Archive for March, 2006

03/1/2006

Fresh & Cool

A fresh breeze is blowing from the West Coast, all the way from California, and it’s bringing us a new focus on clean-lined design, beautifully prepared foods that fuse elements of different cultures, and a relaxed sophistication in our entertaining style. So when Becky Martel and A.J. Parsons celebrated the completion of their spectacular waterfront […]

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03/1/2006

One Great Room

California dreaming is what this elegantly calm and eclectic bedroom is all about. The primary pieces of furniture are from the Los Angeles studio of internationally acclaimed interior designer Barbara Barry. They represent the spirit and originality of her newest Barbara Barry Realized collection for Henredon, available locally exclusively through Robb & Stucky. An artist […]

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03/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Produce Spots

Robert Lyons of Bob’s Veggie Patch grows 20 varieties of vegetables and fruits in Hydro-Stackers, a system of vertically stacked pots filled with a non-soil growing medium. Here, you can comfortably pluck that fresh tomato from its vine without bending over-or even dirtying your hands. Claiming that "fresh vegetables and a healthy life go hand […]

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03/1/2006

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Island of Venice Connected to the mainland by three bridges, the Island of Venice boasts 17 miles of waterfront, palm-lined boulevards, lots of parks and a charming retail district with restaurants, boutiques and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Enthusiastic audiences pack the award-winning Venice Little Theatre, and some of the area’s best fishing […]

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03/1/2006

Made in Sarasota

Anita Wexler’s Misty Creek living room couch is plush purple and turquoise; the accompanying chairs resemble turquoise butter curls on a purple rug, and her dining room chairs are a cheery red. So when you see Wexler’s artwork, especially the unique "angel" chairs she makes (featured on HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast last year), their […]

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03/1/2006

I’ll Be Back

I’ve been starstruck since I was a kid growing up in Duluth, Minn., and watched Roy Rogers on the big screen. Every Saturday, come rain or shine, I was in the movie theater to escape what I figured was a pretty dreary life in what even then was becoming a rust-belt town. So last August, […]

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03/1/2006

West Coast Meets West Coast

The similarities of lifestyles between California and the west coast of Florida are blissfully evident: They’re both all about casual elegance and the blurred boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. Where else will you find lanai, pool, terrace, patio and outdoor kitchens that occupy more real estate than conventional living room, dining areas and family […]

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03/1/2006

Before & After

Tampa residents Joe and Mary Gayle Wessel consider the 64 miles to Sarasota a perfect driving distance for weekend getaways. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, offered a lovely home away from home with all of the right amenities and an enviable point of origin for exploring the city. When a seventh-floor condominium nearby at 888 Boulevard of […]

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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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