Furniture built for bigger units


Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:28 p.m.
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Dawes Plasma TV Wall-Mount Suite gives a wall-hung look for a big screen.

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Many furniture pieces are now available for big flat-panel screens, including consoles, wide armoires and wall units. Some even give a wall-hung look. Pottery Barn, for example, sells its Dawes Plasma TV Wall-Mount Suite for $1,599. A console cabinet for components supports a mounting frame for the set that hides the wiring.
Design Within Reach offers several units to avoid having to hardwire sets through the wall, including the Muro Media Storage for $998 and the Min Media Wall for $1,398.
Ethan Allen's HT series 800 features a mechanized lift, allowing the TV to disappear into the cabinetry at the touch of a remote control button. The Townhouse Video Lift Base is $2,999.
Horchow's plasma TV cabinets include a mirrored one ($1,799), one with a chinoiserie design ($899) and another with hand-painted butterflies ($649).

Tidy up in a hurry

When last-minute guests are on their way, there's not always time to give your home a thorough cleaning. Here are some tricks for making the house presentable in a hurry from the Maids Home Services:

  • Use a laundry basket to gather clutter such as misplaced magazines, toys and shoes, and stash it in a bedroom closet.

  • Shut the doors of unused rooms.

  • Store dirty dishes on a cookie tray in the oven.

  • Use baby wipes to quickly clean spots on hardwood floors and counters.

  • Pick up crumbs and pet hair on upholstery with a lint roller.

  • Dust artificial flowers with a hair dryer.

  • Open a window to air out the place, and light a scented candle or spray air freshener.

  • Turn on all the lights and open the curtains and blinds. The better your home is lighted, the more open it will seem.

101 pretty good ideas from HGTV

A continuing compendium of tips and tricks from Home & Garden Television: Now that winter has reached most of us with its full force, it would be a good idea to recheck your efforts to winterize your car. Here's a brief checklist: - Recheck your antifreeze and make certain that you have the right mixture. In most cases, the proper antifreeze-to-water ration is 50:50.
- Recheck your wipers and, if necessary, refill your wiper-fluid reservoir. Wipers tend to be less effective in cold weather, and snow, ice and road salt residue all can impede your visibility through the windshield. If you live in an area with a lot of snow and ice, consider special winter wipers.
- Recheck your belts and hoses for cracks and splits. Cold temperatures have an impact on the elasticity of the rubber or other compounds used in belts and hoses.
- Have your battery checked. Because cold weather can have a significant impact on your auto-battery's power and how quickly it can be drained, ''dead batteries'' tend to be more of a winter phenomenon.

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