Monday, June 23, 2014

1930's Home Restoration & Design - Update #1 Purchasing an eighty year old home!

I love old houses. I love the wavy images beyond panes of old cold-flow glass. I love squeaky wood floors and clever built-ins. I love the thought that someone occupied this same space decades before. At least that is what I am telling myself as we sign the papers to go into contract on a nearly eighty year-old house. So begins our adventure restoring and renovating this space for our family. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

1930's Home Restoration & Design Project

One of the responsibilities of a small business is to reach out to the community. One of the ways CG Interior Design has chosen to do this is by educating our clients and web followers about all things design. The entries you will be reading will feature a number of different design and construction topics as well as a real-time day-to-day, project-by-project storyline (along with extensive photos) of how a 1933/1936 home is being designed, renovated and expanded. The following is a sampling of a few topics that you will be reading about:

Understanding the design aesthetic and how to learn (or sharpen) your own design skills.

Project planning: What it takes to put together a plan from concept to creation. How to work with a designer, architect and contractor whether you do the work yourself or not.

Vintage gold: Furnishing your space with character. How to thoughtfully select (and edit) period pieces so your home does not end up looking like a hurricane hit the antique mall.

Oops: Tips, secrets and lessons learned from our mishaps plus ideas to streamline your project and avoid a trip to the emergency room.

HGTV and managing the "Redbull" effect of home improvement TV. Watching these shows gives you plenty of good ideas and inspiration; just be prepared for the energy crash when your project is not complete in seven days. Quality versus speed and the "Monet" effect will be discussed.

Friday, April 25, 2014

36th Annual Siesta Fiesta!

Don't miss the Siesta Fiesta Art Festival This Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Things Are Heating Up!

The beginning of spring signals longer days and warmer weather coming our way. You'll want to soften harsh sunlight and repel the sun’s heat with Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades, the right window treatment can make a big difference!!! Call or email us to get some for your home.

A peaceful place to relax

Some shade without blocking your beautiful view

A comfortable work space

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sarasota Kitchen Tour, featuring Cheryl Gaddie!

Take the opportunity to view this stunning award-winning kitchen designed by Cheryl Gaddie of CG Designs this weekend, located at 320 Calle Miramar on Siesta Key. The Simply Sarasota Kitchen and Garden Festival is an event hosted by the Junior League of Sarasota, offering visitors an opportunity to view some of the area's most noteworthy homes. Guests will also be provided with helpful party planning techniques, creative demonstrations for table setting and entertaining, craft ideas, and much more. Tickets are available for $20 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Junior League's efforts in nutritional outreach and education for the local Sarasota community. For more information, please visit

Simply Sarasota Kitchen & Garden Festival
March 22, 2013 - 10AM-3PM
March 23, 2013 - 10AM-4PM

Congratulations Cheryl Gaddie! 

Please also join me in congratulating Cheryl on her award-winning kitchen as featured in the 2013 SRQ Magazine Home of the Year!  

Cheryl Gaddie
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
License # IB26001444


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

HGTV Dream Home 2013

Although this home isn't exactly local and it's slightly more southern transitional than contemporary, we still thought it was an interesting subject for Contemporary Sarasota. Plus, there's no denying how great it would be to win this year's HGTV Dream Home on Kiawah Island, South Carolina! The network describes this year's prize as a "low-country zen cottage". The house sleeps 10 comfortably and has ample party and entertaining space. The color palette really takes advantage of the natural surroundings and at times gets bold, which adds that perfect element of playfulness for a vacation getaway! To finish things off, the property is surrounded in a lush southern landscape, which can easily be enjoyed from the numerous terraces and outdoor deck spaces.  

Guest Bedroom Suite 

Elegant Guest Bath

Master Bedroom 

Gorgeous Master Bath 

View From Master Shower 

Twin Bedroom 

Love This Color Combo! 

View of Kitchen and Dining 

Close Up of Dining Space 

Great Room with Marsh View 

Great Room with View to Upstairs Loft

Entry to Great Room

Comfortable Living Space 


Main Floor Powder Room 

Front Entry

Upstairs Hallway

Extra Bunk Space 

TV Loft with Sleeper Sofa 

Playroom with Ping Pong!

Relaxed Outdoor Living

Master Deck 

Deck View 

Home Exterior

What are your thoughts on this year's HGTV Dream Home? Do you have a favorite room? Would you do anything differently?

Let us know if you will cast a vote in hopes of winning this house, plus a GMC Acadia, and $500,000 in cash! Voting takes place daily now through February 15th at:

All photos (C) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC. 


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Our Vision Becomes A Reality

We are pleased to share the long awaited unveiling of 320 Calle Miramar. This custom designed Siesta Key residence was created by Cheryl Gaddie of CG Designs. Architect, Mark H. Smith of Smith-Architects developed all plans, elevations, and renderings for the property. The home was built by Dan Gerdes of Gerdes Construction. All teams worked together seamlessly to create this contemporary coastal masterpiece, located just steps from Siesta Key beach. 

Exterior View From Lap Pool

Chef's Kitchen

Custom Brushed Stainless Steel Island

First Floor Master Bedroom Suite

Open Air Master Bath

Master Soaking Tub

Open Concept Living Room


Upstairs Bar

Pool Table and Office Loft Space 

Front Entrance 

Photos simply don't do this beautiful home justice. One must visit this exquisite residence in order to experience the breathtaking views of the Siesta Key skyline, the incredible reclaimed wood loft floors, the custom concrete and shell staircase, the super chic powder room, and every single sophisticated architectural and design detail. Congratulations to the team on a job very well done! 

Here's hoping for a win in this year's SRQ Home of The Year competition! Stay tuned. 

All photos by 414 FOTO studio.