Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.See More
Built-in closets are the ultimate storage solution, but why not take things to the next level by creating a functional room within the hidden space?
Gift-wrapping supplies can easily make a big mess. Store everything tidily in a made-for-wrapping closet unit that hangs over a closet door. The wire unit organized rolls of wrapping paper, spools of ribbon, and gift bags. Clear glass containers keep things such as cards, gift tags, embellishments, tape, and scissors highly visible and perfectly organized.
Turn a small, cramped closet into a communication hub. Remove closet doors and install a length of countertop at bar height. Outfit the new desk with plenty of boxes and containers to corral papers and office supplies. Tuck baskets beneath the counter and along the sides of the closet for extra storage. Make your communication hub tech-savvy by wiring electrical outlets and add a charging station to the countertop. Consider adding a phone jack to house your wireless router inside the closet, tucking all the equipment and cords out of sight.
If afternoon practices and outdoor hobbies keep your kids running in and out the door, this handy closet-turned-locker-room could help to organize your entryway. Mounted hooks and thin shelves leave extra space inside the closet.