LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.09.10

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.09.10

Abby Stone
Jan 9, 2010

For part of this week Gregory, our fearless managing editor who also manages those geeks over on Unpluggd, has been in his version of hog heaven a/k/a The Consumer Electronic Show. We have to say that we're more than a tad jealous. Luckily, some of that jealousy has been mitigated by Gregory's reports; more by many of this week's features in the Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section. Controlling home security through your cell phone; a clock radio that finally makes it into the 21st century (better 10 years late than never); and, recessed lighting that doubles as a speaker system (OMG love!). If they come in turquoise, Pantone's color of the year, so much the better. Links to these stories, and more, on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump.

Kwikset home security system can be run by e-mail, cellphone: To add to the stress of always running late, we're often running back to check if we remembered to lock the front door. Which may be one reason that we found Kwikset's offering at the Consumer Electronics show so intriguing: it's a home security system that can be controlled using your smartphone or via email.

A clock radio for the Internet age: When I was a kid I loved my clock radio. I'd spend hours finding the stations that played my favorite songs; I loved the audible click when the time changed and I'd debate every night whether I should wake up to music (and from which radio station) or to the electronic beeping. But, like kneesocks, I outgrew it. Sensia's internet radio brings my old buddy into the present with the ability to surf the web.

Wire recessed lighting for sound: My ex-boyfriend couldn't go to sleep without listening to music; every night he'd painstakingly create a playlist and then we'd listen to it...through his computer. Not the best audio system. I still think about getting him computer speakers which would match his love of music. The speakers from Klipsch would be perfect; the speakers screw into the ceiling in place of your already-installed can lamps. There's also an option to play them through a lamp.

Yellow was so last year. Turquoise is the hue for 2010.: Not sure what colour to paint your kitchen? Baffled as to what colour sheets to buy? Maybe you need a pillow to perk up your blah living room...but what colour? Ponder no more. Pantone's introduced their colour for 2010 and it's turquoise. There's nothing pin-the-tail on the donkey about this choice. There's a real science behind it.

[images: Kwikset; Sensia, Klipsch; Pantone]

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