Friday, April 18, 2014

MoD Product Buzz: Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

(MoD Design Guru received the thermostat from Honeywell in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine)

Wouldn't it be extremely cool if your thermostat could talk to back to you? "Hello Thermostat, I'm feeling cold. Can you increase the heat? Guess what, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart thermostat with Voice Control would understand this command and many other complex commands to raise or lower the thermostatic temperature in your home. It is built to listen to your voice! Honeywell has sent me my very own to review and I was blown away! The thermostat is very easy to install and use. Its really fantastic......it's able to interpret spoken requests and learn from them by using your homes WiFi connection. I played around with mine and found  all you have to say to activate the device is, "hello thermostat, make it 3 degrees hotter," and it did it! From more then 10 feet away while folding laundry, I said, "hello thermostat, make it 69 degrees," and it did it! If you want, you can also use it manually but its so smart why do that?! 






Besides the smart technology, I found some nice features: first, you have the ability to change its background color. My kids love this feature! One day they turned it to yellow and the next day it was pink and so on. So go ahead and customize what you want to either match your decor or your mood for the day! Second,  you can link your thermostat to your iPhone or Android with an easy mobile app. So don't worry, if your away on a business trip or on vacation, you can control your homes climate from afar. How great, you will be able to come home to a temperature your heart desires. Love it! 

Wanna WIN your own Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat?

Did I say prizes?

Yes!, enter to win below. Honeywell offered me (1) one to GIVEAWAY! (Entrants must live in the United States and Canada. Before entering the contest, please check if your system is compatible for installation. Read here before entering..) 

Good luck! 
To enter the contest, 
like MoD Design Guru FB page and 
like Honeywell FB page. That's it!




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JDR Industry Blogger Awards: MoD Design Guru Best Blogger Architecture 2014

Yippeeee! MoD Design Guru is the winner in the Architecture category in the 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards!! I can't thank all of YOU enough for all of your support and taking the time to vote! It means a lot!!  The site earned a badge for display and a $500 prize! The contest really generated a lot of excitement....MDG was really dragging behind in the contest but ended up beating sites that I really admire (wowser)........competitors that are tremendous blogs and online magazines such as Decoist and Designhunter!!



Congratulations to the other winners too!! 

xoxo, Michele

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Apryl Miller, inhabitable art





Apryl Miller was not an artist when she decided to craft an expressive home for her family. She always knew she was creative but it wasnt until she began to work on her apartment that her creative juices starting flowing, more like pouring out of her! Growing up in a DIY family, she embraces the new , the different and out-of-the-box thinking; though she adds,"my version of it is - there is no box." Apryl has changed the way we think about living...she ultimately has made a world unto itself with bright colors, intricate patterns, imperfect furniture that is strictly made by her....nothing is store bought. There is a lot of emotion in her work and her apartment is basically an inhabitable art installation in the heart of New York City. 

I am so happy to share an interview with Apryl Miller today.........


SIGNATURE STYLE

Dense patterns and bold colors. The more the better.


Detail-Master Bath tile floor






DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
I put as many colors and patterns together as I possibly can and I never think of matching, but, rather, of juxtaposing and cacophony.  The more wrong my combinations seem, the more right they are, as a harmony rises to the surface from my mixtures.



Master Bath


BIGGEST DESIGN IMPACT

The melding of my visual work with my writing.  They come together now, instead of being separate expressions.




There Where and The How Left you and your Silence, 2012


GOALS SET TO BECOME AN EXPERT AT ART INSTALLATIONS

I never set any goals to become an expert, I work intuitively and I just let my wellspring flow.



Master Bath


LESSONS LEARNED ON THE HYPERALLERGIC APARTMENT

Someone once said to me, "It's not that you think outside the box, but with you, there is no box."


Detail-Master Bath tile floor


MOST IMPACTFUL SPACE THAT INSPIRES YOU

I am a church goer, so I am always moved by the presence of God, that is inherent in religious buildings.  Stepping inside my master bath always uplifts me, as it is the embodiment of what I call the home as a heart thumping, breathing entity.





A Daughters Curtained Stage With A Bed Tucked Underneath.


BEST DESIGN ADVICE YOU FOLLOW WHEN YOU ARE UNDER THE GUN
Finding oneself a deer in the headlights yields magical results.




My Studio Bathroom Sink


MANTRA YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING BY LATELY
God is in the details. And. I have nothing to lose.


 Table Leg Views In The Kitchen




MANY THANKS, Apryl!!
You can connect with Apryl Miller on her


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