This year I had to share some of my yearly trade show responsibilities with Max and Amy because I was home watching Hope. She’s got some minor separation anxiety issues so I’m slowly getting her used to being alone for smaller chunks of time. As much as I enjoyed ICFF, I really missed not getting to see the National Stationery Show. It’s usually my favorite show and I always come home with cards I can’t wait to send to friends and family. One of the card companies I’m really into right now is Frances Lab. Run by artist Johnna West, Frances Lab is a Brooklyn-based stationery studio that makes collaged cards, prints and other screen-printed stationery goods. I love the geometric cards, but the simple sayings cards like ‘Howdy’ and ‘Oh, hello’ are super cute, too. Click here to check out Johnna’s debut line and shop online. Prices range from $6- $24 for cards and prints. xo, grace
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The August Smart Lock is a new lock and access system, designed by Yves Behar’s fuseproject in partnership with Jason Johnson, that will change the way you, your house guests, and visitors enter your house. Gone are the annoying house keys that you have to fumble for when your hands are full or the key you have to give to your house cleaners – they’re replaced with a virtual key that you can send to people you want to give access to, all via your phone.
See the lock in action:
August Smart Lock works with your existing deadbolts and the brilliant thing about it is that your virtual key can never be copied. You can grant certain people access for specific periods of time and then disable it when you want to. Being the homeowner, the device recognizes you when you get to the door and automatically unlocks it for you without you even having to pull your phone out of your pocket.
Using a Bluetooth LE connection with your smartphone to lock and unlock the door, August is installed right over the deadbolt. It works even if the power is off or your WiFi is down.