Archive for January 1, 2006

01/1/2006

Introducing the HBA Builder of the Year

The Home Builders Association of Sarasota County has recognized John Olliver, of Precision Custom Homes, as Builder of the Year for an extreme makeover project he spearheaded in which a Habitat for Humanity home was constructed in a remarkable five days. As head of Precision Custom Homes in Venice, John Olliver builds homes for a […]

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01/1/2006

Be$t Investments

As the New Year rings in, you may be wondering if the ringing of the market bell signals gloom or boom for your investments. To look into the financial future, we asked some leading experts about their strategies for the coming year-and about their great investments of years past. Stanley Kane, a well-known Sarasota philanthropist, […]

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01/1/2006

A Man for All Styles

Why Sarasota? I came here as a Ringling School of Art and Design student 43 years ago and founded Pedlar’s Village Interiors in 1972. Style defined? I don’t have a style. I like to do all different types of design, from classic modern to period design. Who inspires you? Mother Nature. You can’t fight her. […]

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01/1/2006

Being Bertha

Among the low-key pleasures of the tourist season are Historic Spanish Point’s living history performances, where actors play out vignettes, from pioneering homesteaders to the grand Bertha Honore Palmer era-yes, that Palmer, of Chicago’s famed Palmer House hotel. As Mrs. Palmer, Kate Holmes dons a formal cream lace dress and greets visitors in the Sunken […]

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01/1/2006

Real Estate Go$$ip

SMART BUYS IN UNIVERSITY PARK A true country club lifestyle with sparkling swimming pools, acres of fairways and winding bicycle paths attracts homeowners to the gated community of University Park. Tucked into Sarasota’s northeast corner and technically part of Manatee County, University Park offers a quiet alternative to the bustle of downtown and the traffic […]

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01/1/2006

In The Garden

If you would rather garden than do anything else, you’re in good company. Gardening is now considered the No. 1 outdoor activity in the United States. And if like many gardeners, you love learning more about your passion, you might do what Andrea Griggs did when she moved to Sarasota: earn your Master Gardener certification. […]

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01/1/2006

In the Swing

The two championship courses at Palm-Aire Country Club-the Dick-Wilson designed Champions, and the Lakes, laid out by Joe Lee-are in immaculate condition and very "member-friendly," more strategically challenging than penal. What’s more, the driving range, chipping and putting greens are in tiptop shape, too, all of which makes for a great golf experience. Both courses […]

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01/1/2006

Let’s Get Personal

It’s hard to tell who’s wealthy and who isn’t these days. With the tab for an entry-level Mercedes-Benz just a few thousand more than a souped-up Nissan, it’s not what they drive that distinguishes the upper crust from the merely upper-middle class anymore. And in this dressed-down decade, it isn’t what they wear, either. As […]

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01/1/2006

Before & After

The greatest journey begins with a single step, and sometimes the greatest interior design begins with a single sofa. When Judy Osney answered a telephone call from Patricia and Dave Glen, the request was simple enough: The couple wanted to replace their worn-out couch. "The Glens are from Canada and they referred to the desired […]

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01/1/2006

Is Less more?

If you believe everything you read or see on television, plastic surgery has become as easy as teeth cleaning. Step into a doctor’s office or medical spa, listen to music while doctors train gentle lasers on your face or inject fillers to plump up hollows under eyes, and be ready for a shopping trip with […]

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01/1/2006

Picture Man

When Steven Katzman started taking pictures in the predominantly black neighborhood of Newtown, he admits there was fear on his part and suspicion on the part of his subjects. Now, two years later, he’s well known to many Newtown residents, who call him the "Picture Man" and sometimes allow him to share their most personal […]

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01/1/2006

Made in Sarasota

When Anna Champagne was growing up in Connecticut, her mother taught her how to knit, embroider and crotchet. Soon the little girl was strolling around her neighborhood selling small pieces of beaded jewelry. When she was 14, Champagne had her first craft show, and she’s never looked back. Today, Champagne designs and produces wearable scarves […]

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01/1/2006

A Peek at the Parade

Good news for homebuyers trying to navigate the myriad choices involved in building a new residence or remodeling their existing one: The 2006 Parade of Homes is marching into town from Saturday, Feb. 25, to Sunday, March 12. This 12th annual Parade, a joint production of the Home Builders Associations of Sarasota and Manatee counties, […]

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01/1/2006

The Luxe Bath

Benjamin Franklin reportedly took daily "air baths" by sitting in the buff in front of an open window. If he were around today, he’d surely opt for something more luxurious-a soak in a Zen tub perhaps, or a chromatherapy shower. Yes, there’s more happening in the bathroom now than ever before. Susan Mignone, an ASID […]

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01/1/2006

Homefront

THE OUTDOOR LIFE More and more design-savvy homeowners are realizing that outdoor rooms are the hottest decorating frontier, says Lauren Crist of Inside Eden. A thoughtfully put-together outdoor living space can readily accommodate everyday functions as beautifully as a comparable indoor room-or even better. Whether unwinding quietly after a long day, entertaining friends or hosting […]

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01/1/2006

One Great

Larry and Pat Merriman of Canton, Ohio, traded their seasonal Longboat Key bayside condominium for a higher one with a Gulf view, then hired designer Sally Trout to create a comfortable space that would also serve as backdrop for their collection of vivid Russian paintings. "We needed a quiet color scheme," explains Pat Merriman. "This […]

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01/1/2006

Building a Stronger Community

The recent natural catastrophes that devastated housing for Floridians and people around the world make us all reflect on the importance of a home. A home has far more significance than bricks and mortar, a fact that is well understood by members of the Home Builders Association of Sarasota County (HBA). Larry Anderson, executive vice […]

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01/1/2006

The Other Woman

There are so many people to feel sorry for these days I hardly know where to begin. Poor Harriet Miers breaks my heart. Imagine being judged too insignificant for the Supreme Court. And that FEMA guy who had to resign, Michael Brown. He’s just like me at work: in way over his head and desperately […]

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01/1/2006

If You Knew Jerry

I’m so confused. You might be, too, if you’d just interviewed Jerry Springer-yes, that Jerry Springer, host of the controversial trash-talkin’ television show that bears his name (and regularly erupts with chants of "Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" from his adoring fans), star of movies like Ringmaster that capitalize on his king-of-the-freak-shows persona, inspiration for the equally controversial […]

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01/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER Lighting Her Fire The many sides of plastic surgeon Marguerite Barnett. Be careful before you generalize; that slim, flowing-skirted fire dancer at the Siesta Key drum circle (or greeting guests at the UnGala) is also a doctor. In fact, Marguerite Barnett is a Harvard-trained plastic surgeon who also operates a Balinese-themed luxury spa. “You […]

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