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Hidden Tech Treasures Await in Avalon

Situated in the center of Alpharetta, Ga. stands the unique community of Avalon. Designed by Monte Hewett Homes with Lew Oliver, this sustainably designed 86-acre mixed-use development offers luxury to all of it’s residents through a seamlessly connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living and working. Digital Interiors of Alpharetta is proud to have a hand in this development by offering the foundation work of home automation for future Avalon residents.

Of the 25 single-family residences and 76 courtyard attached homes built in this community, Digital Interiors is working with Monte Hewett Homes in every home. We are installing a comprehensive wiring package that will allow these homes to use current and future technology for audio, video, networking, security, cameras, lighting control and more. Every home is also getting a home security system installed by Digital Interiors.

As these luxury Alpharetta homes sell, we are happy to work with the new homeowners to complete the rest of their home technology needs, even for simple additions like wireless Lutron motorized blinds and shades. Digital Interiors excels at total home integration, bringing more than one home system together into a single control point such as Crestron or Savant touchpads on the wall, iPads, smartphones.   

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Avalon Community Highlights

Avalon provides fast access to GA 400, making it easily accessible to metro Atlanta and other major highways. This amazing community boosts more than 500,000 square feet of retail space, Class A office, a full-service hotel (coming in Phase II), a 12-screen all premium theater, single-family residences and luxury rental homes, plus a resort-level hospitality throughout the community which includes a concierge! Plenty of green space and community space is also entwined throughout this community, including a bocce court, dog park, community fire pit, children’s play area and more.

Shops & Restaurants

Some of the wonderful shops in Avalon include:Free People, Banana Republic, Gymboree, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, a Whole Foods Market and much more! Restaurants include: Bantu, Marlow’s Tavern, Kona Grill, Oak Steakhouse, CRU Food & Wine, Colletta Italian Food & Wine and many other delectable restaurants.

Digital Interiors is always proud to support such stunningly innovative communities like this one at Avalon in Alpharetta, Ga. If you are interested in upgrading your lifestyle with home automation like these homes have, please contact one of our specialists today!

Lighten Up Your Space in Style

Lutron Motorized Blinds - Master BathDigital Interiors only uses the best brands for your Atlanta area home automation. For example, our Lutron automatic blind systems are top-notch, not only for us, but across the automation industry. Lutron lighting systems feature ultra quiet performance with simple operation systems, for your ease in operation. If you’re in an interior designer you will also love Lutron’s ability to accent the decor and create a certain ambience, in every room.

Lutron Window Treatments:

  • Roller shades

  • Pleated Shades

  • Roman Shades

  • Venetian Blinds

  • Tensions Shades

  • Drapery Systems

  • Cable Guided Shades

  • Horizontal Sheer Blinds

  • Fashion Honeycomb Shades

Aside from the stunning look these lighting systems can have in your home, another important aspect is their energy efficiency nature. This low voltage technology benefits your home by filtering daylight, which can create a lovely atmosphere and block UV rays from damaging your possession. It can also reduce glare and solar heat gain that can occur during daylight hours; paired with daylight sensors, these shades can also adjust automatically depending on the amount of sunlight coming into any given room, significantly reducing the load on HVAC systems. Let’s face it, Lutron is just an amazing improvement over regular/manual window treatments!

With the vast range of available designs, patterns, and colors, there is no doubt that Lutron lighting systems is perfect for your Atlanta luxury home. Of course, commercial / office window treatments are also available.

For more information about the design integration and installation of a Lutron system, please contact Digital Interiors today! Our knowledgeable team is always ready to consult with you about electronic lifestyle design and integration.

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In the Home Automation Control Spotlight

When you’re first looking into home automation, you may be taken aback by the variety of brands you come across. This is particularly true when it comes to home automation control systems. Digital Interiors, based in Alpharetta, Ga., has three main brands that we suggest to our new Atlanta area customers for automation controls.

Our Top 3 Home Automation System Choices:

  • Control4: The Control4 is typically known as your “entry-level” system to begin your step into home automation. This system can be placed in one room as a simple way to begin, or by using wireless devices, it can be distributed throughout your home or condominium.

  • Savant: The Savant uses Apple technology within its core systems control processor. The technology from iPhones and iPads are specifically integrated into this system, with the ability to control your home via both types of products. One of the great features about savant is its ability to support iTunes music streaming, so if you are a music lover this may be your system.

  • Crestron: This signature system uses iPad integration, which is a great alternate compared to some of the expensive Wi-Fi touchscreens you may find. The Crestron system allows for full control over your luxury home, regardless of what systems you have integrated.

All of these systems allow you to control your home’s security systems, HVAC control, lighting control, audio, music streaming, and more. If you would like to learn more about these products, please contact us at Digital Interiors to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom. Our Home Automation Experts would be happy to show you precisely how these incredible products work.

Schedule an appointment with Digital Interiors via our contact page or by calling 770-844-5800. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Earn LUs with Digital Interiors at AIA Expo

Atlanta, GAThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) is bringing its annual AIA Expo to Atlanta this year from May 14th-16th. Digital Interiors of Alpharetta, Ga. is proud to have been confirmed as a booth vendor this year, exhibiting with nearly 800 other companies representing software and technology, home automation, energy efficiency and more.

Boasted as one of the largest gatherings of architecture and design professionals in the world, the AIA Expo 2015 is an excellent place to network and learn about new and emerging technology. Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to excellent speakers, like keynote speaker Bill Clinton – the 42nd president of the United States.

Another incredible feature of this expo is that guests can earn LUs or learning units basically everywhere during the convention. Some of these places include: the learning lounges, networking and learning from booth vendors with Expo Chat, in CE theaters, and during fun, interactive tours of local areas and landmarks in the Atlanta area.

How to earn your credits:

  • Meet with four of the 800 exhibitors for at least 15 minutes each and be sure to collect a verification code from each exhibitor. (.25 increments for each 15 minute exhibitor chat after your first four can be added as additional credit.)

  • Earn up to 6 LUs total over the entire AIA Expo, but make sure you take notes so you can fill out your learning statement.

  • Your learning statement must be completed by June 1, 2015; confirmed  LUs will be on your AIA member transcript.

  • Transcript credits will be posted within 10 business days.

Digital Interiors of Alpharetta looks forward to seeing you at this year’s AIA Expo this May! As the Expo date approaches, be sure to check our Facebook page for more updates.

Apartment Automation?

renterDigital Interiors of Alpharetta, Georgia enjoys educating homeowners about the modern marvels and convenience of home automation. Through our entire process of consultation and design to our end processes of installation and support, we LOVE seeing how home automation brightens the lives of those we have worked with. Don’t own a home? That’s okay! Someone who leases an apartment or home can have home automation too!

Most people who sign rental agreements are aware of the dreaded security deposit. Often times this deposit is the reason for not painting walls and hanging pictures or other items. You may be wondering then, how can a renter have a home automation system? The answer is simple: Do not install into your walls!

Yes, it is that simple. Tech companies like SmartThings have created gadgets for home automation that are wireless and portable, making them ideal for apartment of condo living spaces. So no need to worry about losing that security deposit from drilling a panel in the wall! You don’t need to!

Some of the ways you can automate without a permanent system, include motion sensors and cameras like Dropcam, which allow you to see if your landlord or others are accessing your home while you are out. Since these cameras are motion activated, you can also use them to simply see what your pets are doing while you’re away.

Others way you can automate an apartment are with climate and lighting gadgets. These are always great items to invest in as they can save you some cash when its time to pay the utilities. Security systems for windows, doors and even drawers, are all wireless automation options as well.

We know home automation is the future, so why not start now in your rental? Then when you purchase your home, give Digital Interiors a call to seamlessly wire your ENTIRE home with the latest in home automation technology! Questions or concerns? Give us a contact us today to speak with one of our experts.

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Kick-off to FUN

On February first, Super Bowl XLIX will have sports fans around the country amped up for the NFL’s biggest game of the year. While hundreds will crowd the University of Arizona stadium to see the game in person, most will be enjoying the televised event from the comfort of their homes. As a leader in home automation, Digital Interiors has created some incredible personal sports bars and home theaters that are perfect for hosting a viewing party for this type of sporting event.

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Super Bowl XLIX

One of the great things about home theater automation is how easy it makes hosting events like the Super Bowl for groups, but also the ease it gives for everyday movie or television viewing. When all of your home theater systems are combined into one easy-to-use control center, it allows you more relaxation and less time wasted on multiple controls and remotes.

Home theater rooms can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Generally this depends on the homeowner’s personal preferences and design style, but the room layout may be a factor as well. When installing these rooms, our Digital Interior experts always take into account:

  • Acoustics

  • Picture Quality

  • Lighting

  • Control

Adding a sports bar is also a great way to add some personality to your home theater room. Plus, by adding a Dry or Wet Bar, you can create the ideal hosting environment for big viewing parties that may require drinks and/or snacks.

With Super Bowl XLIX just days away, it may be too late to create your personalized home theater oasis for this sports party; however, March Madness is coming soon, so you have time to prepare. If you live in the Atlanta area and are interested in automating your home theater, please contact Digital Interiors and we’d be happy to help!

Defining Home Automation

Home Automation AtlantaWe currently live in a world saturated by technology. It’s now common for preschool aged children to know the basic workings of an iPad, for cars to give us directions for a change, and for 3D printers to create human prosthetics. With all of these amazing advances available, Digital Interiors of Atlanta is interested in why this technology isn’t integrated into your home.

One good reason may be that homeowners do not fully understand what home automation is or know of it’s incredible benefits. The goal of home automation is to efficiently unify and control your home’s systems in an economical way. Basically, we can blend your home technology together into one amazing system and cut costs while we’re at it.

Want to know what can be integrated into this system? Broadly speaking, any home system used with an electrical device. Specifically, HVAC systems (temperature control), lighting, audio/video (home entertainment rooms), and security systems.

Homeowners can add individual pieces of automation around their homes and slowly build to a complete integration; or take the leap to combine the entire household in one swoop. Regardless of how you do it, there is little doubt you’ll ever want to go back to your previous way of life.

Imagine coming home from work and feeling a pleasant wave of comfort as your home gently wakes up for you. The home security system disarms and lights come on to guide your way in, while your favorite music welcomes you inside and the thermostat switches to at home comfort settings. All of this prompted by a touch of a button from your front gate or garage door opener.

This level of automation sophistication may seem surprising for a residential home, but it is completely possible.The example above is just one of many custom experiences Digital Interiors can program into your home automation system. Contact us today and see how we can enhance your lifestyle. Are you ready for an upgrade?

Bump in the Night

Harrison Design and Digital InteriorsIn 2012 alone, there were 6,192 burglaries in Atlanta, GA.  That number accounts for crime in the city, not to mention the crime rates that the rest of the state could add. Now, what if your home was to be targeted by a potential criminal? Do you have any security measures in place to protect you and your family from an attack? Burglaries not only destroy your home, leave you deprived of your valuables, and dealing with the painstaking process of an insurance claim but most importantly – they destroy your peace of mind. This is where Digital Interiors can help you regain your sense of security in your own home with our ‘bump in then night’ service.

 

Our homes are most vulnerable at two opposite ends of the day: during daylight hours when your neighborhood is empty and no one is home, and in the dark hours of the night when their crime can be masked by darkness. The services included with our bump in the night package will help catch burglars at any time of day, and are targeted to the evening hours.

  • Security Cameras: A closed loop security camera system will record every moment of activity around your home. Suspicious of your new neighbors? A security camera system will help you keep track of who may be lurking too close to your valuables.
  • Outside Lights: A home that is well illuminated at all times of the day and night is one that is hard to sneak around or into.
  • Bedside Activation: The bump in the night service includes integrating the two biggest deterrents of burglaries in your home automation system – outside lights and security cameras – at the touch of a button. A touch of your bedside button will turn on the outside lights and activate your bedroom TV to view all angles of your security cameras.

Security systems are only a part of the wide range of services that Digital Interiors provides for metro Atlanta home owners. We can help you bring your home into the 21st century with top to bottom automation. Call us today to learn more!

New Year Resolutions for Your Business

As we start a new year, many business owners and managers are looking at the decisions they made in the years past. When you consider the goals for your business’ success in 2015, consider these tips to help you stay on track with a solid timeline and realistic priorities:

  • Consider a financial evaluation. It has been observed that many Americans are feeling more confident about their finances and overall wealth. If your business’ profits are on the upswing, that’s great! But don’t overlook the need to do an in-depth health check to make sure you stay on track!
  • Documenting your progress. By keeping track of your goals and your progress towards achieving them, you are holding yourself accountable. This is a great way to make sure you get everything done that you set out for on the first of the year.Happy New Year
  • Ask your employees. It doesn’t have to be formal or anonymous, but asking them what could make their workplace more inviting or productive will yield positive returns for you, too! Their input could be instrumental in what you choose to change.
  • Rank your goals. Some goals will need to be reached sooner than others. Address that when you sit down to think about the progress you would like to make personally and within your business for 2015.

Consider these tips and maintain a realistic set of goals with an open line of communication. Best of luck for a prosperous 2015!

Safety Benefits of Home Automation

There are many conveniences and perks to having a home automation system in your home. Your home will run more efficiently, and your day-to-day processes will run that much smoother. In addition, your home automation system will be programmed to cater specifically to your needs. However, there is another benefit that we find to be priceless: security.

Installing a home automation system for your Atlanta home means your home will be that much safer. Of course, no one can promise that nothing will ever happen, but your home will be ready should something happen. After all, home security should never be a “set it and forget it” part of your home.Lutron Motorized Drapery Systems Bedroom

With home security that is synced to your home’s processes you will be able to set timers on your lighting. Open and close your blinds and even make sure the kids get home safely from school. You can stay informed on your smoke detection and carbon monoxide detectors as well.

You deserve to know what is going on at your home at all times. We have the technology to give you the peace of mind you deserve, whether your home or away. Are you ready to get started on your home automation project? Contact us here to get started on your home automation project for your home.