Diva Design Diary

By Holly Peterson

Diva Design Diary is about bringing the latest interior design trends and tips to our existing clients, as well as future clients...enjoy!

Web --> TV

By Holly Peterson

(Written by: Stephen Treffinger / House Beautiful)

With the click of a remote, you can browse the Web, check out what your friends are doing on Facebook and Twitter, call them through Skype, watch YouTube videos, stream music via Pandora - all on your TV. The newest models come preinstalled with a host of Web-connected apps like Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon, Yahoo, Vudu, CinemaNow, and Flickr, among others. They appear as icons on the screen just as they do on your smartphone.

You can still enjoy many of these same services on the big screen without a preloaded TV.  The Roku Player is a compact box that links your TV and high-speed Internet service, giving you access to content from more than 150 sources.  Some Blu-ray players and gaming systems like Xbox can do it, too.

Beware, not every streaming device offers the same features, and not every app is available on every TV model, so check first before you buy.

Happy Shopping!

Smog-eating Aluminum Panels?

By Holly Peterson

Smog-eating Aluminum Panels?
What a genius idea...

Happy Wednesday!
- Design Diva Interiors

Household Tips from the Pros Continued...

By Holly Peterson

 "Pay attention to your water bill, so you know what's normal.  Even if you can't hear it, you might have a running toilet or a leaky faucet somewhere.  If your bill is running high, call your plumber."
DAVID PASQUESI, Partner, Pasquesi Plumbing, Highland Park, IL

"A well-done tight-back sofa is far more comfortable than one with loose-back cushions."
MATTHEW O'REILLY, Owner, Matthew O'Reilly Furniture, Albany, CA

 "A keypad with an 'all off' button at the front door not only saves energy,
it looks much better than four or five switches, right?"
TONY DORN, Owner, Chestnut Electric, Greenwich, CT

"Steam is the absolute best disinfectant, and it works faster  than most household cleaners.  We use the Ladybug Steam Cleaner on everything from mattresses to floors to counters.  It even gets rid of mold, bedbugs, and fleas in seconds flat."
DIANA HENLEY, Owner, Natural Care Cleaning Service, Houston, TX

"There's a lot of misinformation about marble being too porous and impractical.  I still think it's the best kitchen counter material.  Put a marble poultice on a water mark for 24 hours and it will be completely restored."
ROBERT BAKES, Owner, Bakes & Company, Sag Harbor, NY

{From: House Beautiful Magazine - Interviews By: Lisa Cregan}