Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Design for Chicago Smart Home Installers   In a stunning showroom overlooking the Chicago River, the CEO of Leon Speakers paints a portrait of Chicago jazz legend Buddy Guy. Smart home installers, interior designers, and technology professionals sip margaritas while chatting over Big Star tacos, sharing details about their industries and learning how they can all benefit from recent advances in their respective fields. A raffle is being held benefiting Almost Home Kids, a transition home for kids with traumatic medical experiences, and two guests will walk away with the one-of-a-kind Buddy Guy painting and an iPad dock from TRUFIG. The atmosphere inside Merchandise Mart’s Pella Crafted Luxury showroom is relaxed, friendly, and interactive, with different smart technology manufacturers setting up their products in the rooms surrounding a communal space for food, drink, and presentations later in the afternoon.     Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ Technology & Design Expo was a first in our 52-year history, and the success of our their event on July 25th has highlighted the need for an annual showcase of how technology and design should work together. Wish you were there? Read on for a recap of the event to whet your appetite for the next expo.   SEE MORE: Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions   Retailers Spotlight Their Latest Innovations Representatives from CinemaTech, Leon, Lutron, Meridian, Millson, Salamander, Savant, Séura, Sonance, Sony, and TRUFIG showed off their most recent innovations, giving guests the opportunity to experience these sophisticated smart home and business solutions first-hand. Sink into a luxurious CinemaTech home theater recliner, try out...
How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

How Can You Learn More About Smart Home Technology?

Architects, Designers, and Builders Can Stay Educated Through Our Blog Series   As your local smart home company, our role goes beyond installing custom technology throughout Chicago. We think it’s just as important to serve as an educational force. This is particularly the case when building partnerships with other professionals such as architects, designers, and builders. Through our CEU courses and our ongoing blog series, we strive to keep you informed on the latest in smart home technology and how you can use it in your projects. If this is your first time on the Barrett’s blog, welcome! There’s a lot of content available, but to make things easy, we’ve provided a list of the top five most popular articles from the last year: 1.    A Home Automation Wiring Guide Architects and builders have many clients that want smart technology installed during the construction stage. We agree this is the best time to install pre-wiring for a smart home to ensure it’s compatible with all their connected devices. With unique device and networking requirements, this installation can’t be done by an electrician. Don’t worry; your local smart home company is here to help! Check out this guide on how to incorporate home automation into the building process. 2.    The Latest Trends in Home Design The design and technology industries have one thing in common: they’re always evolving. As new design trends emerge, you should be looking to see what technological advancements are available to help you achieve them. In this blog, we highlight threesolutions that will help interior designers create beautiful, livable homes for their clients. Click here to find out how...
How to Get a High-Quality Movie Experience without the Clutter

How to Get a High-Quality Movie Experience without the Clutter

The Innovative Approach to Home Theater Design: CinemaFrame® Over the years, home theater systems have become more and more refined. Chicagoland homeowners no longer have to devote an entire room to clunky speakers, receivers, projectors, and other media equipment if they want to enjoy movies with the best audio and visuals possible. Instead, hidden technology has made it possible to keep the design clean without compromising on performance. You can hide the speakers in the ceiling, tuck away the AV equipment in a media cabinet, and run wiring behind the walls. But there’s always room for improvement. Instead of finding areas throughout the room to tuck away technology, the latest innovation in home theater design is through CinemaFrame®. Keep reading to learn about this gorgeous home entertainment system and how it could fit into your Illinois property. What is CinemaFrame®? CinemaFrame® is the world’s first completely concealed home entertainment system. It is designed to seamlessly fit into any space – whether a dedicated home theater or general media room – by installing high-quality speakers and AV equipment behind the television. Here at Barrett’s Technology Solutions, we typically like to focus more on the experience for our clients, not a specific product or manufacturer. But we’re making an exception for CinemaFrame® because the unique design is something that we feel will greatly benefit our clients.     The Look The CinemaFrame® system uses a thin frame around the TV to transfer the high-end audio from the hidden speakers to the movie-watchers. To achieve that audio transfer, acoustically transparent materials are used. The trim fabric comes in four different patterns and...
The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

The Latest Trends in Smart Home Design

Enhance the Look and Feel of Homes with Luxury Smart Technology In our last blog on smart home design, we outlined some helpful tips for Illinois interior designers, custom home builders, and homeowners on how technology can enhance the look and feel of each room. But both high-end technology and interior design are constantly evolving, so we’re back again. This time, we’re focusing on three technology trends that have been hitting it big in the Naperville area of late. 1. Staged Lighting for All Occasions From setting the right mood to highlighting specific artwork or architectural features, there’s no denying that lighting plays a big role in staging homes. But there are a few key problems with the standard process of staged lighting: It takes time and effort to create the perfect lighting environment Turning on lamps, adjusting the positioning of light fixtures, and dimming certain bulbs is not a quick and simple process. Most rooms need different lighting for different activities The lighting setup in a living room that is ideal for a cocktail party with friends is completely different from the lighting needed for enjoying a movie. Here’s where smart home technology comes in. You can upgrade the property with smart lighting control that lets you set up “scenes” for certain occasions. Instead of having to walk throughout the room turning on lamps or adjusting dimmable bulbs, one button press creates the perfect environment for entertaining, relaxing, movie-watching, and more. 2. Motorized Shades Window treatments are an excellent way to add texture and pattern to a room, but they are often at odds with the beauty of...
Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology

Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology

Illinois Homeowners and Designers can Both Benefit from this Smart Technology These days, technology is everywhere, especially in a bustling city like Chicago. It has transformed so many different industries, and interior design is no exception. Now, you can plan out an entire room on your iPad or hide televisions directly in mirrors, to name a few. But the technology we’ve found is most useful for interior designers is actually smart lighting control. If you’re looking for new ways to take advantage of technology in home décor, then read on to learn why automated lighting is a fantastic design tool. What is Lighting Control? Lighting control technology upgrades all the light fixtures, from lamps to chandeliers, so that you can adjust them remotely via a smartphone, tablet, or even your voice. The central control technology allows you to take full command of a room’s lighting with ease. What You Can Do with It: Adjust Color Temperature LED lights have become a popular addition to homes lately, mainly due to their flexibility in adjusting brightness and color temperature. Often, a light that is too warm or cool can throw off the entire look of a room, and that problem gets even worse when you have several light bulbs throughout a space that have conflicting color temperatures. But with smart lighting, you can turn lights from warm to cool with the push of a button. Get Rid of Wall Clutter Light switches are hardly the most attractive thing to see cluttering up a wall, but they’re a necessary evil, right? Not necessarily. You can keep the walls smooth and clean by...