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International Housewares Show Diaries

I’ve left Chicago, met up with my kids in Florida, and we’re all now enjoying a little fun in NYC with the kids before school starts again. While I’m bouncing around, I couldn’t wait to share the highlights of my trip to the International Housewares Show. It’s a massive exposition for brands to show off their wares to thousands of worldwide retailers roaming the floor. I saw Amazon, Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma reps creeping around, looking for the next…

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The Intelligent Home

smart home devices: Nickey Kehoe

When talking about your home in the past, “smart” likely referred to something you operated remotely from your phone. You probably had to download an app, regularly monitor the device, and basically help it function. So, really, you were the smart one, and your smart home devices just followed orders. But now, “smart” can mean something completely different: actual intelligence. Certain tech products can now take care of the house without you having to be home. Others learn your behavior, making…

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Bright Idea: GE’s High Definition LED Lightbulbs

LED lightbulbs

If you’re looking for energy efficiency and a longer bulb lifespan, LED lightbulbs are the way to go. However, if you’re sensitive to light color quality, the blue-ish tint of early LEDs may have been enough to turn you off for good. Incandescents weren’t particularly energy efficient, but we all have come to love that soft, warm light that they throw. It’s exciting, then, that LED lightbulbs have been evolving. And as we learn more about how different colors on the…

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Hang pictures perfectly with this hidden iPhone feature

high tech guest room

No, this is not about a “secret level” in the video game sense of the term, it’s about an actual secret level. You know, the kind of level that helps you hang pictures on the wall so that you don’t have to tilt your head to look at them? Or put up shelves that your plants, frames, and candles don’t slide off of? I recently profiled an incredibly cool tool that helps you hang pictures in complex configurations by calculating all the measurements…

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Bathroom Upgrade: U by Moen Wi-Fi Connected Shower

Moen U by Moen

Thanks to Moen for sponsoring this post. We spend hours and hours of our lives in the bathroom. From grooming and getting ready to showering and… the rest of it. So, in my humble opinion, it’s critical that you not only love your bathroom space, but that it works just as hard as you do to help you get ready to face the day. A big part of that job is making easy work of repetitive tasks. If you think…

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Buying A TV

Buying a Television

Hey gang! Happy Wednesday, and Happy February (WHAAAT?!). Can you believe we’re plowing our way through winter? It’s flying by for me. Anywhale… I’ve been writing up a storm on Apartment Therapy, and we launched a hat trick of articles about How To Buy a Television. I’ve linked to them all below, so you can brush up on your lingo, learn what’s worth knowing (and what you can ignore) about features, and even see a comparison of a high-priced and low-priced…

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