Archive for October, 2011

10/1/2011

Tropical Tribute

Many of us might notice the colorful flowers in our backyard gardens, but photographer J.B. McCourtney dwells on the form of the plants surrounding his Siesta Key home—the structure of a young shoot, the lines of a leaf—as exemplified in these large-scale, black-and-white images. McCourtney immersed himself in photographing his plants for six months, constantly […]

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10/1/2011

Weekend Castaways

Long before Steve Ellis dreamt of building a grand, green vacation home with open-air stairwells and disappearing sliding-glass doors, he sat under the mangroves on the shore of his then-undeveloped lot on Jewfish Key, alongside his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Saylor, and marveled at the cool breeze rolling off the bay. The Ellises purchased […]

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10/1/2011

Treetop Marvel

A man of few words, architect Jerry Sparkman distills the genesis of his nationally acclaimed design into a single sentence: “My client asked if I could build a house in the trees, and I said yes.” Talk about understatements. The guest residence on Casey Key has won a number of prestigious awards, including the 2010 […]

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10/1/2011

Neighborhoods: Ringling Museum Area

For a special breed of Sarasotan, the Ringling Museum neighborhood is the only game in town.

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