Just what do you get for the guy that wants a minimalist Jetson’s look to his home? It’s frustrating to know that you can only choose very specific pieces – and very little in the way of décor items. After all, anything that clutters that space would be, well, relegated to the back of the closet, right? And, that’s the last thing you want when looking for modern interior design ideas.
But, while the modern home often embraces a sparser way of life, it’s certainly taken technology as its best friend. Some of the best gifts for a man that loves a modern home are easily found in the new tech that’s been unleashed in the world over the past couple of years (think about a wireless alarm system complementing a gel fuel fireplace).
Of course, you can still pick up those few pieces of furniture because a modern coffee table and a modern chair offer a lot to an otherwise plain space. Just steer clear of anything kitsch when shopping for modern home decor. And, you'll want functional items such as a modern floor lamp rather than a piece designed as a decorative accessory only. Just check out some of the faveable team’s top picks, we're sure you'll fall for these modern home decor ideas.
This desktop light delivers 10,000 lux of daylight spectrum light to counteract the effects of work fatigue, jet lag, and seasonal change. Just 30 minutes of exposure to the light from this slim box can block the release of melatonin, a sleep hormone. With less melatonin, people find they have increased energy levels and alertness. The light’s small 5 1/4" x 3" footprint allows it to fit easily on work surfaces, unlike previous generations that take up significant desktop space. The light uses a special 36-watt bulb rated for 10,000 hours, electronic ballast to ensure buzz-free operation, and flicker-elimination technology that prevents electromagnetic fields.
This switch is movable and wireless so you can stick one of these anywhere in your house. You can control many devices from Avi-on such as the smart dimmer and bluetooth smart bulb. You can setup scheduling to turn varios lights or other devices on and off durring the day. These products also don't need a gateway or control panel to get started. You can simply do everything from your phone.
The Avi-on light switch has a 100ft range and 3 years of battery life.
The Philips 259952 personal wireless bulbs can be bridged with up to 50 other bulbs and can be controlled from your phone. You can control the colors of your lights to create the perfect scene. You can set the lights to get brighter as the sun goes down. If you're not home and want to make it seem like someone's there, you can remotely turn the lights on and off to give that appearance.
This planter is anything but boring. In fact, it may just be the snazziest planter on the planet. It's simultaneously futuristic and natural and ridiculously visually compelling. Designed in France and primarily sold in the UK, this planter is sure to keep your guests fascinated (and you too, of course).
No office is complete without some photos or art. And the digital photo frame has replaced the ol' pic of the "wife and kids" on every man's desk. This one is wifi and cloud enabled. It'll pull from your Facebook, Dropbox and Instagram accounts, not to mention your phone and, of course, a memory card. It's a great reminder that, unless you're working at your own startup, there is a weekend approaching. (If you're an entrepreneur, then use it as a reminder that you once had a life - and hope to again soon!)
This coffee table is an art piece - and completely functional. Now, unforunately, it's not made with solid wood - or it would be a lot higher on our list. But, this is certainly one of the best designer coffee tables that you can pick up for a budget price. This Malaysian-made designer coffee table is made of engineered wood with dark brown faux wood grain paper veneer as well as steel supports.
Assembly is required.
To clean, wipe with a dry cloth.
Dimensions: 17.1 Inch high x 47.25 Inch wide x 27.6 Inch deep.
Trying to find your garage door opener while rolling down your dark street is often awkward and even dangerous.
Chamberlain's new Smart Garage Door Opener changes this game by using geo-fence technology to automatically open your garage door as you draw enter your driveway. The kicker? It will automatically close the door once you are inside, and keep the lights on in the garage until you exit into your home.
Chamberlain is compatible with both Staples Connect and Wink, and works with every garage door open manufactured after 1994.
Sure, most of the time you remember to clip that damned garage door opener to your visor, right? How does it so often wind up under the seat, in the glove box, or on the floor of the garage?
Floating glass panels are held in place by a brushed nickel base that houses up to 3 cans of FireGlo gel fuel with an output of up to 3,000 BTU each. The glass panels provide an unobstructed view of the magnificent flame, while adding a modern loft appearance. When heat is not desired, use the included snuffer cover, and replace the gel fuel cans with decorative pillar candles.
It connects to your wireless network and allows you to communicate with anyone in the next room or even in the next country. You can set some of these up in your home and use them as security devices to check on any noises you hear at night.
You're not going to find many chairs with such distinct styling, especially at this price. And, although it looks like you'd have a difficult time snuggling up on it, nothing is further from the truth. This lounge chair from Christopher Knight offers comfort - and a great deal of fun to your home. It features a steel frame with a white bonded leather cover. The secret behind the great price is that you'll need to do some assembly. And, you can choose whether one or a pair is right for your home.
Dimensions: 27.17 inches high x 33.86 inches wide x 35.83 inches deep
Multiple features make it a worthy competition for the "smarter" Nest and Ecobee
Installation and setup very easy; intuitive interface is simple to navigate
Compatible with most Android/iOS devices, can be programmed for home or business use, fully customizable according to your specific preferences, reasonable price tag, easy to install on existing home HVAC systems, and compatible with Honeywell security and home automation systems.
Your HVAC system MUST contain a C-wire (not all systems do), and this thermostat is not compatible with electric baseboard heat or heat pumps.
Performance: If you're looking for an excellent smart thermostat, this Honeywell WiFi thermostat is as good as it gets. It has the "learning" capabilities of a smart thermostat, ensuring that your heating/cooling cycles are always accurate. It adapts to temperature and humidity, only turning on until you've reached the perfect temperature and switching off to save energy.
The LCD screen allows you access to the surprisingly simple menu, where you can control every element of the HVAC system. The screen is bright even in a darkened room, making it easy to see the temperature readings at any time. Built with the quality you've come to expect from Honeywell devices, this Wi-Fi thermostat is a high-performance device that will keep your home as cool/hot as you want it!
Features: You can connect to the Honeywell wireless thermostat via the Total Connect Comfort App, available for both Android/iOS phones, as well as tablets and computers. The remote access makes it easy to adjust your system from anywhere, so your home is just the right temperate when you walk in the front door. The app will also send alerts and notifications to your phone, as well as any other devices connected to the network.
The touchscreen can be locked so only YOU can adjust the temperature settings. There is even a 30-second lockout feature that will keep the screen locked while you clean fingerprints off it. Features include: an indoor humidity sensor, large-sized clearly displayed temperature readings, advanced fan control to improve air circulation and reduce heating/cooling costs, energy-saving features, and more.
Price: The $170 price tag may seem high to some, but considering that you get a fully "smart" thermostat that is easy to control, you'll soon realize that it's worth every penny. It's reliable, user-friendly, and a device built to last.
This is the computerized mixologist found at country clubs, stadium luxury suites, and fine hotels that automatically makes perfect cocktails at the touch of a button. The touchscreen interface allows users to quickly select drink categories such as neats, martinis, and tropical drinks, search alphabetically, or choose a spirit, and it searches its 600-drink database for matching cocktails. Users can view any cocktail’s ingredients, invent new libations, and customize traditional cocktails by adding or omitting ingredients, increasing liquor proportions, and adjusting drink size.
The unit holds up to 16 750 ml or 1 litre bottles of spirits (not included) and 12 mixers (included) such as tonic water, cola, and lime juice.
An ice bin accessible from the countertop holds up to 20 lbs. of ice and a built-in garnish tray keeps blue cheese olives and lemon twists close at hand.
The cabinet is made from stainless steel or metal and wood veneer, the countertop is quartz, and the four casters enable easy relocation.
The Blink is a wire-free HD home monitoring system. It has motion and temperature sensors to give you updates in real time. Using the Blink app on your smartphone, you can get messages when there is motion in your home. You can even view events live from the app. The camera on the Blink also has night vision, so you won't miss what is happening in your house while you're away.
Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to open your lock straight from your smartphone
Unique look is charming and intriguing
Packed with convenient automated features, easy to access using both iOS and Android smartphones, can be integrated into existing deadbolt systems, and very DIY-friendly.
Pricey and still a tad "buggy" with occasional software/app flaws.
Even when you work from home, sometimes people need access. But, you still need to secure the space. This smart lock is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and allows you to easily control who has access to your home and manage how long their access lasts - right from your handheld device! The lock is also powered by 4xAA batteries, so it's always on.
Design: Make no mistake: this is a big lock! It's larger and thicker than your average door handle, and it will look a bit odd. However, it's built to last, with a durable tamper-proof exterior that will protect your home from burglars.
Installation: This lock is designed to be installed with existing deadbolt locking systems. It's simply the locking mechanism, without the actual deadbolt itself. Simply remove the thumbturn and mount the August smart lock to your door. Voila!
Performance: One of the best things about this Bluetooth door lock is the fact that you can check the lock history via the smartphone app. You'll be able to see when the lock was opened via the app, making it easy to monitor your family's comings and goings. The app has a lot of functions: instant invites to allow guest access, time-restricted access, and more! You can send as many "e-keys" as you want.
The iOS app is best, as the Android app has a few bugs in the software. The fact that it's Bluetooth means there's a bit of lag when trying to connect/open the door. However, you can also connect with it via your home wireless connection, making it a useful WiFi door lock. The latest generation of August Smart Lock is now compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice control service. You can lock, unlock, or check on the lock via the August Home Skill app on Alexa. Be warned, you'll need the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge to make it work.
Lost power or your Bluetooth won't connect? No worries: the lock comes with a key that will allow you to open it in case of emergencies.
Price: At $250, it's the most expensive smart lock on this list. However, for users who HAVE to have the latest gadgets, it's a lock worth having. The convenience of a Bluetooth door lock makes it a tech-friendly security solution, and it's the best of the truly "smart" locks.
What Reviewers Say:
The August smart lock allows you to give timed access. For example, you would give your family 24/7 access to your front door but the maid would get only a couple of hours. The August smart lock is accompanied by an app that allows you to see the logs of those who have entered your home. It doesn't even need to have your WiFi active as it can still be controlled without it. In case of a power failure you also don't need to worry as it runs on 4 x AA batteries. Many people really like this. Here's what they think.
"The August lock has been quite reliable and does better than described. The packaging and instructions, fit and finish are great. It works with a good variety of lock vendors and it's been well thought out. For those of you, like me, were worried about the grinding noises other motorized locks make when lock/unlocking fear not - August is quite quiet. I bought the August lock for the auto-unlocking when approaching the door with your associated phone. It works pretty much all the time, but will not work for quick trips out to the car and back to the door, you really need to leave. You quickly get in the habit of leaving your keys, so I've been locked out of the house once because I enabled the auto-lock feature and shut the door. Thankfully I the Apple Watch app could talk to my iPhone inside the house so I could unlock the door using the watch app. A casualty of convenience and not August."
"Product works as expected. No issues."
"Compared to Lockitron which worked only maybe 20% of the time and involved weird steps to be made and Schlage where you can tell its a special lock from the outside because of the keypad...I standby August as being the best option available on the market today when it comes to Smart Locks!"
Editor: Fashion & Grooming, Home & Office, Food & Drink
Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.
She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.
Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.