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METROHome Tour: A Passion Project

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  A Passion Project By Mary Lou Janson Interior Design by Rob Bowen Design Group Photography by Seamus Payne   Architectural renderings for a customized West Indies-style home were finished and the Snell Isle location secured. All that remained was to break ground and begin building. After years of calling condominiums home, Rob Bowen was […]

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August 25, 2021 |

METROHome Tour: In Living Color

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Adding Pizzaz To A Modern Estate By Mary Lou Janson A contemporary architectural style, features that include tall glass walls, wide windows and light-inviting skylights are mixed with a monochromatic color scheme. The lines and design of this sophisticated Southern California home were as striking as they were stunning. Yet, impressive as it was, something was […]
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January 5, 2018 |

METROHome Tour: In Living Color

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Adding Pizzaz To A Modern Estate By Mary Lou Janson A contemporary architectural style, features that include tall glass walls, wide windows and light-inviting skylights are mixed with a monochromatic color scheme. The lines and design of this sophisticated Southern California home were as striking as they were stunning. Yet, impressive as it was, something was […]
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January 3, 2018 |

METROHome Tour: Color, Texture, Sophistication & Creativity

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  Posh custom-designed high-rise condo By Mary Lou Janson The private elevator opens to reveal bold black and red monogrammed carpeting, marking the entrance to the custom-designed condominium, just beyond the mirrored doors guarded by two lions hand-carved from wood. Overhead, but not to be overlooked, an Italian chandelier displays a variety of colors and […]
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December 15, 2017 |

Orlando Cafe Tour: Doña Juana Coffee Shop

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Today I stopped by Doña Juana Coffee Shop on my cafe tour of Orlando with Le’ Anns Cheesecakes ‘N More. The cafe is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30AM-8:00PM and serves a variety of coffee, smoothies, and snacks/food. They recently opened their doors back in December 2016.

Many of the cafes we hit up today in the Winter Park area and beyond were new to the area – it’s really amazing seeing so many cool shops in Orlando – the phenomenon is also happening across I-4 in Tampa.

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We decided to try some smoothies during our visit – I had the Acai-Mix and the others had Soursop and and Strawberry-Banana.

Acai Mix at Dona Juana

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One cool thing I noticed is that all the smoothies tasted real – plenty of cafes sell smoothies and do not use fruits or have a terrible artificial taste to smoothies – Dona Juana has tasty smoothies and the prices are fair with most smoothies under $ 4. The sweetness level was also just right.

It would be cool to see them expand the smoothie menu, but for now I have my eye on mango on a future visit.

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The coffee options and decor of the shop definitely were enticing – I would’ve ordered a coffee, but am going to leave that for my next visit in the near future. The staff was friendly and the shop was fairly modern inside with lots of comfortable seating and couches – something you don’t see everyday.

Here is a video from their Facebook:

I’ll be back soon!

Dona Juana Coffee Shop. 6965 Piazza Grande Avenue Orlando, FL 32835. (321) 317-3760


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February 9, 2017 |

HOME TOUR: Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors

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Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors in Newly Designed L.A. Townhouseview photo gallery below

 

Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors
In Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse

By Mary Lou Janson

 

Bright, bold and a bit unconventional. What describes a newly decorated, vibrantly designed, Los Angeles townhouse owned by a prominent Tampa family, applies to more than just the stylish space; it’s also an apt description of homeowner Candy DeBartolo, who collaborated with Tampa Bay design professional Enrique Crespo, to furnish and finish rooms to reflect her fashion sense, fearlessness and individuality.

Moving from a cozy L.A. condo that formerly served as Candy’s home-away-from-her-Tampa-home, to the larger, three-level townhouse, offered lots of opportunities to add her signature flair throughout the living and dining areas, outdoor patio, third floor bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.

“I just wanted this to be different from my house in Tampa,” DeBartolo said. “I wanted a space to call my own. I have great friends out there and I want them to enjoy my surroundings. I love it in L.A. and so do my daughters. It’s such a different experience there. I love people watching. I love the fashions, the restaurants, the shopping, the weather and I love the people.”

That point-of-view, and some of the dwelling’s accompanying views, are apparently shared by her neighbors that include Candy Spelling, Paula Abdul and Ralph Lauren’s nephew.

Hoping to entertain guests at the new address by the first of this year, Candy knew just who to call to fast track making her home move-in ready. Crespo, principal at the Tampa-based Crespo Design Group, impressed Candy with the inspired ideas he introduced to the South Tampa homes of her daughters, Nikki DeBartolo and Lisa DeBartolo Miggs, as well as, areas of her own Tampa residence.

Another family-owned property, a new Carrollwood restaurant named Sacred Pepper, has also been entrusted to Crespo’s eye for design.

 

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“Enrique is such a master of space”

— Candy said referring to her L.A. home

 

“We have some curved walls, but he found a wonderful curved couch. It all just works. I think we complement each other’s tastes. Enrique is so fun to work with. We had lots of laughs together. And we are both on the same page. That makes for a very fun time.”

What began with a flurry of fabric, color and wallpaper selections at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood last July, continued with monthly meetings and shopping trips in California and finally wound down when Crespo spent all of December getting everything placed, painted and papered.

“I absolutely want to entertain here,” said DeBartolo. “My friends and I just love chilling and talking. This space is a place to accomplish that and have fun.”

The open floor plan creates a light and airy environment on the main living level that flows to an outdoor area, accessed by floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. Furniture is free of the confines and constrictions of walls. Vivid colors and various prints co-exist in harmony.

“This is how I dress. I never dress safe,” said DeBartolo about her non-traditional tastes. “I don’t follow all the rules. I have short platinum hair and love beautiful clothes. I don’t like looking like everyone else.”

A woven silk floor rug boasting whimsical swirls, colors similar to paint splatters, creates a welcome focal point on the wooden floor. A bright pink   portrait of Marilyn Monroe coated in diamond dust sparkles and shimmers. The long, narrow upstairs hallway is buffered by a runner made from an Indian sari. Handblown mercury glass plates wall-mounted at the top of the stairs add depth, dimension and drama.

“I love wallpaper and try to always use it in my designs,” said Crespo. “People still think of wallpaper as the dated floral you might find at your grandmother’s house. Wall coverings have come a long way. I feel they add another layer of texture to the space you can not achieve with painting. The paper in the guest room is silk, the paper in Candy’s office (aqua colored room) is murano glass beads and the paper in her master bath portrays falling flowers (peonies).”

A mother of three and wife of commercial real estate developer, and former owner of the San Francisco 49ers NFL franchise, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Candy admits to an affinity for cosmopolitan destinations.

“My husband loves Montana and he’ll spend months there,” said DeBartolo. “It’s not enough for me. I am not very outdoorsy. I spend maybe a month per year in Montana. I need more stimulation!”      M


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Enrique CrespoDesigns created by Tampa-based
Enrique Crespo, Principal,
Crespo Design Group
813-831-0949
www.CrespoDesignGroup.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 14, 2016 |

METROHome Tour: Fine Lines

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New Wheldon Home

New Wheldon Family Home in St. Petersburg

By Mary Lou Janson

 

 

Inspirations for the interior of Susie Wheldon’s custom-designed home were drawn from such diverse sources as the white-washed interior brick walls of a local business, to the checkered flag associated with motor sports.

 

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Similar bricks salvaged from a Milwaukee building that have been plastered and painted,  add depth and dimension to one wall of her master bedroom. Black and white squares reminiscent of the racing pennant pattern the floor of an upstairs bathroom.

Unconventional ideas and elements and multi-level angles are apparent throughout the two-story, 3,600-square-foot home that combines modern design with minimal décor, contrasts light and dark colors and features textured wood floors, sleek metal surfaces and smooth marble counters.

 

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A desire to live in the family-friendly community of St. Petersburg’s Historic Old Northeast neighborhood, meant not only moving from nearby Snell Isle, but designing and building a new home. The mother of two admired the red brick-lined streets and American Craftsmen-style bungalows that define the centrally located district, but needed a more practical floor plan to accommodate individual bedrooms  for sons Sebastian, 7, and Oliver, 5, space for entertaining guests, an office where Wheldon could manage professional and personal matters and a modest pool.“I knew we wanted to be in this neighborhood,” Wheldon said.

“There are a lot of great homes with character here, but I had to have a functional space that would work for all of us. We really had to think outside of the box, but once I saw the plans I fell in love with it.”

 

To meet those needs within the confines of a single, narrow lot, she worked closely with Jimmy Brattain of Design Works Florida, who created the flowing floor plan and eye-catching architecture. Elaine Pauley of Urban Style Interiors of Indianapolis, met   with Wheldon every few months to help select the ideal interior fixtures, features and furnishings, that contribute to the “classy, modern industrial” décor.
“The house is my version of clean, white, simple architecture,” said Brattain. The front door appears to open directly into the house but instead accesses the pool and patio area that sports views of blue skies, twinkling stars and the multi-level gabled roof.

 

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“The inspiration for the courtyard is Santorini (city in Greece). I liked the different levels of roofs that make the courtyard feel like you are in a small village,” said Brattain. “It’s a playful take on architecture that you can’t see from the street.”

 

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Lots of windows, many well above eye level, high ceilings, French doors and an open floor plan on the ground level, provide ample space for gatherings of friends and family. Separate, but  spacious, rooms above the living area offer a sense of sanctuary that is enhanced by the soothing, cooling colors incorporated throughout the rooms.

 

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Framed black and white family  photos displayed on the second floor and small canvases of original paintings by family friends, relatives and others closely connected with Wheldon, exhibited in another stairwell, put a personal stamp on the premises that make the home feel all that much more warm and welcoming.

 

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The Wheldon family has called St. Petersburg home for years. Dan Wheldon was a professional race car driver who died doing what he loved at age 33. A red brick bearing his autograph is embedded among the white bricks in a bedroom. A fabric featuring the British flag of the U.K. native’s homeland cover an armchair that is located in the children’s upstairs play area.

 

WheldonFamilyPhotoSusie Wheldon with her two sons, Oliver, 5, and Sebastian, 7.  Photo: Heidi Chowen, Chowen Photography

 

 

“Those help to keep us all together,” said Susie Wheldon. From her home office overlooking the front yard, Wheldon manages the Dan Wheldon Foundation she created to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.     M

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 10, 2016 |

Work Space Design Tour

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Work Space Geared For Battle

 By Ronda M. Parag   

state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company

 

 

Driving along Cypress Street in West Tampa, there has been ongoing construction behind the metal fence that was once Hector-Elisa’s Health Club. For the past eight months, Michael Hettrich of Octillion design + build, inc., has been transforming the space into a state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company. Michael Hettrich, and his team at Octillion design + build, is comprised of skilled carpenters, welders, furniture makers, and two full time buyers, that search the world over for treasures to be used in their one of a kind space transformations. Martin emphasized that he is interested in “function over design” and working with Hettrich has been “awesome.” As a WWII buff, Martin was interested in incorporating military objects and design into the space. His goal was to use colors, contents and fonts to create a comfortable, engaging space, nothing stuffy or uptight.

 
“We gutted everything except the exterior wall,” Martin says. “The building was like a time capsule from the 70s.” Hettrich designed the entire space around four red steel beams in the interior, to create the circular conference room, while the spokes of the wheel offer other offices and meeting spaces. The entrance is wrapped in dark walnut, with inset photos from the Indy 500. The photos from the 50s and 60s are sliced to show only parts of the race cars. There are no light switches on the walls, each room has occupancy sensors that will adjust the light when someone enters. Along the interior wall are pathway lights that can cycle through a myriad of colors. Inspiration can be found on the front word wall that pops with its bright orange color. Located just outside Martin’s office is a built-in bed decorated with Balinese art, handwoven fabrics with a Moroccan feel and pillows with fabrics from Uzbekistan. A wood barn-like door can be closed to offer privacy.

 

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Martin’s office was created with a guns & money theme. He is also a huge fan of Iron Man and an authentic helmet is on display. Hettrich had a movie prop company create Octillion-design__2127the money and gold bars that are inside a coffee table. To honor Martin’s Jamaican and British heritage, there are numerous accessories, including a painted Thomasville chest with the Union Jack and the Jamaican drum that rests in the corner. Above a set of file cabinets that have been painted with “Game On” there is an Elk, whose antlers have been painted a metallic red. Desk lights have been created with painted AK47’s and softened with leopard lamp shades.
Octillion-design_2128Continuing around the round hall is a glass window that was installed for a perfect view of the one-acre playing field. With health and fitness as Martin’s passion, he had a synthetic grass field installed as an outdoor workout space. In addition, there is a full fitness studio with a trainer. All employees are encouraged to workout and be healthy. The full kitchen space allows for easy meal preparation. Jokingly, Martin did say that he asks potential employees how many push-ups they can do.

 
Many of the accessories found around the office have been gathered at government and police auctions. Hettrich admitted to being a compulsive shopper and recovering shopaholic. Recent finds include a Piggly Wiggly sign, a Mobil Gas sign and vintage industrial factory carts that have been re-purposed into tables.

 
Octillion-design_0178The heart of the operation is what is referred to as the War Room. The room has a 14 x 16, custom-designed table with a map of the world underneath. Sitting on top of the table are authentic metal tanks and army men. In this room, they are ready for battle. Other details include an entire White Board wall used to facilitate ideas. Work stations around the room have been fashioned out of bowling alley floors. Martin is a big fan of Winston Churchill and his quotes can be found throughout the office. The War Room wall quote by Churchill says “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.”    M

 

 

 

 

 

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