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Make Your Home Theater the Main Attraction This Holiday Season

Entertaining guests during the holidays can be tricky! You want everyone to be entertained at all times on top of ensuring everything throughout the home runs smoothy. To make sure everyone is enjoying their visit at your house, make your home theater the focal point for a good time! Here are a few tips to making the most of your home theater during the holiday season.

  • What’s better during a movie than popcorn? Not much! Fire up the popcorn machine and serve it up fresh and hot. Offer up different toppings and seasonings so your guests can create their own tub of delicious popcorn. For popcorn season recipes, click here.

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  • Make your theater the place to meet by hosting NFL or college viewing parties. Invite your favorite fans over for wings, beer, snacks and football. Compare fantasy match ups and have fun cheering on your favorite team.
  • It’s time to dig out the blankets. Nothing is better than a warm fluffy blanket and a great movie. Fleece and chenille varieties are favorites for softness. You can also break out some comfy pillows if you’re going for a slumber party vibe.
  • We have two words– holiday specials. Take advantage of the marathons and get everyone together for a great evening of holiday classics like Merry Christmas Charlie Brown and Home Alone.
  • Nothing says holiday fun like hot chocolate and cider. Make a batch before movie time for a sweet treat.

By being prepared with ideas, you’ll have more time to spend enjoying being with your guests during the holiday season!

Automate Your Home And Save Money

The New Year is around the corner which means new budgets and improvement projects. If you are considering a project for a residential property, an important factor to consider in your decision will be how you will save in the long run. In this day and age, we’re all busy and the mantra “time is money” has never been more true. Home automation may be the solution to all of the little money-saving woes when it comes to paying the bills each month. Here’s how home automation can help you save money:

Home automation is efficient when you aren’t there to do things on your own. This means you will not only save money, you’ll save energy and resources along the way. Lighting, HVAC and appliance control can help conserve energy and not run when you aren’t there to utilize them, saving you money. Lighting and HVAC systems can be synced to reactive certain lights and temperature settings just prior to your arrival home, it’ll be like you never left.

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Temperature adjustment is another huge facet to home automation. Temperature control allows you to make adjustments by barely lifting a finger. It also gives you the functionality to ensure that no energy is wasted while you and your family are away at work and school. Without automation you may have to allow the heat or AC to run all day so your home isn’t freezing when you return home each day. Additionally, the whole house usually has to be set to the same temperature. However, many systems allow for more zones which gives homeowners more options to help them save money and remain comfortable.

For more information on Home Automation projects and installation, contact us today.

 

6th Annual Atlanta Housing Summit Wrap Up!

First of all, we want to thank everyone who attended the Atlanta Housing Summit. It was a great night with excellent turn out and participation. It’s quite the honor to be able to host so many of Atlanta’s top industry professionals. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

We would love to give a big thank you to those who donated items for the auction benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.   CoolScreens of GA., Genesis Elevators, Cason Photography, Aim High Audio, Bob August, Revel by Harman, ADI, Crazy Cakes  and Digital Interiors, Inc.digital interiors atl housing summit

We would also like to thank our guest panel members  Rick Hatch of Harrison Design, Bill Preston of Paradise Builders, Inc. and Troy Stowe of Beacham Realty.

And, of course, a thank you to our sponsors, we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks go out to: AVI Marvin Windows, Arc Angel Electric, InsiDesign,  Control 4 and Lutron.

We look forward seeing everyone next year for the next Atlanta Housing Summit. Stay connected and please inquire with Chuck Schlick for any future event inquiries.

Automation Inspiration: True to an Era

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Home Automation project at The St Regis Residences in Atlanta.

Sometimes homeowners have special requests and needs that need to be met. Often times, those requests are ones that are extremely important to the family as well as the historical integrity of the home. This awe-inspiring home was built in the 1900s and had a period-inspired aesthetic that needed to be preserved in every visible detail. The integration involved many features including 12 TV installations, a home theater, HVAC, iPad/iPhone integration, pool/spa, interior/exterior lighting plans, security and surveillance and much more.

So, how was the home kept looking like 1900′s but running like it’s 2020? Here’s how they did made it all happen:

  • Attention to detail: No corner of the home was left unturned. Even the light switch boards for the integrated lighting system was made to match the aesthetics of the home.
  • Involvement: The company who installed the extensive automation system was involved in meetings with contractors and architects to ensure that their work was one that would work in tandem with everyone involved in repurposing the home.
  • Trust: The installation company had developed a great relationship with the client, allowing them to work very closely to make the appropriate suggestions to best suit the needs of the homeowners.
  • Timing: All of the involvement leading up to the deployment was to ensure that all systems launched smoothy and right on time. This was done by planning out specific stages for every detail from HVAC to golf simulation.

Do you want to check out the full story? You can check it out here.

 

A Great Testimonial!

At Digital Interiors, we believe our relationship with our clients goes beyond the installation date. We strive to continue to be confidants and advisors in automation and technology far beyond the start of their project. Additionally, we are proud to have specialists that are reliable and hardworking to deliver the best experience to our clients.

That said, we are thrilled to receive sterling testimonials like the one we received from Senior Pastors, Mirek and Linda Hufton of World Harvest Church.

We want to thank you for the two workers who came and fixed the large television that was on a special lift in the ceiling. It broke just before we had a major conference in our church and was sticking out of the ceiling and definitely in the way. Don Pios and Cameron Holowell showed exemplary attitudes and hard work to enable us to get the conference room TV repaired.  world harvest church logo

Thank you for working with us…we wont forget your kindness to help us and the excellence of your servicemen.

We want to thank our customers for helping Digital Interiors remain the best in automation services in Atlanta. We couldn’t do it without you!

Are you interested in learning more about our services? You can contact us here.

Home Automation Trends for 2015

Home automation is a huge investment in the resale value of your home. That said, it’s a good idea to look ahead and see what’s going to be the next best thing in home technology so you can be ahead of the game when it comes time to get started on your project. To date,  90 percent of American adults have a cellphone, 58 percent have a smartphone and 42 percent of own a tablet computer, according to the Pew Research Internet Project.  Homeowners desire to be able to control their home while they’re away is bigger than ever. Here are some of the anticipated trends in home automation for 2015. Home Technology by Digital Interiors

Heating and Cooling: In an effort to save money and the environment, having remote control of the heating and air technology in the home is very popular. From smart thermostats that allow you to adjust the temperature from a smartphone or tablet to zoned heating and cooling systems, which allow you to time certain parts of your home to be heated and cooled.

Security: Security systems go beyond unwanted visitors. Many smart security systems also feature integrated blind automation and/or lighting automation to make it appear that someone is home. In addition, many systems can let you know if the kids are home from school as well as keeping tabs on your fire and carbon monoxide detection.

Choosing which home automation elements are best for your family and resale value of your home is just the beginning. For more information on home automation in Atlanta, contact us here. 

 

Motorized Blinds Can Protect Your Furniture

When you invest in fine furniture, it is critical to make sure your pieces are protected. Beyond the standard polishing and treating of wood furniture and leather it’s important to recognize how other factors may affect the longevity of your pieces. Of those all-important factors that could cause potential damage is natural light.  Natural light is a beautiful and coveted quality in all homes, however if it isn’t carefully monitored it can damage furniture that is frequently exposed.

Did you know that wood is affected by sunlight in similar ways that your skin is? If hardwood furniture is in the direct path of sunlight, you might want to be mindful of the pieces you dress the table with. Especially in high-heat temperatures, it is possible for your furniture to develop sun rings, these sun rings are most like tan lines that people get. Depending on the type of wood, your pieces may become lighter or darker in the exposed areas.  Lutron Motorized Blinds - Bedroom

If you have leather furniture, you need to mindful of the amount of light exposure your pieces get. Over exposing leather furniture to the sun can cause the fabric to dry and fade. A good way to protect it for the long term is to move the furniture every six months and to make sure that the leather is treated and cleaned at least once a year.

While there are many UV treatments out there for leather and wood, another great way to further protect your furniture is to invest in motorized blinds for your home. Motorized blinds can be controlled remotely and even timed to close when the sun is at its peak. With this level of home automation, you can even control your blinds when you’re away. This could be a beneficial feature when you’re out of town or just forget to close the blinds while you’re at home.  By investing in motorized blinds, you’re further investing in the protection and longevity of your furniture too.

 

Home Technology on the Rise

It goes without saying that the Recession in 2008 hit homeowners and business owners equally hard. People were unsure and luxuries like technology advancements in the home were not on the radar of most people, especially when the housing market began performing so poorly. Luckily, there is new research to show that things are finally in an upswing.

In a soon-to-be released study conducted by CEDIA called The Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market© observed that the number of installations and sales in the home technology industry are going up. Participants in both the United States and Canada reported promising numbers that directly coincide with the results of the CEDIA’s Benchmarking Survey which is great news for industry professionals.Diamond Theater

Preliminary findings from the study show that  Systems/ AV Installation companies saw a 15 percent spike in gross revenue in 2013 and expect that to increase 20 percent by the close of 2014. Cloud-based technology is helping drive labor based  sales, while installations are on the decline. For more information on these findings, check out the full article here. The full report on the study is due to be out at the start of October, 2014.

With the economy and consumer confidence on the rise, there has never been a better time to consider making an investment in advanced home technology for your home. For more information about home automation for your Atlanta- area home, contact us today.

 

Awards at Digital Interiors

At Digital Interiors Atlanta we pride ourselves on providing the best service with the most cutting-edge technology available. We are here to build relationships with our clients while also being leaders among those in our industry.

We are pleased to announce that we have been named in the top 100 of the Nation’s Top Integration Firms by CE Pro Magazine. CE Pro Magazine is a leading industry-related publication that covers information related to all things integration and automation. The publication also covers digital media, distributed audio and video, lighting control, home theater, security and more. For a complete list of CE Pro’s coverage, click here. The magazine is published 17 times a year, you can receive a free subscription to CE Pro Magazine here.Home Technology Service

In addition to our amazing rank of 62 in the CE Pro Top 100, we are also pleased to announce that our own Vice President of Digital Interiors Atlanta, George Ide, was named the 2013 Certified Outreach Instructor of the Year from CEDIA.  We are pleased to offer continued education for industry professionals. For more information about our  CEUs, click here.

We strive to provide the best service as well as be industry leaders in the automation and integration industry. For more information about CEUs for your company or how to get started on a project for your home, please contact us.

Earn your Required CEUs

If you’re a professional in any of the following organizations: AIA, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, NAHB, ASID, NARI, IIDA, IDCEC, you need to meet your requirements for continuing education from  the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA).  At Digital Interiors we have plenty of opportunities to earn those credits with renowned accredited instructor, George Ide, Vice President of Digital Interiors CEDIA Registered Outreach Instructor, CAPS. George Ide is also the winner of the 2013 COI of the Year from CEDIA.Home Automation Atlanta

We can come to your office at the convenience of your company and staff to provide the information you need to stay accredited within your organization. We have courses in the following subject areas:

• Planning for Residential Electronic Systems
• Home Integration for Convenience,Comfort,& Safety
• Control Systems Impact on Building Green
• Introduction to User Interfaces
• Lighting Control
• Hiding Technology

At Digital Interiors, we’re excited to go into 2015 with exciting content to educate your professionals. To schedule a CEU for your company, contact us here.