Work in Progress: New York Lake House

In order to honor the craftsman style of this existing home while interpreting our design-savvy client’s contemporary-neutral aesthetic, our challenge has been clear: to create a new style which does not yet exist.

This lake house redesign is one of the big projects we are working on currently. The existing home is primarily craftsman style in its architecture and features an abundance of orange-toned Douglas Fir interior trimwork. The solid wood itself is inherently beautiful in its own right, however the strong orange tones are in contrast to our client’s style when it comes to interiors- clean and contemporary with a soft, neutral “greige” palette.

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Sarasota interior design firm
Sarasota interior design firm

We’ve Moved! And Our Phones are Still Catching Up.

Good News: We’ve moved! And this great view of downtown Sarasota is from our new front door.

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! 

Seamlessly integrated Brilliant White appliances by Miele
Seamlessly integrated Brilliant White appliances by Miele

The New Look of White Kitchen Appliances

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 surfaces and spaces large and small made to feel more open and airy.

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 and technology-packed appliances are replacing the ubiquitous stainless steel in some high-end American kitchens.

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Happy World Interiors Day!

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!


A Spectacular Bookmatch

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! Read more


Space as Art Wins Platinum

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!

Space as Art Sarasota interior design award 2013

Angela and Trang at the SRQ Magazine Home of the Year Awards

Happy New Year from Space as Art!

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!


2013 Color of the Year Announced: Emerald Green

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?

Tropical Master Bath Renovation, Casey Key

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.

Concept floor plan presented to client

Concept rendering presented to client

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.


Vintage Patchwork Rugs

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.

Playroom Design Featured in SRQ Magazine

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.

Happy World Interiors Day from Space as Art!

World Interiors Day International Federation of Interior Architects & Designers

Today is World Interiors Day, an annual, worldwide event initiated by the International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers (IFI) to bring Interior Architecture/Design to the attention of the public, to enhance knowledge and understanding about the profession, and  to encourage cooperation between professionals with a focus on the range of work of Interior Designers and their contributions to society.

To learn more about World Interiors Day and IFI, check out

Best of Sarasota Interior Design 2012

Sarasota Magazine’s annual Best of Sarasota issue is now on news stands and we’re happy to announce Space as Art has been named a finalist for Best Interior Designer! Thank you to all our wonderful clients and supporters who voted.

2012 is a very busy year so far at our studio, full of exciting projects and great clients. We look forward to continuing to provide the very best in interior design services to Sarasota and beyond!


Garden Paradise!

(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.

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