Platinum 100

The Platinum 100 2016: Home

From lighting to rugs to furniture, here's everything you need to make your home your personal masterpiece.

August 1, 2016 Published in the August 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Art to Walk On

Second-generation rug dealer Eileen Hampshire is widely renowned for her knowledge of the global history of carpet-making, and her shop carries only the finest antique and modern rugs and tapestries. The carpets—many of them museum quality—span antique, traditional, transitional and modern designs in hand-spun vegetable dyed wool, silk or wool and silk. 16 and 18 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 951-5454.

Bee Ridge Lighting and Design

A family-owned business that built its reputation on excellent customer service, this 11,000-square-foot showroom is stocked with dozens of top brands, everything from Swarovski crystal bathroom fixtures to chic Italian chandeliers plus mirrors, fans and accent accessories for every taste. 3909 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 922-2626.

Black Bird Lifestyle

This chic boutique is known for its contemporary furnishings with a coastal vibe—home accessories by Match, upholstery by Bernhardt, Jamie Young lighting, beautiful pillows by Dransfield & Ross, Moir, Arteriors and Ralph Lauren Home. 1540 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-0941.

Copenhagen Imports

Copenhagen Imports offers sleek, sophisticated modern and Scandinavian furniture, lighting and home decor that’s right on trend with today’s streamlined contemporary look, including a wide selection of Stressless recliner chairs and ottomans. 7211 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 923-2569.


A retail shop and showroom for Sally Trout Interior Design, featuring upholstery, decorative accessories from the world over and an extensive selection of lamps, original art and interesting accent pieces. Shop where the designers shop. In the heart of the downtown theater district.
83 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-4418.

Ethan Allen

Find everything for the well-dressed home at the showroom opposite The Mall at University Town Center—unique furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting and more, and it all comes with the fine craftsmanship and timeless style you’ve come to expect from Ethan Allen. Fine art, too; its Modern Masters Collection is a series of limited-edition lithographs, including rare prints by Henri Matisse, priced from $619 to $3,589. Complimentary design service offered. 271 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 924-3875. 

European Traditions

Old World heirloom quality meets competitive pricing at this showroom, which features furniture you can buy off the floor or order custom-tailored. Find updated traditional classics with distressed and white-washed finishes; also cabinetry for gourmet kitchens, entertainment and library wall units, tables, chairs and accessories. 7488 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-5616.

Home Resource

Home Resource has been steadily building a coterie of brands offered exclusively on the west coast of Florida, including Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Kettal. This is contemporary and modern indoor and outdoor furniture from the design world’s most coveted names, iconic pieces from Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and more. Owners Kathy and Michael Bush travel to international furniture fairs to bring back the most significant global luxury brands. 741 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6690. 

Indigo West

Melanie Ann Denicourt has brought her warm, polished design sensibility to her shop, a completely reimagined boutique that replaces the popular Coquillage on Main Street. She’s carefully curated a selection of high-quality accessories, linens and pillows for indoor and outdoor spaces that speaks to our modern, casual coastal lifestyle. 134 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7160.

Light Up Your Life

The very latest lighting for the home from nearly 200 top manufacturers can be found in this 6,000-square-foot emporium. Everything from Swarovski crystal chandeliers to contemporary European designs is displayed in ever-changing exhibits. The expert team helps create personalized solutions for residential lighting indoors and out, with a focus on quality LED lighting, including their most popular current product, trimless LED recessed cans. 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 330-0422. 


A world of lighting and so much more awaits you at this attractively designed, warehouse-sized showroom. Fans, mirrors, home accents and wall art meet every style, from fashion-forward to classic. 816 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 745-2900.

Matter Brothers Furniture

Coastal Living meets House Beautiful at this 100,000-square-foot furniture emporium, filled with dozens of top brands. There’s a major selection of Natuzzi leather, as well as accessories from rugs to lighting, too. Free design services. 4675 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 960-4410.

Melange Home

Heather Weisenborn carries designer brands Yves Delorme, Sferra, Ann Gish, Juliska, Arte Italica and more. From custom monogrammed towels to hostess gifts, table linens, bed linens made from the world’s rarest cotton and luxury gifts, tabletop items and essentials for the home, the look is luxurious and upscale. 64 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 444-7969.

Norris Furniture

This Fort Myers-based retailer entered the Sarasota scene last year, with manufacturers exclusive to Norris, including Stickley, Ralph Lauren, Hancock and Moore, Marge Carson, E.J. Victor and Sherrill. Its most popular brand is Tommy Bahama, which captures our coastal lifestyle with two dozen-plus collections. The midcentury modern look is well represented, too. Complimentary design services. 8001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 556-0501.


European linens by S.D.H., William Yeoward crystal frames, Simon Pearce hand-blown glass, Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic glazed lamps, original artworks and Verellen armchairs fill this boutique. The emphasis is on home furnishings of Old World master craftsmanship counterpointing rustic-chic mirrors, consoles and coffee tables made locally from reclaimed cypress and heart pine. Interior design service, too. 100 Central Ave., Suite 1026, Sarasota, (941) 957-0300. 

Robb & Stucky

The latest indoor and outdoor furnishings by world-class brands like Bernhardt, Century, Christopher Guy, Hancock & Moore and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The mix includes transitional, traditional and contemporary styles like this year’s hot trend, organic contemporary, which combines clean lines with natural textures and colors. Or work with their in-house design team to create a custom piece. Complimentary design service. 7557 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 702-8400.

Rugs As Art

With more than 5,000 rugs in stock from 40 rug-producing nations—including a wide assortment of indoor/outdoor rugs and contemporary designs with bright palettes so popular today—the 18,000-square-foot Rugs As Art showroom is truly a superstore of rugs. Unique furniture, accessories and art also. Rug repair, expert appraisal and cleaning, too. 6650 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-1900. 

The Sarasota Collection Home Store

Owners Marcus and Pam Anast offer transitional designer home furnishings with a refined elegance. The pair’s passion for reinterpreting classics with an edgy new flair has resulted in a mix of bespoke furniture designs fabricated in their factories in North Carolina, Brazil and Peru with coveted international brands. Luxe outdoor pieces from the U.S. and Europe are also on display. 622 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-8313. 

Soft Square

This sleek contemporary furniture showroom and design center is a magnet for lovers of modern home decor. Among the quality brands it carries are Ligne Roset, Artifort, Bocci, Tuuci and Brown Jordan. This year’s best sellers are the Sunset sectional, with movable back cushions that change the seat depth, and the futuristic Prado sofa, a vast bench seat designed by Christian Werner upon which weighted back cushions can be placed wherever you choose. 1506 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 554-4068.

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