Archive for March, 2006

03/1/2006

Dressing Rooms

Design experience: I’ve always loved clothes and fabrics; I studied textiles at Michigan State University. Design philosophy: Dressing a room is no different than dressing yourself. You want to put on the right pair of shoes to go with the skirt and the blouse and the sweater, and of course the jewelry-lamps, picture frames, textiles, […]

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03/1/2006

In the Garden

When John and Linda Lamacraft purchased a Georgian-style home in The Oaks last year, they asked landscape architect Richard Anderson to create an informal English garden to complement it. For the 1.3 acres of oak-filled property near the bay, Anderson used Florida-friendly plants-flowering herbaceous perennials, such as pentas and salvias-that mimic the colors and textures […]

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03/1/2006

Off Our Shores?

The day after last Thanksgiving, while half the country flocked to the malls looking for big pre-Christmas sales, Tony Amos went to the beach. He got there around 7 a.m. and stayed more than two hours. He didn’t get a tan. He didn’t swim a stroke, either. For the 3,741st time, Amos drove along the […]

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03/1/2006

What Makes a City Great

Anyone who’s driven through downtown Sarasota lately or seen the plans for even bigger new buildings can tell that our city is at a crossroads. Is our small downtown going to be able to maintain its famous charm as it becomes more urban, or will our sunny streets turn to shady canyons ringed by mountainous […]

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03/1/2006

Bright Lights

The item: A Verdura Byzantine-style necklace of lavender amethyst, pink tourmaline, peridot and gold, priced at $33,000. The Byzantine theme, which is used frequently in Verdura jewelry, stems from a trip that Duke Fulco Verdura took with Coco Chanel when he was her jewelry designer in the 1920s. What makes it special: Rarity, eccentricity and […]

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03/1/2006

Homefront

COUNTER POINTS The most sought-after countertops in new or remodeled homes are going back to nature as more and more savvy homeowners study their options. "Our clients see a variety of granite, stone and marble applications for counters everywhere from model homes to decorating publications and televised programs," says Jim Butler, president of CCS Cabinetry. […]

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03/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER SHARP SHOOTER Photographer Luca Guarneri takes aim at social issues. Luca Guarneri uses no words to tell compelling stories; instead, his black and white photography tells tales about Italian immigration in Brazil, tourists around the Coliseum in Rome and poverty in Newtown. His photos capture the journey from his native Sicily through Europe and […]

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03/1/2006

Walking on Water

As I traveled south though Charlotte Harbor this summer, a mirage emerged on the watery horizon. Heat waves danced across grass flats toward the featureless mangrove shoreline. In the distant shallows, what looked like rooflines on the water shimmered into focus and then disappeared. Near the southern reaches of Cayo Costa I veered east into […]

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03/1/2006

Our Brothers Michael

My brother Michael, the oldest of the seven children in our family, died of cancer when he was 14. He had leukemia; today, doctors can save most children who develop the disease, but back in the ’50s it was nearly always fatal. Medical facilities were limited in Fort Myers, where we lived; and my parents […]

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03/1/2006

Letters to the Editor

INFAMOUS IS THE WORD Our most famous citizen is on the cover of this month’s issue? Infamous would be a better word to describe Mr. Springer. I can name 10 other famous people who live here who would have been far more acceptable folks to tout. I’m ashamed to live in the same town as […]

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