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Romanza Interior Design creates interior for Carmela model in Mediterra

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Oct. 3, 2020

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Romanza Interior Design is creating interiors for the Carmela, the latest lake-view luxury estate model underway in Mediterra.

With a choice location within Naples’ premier golf and beach club community, the Carmela model will offer homebuyers a fresh, contemporary design complemented by sophisticated interiors from Romanza that enhance the home’s livability and seamless indoor-outdoor connection.

Michael Scott, senior design director with award-winning Romanza Interior Design, has created his signature masterful blend of textures and finishes to elevate the Carmela, which offers three bathrooms, three full baths and two half-baths in 3,836 air-conditioned square-feet.

Living spaces are united with floors of creamy white European Oak and a curated collection of fine furniture that blends mangrove wood and oyster-colored shagreen – from a demi console in the foyer that’s paired with burnished silver leaf sheaf-like sconces, to the dining table and console. Soft charcoal woven raffia wallpaper adds a textural accent in the dining room niche, along with a chandelier of concentric circles in matte black and weathered oak.

A generous study presents the perfect work-from-home space, handsomely furnished with a strikingly modern cherry desk with dark finish and wrap-around open legs in gunmetal finished steel and a matching credenza. A pebble-colored leather chair and antiqued silver lamp complete the room.

A gallery space segues into the great room, offering an open design enhanced by natural light that showcases views of the custom pool and spa, and the lake and preserve beyond. Scott selected a hand-loomed wool rug to anchor the great room, where a pair of

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AHRQ creates COVID-19 training network for nursing homes

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality along with the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have partnered to establish a network that will provide training on COVID-19-related safety practices for nursing home employees.

The network, dubbed the National Nursing Home COVID Action Network, was established as part of $2 billion in congressional funding HHS received from Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to improve infection control in nursing homes. The network is part of an AHRQ contract valued up to $237 million.

Nursing homes are vulnerable to outbreaks of COVID-19 because of the age, frailty and sickliness of residents as well as the communal living practices. In response, the federal government has offered support to nursing homes through additional funding and training opportunities.

“Protecting vulnerable older Americans in nursing homes is a central part of our fight against COVID-19, and we’ve learned that improving infection control in many nursing homes is not a matter of will but of skill,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a statement. “AHRQ is deploying its unique expertise in partnership with Project ECHO and IHI to help nursing homes protect both their residents and staff from the virus, slowing the spread and saving lives.”

The more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement can participate in the network. The training is 16 weeks long and uses a curriculum established by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Some of the topic areas of the training program are best practices for using personal protective equipment, infection control practices during COVID-19 and how to manage asymptomatic or mild cases of the virus. The curriculum will be modified as more is learned about the virus, AHRQ said in a news release.

Project ECHO is

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San Francisco designer creates posh, hotel-like interior for English client

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Interior designer Benjamin Dhong had clear instructions from his client when it came to reimagining 3157 Steiner St. in Cow Hollow. His client, who hailed from Great Britain, wanted a chic, hotel-like ambience that would foster conversation and offer comfort.

“It’s sophisticated, fun and sexy,” said Dhong, principal of Benjamin Dhong Interiors. “It has a London hotel vibe and there’s a mix of modern and antique details.”


Offering roughly 4,400 square feet of living space the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom versatile floor plan makes it ideal for sharing with friends.

“I’m a big believer that rooms should serve multiple purposes,” Dhong said. “It’s important that rooms have multiple functions.”



This philosophy is evidenced in the great room, which includes a kitchen island, dining area and family room.

Contemporary, monochromatic wallpaper adorns the foyer, giving it a feel akin to a hotel lobby. In addition to leading to public rooms, the foyer also steps into the home’s wine cellar.


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Address: 3157 Steiner St., Cow Hollow, San Francisco.

Price: $5.95 million.

High-end finishes abound in this bespoke, five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom residence whose interior was conceptualized by designer Benjamin Dhong. The entry level hosts a wine cellar, while the public

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Building Element creates three-story ‘forward-thinking’ design

The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is the custom residence at 1325 Gibraltar. It was designed and built by Dallas-based couple Farah Debes Hussain of Farah Studios and Osman Hussain of Building Element LLC.

“This is a one-of-a-kind modern home that embodies forward thinking and practical style. On the exterior you will find arabesque features incorporated into the elevation of the home, mixing a sleek combination of different-colored stucco and Arab-inspired geometric design,” according to the Hussains.

This 4,400-square-foot home has a third-story rooftop deck that provides 360-degree views, a three-story glass staircase and a European-imported statement kitchen. The strategic placement of windows and glass, coupled with double-volume ceiling, creates a light and airy space that remains grounded by the darker tones in the stone flooring and accents. The choice of white doors with black trim elevates the interior of the home.

The primary bathroom and half-bathrooms offer ablution stations replicated from what is traditionally found in mosques. These are used to wash before prayer in the Islamic faith. Amenities include secluded guest quarters with a separate staircase, kitchen and entrance.

Farah Studios, the architectural design firm, works closely with Building Element LLC during the construction process to ensure all details are fine-tuned and carefully curated to the homeowners’ needs.

“Not a detail goes unnoticed,” said the Hussains, “as the details are what make a beautiful house into a fully custom home.”

For more information on their properties, or to schedule a consultation about your future home, visit www.buildingelement.com.

This Home of the Week is presented by the Dallas Builders Association. For information on the association, visit www.dallasbuilders.com.

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