Sarasota Magazine


One Great Room

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Donn Osmon and Barbara Nelson wanted to update their seventh-floor Longboat Key condominium, built in 1994, with transitional furniture, contemporary accents and happy colors. They commissioned Pamela Hastings, A.S.I.D., to creatively furnish an area for relaxing, entertaining, and displaying paintings and art glass. Hastings and Nelson established a palette of raspberry, red, emerald and blue […]


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Donn Osmon and Barbara Nelson wanted to update their seventh-floor Longboat Key condominium, built in 1994, with transitional furniture, contemporary accents and happy colors. They commissioned Pamela Hastings, A.S.I.D., to creatively furnish an area for relaxing, entertaining, and displaying paintings and art glass.

Hastings and Nelson established a palette of raspberry, red, emerald and blue with accents of white, black and silvery metallic. Soft yellow paint replaced dated wallpaper. Floors are now cherry with a custom carpet whose colors reflect the Gulf.

Furniture is new except for the two sofas, which have been recovered in Lee Jofa ivory chenille. Two display cabinets have been added, one in wood to showcase art glass and another more modern glass and chrome one for Osmon’s career-related memorabilia, including a chunk of the Berlin Wall. Abstract paintings and prints add vivid splashes of color to a room that expresses relaxed sophistication, but bows to a bit of whimsy.

Maple game table and black lacquer Biedemeier chairs are from Swaim. The green in the chair cushions matches the green linen drapes.

Brushed nickel and glass coffee table from the Originals showroom at DCOTA. The shape of the legs echoes the cradle of the world globe of various inlaid stones that is Donn Osmon’s favorite accessory.

Wool 10 x 10 carpet was designed by Pamela Hastings and made by Norman Designs in Sarasota. The pattern echoes the overhead curve of the monorail lighting system that terminates over the game table.

The monorail lighting system is from The Lamplighter in Sarasota. Colorful glass pendants are German imports.

Traditional chairs are from Robert Allen with seats upholstered in Kravet fabric. They were purchased through Designer’s Source in Sarasota.

Signed John Chamberlain print was acquired through Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art on Pineapple Avenue.

Etagere of cherry and glass by Swaim displays original pieces of art glass collected by the homeowners on their travels and from local galleries.