It was a successful afternoon hunting through the local granite yards for slabs to use on a current design project. We have been searching for just the right stone for weeks, and here it is! It’s Spectacular… no really, that’s what they’ve named it. Can’t argue with that though- these dramatic, bookmatched slabs will look spectacular installed on our project- I can’t wait!
As we proudly announced this week on our Facebook page, Space as Art brought home the Platinum after an awards reception hosted by SRQ Magazine. The top area publication has awarded our recent Casey Key master bathroom renovation project as its Platinum award-winning bath of 2013, featured in its annual “Home of the Year” issue on newsstands now. Thank you, SRQ, for the honor!
2012 has been a busy, exciting year at Space as Art. We grew into our new studio space where we worked on a variety of hospitality, commercial, and private residential projects as a team for some great clients. As the year comes to a close we are thankful for all the blessings of 2012 and look forward to embarking on new design adventures in 2013!
We wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a prosperous 2013!
At the end of each year as we look forward to the next, the design world is always abuzz with predictions. What colors, patterns, styles or trends will shape the new year? How are the needs and preferences of our clients going to change? What functional and aesthetic qualities will most appeal to consumers’ changing lifestyles?
Not surprisingly, predictions about color tend to garner some of the greatest buzz. After all, color impacts everything we do! Pantone, widely recognized as the leading authority on color, forecasts that Emerald Green will be front and center in fashion, interiors, and beauty in 2013:
“The perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.”
As a designer, I wonder how extensively we will see emerald cropping up in interior product offerings in 2013 as a result of Pantone’s announcement, and is emerald a fluke or does this signal a reappearance of other rich jewel tones next?
We recently completed this master bath renovation for a client’s waterfront home on Casey Key. Their existing bath design was feeling bland and its shotgun floor plan wasn’t working for these homeowners. So we reconfigured the layout, removing the existing corner tub in favor of a large, luxurious shower and increased closet space. Since the footprint is narrow, we replaced some solid walls with translucent glass to afford privacy while allowing a sense of openness.
Before + After
New design features of this tropical spa-inspired retreat include teak “stepping stones” over a field of black river rock and a floating white stone vanity between custom teak and glass storage towers. The new ceiling is lowered slightly to conceal indirect lighting to lightly graze the walls in the evening, and a central raised area finished in backpainted glass to be reminiscent of a skylight.
Finding that perfect rug can be a challenge. One hot- and very versatile- style I’m loving right now is the vintage patchwork rug, in all its many pattern and color variations. Oh, the possibilities! From naturally sun faded to vibrantly overdyed, I love the wildly different looks that can be achieved with this kind of rug.
Need a non-standard size? A vintage or antique patchwork rug can be made in custom sizes in a much shorter amount of time than a new custom sized rug. So many reasons to love this style!
Below: Espresso Black vintage Turkish patchwork from Istek, Orange overdyed vintage patchwork from ABC Carpet & Home, Cadiz from West Elm.
We recently had the pleasure of designing this fun kids’ playroom in a clients’ home. Our clients asked for a playroom that would appeal to their three young children while still maintaining the sophisticated style of the rest of the home. The finished design features graphic stripes with contemporary tree murals inspired by the natural setting of the home, custom-colored chalkboard paint, cozy lounge furniture with soft, washable covers, and a puzzle rug. We also strategically integrated stylish storage and flexible activity zones to encourage imaginative play without TV.
And how unbelievably cute are these kids?!
Pick up the May 2012 issue of SRQ Magazine for the full feature, or come on over and check out the album on our Facebook page for more photos of this fun project.
(Or, “Ouch! How I Got My First Sunburn of 2012″)
Today I visited a fabulous garden center in Venice with a client. We’ve been working together for about 8 months designing her family’s beautiful new home set in a lush, tropical eden. Now interior construction is wrapping up, furniture is being delivered, and it’s time to work on the finishing touches that punctuate the design, like house and patio plants.
We had a dizzying variety to choose from at the garden center and (with a little help) hand picked about a dozen large plants for the interior and patio. We ended up with yucca, areca, fan palm, white bird of paradise, and some kind of bamboo I’ve never seen before. Selecting pots was like walking on a glazed ceramic rainbow. The section for pots alone was the size of the entire garden center at some big box stores I’ve been to. This place is no joke. Each aisle of planters and pots is heaped by color family. Aside from making it easier to find what you need this way, the visual effect is just gorgeous! I’m inspired now to design a whole interior around one of these aisles of azure pots…
Learning about exciting new projects in downtown Sarasota at the March 2012 “What’s up Downtown: Rethinking the Market” luncheon hosted by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
Downtown Sarasota is on the rebound and the design team at Space as Art looks forward to being a part of it!
For its March 2012, “Home of the Year” issue, SRQ Magazine called on a few local designers, architects, and builders for tips on what’s hot in home design. Check it out, it’s a great issue! And I don’t just say that because we’re in it…
“Drapery isn’t just for windows anymore: There’s nothing like a well-placed cascade of fabric to give a room instant glamour. Try hanging drapery behind a bed as a headboard or on a wall to either side of a great piece of art. Mount the rods close to the ceiling to accentuate height and add drama.” —Angela Rodriguez, Space as Art, Sarasota
“Varied texture is key: In every great interior, balance of texture is just as important as balance of color. Natural textures are especially hot right now.” —Angela Rodriguez, Space as Art, Sarasota
I love to incorporate live plants into the spaces I design. They can bring color and texture, be contemporary or classic, link the indoors to a great view outside, anchor an empty corner or a tall room, naturally improve indoor air quality, and never go out of style. What’s not to love?
For some of our clients whose answer is the maintenance, one way to get them the natural vibrance a live plant brings to an interior is to make creative use of succulents. As long as the room has enough sunlight, succulents can be perfectly happy indoor plants with just a light watering every couple of weeks. There are so many kinds to choose from with different shapes and colors, and many without any sharp needles to watch out for.
I’m constantly on the lookout now for interesting glass containers to turn into offbeat terrariums. With different kinds of tiny succulents, soil, sand, rocks, moss, and a great container, the style possibilities are endless. Larger arrangements are great on a coffee table or as a dining table centerpiece. Small groupings can be cool on a windowsill, kitchen island, or corner of a desktop. Here are pictures of some I’ve made recently. I think my next succulent project will be a long copper trough full of these little guys all lined up for my dining room table.
I also really like these unusual terrariums and vessels for succulents from West Elm…
Campaign desks were made for traveling in style. Designed to be folded and transported by travelers on safari and military officers on the march alike during the expansion of the British Empire, campaign furniture was often very finely made.
Traditional characteristics of these desks are durable wood construction, flat front drawers, flat brass hardware, and often folding bases and flip-tops. Today’s campaign-inspired furniture has been reimagined and still invokes a spirit of world travel with masculine military-chic details. Whether in traditional mahogany or a glossy mod lacquer (check it out- fabulous!), I just love the strong style statement these desks make in a room…