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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02/1/2003

Homes With A High IQ

"Hello, Hal." "Hello, homeowner." "I’m having a dinner party tonight, Hal." "Fine. I’ll arrange the lighting and draperies, adjust the air conditioning and play your favorite CD in the dining room." "My guests might enjoy a movie later." ‘I’ll prepare the plasma screen, with Dolby Sound, lights off, blinds closed, and cushioned leather seating in […]

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02/1/2003

Taking the Cake

The bride may be at the center of her ceremony, but the undeniable star of the reception table is the wedding cake. Today’s cakes are anything but traditional. Couples want their cakes to reflect their unique personalities and relationship, says Rhonda Shinn of A Slice of Heaven, who has inscribed song lyrics and poetry on […]

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02/1/2003

Good Mornings

The Richard Ericksons of northern Michigan envisioned sunny mornings sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, surrounded by the natural light and tropical foliage of their Longboat Key vacation home. The modest ranch-style dwelling they purchased offered a waterfront location and serene setting, but tiny windows and a dark foyer impeded views; and the interior begged […]

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02/1/2003

Out of Blight

At the point where Route 301 and Route 41 merge to form Bradenton’s First Street is a striking new development. In what used to be a blighted neighborhood sandwiched between the busy junction, a rail line and blocks of dilapidated houses is a stunning enclave of 160 brand-new townhouses exuding urban Southern charm. Olive and […]

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02/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

As many of my regular readers probably suspect, being Mr. Chatterbox is just a "day job" for me. I have a whole other career. And, no, it’s not delivering the Herald-Tribune from 2 to 6 a.m.; that was a temporary situation and has been over for six months now. I am referring to my position […]

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02/1/2003

Sarasota Romance

For most, the story of Bird Key extends back to the late 1950s, when Arthur V. Davis’ Arvida Corporation bought the John Ringling holdings and set upon the task of redefining Sarasota. Through a massive dredge-and-fill operation, the key was enlarged to accommodate 291 waterfront and 220 off-water lots. Bird Key was and continues to […]

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02/1/2003

Addicted to Love

Reproductive Medicine Sarasota gynecologist Dr. Joe Corcoran reports that despite the media hype, couples choosing in vitro fertilization still face only about a 25-percent success rate. Those diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" can expect only a 15- percent to 20-percent success rate. Still, he maintains that many factors can skew these numbers one way or the […]

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02/1/2003

Happily Ever After

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage," Martin Luther wrote in 1569, and that enduring ideal made this special issue about Sarasota weddings a delight to work on, as couples shared tender stories of how they met, wedding pros inspired us with their ideas and photographers […]

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