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Customizing your pad

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Sure, this multi-button keypad can control a virtually unlimited number of lighting devices, but if you are using your keypad for only the lights, you’re missing out on a slew of possibilities! Any button can be programmed to control any aspect of your automated home. Take a look at these 9 ideas that will get your creative juices flowing!

Smart Home Technology Allows Seniors to Age in Place

By Crystal Watts

The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age. This means...

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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.

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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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Giving “House Music” a New Meaning

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There are a variety of ways to pipe music around the twenty-first century home. You could get a massive boombox, crank it to 11, and stand in your foyer all John Cusack Say Anything style. You could snag a bunch of cheap clock radios on Amazon, carefully tune them all to the same station and volume, and then enjoy some sweet (and nostalgic!) FM as you move about the house. You could carefully scatter Bluetooth speakers in different rooms and then play a fun little technology game called “How far is 33 feet away?” Or you could go with a professionally designed and installed audio system carefully crafted to maximize the performance for each listening area. ​If the last approach sounds like the way you like to roll, then read on to learn what kinds of primo audio experiences you can create in different areas of your home!

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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)

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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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Party On

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A Chicago socialite’s spectacular 1917 row house has been transformed with the help of smart technology. But its contemporary elegance and sophistication retain echoes of its colorful celebrity history.

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The DIY Delusion of Home Automation

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When I bought my modest 2,300-square-foot suburban home, I was pretty keen on the idea that I would automate it myself. Seriously, how hard could it be? Or, so I thought. The typical person who gets the itch to automate their own home is a lot like me: technical and self-reliant. And possibly a little cheap.

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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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Mixing Vintage Architecture with Modern Technology

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The East Coast has the distinction of having some of the oldest cities in the U.S., and its architecture reflects it. Charming, vintage homes are lovingly preserved by their owners, paying homage to a time long ago. But this doesn’t mean modern technology shouldn’t take up residence in an older home. You just need to choose the right types of products. For homeowners striving maintain the integrity of their historic abodes, or for anyone concerned about the impact of technology on a home’s design, wireless products offer an ideal solution.

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Home Automation for the Health of It

By Guest

...As much as the media focuses on technology promoting a sedentary lifestyle, home automation is proving that it can also foster better health. Smart LED lighting, in particular, can have a huge influence on your wellbeing.

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HOME SMART HOME: FALL 2018 ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE (FREE DOWNLOAD)

By Crystal Watts

From a wine brand that has tapped into augmented reality, to a major locomotive that is automated to the hilt, I invite you to jump aboard and join me for an issue that’s straight off the rails.

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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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And the awards go to...

By Guest

For 15 years, we've been unwavering in of our commitment to our dealers and in our passion to delight customers around the globe. Control4 is fortunate to work directly with over 5,700 amazing custom integrators; some of whom have been with us for a short period of time and many others since Control4's inception. However, all of them have something in common: dedication to providing excellent service and giving you the Control4 Smart Home of your dreams!

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WHAT’S NEW WITH CONTROL4

By Jamie Corpuz

Whether you're a Control4 homeowner, a smart-home hopeful, or someone who designs or builds modern homes, you should know that Control4 is committed to creating a user-friendly smart-home platform that can be easily personalized by homeowners and that we strive to develop products for smart-home projects of every size.

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Monitor your home from anywhere with smart technology

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Being away from home doesn't mean you can't stay abreast of what’s happening while you’re gone. Thanks to innovative technology from Control4, you’ll know the second someone rings the doorbell, if there’s someone strolling across your backyard, or if your trusty neighbor remembered to water your plants. All you need to stay connected is a Control4 mobile app on your smartphone and an Internet-enabled monitoring device at your home.

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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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I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy—living.

By Jamie Corpuz

If you are a busy, on-the-go person like me, then you know that communication and time management is key to making it all work. That’s why I love discovering and playing with new technology and apps that help me stay connected and organized. Live your best life with smart-home technology.

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The Benefits of Smart Home Automation for Vacation Guests, Property Managers, and Homeowners.

By Guest

Smart home automation is a win for all parties involved. Whether you’re an owner of a property management company, a vacation property guest or a first-time home buyer, you can benefit from the most innovative smart home technology available for the place you, or your guests, relax each night.

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Smart Home Security: Smart Locks, Mockupancy, Cameras, and More

By Crystal Watts

A smart home means more than just convenience—it means safety, as well. Secure your loved ones and your home by monitoring and controlling security cameras, locks, alarm systems from your mobile devices. You could even have your home simulate occupancy to deter mischief and crime ​while you're out of town.

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An Ultimate Home Theater on an Unlimited Budget

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If you’re an audio visual enthusiast, it’s likely that you often find yourself daydreaming about the ultimate home theater. A cinema that provides exceptional audio and visual quality, superb comfort in seating, and luxurious décor that sets the mood. What TV would best display your favorite movie scenes? What sound system would would knock your socks off? What seats would make you never want to visit any other movie theater? Should budget be of no concern, we compiled a list of home theater features that you’d no doubt desire.

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Keep Your Landscape Lush with a Smart Irrigation System

By Guest

Keeping the grass and plants looking their best requires conscientious watering, at the very least. A seemingly easy task, it’s can end up being the bane of your backyard. Too much or too little water can jeopardize the health of the greenery—taking your home’s curb appeal to ground zero. Yanking a hose around the yard is no fun, and there’s no way of knowing when to stop watering. A sprinkler system is a better option, but again, creating a watering schedule is like pinning down a time for a family dinner: you never really know if it’s going to work or if everyone will be adequately fed.

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Music to Your Ears

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Music is the heartbeat of Chicago. For every musical taste, there’s a venue, a concert, or an event to soak in your favorite songs from your favorite artists. There’s nothing like hearing music live, especially in a scene as vibrant as Chicago. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to bring some of this energy into your own home—to enjoy great music in the comfort of your own home? Why settle for a mediocre quality audio set up that is tied to one room? If you want to do your favorite songs justice and a create an immersive experience that rivals live performances by your favorite artists, then high-resolution and multi-room audio is the answer.

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