Trending: The Luxury Shower is the New Tub

 13306 Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach, Florida

The shift in focus from tubs to showers is one of the year’s top remodeling trends, according to research from business-review site Angie’s List. And new home designers across the nation agree that people are ditching the tub altogether, or at the very least keeping it separate from a new, luxurious shower. “As people are busier, they view tubs as too indulgent, and with the current water shortage, wasteful,” says Sara Ledterman, editor-in-chief of Adorno magazine. “We have seen a trend towards showers with steam and jets — the features of large tubs of the past.”  Continue reading “Trending: The Luxury Shower is the New Tub”

Travel in Tile

The hottest new trend in architectural design brings home the style of an exotic vacation. Explore this concept through a one-of-a-kind bayfront home on Southpointe Shores, which is reminiscent of an authentic Mediterranean waterfront villa. Replete with original terra cotta tile and hand-painted, imported Spanish and Portuguese ceramic tile, this house epitomizes a trip to Western Europe.

 1712 Sandalwood Drive, Sarasota, Florida

“I always draw inspiration from my trips along the Mediterranean when I’m designing Mediterranean-style homes here in Florida,” says architect David Balber, who likes to mix eclectic tile for a more casual feel with identical tile to give a more homogenuous/formal look.  Continue reading “Travel in Tile”

Historic Property: The Fairfield House

Winnsboro House

7430 Landis Road, Winnsboro, South Carolina

Listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1974 as the Kincaid-Anderson House, this historic property is known today as the Fairfield House. The Georgian mansion was constructed circa 1774 by James Kincaid, a captain in the American Revolution under Generals Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter. An agricultural innovator and religious leader, Kincaid was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

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Land Fit For a King

The estate was built on land granted by King George III, which contained the famous 10-acre rock that later became the Anderson Quarry. The main house is constructed of brick in Flemish bond on a fieldstone foundation. The interior and exterior walls are solid brick. The hip roof has unboxed common rafters. Dual chimneys service large fireplaces in five of the ten rooms. Small side wings of brick with roof balustrades were added in a 1920s restoration. The wide halls are connected by a sweeping staircase and the massive rooms have large fireplaces and fine moldings.

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A Compound Complete With a Hunt Club

Surrounding the main house are terraced gardens and numerous outbuildings, which epitomize landscaping refinement during the Revolutionary period. The original kitchen has been renovated into a guest house. The pool is flanked by beautiful stone buildings that contain a bath house and entertaining space with a patio.  The grounds are enclosed by a serpentine wall of blue granite from the nearby quarry. A two-story brick work house has been converted into another guest house. The surrounding acreage is heavily wooded with abundant wildlife including deer and turkey. The estate includes a hunt club, which is fully outfitted for overnight guests.

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The Creation of the Cotton Gin

Historians revere Captain James Kincaid as an entrepreneur of the first order, known for introducing cotton farming to the South Carolina upcountry. He was also a private banker, watermill builder, canal developer, and avid traveler. During a trip to the Caribbean he noted the natives using a machine made of revolving saws for husking coconuts. He brought the idea back home and adapted it to make a machine for carding wool. This machine was then developed into a very early version of a working cotton gin. Hudgens Holmes was living at Kincaid’s estate at the time, and was engaged in perfecting this invention. Local legend states that Eli Whitney, who worked for and was discharged by Kincaid, later came back to the estate and patented his own version of the gin based on Kincaid’s original creation. What is known for certain is that Whitney patented his gin in 1794, and that Kincaid already had a working saw gin at his grist mill on Mill Creek in Fairfield County as early as 1795.



Honoring Our Distinguished Veterans

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to honor the distinguished U.S. Military veterans on our team. It is with deep respect and gratitude that we pay tribute to them today for their selfless service to our country.

Frank Russell

Photo courtesy of Frank Russell, Creative Director, Naples

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 Photo courtesy of Renee Thompson, Broker Associate, Tampa


Jesse Carr, Sales Associate, Lakewood Ranch

Rank: Sergeant and First Lieutenant

Branch of Service: Air Force and Army

Military Occupation: Medical Specialist and Infantry Officer

Dates of Service: May 1983 to April 1987;  December 1989 to  December 1999


Tamara Currey, Sales Associate, Sarasota

Rank: E-4

Branch of Service: Army

Military Occupation: Radiologic Technologist, stationed in Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Dates of Service: 1980 to 1984


Tom Hedge, Jr., Sales Associate, Sarasota

Rank: Airman First Class

Branch of Service: Air Force

Military Occupation: Missile Silo Chief

Dates of Service: 1989 to 1992


Frank Russell, Creative Director, Naples

Rank: E-5

Branch of Service: Army

Military Occupation: 11-Bravo (Infantry), Kuwait

Dates of Service: 1992 to 1996


Eugene Smiley, Sales Associate, Belleair Bluffs

Rank: Sergeant

Branch of Service: Army

Occupation: Personnel Specialist, served in U.S., Germany and Korea

Dates of Service:  January 1973 to March 1979


Dave Thomas, Sales Associate, Longboat Key

Rank: E-5

Branch of Service:  Army

Occupation: Computer Programmer

Dates of Service:  1966 to 1969


Renee Thompson, Broker Associate, Tampa

Rank: Sergeant

Branch of Service: Army

Occupation: Logistics Manager

Dates of Service:  November 1993 to August 2001


Al Wenzel, Sales Associate, Sarasota

Rank: RM2

Branch of Service:  Navy

Military Occupation: Radioman

Dates of Service:  November 1967 to November 1973





Picasso/Dalí, Dalí/Picasso Opens November 8 at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of an extraordinary art exhibit: Picasso/Dalí, Dalí/Picasso opens to the public at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg on Saturday, November 8, 2014, and promises to be an international blockbuster. Featuring rarely-loaned works from more than 20 international art museums and private collections worldwide, the exhibit will pair the creations of  Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.  Dozens of works – with a focus on paintings, and also featuring drawings, prints and sculpture – will be on display exclusively at The Dalí Museum until February 16, 2015. The exhibit will then be displayed at Museu Picasso in Barcelona, Spain beginning on March 19, 2015.

“This exhibition offers the possibility of rereading the relationship between two key figures of twentieth-century art and exploring new interpretations of the period in which their lives and works intersected,” explained Dalí Museum Director Dr. Hank Hine. “Both of our permanent collections are made up of works by arguably the two most influential 20th century Spanish artists. We are honored to collaborate with Barcelona’s Museu Picasso and our enduring partners at the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.”

This will be the second blockbuster exhibit in The Dalí Museum building, following the Andy Warhol exhibit earlier this year which set the tone for record visitation. Dalí Museum Marketing Director, Kathy Greif, commented that “visitation during the Warhol show’s opening month was up more than 40% versus the same period last year. We anticipate the Picasso show will draw an even larger crowd during its three-month run.”

The Dalí Museum opened in 1982 and began with the permanent collection of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, individual collectors. The initial holdings of the Museu Picasso, which opened in 1963, were donated by Picasso’s life-long friend and secretary Jaime Sabartés. Later, the artist himself would increase its collection considerably.

© Salvador Dalí. Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí, (Artist Rights Society), 2013 / Collection of the Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2014.
Apparatus and Hand, 1927 Salvador Dalí              ©Salvador Dali. Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí , (Artist Rights Society (ARS}], 2014. Collection of The Dalí Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL, 2014. ©2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso /ARS, NY. This exhibition was organized by The Dalí Museum and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, with the collaboration of the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí and is supported by an indemnity from the U.S. Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
©2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
Femme dans un fauteuil rouge, 1929 Pablo Picasso © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso /ARS,NY/ The De Menil Foundation, Houston, TX. This exhibition was organized by The Dali Museum and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, with the collaboration of the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Oalf and is supported by an indemnity from the U.S.Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Anne Hathaway Film Headlines Naples International Film Festival

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the Naples International Film Festival, which opens Thursday with Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway’s drama Song One.  The movie’s Florida debut is part of a red-carpet opening event at Artis-Naples, which will feature several of the festival’s filmmakers, including Song One’s writer/producer/director Kate Barker-Froyland.

The tale of artistic struggle and the impact of music is the first feature film by Barker-Froyland, who initially met Hathaway on the set of The Devil Wears Prada back in 2006, when she was assistant to the movie’s director, David Frankel. “Director Jonathan Demme reconnected us,” she says, explaining that after conceiving the story of a young woman’s journey, she was “able to rewrite with Anne in mind. She was wonderful, and we had a great time working together. She was also one of the producers on the film.”


Shot in Barker-Froyland’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York, the movie pays homage to the area’s indie music scene. “It was a dream to shoot there,” she relates. “I’ve been to so many places that I wanted to film, like Pete’s Candy Store, and the Bowery Ballroom. There were so many talented musicians, and it was important to be able to shoot the performances live, and capture the feeling of going to a show.”

The biggest challenge of filming was time,” Barker-Froyland continues. “We shot the film in 28 days, and it was a challenge to shoot in the different locations, including spending two days filming in Morocco, where [Hathaway’s character] Franny goes to escape and immerse herself.”

The film, which also features Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, is ultimately about the power of music. “I’m fascinated by music, and how it has the ability to connect all of us,” she concludes. “A song can elicit such an immediate emotional reaction. Music is the connective thread between people — it is the universal language.”



 photos courtesy of Kate Barker-Froyland

Latest Real Estate Headlines: October 2014

Here are the highlights from top news stories in Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s luxury real estate market.

Anna Maria Island Named One of the World’s Top Islands Condé Nast Traveler

Anna Maria Island
813 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, Florida

This exquisite Gulf-front home is situated on the tip of gorgeous Anna Maria Island. With over 4 acres of land — including 250 feet of private beachfront — the property has stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The gated entrance leads you to the spacious elevated home, uniquely designed with sliders and picture windows on three sides to capture amazing water views. Glass doors from the great room flow to a large Gulf-front patio perfect for entertaining.
Continue reading “Latest Real Estate Headlines: October 2014”