etc.
  • Floating shelves can go a long way toward making items accessible where and when you need them.
  • Add a few plants to make it more homey. Dorm rooms can feel unbearably sterile, so bring in some life with a few plants.
  • Add a colorful area rug to bring the space together. You can even make it out of old t-shirts.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg for dorm decorating ideas. There are tons of helpful lists online that tell you everything you’re going to need, but they don’t always offer the coolest options. Huffington Post gathered a bunch of ideas in this helpful list. Brit & Co. also has some great, inexpensive ideas to decorate a dorm room.

So, have fun. Enjoy this opportunity to help your new young adult create a space that reflects their personal style (and makes you feel just a little less lonely on that drive back home when you drop them off).

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