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. 

I hope you found this video helpful. Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. We would love to hear from you. As always, feel free to subscribed to this blog to stay updated on home decor ideas, organizational tips, and planning & productivity strategies. You may also visit our full site at www.divineelementsofdesign.net for additional information concerning our many services and to visit our Online Boutique. 

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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!!

Always Use A Rug Pad

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Flooring Tip Friday… Always use a rug pad. Rug pads protect your floors from scratches and also prevent injury by keeping the rug still. Rug pads come in multiple sizes and may be cut for your custom rug. For additional information concerning the benefits of rug pads, contract one of our Certified Interior Decorators. www.divineelementsofdesign.net

Flooring Tip (Eco-Friendly) Friday

Bamboo FlooringBamboo is an eco-friendly flooring option. It is just as beautiful as tradition wood flooring which takes 20  – 110 years to mature. Bamboo only takes 3 – 6 years to mature. Bamboo does not need to be replanted. The same bamboo grass will continue to grow and can be used for multiple flooring projects. Bamboo floors require the same treatment and cleaning as traditional wood floors. If going green or having an alternative flooring source is important, consider bamboo flooring. For additional information concerning the benefits of bamboo or for samples, please visit us at http://www.divineelementsofdesign.net or email us at info@divineelementsofdesign.com

Window Treatment Wednesday

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.

 

Cleaning Tip Tuesday!

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Cleaning Tip: Deodorize sponges in the microwave. Soak in water spiked with white vinegar or lemon juice and put on full power for one minute. Use tongs to remove as it will be hot!

Throwback Thursday… The Settee

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The settee is an ageless beauty. The settee was first found in the 17th century. It was later replaced by the sofa in the 18th century which was wider and deeper. Recently the settee has become more popular as it is smaller and narrower than a regular sofa. Because of its smaller profile, it can easily be used in smaller spaces, such as small living rooms or bedrooms. We absolutely love the settee. This ageless beauty may be updated to reflect your own personal modern or traditional style.

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.