By Hannah Wallace April 1, 2011



Colors Underfoot

Vivid colors and shimmering premium silk make for a dynamic new look for your interior. In this original “Celebration” design, available at Rugs As Art, the contrasting coral and purple wool with multi-colored starburst make a vibrant backdrop for the movement of the soft-gold, slightly raised silk. Movement, texture, vibrant color and shimmer are the essence of natural beauty, and from bright turquoise reflecting the Gulf of Mexico, to the brilliant colors of a parrot’s wings, these elements can be incorporated into rugs to invigorate your space. Can’t find the perfect color? Rugs As Art has a limitless palate and can custom-dye both hand-tufted and hand-knotted rugs. Whether you’re looking for something dramatic and fun, a tropical flavor or classic and traditional, Rugs As Art has one-of-a-kind designs to fit your style.




Lasting Adirondack

Asian pottery, indoor/outdoor pillows and outdoor furniture are among the uniquely stylish items available at Southern Design Living, a home furnishings store located at 2980 Placida Road in Englewood.  This Adirondack chair from C.R. Plastic Product’s Generation Line is earth friendly, strong and it will last for generations.  This line is waterproof, and it won’t splinter, rot or fade.  The Adirondack furniture comes in 15 color choices and is a perfect pick for Southwest Florida’s climate.


Russian Classics

In the late 19th century there was an explosion of traditional collective creativity which endured into the 20th century most strongly in Russia. The finer Russian Realist paintings are increasingly prized by art historians, collectors and investors as more and more people recognize the period as the most important realist movement of the last century. Lazare Gallery is distinguished by its unique access to the very best Russian works, facilitated by its close relationship with the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. As the only American to graduate from this renowned graduate art institute, Jonathan Wurdeman introduced the tightly knit community of recognized masters to his parents, owners of Lazare Gallery. These knowledgeable insiders opened the doors of private studios and collections, many never before seen by foreigners, to hand select only the most outstanding works to be vetted into the collection. The resulting collection is recognized for its distinctly elevated level of quality rarely seen outside of Russia.


Motorlight Wall

The Motorlight Wall is the next generation in variable angle-up lights designed by Jake Dyson in London. A wall-mounted light, it can be appointed singularly or as a series. It uniquely allows the owner the flexibility to choose a beam of between 10 and 120 degrees, providing a tight beam or wide wash of light, to suit different illumination purposes and create varying environments. The Motorlight was designed with both stylish homes and commercial buildings in mind.

Plus, as a motorized appliance, the Motorlight Wall can be operated via a remote control, which can power up to 30 lights simultaneously, allowing you to control the shaft of light and brightness on each luminaire, individually or as a group. The motorized shutter smoothly opens between maximum and minimum angle on a 24 second cycle. And even the remote is beautiful. Motorlight is available exclusively at Light Up Your Life, 1620 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Contract Certainty

Creative Kitchen and Baths By Bob Elmes Inc. has been one of Sarasota’s leading state-certified general contractors since 1997. Elmes has more than 40 years of experience in the trades industry and continues to exceed all expectations from his former and new clients on major renovations as well as smaller jobs. In fact, Elmes has also been awarded the Best Of Sarasota State Certified General Contractor for the last three years (2009-2011) from the United States Commerce Association. With the market still slow, Elmes suggests to check the Better Business Bureau and work references before agreeing to any contract work. Contact Elmes if you have any questions or concerns about possible contract work by calling his office at 941-925-3723 or emailing [email protected]. Also, visit

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