A sneak peek into our Temple Emanu-el Renovation



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/