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A guide to the perfect night’s sleep in the bedroom of your dreams

The world is becoming a pretty scary place these days and many families are sticking close to home, seeking solace and support from those they love the most. It may be time to look at each room in your home and find ways to remove things that can add stress to your life. Let’s start with the bedroom.

Everyone knows that you spend approximately one-third of your life in your bedroom (or pretty close to that), so adding comfort and removing items that cause alarm.

The first thing you need to do to add more calm to your bedroom is to declutter. As I started writing this today, I took a look at our master bedroom. No matter how hard I try, there’s always a stack of something on the dressers, clothes hanging in odd places, papers waiting to be filed – you know the drill. My sister’s idea of decluttering is to buy more plastic tubs – and hide the mess. I think she now has 50 tubs – and no less clutter. But that’s a hoarding story, so let’s stick to the topic. Decluttering – truly getting rid of things that you don’t use or need – requires thought and attention. There should be a space for everything – and everything should be in its place. Mother Earth Living has some great tips to help you.

One way to add some storage to your bedroom is to consider investing in a TVLiftCabinet. If you have a television in your bedroom, it’s great if you can remove it from your view before going to sleep so it’s not a distraction. One click and it’s out of sight and out-of-mind. Plus it provides great storage nooks for other electronic gadgets, DVDs, books, etc.

Adding a calming scent to the room can also help to create your oasis. I keep lavender oil in my bed stand. I splash a few drops on my pillowcase before I go to bed. It instantly relaxes me. Citrus and Eucalyptus are also calming scents. Fresh flowers can produce the same impact, depending on the season. I love lilacs, gardenias and other flowers that take you to a place of beauty.

The colors in your room can also make a huge impact on your mood. Calming colors, like grey, beige or cream, are perfect for creating a relaxing oasis. Bold colors, like red or dark green, add energy and make it difficult for some people to find balance.

Finally, make sure you have the proper lighting in your bedroom. If you live in a home with lots of windows, the bedroom windows should have a shade or the ability to close blinds when it’s time for sleep.

These are just a few easy tips to help you find peace and better slumber all year long. Namaste´

All the comforts of home – in a houseboat

You’ve heard about all kinds of new places to call home. For those people who love the water, houseboats are gaining traction. Houseboat villages are popping up all over the world. As climate change continues to wreck havoc on beachfronts, houseboats are becoming a solid option to live a life on the water without worries about waterfront erosion.

Houseboat owners are especially savvy when it comes to maximizing room in their living space. Much like RV-living, these smartly-designed homes make it possible to move freely in limited space. Here are a variety of interior design and decorating tips to help houseboat owners maximize the use of each inch on the boat.

Add mirrors to add depth (and technology) to your room

Adding multiple mirrors to your houseboat can enhance the feeling of depth throughout a room. Even better, consider adding a TVMirror to the mix. You’ll have a beautiful mirror that doesn’t take up any floor space and turns into a smart television with just one click.

Invest in folding furniture

When some people think of furniture that folds, their minds go to plastic patio chairs and rickety TV trays. Many designers now offer high-end furnishings that let you add and remove living items on demand when you need them, and hide them when you don’t.

Look for things that add storage

There are many ingenious ways to add hidden storage throughout your home. Benches, ottomans and window seats are just a few places to clear the clutter from view. If you decide you want a full-size flatscreen, TVLiftCabinet also offers beautiful units that also provide great storage for all the electronic clutter that comes from today’s modern viewing and entertainment.

Make things mobile – put ‘em on a cart

For many people, the joy of living on a houseboat is both the indoor and outdoor living. Consider placing items on a kitchen cart that will likely travel between spaces. Your cart can become a portable bar, complete with all the things you need to serve your guests. It can also become a resource for sunbathing, complete with sunscreen, books, music, etc. Use your imagination to make your life just a little easier.

These are just a few tips to help you get the most from your houseboat lifestyle. Cheers!

The tiny house movement – everything you need (and some stuff you want)


These days, you can’t turn around without seeing or hearing about tiny houses. There are new shows on HGTV, new websites and blogs and are tiny houses are popping up in virtually every town in America. I live in a small town in Wisconsin and there are now six tiny houses on the edge of town, ready to rent out.

The impetus for the movement: people choosing to downsize their home space. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet; a tiny house is between 200 and 400 square feet.

There are many reasons people are taking a hard look at tiny homes, including:

  • Environmental concerns
  • Financial concerns
  • More quality time
  • Freedom

Whatever the reason people are heading for smaller spaces, each inch of a tiny home has a purpose. I had to chuckle when I watched an episode of Tiny House Hunters the other day. One couple wanted to declutter their lives and have more freedom to travel. But one thing the husband refused to part with was his flatscreen television. The size of the space and the TV limited options for them, but he wasn’t budging. His wife kept rolling her eyes. Part of me wondered if they were really ready for a tiny home, but that’s a different kind of show.

Too bad he didn’t know about the great TVMirrors that are available from TVLiftCabinet. That would have solved his problem on the spot. Every home has a mirror (sizes vary, of course). Even tiny houses need mirrors. Everything you need (and one thing you really, really want).

Talk about win/win.

Time to hit the road and enjoy every moment of the journey!

Outdoor recreation is booming these days. In fact, RVing hasn’t been this popular since before the recession in the early 2000s. People of all backgrounds and ages are getting away to the outdoors – and hitting the road to see what’s around the bend. Some people are not only giving up landlines, they’re giving up their home base to live in their RVs full-time. Increases in telecommuting options and the lower costs of living in an RV are making this lifestyle a huge trend, especially among adventure-seeking millennials.

One thing that has made this trend possible is the advances in RV tech. Newer RVs are fully equipped to be “smart homes.” This includes touchscreens to control the environment, dim the lights and even bring down the awnings. It also includes sophisticated GPS systems and satellite/Wi-Fi technologies that allow them to get away and stay in touch along the way.

Manufacturers are also producing more enjoyable living spaces in today’s modern RVs – both living and sleeping spaces are more luxurious. Lighter materials and dual-purpose décor are helping to create homey RV havens. One great example of a perfect fit for the RV lifestyle is the TVMirror from These units come in many different styles and sizes, but provide the practicality and beauty of a mirror, turning into a smart HD flatscreen television at the touch of a button. It’s a match made in RV heaven.

RV Living in 2017 means having all the comforts of home and the freedom of the open road.

Empty nest? We’ve got you covered

We’re moving into a transitional season – high school and college grads are prepping for final exams, and for moving into their next life phase. Moms and dads everywhere are getting ready for a lot of firsts. One of the firsts that tends to get overlooked is the first empty nest – when the last child leaves home to start their life adventure. For some, this is a bittersweet experience – the quiet can be unnerving. For others, it’s a chance to re-imagine your life and your home. For me, it was a chance to finally have the space to add more of my personality to a home that had been full of sports gear, kids’ clothes and electronics for 25 years.

Our first new space was my home office. When my third child left, I decided to start my own consulting business. We turned one of the spare bedrooms into a dedicated work space. It’s separate from our day-to-day home life, and perfect for writing, thinking and privacy.

The next space we redid was for my husband – I call it the ultimate man cave. Our second living space in the basement at one time had a foosball table, poker table, exercise equipment, board games and a lifetime of boxes. We kept the poker table and got rid of everything else. We added some comfy lounge chairs and a TVLiftCabinet complete with a huge flatscreen television. When we have friends over, it’s a perfect place to relax. When the big game comes on, a simple push of the button, and the TV is front and center. It’s perfect.

So next time you hear someone grumbling about having an empty nest, remind them that there are a lot of perks to having some extra space. It’s the perfect time to turn your home into your new normal.

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