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Home Security Monitoring Systems

Home Security Monitoring Systems

There are many home security systems to consider when laying out your plan for home protection. The advancements in these systems grow by leaps and bounds as technology changes and prices drop. Real-time monitoring systems are now all expected to be online and connected. You should be able to login […]

GE Introduces Their Smart Home Technologies at CES

GE Introduces Their Smart Home Technologies at CES

CES has expanded their Connected Home area and it seems that Kenmore and GE are leading the way with introducing their latest in home technologies. For a consumer brand as large as GE its surprising that this is their first appearance at CES. They have taken this opportunity to introduce […]

Holiday Home Security Round-Up

Holiday Home Security Round-Up

We’ve arrived at one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. While you’re off enjoying a healthy dose of holiday merriment, take heed of some of our favorite home security tips to give you the peace of mind in knowing that your home is protected. And if you’re spending […]

Set The Mood (Lighting) With New GE App

Set The Mood (Lighting) With New GE App

With the continued popularity of smart phones and tablets, it seems like there’s a new app every few days. The latest must-have download? The GE Mood Lighting Cam app, a clever invention from the renowned lighting company. Snap a photo of a room or area in your home, and load […]

Transform Your Home Before Thanksgiving

Transform Your Home Before Thanksgiving

That wonderful day of eating and giving thanks is a mere week away! You’re probably busy planning your menu (and devising your grocery store plan of attack), but if you have any spare time, consider one (or several) of these simple projects that are designed to add maximum impact to […]

Let There be LED Blasting Light

Let There be LED Blasting Light

It probably doesn’t need to be said but without proper illumination you’re basically in the dark. And all portable lights aren’t ideal for all jobs. So if you need to cast a quite a bit of light consider blasting it instead. Larson Electronics has just the thing with its new […]

Prep Your Home’s Security Before The Holidays

Prep Your Home’s Security Before The Holidays

Oh, the holidays — such a magical time of year! And unfortunately, the latter half of November and December generally see a rise in home burglaries as a result of more people traveling out of town and the temptation of stealing valuable gifts. We’ve designated November as Home Security Month […]

A Successful Lighting Plan Starts With Layering

A Successful Lighting Plan Starts With Layering

You already know that, just a few years ago, I was woefully ignorant when it came to lighting. I existed solely on pre-installed overhead lights, relishing a soft, ambient glow only when the Christmas tree was lit. I’ve now embraced a mix of lighting sources, which, it turns out, is […]

Illuminate The Way With Luminescent Light Switch Covers

Illuminate The Way With Luminescent Light Switch Covers

I’ve always loved things that glow in the dark. As a kid, my ceiling was peppered with stick-on stars and planets, transforming my room into a veritable planetarium. And now, I’ve got a small glow in the dark skull that keeps watch by my sink. Odd, I know – but […]

Illuminate A Small Space With These Lighting Tips

Illuminate A Small Space With These Lighting Tips

If you’re DIYing on a budget, it’s all about making thoughtful decisions that will enhance a room without leaving you penniless. Making a few lighting changes, especially if you find yourself in a small space, can go a long way at maximizing the existing dimensions of the room — and, […]

Help Your Low Basement Ceilings See The Light

Help Your Low Basement Ceilings See The Light

Basements are such marvelous rooms because they invite a range of mixed reactions. They can be creepy, functional, unfinished, transformed–really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to a basement (well, that and your budget!) If you’re considering a lower level remodeling project, or want to finish an unfinished space, […]

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

I can’t stop looking at the pictures of a full apartment renovation that recently appeared in a guest post on one of my favorite blogs, A Brooklyn Limestone In Progress. The contributor, Nicole Cohen, just launched her own blog but stopped over at BL to share a wealth of pictures […]

KCPD Advocates Environmental Design As Crime Deterrent

KCPD Advocates Environmental Design As Crime Deterrent

Forget expensive security gadgets and high-tech alarm systems. Sometimes the best crime deterrents are the result of environmental design factors, which include a careful survey of your property and home to spot potential problem areas. In a video tutorial released by the Kansas City Police Department, officers recommend several steps […]

Never Install Christmas Lights Again

Never Install Christmas Lights Again

There were a few Christmas products on display at the National Hardware Show this year and the LiteLocker stood out for us. Although the material seems a bit flimsy and we’re not sure how well it will withstand rain, wind and the elements, the concept is brilliant. The LiteLocker installs […]

How to Move a Single Pole Light Switch

How to Move a Single Pole Light Switch

Let’s say that you are doing some remodeling and you need to move an existing single pole light switch. Well, the easiest way to do this is to change the existing switch box into a junction box. To do this, turn off the power and verify that it is off […]

Stay Out All Night With Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Stay Out All Night With Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

When the sun goes down do you run back inside? Are you still a little afraid of the dark? Invest in some low voltage lighting on the patio and in the garden to extend your hours of outdoor living this season. Low voltage lighting is different because it can be […]

Easy-to-Make Glass Ball Chandelier

Easy-to-Make Glass Ball Chandelier

I can’t get over how easy and amazing this do-it-yourself chandelier was that Small Notebook created – for only $70. They got the idea from the smart folks at Readymade. Here’s what you need: 18 4-inch glass bubble balls from CB2 ($2 each) 4 cord sets from IKEA ($4 each) […]

Shine a Light: Illuminating a Home with Vintage Fixtures

Shine a Light: Illuminating a Home with Vintage Fixtures

When my friends Bob and Anne Marie were sourcing lighting for their new house in Hermosa Beach, California, they bypassed home improvement superstores and specialty shops. Instead they rose at the crack of dawn and headed straight to the Long Beach Antique Market to scour the wares of hundreds of […]

Wireless Home Lighting with Verve Living Systems

Wireless Home Lighting with Verve Living Systems

Your home lighting should be near the top of your design priorities. Setting the decor, furnishings and paint isn’t complete without considering how it all looks under correct light. It can also be a tremendous chore selecting which lights are controlled by what switch and with a traditional hard-wired home, […]

Solving Chandelier Access Problems with an Aladdin Light Lift

Solving Chandelier Access Problems with an Aladdin Light Lift

Don’t we all have a problem with trying to dust our chandeliers? Ok, maybe not all of us. But for those that do chandeliers are a mecca for cobwebs and dust. They are just too high and too delicate to reach. Of course at the 2010 Builders’ Show there was […]

Keep it Bright with Automatic Floodlights

Keep it Bright with Automatic Floodlights

No matter if you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country, home security is a concern for all homes. Did you know that one of the simplest ways to keep your home and family safe is with outdoor lighting? A simple motion-activated flood light can be inexpensively purchased […]