Stylish Gadget Organization
With the ever increasing amount of technology we bring intoour homes, it becomes more of a challenge to keep it all organized and attractive. Fortunately, with a handful of decorating ideas and accessories, you can keep yournew home in Dallas, TXup to date without looking like an electronics store.
The family room or media room in your new home in Dallas, TX probably has the widest range of technology pieces to keep organized. Among the most common items are the TV, cable box, DVD player, video game console, and stereo, all with lots of wires and remotes. The best way to contain all of these pieces is by housing them in a furniture-grade media center that can properly house each item comfortably and safely.Some media centers take up a whole wall, while others present a more streamlined appearance. If you prefer minimalism, there are a few simple steps to keep pieces organized while not dominating the room. Smaller media cabinets are available that can store less frequently used pieces of equipment and accessories such as CDs and DVDs behind cabinet doors, while leaving open shelving for machines that need to be more accessible. Use the top of the cabinets to display artwork, photos, and other decorative accessories.
To further camouflage the technology in your new home in Dallas, TX, mount your TV on the wall. A stylish way to help the typical dark-framed TV set blend into the room is by hanging it on a wall decorated with dark paint or wallpaper. Another option is to create the illusion of a frame by adding decorative molding around the television. If you hang additional framed artwork around the TV, it will blend in even more, creating a salon-layout effect.
Of course, you’re still left with all of the remotes that need to remain accessible. An easy and attractive way to organize all of the remotes is through the use of decorative lidded boxes. Use multiple smaller boxes to organize remotes according to their use – TV, stereo, game consoles -- or simply use one larger box that can hold all of them with ease. By using a lidded box, you can keep the remotes clean and out of sight when not in use.
Docking stations, multi-cord wraps, and tags to label each wire will further help you in your efforts to keep your home technology organized. With more companies offering attractive storage and camouflage items made specifically for electronics, you can combine convenience with style.
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Post-Recession Trends Part 2
Altered Sense of Responsibility Guiding PurchasesPost-recession consumers are putting more pressure on themselves to spend frugally and to consider carefully lifestyle choices and consequences. This new “responsibility virtue” (please link to source) is causing prospective homeowners to shift their views on value and resources.
For example, with tighter budgets, homeowners are forgoing personal, private home features, like sprawling backyards and sparkling pools. Instead, consumers are opting to choose builders whose homes offer a number of public resources, like parks, pools and trails. These public resources are seen both as an environmentally responsible alternative and a more budget-friendly option.
Home Builders Providing Worthwhile OpportunitiesPlantation Homes, an award-winning new homes builder, has been working with Texas homeowners for over 25 years. The energy-efficient home plans are built around the consumer and feature distinct touches, utilize green building techniques and designed with energy efficiency in mind. The builder also ensures that each home is located next to a number of public resources so that consumers are able to maximize their investment.
These efforts by Plantation Homes signal a greater determination on the builder’s part to converge post-recession trends and sustainable development tendencies to benefit consumers. This commitment to homeowners is part of how Plantation Homes has enabled its consumers to thrive in what is otherwise a recovering economy.
The Lone Star State has weathered the national recession better than the rest of the country. With contributors like affordable home prices and job growth, Texas’ economy and real estate market have rebounded well. These trends are the result of changes in consumer preferences and perceived “responsible actions,” according to Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, in the 2012 first quarter AIA Home Design Trends Survey. This post-recession mindset is working to boost the nation’s real estate market and particularly, in Texas metropolitan areas like Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.
Job Growth Spurring Market ImprovementsSurvey data suggests that the residential building market is steadily picking up, especially in the luxury and custom areas. Baker told Mary Umberger of the Chicago Tribune that the major signals for an improving residential building market are strong, but the underlying economy is still trying to catch up.
“Generally, you have to see job growth—people get a job, they buy a new home—that relationship is well-established,” Baker said. “But it’s also going to rely on pent-up demand, households that have been deferring buying a home deciding to take advantage of low prices and record low interest rates, saying, this is the time to move—some sense of ‘whoops, we’re at the bottom, prices are starting to move up, and so it’s time to buy.’”
This need for job growth is part of the reason Texas has weathered the national recession better than the rest of the country. In a report published by CareerBuilder this year, Houston has had the second-highest job growth for the last two years—six percent. Dallas followed closely with an impressive four percent. These numbers indicate that residential building markets and real estate is on the rebound across the Lone Star State and, particularly, in Dallas and Houston.
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