7 cool smart home devices you didn’t know you wanted

Big brands like Google, Amazon and Philips Hue are renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next innovation in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But innovation in energy consumption and privacy are just as important, and they often come from smaller companies. If you care about smart lawn care, smart gardening or a smart security system — aything beyond color-changing lightbulbs — these cool smart home devices might be for you.

These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation and smart home technology game or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this list.

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Dauphin County hideaway home on wooded lot boasts chef’s kitchen, 3 levels of decks: Cool Spaces

Situated on almost four acres of wooded land, this home sits tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Derry Woods development.

Every view is one of natural beauty thanks to large windows and three levels of decks and balconies. Natural plantings in the front and back attract wildlife.

Inside, wooden floors can be found throughout the home. A dining room flows into a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, two microwaves, two sinks, a large island and plenty of storage space.

Counter seating is available in the kitchen as well as in an adjoining great room with vaulted ceilings, skylights and fireplace.

The master suite has its own balcony, large windows overlooking the backyard and a walk-in closet and a master bath.

The finished lower level offers a huge amount of living space with a TV and game areas and large bonus space with a wet bar, bedroom with a

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Tour a Stylish Austin Home Fit for a Top Designer’s Cool Mom

Remember the indelible “cool mom” character played by Amy Poehler in Mean Girls? She wore Juicy Couture sweat suits and allowed underage drinking at home. Designer Juniper Tedhams’s mother, Charlotte Herzele, is a different kind of cool mom. She’s got belly dancing and poetry on her résumé, an Andy Warhol Elvis with an intriguing Factory-era pedigree, and a seriously chic home in Austin, designed by her talented daughter. Now that’s cool.

“Juniper has the best taste of anyone I know. She’s the only person I ever let dress me. I trust her completely,” Herzele says of the soup-to-nuts renovation of her Austin home, a formerly nondescript spec house located on a generous corner lot in a vibrant neighborhood of University of Texas students, professors (Herzele herself is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences), and assorted hippies. “The layout of the house was really strange. I could

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Historic preservation awards salute a wine-filled grain elevator, updated factories and other cool restorations (before, after photos)

People who revitalize historic buildings are being honored by the preservation organization Restore Oregon for the impact their improvements have made on their communities.

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Recipients of the coveted 2020 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation demonstrated how restoring and updating architectural and cultural sites can create housing that is affordable, incubate new businesses and combat climate change through re-use, explains Peggy Moretti, Restore Oregon’s executive director.

Each of the 11 teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors, developers, property owners and community leaders selected for the award are being spotlighted in a video released on restoreoregon.org and @restoreoregon.

A virtual event, the DeMuro Awards @Home, will take place on Oct. 22.

Since the program started in 2013, award-winning teams were celebrated at the Restoration Celebration Gala. The fundraising event will be online this year to due to coronavirus pandemic.

Registration is free with a suggested donation of

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