Smart Home Lighting Just Got Insanely Affordable
Tricking out your future home with high tech accessories doesn’t have to break the bank, at least when it comes to smart lighting. LuMini makes certain of that. Now at just $30 per bulb, you can add the feature to your pad—didn’t think you’d be able to cross “jump on the home automation trend” off your digital checklist so soon, huh?
This super affordable Bluetooth bulb was made with an IKEA-type budget in mind, seriously—fans of its predecessor, the Lumen, were hankering for a model that could fit into smaller lamps, like those sold at the Scandinavian home mega center, and its creators, TabuDesgins, delivered with a bulb that’s 1/3 the size of traditional LED versions. So even if your table lamp budget peaks at $5, you can turn it into a smart light.
However, this is a case of you get what you pay for. While LuMini features a lot of what we love about more expensive smart lighting systems, like an array of dimming and brightening settings that are controlled with a compatible app (free on both iOs and Android), white light isn’t really LuMini’s thing—it’s dim at best, according to its creators, so if you’re looking to replace every socket in your home with a smart bulb, stick with the big players.
LuMini really shines as a supplemental lighting source, setting the mood with millions of on-demand colors quicker than a Marvyn Gaye playlist ever could. The app features a variety of pre-programmed modes set to enhance your environment, like the calming “relaxation mode” for those at-home yoga sessions, or “party mode,” when your LuMini bulbs synch their glow to the beat of your music. Epic ragers, here we come!
Let’s get one thing straight: LuMini is by no means “cheap”—plush features were left behind in order to create a budget-friendly bulb that makes smart lighting accessible to nearly anyone. And we totally respect that. Now if only the rest of future tech could get on board!
Would you add the LuMini to your home lighting system? Or would you rather splurge on a complete smart lighting makeover? Tell us in the comments 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)