Archive for January, 2012

01/1/2012

The Art of Amy

Amy Miller’s sculptural creations may look sweet and innocent, but in their size (sometimes eight feet high), construction demands ("You have to be part engineer") and meaning ("My work asks questions about how we find our identities in our ceremonies and life passages"), they’re quite complex. Miller, who recently won the John Ringling Towers Fund […]

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01/1/2012

Furniture to Fit

European panache has also come to Sarasota in the form of COR upholstered furniture at Home Resource, the exclusive source for the German designer brand in the state of Florida. Home Resource owners Michael and Kathy Bush are in good company, since COR is featured in a studio within the trend-setting Domus Design Collection showroom […]

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01/1/2012

Neighborhood Watch

“Bird Key is experiencing a renaissance,” says George Appel of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, who has lived in nine residences in the manicured bayfront neighborhood since moving to Sarasota in the early 1980s. A scrappy spoil island that underwent transformative dredging projects in the 1920s and early 1960s, Bird Key is a boater’s paradise […]

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01/1/2012

Top of the Market

A five-bedroom Gulf-front residence set behind a canopy of century-old oaks at 6380 Manasota Key Road was the highest-priced sale in Sarasota County in October. The 6,638-square-foot home, which sold for $4.8 million after an original 2009 list price of $7.5 million, was built in 2008 and boasts the highest-end amenities. Case in point: The […]

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01/1/2012

On The Homefront

In my growing file of dream homes, I have architect’s renderings and floor plans from the east coast of Florida, Las Vegas and Santa Fe. Those were collected before we moved to Sarasota. Here, my architectural reveries are filed by community: Lakewood Ranch, the Founder’s Club, Silver Oak, University Park, etc. The sub-folders go on […]

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01/1/2012

The Luxury Home Report

Easy Elegance Easy Elegance is as much about the way you want to live as it is about choices in color, fabric and furnishings. We asked designer Sally Trout about how she approached this project. CAROL TISCH: There’s such a relaxing quality to this home. What’s your secret? SALLY TROUT: The Gulf of Mexico is […]

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01/1/2012

Good Deal: Toasted Mango Cafe

The Place: Toasted Mango Cafe, 430 N. Tamiami Trail (two blocks north of Fruitville Road), Sarasota, (941) 388-7728. The Fare: Breakfast and lunch served by friendly people in a big sunny dining room or on an oak-shaded patio. The Bottom Line: There are many tempting items on both early and midday menus—a fall special of […]

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01/1/2012

Sarasota’s Best

FANFARE>>“I wish more restaurants would offer veggie burgers!” –a FB post from Georgia from Bookstore1Sarasota “Yes, you can eat all these veggie burgers. I believe in you!” said Megan Greenberg, one of Sarasota’s popular cooking trio, The Three Kitcheneers. She was encouraging Whole Food’s marketing director Nikki Logan, as a group of us launched our quest […]

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01/1/2012

What I’m Drinking

There’s lots to look forward to in Sarasota this month, but for food and wine fanciers the Big Wally is most definitely the fifth annual extravaganza known as Forks & Corks, which this year runs Jan. 27-29. The multi-tiered festival is the baby of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a consortium of independent local restaurateurs, and is […]

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01/1/2012

Food & Wine

It’s a pleasure to have The Table back, this time in a sleek waterfront incarnation minus the Mesa Lounge, with which earlier versions in Sarasota and St. Petersburg were paired. Losing the big lounge is fine with us, as the food and the setting are more than enough reason to make a reservation, and soon. […]

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