Archive for February, 2002

02/1/2002

Ask the Experts

Q. I want to do a neutral room, but I don’t want it to be boring. Guidelines, please? A. Gary Pike of Point West Designs answers: A neutral setting is perfect for people who want a soothing environment. And it works if you have a fabulous water view and don’t want your decor to compete. […]

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02/1/2002

Top of the Market

TOP OF THE MARKET Sunshine, surf and safety fetched more than ever last year, as a look at the top 25 residential property sales reveals. Who bought what and why, in Sarasota’s top 25 real estate residential transactions last year. Mention a trend that has faded-like the recent scooter craze-and kids will roll their eyes […]

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02/1/2002

In Town

As Time magazine recently said of jazz singer Jane Monheit, she has "good looks, a great voice and the best sidemen around. So what’s wrong with that?" Absolutely nothing, as those who attended last fall’s Clearwater Jazz Festival found out. Sarasotans who don’t want to travel that far will have their chance to hear the […]

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02/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

Isn’t that Ritz something? Everybody in town is talking about it, throwing in their two cents, and I must say the reaction is overwhelmingly favorable, with the possible exception of Joan Altabe (although now I understand that even she has changed her mind) and that poor girl whose wedding reservation they misplaced-. Certainly the whole […]

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02/1/2002

Made in Sarasota

For most people, a coffee table means four legs and a flat surface. But straight lines and right angles are anathema to Larry Brown, under whose skilled hands something as prosaic as a coffee table takes shape as a thing of beauty, motion and art. Graceful, swooping curls of wood anchor Brown’s huge, glass-topped tables, […]

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02/1/2002

Victor Victorious

If you didn’t know better, you would never guess from looking at Victor DeRenzi’s completely uncluttered desk-not a scrap of paper anywhere-that he’s devoted his life to the emotionally messy world of the opera, where rape, murder, melodrama and revenge loom large. Well, yes, there is a Verdi poster on the wall of his office, […]

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