Preparing Your Home for the Holidays
Company is Coming to Town!
The holidays are just around the corner! Soon our homes will be filled with festive decorations, familiar, mouthwatering scents wafting from the kitchen and guests to entertain! Whether you’ve been thinking about sprucing your home up before your guests descend or simply want to make some comfortable home improvements that will add to your holiday merriment, here are some things you may wish to consider.
No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Nothing says “Welcome” quite like exquisite lighting. From the moment your guests turn the corner, they’ll be in awe of your beautifully lit landscape and inviting walkway. Highlighted artwork and the soft glow of a chandelier in your foyer make a stunning first impression. Lighting scenes can transform the mood at the touch of a button (or an “ask” of your integrated voice control). An “Entertain” setting may turn your kitchen into a bustling center of activity full of turkey carving and laughter while lowering the downlights, sconces and chandelier in the dining room, setting the stage for the evening’s elegant meal. Following dinner the lights come back up to your “Clean-up” setting and your favorite holiday playlist ques up, drawing everyone to gather around the fireplace (also integrated into your home’s technology system).
On milder evenings, pull out the patio heaters and head to your outdoor living space. Lighting scenes showcase architectural features, planters and fountains for added drama while highlighting uneven walking surfaces and stairs for comfort and safety. You and your guests can enjoy cozying up around the fire pit to watch your favorite holiday classics on a weatherproof TV or outdoor projection screen.
If the weather outside is Lake Michigan “frightful”, bring the party indoors into an updated dedicated home theater or media room. We’ll help you plan the perfect space with plenty of plush custom seating.
The Envy of Your Neighbors
If you’re one who wants to share your joy and seek to become a “destination” (or become the next viral video) by putting on an outdoor display that could rival the northern lights, you’ll need a sound system that’s worthy of the task. Those synchronized music and lighting displays are sophisticated but, if you have an integrated home automation system, we can get you in control and in “sync”!
While the neighbors are out gawking at the lights and enjoying the orchestration, unless you have the famous Leg Lamp prominently displayed in your front window, you may want to add some beautiful motorized window shades or draperies. Automated window coverings can be integrated with your lighting scenes and come in an elegant array of weaves, styles and colors. They are the perfect solution for hard to reach, floor-to-ceiling lake view windows in voluminous rooms and can be on separate settings. They’re also great for blacking out light in areas for TV viewing and are available for custom installations over skylights, stairway/foyer accent windows, etc.
Like a Warm Cup of Cocoa
While preparing your guest rooms, imagine offering them the luxury of home automation. Easy-to-read and use touch panels, keypads and hand-held remotes that control lighting, fans, fireplaces and more in their room add elegance and enjoyment to their stay.
All snug in their beds
While we’re off dreaming of sugar plums, others are up to Grinch-like behavior scheming to steal the joy from our celebration. Yes, sadly, according to the FBI, nearly 400,000 homes are victims of burglary during November and December each year. Burglars are opportunists and will move to an easier score when a few simple deterrents are in place. Strong door locks, compatible with your home technology system, will keep them out while allowing you the ability to remotely “buzz” your family and friends in using your smartphone app if you’re caught in holiday traffic. And nothing says “we’re home” to potential thieves like programmed indoor and exterior lighting. For even greater peace of mind, your lighting control can be integrated with your home security system.
So give us a call and let us help you prepare for the holidays! We’ll get the perfect system designed for you. And we’ve got a fantastic Control4 one-room solution bundle to get you started! All you need to do is create your holiday playlist, address your invitations and start shopping! Shopping? Oh yeah, we’ve got you covered there too! Stay tuned for our gift giving guide. We’ll help you find something for every tech-enthusiast on your list!