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Joe Whitaker on the Intersection of Technology and Design

By Danielle Karr

We sat down with Joe Whitaker to ask him about the design-build community and technology, what he sees as a successful project team, and his overall thoughts on smart home technology.

A Show-Stopping Showroom: Georgia Home Theater

By Joni Wittenbach

New homeowners want to establish their own style in a new space, and long-standing residents want to inject some fun with a home renovation.

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Toni Sabatino on Design + Technology

By Danielle Karr

Interior designer and design thought leader Toni Sabatino believes that the key to design success lies in creating experience-focused spaces for her clients. We took a few minutes with her to find out more about how she sees the industry finding success with these collaborations.

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Emerald EVP Brian Pagel on Fostering Design and Technology Relationships

By Danielle Karr

We sat down with Brian Pagel, the Executive Vice President of Emerald Expositions, to learn more about his mission to facilitate necessary conversations and collaboration between design, construction, and technology.

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SMART CARE FOR LOVED ONES

By Crystal Watts

Intelligent devices are more than fancy gadgets; for the elderly, they also offer the promise of freedom. Advances in home automation products are making it easier to feel safer in our homes, automate routine tasks, and help us gain insight into our behavior. Security devices—like sensored door locks and streaming cameras—mean that the young at heart can stay in their own homes longer. Meanwhile, environmental sensors, like carbon monoxide detectors and automated stoves, can alert caretakers to potential hazards—even from afar.

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Architect Stace McGee on Sustainability and Smart Home Design

By Danielle Karr

Throughout his career, architect Stace McGee has been working to transform homes and buildings into sustainable designs that are as environmentally friendly as they are beautiful. We sat down with this go-green enthusiast to learn more about his mission to bring construction and technology together into the future of sustainable design.

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GETTING CONNECTED WITH CARLEY

By Crystal Watts

Carley Knobloch has appeared on HGTV, CNN, the Today Show, and in Good Housekeeping, RedBook, and more. She and her husband share two children, Annie and Spencer, and a big, wooly pup named Marty. When she’s not covering food, fashion, travel, and technology, she’s making instrumental memories with the family (they are all musical virtuosos).

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LIVED-IN LUXURY: CREATING A HOME THAT REFLECTS THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN IT

By Crystal Watts

Nestled in sunny Napa Valley, a part of the country renowned for its lush wine vineyards, the sleek exterior of Adam and Tamera Housley’s home evokes a lavish, Tuscan manor. The interior, however, is sleek in a much more modern sense. A smart home system from Control4 is at the helm, allowing the pair complete control of everything, from the media they stream and room-level climate control to home security and lighting— and beyond.

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THE EVOLUTION OF HOME TECHNOLOGY

By Guest

It was 1972 when my parents bought the first microwave on the block. Some neighbors gathered around to watch the first instant cooking machine on the market. They all loitered with bated breath as my father placed a single kernel of popcorn in the middle of the microwave and turned it on. They had time to have a few drinks and chat—the giant box took a long time to turn that single kernel into an edible bit of popcorn.

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New features that Control4 customers will love in Smart Home OS 3

By Jamie Corpuz

Control4 customers will love new personalization capabilities, new media features, and simplified navigation!

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HOME SECURITY GETS SMARTER, MORE SOPHISTICATED

By Jamie Corpuz

When integrated as part of a home automation platform, a smart security system can provide extraordinary peace of mind and help your home run like a well-oiled machine. In addition to controlling more obvious security-related devices such as electronic door locks, surveillance cameras, and motion sensors, they can also keep your home safe from environmental dangers and infrastructure-related issues with sensors that report flooding, power shortages, and extreme swings in temperature.

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MQA Music: Experience the original studio recording in your home

By Guest

MP3 files deliver just 10% of the original studio recording. MQA reveals and authentically delivers every detail of the original recording.

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​What is a Smart Home OS?

By Jamie Corpuz

The benefits of technology in the home are virtually endless, but when these smart devices are managed by different apps and not unified by a powerful smart home OS, they can become tedious to manage. A smart home operating system, like Control4 Smart Home OS 3, is designed to unify hundreds of connected devices across the home and control them all from a single platform that gives homeowners the control and personalization you want while also offering concierge-style professional support when needed.

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SMART HOME MAGAZINE: SPECIAL EDITION ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE (FREE DOWNLOAD)

By Crystal Watts

It’s really quite phenomenal to witness the many ways technology is converging into everyday design elements within the home and just how customized these products are becoming. Motorized cabinetry is allowing those with physical limitations to reach objects from above, kitchen countertop surfaces...

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What is C4Yourself Day?

By Jamie Corpuz

Getting hands-on with smart home products and really understanding them before your purchase is incredibly valuable. Understanding how products work and how they will fit into your home and into your life before you purchase makes an enormous difference when it comes to your long term satisfaction—and that is what #C4Yourself Day is all about!

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Brandy Ketterer on Designing the Geist Reservoir Home

By Danielle Karr

Brandy Ketterer was the interior designer for the award-winning Geist Reservoir Home, and so we took a few minutes to chat with her about her experience as a designer, her roles in the Geist Reservoir project, and her thoughts on smart home design.

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A Theater Worthy of the Seven Kingdoms

By Guest

The ultimate immersive experience! Game of Thrones and fantasy fans will love this custom home theater completes with smart home capabilities.

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Expert Barry Dorsey on Designing Technology Clients will Love

By Danielle Karr

We asked this Control4 Certified Showroom owner about his passion for technology, how he approaches the customer experience side of home automation, and what a designer or architect should do if they are looking to incorporate smart home technology into their projects.

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Women in Tech: Tara Chaston, Director of IT Business Systems

By Jamie Corpuz

Meet a few of Control4's Women in Tech. This blog series will be informative for anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career in technology, but we hope to remind girls that no industry or field of study should be considered beyond reach. We believe any industry can be made better introducing new and diverse perspectives and insights.

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Get Smart in 2019: Environmental and Energy Conservation using Smart Home Tech

By Guest

Did you know the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills and nearly half of that pays for heating and cooling? Homeowners can combat these costs and practice conservation using smart home technology.

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Elevating the Technology Experience: Expert David Mills on Home Automation

By Danielle Karr

We sat down with David Mills, Director at Kraus Hi-Tech Automation, to find out what got him to where he is today in the home automation industry, how he works with designers to give clients the results they really want, and how other home-industry professionals can take advantage of his technological expertise.

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Bedroom Bliss: Four Smart Ideas for Embracing Tech in the Bedroom

By Guest

The bedroom isn’t exempt from the smart home craze. There’s plenty of super smart ideas you can employ in your bedroom to improve your sleep, streamline waking up, and generally make the room a nicer and safer place to be.

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Poolside Reflections: Portuguese Smart Villa

By Crystal Watts

Smart technology specialist Chris Davies single-handedly transformed his 30-year-old villa in southern Portugal into a sun-kissed showcase of splendor, security, and simplicity.

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Treasure of the Sierra Madre: "El Chepe" the Smart Train

By Crystal Watts

Smart technology breathes new life and luxury into one of the world’s most spectacular railroads. Mexico’s much-loved tourist train, El Chepe, even knows where it is and can share on-screen stories about its surroundings to enlighten and delight passengers.

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GET SPACE SAVVY: Creative ways to re-imagine unused spots at home

By Guest

Although bathrooms and kitchens commonly received most of the makeover money, maybe it’s time to take a good, hard look at some of the lesser-used areas of your home and apply your remodeling dollars towards converting them into fun, functional spaces.

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