Sarasota's Design Trends

By staff May 1, 2007

Winter’s chill is a hazy memory and sultry summer nights are looming. Snowbirds are flying off, and the school year and social season are drawing to a close. May in Sarasota is a time to breathe deeply, relax and unwind. It’s also the perfect time to reclaim that patio, covered porch, poolside cabana or shady garden nook.

Light up the night with Hinkley Lighting’s titanium Atlantis outdoor light. It’s made of cast aluminum with satin opal glass. $387. Available at Lighting Galleries of Sarasota, 3909 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota (941) 923-1418; and at Franklin Lighting, 3600 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota (941) 355-2550.

In a city that’s famous for its modern architecture, sip your evening cocktails on this stylish Taft low lounger chair from Modern Outdoor’s Talt collection. With stainless steel or powder-coated silver frames, and fabrics in nutmeg, chocolate, frost gray, sand, snow white or trendy lime, it’s a hip option for a contemporary patio. $2,799. For details, visit

The all-weather outdoor LCD television from Sunbrite TV means you’ll never have to step inside to find out who’s the next American Idol. Special enclosures shield it from rain, dirt, insects and scratches, and a dual-fan air flow system and built-in thermostatic heating element protect it from temperatures as high as 122 degrees and as low as minus-24. The 32-inch 3200HD-Pro, shown here, is HDTV compatible and costs $4,195; the 21-inch 2010-Pro is $2,495. To find the closest Sunbrite dealer, visit

Plant the elegant confection in your garden and prepare to be eclipsed as the lady of the house. Santa Barbara Designs creates European market-inspired umbrellas that are as cooling to sit under as they are pleasing to the eye. The seven-foot Mirasol Flamenco umbrella, a cross between a luscious dessert and gorgeous costume, comes with its own powdercoat-pink frame and stand. From $2,400 as shown; $375 for the base. Check out this and other offerings at

Throwing a Cinco de Mayo party? Pass on the plastic and serve your margaritas in these festive DuraClear glasses from Williams-Sonoma. Made of the same material as bulletproof glass, they are guaranteed not to crack, cloud or discolor, and come in different tints so guests can keep them straight. $47 for a set of six. Available at Williams-Sonoma, 94 Southgate Plaza, Sarasota (941) 361-2400.

The Sally Stool by Chiasso, made of sturdy, stackable molded plastic, is great for extra seating or as a side table for a drink or plate. The modern hourglass design is grooved on one end and smooth on the other, and comes in white, green and orange. $48. Available from

Part Pop art, part wicker sculpture and all comfort, the Flourish chair from Allegro Classics resembles a waffle cone with uneven sides—a lower side to chat from and a higher one to hide away and be alone behind. The chair comes in right and left versions and is available in nearly 70 fabric styles. $2,295, which includes delivery within the continental United States and a Sunbrella cushion. Buy from

A warm day in late spring calls for three things: a New York Times bestseller, a tall glass of something chilled, and a hammock slung between two shady oaks. The large Hatteras Quilted Hammock is made of weather-resistant, stain-resistant DuraCord Cabana Row fabric that maintains the softness of cotton. The spreaders are of Brazilian hardwood with heavy-duty, zinc-plated steel hanging hardware. The hammock is $216 and pillows are $61.20 each. Available at Miner’s Patio & Casual Furniture, 1534 Fruitville Road, Sarasota (941) 955-0294; and Pinch-A-Penny Pool Patio Spa, 4207 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota (941) 377-7020.

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