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Plan now for 2001 showhouses

Time to get out those new appointment books and jot down dates of interest in the world of home decor and construction. The 2001 spring calendar is loaded with show houses and Parades of Homes.

Here's the lineup for the next few months. We'll have details closer to the events.

Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Designer showhouse at the Crosley mansion, Seagate, in Sarasota. Sponsored by American Society of Interior Designers of Sarasota. Information: (941) 954-4454.

Feb. 5-March 4: Florida West Coast Symphony showhouse at two locations: a penthouse in the Bay Club in Sarasota and a house on Sarasota Bay. Information: (941) 953-4252.

Feb. 24-April 1: Home & Condo magazine's 2001 Dream Home at Quail West, a country-club development in North Naples. This year it's an 8,381-square-foot home with 26 rooms, including five bedrooms, 7{ baths, 28-foot carved stone fireplace, twin offices, 46-foot pool and two-story outdoor pavilion. Likely sale price: $7-million to $8-million. Information: (941) 591-4020. Tickets: $10. Benefits Naples Philharmonic youth music education program.

March 3-25: St. Petersburg Orchestra Guild showhouse at a townhouse and a condo unit at Vinoy Place, the luxury residential development on the St. Petersburg waterfront adjacent to the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Information: (727) 392-0509.

The Tampa branch of the orchestra guild plans no showhouse this year. Nor do members of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, who have put on showhouses the last several years. Instead, the ASID chapter plans a design expo Oct. 5-7 at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, including workshops, national celebrity speakers, antique appraisals, designer vignettes, vendor booths and garden areas.

Parades of Homes are showcases of new construction put on by county builder associations to spotlight builder members' new models. Here are dates for local counties:

Feb. 24-March 11: Hernando Parade of Homes. March 3-18: Manatee-Sarasota Parade of Homes. March 10-18: Citrus Parade of Homes. March 17-April 1: Pinellas Parade of Homes. March 24-April 8: Hillsborough Parade of Homes.

Some Pasco builders may show their models in the Pinellas or Hillsborough parades. The builders' association in Pasco will sponsor a Parade of Neighborhoods June 21-July 4 focusing on amenities, lifestyle and landscaping at developments.

In early summer, Southern Living magazine will open one of its annual Idea Houses at Brookside, a development in Wesley Chapel where all the homes are built from Southern Living plans. The home, the Carriage Park model, will be built by Scott Isabel and Del Diaz of Classic Southern Homes of Tampa. Interior designer is Marty Sears of Marty Sears Interiors in Tampa.

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