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For many years, home automation technology was available to consumers only in niche markets, explained ABI Research senior analyst Sam Lucero. At one end of the spectrum were technophile hobbyists; at the other were homeowners with custom home automation systems costing up to $100,000 or more. But home automation has largely been ignored by the vast majority of mainstream consumers.

And who couldn't resist stopping at the Connect IO oven? Said to be the "first" with built-in refrigeration to keep foods fresh, before and after cooking, the range also has the ability to change any cooking function from anywhere inside the house -- or outside via a phone or the Internet.

Which brings us to the real show-stopper, the digital entertainment and home automation package that allows you to do everything from close the window shades to play your favorite song, all with just a touch -- from anywhere in the home.

Decorating the windows of your house might just be the answer to that little missing touch in doing up the interiors. Bindu Gopal Rao finds out more about drapes, blinds and window accessories.

By Silvia Phillips Kani Interiors

Company's coming!

No more nightmares about Aunt Beth tripping over last year's stack of magazines. Don't panic. With a little effort and the right guidance, you can go from clutter to organized and appealing living/entertaining spaces and bring that "glow" back to your nest.

 Courtesy of Katie Brisichella

Interior design is experiencing a surge of optimism, regardless of the woes in real estate. Color trends are bursting with life, excitement and sophistication.

In 2007, there is a "new elegance" found in soft window treatment designs. You will see designing with a touch of elegance and gorgeous glamour, but kept on a modest scale. Most of us want to live, feel and experience the good things of life, including beauty and loveliness on a daily, personal basis.

PJ Bremier - Article Launched: 09/28/2007 09:55:18 PM PDT

What's there to like about this year's Marin Designers Showcase house, a fundraiser for the Auxiliary of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership? Plenty. A vintage, classically styled home, swathed in gorgeous colors and sleek finishes; some eco-sensitive decorating choices; and a savvy new design lecture series at noontime.

The six-bedroom, brown-shingled home, on the market for $5 million, perches on five secluded Dominican-area acres that border thousands of acres of open space.

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