You've heard the old saying, "Less is more." It may not be so true when it comes to lighting (you can never have enough lighting), but for certain areas of the home, having the least amount of tech may be the best route of all.
The Bedroom: Like many of you, we're all for a bedroom that's completely tech-free. Okay, so we're guilty of bringing the iPad into bed every once in a while. However, loud disruptive devices such as televisions? No way.
Entryways: We like our entryways made for putting on shoes, hanging up coats, and making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Having bright LED screens or security alarm panels are almost certainly a turn-off. Either cover it up or sign up for a service that allows you to use your cell phone to control your security system.
Bathrooms: Radios may be okay here, but please don't get us started on the new trend of TVs built into the bathtubs or toilets that tweet energy savings while you do your business. For those of us who have other obligations besides ourselves, the bathroom may be the last haven in the house where one can truly be alone from all of life's distractions. Don't allow it to become yet another 'connected' hot spot.
Balconies/Porches: We walked by a beautiful corner Victorian with a lovely porch the other day. First, we noticed the sweet old couple. We waved. Then, we noticed they had dragged their 30-year old tube television onto the porch. We didn't say much after that, except we promising ourselves we wouldn't let this mature as a trend. No TVs on the porch or balcony. Never ever.