Move-in ready home begun at Sapphire Cove

Tani Hurley Public Relations, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020


Construction has begun on a new single-story Egret design home at Sapphire Cove, an intimate residential neighborhood being developed by FL Star off Collier Boulevard in South Naples.

The Egret is a three-bedroom plus study, two-bath design with 2,230 square feet of air-conditioned living space. With spacious outdoor living area, covered entry and two-car garage, the home encompasses 3,198 square feet.

“This is a contemporary split floor plan that accommodates a family lifestyle while providing privacy,” said Jim Borden, sales professional with FL Star. “The spacious master suite shares one wing of the home with the study. Located near the entry, the study provides a convenient space for a home

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As social distancing orders push videos and virtual reality to the top of agents’ marketing toolbox, staging — now more than ever — can make or break a potential buyer’s first impression of a home. Luckily, a full revamp isn’t needed to create an eye-catching space — the careful incorporation of a few, trending decor pieces will help buyers imagine your listing as their new home.

According to design firm Dash Hudson’s latest report released on Wednesday, homeowners are spending their time creating magazine-worthy interior and exterior spaces, as they anticipate spending the rest of 2020 at home.

“With limited travel opportunities this year, North Americans are embracing the staycation—and home decor brands have stepped up to meet demand,” the report read. “From interior improvement projects to dream landscapes, decor fans are loving the inspiration they get on Instagram, and it’s reflected in their spaces.”

Based on social media

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The workplace has transformed. No longer confined to traditional work settings, many people, especially this time of year, may be opting to not only work at home but outdoors. How do you create both the ideal work environment and perhaps a sense of peace? Many homeowners are now investing in both their indoor and outdoor environments to more easily both work and relax in the comfort of their own homes.

Looking for ideas? Here are some functional options to help improve overall tranquility and well-being.

Build a pond

Ponds have long been an ideal source for calm. Add seating and a remote outdoor workspace, and a pond can be a source of both relaxation and creative inspiration.

Add a hammock

Hammocks can be a potential location to read documents or take a

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The Best Audiophile Speakers for Your Home Audio System

Speakers are one of the bedrocks of any audio or home theater system, but that’s especially true if you’re building one that’ll last you years (or even forever).

The word “audiophile” is thrown around a lot, but the speakers in this guide have earned that title based on a couple of core tenants: the first is that they offer incredible performance due to their structural design, engineering, and materials. Second, they must have unique attributes that help them stand out among other speakers in their class. The use of proprietary custom technology also ensures you won’t find another pair of speakers quite like the selections below.

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We’ve made sure to select speakers that span the full spectrum of prices. Yes, the gear here is expensive, but in many cases the entry-level speaker in a company’s high-end audio line has inherited features and design tweaks informed by

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Luxury home in Kerala produces all of its own energy

Thrissur-based design studio LIJO RENY Architects has taken full advantage of Kerala’s sunny, tropical climate with its design of The House Within the Grid, a luxury residence that produces all of its own energy via rooftop solar panels. Commissioned by a doctor couple with four children, the solar-powered home is currently used as a holiday escape from the clients’ primary residence in Sharjah; however, the house will eventually serve as the family’s permanent home in the future.

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Located on a slightly elevated half-acre lot in the coastal neighborhood of Andathode, the House Within the Grid encompasses nearly 9,000 square feet of living space to accommodate the primary family of six and the clients’ extended family and friends on holiday visits. To provide privacy to the main sleeping wing, the architects divided the home into two connected yet distinct parallel bays — a single-story bay

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Is Tempo’s AI-powered home gym worth the cost? We put it to the test.

The $1995 machine itself is a screen that’s embedded in a sleek armoire that also neatly houses a mat, weights that range from 7.5 to 100 pounds, a foam roller, and everything else you might need for a full-body workout. You can attend one of seven live classes a day, where your name will appear on the screen along with everyone else working out, allowing you to connect and compete with others the way you would at the gym. Coaches can see your name on the screen and may cheer you on for beating your last rep count (thanks to the 3D sensors that track your motion) or for rising to the top of the pack. Alternatively, you can simply log into one of the hundreds of prerecorded classes that range in length from 15 minutes to an hour. All the while, Tempo’s sensors are counting your reps, recommending weights,

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The Best Smart Home Devices of 2020

If you’ve already started connecting the various devices and fixtures around your home — perhaps you’ve had more time to think about it now that many of us are quarantined — you’ll know that there are a lot of ways to approach the problem. You might just need one device to solve a particular issue, like a smart plug to put a lamp on a regular schedule. You might also already have an Amazon Alexa- or Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, or even Siri and Apple HomeKit smart home service, and want to build on what you already own.

I tend to think of the voice assistants as the starting point for building a do-it-yourself smart home. They offer a convenient way for multiple family members or roommates to interact with the various devices you may have installed. Many, but not all of the products on our list of the best

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ island homes double down on flexibility

Though it has produced residential high-rises, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has only ever created one house … until now. The firm is planning an island community of timber houses that will feature sustainable design and offer would-be homeowners a lot of flexibility over the size and style of the home they’re purchasing.

Roatán Próspera Residences is planned for Honduras’ Roatán Island, and will include an undisclosed number of homes ranging from small studio apartments to larger family residences. They will be prefabricated nearby from locally-sourced sustainably-grown timber, and assembled on-site.

Judging by the renders, ZHA’s signature style translates just as well to wood as it does to concrete, and the homes will be defined by large curving roofs and generous glazing. Their interiors will be arranged around open living areas with conversation pits, and there will also be spacious terrace areas.

"The residential designs are a specific ecological and social response to the climate, terrain and culture of Roatán in the Caribbean, the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras," explains ZHA
“The residential designs are a specific ecological and social
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This Virtual Showhouse Is Debuting Online and Off Next Month

For the first time in its 43-year history, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which benefits San Francisco University High School, is going virtual—at least in part. Designers are still taking over rooms—27 of them, to be exact, at the Mediterranean-style house at 22 22nd Avenue in the city’s West Clay Park neighborhood. But given the currently-in-flux COVID-19 crisis and the myriad regulations that govern group get-togethers these days, the showhouse’s organizers have added digital components that are anything but sides to the entrée of the home itself. 

In fact, while there are tentative plans to move forward with in-person tours from August 29–September 27, it’s likely that most of this year’s visitors will instead partake in walk-through video tours of the house and gardens, an interactive 3D self-guided tour, and online designer interviews than will actually visit the physical location. 

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A Home for All Seasons


In her second book, A Home for All Seasons ($50, Rizzoli), decorator, designer and hostess extraordinaire Danielle Rollins throws open the door to her fabulous world, inviting readers to delight in her singular style. Beautiful photography provides ample inspiration for entertaining at home, including cocktail hours, dinner parties and holiday feasts, as well as expert tips from Rollins.


“Honestly,” she says, “happy entertaining is also a habit, like making the bed. Have candles stocked, music at the ready and cocktail napkins starched. … If you keep your house relatively pulled together, then someone stopping by for an impromptu drink or dinner doesn’t seem like such a big deal.”

An Entertaining Story


She’s invited us inside her island escape in Harbour Island, Bahamas and her estate in England. Now interior designer India Hicks reveals her secrets to entertaining in style in her new book, An

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