SRQ Home of the Year, Silver Award for Best Overall Home Interior Design

Architects, contractors, interior designers and all of their fans came together at the offices of SRQ magazine last night to celebrate the 15th annual Home of the Year Awards Ceremony, seeing honors bestowed on local builders for local projects. With submitted projects evaluated by a three-judge panel of experts from Tampa, Naples and Miami, awards were given…

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Women of Influence 2018

A big bed

Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner of Collins Interiors, LLC How she turned her longtime hobby of interior design into a successful business. Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner Collins Interiors Design TWELVE YEARS AGO, Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner retired from her career as a health care executive and after taking classes and consulting with seasoned professionals, launched her interior design practice,…

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Downsizing: An Adventure in space planning

Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner

Interior designer Barbara Gardner (owner of Collins Interiors) and her husband Tom recently downsized from a large home on Bird Key to an apartment at Orchid Beach. She brought about a third of her existing furniture with her and then added new things that are appropriate to the size of the rooms and to her…

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Q&A: Interior Designer Barbara Gardner

Interior designing

Q+A: INTERIOR DESIGNER BARBARA GARDNER Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner is the founder and president of COLLINS INTERIORS. Her certifications and affiliations include: The Interior Design Society (IDS); International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA); International Interior Design Association (IIDA); International Design Association; and certified home stager. TSG Sarasota: What prep work should someone do before meeting with a designer?…

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