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Home Theaters to Make Your House More Inviting

One extremely important part of being a teenager or a kid in general is socialization. Your kids are going to Home Theater Atlantadevelop a group of friends in which they love to spend time together. Weekends and time after school they will find places in which they love to get together. As humans are creatures of routine, once they find their favorite places to be, they will continue to go back time and again. Digital Interiors of Atlanta wants to help you make your house the one that all the kids want to be at. So, how do you do this?

Home Theater

Installing a home theater into your house is a sure fire way to attract the kids. By creating an environment that resembles a movie theater in regards to surround sound, comfort and a big screen, you are providing an experience for these kids that they typically have to pay for. However, what makes your house a much better option than a movie theater is:

  1. They don’t have to be quiet while the movie is playing
  2. Your house has a much better selection of food and drinks
  3. They don’t have to just watch movies, but can also watch television or play video games
  4. They can recline, lie down and sit any way they want to be comfortable

Take an active step in being a part of your child’s group of friends by having the house where everyone wants to be. Installing a home theater is a move in that direction, and we would be delighted to help you out. Contact us to get started.

Home Automation is Great for Kids

home automation for familyIf you are still on the fence about whether or not home automation is the right choice for your family, let us give you a few things to consider in how incorporating home automation into your house is beneficial for your kids.

Security

Above all, the added sense of security will give you peace of mind. We aren’t just talking about a security system to keep out home invaders, which is important, but also the ability to keep an eye on your kids without actually being in the same room. We can set up video monitors throughout the house, so when you are in the office working, in your bedroom getting dressed, in the kitchen preparing a meal or anywhere else, you can keep an eye on what your kids are doing and know they are safe. It also helps you know that they aren’t doing anything they shouldn’t be.

Education

By making your home fully automated, you are essentially turning the entire house into one big educational opportunity for your kids. Technology is a vital part of life these days, and it is incredibly important that your children know how to use a smartphone, tablet and computer. With home automation, they will use these tools to control everything in the house, from the lights to the television and more. They will be extremely comfortable with all things technology and have an advantage in school.

Convenience

Finally, home automation makes things more convenient for you as a parent. The television will automatically turn off when screen time is over. You can program soft lullaby music to automatically start playing at bedtime. In the Spring and Summer months when the sun is shining at bedtime, room darkening shades will automatically lower before bedtime so you don’t have to hear “the sun is still out, it’s not bedtime.” Although rewarding, life as a parent is incredibly challenging, wouldn’t it be nice if your house was programmed to help you out as well?

If you are interested in home automation, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation.

Home Automation for Outdoor Living Spaces

Living in metro Atlanta, our summers are not exactly mild. Many times, people think that unless your are by a swimming pool, it is too hot to be outside. While we do agree that having a swimming pool in your backyard is a must-have, we also want to point out that you can create outdoor living spaces that are comfortable even in 95 degree weather. The trick is having the right accessories, and knowing how to manipulate them.

Must-Haves for Comfortable Outdoor Living Spaces

Fans. Ceiling fans create a wonderful breeze that will help keep everyone cool while enjoying your outdoor space. The cooling effect increases if you can find space for more than one fan. With our home automation, you can control the speed of each fan separately, so that you can find the combination of speeds that provides the optimal breeze.

Furniture. Gone are the days when you are limited to metal and plastic lounge chairs. If you want to enjoy your outdoor space, you need furniture that promotes relaxation, and since this is a casual space, you can have fun with your creativity. Incorporate hammocks, couches, recliners or anything that you want.

Shade. One of the easiest ways to keep cool is to stay out of the sun. Make sure you have someone overhead that protects you from the sun, but it is also a great idea to install some kind of blinds that you can raise and lower as the sun moves. In fact, using home automation, you can set these blinds to automatically lower and raise based on the sun’s movements so that you won’t have to worry about it.

If you incorporate these three elements into your outdoor living spaces, you will create a comfortable environment and you will find that you love spending summers outside even if you aren’t cooling off in the pool. Don’t forget to contact Digital Interiors for all of your home automation needs.

Photo via Logan’s Hammer Building & Renovation

Cigar and Whiskey Tasting Event

whisky tasting eventIf one of the ways you like to relax and unwind includes single malt whisky and cigars, then you’ll want to join us for our next open house event. Not only will we be offering premium cigars, but we’ll have Jack Smith, CSS, the President of the Metro Atlanta Scotch Club introducing you to some of the finest single malt whisky available.

There is hardly a better way to get more information about home automation than by attending open house events like this one. We will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have as well offering tours of our showroom. Of course, there will also be cigars for you to enjoy and whisky to sample. You get to taste four different single malts:

  • SULIVAN’S COVE Single Malt Whisky / ‘Double Cask’ 200 Vintage (12-yr) / Cask # HH068, HH0178 & HH0412(Botle # 539 of 1232) / 40% ABV / NCF / OB: Tasmania Distilery / Owner: Bert Cason / Tasmania (Cambridge)
  • MACALAN Single Malt / 194 Vintage (19-yr) / 43% ABV / IB: Gordon & MacPhail (Speymalt range) / Dist Owner: The Edrington Group Ltd / Speyside (Central)
  • AMRUT Single Malt / ‘Fusion’ / NAS / 50% ABV / NCF / OB / Dist Owner: Amrut Distilery (N.R. Jagdale Group) / India (Bangalore)
  • CONNEMARA Single Malt Whiskey / NAS / 40% ABV / OB: Coley Distilery / Dist Owner: Beam Suntory Inc. (Suntory Holdings Ltd.) / Republic of Ireland (Co. Louth)

If you like what you taste, which is almost a certainty, then you’ll have the option to purchase a bottle. Of course, there is no pressure to purchase a bottle, but with whisky this good, it’ll be hard to refrain.

The Cigar &Whisky Open House will be on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Digital Interiors, Inc. The event is open to all current clients as well as anyone interested in home automation. We ask that you please RSVP to (770) 844-5800 and let us know how many will be in your party. See you then!

Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy

Home Automation For Your PoolOutdoor entertaining is an integral part of summers in the South. Whether you have out of town guests staying with you that you want to impress with your spectacular grilling skills or are inviting family and friends to your annual 4th of July party, your outdoor living area needs to be an inviting setting. Well, when you are spending your time preparing and cooking the meal, how can you worry about other factors like fans, lighting, music, water features, etc. The answer is simple, utilize home automation so that you can control every feature from your Smartphone or iPad.

Other than the use of your pool, the food is the star of your summer gatherings, and as such, it should get your undivided attention. By utilizing home automation, you can program every factor before the party even begins. For example, you have a specific time that you want to eat dinner, but if you are caught up in other things and forget to turn on the grill until you are ready to cook, then you have set yourself back a half hour at least. To prevent such a dilemma, use your smartphone to set a time for the grill to automatically turn on, and then it will be preheated and ready for you to cook whenever you are.

You can also preset different light settings as well as the specific times for them to change. So, as the sun sets and it becomes darker, your lights can automatically get brighter and brighter. As far as keeping a comfortable temperature, we know that things tend to naturally cool off once the sun goes down. So, you can adjust the speed of the ceiling fans conveniently from your smart phone. Basically, with home automation, we have eliminated the hassle of trying to find which switch controls what, and replaced it with your smart phone controlling everything.

Excusing yourself to turn off the fountain or lower the volume of the music is a thing of the past. Don’t miss a moment of your summer parties because you have to manage the setting, call Digital Interiors at 770-844-5800 for your home automation system.

Make Music a Part of Your Pool Parties

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm gaiety to life and everything,” so says Plato. Personally, we couldn’t agree more. Music is an integral part in home entertainment. It can lift your spirits, help you relax, create an atmosphere and get you moving. Filling your home with music is easy, but the party shouldn’t stop just because you move outside. What you need is a complete home entertainment system that allows music to play inside and out.

Outdoor Speakers Home AutomationWith our home entertainment system, not only will you get speakers in every room of your house, but also dispersed through the outdoor living areas. Outdoor speakers tend to have a bad reputation, an unfortunate consequence of the ostentatious speaker rocks. Yet we are happy to tell you that there have been drastic improvements in the outdoor speaker industry, and we can beautifully hide the speakers throughout your yard (can you see the speaker in this photo?). While they may be small and camouflaged in your garden, they do not lack for sound quality and volume.

The best part of our home entertainment system is that it is part of your home automation. So, each room can have different music playing, and they can all be controlled by your smartphone. Volume, song selection and the on/off capabilities are all in the palm of your hand, which makes outdoor entertaining much easier. So, don’t let your summer pool parties be without music, contact us to get a complete home entertainment system installed.

Home Automation Control for Your Swimming Pool

Home Automation For Your PoolIf you’re the owner of a swimming pool or thinking about putting one in at your Atlanta home, one of the best ways to manage, monitor and control the equipment is via a home automation control system. We’re not suggesting that you install a system just to run your pool, but if you’d also like to automate lights, thermostats, A/V equipment and more, it makes sense to also tie in the swimming pool equipment.

The biggest benefit you’ll reap is the ability to operate the pool system from the same touchpanel or iPad app you might also use to control the other tech elements in your home. It’s a much more convenient than having to trudge outside every time you want to make an adjustment to your pool settings.

Plus, you’ll be able to set the outdoor scene from one device, turning on the music, the lights and the pool waterfall, for example. Without all these elements integrated, you would be visiting pushing buttons on several independent controls.

Even though modern pool controls are pretty smart in and of themselves, meaning there’s a lot they can automate without the help of a home control system. For example, your pool installation company can set up specific activation times for the heaters, pumps, jets, filtration, even the pool lights. A home control system simply gives you an easier way to adjust those settings and activate special features on a whim. You’ll also be able to monitor the water temperature, chlorine and pH levels and more right from the screen of your iPad.

If you would like to utilize Home Automation to simplify the operation of the pool at your home call Digital Interiors at 770-844-5800 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

Home Automation for Your Dining Room

Home Automation Atlanta GAIf you are in the process of redecorating your dining room Home Automation may not be one of the first things that comes to your mind. There are many features that Home Automation can bring to your dining room that will help it become a highly desirable and gathering spot for family and friends.

Lighting Control 

A simple dimmer switch can adjust the intensity of the lights to suit the occasion—bright for family dinners or soft for just you and the spouse. Take it a step farther by tying the dimmer (as well as other dimmers in the house) to a lighting control system. This feature Installed and programmed by Digital Interiors allows you to engage various “scenes,” by touching a single button on a keypad, touch panel or even your iPhone. For example, a romantic scene could signal the lights to dim and the music to activate, while movie scene could dim the lights and close the window treatments. 

Motorized Shades

If you find yourself battling the glare of the sun during meals, consider having motorized shades installed on the windows. These can be operated from a remote or tied in with the lights and music via a home automation system. You can also ask Digital Interiors to put them on a timer to raise and lower automatically at certain times of the day.

In-Ceiling Speakers 

Positioned above the table, a flush-mounted speaker can deliver music to the dining area. You’ll need to also invest in some type of whole-house audio system that can connect your audio components (iPod, media server, etc.) to the dining room speakers as well as to other speakers throughout the house.

Home Automation is not just about mechanicals it is about helping you to fulfill your lifestyle. The professionals at Digital Interiors in Atlanta can design and install a system that is easy to operate and expresses the personality and lifestyle you desire.

Call us at 770-844-5800 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website to start utilizing Home Automation to enhance your lifestyle.

 

 

Large Screen TV vs. Front Projection for Home Theater

Home Theater AtlantaOne of the first things to consider when planning a new Home Theater is whether to get a rear-projection LCD or plasma TV, or a two-piece system consisting of a front projector and screen. Both approaches have benefits.

Large Screen TV 

Large Screen TV’s are simpler for most people to understand. Part of it is due to the simplicity of the product. After all, what could be easier than getting a bigger TV? If you want a larger image with no muss and fuss, if you’ve got the space, you are in business with almost no effort.

Part of the appeal of Large Screen TV’s is the impression that they are cheaper than front projection systems. However, front projectors will deliver a much more cinema-like experience for the money. From a practical perspective your room size has a lot to do with determining which approach is best for you. If you don’t have a large viewing room, a 40″ to 60″ diagonal TV will probably be plenty. 

Front Projection 

If you want the large screen cinema experience in your home and your room size will allow it, front projection is the way to go. Front projectors are made to produce screen images in the range of 70″ to 120″ diagonal or more. Once people realize they can get a picture up to four times the size for the same money as a large screen TV, the choice becomes easier.

At Digital Interiors we can assist you in making the right choice for Home Theater for your specific situation. Call us at 770-844-5800 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Home Automation to Benefit the Interior Design of Your Home

Home Automation Atlanta - St. RegisMany people are under the mistaken impression that Home Automation is only for the ultra-contemporary home of the future (like The Jetsons) and is not present in more traditionally designed homes. At Digital Interiors we proud of the work that we do with some of the leading design companies in the Atlanta area to not only incorporate Home Automation in to any type of home style or décor but help to enhance the livability without being intrusive.

Professional designers take great pride in the aesthetics that make up a beautiful home. Many of them rely on Home Automation to avoid the use of clunky electronic devices and wall clutter. Digital Interiors works with designers so that they know what options are available, this enables them to improve their designs.

A Home Automation system by Digital Interiors is custom designed and installed to meet the individual lifestyle needs of our customers. We want to integrate the system within their homes in a subtle way that compliments their design aesthetic and lifestyle. For example, our lighting solutions allow a homeowner to accent areas of the house to create a special mood. Perhaps they want to be able to touch one button and activate a certain light level to showcase their art collection. Simply put, home automation can assist in showing off what an interior designer does within the home.

Home Automation can make life less chaotic and so much more enjoyable. For instance,you can set entire Home Automation scenarios or “events”. With a simple button press, you can make the entire house go to sleep: it will turn off all lights in the house, lock the doors, set the temperature where you like it, and arm the alarm system.

The ultimate in convenience for busy families on the go, is the ability to log into your home at any given time from your iPhone and view cameras or lock/unlock doors plus many other items. It’s incredibly convenient, and since all the equipment is hidden it doesn’t disrupt the décor of your home.

For more information on Home Automation services provided by Digital Interiors call us at 770-844-5800 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.