Archive for October, 2008

10/1/2008

Extreme Makeover

The house was dated, uninviting, and not at all what its future owners had in mind. They bought it, anyway, mesmerized by Gulf of Mexico views and estate-sized grounds that evoked images of the idyllic family retreat they dreamed of sharing with their two teenagers and big network of family and friends. Set on nearly five […]

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10/1/2008

Street Talk

Art Buzz You can take it with you… “Egyptomania” comes to the RinglingMuseum on Oct. 18, with the exhibition To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. Here you can discover the elaborate methods the Egyptians employed to ensure that their afterlife was rich and full.  Portraits and jewelry of the rich, mummies of […]

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10/1/2008

Homefront

Back to Nature Need a new look for your lighting? The naturalist trend is red hot, according to the style experts at Franklin Lighting. Naturalist shades and light fixtures employ a more modern, organic style, using a faded, neutral palette and layering textures and soft patterns to create a calm, natural feel. Blending elements found […]

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10/1/2008

Calendar

Art Venice Art Center. A show of Landscapes and Seascapes closes here Oct. 4; it’s followed by an exhibition of abstract art, Oct. 10 through Nov. 1, accompanied by a solo show featuring acrylic/abstract artist Linda Larisch. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. On view here through Oct. 11: the annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition Part I, highlighting […]

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10/1/2008

High Steaks

Red and lots of it is the right shade for a steakhouse, as anyone who has made the pilgrimage to Bern’s in Tampa, the Bay area’s reigning homegrown, over-the-top exemplar of the form, knows full well. Hyde Park Steakhouse in downtown Sarasota (the mother ship is in Cleveland) employs a more subdued and varied interior […]

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10/1/2008

Neighborhood Watch

Its superb location and gorgeous water surround make Bird Key one of the area’s most upscale residential communities. Situated between downtown Sarasota and St. Armands Circle, Bird Key is a boater’s dream, with deep-water canals and a private yacht club that attract professionals, affluent families, retirees and even a few celebrities. Davie Lindsay Worcester of […]

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10/1/2008

One Great Room

Dick and Maggie Bechtold’s house in the Country Club of Lakewood Ranch speaks to them and lights up when they get out of bed. The entire home is totally automated, yet there’s just one electric switch in a footprint of 7,678 square feet. Everything, including lighting, security, audio, fire alarm and video systems, is integrated […]

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10/1/2008

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? Brandy: A DKNY top and jeans, and strappy sandals. Dylonn: I’m wearing a mixture of H&M, Theory, Zara and Aldo. Where do you like to shop? Brandy: Express, and I also like to go to International Plaza in Tampa; the Louis Vuitton store there is a favorite. Dylonn: As far as […]

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10/1/2008

Limelight

Sarasota Magazine Theater Awards Party The end of the 2007-08 theater season brought the annual theater awards party, held this year at the Players Theatre, thanks to artistic director Jeffery Kin and executive director Darlene Sparks. Theater people turned up to eat, drink, celebrate the season and applaud the winners, announced by Sarasota Magazine executive […]

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10/1/2008

Boutique

There’s a five-mile stretch along Sarasota’s Tamiami Trail that’s home to so many furniture stores it’s been dubbed “Furniture Row.” From Philippi Street, to just south of Central Sarasota Parkway, you’ll find every major national brand and the hottest celebrity/designer collections, plus some true Sarasota originals. We scouted them all, along with a few gas-worthy […]

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10/1/2008

And Justice for All

After years of discussion, debate and even a failed referendum, Bradenton at last has a handsome judicial center, one that sits proudly in the center of its downtown, honoring the city’s history while providing state-of-the-art courtrooms, offices and support systems. The site, next to the dignified, white-columned historic courthouse at Manatee Avenue West and 12th […]

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10/1/2008

Street Smarts

Ben Appel began Appel Horticultural Services in 2000, using the botanical expertise he honed while working for Tropi-Flora and MarieSelbyBotanical Gardens. His own garden, on Main Street near downtown Sarasota, is a striking testament to his passion for orchids and other exotic species—and for creating inviting outdoor retreats. I start every project by meeting with […]

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10/1/2008

Hot Seat

Local political candidates know a Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board endorsement carries weight—and in the lesser-known races can determine an election. The Herald-Tribune interviews every candidate on the ballot from Manatee to NorthPort, and its endorsements reach a daily readership of up to 269,000. We asked Tom Tryon, who’s directed the Herald-Tribune’s endorsements since 1990, about […]

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10/1/2008

Civic Discourse

It’s appropriate to launch this column as an extraordinary election year nears the home stretch. Election campaigns are the ultimate example of civic discourse—the all-out exercise of the American system of talking things out. Reduced to its simplest terms, it’s “elect me, don’t elect him/her, and here’s why,” endlessly debated for six months (two years […]

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10/1/2008

The Rename Game

In July, when 17-year-old Alex Yoder learned state and local legislators had decided to rename the Ringling Bridge after businessman Gil Waters, who had advocated for the new span, the shy, self-described “news geek” turned into an activist. Local Ringling landmarks, including the bridge, had inspired Yoder to research his hometown’s history, and he wanted […]

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10/1/2008

Calling Design 911

I was desperate, totally desperate, or I never would have done what I did. I got off the elevator in our building, saw the most prominent designer in town coming out of her office, ran over and blurted, “Anne—help—I’m having a design emergency!” “Design emergency” was an understatement. I was mired in a renovation that […]

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10/1/2008

The Fixers

No matter how beautiful your home or gracious your lifestyle, life happens. Your kids make lariats out of the weights on your grandfather clock; a tropical storm pushes the bay onto your newly refinished oak floors; movers puncture your treasured Norman Rockwell painting. Whether it’s due to an accident or simply the passage of time, […]

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10/1/2008

Tropical Punch

Talk about a dream tenant. John Wheeler lived in the sweet little clapboard cottage on Anne and Frank Folsom Smith’s two-acre bayfront property for 10 years, and over the course of the decade he transformed the acreage into a tropical wonderland. It helps that former tenant Wheeler is a landscape designer who works on some […]

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10/1/2008

Local Color

“Color is everything,” says interior designer Pat Bibbee of Charleston, W.Va., and she proves her point in the 100 Central condominium she designed for Charleston-turned-Sarasota residents Ann and Paul Moran. Bibbee and her clients collaborated on their vivid new condo, choosing a fresh tropical palette of coral, lime and white. The results show that “you […]

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10/1/2008

The Road Home

Sarasota’s streets are much more than places to live. They are a refuge and a welcome, a living archive of the town’s history, a setting for our lives. And many times that setting is a thing of extraordinary beauty. Here, a few of the ones we love the most.  Artfully scattered mid-century modern homes peek […]

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