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
Showcase and organize your favorite books and series with these clever book-storage ideas to create your own in-home library
If you have the luxury of devoting an entire room to books, use floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves to provide storage for books and display space for collections, as in this home office. A library ladder runs on a track around the perimeter of the room to provide access to books on high shelves.
Tip: Make sure to outfit your home library’s windows with blinds to protect books from harsh sunlight, which can cause fading and eventually deterioration.
Bare walls in your home are filled with untapped storage potential. These large shelves make use of potentially unused space below a staircase and draw attention toward its unusual design. With their irregular angles, stair landings and attics are also good candidates for floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves.
Create the look of custom cabinetry without the cost with a wall of freestanding units. Use basic, ready-to-assemble bookcases, and add crown-molding trim on the top and bottom edges to create a built-in look.
Frame a window seat with built-in bookshelves. That way books are just an arm's length away when you're ready to relax on the window seat.
Mix and match small benches and stack them on top of one another to create a shabby chic bookshelf. Scour flea markets or antiques shops for the benches, and cover them with a fresh coat of paint to keep the display looking neat and unified.
Give kids their own library with a bookshelf sized just for them. Keep books for younger kids on the lowest shelf and books for taller, older kids on an upper shelf. Slip oversize books beneath the bottom shelf for easy storage.
Stack oversize books on a plant dolly to create a mini library you can move beside your reading chair or into the center of the room as an impromptu table.