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Flicking a switch on or off will soon be a completely outdated way of lighting your home. New innovations – like Hue from Philips – will be replacing this boring method with smarter options. Hue lets you control the lighting in your pad with your iPhone or iPad by choosing the color of each bulb from a wheel of preset colors or by selecting the shades from one of your photos. The wireless bulbs ($59 a pop) have an estimated life of 15 years and are controlled together with a bridge that hooks up to your router. You can control up to 50 bulbs at a time even when you’re not home and Hue can even set optimal shades for reading, gaining some energy and other scenarios. Hook up Hue and you’ll be basically guaranteed action the next time you set some mood lighting.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.