Archive for March, 2007

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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