By Hannah Wallace May 1, 2012


Smaller details, like this table from Black Bird Home Gallery, can be the start to a great room design.

Start Small

When putting together a space in a home, it’s common to think large-scale first. But spring is the perfect time to focus on beauty in small packages and fine details, say the experts at Black Bird Home Gallery on Main Street. Instead of starting with a bureau or sofa, explore accents and give yourself the freedom to coordinate without matching. Suddenly, you may find yourself standing in a room that seems to have come together all on its own—looking fresh, organic and inspired.

No matter what season it is, your home’s style should be an expression of you. With just a little searching, you can easily unearth one-of-a-kind finds that tie a whole room together without being a part of any set or collection in existence. In spring you’ll find perfectly unique discoveries in the beauty of nature, particularly in unrefined textures and patterns seen in wood, plants and shells, and Black Bird Home Gallery has plenty of beauty for you to discover.


At Your Service

At Your Service provides marble, terrazzo and granite floor restoration and care, as well as countertops. Having provided these services for both commercial and residential clients for the past 14 years, the Sarasota mainstay offers pressure washing and sealing of pavers and owner move-in cleans. All services are performed by full-time company staff, and the company is fully insured. Trust your floors to the best. At Your Service, 360-6796. ATYOURSERVICECLEANINGGROUP.COM

Thermador and More



Home-Tech now operates the only Thermador kitchen center on Florida's west coast.

Home-Tech believes that 2012 is the year of the home appliance. With the opening of a brand-new local showroom, Home-Tech now accommodates the only operational Thermador kitchen center on the west coast of Florida. Displaying the Professional Series, this culinary hub embodies the absolute essence of American luxury, a respect for excellence in craftsmanship and a true appreciation for fine living. Call today to speak with one of the Home-Tech appliance specialists or stop by the showroom for the full experience

For 31 years, employee-owned Home-Tech has been an industry leader in the fields of home-service agreements, air conditioning and major appliance sales and service. With programs like the Gold Service Contract, which lets homeowners fully insure their appliances and air-conditioning for an entire year, Home-Tech offers complete and comprehensive care. The firm employs 135 people in Southwest Florida providing services in Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

Do the Dunes

Attention, boating enthusiasts or waterfront lovers: Riviera Dunes may be the place you want to call home port.  Located on the shores of the Manatee River and with a protected and full-service marina, Riviera Dunes offers deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico.  You can find luxury and casual-living condominiums, maintenance-included homes, estate homes or town homes in this active and fun community which also boasts a wonderful water-front restaurant.  I've specialized in this market since 2004 and would enjoy offering you insight into the current and future growth of this area or a preview of select properties for sale.

Floral Floor



Rugs As Art's tropical-inspired floral rug.


The lush, tropical flowers and foliage of Floridian islands inspired this dramatic, overscale floral rug, colored in gorgeous, happy hues. The mix of hooked and tufted wool, in high-twist yarns and mottled colors, gives the rug great texture and dimension.

Rugs As Art, Inc. is widely known as one of the nation's most prestigious and award-winning area rug stores, priding itself on excellent selection, unbeatable prices and unparalleled customer service. In fact, Rugs As Art  was just named the Best Area Rug Store in America by AmericasMart Atlanta.


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