You can find motorized shades or shutters with a timer, which lets you program them to open and close whenever you like. Some have wall switches, while others have a remote control so you can operate them from anywhere.
Remote control TV mount
"Wall mounting your TV isn't anything new, but being able to lie in bed and control the exact placement (right, left, tilt up, tilt down) is a total luxury," said Henderson. "Many companies are starting to do this so you don't have to have the TV across from your bed, instead you can put it on a side wall and have the long extendable arm bring the TV to you -- by remote."
Make sure that your wall mount is compatible with your television.
•Check the weight rating on the mounts and brackets to make sure they can support your TV. •Some mounts have different shapes to fit different screen sizes. Check the specification on the packaging to be sure.
Hide ugly cables with a cord concealer. You can find low-profile paintable flat screen cord cover kits at your local home improvement stores. Paint them to match your wall and they'll blend right in.
Sleeping at the right temperature is crucial for a wakeless night's sleep, but finding an attractive thermostat can be tricky. "There are thermostats which you can control with your iPhone even if you are traveling, so that when you are headed home you can make sure it's warm enough without wasting a lot of energy," said Henderson.
These thermostats are intended to save you energy and money by automatically learning your patterns and behavior and adjusting itself accordingly.
You can also create your own personal comfort zone within the bedroom with temperature controlled pillows and blankets. And there's nothing quite like waking up and putting your feet down on heated flooring.
You want to listen to music on good quality speakers, but you don't want a huge speaker in your bedroom; nor do you want to have to get up and turn the stereo off. "Also, I don't always like the music right next to my ear, on the nightstand," said Henderson, "so instead I recommend a Bluetooth or wireless speaker that plugs into your wall. You can find speakers that are small and attractive with a great sound and can be controlled by your smartphone next to your bed."
When choosing a speaker, keep a few things in mind:
•Bluetooth reach is limited to about 30 feet. Some speakers use Wi-Fi wireless network technology, which has wider coverage. •Some models have a dock for smartphones or other devices, as well as additional audio inputs for connecting other devices such as your TV. Make sure the model you choose is compatible with your devices -- some only work with iOS or Android systems. •Some wireless speakers come with remotes or voice recognition controls, but the quality varies. Read user reviews before making your decision.
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