Archive for October, 2006

10/1/2006

One Great Room

When it comes to decorating, Pamela Holladay, ASID, and client Ellen Mason are kindred spirits. Both favor 20th-century modern classics; indeed, a version of Mason’s Knoll dining table graces the conference room at Seibert Architects, where Holladay manages interior design. “Pamela and I both have kids who didn’t like modern as children, but are coming […]

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10/1/2006

Sarasota’s Design Trends

Don’t be deceived. Beyond the stucco walls and terra-cotta tiles of Sarasota’s in-your-face Med-Rev architecture, this city is becoming a hotbed of modern design. Trendy new products can be yours almost as soon as they reach the world’s fashion capitals, and if the latest designer sofa or table isn’t in stock, savvy local retailers can […]

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10/1/2006

Home Alone

Is anybody home? It’s hard to look at the new condominium towers that are coming to dominate the downtown landscape without wondering. Even at the peak of the real estate frenzy, when people were doubling their money and high-rises were selling out in 90 minutes, many people were asking, “Who is going to live there?” […]

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10/1/2006

Between the Sea & a Hard Place

Americans aren’t supposed to run away. The very word “retreat” is anathema to them. So why is Sarasota County commissioner Jon Thaxton telling us we should no longer try to hold our ground against the Gulf of Mexico, that wherever practical we should back off, taking our buildings with us or even abandoning them? The […]

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10/1/2006

Modern Man

Sarasota condominium is identifying the mid-century design icons it contains. Even more fun is the invitation to sit back and enjoy them. Far from a museum space, Neal’s residence in sleek, modern Beau Ciel is first and foremost a home. Considering the current buzz about the second coming of mid-century modern furniture (or is it […]

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10/1/2006

Hubba Hubba

You could call her the Martha Stewart of kitsch. She immerses herself in crafts projects, decorates, sews and gardens with equal competence and intensity. But Michele Mancini’s results are far more ingenuous than Stewart’s, her work endearingly imperfect and a tad off-center. Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mancini is a rogue decorator […]

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10/1/2006

Southern Comfort

Manatee River, Riverview Boulevard is a step back in time to a slower, more well-mannered, afternoon-tea-on-the-back-porch time. Not much—and everything—has changed in this grand old neighborhood where the cream of Bradenton society has lived since the turn of the last century. Many of the old mansions, set back from the street on big, heavily treed […]

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10/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Antique Shops

Jack Vinales Antiques is famed for its Bakelite collection and for mid-20th-century modern furniture and accessories by such notable designers as Mies van der Rohe, Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen and George Nelson. But don’t miss the exceptional American and European pottery collection or vintage silver from Georg Jensen, Spratling and Tiffany. And if you’re a […]

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10/1/2006

The Social Detective

I had to live by an impossible set of rules when I was growing up. Among my mother’s unbreakable commandments: Thou shalt not covet any clothing item on sale. Sale meant discount. Discount meant bargain. Bargain meant not this season, not quite fresh—and who knew who might have tried it on. Bargains also meant the […]

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10/1/2006

Fashion Statement

Spotted at: Mesa Lounge on Hillview. What are you wearing? Skinny jeans from Gap, a flyaway, bead-embellished halter top from Banana Republic, wedge sandals in neutral leather by Tosone and a necklace from Argentina. You’re from Argentina? Yes, a small city called Mar del Plata, which means "silver sea." What’s your fashion philosophy? I teach […]

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