Top Smart Home Devices for 2024

Top Smart Home Devices for 2024

Technology for the home that saves time and effort. Here are some of the best smart home products available to improve efficiency.

The Eight Sleep Pod is a smart mattress cover that utilizes machine learning and artificial intelligence-based algorithms to optimize sleep by regulating temperature and monitoring various physical parameters. Unlike traditional mattresses that absorb heat, the Pod Pro’s advanced water-cooling technology actively cools the temperature to as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring a comfortable sleep environment throughout the night. This cooling capability can significantly improve sleep efficiency and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.

To enhance the sleep experience further, Eight Sleep provides the SleepOS app, available for both Android and iOS devices. This app allows you to monitor and regulate the mattress’s temperature, humidity, and local weather conditions. It also enables you to track 11 essential biometrics for better sleep and overall health. The app provides daily reports with insights into your sleep performance and personalized recommendations to optimize your sleep.

Endorsements from athletes like Kris Bryant and Alex Rodriguez, as well as testimonials from everyday individuals, validate the transformative impact of the Pod. It’s gained attention and acclaim for its ability to help people fall asleep faster, enjoy more deep sleep, and experience fewer mid-night wake-ups and tosses and turns.

Investors have also recognized the disruptive nature of Eight Sleep’s products. Antonio Gracias, the founder of Valor Equity Partners, a venture capital firm that has backed companies like Tesla and SpaceX, joined the Series C funding after trying out the mattress himself. He believes that Eight Sleep’s products and technology are reshaping the sleep industry and delivering tangible results.

In conclusion, the Eight Sleep Pod mattress cover is a game-changer in the sleep industry. Its advanced technology, including water-cooling and sleep tracking capabilities, sets it apart.. By investing in the Pod , individuals can experience faster and more restful sleep, improved health, and optimized recovery from physical activity. Adequate sleep is crucial for physical and mental well-being, and the Pod offers a comprehensive solution to optimize sleep.

The Frame is a stylish TV by Samsung that brings an innovative touch to smart home devices and home interiors, and is one of my favorite new products at rachel blindauer interior design. Bucking the trend of creating smart appliances that take centre stage in home design, the Frame is a TV that is designed to disappear into the background when not in use. Aptly named for its function, the sleek and modernist Frame TV converts into a piece of art with just the touch of a button.

The Frame comes with all the functionality of a conventional smart TV, along with a built in voice amplifier and brightness sensors that adjust the display to suit the ambient lighting. It is however, the art mode that sets the Frame apart. The art mode of the Frame is well designed, with elegant bezels that befit museum art displays. A range of customizable bezels, a no gap wall-mount and the absence of obtrusive cables ensures that the Frame blends in with other artworks. Choosing an artwork to display is also made easy, with an art store connected to galleries and institutions from around the world from where artworks can be easily purchased.


Refrigerators have traditionally played multiple roles in a family’s daily life, acting as a point of contact and communication between family members. Children’s drawings, grocery and to-do lists, and notes to other members of the family are often found pinned onto refrigerators in most homes. Samsung’s family hub uses technology to continue these roles of the refrigerator, while adding on a few others functions as well. A spacious french door fridge with a water and ice dispenser and a display screen, the Family Hub comes with a Flex Zone drawer where items can be stored at varying temperatures. 3 built in cameras are synced with the screen to easily see items within the refrigerator and tag expiration dates. Groceries and food can be ordered immediately through several apps, or added to a shopping list on the screen. Photo Albums and Whiteboard apps can be used to display pictures and write down notes for other family members, while the timer and recipe apps make cooking easier. The Family Hub can be connected to from a phone, making it easy to check grocery lists or even look inside the fridge while at the grocery store.

This year has brought with its an increased focus on cleanliness, and has shown us how valuable a voice operated faucet can be. The Voice IQ technology in the smart faucets by Delta does exactly that, dispensing water at your command. The faucet which can be connected to Google Assistant or Alexa, provides a hygienic solution that eliminates the need to touch multiple surfaces and is especially convenient while cooking, as it can dispense accurate amounts of water in various units – be it cups, litres, ounces or gallons. Custom presets can also be used with the Voice IQ faucets, making it easy to fill a coffee pot or a watering can to exact levels each time. Voice controls can be used to warm up the water, as well check the water temperature. The faucet can also be used to track water usage over time, making it a truly green solution that reduces water wastage.


A steam shower is one of the best ways to relax and have a spa-like atmosphere at home, short of having a live-in masseuse. As an interior designer in Tampa and Sarasota, I have been asked on several occasions about the feasibility of having a steam room or spa in the house. For those who are renovating their home, a steam shower at home can easily be turned into a reality by Mr.Steam. With packages that include smart controls, aromatherapy, light therapy, and inbuilt speakers, Mr. Steam provides a calming retreat that can be managed from the iSTEAM3 control panel. The panel elevates the overall experience of the steam shower, with custom profiles to suit each member of the household, remembering everything from temperature to music and scents.

As a furniture and interior designer, there is nothing I love more than products that integrate well with existing interiors and furniture. With a minimal Scandinavian aesthetic, it is easy to mistake the Beosound Balance for a piece of home decor, and this is exactly what Bang & Olufsen aimed for with their new speaker. Designed in collaboration with Benjamin Hubert of Layer, the sculptural beauty of the speaker allows it to be placed on a side cabinet or displayed on a shelf, while delivering impeccable sound to the room. When placed against a wall or other surface, the rear speakers augment the sound using Active Room Compensation which tailors the acoustics to suit its placement in the room.

The elegant form of the speakers are complemented by the knitted fabric and oak wood in the design. The design does not stop at the aesthetics however, as the user experience is crafted just as carefully. The controls of the smart home speaker come to life and light up when approached, appearing only when needed. A mute button for the mic ensures privacy, and the volume levels can be modified by simply sliding a finger on the top edge of the speaker.


Interior designers in Florida are well aware of the need for blackout blinds in homes.  Serena automated shades by Lutron adds a new level of convenience to these, eliminating a step from daily life. Serena smart shades come in a variety of styles, with choices in color, fabric and type. Lutron’s Smart Bridge device can be used to pair the shades with Amazon Alexa, Google Smart Assistant, Apple Homekit and most other smart home systems. The shades can also be controlled via the brand’s Pico remote. Using the Lutron Smart Bridge and app, the shades can be set to various schedules, including opening at sunrise and closing at sunset.

June is a sleek countertop oven that is intended to replace 7 kitchen appliances – an air fryer, slow cooker, convection oven, broiler, warming drawer, dehydrator and a toaster; clearing up counter space in the kitchen. The ‘smartness’ of the oven is thanks to a camera that sits inside, which identifies food and helps the oven the camera. June is a futuristic oven, simplifying the cooking process and saving on kitchen space, all while cooking food perfectly each time. suggest relevant recipes and even select appropriate cook programs. The camera and a food thermometer allows June to cook food to the right doneness, and send updates to the phone using Alexa once the food is done cooking. The app can also be used to remotely control the oven by setting temperature and cook time, as well as to monitor the food while it cooks.


Lighting can make or break the look of an interior, and every gorgeous interior design needs a lighting choice that complements and enhances it. The Philips Hue range is one of the best products for interior lighting. Traditional and contemporary homes in Florida can benefit from Philips Hue White lighting, which offers smart functionality in calming shades of white. For those who prefer the Florida Modernist style, Hue Color Ambiance mood lighting just makes sense and evokes a James Turrell vibe. Connected to your Alexa on command you could have multiple moods of lighting at your beck and call. From simple bulbs to pendant, wall and outdoor lights, the Hue range has lighting for every task. Controlled via bluetooth or apps using the Philips Hue Bridge hub, the lights offer an array of colors to choose from, along with light presets for various tasks and the ability to schedule and automate the settings. The presets and color selections make it effortless to choose the right color temperature for activities like reading, working or even cooking, as well as to light the room according to your mood.

Robotic vacuums have changed the way we clean, turning what was once a tedious chore into something that gets done while lying on a couch and watching Netflix. And with the iRobot Roomba S9+, the chore has been simplified even more. The Roomba S9+ is easily the most advanced robotic vacuum in the market today, with an intelligent design that cleans well and a self emptying feature that does away with the need to empty the bin often. A base unit for the roomba acts as a charging dock and dirt disposal unit, holding upto 30 bins of dirt from the roomba in its disposable bag. The D shaped design of the S9+ is combined with a corner brush that helps it reach deep into every corner and clean the house thoroughly. Using the vSLAM navigational technology and a variety of sensors, the Roomba can efficiently map the house and identify obstacles. With the ability to stay out of marked ‘Keep Out Zones’, integration with popular voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa, and advanced scheduling capabilities, the Roomba can be set to clean specific rooms and zones unobtrusively. The roomba S9+ is a smart system that saves considerable time and effort, and is quite possibly the ultimate cleaning solution for a home.


Lawn-mowing is one of those things that most of us hate but have to do anyway – at least to avoid trouble with the HOA. Thankfully, now there’s a way out! Using the Husqvarna Automower 435X, lawn-mowing becomes another chore off the list. The Husqvarna Automower 435X is a futuristic all-wheel-drive lawn mowing robot that can be controlled using an on-board jog-wheel interface or a smartphone application. This GPS-enabled robot is capable of finding its way around yards, charging itself when it’s low on battery and can even work on a preset schedule. Designed to be weather-proof, the Automower can keep the lawn looking great, come rain or shine. What really sets the Automower apart is its ability to climb slopes making it a good solution for uneven yards. And for those worried about the robot getting stolen, there’s even a built-in anti-theft alarm.

As easy as it may seem, gardening can in reality be quite challenging. For those looking for a fool-proof and easy way to add some greenery to their homes, the Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 comes to the rescue. The Smart Garden 3 is a fully automatic self-contained gardening system that can host a wide variety of plants. The device, which has a simple and clean design, provides water, light and nutrients to plants automatically. Inspired by coffee machines, the Smart Garden uses replaceable “pods” containing seeds to grow plants. With a simple three-step setup process requiring the user to insert a pod, fill the tank with water and plug it in to a socket, getting started with a home garden has never been easier!



myRoom by Lutron is a system that is well suited for residential and commercial spaces. Anyone can make use of the myRoom hospitality system to increase energy efficiency and improve guest experience. While hotels and hospitality brands benefit from the integrated guest room management, the system works equally well for inns and large families by offering guests and family members a simplified experience.

One of my clients uses Lutron myRoom Prime in guest and kids bedrooms to automatically turn lights on and off and set the temperature based on room occupancy. Another client uses myRoom Plus to keep his B&B running smoothly. With the system, guests are able to control the thermostat, lights and shades easily. The system integrates with electronic door locks, and welcomes guests by adjusting the temperature, turning the lights on and opening the shades automatically.

The intelligent system also adjusts the settings for when windows are opened and the room is unoccupied, and also makes it easy for the facilities manager to troubleshoot any issues that may arise for the guests. Reduced costs, increasing energy efficiency, and better guest experience is always a win – for homes and hotels alike.


There are a lot of options when it comes to home lighting, ranging from natural lighting and dimmers to mood lighting. Lutron’s HomeWorks lighting system simplifies these into pre-programmable scenes and settings, easily controlled via an app. Now, Lutron has launched the perfect companion to its HomeWorks system – the Alisse Wall Control.

The sleek and modern Alisse Wall panel offers the ability to control smart lights and shades throughout the house. The panel is available in luxurious and minimal finishes like Brushed Brass, Aged Bronze, Graphite, Architectural White and Champagne among others. Available in single, double and triple button and column configuration, the panel can be customized with presets like Relax, Dining, Entertain and Blackout. Personalized engraving by Lutron can be used to denote custom presets and icons on the panel. With the wall keypad, Lutron makes the system intuitive and accessible to all. Now, a child or a guest can simply press a button with a sunrise icon to open the shades and turn on lights, or press the work button to light up the room instantly. A panic button can be set to turn off all the lights and disable the entry keypad for added safety. The possibilities are endless with Alisse.


In Sarasota, interior designers are often asked for tips to hide home thermostats, and understandably so. Most thermostats are unsightly, and until recently the best option to hide them was to have a programmable thermostat that reduced the need to be fiddled with frequently. Smart thermostats have changed that. With the ability to control them from your phone, or using your voice, these thermostats can be concealed easily. Yet, their designs make them display-worthy.

One of the best looking smart thermostats available today is the Google Nest Thermostat. The Nest Thermostat is the latest product from Google Nest family, marketed as an affordable smart thermostat with premium features and style. It is primarily aimed at those looking to upgrade from traditional thermostats, with a simple setup and intuitive interface. The device follows the circular design of the premium Nest Learning Thermostat, paired with a mirrored display that gives it a sleek appearance. The compact thermostat is available in four colors – Charcoal, Fog, Snow and Sand, and can be mounted on a trim plate purchased separately. The thermostat is controlled via a touch strip on the side and through -the Google Home App.

Using motion sensors and location data, the Nest Thermostat turns on its display to show the temperature when someone is nearby, and automatically switches to Eco mode when nobody is home. The app can be used to set up schedules and routines for the device and to control it from anywhere. Along with its energy saving Eco mode, the Google Home app also shows energy usage history and suggests optimizations with its Savings Finder feature, making it a truly ‘Smart’ Thermostat.

Working out at home isn’t always easy. Beyond finding the motivation to work out on a daily basis, there is also the problem of a lack of variety in many home workouts, as well as the risk of improper form. Considering the renewed interest in home gyms, many brands have launched products to support home workouts over the past year; but none do it better than Tempo Studio.

Tempo Studio is a comprehensive workout solution that offers the closest experience to being in a gym. And in some cases, even better than a gym. Like its competitors, Tempo Studio is designed as a physical unit supplemented with online classes. A simple triangular unit with a large touchscreen on top and a cabinet below, the device takes up surprisingly less space for what it offers. The 42” touchscreen is accompanied by a 3D camera on the unit, which works with AI to create a 3D model of the user. The sensor tracks the movements of the user to monitor and improve form during workouts – a feature that is the equivalent of having a personal trainer at home. The Tempo also comes with a range of plates and collars, a barbell, two dumbbells, a squat rack, workout mat, recovery roller and a heart rate monitor, which are stored in the cabinet below and on racks at the back.

The device is easy to use. To start, set up an account, enter personal details like age, height and weight, and do an introductory workout session. The device uses this workout and heart rate monitor data to figure out what weight and intensity suits each user, and to suggest other workouts. Just like the Mirror Home Gym and Peloton, Tempo Studio also offers online HIIT, Cardio and Strength Training classes with highly qualified instructors. The accompanying Temp Fit app can be used to plan workouts, take part in live classes and to monitor progress. With its highly personalized offerings, Tempo Studio is an all in one home gym that is suited for a weight training beginner or an ardent gym goer.

Take the first step towards creating your dream space. If you are a couple with multiple homes looking for a decorator near you, a hotelier doing a redesign, or a developer looking for top-notch interior design services near you, Rachel Blindauer and her team are here to bring your vision to life. With our wealth of experience and expertise, we can create stunning and functional spaces that exceed your expectations and bring you to a new height of design and sophistication.

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Our Favorite Sources

Our Favorite Sources

Designing an interior is a multifaceted process which involves conceiving a design and further, finding brands and sources that can help create that vision. At Rachel Blindauer interior designs, I am always on the hunt for products that can become part of a gorgeous home design and enhance the experience of home. As an interior designer in Sarasota, Florida, I choose to source many of my products online, looking for brands with good design and attention to quality. So, here are some of my favorite sources for home furniture, lighting, decor and more

Home of luxury Italian handicrafts, Artemest is an online store with a difference. Founded by jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno and Marco Credendino, Artemest offers the best in handcrafted Italian designs, created by artisans practicing traditional arts and crafts across the country. Products on Artemest are unique, each having a history of its own. The items are also made to last, having been made with high quality materials and crafted with care. Artisans and workshops are selected for the quality of their furniture and decor products, and buyers are able to view the stories behind each of the pieces, adding a personal touch to the process. Many of the pieces can also be customized, creating a connection between the artisans and the buyers. Iconic Italian designs, along with modern and contemporary objects, are all part of the curated collection at Artemest. When searching for exclusive and tailored products in Sarasota for interior decoration, Artemest is always my first choice.

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Visual Comfort is a key concept of lighting, so it is no surprise that the brand named after it is a master in the trade. Established in 1987 in Houston, Texas, Visual Comfort has collaborated with design titans like Ralph Lauren and Kelly Wearstler among others to produce signature lighting collections. Each of these collaborations reflect on the ideals and style of the designers to create unique and stunning pieces. The Parkwood Medium Table Lamp and Ellery Bow Sconce showcase the whimsical, chic style of Kate Spade, while the Ori Wall Sconce and Strada Pendants demonstrate Kelly Wearstler’s love for the opulence of Art Deco and the boldness of Maximalism.

Founded by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson, Apparatus Studio began as a luxury lighting brand, and caters today to furniture and home decor along with lighting. Designs by Apparatus Studio are unusual and alluring, taking inspiration from their surroundings and different cultures. The studio reimagines these experiences into lighting and home objects that add glamour to any space. The contemporary chic Trapeze lighting collection draws inspiration from the circus trapeze, while the Pars furniture collection is influenced by nomadic tray tables commonly found across the Middle East. These designs are further enhanced by materials like aged brass, porcelain, suede and marble that add a unique look and style to the designs.

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visual comfort

With a quirky minimalist aesthetic, Ladies and Gentlemen Studio focuses on furniture, lighting, home accessories and jewelry. The varied portfolio speaks to the experimental and playful nature of Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, who established the studio in Brooklyn in 2010. The studios’ work breaks free of traditional notions of design and design styles, creating delightful pieces that juxtapose varied materials and styles. The Shape up lighting series – featuring a diverse range of shapes and materials hung together – attests to the ability of the duo to create elegant pieces in unexpected styles. L&G Studio’s works make for distinctive products that add liveliness to contemporary and modern homes.

Aerin Lauder, founder of Aerin and granddaughter of Estee Lauder, created her eponymous brand to focus her passion for interior design and decor. With the motto ‘living beautifully should be effortless’, Aerin offers home decor and lighting products that bring beauty to every piece in a home. The casual yet sophisticated style of Aerin showcases the luxury lifestyle brand’s focus on products aimed at creating a cozy home – one that feels warm and lived in. Staying true to Estee Lauder’s legacy, the Aerin brand’s success comes from its authenticity and passion. The Aerin store is filled with delightful finds, like a shagreen chess set in a streamlined design with brass detailing, gilded crystal bookends, an organic side table inspired by coral and a jewelry box with croc embossed leather. Products at Aerin have an informal yet elegant charm, making it the quintessential Palm Beach style brand ideal for interior designers in Tampa.

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visual comfort

The brainchild of designer Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Brooklyn based Slash Objects uses unconventional materials to create homeware. With materials such as brass, recycled rubber and marble, the studio uses simple geometrical shapes to form their range of well designed products for home. The Coexist Askew tables use customisable brass and marble to form elegant sculptural tables, while the Ring coasters use polished brass edging to elevate the look of recycled rubber to create beautiful and functional home objects.

The creation of interior designer Sam Hood, Amara is a premium homeware store that carries products from over 300 luxury brands including Versace Home, Tom Dixon and Missoni Home. The store takes an all embracing approach to homeware, offering furniture, lighting, furnishings, kitchenware, garden products and even storage solutions in extensive styles. Amara’s own collection of homeware – ‘A by Amara’ – is also available through the platform. Partnering with the best in design to deliver the most exclusive products, the brand’s success lies in being able to continue the experience of luxury with exceptional service. Along with personal shopping, a wedding registry and gift finding services, Amara is also an unending source of interior design inspiration. The store’s blog communicates trends and brand stories, offering ideas on interior styling and design.

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Meant to last generations, South Carolina based Urban Electric Co. makes handcrafted lighting with impeccable quality. Their designs are polished and elegant, blending modern with traditional, and giving them the ability to look equally good in country retreats and urban homes alike. All of the lighting products are made by skilled craftsmen using high quality materials. A company known to take pride in its workmanship and standards, Urban Electric Co. offers a one-of-a-kind “lifetime” warranty on all products.

Based out of Los Angeles, Zoe Bios Creative offers select artworks for home furnishing. The art collective works with several artists to create paintings, textiles and photographs inspired by culture, art forms and nature. From abstract works and floral prints to portraits and detailed sketches, ZBC offers a varied selection that satisfies the needs of any interior design. The pieces are sophisticated and limited, intending to be art focused and a departure from mass produced artwork. This is achieved through a meticulous process that involves enlarging each hand rendered piece with multiple scans for color density and the desired level of detailing, followed by overlaying paints and textures by hand. The artworks can also be customized as needed, making Zoes Bios Creative every interior designers’ dream come true!

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Dining Interior

Antiques are a great addition to any interior design. They often come with a rich history – sometimes having shared homes with visionaries and leaders. Antique and vintage pieces are also highly unique, with quality craftsmanship to its name. It is this charm that I like to add to my projects at Rachel Blindauer Interior Design, and makes any trustable source for antiques highly valued for me. InCollect was created by Antiques and Fine Art Magazine founder John Smiroldo to streamline the process of sourcing vintage and antique works. The website connects antique and art dealers to collectors and interior designers, offering a better alternative to spending large amounts of time visiting auctions and antique stores to find the ideal piece. Antique furniture, fine art, decor and the latest high end customized works, InCollect features them all.

Wallpapers by Fromental are not used to simply cover up a wall, but are rather the equivalent of adding a piece of fine art to a home. The home of exquisite wallpapers, Fromental uses the finest silk for its wallpapers. The silk is further hand embroidered and painted in intricate designs by artisans in Wuxi, a city known for its silk and embroidery. The result is a luxury wallpaper with a unique British style and materials. Fromental’s wallpaper collection includes several outstanding works like the highly textured Goldoni series and a modern interpretation of Chinoiserie work called Modern Chinois. The collections also include bold designs created in collaboration with various artists, abstract and plain designs to add a subtle texture and quality to walls, as well as a choice of colors and embroideries in select pieces.

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Dining Interior

Yet another resource that simplifies interior design sourcing significantly is Material Bank. Material Bank is established by Adam Sandow, a seasoned entrepreneur with an array of successful fashion and design ventures like Luxe Interior + Design Magazine and New Beauty Magazine. Sandow’s knowledge of the design industry led to the creation of Material Bank as a marketplace with an extensive selection of materials for interiors and architecture. As an interior designer, there is nothing more reassuring than knowing that I can order a material tonight and get the samples tomorrow to put together a beach interior design palette or a Hamptons style interior palette. An easy way to identify relevant materials and check samples allows designers more time to spend on the design, which makes Material Bank an invaluable resource.

One of the secrets to staying within budget for an interior design project is to visit auction houses. Sometimes, you can snag amazing pieces for a steal at auctions, and this makes them a great resource for designers. Interior designing in Tampa and Sarasota does not always give me the opportunity or time to visit auction houses across the country, which is where Live Auctioneers comes to my aid. Live Auctioneers allows users to find and bid for pieces from across the world in the comfort of their home, so I can effortlessly buy an antique wooden cabinet or a unique chair from an auction house in New York for interior decorating in Florida.

While abc Carpet & Home carries an array of products for the home, it is their offering of carpets and rugs that truly stand out. With a centuries long history as a carpet store, it is of no surprise that abc Carpet & Home boasts one of the best collections of carpets and rugs in the country. Be it a Mororccan rug or a flatweave or an overdyed rug, abc Carpet is the best source for high quality hand woven rugs for the home.

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Dining Interior


Based out of Los Angeles, Noir and CFC are sister brands that produce beautiful furniture and decor, led by Stephanie Lu and designer Georg Baehler. Each of the pieces by Noir and CFC are designed by Georg Beahler, who draws the designs by hand and to actual scale. His designs are influenced by classical furniture – ideal for contemporary and traditional interior designs. The designs are then handcrafted by local artisans using locally sourced wood and materials, making the brand an example of quality American craftsmanship. Furniture and decor pieces at Noir and CFC are customizable and made in a sustainable manner, often with recycled Douglas fir trees.

The Future Perfect is a gallery that curates and showcases works by some of the best contemporary designers. A platform for rising artists, the gallery has discovered many talented artists and designers who have gained acclaim since. The Future Perfect is a place where you can find modern, sculptural and futuristic pieces – the kind that catches the eye and is sure to be a conversation starter. Playful pieces from current and future design luminaries that can create quirky and unique spaces are what The Future Perfect specializes in.

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Porter Teleo

Created by artist Kelly Porter and interior designer Bridget Cochran, Porter Teleo brings wallpapers to life with a bold style. Hand printed and hand painted using the finest quality of materials, Porter Teleo’s wallpapers are unique. The process uses a mix of traditional and modern techniques including block printing and chine colle to create modern, bold designs. The creative abstract patterns and designs can be used on ceilings and walls to invoke a dramatic effect in an interior design.

Artsy is an online platform for sourcing art from the world’s leading galleries. Artsy makes it easy to find and purchase artworks by partnering with premier art institutions in every country to provide an extensive online catalogue. Reinventing the traditional model of art sourcing for the modern era, Artsy connects buyers with galleries and museums directly to purchase or bid on any piece of art and sculpture. The online catalogue also creates an opportunity for buyers to discover other artists by simply searching the categories and styles and by reading the editorial showcasing artists and artworks. Artsy is the digital adaptation of the art world, covering art shows from across the globe, and connecting art lovers to artists and museums.

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Take the first step towards creating your dream space. If you are a couple with multiple homes looking for a decorator near you, a hotelier doing a redesign, or a developer looking for top-notch interior design services near you, Rachel Blindauer and her team are here to bring your vision to life. With our wealth of experience and expertise, we can create stunning and functional spaces that exceed your expectations and bring you to a new height of design and sophistication.

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The Best Paint Colors for Sarasota FL, San Francisco CA & Nantucket MA

The Best Paint Colors for Sarasota FL, San Francisco CA & Nantucket MA

In this comprehensive article, we will explore the world of whites and neutrals and discover the best paint colors for Sarasota FL, San Francisco CA, and Nantucket MA. Taking into account the architectural and lighting differences of each region and recommend specific shades that will elevate in those locals.

Types of Paint

All paint is not created equally. In general Portola Paints is my favorite paint brand right now because of their lime wash and roman clay finishes. They give a beautiful modeled texture.

Choose Paint Last

Paint color is always selected last in the design process so you can select a color that ties together everything in a space (a great piece of art, rug or fabric pattern are typically what initially inspires my color palates). It’s always recommended to test paint samples in the actual space before making a final decision. Always consider the interplay between natural and artificial light, architectural style, existing decor coloring, and aesthetic preferences when choosing the perfect paint color the space.

Best Paint Colors for Sarasota, FL

Florida’s bright sun and modern architecture calls for paint colors that complement it. In Florida we mostly do whites with various under tones because of this. Neutral colors ground color pallets, you cannot have a lot of pure color in a space without grounding it in neutrals. Yet the right white can tie together a room in a brighter way using its under tones. We recommend the following:
1. Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore: In Florida I do mostly this yellow’d white and pair it with wood and warm colored smooth cement. Do NOT do white moldings with this. All moldings if any should be in this color.
2. Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore: A yellowed and versatile neutral with a hint of greige, Pale Oak creates a serene and airy atmosphere
5. Wood Ash C2-439M by C2 Paint: This mid toned greige looks great on the exterior of a traditional home or when you pile textures, wood and different shades of greige with it. Do NOT do white moldings with this. All moldings if any should be in this color.
6. Sea Salt Sherwin-Williams: This soft and soothing gray-blue color evokes the tranquility of the ocean, making it a perfect choice for a coastal-inspired interiors.
8. Masquerade by Little Greene: This color is perfect cozy color for a black out curtained bedroom, a closet or a movie room.
9. Salon Drab by Farrow and Ball: A sophisticated and warm neutral tone that adds depth and richness to any space. Perfect for a darker masculine space, smoking room, game room, or more traditional space

Best Paint Colors for San Francisco, CA


San Francisco’s unique blend of Victorian architecture, young laid back modernists and blue sun cast calls for a warm darker color palette. I suggest considering the following shades:


  1. Gem in Lime Wash, Portola Paints has a soft chalky appearance
  2. Half Moon Bay Lime Wash, Portola Paints
  3. Wood Ash C2-439M by C2 Paint This mid toned greige looks great on the exterior of a traditional home or when you pile textures, wood and different shades of greige with it. Do NOT do white moldings with this. All moldings if any should be in this color.
  4. Urban Living RLUL215 Ralph Lauren (This paint is no longer available but I still match the old swatch)
  5. Avocado by Sherwin-Williams
  6. Darkside Lime Wash, Portola Paints
  7. Bancha No.298 by Farrow & Ball a lovely rich color to pair with gold and wood.
  8. Devonshire Green 1489, Benjamin Moore
  9. Dragon’s Breath 1547 by Benjamin Moore
  10. Farrow and Ball’s Salon Drab: Exuding a sense of sophistication, Salon Drab adds depth and richness to a room. It pairs beautifully with warmer shades of blue and black accents, creating a refined and elegant ambiance.
  11. Soul Mate by Benjamin Moore
  12. In the Navy Roman Clay, Portola Paints

Best Paint Colors for Nantucket, MA

Massachusetts, with its rich history and timeless architecture colors go darker or coastal. Think black, navy, coastal whites, geek chic and so on. I would suggest using light colors with mill work and make movie rooms, basements, etc in darker colors. The darker the color the less millwork needed, instead just use spot or art lights to light up art on the walls. Black trim, black doors, and black window panes with an optic white wood work is often preferred.
1. White Dove by Benjamin Moore: Ensure the home has millwork and use one of these whites. They work inside and outside.
2. All White by Farrow Ball: Ensure the home has millwork and use one of these whites. They work inside and outside.
3. Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore: A yellowed and versatile neutral with a hint of greige.
4. Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams: A light and airy gray with warm undertones, it works on exteriors with white wood work and in kitchens when you paint the molding to match. Like white in New England pale colors need the depth of millwork to make them interesting, on flat walls I wouldn’t suggest it.
5. Salon Drab by Farrow and Ball: Exuding a sense of sophistication, Salon Drab adds depth and richness to a room. It pairs beautifully with warmer shades of blue and black accents, creating a refined and elegant ambiance.
6. Bancha No.298 by Farrow & Ball: a lovely rich color to pair with gold and wood. 

10. Coriander Seed by Benjamin Moore: A warm neutral with golden undertones, Coriander Seed brings warmth and richness to Florida homes. It complements the vibrant colors often found in the state’s tropical surroundings, creating a harmonious and inviting atmosphere.

11. Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball

12. In the Navy Roman Clay by Portola Paints

13. Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams

14. Cromarty by Farrow & Ball

15. Soft Chinchilla by Benjamin Moore


It’s important to note that when choosing paint colors, the architectural style of your home should also be taken into consideration. For traditional or colonial-style homes in Massachusetts, classic colors such as cream, navy blue, or forest green are often preferred. Regardless the above colors add depth and sophistication to a room.

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