Archive for October, 2004

10/1/2004

Before & After

Sometimes a simple remodeling job takes on a life of its own. Tom and Linda Jones of St. Louis, Mo., disliked the dark and dreary kitchen in their Longboat Key condominium. Six months and quadruple the budget later, they walked back into a 4,000-square foot penthouse with gleaming new bathrooms, gorgeous ceilings, redesigned bedrooms, updated […]

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10/1/2004

Street Talk

You Make An Interesting Point Now how’s that for a line you never hear anymore? In our split-right-down-the-middle, polarized society, most folks seem to see only friends or enemies-never somebody who just might have a fresh take on the war, the Presidency or even the trees along Main Street. Public relations specialist and music critic […]

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10/1/2004

Right Now

SoMa Sells With the new Farmer’s Market and an influx of restaurants and boutiques, South of Main Street, or SoMa, has become downtown’s coolest new place to shop, dine or design. Now you can live there, too, and not only in the tiny cottages of Laurel Park or along pricey Palm Ave. The apartments in […]

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10/1/2004

Down at Willow Oaks

In 1970, Kay DeFrances and her husband, Larry, had been married just two years and were living in Tallahassee. The young bride never dreamed that her future was about to be forever altered by a historic old Sarasota house. But that’s just what happened when that year, Larry’s father, Reno DeFrances, died, and Larry inherited […]

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10/1/2004

It’s Vegas, Baby

You know how it is-life drags by and you get older and older. You sit home alone, thinking you’ll never find a mate, much less a soul mate. True, same-sex marriage has greatly enlarged the dating pool, but still . . . like so many of us over 50, you’re a big loser. Then, out […]

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10/1/2004

In the Swing

I heard a rumor that the Sarasota Golf Club was not in good shape. Well, just in case you’ve had some negative comments whispered in your ear, ignore them. The course, originally designed by Wynn Treadway in 1960, received a face-lift quite recently, with most of the work involving resurfacing the greens. And the investment […]

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10/1/2004

In the Garden

Flamboyant and fabulous, more graceful than other plants yet prized for their quirky humor and extraordinarily fanciful shapes, orchids are the sophisticates of the horticultural kingdom. Often mistakenly thought of as temperamental beauties that required the ultimate in kid-glove care, they are in fact the undemanding divas of the garden. Ask anyone who becomes attached […]

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10/1/2004

Now You’re Cooking!

The Oscars. The Olympics. The Grammys. You name it. A host of special awards celebrate strong performance and style in a wide range of categories. And kitchen design is no exception. National and local associations recognize exemplary kitchens for their talent in combining beauty with performance, even under the pressure of the final act of […]

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10/1/2004

Courtyard Chic

Since Adam and Eve said good-bye to paradise, the quest for regaining the divine garden has led men and women to create intimate, beautiful enclosed outdoor spaces. No matter its era, style, size, or setting, a courtyard imbues any home-even the newest one-with a soul. A courtyard comforts, protects and provides an oasis of green […]

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10/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

When Scott and Corey Harper began decorating their new dining room in a gated Venice community, they hit a glass wall. All the dining tables they saw were too traditional, projecting a more staid sensibility than this 30-something couple wanted. And the few glass-and-chrome contemporary pieces they found were too severe and small, adrift in […]

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10/1/2004

On Pins and Needles

"I’ve always been healthy, so I’ve never had to rely on doctors," says Sarasota resident Tomara Kafka. "People drop around me from the flu, and I never get it." But four years ago, Kafka began losing weight. Her mind raced constantly, and she couldn’t sleep at night. Doctors traced the problem to a node on […]

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10/1/2004

Ask the Experts

Q. What exactly is a slipper chair, and when is it appropriate to use one in a design scheme? A. Interior designer Jan Arvin knows all about this historical piece of practical furniture. "A slipper chair is an armless chair, fully upholstered, with a high back that’s small in scale and sits fairly low to […]

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