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Sarasota by design.

The 1992 Florida West Coast Symphony Association's Designer Showcase Home.

WHEN YOU walk into a room that's been well designed, even if you don't know a thing about color, coordination and space planning, you feel good. You respond to the comfort, the style, the freedom. That's how you'll feel the moment you step into The Mococo, a light-filled baronial mansion on Sarasota Bay built by luxury builder Frank Cameron Lambert.

The Mococo was the 1992 Symphony Association's Designer Showcase Home, the 17th to serve as an annual fund-raiser for the Florida West Coast Symphony and its many youth programs. And it has everything a true showcase should possess -- immense spaces, spectacular views and drama enough to inspire local designers to create exciting, original interiors. Some of the finest design firms and building suppliers in the area participated in this spectacular project, making it one of the most successful showcases ever.

The showcase illustrates that good design is more than beauty. Good design is skill, originality, an ability to assess needs and to express personal taste. It's a network of quality suppliers, access to the latest products and ideas, and experience that saves money by eliminating costly mistakes. Above all, good design makes a house feel like home.

Creating a Design Showcase Home is a unique and challenging process. The designers you will see in these pages worked with the developer to make the interior consistent with the Island Bermuda architecture. As a group, they chose flooring, color themes and room styles. Then each design firm went its separate way, playing on the materials and colors of the house and the natural environment. The result is a breezy, elegant home where nature--the sea breezes, the turquoise bay, the tangled oaks, the stately palms -- is complemented by billowing curtains, sunset colors and resplendent rooms that invite you to stay, let your defenses down and be whoever you are.

These pages and this home reflect just a fraction of what these talents can create. Our community is blessed with an outstanding selection of gifted designers, state-of-the-art suppliers and general excellence in the interior design industry. Browse this exciting showcase of their talents for a taste of what they can do...then visit or call them to discuss the full range of their products and styles.


UNUSUAL muted hues of color, hand-screened pillows and cloths mixed with a French tapestry of primitive design create a comfortable yet elegant ambience for dining. Mettlers offers the finest in home furnishings, linens and interior design. We have selected a striking mix of old and new items that are sure to appeal to the discerning buyer.

Robb & Stucky

BOLD 1990s contemporary; traditional elegance. That's the wonderful mix in this family room and informal dining room designed by Robb & Stucky. Combining styles and colors takes a sure touch. Here, Robb & Stucky rises to the challenge with grace, using an ivory leather sectional and tomato-red leather chair in the family room around a coral and chartreuse needlepoint area rug. The space flows effortlessly to an informal dining room that combines European antiquity and contemporary whitewashed wood. The effect? Show-stopping drama at its best.

Tidmore-Henry & Associates

TIDMORE-HENRY & Associates designed this den/wet bar and bath with a nautical island flair. It's a wonderful spot to hide away, listen to music or watch TV...or enjoy an intimate gathering with good friends. The focal point is a unique stacked media cabinet, designed to conceal equipment and serve as a display case. The pretty tropical prints and crystal sailboat accessories add a fun, informal element. Just off the wet bar, a full bath continues the nautical theme with handmade tile in a rope pattern. This room is a rare retreat; full of sensory pleasures, easy comfort and the inimitable style of Tidmore-Henry & Associates.

Ethan Allen Gallery

ETHAN ALLEN Gallery was once known just for Early American decor, but you won't find an eagle or colonial lamp post anywhere near this glorious rain forest loft on the second floor of The Mococo. You almost feel like you're lounging alfresco on the deep sofa and chairs covered with Ethan Allen's newest tropical print. All shades of green...olive, emerald, khaki...different reds, golds and even fuchsia add richness and life to this space. Karen Sievers, Allied ASID, used leopard accents, wrought iron tables and an oversize cocktail table and mirror to add to the jungle feel; a custom designed area rug pulls the room together. The jungle is a long way from Early American; today, Ethan Allen goes anywhere.

Jacobson's Interior Design Studio

IMAGINE retreating to your own tropical hideaway, reminiscent of an 18th-century Caribbean plantation. Gently swaying palms. Banana leaf prints. Rattan. Bamboo. At Jacobson's, our interior design experts create the magic that makes your decorating dreams come true. Whether your tastes lean toward the traditional or the eclectic, the classic or the avant-garde, our design professionals can render a look that's current and comfortable. That suits your personal style of living. They'll guide you in the planning...advise you in the details...and help you select from our unique collection of furniture and accessories by the masters of home design.

Hughes Supply, Inc.

THE elegant baths and kitchen of The Mococo are a product of good design and excellent materials -- the kind of materials found at Hughes Supply's BathStyle Showroom. Here's a small sample from their wonderful Eljer collection: The high-gloss whirlpool tub in peach bisque in The Mococo master bathroom is state-of-the-art, with a tub-mounted control panel, digital timer and temperature display. Eljer Plumbingware's Marissa, a sculptured peach bisque lavatory with Primrose faucet in polished brass, complements both the whirlpool and the romantic lines of the room. And in the kitchen, an Eljer Parisienne corner sink with cutting board and drain baskets combines graceful form with function. All at Hughes Supply's BathStyle Showroom. (Located throughout the Southeast United States).

Contemporary Closet Design, Inc.

SEVERAL attractive and well-thought-out units are featured in these master bedroom closets, meeting the requirements of the homeowner. Contemporary Closet Design offers the finest quality materials...such as a selection of genuine hardwoods as well as several different melamine finishes...and accessories, including adjustable shelves, custom solid beechwood drawers, velvet-lined jewelry drawer liners, pull-out valets, in-drawer ironing boards and a full line of acrylic accessories. When quality and function are important, discriminating clients, design firms, developers and architects call upon Contemporary Closet Design. We invite you to contact one of our design consultants.
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Title Annotation:interior designers
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Article Type:Directory
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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