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Get Ready for Autumn with Home Technology

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Enjoying the last lazy, hazy days of summer? Before you know it, Autumn will be here with football, school and falling leaves. We want you to be ready for what’s ahead with these suggestions for home technology in lighting, window treatments, WiFi and speakers, and finally home networks for computers.

As the weather turns cooler and the days begin to shorten, you can use your automated window treatments to keep the heat in – opposite of summer months when you use shading to keep the heat out and prevent furniture from fading. If you have one of our automated lighting systems with the atomic clock feature, your lights will automatically turn on earlier and adjust when Day Light Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th.

Did you know that switching to LED lighting will lower your electric bills? They last much longer and run cooler than other types of bulbs.  LEDs offer great illumination for tasks like cooking and homework. Most programmable lighting platforms have many options for dimming and a variety of colors, too.  So LEDs are cool in more ways than one! Visit the AVD Experience Center and play with our array of lighting solutions.

 

Turn up the volume: Speakers and WiFi

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Winery Spotlight: Domaine Tour Campanets

If there could be a perfect little winery, it would be Domaine Tour Campanet. In Provence. A beautiful site. Run by a lovely young woman. Organic because she doesn’t want to work with chemicals. Making simple and superb wines. No commercialism. What could be better? Well, I suppose if your brain works like mine but you’re a woman, you would want a Provence winery with great wines made by a young guy. C’est la vie! There are plenty of those out there. You find them!

Emmanuelle Baude, owner and winemaker, is passionate about her vineyard. She knows every inch of the land, it’s soil, its smell, its shadows. I love her descriptions of the place. Her white has a dreamy name based in the reality of her relationship with the terroir: Bois des Fées.  Wood of the Fairies. And when I asked her how she came to name it thus, she recited a short story for me on the spot about the way the light and shadow play on the property. The vineyard is in the middle of a wood and to get there you must travel through closed and open areas, dense forest and open pasture. There is the play of light in its many forms, the variation of temperatures, the dust that you can see and the vacuum of space you cannot see.

Emmanuelle Baude of Domaine Tour Campanets and Roy Cohen of Cynthia Hurley Imports

The Bois des Fées Blanc starts out exotic-fruity and light and then intensifies, finishing in a way that demands attention. I love the rosés of Provence, including Emmanuelle’s, but this white wine is everything you want on a picnic! Half Vermentino, half Ugni Blanc.

Speaking of rosé, the Bois des Fées (yes, it should have a different name, such as Bois des Sirens) is fascinating because it looks and smells like a typical rosé of Provence but the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon to the Syrah and Grenache and the absence of Cinsault make it more accessible to the international palate. What does that mean? It mostly means it’s not as acidic and has more familiar flavors. The wine is the perfect match for cured meats.

Dom. Tour Campanets winery is making a Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence rouge called Mon Coeur Violettes, and a violet heart it is! There are only 2000 bottles (not cases!) and it is as succulent as the website proclaims. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. I immediately thought of duck in a wine reduction sauce. Again, simple, but intensifying.

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AVD Wins 2018 Gold EM NARI CotY Award

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Audio Video Design won a 2018 Gold EM NARI CotY Award for Residential Specialty Interior for their Penthouse Perspective project. The Evening of Excellence for the 2018 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards was held at the Clarke Showroom in Milford on March 28, 2018.

A two-career couple with a young family benefits from automation to make their home run smoothly. With a control system tying all of the electronics together, the net result is a smart home that needs minimal intervention to operate multiple TVs and distributed music, security, HVAC, lighting and shade control. Audio Video Design provided the latest technology to make living in a luxury building comfortable, safe and fun.

Photography by Greg Premru; Interior Design by Spring Hill Designs; Builder: Sea-Dar Construction (original work done by Woodmeister Master Builders).

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Séura TVs for Indoors and Outside

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Not all mirror televisions are alike – Séura TV Mirrors are unique! Their vanishing televisions are awe-inspiring. Séura uses an innovative glass that resembles traditional silver mirror more closely than any of their previous models when the display is turned off, but permits ultra-high definition video to shine through while the display is operating. The result is a true-to-life reflection when turned off and a more vivid video quality when the TV is on. Every Séura  is designed and built to order to complement your home. 

TV Mirror Features:

  • Vanishing Technology: Elegance is instant. Vanishing glass is designed to provide excellent mirror reflectivity while making it possible for a television to completely disappear when turned off.
  • Customization: Unique design configuration options include mirror size, TV screen size, designer frames and other custom offerings.
  • Ultra High Definition: 4k UHD picture clarity four times the resolution of regular TVs at the moment.

Vanishing Vanity Mirrors

If you like to get your news first thing in the morning while you shave or put on make-up, check out this Seura Vanishing Vanity TV Mirror. Not only do we love it, but so does the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Chicago because they put one in every guest suite bathroom!

Outdoor Entertainment

We highly recommend Séura’s outdoor line of televisions – the Storm and Storm Ultra Bright Splash (pictured below). Elegant design meets best-in-class video performance in all weather conditions. And that means a lot here in New England! From rooftop decks to patios to poolside, Séura Outdoor TVs enhance beautifully designed spaces and bring people together.

Come see the Séura TV Mirror in AVD’s new interactive Home Technology Design Center! Call 617-965-4600 for an appointment.

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