This is pretty cool. I've been looking at a variety of smart locks lately and this is my favorite so far. The August smart lock mounts on the inside of your door and requires no wiring. it runs off of battery power with a bluetooth connection, so no wifi needed, and looks just like a regular deadbolt from the outside which still uses your regular key. Once hooked up, you can control the lock with your phone and it doesn't just open the door for you. You can use the app to send out a variety of access options- be it a temporary access for a one time, time limited access for a service person to list of party invites. The guestbook can even send out thank you notes, messages or instructions. New features on the horizon are auto lock and unlock that senses your approach or departure, so you don't have to do a thing.
Heckler Design has some very interesting products. If you're short on space or just want to streamline your space, their OneLess Desk & OneLess Office are really pretty awesome. If you just want to beautify or simplify the desk you have, the cliff is s good place to start. This monitor stand has 2 drawers to hold your clutter-ables and strategically placed holes to direct those awful wires. It's also great for pairing your laptop with an external monitor. I am very fond of the mint version shown above and there are 3 other equally attractive color options to choose from as well- white, black and red.
If you're interested in getting started with automating your home a bit, but don't want to invest in a system or monthly fees, the WeMo is a good place to start. The LED Lighting Starter Kit is very basic. You get 2 WeMo enabled LED bulbs (that will likely last you 20 or so years with average use) and a WeMo link that enables you to control the lightbulbs through the app. You can schedule, dim, monitor to your heart's content and continue to add to your system over time because WeMo is completely modular. 1 WeMo link can run up to 50 bulbs and there are a slew of other WeMo components to help automate your house with little effort.
This LED night light is integrated into a basic electrical face plate- available in both standard and decor versions- and runs using just s tiny amount of energy. Sensors turn the light on and off, so you can have an unobtrusive, inexpensive, night light anywhere you have an electrical outlet- bathroom wall, hallway, child's room or countertop. It's so easy to install that it's pretty much just swapping out the faceplate.Anywhere you need a little extra light at night, this can do the job. I can think of several spots that need this in my house.
I always like checking out the Art section at West Elm. I really love these new Lacquer Totem prints. Printed on paper with a shiny lacquer finish and wrapped in a simple wood frame, one, tow or all three would look great on any wall.