Homefront: tips, trends and happenings from our advertisers.CANE IS COOL
There's good reason for the liberal use of caning and woven panels in British Plantation-style furniture: Colonials in the heat and humidity of the tropics tropics, also called tropical zone or torrid zone, all the land and water of the earth situated between the Tropic of Cancer at lat. 23 1-2°N and the Tropic of Capricorn at lat. 23 1-2°S. realized cane-back and cane-seat chairs are comfortable and cool.
Southwest Floridians can appreciate cool comfort, too, and nowadays cane furniture comes in forms as pleasing as their function. "The graceful lines of a traditional teak teak, tall deciduous tree (Tectona grandis) of the family Verbenaceae (verbena family), native to India and Malaysia but now widely cultivated in other tropical areas. plantation lounger are as comfortable as ever and suit the Florida lifestyle perfectly," says Jane Sullivan of East Indies East Indies, name formerly used for the Malay Archipelago, but also more restrictively for Indonesia and more widely to include SE Asia. It once referred chiefly to India. Trading Company. Plus, the advantages of this style extend to Florida-friendly storage: Teak armoires were first outfitted with woven door panels to keep stored linens fresh and dry. The same idea works just as well for today's media systems, where air circulation benefits heat-prone electronics.
ABODE'S WELL Having just opened its doors in May, Abode One's home; habitation; place of dwelling; or residence. Ordinarily means "domicile." Living place impermanent in character. The place where a person dwells. Residence of a legal voter. Fixed place of residence for the time being. Furniture is already expanding into a neighboring space, which adds 1,500 square feet to the store. The store's roaring success proves, "There's a great need for contemporary furniture in this area," says owner Steve Thompson Steve Thompson or Steven Thompson may be:
I'LL HANDLE THAT A lot of high-end homeowners are hiring household managers, says Susan Robinson of Key Concierge, a company that does everything from accept deliveries to document post-hurricane conditions for absent homeowners. "People rely on me to be their eyes and ears while they're gone," she says. Already a common service in cities like Aspen and Miami, household management "is working its way into Sarasota as we get more higher-income folks buying second or third homes."
Key Concierge can direct household staff, pay bills and oversee decorators in the owners' absence, "and often even when they get back," Robinson adds. Even if they're in town, homeowners may not want to deal with the mess of a renovation; household managers can keep projects on time and on budget. And when a home changes hands, the household manager "knows how everything works, where everything is, what resources to use," ensuring a smooth transition, Robinson says.
SEEKING TENANTS The bubble hasn't burst, but real estate investors A real estate investor is someone who actively or passively invests in real estate. An active investor may buy a property, make repairs and/or improvements to the property, and sell it later for a profit. shouldn't expect an immediate return when putting their new properties up for rent. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. owner/realtor Dave Minton of Bosshardt Realty Services, eastern Sarasota and Manatee manatee: see sirenian.
Any of three species (family Trichechidae) of slow-moving, shallow-water herbivorous mammals. Manatees have a tapered body ending in a rounded flipper, no hind flippers, and foreflippers near the head. counties are already saturated with residences for lease. "There are more rentals available in east county than resales," he says. "In a normal market, 8 percent is resales. Right now, it's only 1 percent."
Rather than buying, turning around and selling for a quick profit, real estate prospectors are focused on acquiring--and keeping--new property. As a result, the supply of rentals has surpassed demand. "Things aren't staying on the market as long," says Minton. "People are buying properties and thinking they'll get a renter. Then they're reluctant to flip them because the properties are appreciating so quickly."
SEA AND BE SEEN Among a flood of interesting finishes currently gaining popularity, stingray stingray: see ray.
or whip-tailed ray
Any of various species (family Dasyatidae) of rays noted for their slender, whiplike tail with barbed, usually venomous spines. shagreen sha·green
1. The rough hide of a shark or ray, covered with numerous bony denticles and used as an abrasive and as leather.
2. An untanned leather with a granular surface that is often dyed green. brings new life to surfaces. The material, which is made from the skin of stingrays or other marine creatures like dogfish dogfish, name for a number of small sharks of several different families. Best known are the spiny dogfishes (family Squalidae) and the smooth dogfishes (family Triakidae). Spiny dogfishes have two spines, one in front of each dorsal fin, and lack an anal fin. , is similar to leather but has a gem-like appearance. According to interior designer Sally Trout, stingray shagreen was popular in the late '50s and is resurfacing today.
Shagreen can be applied to tables or accessories like boxes, says Trout, who is currently using the textured material in lighter palettes (which are also coming back in, she says). If the sea-creature product makes you a little squeamish squea·mish
a. Easily nauseated or sickened.
2. Easily shocked or disgusted.
3. Excessively fastidious or scrupulous. , faux shagreen is also available in a variety of appealing tints.
SEAL ALL SIX SIDES Did you know that all standard door manufacturers' warranties state that doors need to be sealed on all six sides (including top and bottom) in order for the warranty to be valid? Sarasota's Forest Products Supply advises homeowners to make certain that painters are sealing the tops and bottoms of doors during the painting process--not just to preserve the warranty, but because those areas are especially susceptible to the elements.
Humidity can seriously hinder proper door function. If moisture is absorbed through a narrow strip of unprotected material, the door expands and can no longer open or close properly. Even before the damage is done, many customers are unaware that their warranties have been negated by improper finishing procedures.
TOP DRAWER top drawer
Old-fashioned, informal people of the highest social standing Whether for storing, cooling or cleaning, "Everybody's using drawers," says Kitchens Direct designer Darlene Abney, Allied ASID ASID American Society of Interior Designers
ASID Address Space Identifier
ASID Access, Searching, and Indexing of Directories
ASID Advanced Secure Information Dissemination
ASID Application Specific Integrated Device
ASID Advanced System Integration Demonstration . Compartmentalization is key, and cabinets, refrigerators and even dishwashers are being made to tuck into drawers for added convenience and eco-friendliness in today's kitchens and beyond.
Small families and empty nesters especially can take advantage of Fisher-Paykel's DishDrawer, which washes its full load (six place settings) using less water and energy than a full-size dishwasher. Also, instead of pulling open the big fridge door for a cup of yogurt, Abney's clients are storing small, frequently used foods in Sub-Zero's 700BC refrigerator/freezer. The pull-out model's outside blends in with kitchen cabinetry cab·i·net·ry
Cabinetwork: finely detailed cabinetry.
Noun 1. cabinetry - the craft of making furniture (especially furniture of high quality)
cabinetwork , as well as entertainment centers, boardroom furniture and bars.
COUPLES WHO FILET TOGETHER ... Another kitchen trend noted by Tracy Eisnaugle, manager of the Wetherington Design Center, a division of Lee Wetherington Companies: togetherness. "We've noticed that husbands and wives now cook together," she says. "Whether they're dual-income families or retirees, it's not just the wife cooking anymore."
To accommodate this simmering trend. Lee Wetherington creates multiple workspaces in the kitchens of its newest homes, using double islands or very large single islands. "We design the space to support more than one cook in the kitchen," Eisnaugle says, adding that modern-day chefs prefer clean design lines that focus on function, not frills Frills
see frilled. .
THEY'RE THE TOP Sarasota's Prudential Palms Realty this year ranked in the top 50 of more than 600 Prudential Real Estate companies, based on total company gross commission income, and earned an invitation to the exclusive Gibraltar Circle Conference in South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. last summer.
"This high-powered conference provides a forum where some of the top real estate companies in the industry can exchange ideas," says Prudential Palms' broker and owner Scott Sosso. "It is key for us to network with our peers from around North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. ."
Founded just three years ago, Prudential Palms Realty is the youngest company among the top 50. The locally owned firm has seven offices and more than 160 sales professionals serving Sarasota. Manatee and Charlotte counties.
BRIGHT FUTURES FOR EXISTING HOMES Light Up Your Life offers lighting control systems that can be retrofitted in existing homes with no need for rewiring. The systems allow control of house lighting from the car or bedside, as well as integrated security systems and even programmed lighting scenes that can incorporate the home's lamps. The packages start at $1,800 and can be installed and programmed by Light Up Your Life staff.
After seven years, the Years, The
the seven decades of Eleanor Pargiter’s life. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 1109]
See : Time store is expanding its showroom from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet. Owners Susan and Moritz Inderbinen say the state-of-the-art lighting store will be the only one of its kind on the west coast of Florida."