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Keeping electronic devices charged is easier if you make it an evening ritual. Create a charging station in your nightstand. Make sure that there is a drawer (to keep the electronics hidden) and an outlet close by.
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Unless your home resembles the retro-futuristic utopia of "The Jetsons," incorporating today's sleek must-have electronics can be a conundrum. Install a flat-panel television to rise up out of a linen cabinet with the press of a button.
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A linen cupboard is fitted with a hydraulic lift that allows a flat panel to pop up from the back of it with the push of a button. The television is enclosed in a case, the top of which becomes part of the cupboard’s surface when the television is lowered. Yet there is still room inside the cabinet to store sheets and towels.
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Bedside Electronics Center
An MP3 alarm clock lets you wake each morning to your favorite song. The bedside cabinet holds a DVD player, a cable box with a built-in DVR, and a wireless transmitter, which sends video to any television or computer in your home.
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Stowing electronic components in a closet and running wires behind walls achieves a neat look. You can operate the system with a wireless touch-screen remote (shown on bottom shelf, left).
Harmony 1100 universal remote with RF support, $400, Logitech.com
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Illuminate Your Wardrobe
If a closet is dark, it will be difficult to locate what you need (as well as to get rid of the things you don't). Consider battery-operated lighting if your closet has no power source. Better yet, have an electrician install recessed ceiling lights that turn on automatically when the door is opened. An incandescent light can also help prevent mildew.
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By mounting the television to the back of the armoire, you can free up shelf space for odds and ends. The mounting hardware, left, lets you extend and swivel the television so the screen is visible from bed. A cord-management system built into the mounting bracket keeps the TV cables neatly organized, while two small holes drilled into the back of the armoire feed the electrical cords to a surge protector.
ULPC-L cantilever mount, $450, OmniMount, omnimount.com