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Best Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

While the Nest Protect Smoke + CO2 alarm is great for those who want a 2-in-1 device that connects to several smart home devices, there’s something to be said for the Roost Smart Battery. This $35 gadget plugs into any existing smoke or CO2

Best Smart Speaker

Yes, it’s a Bluetooth speaker, but the $180 Amazon Echo has a number of voice-activated features that let you control a number of smart home gadgets, as well as connect to other smart home hubs, such as those from Belkin and Samsung. It can

Best Video Monitor

  The third generation of the excellent Dropcam, this $199 camera now shoots video in 1080p (up from 720p), and has a magnetic, swiveling base that lets you set it up almost anywhere. It features two-way audio, sharp night vision and a powerful digital

Best Smart Thermostat

SMARTPHONE COMPATIBILITY Android, iOS MULTIPLE ZONES Yes SELF-INSTALLATION Yes MOTION ACTIVATION Yes WORKS OFFLINE Yes WORKS WITH HomeKit, Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings, Logitech, Wink, IFTTT While there’s a lot of futuristic things about the Ecobee–such as its slick touchscreen interface–its best feature is something

A stunning artwork inspired this neutral and blue living room

Melanie Alsford, her husband Richard and their sons Luca and Leo, live in a four-bedroom Victorian house in Hampton, Middlesex. They created an elegant scheme in their neutral and blue living room. What was the house like when you moved in? It was mostly

How to create a hi-tech home with no cables on show

There’s a misconception that hi-tech homes can’t also be knock-your-socks-off beautiful. Speakers, televisions and the smart panels that control audio systems, heating and lighting are just eyesores that get in the way of a well-designed interior – aren’t they? If that visual clutter is

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Vogue archivist Robin Muir and his partner Paul Lyon-Maris’s north London house is urban nirvana: hidden down a private lane on the far side of a courtyard planted with cherry trees. With a Victorian brick façade almost filled by a two-storey window, it was built

Patchwork Rug Collection by Werner Aisslinger

The new collection of Vorwerk “Elementary Shapes” is created from the master of collages and honeycombs Werner Aisslinger – this virtuoso with creative hands follows honorably the footsteps of Hadi Teherani’s highly successful carpet tile collection. Werner Aisslinger has interpreted the subject of fitted

7 spa-style bathroom storage solutions

Clever bathroom storage solutions will help you to create your very own relaxing spa in even the smallest of rooms. 1. On display Mark Scott Imagine your bathroom is like one in a smart hotel and dispose of anything that doesn’t fit with the image.

Gorgeous garden designs to suit your lifestyle

Whether you want a family-friendly space, an easy maintenance scheme, a place to grow-your-own or year-round flowers – these garden designs have got it pegged.​ CLASSIC COUNTRY A simple way to create a fantastic looking traditional favourite of gorgeous, continually flowering deep borders is to opt for colour