For many years I’ve been used to finding inventive ways to seamlessly introduce technology into my home. Having contended with a myriad of TV’s, computers, control pads and tablets that have passed through my front door over the years, I’ve learned that tech doesn’t have to be tricky when it comes to styling the home. So I teamed up with Logitech to shoot their new K830 Living Room keyboard and show how tech can easily fit into people’s everyday lives. Read on for my three top tips to invite tech into your home without impacting on style:
Given technology is now so entrenched in our daily lives, it’s ironic that we often consider tech last when it comes to decorating. Whether you already own a TV or decide to invest in a new one when you move into a new home, it’s a good idea to consider upfront where it will be placed in the room, and how it will sit alongside the surrounding decorating scheme.
With some clever pre-planning, you can make a TV an interesting style statement in a space, without having to hide it away behind closed doors. For example, if you have a black TV, pick a wall to hang the TV from and then pick a dark wallpaper or paint for the wall behind. Alternatively, if you have a white TV, you could go for a stylish monochrome scheme and hang a white TV against a black wall to create striking contrast.
Hanging black and white prints in white frames around the TV will help blend it into the gallery wall. This approach will not only stop the TV from overpowering a room, but it will open up valuable floor space, too.
Tablets, keyboards, remotes, phones – the living room can quickly become a paraphernalia playground for tech if left unattended, as people increasingly use integrated tech, such as keyboards, to make Smart TVs even more interactive. But the good news is you can clear the clutter by introducing strategically placed storage across your space.
A docking station placed upon a side table is great for keeping charging cords and leads hidden away, without having to continually open and close a unit to use a remote or wireless keyboard; something you would no doubt quickly tire of.
Consider a sleek white lacquered or marble box for a modern, contemporary space, or a jute-lidded tray for a more organic, country-meets-coastal look. Simply pull the wires up through the back, or drill a hole to slide the cables through, and then place your tech on top. You’ll have stylishly streamlined your tech into the space without impacting on practicality. Hanging black and white prints in white frames around the TV will help blend it into the gallery wall. This approach will not only stop the TV from overpowering a room, but it will open up valuable floor space, too.
As technology becomes an ever-greater part of our lives, the colour options available are increasing. The benefit of this means you can now often match your tech to the colour palette of the room. One approach is to opt for a co-ordinated feel between the scheme and the technology by choosing tech designs in the same, or a similar, shade to the main colour in the room. Alternatively, you could switch things up by opting to use colourful technology as the elements for introducing accent colour into a scheme. Simply pick tech items in a contrasting hue to the surrounding scheme and watch the space soar in the style stakes.
Ultimately, the key to successfully blending tech into the home is to consider technology as an element of the decorating scheme in it’s own right. Alter your decorating approach from the outset so that you consider the role and position of tech in a scheme, and you will find it easier to marry technology with other parts of the space. Taking time to invest in these stylish solutions will streamline how you use and store tech in the home, paying dividends and resulting in a more stylish space.

How do you seamlessly add tech into your home? I’d love to hear your ideas!

// Location owned by Kate Watson Smyth | Posted in partnership with Logitech but all views are my own.


Shop my Bright.Bazaar Collection on Chairish: 1. Small Egg Table | 2. African Stripe Indigo Pillow | 3. Mason Jar Pendant Light | 4. Mid Century Hutch | 5. High Lacquer Stool | 6. Mid Century Lamps | 7. Wishbone Style Chair | 8. Striped Bowl | 9. Charlotte Sofa | 10. Acrylic Painting | 11. Indigo Turkish Rug | 12. Danish Modern Rocking Chair

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to share Chairish with you all today! This is a design shopping site that’s like an aladdin’s cave for lovers of cool vintage or used design pieces. Think of it like Craigslist but without all the filler that you really don’t want to see (i.e. that flatpack coffee table you had in your student apartment with the paint chipped off and the chipboard showing. Yeah, no-one wants to see or buy that!) so you can cut straight to the stylish stuff. It’s super easy to buy and sell online and via their iPhone app, too. Right now they are shipping in the US but are rapidly expanding, which is very exciting!

I’ve teamed up with the folks at Chairish to curate my own collection of design goodies from my favourite finds on their site. The gorgeous Netherland’s home of Anki that was included in the Bright.Bazaar book was the inspiration behind my yellow and blues collection of design pieces on Chairish. In fact, it was this space that I used in the book as one of the examples of how to decorate with my Cerulean Splash Colour Cocktail, so this collection is literally a one-stop shop of super stylish pieces to get that look! My top three favourite pieces from my edit? Coming in at pole position has to be the gorgeous turkish rug thanks to it’s deep indigo hue and ornate pattern – a real statement piece. In second I’d trump for the yellow stool because the high lacquer would totally zing against the gorgeous indigo shades in the rug. Finally, I reference the textures and colours of the rug in the beautiful African stripe indigo pillow. Which of my yellow and blue picks are catching your eye?

// Photograph by Andrew Boyd from the Bright.Bazaar book


What a weekend! Yesterday we welcomed our first ever puppy into our Bright.Bazaar home – meet Parsnip! She’s a nine-week old Italian Greyhound and is absolutely perfect. We drove a seven hour round trip to pick her up from a litter in Wales and I was amazed that she slept all the way home. Whether you’ve followed Bright.Bazaar for years or just recently started following, you’ll probably be able to imagine just how excited I am about her coming home with us! I’m excited (and nervous!) for the puppy training that lies ahead so any tips you may have would be welcomed. OK, I’m going to dash but I’ll see you back here on Wednesday. Have a great Monday, friends! P.S. Isn’t her first dog bowl from Fenella Smith adorable? Perfect for Mr. Bazaar’s pooch!