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Find your own unique design style – decorate with mirrors

Find your own unique design style – decorate with mirrors

Home design is very personal. One of the big trends interior designers are seeing, especially as people move to downsize their lives, is to decorate with mirrors. Without mirrors, we wouldn’t be able to do little things like check our clothing and make sure our hair is just the way we like before we start our day.

Designing with mirrors can add dimension and function to every room. The Spruce Company offers 16 ways to design with mirrors. Interesting ideas for everyone – not just for people who might be downsizing.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Mirrors in a gallery wall. Mirrors make a wonderful addition to gallery wall displays, especially when they’re featured as the central attraction. If you consider adding a TV Mirror as the central attraction, even better. When in use, it’s a smart, flat screen television. When not in use, it becomes part of the room décor. Smart furnishing – 101.
  • Mirrors in unexpected places. Walls and floors might be just the perfect place for mirrors. Embracing mirrors as a design feature opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Consider a doorway mirrored in a metallic sheen to give the space a new layer of character, as well as some much-needed warmth.
  • Stick with the classics. A large, round mirror is a beautiful addition to any understated room with an abundance of style and charm. Mirrors are versatile. Play with them.

Be sure to check out the other ways to decorate with mirrors. And the next time the fashion bug bites, try out some of your very own.

How to select the perfect TVLiftCabinet

Home entertainment has undergone major transformations in the past decade. Amazon, Hulu and Netflix collectively reach about 100 million subscribers with video content, original TV shows, movies, sporting events and documentaries. Traditional small-screen networks offer even more viewing options via satellite, cable and Wi-Fi.

People watch their favorite shows on smart, super-thin televisions. They listen to sound systems that are plugged into their smart televisions. Media systems are more than just a collection of electronic devices. The furnishings that house these sophisticated electronics are engineered to protect your investment for many years.

TVLiftCabinet can help you pick the perfect unit – each one safely houses your electronic media and makes everything accessible at the push of a button. But how do you choose the right one for your home? You’ll find everything you need on our website, but here are a few things to get you started:

  1.  Set the stage. What is your style? Modern? Classical? Contemporary? There are 75 styles to choose from to help you create a beautiful focal point for your entertainment space.
  2. Size it out. Determine the length, depth, and height of your TV without it’s stand. To protect your screen, ensure that your TV is no taller or wider than the maximum TV dimensions listed on each product page. We’re there to help walk you through it.
  3. Take inventory of what you need to store. How many electronic gadgets do you have? Be sure to include DVR players, cable boxes, dedicated video streamers, speakers and gaming systems. Then, select a cabinet that will house everything neatly behind closed doors.
  4. Think about speaker storage. If you are concealing or exposing a soundbar or center channel speaker, select furniture that has proper acoustic storage. TVLiftCabinet has three unique options that will help you surround yourself with just the right sound.
  5. Ability to customize. Components come in all shapes and sizes. Fully adjustable shelving makes it possible for you to have it just the way you like it. There are also options for casters and floor guides to help you make the best choice for your home. Plus, our integrated wire management passages keep all your components wires well-connected, but neatly hidden away.
  6. Security. We make sure your television is safely secured in the unit to prevent any accidents with small children or pets.

Need further help? Our design associates would love to help. Just call us at 877-377-5435, check our website or email us for free expert design advice at [email protected]

How to create a perfect space for your next girls’ night in

From book clubs to movie marathons to just plain gab fests, more women are gathering to have “girls’ night in” events around the country. How do I know?  Because I have attended several wonderful events (even before it was a thing). Throw in a few rom-coms. No zombies or car crashes, or just a little old-fashioned comedy among good friends. A little wine and fondue. Perfection.

Apparently, we were ahead of our time. There is now a Girls Night In website, complete with tips and tricks, party theme ideas and recipes. As a veteran of the concept, I can tell you exactly what you need to make your night in successful.

  • Invite a close circle of friends who are comfortable with each other. (Hint: no political conversation allowed).
  • Prepare the space to make sure everyone can see each other. Add throw pillows and afghans to warm up the room. Fire in the fireplace. Candles burning. You get the drift.
  • If it’s a movie marathon, make sure you have the room set-up so everyone can see the television screen. TVLiftCabinets with 360-degree swivels are great for this type of event. With a touch of a button, the swivel moves into the perfect position. And when the movies are done, one more touch of the button, and the television disappears into a beautiful cabinet.
  • Some flavorful appetizers and a fabulous dessert are just the ticket for a special girls’ night in. No fussy foods. Wine is always a good choice, but creating a themed cocktail to match the evening is also a nice touch. Simplicity is the key.
  • Send the ladies home with a goodie bag to celebrate the evening. It could be a copy of one of the movies you watched together, a book of poems, some home-made treats, a little bubbly – just a little something to celebrate good friends.

So, grab your gal-pals and plan some quality time together and make some wonderful memories of your own.

TVLiftCabinet introduces a new style: Clubside

What do you think when you hear the word, Clubside? For me, it evokes images of those big club chairs in suburban country club settings. Fireplaces. Good bourbon. The scent of Cuban cigars. You get the picture – and if you’re like me, you yearn to bring some of those features into your own home.

We couldn’t agree more. TVLiftCabinet is proud to offer its latest style: Clubside. It combines function, flair and a distinct style. The unit has a clean-cut, urban vibe that’s perfect for today’s contemporary homes that want to add instant charm.

This Clubside lift cabinet reflects two distinct personalities, depending on whether you select a white, espresso or grey finish. The Clubside features two functional doors which conceal two hidden electronics bays. The opposite side features simulated doors with the same extra-large brushed nickel hardware and wire access through the base of the cabinet.

Like all TVLiftCabinets, Clubside offers an infrared relay system that allows you to control your electronics without opening the wood doors, and has plenty of storage for your AV equipment.

Check out the units for yourself today and see if this beautiful TVLiftCabinet might be perfect for your home.

Is your home holiday ready?

There’s a chill in the air and holiday lights are starting to appear on the department store shelves. These are sure signs that the holiday season (and all the extra entertaining) are just around the corner. For some, the thought of opening your home to family and friends might seem a little overwhelming. But there’s still plenty of time to make your home feel fresh and festive – without a major overhaul.

Here are a few quick tips to help you prep your home before the holidays arrive.

First, focus on main spaces like your kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Don’t take on a major remodeling project as you roll into the holidays. The kitchen is a gathering space, so spend some time sprucing up your cabinet space, clearing clutter and doing some heavy-duty cleaning of the windows and floors. Easy fixes like new knobs, new lighting or towels can really refresh a space without much cost or fuss.

Then move onto your bathroom to see if there are some easy swaps to brighten the space for guests. Consider adding a new shower curtain, fluffy towels, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets or adding a beautiful new mirror. Simple changes can do wonders.

In the living and/or family room, one simple way to add color is to switch out your pillows and throws to transform the space. I have beautiful throws with vibrant, rich holiday colors that I bring out every year as the fall winds start to blow. New candles and special holiday lighting can also add a special ambiance that go hand-in-hand with holiday entertaining.

Go easy on the decorations and use existing items to help you prep your spaces for guests. For most people, easy elegance is the best way to celebrate the holidays without the clutter. Choose a main area, like a mantel, an entry table or a bookcase to create some seasonal cheer (e.g. displaying holiday cards), without taking up valuable floor or wall space. Fresh flowers, holiday throw rugs and vases full of holiday ornaments can also add that special charm.

Another thing to consider is the ability to use existing furnishings that can do dual duty as entertaining space (which is always at a premium when you have extra guests in the house). One of the spaces I use frequently during the holidays is my TV Lift Cabinet System. We don’t usually watch much television in our living room during the holidays, but the beautiful hand-crafted cabinet is a great place to put appetizers and snacks. The height is perfect. It keeps things within reach (and out-of-reach for toddler hands and pets who sometimes misbehave).

Plus, the cabinet also provides wonderful storage to hide all the gadgets from gaming systems and such. Win/win. No mess or fuss.

So, take a few minutes now to make a few easy adjustments and you’ll be ready for whatever holiday entertaining comes at you this year.

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