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12.4.18

The AVI 2018 Gift Guide

Great Christmas gifts for your Dallas, TX family and friends such as Sonos, Focal headphones, Sennheiser headphones, and the Samsung Frame.

 

If you are having trouble finding the perfect gift for someone on your list, let us help.…

11/30/18

Ketra | The Future of Light

Ketra and Lutron tunable white light - RGB light to promote circadian rhythm leading to wakefulness during the day and great sleep at night. Dallas  Ketra Natural Lighting dealer.

Lighting may be one of the most important, yet overlooked, details when it…

11.01.18

Sonos and Hay releasing Limited Edition Speakers

Dutch design brand Hay and Sonos joined forces on a limited edition set of Sonos One speakers. Let us know if you need one for your Frisco smart home!

Dutch design brand Hay has teamed up wtih Sonos to create a limited…

10/30/2018

Making Your Smart Home Spooky

How you can make your Dallas smart home a spooky home for halloween and trick or treat.

Halloween is one of the most appropriate times for grown adults to act like children. So in the spirit of the spookiest holiday, here are a few ways your smart home…

10.09.18

Talking Technology with Your Clients

How to open conversations about technology with your Dallas interior design and architecture clients.

I will be the first to admit it, keeping up with the state home technology is a never-ending job. I am engrossed in it full-time, and I am still…

10/03/18

IOS 12 Features We LOVE

New features that iOS12 brings to the iPhone and iPad that control Dallas Smart Homes. 

In the last few years I have faced most Apple announcements with more than a handful of skepticism. As cool as new camera filters are (there is that…

09/11/18

Lighting Control for Designers and Architects

Lutron Lighting Control for Dallas Interior Designers and Dallas Architects - modern homes

Interior design is a largely visual medium, and how a room is lit has a huge impact on how it feels to an observer. A beautifully furnished room poorly lit…

08.27.18

Back to School - How a Smart Home Can Help

Dallas Smart home features from Control4, Lutron and Ring Pro to help you as your kid starts back to school.

It is that time of year when kids are back in school, and order is restored to Dallas area homes. Now priorities change from keeping kids out of trouble, to keeping…

08/09/17

Why You Hate Your WiFi

WiFi problems drive Dallas luxury home owners crazy, find out how to solve wifi issues and speed up your internet.

A common complaint when we meet new Dallas area clients for the first time is the quality of their internet. Testing of their network…

07/30/18

Specifying Motorized Window Treatments

Lutron and Qmotion automated shades are the best tool for keeping heat of our your Dallas smart home

Specifying Motorized Window Treatments 

One of the most dramatic tools interior designers use to transform a…

07/05/2018

6 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make

Homeowner's looking to build Dallas smart homes often make the same incorrect assumptions about A/V system design.

As the A/V expert for our clients, we are designing the systems that go into their Dallas smart homes, but often we are…

06/07/2018

High Performance In-Wall Audio

High Performance Audio isn't just for audiophiles, it is for everyone.

“It needs to sound great.”

Believe it or not, we don’t really hear those words that often, and we…

05/29/18

Landscape Lighting

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You might not know this, but your home looks best at night. If you have a landscape lighting system you know what I mean. If you don’t, you are missing out.…

05/22/18

5 Best In-Wall Speakers for Your Home

5 Best In-Wall speakers for your Dallas smart home theater.

The 5 Best In-Wall Speakers for Your Home

In the not so distant past architectural speakers, meaning in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, were reserved only for…

05.09.18

Smart Device vs Smart Home

What is the difference between a collection of smart devices or IoT products and a professionally installed Dallas smart home?

Smart Devices VS. Smart Homes 

This shouldn’…

05/01/18

Motorized Screens | Building a 4-Season Patio

Outdoor motorized screens are the best way to protect your patio from bugs, sun and rain, and to turn your outdoor living area into a 4-season space.

In the spring and fall the patio is probably the most enjoyable living space in your average Dallas home.…

04.10.18

Outdoor Speakers to Make YOUR Backyard SING!

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Spring is fast approaching in Dallas, TX, and we are quickly turning our attention towards preparing our yards for the warm weather. Outdoor living spaces with all of the amenities featured…

03/26/2018

Can I use my INDOOR TV Outdoors?

Can you install an indoor TV on your Dallas Patio or Frisco Outdoor Kitchen?

Can I Use an Indoor TV Outdoors? The answer may surprise you...

As a Dallas home automation company, we spend almost as much time…

03/08/18

What to do With Your OUTDATED Home Theater

Most Dallas suburban homes have an outdated home theater that needs home theater updates. This is a common problem in Southlake, Frisco and McKinney, TX.

Most Dallas area homes have at least one poorly utilized room. If that home is in the suburbs…

02/21/18

Dallas to receive AT&T 5G first!

AT&T is bringing their 5G wireless service to Dallas, Waco and Atlanta.

Great news for AT&T Wireless clients in Dallas, you are going to have a substantially faster option for your wireless data service soon. AT&T announced late Tuesday that Dallas would be among three…

2/7/18

What you NEED to know before buying light bulbs

Choosing the correct LED bulb can be tough, but this guide can help you find the correct bulb for any task

Back in the good old days of incandescent lighting you went to the store, you bought a 60-watt bulb, and you installed it wherever it…

01/26/2018

7 Tech Devices you NEED to enjoy in 2018

Tech that you need to use in 2018 from CES

CES 2018 just ended, and the world was introduced to hundreds, if not thousands of new and innovative technologies that manufacturers are about to thrust into the…

01/11/18

Security in the Smart Home

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People love the idea of a smart home for a lot of reasons. For most it is about convenience, allowing them to automate things that used…

12/21/2017

Apple TV - Now Featuring Amazon Video

amazon prime video is finally available on apple tv

Rejoice Amazon Prime members, your beloved Amazon Video is finally available on Apple TV. As an audio/video integrator that uses Apple TV on almost every job we…

08/10/17

Samsung "The Frame" - Art or TV?

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The new Samsung Frame TV is one of the most exciting innovations in the TV market in the last few years. Unlike recent advancements that have focused on increased resolution, curved screens…

05/24/17

Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Smart TV

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Apple TV vs Roku vs Smart TV

If you have done any streaming recently…

May 8, 2017

Hiding in Plain Sight

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One of the only downsides to today's smart home technology is trying to figure out how…

May 20, 2015

SAVANT ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY ON APPLE WATCH

Apple Watch now features the Savant App, allowing control of your smart home via your smart watch.

The Savant App On Apple Watch Makes It Easier Than Ever To Access Your Home From Anywhere

Hyannis, Mass. – May 20, 2015 –…

August 9, 2016

5 Good Reasons to Invest In Motorized Shades

Have you ever considered adding motorized shades or remote controlled drapes to your Dallas home?  Many homeowners who are considering motorized window treatments have their interest piqued by some aspect of an…

July 11, 2016

What Makes a Great Home Theater?

You have dreamed of having a home theater in your Dallas area home, but it seems like a daunting task.  There are so many options for screens, projectors and sound systems.  Here are the basic components that you should consider in order to have an immersive home theater experience.

July 11, 2016

Outdoor Home Theater

An outdoor home theater is like having a drive-in movie theater in your back yard.  Except, you get to choose what is showing!  In 1932, Richard M. Hollingshead experimented with a projector mounted to the roof of his car which projected to a screen mounted between trees in his back yard.  He would open the first drive-in…

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