Breathe Easier With Birdi: The Anti-Pollution Smoke Detector
Burned the toast? Forget climbing on a chair and frantically waving a towel over the angry smoke alarm. False alarms are history. The most recent device swooping into the automated home front, intends for home owners to breathe a bit easier. Dubbed as an anti-pollution smoke detector that keeps you connected to better protect your home, Birdi perches on your ceiling just like a traditional smoke alarm. It’s not just about fire anymore though; Birdi’s kicking things up a notch equipped with environmental sensors that can detect indoor air pollution, dust, pollen and humidity.
Besides letting you know when pollen and dust levels are high, this smart home gadget acts like a sort of neighborhood watch. If your neighbor has an emergency — say a fire — you will be alerted and be able to make it to safety before the billowing smokes comes flooding into your apartment or house. It also sends signals when there’s threat of natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado or earthquake.
The bane of the regular old smoke detector is when we’re cooking up a fine, medium-rare filet mignon and it suddenly starts screaming about the smoke. That’s not going to happen here. Birdi alerts you to hazards with a calm and serene chirping noise, allowing you to silence a false alarm right from your phone. High-pitched beeps are a thing of the past as well. When power levels are low, Birdi will send batteries automatically to your door.
If you’re thinking this sounds a lot like Nest Protect, the makers assure that the differences are massive. Birdi’s pollution sensors, open API and battery program go a step further than what Nest is offering. If you’re totally immersed in social media, you’ll be pumped to hear that the device is too. It even allows you to Tweet enthralling facts about the amount of dust in your home (more embarrassing than helpful?) and even get the DL on what’s happening at your neighbor’s home.
Interested in taking advantage of everything Birdi has to offer? Pre-order yours for $119 here.
What do you think of Birdi? Will you pre-order one (or two or three!) for your home?
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)