Dress Your Nest: A Modern HomeWords by Carolyn Gerin
Newlyweds have a unique opportunity to start smart: a new life and new gear. Your first home together is a perfect time to define your design sensibility as a couple and go for the gifts you really want.
Successfully feathering your nest starts with expertly designed products which improve your quality of life: from relaxing and entertaining, to keeping house. With solutions this innovative and aesthetically stunning, you’ll have more time for what matters most: each other.
The sleek, portable Dr. Dre Pill is a Bluetooth workhorse and a speaker that’s smaller than a curling iron. The "Pill" packs a powerful punch: filling a room with rich, resonant sound while holding a charge of seven hours. Pop it in your suitcase for music-to-go on your honeymoon.
He wants to watch "Game of Thrones," you want to relax with a magazine, a glass of wine and music. Enter Beats by Dr. Dre Executive Headphones – a soft caress of black leather, reducing environmental noise to a whisper and crystal clear musical sound, and ultimately, harmony at home.
Wind down with a custom SeaOtter traditional Japanese Soaking Tub: Every deep soak is perfumed with aromatic Hinoki Cypress wood. Build a tub for two for a lifetime of Zen harmony.
Relaxing with Robots
If watching "Mad Men" reruns with your sweetie (while a robot vacuums your home) appeals to you, look no further than the Roomba 770. iAdapt technology monitors the cleaning environment more than 60 times per second, using multiple sensors (like cliff detection on a flight of stairs), "wall following" and vacuuming in tight spots. The Mint+ 5200 continues the job by dry sweeping and mopping – the GPS helps the robot keep track of where it’s been.
Flames of Love
Enjoy rustic outdoor romance from the wilds of your own backyard. Snuggle up alongside a romantic roaring fire with the PureModern Fire Bowl. Cast from a high performance, lightweight fiber-concrete, this fire bowl is movable, while remaining safe and stable, and burns clean using vent-less fireplace fuel.
Anything created by the designer of the iPod is sure to be a game changer. The iNest learning thermostat is a rare breed of brains and beauty. The sleek design wraps around data and algorithms that learn how you live, and teaches itself how to respond to your lifestyle. Over time iNest will help inform you about energy consumption to make decisions about usage.
The Williams-Sonoma Thermo-Clad™ Stainless-Steel Essential Pan, 5-Qt., draws on five decades of culinary experience. Crafted in Italy, it combines superior thermal conductivity with the qualities of a French skillet, ensuring uniform heating with precise temperature control. Bon appétit meets beautiful.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): PureModern, Beats Electronics, LLC (2nd & 3rd), SeaOtter, iRobot (5th & 6th), Williams-Sonoma and Nest.
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall2013/Winter 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.
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