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10 September 2019

We’re Different

While Albert Einstein never said, "the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result," he probably should have. What prompted this thought are some of my observations surrounding the recent Bravas announcement.  Since we announced the merger, the most common question I’ve heard has been “This hasn’t worked in the past, why will it work this time?”

Our answer is, as most would expect, we are not doing the same thing all over again. In fact, we are doing something truly different. The most notable of those previous attempts to consolidate luxury integrators was VIA.  Without the insights, guidance, and support we have received from the VIA team, among others, Bravas would have likely never materialized. Those industry leaders have been generous with their support and honest with their feedback, and we are incredibly grateful for their support.  With that support, we have created a plan to do things differently.  I would like to use this opportunity to share with you some of our beliefs and some of the things Bravas has already accomplished – even in just a few short weeks.

25 June 2019

The Complete Bravas Guide to Window Shades

Posted in Choosing the right shades

How to Find the Perfect Shades That Work for Your Home’s Aesthetic

The Complete Bravas Guide to Window Shades

Few design elements can bring a room together like window shades. Whether you want to accent a wall, complement the decor, or control the amount of daylight that reaches your room, shades are the perfect way to accomplish every goal.

Modern, automated shading systems are even compatible with smart control technology so that you can adjust your shades, lights, and other electronics with the touch of a button. How your shades look and function is important, along with how you control them. So, here's how to choose shades the Bravas way. Keep reading for more.

25 May 2019

Craft the Ultimate Home Gym

Posted in Creating the Ultimate Home Gym

Get into Summer Shape with These Upgrades

Craft the Ultimate Home Gym

The late-May weather means a lot of things. Blockbuster movies at the theater, barbecue in the back yard, and plenty of time spent at the beach. That last one can be the cause of anxieties for a lot of people. Now that spring is winding down; you're going to need to get into summer shape. Thankfully, there are plenty of new home gym trends that you can enjoy to help make the process easier. How can you build the ultimate home gym this year? Keep reading to find out.

26 April 2019

Outdoor Music Systems are Heating Up!

Posted in Outdoor Spaces for this Season

Why there’s never been a better time to reinvent your outdoor space

Outdoor Music Systems are Heating Up!

In the past 5 years,  there’s been a rediculous amount of new tech for the backyard, from color changing LED lighting to wifi and outdoor music. For the past decade or two, all anyone had was speakers hidden inside fake rocks.  Now, you can surf the web, change your pool and landscape colors, heat the jacuzzi, and pick your favorite song from your chair.

As a result, nearly every speaker manufacturer in the country is scrambling to dominate the category.  Making these amazing speaker systems that resemble outdoor lighting fixtures and other contemporary shapes and styles, designers, architects, and homeowners can all rejoice at the sound that compliments the surroundings.  Because all of these look and sound amazing, each speaker company is coming up with ways to differentiate themselves and/or be the price leader.  Below are just a few of the discounts going on right now:

10 April 2019

Be the King of Your Backyard This Spring

Posted in Outdoor Spaces for this Season

Step it Up with Smart Lighting, Fireplaces and More

Be the King of Your Backyard This Spring

The best time of the year is right around the corner – nothing beats spending some downtime enjoying your property with friends and family. Whether you want to whip up something savory and seasonal in your outdoor kitchen, kick back and watch a ballgame, or just bask in the warm weather, this is the time to do it.

But there are plenty of ways design and technology can help make your big backyard plans come true. Keep reading to find out what you need to know for an incredible season.

26 February 2019

What’s New with Voice Control?

Posted in Voice Control , Elements

Breaking Down the Differences in Platforms

What’s New with Voice Control?

If you've updated your technology in the past few years, you're likely familiar with the concept of voice control. Your cable service provider, smartphone, and more probably have some variation of technology you control through spoken commands. But one of the most productive uses for voice platforms is to control your smart home system.

Of course, with so many companies competing to dominate the market, you could quickly lose track of what the differences are between each device. Should you integrate an Amazon Alexa or Google Home system? Can you enjoy voice control without inviting a major tech company into your home? Find out here.

14 February 2019

Adding Sophistication and Style with Technology

Posted in The Sophistication and Style of Hidden Technology, Elements

Minimize the Clutter and Streamline Your Technology

Adding Sophistication and Style with Technology

As one of the first significant streaming hits of 2019, Marie Kondo's Netflix phenomenon Tidying Up highlights the distinct relationship between decluttering your home and living a better, more fulfilling life. And while she may be talking about cleaning out closets, architects and designers should pay close attention to her methods.

The lifestyle guru behind the KonMari Method recently told Elle Magazine: “... in the past, most of my clients were interested in organizing. Now, my clients are mainly interested in a life that is more centered around mindfulness and wellness.”

The popularity of her new show indicates an interest in reducing clutter on the path to wellness. And few things can clutter a room more quickly than technology components.

When you're designing your next project, consider factoring in the reality of the role technology plays in the day-to-day lives of your clients. Create a space where the devices remain useful, but they don't dominate the look or feel of the room.

Here, you’ll find some interesting modern solutions that will help you design a less cluttered, more mindful space for your clients. To get more out of the sophistication and style of hidden technology keep reading.

10 January 2019

Watches That Add Timeless Style to Your 2019 Look

Posted in Bespoke, Latest Greatest Watches

The Latest, Greatest Watches for Classic Sophistication

Watches That Add Timeless Style to Your 2019 Look

It all started with a little rebellion. In the 1540s, Protestant reformer John Calvin rose to power as the head of the church in Geneva. During that time, he banned wearing jewelry throughout Switzerland. It would be one of his most significant acts, though he may not have known it at the time.

That’s because Swiss jewelers weren’t going out quietly. Instead, they learned how to make watches.

The first watches were a kind of spherical pendant -- a stylish and practical addition to your wardrobe. Roughly a century and a half (and a few major technological developments) later, England’s Charles II popularized the waistcoat. To keep up, pendants were flattened and rounded out. Thus, the pocket watch was born.

A few more centuries and one World War later, and the watch migrated to the wrist. What began a bit of a joke (a bracelet that tells time?) was transformed by military pragmatism into an indispensable part of men’s fashion.

Today, wristwatches can do a lot more than just keep track of time. They can make phone calls and control your smart home. They can connect you to a world that’s always online.

But there’s something to be said for a classic timepiece. Here, we’ll show you some of our favorite watch designs to help start your New Year with a timeless look.

27 June 2019

Summer out of the City: Incredible Getaways for the Season

Posted in Summer Out of the City: The Best Destinations for this Season

Dive into Summer with These Unbelievable Destinations

Summer out of the City: Incredible Getaways for the Season

Now that summer has officially begun, there’s plenty of baseball and backyard barbecues to tide you over until the leaves start changing colors. But if you’re looking to ditch the ordinary and dive into something new, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re looking to dance the night (and day) away with a May Tai in hand, or you want to enjoy a little peace and quiet this season, we have a list of great summer escapes you can enjoy away from home. Ready to start your adventure? Keep reading.

31 May 2019

Outdoor Dining Experiences to Savor This Summer

Posted in 5-Star Summer Restaurant Review

Enjoy These Eateries Before the Season Ends

Outdoor Dining Experiences to Savor This Summer

Now that we can enjoy a little warm weather, there’s nothing like eating a great meal under the stars. Summer is the time to enjoy a good, old-fashioned outdoor barbecue. And there’s plenty of fun to be had with a picnic by the pool. And when you’re ready to get out of the house, there are plenty of seasonal, outdoor eateries to enjoy. Here, we’ll highlight some of the outdoor dining experiences you can enjoy across the country. Keep reading for more.

09 May 2019

Teeing Off on America’s Best Kept Secret Golf Courses

Posted in Golf Courses

These Destinations Come in Well Below Par

Teeing Off on America’s Best Kept Secret Golf Courses

With an amazing Masters tournament just behind us, golf season is officially upon us. But if you’re suffering from overcrowded greens or too-familiar holes you may be looking to spice up your game. One of the best ways to do it is by exploring a hidden gem -- and checking out one of the best-kept secret golf courses you can find in the country.

Ready to get started? Check them out below!

25 April 2019

Make a Statement: Digital Art for Your Home

Posted in Digital Art for your Home

Hide Luxurious AV Solutions in Plain Sight

Make a Statement: Digital Art for Your Home

Technology has a peculiar relationship with design. In many cases, it’s essential for crafting the look you want. But interior designers still tend to stay away from adding devices to rooms, fearing clunky components will detract from client’s unique aesthetic.

Of course, sophisticated fans of technology understand that in today’s world, there’s very little difference between convenience and style. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Find out how you can enjoy the best of both worlds with the latest AV technology.

20 March 2019

How to Pick Food and Wine Pairings That Pack a Punch

Posted in Food and wine pairings, Bespoke

Don’t Snooze on these Surprising Spring Selections

How to Pick Food and Wine Pairings That Pack a Punch

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the year’s first flowers are in bloom -- it’s almost spring, and we can’t wait. It’s time to get outside and fire up the grill in the outdoor kitchen and spend some time with friends and family in the backyard.

This year, we’re especially excited about the fresh seasonal produce and discovering the best food and wine pairings. We've put together this guide to help you find an intriguing wine to emphasize the exciting and indulgent flavors of the season.

26 February 2019

Your Guide to Monterey Car Week

Posted in Monterey Car Week, Life

Celebrate the Elegance of Automotive Design

Your Guide to Monterey Car Week

Every year the world’s greatest sports cars prepare for months to compete against each other. But it’s not their top speed that’s on display. It’s their style and elegance.

The year is 1950, and Phil Hill, who would go on to automotive glory as the only American-born driver to win the Formula One World Driver's Championship, sits behind the wheel of a Jaguar XK. Little does he know he'll become the first ever to win the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance.

13 February 2019

Set Sail with the World’s Most Stunning Super Yachts

Posted in Bespoke, Smart Features on Luxury Yachts

A Look at the Best Smart Features on the World’s Luxury Yachts

Set Sail with the World’s Most Stunning Super Yachts

Nautical exploration is what shaped the world as we know it today. When humanity took to the sea, it led to some of the most significant advancements in civilization, science, and technology.

Because of its significance, it’s been romanticized over and over in literature, movies, and music. As President John F. Kennedy put it: “All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

Ships have become yachts; travel for necessity has become travel for pleasure. And that's allowed technology to act in aid of stunning comfort and incredible luxury.

 

Here, we’ll take a glimpse at some of the best smart features of the world’s luxury yachts. Get ready to set sail.

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