Given Sarasota’s thriving social scene paired with gorgeous weddings, client parties, corporate meetings and creative fundraising events which keep the Michael’s On East Ballroom packed throughout the year, it was difficult for Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini to find a time to get a transformation of our timeless Ballroom scheduled!
This month, after careful planning with a focus on functional design, Michael and Phil’s vision for the popular space has become a reality, thanks to expertise of Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design. Anne Folsom Smith and her team have been our trusted partners for more than three decades, during the creation as well as renovation of all Michael’s venues over the years! We asked Anne to share her account of the new Michael’s On East Ballroom:
The Michael’s On East Ballroom presents ‘sophisticated elegance’ at its best. Perhaps the most dramatic update to the space has been the addition of the mocha molding which now frames the windows and extends around the entire room. The deep earthy color continues to the ceiling above each window with roman shades in wood grain, a fiddlesticks type of look in very warm colors.
Our design is ‘smart chic’ in earth tones. The columns have been covered with chocolate and vanilla crystallized tile which gives them a slight sparkle. The carpet is gorgeous and adds additional depth to the design. It’s reminiscent of a riverbed, invoking a wonderful movement of water.
As guests enter through Michael’s Parisian scene in the Atrium Courtyard with its romantic feel from the twinkle lights, the energy transitions seamlessly into the elegant indoor Ballroom. The updated lighting provides a soft halo effect around the room.
The artistic painting detail on the walls also take on a new depth in the Ballroom, serving as a counter-balance to the new molding. Our colors are so neutral that any event theme or color scheme will be complimented and enhanced when celebrated in the Michael’s On East Ballroom.
Special thanks to Anne and her fabulous team for their ongoing partnership and yet another wonderful design! We hope you’re as excited as Michael and Phil with the before and after photos:
“We strive to always be the place locals love to gather. As Michael and I look ahead for the next 10 years, we remain committed to providing our guests the best event spaces,” said Phil. “The Wine Cellar remains so popular; we loved having the opportunity to transform the waterfront venue now known as Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens several years ago and are thrilled with this year’s transformation of the Ballroom.”
As for the restaurant? Phil laughed, but added, “Stay tuned for next summer.”