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So you were thinking of getting smart locks, smart lightbulbs, maybe shades that open and close via apps. And it all sounded great until a friend gave you a sly look and asked, “What happens when the power goes out in a smart home?” You weren’t sure…and by the end of the conversation, you were picturing yourself in your driveway, huddled against a snowstorm and desperately trying to find one bar of WiFi to open your garage door.

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Here are two areas of the house that aren’t typically synonymous with style: the laundry room and the dog or cat feeding area. Well, the experts behind the HGTV Smart Home have some clever and creative laundry room ideas, including a way to neatly (and stylishly!) feed your pets.  All tucked into one small space. The key words are pet design. If you tend to trip over your dog’s bowl or wish his bed didn’t have to sit in the middle of your house, you’ll like this— hey HGTV, keep the fab laundry room ideas coming!

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Photo by Daniel Collopy, Courtesy of HGTV.
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