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This West-of-Trail Home Is Loaded With Updated Elegance

Homeowner, jeweler, interior designer and local gallery owner Nikki Sedacca has listed her home for just under $4 million.

By Kim Doleatto July 20, 2023

1547 Sandpiper Lane, Sarasota

We’ve fallen in love with groovy time capsules and written about stark museum-looking mansions, but the style of 1547 Sandpiper Lane, which weaves together bold colors, mixed metals and modern decor, is harder to define. Located West of the Trail on a cul de sac, the custom-built home is on the market for just under $4 million.

The home is owned by gallery owner, local jeweler and interior designer Nikki Sedacca, which probably explains the unique style and the bold yet elegant choices throughout the interior—like blue velvet couches and floors that mix earthy wood with glossy Carrara marble.

Ceramic tile was replaced with Carrara marble and wood.

“My personal style is a blend of timeless elegance and modern allure," says Sedacca. "I like to use classic elements and infuse them with a contemporary twist. I mix old and new for a harmonious fusion that stands the test of time.”  

We’re established fans. Sedacca owned this other gorgeous gem of a home, a 1924 build with links to the Ringling family, and we wrote about it last year when it was listed. You can see her expert touch on the interiors there, too. One room has almost black, pewter-colored walls and it works. It eventually sold for $2,675,000.

Sedacca sources her art from her gallery and around the world. 

Sedacca renovated the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath address on Sandpiper Lane, which is located near the Southside Village neighborhood and includes a main home and guesthouse. She sank more than six figures into just the built-ins, which house curated collections of ceramics and art. There are designer wallpaper treatments that offer pops of color and French doors open to a balcony with a view over the backyard. A private office doubles as a library, with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. Sedacca says she’ll miss the courtyard and kitchen areas most once it sells.

Sedacca added built-in bookshelves as part of the home's remodel.

Sedacca added extra cabinetry to the kitchen.

Outside, the house boasts a modern-day take on Mediterranean style. The entrance has forged iron doors leading to an ultra-private travertine courtyard with a heated pool, cascading spa and full outdoor kitchen for al fresco living.

Travertine tile adds a timeless effect.

The exterior includes a pool, spa and outdoor kitchen.

The dining room and living room have coffered ceilings, Carrara marble flooring and a marble gas fireplace. The marble is also the star of the show in the bathrooms. “It's a signature material for me," Sedacca says.

Carrara marble is a favorite of Sedacca's.

A soaking tub in one of three-and-a-half bathrooms.

“I’d call it modern luxury," she says. "The house was very dark. I put all new lighting in it to brighten it. But it’s still so livable. It's not luxe, where you can’t sit down in comfort."

The blue couches may be negotiable.

The house was built in 2002 by custom homebuilder Lee Wetherington and was previously owned by Diane McFarlin, who served as executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for a decade and as publisher of the paper for 13 years. She became dean of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in 2013 and has also served as the president of the American Society of News Editors as a Pulitzer Prize juror. She bought the home for $320,000 in 2001 and sold it in 2013 for $903,000.

Lots of windows help blur inside and out.

Although Sedacca designed it as her forever home, she wants to move closer to her grandkids. The good news is that she’s staying local, and is busy with yet another move. Her gallery property, at 530 Burns Lane in downtown Sarasota, sold recently and she’s moving the gallery to its new home at 80 S. Palm Ave., where construction is underway, with plans to open the new space in January.

One of the three bedrooms.

As for the furniture and art in her home, although many pieces are family heirlooms she’s taking with her, she says some of the newer pieces are negotiable—including those lovely deep aqua blue couches.

"I used blue as a neutral throughout," Sedacca says. "I have lots of favorite colors, but it's definitely among them."

Interested? Contact Katy McBrayer at (941) 400-2406 or Montana Taplinger at (941) 504-4288, , both of Premier Sotheby's International Realty.

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