Obviously, designer Angelica Henry zeroed in on color and shape when streamlining the look of this modern kitchen. By using a black and white color palette with stainless steel accents, she created a simple cohesiveness in the room and amplified its linear structure. The slightly glossy finishes on the countertops, backsplash and stainless steel selections work with her lighting plan for a high-tech, polished presentation.
This open plan design allows for maximum square footage for people and entertaining. Spaces were planned to take advantage of the windows and water views. The spaces share an open ceiling space clad with shiplap, adding to the coastal vibe. Tech Lighting was added across the space with many heads so that at night, light can be tossed up to the ceiling to keep the room from feeling cavernous.
A framed TV that looks like a mirror when off sits above the bedroom's see-through fireplace. "I think more and more people are trying to make their bedroom a respite, and you want the TV there when you want it but you don't want it when you don't want it," says tech expert Carley Knobloch. "This is a really nice solution where it kind of disappears."
When choosing the products for any expanse of glass, it’s essential to consider energy efficiency — otherwise you could end up with higher energy bills and rooms that are too hot or cold. Fortunately, many manufacturers offer doors and windows that pair timeless looks with high-tech energy efficiency. LaCantina’s Wood System, for example, features the organic aesthetic of wood while providing excellent thermal performance.
A new tablet or smart phone top most people's most-wanted-gift list this year. If springing for a pricey tech gift isn't in your budget, get crafty to surprise them with a custom-made felt cover to protect their new gadget. Download our free patterns and learn how to sew one up with our step-by-step instructions.
Designer Annie Lowengart balances the use of bold color in this home office by painting the back walls of the cabinetry lime green while keeping the doors, shelving and trim a crisp white, mimicking the balance of color in the wallpaper by Katie Ridder. A playful pink sconce adds a touch of feminine to the space designed to be shared by a couple who work in the California tech industry.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
This may look like an elegant library in a private club or grand Newport mansion, but it’s actually an addition to a one-story, Mediterranean-style home in a small California town, added on where other people might have built a garage or game room. Patterned after a library in an Austrian monastery, the room was built to hold the homeowner’s thousands of volumes, as well as emphasize family commitment to literature and education, creating a reading respite and escape from a high-tech, digital world.
This library space was once a sea of wall-to-wall green with gold accents and cluttered bookshelves. Now, the space is elegant and calming. The home's original molding and wainscoting has been restored and highlighted in this sleek, new design, and the bookcases have been cleaned up and stocked with myriad books. The luscious, overstuffed furniture gives the family a great place to relax and read, but this space has also been equipped with some tech savvy gadgets, such as a projector with a retractable screen, so that the family can watch their favorite soccer matches in style.
“Lighting is so important,” says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. She mentions that undercabinet lighting, faucet lighting and other ambient lighting can boost the overall appearance of a space, like it does in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. “I use lighting to my advantage in any space to create drama,” she says. The pendants and undercabinet lighting were from Tech Lighting. These pendants were about $300, but beehive-shaped pendants for task lighting above a bar can be found for about $100 from online and home improvement retailers.
T'Challa's sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is the Steve Jobs of Black Panther, a talented inventor in the tradition of the James Bond character Q. Here the tech genius is a teenage girl who creates rocket gloves and defensive body armor in a typical Afrofuturist brand of off-the-charts female empowerment and intelligence. In this scene Shuri battles T'Challa's nemesis Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in an outfit that blends cutting-edge technology and the kind of face decoration and dress that evoke indigenous African design.
You wouldn't necessarily think this Atlanta suburb would be home to a vibrant, international community. But like much of Atlanta, Alpharetta is a tech headquarters that attracts a diverse, dynamic population. A visit to Avalon for lunch one day led to the happy sighting of an East Indian wedding in progress, complete with horses and colorful attire and a musical promenade down its wide avenues. No better expression of that global vibe is the Avalon outpost of one of Atlanta's most beloved Persian restaurant's Rumi's Kitchen. This beautifully designed space offers indoor and outdoor seating and the kind of satisfying Mediterranean cuisine you'll want to hit more than once during your visit. Craft cocktails (the Persian Sunset with bourbon and apricot jam is a wonderful combination of Southern and Middle Eastern flavors) are an unexpected pleasure at Rumi's, but you won't want to stop there: lamb sliders, a labne appetizer and dolme (stuffed grape leaves) are great starters before you transition into the main event: some of the most succulent slow-cooked grilled meat kabobs, each served with a different saffron or lentil and raisin or orange zest and pistacho rice.