Lived-In Luxury: Creating a Home That Reflects the People Who Live In It

THERE IS A DELICATE ART TO DESIGNING A TRULY PERSONALIZED DWELLING. BUT IN TAKING A FEW RISKS AND ENJOYING THE PROCESS, IT’S POSSIBLE TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL, MEANINGFUL HOME THAT TELLS THE STORY OF ITS OWNERS.

Nestled in sunny Napa Valley, a part of the country renowned for its lush wine vineyards, the sleek exterior of Adam and Tamera Housley’s home evokes a lavish, Tuscan manor. The interior, however, is sleek in a much more modern sense. A smart home system from Control4 is at the helm, allowing the pair complete control of everything, from the media they stream and room-level climate control to home security and lighting— and beyond.

The Napa house is a home away from home for them—quite literally. It is a place of refuge from the celerity of their main Los Angeles residence. I sat down with the Housleys to learn more about this distinguished and wildly intelligent property. When the couple first acquired the property in 2011, Tamera led the renovation and design process. “I wanted to create something sophisticated and elegant,” says Tamera, “but the most important thing for me to feel in a home is warmth.” Adam admitted that, while Tamera’s design and aesthetic were strong, the tech functionality and confusing hardware setups were detracting from what could potentially be an added layer of relaxation and convenience. “It had the comfortable aspect and the inside-outside atmosphere. 

But we didn’t have the comfort when it came to everyday, common things,” he says. “For example, I couldn’t play music playlists or stations in the rooms.” And for Adam, who is passionate about music and loves to entertain family and friends, this was a must-have. Adam and Tamera had their Los Angeles home outfitted with Control4 Smart Home technology from the team at Malibu Wired a few years back. So, it was a natural decision to appoint Malibu Wired once again to replicate that familiarity and ease of use into their remodeled Napa pad. Adam went on to elaborate on the difficulties the family had navigating their television setup, prior to having their new Control4 system installed. “We had two TVs in the house at that time, and one of them had four remotes. The other had three remotes. It was cumbersome. Thanks to Control4, we were able to consolidate them all into one. Now, we can run both televisions easily.” He explains that their toddler-aged kids— Aden and Ariah—can even run the televisions. “It’s just…simple. Anyone can do it.” “I can run the televisions!” Tamera interjected. “It was so overwhelming for me. When Adam would leave for work, I was stuck with the TV and all of these remotes. I would have to call him and say ‘Adam! How do you turn on the TV?’” Control4 offers the Housley family the ability to enjoy all of their home media through a consolidated platformSmart Home OS. Its comprehensive, easy-to-use functionality lets the pair focus on how they truly use their space, maximizing its lived-in potential. 

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