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Call an Automation Expert: How Joel Dyck Shares His Passion for Technology

By Danielle Karr

We asked this smart-home expert Joel Dyck about his passion for technology, how he approaches the customer experience side of home automation, and what a designer or customer should do if they are looking to learn more about the (almost) endless possibilities of smart-home technology.

Focus on the Flow: How Gary Nance Brings Together Functionality and Beauty in Design

By Danielle Karr

We asked award-winning architectural designer Gary Nance about his experience with smart-home technology, where he finds his inspiration, and how he works with others to bring his vision to life.

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Crafting the Heart of the House: How Rick Oswald Sets His Designs Apart

By Danielle Karr

Architect and designer Rick Oswald uses his thorough knowledge of codes, construction, process, and architecture to create one-of-a-kind custom smart homes that stand the test of time. We asked him how he got into home automation, how he approaches smart technology as an architect and designer, and why he loves the relationship he’s built with his Control4 smart-home expert.

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Be an Expert Clients Trust: What Makes Designer Yvette Chaix Stand Out

By Danielle Karr

When you look at any space Yvette Chaix creates, you can easily see that she has a passion and talent for home design. We were able to catch a few minutes with this on-the-go professional to find out how she creates such thoughtful, livable spaces as well as how she keeps her edge in a highly competitive industry.

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STATE OF THE SMART: SAVVY BUILDERS WITH HIGH-TECH MINDS (Featuring MHI)

By Guest

From first-time homes to multimillion-dollar semi-custom builds, MHI’s adage is the same for all clients: “BUILT AROUND YOU.” (And the technology is no exception.)

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Considering the User Experience in Aesthetics: How Toni Sabatino Approaches Interior Design

By Danielle Karr

Color is something that can intimidate even the most veteran designer; however, interior designer Toni Sabatino says that her signature approach to color comes not so much from focusing on color in the space as much as focusing on color with the people—using color to create rooms her clients feel comfortable in. Read on to discover how this leader in the kitchen and bath arena approaches new projects, what she is most excited about in smart-home technology, and how she stays inspired in the ever-changing design world.

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It’s About Being Brave and Passionate: Rose Barroso on Design and Life

By Danielle Karr

We sat down with award-winning designer Rose Barroso to ask her about where she finds her inspiration, her struggles and successes in the industry, and how she makes contemporary design just look so good.

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A Passion for Functional and Phenomenal: How Karen Sealy Approaches Her Designs

By Danielle Karr

We sat down with award-winning Canadian designer Karen Sealy to talk with her about everything from business to psychology to her latest venture, The Pickering Project.

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6 Smart Home Upgrades to Install during Your Remodel

By Guest

A renovation is the perfect time to customize your living space and take advantage of the latest in smart home tech. The smart home market is on the rise, and many companies are starting to offer products that integrate seamlessly into the design of a house.

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Home Maintenance Tips for Every Season

By Guest

You could “spring” into frenetic activity every March or April to maintain and improve your home’s safety and appearance. Or, if you prefer a less stressful approach, consider accomplishing a few routine tasks every month for added benefits. Use the checklist of home maintenance basics below to keep your house clean, safe, and secure, as well as save on monthly utility bills.

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Five innovative ways to disguise your television

By Guest

We all love nice TVs. One thing you may not love, however, is having your television be the focal point of the room. Luckily, several companies have created options to conceal even massive TVs from view. Some of the innovative solutions for television concealment range from simple TV frames to TVs that double as mirrors or artwork. Here are five of the most innovative products on the market today.

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Control4 Dealer Spotlight: Working with Builders

By Crystal Watts

You may have seen our recent spotlight article with luxury home builder, Rose Barroso, of Barroso Homes. For many years now, she has worked with Control4 dealer, Premier Smart Homes in Toronto, Canada, to outfit her beautiful project builds with the best-of-the-best in smart home technology. It got us thinking...

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Building with Control4: Barroso Homes Spotlight

By Guest

Over the years, our projects have become increasingly larger, more complex, more beautiful, and ultimately more technology focused. I have an awesome team backing me up all the way. We all have one common goal—to make beautiful, innovative communities one custom home at a time. We all take great pride in our jobs while we focus on being a leader in innovation, technology, and energy efficiency.

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Perks of Regular Home Maintenance

By Guest

We tend to take care of our nice, expensive things. We regularly change the oil in our cars and go to the car wash. We polish our shoes and dry-clean our clothes. However, we often skip routine maintenance tasks on our homes—arguably our most expensive and best investments.

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Using Smart Lighting to Stage a Home

By Guest

Homebuyers are most amenable when they’re feeling bright and happy, so generally, flooding your interiors with warm, yellow light really gets them in the mood to sign. However, with a smart lighting system, you can use programing to cycle through various scenes that a buyer might go through in their day-to-day lives, helping them project themselves into your home’s spaces.

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Designer Insights: How Home Automation Can Benefit the Interior Designer

By Crystal Watts

Q. When starting a new design project, to what extent should designers consider home automation? A. Professional designers take great pride in the aesthetics that make up a beautiful home. So it is really important that they take into consideration home automation to avoid the use of clunky electronic devices and wall clutter. Many designers may not be aware of what options are available, but home automation is really something that could improve their design process...

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Interior Designers and Home Builders Increasingly Rely on Technology Integrators

By Guest

...This trend has shifted, as home automation becomes more desirable to families rather than an expensive luxury. Interior designers and builders are increasingly turning to professional smart home integrators to help them design and build smart home technology solutions for their customers. According to a recent Better Homes & Gardens real estate survey, “When it comes to the next generation of homeowners, more than half (56%) of Millennials believe home technology capabilities are more important than ‘curb appeal’.”

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Why Control4 Is A Great Home Automation Solution for Builders

By Guest

My clientele is increasingly becoming more and more tech dependent. The younger customers have grown up with technology and they expect it to be part of their lives no matter where they are. And, of course, the popularity of mobile devices that can control virtually everything has led them to the question, “Why shouldn’t I be able to control everything in my home too?” The ability to connect to and control the devices in a home has become an essential feature, for homes today and homes of the future, in order to maximize efficiency and entertainment.

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