The Best Smart Home Devices of 2020


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

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ island homes double down on flexibility


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

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

Judging by the renders, ZHA’s signature style translates just as

‘Bringing nature in’: Home innovations meant to improve your health


Wellness design aims to bring nature into your home, to create a space that positively influences health and well-being, a Dallas designer explains.

DALLAS — During the pandemic, our homes have turned into makeshift work spaces, classrooms and gyms. And while we’ve been spending more time working from home, how well is your space working for you? 

Biophilic design incorporates nature into your home and research shows it increases productivity, boosts inspiration, and improves focus. A Dallas-based designer, who’s been incorporating this style into her clients’ homes, gives us easy ways to tap into wellness-focused design.  

“More recently, in the

Must-See Design! Wild Choices in Wisconsin Bring the Outdoors Inside

With its distinctive decor sensibility and stone walls throughout, a 5,254-square-foot home on a 17-acre spread in New Berlin, WI, demands your attention.


With a distinctive decor sensibility and stone walls throughout, a 5,254-square-foot home on a 17.5-acre spread in New Berlin, WI, demands your attention. On the market for $1 million and extremely customized, it’s like no home you’ve ever seen.

The residence is chock-full of eclectic and global decor. Take the enormous Buddha statue in