Archive for October, 2007

10/1/2007

Point of View

Do views make the house or does the house make its views? It’s impossible to decide in this Manasota Key beachfront home, where architecture and outdoor vistas inextricably intertwine. Nature was the muse for Guy W. Peterson, FAIA of Guy Peterson/Office for Architecture, who has created a 5,450-square-foot modern sculpture, a canvas for waterscapes continuously […]

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10/1/2007

Magnificent Obsession

The romantic notion of Venice is embodied in Sarasota, from our backyard canals and barrier islands to our own Lido Beach and John and Mable Ringling’s bayfront residence, Cà d’Zan. The home’s name, which translates to “house of John,” is as Venetian as its architecture. No expense was spared as artisans carved paneling, crafted columns, […]

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10/1/2007

Their Space

With its beautiful bayfront, good restaurants and theaters, downtown Sarasota has attracted residents for decades. Traditionally, most have been retirees, often moving in from the islands to be closer to hospitals and urban amenities. But in the last few years, a younger crowd, encouraged by the promise of new shops and services and excited by […]

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10/1/2007

The Social Detective

What was a bigger issue for many Sarasotans last summer than the botched Sarasota Congressional election of 2006, the threat of terrorism, and the war in Iraq? Nope, not universal healthcare, although health has something to do with it. And not art cuts in the schools, rising insurance costs, property tax, or even the city […]

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10/1/2007

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A jungle-print floral camisole top from Wet Seal, Express Jeans, stacked-heel yellow pumps and a white and yellow purse from Charlotte Russe, with assorted bracelets and a ring pendant necklace and circle earrings. What is your fashion philosophy? Not only must there be a shoe for every outfit but also a […]

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10/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

What do you think of Sarasota Magazine? Seriously. The big complaints I hear are 1) too many ads, 2) just for rich people, and 3) it’s all fluff. Ouch. Well, you know me. I’m always happy to receive criticism. It is what truly challenges you to rethink your strategy and do your best. So let’s take […]

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10/1/2007

Two Cheers for San Marco

Perhaps it was inevitable that the new Plaza San Marco at Lakewood Ranch would fail to live up to its name. Even if the word "piazza" is not used, there is no way most of us wouldn’t call up memories of the glories of Piazza San Marco, the great outdoor living room at the center […]

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10/1/2007

Shopping

Ever wonder where designers shop to furnish the multimillion dollar homes in this town? We did, and we found sources both global and national right at our door. Though some are only accessible with an interior designer, others do welcome the public, even providing free decorating advice as you browse. As we sleuthed we encountered […]

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