I just got home from a short holiday in Sarasota, Florida. The blue skies, warm sand and ocean breezes were the perfect remedy to February blahs. But the highlight of my trip was the visit to the 1920's Ringling Mansion called Ca'd'Zan on Sarasota Bay. Read about the history here. It reminded me of a polished version of the 1998 movie, Great Expectations. The colours and textures are so rich and sophisticated. I will draw many design inspirations from that trip! I'm looking up at the gorgeous wood, painted ceiling here! I love all the greens used throughout the mansion. Beautiful attire! The kitchen was considered totally utilitarian, but we try to recreate this look all the time now! The staff staircase.The ocean facing patio with chevon mixed marble was stunning!