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Technology and Home Safety

Security for yourself and your family is imperative. Technology has enabled ways to make sure your family and possessions are kept safe. Here is a few tips on how to effectively secure your home:

Video monitoring
This is a great way for the owners to know what is happening in their houses whilst they are not around. Video monitoring is easy to set up and provides you with several different settings and preferences to your comfort. Today’s technology provides you with the benefit of monitoring and controlling with your personal phone or tablet. This option nowadays is available from high end to cheaper options for everyone.

Smart home systems
These are operating system technologies by which you can several different aspects of your living space are integrated and controlled by a central security system, it consists of several different motion sensors on doors, windows or even chosen spots to monitor and take action against unknown activity in your house. Smart home systems don’t only secure and monitor but also control things such as thermostats, lights, TV and more.

Electric locks
These are locks that are unlocked / locked either by a button, biometric recognition or digital code. These also make accessing home easier and faster for owners. Electric locks prove to be more reliable and are a better option as they set off alarms if tampered with.

Vigilance.
No amount of technology will protect you and your home if you are not vigilant. Be wary of who you let into your home, and train the kids not to be too friendly with anyone.
Technology has made it easier to ensure that we and our loved ones remain safe.

Benefits of Living in a Studio Apartment

Studio apartments may not be so popular among the house hunters because of the small living space but this is because they are meant for a specific target market. They are ideal for people like students, an office worker who lives alone, or a couple who have no need for too much space. They may be smaller than the multi bedroom apartments but there are some benefits that come with small spaces as listed below.

MORE AFFORDABLE
Studio apartments are generally smaller than the multi- bedroom apartments which makes them cheaper, they are also highly convenient for a person who doesn’t have a lot of stuff and is only in the market for temporary accommodation.

SAVES MONEY
Hypothetical situation, you have enough money to rent a one bedroom which can also be used to rent a nice, cozy studio apartment that is much cheaper and located in the same neighborhood. This means you get to spend less and save more for future investments.

EASY TO CLEAN
For those who don’t enjoy cleaning, a studio apartment would be an ideal living space for you. It’s much smaller which means there’s less cleaning space, everything is in the same room which is much better than cleaning from one room to another which can be taxing…sometimes.

EVERYTHING IS IN THE SAME LOCATION
Your kitchen, bedroom, living room, dining area are all within reach and that can help you multitask as well, you don’t have to worry about missing scenes from your favorite soap or a football game because you can watch TV, fold your clothes and cook at the same time.

EASY TO FURNISH.
It’s much cheaper and easier to furnish a studio apartment because limited space means less furniture and the same wall paper all over the room and you can color coordinate the way you want. It also allows you to use multi-purpose furniture such as a folding bed that is a couch by day for the guest and a bed by night. The living room table can also be used as a dining table when friends drop by and ofice desk for the late night office work.

Area Focus: Wine and Dine in Karen

Explore Karen and discover some of the finest restaurants the leafy suburb has to offer. Sumptuous cuisines, tasty side dishes, fine wine, chilled ambiance, resplendent views, live band performances are but a few of the features

If you are a foodie or you plan on eating out sometime, here are five of the best restaurants in Karen that you should visit.

Tamambo
Situated in Karen Blixen, Tamamabo is a hotspot for the residents. It’s a cozy indoor restaurant where a band plays every Friday, with an adjacent terrace and beautiful garden which can also offer space for private dinners.

Their bar serves a variety of Tamambo cocktails to dinner snacks and is the perfect spot for watching a football match with your friends.

They serve breakfast lunch and dinner from their fusion of Tamambo and tamarind menu which includes light starters such as tender calamari with tartare sauce to smoked salmon served with horseradish dill sauce, fresh salads, seafood, vegetarian, dessert, sirloin steak, momo lamb chops from their meat menu, grilled lemon chicken, tasty side dishes a variety of the most famous wine brands, the list is endless.

Hemmingways Brassiere
Hemminways offers a classic European cuisine with a modern twist focusing on simply cooked free-range products sourced directly from Kenyan farms.

It is a must visit for barbecue and steak lovers, their sizzling steaks are well known for having a distinct char- grilled flavor roasted from the Josper Oven, first of its kind in Kenya.

Their menu also offers slow cooked pork belly, beef rib. Seafood lovers can enjoy lobsters, prawns, crabs’, spicy calamari with pomegranate and pearl barley. They also serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and has a bar.

Osteria Del Chianti
The Osteria Del Chianti is a sight to behold, it’s an elegant restaurant that boasts of a beautiful garden and chilled ambiance that sets a peaceful and calm mood especially at night.

If you want a taste of Italy, all you have to do is ring up the Osteria. Located in one of Karen’s most popular neighborhoods in Windy Ridge, this restaurant offers a mouth-watering Italian menu and has doubled its services through deliveries.

Their menu includes delicious Italian homemade pasta such as Lasagne del Fattore, ravioli with sauce, tuna pizza, fish, meat such as lamb chops, chicken breasts, dessert, cocktails etc all affordable prices.

Roast by Carnivore
This one is for the French fries and burger lovers. Roast by Carnivore is situated at The Hub, it’s a casual outdoor restaurant that offers a wide selection of spicy to regular fries, ugali fritters, roast barbecue wings as side dishes. Flame grilled hamburgers, beef, pork, chicken sandwiches, beef, pork ribs, cocktails, fresh crunchy salads and have a special kids’ menus.

Haru Restaurant
It’s a small restaurant located along Karen road that offers an extensive list of Japanese cuisine but the most popular dishes are sushi, sashimi, and tempura.
Their restaurant has a lovely, intimate feel making it an ideal place for lunch with family and friends, their staff are friendly and offer great services.

Items in Your House that Should be Cleaned More Often

House Cleaning Supplies

House Cleaning Supplies

Scrubbing your house top to bottom is sometimes not enough. There are always some hard to reach spots or items that it will never occur to you to clean as often as you should. Here is a list of things that are not getting cleaned as regularly as they should ,that you give some extra attention when you spring clean next.

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Ways to Connect The Kitchen to Living Room

Centre Island

Centre Island

If you are a fan of open plan layouts, and have decided to open up your kitchen to your living room because it is time for a change, there are plenty of ways to go about it. Read on for a list of options on how to go about this.

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Easy Fixes For A New Home

Easy Fixes For A New Home

Easy Fixes For A New Home

The long hours of house hunting have paid off, and you may have found the perfect house but some aspects of it do not really meet your fancy. When price, location and general structure tick all the boxes, some minor problems need not be a deal breaker and can be waved away to with these easy fixes.

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To Move or Remodel?

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To move or improve?

Sooner or later, most home owners must decide whether it makes more sense to move or remodel. Your current home is cramping your style. Perhaps the family has outgrown the house, maybe you need more space for your expanding family, maybe the ceiling and floors are getting a bit leaky and maybe you just need a change. The decision to move or renovate needs to be considered carefully as it can weigh heavily on your mind and your wallet. What criteria should you use to make that rational decision? Consider this.

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Setting Up a Home Gym

Home Gym

Home Gym

In the era of rapidly increasing fast food chains and drastic change in lifestyles, it is becoming quite a task to keep and stay fit. While getting a gym membership may not be everyone’s cup of tea due to different work schedules and the cost implication involved, you can stay fit without ever having to leave the house.

All you need to do is set up a small home gym and get your work out on. Here’s how.

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Repurposing Household Items

Re purpose Household Items

Re purpose Household Items

Breaking things is never fun, and often means getting rid of something before it has served its entire purpose. This must not be the case, just because it’s broken and seemingly useless , doesn’t mean you throw it away. You may have a bunch of broken items that you think belong in the trash, grab your broken items and here are a few ways you can bring them back to life.

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Room Focus – The TV Room

TV Room

TV Room

Some look edgy and modern, others more traditional and tasteful. Whatever your design style is, the TV/family room is a place to commune with those you love and should be as comfortable as possible. If you have a room that is not large enough to be a bedroom, and not small enough to be an office, just turn it into a den, for yourself or the family.

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