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Model Your Smart Home after Bill Gates’

In 1995, Bill Gates penned The Road Ahead, which, along with insights into the PC revolution, included a description of the “invisible” technologies built into his home. They were meant to “meet and even anticipate [one’s] needs—all as unobtrusively as possible.” Cue the smart home revolution. Gate’s home, with speakers hidden behind wallpaper, pressure-sensitive flooring, and invisible electrical

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Exterior Inspiration for Interior Design

The majority of our clients come in wanting floor to ceiling windows. Why? Because we’re located in the subtropics, where the views are something out of a postcard. Royal palms, live oaks, and yucca plants. Beach and bay-front views. Sunsets reflecting off ocean waves. In Florida, lush colors come through your windows year-round. When choosing

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BBD’s Secrets to French Decorating

Recently, our showroom at BBD Life Style has taken on a royal, Palace of Versailles-inspired look and feel — and we have to say we are enthused! From gold-trimmed mirrors and crisp linens to French country headboards, our space harmonizes imperial beauty with contemporary design. As lovers of French-inspired decor, we were in heaven when

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Small business Saturday

BBD Does Small Business Saturday

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! This year, BBD Life Style will be partaking in Small Business Saturday to honor and recognize all the small business owners near and far! Gift-giving season is already in full swing, so we decided to put together a small list of items we have in store that are all under $50!

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7 Questions to Ask When Considering Smart Home Automation

7 Questions to Ask When Considering Smart Home Automation So you’re ready to embrace technology, and start integrating it into your home. But there’s some thoughts that are acting as a roadblock: Do you have to rebuild your home? Will it require hours upon hours of digesting volumes of instruction manuals to learn how to

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touchscreen interface for a smart home

The Future of Smart Homes: Do Touchscreens Speak Louder Than Words?

Touchscreens still remain as king of the smart home interface. Last year Amazon sold over 8 million Echos and Dots, and their Amazon Voice Services integrated Alexa into an array of different products, from hand-held devices like a TV remote or smart watch to the development of a hands-free experience for a connected speaker or

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Flatscreen as an Artform

The Samsung Frame: Reimaging Flatscreens into an Artform

After emerging as radio-like consoles, televisions took years to develop into stand-alone appliances and finally into huge pixel packed screens. Over the decades, buttons replaced knobs and dials, profiles got slimmer, and sleek black replaced colorful frames. The evolution of technology and design has been awe-inspiring, and tech giant Samsung has eclipsed what we thought

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Lower Energy Bill with Custom Window Treatments

The Top 5 Ways That Smart Home Technology Can Equal Energy Savings

Energy-saving smart home automation may not be the first direction to look at when looking for ways to towards a lower power bill because they still seem a bit pricey. However, by integrating these new technologies of today into your home, they not only give you an unprecedented control over your home and home environment,

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Automated Home Security System

3 Reasons Why Having A Home Security System Should Be Your First Priority

Home security systems have come a long way in recent years. Compared to traditional systems, with their confusing panels and limited capability, Smart Home Security systems are more secure, more useful, and more convenient. You can now get better protection and completely new features that old systems simply couldn’t provide. With intuitive mobile apps, powerful

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