smart display on shelf

Every room I use in my home is considered my little oasis whenever I’m there. Whether I’m cooking in the kitchen, working in my home office, or exercising in our theatre room (which, over the past year, has also become my workout room!), I want the space to be as conducive to the activity as possible. The same goes for my son. Particularly as he gets into the back-to-school groove, I am looking for ways to elevate the experience in his playroom where his work desk is, in the dining room as he completes homework while I cook in the kitchen, in his bedroom where he gets a good night’s sleep, and in the theatre room where he enjoys some downtime with video games. No matter the room, I have found many ways to elevate each space for the perfect home living set-up. And you can elevate your space such as a dorm room, too. Here are 5 items that can help you do just that.

1. Google Nest Hub smart display

Google Nest Hub smart display on nightstand

I love the fact that smart displays add a visual element to the smart speaker experience, which can be helpful while cooking, listening to music (and watching the accompanying music videos), viewing a slideshow of photos, checking a calendar or to-do list, and getting help with tasks or homework.

The Google Nest Hub Smart Display is a great option that lets you accomplish all of the above. With built-in Google Assistant, you can ask it to play your favourite playlist for background tunes while you do chores, to play a YouTube step-by-step cooking video while you make dinner and follow along, set a wake-up alarm on your bedroom nightstand, and view footage from compatible security devices, like a front door camera. With built-in privacy and compatibility with other Chromecast-enabled devices, it truly can be the hub of your home, no matter which room you place it.

2. Tineco iFloor 2 cordless wet/dry upright vacuum

Tineco wet/dry vacuum and mop

Both my son and I suffer from seasonal allergies, so dust, dirt, and dander in the air is a no-go for us or the sneezing and runny noses will commence. You can keep your entire home, not just one space, clean with a good vacuum.

For wet messes as well, there’s the Tineco iFloor 3 cordless wet/dry upright vacuum, which comes with a HEPA filter to ensure a good clean on all types of surfaces, from sealed floors like laminate, vinyl, and linoleum. Since it’s cordless, you don’t have to worry about staying close to a power outlet and navigating the cord around items: it offers vacuuming power for up to 25 minutes at a time, perfect for quick kitchen clean-ups. Keep an eye on the battery level from the LED display on the handle. Have a particularly grimy mess after the kids ran through the room with their muddy boots or there was an unfortunate breakfast spill? Put it on MAX mode. There’s even a self-cleaning cycle that will clean the brush roller and tubing so the vacuum always performs at the top of its game. Our reviewer absolutely loved this vacuum.

Tineco Pure One S11 Tango vacuum

It’s worth noting that if you don’t need the wet mopping function, the Tineco Pure One S11 Tango cordless smart hardfloor stick vacuum is another worthwhile option. It might sound like it’s only meant for hardwood flooring and tiles, but it works on carpets, too. The iLoop smart sensor technology detects dirt that’s hidden away in the crooks and crevices of floors or deep in carpet fibres and adjusts the suction to up to 130 watts as needed to get all much as possible. Just switch the brush out (two are included) to go from floors to carpeting. Since it easily converts to a handheld vacuum, you can use it to clean the mattresses, drapes and blinds, or even your car interior.

3. Dyson V15 Detect Complete cordless stick vacuum

Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum

I’m a fan and long-time user of Dyson vacuums; we have a cordless stick vacuum mounted on the wall in the kitchen and it’s used daily. One of the newer models is the Dyson V15 Detect Complete cordless stick vacuum, which boasts a powerful 230AW of suction power and uses Root Cyclone technology that consists of 14 scrolled cyclones to capture even the tiniest of dust particles.

Dyson V15 Detect Complete with the Slim Fluffy head and laser

The Slim Fluffy cleaner head that comes in the box is perfect for removing dirt and dust from hard floors, under furniture, and in narrow gaps. It also includes something pretty cool: laser technology so you can literally see the dust that is being sucked up into the bin. There are three cleaning modes, including intelligent Auto Mode, Eco Mode when you need to clean multiple rooms or the entire home or apartment, and Boost Mode when you need extra suction for a quick and deep clean of a small area. Swapping out battery packs, you can get up to an hour of cleaning time per charge. Like other Dyson cordless stick vacuums, it detaches from the handle as well so you can use it as a handheld vacuum for cleaning a variety of surfaces and keeping those nasty dust bugs at bay.

4. Lenovo Yoga 6 13.3″ touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 processor

Lenovo Yoga 6 13.3" touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 processor
You might think of a laptop as only for homework, but when you have the 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga 6 laptop, your computer will do double duty as a tablet to elevate your space. With the powerful AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and Dolby Atmos speakers, you’ll be able to stream movies, listen to music, or call your family and friends on its 13.3″ screen. When you want to switch into tablet mode, just flip the computer thanks to its 360-degree hinge and you can watch movies or use the webcam to film a video.

5. Nanoleaf light panels

Nanoleaf hexagonal light panels

A great way to elevate your space is lighting. Bright lights can open up a room while warm lights can make it feel cozy and comfortable, perfect for dinner, quiet reading or homework, or action-packed movies.

One of the coolest and most adaptable options in this space are Nanoleaf light panels, which you can mount to the wall or other surface and configure any way you like. Not only do they provide the right amount of light for the room or activity at hand, but they also become eye-catching pieces of art that elevates the room to another level. A good place to start is with the Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagon light panels Smarter Kit, which comes in hexagonal or triangular shapes. Each includes seven panels to illuminate a small area. You can arrange the modular pieces into the shape you desire and choose from more than 16 million colours as well as tunable white light. Control them using the Nanoleaf app, by voice, or even via touch. Set them up in Rhythm mode and they’ll even react to sound, perfect for a party, family game night, or even gaming at your desk. From there, you can add to the mix with various expansion packs that include anywhere from three to 40+ more panels to suit every style and size of room or space.

As you look to elevate your space while prepping for the all-important back to school season, there are plenty of ways to up your game with home living gear from Best Buy Online.

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