The Iris Smart Kit by Lowes is an affordable home automation system that works with all three top competitors—Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Z-Wave—so you can pair a keyless lock from one protocol, say, and a thermostat from another. thisoldhouse.com
Outer beauty: Soft black tone, antiqued brass hardware and a slim profile that can fit snugly next to your bed. Inner beauty: Two felt-lined drawers with dovetail construction and shelf space for books or magazines. If it were any more beautiful, it would be in a pageant.