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Let’s be present this year

For some, the holidays are all about the presents and the parties. Yet as technology progresses, fewer people are fully present for the precious time with important people in their lives. One of my goals for 2015 was to be more present with the people in my life, and it has been more satisfying than I imagined. Here are some things that worked for me:

Stay positive. Stress can take a serious toll on your perspective, especially around the holidays. Keeping a positive attitude goes a long way to reducing stress, and being a more pleasant person to others. If you know that a certain person rubs you the wrong way with their negativity, keep interactions to a minimum. Or, if you must, take a deep breath and count to five – then move on. Life is far too short to let others impact your joy.

Do more things that make you happy. For me, I always enjoy spending quiet time with my family. When we’re all together, watching a favorite holiday movie, playing a board game or just talking, it means so much because I know that time is flying by quickly and each time we get together is more precious than ever.

Turn off the phones. We have a rule in our house that all cell phones need to be turned off during meals. That’s especially true during the holidays when there’s so much competition for our time. It seems like such a simple request, but it’s harder than it sounds, but the benefits are immediate.

So, this year, my wish for you is to be more present with everyone who makes your life better. Perhaps Henry David Thoreau said it best,

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

Happy holidays from everyone at TVLiftCabinet.

What’s new at TVLiftCabinet? The 360-degree Azura Cabinet!

Just as clothing styles evolve over time, home furnishings continue to improve and change with home décor trends.

TVLiftCabinet is introducing a new cabinet this year, Azura, which features a 360-degree electric swivel TV Lift. The clean design is crafted in the USA out of American hard maple. Hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia and has been a favorite of American furniture makers since the early Colonial days. It’s simply stunning.

azura_black_01The cabinet is fitted with a heavy-duty electric swivel lift that you can operate with a remote (or with manual controls hidden inside the cabinet). You can also control the lift by a built-in ethernet port or third-party controls.

The Azura TV Lift Console can be placed at the foot of the bed, against a wall or free standing because it is finished identically on all four sides. Since it has 360-degree movement, you will be able to view your television wherever you are in the room at any time. Plus – the unit ships fully setup.

Would you like to see it in action? Check out our video today.

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?

Fireplaces Are Good For Your Health (and Soul)

What’s better than sitting in front of a glowing fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa and your favorite person in the world? Pretty much nothing (in my humble opinion).


The Huntington TV Lift Cabinet with fireplace

But now researchers from the University of Alabama say that gazing at fire may actually good for our health. The researchers, led by anthropologist Christopher Lynn, asked 226 adults to watch a video of a fireplace, and took their blood pressure before and after watching the video. They also asked participants to report on their experiences of the fire. The researchers found an average of a five percent decrease in blood pressure among participants who watched the fire with sound. The longer they watched the fire, the more relaxed they became. Among control groups who watched the fire with no sound and who viewed an upside-down picture of fire, blood pressure increased. The researchers hypothesized that when we’re sitting fireside, all of our senses become absorbed in the experience.

But what if you don’t have a fireplace and yearn for that soulful experience? No worries. TVLiftCabinet has the perfect answer – the Huntington. An electric fireplace in the front emits a gorgeous warm glow combined with a toasty heater. It operates off a standard wall outlet. At all times, the fireplace remains separated from your television and AV equipment through a partition wall – keeping your television cool and well-ventilated, while you remain cozy and warm.

So this year, you can enjoy all the health and warmth benefits of that glowing fireplace, without any hassle. It’s the perfect addition to your home.

The Chatham TVLiftCabinet offers beauty, flexibility and function

I absolutely love adding pieces to my home that make a statement. The Chatham TVLiftCabinet is not only beautiful, it gives me great options for furniture placement in my family room.

Chatham Black TV Lift Cabinet

Chatham Black TV Lift Cabinet

The 360-degree electric swivel TV Lift provides the best possible way for more people to get the best views of all the sporting events that are so important to my family. Plus, since this cabinet is identical in the front and back, we can place it against a wall or free standing – whatever makes the most sense to get the best flow in my room.

I appreciate that the Chatham has built-in infrared to protect the TV and electronic components from the curious fingers of my grandchildren (who love to push buttons of all kinds.) Plus it’s much safer than wall-mounted televisions – another important perk for homes with children, grandchildren and pets. Yes – I have them all, so they’re always in the back of my mind whenever I add a new furnishing to my home.

I’m especially impressed with the craftsmanship of all TV Lift Cabinet units. For over thirty years, artisans have designed and built each unit with pride. The workmanship is stunning. But don’t take my word for it – check them out for yourself.

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