Forget the Keys

Forget fumbling with keys. And, unlike locks with RF chips that make you swipe or tap for entry, this lock from August works with Bluetooth LE to detect your presence.

August, the brainchild of Yves Behar, whose work with famed partners Herman-Miller, Soda Stream and Jawbone to name a few; and Jason Johnson, a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur; consists of an attractive smart lock device that installs on the interior side of existing deadbolts paired with a mobile app that allows authorized users to access  the property.

August Smart Lock |KitchAnn Syle

If your phone is typically dead at the end of a day, you’ll be glad to know that the existing deadbolt can still be unlocked with a physical key, and the lock can still be opened and closed by hand from the inside.

The August runs of 4 AA batteries so it continues to work even when the power goes out.

August Smart Lock |Kitchen Studio of Naples

 

The lock comes with both a mobile app and a web app, so it can be used with all Bluetooth-LE-enabled iOS and Android smartphones. You can grant keyless access to friends, family and visitors by inviting them through the app.

You can grant keyless access to friends, family and visitors by inviting them through the accompanying app. You can also customize which days a person has access to your home, even during which hours, and revoke access whenever needed.

You can further customize what days a person has access to your home, even during what hours, and revoke access whenever needed. The app also logs the time and date each user enters and exits through the door. This level of detail is handy especially when it comes to managing hired workers like dog-walkers, cleaning companies or service technicians. You are able to see whether they showed up on time, and how long they actually stayed in your house.

August Smart Lock |KitchAnn Syle

 

If you are worried about the security of the lock or if you lose your phone, the August team has set up a way to lock the app and wipe all virtual keys. The lock is also encrypted, making it more difficult to hack. According to Johnson, the locks do not associate with specific addresses, so it is nearly impossible to associate a digital key with a specific door, should somebody else gain access to your phone.

August Smart Lock |KitchAnn Syle

As for the social aspect, the August app also includes a Guestbook function, which lets people leave comments and photos for their guests or hosts. This could be especially useful if you’ve listed a room or apartment on Airbnb. As soon as somebody enters your home, the app can send them a welcome greeting with some tips on the house and neighborhood. Guests can also leave  “Thank You” notes through the app.

Currently, the August is available for pre-order for $199. It was originally slated to ship in early 2014 but no updates have been given. It looks as though orders are strong as new orders today are scheduled for the second production run.

 

 

Barbeque Sculpture

Cesarre Kara Barbecue | KitchAnn Style
This BBQ from French Manufacturer Cesarré is so stunning, it will make you pause. It’s such a beautiful sculptural work of art, who wouldn’t want one?

Cesarre Kara Barbecue | KitchAnn Style

Called the Kara, this barbeque is finished in powder-coated steel. The Kara grill is 180 cm or 70.875″ high, 200 cm or 78.75″ wide and 110 cm or 42.25″ deep. The grilling area is 50 cm x 50 cm or just slightly over 2.5 square feet.

Cesarre Kara Detail | KitchAnn Style

Cesarre Kara Coals | KitchAnn Style

While this grill is not for the serious barbeque chef who likes to cook in large quantities, it is also very likely to be too nice for the average patio. This grill is a luxury item and comes with a luxury price tag of €5,400 ($7,303.00).

Cesarre Kara Barbecue | KitchAnn Style

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Cable Organization Hacks

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3 Easy DIY Cable Organization Hacks

A charging drawer is one of the best Cable Organization Hacks

If you don’t have one of these charging drawers in your home office or kitchen you probably have to deal with a lot of cables sitting around.

The biggest problem with loose cables is that they are tend to move around, get tangled and mixed up at times. If you mix up the charger intended with for your tablet with on meant for a cell phone if will not draw as much amperage and it will take a lot longer to charge. Continue readingCable Organization Hacks

Rustic Plank Inspiration

Rustic plank bathroom wall idea |KitchAnn Style

Using rustic planks can be a great DIY, low-budget way to make a room have more visual appeal. I’ve put together a collection of photos from the web to serve as inspiration.

Rustic ceiling idea | KitchAnn Style

This simple hallway goes from ho-hum to cottage chic with textured  planks on the ceiling.

Stair wall inspiration |KitchAnn Style

These stairs would look so boring and plain without the plank façade.

Modern Fireplace Rustic plank inspiration | KitchAnn Style

This modern look is kept from looking sterile by using wooden planks for the fireplace surround.

Rustic Reading Nook idea |KitchAnn Style

Using coordinating paint is a great way to save on material for this reading nook.

Rustic barn door inspiration | KitchAnn Style

Mixing unexpected materials such as marble with rustic planks makes a room more appealing.

Rustic wood kitchen inspiration| KitchAnn Style

Milling reclaimed planks into countertops will add lots of personality to a kitchen.

Rustic plank fireplace idea|KitchAnn Style

Facing an existing wall with wood planks in a great DIY project.

Outdoor Ideas for Rustic planks  |KitchAnn Style

Here’s a great use of reclaimed planks for just outside your door.

Rustic plank bathroom wall idea |KitchAnn Style

Consider running planks vertically on a wall for a an updated feel.

Rustic plank shelving idea |KitchAnn Style

Sometimes a small accent is best used.

Rustic flooring idea | KitchAnn Style

I just loved this picture and wanted to throw it in. Keeping colors in mind is so important to themed décor.