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CREATING A UNIQUE SPACE

Interior designer Stephanie Nolan’s new Palm Avenue showroom, Distinctive Interiors, offers unique choices & expert design services

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istinctive Interiors is adding to the art-district vibe of downtown Sarasota’s Palm Avenue, finding a home among the area’s art galleries and specialty stores with its highly visual window display and array of custom home furniture and accessories available for purchase. Owner Stephanie Nolan, who opened Distinctive Interiors in January, also offers a full range of residential and commercial interior design services. “I wanted a showroom where people can come for inspiration as well as for retail items and interior design services,” Nolan says. “The showroom has many unique pieces, including custom furniture, accessories, floral arrangements, pillows, and mirrors. Everything is set up for the person who is looking for something different.” Growing up in coastal New England, Nolan was fascinated by exceptional architecture and design and found she enjoyed a wide range of styles although the showroom reflects local construction trends. “The showroom is more transitional with a modern edge and a Palm

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Beach vibe,” she says. With many years of experience designing local residential interiors as well as more than a decade of commercial design experience working in Boston architectural firms, Nolan has exceptional project management skills and an in-depth understanding of crucial structural and construction considerations. A peek in Distinctive Interiors’ front window provides a glimpse of Nolan’s flair for creating unique spaces. She plans to change the window every four weeks, with themes based on what is current in the market, to inspire homeowners looking for a seasonal refresh or a completely new look. Her first window was a symphony of winter white and pieces that work well with a white palette. “I love being able to showcase how to pull together a look,” Nolan says, “but whether it’s a beach cottage or modern penthouse, I always want to be sure it works for the client and has longevity. What is important is listening and understanding each client’s unique personality and revolving the design around that.”

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