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Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019

It’s the last day of 2018. What will you be doing to celebrate? Watch the fireworks show at 5th Avenue South? Festivities start at 7 pm, if that’s your plan. How about starting 2019 off with a beautiful light show at the Botanical Garden tomorrow night? It closes on January 3rd. So, you have a few days left to enjoy it. But the first major event for January takes place on the first weekend of the year at the Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019. And, if you love art, you absolutely must come to this show!

Naples New Year's Art Show 2019 starts off with Art in the Park on Jan 5th and continues with artist booths set up around 5th Ave South on the 6th. Free admission for everyone.

What: Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019
Where: Fifth Ave South (701 5th Ave South)
When: January 5th & 6th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Fifth Ave South (239) 692-8436

Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019

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The Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019 starts off with Art in the Park on Saturday, January 5th. Located in the first block of Park St, just south of 5th Ave South, Art in the Park features dozens of talented artists showcasing their skills in all kinds of media, including paintings, photographs, handmade items, and sculptures.

With winter temperatures in the mid-70’s, it’s no wonder that artists flock to Southwest Florida for things like the Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019! In addition to Art in the Park, dozens of artists and artisans set up booths all around the 5th Ave South shopping center. Set amidst beautiful Mediterranean-style buildings, you can’t tell that it’s actually the middle of winter here.

Visit with the individual artists responsible for each work of art on display. If you fall in love with certain pieces, purchase them for your own personal art collection and take them home with you. And if you want your children to develop a love of the arts as well, events like the Naples New Year’s Art Show 2019 provide the perfect introduction.

On a final note, keep this in mind. However you choose to welcome in the new year, please make sure you do it responsibly. Never drink and drive. Arrange for safe travel home before you head out for the evening. That way, everyone starts 2019 off in the best way possible…alive. Happy New Year!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Creating the Perfect Home Office Space

According to the New York Times, 43% of Americans worked from home at least part of the time in 2016. Experts predict that this could increase to 50% by 2020. Therefore, creating the perfect home office space becomes a priority for Naples and Marco Island homeowners. Here are a few key components you’ll need to set up your home office space and be as productive as possible throughout your workday.

Several elements come in to play when creating the perfect home office space for your Naples home. It must be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing in order to make it a place you want to work in.

Home Office Space Essentials

Dedicated Home Office Space

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First and foremost, you’ll need a dedicated space specifically used as a home office. One of the requirements necessary to utilize a home office deduction on your taxes is that you use the space exclusively for business and nothing more. For example, an office that doubles as a guest room might hinder your ability to deduct part of your household expenses for the home office. Consult your tax accountant or preparer if you have any questions about this.

Proper Lighting

If you’ve spent any time in a traditional office setting, you know how harsh overhead fluorescent lights can be on your eyes. Sometimes, you might need a stronger light source for particular projects. Other times, a softer light works just fine. Since this is your personal home office, you get to choose which light fixtures work best for your circumstances. Home improvement stores offer a wide variety of lighting choices. Discuss what you need with a sales associate to help determine which fixtures to install in your Naples home.

Comfortable Furnishings

Plan on working full-time from home? Even a few hours a day wreaks havoc on your body. Therefore, you need comfortable yet supportive furnishings for your home office. Test out several chairs. Make sure the desk can handle all the work you must complete. Include storage bins or other organizational tools to keep all of your supplies in order and available when you need them.

Technology Must-Haves

Since you’ll be working remotely from your Marco Island home office, you’re going to need a good internet connection. If you work in multiple windows at one time, you need a higher speed connection than browsing for recipes or checking your Facebook status require. Also, as technology develops, you might need to update your computer every couple of years to keep up. Consider using an ergonomic keyboard and mouse if you do a lot of typing every day. These help reduce the fatigue in your fingers and wrists.

Personalizing Your Space

Finally, you’re going to want to personalize your space. Just because it’s a home office doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy. Add pictures, artwork, and miscellaneous tchotchkes that mean something to you. Make this a space that you want to work in. Since you’re the only one there, you get to create whatever kind of a work environment you desire. Your only limitation is your imagination.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018

Can you believe that Christmas Eve takes place just two weeks from today? That’s incredible! Did you watch the Naples Boat Parade of Lights last week? Dozens of beautifully decorated boats floated along the Venetian Bay. Gorgeous! Looking for more fun Christmas-time things to do this season? Check out the Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018. Millions of lights set the garden aglow each night into the new year.

If you thought the Naples Botanical Garden was beautiful during the day, it's absolutely magical during its Night Lights 2018 event now through Jan 3rd, 2019.

What: Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018
Where: 4820 Bayshore Dr
When: Now thru Jan 3rd (closed Dec 24th, 25th & 31st) 6 pm to 9 pm
Admission: $5-$25
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018

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While the garden provides a lovely walk through its natural beauty during the daytime, it outdoes itself in elegance and grace when night falls. From 6 pm to 9 pm every evening, Naples Botanical Garden takes on a distinguished glimmer courtesy of Night Lights 2018. In addition to the millions of twinkling lights throughout the garden, guests enjoy live music performed by talented local artists.

Fogg Cafe serves light refreshments to guests (for a fee) each night as well. And, while you’re there, pick up unique Christmas presents for your loved ones at the Naples Botanical Garden’s gift shop. December 14th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th includes your chance to wish upon the Wishing Tree. But the tree only makes its appearance on those special days.

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2018 Tickets

Tickets for Night Lights 2018 cost $20 per adult and $10 per child ages 4 to 14 through December 14th. After that, they cost $25 per adult and $15 per child ages 4 to 14. Children under the age of 4 enter free of charge (but still need a ticket). Are you a Naples Botanical Garden member? pay just $10 per adult and $5 per child any night during the Naples Botanical Garden’s Night Lights 2018. Members can purchase their tickets online here. Non-members can purchase their tickets ahead of time online here.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples and Marco Island Boat Parades 2018

The holidays are in full swing here in Southwest Florida. Just before Thanksgiving, we saw the Naples Christmas tree light up for the first time this year. After that, we experienced the 3rd St Celebration of Lights. Now that we’ve entered the final month of 2018, we have the Naples and Marco Island boat parades to look forward to. And they start up tomorrow.

You can't have Christmas in Southwest Florida without the Naples and Marco Island boat parades. Create timeless holiday memories for free.

Naples and Marco Island Boat Parades 2018

Naples Boat Parade 2018

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Visit the Village Shops on Venetian Bay tomorrow night (December 4th). Beginning at 5 pm, guests enjoy live entertainment, a snow show, balloon art, and carolers performing. Get your face painted while you wait for the boats to pass by in the bay. Listen up as Mrs. Claus tells stories of Christmases past. Then, grab your camera for a photo-op with Santa Claus. Admission to the Naples Boat Parade 2018 is absolutely free.

Marco Island Boat Parade 2018

If you’re in Marco Island this weekend, stick around for nightfall. At 6 pm, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Marco Island Boat Parade. Your best view takes place from The Esplanade (760 N Collier Blvd). Dozens of decorated boats float by boasting thousands of twinkling lights right out on the water. This is truly a sight you will want to behold!

The Naples and Marco Island Boat Parades aren’t the only fun events taking place in the next couple of weeks. Fifth Ave South hosts a grand outdoor tuba concert to celebrate the season as well. Listen to 70 musicians of all ages as they play Christmas classics on the tuba. With no seating available, feel free to bring your own chair to Sugden Plaza at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 14th. The concert only lasts for one hour. Then, continue with your holiday shopping at Fifth Ave South’s fine shops. Take some time to enjoy the season everyone!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos