We started off with some shots by the window in the cellar and had some amazing natural light to play with. Most security alarm companies keep the brains of their alarm system in their security keypad which is usually located close to the front entry way of a home or an apartment. Simplisafe was smart enough to realize that the market for completely wireless home alarm systems needed a professional revamp. Simplisafe offers an advanced alarm system with a base unit that stores the brain of the system away from the keypad and can stay hidden anywhere in the house. If an intruder smashes the included wireless keypad, it will not give him safe passage in your home. Hopefully you never have to experience a home invasion but if you do, you can automatically alert your neighbors, police or significant others immediately with the panic button that work seamlessly with the Simplisafe alarm system. Even during a black out or power disconnection, the Simplisafe base unit will have 3 days of battery backup power while the motion, door and window sensors will last for 5 years before having to change their batteries. Contact a professional Installer if you need help installing the alarm system even though in most cases you will be able to handle it yourself.
Not only was this because I love the venue and all of the awesome spots within it to shoot , but because having worked with Jessica before at her engagement session I knew she was always down for doing something creative, different, and was a lot of fun to work with. I’m all about the quality of light not the quantity and these shots are a prime example of that. I can’t wait to share those photos as well, but in the meantime please enjoy these from her amazing bridal session at Old Cigar Warehouse! An experienced burglar or intruder knows that he have 15 to 30 seconds to find and smash the main keypad before it will dial out. Forget long term contracts and high monthly fees from ADT, Brinks and other alarm companies that siphon large sums of money through 3 to 4 year contracts while pulling in new clients with $99 installation ads. The system has its own built-in cellular system that can notify you immediately through an included app or send you a text to let you know when someone entered your premise.
The hidden base unit will communicate with you first and if you don’t answer it will send the local police immediately. Bathrooms, bedrooms and even under living room couches are just a few places homeowners alerted help. You can add other important sensors that you can control from your mobile phone like a thermostat, freeze monitor or water flood sensors that will instantly inform you through your smartphone or text messaging on a basic mobile phone. Now as a consultant, I Investigated and write about new technology as they emerge to help all of us to become more secure, independent and productive in our homes, businesses and vehicles. After some time in the cellar we moved to the Main Hall where I had placed a vintage red couch from the back room up against one of the beautiful exposed brick walls. You can give everyone in your household a separate key code so you will know instantly who entered the house and from which entry way. The alarm system also comes with panic buttons as a separate unit and on the included keyfobs.
The monthly fee that covers the monitoring and cellular service is less than $15 per month and you don’t need a phone line or Internet service connected to the alarm system and you can cancel at anytime.

If you hear an intruder while your in your home you can trigger the screaming panic button which will activate the siren and the police instantly. Note that the panic buttons are designed to be easily pushed when needed but is recessed in between a circular flare to protect it from being accidentally pushed if you bump into it.
We capped off our Main Hall shots with some by the epic staircase and some creative backlit shots unlike anything we’ve ever done there. Intruders cutting the telephone line before entering a home have been another problem for alarms.
Most alarm companies offer cellular backups to telephone line connections but it can be a substantial addition to your monthly cost.
There are alternative DIY alarm systems you can buy but most rely on just a telephone line and keeping the brains to the system in the keypad.
Her new book, Designing with Succulents… More From This Author Echeverias fill the foreground in a garden of succulents in Rancho Santa Fe, designed by Robert Dean. Photograph by Lisa RomereinThe question I’m asked most often, now that my book on succulents has come out, is: “Which is your favorite?” It’s like asking someone to choose among her children. These rosette shaped succulents, native to Mexico, have colors as red as salsa, as opalescent as a south-of-the-border sunset, and as blue as the Sea of Cortez.
Echeverias look the same, day in and day out—unless, of course, they’re in bloom.A cereal-bowl-sized rosette will send forth flower spikes a foot or more in length and about the diameter of a pencil. Individual blooms along an echeveria’s flower stalk look like bell-shaped lanterns in cream, yellow, orange, red, pastel pink, or combinations thereof. Because the stem is juicy and the flowers waxy echeveria flowers last a long time.Echeverias make ideal potted plants, but will also thrive in the ground. Like most succulents, they do best in a coarse, well-drained soil that is allowed to dry between waterings. Marylyn Henderson beheading an echeveriaCaring for EcheveriasUnlike the hardier hen-and-chicks (Semper-vivum species), which they resemble (and which grow in England on rooftops, hence another common name, houseleek), most echeverias need frost protection and are generally best in Sunset zones 8, 9, 12-24 (USDA hardiness zones 8-11).
Although many will tolerate several degrees below freezing, I don’t recommend growing echeverias in the ground if they will be subjected to harsh conditions. Like most succulents, they keep their leaves for months (and even years), so frost-nipped and otherwise damaged leaves can mar a plant’s appearance for a long time.Plant echeverias in your garden’s warm and sheltered microclimates, or cultivate them in pots you can easily shelter when frost threatens. During the day, especially in summer (or much of the year in the desert), echeverias appreciate protection from harsh sun.
Situate them beneath shade cloth or lacy trees, and remove any leaf litter that collects in the crowns.A ruffled hybrid echeveriaEcheverias can be easily uprooted and over-wintered in nursery flats if frost is dependable. They will survive the winter in dim conditions, but will stretch toward light, which compromises their balanced geometry. I spray such pests with full-strength rubbing alcohol, which desiccates them without damaging the leaves. The rosettes forming on this beheaded trunk of an echeveria can be popped off and rooted to make new plantsPropagation TechniquesThe downside to echeverias is that they can be hard to come by, particularly outside of California, although they have become more readily available in larger nurseries.
Succulent specialty nurseries generally have the best selections, as do online suppliers.Once you own echeverias, you’ll have more.

Set the head atop an empty pot, in the shade, so that its lower leaves rest atop the pot’s rim. Replant the head so its short stem is buried in coarse potting soil and its lower leaves are flush with the edge of the pot.Don’t discard the old plant with the headless trunk.
Give it bright light and regular water, and one or more baby rosettes will sprout from the trunk’s bumpy nodes. Roots forming on the severed head of an echeveria, now ready for plantingMarylyn’s CollectionI discovered the fancy ruffled echeverias several years ago when I visited collector Marylyn Henderson, who, at the time, lived in a house with a small rear garden in Oceanside, north of San Diego. Marylyn, then in her 80s and a long-time member of the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society, had won numerous awards for her echeverias. Her potted collection was indeed magnificent, arranged on tables and shelves beneath shade cloth.
When she told me that she had sold her entire collection prior to the move, I was saddened, knowing how proud she was of it, and how much pleasure it had given her.
A year later, they were four to six inches across and thriving in pots in the garden at her new home. When they are a foot or so in diameter, she’ll sell them to nurseries for ten dollars apiece. They will sell at retail for around twenty dollars each.Echeveria pallida in flowerDebra’s Favorite Echeverias The pink and blue pastel rosettes of Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ have leaves that taper to a point and are covered with a fine white powder. Outer leaves are rosy; inner (newer) ones are bluer, resulting in plants that appear to glow. Echeveria x imbricata has precise rosettes suggesting satiny blue, teacup-sized camellia blossoms. Each rosette produces offsets, smaller versions of the mother plant that cluster around her base. Once a colony gets going, the rosettes squash together, creating an intriguing pattern of concentric circles. Flower spikes resemble multiple question marks dotted with orange, acorn-shaped blossoms.Echeveria agavoidesAs the name suggests, Echeveria agavoides mimics an agave. Echeveria pulvinata is a mounding, multibranched shrub of loose rosettes, with velvety inch-long leaves, each ending in a rounded point. It is one of the hardiest species, tolerant of temperatures to the upper 20s F.A novelty sure to elicit comments from visitors and passers-by is Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’. Its light gray leaves curl and twist, giving the rosette the look of crinkled tissue paper.During the latter half of the twentieth century, nurseryman Dick Wright of De Luz, California, (north of San Diego) hybridized what are arguably the showiest of succulents.
His fancy ruffled hybrid echeverias resemble crinkly leafed roses, are as big as heads of lettuce, and come in red, blue, pink, lavender, metallic hues, and blends.

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