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Marcia Norris ASID – Perspectives – REAL Design

Monday, June 26, 2017

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The Paper Trail – Wallpaper and Your Interior Design By Marcia Norris It’s the luxury home you’ve been waiting for and a clean slate to apply the style that best suits you. Should you hire a professional interior designer to avoid making costly mistakes with the wrong materials and finishes? If you want to stylize, personalize and customize your home, the answer is yes. But more importantly, I’ve found that no matter which style you want to work with, it’s the quality of the materials that count. We all love luxury, and we notice it in a cut crystal chandelier, […]

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Jay Anderson – Perspectives – REAL Construction

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Thinking Of Remodeling Your Condo? By Jay Anderson It is the time of year when our Florida weather spawns spring cleaning and remodeling projects. Large condominium projects typically occur when a resale purchase is made, while smaller projects, like a kitchen or bath, can occur any time. In a single-family home you are usually inconveniencing one person or a single family, but in a condo, you could be impacting hundreds. Sometimes, though, structural elements or utilities prevent a contractor from being able to redesign the interior as much as you would like. If you live in a condo here are […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Monday, January 6, 2014

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What are DreamScapes? By William Henry, PhD Over the last 30 years or so I, like many Florida residents, enjoy taking my family to Disney World as well as other theme parks in Central Florida. I hope to take my grandchildren there someday. My favorite has always been the MGM theme park attraction at Disney World. I am also impressed with Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island. There seems to be an aura of “Magic” present as well as at the other Disney venues. Though my background entails practicing both as a designer and researcher, I had not bothered to tap […]

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Perspectives Furniture Follows Fashion

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Furniture Follows Fashion By Ed Bertha I recently enjoyed a conversation with Jeff Bacon, who manages Bacon’s Furniture and Design of Sarasota. He said something that really provoked great interest and curiosity: “Furniture follows fashion”. Interesting indeed: all design students are taught “Form follows function”, and perhaps I didn’t give much thought to the significant impact the fashion industry has on the furniture industry. But it seemed logical. I am sure events such as Manhattan’s Fashion Week are those to which fashionistas pay great attention so they can be the first to sport the new, trendy and sometimes avant-garde whims […]

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Pamela Hughes Perspectives Art

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Design Lines – Buying Art By Pamela Hughes The phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is never as true as it is with art. Even educated and totally knowledgeable art critics can have different views on a particular piece of art. Sometimes art is selected because the viewer sees it as pleasant, calming, beautiful, technically well-produced, shocking, avant-garde, valuable, or as a good investment for resale. All of this art can be “good”, if it is simply selected due to personal preference or intent.

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Michael Bush Perspectives COR Designer Furniture

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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COR Designer Furniture; Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication By Michael Bush   Purist in appearance, unmistakable in design, COR pieces are modern-day classics that gain their beauty from quality materials, exceptional craftsmanship and excellent proportions, making COR, a designer furniture manufacturer based in Germany, a leader in the industry practically since its inception.

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Fritz Hansen Furniture By Michael Bush

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Fritz Hansen Furniture From Home Resource In Sarasota, Florida Furniture as Art In the world of high-end furniture design, contemporary furniture is among the most storied. Every piece has a tale to tell. Some of the most iconic pieces are those of Fritz Hansen, the Danish furniture manufacturer known for such famous designs as the Egg™ and Swan ™ chairs,  the PK22™ chair and PK61™ table, and the RIN™ chair, all of which you will find at Home Resource in  downtown Sarasota. The Egg and Swan were originally designed for the lobby of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen […]

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DEDON Outdoor Furniture By Michael Bush

Monday, June 20, 2011

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DEDON Outdoor Furniture From Home Resource In Sarasota, Florida From Classic To Cool A perfect marriage of contemporary design and Florida living can be found in the DEDON line of outdoor furniture, handcrafted by master weavers in the Philippines. From such classics as the Orbit canopied loveseat and Hemisphere lounge chair by acclaimed designer Richard Frinier, to such outrageously cool pieces as the NestRest hanging chair by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety, DEDON continues to inspire and surprise. The story of DEDON is in itself quite interesting, and life-affirming. The company was founded 20 years ago by Bobby Dekeyser, the […]

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Design Lines Indoor/Outdoor By Pamela Hughes

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Design Lines – Indoor / Outdoor By Pamela Hughes Sarasota! What better place to let the outdoors in and live in the outdoors! So much of our year has balmy breezes and minimal bug-life that you can spend a great deal of time either in the sun or under cover. Either way there are many ways to enjoy comfort and luxury while enjoying nature’s gifts. One of the ways we like to use the outdoors is an architectural feature often called a “loggia”. This is often a terrace with a roof, sometimes part of the structure of a house, sometimes […]

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Sarasota School Of Architecture By Pamela Hughes

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Design Lines The Sarasota School Of Architecture By Pamela Hughes In our last column, I wrote about Modern Design, so I thought it might be interesting to further the discussion and specifically focus on Sarasota itself and “The Sarasota School”. It is interesting to recall that this “modernism” is now more than 50 years old! While that is certainly true, it is also true that as one drives around Sarasota and occasionally sees these houses and buildings from that time, they retain a freshness and originality that is still stunning and inspiring. In an earlier time, Sarasota was a beautiful, […]

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Seeing Red By John and Rose Brasgalla

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Seeing Red By John and Rose Brasgalla JRB Group General Contractors When the owners of this West of the Trail home purchased the property, they knew they were getting a great deal. Of course, buying a home for the price of the lot alone is an even better deal if the house is worth keeping. Updating a 60 year-old house is challenging enough, but it is even more work to fix a place that has had decades of experimental projects and repairs. Having done a loft in Boston as a DIY project, the owners knew that this job required professional […]

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Design Lines – Modern Design By Pamela Hughes

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Design Lines – Modern Design By Pamela Hughes There is lots of talk and awareness of “Modern Design” today, so for this month’s column I thought it might be interesting to explore the history of how this design style evolved. Sarasota is a place known for its Modern Design heritage, and in fact, has numerous wonderful examples of this design dialect, which we will delve into in a future column. So, let’s look at a bit of history first. Design is all around us, whether we are aware of it or not.  Any time a human being has applied paint […]

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Design Lines – Buying Art By Pamela Hughes

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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Design Lines – Buying Art By Pamela Hughes In a column a few months ago, I wrote about the art of framing. Now, after spending a few weeks searching the art markets for clients, it seems appropriate to write about the selection and purchasing of art. The phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is never as true as it is with art. Even educated and totally knowledgeable art critics can have different views on a particular piece of art. Sometimes art is selected because the viewer sees it as pleasant, calming, beautiful, technically well-produced, shocking, avant-garde, valuable, […]

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Design Lines – Embellished Surfaces by Pamela Hughes

Monday, October 25, 2010

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Design Lines – Embellished Surfaces By Pamela Hughes It is amazing how intertwined art is with design. The two words are almost synonymous. In previous columns, I’ve written about buying art and how to frame it, and we have had numerous columns about various facets of design. In this column, I’d like to write about having art actually created on the surface of our interiors: truly blending art with design. We have long been an admirer and proponent of painted surfaces and have often used artists and craftsmen to embellish limited surfaces of a home. Like most things, if overdone, […]

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Top 10 Green Design Trends for Your Home By Jim Soda

Monday, October 25, 2010

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Top 10 Green Design Trends for Your Home By Jim Soda As the green movement gathers steam, many homeowners, and soon-to-be homeowners, are exploring ways to become environmentally conscious within their living spaces. Greening your home is not only a responsible thing to do but can also boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell.   These days, there are an increasingly wide range of products that purport to offer a variety of environmental values but fall short when it comes to style. Robin Wilson, a pioneer in eco-friendly design, and Vickie Gilstrap, vice president of color and […]

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