Monday, September 26, 2011

Fencing Design Fears

Regardless of how many times you make the same type of deicisons, about the same areas of design, you have the same design fears. Or at least I do, especially when I do something out of the norm...which of course is my "normal" way of design :-)

In the past 10 days, I have reviewed all interior products, priced all options and made those last minute critical decisions. Like deciding tile for a guest bath shower should not cost $5000.00... but remember, the less money you spend, the more work you have to do!

You look at these two houses, at this phase, and you need to know what colors are going work for the roof tile, on the decks, color of stucco, on the trims and for the railings...

Then you begin to contemplate how the colors of the landscape will affect the outdoor and indoor finishes. Regardless of years of training and experience, there is always the chance you are going to forget something that is important. Like where will the sun be hitting the surfaces inside and what shadows will that create? So first you go over everything on paper, and then you walk through it visually, a couple of times... Sometimes it becomes a little overhwhelming!

The more contemporary home is the one on the back lot, 320 Calle Miramar.

Interior finsihes are shelled concrete, steel beams for stair stringers, concrete block walls for the master shower and artisan crafted stainless steel cooking center in the kitchen. While doing research for another product, I found a reclaimed wood company called Centennial Woods.

This company reclaims snow fence in Wyoming, remove the nails, and turns it into tongue and groove 3/4 wood floors, paneling and planking. In the midst of all the contemporary finishes, I have decided to use this reclaimed wood on the 2nd and 3rd floor. This is going to be a massive focal point with a lot of movement and in reality; most people would believe it belongs in a log cabin.

However I believe I can use this wonderful green product and make an unexpected design statement. As strange as it may seem, I believe the remaing products will need to be extremely contemporary in order to make this work. I guess time will tell!! The moral of this story, good design means sometimes being fearful. But never be afraid!

Friday, September 23, 2011

CG Designs: Vendor Profile

Here are examples of some of our favorite vendors, all of which are available through the Cheryl Gaddie Designs showroom. Call 941.346.7401 for an appointment:

Photo by C.R. Laine

Established in 1958, C.R. Laine, remains a family owned and operated furniture company based in North Carolina. Featuring fine leathers, fabrics, and finishes, C.R. Laine is known for creating exquisite upholstered hand-crafted furniture, made exclusively in the U.S.A. 

Photo by Castec

The Castec window collection features folding shades, balloon shades, and drapery panels in a wide range of fabrics and styles. Castec solar shades are also available for a more contemporary and practical Florida window treatment solution. 

Photo by Selva

Italian design company Selva has been offering a high-quality line of modern and classic furnishings for over 40 years. Based in Verona Italy, Selva boasts fine Italian craftsmanship throughout all of their living, dining, sleeping and office furniture collections. 

Photo by Jamie Young

Jamie Young is a Los Angeles-based company offering a global mix of innovative lighting solutions and interesting accessories for the home. Collaborators Jamie Young Jeter and David Jeter bring their passion for art and travel to this incredibly unique brand. 

Photo by Jamie Young

Photo by Walker Zanger

Walker Zanger offers a stunning line of tile and stone for custom residential and commercial installations. Not limited to kitchen and bath applications, Walker Zanger custom tile and stone can bring tremendous style and character to your home. 


Monday, September 19, 2011

Design Vision

Our architect, Mark Smith understood the constraints of the two lots on Calle Miramar. His vision began to form as he manipulated what would be acceptable and meet code requirements for square footage and set backs. Those were his considerations while creating interest in the architecture and interpreting the clients needs and their own vision.

It is a unique gift to have a vision for design. Vision encompasses the entirety of the project. I understand when clients make the statement they want to duplicate something they have seen in a magazine. It is my obligation to explain why we need to be creative and how they can make their own design statement.

Interior Design is a passion. And when it comes to new residential construction, I always begin with the hearth of the home - the Kitchen. If you are awestruck when you walk into a stunning kitchen, then you should be able to have that experience every day, in your own kitchen.

Designing a kitchen in a new home can be challenging. Although it is the perfect opportunity to create that dream kitchen you always wanted.

The focus for this kitchen is entertaining family and friends while enjoying the outdoors. By placing the dining area next to the pool, whether the Nana Door System is open or closed, the experience of outdoors will always be there. This casual contemporary design will be clean lines and acrylic finishes with dark stained rift cut white oak as a compliment.

Counter tops are Zodiac quartz and appliances are Wolf/Sub Zero stainless. The cabinetry is custom built by Busby Cabinets, a local Florida manufacturer.

As soon as I figure out how to download floorplans and elevations to this blog... or find the time to photograph all the product, I will continue these kitchen details!

In the meantime, the construction is coming along very smooth and organized. Just like it is supposed to!!



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sarasota Modern

Florida Modern by Jan Hochstim

Sarasota Modern by Andrew Weaving

Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses by Christopher Domin and Joseph King

Bookstore 1 Sarasota opened on March 1, 2011, and the store's motto of "Joie de Livres" is evident in their eclectic assortment of staff-only selections. Visiting the store insures one of those comfortable and charming shopping experiences where a staff member is eager and happy to discuss your choices and make suggestions that you find truly useful. Even if you're thinking "but I only use an e-reader now" trust us, Bookstore 1 specializes in the kind of must-have books you need and want to own and display.

This is the kind of small-town shopping experience that makes you feel lucky to live here, and if you're visiting, well it makes you never want to leave. They also offer meeting space for special literary events and readings.

Of course, we especially love that Bookstore 1 has a great assortment based on local contemporary architecture.

Stop in for a visit and pick up these gorgeous books for yourself!

Bookstore 1 Sarasota
1359 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-7900
Open Monday-Saturday: 9AM-9PM
Sunday: 10AM-6PM


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Design Like A Pro

The houses are coming up quickly! At this stage, almost every interior product from the Kitchen Sink to the Washer/Dryer has been specified. It is the only way to avoid the dreaded “Change Order”!

We are working on specifying hardware. While in New York over the weekend, I visited several showrooms sampling various products. There is a fine line between a quality product and simply an expensive product. Two of my favorite hardware companies are and Remember to place your dollars in areas that should never need to be “replaced”.

Planning and verifying, again and again… on every detail, that is the key to saving dollars and having a spectacular project. An efficient design team can save you time, and time is one of the many ways we can save you money.

There are many unfortunate stories I hear when a homeowner decides to manage the project to “save money”. Cost overruns, products purchased that don’t fit, sub contractors not showing up, product delays, a “forgotten” permit when needed, a paint color that isn’t what you expected….it goes on and on.

Before you make the decision to build, remodel or install a new kitchen/bath, it is important to consult with a professional. Most designers, architects and general contractors offer complimentary consultations. If you decide to do a “self managed project”, here are a few things to remember:

  • Begin from the bottom up – start with the foundation of the project. Know everything BEFORE you begin. Don’t make assumptions.
  • If you are decorating, begin with flooring, paint and lighting – lighting is extremely important! You are building a foundation for style.
  • Do not impulse-buy products because they are on sale. If they don’t fit, you have wasted time and money attempting to put a square peg in a round hole.
  • Know your options before you make a decision. Not every salesperson is trained in the product they sell. Take the time to do your research.
  • Review space plans for your project. There are several free “self help” sights from painting stores (my favorite is Benjamin Moore) to full design programs . You must be willing to do the work!
  • And most importantly, do not be afraid to ask for help :-)

Next week – We will talk about kitchens!!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Interview with Smith Architects P.A.

This week's profile is on Mark H. Smith, AIA of Smith Architects, PA. This Siesta Key native specializes in contemporary green design and project administration for residential and commercial projects throughout Florida's Gulf Coast. We had a chance to interview Smith and find out what led to his career in design and what inspires his work.

Q: What prompted you to enter into the field of architecture?

SMITH: It became apparent to my mother I was going to be an architect when I was a small child playing with building blocks. From Lincoln Logs to Legos, it was one design build project after another. As I got older, I realized that I was drawn to architecture (no pun intended). I can't imagine doing anything else.

Q: Which key influencers would you say helped craft your particular style of design?

SMITH: Like most young architects that grew up in the '60s and '70s I was inspired by the modern architectural movement of Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, and the like. Their use of indigenous materials and site specific design made so much sense to a young architect-to-be.

Q: What would you consider to be one of your personal favorite buildings designed by an American architect?

SMITH: "Falling Water" by Frank Lloyd Wright is a renown masterpiece of modern architecture and an inspiration to anyone with a pulse! Hard to believe this year marks the 75th anniversary of this National Historic Landmark located in Western Pennsylvania. The building is just as beautiful and timeless today as when it was first built.

Q: With the unfortunate loss of so many beautiful buildings across America, what would you say is one of the biggest local demolition tragedies this town has suffered?

SMITH: Riverview High School by Paul Rudolph was right here in Sarasota and I was lucky enough to study there in the early '70s. The school incorporated "green" design before people were thinking green. It had moveable glass walls that allowed cross ventilation. It had 8 foot wide concrete sunshades protecting the classrooms from the Florida sun. The school had light monitors in the hallways to allow the hot air to rise up, drawing in the cooler air under the sunshades through the classrooms. The light monitors also provided natural light to filter into the hallways making an incredibly pleasant learning environment...without air-conditioning! Unfortunately a narrow-minded school board followed the recommendation of an egocentric school superintendent and Riverview was demolished in 2009. We all must be on a constant vigil to preserve our architectural heritage.

Riverview High School by Paul Rudolph

Sarasota is lucky to have this talented and insightful architect in our midst! Smith is known for successfully bridging the gap between careful preservation efforts and bringing contemporary updates to existing design. He exercises green principles wherever possible in all new projects. Smith's studio is located at 5032 Calle Minorga on Siesta Key. For more information, please visit or call 941.346.7205.