Archive for March, 2007

03/1/2007

Natural Selection

Cabbage Palm What could be more appropriate for our state tree than the sturdy cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto), a rugged native of Florida’s swamps and hammocks? Named for its edible central bud, which often appears as part of a salad and was eaten alone by pionners as “swamp cabbage,” the cabbage palm grows straight and […]

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03/1/2007

Dining Out—And In

Most cities of any size and substance have restaurants that have become institutions; think of the Four Seasons in New York or Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia. Sarasota is similarly blessed with Café L’Europe, a continental jewel located in a prime spot on St. Armands Circle. Café L’Europe is 34 years old, and in that […]

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03/1/2007

What’s in Your Wallet?

Do you own a debit card? If you answered “no” without checking your wallet, you may be in for a surprise. Check now. Many banks are now automatically replacing ATM cards with debit cards without notifying consumers. The two cards may look and feel the same, but there’s a world of difference between them in […]

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03/1/2007

Working Class Heroes

Recently I left the cushy upper-middle-class world of Southside Village in Sarasota, with its charming old houses and perfectly clipped hedges, with its all-white residents walking their chocolate Labs and calling out friendly greetings to each other, and moved to a working-class neighborhood in Bradenton. I thought it would be basically the same, less affluent […]

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03/1/2007

March Events

ART Venice Art Center. The Plein Air Paint-Out in Paradise exhibition closes March 3, to be followed by the Members Spring Exhibition, March 9-24. Also this month: the Suncoast Watercolor Society exhibition, opening March 30 to run through April 19. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. Solos: 20th Anniversary Exhibition Part II, showcasing some of the major artists […]

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03/1/2007

The Rundown on Running

They sprint by you in the morning as you bend down gingerly to pick up your newspaper. Usually in groups, chattering as they run by. As quickly as you see them, they’re gone. You shuffle inside to get the coffee going. Joggers. You feel an urge to join them. They make it look so easy, […]

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03/1/2007

Homefront

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE Spring cleaning is upon us, and while you’re dusting and sorting every nook and cranny, now is the perfect time to freshen up your home’s whole look. The design team at Ethan Allen points out three trends to revive interiors this spring. Start with the French classics; that French flair for the divine […]

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03/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH LOW-KEY MANASOTA KEY The longtime secret beachfront paradise of Manasota Key straddles two counties, giving it a split personality. On the northern Sarasota County end, lovely single-family estates nestle into one-acre lots, shaded by coastal oaks, red cedar tree, palms and tropical flowering foliage. On the southern Charlotte County end, low-rise condominiums and […]

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03/1/2007

Made in Sarasota

Mark Woodmansee stands amid the workbenches of his Aurora Art Glass studio, looking up at a nearly six-foot-square glass mosaic destined for the ceiling of Todd Johnston Homes’ $3.9-million-plus Mandalay model in The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch. A delicate wonder of ripe purple grapes and fresh green vines against a swirling “sunset sky” background […]

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03/1/2007

Before & After

Judi Summers agreed to stage the master bathroom of a luxurious Ritz- Carlton residence to help it look more appealing to buyers. She never dreamed that her color selections and choices in artwork and accessories would lead to an assignment redesigning the entire three-bedroom condominium for the buyers. “I used subtle, sophisticated shades and spare […]

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03/1/2007

Designing Mind

THE WELL-DRESSED HOME My design pedigree: My mother was a talented interior designer who worked out of our home. It was what I lived with. For Christmas I’d get a chest of drawers or a miniature chair. I always start with: The space. It’s just like the little black dress: If it doesn’t fit, it […]

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03/1/2007

One Great Room

When Robb & Stucky designer Jeff Hart first laid eyes on this Sarasota Bay home, urban elegance was just becoming fashionable and his clients were ready for a change. “They asked for something different, comfortable and inviting,” the ASID designer recalls. But the couple didn’t want the interior design to detract from spectacular views that […]

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03/1/2007

Sarasota’s Design Trends

A cosmic shift has taken place in the world of interior design, so subtle at first that we weren’t even aware it was happening. Glamour is back. Celebrity designer Jamie Drake drew national attention to the trend in his recent book, New American Glamour, a title the inaugural issue of Vogue Living promptly stole for […]

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03/1/2007

Wide Open Spaces

Believe it or not, parking in downtown Sarasota is not impossible—or even all that difficult. Of course, you have to know where to look. And for now, that means looking past Main Street. The commonly held belief that there aren’t enough parking spaces downtown is merely a “perceived problem,” insists city parking manager Bob Kamper. […]

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03/1/2007

Bargain Castles

Local real estate agents recently proudly announced the roll-out of a bold new campaign—Time2buy! If that’s exactly what you might have expected them to say, guess what—they’re right, at least when it comes to luxury homes in the $1 million to $5 million price range. That’s where inventory has piled up in the last few […]

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03/1/2007

Floating Playgrounds

Sarasota’s sapphire waters and gentle coastline provide a perfect playground for the luxurious lifestyle enjoyed aboard private yachts. Welcome aboard to lavishly appointed staterooms and gleaming decks of varnished hardwoods, where owners host intimate dinner parties, cocktail hours and fabulous vacations to exotic ports of call. And while yachts are defined as any boating vessel […]

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03/1/2007

Glamour Girls

Glamour is back—in fashion, interior design and film. But in Sarasota, it never went away. In a town devoted to cultural pursuits and philanthropy, elegant, powerful women have always been in style. The classic definition of glamour is sex plus money—but here, it’s so much more. Glamour Sarasota-style is moonlight on the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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03/1/2007

Shaken and Stirred

Quit monkeying around and try a Red Monkey in the Colony’s Monkey Room Bar with its walls of monkey murals. Made with orange rum, Amaretto Di Saronno and cranberry juice, it looks like a Cosmo, but is oh-so-much-more cosmopolitan. Why the monkey theme? The Colony’s founder, Murf Klauber, goes ape for the precious primates. Colony […]

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03/1/2007

The Social Detective

In the first week of December, the Charles Ringling mansion at New College of Florida was the site of two stunning evenings. The Mistletoe Ball arrived first, with all its bells and whistles. It’s the oldest black-tie event in town and may still be, after all these years, the most glittering party in a tent […]

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03/1/2007

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A jean jacket and tunic tank by Christian Audigier from Stitch, skinny jeans by 575 from Beau Monde, a knit scarf from L. Boutique and high-heeled black pumps by BCBG. What is your fashion philosophy? I try for classy with a hint of edginess, yet make it look simple. What’s your […]

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