Homefront - May 2010

By Hannah Wallace May 1, 2010

New at Robb & Stucky Interiors

Robb & Stucky, the Sarasota headquarters for all the styles of Tommy Bahama Home, invites you to be the first to discover the newest Tommy Bahama Collection – Ocean Club, inspired by sea, sand and contemporary island living.  Create your own elegantly relaxed retreat, with classic and personality-rich furnishings.  


Now more than ever it’s time to love where you live, and Robb & Stucky Interiors is the perfect place to start. The internationally recognized, award-winning interior design and premier home furnishings retailer offers contemporary, casual or traditional. For 95 years, Robb & Stucky has been the ultimate design destination, Visit the store at 7557 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota or online at 



One-of-a-Kind Lighting

SOLO is a new LED desk lamp designed by LiAO. This small light, only 9 ¾ inches high and 4 ¾ inches wide, gives an incredible beam spread of light. Vvailable in three models--Pop, Classic and Anywhere—the designs come in white, matte silver or gun-metal finishes. With a two-hour charge and power consumption of just 5 watts, unplugged SOLO Anywhere will give light output for three hours. This is the first and only LED chargeable desk lamp in the USA, and it’s available exclusively at Light Up Your Life, 1620 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.


Decorating with Pillows

Craving a new look for your living room or den? New pillows are a simple solution that can bring a fresh and updated look to your home says interior designer Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner. Pillows run from simple to extravagant and the style chosen should depend on the type of couch. For a solid couch, go with bolder patterned pillows. For a busier sofa, choose one color in the pattern and highlight it through solid or tone-on-tone pillows in that hue. Scattering oversized pillows around the fireplace or coffee table can add additional seating. This adds to a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to mix shapes, sizes and patterns. Contrasting shapes, colors and sizes bring interest and excitement to a family room.  Pillows, of course, also finish off a beautiful bedroom.  Decorative shams, pretty pillowcases, and coordinating accent pillows are an impressive part of an inviting bed design.  Mix and match with your comforter, dust ruffle, and accent throw.


Jonathan Parks Architect AIA Awards Winner

The American Institute of Architects’ Gulf Coast Chapter recently announced the recipients of the 2010 design awards. In the “Award of Excellence” category, Jonathan Parks Architect AIA took the Honor Award for design of the Noel Residence and the Merit Award for design of Ivory Lounge, both located in Sarasota. Juror David Zahle, partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Copenhagen, one of Europe’s most innovative firms, commended the design of the Noel Residence for its simple architectural language and fluidity of space.  Zahle also recognized Ivory Lounge explaining that, “it is perhaps the most precise work of the projects turned in. It’s super simple, but at the same time it frames the life inside and it focuses the experience of entering into the space…I think it’s a beautiful project.” The Gulf Coast AIA represents architects from five southwest counties.


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