Interior design for kids
Interior design for kids

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. Read more


Happy World Interiors Day from Space as Art!

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. Read more

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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Space as Art in March 2012 SRQ Magazine

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


Succulents in Decor

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 of 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.

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Happy New Year from Space as Art!

2011 was a tremendous year for Space as Art. We grew into a new studio space, took on new projects of all kinds, expanded our team, and developed great new relationships. Thank you to all our clients and industry partners who were a part of this year of success. We wish everyone a bright 2012 ahead- may yours be filled with happiness, health, and prosperity. Cheers!


A look back at some of our highlights of 2011…Space as Art interior design Sarasota

“HD Boutique” Hospitality Design Conference 2011

It’s that time of year again! We just returned from the 2011 HD Boutique Conference in Miami Beach, where we attended great design conference sessions and took in the exhibition floor to view the latest and greatest interior products out this year. Restaurant designer Tony Chi’s keynote was fantastic, the conference sessions informative, and the exhibit floor full of exciting new product introductions to share with our clients. See you next year, South Beach!

Visit to Miromar Design Center

A recent day trip to the Miromar Design Center in Estero, FL sent us back to our Sarasota studio with minds full of creative inspiration- and arms full of samples- for our current projects. We spent all day there hunting for furniture and scouring the fabric showrooms (open to the design trade only) top to bottom for just the right selections among the thousands of options for our clients.

Space as Art Design, “Nautica,” on 2011 Parade of Homes

Coastal Living Room interior design Sarasota TampaA recently completed project designed by Space as Art, a fourth floor, 5,231 square foot Gulf front condominium residence called “Nautica” has been selected for the 2011 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes.

With 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and views of both the Gulf and Intracoastal throughout the unit, this residence, listed for sale at $1.625 million, was just completed in March and was a true pleasure to design. “Nautica” can be toured this month during the Parade of Homes and photos will soon be added here to the Space as Art website.

Until then, we’ve posted a preview album here on our Facebook page. Please enjoy!

Top 10 Interior Design Trends of 2010: Our Year in Review

By Angela Rodriguez, ASID, Principal Interior Designer

As 2010 draws to a close, Space as Art shares our very own recap of the year’s big trends in interior design. Which trends do you hope to see more of in 2011, and to which do you wish good riddance?


Blow it up.

This year we saw more large-scale patterns in every type of product. From dainty, traditional prints blown up big and bold on fabrics, to the maximized and modern geometry of new larger-format carpet tiles, patterns are big. I mean BIG.

^ This graphic wallpaper available from Anthropologie is a magnification of lace; Romo’s “Grandis” collection offers very large-scale patterns in luxurious fabrics.


What’s that? Ikat.

Ikat, the Indonesian name for a traditional style of weaving used across many cultures and tribes of the world, has been a visible influence in fashion and interior design in 2010. Ikat-inspired prints have cropped up on fashion runways and interior design textiles for the past few years, and 2010 has been no exception. In fact, this has been a big year for ikat, with a major exhibition of Central Asian Ikats opening at The Textile Museum in October, and the announcement made this year by the Republic of Indonesia that it would pursue “Intangible Cultural Heritage” accreditation for its traditional ikat weaving. Its influence in interior design extends into digital interpretations of the signature ikat look on modern textiles, which have been popular in 2010.

ikat patternikat pattern

^ “Bayadere” by Brunschwig & Fils; “Ikat” by Dedar; “Khiva” by Fabricut; “Seychelles” by Kravet.


Groovy, baby.

Maybe some of you missed this one, but the 60s were alive again this year thanks to the reincarnation of tie-dye. Yes, TIE-DYE. There were some clues, but when Maya Romanoff announced it would celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with the launch of a tie-dye wall covering line, we knew this was serious. (Why serious? Maya Romanoff produces wallcoverings that tend to become iconic. Those glass beaded walls you at first marveled at, and then saw in restaurants and boutiques everywhere? Those exquisite mother-of-pearl shell coverings gracing luxe interiors worldwide? If MR says tie-tye is here, it’s here) If you still doubt me, here are some more hints…

^ Maya Romanoff and Amy Lau’s tie-dye anniversary collection featuring 3 prints; A tie-dye shower curtain available this year from mainstream retailer, Pottery Barn; Lauren by Ralph Lauren tie-dye accent pillow.


A flock of… wallpaper?

Think of it as a marriage between fabric and paper wall coverings. A bit of softness, a bit of smooth shine, a lot of dimension. Love it or hate it, flocked wallpaper has been big this year.

^ “Lasari” flocked wall covering from Romo uses velvety modern prints and a hint of metallic shine; “Haddon Hall” flocked wall covering by Cole & Son on a silver foil background.


Polite brights.

Neon and bright colors have still been in this year, though used much more sparingly than we saw in the 2000’s. Brights in 2010 were often softened with neutral companions within a pattern, or used as a small accent “pop” on a pillow or accessory.

Bright accent fabrics with neutrals

^ The 2010 palette for home & interiors released by Pantone shows how bright colors are still just as vivid, but used sparingly amongst more natural tones; Ligne Roset furniture exemplifies this color concept in a modern interior; “Spots” textile by Fabricut features bright colors playing nice with black, white, and tan.


Smaller footprints.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, American homes are now actually getting smaller. This means a reverse of the supersized real estate trend of the past 3 decades, when average new home size had steadily risen every year. We’re seeing a similar trend in commercial real estate, where many companies are downsizing into smaller spaces to lower their overhead costs. But thanks to the interior design profession, home and business owners can maximize these smaller spaces for bigger style and greater efficiency to make the most of every square foot.


Weathered chic.

With every action there is an equal and opposite utterly gorgeous, incredibly fabulous reaction… right? If you’re over the sleek, techie-inspired look we’ve seen in interior design for a while now, you will love this. Natural materials, exposed edges, solid construction, raw beauty… but don’t mistake this for feminine, white beach cottage “shabby chic.” This is completely different. I’m calling it weathered chic. And I am loving it. See for yourself…

^ Restoration Hardware’s 2010 furnishings lineup is all about dramatic, weathered chic; Aidan Gray’s Chandler chair typifies weathered chic style and finishes: natural linen, burlap, and aged wood; Even ultra modern Italian furniture maker, Cassina, gets in on the weathered chic look, showing how it can add a layer of interest to a sparse, modern interior.


Tell me a story.

Is there a story behind your wood floors? Did your dining table used to be the roof of a barn, or your shelving the timbers of a ship? Reclaimed wood isn’t appreciated only by environmentalists- it has majorly expanded into mass-market retail this year, and it’s easy to see why. Full of character and equally at home in traditional or modern interiors, there is nothing like the authentic good looks and the allure of the story behind reclaimed materials.

^ Reclaimed wood flooring in a Las Vegas restaurant; Pottery Barn uses reclaimed teak from old buildings to create its “Shasta” coffee tables; No two “Washed Ashore” lamps from Anthropologie are exactly alike, thanks to their reclaimed wood bases; CB2 sources rare saal wood reclaimed from old Indian railroad ties to create the tops of its “Darjeeling” dining tables.


Draw me a picture.

In design, there is such a thing as too much precision. These days when everything can be done so perfectly with computers, we have welcomed this year’s hand-drawn looks and artist-inspired product introductions. Vive l’artiste!

^ Offbeat, squid print draperies from Anthropologie are reminiscent of old-school artist’s woodblock prints; Wall decal by David Bray for Blik; The Thomas Paul 2 fabric collection for Duralee delivers hand-drawn, illustrative style; Forget steel & glass media furniture, Restoration Hardware would prefer you to take the artsy approach and mount your TV on this wooden easel.


LED rising.

If you’ve been into an electronics store in 2010, you’ve already witnessed the introduction of new LED televisions into the mass-market. LED (light emitting diode) technology is cropping up everywhere, in a big way. With its cost finally dropping, manufacturers are offering more products incorporating this type of light, and designers are eagerly delving into its wide-ranging applications in interior design. Offering maximum output at minimum energy consumption, and maximum lifespan at minimum size, LEDs have been big in interior design for the past decade. However, it is only when the cost for new technology drops that we now begin to see its applications more widely explored…

^ Collection of beautiful wood & LED tables seen this year at Milan Furniture Fair, designed by Giancarli Zema for Avanzini Group. Color-changing LED bed by French designer Philippe Boulet comes complete with programmable remote control.

It’s been quite a year! What do you think? We welcome you to share your thoughts and reactions to this year’s interior design trends. Favorites? Hopes for 2011?