We're entering the spring season of show houses in the bay area and beyond. Most are fundraisers, and all are great sources of design ideas you can incorporate in your home. • We kick off this weekend with the Sarasota Orchestra Association Designer Showcase, which had a unique feature: star power. It's staged at the home of the LPGA's Paula Creamer. • Jewels on the Bay, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee counties, is a two-home tour on Longboat Key.
>> The Sarasota Orchestra Association 35th annual Designer Showcase
When: The home, being shown in partnership with Gibraltar Homes, is open from Saturday through March 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 5510 Inspiration Terrace, overlooking Legends Bay in west Bradenton.
Tickets: $25 at the entrance and various Sarasota area locations. Group rates are available by calling (941) 955-9899. Tickets are nontransferable and can be used for multiple visits before the show house closes. Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Orchestra and youth orchestra programs.
Of note: The home belongs to LPGA star Paula Creamer. . . . Each day will include a special activity: Solution Sundays will feature low-cost home-improvement projects presented by Lowe's, Makeover Mondays will focus on kitchen and bath makeovers by Allikriste Fine Cabinetry & Kitchen Design and so on. Find information for each day's activities at sarasota orchestra.org.
Details: Call (941) 685-0425 or go to sarasotaorchestra.org and search for "designer showcase."
Jewels on the Bay
When: The two-house tour in Longboat Key continues through Feb. 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 991 Longboat Club Road and 756 Dream Island Road, Longboat Key.
Tickets: $20 (available at either house). For groups of 10 or more, tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 each. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Of note: The Dream Island Road home was designed by architect Tim Seibert in the Sarasota school of architecture. A class about that architectural style will be held at the house on Feb. 20. Call (941) 365-5214 for details.
Details: Call (941) 926-7794 or go to designershowhousesarasota.com.