Good News: We’ve moved!
Bad News: Our phones are temporarily down while we change carriers and upgrade our phone system to better serve our clients. We expect our new system to be fully operational by Friday, September 6. Between today and Friday we may likely experience a temporary phone outage.
We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage contacting us by email if telephones are not yet cooperating.
More details and photos of the new space will be posted soon!
If you’ve browsed through a home design magazine lately you’ve likely noticed a resurgence of the white kitchen… Transitional and modern interiors alike all awash with natural light gleaming off clean white, spaces large and small made to feel more open with all-white cabinets, kitchen islands or interesting architectural features showcased in a rich wood or other contrasting finish with a clean white canvas of an otherwise all-white kitchen as their backdrop.
With the increasing popularity of these new white kitchens, new white kitchen appliances take the look a step further. Resembling more an Apple iPhone than the old standard issue white appliances from my college apartment, these sleek, sexy appliances are replacing the ubiquitous stainless steel in some high-end American kitchens.
The hottest new white appliances right now are the “Brilliant White” introduced this year to the US by German appliance maker, Miele. Faced in a layer of glass, these appliances are more easily wiped clean and far less likely to stain than the painted or ceramic white appliances we used to know. The glass is flush with no crevices for kitchen debris to collect.
Another noteworthy “new white” option is Whirlpool’s White Ice. White Ice is sleek and sophisticated, and a strong new alternative to stainless steel in a kitchen. Here it is shown with dark espresso cabinetry and a white backsplash for a look that is high-contrast, but warmer than stainless.
Happy World Interiors Day! Today the global organization, International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers (IFI), commemorates the many contributions of the interiors profession with this year’s theme “50 Years of Design Around the Globe.”
Events held around the world today will include tours, lectures, and celebrations of all the interiors profession contributes to our quality of life and the built environment.
Happy World Interiors Day from all of us at Space as Art!
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:
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.
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