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January/February 2011


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A New Start for Art 20 Working artists welcome visitors to a fresh gallery space

in every issue

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Editor’s Note Events calendar

Yourspace Reader photos



Color Trends 12 Shades of Gray

Stuff We Love! 14 15 Easy Makeover Ideas

5 Fabulous Finds 31 High Point Furniture Market Houseplants




Design Hotline 90 Reader-requested advice Design Solutions Family Room Update



Cozy Courtyard Transformation

A Unique Approach 32 Modern amenities mix with early 20th-century design STORY BY MARIA SONNENBERG

Ahhhh Spa 44 4 tubs you’ll love STORY BY ANNE STRAUB

Resolutions for the New Year Start with small eco-friendly changes around your own home



Getting Away From it All 64 Home libraries offer refuge from the outside world STORY BY ANNE STRAUB

Dirty Laundry Gets Clean, ‘Green’ High-efficiency washing machines save energy and water






editor’s note

The promise of a fresh beginning for 2011 here’s something exciting about the beginning of the year. It’s young and new and anything can happen. The antici pation of how the next 12 months may unfold is under your control — if only for a moment — when the year gets under way. The vibrant colors of the holiday season give way to a more subtle color palette in January, and the frantic pace that drives us in December eases up as a new year begins. Enjoy this quiet time, slower pace and cooler weather. From the cover, enjoy a long hot soak as you peruse, “Ahhh Spa, 4 tubs you’ll love.” This issue of Spaces magazine also takes you inside four local home libraries, where homeowners have deliberately set aside a special space for books and reading. We’ve even made some reading recommendations if you need a title to get started with. “Getting Away From It All” begins on page 64. You also can review our reader-submitted home library photos in yourspace on page 98. This year brings a change in my role at Florida Today Communications. I have enjoyed my time with Spaces magazine: working with the photographers and writers, and the homeowners and designers who invite us into their houses and work spaces. The guidance and expertise of our advisory board members and contributors are evident in the quality content of Spaces magazine. It truly has been a pleasure working with you all. I have been busy working closely with your new editor, my colleague, Sharon Kindred. Many of you have seen Sharon inside the front cover of Brevard County Moms magazine. Drop her an e-mail and introduce yourself — she’ll appreciate it! My new position enables me to become involved with developing media strategies for businesses in our community. Florida Today Communications — your local media outlet — produces magazines like Spaces, Brevard County Moms, as well as the daily Florida Today newspaper and weekly community newspapers, including The Sun and The Times. You can visit us online for news at and catch our daily news or lifestyles shows online or on local cable channel 5. Visit or look for a schedule of shows in the daily newspaper. Best wishes to all of you for a promising year ahead! Time to curl up in a comfortable chair and read on.

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What new trends or developments do you see impacting your industries in 2011? 2011 is going to be about marrying fresh modern items with the classic interiors of yesterday. Traditional styling isn’t going away, but cleaner elements lend a relaxed feel to the sometimes stiff rooms. Betty Greenway Owner, Island Paint and Decorating Center

2011 will be the year that we return to our roots, family and traditions. The combination of craftsmanship and high-tech will produce products of quality, longevity and sustainability. Milling, wicker weaving and organic crafts will pair well with patterns, textures and colors with a global influence. The “Sobriety Trend” takes us into the wilderness where we can be one with nature. A return to forgotten skills and traditional craftsmanship will emerge in the marketplace. Leanna Farrell Owner, Leanna Farrell Designs

Smart Phones (iPhones, Androids) and tablet computers (iPads) are already interfacing with home electronics. In 2011, that market will continue to mature as more and more homeowners use their iPhones and

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Jimi Gonzalez

iPads as secondary remote controls for their entertainment and lighting systems. Jimi Gonzalez Tech Consultant

In visual art, there’s talk about the “New Contemporary Movement,” sometimes called the “New Brow Movement.” Perhaps centered in LA, it has roots in street art but has evolved in lots of new directions. I’ve had the chance to travel a bunch this past year to see art, and I want you to know we have something special here in Brevard. The engineering base and beach culture mingle to spark some of the best art you’ ll see anywhere. Forecast: keep your eyes peeled for several VERY exciting new talents, as well as places to see/collect/get-knocked-off-your-feet-by visual and performing art: (stay tuned...!)

The “Green Movement” continues to be the big trend in landscaping. We are seeing the commercial growers off ering a greater number of native plant materials, and in larger quantities, which encourages designers to use these plant materials. Property owners are asking for landscapes that are drought-tolerant and (after last year’s weather) more cold-tolerant. Awareness of water use and water-efficiency is growing. Rain-water harvesting is finally catching on and being built into new homes and properties. Large-scale belowground cisterns are being installed by property owners as one way to do their part in

Derek Gores Fine art, illustration and design, 321 Agency

Derek Gores

Betty Greenway

Susan Hall

Dave Jackson

Andrew Kirschner

helping the environment, while also being beneficial to their own needs.

It will remain important for the construction

Susan Hall, ASLA

building practices both in new construction

Owner, Susan Hall Landscape Architecture

and remodel work. Green building and

The Architecture and Construction industries in 2011 will likely see a continuation of current trends. With the economy moving at a snail’s pace, the budget gets first consideration, and the trend will continue to support smaller, more efficient homes. Homeowners will opt to remodel their current residences rather than spend money on building a new one.  Architects will need to juggle plans for a well-designed, energy-efficient home with a tight budget. For the homeowner, it means researching every aspect of construction, and materials to get the most for your money. Clients today are much more informed and involved in choosing materials and shopping prices than ever before. There are deals out there, for the smart, budget-conscious homeowner willing to spend time on research and find them. Andrew Kirschner

industry to excel in green technology and

technology will bring our clients healthier places to live in, lower energy and water use and higher building values. We plan to do all we can to educate ourselves, and in turn to educate our clients.  Sisi Packard Director of Client Relations, Christopher Burton Homes

Green living has become a component of style and a standard throughout the design industry. Reusing and repurposing furniture and accessories is one of the many ways to achieve this. One may repaint, recover or

that we are able to touch as well as see on a screen. Terri Pentz Interior Designer, Island Paint & Decorating Center and co-owner of The East Coast Cabinet Company

reposition to give a fresh look to their space. Dee Patnoe

We are in a current trend toward more sim-

Owner, Dee.Cor

plistic or minimalistic kitchen designs. Bet-

Technology will play a larger role in design and how we communicate with our clients;

Jackson-Kirschner Architects

nuances of color will always require samples

however, the tactile nature of design and

ter organization is being provided, requiring less cabinetry. There is a continued interest in energy-efficient appliances and lighting, speed-cooking technology, renewable woods and a greater demand for higher-quality – built -to-last materials .  Linda Tamasy, ASID Owner, Linda Tamasy Designs Inc.

I feel it is my responsibility to seek environmentally friendly products for my clients’ projects. Geobella is a new earth-friendly fabric for outdoor furniture cushions and pillows. It is made of olefin yarn recycled from post-industrial waste. It is available in beautiful patterns and great color combinations. Olefin will offer great durability, is fade resistant and easy to clean. It is a wonderful new option in “green” fabrics. Riitta Ylonen, ASID Owner, Finn Design, Inc.

Sisi Packard

Dee Patnoe

Terri Pentz

Linda Tamasy

Riitta Ylonen

Have a question for an interior designer? Audio/ video specialist? A remodel or construction-related query? Space-planning or art-related inquiry? E-mail your Ask the Board questions to Note Ask the Board in the subject line. We may address your question in a future issue! 







color trends Gray is back in vogue as the new neutral, replacing beige. New color trends point to a resurgence of gray, both warm and cool. It is a quiet, calming color that can create a soothing interior. When paired with vibrant colors, such as red or hot pink, it can offer excitement and style.

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5 WHERE: Is associated with productivity and can enhance creativity, which can make it a good color for offices and studios. HOW: Provides an unobtrusive background for an infinite number of color combinations. WHY: On walls, it provides a flexible neutral background for furnishings, and can be extremely stylish. GOES WITH: Works with almost any accent color. PITFALLS: It can be seen as dull, lifeless and depressive and is best used in formal and modern environments, and in conjunction with other colors. spaces


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“Edit” a room. We have the tendency to want to buy things to make our rooms look better, when deleting a few things can have just as much impact. Perhaps replace several small accessories with one larger one. Or, get rid of a few pieces of excess furniture you’ve been holding onto. Just getting rid of it can be freeing and instantly make a room look larger. – LINDA TAMASY ASID, OWNER,

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and refresh your front door’s appearance with a new paint color. Richard’s Paint of Melbourne manufactures paint specially formulated for the Florida weather. Select a bold exterior enamel color like Siren Red to add drama to your main entrance. Bring a swatch of your exterior house color to ensure a complimentary match. To find out more, call 242-1864 or visit


Place a large m irror opposite a win dow to bring light to a dark room or corner.



Purchase new bed linens and towels for a fresh new look. Change out the colors from time to time to create a seasonal flair. Bed, Bath and Beyond offers this trendy Mina bedding ensemble. For more information, call 433-1865 or visit

$2,454 The average amount Brevard homeowners spent in 2010 on household furnishings and appliances.


Bring in a current color scheme by painting a wall, adding a new throw, valance, drapery, candles or maybe a new piece of art. – RIITTA YLONEN, OWNER, FINN DESIGN, INC.

Buy a matching set of canisters to organize items on your counter tops. These heavily seeded glass canisters from House of Lights in Melbourne, are accented with rustic black metal lids and coffee bronze details. The set includes one small (6”x19”x6” ) and one large (6”x22”x6.”) Call 723-8921 or visit

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Update your cabinet hardware and breathe new life into an exisiting kitchen or bath. This type of project can be completed in a day and is relatively inexpensive. Contemporary and classic styles from the Bacchus Collection by Carpe Diem Hardware are made of lead-free pewter. For more information call 888-431-1664 or visit

Rediscover spray paint. Dated picture frames, furniture, planters and louvred doors can get a new look in practically no time at all. Brighten your decor by choosing a bold, trendy, complimentary color; create sophisticated drama by using black, and for a touch of glamour, select metallic. – DEE PATNOE, OWNER DEE.COR 15


Color, fabrics and furniture transform this daily-use space



Story by Rolanda Hatcher-Gallop Photography by Rob Downey

sk Rita Griffith what brings her joy these days, and chances are that relaxing with her husband, Vince, in the family room of their Indialantic home is somewhere in the mix. “I just smile whenever I walk into this room,” she says. But then, whose mood wouldn’t get a boost from the bursts of blues, greens and whites that now dominate the room’s décor. For years, the room radiated warmth created by Griffith’s pairing of rich, brown wood tones with red and black accent pieces. But with only a large sliding glass door separating the room from the home’s tree-lined pool and courtyard entrance, Griffith wanted the space to continue the airy Florida theme reflected in the rest of the house. “The furniture and colors made it very comfortable and cozy in here, but it just didn’t have that Florida feel. I wanted to bring the outdoors in,” she says. She toyed with a few ideas, but it wasn’t until she met Riitta Ylonen of Finn Design, Inc. that a solid makeover plan came together. “Working with Rita was a delight because she knew what she wanted but was still very open-minded to new ideas and could visualize things,” says Ylonen, a licensed interior designer and certified Feng Shui consultant. The three-month collaboration paid off with the duo transforming the room into a more contemporary, refreshing space while still incorporating some of the pieces from the original décor. Anchoring the transformation is a custom area rug with waves of light, ocean blue, apple green and Left: Before and after photos show the transformation of Rita Griffith’s Indialantic family room into a more contemporary space. Anchoring the makeover is a custom area rug with waves of light, ocean blue, apple green and white over a creamy tile floor with green accents. 17


snow white over a creamy tile floor with green accents. Replacing the dark brown sofa is a large, cream leather sectional that sits diagonally in the middle of the room. Ylonen says the sectional is large enough to accommodate the Griffiths’ large family when they come for a visit. “When her family comes here, we wanted to have the maximum amount of seating in the room. This gives us three to four different ways to function in the space,” she says. The sectional is accented with pillows in patterns of ocean blue, white and yellow. A custom-made ottoman with a blue leather covering and yellow-and-blue striped fabric complements the sectional and rug. Another ottoman and English arm chair were reupholstered with Duralee fabrics to coordinate the theme. A custom-made transitional-style swivel chair also was added to the space. The architectural wood shelf over the sliding glass door was raised nearly two feet higher, adding more depth to the room. “I think it gives a lighter feel to the room,” says Griffith. The custom pleated drapery panels flowing from underneath the shelf match the fabric along the bottom of the ottoman, which, in turn, adds another layer of cohesiveness to the room. Although Griffith was willing to refinish the family’s pine wood entertainment center – a holdover from the previous décor – the team found that the finish worked well in the remodeled space. “We felt it was similar enough to the woods used in the breakfast area and bar,” Ylonen says, referring to the honey-colored Abaca-weave finish on the base of the new glass-topped round table in the breakfast area. The table is flanked with matching chairs and a new circular, stained glass light fixture overhead.

Above: Pine wooden trim was added to a doorway adjacent to the family room, set against the newly painted apple green wall.

Replacing the dark brown sofa is a large, cream leather sectional that sits diagonally in the middle of the room.



Left: Custom pleated drapery panels flowing beneath an architectural wood shelf match the fabric along the bottom of the custom-made ottoman.

“Going with the glass top table also opened up the space and made it airy,” she says. The wall behind the entertainment center was painted an apple green, picking up on the green in the area rug. Griffith and Ylonen then added a pine wooden trim around the adjacent doorway to complete the look. In addition, the wall color behind the leather sectional was repainted from light blue to white. “The reason we did that was because the white reflected more light than any other hue. Rita had said she wanted more light in the room,” Ylonen says. The lighter shade provided a better contrast for the threepanel art piece from Finland that radiates with butterscotch, blues and greens. Green wall sconces, which Griffith first saw in a magazine and then ordered, were added on each side of the art piece. “At night, when we sit out near the pool, the glow in this room is really fantastic,” she says. “The yellow candescence of the dining room light and the glow from the green sconces is just beautiful.” Although the artwork and green sconces provide appealing features, both women agreed the wall needed something more. That’s when Ylonen enlisted her husband and business partner, Juha, to install a wall feature she designed with a wave similar in shape to that found in the area rug. They then used grass cloth and glass tile to fill in the shape. Griffith loves the finished look. “We’ve brought in the greens and blues that I was looking for, and now this room really has a Florida feel to it. It gives off this uplifting, happy feeling.” She credits Ylonen as the key to the project’s success. “She came in with the resources and the eye to make this happen. It was good teamwork, from beginning to end,” Griffith says with a satisfied smile. n



xuding approachability and style, the new Art Gallery of Viera raises the benchmark for other Space Coast galleries. On opening day, light streamed into the expansive, airy space at the center of The Avenue Viera as resident artists made ďŹ nal preparations for their opening reception. The gallery aims to become Viera’s artistic heart, and the crowds on its grand opening prove it is well on its way. spaces


allery organizers planned well for the new location, selecting 3,300square-feet of space with large windows on two sides of the facility. Twelve-foot ceilings provide plenty of opportunity for showcasing the works of the gallery’s 30 members, while in the back, plenty of space allows for two workshops to happen simultaneously. With art grouped on walls according to dominant colors rather than by specific artists, the eye is encouraged to take it all in. “The space evolved that way,” says Lou Ann Weeks, the gallery’s marketing guru. “We like to mix it all together and make it complement each other.” Left: The whimsical style of “Horn of Plenty,” by metal sculptor Sean Alton, delights young and old alike with its bold characterization of a rhino and the incredible use of color and graffiti accents.



Above: The museum’s interior decorator, Ann Johnsrud, says she selected fabrics and textures that would complement or contrast. Above top: Art at the gallery is grouped on walls according to dominant colors rather than by specific artists



Blacks lead to blues and to teals along one wall, leading to warmer colors in the adjoining wall. Framing the center of the gallery are tableaux staged by in-house interior decorator Ann Johnsrud. Johnsrud was given art such as Suzan Brooks’ “Fossil Shells” as a starting point for creating these room settings, which even include draperies for added realism. “It’s a different mix to have an interior decorator on staff,” says Johnsrud. “As with any client, I started with the inspiration and then select fabrics and textures that would complement or contrast. Although gallery members may have had – or still have – other jobs, they are serious artists, not dilettantes, and thus a primary goal of the venue is to provide the market for sales. Members are encouraged to work at the gallery to increase customer rapport…and support. Johnsrud’s participation also widens the base of potential patrons. “If my clients don’t have any particular artwork in mind, guess where I’m going to go pick some pieces,” says Johnsrud. An energetic schedule of classes and workshops will introduce participants to the varied talents in the membership. “We try to spread the opportunities so everyone can be appreciated,” says Weeks. “We try to connect the artists with the buyers. We plan to have a gift shop in November, as well as an annual art show.” Members’ styles and media span the spectrum from realistic to surrealistic, from acrylics to mosaics. For example,

Above: The colors of the gallery’s walls are ever changing, with blacks leading to blues and teals along one wall.

Above: “Attitude in Red,” by watercolorist and gallery business manager Jeanette Drake, meticulously depicts a bird, one of the artist’s favorite subjects.

“Attitude in Red,” by award-winning watercolorist and gallery business manager Jeannette Drake, painstakingly depicts one of her favorite subjects: birds. “I’m a very detailed painter,” says Drake. “I like to single in on an object.” Weeks, on the other hand, specializes in mosaics, a medium she discovered after a stint with stained glass. “I then saw the mosaics and it just clicked with me.” In multitextural works such as “Beneath the Surface,” Weeks incorporates rocks, pebbles, sea glass and agates into an undulating pattern of mosaics. Jerry Hanzl, the gallery’s digital artist and creative



Above: Lou Ann Weeks specializes in mosaics, including multitextural works such as “Beneath the Surface,� above, in which she incorporated rocks, pebbles, sea glass and agates into a rolling pattern of mosaics.



director, deftly manipulates photographs into head-turning compositions. The photographer’s journey into surrealism had an early start during his youth spent in Ohio. “The original Salvador Dali Museum was in Beachwood, Ohio, near where we lived, so I spent lots of time there,” says Hanzl, who used to grab a seat by Dali’s “Hallucinogenic Matador” just to enjoy the reaction of visitors upon seeing the painting. With his own press, Hanzl has complete control over the limited-edition giclees he produces of his colorful, thought-provoking works. Suzan Brooks, the gallery’s executive director, composes with found objects, such as the broken laptop her daughter handed her Above: Gallery executive director Suzan Brooks in frustration. Brooks dismembered the computer – plus a few used pieces from a broken laptop computer, plus others – into “Marvels of Modern Technology,” a work that both a few others, in composing “Marvels of Modern pares down technology to basic shapes and forms and offers a Technology.” Top: Jerry Hanzl, the gallery’s digital artist and creative director, manipulates tongue-in-cheek assessment of our computer addiction. photographs into colorful, thought-provoking A self-confessed pack rat, Brooks covets the junk from friends works. Above left: Draperies provide added and neighbors who thoughtfully keep her supplied with items realism to a room setting created by interior such as old appliances, broken edger blades and even the flywheel decorator Ann Johnsrud. from a Saturn. Watercolorist and jeweler Beverly Morgan is another gallery member who sees art in the utilitarian. 25


Above: Visitors check out the wide variety of works on display during The Art Gallery’s grand opening. Twelve-foot ceilings provide plenty of space for showcasing the works of the gallery’s 30 members.

An energetic schedule of classes and workshops will introduce participants to the varied talents in the membership.



“I don’t throw anything out,” says Morgan, who is part of the county’s Environmentally Endangered Lands committee. After attending the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia, Morgan began fashioning bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry pieces that rely on copper as a base. Morgan is a frequent shopper at Lowe’s, where she finds the copper tubing and the roofing flashing she uses as the canvas for her jewelry. Watch parts, broken earrings, rivets and other unexpected objects become part of Morgan’s design. Copper is also a favorite medium for Viera gallery member Sean Alton, who was a professional jeweler for many years before becoming a full-time metal sculptor. “My dad was also a jeweler who did work for celebrities like

Above: Mouth artist Connie Fiore, who is paralyzed from the neck down, paints works, such as this manatee, with the help of her husband. Top: Gallery member Beverly Morgan says she rarely throws anything out, using watch parts, broken earrings and other objects to create bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry with a copper base.

Sammy Davis, Jr., and Johnny Cash,� says Alton. When Alton’s former employer shipped him to a workshop on enameling, all the jewelry genetics and training transformed into a new passion. With enameling, glass is fused onto copper through a complicated, multistep process. Like grains of sand blended by the waves, enamel colors become one through the use of intense heat. Alton begins with cutting, hammering and raising the surface of the copper, beginning with a general idea, but staying open to opportunities. 27





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(1) Bobbi Q. Brown, education director, uses cotton canvas instead of paper for her watercolors. (2) Charlie Shrum’s intricate woodworking creation, “Morning Flight.” (3) Watercolorist Helen Wheatley relies on anything from wax paper to gauze to provide texture in her paintings. (4) Metal sculptor Sean Alton and one of his labor-intensive works. (5) Larry Buist next to one of his wood sculptures. (6) “We try to connect the artists with the buyers,” says Lou Ann Weeks, the gallery’s marketing guru. (7) Artist Suzan Brooks stands in front of her work, “Evening Glow.” ( 8) Paula Steere works on a new creation at the gallery.






“The road has all kinds of evolutionary paths,” he says. “How it’s going to happen is part of the excitement of doing the artwork. That’s what makes it really fun.” While teaching art at Johnson Middle School, Alton developed the whimsical style that serves him perfectly. “Horn of Plenty,” for example, delights both young and old art lovers alike with its cheeky characterization of a rhino and the amazing use of color and graffiti accents. “This work is very labor intensive,” adds Alton. Despite the fact that life has dealt her a tough hand, mouth artist Connie Fiore paints with the same optimism found in Alton’s sculptures. “She’s paralyzed from the neck down and her husband has to help hold her head while she works,” says Weeks. Fiore’s work, which hangs just inside the door of the gallery, is a testament to artistic fire, to the need to create against all odds. The watercolors of Helen Wheatley, who handles the gallery membership, reflect an assured grasp of color and design. Painting wet on wet, and relying on anything from wax paper to gauze for texture, Wheatley takes it all in stride from the beginning. “I have no clue what the painting is going to become when I start,” she says. “All I do is choose the color, texture and composition. From there, I figure what the painting is going to be. I never like doing the same thing for long.” Although the watercolors of education director Bobbi Q. Brown are, on the surface, more representational than Wheatley’s, Brown takes an unexpected approach by using cotton canvas instead of paper. “I’m not your usual watercolorist,” says Brown. The finished product is hardy, requiring no glass for protection from fading, but adhering the paint to the canvas is tricky. “We’re a family of artists,” says Weeks, to explain the unique qualities of members like Brown, Alton and Fiore. Like a family, the Art Gallery of Viera serves to unite a group of amazing individuals into a formidable force of creation. Art Gallery of Viera is located at 2271 Town Center Avenue at The Avenue Viera. For more information, call 321-504-4343 or visit www. n

Left: Jewelry on display at the Viera gallery. Above: “Bird of Paradise,” right, a silk painting by Jo-Ann Jensen, sits beside raku pottery by Rudy Pacarro. 

Like a family, the Art Gallery of Viera serves to unite a group of amazing individuals into a formidable force of creation.





The High Point Market is the home furnishings industry’s Fashion Week, offering the latest looks and newest trends for home fashions. At the October 2010 market, exhibitors showed themselves to be in a comfort mood, with styles making a nostalgic statement. Color also makes a strong showing, with bright pops of turquoise, lime green, chartreuse and mid-range pinks mixing into neutrals and grays.

Designer dining An inspired interpretation of French and American traditional styling, Twilight Bay showcases three unique finishes that blend beautifully, and are accented by antique pewter hardware. The Barrett dining table, with its graceful scalloped edge and elegant twisted pedestal base, is available in two sizes. By Lexington Home Furnishings.

Coastal comfort Balanced effortlessly between the breezy simplicity of shore life and the understated elegance of a five-star hotel, the Water Meadow bed encompasses woven water hyacinth and a weathered pier frame. A natural fit for the Space Coast. Coastal Living II by Stanley.

Sitting pretty Pillows patterned with wind-swept flowers in shades of pinks and greens add a romantic, vintage touch to this sofa. Find upholstery in a variety of fresh patterns and colors. Bruce Roberts by Rowe.

Historic style The “Homecoming” collection from Kincaid captures the essence of the American farmhouses and breathes life into iconic pieces while keeping today’s lifestyle trends in mind. A portion of proceeds from this collection supports Habitiat of Humanity.

Photo courtesy of Glenda Beard

Bridget Lilly

Jewel tones

“Beautiful objects for beautiful lives” by Cyan Design. The Rita vase features soft jewel tones to complement today’s fabric trends.

Bridget Lilly, merchandise manager for Indian River Furniture, is a Washington State University graduate. She has been in interior design for 28 years specializing in home renovations and interior design projects. Products on this page available at 31




Modern amenities mix with early 20th-century design Story by Maria Sonnenberg Photography by Rob Downey nterior designer Christine Whiteley of Concepts and Dimensions and contractor Craig Dixon of Dixon Builders went back to the future to create not just one, but two cottages for a Cocoa homeowner. The two residences blend perfectly with the surrounding 1926 houses, but the Bird House and the Tree House, as the owner has nicknamed her new places, are homes for the 21st century, structures born out of a holistic and green approach that incorporate energy-efficient materials with life-cycle considerations, support of local sources and environmental sustainability. “Everything in this house is very special,” says Dixon. Dixon is the perfect man for the painstaking job of marrying the relaxed ambiance of early20th-century River Road casual with state-of-theart technology, for the third-generation contractor boasts an admirable family tree. “My family has been in construction in Brevard County since 1888,” he says. The conception of the two houses began more than two years ago, when the homeowner bought a lot adjoining her home, which sits less than half a block from River Road. The original house included a 1923 dirt-floor mule buggy garage that over the years had been “renovated” with tacked-on additions. Next door sat another cottage that had fallen into hard times. The homeowner salvaged the garage and tried to do the same with the old house, but the building was far too gone to resuscitate. In its stead arrives the Bird House, a three-story, 39-foot-high shotgunstyle structure brimming with comfort and style. Left: The three-story, 39-foot-high Bird House off River Road in Cocoa overflows with comfort and style. 33 spaces



Above: The Bird House’s old-fashioned porch is made of indestructible ipe lumber. Above left: Like its sister residence, the 1,530-square-foot Tree House features a variety of custom-fitted woods.

True to their heritage, both the Tree and Bird Houses shine with a variety of custom-fitted woods. Built on piers, above the ground, just like they did way back when, the Bird House is clad with Spanish cedar, or cedrella, a no-nonsense wood that has little patience for Florida bugs. Also indestructible is ipe lumber, the wood used for the old-fashioned porch that beckons neighbors for a spell. “These are very, very hard woods,” says Dixon. “No bugs in Florida will eat it. She’ll never have termites.” The exterior siding and hand-cut citrella Victorian-style shingles, not to mention the copper flashing, oversized copper gutters, standing seam Galvalume roof and solid mahogany French doors will never be on anyone’s honey-do list, for they will require very little maintenance during the next few decades. The homeowner wanted elegant but informal houses that were also environmentally sensitive spaces that relied on natural, recycled or

The conception of the two houses began more than two years ago, when the homeowner bought a lot adjoining her home, which sits less than half a block from River Road. 35


The homeowner wanted elegant but informal houses that were also environmentally sensitive spaces that relied on natural, recycled or renewable materials.





Above: The Bird House’s open kitchen flows into a comfortable parlor, where guests can gather while the owner prepares a gourmet treat.



renewable materials. She also adheres to a less is more philosophy, so her new houses exude a glittering minimalism. “The finished home has integrated her request for an open feeling without losing the intimate interaction that occurs when you define the purpose of the space,” says Whiteley. Rooms flow seamlessly into each other, from the “parlor,” where guests can gather while the owner prepares a gourmet treat in her handsome open kitchen. This level is open to the stunning second floor bedroom that overlooks it. At the back of the house is the music room, where a piano and cello are shaded by the “leaves” of an art glass chandelier. “We wanted a significant piece, because this is the visual ending, but we didn’t want something you’d expect over a piano,” explains Whiteley. The vast ceilings in the main living area soar to the third floor, a mantle of rich Venetian plaster that glitters at night from the torn lighting, a concept reminiscent of movie magic, of light rays bursting from free-form openings in walls. “It’s an incredible effect,” says Whiteley. “The lighting is just phenomenal.” Anchoring the massive space are equally substantial 24-by48-inch travertine tiles laid in a brick pattern. In this visually extraordinary house, perhaps nothing is more striking than the fiber-optic ceiling of the master bedroom. “To my knowledge, this has not been done in this area,” says Whiteley, who was project manager for the two homes.

Left: A piano and cello are shaded by the “leaves” of an eye-catching art glass chandelier in the music room at the back of the house. Chandelier by House of Lights.

From the first floor, visitors can glimpse an accurate depiction of the night sky when the homeowner and her mate met. Parameters for the master bath insisted on green living and whimsy. Ceilings and custom-fitted cabinetry feature sustainable lyptus as wood of choice. The two-person shower and tub alcove, complete with waterfall and mermaid mosaic, offer a retreat from the daily grind. Above, an antique chandelier serves to juxtapose the historic with the contemporary. Chiseled out of granite and with a matching backsplash, the sink is organic and natural. Crowning the house on the third floor is a compact but infi-

Rooms flow seamlessly into each other, from the “parlor,” where guests can gather while the owner prepares a gourmet treat in her handsome open kitchen.



Right: The stylish staircase leads to the stunning second-floor bedroom and the cozy third-floor TV lounge. Above: The roots of a tree at the base of the stairs, custom-fabricated from iron, give the appearance of a branch growing up from the stairs. The design concept meshes with the whimsical, organic elements scattered throughout the Bird House.



nitely detailed lounge for television watching. The cutest little sink in the universe saves the homeowners the hassle of two flights of stairs to the kitchen. The Bird House isn’t large, just one bedroom and 1,536 square feet, so the Tree House, at 1,530 square feet, steps in to welcome guests. The sister residence has its own, more relaxed personality. The entire complex uses a clever rain harvesting system that provides all the water the homes need, plus more. “The harvested water can be used for all applications, including drinking, and the cisterns are automatically filled with city water if there has not been sufficient rain,” says Whiteley. “The solar panels installed generate electric for all three homes on

Above: Perhaps the most striking feature of the Bird House is the master bedroom’s fiber-optic ceiling, depicting constellations in the night sky when the homeowner and her mate met.



Above: Chiseled out of granite and with a matching backsplash, the master bath’s sink is organic and natural. Right: Crowning the house on the third floor is a compact but infinitely detailed lounge for television watching.



the compound, and at times the meter runs backwards as FP&L buys back the electricity.” Whiteley feels privileged to have been a part of the team responsible for the unique residences. “I think Craig is about the only person in the county to be able to build these houses,” says Whiteley. “He put his heart and soul into this and it shows.” Working with Whiteley and Dixon was an A-list of the county’s best craftsmen and businesses, including Moonlight Tile, Absolute Granite, RoomScapes of Brevard, Ceramic Matrix, Stone & Surface Designers, Venetian plasterer John Driscoll, Distinctive Floors, Amazon Metal, Jones Sheet Metal and American Door and Window. “I was privileged to be part of an elite team of professionals,” adds Whiteley. “This could only happen with the planning and participation of all involved.” n

Interior Designer Christine Whiteley of Concepts and Dimensions

SOURCES: Builder: Craig Dixon, Dixon Builders Framing: Jeff Dixon, JCD Construction Home Design: Don Bryant Interior Design, Project Manager: Christine Whiteley, Concepts and Dimensions Stone: Jeff Spinelli, Absolute Granite & Stone Tile: Eric Honkenen, Moonlight Tile AC Contractor: Elite Air Photo Voltaic Solar: United Solar Water Collection and Cisterns: Rain Harvest Systems, installed locally by Cocoa Beach Plumbing Plaster: John Driscoll Roofing: Turnkey Construction Appliances and more: RoomScapes of Brevard Custom Painting: Debbie Maxwell





calming spaces

4 tubs you’ll love Story by Anne Straub • Photography by Rob Downey arolyn and Paul Drylewski’s condominium was due for a makeover when the couple decided to make it their full-time home. “The place had been decorated in cute and cheap,” Carolyn Drylewski said of the Cape Canaveral unit the couple had used as a vacation home for 15 years. After selling their business and leaving Buffalo, N.Y., they decided to stay in Brevard County and make the condo into their dream home. For the master bathroom, Carolyn had one thing in mind for the remodel: her husband. “I didn’t want it to be feminine,” she said of the design. She chose earth tones and clean lines for the tile work. But that doesn’t mean the room is entirely her husband’s territory. The spa tub was completely for Carolyn. “I love my tub. Love it, love it, love it,” she said. The Drylewskis are among the many homeowners who are investing money and square footage in a room of the house previously viewed with an eye more toward function than style or luxury. Master baths have grown in importance as home features over the past decade, making the jetted tub a frequent standard feature. Words like retreat, oasis and sanctuary come up often. The trend appears to be here to stay. Even as sizes of new homes have shrunk in recent years in deference to the economic times, homeowners are reluctant to give up their luxurious master bath. “It’s a very important area of the house,” said Tom Davis, vice presidentdirector of business development and residential design for Christopher Burton Homes. Research presented at the International Builders Show earlier this year showed consumers gravitating toward spa bathrooms, as well as increased use of glass and natural stone. The luxury home builder incorporated the entire wish list on its model home in Wyndham at Duran in Viera. The model’s master bath features a freestanding soaking tub that doesn’t include jets. Because there’s no motor or other equipment connected to the tub, it can stand in the center of the room without concern for covering mechanical features. The tub serves as a focal point in the room, before the backdrop of the sandstone-covered shower. Shower walls are glass to allow a view of the stone work. Continuing the use of natural materials, countertops are done in granite. “It Left: Interior designer Clay Stephens positioned the freestanding soaking tub as a focal point in front of the sandstone-covered shower in this Christopher Burton Homes model in Wyndham at Duran. Bath products by Beach Organics. 45


Above: Orchids, candles and wine set a serene mood for a peaceful soak in the tub. Right: Before and after views of a Cape Canaveral condo’s master bathroom. The homeowner chose a bubble jet tub with an armrest feature, and earth tones and clean lines for the tile work.



makes them feel comfortable and cocooned in their bath,” Davis said of the natural materials. The shower faces large windows for a view of tropical landscaping in front of a privacy wall.   “You feel like you’re in nature. It’s just a great feeling,” Cocoa Beach interior designer Clay Stephens said of the bathroom. Stephens, who has freshened some of the design inside the model, likes the use of the gray palette, particularly mixed with brown and copper tones. Mood-setting extras near the tub include an orchid, a colorful bromeliad, candles, and bath products add to the organic, soothing feel of the space.   “It’s like an oasis for the homeowner,” he said of the master suite. He finds homeowners who want a spa bath split about 50/50 on whether they plan to use it. Even if the homeowners prefer the shower, the tub plays an important role in the design.   “The impact, the visual, is so nice, Stephens said. And many future buyers of upscale homes will expect the tub. “A lot of people today are thinking resale when they build,” he said.   When speaking of a spa bathroom, it’s usually all about the tub. Carolyn Drylewski selected a bubble jet tub, a popular option for homeowners who want a soothing spa experience without the intense jets.



Above and right: From the cover, this bathroom in the Cocoa Beach condominium, designed by Riitta Ylonen, owner of Finn Design Inc., features a Napoli soaking tub with a shelf above for soothing aromatherapy candles and accessories. Saturnia marble was continued on the wall and finished with tumbled noce marble. Cover photography by Rob Downey.

New technology allows for freestanding tubs that include jets, and air bubble options, or both. There are also options for audio, aroma and chromatherapy.



New technology allows for freestanding tubs that include jets, an air bubble option, or both. “There is a less heavy look available,” said Melbourne interior designer Riitta Ylonen. There also are options for audio, aroma and chromatherapy. In chromatherapy, underwater LED lights change color and add atmosphere and experience. They also can be programmed to remain a preferred color. Whirlpools and air tubs are available with heaters, an option Ylonen recommends.   A smaller bathroom doesn’t have to be a constraint. “If you have limited space, you can work to create the same effect,” said Ylonen, owner of Finn Design Inc. She took space from a closet to create a bigger bath for her own home. Or, opt for a standard-sized spa tub.   Drylewski replaced her larger, jetted tub with a bubble version that’s the same 60inch length as standard tubs. She likes the armrest feature, which allows her to read in the tub comfortably. She also switched the vanity from double to single sink. “How often do you both use the sink at the same time?” asked Laura Scott, the showroom consultant at Aqua-Draulics Plumbing Supply in Rockledge who helped the Drylewskis with their remodel.   She sees many homeowners who have decided to stay in and update older homes,

Above: Riitta Ylonen created a crisp, contemporary look with a custom double vanity in dark finishes with integrated mirrors and sconces in the master bathroom of the Cocoa Beach condo.



Above: The beach and ocean view add to the tranquil and relaxing environment of this inviting master suite spa tub, which features flexjets, backjets and neckjets. The floor is Saturnia marble with accents in tumbled noce marble.



making changes to create a more spacious feel and designer look. Women in particular are looking to enhance their time alone by installing a tub for a relaxing experience.  When Ylonen designs a spa bath, she likes to place the tub close to a window to take advantage of a view. Needs for serenity and privacy can be balanced: She recently designed spa baths at a Cocoa Beach condominium where the master suite tub was to be placed in front of a low window. Ylonen caught the problem early enough in construction to relocate the tub so the ocean view was still visible. In the other bathroom, a vanity was originally supposed to be in front of the window, not allowing space for the tub or a mirror above the vanity. “We ended up redrawing the plan and moving some of the walls to create the space for the half-round vanity with a vessel sink with mirror above, walk-

in shower and the very organic-feel tub,” she said. “An enjoyable setting also can be created with overall color scheme, including painting or otherwise treating the surrounding walls, maybe a shelf for soothing aromatherapy candles, beautiful artwork and accessories such as soft towels,” she said.   Homeowners have a variety of options for waterproof materials for decks and backsplashes, including ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles, mosaics or natural stone like marble and granite. Using tiles with rectified edges allow for extremely small grout lines.   If homeowners choose natural stone, the material will be sealed at installation but will require periodic resealing. Solid surface and other manmade materials are also available. Teak and other treated wood products also make good choices, Ylonen said.   In the Cocoa Beach condominium, Ylonen created a crisp, contemporary look with vanities in dark finishes combined with white lavatories. “The contemporary and spalike feeling can be accomplished with other color schemes, and even with hickory wood,” she said.   “If you have a space and plan to renovate or build, why not make it something that you can truly enjoy for years to come? Hydrotherapy offers many proven health benefits in addition to cleansing; including a muchneeded soothing and relaxing experience,” Ylonen said. n



Story by Betsy S. Franz Photography by Dave Potter

Start with small, eco-friendly changes around your own home



he problem with many New Year’s resolutions is they are too hard to keep. Instead of setting small, reasonable goals, like losing five pounds, people resolve to lose 25 or 50. Instead of resolving to save a few more dollars each month, they decide on thousands by the end of the year. The goals are often so difficult that people give up before they really get started. But with environmentally friendly resolutions, even the small steps can make a big difference, not only to the planet but often to your pocketbook, as well.

green spaces

Lifestyle Homes’ new SunSmartSM St. Croix model, which is equipped with a whole-house solar system, can save thousands of dollars a year in electric bills. 53


Above: A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust your air-conditioner or heat up or down a few degrees when you are away from home for awhile. For each degree you adjust your thermostat up or down, you can save about 5 percent in energy costs, says Winifred Perkins of Florida Power and Light.



f you are looking for eco-friendly resolutions to add to your yearly goals, here is a list of options to help you choose the steps that are right for you, your level of commitment and your budget. Energy Savings – Whole-house solar systems, like those included in Lifestyle Homes, new SunSmartSM St. Croix model, can make a home zero energy, saving thousands of dollars on electric bills each year. But if you want to make changes to your existing home, saving energy is as easy as flipping a switch or turning a dial. More dramatic changes can be made by keeping energy in mind for any new purchases or home improvements you have planned for the New Year. Simple, free or low cost: “Save about 5 percent on your airconditioning and heating costs for each degree you adjust your thermostat up or down,” suggested Winifred Perkins, manager of environmental relations for Florida Power and Light. “FPL recommends that homeowners set temperatures of 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter, and turn the thermostat up

Above: Jake Luhn, director of sales and marketing for Lifestyle Homes, says owners of existing homes can improve energy efficiency by sealing and insulating the home’s shell – its outer walls, ceiling, windows and doors.

With environmentally friendly resolutions, even the small steps can make a big difference, not only to the planet but often to your pocketbook, as well.



Above: Finding and fixing leaky faucets and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth are simple ways to save water at home. Right: Choosing a low-flow showerhead for a bathroom remodel can result in an annual water savings of 30 percent.


or down an additional five degrees when you are going to be away from home for more than five hours.” Programmable thermostats (starting at $39.98 at Home Depot) will do all the adjusting for you. Moderate – Jake Luhn, director of sales and marketing for Lifestyle Homes, suggested “tightening up” existing homes to reap energy savings. “Sealing and insulating the “envelope” or “shell” of a home – its outer walls, ceiling, windows and doors – is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency of an existing home and is also a needed first step in case you do want to convert to solar in the future.” Luhn said. Figures from the U.S. Department of Energy estimate savings of up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10 percent on their total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating. Major – When it comes time to purchase new appliances, Energy Star-rated appliances are good choices for the planet and for your pocketbook. Typical energy cost savings range from $35 to $200 a year, depending on the type and age of the 56





Above: To reduce indoor air pollution, regularly change airconditioning and heating system filters. Left: Be careful when applying chemicals in your yard, such as fertilizers, as rain can wash these materials into storm drains and then into rivers, lakes and wetlands. Permeable surfaces, such as pavers let water run into the ground instead of into storm drains.

appliance that your replace. And of course, if a new home is in your plans for the future, choosing a builder with experience in energy efficiency or green home standards will allow you to reap environmentally friendly, moneysaving benefits for years to come. Conserving Water – According to Ed Garland, communication specialist for the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD): “Lawn and landscape irrigation account for more than 50 percent of all residential water use in our area. However, finding and fixing leaks and not running faucets are often overlooked as easy steps to save water.” Simple free or low cost: Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save around 20 to 30 gallons of water per week per person. For a family of four, this can add up to over 6,000 gallons a year. Leaky faucets and toilets, which often go unnoticed, can also waste huge amounts of water. Moderate – If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom update, choosing low-flow toilets, shower heads or on-demand water heaters can save water and money. Harry Prosser, operations manager of Aqua-Draulics Plumbing Supply in Rockledge, supplied these statistics: “A customer who replaces an inefficient 3.5 gallon-per-flush (gpf) toilet to a newer 1.6 gpf model is likely to save almost 11,000 gallons of water per year. If they opt for the latest watersaving toilets that use only 1.28 gpf, they can realize an additional 20 percent water savings over the 1.6 gpf model. Current showerheads typically use 2.5gpm, but by changing to a 1.75 gpm model, a customer can realize an annual water savings of 30 percent. Change out the lavatory faucets to efficient 1.5 gpf models, and a 32 percent water savings can be achieved over most current models.” Major – Rethink your landscape. “Watering wisely outside the home saves water and promotes healthier lawns




and landscapes,” Garland, of SJRWMD, said. “Overwatering a lawn can promote weeds and insect pests, as well as weakened grass roots. You can save water by irrigating lawns and landscapes only when they need it, by properly maintaining your irrigation system and by landscaping with plants and grasses that require minimal water.” Protecting water – In Florida, protecting water quality is as important – and as easy – as conserving water. Everything that goes into the groundwater around your home, such as fertilizers and pesticides, has the potential of finding its way into our waterways, but there are simple changes that can go a long way in keeping our water supplies clean. Simple, free or low cost: Be aware of what substances are used or created in your yard and make sure that they don’t find their way into storm drains. This means keeping trash, 60

Left: When redecorating your home, choose products with a low content of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Paint, flooring and window treatments can affect a home’s indoor air quality.

dog waste, motor oil, etc. off streets, sidewalks, yards and walkways. Moderate: Be careful with chemicals in your landscape. All of the chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that are used in landscapes can get picked up by rain and misdirected sprinkler heads and get washed out into the storm-water lines, where they can find their way to rivers, lakes, wetlands, coastal waters and even underground sources of drinking water. This type of pollution is called nonpoint source pollution and is one of the major contributors to degradation of Florida’s waterways. Major: Install a paver driveway. Permeable surfaces, such as paver driveways, allow rain water to run into the ground on your property, rather than finding its way into storm drains. This helps cut down on nonpoint source pollution and also

If a new home is in your plans for the future, choosing a builder with experience in energy efficiency or green home standards will allow you to reap environmentally friendly, money-saving benefits for years to come.



Air purification systems installed by your heating and cooling contractor can effectively remove bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants. spaces


helps reduce flooding during times of heavy rains. Clean air/indoors – The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. The EPA also reports that indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. Simple and low cost or free: Vacuum cleaners, central heaters and air conditioners have filters to trap dust and other pollutants in the air. Make sure to change or clean the filters regularly, following the instructions on the package. Moderate: When it is time to redecorate or remodel, choose products with low volatile organic compounds content. Everything from paint to flooring and window treatments can affect the indoor air quality of a home. Major: Install a whole home air purification system. Air purification systems installed by your heating and cooling contractor can effectively remove bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns – that’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. As you can see, when it comes to resolutions for the New Year, there are many green options. Choose the ones that are right for you to make a positive change for the future of Brevard. Since we began featuring green topics in Spaces Magazine in September 2008, we have covered topics as diverse as green-certified new home construction, environmentally friendly choices in window treatments, flooring and landscapes, and green commuting options. We are anxious to share more eco-friendly topics with you and are looking for topics that you would find useful. Please feel free to suggest topics by sending an e-mail to with a subject heading of Green Topics. n

Solar panels are one facet of the whole-house solar system featured in Lifestyle Homes’ SunSmartSM St. Croix model.





reading spaces

Home libraries offer refuge from the outside world Story by Anne Straub Photography by Dave Potter

here are no flashing lights. Nothing needs batteries. Music plays only if you want it to. In fact, people might be inspired to whisper. After the sensory overload of the holiday season, retiring to the library holds appeal. Space Coast bibliophiles have made the option a reality in their homes, remodeling or adding on to create space for the quiet pleasures of reading. In some cases, quiet isn’t always the goal. “It was built as a place to showcase my books, but it became so much more,” said Merritt Island resident Cindy Bishop. Knowing of her love for books, her husband, Larry, added a library for her as part of an addition built in 2004. The room is a place for her to read and house her books, but that’s just the start. “This is party central,” she said. The couple’s son, Dan, celebrated part of his wedding there. The long table has hosted holiday dinners, wine tastings, and appropriately enough, book club gatherings. The library also was the regular site for family game night when Dan, 23, and Liana, 20, both lived at home. And it was one of their favorite games – Clue – that helped inspire the design. Minus Col. Mustard with the candlestick. Others identify different associations. The high, wood-covered, curved ceiling and Larry’s bold tile design call to mind the dramatic interior of Harry Potter’s life at Hogwarts. That’s a welcome comparison for Cindy Bishop: Among her many interests is a love for children’s literature. In fact, she has a contract for her first book, a middle-grade environLeft: The library that Merritt Island resident Larry Bishop added for his wife, Cindy, has the feel of a great hall. The bookcases, built by Froggenheim Designs Inc., have ladders on each side and feature built-in glass display cases. 65


SOURCES: Library bookcases: Froggenheim Designs, Inc.

Above left: Cindy Bishop framed a letter she received in third grade from her great aunt, Sydney Taylor, who wrote the “All-of-a-Kind Family” book series that’s still in print. Above: “This is a real library,” Bishop says. “We use these books, we lend them out, the kids used them for school projects.”

mental mystery. Bishop was inspired to write in part by her great aunt, who grew up in an immigrant family in New York City and chronicled the experience in a book series that’s still in print, called “All-of-a-Kind Family.” The Bishop library has the feel of a great hall, with the table in the center and bookcases lining the two long walls. Book shelves, built by Froggenheim Designs Inc., include ladders on each side to reach upper shelves. Built-in glass cases display decorative items, and photos are interspersed among the books.   Shelves house attorney Cindy’s law books and dermatologist Larry’s medical texts. They also have a collection of cookbooks, many from places they’ve traveled. “Business Law Today” and “The Early History of Surgery” share space with “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and classics by Roald Dahl. Holding pride of place is the “All-of-a-Kind Family” series, next to a framed letter the author wrote to Bishop when she was in the third grade.   “This is a real library,” Cindy Bishop said. “It’s not a museum. We use these books, we lend them out, the kids used them for school projects.”   Opposite the entry to the library, a sun room overlooking a Japanese garden offers a spot to read.   “This room is my pride and joy. You can come

“This room is my pride and joy. You can come in here and get away from everything.” – Cindy Bishop

Sources: Woodworking, Design: Louis Piscitelli, L.A. Custom Woodwork

Above: Louis Piscitelli of L.A. Custom Woodwork incorporated intricate detail into the design of the three built-in bookcases in Dan and Tricia Schwab’s Merritt Island home library. Above: Solid brass handles featuring a lion’s head accent the Old World look of the woodwork. spaces


The library’s three arched windows are mimicked in the three bookcases, which are divided by columns. The design of the drop ceiling is repeated in a granite inlay set in the distressed wood flooring. 67


Above: In the previous layout of this Melbourne home, a secondstory balcony overlooked the living room, but was not a useable space. Right: Interior designer Christine Whiteley added a 3-foot catwalk along two adjoining walls and expanded the balcony space to allow for bookcases and a reading area. Far right: RoomScapes designed the cherry shelving to coordinate with the cherry paneling on the home’s first level. The sconces provide functional lighting for the library and serve as attractive perimeter lighting for the living room below. Photography pages 68,69 by Rob Downey.

Sources: Space-planning, Interior design: Christine Whiteley, Concepts and Dimensions Woodworking, Design: RoomScapes of Brevard





The red-orange wall color coordinates with the Asian theme, completing the effect.



in here and get away from everything,” Cindy Bishop said. Bonus: Cell phones don’t work in the room.  At Dan and Tricia Schwab’s Merritt Island house, the library is one of the family’s favorite rooms. Set at the front of the house, the room’s three arched windows are mimicked in the adjoining wall of bookshelves. Three built-in bookcases divided by columns house books and collectibles.   The symmetry continues in the ceiling and floor treatments: The design of the drop ceiling is repeated in a granite inlay set in the distressed wood flooring.   The library turned out exactly as Tricia Schwab envisioned it. One important factor to her was the woodwork. Rather than buy a piece of furniture, she wanted the cabinetry to be part of the room.   Louis Piscitelli of L.A. Custom Woodwork created the columns and built the cabinetry around them. Materials are all green, one of the specialties of his Melbourne business. He used formaldehyde-free wood, soy-based glue and a black lacquer for the distressed finish that emits no volatile organic compounds.   Arches above each bookcase reflect the architecture of the windows. Corbels and fluting provide opportunity for more wood detail. Solid brass handles featuring a lion’s head accent the Old World look of the woodwork.     Cocoa interior designer Christine Whiteley created a

Above: After removing a floor-to-ceiling bookcase in the Melbourne home of Susan Taylor and Tom Plummer, Scott Carswell of Carswell Construction installed floating bookshelves on the wall. The remodeled room features grasscloth wallpaper and sisal carpet.

SOURCES: Interior design: Randall Barnett Remodel contractor: Scott Carswell, Carswell Construction

The couple wanted a design with clean lines and an Asian feel that would also be useable. “We really like to hunker down and read,” said Taylor, whose husband is a writer.



Above: “We can put our feet up and read and still enjoy the windows,” Taylor says of the loft, which features a custom iron railing in conjunction with the more modern look.


library for her clients out of air. “She always wanted to have a library but never figured out where to put it,” Whitely said of her Melbourne client.   Whiteley created space on the second level of the living room, adding a 3-foot catwalk along two adjoining walls. The living room is open to the ceiling of the second story, and in the previous layout, included a small balcony accessible from French doors. Someone could walk out and wave at the people below, but not much else, noted Joe Goldblatt, owner of RoomScapes of Brevard.   Whiteley eliminated dated and out-of-reach plant shelves and instead expanded the balcony space to allow for bookcases and a reading area with a wing chair and reading lamp. “It wasn’t just for effect,” she said, noting that the homeowners use the space.   RoomScapes created the cherry shelving to coordinate with the cherry paneling on the first level. Pilasters add 72

Top 10 books of 2010 If you’re looking for guidance on selecting


books for your personal library, here are

1 – Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, Jennifer Homans, Random House, $35 2 – Cleopatra, A Life, Stacy Schiff Little, Brown & Company, $29.99

the top picks of 2010, according to The

New York Times.

Fiction 1 – Freedom, Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28 2 – The New Yorker Stories, Ann Beattie Scribner, $30 3 – Room, Emma Donoghue Little, Brown & Company, $24.99 4 – Selected Stories, William Trevor Viking, $35 5 – A Visit From the Goon Squad. Jennifer Egan, Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95

3 – The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $30 4 – FInishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes, Stephen Sondheim, Alfred A. Knopf, $39.95 5 – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson, Random House, $30



Right: The couple’s living room as seen from the loft. And when they are downstairs, they have a nice view of the library’s sitting area.



a vertical element and were made wide enough to accommodate sconces. The lighting is functional for the library, and also serves as attractive perimeter lighting for the living room below. One of the homeowners’ priorities was symmetry in design, Whiteley said. Continuing the library for two walls and repeating consistent shelving and pilaster dimensions helped create balance.   Instead of doors to nowhere, the French doors from the guest wing now open onto a functional library that includes space to browse, read or just feel connected to others in the living room. There were additional benefits: The catwalk expanded ceiling space on the first level, allowing for a coffered ceiling at the living room entry. Susan Taylor and Tom Plummer already had a bookcase in their loft – but that was the problem.   “It was huge,” said Scott Carswell of Carswell Construction, which handled the remodel of the couple’s Melbourne home. “It dominated the space. It was so big you couldn’t put anything up there.”   The floor-to-ceiling piece ate up so much space that there was no room for seating. The loss was all the greater because of the wasted potential: The loft overlooks the living room and includes a window with a view of the Indian River.   The couple wanted a design with clean lines and an Asian feel that would also be useable. “We really like to hunker down and read,” said Taylor, whose husband is a writer.   After removing the large bookcase, Carswell installed floating bookshelves on the wall. Grasscloth wallpaper and sisal carpet continue the organic vibe. The couple’s California-based interior designer created a custom iron railing to continue the more modern look.   The railing held a surprise benefit for Taylor. She hadn’t realized how dark and bulky the previous traditional wood railing had been until it was replaced. “Now when you’re downstairs and look up, you have a nice view of the sitting area.”   The red-orange wall color coordinates with the Asian theme, completing the effect. “We love it,” Taylor said. “We can put our feet up and read and still enjoy the windows.”   For these Brevard County homeowners, a library is more than a public building or a scene in a British novel. When the latest bestseller beckons, or cool temperatures call for curling up with a good book, they have just the spot. n  

Jade plant

A great choice for a prosperous new year by Betsy S. Franz

Just the facts:

e all know that money doesn’t grow on trees, but according to legend, the jade plant, a thick-leaved member of the succulent family is a symbol of prosperity and is rumored to attract wealth. Also known as the lucky plant and friendship plant, jades make perfect gifts for a housewarming, new business or marriage. The easy-to-grow jade requires little care, storing water in its thick oval-shaped leaves. Most plants boast leaves in their namesake jade green color, but leaves of rarer cultivars may be tinged in cream, pink and yellow. Indoors, they prefer very bright, indirect light and low humidity. Moving a jade plant suddenly from low light to bright light will cause leaf drop. Watering needs depend on the season. During the spring and summer months water the jade plant liberally (a good soaking) once a week, then allow the potting mix to dry out completely before watering again. Never let jade plants sit in water. Keep your Jade Plant drier during the winter months while it is in dormancy. Under the correct growing conditions, Jades will produce tiny pink or white flowers in the winter. Since blooming is triggered by the natural shortening of the daylight hours, they must be kept in an area that has the lights turned off at night to stimulate the blooming response. Jades are slow growers but will eventually produce thick, fat trunks and can grow up to 8 feet tall. However, it is unlikely that jade plants grown in containers will ever reach that size. n

Scientific name: Crassula ovata Common names: Jade plant, money plant, lucky plant or friendship tree Origin: South Africa Best known for: Popular in Feng Shui as a symbol of prosperity easy-care Expertise needed: Pest control: Jade plants are sometimes, but rarely, bothered by scale. Scale can be controlled by wiping the thick leaves with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol. Where to buy: Jade plants are widely available at local nurseries and garden centers. What to watch for: The most common problem with jade plants is overwatering, which will be apparent by a soggy brown, rotting trunk. They are usually not bothered by insects or disease.

There are many legends associated with jade plants. In Feng Shui, it is said that if plants are placed in the southeast corner of the home, the owner’s fortunes will increase with each new leaf. During Chinese New Year celebrations, jade plants are set on top of stock and investment certiďŹ cates so they will increase in value during the coming year. Having them in the home is said to boost mental acuity with the increase in oxygen they release into the home. Flowering jades symbolize great friendship, luck and prosperity.

Green Thumb Rating: Rated 1 Thumb: Minimal water, minimal care,

rarely affected by insects or disease.





Dirty Laundry Gets Clean,‘Green’ High-efficiency washing machines save energy and water Story by Jimi Gonzalez Photography by Rob Downey

f you’re looking for a clean, fresh and energy-effi cient start to the new year, a great place to begin is in the laundry room. According to Consumer Reports, over 75% of homes today are using traditional top-loading washing machines. While they have done a great job washing our laundry over the years, they utilize far more energy and water than new high-effi ciency (HE) models. HE washing machines aren’t limited to just the front-loading models you’ve seen in stores. Th ey come in both front-loading and top-loading varieties that use 40% to 75% less water and 30% to 85% less energy than traditional top-loading models. Although HE machines typically cost about $100 more to purchase, they can save $100 or more every year in water and energy costs. Th e traditional top-loading washing machine features a vertical, propeller-like agitator that pulls clothes downward and then up the sides of the tub. While this gets the job done, it essentially beats and thrashes your laundry until it is clean. High-effi ciency top-loading machines still have a vertically mounted tub, but remove the agitator in favor of a kinder and gentler impeller. Th e impeller looks like a small bump at the bottom of your washing machine and it creates a blooming eff ect with your clothing, pushing the clothes up the center of the tub and down the sides. Left: High-efficiency washing machines, such as the front-loading machine at left, cost a bit more, but use much less water and energy than traditional top-loading machines. 77


Above: A high-efficiency washing machine requires the use of a specially formulated detergent that produces fewer suds. Because of the tumbling action of these models, the water level does not need to cover the entire load of clothes to properly clean them.

All front-loading washing machines are classified as HE units. They utilize a horizontally mounted drum and a tumbling system, cleaning clothes by using paddles on the inside wall of the drum to lift the clothes and then drop them back into the water at the bottom of the drum. This action flexes the fabric and forces water and detergent through the clothes. Traditional washing machines require the water level in the tub to completely cover the clothing, fully submerging your laundry and typically requiring about 35 gallons of water, more than you use to shower or bathe. According to the Department of Energy, HE washing machines use only about 15 gallons of water per load. Because of the blooming or tumbling action of the machine, the water level does not need to cover the entire load of clothes in order to get them clean. Sensors ensure that the washing machine fills to the correct water level based on the amount of laundry in the load. Since a HE washing machine uses less water, there is less water to heat. This represents a large amount of your savings since 90% of the energy consumed by a traditional washing machine is just for heating the water.

According to the Department of Energy, HE washing machines use only about 15 gallons of water per load, versus 35 gallons in a traditional washing machine.



Above: Sensitive moisture sensors on newer dryers will turn off the dryer when they detect the clothing is dry, based on the size of the load and type of fabric.

Understanding the Labels

Energy Guide labels prove a washing machine meets

the government’s minimum energy standards and compare the washing machine’s energy use with similar units. The label provides an estimate of a unit’s annual energy cost. But don’t let your research stop there.

If you are looking for a high-efficiency unit, the desig-

nation to look for is Energy Star. This indicates the washing machine meets strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Washing machines with the Energy Star designation use about 30% less energy and 50% less water than regular units.

To make sure you are getting the most efficient unit,

you’ll want to choose a model with a high Modified Energy Factor (MEF) and a low Water Factor (WF). The MEF represents the total amount of energy used to run the washer, heat the water and run the dryer. The higher the MEF is, the more efficient the washing machine will be. Starting January 1, 2011, washing machines must have a minimum MEF of 1.8 to earn an Energy Star label. The WF measures water efficiency in gallons of water consumed per cubic foot of capacity. The smaller the WF is, the more efficient the washing machine will be. Starting January 1, 2011, the minimum WF for an Energy Star rating is 6.0 gallons. 79


Above: Larger items such as pillows and comforters not only fit better in HE machines but also are cleaned more thoroughly.


A HE washing machine requires the use of specially formulated HE detergent that is low-sudsing and quick-dispersing. With a front-loading machine, if you used traditional detergent, the tumbling action of the clothes into the water would create excess suds that accumulate at the bottom of the wash drum and lie on top of the water like a cushion. This layer of suds can prevent your clothes from reaching the water as they fall from the top of the drum. The washer’s pump can also overheat or add too much water if there are too many suds in the water. Excess suds from using traditional detergent in a HE washing machine can also lead to residue buildup that can cause odors or machine damage. Reducing the amount of standard detergent doesn’t solve this problem; for clean clothing and a machine that operates as it was designed, it is important that you use HE detergent. The easy tumbling motion of a front-loading unit or the blooming of a HE top-loading machine cause less stress and 80

Left: The high-speed spin cycle on the HE machines removes a large amount of water from the laundry, making it possible to forgo the dryer and hang clothes outside to dry.

pulling of fabric than a traditional agitator-based model. Without an agitator occupying the center of the tub, HE machines can hold 20% to 30% more laundry per load. Larger items such as pillows, comforters and sleeping bags not only fit better in a HE machine, they are also cleaned better. Although a HE washing cycle typically takes longer than a traditional one, the higher capacity allows you to wash more clothes during the day. The final spin cycle of HE washing machines can reach speeds up to 2,000 RPM. This high-speed spin removes a tre-

This high-speed spin removes a tremendous amount of water from your laundry before you even start the dryer, cutting your drying time significantly and saving on energy costs.





Far left: To avoid having to bend over to fill and empty front-loading models, pedestals raise the machines to a more convenient level. This pedestal also offers a concealed storage space for laundry supplies and other items.

mendous amount of water from your laundry before you even start the dryer, cutting your drying time significantly and saving on energy costs. This also makes it possible to completely skip the dryer and let your clothes air dry. Front-loading washing machines are mechanically simpler than top-loading models, but it may be uncomfortable to bend over to fill and empty a front-loading washing machine. Pedestals that raise the machines up to an ergonomic level solve this problem as well as offering convenient concealed storage space for laundry supplies or those stray socks that seem to have lost their mate. Additionally, front-loaded machines can be placed underneath counters, adding space to your laundry room for folding clothes or storing supplies. The washing machine’s trusty companion, the dryer, hasn’t

The Cold Water Wash A great way to start conserving energy without purchasing a new washer is to begin washing your clothes in exclusively cold water, saving an estimated $150 per year. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy states that using hot water to wash and warm water to rinse can cost up to 10 times more money per load than a cold wash and rinse. Besides, it’s better for your clothes. Hot water not only shrinks your clothing but it also fades and wears out your clothes faster.



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experienced as many technology improvements, but newer models also contribute to energy savings. Older dryers simply operated on a timer, regardless of the size of the load or type of fabric. New sensitive moisture sensors located in the drum of the dryer will turn the machine off when they detect that your laundry is dry. A washing machine and dryer should really be considered as part of a set. Brandon Buckingham, senior brand manager for Whirlpool Laundry, explains that “washing machines and dryers are specially ‘tuned’ to work together in regards to capacities and load times. Having a mismatched washer and dryer might not give you the same efficiencies as a pair that was designed to work together.” After the refrigerator, the washer and dryer are the second and third biggest energy-eating appliances in your house. The machines in your laundry room are an investment, and their energy and water savings will stay with you for the lifetime of the units. According to the Department of Energy, washing machines and dryers will last about 11 or 12 years, respectively, before they need to be replaced. Although your clothing will go through a variety of fashion trends in the next 12 years, it’s a good idea to invest in laundry appliances that will conserve energy, water and keep your clothes looking good for as long as you want to wear them. n

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design makeover

Cozy Courtyard Transformation Homeowners pleased with patio and landscaping makeover Story by Anne Straub • Photography by Dave Potter

Take a small space, add some non-structural changes, and in many cases, you can enjoy a high-impact transformation. That’s what happened when Joan and Edward 87


Previous page: A fountain in a red ceramic pot provides a focal point for the renovated courtyard situated on travertine pavers. A bas-relief sculpture over the fountain adds to the impact. Below right: Interior decorator Anita Weaver hunted down accessories, including an attractive mirror that reflects the outdoor space’s transformation.

You come up that front walk and you have no idea what’s waiting for you on the other side of those gates. – SUSAN HALL



Berrios decided to improve their outdoor living space by renovating their courtyard. In its previous incarnation, the area was little more than a concrete walkway to the front door. Aging landscaping ate up a large proportion of the compact area, leaving no space for seating. The couple had previously added a patio beyond the screened porch of their Suntree home. But the exposed patio proved too cool on windy afternoons. They turned to landscape architect Susan Hall for help creating a protected outdoor space. Berrios had seen other courtyards in the community that had picnic tables, but that wasn’t what she was after. More than a buffer between the yard and the door, the couple wanted a low-maintenance seating area where they could enjoy Florida’s weather.

Above left: The protected outdoor space features a comfortable, low-maintenance seating area where the homeowners can take advantage of Florida’s weather. Above right: A combination of vibrant in-ground, potted and hanging plants greet visitors as they approach the gates.

“That little project was a blast,” said Hall, who fed off Joan Berrios’ enthusiasm. “She threw herself into it,” she said. Friend and interior decorator Anita Weaver also provided legwork, hunting down accessories and lending a critical eye. First, the old landscaping had to go. Adding greenery for softness would come later. The Berrioses chose travertine for the flooring. “When you’re not dealing with a huge space, you can pull out all the stops,” Hall said. She added a band of gravel around the perimeter of the space, adding visual detail and providing drainage. The element also served another function: As any remodeler knows, existing walls are rarely perfectly plumb. Floating the terrace floor within the band would camouflage any such issues. A fountain in a red ceramic pot provides a focal point. Over the fountain, a bas-relief sculpture mounted on the wall adds to the impact. Hall found the wall art in a catalog. “They don’t have to use an expensive custom piece,” she said of homeowners who want to update their home’s look. “Anybody could have found that.” Many of the pieces were easily accessible. The fountain came from Target, and pillows from Pottery Barn. At Rockledge Gardens, Joan Berrios found two trellises to

camouflage the hurricane shutter pins on either side of a window. She cut off the feet and mounted them on the wall for a decorative element. Working from a sketch and color plan provided by Hall, Berrios also found a bench that fit perfectly under the window. After setting up the much-awaited seating area, Hall started adding greenery from Riverside Landscape Contractors. Some plants – much fewer than before – were planted inground, others in various pots. Alocasia, sweet potato vine, fern, weeping begonia and more thrive in decorative containers. Hanging pots feature coleus, purple vine, vinca vine and blue wonder. On her first visit after the furniture was in, Hall noticed the neighbor’s roof was too visible. She added a palm to hide the view. Joan Berrios took Weaver’s suggestion and painted the white front door sage green, then painted the door to the garage the same color. She chose a modern sconce for a light fixture. “All those little things, which were really cosmetic, really make a difference,” Hall said. “You come up that front walk and you have no idea what’s waiting for you on the other side of those gates,” Hall said. For the Berrioses, the difference is magnified. “It’s gorgeous. It’s absolutely beautiful,” Joan Berrios said. n

SOURCES Landscape Architect: Susan Hall Interior Design Consultant: Anita Weaver Irrigation: Automatic Rain Plants: Riverside Landscape Contractors Travertine Marble: Surfside Pavers Electric: D & S Electric, Kichler Electric Furniture: AvonLea Gardens Pots & Window Grills: Rockledge Gardens Accessories: Frontgate, Sun Rose Nursery, TJ Maxx Pillows: Pottery Barn Paint: All Florida Paint Decorating Center



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Reader: I need help with window treatments for my living room. I have attached photos from a couple of angles. Tracy Atchison

Dear Tracy, “These windows can be easily tied together using a combination of a woven wood shade for light control and privacy mixed with bolder patterns and textures. Your current palette is neutral, so any number of color schemes would work, this is just one example. Adding a substantial entertainment center would anchor the TV, making that the focal wall of the room. I would also exchange the sofa across from the TV for two chairs to help break up the monotony of the brown sofas. Finally, a rug to define the seating area, and some colorful pillows help tie together the whole scheme.” Terri Pentz Interior Designer Island Paint & Decorating Center, East Coast Cabinets spaces


Reader: We have a design dilemma in our office/nursery. What type of draperies and decorative hardware would we use in this room? How do you combine an office and nursery that share the same space? Greg and Barbara Rhoads

Dear Greg and Barbara, Designing one space to share two functions can be achieved through a floor plan. By repositioning your existing pieces, including moving the desk closer to the bookcase, you can

faux stone should be painted a “stony” beige/tan color such as Sherwin Williams’ 7687 August Moon or better yet have it faux painted with a blend of the above colors and a terra-cotta color like Sherwin Williams’ 6341 Red Cent. The front door would look great with a deep walnut wood grain finish.” Reader: Help! Our new, older home is in need of a facelift. We plan to paint it, however, we would appreciate any suggestions on how to make it look updated and sharp. Should the faux stone under the windows and the wall under the garage windows be highlighted or painted the same as the rest of the house? We like the woodgrain front entry door look. The roof is a terra-cotta red shingle. We like a deep rich color look, but does this work for our size of home? Thank you, Eric and Beth Wertz

create more of a defined office space. A view out the window while working is also nice. Placing the crib on the wall with three windows, and adding a rug under it will also create a separate space. Adding child’s photos with a tropical background completes that

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area. Also add tropical art at each plastic tubs into the closet to create more floor space. side of desk. Adding bamboo Dee Patnoe roman fold shades to windows Owner and removing valances will add Dee.Cor to the tropical design. Move the



A look ahead: Cultural, design and entertainment events on the Space Coast Entertainment January 5-6

Jazzin’ It Up Join the Melbourne Community Orchestra and Maestro Aaron Collins as they join forces with the Melbourne Swingtime Jazz Band in a program full of jazz standards. Vocalist Sally Hart will be adding her unique vocal talent and wit. For more information, call 952-9949 or visit

January 7-9 & 14-16

Cannibal! The Musical The Titusville Playhouse presents an Emma’s Attic production of Cannibal! The Musical. Written by Trey Parker, co-creator of “South Park,” this is the tale of the sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory in search of gold. Alferd Packer tells his tale of unthinkable horrors to news reporter Polly Pry, which includes includes toe-tapping dancing and songs. For more information, call 268-1125 or visit

January 14 – February 20

Over the River and Through the Woods When Nick Cristano announces that he is going to leave New York and take a job in Seattle, his four Italian-American grandparents go to great lengths – including matchmaking – to keep their grandson from leaving. Presented by the Melbourne Civic Theatre. For more information, call 723-6935 or visit

January 15

The Music You Love Pops Concert The Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents a dazzling collection of some of the greatest melodies ever written performed at the King Center for the Performing Arts. spaces


The Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents The Music You Love Pops Concert on Jan.15.

Familiar melodies by Grieg, Bizet and Brahms will be featured along with works by Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Beatles and more. For tickets and information, call 242-2219 or visit www.

January 17

Rising Stars Recital Attend the auditions for the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 5th Annual Concerto Competition. Six soloists will perform with piano accompaniment and three winners will be selected. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Melbourne. For information, call 652-6895 or visit

January 20

Kenny Loggins with Christopher Cross King Center for the Performing Arts presents singer, songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins. Opening the program is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. For tickets and information, call 242-2219 or visit

January 21

Spanish Brass The Melbourne Chamber Music Society presents this unique chamber group of Spanish musicians who combine innovative musical programming with educational outreach and original staging. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. For more information, call 956-8775 or visit

January 21

Drumline LIVE! This energetic cast brings marching band tradition to the theatrical stage with riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. For tickets and information, call 242-2219 or visit

January 22

Everything’s Coming Up Roses This special benefit for the historic Cocoa Village Playhouse will feature performances

that celebrate the past 20 years! Under the direction of Anastacia Hawkins-Smith, with special guest, award-winning songwriter Tony Macaulay – creator of classic pop hits like “Build Me Up Buttercup,” and “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All.” The program will be held at the King Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and information, call 242-2219 or visit

January 26-27

Swingtime Concert The Melbourne Municipal Band presents this program featuring the cool sounds of Swingtime. The concert will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-0550 or visit

February 5

A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents Felix Mendelssohn’s music to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” complete with actors, vocal soloists and dancers. For more information, call 242-2024 or visit

February 10

Celtic Woman The King Center for the Performing Arts presents Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart. The six-piece band and the Aontas Choir will perform unique renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits. For more information, call 242-2219 or visit

February 12

The Power of Music

January 29

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents this richly orchestrated program featuring the compositions of Bedrich The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra fea- Smetana, Paul Hindemith and Erich tures Concertmaster Igor Markstein per- Korngold. The performance will be held at forming the “Violin Concerto in E minor,” First Baptist Church of Merritt Island. For “Italian Symphony,” and “A Midsummer more information, call 536-8580 or visit Night’s Dream.” For more information, call

Mendelssohn Goes Italian

536-8580 or visit

February 13

February 4-20

Kenny Rogers’ 50th Anniversary Tour

The King and I The Cocoa Village Playhouse presents the classic musical tale of a young Victorian widow who goes to Siam to teach the king’s children. For more information, call 636-5050 or visit

The King Center for the Performing Arts presents iconic performer Kenny Rogers in a worldwide tour celebrating his 50 years in show business. For more information, call 242-2219 or visit

February 15

February 5

Peking Acrobats

Big Band Boogies

The King Center for the Performing Arts presents The Peking Acrobats from the People’s Republic of China. This elite group of gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers transforms 200-year-old athletic disciplines into a spellbinding, graceful presentation of their ancient folk art – acrobatics. For more information, call 242-2219 or visit

The Space Coast Pops Orchestra presents a celebration of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary, featuring its five different conductors. The concert will be held at the First Baptist Church of Merritt Island. For more information, call 632-7445 or visit



February 26

Icons in Music: Schumann & Barber The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra celebrates musical icons Robert Schumann and Samuel Barber in this concert. The program will open with Schumann’s spinechilling “Manfred Overture.” Pianist Jamila Tekalli will perform Barber’s “Piano Concerto” and the event will close with the powerful Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish.” For more information, call 536-8580 or visit

Exhibits Through January 30

The Florida Highwaymen Cuba! Gallery of Fine Art presents The Folk Art of Lefty Quiñonez exhibit through Feb. 11.

February 16-17

Journey to the Stars The Melbourne Municipal Band Association presents this concert featuring the Sunshine Brass Quintet playing familiar melodies from the Star Wars saga, including “Princess Leia’s Theme” and the “Star Wars Main Theme.” The program will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-0555 or visit

February 18 through March 6

7 Brides for 7 Brothers The Titusville Playhouse presents this musical tale of romance in the 1850s Oregon Territory. Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, develops an inspired solution to end his brothers’ loneliness – kidnap the women they want to marry! For more information, call 268-1125, 268-3711, or visit

February 19

The Temptations and The Four Tops The King Center for the Performing Arts presents the smooth-stepping, flash and class of The Temptations and Four Tops performing together. For decades the two iconic groups have propelled pop and soul spaces


music with a series of smash hits, including The Temptations’ “My Girl” and “Get Ready” as well as The Four Tops’ “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Bernadette.” For tickets and information, call 242-2219 or

The Brevard Art Museum presents an exhibition of paintings by the legendary Highwaymen. The artists created an enduring legacy of idyllic Florida and, by necessity, became inventive entrepreneurs – selling their often, still-wet paintings out of their cars along roads. For more information, call 242-0737 or visit


Through February 11

February 20

The Folk Art of Lefty Quiñonez

Daniel O’Donnell

Cuba! Gallery of Fine Art presents an exhibition by folkloric artist, Izquierdo (Lefty)

Experience singer-song writer Daniel O’Donnell’s trademark blend of country and Irish folk music. This concert will feature Daniel’s longtime musical companion, Irish vocalist Mary Duff, as well as the Daniel O’Donnell Band. For tickets and information, call 242-2219 or visit

February 20

Dvorak’s Bohemia Join the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic, led by Artistic Director Michael J. Garasi, as they perform Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. The program will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Upper School beginning at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 652-6895 or visit

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts presents The Little Black Dress exhibit, Jan. 15 through April 23. Shown, Afternoon dress, c.1896, silk, satin woven, tucked, beaded, machine and hand sewn. On loan from the Costume Museum of Canada.

Where you’ll find us! Pick up your complimentary copy of Spaces Magazine at many fine establishments throughout Brevard County, including:

The Brevard Art Museum presents the The Florida Highwaymen exhibit through Jan. 30. Shown, Willie C. Reagan, Untitled [Orchid Island Bridge], c. 1960, from the collection of Larry Helmuth.

Quiñonez. Applying a language of vibrant and colorful details to images of everyday island life, Quiñonez’s art is self-taught, pure of heart and wrapped in joyous hues. The opening night reception will be held on Jan. 7. For more information, call 729-8800 or visit

January 15 – April 23

Little Black Dress Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts presents the “Little Black Dress” exhibit as it traces the origins of this iconic garment from mourning attire to chic wardrobe essential. Beginning with the 1890s, over 30 key historic examples highlight the stylistic changes and popular trends of each decade through the 1990s including designs by Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Arnold Scaasi. For more information, call 674-8313 or visit

Baytree National Golf Links Brevard Art Museum Cocoa Beach Country Club Duran Golf Club Eau Gallie Yacht Club Economic Development Commission Essentials Spa, Melbourne & Viera Health-First Pro-Health Fitness Center (Merritt Island, Viera, Melbourne & Palm Bay) Imperial Spa King Center for the Performing Arts Kiwi Tennis Club La Bella Spa La Cita Country Club Melbourne International Airport Paradise Ford Parrish Medical Center Suntree Country Club YMCA Suntree Wuesthoff Health System – Rockledge & Melbourne Or, visit any of the advertisers in our current issue!

Classes/Workshops January 11 – February 11

Foundations of Modern Art The Brevard Art Museum School and Florida Tech are collaborating to present this class, which will feature a weekly art history lecture at FIT along with weekly “hands-on” studio class at Brevard Art Museum School. This first unit in the series of three, is titled “Modernism At The End of the 19th Century.” The weekly studio components will enable students to create a painting or collage based on the lecture. For more information, call 254-7782 or visit

January 15

Double Vision Workshop The Art Gallery of Viera presents this Fabric Collage and Silk Overlay workshop where students will learn how to produce three-dimen-

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sional fiber art using batik techniques and a raised sheer layer. Each participant will complete an 11” x 14” matted piece. For more information, call Jo Ann at 543-6338 or email

January 15

Mise en Place Culinary Class RoomScapes of Brevard presents “Sauces – The Basics of Making Good Sauces.” Led by Chef Patrice Shuback, the class will be held at RoomScapes of Brevard, 5555 South U.S. 1 in Rockledge. For more information and to register, contact Terrie Ireland at 504-1122, ext. 214 or e-mail

January 15

stroke techniques and three-minute paintings. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call 504-4343 or contact Diane at

January 29, february 9 & 12

Make Your Own Dinnerware Workshop The Brevard Art Museum School presents this Make Your Own Dinnerware Workshop with Nancy Trezza. In just three afternoons you will make and glaze a ceramic mug, goblet, plate and napkin ring holder. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 254-7782 or visit

February 5

Marlyn Carter leads a workshop on Chinese Calligraphy, Feb. 5 at the Brevard Art Museum School.

Glass Beadmaking Workshop Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

and silent auction. For more information, The Brevard Art Museum School presents call 674-8313 or visit this workshop with Marilyn Carter. Class focus will be on the basics of using Chi- February 18-21 nese calligraphy materials and the eight basic brush strokes used in the Chinese bamboo form. Pre-registration is required. The Art Gallery of Viera presents interJanuary 15-16 & January 22 For more information, call 254-7782 or nationally acclaimed artist Helga Flower visit in this inspiring four-day watercolor and mixed media workshop. Helga will teach The Brevard Art Museum School presents February 12 ideas and techniques that will help develop this Mud Slinging Workshop with potter painting skills. Pre-registration required by Bruce Swahlan teaching throwing on the RoomScapes of Brevard presents “ValenFeb. 3. For more information, call Bobbi potter’s wheel and Raku firing. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call tine Dinner – A Special Couples Event with Q. Brown at 536-7773 or e-mail BobbiQFoods of Love from Italy.” Led by Chef 254-7782 or visit Patrice Shuback, the class will be held at January 29 RoomScapes of Brevard, 5555 South U.S. 1 February 26 in Rockledge. For more information and to register, contact Terrie Ireland at 504RoomScapes of Brevard presents “Spice 1122, ext. 214 or email terrie@roomscape- RoomScapes of Brevard presents “Let Them It Up – A World Tour of How Spices Are Eat Cake – Mixing and Handling TechUsed.” Led by Chef Patrice Shuback, the niques for Different Cake Batters.” Led by class will be held at RoomScapes of Bre- February 17-18 Chef Patrice Shuback, the class will be held at RoomScapes of Brevard, 5555 South U.S. 1 vard, 5555 South U.S. 1 in Rockledge. For in Rockledge. For more information and to more information and to register, contact register, contact Terrie Ireland at 504-1122, Terrie Ireland at 504-1122, ext. 214 or Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth ext. 214 or e-mail terrie@roomscapesof- email Funk Center for Textile Arts presents this n symposium where guests will meet Dr. January 29 & 30 Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute Want your upcoming home, cultural or enterof Technology in New York City. Events tainment listing in our calendar? E-mail The Art Gallery of Viera presents a two-day include a free evening lecture and book Corinne Ishler at watercolor workshop with Diane DeShong signing, ticketed luncheon with lecture, or call 242-3555. Cannon. Class exercises will include brush champagne reception, three-course meal The Brevard Art Museum School presents this Glass Beadmaking Workshop with glass artist Brett Tam. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 254-7782 or visit

Experimental Watercolor Techniques

Mud Slinging Workshop

Mise en Place Culinary Class

Mise en Place Culinary Class

Mise en Place Culinary Class

Uncommon Threads: Little Black Dress Symposium

Fast, Loose & Fun Watercolor Workshop



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Quiet space to curl up and read

Daily respite This is my favorite spot in the house! We read our newspaper and novels in our library everyday. I love the masculine decor. My favorite title is: “The Jewels of Tessa Kent” by Judith Krantz – Tracy McCreary, West Melbourne

NEW SEARCH for March 2011 issue Attention readers – Snap a shot at your favorite local getaway. Is it a cozy restaurant? A chic bar? Or maybe your favorite spot to grab a cup of coffee. Let us know in 25 words or less why you enjoy spending time there. Be sure to include the name of the establishment and the city it’s in.

Photos due Tuesday, February 1, 2011 E-mail photos to: Please provide your name, email address and a phone number.

The ultimate escape Sinking into the most comfortable chair in the house and immersing myself into a great book allows me the ultimate escape. My favorite book is: "The Shack" by William P. Young – Maria Seelman, Indialantic

Thank you to Tracy McCreary and Maria Seelman for sharing your cozy spots with us! spaces


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