Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I was a guest of Real Mom Media for this event and was given a lovely parting gift of a Samsung tablet from XFinity before I left to go home.
Today I got to visit Philadelphia Magazine's absolutely stunning Design Home 2014. It was AMAZING. The house itself was gorgeous, but then they went ahead and added about a million cool techy things through XFinity/Comcast that just threw its cool factor completely over the edge for me.
The thing that floored me the most about the house was that although it had all the latest technology within, it didn't look high tech. It looked comfortable. Like people could actually live there within this century. All the colors were perfect. The floor plan flowed so smoothly, and yet there were about a million nooks and crannies all over to explore.
One of my favorite parts of the house was the lowest level which included a living room area, bar, gym, laundry room and the nanny's quarters including a bedroom and bathroom. We were brought in to learn about XFinity's X1 system which allows you to customize your TV viewing experience throughout your home. It seems like a pretty cool system with lots of features like:
- the ability to record up to 12 shows at once
- flip through the guide and watch shows that may not be on at the moment
- make playlists of your favorite shows to play on a continuous loop
We then took the stairs (although there WAS an elevator available, it was that immense...) all the way up to the top floor which was designed as a kids' playroom. If I know my kids at all, this would definitely be their favorite room in the house. Up there, we learned about XFinity wifi services and all its capabilities using hte XFinity wifi app. Just wait, soon it will be available for use even when you are overseas!
We made our way downstairs to the kitchen... I feel like kitchen is too small a word for the place we were in. It was more like what I have dreamed heaven might be like. There was a ginormous marble island in the middle of the room, cabinets everywhere, a butler's pantry in the corner, a TV on the wall, and just so much more. The dining area was across the room and had not one but two - TWO wine cabinets. It was my favorite room in the house.
The XFinity guys were there to tell us even more about the XFinity Home at that point. We learned that it is possible to basically set up your entire home on your tablet so you can view, adjust, fix, or turn on or off anything at all. It can be used as a security system, a thermostat, a baby/pet monitor, a lighting adjuster, and much more!
At this point, my head was exploding with knowledge and I took a little wander off by myself to check out the rest of the house. Let me tell you, I almost got lost in the master suite's bathroom. But don't worry, I found my way out and was able to find all the other gems throughout the house like the upstairs laundry room, the three additional bedrooms, huge walk in closets, and did I mention there was an ELEVATOR?
I was very impressed with everything I saw today. I wanted to get it all out right now before I went to bed or I would probably not sleep thinking about it!
Oh, and to top it off, XFinity gave us all beautiful Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch) as a parting gift! I couldn't have asked for a better day.
Thanks to Real Mom Media, Comcast/XFinity, and Philadelphia Magazine for a wonderful time!
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