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elcome Summer! Slower days, less traffic, and you can finally get into your favorite restaurant without a wait. Not that we don’t love our Northern friends, but it’s nice to have a less busy version of Southwest Florida once again. This issue we look at a variety of articles from an even wider range of home professionals. From floor to ceiling, this issue has you covered. Take time to look at our outdoor living articles. Both Claudia Leah and the team at the Outdoor Décor Store (pages 20 and 40) give their tips and ideas on how to create the best outdoor living space possible no matter what size lanai you have. It’s also time to start thinking about hurricane season and, after last year, you may have found your preparations a little lacking or have exhausted your supplies. Check out page 46 for some helpful ideas on what to have stored and ready in the event of an evacuation. Make sure you have a plan for all the members of your family including your pets. On a happier note, summer is also the best time for a pool party so we have some delicious recipes this issue including four fantastic cocktails that will keep you cool and relaxed as you lounge by the water. We are also featuring a Marco Island home this issue and look forward to our newest, and separate, edition of Your Home Magazine which will focus on Marco and its unique island community. The first issue will be available in August! Whatever your plans, make sure you take time to slow down and enjoy the sun and have a fun few months with family and friends!



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62 6 Urban Retreat

44 The Look

A unique take on Naples living

16 Designer Q&A

Durability and style in a family home

46 Preparing for Hurricane Season

Creating the perfect outdoor space

18 Different Angles

Protect your family this season

48 Kitchen Design for the Modern World

A local couple offers their remodeling tips

24 The Healthy Home Office

From hidden room to favorite space

54 Polynesian Paradise

Ergonomic chairs and standing desks

28 A Rich Tradition

A new home style for Marco Island

62 Street Eats & Summer Sips

Herringbone and chevron wood floors

32 Closet Corner

The perfect pairings for outdoor dining

Product picks from Home & Design

36 Turning the Corner A look back and forward at Cubism


64 Real Estate Gallery

Making the most of your garage

34 Pop of Pink


See what’s for sale in Old Naples


38 Stunning Surfaces Tile that shines in any space

40 Outdoor DĂŠcor How to customize your lanai



Urban Retreat A NEW LOOK FOR OLD NAPLES THE POINCIANA COTTAGE represents a new design aesthetic Naples has not yet experienced. Located on 6th Street, right off 5th Avenue South, the cottage’s urban décor and loft-like feel fits perfectly into this downtown space. Warm woods, unique stone accents, Old Chicago-style brick, and dark mullions come together to create an environment that blends the best city of living with the relaxed Naples style people love and expect when buying a home like the Poinciana Cottage. The cottage is the middle home in a line of three unique properties by developer Kristen Williams. Williams has managed to create a feeling of history and established design with this project, and it’s not unusual for passersby to take photos of the homes thinking they are walking past historic Naples cottages. Although this is a brand new build, the unique elements woven throughout the interior and exterior of the home gives it a timeless feel. “There is a history to this space,” explains broker Mary Katherine White, who co-lists this home with Chris Wells of Olde Naples Real Estate. “A Naples pioneer and artist moved from England and settled on the property in the 1940s. He began painting when 6th Street was just a swamp and Naples didn’t yet boast one of the best downtowns in the county. This artist left a visual heritage in his art studio which was located at the back of the property.” Williams moved the studio and 2,000 of his paintings to the Collier County Museum before the unredeemable houses were torn down. Now, this crisp new home is standing tall and proud, adding to the beauty of downtown Old Naples.


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The home’s layout was created to take advantage of the indoor/ outdoor living opportunities so many people desire when they move to Naples. By putting the kitchen at the front of the home, Williams was able to place the seating areas in a way that maximizes access to the pool and courtyard. When people enter the home and move into the spacious kitchen and dining room area, their first instinct is to touch the unusual leathered black and white granite above the gas Wolf range. The custom island with built-in seating adds more work space and creates an interesting conversation piece. The table sits below two cinematic-inspired lights—just the beginning of the great lighting choices Williams sprinkled throughout the home. The old world brick walls add warmth and uniqueness to the room. “You rarely see brick of any kind in Naples but I think this home shows how well it works in our coastal setting,” says Wells. The custom cabinetry in Chantilly White by Ruffino Cabinetry is topped with Calcutta Statuario marble counters. Aged iron Alice sconces flank the sink and add an industrial-chic vibe. YOU R HOME MAG AZ INE | 7



(OPPOSITE) The whimsical library ladder and open shelving adds a fun element to the bar area in the kitchen. The wine cooler and storage racks create the perfect launching pad for a night of entertaining. (BELOW) Just off the kitchen, the dining room’s focal point is the stunning chandelier with metal and glass details. The table mixes the look of reclaimed wood with modern lines, representing the mix of old and new throughout the home. Linen-covered chairs keep the space light and airy while abstract art adds another element of visual interest to the space.



(LEFT) In the living room, the unique media stand was created from an old bicycle and enhances the urban loft feel of the home while giving a nod to the bikeable streets of Old Naples. A mix of leather and linen-covered furniture creates a beautiful seating arrangement. Here, the natural wood-cased windows add to the character of the home as they let the Florida sunshine through. This room is also adjacent to the pool area and courtyard so the new owners can easily take advantage of the outdoor space beyond. (ABOVE) Across from the living room is a more intimate seating area perfectly suited for game nights with friends. Williams kept the wood surfaces in the home light and the lines clean and modern but has accented them with classic elements like the hide rug and nature art prints. Another theme throughout the home is the use of antlers which add a rustic aesthetic.


(ABOVE) The master bedroom, one of five in the home, is a relaxing retreat with custom vaulted ceilings and recessed lighting, along with a palette of white and grey. The poster bed’s clean lines offer a new take on classic design elements that contrast beautifully with the elegant side tables. Throughout the home, wide plank rubbed oak floors in a whiskey finish create a warm foundation for each room. The woven basket light above the bed fills airspace giving the room proportion and scale. (OPPOSITE TOP) The upstairs living area is a great mix of lightness with industrial influence. Antique doors provide privacy and sun protection while the hide rug and antler chandelier continue the rustic elegance in the home. The second floor veranda


is also the perfect space for people-watching and enjoying the outdoors. (OPPOSITE BOTTOM) The lanai is private, spacious, and provides a retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown. A well-proportioned pool with a raised spa provides the perfect area to relax and enjoy a sunny day or a comfortable evening at home. The tongue and groove ceilings create a shade for the beautiful furniture that would fit just as well inside the home as out. On the other side of the lanai, a door leads to the two-car garage with private driveway. This home is for sale for $4,399,000. Contact Olde Naples Real Estate for more information.


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LIVING THE OUTDOOR LIFE I have a new lanai space. What are some tips for furnishing my outdoor living area? Approach your outdoor area just like your indoor rooms using every inch wisely. Choose pieces with complementary textures and colors but don’t feel pressured to purchase all of the items in a set. Take time to layer and build your outdoor retreat! Incorporate sofas, side tables, chairs, ottomans and coffee tables—play with color because this is a space that gives you freedom to be bolder than you typically would be indoors. One way to achieve this well-planned look is through accents like outdoor rugs, pillows, and throws with luxurious trims or mixing patterns to create a curated appeal. I also suggest you use mature plants to make the space feel more established. Don’t just rely on the vegetation outside, bring in color and texture through unique planters filled with a variety of flowers, shrubs and even herbs for the accomplished home chef. Lighting can add function and also create a magical mood. There are so many wonderful options, from string lights to lanterns to battery operated lamps with shades made from outdoor fabrics, there’s no reason to have harsh floodlights illuminating your space, blinding you and your guests!


I have multiple seating areas around my lanai and I’m not sure how to create a cohesive flow between them. What should I do? Of course, a professional can guide you through the process of setting up your outdoor space if you feel a little lost, but if you want to tackle this area on your own, apply the principles of design (scale/proportion, balance, contrast, pattern, emphasis, harmony, and movement) to your lanai. Always measure the space as your eye is easily fooled and without planning, you could get the scale and proportion of your seating areas all wrong. A costly mistake! Envision daily life on your lanai. Will you be entertaining often, or will it be a laid back family hangout? Do you like to dine al fresco or would more lounging options be a better fit? The way you will use the space dictates the layout and what areas you should emphasize. Pay attention to flow—how will you naturally move through the space? You don’t want to carry platters from the grill or outdoor kitchen through a maze of couches and chairs, so set up the space in an intuitive way.

I love the look of outdoor drapes I see at some local restaurants and hotels. How can I replicate that look in my own home? There have been so many advances in outdoor fabrics and hardware—these mainly stationary panels stand up to the sun’s UV rays and are easy to clean so don’t hesitate to add them to your space. Plus, they make your lanai feel like a resort! Typically, I suggest a solid color for these draperies to keep things simple and elegant, especially if you have furniture with a patterned fabric. A word of caution: lanais in Naples tend to be tall spaces so the outdoor panels available at retail chains will probably be too short and unsubstantial. Working with a designer will allow you to create custom draperies that will last for years and are well worth the small increase in your initial investment.

(OPPOSITE) Mix and match textures, colors, and accessories to create a design that invites people to relax. Plants in beautiful pots will give your lanai some freshness and life. (ABOVE) Create a cozy living space on your lanai by incorporating a fire table. In addition to adding ambiance, they can be a focal point in your seating area. If your ceilings are at least ten-feet tall, you can put the fire table under covered spaces. (RIGHT) Outdoor furniture is now just as luxurious as indoor pieces. Manufacturers have added reclining chairs with mechanisms that stand up to the elements and can even be motorized with rechargeable lithium battery packs. Perfect for game night outside in ultimate comfort!

Claudia Leah is an accomplished Naples interior designer known for her distinctive portfolio of work and unparalleled customer service. Fluent in English, German and French, Claudia provides complete and cohesive design services, ranging from a single room to an entire home. Her firm’s design work is supported by Naples’ leading contractors, installers and trade professionals. Claudia’s award-winning designs focus on creating delightfully-livable spaces that reflect the personality and lifestyle of each client. Her background in architecture and fashion enables her to construct spaces that are both aesthetic and functional. She has built her impeccable reputation designing interiors for over 400 of Naples’ most prominent residents. Claudia, her husband and her two daughters fell in love with the Southwest Florida lifestyle and have made Naples their home for over 18 years. As an active member of the design and business community, Claudia has been a longtime member and served on the board of the Naples Interior Design Society and Business Network International.

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CARPET IS STILL VERY POPULAR for many reasons even though it might seem like wood floors are dominating the market. We believe there is a carpet for everyone! A great choice for many rooms, carpeting is softer, warmer, and thanks to some advances in stain-resistance (some are 100% waterproof), it’s great for people with kids and those who plan to age in place.


While a neutral palette is still a great foundation for your home, the 2018 trend of incorporating more color has hit the carpet industry as well. Bold colors are being used to create a beautiful anchor point for a room. It’s also a great way to add color without purchasing bold furniture you may tire of in a year or two. You can build a whole room from the carpet up, choosing neutral furniture and styles that enhance a custom rug. Blues and grays are always popular, especially in our seaside market. Both colors provide a range of hues from pastel to vibrant, so they have universal appeal.


When someone comes into the store, we ask them if they are interested in a carpet that’s plush and thick or short and tight. The main reason we ask is because people can be bothered by vacuum lines and footprints in their carpet. A thick carpet will show those while shorter ones won’t. Keep that in mind as you buy—this is an investment into your home and you don’t want to be frustrated by your carpet every time you vacuum. When it comes to texture, carpet offers a wide range of options that can be broken down into a three categories: soft, textured, and ribbed. The softness of carpet is what makes it so unique and there is a surge in the carpet market as people return to this luxurious feel. Textured carpet uses traditional lines, abstract shapes, carving, and trending patterns like chevrons to create either a repeating pattern or a randomized look. Texture also creates a fun feel as you walk through your home. Ribbed carpet tends to be used in more industrial settings but the sleek, clean look can work in modern homes. It’s also practical for indoor/outdoor carpets and minimalist area rugs.


Geometric patterns can be achieved through texture or color. No matter how this look is created, these modern carpets add a beautiful and sophisticated look to your home.

(RIGHT) When choosing a carpet, the first step is to select the texture. A plush carpet might feel great but if you will be bothered by vacuum lines and footprints, then a shorter carpet is your best bet. (BELOW) Color is back! Adding color to your room through carpet is a creative way to make a statement and allows you to purchase more neutral furniture pieces without sacrificing the wow factor.

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Geometric patters are a popular option this year and will stay strong into 2019. Moroccan trellis designs and hexagons are also a trend for carpets and walls.

For years people have seen carpet as less durable and more difficult to maintain than wood or tile floors; however, that perception is changing thanks to advancements in the industry and the reality of living with other flooring surfaces. Wood needs to be resealed from time to time, tile can chip, and grout ages so maintenance-free floors are really a myth. Companies like Shaw have developed their Tuftex carpet which won’t absorb liquid for up to four hours and when you combine that with a waterproof carpet pad you wind up with a floor that can stand up to the wear and tear of even the most energetic kids and pets. Carpet is a beautiful and practical option with a modern look and modern durability for today’s family and home. With a wide range of colors, textures, and patterns, there is a carpet out there for you!


From laminate to hardwood, carpet to vinyl, Floor Meisters is your Naples source for flooring. Dave, Judy, and their son T.J. Meister bring a level of passion and knowledge rivaled by few in the industry. Dave brings years of retail and industry experience having owned his own flooring store outside of Naples and also worked as a flooring distributor representative for over 28 years and grew up in the business as his father owned a flooring and furniture store.  After Judy left her job as a teacher, she used her eye for design to create custom draperies for 20 years and is Floor Meisters’ resident color and style expert, helping customers through the process of picking the perfect options for their home. T.J. also brings years of experience and is always ready to offer help to clients.   Together, the Meisters have a combined 80 years of experience in the flooring and design world and have made a commitment to offer great floors at a great price. Their centrally located showroom offers people a great place to envision their flooring needs, right off Naples Boulevard in the Costco shopping center. Their vision and dedication means you will work with a Meister every day of the week.

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DIFFERENT ANGLES one couple’s take on the remodeling process


hile we can offer you tons of ideas and advice for remodeling your home, it can be helpful to listen to the counsel of someone who has been on the other side of the remodeling process—the homeowner. Over the years we’ve cultivated relationships with many outstanding clients but one couple in particular brings a level of knowledge that we, as the general contractors, appreciate and enjoy. They’ve tackled 25 projects together in their 33 years of marriage and we are about to embark on our fifth project with this downtown Naples couple. We wanted you to hear firsthand from this husband and


wife team as they give you their take on the remodeling process in South Florida.


Do your research. Of course you should look for a team of professional, dedicated visionaries but we also think experience is key and so find a company that has worked on comparable projects. If we are remodeling a condo we want a general contractor who understands the unique challenges that kind of property brings. We also look for a company who works with multiple

subcontractors as that reduces the potential for delay during the project. If they only have one tile installer what happens if he gets sick or there is a backlog of projects? A company that has multiple, equally qualified subcontractors has been key on so many of our projects. Also when you work with a company over and over again like we do, you learn which people you click which makes each project more enjoyable. Ask to see a company’s most current projects in person. We suggest you walk through a home and see the level of craftsmanship and detail. Only view projects that are two years old or newer because there is a much greater

chance the subcontractors who did the work in that home will also be doing the work on your project. We also suggest going to current worksites because you will get a firsthand look at the company’s process. A messy worksite means a messy mind and it also speaks to the level of respect a company has for your home and for their subcontractors. ARCS Construction makes sure the site is cleaned every evening and that sets the tone for the next team in the morning. Be meticulous with references—ask them specific questions about their experience. What went wrong during the project and how did that company overcome those issue? Did they offer timely

solutions, were they easily available when you had a question, did they welcome your design ideas and input?


Over the years we’ve had so many friends and family members ask us this question and we have been able to observe many different people go through a remodeling process. Our conclusion; the people who will enjoy the process the most and get the most out of their home are the people who are flexible. There

is no straightforward remodeling project and there will be issues—it just depends on how many! From acts of God to man-made mistakes outside of your contractor’s control, prepare yourself for setbacks. For example, you can design a whole project around a tile you like and then when it’s finally time to order the tile it’s been discontinued by the manufacturer. How will you react? Will this throw you and the project into chaos or will you be able to regroup and work with your design team to find an equally beautiful solution? You need to be someone who can manage their own expectations throughout the process and truly roll with the punches a bit.


It also helps to be a decisive person. We’ve heard over and over again from many of the remodeling companies we’ve used in the past (including ARCS Construction) that most of the delays actually come from clients who can’t make a decision. If you take two weeks to decide on a color for your new kitchen cabinets, you can hold up multiple aspects of the remodel. Just a few of those delays can set a project back months.


The way people live in Naples is totally different. Here you really need to focus on the outdoor space as they are just as important (if not more important) as indoor rooms. You will live and entertain on your lanai all year so have a realistic budget set aside. In the kitchen, the emphasis isn’t on the oven and range like it is


up north, it’s on the refrigerator. Meals revolve around salads and lighter food here, not soups and roasts. The permitting process can also be different in Naples. With so much building happening here it can take much longer for permits to come through.

how many walls you took down. Having those photos helps you see the amazing progress you’ve made and it’s a fun conversation starter for your open house when you show off the finished product!


The metamorphosis! Remodeling allows us to infuse a home with our own unique perspective and we love adding a wow factor into each project we touch. There is something so satisfying about the transformation process and I want someone who is thinking about a remodeling venture to realize they can have so much fun in the process. This can be a wonderful creative outlet. Take photos of the house before construction starts and then document the process. Believe me, five or six months down the road you won’t remember

ARCS Construction was founded in 2009 by brothers Michael and Steve Peel to complement their already established new home division Gulfstream Homes. They, along with their partner, Jeneane Bennett pride themselves on their excellent work, experienced team, and extensive referral network of happy clients.





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Companies like ConSet create motorized standing desk options that are easy to use and look great in a home office. Their sleek designs means you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for health.




Our whole world is geared for the comfort of sitting, from work to home, and now doctors and researchers are finding that the seated life isn’t the best life. The phrase “sitting is the new smoking” was coined a few years ago in response to the growing problem and since then study after study has backed up that saying. In fact, an article published in October 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed just how dangerous this sedentary life can be and that your before or after work exercise routine isn’t enough to combat a day of sitting. This study, based on nearly 8,000 adults, found a direct relationship between the time you spend sitting and your risk of early mortality—from any cause! The good news? People who sit for less than 30 minutes at a time have a lower risk of early death. Researches have learned it’s about changing your position—you can sit or stand at work, just make sure you are switching between the two every half hour and breaking up the day with small walks. As this information has become available, more and more office furniture companies have changed their desks and chairs to help combat the scary statistics. For many people, especially here in Southwest Florida, their home office is their main business area but they don’t often think about making this a healthy space in their home. There are so many great desk options on the market so it would be hard to find one that didn’t work for your specific needs and home office space. At our OFEX showroom we offer everything from small standing desks you place on top of your existing desk to electronic options that can be lowered and raised with the push of a button—there is a healthy option for everyone. For electronic standing desks, Open Plan Systems makes a high-quality product with a sleek, minimal profile. Their LED Smart Keypad system can be programed to four different height positions so you can save your

favorite height preferences. They also have an app you can use to track your office habits and to remind you to stand at certain times of the day. A U.S. based company, their products are backed by a lifetime warranty. Combine 9 is another company that makes standing desks but their products have a modern industrial vibe with reclaimed wood and the look of steel beams. Considering the popular trend towards reclaimed woods and vintage sensibilities, these desks are in high demand. They also signal a trend toward a more “fashionable” standing desk. Just like you shouldn’t sit all day long, you shouldn’t stand either. Standing for hours at a time can put unnecessary stress on your back and joints so a good standing desk needs a good chair. Companies like Neutral Posture offer seating systems with pressurereducing contours and custom-fit adjustments. Developed by Dr. Jerome Congleton through his ground-breaking research on a seating system that would support the neutral body posture, Neutral Posture chairs promote the optimum position for great circulation even in a seated position. Normal chairs create pressure points in the pelvis and its surrounding areas which radiates up into the lower back, constricting blood flow and pushing against nerves creating that stiff, painful feeling most people experience when they try to stand after a day in their chair. The ergonomic design drastically reduces that pressure allowing for better blood flow and fewer pinched nerves. A healthy home office is an important part of your mental and physical health. By incorporating a mix of standing and sitting throughout the day and by using furniture that helps you stand longer and sit smarter, you’re well on your way to a better workday and a longer, fuller life.

Neutral Posture offers seating systems with pressure-reducing contours and customfitting adjustments.


OFFICE FURNITURE EXCHANGE 5737 Shirley Street Naples, FL 34109 erick@ofexnaples.com 239-594-8559

With over 30 years of experience in the office furniture business, Office Furniture Exchange specializes in all your office furniture needs. Located in Naples for over 20 years, we have furniture solutions for both commercial and home offices. Our 2,500 square foot showroom allows you to test different chair and desk styles and we can customize your space though multiple furniture vendors and commercial fabric mills. From budget-friendly to high-end, we are able to provide you the personalized attention and advice as you look for an office furniture solution.

The foyer is a great place to use a chevron wood floor. It can be used with a border, as shown here, to create a transition into your home and to set the tone for the rooms beyond.


A RICH TRADITION historical flooring techniques for the modern world


eople have enjoyed wood floors for hundreds of years. While those first floors were a little rough and typically unfinished planks on wooden joists, they were the starting point for the beautiful wood floors we have today. Because of the vibrant European forests that offered an abundance of older trees, hardwoods became the flooring of choice in Europe’s most affluent homes and palaces in the 1600s. These floors were quickly refined during the Baroque Era and became beautiful expressions of artistic talent as the French techniques found in parquetry and marquetry were extended to flooring. In 17th century France, the herringbone pattern was developed and quickly become a favorite flooring technique for kings and nobles. Like the workmanship seen in the furniture of that era, these floors were made from handcut wood fitted together in three-dimensional designs. The wood was then scraped, rubbed with sand, stained, and polished to a glossy finish. It was the perfect flooring for a palace ballroom or throne room and, due to the amazing craftsmanship, some of these original

floors still exist more than 400 years later. The herringbone can be installed in several configurations and a popular variation on classic herringbone, the Chevron or French herringbone, is prominent in many prestigious European Chateaus. With the prominence of the chevron in interior design over the last few years and the demand for more interesting and high-end flooring options, this European tradition has become popular in homes across the country. Because of it’s versatility, today herringbone or chevron patterns can be used in homes ranging from modern to traditional. The color you choose can alter the look and feel of your floors so work with your designer or someone in our showroom to make sure you are getting the right aesthetic through color. The movement in the pattern also means there will be a variation in how the colors appear so remember this is a very dynamic flooring choice as you select your color and finish. Some people really love to play up the movement and choose to mix boards of slightly different shades in the same color range to create a one-of-a-kind floor. YOUR HOME MAG AZ INE | 29


H E R R INGBON E herringbone creates a pattern where cut ends hit the flat side of the adjacent piece

CHE VRON chevron planks are cut to ensure that each “zig” and “zag” are connected at a 45-degree angle

Here, herringbone has been used to create a solid and artistic foundation for this spa-like space. The different angles in this flooring pattern means the tones and colors will change slightly creating movement in the room.

These floors can be bordered by coordinating planks to create an inlaid effect, or can be used on their own without a border in a special room you want to highlight. While you can use these patterns in more expansive spaces like living rooms and great rooms, most of the time this technique works best in a slightly smaller space as it can look busy on a larger scale. The foyer is an excellent space for herringbone and will set the tone for the design in the rest of your home. Your master bath is also a great place to add a patterned floor. You may want this


space to feel like a spa and this is a way to add visual interest in a unique area—the floor. And, since people have had these floors in their homes for hundreds years, you know this style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! If you’re looking for a way to spice up your floor, consider a hardwood herringbone or chevron pattern. The history and beauty of these floors will create a gorgeous foundation for the rest of your interior design choices and their versatility means they can work for any home, anywhere.

Cristian and Laurie Longo are the proud owners of Naples Flooring, the exclusive Legno Bastone Gallery. They are located at the corner of 5th Avenue South and US 41, in the heart of Downtown Naples. They are an incomparable designer showroom made for those who love quality living and look for excellence in their own home. FOLLOW US Instagram: @naplesflooring Houzz: Naples Flooring Company

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unshine, turquoise waters, glistening white sand, perfect weather year-round—these are the things you imagine as you envision your life in Southwest Florida. But what you aren’t envisioning are storage areas in your home. Most homes in Florida have inadequate attic space and there are no basements in Southwest Florida which means you’ll experience a drastic decrease in usable storage space if you are from a region where basements are commonplace. But we do have garages and with a little organizational help, they can become the perfect storage area for your Florida lifestyle. The floor is the foundation of your garage and benefits from a durable, slip-resistant surface. While there are bargain options, they will chip and delaminate over time and cost more in the long run with second applications and patching. Quality is important throughout the home, but the amount of wear and tear your garage floors go through means you should invest in this area. Also, make sure the company you choose for the installation offers a warranty for their product. The process of installing the floor is easiest for new construction projects as it will be done before you move in, but any garage is a great candidate for a new floor. For many people, the thought of taking everything out of their garage and hauling it to guest bedrooms or a storage unit deters them from ever working on their garage. Companies like Inspired Closets can help you through the entire process by providing everything from onsite storage options brought to your home (and a team to load and unload that storage), to a professional organizer who will help you decide what to keep and what to let go. When it comes to storage, there are multiple options. From overhead bins to wall-mounted racks to cabinets that look as design-forward as anything you’d put in your home, there is an organization system for all garages and all budgets.


If you are moving, we suggest living in your new home for three weeks before making any storage decisions in your garage. This will give you time to unpack and see what you and your family are actually using in the new space. If this is a home you’ve lived in for a while, we still suggest taking a few weeks to figure out what’s worth keeping. For people who’ve lived in a home for years, this process can be difficult. This is where a professional organizer can be beneficial—they have no sentimental attachment to items and can help you make the tough calls. Once you’ve deiced on what you will be storing, it’s time to create “zones” in your garage. There are three main areas we think about as we design the best garage possible—a project zone, a bulk storage zone, and a transition/drop zone. A project zone is a place for hobbies and passions from gardening to car maintenance. You

will want accessible storage and an adequatelysized workbench at a comfortable height. Bulk storage is for items you don’t need access to on a daily basis like holiday decorations, coolers, kayaks, and beach toys. Overhead racks are a great option for these items. The transition/drop zone is an area where you can drop items as you make your way in and out of the house like groceries and sandy, wet towels. This drop zone can be in the garage or we can create a space inside your home—Florida’s version of the Northern mudroom. Organizing your garage doesn’t have to be a daunting task! Working with a professional design and installation company means you have an expert to guide you through the process and help you choose the right storage options. We are your guides and cheerleaders as you free up physical, mental, and emotional space through organization.

(ABOVE) People coming from other states might find the small attics and basement-free homes in Florida a storage challenge but with a few creative ideas and options the garage can become a great alternative. Stylish cabinets, overhead racks, and work zones can create a fully functional space. (RIGHT) A transition/drop zone is a great catch-all space that keeps your home clutter-free. Up north, the mudroom is a space where jackets and snow-covered boots pile up but here in Southwest Florida this area is perfect to drop sandy beach chairs and wet towels.

From the moment I saw my first builtin closet I was in love! As a state licensed general contractor located in Naples, Florida, I had been building and remodeling homes for almost 20 years. I saw the need for a more professional experience in the home organization specialty. Inspired Closets Southwest Florida is here to enrich the lives of its clients by designing organization solutions tailored to your home and lifestyle. Over the years our team has helped thousands of customers in Southwest Florida transform their closets and their lives. We are honored to be a part of your home and look forward to impressing you every step of the way. We value a personal relationship with all of our clients. As a client, you have a dedicated designer who listens to your needs and delivers a custom designed solution in response. Whether you are looking to update your pantry, maximize your laundry room or get the closet of your dreams, our experienced designers are ready to meet you. —H.L. Burkley

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Pop of Pink While you might not be familiar with the term Millennial Pink or know what to call this pervasive color, you’ve definitely seen it around. Bursting onto the scene in 2016, it’s still prominent. Now it has evolved into a rainbow of pink hues from a just touch of blush to a peachy tone. From fashion to food to home décor, this color can be used as a fun accent or subtle base color and, when used in interior design, adds a feminine yet modern touch to any room.

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1. Rose Pink Tyley Chair, $260; worldmarket.com. 2. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Delphine Throw Pillow in Blush, $110; bedbathandbeyond. com. 3. Bronze Mid Credenza, $20,800; bddw.com. 4. Arabella Pink Footed Goblet, $39; horchow.com. 5. Rene Lalique Gros ScarabĂŠes antique vase, $24,000; maisongerard.com. 6. Matrix Sofa, $1299; article.com. 7. Broken Plaid Gramercy Area Rug by Kate Spade, $700; bloomingdales.com. 8. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer, $299; amazon.com. 9. Arden Table Lamp, $560; benjaminrugsandfurniture.com.


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Turning the Corner: A Look Back and Forward at Cubism BY MARLISSA GARDNER


ubism as an art genre defies literal perception. It makes us feel, at first, confusion. But then, as though ascending from a hiddenbut-familiar, dark place, (or might we consider, descending a staircase) the comforting sensation of realization drifts into focus. “AH! I get it!” we might say, the longer we look. For many, Cubism occupies the defined status of being challenging to enjoy and interpret. Still, there are masters of the form with whom most would be familiar—by name if not by works. Chief among them are Pablo


Picasso and Georges Braque. Their early exploration in the techniques of observing, dismantling, re-faceting and reassembling time, space and matter function as the very foundation of a genre with influences reaching all the way into the present. Cubism isn’t dead. Indeed, in the same way artworks in Cubism posit a retelling of our understanding of the natural order of things, Cubism itself lives outside of the normal progression of time. A short study of the origins of the technique will soon lead the curious appreciator down

avenues as disparate as Futurism, Constructivism and Art Deco. It is certainly a surprising realization that such an abstract form can be so viscerally felt all around us in modern art and design. Cubism is echoed in the literary works of Gertrude Stein and William Faulkner by employing repetition and repetitive phrases as building blocks in passages and even entire chapters. There are a handful of surviving experiments in Cubist architecture—mostly in the Czech Republic. Other examples of related themes in Cubism can be found in the deconstructionist mentality of art deco designers and artists such as Juan Gris as seen in his painting Guitar and Newspaper (1925). Cubism’s geometric shapes and forms were adopted and utilized by designers of everything from functional housewares and appliances to home decor and jewelry. With the arrival of the huge advertising boom of the 1920s and 1930s, the designs seen in magazine advertisements and theatre posters also reflected the influence of the forms of Cubism. Emillions artist Alain Beraud, a renowned French painter who works almost exclusively in Cubism, describes the genesis of this style as an extension of experiential explorations. Says Beraud, “In the history of art, Cubism has always been a particular artistic current. The creators of Cubism, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso and the other masters of Cubism, lived in a period that was rich in encounters. They met with great intellectuals, writers, thinkers and philosophers. These encounters influenced their research on Cubism.” Alain describes his work as “Neo-Cubism.” His contemporary take on this seminal art form is vibrant and engaging, even while dissecting and reconstructing quotidian activities. In Part 2 of this series, we will offer a more in-depth look at Alain’s work and what motivates him to delve into a medium under-represented in today’s art. Until then, we should all do ourselves a favor and seek out works in Cubism to really take time to unearth the feelings and ideas that are encoded within them.

Emillions Art, LLC is a respected source for modern and old masterpieces. In addition, we are well known purveyors of contemporary works for collectors beginning to access the art market or established collectors pursuing specific works to diversify their collections. Our collaborations with international galleries, collectors, buyers, sellers and appraisers allow for an agility beyond that offered through a brick-and-mortar gallery. The art consultants of Emillions Art, LLC hold extensive contacts in international art markets. We offer expertise on expanding and maintaining a collection with complete discretion between parties, arrange customized viewings and price negotiation in addition to organizing escrow services. Emillions Art, LLC enjoys privileged access to private collections of masterworks, curated work from today’s top emerging contemporary artists, and commissioned works from established artists. We collaborate with artists working in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, carvings, works on paper and mixed media. The array of available styles and media allows collectors to calibrate the quality of their collections with access to new works.

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ile and Florida go together like the sun and sand. From floor to ceiling, tile is a material that’s been used in hot climates since ancient Egypt. Naturally cool to the touch, tile is perfect for the large open layouts of Florida homes, and can help you keep your energy bills down by aiding in the release of heat and humidity. There have also been so many great advancements over the years; we are now able to offer a tile option for any home with any new construction or remodeling budget. Your choices are unlimited and we can accommodate all styles. From traditional tiles for your lanai to ceramic floors that look just like hardwood, tile is the perfect material for multiple surfaces throughout your home. Mixing natural stones and wood with elements that sparkle and shine is a trend that has burst onto the design scene this year. As we transition into the softer, more luxurious side of Mid-century modern design, people want their home to have a more glamorous


ambiance. The look of stone, metal, and glass is popping up everywhere from chandeliers to side tables, lending its old Hollywood charm to any space. This trend has now made it’s way into the world of tile. Glazzio Tiles has created a beautiful tile line that blends marble and antiqued mirrors together in gorgeous chevron, herringbone, and diamond patterns. These new tiles come in multiple colors and can be used as accent pieces throughout the home. They look especially beautiful as a backsplash or can be used as a border in the shower. These tiles effortlessly add shimmer and elegance to your kitchen or bathroom. For people who prefer a more natural look, Glazzio also offers tiles without the mirror insets. These tiles are more subtle but still look amazing in your kitchen, bathroom, or as an accent wall in a special space in your home. We are proud to offer these beautiful tiles, along with many others exclusively through KC Marble & Tile.

INNER DAWN This beautiful tile from Glazzio’s Urban Butterfly series incorporates marble and antiqued glass in a chevron—a popular pattern seen in designs from carpets to wallpaper.

TWINKLE BRIGHT Diamonds and stripes create a more subdued and classic tile pattern from the Starry Sky series. Still using the pastel grays of marble with the copper tones of the glass, this tile is a fantastic option for a bathroom accent.

TETON SCAPE From the Peaks Harbor series, this more dramatic herringbone pattern creates a truly spectacular effect. This is for the kitchen that’s not afraid to show off a little and is a definite conversation starter.

KC MARBLE & TILE KC Marble & Tile  has proudly served the  Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers areas for over 10 years. Family owned and operated, our experience and knowledge keeps our clients coming back. Not only do  we provide the finest materials for flooring, countertops, and outdoor spaces, but we also offer dedicated design assistance to help find the perfect product for your preferences and lifestyle. At KC Marble & Tile you can find the finest selection of flooring products in our showroom. Whether you’re looking for porcelain, ceramic, natural stone or hardwood, we offer hundreds of styles, textures and colors to suit every taste. Discover the possibilities of your new dream kitchen with the endless selection of slabs and countertops.  We’ll help you find the best material whether its granite, marble, travertine, slate or quartz. We also have an exquisite glass collection for backsplashes, as well as wall and pool tile.  Natural stone is one of the hottest trends right now, so if you’re looking for the most beautiful selection of pietra antica or travertine, we offer unique styles and colors that are carefully selected to ensure premium quality. We are a full-service company that will help you from beginning to end. Visit us today to experience the best in personalized home upgrades and the highest quality products.

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How to Customize Your Lanai


ith so many unique lanais in Southwest Florida, we are frequently asked about customizing the furniture and accessories for this space. Just as an indoor room is an expression of who you are, your outside living areas should also tell your story through design. Are you relaxed? Colorful? Elegant? Fun? You also want your lanai to fit with the overall look and feel of your home. While they don’t have to be identical, creating cohesion will make your indoor and outdoor spaces flow together so this will usually entail a degree of customization to achieve this unity. Here are a few tips and tricks for creating a lanai that matches your design style and personality.

outdoor manufacturer offers a vast array of furniture designs where you can mix and match fabrics. Another option allows customers to supply their own fabrics. The industry terminology for this is COM or Customers Own Material. This custom option displays a unique one of a kind look. For a fresh new look for your existing furniture, you may want to consider re-upholstering. With a wide range of fabric options, we are able to correlate any existing furniture and lanai design. Embellishments like cording, piping, fringe, beads and roping are other options that can add a special flair to your cushions.



A good starting point for customization is your fabric. Draw your inspiration from anywhere—a color on a piece of tile, patterns from a throw pillow, or your favorite resort getaway. Use your imagination. There are so many options and the selection process can be enjoyable, especially if you come in with your design inspiration already decided. We can help with the rest. The advances in outdoor fabrics means there are more choices than ever before. You have thousands of options to choose from in any color, style, and pattern. Each


Another great way to customize your furniture is through the finishes. Synthetic and natural wicker can come in a variety of colors and weaves. You can choose anything from light/whitewashed to a dark cherry or black hue. Aluminum frames from traditional to contemporary comes available in standard and premium finishes. Standard finishes provide a solid color while premium finishes can provide textured affects. Reclaimed wood is also a look that is extremely popular. Rustic and patina finishes are palatable for an entire vignette.

Customize the look and feel of your outdoor furniture through fabrics. You can mix and match fabrics from multiple brands giving you an almost unlimited array of choices.



Customize your outdoor tables through tile. These tiles have the look of wood and can be used on the base or top of the table. You can also add in colorful glass for a truly unique look.


The glass in your fire pit is a really wonderful way to personalize your lanai and can be color-coordinated with your furniture and design theme. You can also switch it out for holidays and special occasions.


The weave and color of synthetic wicker is one way to customize your outdoor furniture. From whitewashed to dark wood and everything in between, you can set the tone through your finishes.


Fire features are one of our favorite ways to customize a lanai as they can be built into dining tables, bar tables, balcony tables, chat height tables and even end tables. In other words, fire pits are a fabulous accent for all your seating groups. Custom tops surrounding your fire pit bowl can be made from natural stone to porcelain tiles to custom aluminum finishes. Regulated fire flames can channel through an assortment of colored glass pieces that may coordinate with your fabric selections. Maybe you’d prefer a more rustic design by displaying cement logs or lava rocks. All in all, fire pits are a cost effective and fun way to spruce up your lanai.


We also have the ability to custom-design your outdoor tables. Made from fiberglass, these super durable pieces can be finished with porcelain tile, marble, stone and colorful mosaics. From end tables to dining tables, you can create a personalized look to your lanai through the colors and textures you choose. Your lanai is your space to create. Take the time to find the pieces, fabrics, colors, and finishes you want and don’t feel limited by one manufacturer or collection. Make the space truly yours though quality customizations so it’s a place your family and friends can enjoy for years to come.


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Blending Durability and Style in a Family-Friendly Home

ust because you have children living in or visiting your home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great design. I work with many families to create spaces that are beautiful, durable and have a touch of whimsy geared toward a family’s mixed ages and tastes. I also think a transitional design creates a very welcoming blend of modern and traditional in a family home. Start with a durable rug. I love the look and feel of natural fibers and they create an easy-to-clean foundation for any room. Shorter carpet means they will hold fewer crumbs—which is important if you are enjoying snacks in your family hangout space. Next, I select comfortable furniture. These are pieces your family will actually use for movie and game nights so it’s important to remember that family-friendly design needs to be cozy and usable. For a durable fabric, I like to use Thibaut Performance Fabrics because it’s easy to care for and


very durable for years of wear and tear. Their new lines are soft and beautiful, making them a great choice for your indoor rooms. These fabrics clean up with warm water and a little soap, removing a variety of difficult stains. I also love to incorporate pops of bold prints and patterns to add a playful tone to the room. It’s also important to make sure there is a variety of seating so people are able to spread out in the home. With three kids of my own, I know how friends tend to multiply, so plenty of seating is important! I use accessories like lamps and tables to bring shimmer into the room, along with different art pieces. For variety, a chunky side table paired with an elegant silver lamp creates a beautiful contrast balancing the adult sensibilities in the home. Art also adds a level of sophistication to any room and creating an accent wall with something like shiplap will not only give your Southwest Florida home a coastal vibe, it will take your design to a new level.

Choose a comfortable couch and a durable fabric. Thibaut Performance Fabrics makes the most stain resistant and easy-toclean fabrics on the market. Chunky end tables are a fun accent and nesting tables like these can give you more surfaces for snacks and drinks.

A natural fiber jute or sisal rug provides a maintainable foundation for your great room.

Pair darker-finished woods with metals for an eclectic yet refined look. The sleek profile of this lamp adds maturity to your space.

A coffee table like this one in a polished silver finish adds sophistication to a family room.

Accenting your look with bold fabrics is a great way to layer and elevate your design.

Born in Singapore, Muni Reynoldson was exposed to beautiful architecture and international style at an early age. This multi-cultural lifestyle influenced her passion for fashion and interior design. Muni is inspired by the world around her and often travels internationally. By incorporating components from diverse countries and cultures, Muni’s design style is eclectic yet fresh and functional. However, she still feels that a home should reflect her client’s own personality, character and lifestyle. She helps her clients visualize a blend of their personal items with their new interior design elements. For over 20 years, Muni has been designing interiors in Southwest Florida, Chicago, Houston and New York. Whether redesigning a bathroom, living room, kitchen, outdoor living area or an entire home, Muni is excited about creating spaces that her client will love coming home to every day.

239.898.1977 Adding in Mid-centuryinspired pieces with modern and traditional elements can help you create the transitional look that works so well in a family home.

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preparing for

HURRICANE SEASON With Irma still fresh in the minds of Naples residents, we face another hurricane season. Hopefully this year will be a quiet one for us but it’s always good to be prepared for the worst as the season approaches. By starting early, you’ll avoid the crowded and often chaotic stores once a hurricane watch is issued. As you prepare you should stock these basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, and special items like medicines and pet food. In case of an evacuation, keep the items you would most likely need in an easy-to-carry container like storage bins, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.



tools & supplies

Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. Typically, people need at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and those suffering from illness will need more. Store one gallon of water per person per day. Keep at least a three day supply of water per person.

Before hurricane Harvey, things like a signal flair and plastic sheeting might have seemed a little extreme but after seeing people trapped on their roofs for days, nothing is overkill. Make sure you have a battery-operated radio, flashlights and extra batteries. Also having some cash or traveler’s checks on hand in case credit card machines are down in the aftermath can be a good idea. Items like a nonelectric can opener, utility knife, pliers, tape, and matches in a waterproof container can all come in handy. Also consider adding more “intense” items like a signal flare, whistle, and plastic sheeting to your supply list.

food At minimum, store a three-day supply of nonperishable food. Select foods that don’t require refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water like ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. Also have canned juices, staples (salt, sugar, spices, etc.), protein bars, and vitamins on hand.

sanitation, clothing & bedding Whether you are evacuating or staying through the storm, make sure you have these important items on hand. With Irma’s approach, 6.3 million people were ordered to evacuate and many found stores along the way and at major evacuation destinations were out of staple items due to the sudden influx of people. Stock up on things like toilet paper, towelettes, and soap.

first aid & special items While you can assemble your own kit, your can also purchase one online. This is usually cheaper and always easier. If you do want to make your own, include items like adhesive bandages, sterile dressing and gauze pads, antibacterial hand wipes or hand sanitizer, nonlatex gloves, adhesive tape, anti-bacterial ointment, and cold packs. A complete list of items can be found at hurricanesafety.org. Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and the elderly. Formula and diapers will go fast as will prescription drugs so make sure you call your doctor at the first sign a hurricane might be heading your way if you are running low.

possessions & documents You never know how long it might take to return to your house if you need to evacuate so protect your valuables and by storing them in waterproof, portable containers and by taking them with you if you leave. While you can replace documents like wills, insurance policies, deeds, passports and social security cards, it’s better to take them with you in case there is trouble with looting after the storm. Also take an inventory of valuable household goods and save family records (birth, marriage, death certificates) that might be more difficult to replace if they get damaged.

pets The pictures of pets left behind after hurricanes last year was heartbreaking. Please take your pets with you if you evacuate. Have current ID tags for every pet and securely fasten them to your pet’s collar and carry a recent photograph of your pet. Transport them in secure pet carriers and keep them on their leash or harness. Call hotels at the location you’re evacuating to—some hotels will lift their no-pet policy for disaster situations. If you can’t find a hotel, reach out to friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in the city you’ll be staying in to arrange foster care. Pack a week’s supply of food, water, medication, cat litter, etc. Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.


Kitchen Design for the Modern World MY VERY FIRST

job was working at my parent’s millwork shop. The aroma of wood being cut is still a very familiar and comforting one to me. With this family foundation, I began designing kitchens and baths when I was 13 years old and I never stopped. Over the years I’ve seen the industry change and grow firsthand. From the small space tucked away at the back the house to the open layouts we see prominently placed at the center of our home and lives, we no longer hide our kitchens. The walls have literally and figuratively been torn down. Now the kitchen is front and center in the home and has become the focal point—the center of activity. Meal preparation is just one function of today’s kitchen. Americans live in their kitchens, even if they are not avid chefs! With so much attention placed on this one space, we have upped the “lux value” with stunning finishes, super high-tech appliances, enormous islands, and yes, even TVs have made their way into many modern kitchens. The strongest trend today is the shift to a kitchen that looks less like a kitchen. This is accomplished through the introduction of integrated refrigerators, wine coolers, and dishwashers by high-end appliance manufacturers. Appliances now look like cabinets and some companies, such as Miele, completely disguise their products as cabinetry or


Details like the wood and marble diamond floors and the ceiling details make this photo-real rendering come to life. These designs are used to show clients exactly what their kitchen will look like alleviating the fear of the unknown as we embark on their design process.


Lighting in your kitchen is vitally important. Not only the color and temperature but also the how the lighting is laid out so there are no shadows and dark zones as you move around the space. LED lighting also allows designers to add decorative options that really create a wow factor.

wall panels. Integrated appliances allow us at K2 Design Group to create kitchens that are a part of the architecture and design of the home, not just purpose-driven cooking areas. Consumers are also demanding more function in the kitchen. From barista-style coffee at the push of a button to perfectly prepared dinners in chef-inspired appliances, people expect more from their kitchen than ever before. I personally enjoy a 6:00 a.m. macchiato every morning compliments of my Miele coffee machine. I also love being able to steam fresh vegetables, bake crusty loaves of breads, and broil flaky fish in my combination steam and convection oven. I can even cook in sous-vide mode in the same


steam oven. My duel-fuel gas/electric range has two convection ovens but one is also a microwave—and there is a warming drawer. When it comes to dinner preparations I have more options in my home kitchen than most chefs did a few years ago! I’m also excited about the combination of design and technology. We are now combining technology not just with appliances, but also in cabinet finishes. New, digitally-printed cladding for cabinets allows us to design kitchens with very specific personalities. Another major focus in our kitchen design is lighting: decorative and embedded. We use LED lighting in our designs because the sky is literally the limit here. We also love LED

lighting because we can make sure the color of the light is appropriate for the space. While it seems the restrictions have been removed, manufacturers have listened to designers, and we are free to let our ideas soar. Note, there is one trend in kitchen design that should go away immediately: sparkles in countertops! There is a real danger in using a trendy design idea like sparkly flakes in the third most expensive purchase in a kitchen (after cabinets and appliances). I remind my clients that their countertops are a decision they may have to live with for 20 or more years! Perhaps the biggest change I’ve seen in kitchen design is my own growth as a

Kitchens have become a work of art unto themselves. Now a prominent space in the home, they need the same care and attention any other room would get. This is now the space you live and entertain in so add unique items like colorful stone backsplashes or fun counters.

designer. When I was younger, I was a creative designer but as I’ve matured, I have realized the immense value in explaining the design process to my residential clients. One of the best ways I do this is through handsketching their kitchen, showing them their options in real time. I became proficient in quick sketching because I like the connection between my client and myself. We sit at the same table and dream together. These sketches are sent our drafting department (it takes a village!), and once finish selections are made, they progress to our rendering department where we craft photo-real 3D images. This has changed everything. Thanks to our ability to provide full-color

images that look like actual photographs, our clients don’t fear the unknown. We also give each K2 Design Group client a complete run-down on “how things work” at the initial consultation. It takes the edge off right away and allows us to move through the fun of the design process without tension. I truly believe this gives our valued clients peace of mind which is a key component to their satisfaction with the project. As you set out to create your dream kitchen, get excited! You are working on your new kitchen at a time where there are so many amazing options from finishes to appliances, that you can truly create a unique space that fits your personality and style.

Jenny Provost, owner and Principal Designer of K2 Design Group, has a reputation for creating impressive, dramatic, and exciting designs. Jenny studied Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and opened her own Naples firm in 1994. K2 continues to innovate the fields of interior design and design architecture as Jenny challenges standards by infusing classic concepts with global exploration. 




hailed as a resounding success in the new home community. Bringing more than seven decades of building experience, Stock was able to create a home that ushers in a new era of design on Marco through their award-winning team, attention to detail, and their commitment to excellence. This home is the first of three on Marco Stock is working on and its beauty, location, and functionality make it easy to see why it was quickly put under contract. “Our reception on Marco and in the new construction community has been so warm and gracious,” says Lynn Hurley, New Home Sales Consultant with Stock Development. “Life here is all about the water and we have developed a line of homes that matches the island feel people love and are actively seeking.” She also attributes the home’s easy, indoor/outdoor flow to its popularity. This 3,900 square foot, four bedroom, four and a half bath home was built to take advantage of the lot’s location on a canal with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Not only is the home the perfect place to entertain, it’s also a great launching point for all your boating dreams.


The home’s inviting exterior, created by Southwest Florida Design, is a beautiful blend of West Indies style and classic Florida charm. The home is balanced but not symmetrical, creating a more casual appeal perfect for its island location. Accents like the corbels and louvered awnings over the windows add visual interest and are in keeping with the tropical aesthetic. The lush landscaping that surrounds the house creates the feeling of an oasis and the combination of mature and new trees helps balance this new construction home.



(LEFT) Inside, the home is open and breezy. Designer Daniel Kilgore of Soco Interiors chose light colors accented by pops of coral and dusty pink for the main areas of the home. The addition of dark wood finishes through accent pieces like side tables and the entertainment console complement the beams above and enhance the home’s West Indies feel while maintaining a coastal transitional look. Sparkle is added through the metals used in the light fixture above and the coffee table’s driftwood-inspired base. In the dining room, a long table sits under a beautiful vintage-style chandelier with swirling baubles and strings of glass beads in soft coral. The focal point in the dining room is the unique wall panel that brings texture and depth to the room. (ABOVE) The kitchen is at the front of the home allowing the main seating areas to be closer to the lanai and pool. This also enabled Stock to create a kitchen with windows. “We’ve gotten away from kitchens against an outside wall with more and more kitchens placed at the center of the home. When you do that you lose that traditional kitchen window and we found people were excited about that simple yet familiar element,” says Hurley. Filled with ample storage, the shaker-style cabinets were designed with oversized drawers. The quartz counters provide a durable work surface. The large island in soft taupe has even more storage via panels that swing open behind the barstools.


(ABOVE) On the second floor, one of two guest bedrooms provides a private space away from the main living areas and the master bedroom. This is perfect for guests or children who are a little older and want their own area in the home. The modern duvet is a colorful accent to the neutral colors in the room. There is also a large loft upstairs for extra entertaining space and to give long-term guests privacy. (RIGHT) “The master bedroom was designed to be a true retreat and when people enter the space, it becomes one of the favorite rooms in the house. From the drink station to the placement of the bathroom and closets, this room is so well-planned out and private,” explains Hurley. The closets were placed outside of the main bedroom area for more privacy so someone dressing early in the morning wouldn’t disturb their stillsleeping partner. From the dramatic chandelier to the soft white linens, this room is the perfect island escape.



(BELOW) The lanai offers multiple seating and entertaining areas. The main living space is a fun mix of vibrant orange and resort-style seating options. The fireplace with vibrant blue glass and the feature wall create the perfect outdoor focal point. Beyond, a dining table offers al fresco dining options on the water. The lanai was designed to flow between the main seating area, the grill station, the dining space, and the pool. This creates separation so nothing feels crowded while also allowing for a cohesive entertaining environment. (RIGHT) Oversized for the typical Marco Island home, the lanai allows for a nicely-proportioned pool right on the water. The aqua blue glass tiles on the spa and pool are stunning at any angle. Between the interior of the home, pool area, and the location, Stock has created a tropical retreat that invites you to relax and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle Marco Island offers.







Perfect for summer, easy grilled chicken street tacos and homemade guacamole are a healthy and delicious pairing ideal for a busy weeknight or a gathering with family and friends around the pool. Street tacos are smaller tacos, usually served on corn tortillas. Their small size makes it easier for a people on the go to enjoy a quick meal. Chicken thighs are a little more forgiving because they are naturally juicier, but you can use chicken breast if you prefer. Top tacos with sliced avocados or pair with guacamole, and you’re ready for an exciting and fresh meal!


COURTESY OF TASTESBETTERFROMSCRATCH.COM PREP TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN | COOK TIME: 15 MIN | YIELD: 4 SERVINGS 1.5 lb marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1. Make chicken marinade by combining all ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Add chicken thighs.

20-22 mini white corn tortillas, warmed or grilled

1½ tablespoons lime juice

2. Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to overnight.

3 garlic cloves, minced

3. Preheat grill over medium-hight heat. Oil the grill with canola oil or spray generously with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade and place on hot grill.

pico de gallo or salsa 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1½ tablespoon ancho chili powder or chipotle chili powder

fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons oregano

hot sauce (optional)

2 teaspoons paprika

sour cream (optional)

¼ teaspoons cinnamon


1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons orange juice

black pepper

4. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping once (thickest part of the chicken should register at about 165 degrees). 5. Transfer to a plate and allow to rest for a few minutes before chopping into small pieces. 6. Layer two warmed mini corn tortillas. Top with chopped chicken, pico de gallo, and cilantro. Optional (but delicious) toppings include hot sauce, sour cream and avocado or guacamole. Spritz with a little lime juice and enjoy!


COURTESY OF ALLRECIPES.COM PREP TIME: 10 MIN | YIELD: 4 SERVINGS 3 avocados (peeled, pitted, and mashed)

1. In a medium bowl, mash

1 lime, juiced

together the avocados, lime

1 teaspoon salt

juice, and salt. Mix in onion,

1/2 cup diced onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)

cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate one hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.




Summer flavors are fresh and vibrant. From bright citrus to rich pomegranate, along with some unexpected herbs, these drinks will have you sitting by a pool and soaking in the sun in no time. Add some fun straws into the mix and pair with your favorite summer dish!





2 ounces vodka ¾ cup pomegranate juice  1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves and sprigs for garnish

1 bottle Moscato wine

pomegranate arils for garnish

zest of 2 lemons

1/ 2 cup lemon liqueur 1/4 cup granulated sugar

ice for shaking and serving,

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 Granny Smith apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced 1 Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced 1 can (12 ounces) seltzer

Pour pomegranate juice, honey, and rosemary into a shaker. Muddle rosemary leaves against bottom of shaker and into juice, until they become fragrant. Add ice and vodka. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh pomegranate arils.

In a large pitcher, combine wine, lemon liqueur, lemon zest, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, apple and pear slices and mix well. Place pitcher in refrigerator for 4 hours to chill and allow flavors to blend. Just before serving, top sangria off with seltzer.




splash grenadine

2 parts ruby red grapefruit juice

ruby red grapefruit slices (optional)

1 part orange liqueur splash lemon juice Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and lemon juice together and pour in a glass over ice. Top with grenadine. Garnish with grapefruit slices and/or mint leaves, if desired.


fresh mint (optional)


1/ 2 cup light-brown sugar

5 ounces light rum

1/ 2 cup water

1 orange, halved crosswise, thinly sliced

1/ 2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish 1 1/ 2 cups fresh orange juice

1 lime, thinly sliced 6 cups ice cubes

3/4 cup fresh lime juice Bring brown sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring once. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes; strain, and discard leaves. Let cool. (You should have about 3/ 4 cup syrup.) Stir together orange and lime juices, rum, and syrup in a pitcher. Divide orange and lime slices among glasses, and top with 3/4 cup ice. Pour rum mixture into glasses, and garnish with mint sprigs.



742 11TH AVE S.

NAPLES, FL 34102 $3,999,999

3,200 sq ft under air furnished

Cute Cottage Available in May 2018! For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

440 6TH ST.

NAPLES, FL 34102 $4,399,999

3,113 sq ft Beds: 5 Baths: 5.5

If an unrivaled location is your priority-steps to 5h Ave, Gulf of Mexico Beach, and a quick walk to 3rd Street South-then this wonderful 5 bed, 5.5 bath home is just what you are looking for! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in the heart of all! Spacious living areas throughout the house as well as the exterior living with a complete pool and fireplace sitting area. Entertaining in the jaw dropping kitchen right off both interior and exterior living area will be nothing but PURE JOY! Known as the Poinciana Cottage it is more like an urban town home-welcoming with private spaces for guests. Fully furnished by renowned Sand Dollar & Aurora award winning designer Kristin Williams! There are many options for living styles in Naples-but this one is hard to beat! Downtown location with double car garage-no parking nightmares ever and walking distance to anything and everything! For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

739 5TH AVE N. NAPLES, FL 34102 $1,299,000

2,507 sq ft Beds: 5 Baths: 2 Clean 2500 sq ft ranch with open floor plan located on a .24 acre site in a quiet Old Naples neighborhood. This home is uniquely situated seven blocks to the beach, one block from the hospital, and ten blocks to the best fine dining and shopping in Olde Naples. This terrific location has many newly constructed homes nearby and many new homes under construction - in every direction throughout the neighborhood. A desirable lot with a cute house to occupy or lease-out while planning your dream home! For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

224 NAPA RIDGE ROAD EAST #12 NAPLES, FL 34119 $310,000

1500 sq ft Beds: 2-3 Baths: 2 Not often found…a villa with beautiful lake view! Small community of 33 homes within the Vineyards. Community pool and low HOA fees of $1310 per quarter. Features a double garage car garage. It’s a blank palette ready for your taste! For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

HARBOUR VILLAGE Three beautiful and unique properties in the heart of it all. Another amazing project by MHK and Kristen Williams, these three homes encompass the best of the relaxed Naples lifestyle. Call for pricing. For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

751 11TH AVE S.

NAPLES, FL 34102 $2,100,000

Lot size 66 ft x 150 ft

Great residential lot in the heart of Olde Naples. Walking distance to beaches, restaurants, and shops on 5th Ave S. Beautifully maintained, and cleared ready to build your dream home. Lot is also being offered with architectural plans in place. For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

2750 TREASURE LN. NAPLES, NAPLES,FL FL34102 34102 $4,295,000

5,412 sq ft Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Florida style home with an open bright feeling. Wood floors and stair case, along with the wood beams, make this home casual but elegant. MHK architects have an optional exterior modification coming soon. Great rental opportunities. Walk to the beach. For more information visit oldenaplesrealestate.com or call 239.262.2252.

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