How to Turn Your Regular TV into a Smart TV

It’s almost impossible to keep up with technology. Each week there are newer and better things being released. (I heard from a friend of a friend of a cousin, the iPhone 27 plus will be released on Black Friday 2015…) Although the cost of smart TVs have dropped, many people are not in need of them due to having recently just purchased a “regular” TV.

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Having smart TVs can actually allow you to save money… Yes, you can actually use your smart TV to save money by getting rid of your monthly cable bill. Using your home’s current Wi-Fi, you can access multiple channels such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Vudu, Fox Now, Amazon, Veno, and many others on your regular TB. Some channels are free, while others may require a minimum monthly subscription. You don’t have to pay for every channel, you can sign up for only the ones you and your family will use. In my household, we only pay for Netflix and Hulu Plus. (Hulu Plus has current shows that are in season, while Netflix has older shows which are out of season. They both have movies.)

There are multiple media streaming devices to pick from such as Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, Apple TV Media Player, and many more. From starting at approximately $50.00, these small devices can plug into the back or side of your TV using an HDMI input. Some devices come with a free trial revision of premium channels. I personally use a Roku 2 to transform an inexpensive small 18 inch TV in my home office and master bathroom into a smart TV. Using a Roku mount, I was able to mount the Roku on the wall behind the TV.

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The Roku 2 is a great option of the many Rokus because it is affordable and has a lighting fast processor. You can also connect your tablet or cell phone to the Roku to share pictures or video on the TV. Netflix is only a touch of a button away. It is one of the four featured channels on the remote control.

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Roku 2 $69.00

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Total Mount – Roku Mounting System $13.50

A Blu-ray player with wifi is also an excellent option for turning a TV into a smart TV and being able to play Blu-Rays and DVDs.

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Sony BDPS3500 Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi $80.99

Check out my YouTube video to see first hand how I transformed a regular TV into a smart TV. 

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How to Keep Your Sofa Toss Pillows Looking Fabulous When You Have Kids or Pets

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Lets face it…. Our sofa pillows have a tremendous responsibility. In addition to providing style and function in our divine spaces, they are often used as tools of war during children’s pillow fights, a chew toy for our fur babies, and a napkin for a sloppy spouse. So how do we keep them looking “company ready” at all times..? Hum… I will share a few tips with you…

Buy Doubles: As simple as it may sound, just buy two sets of pillows for the sofa. One inexpensive set for everyday use and one set to be used only on special occasions or when you have company. If you would love to buy pillows with beautiful bead work, but afraid they will not hold up to day-to-day wear and tear, don’t let that stop you!!! Purchase the pillows that are calling your name (and wallet) and only display them on special occasions or when you have company. They will look fabulous and fresh at all times… When your company departs, simply replace them with your everyday pillows that your 9-year-old rests his head on when watching The Thundermans on DVR every night.

Use Pillow Covers: You can always chose to only purchase pillows which contain pillow covers. This allows you to wash or dry clean the pillow covers when needed. You can always wash the covers and replace the filling with a quality foam or down material. This will extend the durability of the pillows and allow for a longer life.

Remove From the Sofa Completely: Who says you need to have toss pillows on your sofa everyday. I don’t think you will be breaking one of Martha Stewart’s basic home decor rules if you omitted pillows completely. Your home, your rules.

I know these tips may seem simply, but sometimes we forget some of the basic things we can do to make our lives (or decorating) easy. Please like this post if you found the information useful. Also, I would love to hear some of the tips you use to keep your home looking “company ready” at all times. Please leave your comments below.

As always, the Decorator’s Voice is my voice as an interior decorator from Divine Elements of Divine. Please feel free to visit our main website for details concerning our interior decorating services and products.. Don’t forget to ask us about our ready to ship and custom pillows. Thank you very much and have a Divine Day!!

8 Quick, Easy, & Stylish Updates to Your Bathroom

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1) Paint the Walls – Many people often forget to paint the walls of their bathroom. If you are not a fan of a lot of color, opt for a neutral tan or beige. You may also feel free to paint an accent wall for a quick boost of color. Your bathroom should be a calming and relaxing environment. For assistance in selecting a paint color, visit your local Sherwin WIlliams store or contact your favorite Certified Interior Decorator for a color consultation.

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2) Frame Your Mirrors – Aren’t you tired of looking at that plain bare mirror in your bathroom? You don’t have to settle for that. Mirror Mate Frames are a very affordable option for upgrading your mirror. Mirror Mate will instantly transform the plain mirror into a beautifully framed focal point. If you are in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex, make an appointment for a free Mirror Mate Consultation with Divine Elements of Design. If you are outside of the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex, visit www.mirrormate.com to locate an authorized installer near you.

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3) Hang a Small TV on the Wall – Having a TV in the bathroom is not only for homes that were once on MTV Cribs.. A small smart TV or a TV with a Roku player can turn your bathroom into a modern retreat. With your homes wifi network (no cable or satellite needed), you can listen to your favorite station on Pandora while getting dressed, watch your favorite movie on Netflix while taking a relaxing bath, or watch a makeup tutorial on YouTube while applying your makeup for a special occasion. Watch my video on how I turned a regular TV into a smart TV.

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5) Update Your Towels and Rugs – Take a visit to your Bed Bath & Beyond (or local department) store to update the towels and rugs in your bathroom. You may be surprised how these new items will provide a fresh new look in the bathroom. (Don’t forget your Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons… FYI… They may be redeemed even after the expiration date.)

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6) Change your Faucets & Lights – Your general contractor (or ours) can easily update your bathroom’s faucets and light fixtures. Experiment with different colors and textures. Be creative and have fun.

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7) Disassemble the Body Gift Baskets – If you are like 75% of the population, you have tons of body soaps and lotion gift baskets. People often leave the items in the plastic wrapped basket and place it somewhere in the bathroom. Many times, the items are not only not used, they are still sitting in the basket unused. Take those items out of the basket and use or donate them. The basket may be recycled for another purpose, in another room if necessary.

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8) Replace the Switch Plates – Toss those white plastic generic switch plates away. You can purchase switch plates in various textures or colors from your local hardware store, big box store, or even Amazon. You can change the switch plates yourself using a flat screw driver.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you are able to take at least a few of our suggestions for your bathroom makeover project. Let us know which items you are considering or let us know other quick and easy updates you’ve completed. As always, please visit our main page at www.divineelementsofdesign.net for information concerning our services and products.

Thank you Very Much & Have a Divine Day!!!

Decorating With Trays Can Be Divine!!

Trays are great as anchors for your home’s decor. Trays help define an area and also deters clutter on flat surfaces. Trays can be utilized for multiple uses in many rooms. You can be as creative as your hearts desire. Below are a few examples of how you can decorate with trays in different rooms.

1) Living Room

Use a decorative tray on an ottoman in your living room. Many people are opting against coffee tables but still need a place to rest a cup or remote control. A tray can be a very stylist alternative to a traditional coffee table. You can also accent the tray with accessories or flowers to tie in the room’s decor.

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2) Makeup Table / Bathroom Counter

This clear acrylic tray is simply divine. You can keep all of your makeup and beauty items in an equally beautiful tray. Its beautiful enough to be placed on your vanity table or bathroom counter.

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3. Coffee / Tea Station

Keep all of your coffee and hot tea items together on a tray. Its large enough to hold your coffee maker, cup, sugar, and other items needed for that perfect cup of Joe or Earl Grey.

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4. Guest Room

I love to welcome my overnight guests with a box of chocolate and bottle water in the guest room. Often, out of towners may get thirsty in the middle of the night, but don’t want to raid your kitchen or wake you up. In addition to a “welcome packet,” I make sure to leave a new bottle of water on a bedroom themed tray.


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 5) Bedroom Dresser Tray

A bedroom’s dresser is often cluttered with keys, mail, money, receipts, and items from a person’s pocket and/or purse. We tend to use flat surfaces such as dressers and night stands as a quick spot to “temporarily” place items. Often, these flat surfaces are easy to become over cluttered. Try placing a tray on your dresser or nightstand to collect items. The tray will keep all items together and limit the amount of items placed on it.

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Please comment and share other ideas on how you decorate with trays.

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Window Treatment Wednesday

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Custom Roman Shades are an excellent alternative to metal or wood blinds. You may also add a valance, cornice board, or panels to complete the look. Have fun and be creative.

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Our Panels and Pillows program is an excellent way to coordinate your window treatments with you decorative pillows. You can also change your panels and pillows to create a instant transformation for a new look without having to paint or purchase new furniture.

Coordinating panels and pillows can create an instant room transformation.

Coordinating panels and pillows can create an instant room transformation.

 

Flooring Tip Friday

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Don’t forget to protect your wood floors after staining. Stain is not a protective finish — it only adds color or tone to the wood. Applying another layer of protective coating or polyurethane will protect your investment in the long run.

Mirror Mate Monday!!

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As you know, one of the easiest and most effective updates you can make to a bathroom is to frame the large, plate glass mirror. MirrorMate frames are a quick and affordable way to transform your mirror. You may chose from over 65 frames. Be creative and have fun. Divine Elements of Design is an authorized MirrorMate retailer and installer in the DFW (Texas) metroplex. We offer the best price including measurements, selections, and professional installations. Because we stand behind this product, we offer our “below retail” cost to our clients. Contact us now to schedule your bathroom mirror transformation. For the DIYer or those not within the DFW metroplex, contact us for to order the frames and have them sent directly to you.

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White Dishes / A Great Blank Canvas…

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Home Decor Tip: A decorative napkin and table runner can add a kick of color to your white dishes. By purchasing white dishes, you can change your decor often with different napkins and runners. Have fun and be creative.