Holiday Tech 5 – top five technology gifts for the person on your list!

We know technology can be confusing and, since 2004, we have been here to simplify technology in your homes and businesses.  This holiday season, let us also simplify gift-giving with these top five technologies that are easy to give, implement, and expand upon.  Want a holiday tech item that won’t be obsolete as soon as it’s installed?  These functional gifts will also stand the test of time while making life easy and fun.

Let’s start with music!

We were the first SONOS dealer in St. Louis over 12 years ago and our first player STILL works (check it out)!  This company has created and re-created speakers and amplifiers that bring wireless music streaming to almost any room in the home.  With a good wifi system (read below), you can hear Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, your own music library, and more – in the kitchen, bathroom, kids’ room, almost anywhere!


With the new SONOS:ONE, use your voice to turn on your favorite music!  (More on voice control… keep reading!)

Whole-house wifi – and – parental controls?!

Oh yes.  This business was founded by Jeff and Jamie Briesemeister and even though we didn’t have kids at the time, we have a family now.  Parental controls that disable wifi, set timers, all while providing whole-house wifi – are life-savers for today’s families.  People work from home more, send homework via email, online schooling… it all adds to the need for solid wifi experience.  The EERO  is a great solution with a quick setup and house-wide range (in homes with 3-5 bedrooms).

Eero in the kitchen

Extenders are small so you can place them where you need them.

Let there be light!

Every day you touch your lighting: why not make it smarter?  Lutron offers a variety of products to address almost any lighting control need.  Entry-level systems are simple to setup on your own or you can hire a pro to do it for you.  For around $250, you can make lighting ‘smart’ through astronomical timers, app-controlled, aware of when you come home and more!  Consider Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge Pro, which is a functional and time-savings gift to give for that busy mother or professional in your life.

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Access your lights, shades, and more all from your smart phone or tablet – at home or when away from home.

“Alexa, start my car”

Voice control is here and you can do so many things with it.  Whether you are an Amazon Alexa user or prefer Google Home, voice control brings you information and access to the world using only your voice.  Hear about the weather, start your car, turn on/off your lights, and more!  We’ve been asked about voice control for years – now it’s here!

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Voice control for your world from your favorite brands.

For that special someone…

The Frame television by Samsung is a luxurious gift that combines art and television for a special person on your gift list.  Available in 3 different sizes, this digital art screen is also a television when in use.  ‘Standby’ provides artistic images with matte options YOU control.  Select from the available gallery, download more, or upload your own family photography to customize this piece to your preference.  When you want to ‘Netflix and chill’, simply pick up the remote and change the display!

The Frame by Samsung

Upload your family photos to The Frame TV by Samsung

The Frame TV

Watching television is easy (and beautiful)!

How to purchase this holiday season

Yes, you can buy these products online, but Integration Controls can offer similar pricing and exceptional service while your purchase helps the local economy.  Call 314.475.3080 or send us an email

You will speak with someone who understands your unique needs and can purchase and deliver your wrapped gift item through our white-glove service this holiday season!  Setup and installation are also available for an additional fee.

We are your home technology professional.  Give us a call today to discuss technology – for gift-giving this holiday season, even if that gift is for yourself!


The people behind Integration Controls…

In 2004, my husband Jeff and I co-founded Integration Controls in St. Louis, MO.

Our vision was the same then as it is now: simplify technology for our clients, using the right products and solutions to meet their needs and exceed expectations.

Take a minute (and one second, to be exact) for an inside look at what motivates the people behind Integration Controls.

To get to know us even more, click on this blog for the story behind the story.

What is CEDIA, you may wonder?  It’s our industry trade association – the professional body that governs best practices and provides education to home technology providers across the world!

Jeff and I are both dedicated to our industry and consistently raise the bar for ourselves (and our competitors!)  As volunteers for CEDIA, we teach classes, participate in various committees, and work collaboratively with other audio/visual companies and smart home automation providers to ensure the highest level of success for our industry as a whole.

We thank CEDIA for asking us to be a part of the I AM CEDIA campaign.  It’s a true gift to be able to share our story with you in this way.

Thank you for watching!

Solutions that Simplify

As technology professionals, we are often asked to simplify home electronics for our clients here in St. Louis.  The problems we hear… Too many buttons.  Too many wires.  Ugly boxes.  Multiple controls.

Normally because this is what the client sees…

Remote Hell

Pile of home controls

…all over the house…

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‘Wall acne’ can be confusing and unsightly

This translates to problems we don’t always hear, but can ascertain…  Frustration.  Confusion.  Messiness.  Irritation.

These unspoken needs are heard loud and clear in our interview process.  When we hear feelings such as this, we discuss with our clients a number of solutions that simplify life and, as a team, we determine which is the best fit for individual wants, needs, priorities, and budget.

Let’s start with lighting control.

Lighting control allows you to adjust the lights in your space without having to interact with each switch, individually.  Given that most people interact with their lights every day, in very consistent ways, lighting control provides the ability to do so with one button press.  Imagine selecting ‘away’ from a button on a nearby keypad that adjusts all of your home’s lights, just as you want them, when you leave for the day.  For busy families, those who travel a lot, or high-level executives – this simple step gives back a ton of time to the homeowner and adds peace of mind, knowing lights are set just the way the client wants them.  House already built?  No worries: wireless options are possible!

Lutron keypad

One button for ‘all off’ – imagine the convenience!

Design-friendly entertainment products simplify aesthetics.

Long-gone are console televisions (thank you design gods!), yet flat-panel televisions haven’t solved every design dilemma either.  The boxes you watch pile up somewhere near your television (complete with a wiring mess).  Add to this that nearly everyone wants to have a TV mounted above a fireplace mantle that’s too high, in a room that’s too big, or in a spot where one member of the house despises seeing it.  Thankfully, solutions exist for nearly every television design dilemma – from simple and hidden, to in-your-face extreme!

Seura mirror TVs

Purpose-built, design-friendly televisions offer custom elegance

Wrapping it up with home automation.

For many, the term ‘home automation’ still sounds robotic and futuristic.  Well – like it or not, the future is now!  According to the June 2015 Houzz & Home report, nearly 25% of those who are considering renovating find integrating smart technology very important and the trend is rising.  Bringing lights, audio/visual systems, security systems, and more – together – makes life SO much more simple when implemented properly.  One button that literally does it all!

So – would you use home automation?  Consider these real-world scenarios and your quality of life when:

One device on the nightstand does everything you need to rest with peace of mind, knowing your home is just as you want it.

Put your home to ‘SLEEP’ and rest with peace of mind, knowing your home is just as you want it.

  • you are sick – your ‘off’ button can turn off lights and lower shades so you can rest.
  • you have children – ‘the-kids-did-it-again’ button can shut off the television and lights.
  • leaving for the day – ‘away’ might turn off your lights, audio/visual systems, and arm your security system.
  • going to bed – your custom ‘sleep’ button can lock your door, arm your security system, shut off the lights, lower your HVAC, close the shades – whatever YOU do at night, the ‘sleep’ button does it for you.  Talk about time savings!

Essentially, you can reap the benefits of a connected home – daily.


These solutions that simplify are real, they are tangible, and they can be beautiful.  If you find frustration, confusion, or irritation in your life – and feel these solutions can benefit you – consider looking for a CEDIA professional – or look no further and give us a call: 314.475.3080.