Archive for July, 2008

07/1/2008

Homefront

OUTSIDE IS IN Any host knows that dinner guests gravitate to the kitchen. But with Southwest Florida’s Gulf breeze, beautiful skies and stunning flora, why not draw your guests out to the fresh air with an outdoor kitchen? At The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, outdoor kitchens have become an art form: Sub-Zero refrigerators, full-size […]

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07/1/2008

Homes for Artists

Artists have been drawn to Sarasota for decades, but these days, where do they live? In the 1950s, an aspiring painter or writer could rent a funky little beach house for next to nothing, but places (or prices) like that don’t exist anymore. Young artists are hard-pressed to find anything both cool and affordable in […]

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07/1/2008

Designing Mind

Marion Weerasuriya of Olde World Design Group grew up in Sarasota, earned an art degree from the University of Florida, and worked on refurbishing historic estates in Miami and Palm Beach before returning home to spend four years developing Villa del Paradiso, an 8,000-square-foot Venetian-inspired home on Siesta Key. Filled with master craftsman details such […]

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07/1/2008

Real Estate Gossip

SOLD! A second Siesta Key property made headlines recently when the estate site at 8132 Sanderling Road sold for $3.4 million after an original list price of $3,995,000. The grounds measure more than 1.7 acres and stretch from Heron Lagoon to the Gulf of Mexico, with 150 feet of beautiful walking beachfront and mature specimen […]

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07/1/2008

One Great Room

ArialTo move or not to move—that is the question perplexing many Sarasotans’ minds these days, and Nancy and Carmen Trotta were no exception. The pair loved the sweeping views of the Intracoastal from their 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom home in the Promenade, but they had run out of storage space. The Longboat Key couple, who also own […]

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07/1/2008

A Beautiful Sunset

Just about anyone who ever met Matt Overstreet considered him a friend, and even the mention of his name evokes a smile and stories about his gracious Southern bearing, self-deprecating humor and irrepressible delight in life. Just weeks before his untimely death of cancer in May, the Sarasota interior designer summoned his strength to talk […]

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07/1/2008

Natural Selection

With intricately patterned petals and fragrant blooms that last up to three weeks after cutting, the Peruvian lily (Alstromeria) is the ideal flower for spring and summer bouquets. Planted in partial shade and well-drained soil, the lily of the Incas should produce colorful displays in early summer—just be sure to mulch to protect its brittle […]

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07/1/2008

Food & Wine

This summer is shaping up as a budget-conscious season for just about everybody I know, regardless of tax bracket. Still, the soul and the belly demand to be fed, so what’s a diner accustomed to the best to do? Here’s our advice, wrapped up in a thrifty package we’re calling our Summer of 2008 Good […]

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07/1/2008

More Than Skin Deep

Let’s make this very clear. Skin cancer isn’t just for seniors. Think because you’re young, the sun can’t hurt you? Think again. Melanoma, the deadliest form of this disease, is the third-most-common form of cancer in women aged 20 to 39. Kristi Michael knows that all too well. This Tampa Bay resident was a beautiful […]

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07/1/2008

Summer Events

Art Selby Gallery. Continuing on view here through July 25 is Threads, a fiber arts show. Up next: a show of digital work, Aug. 8 through Sept. 13, followed by Part I of the annual Ringling College faculty show, opening Sept. 19 and running through Oct. 11. 359-7563. Art Center Sarasota. Continuing through July 26: […]

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