The 4 Coolest Things from Samsung’s 2017 Press Event
Samsung has had one hell of a year… and not in a good way. With all the bad press it’s received over the exploding Galaxy Note 7, it’s not a huge surprise the tech giant opened up their 2017 press event with a demure address of the entire fiasco. “This was a challenging year for Samsung,” Tim Baxter, President and COO of Samsung Electronics America, admitted. “Despite our setbacks, we have not stopped innovating.” And — in some places — innovate, they did.
1. QLED TV: Last year, Samsung announced the UHD TV (that’s ULTRA High Definition, for those of you who don’t know). With 14.5M units sold, it’s been a smashing success. That’s why Samsung is the number one TV brand 11 years running, we suppose. This year, they’re pushing the envelope some more with the brand new QLED TV. Featuring Samsung’s patented Quantum Dot Technology, the new TVs have 100 percent of color volume even in bright light, a consistent picture quality from any angle and features a super sleek, pretty design.
The TV has a slimmer bezel than ever and mounts flush against the wall. And in case you don’t like hanging your TV, the tech co. has also designed a variety of ultra-attractive stands that blend your TV with your furniture. The best part is all your add-ons like your cable box, WiFi router, etc. connect to the body with a super slim 16 foot optical cable, so there aren’t a ton of ugly wires hanging around. Nice! The TV has also won the prestigious 2017 CES Best of Innovation Award.
2. Flex Wash + Flex Dry Washer and Dryers: When it comes to smart home appliances, Samsung definitely has the upper hand. The Flex Wash + Flex Dry washer and dryer might be the first time you’ve lusted over laundry machines. The washing machine features a five cubic foot front loading compartment which is, while the largest in the industry, still pretty standard. But wait. It also has a built-in second top compartment that stands at one cubic foot, ideal for quick, small loads or for separating your darks and lights. Amazing. And same goes for the dryer too. There’s a larger bottom dryer and a smaller top dryer which all together adds up to 7.5 cubic feet of drying capacity. And yes, it is IoT-enabled, so you can control your appliances from an app on your phone.
3. Family Hub 2.0: Last year, Samsung unveiled the Family Hub smart fridge that blew everyone away. The smart hub could track your calendar, show you the contents of your fridge, make shopping lists and so much more. This year, they’re building the Hub into more of their refrigerator models and giving the software a makeover. Now, the 2.0 version of the Family Hub can stream music from Pandora, is voice-enabled and even has TV mirroring so you can watch whatever you want ON YOUR FRIDGE. What?!
4. New Computers: Samsung announced two new additions to their Google partnership: the Chromebook Pro and and Chromebook Plus. Both are tablet computers that can run ANY app from the Google PlayStore (!!). Plus, they both come with an embedded digitizer pen, so you can take notes or doodle to your heart’s content. Also, they both feature Quad HD screens. Nice! The difference is the Chromebook Plus comes with an ARM processor while the Chromebook Pro is equipped with an Intel Core m3.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)