No smoking please

November 27, 2013

A thing of beauty. All photos: nest.com

It may be a strange thing to be talking about smoke alarms on the eve of Thanksgiving. Or maybe not. When I saw this product in a magazine recently, I was intrigued by its beauty but thought to myself, “Ok, but does it really work?”

When I visited the Nest website and watched this video, I couldn’t help thinking, “Omg, this is exactly what happens all the time. They got it soooo right!”

No I don’t spend my days thinking about smoke alarms. But I do spend alot of my time thinking how I can improve my life and home while keeping it in alignment with what my idea of beauty is. And for me, Nest hit it right on the head.

Let me be completely transparent. As we speak, my current smoke alarm is sitting, under a cabinet in my kitchen. Which cabinet, I honestly can’t tell you. I know, not very helpful. But I was tired of the darn thing going off each time I made fish, or hearing the incessant beeping each the time the battery was dying. It drove us nuts. Let’s just say, the batteries have not been in that guy too often. And don’t even get me started about what the thing looks like.

How is this related to Feng Shui? Feng Shui is about feeling balanced and in an optimal situation, feeling in command and at peace. Each time I would pass my old smoke alarm I would think to myself, “Urgh, I really need to do something about that.” Or when the shrill shriek of the alarm would go off while I was so lovingly cooking my meal, well, it was alarming and unsettling to say the least.

Ok, now I am going to relate it back to Thanksgiving. I may sound like an infomercial but this is how I feel about it – if you are feeling grateful for your home and family this Thanksgiving, please think about keeping them safe. Because I know I’m not the only one who is guilty of unplugging that darn smoke alarm.

Look! They even make a beautiful, smart and efficient thermostat.

Nest’s smoke alarm is definitely going on my Christmas list. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



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