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It’s common knowledge that using a well-
programmed thermostat will save you big
bucks on heat and air-conditioning. But
getting that thermostat programmed can be
a challenge. Not so with the Nest Learning
Thermostat. This super-smart gadget
actually studies your living habits, using
sensors to study whether you’re at home
and what you’re up to, in order to program
itself accordingly. Bonus? It’s totally
controllable via the web or your phone as
well; $250, Nest.com.
Looking for a luxury, modern look
for your kitchen? Biaggi Cucina
offers modern, clean, Italian
furnishings for a variety of home
designs and renovations, but we
particularly love their line of kitchen
cabinets and islands. They make it
a point to use eco-friendly, high-
quality materials for a classic, long-
lasting look you’re bound to fall in
love with; BiaggiCucina.com.
Disposable items are sometimes a
necessary evil — super convenient, but
boring or ugly. Or so you thought. Check
out these cool and stylish disposable
products and stock up.
30 Indoor Respite
Everybody loves a garden, whether your
passion is for flowers or for fresh, delicious
produce. But living in a city, space can be
limited, especially if you’re in a condo or high-
rise. Though it may seem impossible, growing
a city garden is actually quite simple — and
requires way less weeding than the outdoor
variety. Have access to a roof or balcony?
Put some potted plants or boxes outside. Be
sure to check with your property manager to
make sure you aren’t exceeding weight limits.
Remember that potted plants need to be
watered and fed more frequently than those
in the ground, and pay attention to whether
your spot is sunny or shady when choosing
varieties. If you don’t have an outdoor space,
consider going hydroponic. There are loads
of companies who offer kits or custom-built
solutions for vertical wall or window gardens.
Imagine a wall of your kitchen sprouting fresh
herbs for cooking! It’s worth consulting an
expert when undertaking a larger installation,
but for a small start, you can manage on your
own with pots, shelves and fluorescent grow
lights. As with outdoor gardens in balconies or
roofs, be sure to check the structural strength
of the wall you plan to mount your planters
on. Keep in mind the weight they’ll have once
they have been watered, and make sure you
plan and install accordingly. Though it may
take some work to get going, the rewards
you’ll reap in clean air, fresh herbs, veggies
and flowers will be well worth it!.
Liliana Jones spends her days
as a literary agent, and her
evenings and weekends as a
mom. Originally from Colorado,
she now lives in South Florida
with her husband and twin girls.
It’s a good idea to keep a spare
toothbrush or two on hand for
unexpected guests. We skip the
bright, plastic sort and opt for these
lovely Guest Bamboo Toothbrushes.
They’re so cute, they’ll probably get
taken home; $13, Izola.com.
These plates are so pretty, you’ll
wish they weren’t disposable…
at least, until it’s time to do
the dishes! Luckily, Wasara’s
single-use containers are totally
biodegradable and compostable;
Disposable razors can be a life-
saver, but who likes adding most
plastic to the landfill? When you’re
done with your Preserve Triple
Razor handle, simply mail it back
to their recycling program; $8.49,