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Incorporating technology into your home—how to stay stylish, while keeping up with new tech

Incorporating technology into your home—how to stay stylish, while keeping up with new tech

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Unless you’re in the middle of building your new home from the ground up, chances are you’re debating on whether you should add more tech to your home. We all realize where the world is headed, yet the idea of a “smart-home” seems at times too complicated to execute.

We agree—well, partially. For most of us leading busy, technology-filled lives, a total revamp and integration of more tech does not make sense. Aside from the time-commitment, tech integration doesn’t align with most homes’ existing structures. Not to mention the enormous costs that accompany taking your 1930’s bungalow and rewiring to enable voice command. However, if done right, a few changes here and there will bring you to the present century AND help influence how you’re able to spend your time.

So let’s take a look at some of the favorite things we’ve recently incorporated into homes, new and old. It is, after all, the small touches that are often most meaningful.

Sound systems:

Not every music, playlist or television speaker system has to be hidden sleekly into walls. Take a look at these speakers and how we’ve reincorporated them into the décor. Not something the homeowner was interested in investing too much in, they are now customized in material and color to fit directly and discreetly into the space so they avoid becoming an immediate eyesore. They are fresh, subtle, clean-lined and ready for operation without spending time trying to figure out some touchless keypad, or whatever the latest overdeveloped gadget may be. Yes, these certainly aren’t the no-see / all-hear that the most contemporary homes are equipped with, but these will do just fine without feeling overly 2025 and out of place with your home’s style.

Fireplaces:

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As a European who loves a good sit by the fire regardless of climate, I am always somewhat sad that fireplaces aren’t used more here I often see them empty or filled with stuff, usually because people don’t have the time or the easy resources to get logs and start a fire – it rightly seems like way too much effort.

Our solution is to install a custom fit surround to make that process easy and put ignition at your fingertips. All of the fireplaces we update come with direct gas connection, lovely faux logs (I promise –these days there are some wonderful options) and…wait for it…a remote control. Yep, you read that right – a fireplace tech update makes it easy and discreet when it comes to starting a fire, leaving you with more time entertaining your guests rather than worrying about getting a fire going. Just click and enjoy.

Televisions:

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Oh, the options of TVs that are out there. Every time a new one comes out, I find one of the boys in my home (big or small) pointing out why it will make our viewing experience better. It’s as if we are poised to see things in better-than-life visual display! Well, all that aside, starting with a right-sized, rightly budgeted for your family new screen is the place to start. We help with everything from the right screen selection, to its mobility on the wall and its aesthetic place in your space. I agree with all the many people that would prefer to have an option for putting the television out of sight if need be. A beautifully designed, dedicated place can facilitate this and is how you can feel more at the forefront with this oft used item. It is, after all, often one of the home’s main gathering places. Wouldn’t you like it to function well and look good?!

So whether you’re going for a whole tech-savvy home or are just interested in a few smart updates, remember: you don’t HAVE to hide all your technology. Some technology can clear up other areas of your home that were originally intimidating, and allow you to determine that your family television doesn’t have to be the center of attention.  

Would love to hear what you think! What technology have you been coveting for your house? Have you discovered any fun ways to incorporate these into your home?

PROJECT FEATURE: Austin hillside home with French architectural influence

PROJECT FEATURE: Austin hillside home with French architectural influence

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