Archive for February, 2003

02/1/2003

Made in Sarasota

When Parker Converse II goes home and tells his girlfriend that he’s having "such a problem with Calista," or that "Jackson is being a bit obstreperous," she knows he’s not talking about children or pets. Jackson and Calista are rocking chairs, sleek, gracious creations that Converse labors over for weeks in the studio of his […]

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02/1/2003

The Art of Sex

You have to admit that the new Museum of Sex in New York City is a wonderful idea. Imagine-a place where you can go and look at pornography without shame or sanction. In fact, the more you pore over it, the more you examine every minute detail, the more scholarly you will be perceived to […]

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02/1/2003

Bride of the Beast

"What you need, my lady, is a champion." Lady Caterine Keith stiffened her shoulders against her companion’s well-meant counsel and continued to stare through the arch-topped windows of her tower bedchamber. Far below, the North Sea tossed and churned, its slate-gray swells capped with foamy white, its roiling surface a perfect reflection of her own […]

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02/1/2003

Tips from the Cake Makers

If you’re one of those people who waits impatiently through dinner for dessert, going to weddings is a lot more fun nowadays. That’s because wedding cakes, once merely a pretty photo-op for a bride, have come into their own and taste every bit as good as they look. Bakers advise brides to experiment but choose […]

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02/1/2003

Literary Lover

Sue Ellen Welfonder is happiest in the company of handsome, brooding alpha males with a propensity to sling her over their shoulders and ravish her in canopied four-poster beds. As a child, she found her prince in Grimm’s Brothers fairy tales; as a teenager, Welfonder scoured the Gothic romances of Victoria Holt and Daphne du […]

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02/1/2003

Dear Letitia

When she graduated from Miss Porter’s School and then Vassar, Letitia Baldrige confounded many in her social circle by zooming off to Europe for graduate study and then building a career that included serving as social secretary for the White House and chief of staff for Jacqueline Kennedy. A contributing editor to Town & Country […]

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02/1/2003

Dining in Eden

At Sean Murphy’s Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, the stunning water views take center stage. But when the food arrives, drag your gaze from the setting sun and enjoy the riches on your plate. Eating at the much-awarded, 17-year-old Beach Bistro is like dining in Eden, both for the unparalleled sand ‘n’ surf real […]

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02/1/2003

Ask The Experts

Q. I’m going to start using chargers as part of my dinner table decor. Any rules for selecting the right ones? Interior designer Bonnie Lancaster of Lancaster Humma White answers: Selecting the right charger is a matter of proportion, theme, color and degree of formality. I think a charger looks best when it extends about […]

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02/1/2003

Homefront

*Coastal Castles Luxury is serious business for Martel Realty co-owners Doug Martel and Becky Martel, whose magnificent Mediterranean waterfront houses aim to be nothing less than castles for their new owners. With several spec homes on the mainland and the keys, the Martels have a few insights on trends for homebuyers with an eye for […]

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02/1/2003

A Sarasota Wedding Planner

As a child, Evyan Turner spent every summer vacation on the beaches of Longboat Key. "It was always so relaxing and peaceful," she says. "I called it my happy place." By the time she turned eight, the lithe beauty was vowing she’d be married there. "I’d dance around and tell people, ‘this is what I’m […]

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02/1/2003

Guest Stars

It takes a certain aplomb to look fabulous at a wedding and not show up the bride. Here are a few tips on how to succeed. But a word of warning: Follow these tips closely and you’re bound to be invited to every wedding on the calendar. Wedding Guest Fashion Trends for Her (from Kim […]

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02/1/2003

This Thing Called Love

Medically speaking, it’s safer to be in love than out of it. The Rand Center for the Study of Aging tracked more than 4,000 men over 22 years and found that married men in their 50s, 60s and 70s have lower mortality rates than their single counterparts. Their research indicates this is due to a […]

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