Archive for January 1, 2006

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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01/1/2006

Up & Coming

Jan. 6. Born to Be Wild Kickoff Party. Get your biker togs on and roar on down to Michael’s On East for food, entertainment and more, to jump-start Florida Center for Child and Family Development’s Thunder by the Bay. Also included over the three-day weekend: a live concert starring the Edgar Winter Band (at Robarts […]

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01/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Pet Perks

DOGGIE DAY CARE Dawn and Peter Brittain run Animal House like a children’s daycare center. Three large playrooms are staffed by alpha humans who ensure the canines play nicely. New dogs go through a five-hour "doggie interview" to discover how they’ll adapt to open play. Whether your dog stays all day or overnight, he’ll come […]

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01/1/2006

Smart Money

Want to know who the smart money is and where it’s going right now? We did, so we asked one of the country’s leading experts on the ultra-wealthy: Dwight Cass, editor-in-chief of Worth magazine, which is owned by our parent company, CurtCo Media. While his average reader has a net worth of around $5 million, […]

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01/1/2006

Judgment Day

Much has been said of late about the revival of Sarasota’s downtown, marked by a building frenzy and escalating real estate values. But the excitement has been almost entirely about money. Very little has been said about the architecture generated by this burst of energy, possibly with good reason. Now, however, downtown Sarasota has an […]

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