Why the Lyric Thermostat Will Replace Your Nest + Transform Your Home
The same thermostat you remember dialing up and down in your childhood home, maybe even your grandparents’ home, maybe even your current home, is finally getting revamped for the digital age. Or more like, the Jetsons’ age — and by the same people who invented the round thermostat in the first place. With a design that looks like an iWatch face rendering and a promise to save you money as it learns how you live, old school company Honeywell is introducing a new school way to turn up the heat and increase the ol’ IQ in your smart home with the Lyric thermostat.
Nest isn’t the only smart ‘stat vying for a spot on your wall anymore. The latest roommate in your future smart home is different thought. It’s not here to learn your schedule (hi, even you have a million apps, four paper calendars and a partially-scribbled in planner or two and you can hardly hack it.) it’s going to adapt to it. Who’s the boss? You’re the boss. You tell Lyric when you’re coming and going and it helps make sure you’re comfy, cozy and saving money at all times.
This new smart home gadget is created with your busy, ever-changing life in mind. It learns when you’re coming and going with intuitive features that adapt to you and what you and your family are up to. It knows what the weather is like outside and how things feel inside. With Fine Tune settings, it keeps the important combo of temperature + humidity in check so you can set the optimal balance while you’re around.
While you’re gone, it’ll regulate the temperature and keep you in the loop with the connected app. Leave and turn on geofencing so that the thermostat will adjust based on your smartphone’s location and be ready for your return. The little disc even lights up when you approach it as if to say, Hey! What’s up — how can I help?
Create shortcuts and custom settings for recurring events like dinner parties, when you’re using your living room to sweat to the oldies or when you’re on vacay. Lyric learns when you leave the home and when you’re asleep so it can work to save energy when you don’t need it the most. The only adjustment you’ll really have to make is seeing your monthly energy bill dip lower.
If you haven’t started tinkering, it can be a little intimidating to get the smart housewarming party started, but Honeywell’s latest is easy to install. You just need a pencil, a screw driver and WiFi. No power tools… unless you consider your smartphone a power tool. We do, in which case that’s handy to have to control Lyric with its app (coming soon to iOS and Android!). With a trusted brand, a current look and an innovative approach to home automation, Lyric just might be the thermostat that makes the future seem present, even for those who feel like their home is operating in the past. Lyric is available to add to your favorite home gadgets or to get your smart house started in August for $279.
Do you have any smart features in your home? Would you choose Lyric over Nest? Share your thoughts with us below!
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)