Remodeled house in the Oaks celebrates classical style

Marina Tower masterpiece on market, by Marsha Fottler, Herald-Tribune

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Homeowners Alan and Susan Kasow know what their Realtor, Carole Samuels of RE/MAX, realizes about their grand penthouse condominium at Marina Tower that is on the market for $4,295,000.
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A Murano glass chandelier that the homeowners bought especially for their spectacular circular living room while vacationing in Itlay will remain in the house when the property is sold. The chandelier is on a motorized system so that it can be lowered from its 32-foot-high installation for easy cleaning. The round living room frames a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay, the city, and barrier islands. This Marina Tower penthouse is on the market for $4,295,000 through Carole Samuels of RE/MAX.  STAFF PHOTO / NICK ADAMS

A Murano glass chandelier that the homeowners bought especially for their spectacular circular living room while vacationing in Itlay will remain in the house when the property is sold. The chandelier is on a motorized system so that it can be lowered from its 32-foot-high installation for easy cleaning. The round living room frames a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay, the city, and barrier islands. This Marina Tower penthouse is on the market for $4,295,000 through Carole Samuels of RE/MAX. STAFF PHOTO / NICK ADAMS

Potential buyers walking into the circular, glassed-in living room (with ceilings that rise 32 feet) will do one of two things. They might fall in love with the 4,000-square foot apartment (an additional 1,000 square feet is terrace and roof garden) and want to buy it on the spot. Or they will be so intimidated by the sheer volume of the space that they won’t have a clue what to do with it.

In the latter case, they will walk away in spite of the unobstructed view of city, bay and barrier islands that seems to stretch forever.

When they bought their Marina Tower penthouse eight years ago, the Kasows themselves were apprehensive about decorating the condo, especially the double-volume living room and open loft master bedroom on the upper floor. But the vistas and the convenience of urban living had strong appeal after they spent several years on Siesta Key in a big house. They seized the opportunity and decided to sort out design and furniture issues later.

Once they sealed the deal, the couple phoned their friend, interior designer Bonnie Lancaster, and they embarked on a six-month renovation that brought the inside of their home up to the high standards of the outside views.

“The apartment was all white,” said Susan Kasow. “Just this vast, white, confusing space. The former owner had bought the unit for investment and didn’t ever really live here. The kitchen was unusually small, given the dimensions of the other rooms, and it was closed off and dysfunctional for cooking. The appliances had not been used, the dishwasher wasn’t even connected.

“The dining area had ugly concrete beams in the ceiling. The living room had two purple inflatable sofas in it. But we looked out at the bay, walked around the roof garden off the master bedroom and knew we had something special and believed that Bonnie would know what to do with it.”

Kasow challenged the designer to use most of their existing furniture, as well as art and artifacts from travels to Europe, Africa and Asia.

“This is a big, open apartment, and she had a big job,” Susan Kasow said.

 

The Kasows lived off-site while Lancaster began by taking down the walls in the kitchen and gutting the entire space to enlarge, reconfigure and upgrade it, while giving it a comfortable contemporary vibe.

“Susan and Alan do not fear color,” said Lancaster. “They make vivid, bold choices in both art and in wall and furniture colors, which were necessary for this bland apartment.

Homeowners (and art collectors) Alan and Susan Kasow are selling their 4,000-square-foot penthouse at Marina Tower. They plan to downsize and travel more, but they love the downtown urban vibe and water views so they will look for another condominium in the neighborhood. This penthouse (complete with rooftop garden) is on the market for $4,295,000. Listing agent is Carole Samuels of RE/MAX.  STAFF PHOTO / NICK ADAMS

Homeowners (and art collectors) Alan and Susan Kasow are selling their 4,000-square-foot penthouse at Marina Tower. They plan to downsize and travel more, but they love the downtown urban vibe and water views so they will look for another condominium in the neighborhood. This penthouse (complete with rooftop garden) is on the market for $4,295,000. Listing agent is Carole Samuels of RE/MAX. STAFF PHOTO / NICK ADAMS

“In the kitchen, I was able to replace a closet with a functional wine bar, and I installed glass-front cabinets to display Asian artifacts. We used a combination of dark wood for the cabinets along with exotic zebra wood, which visually unites the African and Indonesian artifacts,” Lancaster added.

“There’s a bold granite on the counters, and the island is large, with an attached granite curving breakfast table,” she said. “Modern conveniences, such as deep drawers for pots and pans, as well as two slim, rolling, pull-out pantries, mean extra storage. We upgraded all the appliances, and, for a pop of color, the kitchen walls are parrot green.”

Upstairs (there’s a curving staircase and an elevator), the master bedroom is wide open to the bay views; there is no door. To control the natural light and to insure privacy, Lancaster had a custom curving rod installed, and now soft, gauzy drapes can be drawn to create a curtain wall of privacy. The system is motorized and can be controlled by remote.

“In the master suite, we redid the bathroom, put in a custom walk-in closet/dressing room and sectioned off part of the sleeping space as an office for Alan,” said the designer. “He didn’t want to lose the views, so there’s a half wall behind the bed and a desk on the other side.

“The predominant color in the bedroom/bath is crisp Aegean blue. It’s very fresh and spa-like. And, of course, there’s that beautiful rooftop garden up there. It’s arranged like an outdoor room with a white pergola and selected container plants. It’s quite a special place to relax.”

The curvilinear living room, with it’s 32-foot-high ceiling, posed the greatest challenge to the designer and homeowners.

“The strategy that guided me was that I didn’t want to do anything to compromise or distract from the views,” said Lancaster. “So every wall color, furniture and accessory choice in the space was made to frame the view. To do that we used dramatic colors on the walls, such as eggplant purple, latte, red and yellow, as a backdrop for the art that the Kasows collect, but also to frame the views to outside.

“No matter where you stand in the room, your eye goes to the outside, and yet you are aware that you’re standing in a colorful exciting room where there is plenty to look at too. We basically banished the white walls and made a vibrant usable space out of emptiness.”

The white Murano-glass chandelier that is the centerpiece of the room was purchased especially for the space by the Kasows in Italy. It will remain in the condo when it is sold.

The Kasows entertain frequently; parties of 75 are a comfortable fit in the open-concept apartment. They also host visiting children and grandchildren routinely. One of the guest-bedroom walk-in closets is a giant toy chest for the four grandkids, who are under the age of eight.

The penthouse has 1,000 square feet of terraces that are ideal for entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying the views of bay and city.  STAFF PHOTO / NICK ADAMS

The penthouse has 1,000 square feet of terraces that are ideal for entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying the views of bay and city. STAFF PHOTO / NICK ADAMS

“We have loved every minute we’ve lived in this condominium,” said Alan Kasow, “and yet, it’s time for us to move into something smaller and all on one level. We are selling because we want to downsize and travel more.”

But they’ve become so used to the views and the convenience of walking to restaurants, theater and shopping that the Kasows are looking for another condo in the same downtown neighborhood.

 

8 Ways Colored Floors Can Boost Your Design

Summer Living with iNDA Cordless Rechargeable LED Outdoor Lamps

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Seasonal Living proudly introduces Inda Cordless Outdoor Lighting to our outdoor lighting collection. Ingeniously designed by renowned industrial designer Louis A. Lara. The Inda collection of floor and table lamps features a warm, removable LED rechargeable light so there are no electrical cords to trip over. The lamp bases are constructed of lightweight concrete (consistent with Seasonal Living’s light-weight Perpetual concrete collection of furniture & decorative accessories) and a 3-panel UV-resistant polypropylene white shade with anodized aluminum frame. The warm LED light fixture  is housed in a self-contained, weather proof chamber powered by lithium rechargeable battery that holds a charge for approximately 6.5 hours.  To re-charge the LED light fixture, the warm LED light can be easily moved from the lamp base to a recharging ‘splash mat’ which plugs into an electrical socket.

The new Inda Outdoor Cordless Lamp is both an architectural statement, as well as a practical solution for lighting any in or outdoor space where electrical wiring or cables present safety and access concerns.

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Bang! Bang! 4th of July Table Tops!

Keffie’s tabletops are always fun, bright and easy to recreate!  It’s not too early to start planning for the 4th of July!  Here’s a sneak peek of our recent photoshoot.  Photos by Leeann Warren Photography

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Stars, Stripes and traditional 4th of July Colors make this setting fun for all!

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All Mixed Up! Blue and White Bold Stripes next to Red & White Bold Stripes!

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Layers of placemats give this 4th of July setting a look like no other!

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Get your S’well On! Red White and Blue S’well bottles will keep your summer drinks cold for 24 hours with no refrigeration or ice! Can’t beat that!

 

A sneak peek into our Temple Emanu-el Rennovation

 

 

Here’s a look at a few of the before images:
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And Here are some progress pictures of the Temple Emanu-el Renovation completed by our commercial interior design team at Lancaster Interior Design:

 

Starting an Art Collection

Contributing Writer: Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID 

Our design team recently had the pleasure of escorting a client through the process of starting an art collection.  We met in West Palm Beach at the prestigious Wally Findlay Gallery for a weekend of learning and exploring the art world.  Their wonderful gallery represents many artists from the past and present and provides a wealth of knowledge.  We also had the pleasure of enjoying lunch by the pool at the famous

When building a collection there are numerous factors to consider.  First and foremost is budget.  Establishing an amount will allow you and your designer to find the right place to start.  You will also need to consider the amount of space you can allot to your collection as well as the style of artwork you will enjoy seeing every day.

In order to collect art intelligently, you have to master two basic skills. The first is being able to effectively research, evaluate and buy any single work of art that attracts you. The second is being able to choose each individual work in such a way as to form a meaningful grouping, a practice more commonly known as collecting.

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What makes a great collector great is his or her ability to separate out specific works of art from the millions of pieces already in existence and assemble them in such a way as to increase or advance our understanding of that art in particular or of the evolution of art in general. In any mature collection, the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts, the collector comes to be accepted as a respected authority and in exceptional cases, goes on to set the standards, determine the trends and influence the future of collecting for everyone.

 

The images we shared with you represent the beginnings of a collection we began this past month.  We chose to represent various styles and artists as well as price points.  The paintings here range in price from $18,000 – $298,000 and were selected based on size, color, subject and technique.  We hope you will find inspiration and start your collection!  Let us know what you are looking for and we will help you get started!

If you’re like most people, you know how to buy art on a piece-by-piece basis, but may not be all that accomplished at formulating a plan for making multiple acquisitions over the long haul, or in other words, building a collection. This is where we come in!  Teaming up with your designer as well as an art dealer gives you an instant advantage.  You can find art you like just about anywhere you look and in an incredible variety of subject matters, mediums and price ranges, but that can be confusing as well as intimidating. So how do you wade through it all and decide what direction to go in? How do you relate one purchase to the next? How do you organize or group your art together? How do you present it? And most importantly, how do you do all these things well?  You don’t have to answer these questions when you have a trained interior design team working on your side!

 

 

 

 

 

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Design Tips from your Sarasota Interior Designers, Lancaster Interior Design
Contributing Writer: Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID

I must admit I am a little biased in this year’s Pantone color of the year selection…Radiant Orchid! It’s been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. Shades of pinks and purples and all of the glorious variations can make for colors you either love or hate! Hopefully you will find a way to let this awesome orchid color shine into your heart and into your home! This color is sure to be a hit from the runway to the furniture store and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to add some Radiant Orchid into your collection. Let’s look at some ways to bring this color into the home, wardrobe and kitchen.SVL Feb 2014 Living Spaces MAIN photo

1. An accent wall is always a non-committal way to try a bold new color. And it’s just paint after all so if you change your mind, no worries, just re-paint.

2. Area rugs are fun when they are bright and energetic. Find a great stripe, a graphic print or even a botanical piece that brings in the Radiant Orchid, bright fuchsias and other hip colors.

3. Radiant Orchid can be paired with many colors from the spectrum. For a contemporary feel, juxtapose it with lime green, orange or purples. Feeling more traditional, try finding a floral image with our famous color or a simple check pattern. Plaids are coming back strong too so don’t be afraid to go a little bold.

4. Handbags and shoes are a great way to bring that trendy tone into the wardrobe. Radiant Orchid could really pop a solid black or white suit, be paired with khakis and beiges and be part of a color blocked outfit. You will find variations in raspberry, hot pink, and fuchsia.

5. Home accessories like candles, light fixtures, towels and art can also be fun and inexpensive. Pop of radiant orchid on a dish towel set, 4 coffee mugs in the glass front cabinets and a canister set and your boring java colored kitchen just came to life. SVL Feb 2014 Living Spaces Photo 6 small

6. Wallpaper is full of color these days also! Find a print you love and go crazy in the someplace unexpected like the laundry room, back hall or powder bath.

7. Jewels…find a pink sapphire to add to your collection, they are available in all price ranges.

Color can be scary and they should be….there are a lot of bad colors out there! Try this designer tested and approved color and you won’t be disappointed!

 
 

 

 

All in the details!

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Design Tips from you Local Sarasota Interior Designers: Lancaster Interior Design

Contributing Writers: Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID and Bonnie Lancaster, ASID

One of the main reasons people seek out an interior designers is to help them take their great ideas and make them happen.  Interior designers are trained to focus on pulling trends & ideas together,  as well as perfecting the details.  Paint colors, wood paneling and accessories have subtle nuances that can  make the space go from “very pretty” to “wow knock our socks off”!  Follow some of these examples to make your space achieve that WOW FACTOR!

1.  Bold graphic wallpaper and bright colored furniture make for an interesting entryway.  A little bit of metallic, some retro prints and voila! Your space is trés chic!

2. Juxtaposing modern pieces with traditional fabrics creates a true eclectic look.  Here we see a funky mirrored chest, opulent violet velvets and a gingham check.

3.  What’s in the fireplace? We live in Florida right? So for 364 days a year you can have something pretty in the fireplace.  Try stacks of books, candles or live plants…a little life can go a long way!

4.  Mix and Match!  Prints, chair styles, artwork, who says it has to match.  If you want the match-y look, stop into a furniture store and pick up the room collection on the floor….otherwise start collecting your own looks from around the world.

5.  Bright Finishes and Colors!  Looking at our examples you can see how we captured such pizzazz in just a few easy steps by using bright colors, great simple artwork and fun painted furniture.  Don’t be afraid to paint that tired coffee table red or go bold with navy walls….it’s just paint! And you can always change it later when you get tired.

6.  Look behind the shelves and you will see our secret….wallpaper!  Big prints hiding behind the bookcase makes for a fun and funky way to display your collections.

Contemporary v. Modern Design, by Christina Maccani, Lube of Sarasota

This month we asked Christina Maccani, Designer/Sales at Lubé of Sarasota, to give us some insight.

 

 What is the difference between Contemporary and Modern interior design?

This is hard to explain without defining Modern first (with a capital M – as in Mid-century). Modern interior designs emerged during the 1920’s and lasted well into the 1970’s. Modern interiors tend to emphasize the importance of simple form and function which generally translate into streamlined, unadorned, and mass produced pieces. Highlights of this era include the Egg Chair, Tulip legs, and art ranging from Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol. Modern designers such as Meis Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier transformed the ornate designs of earlier trends into simple geometric pieces. Modern designers also focused on an open floor plan, which allows for select pieces of furniture to be highlighted as works of art in their own right.

Can you elaborate on Contemporary?

Contemporary designs focus on what’s current and innovative, and are ever-changing. Contemporary designs tend to reinterpret conventional styles in a cleaner, more linear fashion and make us rethink the way we choose to decorate our homes. Contemporary is a softer, more diversified style, and may also cross into Transitional or Eclectic. Patterned and textural fabrics are used quite freely, and spaces are filled with art pieces and accents. Colors are bold and broad spectrums of tones are used throughout the scheme. Multiple textures are used, juxtaposing organic materials such as hand scraped or roughhewn woods with brushed steel surfaces, glass fixtures, and plastic furnishings.  Simple finishes and smooth lines reflect a calm atmosphere contrasted with edgy, uniquely textured design accents.

Both Modern and Contemporary interior designs feature clean straight lines, simple uncluttered spaces and a mix of natural and industrial materials.

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Christina is a talented designer and helps her clients obtain a vision and understanding of great cabinetry designs! Thanks for your great input! Lube is located within walking distance of our office and they would welcome you to stop by and visit their showroom anytime. http://lubeofsarasota.com/